Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Space Between by Dete Meserve ~ My Thoughts

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The Space Between by Dete Meserve
Print and e-book, 300 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

The truth isn’t what it seems in this stirring novel of suspense.

After presenting a major scientific breakthrough to a rapt audience across the country, renowned astronomer Sarah Mayfield returns home to a disturbing discovery. Her husband, Ben, a Los Angeles restaurateur, has disappeared, leaving behind an unexplained bank deposit of a million dollars, a loaded Glock in the nightstand, and a video security system that’s been wiped clean. The only answers their son, Zack, can offer are the last words his father said to him: keep the doors locked and set the alarm.

Sarah’s marriage was more troubled than anyone suspected, but now she is afraid that her husband’s recent past could be darker than she dares to admit. Suspecting that nothing about Ben’s vanishing is what it seems, Sarah must delve into the space between old memories, newfound fears, and misleading clues to piece together the mystery of her husband’s disappearance—and find what she hopes in her heart is the truth.

     

My thoughts about The Space Between ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"'What's wrong?' I asked. Ben sat on the leather couch,his blue eyes planet-sized. Serious. I closed the cabin door behind me, shutting out the cold wind that whipped the trees outside, and dumped an armful of firewood on the hearth."

I've read all of Dete's books and I've loved them all. This one blew me away, on so many levels. As I was reading The Space Between, I had no idea where or how the story was going to end. I went back and forth, not knowing what to believe. What a page turner! 

The main character, Sarah, is a very strong person, a scientist who questions everything. She's not one to just accept those things that appear to be fact but questions everything she hears and learns. When she comes home and discovers her husband is missing and could be in danger—or could possibly be a danger to others—she keeps digging for the facts to find out the truth. She has such faith in her husband and doesn't want to doubt him but all the evidence is not in his favor. I had a hard time believing in him myself, but I wanted to trust her feelings. What an amazing women she is! 

I also loved the knowledge I gained about space, NASA, and the constellations from the story within the story. Sarah is a renowned scientist who recently made a major scientific breakthrough. We learn so much about all of that and all about the possibilities that are still to be discovered in space. There is some serious information there and it was all fascinating! 

The Space Between is definitely a book I'll highly recommend. I guarantee you'll not be able to put it down!!  

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About the author


Dete Meserve is an award-winning author who is searching for Good. Like Kate Bradley in the novel Good Sam and Perfectly Good Crime, Meserve is looking for people who are doing extraordinary good for others, sometimes at great personal sacrifice. While most mysteries focus on finding the killer or kidnapper, Meserve focuses our attention on finding the helpers, the rescuers, and the people who inspire us with their selfless acts of kindness.

When she's not writing, she is a film and television producer in Los Angeles and partner of Wind Dancer Films. Meserve lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children—and a very good cat that rules them all.

Connect with Dete

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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Release Day! The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi

Happy Release Day!

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The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi
Series: Sweet Lake #3
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.

When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.

But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.


Congratulations Christine
 on the release today of
The Season of Silver Linings!

I've read all three books in this series and with each book, I've fallen more in love with all the characters and the beautiful Wayfair Inn on Sweet Lake. I've loved each trip back to this amazing place. 

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You can read my thoughts about the books in this fabulous series here, here, and here

About the author



Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best–writing–in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Paperback, 334 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Mira

Even the perfect marriage has its dark side… 

Iris and Will's marriage is as close to perfect as it can be: a large house in a nice Atlanta neighborhood, rewarding careers and the excitement of trying for their first baby. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Orlando, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers on this plane.

Grief-stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. But as time passes and there is still no sign of Will, she reluctantly accepts that he is gone. Still, Iris needs answers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core. 

    

About the author



Kimberly Belle is the internationally bestselling author of four novels: The Last Breath, The Ones We Trust, The Marriage Lie, and Three Days Missing (June 2018). Her third novel, The Marriage Lie, was a semifinalist in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Mystery & Thriller and has been translated into a dozen languages. A graduate of Agnes Scott College, Kimberly worked in marketing and nonprofit fundraising before turning to writing fiction. She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam. ~ Goodreads

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Girl Gone Ghost by Dawn Husted ~ My Thoughts

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Girl Gone Ghost

Girl Gone Ghost by Dawn Husted 

Paperback, First, 402 pages
Published July 9th 2018 by Yaupon Berry Pressg

A cheerleader with a reputation. A ghost who wants justice. Two lives bound together until the killer is found. 

Sonora’s popularity means more to her than a new Michael Kors purse. With Fall Fling around the corner, she’s on the lookout for the perfect gown in the small Texas town. But a ghost has different plans.

When her best friend’s body floats ashore Brushy Creek, Sonora is haunted by the corpse-like spirit. The incessant ghost refuses to leave Sonora alone. She must risk death and sanity to find her friend’s killer. If Sonora isn’t careful, she’ll be the next victim.

Girl Gone Ghost is a standalone novel. If you like gripping suspense, sizzling chemistry, and dark secrets, then you’ll love Dawn Husted’s mystery, thriller romance.

*Perfect for fans of We Were Liars, Pretty Little Liars, and The Sixth Sense.

     

My thoughts about Girl Gone Ghost ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Yes, Brenham—a town in the birthplace of Texas—has a serial killer. My best friend's body was discovered nine weeks ago."

Wow! Just wow! Girl Gone Ghost is a creepy, suspenseful, amazing story that had me rushing through the pages as I tried to figure out how it was all going to end. And nope, I didn't figure it out, it took a turn I didn't see coming! I tore through the last seventy-five pages as things started to escalate.  

I loved this story and if you love your ghostly stories on the slightly creepy and dark side, you are going to love it too. I highly recommend it! Dawn is definitely moving to my list of 'must-read' authors after this one! 

I received a copy of Girl Gone Ghost from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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I've also read these two other books by Dawn
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Read my thoughts about these awesome stories 
here and here.

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About the author


Dawn Husted holds a BS from Texas A&M University. When not writing, she’s either camping or dreaming about camping. She lives in southern Texas with her husband and two kids. She is a member of SCBWI and Texas Association of Authors. Dawn also works as a paid freelance writer.

Author of Touch of Darkness, Scythe of Darkness & Safe. Upcoming releases published under Yaupon Berry Press.

Who am I

I’m married and have two energetic kids. My TBR list is getting a little long, a few books are: The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, Beautiful Creatures, Night Circus, and The Longest Ride. I'm in the middle of reading Asylum by Madeleine Roux.

Years back, I helped build an orphanage in Malawi and became fascinated with other countries. I'd love to travel remote parts of the world one day.

I graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in something other than writing. But I love to write! In my spare time, I study German, aber ich bin nicht sehr gut. And in the rest of my spare time, I cook. If you follow my Instagram, you may find pictures of food. LOL.

I'm a strong believer in living life to the fullest. Otherwise, what's the point? And I don't let fear hold me back. I'd rather try and fail, than to have never tried. ~ from author's website

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke ~ My Thoughts

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Girls' Night Out

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

For estranged friends Ashley, Natalie, and Lauren, it’s time to heal the old wounds between them. Where better to repair those severed ties than on a girls’ getaway to the beautiful paradise of Tulum, Mexico? But even after they’re reunited, no one is being completely honest about the past or the secrets they’re hiding. When Ashley disappears on their girls’ night out, Natalie and Lauren have to try to piece together their hazy memories to figure out what could have happened to her, while also reconciling their feelings of guilt over their last moments together.

Was Ashley with the man she’d met only days before? Did she pack up and leave? Was she kidnapped? Or worse—could Natalie or Lauren have snapped under the weight of her own lies?

As the clock ticks, hour by hour, Natalie and Lauren’s search rushes headlong into growing suspicion and dread. Maybe their secrets run deeper and more dangerous than one of them is willing—or too afraid—to admit.


My thoughts about Girls' Night Out ~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Waves lapped against the shore. It sounded as if the sea was breathing. In and out. In and out."

Wow! This was an innocent girls' night out that went totally wrong! Three good friends take a trip to get away and reconnect with each other again. Things have not been good between the three for awhile. A trip to a beautiful place in Mexico will fix all that, right? Wrong!

Ashley disappears during their girls' night out and Natalie or Lauren have no idea where she might be, or who she might be with. As they try to put the pieces together, we learn about the rifts between the three friends as they start uncovering the lies of their lives. They realize they have to put their difference aside to make sure Ashley is safe.

Girls' Night Out was a story that grabbed me from the start, because the reader knows from the get-go that something has happened to one of the girls. That was a good ploy on the authors'parts—so many questions needed to be answered right from the start. The story then goes from the present to the past, alternating between the two, as parts of the story are revealed like clues to solve the mystery and to explain the women's past relationships.

This book was a pager-turner that kept me guessing until the very end. I was as concerned about Ashley as her two friends were. Liz and Lisa definitely have another hit on their hands.

I'm continually amazed at the ability of two people to write such fascinating novels together so seamlessly that the reader doesn't realize that there are two 'voices' contributing to the story. Great job, gals!!

I received a copy of Girls' Night Out from the authors in exchange for my honest review.

About the authors


Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for 25 years and survived high school and college together. Liz lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and two children. Lisa, a former talk show producer, now lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, daughter and two bonus children.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi ~ My Thoughts #TheSeasonOfSilverLinings #NetGalley

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The Season of Silver Linings

The Season of Silver Linings by Christine Nolfi
Series: Sweet Lake #3
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Expected publication: July 17th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.

When Ohio pastry chef Jada Brooks and her two best friends restored the glorious Wayfair Inn, it was a boon to Sweet Lake—and to their own lives. Now Linnie and Cat are focused on private matters: one engaged, the other swept up in newlywed bliss. Jada has also begun looking to the future by dating widower Philip Kettering and forging a sudden, sweet bond with his six-year-old daughter.

But the past isn’t finished with Jada. When a curious guest checks into the Wayfair, her delving questions stir Jada’s guilt about the heartbreaking events that scarred the town seven years ago. The risks Jada must take by revealing the truth will test every assumption she’s made about the meaning of family and the magic of enduring love.


My thoughts about The Season of Silver Linings ~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Tilda Lyons rushed into the Wayfair's kitchen. 'I have wonderful news!' An unlikely prospect. Jada Brooks muffled a groan. This morning there wasn't time for interruptions by the Sweet Lake Sirens."

I truly love the women of Sweet Lake, even the quirky Sirens. The Season of Silver Linings is the third book in this fabulous series, with each book mainly focusing on one of the three main characters. Jada, Cat and Linnie are co-owners of the Wayfair Inn and as their lives are intertwined, they share their good times and are there for each other during the trying times. They are such good friends, friends who can say and do anything—nothing is off limits.

This story had a bit of a different feel to me. I still loved it as much as the first two books but this one seemed more mysterious with the addition of a woman who arrives at the Inn, asking questions about the past. Memories and emotions get stirred up as the past is revealed and the truth comes out.

I have loved my visits to Sweet Lake and I've loved watching the relationships between the characters grow. I feel like I know these people so well and I'm always sad when I turn the last page of the book because that means my visit with my friends is over. I hope I can return again soon.

I received an ARC of The Season of Silver Linings from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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You can read my thoughts about books one and two of this fabulous series here and here.

About the author



Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best–writing–in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

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