Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman


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.

I read Other People's Houses earlier this year when it came out and really enjoyed it. You can find my review post here. I'm giving it up to let someone else have a chance to read it.

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Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
ARC, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

The author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

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As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.


About the author


Abbi Waxman is a chocolate-loving, dog-loving woman, who lives in Los Angeles and lies down as much as possible. She worked in advertising for many years, which is how she learned to write fiction. She has three daughters, three dogs, three cats, and one very patient husband. ~ Amazon

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Cover Reveal! The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey and a #Giveaway!


The Southern Side of Paradise
by Kristy Woodson Harvey

From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.

With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.

When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.

With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power”— Booklist

“One of the hottest new Southern writers.”—Parade.com

"Writers come and writers go, but Kristy Woodson Harvey is here to stay. The warmth, wit, and wisdom of this novel pave her way into the exclusive sisterhood of southern writers.”—The Huffington Post 

"The south is known for breeding brilliant storytellers and Kristy Woodson Harvey has proven herself to be one of the south’s most heartfelt female driven authors of our generation.”—Jaime Pressly, star of CBS’s Mom

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I absolutely love this series and I'm so excited to share the cover with you today. Isn't it gorgeous?

I can't wait for the release of book #3 in May 2019!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Release Day! Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde ~ My Thoughts #JustAfterMidnight #NetGalley

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Congratulations Catherine
on the release today of
Just After Midnight!

Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Print and e-book, 331 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes an uplifting and poignant novel about friendship, trust, and facing your fears.

No longer tolerating her husband’s borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents’ California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriending Sarah, a fourteen-year-old on the run from her father and reeling from her mother’s sudden and suspicious death.

While Sarah’s grandmother scrambles to get custody, Faith is charged with spiriting the girl away on a journey that will restore her hope: Sarah implores Faith to take her to Falkner’s Midnight Sun, the prized black mare that her father sold out from under her. Sarah shares an unbreakable bond with Midnight and can’t bear to be apart from her. Throughout the sweltering summer, as they follow Midnight from show to show, Sarah comes to terms with what she witnessed on the terrible night her mother died.

But the journey is far from over. Faith must learn the value of trusting her instincts—and realize that the key to her future, and Sarah’s, is in her hands.


My thoughts about Just After Midnight ~~

(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 line.)

First line—"Faith stood in line to buy two chicken soft tacos from the food truck that serviced that weekend's dressage show."

Catherine's stories are always filled with wonderful, caring characters—people I would love to know in real life. Just After Midnight is a touching story of a girl, her horse, and a horrible secret she has been keeping. And a woman who wants and needs to be there for her.

It was amazing to see the relationship between Josie and Faith develop—complete strangers who were able to connect because of similar life experiences and because they each needed someone like the other one in their life. The loving, respectful relationship that Josie and Midnight had was also a beautiful thing to witness. As an added bonus, I learned so much about dressage training and all that goes into that type of competing. I love it when a story teaches me something I know little about.

As with all of Catherine's books, Just After Midnight is full of emotion and feelings—emotions that will absolutely tug on your heart strings. You can't help but become deeply involved in the lives of the characters and you only want the best for them.

I received Just After Midnight from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

About the author

Catherine Ryan Hyde

I am the author of more than 30 published and forthcoming books, including ALLIE AND BEA, SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN I FOUND YOU, WALK ME HOME, SECOND HAND HEART, DON'T LET ME GO, and WHEN YOU WERE OLDER.

I'm an avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, and have released my first book of photos, 365 DAYS OF GRATITUDE: PHOTOS FROM A BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

I am co-author, with fellow author and publishing industry blogger Anne R. Allen, of HOW TO BE A WRITER IN THE E-AGE: A SELF-HELP GUIDE.

My novel PAY IT FORWARD was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than 23 languages for distribution in over 30 countries. The paperback was released in October 2000 by Pocket Books and quickly became a national bestseller. Simon & Schuster released PAY IT FORWARD: YOUNG READERS' EDITION in August of '14. It is suitable for kids as young as eight. A special Fifteenth Anniversary Edition of the original PAY IT FORWARD was released in December of '14. ~ Goodreads

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Monday, December 3, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? December 3. 2018


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a good week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading

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True Places: A Novel
by Sonja Yoerg
Pub date 1/1/19
True Places is a December Amazon First Reads pick!

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This I Know
by Eldonna Edwards
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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Just After Midnight
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Pub date 12/4
My thoughts will be posted tomorrow.

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Nineteen Minutes
by Jodi Picoult

What I am going to read next

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The Judas Tree
by Susan Bacoyanis

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen ~ My Thoughts #AnAnonymousGirl #NetGalley

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An Anonymous Girl

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Print and e-book, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by St. Martin's Press

The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us.

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.



My thoughts about An Anonymous Girl ~~

(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 line.)

First lines—"You're Invited: Seeking women aged 18 to 32 to participated in a study on ethics and morality conducted by a preeminent NYC psychiatrist. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. Call for more details."

Once again, this amazing author duo has spun a tale that makes you question what you are reading and what you think you know about the characters within the pages. Their first book, The Wife Between Us, blew me away and this one had the same effect on me.

I was constantly questioning what Dr. Shield's motives were and what she was trying to accomplish by her 'study'. As the doctor's questions and requests become more manipulative, Jessica has real reasons to be concerned but it may be too late to get out. Such a twisted mind. Such a twisted story. And I loved it!

An Anonymous Girl is the perfect psychological suspense read because you really won't be able to guess how it ends. And you will not want to put it down. If this is a genre you like to read, you're going to love An Anonymous Girl.  

I received an ARC of An Anonymous Girl in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the authors

Greer Hendricks

Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are the co-authors of the blockbuster New York Times bestseller, The Wife Between, as well as the forthcoming, An Anonymous Girl. An Anonymous Girl has been optioned for a television series by eOne, with Sarah and Greer executive producing. The Wife Between has been optioned for film by Amblin Entertainment, with Sarah and Greer screenwriting the adaptation.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Book Spotlight Giveaway! One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis


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.

I read One Step Too Far in 2015 when it was on tour. I really enjoyed it and love that someone else gets a chance to read it now. You can read my review post here

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One Step Too Far

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks 

An apparently happy marriage. A beautiful family. A dream home. So what makes lawyer Emily Coleman—a woman who appears to have everything—get up one morning and walk right out of her life to start again as someone new?

Deliberately losing herself in London, Emily quickly transforms herself into Cat. Along with her new name, she finds a new home in a shared house in North London teeming with an odd assortment of flatmates, and a new job as a receptionist.

Soon Cat has buried any trace of her old self so well, no one knows how to find her. But she can’t bury the past—or her own painful memories. As the days turn to months, thoughts of all she’s left behind begin to consume her. She cannot outrun the ghosts that haunt her, no matter how hard she tries to elude them. And soon, she’ll have to face the truth of what she’s done—a shocking revelation that may push her one step too far...


About the author

Tina Seskis

Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, before going off to study in the beautiful city of Bath and then moving to London, where she has lived on and off ever since.

Tina's first novel One Step Too Far was released in 2013, and has since been published in 17 languages in over 60 countries. Her latest novel, The Honeymoon, will finally be released on 1st June 2017.

Tina lives in North London with her husband and son. ~ Goodreads

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