Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

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.


The book this week has been a very popular book among those who love a twists and turns, edge of your seat type of read. We read it for one of my book clubs but I ended up not being there when we discussed it. It would have been interesting to hear what other people thought of it. I really enjoyed it and I know one of you will too. 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


The Woman in Cabin 10

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Gallery/Scout Press 

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read. 

About the author

Ruth Ware

Ruth Ware grew up in Sussex, on the south coast of England. After graduating from Manchester University she moved to Paris, before settling in North London. She has worked as a waitress, a bookseller, a teacher of English as a foreign language and a press officer, and is the internationally bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and the forthcoming The Lying Game (July 2017). She is married with two small children. ~ Amazon

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Cover Reveal! 25 Days of Christmas, An Author Friends with Benefits Anthology

25 Days of Christmas; a Holiday Romance Anthology

In the run up to Christmas, instead of opening your advent calendar each day, why not read a short holiday themed story?

25 short romances from a variety of romance authors, all set on making your holiday season sassy, sweet and saucy.

Authors included:

Hanleigh Bradley
Anna Edwards
Serena Kearney
Aleisha Maree
Skye McKinnon
Shelly Strickler
Ines Vieira
Grace Risata
Lisette Kristensen
Sheritta Bitikofer
Sarah Stein
Gloria Herrmann
Meg Anne
Chrissy Shafanda
Lashanta Charles
Cathy Johns
Janet Mota
Jeannette Keats
Amy Allen Hallmark
Rae B. Lake

Coming soon!! 


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 16, 2017

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!


Well, another week has gone by. Last week the cold weather was settling in with frost on the car windows in the morning. Now this week, we're supposed to get up into the 70's. So weird but I'll take it! 

Not too much exciting happened. I did take a day off of work last week to babysit our 3 year old grandson, Oliver. That's always fun! I guess his daycare was closed for a few day. We're so lucky that we're around so that we can help them out when they need us. 

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

What I'm currently reading

The Boyfriend Swap
by Meredith Schorr

Ghost Gifts (Ghost Gifts #1)
by Laura Spinella, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella

What I recently finished

The Comfort of Secrets: A Sweet Lake Novel (Sweet Lake #2)
by Christine Nolfi
Read my thoughts here.

Perfectly Good Crime (A Kate Bradley Mystery)
by Dete Meserve
Read my thoughts here.

Treachery in Death (In Death #32)
by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen

What I am going to read next

The Whistling Season
The Whistling Season (Morrie Morgan #1)
by Ivan Doig
This is my book club read for this month. 

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi ~ My Thoughts


The Comfort of Secrets

The Comfort of Secrets by Christine Nolfi
Series: Sweet Lake #2
Print and e-book, 318 pages
Published July 18th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.

First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her overprotective mother and the well-meaning Sweet Lake Sirens—can’t help but chime in with advice about her plans, her apparently too-tight clothes, and her undeniable attraction to Ryan D’Angelo, the charming ad exec hired to promote the inn.

Cat knows she should keep Ryan at a distance, but she’s drawn closer by the heartbreak he tries to hide. Will uncovering his secrets derail the new life Cat hopes to achieve…or will she gain something to cherish forever?


My thoughts about The Comfort of Secrets ~~

(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—"The poster wagged before her nose: Sage Advice: Thyme to Discover Nature's Medicine—Right in Your Spice Rack! Speechless, Cat Mendoza shrank back in her chair."

Right away, I knew that the Sirens were involved in this poster wagging. This wonderful group of women, the Sirens, are definitely a force to be reckoned with but they will always have your back!

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Sweet Lake, and and this one was just as good, if not better. The characters I met in the first book are back in full force and I loved being a part of their lives again. A whole new set of characters are added to the storyline in this book and it was fascinating to discover how their lives are so intertwined.

The Comfort of Secrets focuses on Cat, one-third owner of the Wayfair Inn. Watching her as she tries to get her life figured out (with a lot of help from the Sirens - I love those crazy, quirky women!) was what drove me to get to the end of the story. But I was also sad when it ended. I am so looking forward to the next book in this fabulous series!

I received a copy of this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it.

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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Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve ~ My Thoughts


Perfectly Good Crime

Perfectly Good Crime by Dete Meserve
Series: A Kate Bradley Mystery
Print and e-book, 247 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Melrose Hill Publishing

From the bestselling author of Good Sam comes a taut and thought-provoking follow-up, Perfectly Good Crime.

When the estates of the 100 wealthiest Americans are targeted in a series of sophisticated, high tech heists, Los Angeles TV news reporter Kate Bradley must venture inside the world of the super rich to investigate the biggest story of the year.

As the heists escalate, Kate’s search is thwarted when the Los Angeles police detective she’s been working with mysteriously disappears, her senator father demands that she stop reporting on the heists, and the billionaire victims refuse to talk to the media. Kate uncovers clues that those behind the robberies have shocking, yet uplifting, motives—it just may be a perfectly good crime that brings about powerful change.

Further complicating her life is a dream job awaiting her in New York, a choice that could shatter from her deepening relationship with Fire Captain Eric Hayes. Kate must trust her instincts—and her heart—in a high stakes search that will test everything she believes and force her to decide where she belongs.

Perfectly Good Crime is only 99¢ right now! 

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I'm not sure how long it will be 99¢.

My thoughts about Perfectly Good Crime ~~

(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—"My heels dug into the muddy ground as I clambered up the hill. Cries for help mingled with the drone of helicopters overhead, filling the early evening air. I had no idea what I would see at the top of the hill, but I suspected it would give me nightmares for a long time to come."

Perfectly Good Crime is another wonderful story from Dete Meserve! I loved the people I first met in the book #1 of this series, Good Sam, and I enjoyed spending time with them again.

I love the character of Kate. She is an honest, hard working reporter who always seems to land a story that becomes big news. As she sets to find out who is robbing the richest men in the area, she also discovers that someone is giving riches to the poor.

At the same time that Kate is researching and reporting on this compelling story, one of the biggest television networks is trying to lure her away from her current job and life. Will she be able to make the right decision? And will she be able to have the life she wants and deserves?

Dete continues to write great 'feel good' stories that show that not all news is bad. There is just the right amount of mystery and romance to keep all of her readers satisfied and I look forward to reading more of this exciting, interesting series!

Good Sam
Good Sam
Read my thoughts here

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.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch

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.


The Song Remains the Same is only $.99 right now so I grabbed a copy from Amazon yesterday. Yay!! And I am giving away my print copy today. Don't get me wrong, I love print books but my physical shelves are overflowing. I still have a copy of the book, it just on my Kindle now. 

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same
by Allison Winn Scotch

Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Berkley

She’s a wife, a sister, a daughter…but she remembers nothing. Now she must ask herself who she is and choose which stories—and storytellers—to trust. One of only two survivors of a plane crash, Nell Slattery wakes up in the hospital with no memory of it, or who she is, or was. Now she must piece together both body and mind with the help of family and friends who have their own agendas. Although Nell can’t remember all that came before, something just doesn’t sit right with the versions of her history given by her mother, her sister, and her husband.

Desperate for a key to unlock her past, she filters through photos, art, music, and stories, hoping that something will jog her memory, and soon, in tiny bits and pieces, Nell starts remembering. . . .

From the New York Times bestselling author of Time of My Life comes a novel that asks: Who are we without our memories? How much of our future is defined by our past?


Get a Kindle copy for only $.99 - limited time! 
Be sure to check the price before clicking, I'm not sure how long it's going to be $.99. 
About the author

Allison Winn Scotch

I'm the author of a bunch of novels, including IN TWENTY YEARS, THE THEORY OF OPPOSITES and TIME OF MY LIFE. My next and seventh book - which I am suuuuper-excited about! - is titled BETWEEN ME AND YOU and will be released in January 2018.

As an author, I know how brutal reviews can be, so I'll only post about books I've enjoyed. (Just in case you're wondering why all of my reviews are positive!) ~ Goodreads.

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