Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Blitz! Crushing It by Lorelei Parker ~ An Excerpt and a #Giveaway! #CrushingIt

Crushing It

Crushing It by Lorelei Parker
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: June 30th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

In life, as in gaming, there’s a way around every obstacle . . .

To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?

Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”

Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.

Maybe the only winning strategy is to start playing by her heart . . .

“Relatable, funny, and charming, this gamingesque book delivers laughs and romance in a warm, satisfying bundle.” –Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Frostblood

“Sexy and delicious.” –Kristin Wright, author of Lying Beneath the Oaks



“Hmm.” She tapped her finger on her lips. “Everyone’s had a crush on someone, right? It wouldn’t be the most embarrassing revelation in the world. Could you find something like that?”

I thought about it. I really did not want to stand up in front of total strangers—or worse, former classmates—and get laughed at, but Aida was right that an admission of a decade-old crush on a boy in a college class wasn’t the worst thing I might reveal. Besides, everyone had a crush on pretty boy Tristan back in the day. That might work well for this kind of contest.

“Would that be enough to win the prize?” And a guaranteed trip to Germany.

“Why don’t we forget about the prize, okay? I’m more interested in helping you work through your anxiety.”

Right. My forced therapy. “I just don’t see how muscling through one reading will achieve that.”

She bit her lip. “Okay, so here’s the deal. It’s not a one-night contest. It’s an elimination-style competition. Like American Idol.”

“Oh.” That changed things considerably. I just wanted the money, but I couldn’t imagine doing this week after week. Staying home and playing Undertale on the genocide route was sounding better and better.

Aida stood, one hand bracing her back. “Look. It’s right up the street. Let’s just go check it out.”

When she left, I skimmed the journal, hunting for something safe and boring. I didn’t believe reading something embarrassing was going to magically cure me. Nor was I going to win a weeks-long contest. But as Mr. Shepherd, my cross-country coach, used to say, “Running begins, not with the feet, but with the mind.” Maybe just preparing to do the contest, imagining myself succeeding, would be therapeutic on its own.

I took a deep breath and pretended I was actually going to go through with it.


About the author

Bouncing all over the north throughout her childhood, Lorelei Parker grew up believing she was a Yankee. However, raised by transplanted Alabamans, she was destined to eventually wind up in the south. After graduating from Auburn University, she disappointed her entire family by defecting to SEC rival University of Florida and eventually settled as far north as central Virginia for grad school in French literature. 

After a major career shift and a brief detour through New York City, she now works as a computer programmer in Charlottesville. In her free time, when she isn't playing video games, she writes contemporary romantic comedy.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Release Day! The Dilemma by B. A. Paris ~ My Thoughts #TheDilemma #NetGalley

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Congrats B. A.
on the release today of
The Dilemma!

The Dilemma by B. A. Paris
Print and e-book, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by St. Martin's Press 

A woman's birthday party takes a dark turn in a poignant, heart-stopping new novel from the reigning queen of suspense, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors.

Livia is finally having the birthday party she always dreamed of. When she and her husband Adam fell pregnant as teenagers, she was disowned by her parents. Their marriage has had its ups and downs, but now, twenty years on, they are blissfully happy now with their two grown-up children, Josh and Marnie. And tonight, Adam is throwing Livia the party of a lifetime, to make up for the fairytale wedding they could never have.

Marnie has been studying abroad and can’t make it to the party. Livia can’t help but be slightly grateful for this, as she’s recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. For just one night, Livia wants everything to be perfect.

Adam, meanwhile, has set up another surprise for his wife: Marnie will be secretly flying back for the family celebration. But soon it emerges that Adam is faced with a dilemma of his own, and he too may have to keep a terrible secret. After all, if you could give the person you love the most in the world a few more hours of happiness, you would . . . wouldn’t you? As the day of the party dawns, one thing is clear: Marnie’s arrival could shatter everything. 


My thoughts about The Dilemma ~~

(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—"It's the cooling bathwater that wakes me."

Once again, here is another book full of secrets. That seems to be a theme in a lot of books lately, at least in ones that I have been lucky enough to read. And secrets can definitely keep a book interesting, that's for sure. 

The Dilemma has secrets, but these secrets are being kept for good reasons—not to hide bad things from the past, but to keep loved ones from being hurt. As the 'perfect' birthday party approaches—the party of a lifetime—we see how the stress of keeping these secrets impact the main characters. What a roller-coaster ride of emotions this author put me through. 

While The Dilemma had a different feel to it for me from B.A's other thrillers—it didn't feel quite as intense—it was still an exciting and enjoyable read. And as always, I look forward to the next book by B. A. Paris. 

I received a copy of The Dilemma via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

B.A. Paris

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over a million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK.

Her fifth novel is out in 2021 ~ Goodreads

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Monday, June 29, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? June 29, 2020

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!


Take care. Stay safe and healthy everyone.
And remember to wash those hands!!

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

What I'm currently reading

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The Subway Girl
by Lisa Becker
Pub date 7/14
I love Lisa's stoies! So much fun.

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by L.A. Remenicky

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The Perfect Secret
by Steena Holmes
Narrated by Erin deWard & Christina Traister
Loved this book when I read it and am loving the audio just as much!

What I recently finished

The Second Home
by Christina Clancy

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The Dilemma
by B.A. Paris
Pub date 6/30
My thoughts will be posted tomorrow.

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Sweet Hollow Women
by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Narrated by Scott Cluthe 

What I am going to read next

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How to Save a Life
by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Pub date 7/14

I really love my reading life!
What are you reading this week?


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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Book Spotlight #Giveaway! Graveyard Bay by Thomas Kies #GraveyardBay


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

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


Graveyard Bay

Graveyard Bay by Thomas Kies
Series: Geneva Chase #3
ARC, 304 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press

Time is running out...

The nude bodies of a corrupt judge and a Jane Doe are found under the icy, black waters at Groward Bay Marina, chained to the prongs of a mammoth fork lift. A videotape points to Merlin Finn, a ruthless gang leader with a proclivity for bondage and S&M who had recently broken out of prison. In the videotape, he's wearing a black leather bondage mask.

With the newspaper she works for about to be sold and her job in jeopardy, journalist Geneva Chase investigates pill mills, crooked doctors, and a massive money laundering scheme in an attempt to identify the murdered woman and find the killer. Along the way, she finds herself working with a disgraced New York cop and a host of other unlikely characters with ties to the criminal underworld.

Geneva is clearly hot on the killer's trail, but when she is kidnapped and held at the mercy of the criminals she hoped to stop, it looks like her chance to uncover the darkness that has seeped through her hometown may be lost forever.

Check out the whole series on Goodreads.

About the author

Thomas Kies

Author of the Geneva Chase Mystery Series, Thomas Kies lives and writes on a barrier island on the coast of North Carolina with his wife, Cindy, and Lilly, their Shih-Tzu.

He has a long career working for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York, and is currently working on his next novel, Graveyard Bay. ~ Author's website

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Finding Adley by Leah van de Berkt ~ My Thoughts #FindingAdley

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Finding Adley

Finding Adley
by Leah van de Berkt

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published July 29th 2019

Two sisters...

Cora and Sara Osborne share an unbreakable bond. With their mother wheelchair bound, their father busy running the estate, and their country home shut off from most of the outside world, all they really have is each other. But when Sara’s eyesight fades, she relies on her sister more than ever before.

A missing Locket...

On March 3rd, 1930, a priceless locket is stolen, driving Cora to a desperate act. Once the shot is fired there is no going back.

A murder witnessed only by a blind girl...

Sara was there, she heard everything, but her reliability as a witness comes into question when there’s no evidence to back her story.

The killer escaped without a trace...

Seventy years later, biographer Ginny Mersea is hired to tell the story. A task that seems impossible with her only source an ailing blind woman. Diving further into the past reveals a spiderweb of conspiracy far bigger than Ginny thought possible. Who is Adley Moore? What does she have to do with the Osbornes? And could a mysterious illness lead to a murderer?

As Ginny finds herself pulled deeper into the cloak-and-dagger world of the Osborne Sisters and the elusive Adley Moore, she finds a place where powerful loyalties protect tragic secrets, and nothing is as it seems.


My thoughts about Finding Adley ~~

(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—"'No! No, no Cora, don't go! Breathe! You need to breathe!'"

I was immediately drawn into this story and ended up devouring it. I was intrigued by the mystery of the missing Adley Moore. As Sara shares the stories of her past and Ginny starts to dig into the family's history, secrets come to light—secrets that leave more questions than answers.

I was first drawn to this beautiful cover and then the synopsis intrigued me. Leah van de Berkt is a new-to-me author, so I wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoy the way she writes. The story flowed very well and this was a very satisfying read. I look forward to ready more of her books.

I received a copy of Finding Adley from Inboundbooks and this is my honest opinion.


About the author

Leah van de Berkt

Leah has been writing since she was six years old. Her very first story was written for her mother and Leah illustrated it herself using stencils and crayons.

Growing up on the plains of Wyoming was thrilling! She is the second of four siblings and describes her growing up years as "sweet and cheerful." Her parents owned a hobby farm for much of her growing up years, and Leah loved being around all the animals. They had sheep, goats, chickens, dogs, and barn cats. Leah also learned to garden with her mother, hunt with her father, and build forts and castles with her brothers and sister.

Leah was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and started community college when she turned 16. From there she went on to College of the Ozarks in Missouri and graduated from there in 2009 with a BA in English.

Through it all Leah never lost sight of her goal to become an author. Her debut children's story released under her children's author pen name Julia Joss on November 27, 2012 entitled Blue Hooves and a Broken Wing. Three years later she released her first novel Unraveling Glenmore in April 2015, followed by her collection of short stories Pieces, Parts, & Paragraphs in 2017. She's hoping to release her second novel Finding Adley late Summer 2019.

In addition to writing, Leah enjoys playing the piano and the Irish Tin Whistle. She loves reading, drinking coffee, having long talks with friends and fellow book lovers, and especially being a stay-at-home wife and mother.

Currently Leah lives with her husband and two children in Colorado, where she enjoys marvelous views of the Rocky Mountains. ~ Goodreads

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Devil Days in Deadwood by Ann Charles ~ My Thoughts #DevilDaysInDeadwood #AnnWCharles

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Devil Days in Deadwood

Devil Days in Deadwood by Ann Charles 
Deadwood #11
Kindle Edition, 410 pages
Published May 29th 2020 by Ann Charles

Violet Parker knows better than to play with devils. They always cheat, especially when lives are at stake. Deadwood’s charming, troublemaking, and soul-sucking devils are no different, and they’re biting at her heels.

But the clock is ticking and Violet has no choice—she must risk her life to save her treasured Aunt Zoe. With any luck, she might be able to trick the devils and beat the old terrors at their own game. If not, Deadwood could end up short one Executioner.

“Executioners don't duck, they swing.” ~ Violet Parker

My thoughts about Devil Days in Deadwood ~~

(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—"'What dumbass thought catching an Hungarian devil made of smoke and shadow was a good idea?'"

Oh my gosh! With an opening line like that one, you just know the rest of the book is going to be one crazy ride. And believe me it, definitely was an exciting one. I absolutely love this series and I'm forever amazed at the dramatic and creative story-lines that Ann comes up with for each book. What will she think of next? 

Devil Days in Deadwood has maybe become one of my favorites in this whole series. I just absolutely loved everything about it. The ongoing and quirky relationships were at their peak. I can't count how many times I laughed out loud, such hilarious characters. Then the dangers that Violet's profession puts them all in was exciting, as well as being a bit scary. And in the end, everyone works together to defeat the bad guys..... for now. There are always more waiting in the wings. 

I have a love/hate relationship with the endings of Ann's books. She leaves the reader in a dramatic situation but always promises that there will be more coming, we just need to be patient. But it is so hard!! 

I am a huge fan of this whole series and I'm always recommending them to anyone and everyone who will listen to me. Check it out!


About the author

Ann Charles

Ann lives in the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains with her clever husband, charming kids, and an incredibly sassy cats. After many years and several colleges, she managed to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

Her books are character-driven, mixed-genre mysteries full of mystery and mayhem, comedy and spice, and whatever else feels right. Sisters in Crime was kind enough to let her join their membership years ago. In addition, she’s a member of Western Writers of America.

Ann has written a bunch of contemporary, award-winning novels in multiple series full of quirky characters with whom she loves to spend time as much as reality allows. Right now, while you’re reading this, she’s probably frolicking around in another story.

While her reading preferences range from adventure to horror to western and mystery, ever since she tried on her first training bra, she has loved a good mix of romance, too.

When she’s not dabbling in fiction, she’s penning writing-themed articles or standing on her workshop soapbox, sharing what she has learned over the years about the writing craft and marketing. ~ Author's website

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