Saturday, September 19, 2020

Book Spotlight #Giveaway! Some Luck by Jane Smiley #SomeLuck

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!


Some Luck

Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Last Hundred Years: A Family Saga #1
Paperback, 396 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Anchor

1920, Denby, Iowa: Rosanna and Walter Langdon have just welcomed their firstborn son, Frank, into their family farm. He will be the oldest of five.
Each chapter in this extraordinary novel covers a single year, encompassing the sweep of history as the Langdons abide by time-honored values and pass them on to their children. With the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change through the early 1950s, we watch as the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis. Later still, a girl we’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own.   
The first volume of an epic trilogy from a beloved writer at the height of her powers, Some Luck starts us on a literary adventure through cycles of birth and death, passion and betrayal that will span a century in America. 

About the author

Jane Smiley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Smiley grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and graduated from John Burroughs School. She obtained a A.B. at Vassar College, then earned a M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. While working towards her doctorate, she also spent a year studying in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar. From 1981 to 1996, she taught at Iowa State University. 

Smiley published her first novel, Barn Blind, in 1980, and won a 1985 O. Henry Award for her short story "Lily", which was published in The Atlantic Monthly. Her best-selling A Thousand Acres, a story based on William Shakespeare's King Lear, received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992. It was adapted into a film of the same title in 1997. In 1995 she wrote her sole television script produced, for an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street. Her novella The Age of Grief was made into the 2002 film The Secret Lives of Dentists.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel (2005), is a non-fiction meditation on the history and the nature of the novel, somewhat in the tradition of E. M. Forster's seminal Aspects of the Novel, that roams from eleventh century Japan's Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji to twenty-first century Americans chick lit.

In 2001, Smiley was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. ~ Goodreads

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Book Blitz! The People We Meet Along the Way by Beth Rinyu ~ Excerpt and #Giveaway!

The People We Meet Along the Way

The People We Meet Along the Way by Beth Rinyu
Publication date: September 17th 2020
Genres: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness to someone else that you’re so desperately seeking yourself? 

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of what ifs. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. 

Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.

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“I just wish you didn’t hate me so much.” I concentrated on the coffee in my cup as I swirled the wooden stirrer round and round. 

“I don’t hate you,” I said, focusing my attention back to him. “I hate what we did. I hate that I let it define who I was for so long, and I hate that I hurt someone I cared about so much because of it. But I don’t hate you—you were just one of the many cracks in my life.” 

He creased his forehead. “I don’t understand.” 

I gazed at him long and hard, finally fearless of the shame the man staring back at me conjured up inside of me. He held no control over me, and he never had. I stood up and pushed my chair in as he sat there waiting for an explanation. “And I wouldn’t have expected you to. Goodbye, Jonathan.”


About the author

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I love creating deep characters who you will love or love to hate. 

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? My happy place is a seat by the ocean with my feet in the sand or on the busy streets of New York City. You will more than likely find one of these places as the setting for most of my books.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Release Day! Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker ~ My Thoughts #DontLookForMe #NetGalley

 Happy Release Day!!

Congrats Wendy
on the release today of
Don't Look for Me!

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker
Print and e-book, 352 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by St. Martin's Press

In Wendy Walker's thrilling novel Don't Look for Me, the greatest risk isn’t running away. It’s running out of time.

One night, Molly Clarke walked away from her life.

She doesn't want to be found.

Or at least, that's the story.

The car abandoned miles from home.

The note found at a nearby hotel.

The shattered family that couldn’t be put back together.

They called it a “walk away.”

It happens all the time.

Women disappear, desperate to leave their lives behind and start over.

But is that what really happened to Molly Clarke? 

My thoughts about Don't Look for Me ~~

(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—"Day one. The sky goes dark as I drive."

That first line 'The sky goes dark as I drive.' should have clued me in to the ominous and dark tone this book was going to take. Let me tell you, the dark sky ended up being the least of Molly's worries and was only the beginning of her terror. 

Don't Look for Me took me on a ride I couldn't have imagined when I started reading. I was not expecting the story that I unfold before me and I loved every minute of it! Twists, turns. lies, not knowing who to trust, nor who to believe. So much hurt and so many emotions. Molly had already been through so much and I wasn't sure she was going to survive what happened to her on the dark, rainy night. 

Don't Look for Me is the perfect read for those who love psychological thrillers. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Loved, loved, loved it! 

I received a copy of Don't Look for Me from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Wendy Walker is the author of psychological suspense. Her novels have been translated into 23 foreign languages and have topped bestseller lists both nationally and abroad. They have been featured on The Today Show, The Reese Witherspoon Book Club, and The Book of the Month Club and have been optioned for television and film. ~ Goodreads

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Release Day! Love is a Battlefield by Whitney Dineen #LoveIsABattlefield

  Happy Release Day!!

Congrats Whitney
on the release today of
Love is a Battlefield!

Love is a Battlefield by Whitney Dineen
Series: Seven Brides for Seven Mothers #1
Print and e-book, 374 pages
Published September 15th 2020

Who doesn’t want their mom to play Cupid?

Addison Cooper had planned on an all-expense paid vacation to the Cayman Islands to celebrate her most recent business success. Instead, she’s trekking to the outback of Oregon to help a friend of her mother's.

Reclusive novelist Brogan Cavanaugh’s new thriller just hit the New York Times Best Seller list. To reward himself, he was planning to spend the summer at his family’s fishing cabin until his mom unexpectedly calls in a favor.

Even though moms Libby and Ruby have been best friends since they were college roommates, Addison and Brogan have barely spent time in each other’s company. And when they did, things didn’t go well.

How will they react when they start to suspect their interfering mothers are setting them up?

Find out in this deliciously funny rom-com about mothers who really do know best and the children who don’t know they need them. 

I love Whitney's stories! She has a wonderful sense of humor and her books are always so much fun to read. I'm excited for this new series of hers.

About the author

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to. 

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2017.
Silver medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.
Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.
Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.
Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017
Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Release Day! When the Time Is Right by Kim Cano ~ My Thoughts and a #Giveaway! #WhenTheTimeIsRight

Happy Release Day!!

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Congrats Kim
on the release today of
When the Time Is Right!

When the Time Is Right by Kim Cano
Print and e-book, 219 pages
Published September 14th 2020 by Kim Cano

A bond so strong that the gate to Rainbow Bridge can't hold it back.

As veterinarian Michelle Catalano helps other people's ailing animals earn their angel wings, she tries not to think about the empty cat perch in her own home. Or the empty side of her bed, grown cold since her boyfriend left town.

Then a pet psychic's uncannily accurate reading leaves Michelle with more questions than the answers she thought were set in stone. And warnings so dark, she wishes she still had her cat at her side to cuddle the fear away.

When a brutal murder devastates Michelle and her family, the detective working the case is her only anchor. And soon, she's turning to Bruce for the comfort that could heal her broken heart.

But there are too many unanswered questions about the killer, causing Michelle to secretly investigate on her own. Will Michelle's search for answers spell her doom, or deliver help from the animal afterlife above? 

My thoughts about When the Time Is Right ~~

(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 sound of rain gently tapping the window kept Dr. Michelle Catalano company as she wrote the eulogy for the Border Collie she had put to sleep earlier that day."

This story captured my heart from the first chapter. Dr. Michelle is a compassionate veterinarian who helps animals and their humans as the beloved pet transitions to Rainbow Bridge. That is always a hard thing to go through and this is a wonderful service to provide. She loves her animals.

And then the unthinkable happens. The drama and pain that Michelle had to endure drew me further into the story until I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Her life is a roller-coaster ride as the ups and downs of her search for answers keeps her motivated to move forward. 

Kim Cano is a new-to-me author but I loved the twists and turns of this story as well as the love and compassion shown to animals that is apparent throughout the whole book. This is a dramatic, emotional, engaging story while still be being beautiful and heart-warming. I'm definitely going to be checking out more of her stories! 

I received a copy of When the Time Is Right from the author and this is my honest opinion.


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About the author

Kim Cano

Kim Cano is the author of five women's fiction novels: A Widow Redefined, On the Inside, Eighty and Out, His Secret Life, and When the Time Is Right. Kim has also written a short story collection called For Animal Lovers. 10% of the sale price of that book is donated to the ASPCA® to help homeless pets.

Kim's novelette, The Rescue, is available for free on her website. ~ Goodreads

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Kim has graciously offered a print copy of her book for a giveaway!

Thank you so much, Kim!!

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? September 14, 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!


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

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

What I'm currently reading

The Book of Two Ways
by Jodi Picoult
Pub date 9/22

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The Unfinished Garden
by Barbara Claypole White
Narrated by Ana Clements and Paul Heitsch

What I recently finished

Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman

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Don't Look for Me
by Wendy Walker
Pub date 9/15

What I am going to read next

I have no idea! We are leaving today for a week's vacation in The Black Hills. I'm taking a stack of print books and my loaded Kindle. I'm just going to read whatever grabs my fancy.

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


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