Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Release Day! Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by HR Mason ~ and a Giveaway! #NothingHiddenEverStays

Happy Release Day!!


Congrats Heidi
on the release today of
Nothing Hidden Ever Stays!


Nothing Hidden Ever Stays by HR Mason
Genre: Gothic Suspense/Supernatural
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Tangled Tree Publishing
Cover Designer: BookSmith Design


A two-hundred-year-old curse. A tangled thread of mental illness. A growing list of Ross family women dying young. The house where it all began, Desolate Ridge, holds all the secrets. 

Abandoned at a hospital when she was only three years old, Aubrey Ross grew up as a ward of the state, passed from one foster family to the next. Having endured years of abuse and neglect, she’s become hardened to the world around her. 

She’s flirted with depression and anxiety, and she’s haunted by premonitions. When a strange man approaches Aubrey with information about her past, she knows her life is about to change. Inside the envelope is the deed to a house in Ohio—her ancestral home. 

When Aubrey arrives in Rossdale, the town named after her family, she immediately experiences situations she cannot explain. She hears voices, sees apparitions, and has vivid visions of tragedies she can scarcely comprehend. Aubrey comes to realize she is reliving events which have happened to those who came before her. 

Then she meets Hank Metzger, the town’s sheriff, whose family has an eerie connection to her own. As the secrets of Desolate Ridge are unearthed, Aubrey begins to understand her destiny is tied to Hank’s in a way she cannot escape.

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Heidi Renee Mason is an Ohio girl transplanted into the Pacific Northwest. She is a homeschooling mom of three daughters, wife of one mailman, and a people-watching introvert who can be found hiding in the nearest corner.





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Monday, October 28, 2019

Release Day! Résistance by Susan Kaye Quinn ~ My Thoughts #Résistance

Happy Release Day!!

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Congrats Susan
on the release today of
Résistance!

Résistance by Susan Kaye Quinn
Stories of Singularity #7
Kindle Edition, 50 pages
Published October 28th 2019 by Twisted Space LLC

Kamali LeClair’s dance is her prayer—and her rebellion against the human/bot hybrids who run the world. In Paris’s annual showcase for the creative Olympics, she’ll prove she’s the best of what’s left of humanity… and then refuse the ascenders’ prize of immortality. But when a young man has an offer of résistance she didn’t know was possible, she has to decide how far she’s willing to go to defy the rulers who banished her mother.

Résistance  is a standalone short novella that takes place in the world of the Singularity novels.

Start the novel series with The Legacy Human (Singularity 1).
Read it for FREE.


Only $.99!!

My thoughts about Résistance ~~

(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—"The backstage stinks of sweat and misplaced hope."

I love this whole series and Résistance is a wonderful story showcasing the beauty, talent. and strength of Kamali LeClair. She is an amazing dancer and uses her gift to further her cause.

Résistance dropped me right back into the Singularity world, where the concept of that world is so foreign to me, but one that Susan Kaye Quinn has made very real. It is so easy to become engrossed in her creative story-lines.

The Singularity series and the Stories of Singularity are amazing stories that I highly recommend. You really should read them!

I received a copy of Résistance from the author and this is my honest review.

Singularity Novel Series
The Legacy Human (Singularity #1)
The Duality Bridge (Singularity #2)
The Illusory Prophet (Singularity 3)

Stories of Singularity
Restore (Stories of Singularity #1)
Containment (Stories of Singularity #2)
Augment (Stories of Singularity #3)
Awakening (Stories of Singularity #4)
Harvest (Stories of Singularity #5)
Defiance (Stories of Singularity #6)
Resistance (Stories of Singularity #7)

About the author


Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into royal fantasy romance and middle grade. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German and French, and featured in several anthologies.

She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity. ~ Goodreads

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 28, 2019


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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What I'm currently reading

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True to Me
(A By the Sea Novel)
by Kay Bratt
Pub date 12/10

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Jackrabbit Junction Jitters
(Jackrabbit Junction #2)
by Ann Charles
Narrated by Lisa Larsen


The Perfect Hope
(Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)
by Nora Roberts
Narrated by MacLeod Andrews

What I recently finished

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Wildflower Christmas
(The Wildflower House #3)
by Grace Greene
Pub date 11/12

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Calculated In Death
(In Death #36)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen

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Love to Prove You Wrong
(Old Pine Cove, #2)
by Sophie-Leigh Robbins
Pub date 11/4

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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
by Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate

What I am going to read next

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This Tender Land
by William Kent Krueger
This author will be visiting our local library in November!

I really love my reading life!

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Book Spotlight Giveaway! ~ And Your Feedback ~ Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer #FiveDaysLeft


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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I read Five Days Left when it came out in 2014 and loved it! It is such an emotional story. You can read my thoughts here

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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Five Days Left

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.

Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.


About the Author

Julie Lawson Timmer

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their children and two badly-behaved rescued dogs. By turns, she is an author, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and fledgling yogi. She is the author of Five Days Left (Putnam 2014), Untethered (Putnam 2016) and Mrs. Saint and the Defectives (coming August 1, 2017 from Lake Union). ~ Goodreads

Connect with Julie

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Help me out!!

I'm rethinking my giveaways; how I run them, if I should still do them weekly, maybe change to social media giveaways only (Facebook, Instagram, etc). I guess what I'm saying is—I'm ready for a change. Should I even continue them?

I've been doing Book Spotlight Giveaways since the end of 2013. That's 6 years! Phew!! Time for a change? 

Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts and any suggestions you might have for me about what I can/should do. Let me know what you think. 

You can earn 5 points on the Rafflecopter this week, if you leave me a comment! 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Fatal Traditions by Ann Charles ~ My Thoughts #FatalTraditions

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Fatal Traditions

Fatal Traditions: A Short Story from the Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series by Ann Charles 
Deadwood Shorts Book 5
Paperback and e-book, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Ann Charles

There's a real trick to catching a soul-stealing Hungarian devil made of shadow and smoke.

Unfortunately, Violet Parker doesn't know what that trick is and her aunt's life depends on her figuring it out. But killing is an old family tradition for her ... or rather a fatal tradition.

My thoughts about Fatal Traditions ~~

(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—"As badass killers went, most days I couldn't drive a nail into a coffin with a sledgehammer." 

I absolutely love this series! The characters that Ann Charles has created and woven into this hilarious mystery series are unique, memorable, quirky, and lovable. I am truly amazed at the story-lines this author comes up with as she pits her characters against the evils of another world—and sometimes against each other. I love all of the characters in this series and enjoy dropping back into Deadwood to visit them again. Life is never dull in Violet's world, that's for sure.

I particularly love these shorts that Ann comes out with periodically. First of all, they feed my craving for more until she releases the next book in the series, but I also enjoy how we get a taste of some of the side stories that live outside the normal series. They are great bridges in Violet's world while also satisfying my Deadwood addiction.



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About the author

Ann Charles

Ann lives in the beautiful Northern Arizona mountains with her clever husband, charming kids, and an incredibly sassy cat. 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 mixed-genre mysteries full of mayhem and fun, romance and comedy, and whatever else feels right. Sisters in Crime was kind enough to let her join their membership years ago. In addition, she’s been a member of Romance Writers of America for so many moons that she’s lost count.

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 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 self-promotion.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten ~ Re-release With a New Cover! #OneWrongTurn

Happy Release Day!!

One Wrong Turn by [Sletten, Deanna Lynn]

Congratulations Deanna
on the re-release today of
One Wrong Turn!

One Wrong Turn by Deanna Lynn Sletten 
Print and e-book, 173 pages
Published October 22, 2019 by Deanna Lynn Sletten

Tragedy brought him home, but love made him stay.

When his estranged wife, Jess, has a terrible accident leaving her lying in a coma, Clay Connors returns to his family to care for his two daughters. He has been separated from his family for nearly two years and his eldest daughter, Maddie, is resentful over his being absent. Sadly, his youngest daughter, Jilly, barely remembers him. Clay’s reasons for staying away now seem self-serving in the light of their family’s tragedy. The past washes over Clay as the memories of what led up to their separation envelope him and his future hangs in the balance over whether or not his wife will wake up. Can they be a family again, or is he too late?

One Wrong Turn is a story of time lost and redemption as Clay and his daughters struggle to reconnect and learn to trust again in the wake of a tragedy.

(This is a re-release of the book by the same title: One Wrong Turn)

  
I read One Wrong Turn when it was released in 2017 and loved it. You can read my thoughts here. I'm so excited that Deanna released it again with this beautiful new cover, designed by Tugboat Design. Isn't it amazing? 

About the author

Deanna Lynn Sletten

Deanna Lynn Sletten is the author of Maggie's Turn, Finding Libbie, One Wrong Turn, Miss Etta, and several other titles. She writes heartwarming women's fiction and romance novels with unforgettable characters. She has also written one middle-grade novel that takes you on the adventure of a lifetime. Deanna believes in fate, destiny, love at first sight, soul mates, second chances, and happily ever after, and her novels reflect that.

Deanna is married and has two grown children. When not writing, she enjoys walking the wooded trails around her home with her beautiful Australian Shepherd or relaxing on the lake in the summer.

Deanna loves hearing from her readers. 
Connect with her here—

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

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Release Day! Before and After by Judy Christie & Lisa Wingate #BeforeAndAfter

Happy Release Day!

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Congrats Judy and Lisa
on the release today of
Before and After!

Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society by Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate
Print and e-book, 320 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Ballantine Books

The compelling, poignant true stories of victims of a notorious adoption scandal--some of whom learned the truth from Lisa Wingate's bestselling novel Before We Were Yours and were reunited with birth family members as a result of its wide reach.

From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a black-market baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents--hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann's lucrative career in child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who documented the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many determined Tann survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

Before and After includes moving and sometimes shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. Christie and Wingate tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace better-late-than-never brothers, sisters, and cousins. In a poignant culmination of art meeting life, many of the long-silent victims of the tragically corrupt system return to Memphis with the authors to reclaim their stories at a Tennessee Children's Home Society reunion . . . with extraordinary results.


I read Lisa' book, Before We Were Yours and loved it! Before and After touches on some of the real-life stories of the children who were affected by living at the Tennessee Children's Home Society. I started reading Before and After yesterday and I've read half of it already. I love it—the stories of the children are heartbreaking but so touching. 

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About the authors

Judy Christie

Judy Christie is an author and consultant who lives in Northwest Louisiana.

She writes inspirational fiction and nonfiction. Her popular Green series chronicles the goings-on in the small Louisiana town of Green and is part of Abingdon Press’s new inspirational fiction line.

Judy is also the author of the popular Hurry Less, Worry Less nonfiction series, published by Abingdon Press.

Wreath, published in October 2011, is Judy’s first young adult book. Look for it and a free download on her books page!

Judy was a journalist for many years and is a frequent speaker at retreats and workshops. She works with clients around the country on how to slow down and enjoy each day more and how ~ Goodreads

Connect with Judy

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than thirty books. Her blockbuster Before We Were Yours was on the NYT best seller list for over one year. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Lisa believes stories can change the world. ~ Goodreads

Connect with Lisa

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Two Truths and a Lie by H.A. Price ~ My Thoughts #TwoTruthsAndALie

Two Truths and a Lie: A novel

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie by H.A. Price
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published September 6th 2019

Why do we cheat?

What are the countless ways in which we cheat others, even those we love?

Beth is a woman who (unbeknownst to her family and friends) has given up a free ride to Yale, rejecting her peers and instead marrying Mark, an unpretentious computer technician. Beth wanted salt-of-the-earth. She feared ending up erudite and alone, like Emily Dickinson. Yet she finds herself more isolated than ever as Mark’s wife.

Brad is a man who has married Kara, a promiscuous woman who is upfront about her past. They have a daughter, Katlin. Brad thinks he has outsmarted the competition who wrote Kara off as a common floozy. Eventually he realizes that he has been grading her on a curve--giving her bonus points just to make himself feel superior and wise.

Beth and Brad meet at a party, and their affinity is immediate. A few days later, Brad calls her, and their affair soon begins. As it progresses, they begin to take more risks to see each other.

It soon becomes clear that the events Beth and Brad have set in motion have much more serious ramifications than they could have ever realized.

     

My thoughts about Two Truths and a Lie ~~

(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—"If Beth had known that such small things, a bathing suit or a pair of glasses, could change a life, she might have done things differently."

Two Truths and a Lie is an interesting look at the lives of two people who find themselves attracted to each other, and who eventually act on their attraction. As the affair progresses, it no longer becomes just a lark between two people, it affects all of those around them. 

There's a nice variety of characters in this story, some who will touch your heart and then others you just want to throttle. As the story comes to an end, the reader can't help but understand the true cost of an innocent flirtation that turns into so much more. 

Two Truths and a Lie is a great story about relationships, with believable characters, about a topic that is very real in our society. I look forward to reading more of this author's stories. 

Thank you to H.A. Price for a copy of Two Truths and a Lie. This is my honest review. 

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About the author

H.A. Price is the author of several novels, including Two Truths and a Lie and A Night at the Movies. Price loves enjoys writing dialogue that rings true. ~ Amazon

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Release Day! Mistletoe Mishap by Tracy Krimmer #MistletoeMishap

Happy Release Day!

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Congrats Tracy
on the release today of
Mistletoe Mishap!

Mistletoe Mishap by Tracy Krimmer
Print and e-book, 200 pages
Published October 21st 2019 by Amazon Digital Services

What was meant to be a fling turns into a love they both thought they'd never have or deserved….

Alexis Paige did not make a habit of drunkenly booking travel for herself on the internet. But after the worst breakup ever, she's going wherever the wind, and her widowed dad, urges her to go. Now Alexis is on a plane to Colorado and Mistletoe Manor. The guy seated next to her is easy on the eyes, and oddly charming, but he's also obnoxious. She's relieved she never has to see Grayson Wells again. She's had enough of indecipherable men.

Until she walks into Mistletoe Manor. Grayson's aunt runs the rustic bed and breakfast, and it's his annual holiday spot. He knows the town well and wants to show Alexis all it has to offer. She's leery, especially of a guy like Grayson who's a little too smooth, but she can't find a reason to say no. One kiss under the famed mistletoe and it's almost too easy to say yes. She tells herself that Grayson is a fling, but it hurts to say goodbye only a few short weeks later. Darn that mistletoe…

Back at home, Alexis finds everything shifting—career, her childhood home on the market, and oh yeah, her dad's marital status. She's thrilled her father has found love, but it's too much at once, especially when she's still missing her mom and feeling like her romantic life is doomed. When her dad announces the nuptials will take place at Mistletoe Manor, she fears the trip will just make her sad over what might have been. But when Grayson turns up and puts it all on the line, will Alexis give in to love or will she regret that mistletoe kiss?


About the author

Tracy Krimmer

Tracy Krimmer loves penning chick lit and Women's Fiction as well as reading the same genre. Her passion for the written word began at a young age and her favorite place as a child was the library.

When she's not writing, she enjoys fitness, crushing candy, and napping. She lives in the Midwest with her family. ~ Goodreads

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 21, 2019


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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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
by Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate
Pub date 10/22

16229116
Calculated In Death
(In Death #36)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen

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Jackrabbit Junction Jitters
(Jackrabbit Junction #2)
by Ann Charles
Narrated by Lisa Larsen

What I recently finished

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Résistance
(Stories of Singularity #7)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Pub date 10/28

A Night at the Movies
A Night at the Movies
by H.A. Price

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Fatal Traditions: A Short Story from the Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series
(Deadwood Shorts Book 5)
by Ann Charles

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

What I am going to read next

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Love to Prove You Wrong (Old Pine Cove, #2)
by Sophie-Leigh Robbins 
Pub date 11/4

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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