Monday, February 17, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 17, 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!

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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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Oh My Stars
by Lorna Landvik
This is my book club read this month.

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First Street
by Catherine McKenzie, Jasmine Guillory, Elyssa Friedland, Shawn Klomparens, Randy Susan Meyers, and Kermit Roosevelt III
This is being released weekly thru Serial Box. The first episode is free. Give it a try!

What I recently finished

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Under the Apple Blossoms: A Lake Harriet Novel
by Deanna Lynn Sletten
Pub date 3/17

Concealed in Death (In Death, #38)
Concealed in Death
(In Death #38)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen 

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A Widow's Tale
by Frances Paul

What I am going to read next

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Woman on the Edge
by Samantha M. Bailey
Pub date 3/3
I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Book Spotlight #Giveaway! The First Mistake by Sandie Jones #TheFirstMistake


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 this book when it came out in October. You can read my thoughts HEREThe First Mistake is an amazing psychological thrill that will keep you guessing until the very end. This was one of the best thrillers I've read recently. I have my ARC to offer as a giveaway this week.


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The First Mistake


The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
ARC, 304 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Minotaur Books

From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today Bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: When Alice met Beth, her best friend, it was the icing on the cake. A friend without judgement, to celebrate with, commiserate with, Beth is the most trustworthy and loyal person that Alice knows. So when Nathan starts disappearing for stretches of time, Alice turns to Beth. But soon, she begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced…


About the author

Sandie Jones

Sandie Jones has been a freelance journalist for over 20 years, interviewing celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Isla Fisher, Simon Cowell and Naomie Harris.

Her debut novel, The Other Woman, is a psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a woman and her partner's mother.

If Sandie wasn't an author she'd be an interior designer as she has an unhealthy obsession with wallpaper and cushions!

She lives in London, England, with her husband and three children. ~ Amazon

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Release Day! A Light Last Seen by Grace Greene ~ My Thoughts #ALightLastSeen

Release Day!

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Congrats Grace
on the release today of
A Light Last Seen!

A Light Last Seen by Grace Greene
320 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Kersey Creek Books

Chasing happiness and finding joy are two very different things as Jaynie Highsmith is discovering. Can she give up searching for the one and reclaim the other? Or is she fated to repeat the mistakes her mother made?

Jaynie Highsmith grew up in Cub Creek on Hope Road, the irony of which the name, Hope never failed to escape her. After a difficult childhood, she is desperate to leave her hometown and her unpleasant memories behind her and make a new life. She is determined to be the best version of herself she can create, but when she takes off she also leaves and forgets important parts of her past and herself.

The new life is everything she wants, or so she thinks until she finds herself repeating the same mistakes her mother made. Is Jaynie destined for unhappiness? Is it like mother, like daughter? Did running away only delay the unhappiness she is feels destined for?

Seventeen years after leaving home, Jaynie needs a new fresh start and returning to Cub Creek is necessary, but she is determined that the visit will be as short as possible and then she'll be out and free again. However, a longer stay may be vital to her future because if she has any hope of changing her destiny, Jaynie must reconcile the past she turned her back on with her present.


My thoughts about A Light Last Seen ~~

(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—"Time and memories are fluid. Just when you think the artifacts of your past have been carefully packed always and left securely behind, the ghosts of themthe memoriesgrab you like quicksand and suck you right back into what you wanted to forget. The present is never free of the past."

This is such an amazingly beautiful story about family, resilience, acceptance, forgiveness, growth, and love. As with all of Grace's stories, I was immediately swept up in the world she created and became immersed in Jayne's life.

Jayne had a rough life growing up, with a mother who was not always there for her. So when she had a chance to get out of there, she took it. Years later, she has to come back home and relive some of those bad memories. But she also discovers some of the good from that time as well.

A Light Last Seen captured my heart from the very first lines and let me escape my life for a little bit. I loved everything about this book and loved watching Jayne work through her past to find happiness in her present.

Thank you to Grace Greene for the ARC of A Light Last Seen. This is my honest opinion of the book.

About the author


Grace Greene writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration ~ The Emerald Isle, NC Stories Series includes Beach Rental, Beach Winds, Beach Wedding, along with the Christmas novellas, Beach Christmas and Beach Walk. Her Virginia books are Women's Fiction with romance, suspense and mystery. Most are set in rural Cub Creek and include her bestselling The Memory of Butterflies and The Happiness In Between which were released in 2017. Three new Cub Creek books were released in 2019 - The Wildflower House Series: Wildflower Heart, Wildflower Hope and Wildflower Christmas.

Grace is also an artist and photographer and these interests show up on the pages of the stories. She lives in central Virginia. ~ Goodreads

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Monday, February 10, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 10, 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!

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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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A Widow's Tale
by Frances Paul
A little different for me but very compelling.

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First Street
by Catherine McKenzie, Jasmine Guillory, Elyssa Friedland, Shawn Klomparens, Randy Susan Meyers, and Kermit Roosevelt III
This is being released weekly thru Serial Box. The first episode is free. Give it a try!

Concealed in Death (In Death, #38)
Concealed in Death
(In Death #38)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen 

What I recently finished

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This Won't End Well
by Camille Pagán
Pub date 2/25

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The New Husband
by D.J. Palmer
So, so good!!
Pub date 4/14

What I am going to read next

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Under the Apple Blossoms: A Lake Harriet Novel
by Deanna Lynn Sletten
I love this author and I love this series!
Pub date 3/17

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Book Spotlight #Giveaway! Love is a Rebellious Bird by Elayne Klasson #LoveIsARebelliousBird


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 this book when it came out in November. You can read my thoughts HERE. Love is a Rebellious Bird is an excellent character-driven novel, which focuses on the mindset of one woman as she maneuvers through her life—as she struggles to finds her happiness and her purpose. I have an ARC to offer for my giveaway this week.


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Love is a Rebellious Bird

Love is a Rebellious Bird by Elayne Klasson
ARC, 336 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by She Writes Press

Who is it we love and why do we love these people?

Toward the end of her life, Judith asks these questions, trying to understand why she chose Elliot Pine to love. Why, for sixty years, did she persist in loving someone who never gave as much as he was given? In her quest for understanding, she writes her story to this exceptional man.

Meeting as children in Chicago, they move to opposite coasts. Elliot embarks on a remarkable legal career in Washington and New York while Judith raises her children alone in California, after tragedy. Coming together again and again throughout their lives, their love is never equal, Elliot defining the terms of the relationship.

Judith examines the role of Beauty in love, for Elliot's face and form were beautiful. She considers the role of Consolation, how they supported one another in devastating times. Insanity, Magic, Deceit, Sensory Fulfillment, and, finally, Being Seen—Judith looks at these many aspects of her love.

Her feelings for this man cost her, impinged on every other relationship in her life: friends, her two husbands, even her three children. After sixty years, however, it all changes. Judith makes one more profound sacrifice, finally achieving a sort of long-awaited happiness in her love.


About the author

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Author Elayne Klasson has never done anything just halfway: from a career of scholastic achievements, contributions to society and bold moves, to her rise as a writer to successful newspaper columnist. Her debut novel, Love is a Rebellious Bird, is no exception—her first to be published with She Writes Press.

Elayne grew up in Chicago. She went to university and graduate school in the Midwest—Ohio State University and the University of Michigan—where she earned a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Psychology. For several years she lived in Barbados, West Indies, working as a health care consultant with Project Hope; then returning as a writer and columnist for the Barbados Daily Nation.

Her professional career has largely been in academia at San Jose State University, with her research and clinical area of expertise being the severely mentally ill. A recent transplant to the Santa Ynez Valley, near Santa Barbara, California, she is a popular lifestyle newspaper columnist there. Elayne has appeared on San Francisco public television as a restaurant critic.

She’s been awarded several writer’s residencies, including Hedgebrook Writers' Colony on Whidbey Island, Washington and Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

She daily walks her young dachshund and aged fluffy white rescue through nearby vineyards. Married to David, a scientist, they have five children between them, all grown. ~ Author's website

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Release Day! Dear Future Self by Lisa Becker ~ My Thoughts #MyFutureSelf

Happy Release Day!!

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Congrats Lisa
on the release today of
Dear Future Self!

Dear Future Self: A Starfish Novella by Lisa Becker
ebook, 87 pages
Published February 4th 2020

People think they know Jase Connors: Former front man for Kings Quarters. Successful solo artist. Consummate playboy. What they don’t know is he’s tired from road life. Tired of road life. Just plain tired.

When a beloved high school teacher passes away, Jase returns to his Midwestern childhood home to honor the teacher’s final wishes. Sparks fly when he’s reunited with his childhood best friend, Cami, and is forced to confront choices that made him the man he is today.

Dear Future Self is a 23,000-word novella spin-off of award-winning Starfish: A Rock Star Romance. It can be read as a stand-alone and guarantees a happily ever after. For mature readers only.

 

My thoughts about Dear Future Self ~~

(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—"'Jason, honey. I have some bad news,' says my mom on the other end of the phone."

I read and reviewed Starfish when it came out. I loved it and loved the sauciness of the characters. Dear Future Self is a wonderful novella focusing on one of the characters we met in Starfish.

Jase is an singer, one who is doing really well out there in the public world. But when he hears some bad news from his private world, he takes a step back from the public to focus on what he feels is more important.

Once again, Lisa has written an amazingly fun story with characters I would love to know. I love this series and really hope there are more stories to come. I enjoy my immersion into their world.

I received an ARC of Dear Future Self from the author and this is my honest opinion of the book.

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Read my thoughts about Starfish HERE.

About the author

Lisa Becker

Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money - on books and margaritas. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com. ~ Goodreads

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Book Blitz! False Memory by Meli Raine ~ Excerpt, and a #Giveaway! #FalseMemory


False Memory


False Memory by Meli Raine
(False Memory, #1)
Publication date: November 15th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense


It all started with the bereavement flowers with my name on them.

Not the best way to wake up, right? I work in a flower shop. I know a funeral arrangement when I see one.

I know a killer when I see one, too. And one is standing in my hospital room right now, straight behind the man who saved my life.

I can’t tell anyone the truth, because that’s the fastest way to really die. So I do the next best thing. I “lose” my memory.

I fake my amnesia.

Pretending not to remember a brutal attempted murder has its perks. The killer is backing down, spending less time around me, loosening the noose.

The less I claim to recall, the more my rescuer, Duff, works to help me “remember.” I hate lying to him.

But he doesn’t understand that my memory is dangerous. To me. And to him.

Fooling everyone isn’t easy. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Except it’s starting to look like I’ve been fooling myself.

In more ways than one.

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Excerpt

Sensation turns to pain when you have no control. A full-body flush of horror rip-ples across my skin. Mom frowns as she senses it, her eyes tracking my arms, my legs, my face.

“There,” the nurse says, looking up at the red numbers on the IV machine. She fid-dles with a clear tube. “That’ll help her.”

The doctor seems satisfied, a small huff of breath his only reply.

“Lily? Lily, what’s wrong?” Mom asks as my arms, my legs, every inch of skin turns to hot air, floating away as I disintegrate. The pain is my only tether.

My killer turns so fast, facing me, that I can’t look away in time.

Our eyes meet.

I close mine.

I open them. I can’t help myself.

It’s worse than I thought. My killer smiles at Duff, who looks back at him, not smil-ing, but clearly engaged. Familiar.

Duff is in on it. Duff was trying to kill me, too. He didn’t pull the trigger, but he’s in on it.

He has to be.

For the first time since I’ve woken up, I wish I were dead.

Because I’m about to be, if they get me alone.

About the author



Meli Raine writes romantic suspense with hot bikers, intense undercover DEA agents, bad boys turned good, and Special Ops heroes — and the women who love them. Meli rode her first motorcycle when she was five years old, but she played in the ocean long before that. She lives in New England with her family.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? February 3, 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!

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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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The New Husband
by D.J. Palmer
Pub date 4/14

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First Street
by Catherine McKenzie, Jasmine Guillory, Elyssa Friedland, Shawn Klomparens, Randy Susan Meyers, and Kermit Roosevelt III
This is being released weekly thru Serial Box. The first episode is free. Give it a try!

Concealed in Death (In Death, #38)
Concealed in Death
(In Death #38)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen 

What I recently finished

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Lavender, Loss & Love at the Villa des Violettes
(Villa des Violettes #3)
by Patricia Sands
I love this series!
You can read my thoughts HERE.

What I am going to read next

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This Won't End Well
by Camille Pagán
Pub date 2/25

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Book Spotlight #Giveaway! The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz #TheForbiddenDoor


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 love Dean Koontz's books and this is book #4 of his amazing Jane Hawk series. I ended up with an extra ARC copy and so I'm passing it along. I've only read book #2, The Whispering Room—so far. Read my thoughts here. I'm excited to read the rest of the series! 

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The Forbidden Door

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz
Series: Jane Hawk #4
ARC, 480 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Bantam

When this relentless rogue FBI agent comes knocking, her adversaries will have to answer—with their lives—in the latest thrilling Jane Hawk novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Corner.

“We’re rewriting the play, and the play is this country, the world, the future. We break Jane’s heart, we’ll also break her will.”

She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. She couldn’t save her husband, or the others whose lives have been destroyed, but equipped with superior tactical and survival skills—and the fury born of a broken heart and a hunger for justice—Jane has struck major blows against the insidious cabal.

But Jane’s enemies are about to hit back hard. If their best operatives can’t outrun her, they mean to bring her running to them, using her five-year-old son as bait. Jane knows there’s no underestimating their capabilities, but she must battle her way back across the country to the remote shelter where her boy is safely hidden . . . for now.

As she moves resolutely forward, new threats begin to emerge: a growing number of brain-altered victims driven hopelessly, violently insane. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives—against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door.

Don’t miss any of Dean Koontz’s gripping Jane Hawk thrillers: THE SILENT CORNER • THE WHISPERING ROOM • THE CROOKED STAIRCASE • THE FORBIDDEN DOOR • THE NIGHT WINDOW


Check out the whole series here.

About the author



Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh NicholsBrian CoffeyDavid AxtonOwen WestDeanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna. ~ Goodreads

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