Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Book Blitz! Broken Fortune by Aly Mennuti ~ Excerpt and #Giveaway! #BrokenFortune @AlyMennuti @XpressoTours


Broken Fortune by Aly Mennuti
Publication date: July 16th 2024
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Broken Fortune explores the unraveling of a wealthy, blended family forced to reconsider their future together as their world falls apart around them.

Elizabeth Sunderland—a forty-three-year-old wife and mother of two teenagers—is the oldest of five children in a blended family that never quite blended. The only thing that has held them together is the iron will of their wealthy parents: Benjamin Sunderland, a venture capitalist, and Kate Bernard, a partner of a hedge fund. Together, Benjamin and Kate create and rule over a Manhattan dynasty of which their children each bear their own unique scars.

Elizabeth has been trying to keep the family together since she was ten years old, hoping to convince everyone they have more in common than just their fortune. This stance will be put to the ultimate test when Kate dies with one final request: that the family travel together to the island of St. John and spread her ashes in the ocean. However, Kate’s plan to fix the family will involve more than just a family trip to the sea.

As the hidden secrets and quiet betrayals built up over thirty years begin to ripple and crash like the ocean surrounding the sinking family, Elizabeth not only faces each of her sibling’s personal inflection points—moments that could lead to reconciliation or ruin—but she has to face her own demons that have laid dormant. What happens next will shock Elizabeth into recognizing a reality she had no idea existed.

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EXCERPT

“How much money did you get?” Paul drops in, trying not to seem as outright aggressive as my other siblings but still trying to ferret out the information.

“It was nothing,” I say, trying to shut this conversation down.

“Oh, it wasn’t nothing,” Benjamin says. “It was over five million dollars.”

Everyone at the table looks ready to either spill their drink, fall off their chair, or turn me upside down to try and shake the five million out of my pockets.

“Can I have some?” Winnie says, shifting her attention for the first time this evening from my father to me.

“No,” Benjamin says sternly to Winnie. “Your mother is giving that back.”

“What about,” Paul says, daring to get between Benjamin and his money, “if you give us all five million dollars, so Lizzie doesn’t feel so alone. I mean…I’m sure my mother left something for all of us and Lizzie’s just came through first.”

“No,” Benjamin says. “Lizzie won’t feel alone when I have it back. Because none of you are getting any extra money. Everything that was Kate’s is now mine. That’s what we decided. And upon my death—which should be noted, won’t be happening anytime soon—you will all receive the entire inheritance split into five.”

“Wait,” Paul says, clearly upset. “Wait. She’s our mother. Mine. I’m her son. I mean, no offense to your kids Benjamin, but me…and Julian, we should get something now. Not have to wait until you die. You’re not my father.”

Paul’s words visibly cut through Benjamin, like an unexpected knife in the back. Even I can’t help but wince on his behalf—considering he’s spent the last thirty-three years trying to convince Paul he’s a reasonable, viable father. Meanwhile, he’s made not one corresponding overture in my direction, relegating me to the status of just an afterthought that will always linger.

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About the author

Aly Mennuti has always had two passions: philanthropy and literature. She satisfies one of those by being an executive at an international nonprofit consulting firm and has helped a diverse range of high-profile clients reach their philanthropic goals. 

However, she’s always had a desire to express herself creatively and carve out her own role as a writer in a writing family. Finally, in her forties (and with two children hitting their teens and deciding Mom is really uncool and not needed to hang out with anymore) she has the time and headspace to tell her own stories. 

She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, Nicholas Mennuti, a novelist and screenwriter, their two children, Charlie and Lilly, and their eccentric Goldendoodle, Barry.

Connect with Aly 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Release Day! One Big Happy Family by Jamie Day ~ My Thoughts #OneBigHappyFamily @NetGalley

Happy Release Day!


Congrats Jamie
on the release today of
One Big Happy Family!

One Big Happy Family by Jamie Day
Mystery Thriller, 368 pages
Published July 16, 2024 by St. Martin's Press

The newest, riveting summer suspense by the author of The Block Party, Jamie Day.

The Precipice is a legendary, family-owned hotel on the rocky coast of Maine. With the recent passing of their father, the Bishop sisters—Iris, Vicki, and Faith—have come for the weekend to claim it. But with a hurricane looming and each of the Bishop sisters harboring dangerous secrets, there's murder in the air—and not everyone who checks into the Precipice will be checking out.

Each sister wants what is rightfully hers, and in the mix is the Precipe's nineteen-year-old chambermaid Charley Kelley: smart, resilient, older than her years, and in desperate straits.

The arrival of the Bishop sisters could spell disaster for Charley. Will they close the hotel? Fire her? Discover her habit of pilfering from guests? Or even worse, learn that she's using a guest room to hide a woman on the run.

With razor-sharp wit, heart, thrills, and twists, Jamie Day delivers a unique brand of SUMMERTIME SUSPENSE.

"An unputdownable and gripping thriller with nonstop twists and turns!" —Freida McFadden, New York Times bestselling author of The Housemaid


My thoughts about One Big Happy Family ~~

(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 power flickers on and off, as if the hotel is taking a dying gasp."

First of all, I love this cover, it's what first drew my attention to this book. Second, mystery thriller? Yes, please. And lastly, a dysfunctional family, seriously? Count me in! 

Carley is just trying to live her life and care for her elderly grandmother. She's got a job, not the greatest, but it's a job, and a place to live. When the Bishop sisters show up to claim their inheritance, that all could change, especially with the threat of a hurricane and a murder or two.

This is definitely a page-turner with a lot of interesting characters, some you're just going to love to hate. When bodies start to fall, everyone turns on the person next to them and no one knows who to trust. The person that seems to be in control changes from hour to hour and you never know what's going to happen next. I loved it!

Jamie Day is a new-to-me author, with this being her second novel. I'm thinking she's going to become one of my must-read authors. Highly recommend!

I received a copy of One Big Happy Family from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

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About the author


Jamie Day lives in one of those picture-perfect, coastal New England towns you see in the movies. And just like the movies, Jamie has two children and an adorable dog to fawn over. When not writing or reading, Jamie enjoys yoga, the ocean, cooking, and long walks on the beach with the dog, or the kids, or sometimes both. ~ Publisher website

Connect with Jamie


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Monday, July 15, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 15, 2024 #IMWAYR

        

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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It's been 2 weeks since I posted my reads. We just got back from a 2 week road trip to TN. I didn't get on my computer once and didn't read very much at all. I was enjoying life and loved spending time with family. Got lots of grandmas hugs too! So now I'm back and back at it. 

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

What I'm currently reading

Southern Discomfort
by Ashley Farley
eARC from author
Pub date ~ August 6

In This Ravishing World
by Nina Schuyler
print ARC from publisher
Published ~ July 2, 2024

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
audio-book from my collection
Published June 2005

What I recently finished

One Big Happy Family
by Jamie Day
eARC from NetGalley
Published ~ July 11, 2024

What I am going to read next

This Used to Be Us
by Renee Carlino
print ARC from publisher
Published July 9, 2024

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Release Day! In This Ravishing World by Nina Schuyler ~ Spotlight @Nina_Schuyler @RegalHouse1 @GoSparkPoint

Happy Release Day!


Congrats Nina
on the release today of 
In This Ravishing World!

In This Ravishing World by Nina Schuyler
Short Stories, 294
Published July 2, 2024 by Regal House Publishing

In this Ravishing World is a sweeping, impassioned short story collection, ringing out with joy, despair, and hope for the natural world. 

Nine connected stories unfold, bringing together an unforgettable cast of dreamers, escapists, activists, and artists, creating a kaleidoscopic view of the climate crisis. An older woman who has spent her entire life fighting for the planet sinks into despair. A young boy is determined to bring the natural world to his bleak urban reality. A scientist working to solve the plastic problem grapples with whether to have a child. A ballet dancer endeavors to inhabit the consciousness of a rat. 

In this Ravishing World is a full-throated chorus— with Nature joining in— marveling at the exquisite beauty of our world, and pleading, raging, and ultimately urging all of its inhabitants toward activism and resistance.


I'm currently reading this while we are road-tripping. 
I'll be posting my thoughts soon.

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About the author


Nina Schuyler’s short story collection, In this Ravishing World, won the W.S. Porter Prize for Short Story Collections and The Prism Prize for Climate Literature, will be published by Regal House Publishing in 2024. Her novel, Afterword, was named a Notable 100 Book in the 2023 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition. Her novel, The Translator, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for General Fiction and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her novel, The Painting, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her book, How to Write Stunning Sentences, was a Small Press Distribution bestseller, and her new craft book, Stunning Sentences: The Creative Writing Journal with 80 New Prompts from Beloved Authors to Improve Your Style, was published by Fiction Advocate in November 2022.

She teaches creative writing at Stanford Continuing Studies, The Writing Salon, and for the independent bookstore, Book Passage. She writes a column about prose style for Fiction Advocate and reviews books for The Millions. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics with Honors, UC Law San Francisco, where she earned a J.D., and San Francisco State University, where she earned an MFA. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons, where she hikes, bodysurfs, and writes in a small room, looking out at a tall palm tree. ~ Author's website

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Monday, July 1, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 1, 2024 #IMWAYR

       

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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As this post goes live, we are on a road trip from SD to TN to see our son and his family. I can't wait to see them all and get lots of hugs. We have three grands there and we haven't seen them in person since September. It's been too long for this grandma! Posting will be sporadic as I take time to enjoy family. 

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

What I'm currently reading

One Big Happy Family
by Jamie Day
eARC from NetGalley
Pub date ~ July 11

In This Ravishing World
by Nina Schuyler
print ARC from publisher
Pub date ~ July 2

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
audio-book from my collection
Published June 2005

What I recently finished

Yellow Wife
by Sadeqa Johnson
print from my collection for a challenge
Published January 2021

The Bad Friend
by Caroline Kepnes
audio-book from my collection
Published March 2024

What I am going to read next

Southern Discomfort
by Ashley Farley
eARC from author
Pub date ~ August 6

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

This OR That Giveaway № 155 ~ It's a Big One!

 

I have sooooo many books!

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to cull my collection and to share some of the many books I have. I get to clear off some of my shelves to make room for more books and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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I really don't like the news I am sharing today. 

This will be my last This OR That Giveaway post. 
I know, I hate it too. 
😢

The USPS office has raised their media mail rates AGAIN in 2024. They raised them in January 2024 and just announced that they are going up again in July. While I love sharing my books with all of you, and I appreciate all of the support you have shown me 😘, I just can't justify the cost of sending out these books anymore. Hubs and I are both retired and this cost is eating away at our income. I may post again in the future, maybe when I have a build up of ARCs to get rid of. We'll see. I hope you stick around. 

In the meantime, I have my books listed for sale on PangoBooks (for really cheap, I think) (make me an offer if you see some you want, I'll work with you, just email me) and PaperBackSwap. Check out my books there!

This week, I am once again posting my Goodreads Giveaway Shelf so that winners can pick from the list of all of my previous offers. I will pick 5 names so we can end this event on a high note! 

Thanks again for your continued support of my giveaways and thanks for visiting my page. I hope you stick around for my other content too. 

Click the link to check out my Goodreads shelf so you can see what books are available. Some books may drop off before I select the winners, if they become unavailable. 


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Friday, June 28, 2024

Release Day! Hip Deep in Bad Company by Ann Charles & Sam Lucky @AnnWCharles

Happy Release Day!


Congrats Ann & Sam
on the release today of 
Hip Deep in Bad Company!

Hip Deep in Bad Company by Ann Charles & Sam Lucky
(Deadwood Undertaker #5)
Paranormal, Mystery, 380 pages
Published June 28, 2024 by Ann Charles

I ran freight and wagon trains for years from Missouri to Santa Fe. Courted death from arrows to snake bites, drowning to dysentery, each and every trip. Came through all that only to be dealt a bad hand in Deadwood. Got myself killed.

Now the Grim Reaper is swinging for my boys, too. They’re men, actually, and I won’t let them end up dead like me. Same goes for their friends, Clementine the Amazon and Hank Varney.

First thing, we need to reckon with that smokey Egyptian devil. His no-good henchmen are searching for something underneath the streets of Deadwood. One thing’s for sure—it’s not gold.

Second, the Pinkertons tracked my boys all the way to the Black Hills. I figured they would, but hoped they wouldn’t. My boys will end up in jail yet.

Not so long ago, Deadwood seemed like a good place to set up a freight office, but now the Hills are hip deep in bad company. Sooner or later, the devils around here are going to kill us all. Well, not all, unless you can kill a fella twice.

“I’m a ghost. A specter, some would say. A spirit. A shade, the hallucination of a compromised mind. Whatever moniker you prefer, that’s me. Excepting that last one.” ~ Uncle Morton


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About the authors

Ann Charles

Ann Charles is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, paranormal, and whatever else sounds fun. A member of Sisters in Crime and Western Writers of America, she has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

When Ann is not holed up in her writing lair working on her next book, she’s hanging out with her family and basking in the Arizona sunshine. ~ Author website

Connect with Ann


Sam Lucky

Sam Lucky likes to build things--from Jeep engines to Old West buildings to fun stories. When he is not writing, feeding his kids, attempting to seduce his wife, or tending the goldurn cats, he is planning food-based booksigning/road trips with his wife and working on one of his many home-improvement projects.

He writes the Deadwood Undertaker Series with Ann Charles. The first book is called Life at the Coffin Joint, available now. ~ Amazon

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Monday, June 24, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? June 24, 2024 #IMWAYR

         

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

One Big Happy Family
by Jamie Day
eARC from NetGalley
Pub date ~ July 11

Yellow Wife
by Sadeqa Johnson
print from my collection for a challenge
Published January 2021

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
by Kim Edwards
audio-book from my collection
Published June 2005

What I recently finished

A Happier Life
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
eARC from publisher
Pub date ~ June 25

The Tale of Despereaux
by Kate DiCamillo
paperback borrowed from my grandson
Published August 2003

Explosive Eighteen
by Janet Evanovich
audio-book from my collection
Published November 2011

What I am going to read next

In This Ravishing World
by Nina Schuyler
print ARC from publisher
Pub date ~ July 2

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

This OR That Giveaway № 154 ~ Remember Me by Laura Hendrie OR Remember Me by Cheryl Robinson #RememberMe

 

I have sooooo many books!

The This or That Giveaway! feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to cull my collection and to share some of the many books I have. I get to clear off some of my shelves to make room for more books and give someone else the chance to enjoy these treasures.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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Remember Me
by Laura Hendrie
Hardcover ~ January 1999

Readers who enjoy the novels of writers such as Barbara Kingsolver and E. Annie Proulx will love Laura Hendrie, whose prizewinning story collection, Stygo, launched her literary career in 1994. Now, Hendrie has delivered a major novel featuring the wily and tenacious twenty-nine-year-old Rose Devonic, a character as memorable, unorthodox, and engaging as any in recent fiction.

Rose lives in the tiny mountain town of Queduro, New Mexico, where she--like almost all the inhabitants of the town--makes her living by selling embroidery. However, Rose has no home and no family. In winter she sleeps in one of the cold cabins in a mostly abandoned motel, in summer she lives out of her car. A tragedy in her past, which serves as a constant reminder to her neighbors of their complicity, has made her an outcast. 

Determined as she is to make a fresh start, Rose's past threatens constantly to engulf her. Only by facing down her ghosts - and her hometown - will she learn how to accept the ultimately liberating challenges of belonging, identity, and love.

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Remember Me
by Cheryl Robinson
Paperback ~ Published August 2011

Two best friends test the limits of loyalty in a stirring novel of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.   

Mia and Danielle had vowed to stay best friends for life-until one indiscretion destroyed that bond forever. Twenty years later, tragedy reunites them in an unexpected way. Now they must confront the past, discover its untold truths, and rebuild a friendship destined to endure.

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