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#Book Blitz #Generation of Vipers by Maria Ann Green #Gothic #Psychological Thriller @Xpresso Book Tours

Book & Author Details:
Generation of Vipers
by Maria Ann Green
Publication date: June 18th 2021
Genres: Adult, Gothic, Psychological, Thriller
Synopsis:

Rosabella Moore-Davis has just moved her husband halfway across the world, with a spur of the moment purchase–a glorious gothic mansion–while on vacation in France. It was love at first sight, and somehow she knew it was more than just some huge house; it was meant to be her home.

But not all things that are meant to be end happily ever after.

Rosabella soon finds herself waking in the middle of the night from more than just wind and creaking pipes. In the dark she discovers ghostly figures looking up into her windows from outside, rooms and treasures previously hidden for centuries, creeping crawling guests, and too many dark shadows lunging toward her. And still, somehow, instead of screaming and running away she researches, choosing knowledge over fear, and learns more about the house and the history of this place she loves so much.

Only when she stumbles into the past, meeting an aristocrat hiding enough deadly secrets to take down the patriarchy, does Rosabella start to regret her choices. And after having come this far, she worries it’s too late to turn back and save herself from a house that has more skeletons in its vast amount of closet space than anyone expected.

Rosabella isn’t the fleeing type, but she’s not sure she’ll survive the fight. Especially against a place with so many stories buried beneath it, burned into every fiber of the edifice, a house with a portal to dark places and troubles that shouldn’t be stirred up.

Generation of Vipers is a mix of crimson peak and Mike Flanagan’s Haunting of Hill House, with elements of Marisha Pessl’s Night Film mixed throughout.

If you like dark thrillers that border on horror, gothic elements, and deliciously dark twists that will keep you guessing, then Generation of Vipers might be your next favorite book. It’ll keep you reading just one more page all night long, too afraid to turn out the light and go to sleep.

It appeals to lovers of suspenseful plots, all things dark like thrillers and horrors, stories with murder and mayhem, dark romance elements, fans of American Horror Story, Shirley Jackson, Gilian Flynn, Ruth Ware, Tana French, J.A. Konrath, and the Timothy Blake Series by Jack Heath.

*Content Warning: graphic violence, sexual content, and language*

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AUTHOR BIO:Maria, a badass USA Today and internationally bestselling indie author, lives in Minnesota despite the frozen winters. Actually, she prefers snow drifts and icicles over summer and all that sweat running everywhere. She writes about bitches, breakups, and bloodbaths – not in any particular order. She lives with her husband and little family, which includes a few lazy cats who make great lap warmers. You can usually find her whishing that she lived in a secret cabin in the woods where she could be a hermit reading and writing all of the time. Instead she lives the suburban life where she pretends to her neighbors and the other moms around that she doesn’t swear like a sailor, have hidden tattoos, and loves a good bottle of wine. She absolutely believes in unicorns and ghosts and hopes vampires and monsters are real too. She’s a coffee-in-the-morning and alcohol-in-the-evening kind of person, preferably with a nap in between. Maria prefers cats over dogs, books over people, and late nights over early mornings. She probably shouldn’t talk to anyone until she’s had her first cup of coffee, extra sugar. And if you ever want to hang out with her, you’ll have to be game for a horror movie or just a quick run to target for two (hundred) little things. Also, you couldn’t pay her to be in her twenties again; Thirties is where it’s at. She’s a creative, mouthy, introverted, proud bisexual, highly-sensitive INFJ, chronic pain spoonie warrior, Slytherpuff, dork with a sweet-tooth.

Maria devours books, reading mostly in bed or listening to audiobooks in the car. Writing has been one of her passions for pretty much her whole life. So creativity is a necessity for her, always. After working in the mental health field for almost a decade, she’s now living her dream as a stay-at-home writer, kiddo wrangler, professional snuggler, and constantly-tired-person. When it comes to her writing, she specializes in dark and twisted thrillers or gritty, angsty contemporary romances. But no matter the genre, she always prefers writing deeply flawed characters with dysfunctional relationships. She’s pretty sure the whole “unlikable character” thing is a conspiracy because every character she loves have been labeled this way. Ridiculous. And because of this, she’s pretty much found it impossible to write anything without at least a little mayhem.

Maria was once told she painted with her words, and that phrase stuck with her – because writing really is an art, and good stories are true masterpieces. She’s always trying to grow and improve in her craft, shooting for a masterpiece of her own someday. And she plans to write forever because writing gives Maria the ability to disappear into new worlds and create people within twisting plots, all from the comfort of her couch. She will always believe that though not every story is for her, and her stories aren’t for everyone, every story has a reader.

For more from Maria find all of her links, including a link to get more content at her newsletter, here: linktr.ee/mariainmadness

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First Line Fridays -June 18th 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!
  • Here they are, the first lines of the mystery book I’m presenting today:

    Only dead people are allowed to have statues, but I have been given one while still alive. Already I am petrified.

    This statue was a small token of appreciation for my many contributions, said the citation,which was readout by Aunt Vidala. She’d been assigned the task by our superiors,and was far from appreciative. I thanked her with as much modesty as I could summon, then pulled the rope that released the cloth drape shrouding me; it billowed to the ground,andthere I stood. We don’t do cheering here at Ardua Hall, but there was some discreet clapping. I inclined my head in a nod.

    My statue is larger than life,asstues tend to be, and shows me asyounger, slimmer, andin better shapethan I’ve been for some time. Iam standing straight, shoulders back, my lips are curved into a firm but benevolent smile. My eyes are fixed on some cosmic point of reference understood to representmy idealism, my unflinching commitment to duty, my determination to move forward despite all obstacles. Not that anything in the sky would be visible to my statue, placed as itis in a morosecluster of trees and shrubs beside the footpath runningin front of Ardua Hall. We Aunts must not be too presumptious, even in stone.

    Do you recognise the book or the writing style?

    There was a lot of hype around this book when it was first published two years ago, thirty years after it’s world famous prequel.

    It’s …

    The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

    Goodreads synopsis:

    Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within.

    At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up on opposite sides of the border: one in Gilead as the privileged daughter of an important Commander, and one in Canada, where she marches in anti-Gilead protests and watches news of its horrors on TV. The testimonies of these two young women, part of the first generation to come of age in the new order, are braided with a third voice: that of one of the regime’s enforcers, a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. Long-buried secrets are what finally bring these three together, forcing each of them to come to terms with who she is and how far she will go for what she believes. As Atwood unfolds the stories of the women of The Testaments, she opens up our view of the innermost workings of Gilead in a triumphant blend of riveting suspense, blazing wit, and virtuosic world-building.

    Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” –Margaret Atwood

  • Have you read this book? If yes, what did you think of it?
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    #Blog Tour #Search for the House of Dreams by Alison Burke #Qand A with the author @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Search for the House of Dreamsby by Alison Burke and thank you to Alison for today’s Meet The Author: Q and A session!

    About the book:

    Search for the House of Dreams

    It is the year 1847 in the elegant city of Bath where 18yr old Genevre Stratton is treated more as a servant than a daughter in the elegant house where bills are not paid, and the rent is in arrears.

    Appalled by the dishonesty and overriding social ambition beneath her parents’ veneer of respectability, only her love for her younger brother and sisters keeps her there.

    Left to cope alone when their false world falls apart, she fights to keep her siblings together, until poverty forces her to yield them to the care of their half-brother, George Coleman.  Handsome, wealthy and charismatic, he is the enemy who becomes her lover.  

    To surrender all to her passionate desire for him, or to keep the independence of a new-found musical career on the London stage?  This is her is her choice to make, until an unexpected call of duty takes her to Paris.       

     Must the old, dark secrets she discovers there alter the course of her life forever?

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    Meet The Author: Alison Burke

    I was born in Lancashire and started my career by training as a State Registered general nurse. Later, I joined the army and became an officer in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. On a posting to Malaya, now Malaysia, I found my true love. This was an ideal setting for a marriage with young children, and now my memories are a wonderfully rich source of material for my writing.

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    What is your personality type?

    I am an introvert who trained myself to be out going as a survival tactic, but being fond         
    of my own company is useful as a writer.
     
    Why do you write?

    I like telling stories, to myself as well as other people.

    What book first inspired me?

    When I was eight and could still barely read, I struggled through The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and realised that writers can make other worlds exist.

    What are your harmless indulgences?

    Chocolate (the darker the better), planting seeds and watching them grow (especially foxgloves) and black and white films from the 1930s and 40s. (Casablanca  is a favourite).
     
    Why did you decide to self-publish?

    I tried the traditional routes into print with no success. Time was passing, better books than mine never got further than the agents slush pile and I really wanted someone to read what I’d written. It worked.

     If you get a poor review, how do you feel?

    Chastened, but you can’t please everybody and if a reader thinks their time and money has been wasted, they have a right to complain. ( as with any other purchase )

    What inspired you to write ‘Search for the House of dreams’?

     Family secrets never be told, and an interest in the lives of women on the margins of  society in 19th century England, plus a love of historical romance.
     
    What does literary success look like to you?

    It looks like people reading and enjoying the stories I have to tell. I also value the respect of my fellow writers. At least breaking even financially is important because this is the real world we’re living in.

    Thank you to Alison Burke for her fascinating Q and A session!

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    #Book Blitz #The Accidental Gatekeeper by Carla Rehse @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    The Accidental Gatekeeper
    by Carla Rehse
    (The Accidental Midlife Trilogy, #1)
    Publication date: June 14th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal
    Synopsis:

    Turning the big four-five isn’t a problem for Everly Popa—it’s everything else in her life that’s gone to hell in a handbasket.

    It’s bad enough that Everly’s drug-selling husband is in jail and her adult daughter blames her for the situation. But now the FBI wants her to turn witness, while her husband’s criminal friends want to keep her permanently silent. With no other safe haven, Everly returns to her hometown. A place she hasn’t visited in twenty-seven years. And didn’t leave under the best of circumstances.

    It’s not that Everly has a problem with her hometown, exactly, but since it sits next to Hell’s Gate, there’s bound to be a few issues. Like the archaic rules set by the angels who run the town. Or the fact that the townsfolk feel Everly abandoned her duties as one of the members of the town’s founding families. But between celestial politics or getting gunned down by a drug cartel, Everly decides to chance finding sanctuary back home.

    After a little good-versus-evil stunt at the town’s border, Everly is let back in and for the first five minutes, things are great. Everly’s mom hasn’t started nagging and she has a whole bottle of wine to herself. But after minute six, all hell breaks loose. Everly gets bitten by a hellhound, faints in front of her hot-and-single old high school boyfriend, and accidentally becomes the town’s Gatekeeper to Hell. A job she never wanted, isn’t trained for, and can’t shake off like gum stuck to her shoe. And as much as she’s flipping out, the celestial ruling body aren’t too pleased about it either.

    Before Everly can take a deep breath and figure a way out of this mess, an angel gets killed, humans go missing and the town shuts its magical borders. Now Everly is trapped inside with dying angels, rampaging demons, and a witch with a murderous agenda. Plus, an archangel and his army surround the city and are itching to contain the town’s problems with a heaven-sent big boom. The only way out is for Everly to learn how to use her newly acquired Gatekeeper powers. But with no handbook provided, there’s a snowball’s chance in hell she’ll figure it out in time.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Although not a native Texan, Carla prides herself on having mastered the correct usage of “y’all” and “bless your heart.”

    Carla is owned by a persnickety kitty, who rules the computer keyboard and only allows Carla to write when demands for cat treats are met.

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    # Book Blitz #Strict Confidence by Skye Warren @Xpresso Book tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Strict Confidence
    by Skye Warren
    (Rochester Trilogy #2)
    Publication date: June 15th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    Forbidden. Commanding. Mysterious. Beau Rochester has an entire house full of secrets. And those secrets are putting Jane Mendoza in danger.

    She fell in love with the one man she can’t have. She should leave Maine to protect her heart, but the thread refuses to be severed. The brooding Mr. Rochester and his grieving niece are more than her job. They’re her new family.

    She races against time to find answers and protect the people she loves. The cliffside grows dark with the misdeeds of the past. Her heart and her sanity fight a battle, but they are both at risk.

    Will Mr. Rochester learn to trust Jane? And will that trust destroy her?

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    Author Bio:

    Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance. Her books have sold over one million copies. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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    #Can’t Wait Wednesday #Darkness Falls(Kate Marshall 3) by Robert Bryndza

    Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted  by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about which we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

    The book I’m waiting for this Wednesday is…

    Darkness Falls, the third book in Robert Bryndza’s gripping series featuring PI Kate Marshall

    Kate Marshall’s investigation into a journalist’s disappearance sends her down an unexpectedly twisted path in a riveting thriller by the author of Shadow Sands.

    Kate Marshall’s fledgling PI agency takes off when she and her partner, Tristan Harper, are hired for their first big case. It’s a cold one. Twelve years before, journalist Joanna Duncan disappeared after exposing a political scandal. Most people have moved on. Joanna’s mother refuses to let go.

    When Kate and Tristan gain access to the original case files, they revisit the same suspects and follow the same leads—but not to the same dead ends. Among Joanna’s personal effects, Kate discovers the names of two young men who also vanished without a trace.

    As she connects the last days of three missing persons, Kate realizes that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer hiding in plain sight. The closer Kate comes to finding him, the darker it’s going to get.

    Pubisher: Thomas&Mercer

    Publication Date: December 7th, 2021

    The previous titles in the series:

    Nine Elms

    Shadow Sands (My Review)

    About the author:

    Robert Bryndza is the author of the Amazon Charts bestseller Nine Elms and Wall Street Journal bestseller Shadow Sands in the Kate Marshall series, as well as the Detective Erika Foster series, which includes the #1 international bestseller The Girl in the Ice, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood, and Deadly Secrets. Robert’s books have sold four million copies and have been translated into twenty-nine languages. In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedies. He is British and lives in Slovakia.


    You can find out more about Robert and his books at www.robertbryndza.com

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    #Blog Tour: Blue Hawaiian by Carla Luna #Guest Post by Carla Luna @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Blue Hawaiian by CarlaLuna and to Carla Luna for her wonderful guest post today!

    Guest post by Carla Luna, the author of Blue Hawaiian

    For me, reading is not only a delightful tonic, but a way to escape my surroundings. Not that I don’t enjoy my quiet hometown in Wisconsin, but I’ve always loved visiting new places via books. When I was younger, I imagined myself traveling through the wardrobe to visit Narnia or having adventures in Oz with Dorothy and Toto. As my reading choices matured, I still loved reading books that transported me to different countries, like twisty mysteries set in Morocco, historical dramas set in Paris, or gothic romances set in crumbling British castles. My love of exotic settings also influenced my decision to work in archaeology, which allowed me to travel a great deal.


     
    Even after I settled down and had children, I still loved traveling, and I tried to squeeze in a few trips every year to places in the U.S. and Canada. But in 2020, planning any kind of trip became impossible. Like so many people, I found myself housebound, frustrated, and anxious, with my “trips” limited to the occasional grocery store outing.
     
    So, what did I do? In the words of the musical Hamilton, “I wrote my way out.” Since I’d been temporarily laid off, I devoted most of my free time to writing a series of contemporary romantic comedies, all set at destination weddings. The first of these, Blue Hawaiian, was set at a wedding in Maui—a place I’d visited many years ago, on my honeymoon. While working on this book, I visited Maui “virtually” any way I could—via YouTube videos, travel guides and DVDs, movies, blogs, and photos. Even if I couldn’t fly to Maui to conduct research first-hand, I could give myself a temporary respite from everyday life by making it the setting of my story.


     
    After I finished writing Blue Hawaiian, I wrote two more books—one set at an October wedding in Door County, Wisconsin (an area known for its fall foliage), and one set in California wine country at Christmas. Even though our family’s holidays in 2020 were very low-key, I was able to enjoy a Winter Wonderland-themed wedding extravaganza through my third book. It’s my fondest hope that when people read my books, they will feel transported, even if just for an evening, away from the cares and concerns of their homelife, and enjoy a virtual vacation. 

    Blue Hawaiian

    The first rule of serving as the maid of honor at your perfect sister’s destination wedding?
    No mistakes. The second rule? No drama.

    For Jess Chavez, a week in Maui is hardly a dream vacation—not when her sister expects her to be the perfect maid of honor. Not only does Jess have to fake perfection, but she can’t let anyone know she’s unemployed and barely scraping by. Above all, she needs to steer clear of Connor Blackwood, the sexy groomsman who broke her heart five years ago.
    A family wedding offers Connor the ideal opportunity to convince everyone he’s no longer an irresponsible playboy. If they see he’s changed, they might support his decision to leave the family winery and strike out on his own. With so much at stake, the last thing he needs is an alluring distraction like Jess.

    When Jess and Connor end up together, exploring the island’s lush, tropical beauty, the sparks between them become impossible to ignore. Throwing caution to the wind, they decide to make their own rules.

    Five days of passion. No strings. No tears. No promises.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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    Author Bio

    Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her spoiled Siberian cat.

    Social Media Links –
    Website: www.carlalunabooks.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/casacullen
    FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaLunaAuthor
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carlalunacullen/

    Thank you for reading the post and thank you to Carla Luna for her guest post!
    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    #Happy Publication Day #Book Spotlight #The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

    Happy Publication Day to The Maidens, a new psychological thriller from Alex Michaelides.

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Patient comes a spellbinding tale of psychological suspense, weaving together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession, that further cements “Michaelides as a major player in the field” (Publishers Weekly).

    Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

    Mariana Andros is a brilliant but troubled group therapist who becomes fixated on The Maidens when one member, a friend of Mariana’s niece Zoe, is found murdered in Cambridge.

    Mariana, who was once herself a student at the university, quickly suspects that behind the idyllic beauty of the spires and turrets, and beneath the ancient traditions, lies something sinister. And she becomes convinced that, despite his alibi, Edward Fosca is guilty of the murder. But why would the professor target one of his students? And why does he keep returning to the rites of Persephone, the maiden, and her journey to the underworld?

    When another body is found, Mariana’s obsession with proving Fosca’s guilt spirals out of control, threatening to destroy her credibility as well as her closest relationships. But Mariana is determined to stop this killer, even if it costs her everything—including her own life.

    Publisher: Celadon Books, Macmilan Audio

    Publication Date: June 15th, 2021

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    About the author:

    Alex Michaelides was born and raised in Cyprus. He has an M.A. in English literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an M.A. in screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient was his first novel and was the biggest-selling debut in the world in 2019. It spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list and sold in a record-breaking forty-nine countries. Alex lives in London.

    “Alex Michaelides’s long-awaited next novel, The Maidens, is finally here… the premise is enticing and the elements irresistible.”
    The New York Times

    “Michaelides’ stage-setting skills are as masterful here, as they were in The Silent Patient (2019); another tense, cleverly twisted winner.”-Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
    “The intelligent, cerebral plot finds contemporary parallels in Euripides’s tragedies, Jacobean dramas such as The Duchess of Malfi, and Tennyson’s poetry. The devastating ending shows just how little the troubled Mariana knows about the human psyche or herself. Michaelides is on a roll.”
    -Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

    “Alex Michaelides hits a home run in his sophomore effort. The Maidens is a page-turner of the first order.”
    -David Baldacci

    “A deliciously dark, elegant, utterly compulsive read – with a twist that blew my mind. I loved this even more than I loved The Silent Patient and that’s saying something!”
    -Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of The Guest List

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    #Book Blitz #Wraith (Oracle of Senders 3) by Mere Joyce @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Wraith
    by Mere Joyce
    (Oracle of Senders, #3)
    Publication date: June 15th 2021
    Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult


    Synopsis:

    When Callum Silver arrives in Greenland for his third summer at Camp Wanagi, the only thing he feels is dread. Last August, camp took a terrible turn. Since then, things have only gotten worse. Mim is still in a coma. Meander is practically non-existent. And Cal’s not the only camper suffering from bouts of insomnia and night terrors. Because this isn’t just another summer with the Oracle. This year, the members of the Shade sector are turning sixteen—the age when the full aspects of their abilities finally come to fruition.

    Cal is terrified of seeing his first post-birthday spirit. But as the bright Greenland summer wears on, he discovers there are things more disturbing than sickness-inducing ghosts. New revelations, changing talents, and daring missions twist Cal’s understanding of the past and alter his expectations for the future. But even when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on what it means to be a Sender, the summer’s final encounters prove more deadly than anyone expects. Cal’s not sure how camp is going to end. But whatever happens, one thing is clear—this is a summer no one in the Oracle is going to forget.

    Happy birthday, Shade…

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Mere Joyce is a Canadian author of short stories and novels. Her writing includes contemporary tales, high-action mysteries, fairy-tale fantasies, and her personal favorite–ghost stories. When she’s not writing, Mere can be found recommending books as a librarian or spending time at home with her family. She’s also been known to be a selective – yet highly enthusiastic – fangirl.

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    It’s Monday! What are you reading? June 14th, 2021

    It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.

    What I read / listened to last week

    The Sea is Salt and So Am I by Cassandra Hartt

    West Finch is one hurricane away from falling into the sea.

    Yet sixteen-year-old Harlow Prout is determined to save her small Maine hometown. If only she could stop getting in her own way and find someone, anyone, willing to help. But her best friend Ellis MacQueen “fixes” problems by running away from them―including his broken relationship with his twin brother, Tommy. And Tommy’s depression has hit a new low, so he’s not up for fixing anything.

    In the wake of the town’s latest devastating storm, Tommy goes out for a swim that he doesn’t intend to survive. It’s his unexpected return that sets into motion a sea change between these three teens. One that tests old loyalties, sparks new romance, and uncovers painful secrets. And nothing stays secret in West Finch for long.

    One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

    Today, Maisie McTeer decides to track down the ex who jilted her at the altar. Today, she’ll find out that revisiting the past can also rewrite her future. After losing her husband, Harriet Bassett can no longer bear her lonely life. Today, a familiar face in a crowd will spark a quest to discover if there’s something and someone worth living for. Scott and Kelly Bassett’s daughter is leaving home. Today, Scott plans to tell Kelly that he’s ending their marriage to pursue his rock and roll dreams. However, Kelly, has a bombshell of her own. How will Scott react to the news that a new arrival is on the way to fill their empty nest? Between sunrise and sunset, there’s love, heartbreak, laughter and tears, but who will find happiness at the end of the day.

    (My Review)

    What I am reading/listening to now:

    An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
     
    Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
     
    It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
     
    But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
     
    There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

    What I’m reading /listening to next:

    What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky

    In this international bestseller by the award-winning novelist Mariana Leky, a heartwarming story unfolds about a small town, a grandmother whose dreams foretell a coming death, and the young woman forever changed by these losses and her loving, endearingly oddball community

    A story about the absurdity of life and death, a bittersweet portrait of small towns and the wider world that beckons beyond, this charmer of a novel is also a thoughtful meditation on the way loss and love shape not just a person but a community. Mariana Leky’s What You Can See from Here is a moving tale of grief, first love, reluctant love, late love, and finding one’s place in the world, even if that place is right where you started.

    A Racing Murder by Frances Evesham



    A winning horse. A fierce rivalry. A sudden death. 
    Belinda Sandford thrills to the cheers of the crowd as her beautiful grey racehorse, ‘Butterfly Charm’, thunders past the finishing post first at Wincanton Racecourse. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world.
    But joy soon turns to despair as a stewards’ enquiry overturns the result and awards the race to her long-time rival, Alexandra Deacon.
    When Alex is found dead in suspicious circumstances, a host of accusing eyes turn to Belinda and her distraught mother begs Adam Hennessy, her neighbour, retired police officer and publican, to help clear her daughter’s name.
    As Adam, and local hotelier Imogen Bishop, dig deep into the murky and powerful undercurrents of the horse racing world, they lay bare the lives and loves of local jockeys, grooms, trainers and owners. 
    They soon uncover a web of secrets hidden within the spectacular Somerset countryside as they strive to find the killer in time to prevent more murders.

    How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?



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    #Blog Tour #Book Review of One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low @Boldwood Books @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting to participate in the blog tour for Shari Low’s latest novel One Summer Sunrise.

    One Summer Sunrise
    As the sun rises on a hot summer’s day, four lives are about to be changed forever…

    Brand new from the bestselling author of What If?, What Now? and One Day In Summer.

    Today, Maisie McTeer decides to track down the ex who jilted her at the altar. Today, she’ll find out that revisiting the past can also rewrite her future. 

    After losing her husband, Harriet Bassett can no longer bear her lonely life. Today, a familiar face in a crowd will spark a quest to discover if there’s something and someone worth living for. 

    Scott and Kelly Bassett’s daughter is leaving home. Today, Scott plans to tell Kelly that he’s ending their marriage to pursue his rock and roll dreams. 

    However, Kelly, has a bombshell of her own. How will Scott react to the news that a new arrival is on the way to fill their empty nest? 

    Between sunrise and sunset, there’s love, heartbreak, laughter and tears, but who will find happiness at the end of the day?

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    Published June 3rd 2021 by Boldwood Books

    My thoughts:

    I am a big fan of Shari Low and her wonderful writing style. I really enjoyed her previous book One Day in Summer (you can find my review here), so when I found out that Shari has written the next book in the same format I was overjoyed. I was really glad to see a few familiar faces (Hope McTeer, Yvie Danton, Maisie) orhear about how the protagonists of the previous book were doing (Aggie and Aaron) and, of course, it was great to be back to the same location-Glasgow!

    As in the previous book, the events unfold over 24hours, but  so many things happen to our protagonists that you can rest assured their lives will never be the same. 22 year old Carny Bassett has just graduated and is organising a fundraiser for her alma mater, the drama department,which is always short on funds. The party is to take place on the grounds of Lomond Lake House, where co-incidentally Maisie McTeer‘s ex-fiance proposed to her and later left her at the altar. Of course,this is the last place she would like to return to,but her best friend goes into labour and Maisie has tosupervisethe catering at the event. In the meantime, Carny’s parents Kelly and Scott Bassett are both contemplating some dramatic changes in their livesand their marriage. They got married at16, when Kelly found out she was pregnant and have always done their best to give Carny a stable family environment, but perhaps in doing so they have been neglecting their own feelings and dreams for too long. Our last protagonist Harriet is a lonely octogenarian who starts this day on the geriatric ward supervised by Yvie Dalton who has the biggest heart in the world and… a couple tickets to Carny’s fundraiser. Harriet’s surname also happens to be Bassett- perhaps she can find a lost relative or two on this summer day?

    The narrative structure is very clear and it is very easy to follow the events, even though there are also quite a few references to past events. I realy liked this format which shows how important it is to live your life to the fullest, but also be thoughtful, kind and take into consideration other people’s needs, especially, since we aren’t always aware of them, when we make plans or introduce changes in our own life.

    There are some very important themes discussed  in this book: doing the right thing for your children or for your friends, loyalty and honesty in relationships, dreams and ambitions that we often sacrifice for the sake of stability and other people’s happiness. What touched me the most was Harriet’s story, the moving description of her loneliness and the kindness of people around her who did appreciate Harriet and her lovely spirit.


    I found myself raising my eyebrows at and arguing with some of the characters’ decisions and the epilogue, but I guess it’s a great sign when you feel so involved in the book that you want to do that. Honourable mention goes to my favourite secondary characters-Sonya (Scott’s mum), Jane and Janice (Maisie’s indomitable catering assistants)- you had me in stitches with your banter!

    An enjoyable summer read with plenty of family drama- fans of Shari Low are going to be delighted. Looking forward to Shari’s next book!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio:

    Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter and With Or Without You and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow and her first title for Boldwood was My One Month Marriage in January 2020.

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    #Book Blitz #Pride and Paranormal by Adrienne Blake @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Pride and Paranormal
    by Adrienne Blake
    Published by: City Owl Press
    Publication date: June 1st 2021
    Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
    Synopsis:

    What do love potions and banshee karaoke have to do with one of the greatest enemies-to-lovers’ tales of all time? Everything.

    Izzy is the only responsible witch in her poor family of misfits and as such, she has duties to uphold. But a hot, mysterious, and infuriating warlock is determined to get in the way.

    When the rich and handsome Fitz Darcy blows into town, sparks fly.

    The wrong kind…

    He has earned her ire as much as her eye with his constant harsh words and acts, but what will happen when a bit of magic goes awry, and Izzy needs the help of this powerful man she claims to hate?

    Will Izzy’s pride get in the way of saving her family’s welfare and reputation? Find out in this witty, funny, fantasy retelling of Pride & Prejudice.

    Pride and Paranormal by Adrienne Blake. A magical enemies-to-lovers story filled with witches, warlocks, and vampires on the road to their happy-ever-after. This book is the first in the series of Souls and Shadows but reads as a standalone romance.

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    AUTHOR BIO:Adrienne Blake is a USA Today bestselling author of mystery and paranormal romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Her stories blend plot, humor, and love, all in one sizzling cauldron. Coming soon: Souls and Shadows series.

    You can connect with Adrienne at

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    20 Books of Summer 2021 #20booksofsummer21

    This will be my first year taking part in this challenge hosted by Cathy746books – better late than never! The rules seem quite easy – just choose books from your tbr and read them between the 1st of June and the 1st of September. You can drop your goal from 20 to 15 or 10 (or I guess an other number you’re happy with) and you can also change your list half way through (#MoodReadersLikeMe).

    Here is my initial list- fingers crossed!

    1 One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

    2 The Island by Mary Grand

    3 Between You and Me by Carol Mason

    4 Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

    5 What You Can See From Here by Mariana Leky

    6 A Thin Disguse by Catherine Bybee

    7 A Racing Murder by Frances Evesham

    8 An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer

    9 The Dating Dare by Jaysee Lee

    10 Death on the Lake by Jo Allen

    11 The Life She Wantsby J.M.Hewitt

    12 Maybe We Will by Melissa Foster

    13 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

    14 Life’s What You Make It by Sian O’Gorman

    15 The Darkness by Ragnar Jonasson

    16 Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer

    17 Never Saw You Coming by Erin Hahn

    18 The Amish Cookie Club by Sarah Price

    19 An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks

    20 Heartbreak Bay by Rachel Caine

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    #Book Blitz #Text in Show by Whitney Dineen and Melanie Summers (An Accidentally in Love4) @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Text in Show
    by Melanie Summers, Whitney Dineen
    (An Accidentally in Love Story, #4)
    Publication date: June 10th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    It’s a dog text dog world…

    Autumn Jones is at a crossroads. With no job offers in sight, she can either return to Koshkonong, Wisconsin to work at her dad’s feed store or she can move to New York and help her older sister Helen coordinate the Manhattan Kennel Club Show. She and Helen may fight like cats and dogs, but Autumn would rather live with a thousand Helens than go home after seven years of college.

    Jack Campbell is the veterinarian to Manhattan’s elite. Despite their adoration, he does not love them back. In fact, he’s vowed never to date anyone who walks through the front door of his clinic. He spends his days caring for pampered poodles sporting diamond encrusted collars and placating their high maintenance owners. When he meets Autumn, he assumes she’s going to be another client with more money than brains.

    Autumn is thrown into a bizarre world of highly competitive rich women who will do anything to win the coveted title of Best in Show at Manhattan’s most exclusive competition. With her haughty sister breathing down her neck, and a high-strung poodle following her everywhere she goes, she doesn’t have time for love, even if she does find herself face-to-face with America’s hottest vet every day.

    Will Autumn run back to Wisconsin with her tail between her legs? Will Jack find out that appearances can be deceiving? Will Helen’s dog Fifi win Best in Show? Find out in the hysterical fourth edition of the Accidentally in Love Series, Text in Show.

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    Author Bio:

    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

    Author links
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    Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.

    Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.

    In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally – then she’ll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for ‘K’ Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn’t require makeup and/or nylons).

    Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she’s not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something–more like just staying until they turn the lights off.

    She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.

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    #Book Blitz #No Gentle Giant by Nicole Snow #RomCom @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    No Gentle Giant
    by Nicole Snow
    Publication date: June 5th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

    Synopsis:

    Wall Street Journal bestselling author Nicole Snow returns with a steamy and electrifying standalone romance thriller where one ginormous protector goes all-in to win Miss Unlucky.

    You know the drill. Big hands, big feet, humongous—
    Yikes. We’re not going there for the thousandth time.
    I’ve got small-town problems aplenty and zero time for Paxton “Alaska” Charter.
    Crushing on smokeshow men with caveman vibes can’t end well.

    Sure, he saved my little coffee shop from total ruin once.
    Yes, my ovaries melt watching single dad of the century with his little boy.
    Of course, I’d sleep like a baby if I let him work his former SEAL hero magic on my mess.
    That’s not why I’m freaking out.

    Nobody told me how devastatingly kind Alaska can be.
    Or the fact that his stubborn heart’s even more guarded than mine.
    If he comes barreling into my life, it’s certain doom.
    And it’s all thrown to the wind the day his kiss claims me.

    We have to say goodbye. Right now. Before it’s too late.
    He can’t keep sheltering my body, stealing my heart, and igniting my soul.
    I won’t drag this gentle giant down my abyss of ugly secrets.
    But Alaska has other plans—and they scare me.
    Because they all involve impossible happily ever afters, no matter the cost.

    Full-length small-town standalone romance heaven. The butterflies come in force when one large and in-charge single dad steps in to rescue the girl who abandoned all hope and forgot how to love. 

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    AUTHOR BIO:Nicole Snow is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. She found her love of writing by hashing out love scenes on lunch breaks and plotting her great escape from boardrooms. Her work roared onto the indie romance scene in 2014 with her Grizzlies MC series.

    Since then Snow aims for the very best in growly, heart-of-gold alpha heroes, unbelievable suspense, and swoon storms aplenty. With over a million books sold, she lives for the joy of making two people fight with every bit of their soul for a Happily Ever After.

    Current fan favorites include her Enguard Protectors series, accidental love novels, plus long beloved MC romance thrillers like the Grizzlies and Deadly Pistols.


    Author links:

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    #Blog Tour #Adrift (Haven Island Series 2) by Isabel Jolie #Contemporary Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

    Adrift
    Isabel Jolie
    (Haven Island)
    Publication date: June 8th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

    Synopsis:

    I can be your dream girl…for a price…

    Ever heard of Only Fans? It’s not my ideal job, but it pays the bills.
    It’s even made me somewhat of a celebrity. My subscribers love my provocative shots, and I’m oh-so-good at teasing them.
    Then he shows up in my small town and complicates everything.
    See, Mr. Green-Eyed Gazillionaire is so far out of my league it’s ridiculous. We’re polar opposites.
    That doesn’t change the fact that even though I’m a fantasy to most men, I only want to be his reality.
    But nothing real can ever happen between us. Logically, I know that.
    Too bad logic and I have never had anything but a passing acquaintance.
    Because now, if I’m not careful, I’m afraid this sexy billionaire will smash my poor, pathetic heart into oblivion…

    A delicious hot billionaire romance featuring two polar opposites adrift on a resort island with a small-town atmosphere, right of the coast of North Carolina.

    This is a steamy contemporary romance with a happily ever after, no cliffhanger, and no cheating.

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    My thoughts:

    Adrift is the second book in Isabel Jolie’s Haven Island series. The first book introduced us to Tate and Luna, this one is about Tate’s childhood friend Gabe, and Luna’s friend Poppy. You can definitely read and enjoy Adrift as a standalone.

    We meet Gabe in his New York office and see that there is a potential insider trading scandal brewing. Gabe may not be the most likeable protagonist at the beginning of the book. He is arrogant and possibly not the best judge of people. But when his mum asks him to go to Haven Island and talk to his childhood friend Tate whom he hasn’t seen for ten years, Gabe is happy to oblige. He is sure that the rift between Tate and his brother must be the fault of Tate and he just needsto talk a bit of sense into him (if you’ve read the first book in the series, you know what it’s all about).

    When Gabe meets Poppy, he is attracted to her voluptious curvy figure and the fact that she has an internet subscription business where clients get access to photos. Poppy has found herself doing this activity during the pandemic when money was tight, and although she has always set strict limits, naturally, a lot of people see her in a certain light She is dreaming of opening a restaurant or a bar, and, Gabe, despite all his drawbacks sees that she is special, although she is lacking experience and higher self-esteem.

    Both characters go through a huge amount of development and growth in the book, Poppy learning to really believe in her self. You can see how her past experiences shaped her view of herself, and how much hard work and conscious effort it took her to really accept herself. Gabe also had to realise a lot of things on his way to becoming kinder and more deserving of Poppy’s love.
    Lovely romance with interesting characters- great addition to the series. Looking forward to the next book!

    Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio:

    Isabel Jolie, or Izzy to her friends, is an Amazon bestselling indie author with an unquenchable thirst for a good, sexy love story. Izzy’s heart pumps faster for stories with strong heroines, down-to-earth realism, and an unexpected twist.

    When she’s not writing or reading, she can often be found with a glass of wine in hand relaxing with her husband, daughters, and good friends lakeside.

    Izzy fills her Instagram feed with funnies, inspirational “brain candy”, and anything that meshes with her mood of the day. #mood.

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    If you would like to find out what other bloggers thought of Adrift, you can find the full blog tour schedule here:

    June 7th
    SplendeurCaisse >> Excerpt
    Kari’s Book Reviews and Revelations >> Review
    Books, Tattoos and Tea >> Excerpt
    The Bouncing Tigger Reads  >> Interview
    Crazy Kalm >> Review
    Two Girls with Books >> Excerpt

    June 8th
    The Avid Reader  >> Excerpt
    FUONLYKNEW >> Excerpt
    Thoughts in Progress >> Guest Post
    Adventures in Writing  >> Excerpt
    Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess >> Excerpt
    Viviana MacKade >> Guest Post

    June 9th
    diary of a wannabe writer >> Excerpt
    Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt
    Cover To Cover Cafe >> Review
    Lady Hawkeye >> Excerpt
    underneath the covers >> Excerpt

    June 10th
    My Fiction Nook >> Excerpt
    Books a Plenty Book Reviews >> Review
    Love, Paola >> Interview
    InAshleysWorld >> Review

    June 11th
    Dog-Eared Daydreams >> Review
    OMGReads >> Review
    Reading Tonic >> Review
    All Things Dark & Dirty >> Review
    Iron Canuck Reviews & More >> Review

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    #Book Blitz #A Contemporary Romance Anthology: Cocktails on the Beach #Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Cocktails on the Beach
    by EmKay Connor, Helen Hardt, Leah Marie North, Lyz Kelley
    Publication date: June 8th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


    Synopsis:

    Sip something sweet… Savor something steamy…

    Feel the heat and find love in these four original romances written by New York Times, USA Today, award winning, and international bestselling authors! AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY.

    Are you looking for a hot and naughty book boyfriend to take you away this summer? What’s your pleasure? A sexy billionaire? A smooth-talking bartender? A gorgeous island doctor? A seductive Irishman? These irresistible men are hot enough to melt the ice in your margarita. Start your sizzling read today!

    Escape by Helen Hardt

    She’s running from one man…and ends up in the arms of another, putting them both in danger.

    Exes and Ohs! by Leah Marie Brown

    A chance meeting with a gorgeous Irishman has her thinking about Mr. Right instead of Mr. Right Now.

    Next Rock on the Right by EmKay Connor.

    Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn…that takes you on a wild ride leading to exactly where you’re meant to be.

    Her Perfect Guy by Lyz Kelley

    She’s his sister’s hands-off best friend. He’s her perfect guy.

    One-click now to sip an island cocktail and find your summer bliss!

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    #Thriller Thursday #Book Review #Twisted Lies (D.I. Kim Stone Book 14) by Angela Marsons #Thriller#Police Procedural @Bookouture

    Description:

    Her stomach lurches as she sits in the windowless room. He throws her phone to the ground, grinds it against the floor with the heel of his shoe and brings his face closer to hers. There was no turning back now, her life as she knew it was gone.

    When the lifeless body of a man is found on an industrial estate, Detective Kim Stone arrives on the scene and discovers he’s been tortured in the worst way imaginable.

    But as she breaks the devastating news to the victim’s wife, Diane Phipps, Kim can’t help feeling that something isn’t quite right about the woman’s reaction.

    Twenty-four hours later, the victim’s family disappears into thin air.

    Then a second body is found staked to the ground in a local nature reserve.

    Desperate to crack the case open quickly, Kim and her team unravel a vital clue – a fiercely guarded secret that links both victims and could cost even more lives.

    A secret that some police officers are also protecting.

    Faced with deceit from those she should be able to trust, family members who won’t talk, and local reporter, Tracy Frost, opening a can of worms on the case of a woman murdered by her husband a year ago – Kim is in deep water like never before.

    Kim must find the motive if she is to find the killer who is systematically targeting and torturing his victims. But can she unlock the shocking truth and stop him before he strikes again?

    My thoughts:
    Angela Marsons never disappoints!
    I can’t believe we are on Book 14 and I still can’t get enough of this fascinating lead character and her team. I really enjoy unpredictable books and this one is in a league of its own!

    Kim is stuck with her nemesis-local reporter Tracy Frost- for a whole day. Tracy’s been promised she can follow Kim and her team wherever they go. Very soon Kim sees DCI Woodward’s secret agenda. Kim’s first stop is the family of  Trisha Morley who was abused and murdered by her husband. NickMorley had a stellar reputation and a PR team strong enough to put a lot of pressure on the jury. The first trial ended in a hung jury and it looks likely that Nick might walk free.The police have done everything possible. There’s nothing they can do at this point to prevent the injustice. But Tracy can.

    Then Kim’s team gets called to a murder scene and what promised to be a slow day begins a frenetic hunt for a twisted serial killer who tortures his victims in horrendous ways. When Kim has to inform the family of the first victim of what happened and immediately senses that something is off in the way the wife and her sister react to the news. The next day they seem to have vanished into the thin air and it is up to Kim’s team to trace their whereabouts using good old policework. Kim does discover the connection between the first victim and the second, but is sworn to secrecy and forced  to work with somebody who makes her reflect what it means to be a good police officer and sacrifice everything in order to do your job well.

    Both plotlines are fascinating and full of their own twists. There was no way I could have guessed the ending! As usual, there are thought-provoking themes, one of which is whether it is possible to completely disappear in our heavily-digitalised society, why someone might want to do that and what emotional cost it might have.

    It was interesting to see the change in the way Tracy and Kim interact with each other- a different level of understanding and begrudging respect that is slowly built between these two strong and determined women. Kim’s team is superb – Bryant, newly married (she won’t let anyone forget it even for a minute) Stacey, Penn, Keats.

    The book has Angela Marsons’ trademark short and snappy chapters that keep you on the edge of your seat. The pace is perfect- you understand the urgency of stopping the killer (no, I didn’t guess who it was) and the frustration of not being able to find or interpret the clues, the long hours and the breathless rush when the team finally get closer to solving the case, hoping it isn’t too late.

    Another excellent addition to my favourite series of police procedurals.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

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    Happy Publication Day #The Lucky Escape by Laura Jane Williams #romcom

    Happy Publication Day to The Lucky Escape, a new fabulous romcom from Laura Jane Wiliams, the author of Our Stop and The Love Square.

    Synopsis:

    ONE CANCELLED WEDDING

    When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.
     
    ONE UNEXPECTED ENCOUNTER

    After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.

    ONE SPARE TICKET FOR THE HONEYMOON

    Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s nother husband…

    Publisher: Avon Books UK

    Publication Date: 10th of June, 2021

    Purchase Links

    UK / US

    About the author:

    Laura Jane Williams is a writer whose work has appeared everywhere from the Guardian to BuzzfeedStylistCloserthe Metro and the Telegraph. She is Grazia’s former dating columnist, and the author of two previous works of non-fiction: Ice Cream for Breakfast and Becoming, as well as bestselling novels Our Stop and The Love Square.

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    #Can’t Wait Wednesday #Under the Whispering Door by T.J.Klune #Fantasy @Tor @Macmillan

    Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted  by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about which we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

    The book I’m waiting for this Wednesday is…

    Under the Whispering Door by T.J.Klune

    Description:

    Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy with TJ Klune’s signature “quirk and charm” (PW) about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with

    When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

    Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

    But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

    When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

    By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.

    Publisher: Tor Books

    Publication Date: September 21st, 2021

    TJ KLUNE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries, and more. Being queer himself, Klune believes it’s important—now more than ever—to have accurate, positive queer representation in stories.

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    #Book Blitz #It’s Not PMS, It’s You by Rich Amooi #RomCom @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    It’s Not PMS, It’s You
    by Rich Amooi
    Publication date: October 31st 2019
    Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance


    Synopsis:

    “Romantic Comedy of the Year!”
    “This novel is a Netflix movie waiting to happen.”
    “I loved every second of this book!”
    “Warning: This author causes book hangovers.”
    “Oh my. Be still my heart.”
    “Laugh out loud of epic proportions.”
    “Loved it. Still laughing.”


    Ruth “Ruthless” Harper is on the verge of becoming managing partner at her all-male consulting firm and she won’t let anything stand in her way. That includes men, relationships, and that dreaded F word, FEELINGS—distractions she eliminated long ago.

    After the worst day ever (a near-death experience and a public wedgie, for starters), Ruth realizes she doesn’t want to live and die alone. She puts together a business plan to find the perfect man and dives head first into the murky online dating pool. All she wants is a high-powered executive who understands how important her career is. If only it were that easy.

    Problem is most men are intimidated by Ruth’s confidence and shocked by her bluntness. The exception being her landscape designer, Nick, whose cool demeanor and unsolicited dating advice are driving her nuts. He’s the antithesis of the business-oriented man Ruth envisions for herself, so why do all signs keep pointing back to him?

    A romantic comedy novel for the ages. Order now. Don’t delay. Operators are standing by.

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    Author Bio:

    Rich Amooi is a Taleflick Discovery Winner, Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Recipient, Holt Medallion Finalist, and the Amazon Bestselling author of 17 romantic comedies, including It’s Not PMS, It’s You, Dying to Meet You, There’s Something About a Cowboy, and Madam Love, Actually.

    A former radio personality and wedding DJ, Rich now writes romantic comedies full-time in San Diego, California, and is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.

    Get a FREE romantic comedy by visiting his website at richamooi.com.

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    #Spell the Month in Books #June 2021

    This meme was originally created by Jana from Reviews From the Stacks, but I first saw it on Carla’s blog (Carla Loves to Read).

    For this challenge, use the first letter of each book title to spell the current month (skipping articles such as A or The). You can either use titles from your tbr or books that you have read/reviewed.

    Jana has created a formal linkup which she posts on the second Saturday of the current month. She also has a theme for each of these lists, although you are absolutely free not to follow it at all.

    Here is my list for June:

    J Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell

    Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.

    Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . .

    My Review

    U Unwritten by Alicja Novo

    Books whisper to Beatrix Alba. But they aren’t the reason she has never fit in. Bullied at home and school, she keeps a secret—a power of violence and darkness.

    When the spell that keeps her hidden fails, she’s catapulted into the Zweeshen, a realm where all tales live, and her dream of meeting her favorite characters comes true. But wishes are tricky, and behind its wonder and whimsy, the Zweeshen is under attack. A character is burning bookworlds in pursuit of a weapon to rule both stories and storytellers. To succeed, he needs a riddle in Beatrix’s keeping.

    Now he’s hunting her down.

    Joining forces with William, a cursed conjurer, Beatrix must face an enemy who knows her every weakness in a realm where witches play with time, Egyptian gods roam, and Regency heroines lead covert operations. And with her darkness as the only weapon, she may have to sacrifice everything to save a world that rejects her.

    My Review

    N NatalieTan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

    At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

    The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around–she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along.

    My Review

    E Eight Will Fall by Sara Harian

    In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals led by seventeen-year-old Larkin are sent on a mission to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Descending into an underground realm full of unspeakable horrors, Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait, teeth sharp and jaws deadly.

    As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. Soon Larkin and Amias realize their fates are entwined. The eight of them were chosen for a reason.

    But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

    My Review

    Have you read these books? If yes, did you like them?

    What book titles woud you use to spell June?

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    #Book Review #Girl One by Sarah Flannery Murphy #Sci-Fi Thriller @MCD

    Orphan Black meets Margaret Atwood in this twisty supernatural thriller about female power and the bonds of sisterhood

    Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine “Miracle Babies” conceived without male DNA, raised on an experimental commune known as the Homestead. When a suspicious fire destroys the commune and claims the lives of two of the Homesteaders, the remaining Girls and their Mothers scatter across the United States and lose touch.

    Years later, Margaret Morrow goes missing, and Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down her estranged sisters who seem to hold the keys to her mother’s disappearance. Tracing the clues Margaret left behind, Josie joins forces with the other Girls, facing down those who seek to eradicate their very existence while uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had.

    (From the publisher’s description)

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    My thoughts:

    Girl One was one of my most anticipated reads for the first half of the year and I’m sure it wil remain in the top five most memorable ones. Any good science fiction novel has to be a blend of several elements: an interesting scientific  concept, a ‘what if…?’ which is plausible and fascinating to discuss, an interesting plot or unusual characters, and a strong message. Girl One has all three of them and definitely deserves your attention.

    This is a story of a young woman, Josephine Morrow, looking for her estranged mother Margaret, who disappeared (was kidnapped?) from their home under suspicious circumstances.  The search turns into a  journey of self-discovery that breaks and re-makes every idea Josie had of her past and present. Josie is number One of the nine babies, miraculously conceived by parthenogenesis (self-conception, ‘virgin birth’) in the Homestead, a commune of like-minded, progressively thinking women and a scientist who helped the project to take off. The commune was destroyed by a ravaging fire, in which two people died- Fiona, the youngest of the nine girls and Dr Bellanger himself. The remaining mothers and their daughters conceived without male DNA scattered all across the country and went on with their lives. Josie finds her mother’s enigmatic notes, hidden in what remains after a similar fire consumed their ordinary flat, and sets outs to find the rest of the girls.

    This is a well-written thriller with a tight plot and multiple twists and turns as there are a lot of things Josie has to discover about her past, the Homestead Project, and the only family she has ever had. Since there were 9 original girls, it does take some time , and some characters contribute less than the others to  the development of the story. Then again, there are also some sinister, horror-like scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The writing is really vivid and you can easily see the book turned into a TV show in future.

    Josie is a very likeable character. She is strong, she is caring, she is flawed, and this is what makes her so interesting. She discovers and re-discovers the strength and selflessness of  her mother-daughter bond and a powerful connection to her ‘sisters’. She grows during this trip, takes responsibility for her own actions and her road companions and works through some complex feelings. The events are told from her point of view and I wonder what kind of effect having multiple POVs would have had on the book.

    The thriller side of the book is quite strong, but this gripping journey also comes with thought-provoking social messages- the way the girls come into their own powers, test and learn their ethical boundaries is a perfect metaphor for the relationship our society has with its scientific discoveries and technological progress. There is also something else – we are all different, but there is no need to be afraid of our diversity. We can be free and independent, and enhance each other.

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Sara Flannery Murphy is the author of the novel The Possessions and Girl One. She grew up in Arkansas, studied library science in British Columbia, and received her MFA in creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Utah with her husband and their two sons.

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    #Book Blitz #How Not To Mess With A Millionaire by Regina Kyle @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    How Not To Mess With A Millionaire
    by Regina Kyle
    (Mediterranean Millionaires, #1)
    Published by: Entangled: Indulgence
    Publication date: June 7th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    Interior decorator Zoe Ryan’s life resembles a bad country song. Her boyfriend dumped her, her car died, and she was recently handed a pink slip. What’s a girl to do? Leave everything behind for a bit….in Positano, Italy. And when she gets there, she finds a surprising extra—millionaire restaurateur Dante Sabbatini in the kitchen. In his underwear. Making coffee. It’s suddenly not only hot outside, but exactly what is he doing inside, in her temporary kitchen?

    Dante’s plan was to escape to his family’s beach house for some quiet and privacy. What he didn’t know was that his meddling, matchmaking nonna rented the entire house to a sexy stranger at the exact same time as his stay. It took him months to clear his schedule—there’s no way he’s leaving now.

    With both refusing to leave, Zoe and Dante agree to be temporary roomies, but secretly aim to try to drive the other out. He plays his music as loud as he wants and will wear as little clothing as possible, and she’ll just go ahead and adopt that pig she fell in love with in town. But suddenly their game of one-upmanship takes a very sexy detour, and they can’t believe what happens next.

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    Author Bio:

    Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

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    #Book Blitz #The Business Engagement by Kasi Blake @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    The Business Engagement
    by Kasi Blake
    (Boss of Seduction)
    Publication date: May 22nd 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    One engagement can save two reputations… if they can keep their hands off each other.

    When claustrophobic Anna gets trapped in an elevator with hunky Skylar, the last thing she expects is to exit an engaged woman. But Skylar insists tongues will stop wagging when people realize she is marrying him and not sleeping with her boss.

    Skylar’s father (her boss) invites her to spend Thanksgiving weekend with his entire family in Vermont, and he won’t take no for an answer. She has no clue how she will get through four days under the same roof with the sexy, arrogant Skylar. Then she discovers they expect her to share a room with her fiancé. Now what?

    With her job on the line, will she also be willing to risk her heart?

    This book is a little STEAMY. if you don’t like that, you can skip those scenes and still enjoy the book. It isn’t erotica, so there isn’t much to skim over. But if you enjoy the love scenes, have at it. 🙂

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Kasi Blake learned that writing was her superpower when she was in the third grade. The teacher asked the students to write a short (one-page) story about a pet monster for Halloween. She heard the other kids all saying they were doing vampires and werewolves, so she chose to write about a pet mummy. Her story made the entire classroom erupt with laughter. That’s when she realized words had power. Then when she was in high school she had to write a short story for a class and put it off until the last minute. While talking to friends that morning, she scribbled it out and handed it in. The teacher thought she’d plagiarized it. That’s how good he thought it was, but her friends backed her up. Later in college, her writing ability saved her from a bad grade in history. It was a writing-intensive course.

    What’s your superpower?

    If you want to get her Newsletter for news, free stories, and fun, go to her website and find it under the Newsletter Form tab. http://KasiBlake.com

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    #Book Blitz #Capturing The Texas Rancher’s Heart by Debra Holt @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Capturing the Texas Rancher’s Heart
    by Debra Holt
    (The Tremaynes of Texas, #1)
    Published by: Tule Publishing
    Publication date: June 3rd 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    She thought she’d protected her heart…

    After a tumultuous childhood, nurse Jamie Westmoreland craves the comfort of predictability. She loves her quiet life in a small Texas ranching town and finally feels in control until a handsome rancher becomes her newest patient. He challenges her at every turn, but Jamie is too stubborn to admit she enjoys their sparring, and that he makes her heart race. But when his charming little cowboy son starts following her around, her long-neglected heart opens.

    Thomas Tremayne, the eldest son of a well-respected local ranching family, is both mom and dad to his young son and has no plans to change. When a ranch injury requires an in-house expert, the nurse who called him out on his attitude is sent to help him heal. She’s even harder to resist on his ranch than she was at the hospital, but Thomas is determined to try—except he’s out-numbered. His son decided he wants a mom, and nurse Jamie is his choice.

    Can two stubborn adults let down their guard long enough to let love in again?

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers. Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most. She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
    Debra’s real pride and joys, however, are her son, an aspiring film actor, and a daughter with aspirations to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (more story ideas!) When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure. She read her first romance…Janet Dailey’s Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary western romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles…and sighs… to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s.
    Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com. She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com.

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    #First Lines Friday

    First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first pageCopy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first Finally… reveal the book!
  • Here they are, the first lines of the mystery book I’m presenting today:

    Hope is a coin I carry: an American penny, given to me by a man I came to love. There were times in my journey when it felt as if that penny and the hope it represented were the only things that kept me going.

    I came west in search of a better life, but my American dream was turned into a nightmare by poverty and hardship and greed. These past few years have been a time of things lost: Jobs. Homes. Food.

    The land we loved turned on us, broke us all, even the stubborn old men who used to talk about the weather and congratulate each other on the season’s bumper wheat crop. A man’s got to fight out here to make a living, they’d say to each other.

    A man.

    It was always about the men.

    …so what book is it?

    it’s …

    The Four Winds by Kristin Hanna

    Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance.

    In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life. The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American Dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

    Have you read or listened to The Four Winds? if yes, what did you think of it?

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    #Blog Tour #A Night Twice as Long by Andrew Simonet #YA @Xpresso Book Tours @FSG

    Today is my stop on the blog tour for ANight Twice As Long, Andrew Simonet’s emotional and powerful portrayal of family with a disabled child, love and friendship in a changing world, where it isn’t always easy to understand and come to terms with what you are experiencing and feeling. Thank you to Giselle from XpressoBook Tours and the publisher for inviting me to participatein the blog tour for this book.

    Book details:
    A Night Twice as Long
    by Andrew Simonet
    Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux (BYR)
    Publication date: June 1st 2021
    Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
    Synopsis:

    What do you call the difference between what you should feel and what you do feel? Life?

    The blackout has been going on for three weeks. But Alex feels like she’s been living in the dark for a year, ever since her brother, who has autism, was removed from the house, something Alex blames herself for. So when her best friend, Anthony, asks her to trek to another town to figure out the truth about the blackout, Alex says yes.

    On a journey that ultimately takes all day and night, Alex’s relationships with Anthony, her brother, and herself will transform in ways that change them all forever.

    In this honest and gripping young adult novel, Andrew Simonet spins a propulsive tale about what it means to turn on the lights and look at what’s real.

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    My thoughts:
    Andrew Simonet’s story of a teenage girl who goes on a journey in the middle of a blackout has incredibly well-written characters and touches upon some very difficult issues such as living with and raising a disabled child, divorce, ableism and racism.

    We find ourselves in the middle of a long blackout. I’s been twenty two days since the lights went out and there is a lot of uncertainty as to what caused it and more importantly how long it will last. Alex’s best (the only one who keptcomingtoherhouse and worrying about her after what happened with her brother) friend Anthony suggests walking ten miles to the nearest town to try to contact Anthony’s mother who is in the navy. After Child Protection Services removed Alex’s younger brother Georgie from their mother’s care and placed him with another family, Alex has been spending most of her time at home. Their little family seems to have fallen apart, permanently stuck in their own blackout, grieving the loss of their life with Georgie. Now Alex finally is ready to leave the house and face the journey which is going to bring many changes.


    I loved the metaphor of the blackout and the surreal, dystopian feel it gave to the story-the darkness, the uncertainty, the way we people adapt and continue living. Alex’s brother Georgie is on the autism spectrum, so most of the book is about the effect of living with, taking care of, loving and cherishing a disabled child has on their family. Their love of each other is undeniable, even though the world doesn’t always get it.


    Alex is such a powerful character. She is honest, considerate, caring, and, no, she hasn’t got it it all figured out. After all, she is a teenager and there’s still a lot to learn about the world and people in it and this includes her complex feelings towards Anthony. There are also some honest observations about racial discrimination.


    The plot is centered around Alex’s journey, but, of course, it isn’t just the day orthe ten miles that we are talking about. It’s the moment of reflection and profound realization, of feeling what you are feeling and accepting it. I thought the pace was excellent, as it allowed the reader not only to follow what was happening, but also feel the changes in the characters’ perception of their life and their relationships.


    A Night Twice as Long is a multi-layered, emotional, real book which kept my interest all way through. Highly recommended.

    Thank you to Giselle from XpressoBook Tours, NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio:

    Andrew Simonet is a choreographer and writer in Philadelphia. His first novel, Wilder, published in 2018. He co-directed Headlong Dance Theater for twenty years and founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two sons, Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.

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    #Book Blitz #Gulf of Deception #YA #Mystery @Xpresso Book Tours

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    Gulf of Deception
    by Kelly Ann Hopkins
    (Gulf Shores Mysteries, #1)
    Publication date: May 17th 2021
    Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
    Synopsis:

    Beach life is killer, literally.

    On the cusp of her high school graduation, Lily Harmony needs to figure out how to break it to her lawyer parents that she doesn’t want to follow in the family footsteps–especially with her band in high demand on the Fort Myers beach scene.

    But when her father is killed inside his office and their mother accused of his murder, Lily and her estranged sister Annabelle are convinced the police have the wrong person. Clues are hard to come by until a mysterious man hands Lily a flash drive and warns her the information contained on it might get her killed. As Lily works to unravel what the files and pictures mean, a stunning discovery reveals the murderer might be closer than she thought.

    With the help of her gamer BFF and maybe something more, Lily and her sister scour the Everglades for connections to her father’s killer. But what they find hidden in the canopy of cypress tress is more dangerous than they ever imagined—a long-lost secret worth millions—and worth killing for.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Kelly Ann Hopkins is the author of Misled (coming 2021) and Buried Beneath (coming 2022). She spends her days as a high school librarian and creative writing teacher, where she challenges her students to read with abandon. When she’s not creating perilous adventures for her characters, she is dreaming of her next trip to the Florida Gulf Coast. Kelly lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and too many books.

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    #Blog Tour #Book Review of Bad Blood (Gallowburn Series 2) by Heather Atkinson @rararesources @Boldwood Books

    Thankyou to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Bad Blood by Heather Atkinson, the second book in her Gallowburn series, set in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Bad Blood

    If you can’t trust your family, who can you trust…?

    Glasgow gangster Jamie Gray and his fellow Blood Brothers rule the Gallowburn Estate with an iron fist. No one messes around on their turf without consequences. 
    But when Jamie’s erstwhile dad, Jason Gray, reappears after many years away – some of them spent behind bars – the Blood Brothers are drawn into the murky and dangerous world of the toughest gangster of them all – The Queen of Glasgow, Toni McVay.  
    Toni is the head of the most powerful organised crime family in Scotland and, as the psychotic leader enjoys scooping out the eyeballs of those who displease her, Jamie has no option but to do her bidding.

    With the love of his life Allegra still missing, his enemies closing in, and his family’s safety at risk, Jamie Gray faces the battle of his life.  But with his father’s bad blood running through his veins, and the bravery and brains he has inherited from his mother Jackie, Jamie has all the tools he needs to survive.

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    My thoughts:

    Last year I reviewed Blood Brothers, the first book in Heather Atkinson’s gritty gangland thriller series set in a fictional area of Glasgow called Gallowburn scheme. If you a fan of the genre and would like to read the series, it is better to start from the first book, where we first got introduced to the four friends,who call themselves Blood Brothers-Jamie, Logan, Gary, and Digger. I will try to keep my review as spoiler-free as possible.

    Jamie Gray’s life has never been easy. His Dad Jason used to hit his wife Jackie and his son, until Jackie  got pregnant with their second child, took a good stock of her life and decided to  kick her good for nothing abusive husband. Jason disappeared from their lives for a good chunk of  time, but nowhe is back and would like to make it up to Jamie (his youngest one Charlie has never met him) by…getting Jamie into a new illegal business. Jamie and his friends cleared Gallowburn from drug dealers to make it safer for the inhabitants, but too many powerful criminal families are looking at this area as theirs to take and this includes Toni McVay. Jamie is also about to give evidence in the trial of Cameron Abernathy, Allegra’s rich, creepy, and violent father. Allegra, Jamie’s feisty, outspoken girlfriend disappeared in Book 1, and it is feared that the fact that Allegra’s body has never been found will make it difficult to put Cameron in prison and so the justice will never be done.

    The title of the book says it all-Jamie is afraid that since he is his father’s son, he might have inherited at least some of his father’s treacherous personality. The video of Jamie going berserk in the epic battle that ended the first book has gone viral and has even served a good purpose of warning Jamie’s enemies off Galowburn and its inhabitants. But what if at some point he himself turns against the people he loves? This is Jamie’s dilemma in this book. Luckily, his frinds point out that not only he is loyal and caring, he is also his mother’s son, and Jackie Gray has made sure that her sons know what is important in life and have their hearts in the right place.

    If you like gangland thrillers, you know you can expect an action-packed plot (with a fair bit of grit and violence) and colourful characters. The book is as gripping as the first one and Heather Atkinson’s fans will be happy to read this new addition to the  series.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

    Author Bio:

    Heather Atkinson is the author of over fifty books – predominantly in the crime fiction genre.  Although Lancashire born and bred she now lives with her family, including twin teenage daughters, on the beautiful west coast of Scotland.   Her new gangland series for Boldwood, set on the fictional Gallowburn estate in Glasgow began with Blood Brothers in December 2020.
     
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    #Book Review of The Ticklemore Trove by Liz Davies #Blog Blitz @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog blitz for The Ticklemore Treasure Trove, the third instalment in Liz Davies’s Ticklemore series.

    The Ticklemore Treasure Trove

    Nell Chapman has always assumed that one (or the other) of her twin sons would help run her antique shop once they finished university. The boys, however, have other plans, when they announce they’re going backpacking for a year, leaving Nell feeling bereft and lonely.

    Not only that, but with their father (her lying, cheating ex-husband) back on the scene and demanding half of the business, there might not be anything left for her boys to help manage when they return.
    However, she hasn’t counted on the unexpected support of local landscape artist, Silas Long. And neither has she considered the possibility she might fall in love again – especially since Silas is so distant and moody, and has his own cross to bear.

    Should Nell take a chance and risk her heart, or should she leave well alone?  And why has Silas painted her portrait if he doesn’t feel anything for her?

    A perfect romantic read for fans of Heidi Swain and Sarah Morgan

    Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/TicklemoreTreasure

    My thoughts:
    It was so lovely to re-visit the village of Ticklemore with its familiar faces and find out more in the new story! The Ticklemore Treasure Trove is the third book in the series (if you are interested in what happened in the previous two books, you can check out  my reviews of The Ticklemore Christmas Toy Shop and The Ticklemore Tattler). You can definitely read and enjoy this one as a standalone.

    I really wanted to find out more about Nell Chapman and how she started her antique shop business from scratch after her husband cheated on her and left her for ayounger woman. Nell has a great eye for rare and beautiful things which are not always expensive, but often need a bit of TLC and the right kind of home. When her husband Riley sold their house, he took what he wanted and left the ‘useless knick knacks’ to his discarded wife and mother of his twin sons. Now Riley is back and is suddenly interested in how much profit the shop is making. He is somehow under an impression he is entitled to half of Nell’s business. This isn’t the only thing that is heavy onNell’s mind. Her twin boys have just graduated and instead of coming back home, they are heading abroad for a gap year.

    I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was intrigued by the mystery and sadness surrounding Silas, Ticklemore’s  painter and art gallery owner. Silas moved to the village five years ago and hasn’t shared much of his past. Even Hattie, the indomitable octogenarian waitress in Bookylicious bookshop/cafe, hasn’t been able to find out much. Once I got to know Silas’s secret, my heart immediately went to him. Liz Davies really knows how to tug at your heartstrings and make you love and sympathise with her likeable characters. It’s obvious that Nell and Silas are meant to have a second chance at love and happiness together, but do they know it themselves?

    Once again, Liz Davies made me marvel at her ability to create well-rounded, memorable, and relatable characters. Her writing flows easily and the story pulls you in straightaway. I am a big fan of the Ticklemore community and absolutely loved Hettie’s new apprenticeship scheme. It was also great to see that Juliette, Nell’s best friend and the owner of the Ticklemore Tattler is happy and doing well.
    I really enjoyed this new addition to Liz Davies’s heartwarming Ticklemore series and can’t wait to findout what happens in the next book! Thankyou to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

    Author Bio

    Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.
    She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.
    She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper can and travel the world in it.

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    Website: https://lizdaviesauthor.wixsite.com/home
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    #Book Blitz #Becoming Brooklyn by Amanda Deich #YA Sci-fi @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Becoming Brooklyn
    by Amanda Deich
    Publication date: January 5th 2021
    Genres: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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    Synopsis:

    Eighteen-year-old Brooklyn never knew her father. Rex Blackburn died in the 9/11 attacks four months before she was born.

    And even though she never met him, she always dreamed about what he must have been like before he died. In her mind, he was a hero.

    Little did she know.

    After an attack at a 9/11 memorial gala, Brooklyn learns her father had been a member of an elite, anti-terrorism, military task force, made up of a very select group of people who had superhuman abilities. On the day the towers fell, he died using his power to save people.

    The Army believes she inherited his gift, and Brooklyn is invited to train at West Point in order to hone her skills. Knowing deep down she is different than anyone else her age and wanting to learn more about a father she never knew, she readily agrees to become a cadet at the prestigious military academy.

    She and five other 9/11 babies strengthen their superhuman abilities and spend weeks preparing themselves for their future in the army, fighting terrorists at home and abroad. And in the process of training, they identify with their deceased parents in a way they never knew they could.

    Brooklyn knows she’ll go to war someday, but when terrorists find out about the group’s gifts, they don’t bother to wait.

    They bring the war to West Point.

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    Amanda Deich is an author out of Littleton, CO. In her non-writer life, she is a teacher and coach to hundreds of kids, and she is a mama to two. If you meet her, she’ll talk Jesus and identity like no one’s business.

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    #Blog Tour #Daisy’s Dilemma by Debbie Viggiano #Romcom @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel fromRachel’s Random Resources for inviting toparticipate in theblog tour for Daisy’s Dilemma, a new romcom by Debbie Viggiano.

    Daisy’s Dilemma

    Florist Daisy is loved-up and blossoming.  Boyfriend Dominic has proposed marriage!
    However, Dominic isn’t in any rush to buy a ring, and meeting the parents is looong overdue.  What is the problem?  After all, Daisy’s mum has already bought her big hat and wants to know the wedding date!

    Then careless words plant seeds of doubt and, like weed, Daisy’s concerns begin to multiply.  Is Dominic hiding something?

    Meanwhile, sexy ex Harry is back on the scene and begging Daisy for a reconciliation.  He thought the grass was greener with HER but now says he made a mistake.  Is Harry – for once – being genuine, or simply leading Daisy up the garden path?

    New neighbour Seth seems like a fun guy, but a single throwaway comment has Daisy mimicking a species of Calla Lily – Red Alert!  It’s time to do some digging.  But even she never anticipated a mad car chase across London or unearthing a shocking secret that changes everything.

    Sparks are set to fly in this gorgeous romantic comedy about love, trust, and new beginnings.

    Purchase Links

    UK / US

    My thoughts:

    This was my first book by Debbie Viggiano and it definitely won’t be the last – it was light, entertaining and I rooted for Daisy all way through!

    Daisy is a thirty five year old florist living in a tiny village of Little Waterlow. Daisy owns her home, has a successful business, and a fiance. Things are looking rosy for Daisy who went through a mother of all heartbreaks when her brand-new husband Harry cheated on her with his best man’s sister. Now Dominic is nothing like that. He is dependable and hard-working, although he seems to be a bit on a reserved side when it comes to Daisy meeting his family and his friends. He also hasn’t got Daisy her ring (oh, but he will sooner or later) and he hasn’t been contributing to the bills or any other living expenses (he is saving money for the wedding). Well, there’s just one more thing: Dominic has to travel a lot for work, including weekends and Christmas (his hotel didn’t have telephonereception-what a disater!). Warning bells are ringing in your head, dear reader? right so…Then two more things happen in Daisy’s life- her ex-husband Harry woud like her to forgive him and take him back, and a gorgeous new neighbour Seth moves into a cottage next door (the chemistry between these two is so strong, you can almost see sparks flying). And we have Daisy’s dilemma complete: who will she choose?

    Daisy was such a lovely and sweet character. Life hasn’t exactly treated her well in the romantic department, but her heart is definitely in the right place and she just needs a little nudge to lose those pink glasses and see what is really going on, and who she should or shouldn’t trust. Some of her escapades were hilarious and I just loved her inner monologue. Her bestie Becky was also there to provide necessary support, teasing and banter.

    There weren’t any real surprises (well, it was clear from the beginning where things are going), but I didn’t need any to enjoy this fun escape from my daily life. Debbie Viggiano has a great sense of humour and comic timing, and I can see why she is one of the most popular romcom writers.

    Lovely, easy summer read with fun characters, recommended to anyone who enjoys a self-discovery story with a bit of romance. Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio:

    Prior to turning her attention to writing, Debbie Viggiano was, for more years than she cares to remember, a legal secretary. She lives with her Italian husband, a rescued pooch from Crete, and a very disgruntled cat. Occasionally her adult children return home bringing her much joy… apart from when they want to raid the fridge or eat her secret stash of chocolate. Tweet @DebbieViggiano or follow her on Facebook!

    Social Media Links

    TWITTER:   @DebbieViggiano
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/debbie.viggiano.5/
    INSTAGRAM: debbieviggiano
    WEBSITE: www.debbieviggiano.co.uk

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    #Blog Tour #Book Spotlight #Body On the Rocks by Rachel Green @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour and present a book spotlight for Body on The Rocks , the beginning of a new series of mysteries by Rachel Green.

    Body on the Rocks

    Mourning the death of her police inspector husband, Margot Renard moves to a small seaside town in the south of France. But when the body of a small boy washes up on a beach, Margot is drawn into a dangerous world of drug smugglers and people trafficking, and forced to cross paths with two feuding gangsters.

    Purchase Links
    UK /US

    Author Bio 

    Rachel Green is the pen name of a writer from the UK. Rachel has twice been longlisted for both the Bath Novel Award and the BPA First Novel Award, as well as being on the shortlist for the Capital Crime New Voices Award. Rachel lives in a tiny village in England, but travels frequently to the south of France where the stories from the Madame Renard Investigates series are set.

    Social Media Links – Twitter: @AuthorRachelG  Facebook: AuthorRachelG

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    #Book Blitz #Opposites Attract by Jacqueline Lee @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Opposites Attract
    by Jacqueline Lee
    Publication date: May 27th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

    Synopsis:

    Megan is nerdier than all of the characters on The Big Bang Theory combined. But it’s a fabulous form of revenge that the same traits she was tormented for in high school have helped her land her dream job as a science journalist in New York and her dream apartment with fellow nerd, Josh, who is potentially her dream guy. The only problem is Josh’s brother, Brandon, is constantly around blocking any attempts to create a romantic atmosphere. Megan nurses an oversized grudge against jocks due to a past traumatic experience. The fact that Brandon’s a professional football player whose new favorite sport is mocking her only increases her fantasies of feeding him to a giant carnivorous plant.

    Brandon’s life might look perfect, but he’s got a massive hang-up about his intelligence, a hang-up which is aggravated by all the verbal sparring with Josh’s new roommate. Even worse, it appears Science Barbie is falling for his deeply closeted brother. Why does he care so much about preventing the impending disaster? But the more time he spends with Megan, the more he realizes the sparks between them have the potential to ignite into something amazing.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Never miss a new book or exclusive FREE short stories! Sign up to Jacqueline’s newsletter at: https://jacquelineleeauthor.com/newsletter-sign-up/

    Jacqueline Lee is an award-winning romance author who writes stories with heart and humor. She loves writing characters who have fun with each other while building a deeper connection. Formerly a high school biology teacher, Jackie is living her own version of happily-ever-after with her husband and three children in New Zealand.

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    It’s Monday! What are you reading? May 31st, 2021

    It’s Monday! What are you Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, a place to share and discuss what we’ve read in the past week and what we’re in the middle of or are planning to read this week.

    What I read / listened to last week

    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo… As popular as the new Netflix adaptation is, it wasn’t the reason why I finally picked up this book- it was a recommendation from Yesha @ https://booksteacupreviews.com/ . Please, check out her wonderful 5-star review of the book. I still have mixed feelings about the way this fictional world uses parts of Russian culture to give Ravka it’s unique atmosphere. One thing is sure, it is an addictive read, and I can see now why this trilogy has so many faithful fans.

    The Bridesmaid by Nina Manning

    Your best friend. Your worst nightmare…
    From the moment they met as children, Sasha knew that beautiful, wealthy, and confident Caitlin would always be her absolute best friend. Sasha would do anything to make Caitlin happy.
    Even keep her darkest secrets…

    The years have passed, but their friendship remains. And when Caitlin announces she’s getting married there is only one choice for the role of bridesmaid. Sasha will make sure Caitlin’s wedding is as beautiful and perfect as she is. Won’t she?
    But as the big day approaches, cracks begin to appear. Because no matter what Sasha does, she never seems to make Caitlin happy.
    And the secrets that once bound these two friends, now threaten to rip them apart for good…

    Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy

    Orphan Black meets Margaret Atwood in this twisty supernatural thriller about female power and the bonds of sisterhood

    Josephine Morrow is Girl One, the first of nine “Miracle Babies” conceived without male DNA, raised on an experimental commune known as the Homestead. When a suspicious fire destroys the commune and claims the lives of two of the Homesteaders, the remaining Girls and their Mothers scatter across the United States and lose touch.

    Years later, Margaret Morrow goes missing, and Josie sets off on a desperate road trip, tracking down her estranged sisters who seem to hold the keys to her mother’s disappearance. Tracing the clues Margaret left behind, Josie joins forces with the other Girls, facing down those who seek to eradicate their very existence while uncovering secrets about their origins and unlocking devastating abilities they never knew they had.

    What I am reading/listening to now:

    Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

    Gossip Girl meets Get Out in Ace of Spades, a YA contemporary thriller by debut author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé about two students, Devon & Chiamaka, and their struggles against an anonymous bully.

    A Night Twice As Long by Andrew Simonet

    What do you call the difference between what you should feel and what you do feel? Life?

    In this honest and gripping young adult novel, Andrew Simonet spins a propulsive tale about what it means to turn on the lights and look at what’s real.

    What I’m reading /listening to next:

    I Don’t Forgive You by Aggie Blum Thompson

    An accomplished photographer and the devoted mom of an adorable little boy, Allie Ross has just moved to an upscale DC suburb, the kind of place where parenting feels like a competitive sport. Allie’s desperate to make a good first impression. Then she’s framed for murder.

    It all starts at a neighborhood party when a local dad corners Allie and calls her by an old, forgotten nickname from her dark past. The next day, he is found dead.

    Soon, the police are knocking at her door, grilling her about a supposed Tinder relationship with the man, and pulling up texts between them. She learns quickly that she’s been hacked and someone is impersonating her online. Her reputation–socially and professionally–is at stake; even her husband starts to doubt her. As the killer closes in, Allie must reach back into a past she vowed to forget in order to learn the shocking truth of who is destroying her life.

    How did your last week go and what are you reading this week?

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    #Book Blitz #The Day We Die by Autumn Bluestone @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    The Day We Die
    by Autumn Bluestone
    (Branded, #1)
    Publication date: August 26th 2021
    Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

    Synopsis:

    It’s the year 2070, and everything in Tessa’s life has gone wrong. She didn’t expect to be Branded—a process created to preserve her country’s precious resources—with the terrifyingly young age of sixteen, or for tragedy to befall all her childhood friends. She didn’t expect to be left this alone. Four years after everything crumbled apart, Tessa is sixteen, preparing to board the Bus that gathers the expired before mysteriously disposing of them; and searching desperately for anything that could make her life worth living. Then she meets someone she never expected to see, and Tessa knows within seconds that they will forever be linked by their pasts. Struggling to cope with her low brand, survive the endless flow of mental and physical attacks pounding her and the other expirees, and find purpose amid the storm of pain that is her life, Tessa would be falling apart if it weren’t for the boy that just keeps piecing her back together. She’s closer to death than ever before. Will Tessa survive, or will the attacks by the government—and her own mind—ultimately destroy her?

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    EXCERPT:

    The noises of the crowd and the mayor’s voice fade into the background, and for a moment, the only sound that cuts into my head is the frenzied beating of my own heart. The stage blurs in and out of focus, and my breathing quickens and my heart thunders like a racehorse. I clench my hands into tight fists, trying to quell the tremors racing through them.

    This is it. In a few minutes, I will be Branded. An adult—though not in age. I’ll know my fate, my future; everything that means anything.

    I inhale. Exhale. The air squeezes out of me in one quick rush, and for a split second, I can’t breathe. Fear wraps its unforgiving fingers around my heart, chilling it to the core.

    Then, a hand on my arm. A whisper of a voice in my ear.

    “It’ll be okay. Here.” It’s the boy beside me.

    I shake my head vigorously, and the thundering applause rushes back to my ears. It’s loud. Very loud. I blindly accept whatever the boy is offering me, and a round tablet drops into my palm.

    He gently holds on to my hand behind his back, smiling and waving fearlessly at the crowd. His expression is brave and bright, his unfamiliar fingers warm around mine. I squeeze them until I’m sure I’ve cut off his circulation, but he doesn’t let go—just gives me a gentle squeeze in return.

    I look wordlessly at him, my dry tongue unable to make a sound. He’s taller than me, wearing a black tux. Blond, tousled hair frames a good-looking face—sharp jawline, arched brows, a charming twinkle in his eye. As he waves, his gaze sweeps to me…and a quiet, grim smile plays at his mouth. His steady eyes sharpen as they meet mine, boring into my soul. Blue eyes. Soft blue.

    AUTHOR BIO:

    Autumn Bluestone was born in Toronto and raised in the rural community of Erin, Ontario Canada. The daughter of an English teacher, Autumn was an avid reader and lover of stories at a young age. She first took an interest in writing when she was ten years old and has nurtured this passion into her debut novel, The Day We Die. You can find her surrounded by books in her little stone farmhouse, writing with a mug of hot chocolate in hand, or wandering outside with her rambunctious dog and much-loved chickens and ducks.

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    #Blog Tour #Book Review of Things are Looking Up by Maxine Morrey @rararesources @Boldwood Books

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Things Are Looking Up, an uplifting and heartwarming romance by Maxine Morrey.

    Things Are Looking Up

    What if what you really need is right there in front of you, if you just take a moment to look up?

    Milly has been waiting for this moment forever and finally it’s just an hour away – an interview with Vogue magazine and the opportunity to get her Louboutin-clad foot in the door.  There’s just one problem – totally engrossed in her mobile phone, Milly doesn’t see the bus that is fast approaching – until it’s too late…
    When Milly next opens her eyes, the consequences of her accident become clear. Everything she has worked for and dreamed of suddenly feels out of reach. But there is one bright spot on her horizon – the reappearance of her ex Jed, in all of his six-foot-four, broad-shouldered glory, with the most piercing ice blue eyes Milly ever saw.
    Once used to working in a whirlwind, Milly now has the chance to reconsider how to live. Will she rush back to the treadmill, get her head down and back to business, or is there a whole other life waiting for her, if she’ll just look up to see it? 

    ‘Read yourself happy’ with Maxine Morrey’s latest uplifting, page-turning, heart-warming romance, guaranteed to brighten up your day.

    Purchase Link

    My thoughts:

    Sweet, sweet, sweet…

    Things are Looking Up is exactly what it promises to be in the blurb – it is an uplifting story of a workaholic girl hit by a bus while on her way to a breakthrough job interview. Milly wakes up in a hospital. She’s just spent a week in coma just because she couldn’t take her eyes off her phone, reading work-related messages. Her family tell her she needs to slow down and reassess her priorities in life and for once, flatless, jobless, and without any prospects to ever make it again in the demanding fashion journalism world, Milly is ready to do just that – look up from her phone and take stock of her life. Enter Jed, a perfect ex-boyfriend (almost an ex-fiance), still hot and handsome, even richer and more successful than he used to be, and to top it all sweet, kind, and understanding.

    If you love a good second-chances story, you are going to be delighted with this one. Second chances in life, but also family, friends, and romantic relationships. As Maxine Morrey aptly put it, sometimes you are just not ready for the first chance. I found Milly’s life before the bus accident very relatable. Life of a freelancer is hard, hectic, and full of constant pressure. Milly’s family are worried she is giving all of herself, working for people who take her effort and her sacrifices for granted, while Milly is oblivious to how replaceable she is to them. Until that special moment of realization that put things into perspective. This isn’t an anti-career book – after all, Milly rebuilds her life, she just does it in a way that makes it more balanced and gives her more happiness and personal fulfilment.

    Jed did seem a bit too perfect to be true, but, well…a girl can dream. There is also a lot of drama with the new woman in Jed’s life – you didn’t think he would still be completely free and unattached four years after he and Milly broke up? The book is mostly about Milly’s personal growth and life changes, but there is also plenty of intense romantic feelings, misunderstandings that could have been cleared much sooner had the characters talked (and listened!) to each other.

    My only niggle is that sometimes things were a bit too spelled-out, but it was still an enjoyable read and I would definitely like to read another book from Maxine Morrey. Hope it comes out soon!

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources, NetGalley and Boldwood Books forthe review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio:

    Maxine Morrey is a bestselling romantic comedy author with ten books to her name including Winter’s Fairytale and the top ten hit The Christmas Project. Her eleventh book is being released by Boldwood in 2021. She lives in West Sussex. Her first novel for Boldwood, #No Filter, was published in November 2019.

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    #Book Blitz #Magician Rising by Renee des Lauriers #Urban Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours

    Book & Author Details:
    Magician Rising
    by Renée des Lauriers
    Publication date: May 25th 2021
    Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy
    Synopsis:

    Dark powers she can’t control. Deadly hunters tracking her down. Can she rip the target off her back before it turns fatal?

    Jun Bear has lived with bad luck all her life. And when a professor threatens to give her a failing grade, the college senior sees her hopes for graduating in two months going down another ill-fated drain. But her fortunes plunge further when an unnatural earthquake shakes the campus and unleashes cold-blooded assassins after her head…

    Unsure what’s happening, Jun finds herself facing a trained killer intent on exposing the wielder of the dangerous magic. And when she’s provoked into revealing her unexpected new abilities, she’s determined to prove her innocence before she’s permanently eliminated.

    Can she win over an ally and survive a bloodthirsty secret society fixated on wiping her out?

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    Renée was raised by a folk singer and an accountant to be analytically creative. From thirteen, she played guitar and sang on stage at coffee shops. She also oil painted and wrote poetry on odd paper scraps. Besides writing, Renee has worked as an emergency medical technician and a high school English teacher. Now she lives in California with her family.

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    #Book Blitz #The Hidden Princess by Mira Crest @Xpresso Book Tours

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    The Hidden Princess
    by Mira Crest
    (Princess League, #1)
    Publication date: April 16th 2020
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
    Synopsis:

    Penny is an ugly princess born to a family known for its beautiful offspring. To protect the royal bloodline’s reputation, the king proclaims her dead since birth and locks her away in the castle cellar.

    But unbeknown to most, including herself, Penny has a gift: she can see the darkness within one’s mind through touch.

    Everett is a dragon prince whose land is plagued by a deadly sickness in the form of black mist, capable of turning any fairy being it touches into stone. He comes to Penny’s kingdom seeking the one princess foretold to end the darkness.

    The choice is clear, it’s either Penny’s cynical eldest sister, Tatiana, or her kind elder sister, Sarah, because Penny does not exist, not officially. But a twist of fate and Penny’s gift bring her to Everett’s attention, and she takes on a secret identity to aid him to trace the origin of the black mist.

    What follows is a journey into a dark magical world within the minds of the corrupt, ruled by demons that plague on the dark aspects of the human psyche.

    With the clock fast ticking, the prince must discover who the chosen one is in order to defeat the black mist before it turns him to stone and spreads to the rest of the world. But there are those who will do anything to keep Penny’s identity hidden.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Since young, Mira loves fantasy romance with strong female protagonists and perilous adventures to magical realms and parallel universes to visit dragons, witches, shifters, and fairy tale creatures, bringing heroes and heroines together and aiding their epic fantasy battles against dark enemies so they can have the happily-ever-afters they deserve. 
    When she grew up, she takes a liking to young adult stories, which explains her passion writing in the young adult fantasy romance genre. Her books are clean romance with character development as the prime focus. Even now, she still journeys to fantasy realms whenever she’s not writing.

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    #Book Blitz #Alpha by Sybil Bartel @Xpresso Book Tours

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    Alpha
    by Sybil Bartel
    (The Alpha Elite #1)
    Publication date: May 24th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
    Synopsis:

    Billionaire.

    Mercenary.

    Navy SEAL.


    The Teams trained me to be a killer. War taught me to be ruthless. Then an ill-fated mission proved I was human. Combat wounded, The Navy cut me loose. I had a choice. Fade into obscurity or use the skills I had.

    Alpha Elite Security was born and three years later, my company was the most sought after security contractor in the world. Five global locations, ten company jets, every one of my employees military trained—we were the best of the best. Overseeing operations, I didn’t have time for women, or anything other than growing my company. My success rate unmatched, I’d never lost a client.

    Then I got a call, the only call that would get me back in the field. She was missing. The woman I’d left behind seven years ago. Now I had one objective.

    Code name: Alpha.
    Mission: Extraction.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Sybil Bartel is a USA Today Bestselling author of unapologetic alpha heroes. Whether you’re reading her deliciously dominant mercenaries, bodyguards or military heroes, all of her heart-stopping, page-turning romantic suspense novels have sexy-as-sin alpha heroes!

    Sybil resides in South Florida and she is forever Oliver’s mom.

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    #Book Blitz #Ethan’s Empire: Laying Down the Rules by R.V.Garner @Xpresso Book Tours

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    Ethan’s Empire: Laying Down the Rules
    by R.V. Garner
    Publication date: February 15th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
    Synopsis:

    Welcome to Ethan’s world, where the suspense is heart-gripping, and the romance will leave you desperate for more.

    At an age when most girls have the world at their feet, Olivia Crosley is just trying to survive, bouncing from one borrowed bed to another to find a place to lay her head at night. With all the odds against her and strength beyond her years, she has managed to carve out a section of life she can call her own. 

    ​Then she meets Ethan Grant. The first time she laid eyes on him, he was a complete mystery, an unlikely hero in a perfectly tailored suit. His stoic demeanor told her to keep her guard up, but there is a reason he saved her, and she needs to find out why. From the moment he pulled her into his car, she became a prize to be hunted. She soon learns that his enemies are fully engaged in the game. 

    ​Olivia finds herself immersed in guards, guns, and more money than she could ever imagine. Each moment brings its own sense of danger as she struggles to determine whether her heart or life is on the line.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    R.V. Garner is an emerging author in the romance genre. She grew up on the border of Georgia and Florida, surrounded by sunshine and salt air. A hopeless romantic to her core, she gets lost creating worlds and letting them flow out of her in the form of a story. Dancing in the rain, the long-awaited kiss, a hand on the small of the back, she’s a sucker for them all. Epic love stories in any form are her kryptonite. Books, movies, and music all hold power over her, and she hopes to share a little bit of that magic with you. You can visit her at www.rvgarner.com. Be sure to sign up for updates, and be one of the first to know when new books are coming out.

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    #Book Blitz #His Billion-Dollar Takeover Temptation#Contemporary Romance @Xpresso Book Tours

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    His Billion-Dollar Takeover Temptation
    by Emmy Grayson
    (The Infamous Cabrera Brothers, #1)
    Published by: Harlequin Presents
    Publication date: May 25th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

    Synopsis:

    In debut author Emmy Grayson’s sexy workplace romance, will the Spanish CEO be able to resist giving in to desire?

    He will claim her company
    But can he claim her, too?

    Everleigh Bradford won’t simply hand over control of the family vineyard she expected to inherit. She’s lost too much already. If she must confront internationally renowned new owner Adrian Cabrera, she will! Even if she has to fight her red-hot response to the brooding Spaniard.

    Bringing Everleigh home to Grenada to prove he’ll protect her heritage is essential to their working relationship—but it’s dangerous. Innocent Everleigh is intoxicating. And she deserves everything that Adrian’s past and his iron self-control won’t let him give her. No matter how tempting it is…

    From Harlequin Presents: Escape to exotic locations where passion knows no bounds.

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    AUTHOR BIO:

    Emmy’s interest in romance can be traced back to her love of Nancy Drew books, when she tried to solve the mysteries of her favorite detective while rereading the romantic chapters with Ned Nickerson. Fast-forward a few years when she discovered a worn copy of “A Rose in Winter” by Kathleen Woodiwiss on her mother’s bookshelf, and she was hooked. Over 20 years later, Harlequin Presents made her dream come true by offering her a contract for her first book.

    When Emmy isn’t writing or reading, she’s chasing around her baby boy, feeding her menagerie of fur babies or carving out a little time on her front porch with her firefighter hubby.

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    #Blog Tour #Book review of Whatever It Takes (DCI Jane Birchfield) #Police Procedural @rararesources

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Whatever It Takes, the second instalment in Heaton Wilson’s series of police procedurals featuring DCI Jane Birchfield.

    Whatever It Takes

    DCI Jane Birchfield is facing a series of personal challenges: a rocky relationship with her partner, her mum hardly talks to her; and her boss and mentor is critically ill, which means she is having to cover his post as well as her own. Then she has to take charge of the toughest of murder investigations.
    Jamie Castleton is found dead, seemingly frozen in position at a computer in a grubby internet cafe in the Manchester suburb of Ashbridge. Enquiries reveal he was a self employed tech consultant and a computer expert, so what was he doing in there?

    The more Jane and her team dig under the surface, the more the evidence points to one of Manchester’s biggest companies, Greaves, and its super-wealthy boss, Graeme Hargreaves. This leads Jane into a sordid underworld, and a surprise twist in the investigation forces her to face up to an event in her own past, that she has kept buried for 25 years.

    Slowly, but surely, the net tightens around the suspects, but can she stay objective, and can she keep herself, her team, and her relationship, together, and bring the killer to justice? For Jane it has become a personal crusade, but in this race against time there is far more at stake than she ever imagined.

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    My thoughts:

    Whatever it Takes is the second instalment in DCI Jane Birchfield series and I’m really gladto have discovered yet another great series of police procedurals to follow. The book can be read as a standalone as the author provides enough background to fill the new reader in.

    We get thrown into action from the word Go. A young man is murdered by an injection of a lethal substance that causes immediate paralysis. When the police are called to the scene of crime, an unremarkable Internet cafe in Manchester, they are not even sure if they are dealing with a murder case. But Jamie Castleton was young, healthy, and had alhis life ahead of him. His mother tells the police that Jamie’s behaviour recently changed and she suspected he got himself into trouble. DCI Jane Birchfield promises to leave no stone unturned and find the murderer ‘whatever it takes’. The internet cafe, where Jamie lost his life, belongs to a big and successful company that has recently been hit by hacking rumours. This has already affected the share price and caused significant damage. What had Jamie been working on when he was killed and could it have cost him his life?

    Overseeing this particular investigation isn’t easy for Jane. She had to step in to cover her mentor’s job, while Charles Aston is slowly fading away in a hospice, and this is obviously putting Jane under a lot of emotional strain. At the same time her relationship with Allan has hit a rough patch and she has to take a long and hard look at where her life is going. Jane is an extremely complex character who has a lot of things on her plate and is dealing not only with a vast range of her own emotions, but also takes care of people in her team.

    The plot was tight and slowly, but solidly built, with a few surprising developments. The book was well-paced and really engaging- one of those police procedurals where you can’t predict where the case is going to take you, but have to work it out together with the team.

    Whatever It Takes does have it all- excellent writing, interesting characters, an intriguing case which turns out to be really dark. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

    Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, the publsher and the author for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    Author Bio 

    I have been a newspaper journalist, a postman, a public relations officer, a consultant, an actor, a director, a playwright. And I have always kept writing.
    I always felt I could write a novel. And I did! The first book in my crime fiction series featuring DCI Jane Birchfield, Every Reason, came out in 2016.  Whatever It Takes was published in 2021; and the third book (which follows on where Whatever It Takes ends) is nearing completion.
    I’m from Manchester but now live on the Isle of Wight, where the sea is never far away. It’s the perfect place to be creative, and to walk the dogs.

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    #Blog Tour #Book Review #The Immortal Game by Talia Rotschield and A.C.Harvey #YA Fantasy @Xpresso Book Tours @Swoon Reads

    Book details:
    The Immortal Game
    by Talia Rothschild & A.C. HarveyPublished by: Swoon Reads
    Publication date: May 25th 2021
    Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

    Synopsis:

    An exiled goddess goes on a quest to clear her name and save Mount Olympus in Talia Rothschild & A C Harvey’s action-packed young adult debut, The Immortal Game!

    Galene, daughter of Poseidon, desperately wants to earn her place among the gods. But when a violent attack leaves Mount Olympus in chaos and ruins, she is accused of the crime. Banished from Olympus, Galene sets out to prove her innocence and discovers a more deadly plot—one that threatens even the oldest of Immortals.

    Fortunately, she has allies who willingly join her in exile:

    A lifelong friend who commands the wind.
    A defiant warrior with deadly skill.
    A fire-wielder with a hero’s heart.
    A mastermind who plays life like a game.

    All-out war is knocking at the gates. Galene and her friends are the only ones who can tip the scales toward justice, but their choices could save Olympus from total annihilation, or be the doom of them all.

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    My thoughts:

    This story was so much fun to read! I am a big fan of mythology-based books and books about loyalty, friendship, adventure, standing up for injustly accused and finding your own way in the world. Add not one but two strong female leads to the mix and you’ve got me swooning!

    Unlike Percy Jackson this book doesn’t focus on demi-gods, but rather Young, teenage gods, so there is very little connection with the human world. The main characters Galene, daughter of Poseidon, Iyana,daughter of Zeus, Demetri, son of Ares, and Braxtus are so-called unnamed gods, because they still have to take a special kind of test to earn their immortality and future veneration from humans. There is also Kostas, another adorable character, who has already passed his Trial and has earned his name of the God of Games.

    Galene fails her test, although there are some doubts about the fairness of the trial in her case. She is sad, but resigned to try again in future. Then unthinkable happens: Mount Olympus is attacked and Galene is framed for what occured. She is exiled. Her best friend Iyana speaks up in her favour and banishes herself in protest against the unfairness of the Gods’ decision. They are joined by Demetri,and later Braxtus and Kostas. Once they reach Galene’s previously exiled older brother Chrysander, they will have to make some choices that would test their loyalty to  their home and would send them on an unforgettable adventure.

    There are several POVs in this book and I loved getting these different perspectives, although I must admit Kostas’s was always my favourite, due not only to his character, but also his special abilities. The mix of characters was absolutely perfect, plus they all have to grow and develop in the book to show to the world what they really are and what they are capable of!

    The setting and the quest were fantastic- there was so much variety! The pace was excellent- just enough time to let us get to know the characters better and lots of exciting action. One of my favourite scenes was the battle of Iyana with the traitor- it was great to see this generaly quiet and insecure girl realise her power and use it in a spectacular way. Another top moment is the Beast Maker Game, but you have to read the book to find out what it’s all about…

    Recommended to anyone who loves a good action-packed mythology story, although I’d say the target age is 13-15 year olds.

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    AUTHOR BIO:

    Talia Rothschild, Italian American, is passionate about stories in many forms—music, dance, photography, film and, of course, great novels. She believes in thick hot chocolate and creamer in your tea. When she’s not happily writing, she’s mothering the sweetest baby girl and making memories with her husband. Her debut book The Immortal Game, coauthored with A. C. Harvey, hits the shelves May 2021.

    Ashleigh Harvey is teaching high school physics and bringing her writing dreams to life. English-born and world-traveled, she loves filling her life with new adventures, such as visiting a new country or exploring the Wild West with her husband. She also finds escape in movies, music, literature, and yearly comic conventions. The Immortal Game is her debut novel, created alongside Talia Rothschild, her close friend.

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    #Natural Sorcery by Marina Ermakova #Jordan Sanders 2 #Urban Fantasy #Dystopian

    Rome was supposed to be safe–or at least safer than 90% of the planet. That was before the local legends started using their magic to destroy the food supply.

    Considered one of Rome’s experts on legends, mostly because she keeps surviving their assassination attempts, Jordan finds herself racing to find the culprits before they strike again. But legends wield powers that aren’t documented, understood, or predictable. And Jordan isn’t even a soldier. She’s just some scientist unlucky enough to stumble over the local political mess.

    The chances of getting murdered by magic beyond her comprehension is disconcertingly high. But if this unknown legend goes unchecked, Rome won’t survive the next few years…and Jordan doesn’t have it in her to walk away from that.

    Book 2 in the Jordan Sanders series, beginning with Terrestrial Magic.
    (From the Book Blurb)

    My thoughts:
    Natural Sorcery is the second book in Marina Ermakova’s urban fantasy series featuring Jordan Sanders, a biologist and a leader of a team that studies magical animals (legimals). You can read Natural Sorcery as a standalone, as the author provides enough background into this fantasy world. However, there are also spoilers to the first book, so I would recommend to start from Terrestrial Magic and get a fuller experience of the series.

    I did enjoy the second book much more for several reasons. Partly, it’s the blessing of the secondbook where the world has already been established and here we are dealing with an original blend of fantasy and mythology. It is clear from the aftermath of the events in the previous book that Jordan got involved into complex political games which may well be a matter of survival for non-magical humans, but Jordan is a scientist and knows very little about politics. Even she understands straightaway that the mystery at the core of the second book is threatening to leave her community without food and it isn’t going to be easy to find the guilty party, if the legends (the magical community) are involved. There are twists and turns, including narrow escapes from death and lethal animal attacks. Natural Sorcery grabbed me straightaway and I just had to read it in one sitting.

    The first book left me a bit unsure about the protagonist. This time it felt as if she matured and left some of her insecurities behind her. Jordan often thought what her family members would say or do in a situation of danger and this helps her analyse the events form different angles and come up with a course of action. She still does it, but now she goes beyond choosing between the options her family would consider and finds her own way.

    Overall, I enjoyed this second instalment in Jordan Sanders series and was glad to be back in this original world with legends and mythological animals. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about Jordan and her team in the next book.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Books Go Social for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

    This was a buddy read with Louise from louisesbookbuzzhome.wordpress.com

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    #Book Blitz #The Weight of The Sky by Caroline Schley #YA @Xpresso Book Tours

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    The Weight of the Sky
    by Caroline Schley
    Publication date: May 20th 2021
    Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
    Synopsis:

    For every important decision in her life, fifteen-year-old Chris Miller relies on silence rather than courage. In her rough Bridgeport neighborhood, Chris bites her tongue when her best friend gets sent to juvenile detention for a crime she didn’t commit. As a scholarship kid at St. Catherine’s Prep, Chris acquiesces to ‘drinkstagram’ at tony sleepover parties. At home with her overbearing mother, she swallows her questions about her father’s identity. Chris understands that quiet insecurity isn’t the most valiant approach to life, but it gets her through the day unscathed. Until she’s sexually assaulted.

    In the aftermath, Chris’s tenuous happiness crumbles alongside her grades, yet she can’t find the courage to report the assault. At a crossroads, Chris is forced to volunteer at an afterschool program for low-income families to maintain her scholarship. Catapulted back to the very neighborhood she struggled to escape, Chris finds her family thrust into the crosshairs of a gang war. When one of the students from her afterschool program is put at risk, Chris discovers just how much damage her silence can cause. Ultimately, she must decide if she will remain quiet as others call the shots and remain a victim or if she can forge the strength to stand up, speak the truth and call herself a survivor. 

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    Caroline Schley is a YA author and high school science teacher. Originally from New York City, she currently lives in Madrid and will happily travel long distances for white sand beaches, high-quality chocolate and alpine hiking trails. You can find out about her current writing projects and stay in touch at carolineschley.com.

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    #Book Blitz #Royal Trouble by Jennifer Bonds @Xpresso Book Tours

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    Royal Trouble
    by Jennifer Bonds
    Published by: Entangled: Amara
    Publication date: May 17th 2021
    Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

    Synopsis:

    It’s time for everyone’s favorite bad boy, Prince Alexander Stanley, to clean up his act. Given the rare opportunity to lead a new royal program that aids veterans and their families, Xander can’t afford to be making scandalous headlines anymore. He has only two months until the program launches. No more overindulging. And definitely no more women.

    Then halfway into it, his good behavior streak is threatened by a devil in a fuchsia dress.

    Everly Wilson has kept a secret for years. She was the mastermind behind the celebrity dirt website Royals Gone Wild, which exposed some of her home country of Valeria’s juiciest secrets. But once she was out of school, she left the website and her past behind, moved to New York, and became a serious writer.

    A seriously broke writer. If she doesn’t find a fresh story to earn her top dollar, she’ll be out on the street, with nothing but her laptop and a stack of unpaid medical bills to keep her warm at night.

    But when a friend’s wedding brings her back home, it seems like the fates have aligned to deliver her the scoop of the year. Prince Alexander is suddenly on a mission to clean up his act, avoiding the escapades he once embraced—and she’s determined to be the one to catch his inevitable screwup. So when things between them start to heat up, and Xander’s walls start coming down, Everly might be the one royally in trouble this time…

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    AUTHOR BIO:Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy alphas, and a whole lot of mischief. She’s a sucker for enemies-to-lovers stories, laugh-out-loud banter, and over-the-top grand gestures. Jennifer lives in Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her own real-life hero, two adorable (and sometimes crazy) children, and one rambunctious K9. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, a solid Netflix binge, the Winchester brothers, cupcakes, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

    To connect with Jen online, visit http://www.jenniferbonds.com or find her on Facebook and Instagram @jbondswrites.

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