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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Books We Didn't Finish - September Edition



All is not Forgotten:  Disturbingly graphic and boring.  The "narrator" of the story is the psychiatrist.  That didn't work for me.  He made everything seem so cold, detach d, and clinical.  I lost interest very early on.


The Woman in Cabin 10:  Yet another incredibly boring "thriller".  I made it about 30% before i gave up.  I hated the main character, she was too depressing.

Behind Closed Doors:  I'm not saying this was a bad book.  It was jsut too disturbing for me.  I'm not sure where it was going, but I was about 4 discs in when I
decided I couldn't stomach 5 more discs of abuse and terror of the main character.

Swept Away: This was originally published as Runaway Mistress. I was hoping for a good Throwback Thursday read. However, I couldn't get past the first chapter.  The heroine was so unlikable that I wasn't interested in seeing her transformation.

The Nix: Another one that was a DNF for me at about 30%.  I just couldn't keep with it.  I was bored and
ready to move onto other things.

Honor Bound: This is a the 6th book in the series. I have gotten used to reading series books out of order because they usually can hold up as stand alone stories.  Not this one.  I was so confused.  Maybe I would have liked it if I had read  books 1-5 before this one.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Spotlight: Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypole White

Author: Barbara Claypole White
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing 
Date of Publication: September 27, 2016

Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.

Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade…until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.

In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of what if reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.

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Praise for Echoes of Family:

“Claypole White’s gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well. We discover that while their minds may be different from ours, their hearts are the same.” —Diane Chamberlain, USA Todaybestselling author of Pretending to Dance

Echoes of Family is a masterfully written novel that is both difficult to put down, and difficult to forget after the final page. In this powerful novel, Claypole White weaves that narrative that draws the reader into a personal relationship with the characters and has you rooting for them, in spite of their many flaws. This book kept my attention until all secrets were revealed in its dramatic conclusion. I look forward to many more from Claypole White.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Things We Keep

“Barbara Claypole White has done it again—created a quirky cast of characters and then taken us along as they go on a journey through madness and out the other side. Music, England, love, loss, and nature all collide in this beautiful exploration of how the echoes of our past can sometimes drown out the present. Matthew Quick fans will feel right at home.” —Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Spin and Hidden


About Barbara Claypole White


A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her debut novel, The Unfinished Garden, won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book, and The In-Between Hour was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Winter 2014 Okra Pick. Her third novel, The Perfect Son, was a semifinalist in the 2015 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction.
Connect with Barbara
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Barbara Claypole White’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Sunday, September 25th: Writer Unboxed – guest post, “Ten Tips for Writing Through Family Stress”
Monday, September 26th: BookBub Blog – “Family Crises of the Month Book Club”
Tuesday, September 27th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, September 28th: Just One More Chapter
Thursday, September 29th: BookNAround
Friday, September 30th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, October 3rd: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Wednesday, October 5th: Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books
Thursday, October 6th: Broken Teepee
Friday, October 7th: Not in Jersey
Tuesday, October 11th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, October 13th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, October 14th: Books ‘n Bindings
Monday, October 17th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, October 18th: The Baking Bookworm
Wednesday, October 19th: Bibliotica
Monday, October 24th: Mom’s Small Victories


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cover Reveal: Riveted by Jay Crownover


We are so excited to reveal the cover of the upcoming release of Riveted by Jay Crownover.  It's always exciting to see the cover of a new book.  It makes the anticipation that much more exciting.  It goes on sale February 14, 2017.  What a great Valentine's Day present idea!

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the next installment in the Saints of Denver series.

Everyone else in Dixie Carmichael’s life has made falling in love look easy, and now she is ready for her own chance at some of that happily ever after. Which means she’s done pining for the moody, silent former soldier who works with her at the bar that’s become her home away from home. Nope. No more chasing the hot as heck thundercloud of a man and no more waiting for Mr. Right to find her; she’s going hunting for him...even if she knows her heart is stuck on its stupid infatuation with Dash Churchill.

Denver has always been just a pit stop for Church on his way back to rural Mississippi. It was supposed to be simple, uneventful, but nothing could have prepared him for the bubbly, bouncy redhead with doe eyes and endless curves. Now he knows it’s time to get out of Denver, fast. For a man used to living in the shadows, the idea of spending his days in the sun is nothing short of terrifying.

When Dixie and Church find themselves caught up in a homecoming overshadowed with lies and danger, Dixie realizes that while falling in love is easy, loving takes a whole lot more work…especially when Mr. Right thinks he’s all wrong for you. 

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About Jay Crownover:


Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked MenThe Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.  


Throwback Thursday: Banned Books Week


In honor of Banned Books Week, we are each doing a Throwback Thursday book that has been challenge in the past for various reasons. For more information about banned books, you can visit the ALA website. We hope you enjoy a banned book very soon!


Are You There God, It's Me Margaret? by Judy Blume was first published in 1970 and was frequently challenged having been deemed "sexually offensive and amoral", "profane, immoral, and offensive", as well as having "anti-Christian behavior". 

I was a HUGE Judy Blume fan when I was in middle and high school.  Her books just really resonated with me and I felt like I wasn't alone in thoughts and feelings after reading one of her books.  This one will always be one of my all time favorites.  Re-reading it as an adult with a 12 YO daughter, I still love the book.  For me, the content and feelings of the girls in the book are timeless.  I can't wait to share it with my daughter.


The Bridge to Terabithia was published in 1977 by Katherine Patterson.  It's been frequently challenged due to themes of magic and witchcraft.  Also, there is an issue with how death is handled in this book.  One of the characters does die and I found it was dealt with in a normal, logical way.

This book was required reading when I was in Middle School.  Having kids that have gone through middle school they don't require reading much anymore, but I wouldn't have a problem with any of my kids reading this book.  It's a good story and I think readers of this generation would still enjoy the story.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blog Tour: Blame it on the Cowboy by Delores Fossen

Author: Delores Fossen
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publicaion: September 2016

Every cowboy has a wild side—all it takes is the right woman to unleash it… 

All of Logan McCord’s carefully laid plans erupt the day he walks in on his would-be fiancée getting…well, not so carefully laid. Tonight, just once, Logan is acting on instinct. And that instinct is telling him to say “Happy to oblige” to the cute stranger looking for a no-strings fling with a Texas cowboy.

When chef Reese Stephens made her bucket list, she mistakenly thought she had weeks to live. Not that she regrets her one-night-stand with the gorgeous rancher. But she does regret leaving an heirloom watch as a parting gift. Tracking Logan down is easy. Walking away again is another matter. Because Reese’s crazy past and Logan’s battered heart are no match for the kind of chemistry that could turn one night into the start of a passionate lifetime.

Blame it on the Cowboy was a wonderful end to the trilogy about the McCord brothers.  This one is Logan's story.  He is the serious and most career driven of the brothers.  He picked up and kept the family company going after his parents died in a car accident.  Reese is always on the move, trying to keep away from her con artist mother.  A random meet in a bar and a one night stand changes things for both of them forever.

The story is full of laugh out loud moments and great characters.  I'm not sure I will look at a red clown nose in quite the same way after reading this book. The rumor mill in that little town was nuts but so funny.  I loved Logan with Reese. I was rooting for them the whole time.  Their love story kept me completely engaged and I flew through the book in no time.  Aside from the McCords and their women, Jimena was my favorite secondary character.  She was a breath of fresh air!  I would love to see her get her own book or at least a short story.  

I highly recommend this series.  It has all the elements that I love in stories about cowboys and the women they love.  I can't wait to see what this author comes out with next!



About Delores Fossen


USA Today bestselling author, Delores Fossen, has sold over 70 novels with millions of copies of her books in print worldwide. She’s received the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and was a finalist for the prestigious Rita ®. In addition, she’s had nearly a hundred short stories and articles published in national magazines.
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Connect with Delores
Delores Fossen’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Tuesday, September 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, September 27th: The Bookish and the Romantic – spotlight
Wednesday, September 28th: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, September 29th: Dog-Eared Daydreams – spotlight
Friday, September 30th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Friday, September 30th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Monday, October 3rd: The Sassy Bookster
Tuesday, October 4th: Back Porchervations
Thursday, October 6th: The Romance Dish
Friday, October 7th: Romancing the Readers
Monday, October 10th: Books and Spoons
Tuesday, October 11th: A Bookaholic Swede – spotlight
Wednesday, October 12th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, October 13th: It’s a Reading Thing
Monday, October 17th: Mignon Mykel Reviews
Tuesday, October 18th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Wednesday, October 19th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Tuesday, October 25th: Books and Bindings
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Spotlight & Giveaway Honor Bound by B. J. Daniels

Author: B.J. Daniels
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication:October 18, 2016

Protecting her life will mean betraying her trust 

Ainsley Hamilton has always been the responsible one of the family. As the oldest daughter of presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, she’s also a potential target. For months she’s sensed someone following her. When an expedition to scout locations for a commercial takes a terrifying turn, she’s rescued by a natural-born cowboy who tempts the good girl to finally let loose.

Sawyer Nash knows just how reckless it is to fall for someone he’s gone undercover to protect. Yet masquerading as an extra on set, he starts to see beneath Ainsley’s controlled facade. And with the election—and a killer—drawing closer, Sawyer stands to lose not just his job and his life but the woman for whom he’d gladly risk both.

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About B. J. Daniels


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three springer spaniels. When not writing, she quilts, boats and plays tennis.

Connect with B. J. Daniels

B. J. Daniels’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Monday, September 26th: The Sassy Bookster
Tuesday, September 27th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, September 28th: Back Porchervations
Thursday, September 29th: A Bookaholic Swede
Monday, October 3rd: Books A La Mode – Author Guest Post/Giveaway
Tuesday, October 4th: Books and Spoons
Wednesday, October 5th: Romancing the Readers
Thursday, October 6th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Monday, October 10th: What She Reads Blog
Tuesday, October 11th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Friday, October 14th: Dog Eared Daydreams
Monday, October 17th: Becky on Books
Tuesday, October 18th: Bookbub Blog – Author Guest Post
Thursday, October 20th: I Wish I Lived in a Library
Monday, October 24th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, October 26th: Broken Teepee – Spotlight
Thursday, October 27th: Books and Bindings


Monday, September 26, 2016

Book Spotlight A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

We are excited to spotlight Hope Ramsay's latest book, A Christmas Bride.  The book hits the shelves tomorrow!  Make sure to come back next week for a review of the book!

Title: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE
Author: Hope Ramsay
Series: Chapel of Love, #1
On Sale: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook:  $7.99 USD

A brand new contemporary romance series from USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay centered on a small-town wedding chapel!

A season of hope…'Tis the season in Shenandoah Falls and the first time Willow Peterson has been home in years. But she's determined to fulfill the wishes of her recently deceased best friend and restore Eagle Hill Manor to its former glory—all in time to host the perfect holiday wedding. She just has to get the owner of the historic inn to hire her. Unfortunately, that means dealing with Scrooge himself...

After the death of his wife, David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to Christmas. But as December counts down and the wedding planning is in full swing, it's harder and harder to stay immune to the charms of Willow, especially when he sees how much joy she brings his eight-year-old daughter. After a simple kiss under the mistletoe turns into something more, David is hoping he can turn the magic of the holiday season into the love of a lifetime.

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THE CHAPEL OF LOVE SERIES

A Fairytale Bride, #.5
A Christmas Bride, #1
A Small Town Bride, #2


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances.  Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.


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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of publication: September 2016

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.


Twilight at Blueberry Barrens is the third and I believe final book in the Sunset Cove series.  I really enjoyed this last one.  There is definitely more of a mystery here than there is a romance.  Kate Mason has a lot of things to worry about.  She needs money because her blueberry crops are ruined.  She seems to have a stalker and her felon uncle has escaped from prison.  Drake comes to Maine in search of answers for what really happened to his brother and sister-in-law.  

There was so much packed into this book that it kept my attention.  There are a few mysteries to be solved with a couple of twists.  I had fun trying to figure things out as I was reading. The romance between Kate and Drake was slow burning and subtle.  But I loved watching their relationship grow.  It was nice to see Kate find someone who would help her realize she was worthy of love.

This did hold up fairly well as a stand alone, but new readers may be a little lost with some of the references to past books.  The best remedy for that is to read the whole series from the beginning!  I highly recommend this book and the series to anyone who likes clean romantic suspense.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

September Mini Musings


Among the Wicked-This is the eighth book in the Kate Burkholder series.  Once again, Linda Castillo writes a solid mystery/police procedural.  I haven't had anything bad to say about these books.  They're always a page turner with lots of twists and turns.



The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle That Brought Down the Klan - I have been on a " true crime" kick lately.  I saw this on my library's new audiobook list and figured I'd check it out.  I thought it was informative and very interesting to read.  It is hard to believe this took place in the 80s. Highly recommend this one.

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

Author" Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: December 2016

The youngest of the infamous Talbot sisters scandalized society at the Liverpool Summer Soiree, striking her sister’s notoriously philandering husband and landing him backside-first in a goldfish pond. And we thought Sophie was the quiet one…

When she finds herself the target of very public aristocratic scorn, Sophie Talbot does what she must to escape the city and its judgment—she flees on the back of a carriage, vowing never to return to London…or to society. But the carriage isn’t saving her from ruin. It’s filled with it.

ROYAL ROGUE'S REIGN OF RAVISHMENT!

The Marquess of Eversley was espied descending a rose trellis—escaping an irate Earl and his once-future countess. No lady is safe from Eversley’s Engagement Ending Escapades!

Kingscote, the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, a quality that results in a reputation far worse than the truth, a furious summons home, and a long, boring trip to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the trip becomes anything but boring.


When I am in the mood for a historical romance, The Rogue Not Taken is exactly the type of book that I want to read.  I really enjoyed Sophie and King.  Sophie is the youngest of 5 sisters who have a certain reputation among the ton.  They are considered "new wealth" with a title but not the blue blood.  After standing up for her sister at a party, she is scorned by the ton and decides to flee the party.  What she didn't plan on was ending up in a carriage going to wrong way.

I found this story to be full of witty banter between Sophie and King.  I loved watching them fall for each other.   I loved how King kept trying to get Sophie to stop putting herself down.  He really saw through to who she was inside.  I wanted to kick him often, though.  He was a little stubborn in not wanting to trust Sophie.  But I was rooting for them the whole book.

One of the neat things that I liked about the book was the gossip column like titles at the beginning of each chapter. They were cute and added a lot of humor to the story.  I highly recommend this one.  The next book, A Scot in the Dark, is out now and I can't wait to dive right in.