Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Winner of THE MERMAID




Thrillers For The Summer

Have you seen this?  

I found it on Facebook, and the link goes straight to your Goodreads page.  :)
How many have you read?


I have these waiting for me: 


I am having a very THRILLING Summer.  

Giveaway and Spotlight of Death and Taxes by Mark Zaslove

All information in this post is courtesy of Andrea Stein of Jane Wesman Public Relations
Celebrating The Release Of

By Mark Zaslove

Emmy Award-Winning Writer Mark Zaslove Turns Up The Heat in His Debut Novel, DEATH AND TAXES, A Crime Thriller Featuring Badass IRS Agent, Mark Douglas, and His Indiosyncratic Band of Revenuers

The First In A Series, DEATH AND TAXES Takes Readers On a Roller Coaster Ride of Gripping Suspense Combined With Hilarious Moments of Camaraderie and Deep Caring
Praise for DEATH AND TAXES:  “With slapstick humor, libidinous innuendo and groan-worthy puns served up with much tequila, DEATH AND TAXES will entertain readers” 

Midwest Book Review:  “A deftly crafted and thoroughly riveting read from first page to last, author Mark Zaslove demonstrates a genuine flair for narrative driven storytelling and the creation of distinctively memorable characters.
About The Book:

Mix one badass IRS agent with a gang of murderous Mongolian drug traffickers.  Add an assortment of quirky but lovable characters, and you’ve got the makings of a gripping thriller, aptly titled DEATH AND TAXES (Aperient Press; June 2018) by Emmy Award-winning writer Mark Zaslove. This riveting debut novel features Mark Douglas, an ex-Marine turned IRS agent, who, along with auditing the weird and the profane, also spearheads weekend raids with his gang of government-sanctioned revenuers, merrily gathering back taxes in the form of cash, money order, or more often than not, the debtor’s most prized possessions.

Things turn ugly when Mark’s much-loved boss and dear friend Lila is tortured and killed over what she finds in a routine set of 1040 forms. Mark follows a trail dotted with plutonium-enriched cows, a Saudi sheik with jewel-encrusted body parts, a doddering, drug sniffing, gun-swallowing dog named The Cabbage, a billionaire Texan with a fetish for spicy barbecue sauce and even spicier women, and an FBI field agent whose nickname is “Tightass.” All of which leads to more and bloodier murders – and greater danger for Mark.

With the help of his IRS pals – Harry Salt, a 30-year vet with a quantum physical ability to drink more than humanly possible; Wooly Bob, who’s egg-bald on top with shaved eyebrows to match; Miguel, an inexperienced newbie with a company-issued bullhorn and a penchant for getting kicked in the crotch – Mark hunts down the eunuch hit man Juju Klondike and the cunning Mongolian mob smuggling weapons-grade plutonium into the United States.  Under the watchful eye of the FBI, Mark and his scruffy gang enlist the power of the IRS data bank to track the criminals and lure them to a perilous rendezvous where everyone’s life is on the line.  In the world of DEATH AND TAXES, only the honest and brave can survive.
About the Author:

Mark Zaslove, author of DEATH AND TAXES, is a writer/director/producer of both live-action and animated movies and television. He creates content for all major studios, including Disney, Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. 

A two-time Emmy Award winner for writing/producing, and a recipient of the Humanities Prize (for writing about uplifting human values in television and movies), he also writes short fiction and has served as a senior editor on various magazines. 

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he lives with his teenage son in Los Angeles.

I am partnering with Andrea Stein and Jane Wesman Public Relations for this giveaway.


June 21 - June 28

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger

Mari, Violet, and Ricardo have a connection.

No one knew about the connection until Mari decided to do some research.

BOARDWALK SUMMER smoothly goes back and forth from 1940 to 2010. 

Violet is married, enters a beauty pageant in 1940, wins the pageant, but then relinquishes the win because only unmarried women are allowed to enter.  She also gives up the crown because her abusive, controlling husband was furious.  Violet then does a few unlikely and out-of-character things.

Mari is an unmarried mother in 2010 who works as a waitress even though she has a history degree.  Her history degree has her uncovering information about Violet and the history of a gazebo where her grandparents met while dancing.  The gazebo is currently slated to be torn down, but Mari just can't let that happen.  Her research leads to unpleasant secrets about the connection between Violet and Ricardo as well as many other family secrets.

Ricardo is Mari's grandfather who used to perform on the Boardwalk.  He and Violet were friends.
BOARDWALK SUMMER was a beautiful read for me.  The story line and the characters are heartwarming and unique.

Mari was precious along with her entire family.  Violet was sweet, but naive.  You can't help but feel pangs of pity as well as love for both of them.

Historical fiction fans, those that enjoy family sagas, and anyone who loves an endearing story about families and their family history will enjoy BOARDWALK SUMMER.

Don’t miss reading Ms. Jaeger’s newest gem.  Loved it.  

Tissues needed not for sadness, but for the happiness I felt for the characters.  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Monday, June 18, 2018



Robyn from New Jersey!!


Thank you to everyone who entered.

It's Monday! - What Are YOU Reading? - 6/18/2018
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.

Books Completed:

GIRLS NIGHT OUT by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke - review will be on July 24.

PARIS EVER AFTER by K. S. R Burns - review is in the book's title.

A lovely read that will be wanting you to head to Paris.

SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER by David Bell - review will be on July 11 - finished on May 26.

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by - review will be on July 10, 2018 - finished on May 21.

Absolutely LOVED this book. I met Susie at the author event at Bryant Park in New York...lovely person.

LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent - review is in the book's title.

A psychological thriller you won't want to miss. An evil, cunning main character.

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT by Robert Goolrick - review will be on July 5, 2018 - finished May 17.

Another good Robert Goolrick read.

THE BANKER'S WIFE by Cristina Alger - review will be on July 3, 2018 - finished May 9.

Definitely could be real events.

SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 18, 2018 - finished May 7.

Good story line as always.

BEFORE AND AGAIN by Barbara Delinsky - review will be on June 28, 2018 - finished on May 1. 

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by Stephanie Butland - review will be on June 20, 2018 - finished April 25.

LOVED it...a book about books.

THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly Belle - review will be on June 26, 2018 - finished - April 8, 2018.

A fast-paced mystery.

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Meredith Jaeger - review will be tomorrow - finished on April 5, 2018. 

Absolutely LOVED this book.

DREAMS OF FALLING by Karen White - review is in the book's title.

Excellent as always.
Book Currently Reading

THE BOY AT THE DOOR by Alex Dahl - review will be on July 25.

Books Up Next:

A NOISE DOWNSTAIRS by Linwood Barclay - review will be on July 26, 2018.

TIFFANY BLUES by M. J. Rose - review will be on August 6, 2018.

OUR HOUSE by Louise Candlish - review will be on August 7, 2018.

THE MASTERPIECE by Fiona Davis - review will be on August 8, 2018.  LOVE her books.

THE DAY OF THE DEAD by Nicci French - review will be on August 9, 2018.

THE OTHER WOMAN by Sandie Jones - review will be on August 21.

SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris - review will be on August 28.

THE SUMMER SAIL by Wendy Francis - review will be on September 5, 2018.

HOW TO MURDER YOUR WEALTHY LOVERS AND GET AWAY WITH IT by Jane Simon Ammeson - review will be on September 18.

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by Diane Chamberlain - review will be on October 2, 2018

THE FALLEN ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure - review will be on October 10.

THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton - review will be on October 9, 2018.

BEDSIDE MANNERS by Heather Frimmer - review will be on October 16.

THE LAST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on October 18, 2018.

ANNELIES by David R. Gillham - review will be on January 19, 2019.

The premise involves Anne Frank.  :) Sounds VERY good.

WOMAN 99 by Greer MacAllister - review will be in March 2019.

No data base photo yet, but the publisher is Sourcebooks.