Friday, July 19, 2019

Books Set in the 1920's


Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt.

#LetsTravelJuly
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

 
Today’s Prompt: 1920’s

Can you name any books set in the 1920’s?

I LOVED Dollface by Renee Rosen.

Books by Jessica Strawser


Which books have YOU read by Jessica Strawser?

I have read two of her books - both reviewed at the links below.


FORGET YOU KNOW ME

Book Beginnings - 7/19/2019


*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My Book Beginnings is taken from MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber:


"Why don't you start at the beginning?"

"The beginning?  Well, I reckon that was the funeral.  The funeral turned into a damned circus when the blackbirds showed up."
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Book Blogger Hop - 7/19 -7/25



Question of the Week:

If you were to write your own autobiography, what would the title be? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My Answer:

The title of my autobiography would be:

THE GIRL WHO SURVIVED BEING THE SECOND BORN OF EIGHT SIBLINGS

Friendly Fill-Ins - 7/19/2019

http://mcguffysreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/fill-in-statements-week-4.html
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FRIENDLY FILL-INS:

1. I have been contemplating _____.

2. I want to ______ a _____ about _____.

3. People should worry less about ____ and more about _____.

4. I want to make the world a better place by _____.

MY ANSWERS:

1.  I have been contemplating about which book to read next. LOL!!

2.  I want to read news about a violence-free day.

3.  People should worry less about being better than someone else and more about helping and being kind.

4.  I want to make the world a better place by helping senior citizens.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Featuring The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson


FEATURING: THE SECRET OF MAGIC by Deborah Johnson

A year-old murder, a book paralleling events and characters, and the South in the 1940's after WWII.

You will melt into the pages and the comfort of Southern living, but you will also need to be prepared to shed some tears and feel fear for some of the characters.

Ms. Johnson is a master with words.

FULL REVIEW HERE.

Layover by David Bell


An airport, a chance meeting, an unforgettable, secretive woman, a woman who is actually missing, tells lies and doesn’t care who she involves or hurts.

Joshua saw a woman in the bar and knew she needed some help just by the way she was acting so he canceled his plans with his father to follow Morgan.

Is she really worth helping? After their meeting, Joshua thinks so.

Meanwhile, Morgan’s boss is also missing and not too long after Morgan had been visiting him to try to straighten out the reason she didn’t get a raise after making an app that made the company a lot of money.

LAYOVER moves along quickly, and I wanted to tell Joshua to stop being a good guy and stay away from Morgan who he never knew before this chance meeting.

Every time they would find each other and Morgan would leave, it had me wondering why in the world Joshua was being so irresponsible....just get back to your life, but he wasn’t listening to me.  :)

More characters, and I mean people who don’t think, come on the scene and each one has some connection to Morgan, but the only connection they all have in common is that no one knows where Morgan is or where her boss, Giles, is.

LAYOVER kept me in suspense, kept my blood pressure up, and had me shaking my head at the stupidity of Joshua.  Why go to these lengths and ruin your life?  Maybe he didn’t think he was ruining his life?

Mr. Bell has written another tense thriller with a very manipulative, not nice main character.

Are you intrigued?

ENJOY if you read LAYOVER!!  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in print and NETGALLEY in exchange for an honest review.

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EVENT and BUY LINK HERE
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GIVEAWAY:

I am partnering with Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

Not a requirement for the giveaway, but please follow my blog after you enter.

USA ONLY
JULY 11 - 18
ENTER HERE
 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of A Season of Surprises at the Villa de Violettes by Patricia Sands


Celebrating

The Release Of:

A SEASON OF SURPRISES AT THE VILLA DE VIOLETTES
BY
PATRICIA SANDS
With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Tonni Callan and Patricia Sands.
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PRAISE FOR A SEASON OF SURPRISES AT THE VILLA DE VIOLETTES:

“In a sequel that doesn’t disappoint, Sands again captures the magic of the Cote d’ Azur." Bette Lee Crosby ~ USA Today Bestselling Author 

"This book is a gem and one I will read again and again.”

Heather Burch ~ Amazon Bestselling Author
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ABOUT A SEASON OF SURPRISES AT THE VILLA DE VIOLETTES:

The Love in Provence characters are celebrating a glorious spring on the Côte d’Azur …

There are sweet-smelling blossoms, buds bursting into bloom, explosions of golden mimosa, dazzling sunshine, a shimmering sea …

And a worrying disappearance!

A hidden past is uncovered and shocking truths are revealed. But life goes on.

Kat and Philippe welcome their first B & B guests to the Villa and are busy with other demands, all the while keeping hope alive as police search for their friend.

A special request from Simone and an unexpected appearance turn a planned motorcycle trip on Corsica into so much more.

Springtime at the Villa des Violettes is filled with secrets and surprises.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Photo Credit: 
Graphics by Kate Rock

Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn't somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere ... particularly the south of France.

Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence was an Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist and a 2013 Finalist in Literary Fiction, National Indie Excellence Awards. In 2015, eLit Books Silver Award (Literary Fiction) ~ and ~ eLit Books Gold Award (Travel Fiction).

The Promise of Provence became Book #1 in the Love In Provence series. Promises To Keep ~ Book #2 was released in Summer 2014. I Promise You This ~ Book #3 was released in May 17, 2016. The series explores a mid-life coming of age and allows readers to lose themselves in the beauty of the south of France without leaving home.

Patricia was invited to join the Lake Union imprint (Women's Fiction) of Amazon Publishing in January 2015. Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons, also set in France, was released on October 1, 2017.

Celebrating the rewarding friendships and bonds women share, her stories examine the challenges life often throws in our paths. Location features prominently in all of her novels.

Her philosophy is that it's never too late to begin something new, to seize each day and be a possibilitarian! As the saying goes, just do it! Hearing from readers (both men and women, from ages 20 to 84) is her greatest reward.

PHOTOS BY PATRICIA SANDS


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GIVEAWAY:

I am partnering with Tonni Callan and Patricia Sands for the giveaway.

NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY, BUT PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG - IN THE FOLLOWERS' SECTION.

USA ONLY
July 17 - July 24
Enter here
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Spotlight and Giveaway of Vox by Christina Dalcher



Berkley/Penguin Random House is 
Celebrating 
The Paperback Release Of:

VOX
by
CHRISTINA DALCHER




With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Dache J. Rogers of Berkley, Penguin Random House.
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AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK on July 16 – Christina Dalcher’s VOX, the electrifying debut about a near-future U.S. where women are limited to speaking just 100 words a day, will be available in trade paperback next month on July 16.
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PRAISE FOR VOX:

One of Good Morning America's “Best Books to Bring to the Beach This Summer”
 
One of PopSugar, Refinery29, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Real Simple, i09, and Amazon's Best Books to Read in August 2018


“[An] electrifying debut.”O, The Oprah Magazine

“The real-life parallels will make you shiver.”Cosmopolitan


The National Bestseller • One of Entertainment Weekly's and Shereads' Books to read after The Handmaid's Tale.
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ABOUT VOX:

Set in a near-future United States, VOX imagines a society in which women are allowed only 100 words per day. 

Every female child, teenager and adult has a wristband to keep count, and for every word they go over their quota, they receive an electric shock of increasing intensity. 

To Dr. Jean McClellan, who was a neurolinguist before all women lost their jobs, words are not only a way to communicate but a source of identity. And without the ability to freely express her thoughts, opinions and emotions, Jean is afraid of who she—and her young daughter—might become. 

But when the President’s brother suffers brain damage in a ski accident, Jean is put back to work, at least temporarily. In exchange for her help, she negotiates her and her daughter’s release from the word quota. 
However, she soon finds that her research will not only be used to aid the President’s brother. The government has an agenda even more dangerous than the wristbands—and the effects will be permanent. 
Jean has no choice but to stop them, not only for her family, but for a whole nation of women forced into silence.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 Photo Credit: Laurens Arenas

Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at several universities. 

Her short stories and flash fiction appear in more than one hundred journals worldwide. Recognition includes first place for the Bath Flash Award, nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and multiple other awards. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband.
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GIVEAWAY:

I am partnering with Dache J. Rogers of Berkley, Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR THE GIVEAWAY, BUT PLEASE FOLLOW MY BLOG - IN THE FOLLOWERS' SECTION.

USA ONLY
July 16 - July 23
Enter here
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Mailbox Monday - 7/15/2019

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. 

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.

I have been away for two weeks and have received AWESOME books!!
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On Wednesday, July 3, I received:
1.  THE CHRISTMAS SPIRITS ON TRADD STREET by Karen White and a beautiful ornament, courtesy of Penguin Random House/The Berkley Marketing Team.
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On Friday, July 5, I received:

1.  BETHLEHEM by Karen Kelly, courtesy of Katie Bassel of St. Martin's.

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On Tuesday, July 9, I received:

1.  MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE by Heather Webber, courtesy of Forge Books and Bookishfirst.com
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On Thursday, July 10, I received:

1. THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell, courtesy of Atria Books and NetGalley.


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On Friday, July 12, I received:

1.  A PRIZE PACKAGE from Ashley Hasty and Ariele Fredman of Simon & Schuster.


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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 7/15/2019


 http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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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.
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Books Completed:

THE WOMEN OF THE COPPER COUNTRY by Mary Doria Russell - review will be on August 6 - finished on July 10.
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BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Rea Frey - review will be on August 5 - finished July 4.

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THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 31 - finished on July 1.

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A STRANGER ON THE BEACH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on July 23 - finished June 28.
 
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LAYOVER by David Bell - review is in the book's title.

 
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PRETTY REVENGE by Emily Liebert - review is in the book's title.

A very good read...not as sinister as the cover and title appear.

  
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NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 30 - finished on April 2.



Book Currently Reading:

THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE by Kristin Harmel - review will be on August 13.

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Books Up Next:


THE OYSTERVILLE SEWING CIRCLE by Susan  Wiggs - review will be on August 20.
https://www.amazon.com/Oysterville-Sewing-Circle-Novel/dp/0062425587/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_4?crid=9UNEGAP3J9O&keywords=the+oysterville+sewing+circle&qid=1557613788&s=gateway&sprefix=the+oystervi%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-4-fkmrnull

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THIS TENDER LAND by William Kent Krueger - review will be on September 3.

https://www.amazon.com/This-Tender-Land-William-Krueger/dp/1476749299/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?crid=18SVW37KTCCHZ&keywords=this+tender+land+william+kent+krueger&qid=1557613893&s=gateway&sprefix=this+tender+land%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
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TODAY WE GO HOME by Kelli Estes - review will on September 4.

https://www.amazon.com/Today-We-Go-Home-Novel/dp/1492664189/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=today+we+go+home&qid=1557613979&s=gateway&sr=8-1
    
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29 SECONDS by T. M. Logan - review will be on September 10.
https://www.amazon.com/29-Seconds-T-M-Logan/dp/1250182298/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_3?crid=2LP0P6IX2XL1N&keywords=29+seconds+by+tm+logan&qid=1557614068&s=gateway&sprefix=29+seconds%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-3-fkmrnull

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THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton - review will be on September 11.


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THE MURDER LIST by Hank Phillippi Ryan - review will be on September 12.

https://www.amazon.com/Murder-List-Hank-Phillippi-Ryan/dp/125019721X/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+murder+list&qid=1557614159&s=books&sr=1-3
  
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RED SKY IN THE MORNING by J. Walter Ring - review will be on September 26.

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COLD WOODS by Karen Katchur - review will be on October 1.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GVJQNH4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07GVJQNH4&linkCode=as2&tag=silsrev-20&linkId=d8e14b197288f28d035fc8adc6231a06
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HOUSE OF BRIDES by - review will be on October 22.

 
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NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson - review will be on November 4.

I hear this was THE BUZZ at the Book Expo.

 
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HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020.

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THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS by Lisa Jewell - review will be on October 29.

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