Friday, June 25, 2021

PROMPT: Flowers On The Cover


Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

 

#CURIOUSCOVERS

@Eggs

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

 

Today’s Prompt:  FLOWERS ON THE COVER 

 

Have you read any of them?

 

All three are very good reads.

 

FULL REVIEW HERE

 

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Book Blogger Hop - 6/25 - 7/1



Question of the Week:

How long have you stayed up to read a book? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)

My Answer:
 

I can only recall staying up one time until 2 a.m. to finish a book.

It isn't something I normally do.

I can't remember the book, but it must have been good.  :)


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Spotlight of Tidal Rage by David Evans


 

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TIDAL RAGE
DAVID EVANS
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF DAVID HAVILAND OF LOUDHAILER BOOKS.
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A gripping, suspenseful new thriller about a serial killer operating on the world's most luxurious cruise ships?
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PRAISE FOR TIDAL RAGE:
 
“From the slums of Bangkok, a heroin addicted baby is born with mental and physical trauma. He grows up to be a brilliant pianist and a killer without remorse. He finds a perfect solution for his lust to kill, cruise ships. The characters are brilliant, I might be in love with Max Cutler 's character. The plot takes you through the full range of emotions and never lets you down. This is a new author, one to mark down on you index for future, my first five stars this year.”
Judy Bellis – Reviewer

“This is an exciting read about a serial killer with a strange obsession (other than murder) and the complex team of characters who get involved in his story. It’s gripping and has the makings of a really dark tv series but no idea who they would get to play the lead.”
Lindsay Adams-Riley – Reviewer

“The climax has some unexpected twists and is almost guaranteed to keep the reader’s attention to the very end.  A most enjoyable read.”
Steve Canipe – Educator

“Fast paced and full of action, unforeseen twists and turns. A mixture between Cussler and Clancy. Very gripping… would highly recommend.”
Andy Coulson – Reviewer

“Lost the weekend, couldn't put it down, and thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns. The writing reminded me of Ludlum and Clancy.”
Colin Speed – Educator

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ABOUT TIDAL RAGE:

Out on the Water, There Are No Rules...

On the cruise ship circuit, Sebastian McKenzie is a star. A brilliant pianist and singer, he entertains the wealthy guests every night in the piano bars and restaurants of the world’s leading cruise liners. But he never stays with the same ship for long. And some of the other entertainers have nicknamed him the Grim Reaper, because whenever Sebastian is on board, people go missing.

After escaping from prison, Josef Werner is driven to a safe hideout in the Didim area of Turkey. He sets up his base in the beautiful bay of Akbuk, and buys two isolated villas high on a hill overlooking the bay. But Werner has been followed by a private eye named Cortez, and the premises are bugged.

Max Cutler is an All-American boy: tall, blond and handsome, with a sharp wit and a keen eye for female company. A stand-out student at law school, he is immediately recruited into the Secret Service, to protect America’s interests overseas. Max is in Europe, breaking up a violent counterfeiting ring in Germany, when he hears that his baby sister Elisa has disappeared from a cruise ship in Alaska.

In a gripping thriller crossing three continents, these three men find their fates are entwined.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Evans spent his formative years in Singapore and Germany before returning home to Liverpool. He attended the same school as John Lennon and Paul McCartney, albeit a generation later.

He is currently Managing Director of Business Consultancy, and has investigated over 200 industrial accidents.

This has given him a unique insight into causations and forensics. He is also a qualified lecturer teaching industrial and safety law, and a Principal Designer.

He is a chartered member of the Institute of Safety & Health. Having been a technical author for many years, he has decided to use this knowledge and imagination to write fiction.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Today's Prompt: Covers With a Building On It

Thanks to these Litsy folks for today’s prompt:

 

#CURIOUSCOVERS

@Eggs

@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks

 

Today’s Prompt:  COVERS WITH A BUILDING ON IT

 

Both were good.

 

Did you read either of them?

 

FULL REVIEW HERE

 

FULL REVIEW HERE


 

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Lie Beside Me by Gytha Lodge

Waking up with a man in your bed who isn’t your husband and one who is bleeding and dead is what Louise faced one morning.

Yes she had been drinking heavily the night before, but she has no recollection of what happened.​​

The question is:  How did this man get from her bed to her front yard?

​​We meet Louise, her husband, friends of Louise, friends of the victim and the investigative team as we go back and forth from the present situation to getting background on the main characters.

The characters were well developed, but I didn’t really like any of them. The detectives were an interesting lot too.​​

I couldn’t narrow down who I thought the murderer was even though it seemed to point to one person.​​

If you like to keep guessing, LIE BESIDE ME will be a good read for you.

It was a bit confusing, though, with all the characters, but the multiple story lines will keep you reading because of the curiosity about who the murderer could be, how and where the murder happened, and what will happen to the couples keeping secrets and having problems.  4/5​​

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.​​

Monday, June 21, 2021

Spotlight of What A Happy Family by Saumya Dave


 

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WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY
SAUMYA DAVE
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF DANIELLE KEIR, SENIOR PUBLICIST | BERKLEY, PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE.
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In short, the novel is about a family who learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths.
 
Berkley Trade Paperback Original; June 22, 2021; Diverse Women’s fiction 
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PRAISE FOR WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY:
 
“A full, big hearted novel.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six 
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ABOUT WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY:

A full, big hearted novel.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six

Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, a family learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths in this evocative women’s fiction novel from the author of Well-Behaved Indian Women


From the outside, the Joshi family is the quintessential Indian-American family. Decades ago, Bina and Deepak immigrated to America, where she became a pillar of their local Indian community and he, a successful psychiatrist. Their eldest daughter, Suhani, is following the footsteps of her father’s career and happily married. Natasha, their middle daughter, is about to become engaged to the son of longtime family friends. And Anuj, their son—well he’s a son and what could be better than that?
 
But a family scandal shows that nothing is as it seems. Bina’s oldest friendship starts to unravel and she finds herself as an outsider in the community she helped build. Suhani discovers that her perfect marriage isn’t as solid as she thought. Natasha faces a series of rejections that send her into a downward spiral. 
 
As they encounter public humiliation, gossiping aunties, and self-doubt, the Joshi family must rely on each other like never before. But sometimes, family has to fall apart in order to come back stronger than before.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

PHOTO CREDIT:  Sultan Khan
 

Saumya Dave is an author, resident psychiatrist, and co-founder of thisisforHER. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Refinery29, and others. Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author of Daisy Jones & the Six raves that WHAT A HAPPY FAMILY is a “full, big hearted novel.”

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A Hand To Hold In Deep Water by Shawn Nocher


 

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A HAND TO HOLD IN DEEP WATER
 
SHAWN NOCHER
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF KAYLA MANCUSO OF WUNDERKIND PR.
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Slip into this emotional tale.

Debut author  Shawn Nocher’s heart-felt family tale, A HAND TO HOLD IN DEEP WATER (Blackstone Publishing; Hardcover) hits the bookshelves on June 22, 2021. 

It follows the story of Lacey, a mother fighting for her daughter’s life while questions about her own mother’s disappearance resurface. 

Join this unique family as Tasha’s illness calls everyone home to band together in these dark times.  

This emotional tale unfolds from multiple perspectives and time periods as this unconventional family exposes the secrets of their past.
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PRAISE FOR A HAND TO HOLD IN DEEP WATER:

"A HAND TO HOLD IN DEEP WATER is a rich and resonant family story, a meditative, lyrical, and deeply emotional exploration of heritage, loss, and the profundity of parental love.”Claire Lombardo, author of THE MOST FUN WE EVER HAD

"A gorgeous...debut novel by Shawn Nocher...Tender and piercing, A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is about secrets, shame, love, and what makes a family."—Kim Magowan, author of The Light Source 

"Shawn Nocher's A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is beyond thrilling. Tender, fierce, achingly beautiful, this far-reaching novel of family and a woman's fight to keep her life and those she loves afloat sounds the depths of honesty, secrecy, and our desire for connection with a sharp, unyielding insight. Add in the clarity of the writing, its supple lyricism and wry humor, and spread the news: Shawn Nocher is a writer to watch."Elise Levine, author of This Wicked Tongue

“Shawn Nocher’s vivid, quietly beautiful prose lures you into the world of this accomplished debut novel. Her rich landscapes and complicated characters are evoked with a rare combination of tenderness and urgency. A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is an immersive novel that’s so deeply felt, you don't just read it, you inhabit it and then emerge from it as if from a dream.”—Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

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ABOUT A HAND TO HOLD IN DEEP WATER:

Willy Cherrymill and his stepdaughter, Lacey, are deeply bruised by a past brimming with unanswered questions. It's been thirty years since May DuBerry, Willy's young wife and Lacey's mother, abandoned them both leaving Willy to raise Lacey alone.

Lacey Cherrymill is smart, stubborn, and focused. She's also single mother to a young daughter recently diagnosed with a devastating illness. The last thing she needs to think about right now is the betrayal that rocked her childhood. Reluctantly, she has returned to her rural beginnings, a former dairy farm in the Maryland countryside, and to Willy, a man steeped in his own disappointments and all the guilt that goes with them.

Together they will pool their wobbly emotional resources to take care of Lacey's daughter, Tasha, all the while trying to skirt the issue of May's mysterious disappearance. But try as she might, Lacey can't leave it alone. Just where is May DuBerry Cherrymill and why did she leave them, and how is it that they have never talked about the wreckage she left behind?

A Hand to Hold in Deep Water is a deeply felt narrative about mothers and daughters, the legacy of secrets, the way we make a family, and the love of those who walk us through our deepest pain. It is about the way we are tethered to one another and how we choose to wear those bindings. These are characters you won't soon forget and, more so, won't want to leave behind when you turn the last page.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shawn Nocher is a debut author and a co-founder of Love In The Trenches (LITT), non-profit foundation support group for parents of addicts who are suffering the collateral damage of their child’s addiction. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram.

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