Friday, July 29, 2016

Book Beginnings - 7/29/16

*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. 
My book beginnings is taken from BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris:


"The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter making me jump.  I glance at Jack, hoping he won't have noticed how nervous I am.  He catches me looking and smiles."

This sentence doesn't even begin to tell how evil Jack is.  A tense, chilling book.
Books finished last two weeks:

AFTER ANNA by Alex Lake


THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young.

Review is in the book's title.



Review is in the book's title.
This book is a tense, stay-with-you psychological thriller.


Book Blogger Hop - 7/29 - 8/4

 Question of the Week:

Do you give books as gifts?

My Answer:

Oh...I sure do with family and friends.
We do a book exchange in my book club for Christmas too.  

Always fun.  :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 7/29/16

Friday Fill-Ins: 

1. One quirk I have is ____________.

2. My favorite comic strip is ________________.

3. I am really happy                                    .

4. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to              .

My  Answers:

1.  One quirk I have is that everything has to be perfect, and this post isn't cooperating today.  :)

2.  My favorite comic strip is Nancy - I should say WAS my favorite.  I don't read it any more.

3.  I am really happy when my son visits.

4.  If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I would go to Maryland to visit my sisters or to New York to see my son.  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

After Anna by Alex lake

A parents' worst nightmare....four little words:  "Your Child Is Missing."

Anna disappeared ​without a trace ​a​s ​school was being let out ​for the day.

​Anna's mother, Julia, was late picking her up and blamed herself.  She and other family members were hoping that another family member had picked her up.  Well....someone did pick her up, but they never brought her home.

Anna was missing for a week, and then surprisingly returned.  Very strange in a kidnapping case, but she was safe and unharmed.  But was she and were other family members really safe in such an odd turn of events?

AFTER ANNA had me on the edge of my seat as the kidnapper narrated what was happening and as we flashed back to the ongoing police investigation and daily lives of the characters.

AFTER ANNA is a must read for anyone who loves thrillers, chilling situations, a unique story line, and an evil, manipulating villain. 

Mr. Lake did a marvelous job of keeping me guessing even though a few folks said they guessed right away who the kidnapper was.

I would consider this one of the top thrillers I have read this year. As I neared the end, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see the outcome.

ENJOY if you read AFTER ANNA.  5/5

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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mailbox Monday - 7/26/16

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.
Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.

I had a very good mailbox.  Needed some cheering up after my family left.
On Monday, July 18, I received:

1.  ALONG THE INFINITE SEA by Beatriz Williams, courtesy of Danielle Dill of Penguin Random House.

The paperback copy I received is in celebration of the release of the paperback copy.

I will have a giveaway celebration on my blog for ALONG THE INFINITE SEA on August 9.  

Mark your calendars if you haven't read the book yet.
On Wednesday, July 20, I received:

1.  CAROUSEL COURT by Joe McGinniss, Jr. courtesy of Simon & Schuster.  

It was a surprise.
On Thursday, July 21, I received:

1.  WATCHING EDIE by Camilla Way, courtesy of Loren Jaggers of Penguin Random House.

On Friday, July 22, I received:

1.  FREE FALL by Rick Mofina, courtesy of  Christi Sheehan of Harper Collins.

This was a surprise book.

On Saturday, July 23, I received:

1.  TAHOE DARK by Todd Borg, courtesy of the author.

I always enjoy Mr. Borg's books.

I was quoted in the front of TAHOE DARK with my comment from my review of TAHOE BLUE FIRE.

 Harvee Lau, from Book Dilettante is quoted quite a bit too.  :)  CONGRATS, Harvee Lau.

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 7/26/16
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week.

Books Completed the last two weeks:


A tense, stay-with-you psychological thriller.
THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young

Book Currently Reading:

AFTER ANNA by Alex Lake

Books Up Next:


WATCHING EDIE by Camilla Way


A DEADLY AFFECTION by Cuyler Overholt

Gorgeous cover.

THE MUNICH GIRL by Phyllis Edgerly Ring - October 1.

TWO DAYS GONE by Randall Silvis - review on January 10, 2017.
How was your reading week?

What books do you like from my list, and what books have you read that we SHOULD know about?

THANKS for stopping.