Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Wrap Up

All these books were read in September and will be reviewed on my blog in October.

I hope you had a good September with books, and I hope you have a great October.

How was your September in books?

Friday, September 28, 2018

Giveaways coming up for October and November

Giveaways coming up for October and November.

You can go to the GIVEAWAYS TAB now or wait for the post on the dates below.

WHAT SIMON DIDN’T SAY - 10/3 - 10/10

BEDSIDE MANNERS - 10/14 - 10/21

SEVEN DAYS OF US - 10/18 - 11/25

CHRISTMAS AT LIBERTY’S - 11/14 - 11/21

Book Beginnings - 9/28/2018

*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 THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way:

"At first I mistook the severed head for something else.  It wasn't until I was very close that I realized it was Lucy's.  To begin with, I thought the splash of yellow against the white of my pillow was a discarded sock, a balled-up handkerchief perhaps."

Book Blogger Hop - 9/28/2018

Question of the Week:

Do you sneak a peek at the number of views your posts have gotten? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

I don't always sneak a peek, but I have to say I do look.

It actually depends on what the post is about.  

If it is a special post or giveway or a post that asks for opinions, I do look more often than my regular posts.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 9/28/2018

1.  A ______will_____.

2.  The best time of the day is_____.

3. ______ is not my strong suit. 

4. It's all fun and games until _____.


1.  A good deed will go unnoticed by some, but noticed by most.

2.  The best time of the day is early morning.

3.  Being coordinated is not my strong suit. 

4.  It's all fun and games until the cold temperatures more sitting outside. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Featuring Books by Ronald H. Balson

Featuring books by Ronald H. Balson.

I have read all of Mr. Balson’s books except SAVING SOPHIE.

Most are WWII, and all are reviewed on my blog.

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN will be reviewed October 8.

All have great story lines and detail. 

Have you read any books by Mr. Balson?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Giveaway and Spotlight of The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

Photo Source
All information in this post is courtesy of Danielle Keir of Berkley|Penguin Random House.
Celebrating Kerri Maher's 
Debut Novel:


September 25, 2018
The Kennedy family—dubbed America’s “royal family”—have been a long-cherished pop-culture obsession for as long as most of us can remember. 

When we think of the Kennedys we think of politics and power, the infamous “Kennedy curse,” and a family that exemplifies the American Dream.
Advanced Praise: 

“American royalty takes British aristocracy by storm in The Kennedy Debutante, starring JFK’s vivacious sister Kathleen ‘Kick’ Kennedy who arrives in London on the brink of war…Kerri Maher’s debut stars a debutante to root for in this moving coming-of-age tale.”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network 

“An outstanding deep dive into a fascinating person and time. For fans of The Crown, the riveting story of a headstrong American girl captivated by a dashing British aristocrat. I’m blown away.”—Fiona Davis, national bestselling author of The Masterpiece 

“Maher beautifully mixes the red-blooded American iconography of the Kennedys with the delicious and Downton Abbey­-esque grandeur of Britain’s upper crusts…her story will make your heart lurch in the best possible ways.”—Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Empress
About The Book:

London, 1938. The effervescent "It girl" of London society since her father was named the ambassador, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy moves in rarified circles, rubbing satin-covered elbows with some of the 20th century's most powerful figures. Eager to escape the watchful eye of her strict mother, Rose, the antics of her older brothers, Jack and Joe, and the erratic behavior of her sister Rosemary, Kick is ready to strike out on her own and is soon swept off her feet by Billy Hartington, the future Duke of Devonshire.
But their love is forbidden, as Kick's devout Catholic family and Billy's staunchly Protestant one would never approve their match. When war breaks like a tidal wave across her world, Billy is ripped from her arms as the Kennedys are forced to return to the States. Kick gets work as a journalist and joins the Red Cross to get back to England, where she will have to decide where her true loyalties lie—with family or with love.
About the Author:
"Photo Credit:  Peter Su"

Kerri Maher is also the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. 

For many years a professor of writing, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter in Massachusetts where apple picking and long walks in the woods are especially fine.

I am partnering with Danielle Keir of Berkley|Penguin Random House for this giveaway:


September 25 - October 2


Monday, September 24, 2018

Join in the fun EVERY TUESDAY

Join in EVERY TUESDAY at 2:30 on Book Studio 16’s Facebook Page.

Mary Ann Petyak, The Book Queen, was talking about the Olive Editions of classics last Tuesday, and I wanted to share the ones I won during The Harper Collins Winter 2017 Blogger Preview Event.

Watch last week’s presentation with Mary Ann for details about the Olive Editions.  

There are GORGEOUS covers on mine and on the ones featured last week.

Go HERE if you missed it.

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 9/24/2018
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:

HOUSE OF GOLD by Natasha Solomons - review will be on October 22 - finished September 22.

Beautiful writing, but a bit too long.

THE LAST CAROUSEL OF PROVENCE by Juliet Blackwell - GIVEAWAY, Spotlight and review in the book's title.

A lovely, lovely read.

BEDSIDE MANNERS by Heather Frimmer - review and GIVEAWAY will be on October 14  finished on September 10.

THE FALLEN ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure - review will be on October 10 - finished on September 9.

THE CLOCKMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Kate Morton - review will be on October 9, 2018 - finished on September 7.

THE GIRL FROM BERLIN by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on October 8 - finished on September 1.

This book was FANTASTIC.  

Book Currently Reading:

THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana Da Rosnay - review will be on October 23.

Books Up Next:

THE LIES WE TOLD by Camilla Way - review will be on October 24.

TAHOE SKYDROP by Todd Borg - review will be on October 30.

THE MIRROR SHOP by Nicholas Bundock - review will be on October 31.

IMPOSTOR'S LURE by Carla Neggers - review will be on November 1.

MASTER OF HIS FATE by Barbara Taylor Bradford - review will be on November 11.

A DANGEROUS DUET by Karen Odden - review will be on November 6.

ONCE UPON A RIVER by Diane Setterfield - review will be on December 11.

THE PROMISE OF PROVENCE by Patricia Sands - review will be in December 18.

FREEFALL by Jessica Barry - review will be on January 3, 2019.

WATCHING YOU by Lisa Jewell - review will be on January 7, 2019.

SHE LIES IN WAIT by Gytha Lodge - review will be on January 8, 2019.

AN ANONYMOUS GIRL by Greer Hendricks and Sara Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2019.

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

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

THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on January 22, 2019.


THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pam Jenoff - review will be on February 4, 2019.

FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser - review will be on February 5, 2019.
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER by Kaira Rouda - review will be on February 14, 2019.

THE LAST ROMANTICS - review will be on February 19, 2019.

WOMAN 99 by Greer MacAllister - review will be in March 5, 2019.

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

BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward - review will be on March 19, 2019.