Saturday, April 4, 2020

FEATURING: LYING IN WAIT by Liz Nugent

Was his life and his family made of secrets?  That is what it seemed like to Laurence.

LYING IN WAIT had a sinister tone from the start, and it continued to grow in intensity and suspense with a chilling ending.

 

Friday, April 3, 2020

April TBR

Thank you to eggs of Litsy:

#AcrossApril
@eggs

Today’s Prompt:  APRIL TBR

What do YOU have planned for your April reading?

Book Blogger Hop - 4/3 - 4/9


Question of the Week:

Do you have more photos of books you saw in a bookstore or elsewhere or family photos on your phone? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

Ha ha...I must have had more book photos on my phone when I submitted this question.  :)

I have more photos of my son on my phone than anything.

My iPad is 99% filled with books.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 4/3/2020

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FRIENDLY FILL-INS:

1. April is a good time to ____.

2,This time last year, _____.

3. I am determined to _______.

4. I have no intention of ______.
MY ANSWERS:

1.  April is a good time to toss things.

2.  This time last year, we had no coronavirus.  I bet that is going to be the standard answer.  :)

3.  I am determined to walk every day.

4.  I have no intention to stop reading and blogging. 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

FEATURING: Ursula’s Prism by Anna Block

You will feel the power of this book and the essence of the author's message even after reading a few pages.  

Her essence of life is compassion.  

The book is a true story told to Anna by her mother, Ursula.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Spotlight and Giveaway of Treasure of the Blue Whale by Steven Mayfield


Photo Source
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Bryn Kristi of Mindbuck Media is celebrating the release of:

TREASURE OF THE BLUE WHALE
With a USA Giveaway!! 
Signed Copy!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Bryn Kristi of Mindbuck Media.
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It is the lucky person that stumbles across a chunk of priceless Ambergris*—worth more than truffles or gold.

Award-winning novelist Steven Mayfield’s second book, Treasure of the Blue Whale is out on April 1st.

Mayfield spins a Douglas Adams style, depression-era, rags-to-riches-to-rags story.

*Ambergris—used in perfumes—is expelled from the bile ducts of whales.  The fused, slick mass is comprised of indigestible squid beaks and coated with intestinal ambrein. After years of oxidation in the ocean the rare treasure washes ashore. 
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PRAISE FOR TREASURE OF THE BLUE WHALE:

“Treasure of the Blue Whale is a mystifying tale capable of accomplishing what the great American novels often do. It fosters conversation and debate about who we are as people and what makes us tick, while entertaining to the very last page.”—Erick Mertz, author of The Book of Witness and The Lies & Truth of Doctor Desmond Brice
 

“With Treasure of the Blue Whale, Steven Mayfield has written a fable for our time, a novel we need now more than ever. From the moment Connor O’Halloran and Angus McCallum find a treasure with all its promises, readers are swept up in a journey filled with plot twists and rich characters who continually surprise us with their humanity and ability to find hope.”—Chris Dempsey, author of Winter Horses
 

“Steven Mayfield’s Treasure of the Blue Whale is a fascinating and wildly inventive narrative that artfully weaves the timeless themes of greed, survival, and love into an epic American tale that grips the reader from start to finish." —Thanh Tan, Two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and multimedia storyteller.
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ABOUT TREASURE OF THE BLUE WHALE: 

A rare treasure, a treacherous conspiracy, and a first love set off this witty, wry romp through a depression-era, sleepy-seaside village’s rags-to-riches-to-rags story.

During the summer of 1934 the town of Tesoro gets a taste of fortune when ten-year-old Conner O’Halloran discovers a chunk of ambergris encased in a thousand-pound blob of sewage-sludge that washed ashore. Instead of keeping the treasure of the blue whale to himself, he chooses to split the spoils equally with the town.
 
The people react in a manic race to acquire useless trinkets—comically transforming the town into a bastion of consumerism. As they are otherwise-occupied, the miserly, cantan- kerous, and allegedly felonious local millionaire-villain devises a plan to cheat the town out of their new-found wealth.
 
Fearing that the people will lose their homes and livelihood, Connor, together with a small group of sharp-minded, prominent townsfolk, attempt to out-swindle the master swindler.
 
In this quirky coming-of-age fable of ruin and abundance, Connor learns what is real and what is simply sludge. As the sludge clears the town realizes they had the true treasure all along.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
PHOTO CREDIT:   
Rebecca Hunnicutt Farren 
Steven Mayfield is a past recipient of the Mari Sandoz Prize for fiction and the author of Howling at the Moon, a Best Books of 2010 selection by USA Book News. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three spoiled mutts.
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GIVEAWAY: 

Best of Luck in the Giveaway.

This book sounds interesting.

Here is a link to a livestream on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m.

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ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.

I am partnering with Bryn Kristi of Mindbuck Media for this giveaway:

USA ONLY
April 1 - 8
Enter here
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020

Favorite March Reads

All were good.
Any you have read?

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 3/30/2020


 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:

SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles - review will be on April 14, 2020 - finished on March 26. 

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THE LOST ORPHAN by Stacey Halls - review will be on April 9 - finished on March 22.

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THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer - the review will be on April 13, 2020 - finished March 18.


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THE GERMAN HEIRESS by Anika Scott - review will be on April 8 - finished on March 15.

 
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THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH by Aaron Jackson - review will be on April 7, 2010 - finished on March 10.

This is a delightful read.

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SOMETHING SHE'S NOT TELLING US by Darcey Bell - review will be on April 6, 2010 - finished on March 6.


 
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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on April 21, 2020.

LOVED this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Crossed-Sisters-Tuscany-Nelson-Spielman/dp/1984803166/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+starcrossed+sisters+of+tuscany&qid=1571428146&sr=8-3
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THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on April 29 - finished on January 12.

Another heartwarming, sweet read by Phaedra Patrick.

 
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Book Currently Reading:

HAVE YOU SEEN ME by Kate White - review will be on April 28, 2020.

 
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Books Up Next:

THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman - review will be on May 4.

 
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A GOOD MARRIAGE by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on May 5, 2020.

 
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THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Dimaio - review will be on May 6.
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THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 19, 2020.

 
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SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST by D. R. Randsall - review will be on May 13, 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/Substitute-Soloist-Andy-Veracruz-Mystery/dp/1938436776/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=substitute+soloist&qid=1572985977&sr=8-1
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THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Maggie Brooks - review will be on May 26.

 
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HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing - review will be on May 30.

 
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MRS. LINCOLN'S SISTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini - review will be on June 2.

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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on June 3.


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PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU by - review will be on June 13.
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THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on June 9.

 
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WE CAME HERE TO SHINE by Susie Orman Schnall - review will be on June 16.

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SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur - review wil be on June 17.

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THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS by Barbara Davis - review will be on June 23.

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PERFECTLY FAMOUS by Emily Liebert - review will be on July 8.

 
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THE VACATION by T. M. Logan - review will be on July 21.

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THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 28.

 
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A HUNDRED SUNS by Karin Tanabe - review will be on July 30.

 
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LOUISIANA LUCKY by Julie Pennell - review will be on August 7.

 
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UNTIL I FIND YOU by Rea Frea - review will be on August 11.

 
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ELI'S PROMISE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 22.


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