Thursday, March 31, 2022

Spotlight and Giveaway of At Any Cost by Andrea Kane

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At Any Cost

by Andrea Kane

March 21 - April 15, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

Synopsis:

At Any Cost by Andrea Kane

Aimee Bregman had the perfect life. She had an enviable job as head of marketing for an up-and-coming CBD-infused beer that was taking the tri-state area by storm. She had cultivated a massive social media following that showcased the beer at college campus parties and alumni events―and had fun doing it. She had an attentive, steady boyfriend and friends who believed in her. Everything was going right.

But when her long-time mentor, Rita, sets up a business meeting with an important influencer―her life crashes all around her. The casual meeting over drinks suddenly devolves into a shouting match between all parties, and any chance of a new business relationship is over before it begins. Hours later, when the NYPD shows up at Aimee's apartment, questioning her about Rita's abrupt disappearance―foul play suspected―Aimee realizes she's in way over her head.

Fearing that Rita has been murdered, and that she may be next, Aimee hires Forensic Instincts to keep her safe and figure out what's really going on.

Forensic Instincts, a brilliant investigative firm who walks the fine line between legal and illegal, solves challenging and high-profile cases when the bureaucratic restrictions imposed on law enforcement get in the way of achieving results. But neither Aimee nor Forensic Instincts realize how ruthless, how connected, their adversaries are. As dangerous and powerful people are threatened with exposure, anyone is fair game for elimination. And when multiple victims die at the hands of a sociopathic serial killer, it gets harder and harder to tell where the battle lines are drawn… and who might die next.

Book Details:

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC
Publication Date: March 22nd 2022
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 168232043X (ISBN13: 9781682320433)
Series: Forensic Instincts #9 | Each Can Be Read as a Stand Alone Novel
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

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Brightington University
Birchmont, Westchester County, New York
Eight years ago

A kill for a kill.

Weeks of watching and waiting. Plans devised. Soon to be meticulously executed. Mid-November. Football season nearing its peak. Thursday night. Nine p.m. Campus in early-weekend party mode. Undergrads drinking. Smoking up at the frat houses. Athletic building deserted.

Nearly deserted.

His target was there. Alone. Thursday night was his late night during football season. That’s when he reviewed his game strategy and player weaknesses. That’s when he targeted the next eager kid to torture until he broke.

The bastard wouldn’t be breaking anyone ever again. Not the way he’d broken Hank.

As the star quarterback in high school, Hank had gotten a full-ride Division 1 scholarship. Since he’d come from a dirt-poor family, this was the opportunity of a lifetime. A first-rate college education with a shot at the NFL. It was supposed to be a life-changing event.

Instead it turned out to be a death sentence.

His executioner had been Pete Rice. Football coach? Bullshit. Rice hadn’t coached Hank; he’d tortured him, driven him—until he’d blown out his knee on a rain-soaked football field junior year, ending his college career, his dreams. And in the end, his life.

It was first down and goal.

Rice was about to find out the true meaning of payback.

The campus grounds were soggy, leftover patches of wet leaves and an endless span of slick grass, made worse by the cold, steady rainfall. The bare trees swayed as rain pounded their branches. A wet mess. Treacherous, like a wet football field.

Slugging through the debris, he approached the athletic building, pausing yards away to don the black ski mask. He then tugged his hood back into place. No point in taking chances. Security cameras were everywhere. He didn’t need his face to be captured. Other than the mask, he could be any college student. A waterproof parka that swallowed up his body. Jeans and combat boots. Standard college garb.

He reached the building and slid Hank’s ID card into the entry slot. The card still worked. Too soon for it to be deactivated.

He was in. He wriggled into his latex gloves.

The office door was unlocked. Rice was at his desk, files spread across it. He was scribbling something on one of them, brows knit in concentration, totally focused on his work.

Clueless that he was about to die.

In one fluid motion, he was inside the office, the door closed behind him. Rice leapt to his feet, snatching the heavy football trophy on his desk as he rounded the front of it to defend himself against the intruder.

Without a word, the killer whipped out a pistol and fired two bullets, one into each of Rice’s kneecaps. Rice howled, collapsing to the floor in pain. The trophy hit the floor beside him with a thud.

The assailant moved quickly—four long strides until he was behind Rice, dragging him back to his chair and heaving him into it. He shoved a rag in the coach’s mouth to stifle his screams, then moved behind him, wrapping a strong arm in a choke hold around Rice’s throat. He pocketed his pistol, pulled out a zip tie, and leaned down to cinch the writhing man’s ankles together. That done, he slapped a digital voice recorder on the desk, with the record feature on. He yanked the rag out of Rice’s mouth, tossed it aside, and anchored his forearm against the left side of the coach’s neck, using his free hand to pull as tight against the carotid artery as he chose to—for now.

A rush of power surged through him. He could taste victory.

But there was work to be done before the final play.

“You killed Hank Bishop,” he growled. “I want details.”

When he got no answer, only a violent trembling of Rice’s body, he tightened the pressure around his neck. “Talk.”

“Car crash…” the coach gasped. “I didn’t…”

“Wrong answer.” His grip tightened still more, enough so Rice was on the verge of losing consciousness. The coach struggled in vain, his struggles weak and fading.

His soon-to-be executioner eased the pressure the tiniest fraction. He knew just what it would take. And he wasn’t ready. Not until he got what he wanted.

“Wanna die?” he asked in a flat tone that was chillingly devoid of emotion.

Terrified, blood oozing down his legs, Rice gave a feeble shake of his head.

“Good. Because this is what it will feel like.”

He increased the pressure until Rice passed out. Slowly, he eased the choke hold until the scumbag came to.

“Now I’ll ask my question again,” he said calmly. “Why is Hank dead? Why was he in that car crash? This is your last chance. I want to hear it all—what you did, how you did it, what you drove him to.”

Rice was drenched in sweat, his entire body shuddering, choking sounds coming from his throat.

No further coercion was necessary.

Between gasps for air, the coach spilled his guts, revealing everything he’d done, everything that had happened—plus a whole lot more that was happening still.

Interesting stuff. Some of which he knew about. Still more of which he didn’t. It was even bigger than what he’d come here to learn. But frankly, he didn’t give a shit. He’d originally planned to take the voice recorder with him to relive Rice’s agonized confession whenever he chose to. But it really didn’t matter. He’d committed the bastard’s words to memory. So instead, he’d leave the recorder here, let the cops hear the entire confession, including the big-picture part that had nothing to do with Hank but that would send their investigation in the entirely wrong direction—a direction his employer wouldn’t appreciate, but that was his problem.

His adrenaline pumping, he tightened his choke hold into a death grip, pressing against the carotid artery, closing it off and squeezing the life out of his victim.

A minute later, Rice was dead.

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Excerpt from At Any Cost by Andrea Kane. Copyright 2022 by Andrea Kane. Reproduced with permission from Andrea Kane. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-one novels, including seventeen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles. With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.
Kane’s first contemporary suspense thriller, Run for Your Life, became an instant New York Times bestseller.

She followed with a string of bestselling psychological thrillers including No Way Out, Twisted and Drawn in Blood.

Her latest in the highly successful Forensic Instincts series, At Any Cost, showcases the dynamic, eclectic team of investigators as they square off against a criminal organization with a serial killer as a hit man. The first showcase of Forensic Instincts’ talents came with the New York Times bestseller, The Girl Who Disappeared Twice, followed by The Line Between Here and Gone, The Stranger You Know, The Silence That Speaks, The Murder That Never Was, A Face To Die For, Dead In A Week, No Stone Unturned and At Any Cost.

Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart’s Desire, Samantha, Echoes in the Mist, and Wishes in the Wind.

With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.

Kane lives in New Jersey with her family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan.

Catch Up With Andrea Kane:
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Instagram - @authorandreakane
Twitter - @andrea_kane
Facebook - @AuthorAndreaKane

 

 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Prompt: PALACE

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Spotlight of Home or Away by Kathleen West


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HOME OR AWAY
KATHLEEN WEST
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF TARA O'CONNOR OF PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
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When it comes to the trials and tribulations of modern parenting, critically acclaimed novelist Kathleen West has a gift for capturing the complexity, nuance, and absurdity of it all.

In HOME OR AWAY (Berkley; March 29, 2022), West ups the ante with an incisive look at toxic friendships, old alliances, and over-competitive parenting in organized youth and elite hockey as two former Olympic hopefuls pass along their love of the game—and the rest of their baggage—to the next generation.

It’s a riveting read about secrets, lies, competition, sacrifice, and intensity all within the world of youth hockey.

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PRAISE FOR HOME OR AWAY:


A gloriously entertaining plunge into the ultra-competitive world of youth sports and the lengths we go to for the kids and game we love."--New York Times bestselling author KJ Dell'Antonia 

 

**Praise taken from Ms. West's Amazon Page** 

 

ABOUT HOME OR AWAY:


Leigh Mackenzie is a successful investment banker happily married to her college sweetheart and is the proud mom of a hockey prodigy living in Florida—many miles from her hockey-obsessed Minnesota hometown of Liston Heights. Susy Walker never left Liston Heights. She was Leigh’s close friend and teammate, until Leigh didn’t make the Olympic hockey team—and Susy did. Leigh’s failure not only ended her career in hockey, but her relationships with everyone in it, including Susy.

Leigh and Susy’s paths unexpectedly cross twenty years after their fateful tryout when a career opportunity lands Leigh and her family back in Minnesota. Leigh is suddenly thrust back into the ultra-competitive world she left behind, but this time as a parent willing to do whatever it takes to give her son a shot. For Leigh, “whatever it takes” involves facing people and memories from her past that she thought she’d closed the door on two decades ago. One of those people is Susy, who knows Leigh’s darkest secret and the real reason Leigh didn’t make the team all those years ago. The other person is their former coach Jeff Carlson.

When it becomes clear that Leigh’s son Gus may not have what it takes to make the “A” team, Leigh’s nemesis and former coach hints at favors in exchange for ice time and preferential treatment. 
 
These favors require Leigh to deny the truth about the nature of her relationship with Jeff when he was her coach. A relationship that was predatory and inappropriate and seems to have become a pattern for him with other female players. 
 
Desperate to keep her history hidden for the sake of her marriage and to help her son make the team and torn about doing the right thing for other women in the sport, Leigh is caught in the ultimate bind: Come clean about what happened when she was an Olympic hopeful or play Jeff’s game. 
 
In a moment of desperation, Leigh realizes the one person she thought was her biggest competitor — her former teammate — might turn out to be her biggest ally.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kathleen West
Kathleen West is a veteran middle and high-school teacher. She graduated with a degree in English from Macalester College and holds a Master's degree in literacy education from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis with her family. 
 
Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes is her first novel.
 
**Author information and photo are taken from Ms. West's Amazon Page**
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Monday, March 28, 2022

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest

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The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest

by Bill Fentress

March 14 - April 8, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

Synopsis:

The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress
THE YELLOW HONEYSUCKLE IS THE SWEETEST is a salute by the author to a lifetime of outdoor experiences in eastern North Carolina and beyond. It encompasses 14 true short stories about family, friendships, and the emotions involved in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related topics. It is not a how-to book, nor just a compilation of hunting and fishing stories; it describes how simple family and personal interactions, with the outdoor sports and unmatched natural beauty as a backdrop, can result in treasured memories like perhaps no other pursuits. If you hunt and fish, or grew up enjoying histories of family traditions and friendships revolving around the outdoors - whether it be in North Carolina, or elsewhere - THE YELLOW HONEYSUCKLE IS THE SWEETEST is for you.
 

Book Details

Genre: Sports, (as in Hunting and Fishing), Nature, Family, Memoir Published by: Indie Publication Date: February 3, 2022 Number of Pages: 257 ISBN: 979-8-9855598-1-1 Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads
 

Here's a word from our author:

Read an excerpt:

There is something special about hunting, that sears in place our memories with others. Maybe it’s the vivid nature where our grand experiences take place or the team efforts we go through to make it all happen? Maybe it’s the getting up early, the black coffee, the smell of eggs and bacon in a cabin, the swoosh of ducks over decoys or the violent uprising of a big covey followed by the delirium of released bird dogs? Maybe it’s the sunrises, the sunsets, the gobbles at dawn, the split oak fires or the oysters? Maybe it’s the bonds we have over lifetimes? I’m not really sure. But I do know we’re blessed when these partners come into our lives. Like many boys, my first hunting partner was a dog, Pepper. I wish I could say Pepper was the granddaughter of King Rothschild’s Sire of Pepper Creek, but I cannot. Pepper was a fittingly, albeit not uniquely, named black and white pointer-mix stray who took up at Miss Jo’s house in Bayboro. Somehow, through either constant brow beating with her pathetic brown eyes or via her constant hanging around the back door looking for food, Pepper convinced Miss Jo to call me—not my mother, her friend—but me. “Billy,” she commanded, “I have a beautiful dog you would just love!” Of course, I immediately got off the phone and begged Mom to take me to Bayboro. “Miss Jo’s got a dog she says I need!” I always thought Miss Jo should have led many of the sales classes I attended in my banking career. Let me tell you, she talked directly to the buyer, and went right around the secretary. While I’m not sure how long it took for Mom to talk to her again, we came home with Pepper in the Chevy wagon and me with a smile as broad as the cuff on my dungarees. Pepper was one of the smartest dogs I ever owned. She followed me everywhere—from our store to Grandmamma’s house to the woods behind our house to the tractor shelter woods across the road, down Swan Point Road, and of course behind our neighbor’s house. Pepper was smart enough to look both ways before she crossed the road. Don’t smirk; I saw her do it a hundred times. She also knew how to be quiet as I planned a sneak-up strategy on the local robins and wrens. But her mind absolutely took the day off when it came to our neighbor’s chickens. --- Excerpt from The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest by Bill Fentress. Copyright © 2021 by William C. Fentress. Reproduced with permission from Bill Fentress. All rights reserved.
 

Author Bio:

Bill Fentress
Bill Fentress is a retired banker and current Finance Officer in eastern North Carolina. A current resident of New Bern, NC, Bill grew up in Pamlico County, North Carolina, where many of his hunting and fishing experiences in The Yellow Honeysuckle is the Sweetest take place. He has enjoyed nature's beauty and God's gifts of family and the outdoors throughout his lifetime, in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Learn More About Bill Online:
BillFentress.com Goodreads Facebook - @billfentressauthor
 

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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 3/28/2022

 
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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:
 
NEVER COMING HOME by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on May 24.
 
It is a GOOD one...don't miss it!!
 
 
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THE LIES I TELL by Julie Clark - review will be on June 21.
 
This is GOOD!!
 
 
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THE SHADOW OF MEMORY by Connie Berry - review will be on May 11.
 
An enjoyable, non-violent mystery.
 
 
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MY WIFE IS MISSING by D. J. Palmer - review will be on May 10, 2022.
 
Another good D. J. Palmer read with good twists.
 
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THE TOBACCO WIVES by Adele Myers - review is in the book's title.
 
A very good debut.
 
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THE HOMEWRECKERS by Mary Kay Andrews - review will be on May 3.
 
LOVED this book.  Do NOT miss it.
 
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THE HALF-LIFE OF RUBY FIELDING by Lydia Kang - review will be on May 1.

A twisty read for historical fiction and mystery fans.
 
 
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AN HONEST LIE by Tarryn Fisher - review will be on April 29.
 
It is well written, but intense, chilling, and disturbing.   A difficult read.
 
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THE PARIS SHOWROOM by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on April 22.
 
Another excellent, educational read by Juliet Blackwell.
 
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 THE KEW GARDENS GIRLS AT WAR by Posy Lovell - review will be on April 21.
 
A lovely, lovely read despite the heartbreaks of WWII.
 
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THE UNINVITED GUEST by Karen McQuestion - review will be on April 9.
 
Another terrific mystery by Karen McQuestion.
 
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THE SCHOOL FOR GERMAN BRIDES by Aimie K. Runyan - review will be on April 28.
 
Heartbreaking but very good....you will be anxious to get back to this book.
 
 
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I'LL BE YOU by Janelle Brown - review will be on April 27. 2022.
 
A different story line...secrets, lies, bad decisions, and unbelievable surprises.  It was a bit intense because there was a cult in the book.
 
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LITTLE SOULS by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 26, 2022.
 
About the pandemic of 1918 and includes a murder and kidnapping.
 
 
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SHADOWS OF BERLIN by David R. Gillham - review will be on April 19.
 
Another amazing, but heartbreaking gem by this author.
 
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MRS. ENGLAND by Stacey Halls - review will be on April 16.
 
SO GOOD...gothic with the perfect eerie landscape for the novel.
 
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LAST DANCE ON THE STARLIGHT PIER by Sarah Bird - review will be on April 12.
 
Fun to learn about the dance marathons in the 1920s and 1930s, but too long.

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THE SHADOW HOUSE by Anna Downes - review will be on April 6.
 
Not a favorite...a bit confusing and too much sci-fi/paranormal for me.
 
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THE YOUNGER WIFE by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 5, 2022.
 
Another good one by Sally Hepworth...family drama, lies, secrets.
 
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THE BOOK OF COLD CASES by Simone St. James - review is in the book's title.
 
Fans of Simone St. James won't want to miss her chilling, ghostly, can't-put-down newest.
 
 
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UNDER THE GOLDEN SUN by Jenny Ashcroft - review is in the book's title.
 
LOVED IT!!
 
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Book Currently Reading:
 
THE FAVOR by Nora Murphy - review will be on May 31.

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Books Up Next:

THE WEDDING DRESS SEWING CIRCLE by Jennifer Ryan - review will be on June 1.
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MOONLIGHT AND THE PEARLER'S DAUGHTER by Lizzie Pook - review will be on June 14.
 
 
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LOCAL GONE MISSING by Fiona Barton - review will be on June 15.
 
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THE LAST DRESS FROM PARIS by Jane Beer - review will be on June 22.
 

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THE MANY DAUGHTERS OF AFONG MOY by Jamie Ford - review will be on June 28.
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MISS ALDRIDGE REGRETS by Louise Hare - review will be on July 5.
 
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THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD by Liz Alterman - review will be on July 12.
 
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THE LITTLEST LIBRARY by Poppy Alexander - review will be on July 19.
 
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THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Karen Cleveland - review will be on July 26.
 
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THE LIBRARIAN SPY by Madeleine Martin - review will be on July 27.
 
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SUGAR AND SALT by Susan Wiggs - review will be on July 29.
 
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THE CODE BREAKERS by Sara Ackerman - review will be on August 2.
 
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THE ORPHANS OF MERSEA HOUSE by Marty Wingate - review will be on August 9.

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THE WAR LIBRARIAN by Addison Armstrong - review will be on August 10.
 
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STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin - review will be on August 11.
 
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LONG GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 12.
 
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TWO QUESTIONS by Danielle Murray - review will be on September 1.
 
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THE MATCHMAKER'S GIFT by Lynda Cohen Loigman - review will be on September 20.
 
Gorgeous Cover!!
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THE CRADLES OF THE REICH by Jennifer Coburn - review will be on October 11.
 
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