Friday, April 12, 2024

Showcase of The NoWhere Girls by Dana Perry and a $20 Amazon Gift Card

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

by Dana Perry

April 1 - May 10, 2024 

Virtual Book Tour

THE NOWHERE GIRLS by Dana Perry Banner

THE NOWHERE GIRLS

Book 1 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

My kid sister was murdered fifteen years ago. Now the killer has struck again. And this time, I’m going to take my revenge…

On the anniversary of her sister’s death, FBI agent Nikki Cassidy takes a call that has her heart pounding in her chest, the image of her beautiful sister Caitlin etched in her mind.

Another girl has been taken.

Days later, the lifeless body of twelve-year-old Natalie Jarvis is found in a remote patch of woodland, a crown of roses delicately placed on her head. Just like Caitlin.

The killer is back.

Nikki rushes to her small hometown of Groveton, Ohio. She will do anything to stop another young girl dying, but she soon realises that nothing is what it seems—everyone in her hometown is keeping a secret. And when a note is discovered near Natalie’s body addressed to Nikki, it’s clear what the murderer really wants: her…

She’s caught killers before, but this time it’s personal. And Nikki will risk everything—even her own life—to get justice for every victim. It’s time to stop this twisted killer, once and for all…

If you love reading Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot, you won’t be able to put down this gripping new series. Full of heart-racing twists and turns, you’ll be hooked!

LAST ONE TO DIE

Book 2 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

Ten days ago, straight-A student Jessica Staley ran away from home. Now her lifeless body lies pale and still in an empty parking lot, her unblinking brown eyes staring up to the night sky…

FBI agent Nikki Cassidy’s heart pounds as she takes in the short, dark hair and delicate features of fourteen-year-old schoolgirl Jessica Stanley. It’s another unsolved murder in Groveton, Ohio, just like her sister, Caitlin, fifteen years before. Her family beg her to keep her distance, but Nikki knows she can’t walk away.

What if her sister’s killer is back?

Talking to Jessica’s heartbroken family, Nikki learns that she wasn’t happy at home. Just days ago, she packed a few belongings into her school backpack and left, never to be seen alive again.

Determined to give Jessica’s family the answers she never found for herself, Nikki works around the clock, trawling hours of CCTV footage from the scene. And just when she thinks she’s close to uncovering the truth, a chilling email arrives that confirms her deepest fear. There are more victims, Nikki. Can you ever stop me?

This killer is playing a dangerous game, and he has Nikki in his sights now—one wrong move and she could be his next victim. She’s determined to unmask the monster who has tortured her hometown for decades. But what if the killer is someone close to her? What if it’s someone she loves?

Fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot will absolutely love this gripping new series from Dana Perry. Prepare to stay up all night!

THE LOST ONES

Book 3 in the Detective Nikki Cassidy series

As dawn breaks over a small gas station on the outskirts of Groveton, Ohio, the body of a teenage girl lies totally still. Long blonde hair covers her face, and a length of frayed rope hangs loosely around her neck. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds her, just like her killer intended…

When FBI agent Nikki Cassidy receives a call from Groveton’s Chief of Police, her heart pounds. A young girl just knocked on the door of Nikki’s old family home, claiming to be Nikki’s kid sister, Caitlin. But Caitlin was murdered fifteen years ago. Who is the girl and what does she want?

Nikki thinks the impersonator could finally lead her to her sister’s twisted killer. But her hope is shattered when the girl’s lifeless body is found strangled at a local service stop. If the girl knew about Caitlin, could she have known the identity of the killer? Was she murdered before she could unmask them?

Going against her boss’s orders to stay away, Nikki traces the girl’s last known steps to her best friend, Shirley. Nikki learns that the girl was last seen meeting with a stranger at the mall. Could it have been her killer?

Closer than ever to uncovering the truth, Nikki can’t give up now. But when Shirley’s body is found at another service station, a length of rope wound around her neck, her heart shatters. Another young life has been lost. Nikki vows that this will be the last.

When an intruder breaks into her old home, Nikki knows it’s the killer sending her a sign. As she walks into the familiar old house in the dead of night, will she finally get justice and catch her sister’s killer, or did she just walk into a deadly trap?

     

Praise for Dana Perry:

THE NOWHERE GIRLS: "A twisty-breath-taking page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat until it’s stunning conclusion. Fast-paced and riveting, it keeps you guessing till the very end."
Lisa Regan, author

"A thrilling new series."
Killer Nashville

"A fantastic book… Dana Perry has created one heck of female lead!"
NetGalley reviewer

"Wow!!!!! What did I just read!!! Mind blown!!!! Absolutely shattered after being up all night reading but boy was it worth it! Absolutely unputdownable!!"
Bookworm86

"This was an edge-of-your-seat page-turner!"
@annette_reads_daily

 

Book Details:

Genre: Crime Thriller
Published by: Bookouture
Publication Date: April 2, 2024
Number of Pages: 341
ISBN: 9781803147932 (ISBN10: 1803147938)
Series: Detective Nikki Cassidy

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Author Bio:

Dana Perry

I am a New York City author who writes mystery thrillers under the pen name of Dana Perry - and also as R.G. Belsky.

Catch Up With Dana Perry:


www.RGBelsky.com/dana-perry-books
Goodreads
BookBub
Twitter/X - @DanaPerryAuthor
Facebook - @DanaPerryAuthor
Instagram - @dickbelsky

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Book Blogger Hop - 5/12 - 12/18

         

Question of the Week:

If you could live in any book, which one would you pick and why? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My Answer:

I would like to live in a book that has sweet characters and characters that get along.

A few I can think of are:

THE FINDERS KEEPERS LIBRARY by Annie Rains.

NOSEY NEIGHBORS by Freya Sampson. 

THE UNDERGROUND LIBRARY by Jennifer Ryan.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Spotlight of When Happily Ever After Fails by Courtney Deane

 
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WHEN HAPPILY EVER AFTER FAILS
COURTNEY DEANE
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ALL INFORMATION IN THIS POST IS COURTESY OF CHELSEA APPLE | CONTENT COORDINATOR | BOOKS FORWARD.

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Courtney Deane has penned a delightfully funny debut rom-com perfect for anyone who has ever felt “dead-ended” in life, work, and love and who needs a fresh start.

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April 9, 2024
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PRAISE FOR WHEN HAPPILY EVER AFTER FAILS:

“An entertaining read that will keep you turning pages. The reader is taken on a ride with Abigail as she grows into herself and finds her voice. Deane makes it easy to root for Abigail along with the other quirky characters who have distinct and interesting personalities. When Happily Ever After Fails is a fun debut.” — Leslie A. Rasmussen, award-winning author of “After Happily Ever After” and “The Stories We Cannot Tell”

“Courtney Deane offers up a radiant debut in When Happily Ever After Fails. Whip-smart and relatable, Abigail's search for her own happy ending will have you on the edge of your pool chair. An absolute must read this Spring!” – Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke, authors of “Forever Hold Your Peace”

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ABOUT WHEN HAPPILY EVER AFTER FAILS:

Abigail Gardner’s life is circling the drain: her parents are dead, her “like a brother” BFF is in love with her, and her career as an art teacher has been squashed by an unfortunate viral incident involving sophomores and Spanx.

Landing a new job at an elite academy seems like the fresh start she needs, but it comes with a catch: teaching tragic literature, her least favorite subject.

Tired of being stuck in her own tragic tale, Abigail starts rewriting every sad ending she can get her hands on, in and out of the classroom.

To her surprise, her life soon begins to resemble the fairy tales she adores—great job, hot guy, a career gaining recognition.

But when an unexpected plot twist threatens to derail her happy ending, Abigail starts to realize why fairy tale endings are so hard to come by–and begins to truly rewrite her own story on her terms.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

COURTNEY DEANE is a full-time freelance writer for print, digital, broadcast, PR and marketing clients.

After both of her parents died, Deane worked to turn those tragedies into something beautiful—an effort that inspired her debut novel, When Happily Ever After Fails.

She lives in San Diego with her husband, daughter, and rescue dog—her very own happily-ever-after.

Learn more: http://www.courtneydeane.com/.


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SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook: Courtney Deane

Instagram: @AuthorCourtneyDeane

TikTok: @CourtneyDeane

YouTube: @CourtneyDeane

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR:


An Interview with

Courtney Deane


First, can you briefly introduce us to the characters we meet in “When Happily Ever After Fails?”


Of course! We’ve got Abigail, the lovable, fallible protagonist who is dead set on righting (and writing) wrongs and ensuring everyone gets a positive outcome. You’ve got to love her for it. She tries!


Then there’s Quinn, the not-as-lovable, but-we-love-him-because-he-loves-her BFF who is Abigail’s No. 1 fan. Yes, he’s head over heels for her and just waiting for the day when she realizes it, too.


And no one could forget about Mathilda. She’s our “tell it like it is” North Star, who doesn’t mince words. She’s got advice for everyone but herself! Abigail’s second BFF is funny and factual with the right amount of spunk.


Lastly, we have Nate. Abigail can’t figure out if this fellow teacher is initially a friend or foe, but his presence and advice is solid enough for her to keep him around and find out.


Why did you choose your title? What happens “when happily ever after fails?”


Honestly, I took the inspiration from a Don Henley song I’ve always loved, “The End of the Innocence.” This song always reminded me of my family’s situation, particularly the line “let me take a long last look before we say goodbye.” Part of the song’s chorus is “But happily ever after fails.” I don’t love the “but,” because HEA doesn’t always fail permanently; it just changes. It morphs – as do our expectations of life – as we collect different experiences and encounter various situations. So, our notion of happily ever after will likely fail and falter at some point  (thus, the “when”), but we can recover, pick ourselves back up and continue working toward a modified version of whatever “happily ever after” is for us. 


Fun sidenote: There’s a few Easter egg references to this inspo in the book!


You started writing this book after your mom passed away. How did the writing process impact your grief process, and vice versa? And how did both evolve as time went on?


I would love to slap an Abigail-style happy ending on this and say writing the book allowed me to work through the grief process and – wow – I’m GREAT now! It wouldn’t be true. I think it was a nice thought and an admirable effort to try to get some resolution on these two pivotal deaths through writing. 


While I didn’t necessarily get the “resolution” I was looking for, writing this novel DID help me express some of my thoughts and feelings on the grief process, my parents’ loss and how many well-meaning individuals can actually make the situation worse. I very much hope that comes through in the book. 


This might not be the answer anyone’s looking for, but what truly helped me move on from these deaths and this situation was having a family of my own. I don’t say that in an advice-driven, “go out and find you a man and have a baby” way, but chasing my dream and my happily ever after of starting my own family did make a huge impact. Suddenly, phrases like “mom” and “dad” weren’t dirty words anymore. And they were words that were back in my vocabulary. You have no idea how foreign those phrases seemed for a very long time!


Now, having a child certainly brings up my parents in different ways, especially where grandparents are concerned, so this issue isn’t entirely put to bed, but THAT is what has truly brought me closure.


What did you enjoy most about writing “When Happily Ever After Fails”? What did you find the most challenging?


I loved most everything about it! This was so much fun. I loved developing the characters and losing myself in their world. As I wrote, I would find that I wasn’t sitting on my mom’s former bed with my laptop, but was IN Abigail’s apartment as her and Quinn blasted the Beatles, etc. 


This being my first foray into fiction, I found the opening to be the most challenging. I wrote and rewrote and consulted, then rewrote again and again. I’m very happy with the final result, but, man, did we go through a lot of changes! I learned a ton about the book-writing process, and have made sure this next book has the opening it deserves from the get go!


Rom-coms have always been wildly popular. What are you bringing to this genre as a writer?


I’d like to think I’m bringing a fresh spin – though I’m sure every author would like to think that! I appreciate that tropes and formulas exist for a reason, but I’m not a fan of predictability or sticking to “what works.” Yes, this is a rom-com and some of the expected elements are there, but I believe this book has a modern, unique take on these traditions. Because, as we know, happily ever after IS possible…but it may look different than you pictured! ;)


Do you see yourself in any of the characters?


It would be weird if I didn’t say Abigail, right? LOL. There are certainly elements of myself in Abigail, though we are two VERY different people. Like Abigail, my father died of ALS and my mother kind of didn’t recover after his death and failed to take care of herself, which was ultimately her demise. Many (okay, all) of Abigail’s thoughts and perspectives on the subjects of death and parents are from my own experience, but the way she processes them is different from my own. 


In thinking about this, though, I guess I kind of did what Abigail did in that I went out and wrote a book hoping that would give this situation a “happily ever after.” That’s not all that different from Abigail changing a play’s ending in the hopes of dodging tragedy for herself and her class. Interesting…


What is your favorite romance movie of all time, and why?


I’m kind of an irreverent person (if we’re not laughing, what’s the point?), so I lean toward the love stories that have some heart AND humor. On that note, you can’t beat “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Always Be My Maybe,” and “Chasing Amy.”


Stories that tug at you and make you feel the longing really resonate with me as well. With that in mind, I love “The Notebook” and the “Before” trilogy (Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight). 


Finally, you have to hand it to “Love Actually” for capturing so many different types of loves – and bonus points that not every plot has a happy ending! 


What do you hope readers take away from “When Happily Ever After Fails?”


Two things. 


One, I hope it gives them a glimpse into what grief and survival can look like for someone who has seemingly “lost it all” (or, at least, a BIG part of who they were and how we identify - our families). 


Two, I really wrote this book for anyone who’s ever felt alone in a crowded room. Your grief, feelings, and circumstances don’t have to reflect mine to understand what it’s like to feel marooned on an island where no one else is around and help doesn’t seem like it can be found. Please, please know that THESE are the people I wrote this book for.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda

Ohhhh..this is a good one!!

Hazel’s father died, and in addition to the shock of his death was the shock that he left the family home ONLY to her and not her brothers.  That caused a good deal of bad feelings.


While she was home for the funeral more shocking things happened. 


One of these things had to do with their mother who had taken every penny out of her husband's bank accounts, any jewelry in the house, and anything else of value and just left without notice or any trace of her when Hazel was sixteen.


Things seemed to have gone the wrong way after their mother left and since the years that Hazel had left Mirror Lake. 

 

Or had things always been going the wrong way for Hazel in this small town and with her family and she hadn't realized it?

 

How could Hazel have missed all that had been going on while she was growing up and especially for the past few years?

 

What else could happen? 

 

What else would be revealed?


Who really knew what happened and knows what is happening now?


Find out in this tense family drama that reveals secrets and more missing characters.


Ms. Miranda certainly knows how to weave a storyline that keeps you turning the pages with a surprising, reveal-all ending. 


You won’t be able to put DAUGHTER OF MINE down.  5/5


Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.



Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The House on Biscayne Bay by Chanel Cleeton

How could a mansion with such a beautiful name - Marbrisa - be the scene of murders?

Peacocks screaming and dying and then construction workers and guests found dead. 


1918 - Robert and Anna came from New York to Florida after the Great War, built an outlandish mansion, but it didn’t make them happy. 


A drowning at their lavish party didn’t help with things.  But was it an accident or murder?


1940 - Years later Carolina and Asher bought the house, fixed it up, and Carolina’s sister, Carmen, came to live with them after their parents died. 


Another death happens and Carmen worries about her safety, especially since Asher controls her estate until she’s 21. 


We follow both storylines as the mansion seems to be the center of attention and drama and as we meet characters that keep and tell secrets. 


A marvelous Gothic-style read with undercurrents of menace that you can’t figure out if the menace is coming from a person, place, or thing. 


Don't miss this one!!  5/5


Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.



Monday, April 8, 2024

FEATURING: The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard

HISTORICAL FICTION - DRAMA

What a heartwarming, cozy, feel good read.....a sweet, nostalgic book...but with all good things there usually are regrets, heartbreak, and secrets.

You will be surprised at who/what the "good daughters" turn out to be and will also learn some fun agricultural facts about fruits and vegetables.

If you liked The Glass Castle, you will like this as well.


PUBLICATION DATE:  AUGUST 9 2020


It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 4/8/2024

                              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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NOT SURE WHY THINGS ARE OFF KILTER - BLOGGER DOES THAT AT TIMES.
 
AND...THE TOP HALF OF THE POST SEEMS TO BE MISSING ON MOBILE DEVICES.  
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Books Completed:
 
THE PARIS NOVEL by Ruth Reichl - review will be on April 24.

FANTASTIC read - eccentric, sweet, and loving characters, great storyline, and food.

Don't read when you are hungry.

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DARLING GIRLS by Sally Hepworth - review will be on April 23.

Oh my goodness - DO NOT MISS this one!!

Heartbreaking, but so good.

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THE FINDERS KEEPERS LIBRARY by Annie Rains - review will be on April 16.

LOVE her books.

This one is a very sweet read!!  LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!!

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THE ROYAL LIBRARIAN by Daisy Wood - review will be on April 14.

Another lovely and great historical fiction read.

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DAUGHTER OF MINE by Megan Miranda - review will be on April 10.

SO GOOD......don't miss it!!

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THE HOUSE ON BISCAYNE BAY  by Chanel Cleeton - review will be on April 9.

Excellent as always - a good mystery.
 
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ALL WE WERE PROMISED by Ashton Lattimore - review is in the book's title.

EXCELLENT read....loved the characters.
 
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NOSY NEIGHBORS by Freya Sampson - review is in the book's title.
 
LOVE her books and LOVED this one too.  

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SHE'S NOT SORRY by Mary Kubica - review is in the book's title.

A slow buildup, but worth the wait.  A surprise you won't see coming.
 
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A LETTER FROM ITALY by Rose Alexander - review is in the book's title.

LOVED IT!!  Great storyline, great setting, loveable characters.

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Book Currently Reading:

THE GIRL FROM THE GRAND HOTEL by Camille Aubray - review will be on May 2.
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Books Up Next:

MISS MORGAN'S BOOK BRIGADE by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on May 4.
 
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THE RETURN OF ELLIE BLACK by Emiko Jean - review will be on May 7.

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THE LIBRARY THIEF  by Kuchenga Shenje- review will be on May 8.

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SUMMERS AT THE SAINT by Mary Kay Andrews - review will be on May 9.

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NONNA MARIA AND THE CASE OF THE LOST TREASURE by Lorenzo Carcaterra - review will be on May 13.

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THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM by Kate White - review will be on May 14.
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MY FAVORITE TERRIBLE THING by Madeleine Henry - review will be on May 18.

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THE INCORRIGIBLES by Meredith Jaeger - review will be on May 21.
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THE MAIN CHARACTER by Jaclyn Goldis - review will be on May 22.
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THE LAST TWELVE MILES by Erika Robuck - review will be on June 4.
 
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SHELTERWOOD by Lisa Wingate - review will be on June 5.

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THE PARIS WIDOW by Kimberly  Belle - review will be on June 11.

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HUSBANDS AND LOVERS by Beatriz Williams - review will be on June 25.
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THE YEAR OF WHAT IF by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on June 26.
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THE NIGHT THE RIVER WEPT by Lo Patrick - review will be on July 2.
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BEYOND SUMMERLAND by Jenny LeCoat - review wil be on July 3.

LOVE this author's books.

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LADY KILLER by Katherine Wood - review will be on July 9.

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LENNY MARKS GETS AWAY WITH MURDER by Kerryn Mayne - review will be on July 11.

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LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on July 12.

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THE BURNING by Linda Castillo - review will be on July 13.

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ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY by Jamie Day - review will be on July 16.

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ONLY ONE SURVIVES by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on July 17.

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THINGS DON'T BREAK ON THEIR OWN by Sarah Easter Collins - review will be on July 18.

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THE PERFECT SISTER by Stephanie DeCarolis - review will be on July 19.
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HOUSE OF GLASS by Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on August 6.

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THE THIRTEENTH HUSBAND by Greer MaCallister - review will be on August 7.

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THE BODY NEXT DOOR by Maia Chance - review will be on August 8.
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ALL THE WAY GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 13.

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THEN THINGS WENT DARK by Bea Fitzgerald - review will be on August 27.
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THE BOOKLOVER'S LIBRARY by Madeline Martin - review will be on August 28.
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A PLACE TO HIDE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 17.

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THE LOVE ELIXIR OF AUGUSTA STERN by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on October 8.
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THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER by Lawrence Robbins - review will be on October 9.  
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WHAT THE WIFE KNEW by Darby Kane - review will be on December 10.
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