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Monday, February 18, 2019

Blog Tour: Excerpt of California Girls by Susan Mallery


We are excited to be a part of an excerpt tour for California Girls beginning mid-February, followed by a review tour starting on the day of release, February 26th!  COme back on March 20 for a review of the book!

Author: Susan Mallery
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publicaiton: February 26, 2019

The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…
Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.

Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.

Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.

But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

Excerpt #6:
Chapter Two


Oh good, you’re still here, were not words Zennie Schmitt wanted to hear eight minutes before the end of her shift. She’d been on her feet for ten hours already. The relatively light day had included two angioplasties that had gone surprisingly well, considering the age and physical condition of the patients. She’d been on her way to the locker room to grab her things when she’d heard herself being paged over the intercom.
Dr. Chen had expressed his relief that she was still in the hospital. “I have an emergency bypass surgery. Are you up for it?”
Zennie understood the question. She’d already put in a full day. She was tired and if she didn’t think she had the stamina to assist Dr. Chen through a coronary artery bypass operation, then she was expected to tell him. She was more than a perioperative nurse—aka scrub nurse—she was part of an elite nursing team that worked in one of the country’s most prestigious and busy cardiac care hospitals. They saw some of the sickest patients in the world and when someone was on their table, it was often a life-or-death situation. Giving less than 1000 percent wasn’t permissible.
Zennie took a second to close her eyes and breathe. Yes, she was tired, but not exhausted. With luck they would only have to replace one artery, but odds were more were involved, stretching a three-to-four-hour surgery into something much longer. Still, she and Dr. Chen worked well together and she enjoyed being a team player.
“I’ll swing by the café, then be right there,” she said.
“Excellent.”

Dr. Chen hung up without saying anything like Hey, that’s great or the somewhat expected but rarely heard thank you. He was a gifted, brilliant surgeon who practically worked magic, reviving hearts others thought past saving, but when it came to his people skills...not so much with the glibness. As Zennie hurried to the café, she wondered if they’d ever had a single conversation that wasn’t about a patient.
She bypassed the coffee and went straight to the espresso machine. She knew exactly how long a double shot would take to ramp up her alertness. She would crash toward the end of surgery, but by then adrenaline would be pumping, so she would be fine. Tomorrow she would be extra nurturing with her diet to make up for the abuse her body would take in the night.
Eight hours and forty minutes, not to mention one double bypass later, Zennie finally made it to her car. She was beyond tired and she ached all over. The bright lights of the parking garage were at odds with the quiet and darkness beyond. It was well after midnight, and the good news was she wouldn’t have to worry about traffic on the drive home. In fact the normally twenty-five-minute trip took all of twelve minutes. She stumbled into her bedroom just after one.
She stripped off her scrubs, then washed her face and brushed her teeth. Before sinking into the welcome softness of her bed, she grabbed her phone and checked for messages.
She had a reminder for her 5:00 a.m. running date. No way that was happening, she thought with a yawn. Not that anyone would be surprised. She was always a firm maybe on Fridays, but a for-sure yes on the weekend, barring her being on call. She also had a ten-thirty appointment with her baby sister, Ali, to get fitted for her bridesmaid dress.
Zennie did her best not to groan as she thought about the upcoming nuptials. Not that she didn’t love her sister, but weddings were a pain and to be honest, Zennie wasn’t a huge Glen fan. He just didn’t seem to ever look at Ali with undisguised love and affection. Nigel, her sister Finola’s husband, was totally different. When he looked at his wife, you could feel the heat.
Speaking of heat... Zennie shoved her heating pad under her back. Her muscles were tight from hours spent in surgery. There was a text from her dad showing his sailboat anchored in a gorgeous Caribbean bay. Wish you were here. She smiled. Wish I was there, too. Miss you, Dad.
She knew she wouldn’t hear from him for a few hours.
Between the time difference and her father and stepmother living on “island time,” texts could take a while to be answered. Still, the thought of a couple of weeks on a sailboat somewhere like the picture was nice.
Her last text was from her mother. Zennie held in a laugh at her mom’s offer to set her up on a blind date with “a handsome young man that you will absolutely adore,” before ending the text with, I’m not getting any younger and I expect grandchildren before I die.
Zennie was still chuckling when she fell asleep 



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About Susan Mallery

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

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Excerpt Tour:
Monday, February 11th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, February 12th: Tar Heel Reader
Wednesday, February 13th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, February 14th: Books & Spoons
Monday, February 18th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, February 19th: Rad Babes Read
Wednesday, February 20th: Reading Reality
Thursday, February 21st: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Friday, February 22nd: Thoughts on This ‘n That
TBD, Friday, February 15th: Cheryl’s Book Nook

Review Tour:
Monday, February 25th: Reading Reality
Monday, February 25th: Book Reviews and More by Kathy
Monday, February 25th: @booknerdingout
Tuesday, February 26th: The Book Date
Wednesday, February 27th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Friday, March 1st: Books & Bindings
Friday, March 1st: Not in Jersey
Monday, March 4th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, March 4th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, March 5th: Odd and Bookish and @oddandbookish
Wednesday, March 6th: Bookchickdi
Thursday, March 7th: Running Through the Storms
Thursday, March 7th: Why Girls Are Weird
Friday, March 8th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, March 11th: The Romance Dish
Monday, March 11th: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader
Tuesday, March 12th: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, March 13th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, March 13th: Romantic Reads and Such
Thursday, March 14th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Thursday, March 14th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Friday, March 15th: Mrs. Mommy Booknerd
Monday, March 18th: Jathan & Heather
Monday, March 18th: Rad Babes Read and @radbabesread
Tuesday, March 19th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Wednesday, March 20th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, March 20th: A Splendid Messy Life
Thursday, March 21st: Broken Teepee
Friday, March 22nd: Girls in Books and @girlsinbooks
Monday, March 25th: Eliot’s Eats
Tuesday, March 26th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, March 27th: Into the Hall of Books
Thursday, March 28th: A Holland Reads
Friday, March 29th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Friday, March 29th: What is That Book About

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

Author: Joanna Schaffhausen 
Publisher: Minatour Books
Date of publication: December 2017

Ellery Hathaway knows a thing or two about serial killers, but not through her police training. She's an officer in sleepy Woodbury, MA, where a bicycle theft still makes the newspapers. No one there knows she was once victim number seventeen in the grisly story of serial killer Francis Michael Coben. The only victim who lived. 

When three people disappear from her town in three years, all around her birthday—the day she was kidnapped so long ago—Ellery fears someone knows her secret. Someone very dangerous. Her superiors dismiss her concerns, but Ellery knows the vanishing season is coming and anyone could be next. She contacts the one man she knows will believe her: the FBI agent who saved her from a killer’s closet all those years ago.

Agent Reed Markham made his name and fame on the back of the Coben case, but his fortunes have since turned. His marriage is in shambles, his bosses think he's washed up, and worst of all, he blew a major investigation. When Ellery calls him, he can’t help but wonder: sure, he rescued her, but was she ever truly saved? His greatest triumph is Ellery’s waking nightmare, and now both of them are about to be sucked into the past, back to the case that made them...with a killer who can't let go.


The Vanishing Season is the first book featuring police officer Ellery Hathaway.  She is also a final girl.  She is the only girl to escape a serial killer who used to kidnap young girls. kill them and then chop off their hands.  Now, she is a cop in a small town in western Massachusetts under a different name.  She has noticed a pattern of missing people in the town, yet no one believes her.

I really enjoyed the mystery.  I guessed part of the solution, meaning the who, but not the why.  The book gets bonus points for that.  It was well written and well planned out and had me engaged from the opening scene.  The characters were engaging.  I really liked Ellery.  She came across as a genuine survivor who is just trying to make it through the day.  She has no real attachments to anyone or anything, except her dog Bump. The situation with her closet was really sad. Reed was a  great character as well.  He is the FBI agent who found Ellery years before.  Their relationship was a unique one and one I would love to read more about.  I highly recommend this one.  I will have a review fore the second book, No Mercy, coming out soon.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Spotlight: Excerpt from The Whole Package by Marie Harte

Author: Marei harte
Publisher; Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publicaiton: January 2019

Vets on the Go!
They didn’t plan to become heroes…
When former Marine Reid Griffith started his moving company, hiring only veterans, he just wanted to help his brother Cash adjust to civilian life. But when Cash is caught taking down a thief mid-robbery, the video goes viral. Suddenly Vets on the Go! are local heroes…and Reid’s phone explodes. He needs help handling the deluge of interest—fast.

When PR expert Naomi Starr sees the news spot of a muscular vet expertly apprehending a bad guy with duct tape, she knows Vets on the Go! is just the thing to revive her career. There’s just one problem. Naomi has vowed to never mix business with pleasure. Ever. Again. And tall, dark and brawny Reid Griffith is a whole package of temptation.

IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2CICwJ4

Enjoy this excerpt!

Once he and Evan walked outside of the warehouse to join the others, Reid joined Naomi and stared down at her notes. “Any more advice for me?”
She shook her head and turned, caught unaware that they stood so close. She faltered when one of her heels wobbled, and Reid caught her.
They both froze, staring at the other. She wondered if he felt the heat between them and thanked God her blazer covered her now erect nipples. What was it about this man that put her every nerve on alert?
His gaze slipped to her mouth before finding her eyes again, and she found his light-gray stare unnerving. Talk about intense.
“You okay?” he asked, his voice like silk.
“F-fine. Sorry.” She went against every instinct she possessed and took a step back, disappointed he let her. “Thanks.”
“Yeah.” He continued to stare at her and tucked his hands in his pockets.
She refused to look down at his jeans, not wanting to know if he’d been as affected as she still was by that simple touch.
“Man, you are really pretty.”
She felt her cheeks heat. “Reid.”
“Just sayin’.” He smiled, and she wanted to fan herself. “So, any advice, Starr PR?”
“Just be yourself.” She smiled back, pleased when he seemed entranced. “Your interviewer is Rhonda Peters, and I’m sure she’ll be in love with you five seconds after meeting you.”
His grin turned cocky. “Oh?”
“Please. You’re attractive and you know it.” There, I got it off my chest. “Which is terrific when trying to sell something. You see a commercial with a gorgeous woman who barely looks at a pair of jeans slung over the corner of her bed. But you remember that commercial for jeans because she stuck in your mind.”
“Nah. If she’s not wearing them, I’m not interested. Wait. I am, but not in the jeans.” He laughed. “So, do you ever wear jeans?” He glanced at her suit. “I imagine you look great in anything.”
Before she let herself be drawn into flirtation, she mentally backed away. “Perfect. Use that with Rhonda, but be careful, or she’ll take you up on your offer.”
“Offer?” His gaze cooled.
“That bedroom voice, the seduction. It’s good, but you might want to throttle back how hard you push. Rhonda will be overwhelmed.”
“But not you.” He studied her. “What would it take to overwhelm you, Naomi?”
Hearing her name on those sexy lips threw her for a moment. Unfortunately, he noticed, because he gave her a sly smile.
“Me? Nothing. I never mix business with pleasure. Ever.” Not anymore.
“Huh. Then it’s a good thing you and I only have a three month contract, isn’t it?”
Wait. That hadn’t gone as planned. “What?”
Reid laughed. “I’m kidding, Naomi. I agree. Sex and business don’t go together. I’m just yanking your chain. You’re too easy.” He held up a hand. “To rile. Too easy to rile. Otherwise you’re a tough woman. Not meaning that in any way offensive, either. Having to work for something makes it more worth it, you know?”
She scowled. “I’m losing track of this conversation. What exactly do you mean?”
Reid lost his smile. “Heck if I know. Look, in the Marine Corps, fraternization is a no-no. You don’t make friends with your boss, and you aren’t supposed to sleep with him or her either. I get you. But Naomi, you’re not my employee.”
“You’re my client,” she said, working hard to mean what she said. “It’s unprofessional to get romantically involved with you.  I’m qualified for this job because I’m good at what I do, not because I’m pretty and can flirt a good game.”
He frowned. “Don’t think I ever said you weren’t qualified.”
She wanted to smack herself for going off on a tangent and blushed three shades of red. Her face hurt, it felt so hot. “God, ignore me. It’s been a long day. I’m sorry for digressing. I just meant we need to keep things professional, that’s all.”
Reid studied her for a moment then nodded. “Hey, I respect that.” His voice gentled. “I respect you, you know. Don’t worry. This will turn out just fine tonight.”
She nodded, about to apologize for turning his comments into a diatribe about unfair work practices when Rhonda’s team showed up.
Instead, she sighed. “Break a leg, Reid. And just remember, be yourself.”
Unfortunately, he did just that and had Rhonda and half her team fawning all over him. The team photographed well, and the TV crew seemed enchanted with the twins and Jordan. Finley had the lead cameraman laughing and the sound guy demanding another trick with Finley’s magical quarter.
Their outdoor shoot had also attracted several onlookers, and word spread that the heroic guys from that stopped-burglary earlier in the week were on TV again.
The interview couldn’t have gone better. The photographers loved working with everyone, and the large moving van advertised their contact number and name for everyone to see.
But Rhonda, damn her, was getting way too cozy with Reid. Which wasn’t Naomi’s problem.
Gah. What the hell is wrong with me? He’s not a boyfriend or potential boyfriend. He’s a client.
“Naomi, hey. How are you?”
She turned to see an old friend, one of the station managers at the television station. “Morgan, great to see you.”
She accepted a kiss on the cheek and gave him one in return.
A few years her senior, Morgan had dated her twice after her breakup from Tanner. Though he’d been a nice guy, there was no chemistry, and his kisses had been mediocre and rushed. Before anything went further, she’d broken it off, claiming too much on her plate to get serious.
Morgan had a terrific smile and a slender build. A nice guy. Maybe too nice. He grinned. “You get better looking every time I see you.”
“Flatterer.” She smiled. “So how have you been?”
They made small talk while she watched the Griffiths get their pictures taken and get interviewed. Cash put Reid in a headlock, which hadn’t been in the script. But everyone laughed as more photos were taken. And of course, Cash’s arms bulged while Reid slugged his brother in the gut where he could manage a punch.
The photoshoot turned into a huge party with everyone enjoying themselves, then transitioned to Ringo’s Bar down the street.
By that time, she’d agreed to meet Morgan there to talk some more. He claimed to have a lead on a business that needed her help, though his eyes told another story. But it made her feel better to put even more distance between herself and Reid, because she swore she could feel the man watching her with Morgan, even as she watched Rhonda not so casually wrap her hand around his arm.


About the author:

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestseller MARIE HARTE  is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether biking around town, hiking, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit marieharte.com and fall in love.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

Author: Sally Thorne
Publisher:William Morrow
Date of publication: January 2019

Crush (n.): a strong and often short-lived infatuation, particularly for someone beyond your reach…

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99%. That’s the problem with finding her dream man at age eight and peaking in her photography career at age twenty—ever since, she’s had to learn to settle for good enough.
When Darcy and Jamie inherit a tumble-down cottage from their grandmother, they’re left with strict instructions to bring it back to its former glory and sell the property. Darcy plans to be in an aisle seat halfway across the ocean as soon as the renovations start, but before she can cut and run, she finds a familiar face on her porch: house-flipper extraordinaire Tom’s arrived, he’s bearing power tools, and he’s single for the first time in almost a decade.

Suddenly Darcy’s considering sticking around to make sure her twin doesn’t ruin the cottage’s inherent magic with his penchant for grey and chrome. She’s definitely not staying because of her new business partner’s tight t-shirts, or that perfect face that’s inspiring her to pick up her camera again. Soon sparks are flying—and it’s not the faulty wiring. It turns out one percent of Tom’s heart might not be enough for Darcy anymore. This time around, she’s switching things up. She’s going to make Tom Valeska 99 percent hers.


99 Percent Mine is another book that was on my most anticipated list for 2019.  I loved The Hating Game and was really looking forward to this book.  This is a stand alone that features one of my favorite romance tropes: friends to lovers.  This one involves Darcy and Tom.  They have been friends since they were 8 years old.  Now they are adults and Tom is finally single.

I wish I could say that I loved this book, but I just didn't.  I wanted to so badly, but I was pretty disappointed.  While I loved the premise, it just fell flat. The main reason being I didn't care for the characters. Darcy had a heart condition, yet she took really poor care of herself.  She came across as a spoiled brat and a quitter.  Tom was more like a beta male.  I felt like he spent the entire book feeling sorry for himself. I really didn't feel the chemistry between them.  The push and pull of "I want you, but I can't have you yet" was kind of tiring. They did both struggle with feeling worthy of love and fitting in, but I just never found myself rooting for the couple.  The other characters were just OK. Darcy's twin was horrible to his sister and really unlikable.  Truly was too sugary sweet. Although, I would love to have her story.

For me it's hard to love a book when I don't like any of the characters.  I'm not giving up on this author though.  I look forward to seeing what comes next for her.


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About Sally Thorne
Photo by Katie Saarikko

Sally Thorne is the USA Today-bestselling author of The Hating Game. She spends her days climbing into fictional worlds of her own creation. She lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband in a house filled with vintage toys, too many cushions, a haunted dollhouse and the world’s sweetest pug.

Find out more about Sally at her website, and connect with her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Wednesday, February 13th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, February 13th: Into the Hall of Books
Thursday, February 14th: What Is That Book About
Thursday, February 14th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, February 18th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, February 19th: Spinatale Reviews
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Thursday, February 21st: InkyMoments
Friday, February 22nd: Fuelled by Fiction


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor


Author: C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Crown
Date of publication:  February 2019

The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang–the betrayal, the suicide, the murder–and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn’t have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe’s sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Lying his way into a teaching job at his former high school is the easy part. Facing off with former friends who are none too happy to have him back in town–while avoiding the enemies he’s made in the years since–is tougher. But the hardest part of all will be returning to that abandoned mine where it all went wrong and his life changed forever, and finally confronting the shocking, horrifying truth about Arnhill, his sister, and himself. Because for Joe, the worst moment of his life wasn’t the day his sister went missing.
It was the day she came back.

I have been looking forward to reading The Hiding Place since reading Chalk Man last year.  The story involves Joe, who reluctantly moves back to his home town.  He wants to right some wrongs that happened when he was a teen and his sister went missing.  He takes a job at his old high school and soon learns people in the town don't want him stirring up trouble.

 I am pleased to say that I did like this one a lot.  The Hiding Place was creepy and had a great paranormal atmosphere to it. It's a slow burn mystery that gave me the creeps as I began to realize what was going on in the town.  It's actually best going into the book not knowing much about it.  The characters were interesting, especially Joe.  He is the type of character that is not very likable, but you find yourself rooting for him anyway. 

I definitely recommend this one!  I can't wait to see what is next for this author.


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About C.J. Tudor

C. J. TUDOR is the author of The Chalk Man, and lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voice-over, and dog walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

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C. J. Tudor’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, January 28th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, January 29th: Books Before Bedtime and @booksbeforebedtime
Wednesday, January 30th: Palmer’s Page Turners
Thursday, January 31st: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamapreviews
Friday, February 1st: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, February 4th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, February 5th: @outofthebex
Wednesday, February 6th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, February 11th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Tuesday, February 12th: Erica Robyn Reads
Wednesday, February 13th: @scaredstraightreads
Thursday, February 14th: From the TBR Pile
Sunday, February 17th: Rockin’ Book Reviews
Monday, February 18th: @wherethereadergrows
Monday, February 18th: Girl Who Reads
Wednesday, February 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, February 21st: Book by Book
Friday, February 22nd: Book Fidelity
Monday, February 25th: @hotcocoareads
Wednesday, February 27th: Booktimistic and @booktimistic
Thursday, February 28th: Midwest Ladies Who Lit
Monday, March 4th: Wining Wife
Tuesday, March 5th: Write Read Life



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spotlight: The Expedition by Chris Babu


Author:Chris Babu
Publisher: Permuted Press
Date of publication: December 2018

They survived the Initiation. Now the real test begins.

Drayden and his friends thought nothing could be harder than the Initiation. Little did they know it had only been a warmup for the challenge that lay ahead.

With New America’s situation dire, Drayden and the pledges venture into the unexplored world beyond the walls, escorted by a team of elite Guardians. The group seeks to contact another civilization in what remains of Boston, but Drayden has secret goals of his own.

Dangers abound in the outside world, including Aeru, the deadly superbug that wiped out humanity. While they battle the elements of a desolate landscape, a power struggle emerges within their ranks. The Guardians seem to be carrying out a covert mission themselves, and the quest turns everything they thought they knew about New America upside down.


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About Chris Babu

Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He’s always had a thing for young adult books. But he’s also a major science and math nerd—physics being his favorite—and he has a math degree from MIT.

For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the subway to and from work every day. He traded mortgage-backed securities for Bank of America and then Deutsche Bank, where he eventually ran the MBS trading desk. Now Chris writes full-time, always with his trusted assistant Buddy, a 130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on his lap. They split their time between New York City and the east end of Long Island. Their omnipresence at home drives his wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy. He can be found at chrisbabu.com.

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Wednesday, February 6th: Stranded in Chaos
Wednesday, February 6th: G. Jacks Writes
Thursday, February 7th: The Pages Inbetween
Wednesday, February 13th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, February 15th: A Night’s Dream of Books



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BLog Tour: Review of I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Author: Adele Parks
Publisher: Mira
Date of publication: February 2019


Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.

This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy and revenge from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.

I was really looking forward to reading I Invited Her In.   I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, I think I am in the minority when I say I really didn't care for the book.  I was on board at the start, but I had major issues with the plot as the story went on.  Mainly with who gets seduced in the house. It just really turned me off of the book completely.  I wasn't expecting that. In addition, I found the book slow and predictable.  I figured out a major twist very early on.     In this instance, I think it's just a case of "not for me".  The book has received good reviews, so I do recommend that you check it out and try it for yourself.


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About Adele Parks

Adele Parks one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women’s fiction writers in the UK. She has sold over 3 million books and her work has been translated into 25 different languages.

1500+ 5 star reviews have kindly been written by her fans on Amazon.co.uk 

She has published 15 novels in the past 15 years, all of which have been London Times Top Ten Bestsellers.

Adele was born in the North East of England, in 1969. She enjoyed a traditional 1970’s childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from university, where she studied English Language and Literature, she worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 Adele was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

Connect with Adele

Adele’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS
Monday, February 4th: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, February 6th: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Thursday, February 7th: Seaside Book Nook
Monday, February 11th: @thecityofdarkclockwork
Tuesday, February 12th: Bewitched Bookworms
Tuesday, February 12th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, February 13th: @thepagesinbetween and The Pages In-Between
Sunday, February 17th: Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
Monday, February 18th: @jessicamap
Tuesday, February 19th: @thesaggingbookshelf
Wednesday, February 20th: @novelmombooks
Thursday, February 21st: @girlsinbooks
Friday, February 22nd: @readingbetweenthe_wines
Monday, February 25th: @scaredstraightreads
Tuesday, February 26th: @shereadswithcats
Wednesday, February 27th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, February 28th: Books and Cats and Coffee
Friday, March 1st: Rad Babes Read and @radbabesread
Monday, March 4th: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader
Tuesday, March 5th: Books and Bindings
Wednesday, March 6th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, March 6th: @hollyslittlebookreviews
Thursday, March 7th: The Lit Bitch
Friday, March 8th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip


Monday, February 11, 2019

Spotlight: A Postmodern Love by Nick Totem

Book Details:

Book Title: A Postmodern Love by Nick Totem
Category: Adult Fiction, 300 pages
Genre: Contemporary, romance, noire, suspense
Publisher: Lucen Geist Literary Press
Release date: Nov 2, 2018
Tour dates: Feb 4 to 15, 2019
Content Rating: R (One explicit sex scene and a few f-words)

Book Description:

Have you ever fallen in love and then had not just your life but your conception of life altered forever? Come and find out more in A POSTMODERN LOVE, a contemporary adult novel--romance, noire, psychological suspense.

In the end, a man is shot through the heart. Another man is driven to the edge of madness. Caught between them is Lana Fauves, a beautiful, intelligent woman, but one who is haunted by her past and the loss of her true love, a musical genius. In this fast-paced novel--romance, thriller, and noire--Thomas Wilde, a doctor and veteran of the Iraq War, will stop at nothing to win over the woman he has desperately fallen in love with. But amid the machinations of the modern world, will he find true love, or only heartache, deception, and murder?

To read reviews, please visit Nick Totem's page on iRead Book Tour.



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About the Author:

Nick Totem has been a practicing physician for more than a decade, and he has been writing all his life. He combined real experience in medicine with a love for writing to create compelling fiction.

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