Archives for September 2016

Spotlight: How Meg West Was Won by Libby Mercer

how-meg-west-was-wonHow Meg West Was Won
written by Libby Mercer
published by Libby Mercer, 2016

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I’m currently reading this book. So far, I’m enjoying it! Stay tuned for my review. =)

 

About the book – from Goodreads: Whoever heard of a white knight showing up in a pair of old, scuffed cowboy boots?

She may be smart as a whip, but Meg West’s co-op is in a heap of financial trouble. When sexy and rugged cattle rancher, Dutch Hargrave, makes her a job offer, the vegetarian California girl can’t afford to refuse. And quite frankly, she hasn’t got the strength to turn down a man with a slow, Texan drawl that makes her toes curl.

Enlisting the help of the feisty bombshell is the answer to Dutch’s prayers—and his fantasies. Meg has the professional know-how to help lead his ranch into the 21st Century.

Before long, Meg and Dutch are as busy as a stump-tailed bull in fly season, working around the clock trying to preserve Dutch’s heritage. But while the grueling work brings them closer together, the heat on the ranch starts to rise. Will Dutch find a way to win over Meg West while saving his family’s farm?

 

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Chrissy’s Review: Matt Archer: The Short Stories by Kendra C. Highley

Matt Archer The Short StoriesMatt Archer: The Short Stories
written by Kendra C. Highley
published by Kendra C. Highley, 2016

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Did I enjoy this book: 
I loved it. I read it every free chance I had.

I love the Matt Archer series, and this collection of short stories from not only Matt’s point of view but other important characters’ points of view really solidified my love of this series. I’m not going to go into details about these short stories. If I do, I will spoil the series for you. So, just take my word for it. Read the entire series and these short stories. Seriously.

I can’t wait to read the Matt Archer series again, and when I do, I will be inserting the short stories as I go along. And I really, really, REALLY hope that this isn’t the end of the Archer world. These short stories have my hoping for more!! Please, Ms. Highley, let this story continue.

 

5 stars

 

Would I recommend it: Yes! If you have read the Matt Archer series, then you have to read this one. I’ll say it again . . . Seriously. You do.

 

Chrissy


About the book – from Goodreads: 
An addendum to the popular Matt Archer: Monster Hunter series, this story collection includes short stories from before, during, and after the main book series. These stories include the point of view from multiple characters in the Matt Archer universe: Uncle Mike, Aunt Julie, Dani Archer, Erik Archer, Mamie Archer, Will Cruessan, Ella Mitchell and more—even a new story starring Matt Archer himself.

For fans of the series, these short stories will fill in some blanks, give you a glimpse of the future, and complete your collection—including previously seen stories from the blog and the Omnibus, plus eight brand new stories.

 

 

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Spotlight: When in French: Love in a Second Language by Lauren Collins (giveaway)

When in French: Love in a Second Language

When in French: Love in a Second Language
written by Lauren Collins
published by Penguin Press, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier—a surprising turn of events for someone who didn’t have a passport until she was in college. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language? Collins wonders, as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English. Are there things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue? Does “I love you” even mean the same thing as “Je t’aime”? When the couple, newly married, relocates to Francophone Geneva, Collins—fearful of one day becoming “a Borat of a mother” who doesn’t understand her own kids—decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French.

When in French is a laugh-out-loud funny and surprising memoir about the lengths we go to for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages—and what they say about who we are. Collins grapples with the complexities of the French language, enduring excruciating role-playing games with her classmates at a Swiss language school and accidentally telling her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine. In learning French, Collins must wrestle with the very nature of French identity and society—which, it turns out, is a far cry from life back home in North Carolina. Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes with great style and wicked humor the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of learning—and living in—French.

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – September 13, 2016

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Have you noticed that despite ALL of your Facebook “Likes” you are only “reaching” a very small portion of those followers? Does that bother you? It bothers us, and we want to boost each other up. Link up with Every Free Chance BooksIf These Books Could Talk, and Between My Lines.

 

What is Boost It Tuesday, you ask? Well, we want to help each other out. We are a great community of bloggers and authors, and we should be supporting each other. Share your Facebook address below, then visit the Facebook pages, like 3-5 posts, share or comment on 1 or 2 posts. That’s it. You don’t have to “like” the page if you don’t want to, just “like” some posts. Let’s help expand each other’s page reach. Who knows! You may find a new blog or author to follow along the away. Please be aware that any non-Facebook links will be deleted.

 

Here are some tips for Boosting. A big thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk for the image!

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We will be featuring one blogger or author on the Boost It Tuesday post. We hope that you will visit that blogger or author and give their page a bit of extra BIT attention!

 

This week’s featured blogger is Book Lover in Florida! Visit their Facebook page and give it an extra Boost!

 

If you would like to be featured one week, please fill out the form below.

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Remember: Like, comment, and share!  Let’s all give each other a boost!



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Spotlight: The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis (giveaway)

The Spice Box Letters

The Spice Box Letters
written by Eve Makis
published by Sandstone Press Ltd, 2015

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About the Book: Katerina longs to know why her late grandmother, Miriam, refused to talk about the past, especially when she inherits a journal and handwritten letters stashed in a wooden spice box, cryptic treasures written in Armenian, Miriam’s mother tongue.

On vacation in Cyprus, Katerina finds the key to unlocking her grandmother’s secrets and discovers a family legacy of exile and loss. Aged seven, Miriam was expelled from her home in Eastern Turkey and witnessed the death of her beloved brother Gabriel, or so she believed.

Katerina sets out on a fact-finding mission across the island and solves a mystery that changes her life and lays the ghosts of her grandmother’s turbulent past to rest.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Sarah’s Key in this gripping family saga, set during the tragic start of the Armenian genocide in 1915 Turkey, spanning the ups and downs of a family separated by the devastating aftermath in 1985 Greece.

 

PRAISE

“Reading The Spice Box Letters is like sitting down to a delicious Armenian dinner hosted by an ebullient family with a riveting and sorrowful tale to tell. Makis’ story goes to some dark places, but her warmth and light touch keeps this engaging novel aloft.  You will come away impressed by the resilience of her wonderful characters—and craving Armenian delicacies. (I devoured a chunk of halva while reading this book.) I deeply enjoyed this novel.” —Sharon Guskin, author ofThe Forgetting Time

“With humor, heartbreak and lyrical prose, Eve Makis has woven a moving tale of resilience in the face of tragedy.  I thoroughly enjoyed The Spice Box Letters.”  —Maggie Leffler, author of The Secrets of Flight

The Spice Box Letters is a beautifully evocative novel that moves from past to present and affirms the enduring love of family and explores the tragic, unsettling wake of the Armenian genocide. Eve Makis has written a novel that should be read, contemplated, and read again.” —Peter Golden, author of Wherever There Is Light

“Heartwarming, funny, tragic, and uplifting…the story has a feel good factor to equal My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” —Narinder Dhami, author of Bend It Like Beckham

“Fans of Victoria Hislop’s prose or Khaled Hosseini’s storytelling will love The Spice Box Letters, for Eve Makis’s latest novel is remarkable. It deserves to be an international bestseller and I have no doubt it will pick up an award or three. Beautifully written with inventive structure, compelling characters, historical horrors, and natural humor, it’s a rich feast.”— Notts Lit (UK)

“I would advise buying a packet of tissues before you start reading this extraordinary novel which depicts the human cost of war. The novel is peppered with vividly evoked scenes of the physical, emotional, and mental trauma that many Armenian families went through during the massacre of their people in WWI.” —Pamreader

“Makis has done her research, and the historical details of 100 years ago ring true, as do finely drawn characters like Katerina’s great uncle, the cantankerous, memorable Gabriel. Add some mouth-watering descriptions of food and you have a warm, affecting tale to savor.”— LeftLion Magazine (UK)

 

About the Author: EVE MAKIS studied at Leicester University and worked as a journalist and  radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist.  Eve  is a part time tutor in creative writing at Nottingham University. She  is married with two children and lives in the UK and Cyprus.

Find Ms. Makis here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour: Keep Her by Leora Krygier (spotlight)

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keep-herKeep Her
written by Leora Krygier
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Destiny doesn t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.”

 

 

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Funky Fall Blog Tour: Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams (spotlight)

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kalifus-risingKalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney, #2)
written by Alane Adams
published by SparkPress, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Sam Baron just freed Orkney from the ravages of the Red Sun—but now, imprisoned by Catriona, leader of the Volgrim Witches, Sam finds the darker side of his half-god, half-witch heritage released, and he fears he might destroy what he saved. Unable to resist the witches’ enchantments, Sam has become their most potent weapon, and is leading an army of monstrous men against Skara Brae.

Sam’s only hope for salvation lies with his three best friends and a mystical artifact known as the Moon Pearl. Keely travels north in search of the pearl, while Howie prepares for the gathering onslaught. Leo seeks a powerful artifact in the underworld, and faces an ancient evil that could be an even greater threat than Catriona and her cronies.

As Sam’s friends rush to save him, other forces are at work in Orkney’s shadows—forces that could help free Sam, or condemn him to the darkness forever.

 

 

 

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August 2016 Subscription Boxes with a giveaway

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of August:

Lit-Cube

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Stars Hollow Monthly

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Lit Cube

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Uppercase

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Owl Crate

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The Bookish Box

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This is the first time I’ve received the World of Wizardry Subscription, and I love it!! Just the box it arrived in is awesome! I’m not even sorry for the pictures of every angle of the box. It was just that fantastic!

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And here is what came in my box! I decided not to specify a house, so each month I should get different house gear.

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Koala Crate

Koala Crate

 

 

 

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What do you think of month’s boxes?

Do you subscribe to any boxes? If so, which ones? I did include my referral links, so if you’re interested, please feel free to use them! I know I would appreciate it.

 

Chrissy

 

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Heather’s Review: Out of My League by Brea Brown

Out of My League (The Underdog Trilogy Book 1)Out of My League 
written by Brea Brown
published by Brea Brown, 2015

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Did I enjoy this book: 
Yes!

In fact, I couldn’t put the book down. Every spare moment I had (I have 2 kids on summer break and an 18-month old!) was spent reading this book. Jet and Maura (Jetaura) will keep you flipping pages just so you can see what crazy thing is going to happen next. As usual with Brea Brown’s books, the second string (see what I did there?) characters are just as appealing and amusing as the main characters. Even Rae, Maura’s unlikeable best friend, kept me reading. Every time she entered the pages, she made me angry, but she was part of their story. Colin, Maura’s British client, had me in stitches most of the time—I loved how he kept comparing American football with European football and especially how he kept mixing up the lingo.

Now, I’m a die-hard Patriots fan (I know, I know), and I love football. I plant my bootie on the couch every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday (and I picket for a longer season every year!). I know the stats for my players (and a few others I’m in love with), I watch any game I can get on my television (even the teams I’m not overly fond of), and I generally annoy my husband with yelling and boos and cheers (he’s not exactly the sporty type) from September through February. I loved this book! I loved the premise, I loved the inside information, and I loved learning a few things I didn’t know! This books rocks—especially coming from the football angle. Really, girlfriends/wives sign a confidentiality statement? Whether that was a true fact or not, it’s neat and it adds flavor to an already spicy story.

I’m really looking forward to the second book in the series and of course the third, too. If you love football, love romance—the kind where the hot, rich QB picks the girl-next-door . . . then this book is definitely up your alley!

5 stars
Would I recommend it? Yes! I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!

Heather

About the book – from Goodreads: Maura Richards has a plan for her life—it involves not having a plan. From biding her time at a long-term temp job to ending relationships before they get too serious, Maura’s only commitment is to being noncommittal.

When she meets Jet Knox, the starting quarterback of her beloved hometown football team, she dismisses their encounter as a thrilling brush with celebrity she can drag out at parties for a few years, and nothing more. Jet has other ideas. He’s someone who’s made a living setting—and scoring—goals. Wooing Maura is his latest objective.

Everyone in Maura’s life seems to have an opinion on her relationship with the All-Pro QB, but with so many swirling opinions, rumors, and doubts, Maura must rely on the judgment of the very last person she feels she can trust: herself.

 

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Spotlight: Karolina’s Twins by Ronald H. Balson (giveaway)

karolinas-twinsKarolina’s Twins
written by Ronald H. Balson
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2016

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About the book – from Goodreads: Lena Woodward, an elderly woman, enlists the help of both lawyer Catherine Lockhart and private investigator Liam Taggart to appraise the story of her harrowing past in Nazi occupied Poland. At the same time, Lena’s son Arthur presents her with a hefty lawsuit under the pretense of garnering her estate—and independence—for his own purposes. Where these stories intersect is through Lena’s dubious account of her life in war-torn Poland, and her sisterhood with a childhood friend named Karolina. Lena and Karolina struggled to live through the atrocity of the Holocaust, and at the same time harbored a courageous, yet mysterious secret of maternity that has troubled Lena throughout her adult life. In telling her story to Catherine and Liam, Lena not only exposes the realities of overcoming the horrors of the Holocaust, she also comes to terms with her own connection to her dark past.

Karolina’s Twins is a tale of survival, love, and resilience in more ways than one. As Lena recounts her story, Catherine herself also recognizes the unwavering importance of family as she prepares herself for the arrival of her unborn child. Through this association and many more, both Lena and Catherine begin to cherish the dogged ties that bind not only families and children, but the entirety of mankind.

 

PRAISE

 

“A new look at an old story…will stay with you long after you have finished it.” –The Huffington Post on Once We Were Brothers

“Uplifting and moving, intelligently written…an unusual insight into human character.” –Library Journal, starred review on Once We Were Brothers

“A page-turning read filled with despair and anger but with hope, love, and humanity at its core.” –Jewish Book Council on Saving Sophie

 

 

About the author: RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator, and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. He is also the author of Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

Find Mr. Balson here: webFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads

 

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