Archives for November 2017

Fall Reading Challenge 2017 – Midterm Memoirs (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Love Warrior
written by Glennon Doyle
published by Flatiron Books, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: #1 New York Times Bestseller

Oprah’s Book Club 2016 Selection

A memoir of marriage and self-discovery by bestselling author Glennon Doyle Melton, Love Warrior is a gorgeous and inspiring account of how we are all born to be warriors: strong, powerful, and brave; able to confront the pain and claim the love that exists for us all. This chronicle of a beautiful, brutal journey speaks to anyone who yearns for deeper, truer relationships and a more abundant, authentic life.

 

I’m The One Who Got Away
written by Andrea Jarrell
published by She Writes Press,

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Andrea Jarrell was a girl, her mother often told her of their escape from Jarrell’s dangerous, cunning father as if it was a bedtime story. In this real-life Gilmore Girls story, mother and daughter develop an unusual bond, complicated by a cautionary tale of sexual desire and betrayal. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her–until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees how her mother’s captivating story has also held her captive, influencing her choices in lovers and friends. Set in motion by this murder, Jarrell’s compact memoir is about the difficulty that daughters have separating from–while still honoring–their mothers, and about the perils of breaking the hereditary cycle of addiction. It’s also about Jarrell’s quest to make a successful marriage and family of her own–a journey first chronicled in her “Modern Love” essay for The New York Times. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.

 

But My Brain Had Other Ideas
written by Deb Brandon
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Deb Brandon discovered that cavernous angiomas–tangles of malformed blood vessels in her brain–were behind the terrifying symptoms she’d been experiencing, she underwent one brain surgery. And then another. And then another. And that was just the beginning. 

The book also includes an introduction by Connie Lee, founder and president of the Angioma Alliance. Unlike other memoirs that focus on injury crisis and acute recovery, But My Brain Had Other Ideas follows Brandon’s story all the way through to long-term recovery, revealing without sugarcoating or sentimentality Brandon’s struggles–and ultimate triumph.

Lost in the Reflecting Pool
written by Diane Pomerantz
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: When Diane, a psychologist, falls in love with Charles, a charming and brilliant psychiatrist, there is laughter and flowers–and also darkness. After moving through infertility treatments and the trials of the adoption process as a united front, the couple is ultimately successful in creating a family. As time goes on, however, Charles becomes increasingly critical and controlling, and Diane begins to feel barraged and battered. When she is diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, Charles is initially there for her, but his attentiveness quickly vanishes and is replaced by withdrawal, anger, and unfathomable sadism. What Diane previously thought were just Charles’ controlling ways are replaced by clear pathologic narcissism and emotional abuse that turns venomous at the very hour of her greatest need. A memoir and a psychological love story that is at times tender and at times horrifying, Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a chronicle of one woman’s struggle to survive within–and ultimately break free of–a relationship with a man incapable of caring about anyone beyond himself.

 

 

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My Favorite . . . Romance Story — November 22, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Romance Story

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Waiting for Prince Harry by Aven Ellis

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

Wings of a Dove by Elaine Barbieri

 

What is your favorite Romance Story?

 

Fall Reading Challenge 2017 – September Courses (spotlight, giveaway)

 

Emma in the Night
written by Wendy Walker
published by St. Martin’s Press, 2017

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You can read my 4-star review here.

About the book – from Goodreads: From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

 

 

The Cottingley Secret
written by Hazel Gaynor
published by WIlliam Morrow Paperbacks, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: The author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.

One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?

 

Good Me Bad Me
written by Ali Land
published by Flatiron Books, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.

How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.

 

The Bad Dream Notebook
written by Linda Dahl
published by She Writes Press, 2017

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About the book – from Goodreads: John and Erica Mason-Grey are hard-working artists and loving parents–but when John dies, their teenage daughter Mona’s casual drug use spirals into heroin addiction. She and her mother soon begin an anguished game of hide-and-seek leading to countless arguments, arrests, thefts, rehabs, and relapse, a recurring nightmare that seems to have no end. Ultimately, it’s only when each of them finds a way to accept their new reality–Mona by taking charge of her own recovery, and Erica by focusing on her own vitality–that each experiences the unexpected joy and renewal that await those who decide to stop living in the bad dream of addiction. Unflinching about the ways the disease of addiction can torpedo a family yet leavened with dollops of humor, The Bad Dream Notebook will resonate with anyone who has lived through the agony of a loved one’s drug dependency.

 

 

 

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Boost It Tuesday! – November 21, 2017

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 Books.

 

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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Our featured author this week is Bridgitte Lesley! Please visit her Facebook page and give her an extra boost!

 

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




       
 

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Jaclyn’s Review: P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy

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written by Marc Levy
published by AmazonCrossing, 2017

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Did I enjoy this book? 
This book was slow, but I did eventually like it. Mia is a movie star whose husband is cheating on her. She escapes to visit a friend in Paris and uses the friend’s online dating profile to meet a new friend. Paul is a recluse author living in Paris. His friends try to convince him to socialize more and set up an online dating profile against his wishes. After the world’s most awkward blind date, Paul and Mia decide to continue their friendship. After a number of different mishaps, the two friends decide to try a romantic relationship instead.

This book is a cute romantic comedy. It’s got a different premise than a standard romance, and you are genuinely pulling for the characters throughout the story. The story was very well written. It’s obvious why this author is so popular.

 

Would I recommend it? Absolutely. This was a good summer read while I was on vacation.

 

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About the book – from Goodreads: From Marc Levy, the most-read French author alive today, comes a modern-day love story between a famous actress hiding in Paris and a bestselling writer lying to himself. They knew their friendship was going to be complicated, but love—and the City of Lights—just might find a way.

On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant.

Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.”

Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay “just friends.” A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?

 

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The Sunday Post – November 19, 2017

 

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

~this meme was inspired in part by ~ In My Mailbox~

It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

 
I feel like I say this every other week, but seriously, time is flying. I can’t believe we are past the halfway point in November. We had a busy week this week. It seemed busier than usual. We celebrated my youngest’s birthday yesterday. It was a wonderful party. She had a blast and loved her gifts. Now it’s time to prepare for Thanksgiving. I’m cooking again this year. I can’t wait for the stuffing. It’s my favorite dish! Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, what Thanksgiving dish are you looking forward to?
 
Last week at EFC:

 
This week at EFC:

  • Sunday: You’re reading it — The Sunday Post!!
  • Monday: TBD
  • Tuesday: Link up those Facebook pages for Boost It Tuesday!!
  • Wednesday: My Favorite . . . Romance Story. If you would to know more about this meme, check out Maureen’s Books.
  • Thursday: TBD
  • Friday: The Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
  • Saturday: TBD

 

Don’t forget to check out all of our current giveaways.

 

If you are in need of editing, proofreading, or promotional services, please visit EFC Services, LLC.

 

 

Chrissy
 

 

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October 2017 Subscription Boxes

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Hi, Everyone!

Here are our subscriptions from the month of October:

 

Uppercase

 

Owl Crate

 

 

Owl Crate Jr.

 

 

GeekGear – World of Wizardry

 


 

Sparkle Hustle Grow

 

 

What do you think of October’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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Book Blogger Hop – November 17 – 23, 2017

About the Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

This week’s question: 

If you had an author-only Thanksgiving party, who would you invite? (submitted by Kristin @Lukten av Trykksverte)

 

I would invite the authors I work with through EFC Services, LLC.

 

Who would you invite to your authors-only Thanksgiving party?

 

My Favorite . . . Fairytale — November 15, 2017

 

My Favorite . . . is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it, the world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive.

 

Each week I will post a new My Favorite . . . post about one subject and I’ll tell you all about it. And the best part? Everyone is welcome to join. The only thing you’ll have to do is sign up on the weekly post, link back to that post, and visit others.

 

This week’s Favorite is: Fairytale

 

Cinderella

The Wizard of Oz

 

Tangled (Rapunzel)

 

What is your favorite fairytale?

 
 

Gratitude Giveaway Hop 2017

 

Welcome to EFC’s stop on the Gratitude Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at BookHounds. Thank you all for following EFC!!!

 

 
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Be sure to check out the other stops on the hop!