Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bridal Girl by Meredith Schorr ~ My Thoughts #HeneryPress #NetGalley


Bridal Girl

Bridal Girl by Meredith Schorr
Series: Blogger Girl #3
Print and ebook, 267 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2018 by Henery Press

Sassy book blogger-turned-author, Kim Long, thought her life couldn’t get any pinker when she received a two-book publishing deal and a marriage proposal in the same night.

If only she could drown out the conflicting opinions of her overzealous bridal party.

If only everyone would adore her first book—or she’d take Nicholas’s advice and stop reading reviews.

If only Nicholas’s past would remain there rather than threaten their future.

The pressure is on and the clock is ticking. Will Kim ever write “The End” on her sophomore novel? And, will she and Nicholas make it down the aisle to say those two precious words: “I do?”

Put on your reading glasses, fill your champagne flute and prepare to laugh with (and sometimes at) Kim as she rewrites her happy ending until it’s worthy of five pink champagne flutes.


My thoughts about Bridal Girl ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line— 
Two stars: Fluffier than a bag of marshmallows. 

Dentists all over the world rejoice: A Blogger's Life might make your teeth fall out. Popular book blogger Kim Long's debut novel has about as much depth as a Kardashian sister.

Published one hour ago by Thirsty Reader

And so this book review starts the new chapter in the life of Kim Long—blogger, new novelist, and soon to be bride. I have loved Kim since I first met her in Blogger Girl and have watched her mature and grow as her life changes. 

Kim finds herself struggling with all the demands on her right now, the wedding that is not planning itself and the novel that is not coming along like she would like. And she's got deadlines for both! But she still has her wonderful, quirky group of friends who help ground her when she starts spiraling out of control and loses all confidence in herself and her relationship with her fiancé.

I just absolutely loved Bridal Girl, and adore this whole series. This is chick-lit at its best! And I can't help wondering if there will be more books coming, because in real life, the story doesn't end with a wedding. What da'y say, Meredith? 

I received an ARC of this book from the author via NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.


Books 1 & 2 in this fun series.
And aren't these covers just adorable? 

Blogger Girl (Blogger Girl, #1) Novelista Girl (Blogger Girl, #2)
You can read my thoughts here and here.
These novels can be read as a sequel or as a standalone.

About the Author

Meredith Schorr

A born and bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related e-mails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children's stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy, women's fiction, and contemporary young adult fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hard-working trademark paralegal and her still single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. 

Connect with Meredith

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April Kindle Deal! Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands ~ UK and Australia

Drawing Lessons is in the April Great Reads promotion in Australia and the UK from April 15 to May 15!

Grab it now for this fabulous price!!

"Simply gorgeous  5 stars
ByBella TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 February 2018
Format: Kindle Edition

Wow. What an astonishingly touching story! I love how poetically this author writes. There was so much heart, so much beauty in this story. From the saddest situation imaginable grew something truly divine. So refreshing to read something that managed to paint such colourful images without being overly descriptive, and so wonderful to read something that blended all different kinds of people of all ages so beautifully. An absolute triumph from Patricia Sands."

Drawing Lessons was the first book by Patrica Sands that I read and I loved it! 

You can read my thoughts here

Goodreads ~ The author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself…

Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back home in Toronto, she has been living with the devastating diagnosis of her husband’s dementia and the heartbreak of watching the man she has loved for decades slip away before her eyes. What does her future hold without Ben? Before her is a blank canvas.

Encouraged by her family to take some time for herself, she has traveled to Arles to set up her easel in the same fields of poppies and sunflowers that inspired Van Gogh. Gradually, she rediscovers the inner artist she abandoned long ago. Drawing strength from the warm companionship and gentle wisdom of her fellow artists at the retreat—as well as the vitality of guest lecturer Jacques de Villeneuve, an artist and a cowboy—Arianna searches her heart for permission to embrace the life in front of her and, like the sunflowers, once again face the light. 


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Monday, April 16, 2018

Release Day! Broken Wide by Susan Kaye Quinn

Happy Release Day!


 Broken Wide

Broken Wide by Susan Kaye Quinn
Series: Mindjack: Zeph #3
Print and ebook, 313 pages
Published April 16, 2018

All he wanted was peace; all he had was hope.

Zeph had spent half his life hiding what he was—keeping his mindjack powers away from dangerous men and running away from everyone he loved to keep them safe. Now that his life is finally coming together—his mom and sister are safe; the girl he loves in his arms—the world is falling apart. The mindreader backlash against jackers is growing daily. Jacker-bigot politicians are stoking fear and gaining power. And jackers on the Fronter’s Purity list are winding up dead on the streets outside Jackertown.

Even the Jacker Freedom Alliance is tearing itself apart.

All Zeph wants is a chance to build a life with Tessa—but even she is losing faith. If there’s no peace between jackers and readers, what future could they have? Then a protest goes terribly wrong, the president starts talk of a Jackertown siege, and a MINDWARE CEO races to develop a dangerous mind-blasting technology. It seems foolish to even hope for peace, but one thing becomes very clear—the only way to put the world back together is to bring down the powerful people breaking it apart.

The conclusion to the bestselling Mindjack: Zeph series, where daring to hope for peace could be the most radical—and dangerous—move of all.

MINDJACK SERIES—Check them out here on Goodreads!
Kira's Story 
Open Minds (Book 1)
Closed Hearts (Book 2)
Free Souls (Book 3)
Mindjack Short Story Collection, Novella Box Set (Book 4)

Zeph's Story
Locked Tight (Book 1)
Cracked Open (Book 2)
Broken Wide (Book 3)
The Locksmith (Book 4)


Congratulations Susan
on the release of book #6 in the Mindjack Series, 
Broken Wide!

I love this series!

About the author 

Susan Kaye Quinn is a rocket scientist turned speculative fiction author who now uses her PhD to invent cool stuff in books. Her works range from young adult science fiction to adult future-noir, with side trips into steampunk and middle grade fantasy. Her bestselling novels and short stories have been optioned for Virtual Reality, translated into German, and featured in several anthologies.

She writes full-time from Chicago, inventing mind powers and dreaming of the Singularity.

Chat with her about our coming robot overlords on Facebook.

Find all of Susan's books on Amazon

Connect with Susan 

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? April 16, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!


Oh my gosh! We had a blizzard this past weekend. The wind was unbelievable! And the snow just wouldn't stop. Everything in pretty much the whole state (South Dakota) was closed down. We even had a snow plow/sand truck stuck in front of our house. How does that happen?

Both interstates in the state were closed for most of Friday and all day Saturday. And we're supposed to get more snow in the middle of the week through the weekend. I'm not sure if our trip to the Black Hills is going to happen now. So bummed! The snow needs to stop.

Here are a couple of pictures I took on Saturday to capture the craziness of the weekend. 

This is our front window with a plant in front of it. The snow was stuck to the window when we got up Saturday morning. I thought this made a very interesting picture. 

This is out the back door on Sunday morning. That's the door to the garage. We'll be doing some digging out. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a good week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading

Broken Wide (Mindjack: Zeph #3)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
I love  this series and love that I'm reading another Mindjack story.

The Forgotten Ones
by Steena Holmes

What I recently finished

Bridal Girl (Blogger Girl #3)
by Meredith Schorr
I love this series. Bridal Girl comes out next week. I'll be posting my thoughts tomorrow.

Other People's Houses
by Abbi Waxman
You can read my thoughts here.

What I am going to read next

Every Single Secret
by Emily Carpenter
So excited to start this one!

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book Spotlight Giveaway! Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.


Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!


Star Wars: Bloodline

Star Wars: Bloodline (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel) by Claudia Gray
Paperback, 409 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Arrow 

Witness the birth of the Resistance

When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.

Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.

As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option. For at the edges of the galaxy, a mysterious threat is growing...


About the author

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is not my real name. I didn't choose a pseudonym because my real name is unpleasant (it isn't), because I'd always dreamed of calling myself this (I haven't) or even because I'm hiding from the remnants of that international diamond-smuggling cartel I smashed in 2003 (Interpol has taken care of them). In short, I took a pseudonym for no real reason whatsoever. Sometimes this is actually the best reason to do things.

I live in New Orleans. So far, in life, I've been a disc jockey, a lawyer, a journalist and an extremely bad waitress, just to name a few. I especially like to spend time traveling, hiking, reading and listening to music. More than anything else, I enjoy writing. ~ Goodreads

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman ~ My Thoughts


Other People's Houses

Other People's Houses by Abbi Waxman
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin 

And now the author of The Garden of Small Beginnings returns with a hilarious and poignant new novel about four families, their neighborhood carpool, and the affair that changes everything.

At any given moment in other people's houses, you can find...repressed hopes and dreams...moments of unexpected joy...someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband...

*record scratch*

As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors' private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton's wife is mysteriously missing, and now this...

After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that's a notion easier said than done when Anne's husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families--and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage.


My thoughts about Other People's Houses ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"It's amazing how many children you could fit in a minivan, if you tessellated carefully and maintained only the most basic level of safety."

Other People's Houses gives us a look at a neighborhood where people sort of know each other and sort of know what is going on in those other people's lives. But as we get a glimpse of the insides of those other people's houses, we see that things are not what they seem to be or what we thought they were.

The story is mainly about the people who live in four houses, the adults as well as all of the children. At first, it seemed like a lot of characters to keep straight, but I quickly got to know them and I soon felt like I was just another neighbor on that street, finding out their secrets and lies.

This was a fascinating, sometimes hilarious, look at friends and acquaintances and what is perceived to be going on within the four walls of their houses. And how far can friends go before that friendship breaks? I thoroughly enjoyed Other People's Houses and would recommend it to those who like taking a look at the complexity of relationships or just want a fun book to get lost in.

I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.


About the Author

Abbi Waxman

Abbi Waxman was born in England in 1970, the oldest child of two copywriters who never should have been together in the first place. Once her father ran off to buy cigarettes and never came back, her mother began a highly successful career writing crime fiction. She encouraged Abbi and her sister Emily to read anything and everything they could pull down from the shelves, and they did. Naturally lazy and disinclined to dress up, Abbi went into advertising, working as a copywriter and then a creative director at various advertising agencies in London and New York. Clients ranged from big and traditional, (AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, American Express, Unilever, Mercedes-Benz) to big and morally corrupt (R. J. Reynolds) to big and larcenous (Enron). Eventually she quit advertising, had three kids and started writing books, TV shows and screenplays, largely in order to get a moment’s peace.

Abbi lives in Los Angeles with her husband, three kids, three dogs, three cats, a gecko, two mice and six chickens. Every one of these additions made sense at the time, it’s only in retrospect that it seems foolhardy.

Feel free to drop her a line, she readily welcomes any excuse to stop working and do something else.

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