Tuesday, October 20, 2020

10.20.2020 AFTER EVERYTHING By Andrea Nourse #PUBDAY

Paperback : 270 pages
Publisher : Andrea Nourse

All Abby Rhodes wants is a chance to pursue her songwriting dreams. 

When she leaves her husband on Christmas Eve and puts their Missouri hometown in her rearview mirror, she heads straight to Nashville and onto the doorstep of her estranged father.But in typical Abby fashion, nothing goes as planned.Unemployed and alone, Abby lands a job waiting tables at her neighborhood dive bar. 

There she meets a local singer-songwriter with steel-grey eyes and a reputation that threatens to unlock Abby's small-town innocence.

Just as Nashville starts to feel like home, her past comes crashing back in the form of her soon-to-be ex-husband, forcing her to confront the truth behind her midnight escape.

If Abby can't reconcile her history with her future, she might lose out on her dreams and her second chance at finding love.

REVIEW:


After Everything by Andrea Nourse was one of my most anticipated reads this summer. ⁣

After Everything was a beautifully written book full of heart, real and relatable characters, and a book that will immerse you into the story and give you all the feels. The writing instantly pulled me right in and just from the few pages, I developed a wonderful connection with the main character, Abby Rhodes. ⁣

Abby - a woman who was down in her luck, trying to make a fresh start after leaving her husband and her high school sweetheart, while also losing her corporate job in marketing. This time, she wants to start anew by following her heart, her life-long dream, and her passion of becoming a song writer. ⁣

I felt all the raw emotions as Abby develops and forms new relationships, and mend past ones. This was a great story about starting over, following your dreams, and mending family relationships. I love a great story about people who are brave. Brave to make mistakes. Brave to follow life’s passions. Brave to forgive and be forgiven. Brave to make a change.⁣

This was a book I really loved! Thank you Andrea for this amazing novel and sharing with us Abby’s story. ⁣



AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:




Andrea is the author of Life is but a Dream, Happily Ever Never, and Lie Baby Lie.

Andrea currently lives in Nashville with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Jackson and Annabeth. She has a BS in Mass Communication from MTSU and an MBA from the University of Memphis.

Follow Andrea on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook at @andreanourse!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

10/18/2020 FORESHADOW - Authors: Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma - ALGONQUIN YR

 





Paperback : 352 pages
Publisher : Algonquin Young Readers (October 20, 2020)
Reading level : 14 - 18 years

I have an amazing book to feature and review today that is releasing on 10.20.2020 by Authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma. I have been looking forward to this amazing book and so grateful to be one of the early readers. 

Thirteen Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X. R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X. R. Pan.

This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults.


REVIEW:

FORESHADOW is an amazing collection of well curated short stories by talents writing YA short stories today. 

Each story is introduced by well known talents and some of my favorite YA authors such as Adam Silvera, Melissa Albert, Jason Reynolds, Roshani Chokshi, Sabaa Tahir, and Nicola Yoon to name a few. 

This book is so beautifully presented for those who read and write YA. The expert advise with the author notes following each story is some of the most valuable to me as a reader, and a reviewer. Each of the stories also highlight underrepresented voices and written by #ownvoice authors as well. 

Editors Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma further digs deep into the story line and provide expert advise. An example is the discussion on characterization and how to connect readers to the story and characters especially in short stories. Some other topics covered are the characters' voice, suspension of disbelief, emotional resonance and more.

I find that this book is amazing for our young readers to inspire them to create and write their stories from their own experiences and perspectives. I find that the expert advise is invaluable for writers and readers, as well as, a great resource for literary reviewers. Foreshadow was everything I expected and I highly recommend this amazing book. 

About the Authors







Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at exrpan.com, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.


Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.

Monday, October 12, 2020

10/12/2020 THE PARIS AFFAIR

 


The Paris Affair by Susanne Dunlap

Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 244 pages

Series: Theresa Schurmann Mystery, Book 3
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction


Apparently, false rumors about Marie Antoinette are all the fashion in 1783.

Marie Antoinette is facing hostility from the populace, inflamed by rumors circulated in pamphlets throughout Paris. The rumors claim that she has dozens of lovers, drinks the blood of poor people, holds satanic masses at Versailles, and more, when nothing could be further from the truth. On the advice of the handsome, enigmatic Captain von Bauer, Joseph II--emperor of Austria and Marie Antoinette's brother--decides that mystery-solving violinist Theresa Schurman is the ideal candidate for a spy to discover the source of these vile slanders.

Theresa is only too glad to get away from Vienna for a while, unwilling to commit herself yet to marrying Zoltan--a Hungarian baron she met when she was fifteen--and running out of reasons to postpone her decision. She is eager, too, to explore a new musical scene and broaden her artistic education. But when the captain confounds her expectations and places her as a bookkeeper in the establishment of Rose Bertin, milliner to the queen, she begins to lose hope that she will ever achieve her musical aims--or the emperor's goal of exposing the pamphleteers.

A chance encounter with the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an extraordinary black violinist and expert swordsman, sets Theresa on the path to unraveling the mystery. But will the chevalier's patron, the powerful duc de Chartres, confound her efforts and put her--and the captain's--lives in danger?

Be prepared for music, mystery, love, and murder in this riveting tale of pre-revolutionary Paris.

"The settings and situations are enchanting and varied; Dunlap is adept at on-the-fly description and at lacing intrigue with romance...Dunlap proves an arresting tour guide through this rich milieu, summoning up the past without slowing down the storytelling. Author and protagonist alike boast an epigrammatic wit. The touch is light, but the scenery and chatter are sumptuous...Theresa stands as a fascinating protagonist, a woman whose nimble navigation of society's expectations and several burgeoning romances are exciting and inspiring, even more so than the sleuthing that drives the novel's plot. The people she encounters are likewise memorable, complex, and surprising, especially the chevalier...This sparkling historical mystery conjures up the salons, fashion, and gossip of Marie Antoinette's Paris, with a winning emphasis on the power of music and the roles that society allowed women." - The BookLife Prize


REVIEW:

The Paris Affair is the third installment in Susanne Dunlap's Historical Fiction mystery featuring Theresa Schurman, a young violinist from Austria set in 1783. In the Paris Affair, Theresa is asked by Emperor Joseph II from Vienna, Marie Antoinette's brother, to go to Paris, to discover who is circulating false rumors against his sister. Theresa does not hesitate to go to Paris - this may help her musical career and even work alongside the ever so handsome, Captain von Bauer. 

I really enjoy Dunlap's books and have read her previous novels. Dunlap writes an immersive story that is rich in detail, to transport her readers to the time period - using all our senses to see Paris, hear the music and sounds of the blustering city, and smells of the city's delights. This one was a short book but packed with so much drama and mystery that I enjoyed. 

I highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans who enjoy a fantastic location of Marie Antoinette's Paris, full of intrigue, mystery, music and some romance. 



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About the Author


Susanne Dunlap is the author of nine works of historical fiction. A graduate of Smith College with a PhD in Music History from Yale University, Susanne grew up in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Brooklyn and Northampton, MA. She now lives in Northampton with her long-time partner, Charles, has two grown daughters, three granddaughters, a grandson, a stepson and a stepdaughter, five step-grandsons and one step-granddaughter—that's a total of four children and eleven grandchildren!

In her spare time she cycles in the beautiful Pioneer Valley.

For more information, please visit Susanne Dunlap's website. You can follow author Susanne Dunlap on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, and BookBub.

Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, September 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

Thursday, October 1
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Friday, October 2
Feature at I'm Into Books
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Monday, October 5
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Tuesday, October 6
Review at YA, It's Lit

Wednesday, October 7
Review at Amy's Booket List
Review at Books and Zebras

Thursday, October 8
Excerpt at Turn The Page

Friday, October 9
Review & Excerpt at Bookworlder

Sunday, October 11
Review at Bitch Bookshelf

Monday, October 12
Review at Nursebookie

Tuesday, October 13
Review at Rajiv's Reviews

Wednesday, October 14
Review at Book Bustle

Thursday, October 15
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 16
Review at Passages to the Past
Guest Post at The Intrepid Reader

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The Paris Affair

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

9/30/2020 WHAT IF? By Shari Low - BOLDWOOD BOOKS


Publication Date : September 29, 2020
Print Length : 355 pages
Word Wise : Enabled
Publisher : Boldwood Books; Large type / Large print Edition





What If?


The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.

1999.
Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye' to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her 'happy ever after', Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.

Purchase Link - http://buff.ly/35NYMkW

REVIEW:


'What If?' is a 20th anniversary reprint of Shari Low's novel. I found this to be fun, uplifting and light read tat was truly enjoyable. This 90's romance was reminiscent of the days before the explosion of social media, smart phones, and pre-Netflix and chill, and I loved the nostalgic feeling reading this book brought to my life.


What If is such a cute story about 30 something Carly Cooper who is ready to make a change in her life. To move forward and learn from her past mistakes, she quits her job and tracks her exes in the far corners of the world. Full of hilarious and crazy moments, this was exactly what I need to cure my pandemic blues and the travel bug that had been pestering in me.


Shari Low is the queen of hilarious and heartwarming romcoms that is smart, witty, and swoon worthy. This re-release of her debut novel really proves her brilliance and how her stories truly stands the test of time. I recommend this amazing and fun escape read to a new generation of modern readers that will find Shari Low's brilliance relevant and timeless.


Author Bio – 





Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

9/29/2020 THE ANCESTOR By Lee Matthew Goldberg

 



Print Length : 372 pages
ASIN : B08BLWL48C
Language: : English
Publisher : All Due Respect, an imprint of Down & Out Books (August 21, 2020)
Publication Date : August 21, 2020


A man wakes up in present-day Alaskan wilderness with no idea who he is, nothing on him save an empty journal with the date 1898 and a mirror. He sees another man hunting nearby, astounded that they look exactly alike except for his own beard. After following this other man home, he witnesses a wife and child that brings forth a rush of memories of his own wife and child, except he’s certain they do not exist in modern times—but from his life in the late 1800s.

After recalling his name is Wyatt, he worms his way into his doppelganger Travis Barlow’s life. Memories become unearthed the more time he spends, making him believe that he’d been frozen after coming to Alaska during the Gold Rush and that Travis is his great-great grandson. Wyatt is certain gold still exists in the area and finding it with Travis will ingratiate himself to the family, especially with Travis’s wife Callie, once Wyatt falls in love. This turns into a dangerous obsession affecting the Barlows and everyone in their small town, since Wyatt can’t be tamed until he also discovers the meaning of why he was able to be preserved on ice for over a century.

A meditation on love lost and unfulfilled dreams, The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner in present day Alaska and a historical adventure about the perilous Gold Rush expeditions where prospectors left behind their lives for the promise of hope and a better future.

The question remains whether it was all worth the sacrifice…



Praise for THE ANCESTOR:

"Lee Matthew Goldberg is an animal--there is no other way to say it. His prose is heavyweight ambitious, as visceral as a sweaty-toothed dog at your throat. He evokes Robert Louis Stevenson as much as he does a modern thriller novelist. And I'll be honest: I expected a crime novel, but I got a spell-binding epic, an epistolary revelation, a tale as rich as a paying gold mine. --Matt Phillips, author of Countdown and Know Me from Smoke

"In The Ancestor, Lee Matthew Goldberg masterfully weaves together a story involving family and violence set against the backdrop of an unforgiving Alaska of both past and present." --Andrew Davie, author of Pavement and Ouroboros

"From the icy opening battle of man vs. wolf, you feel yourself in the hands of a master storyteller and that feeling never lets up." --SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Paper Son

"This thrilling novel is rich in descriptions of the vast, snowy, and deadly wilderness of Alaska; it ably captures the type of person who chases gold." --Foreword Reviews

"A story that blends the familiar and the supernatural in a manner that calls Stephen King's work to mind. That said, Goldberg's book possesses a flavor all its own--a distinctive mélange of the sincere and the strange." --Kirkus Reviews

"Beautifully written, and capturing the unforgiving grit of Gold Rush Alaska, Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Ancestor is a thrilling page-turner with an ache in its heart. I'm a huge fan." --Roz Nay, author of Hurry Home and Our Little Secret

"A suspenseful historical thriller." --Indie Reader

"One of the year's best thrillers. Blake Crouch fans will love Goldberg's Alaskan opus." --BestThrillers.com

REVIEW:

What a fascinating premise which I loved! The writing was suspenseful and thrilling, always kept you wanting more and more. Goldberg’s writing was immersive with characters that draws you in to the story - lots of drama and intense scenes - a truly atmospheric read I enjoyed. This was a truly creative plot that will hook you right from the start. I loved it!


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT:





Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of THE DESIRE CARD, SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin's Press. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The second novel in The Desire Card series, PREY NO MORE, is forthcoming. THE ANCESTOR will be out from All Due Respect books in 2020 along with a reissue of his debut novel. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG

His favorite authors are classic writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Emily Bronte, W. Somerset Maugham and Raymond Chandler. For modern authors, he's been influenced by Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Denis Johnson, John Irving, and Paul Auster.

Monday, September 28, 2020

9/29/2020 FAR FROM NORMAL BY BECKY WALLACE

 



Hi everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the Bookstagram & Creative Blog Tour for Far From Normal by Becky Wallace! 

From author Becky Wallace comes a Devil Wears Prada-inspired YA romance, in which “normal girl” Maddie must repair the image of Major League Soccer’s bad boy to ace her internship. Far from Normal releases on September 22nd, 2020 from Page Street Publishing!

Title: Far From Normal

Author: Becky Wallace

Publisher: Page Street Publishing

Publishing Date: September 22nd, 2020
Genres: YA Contemporary

Purchase a copy: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | Book Depository

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Maddie McPherson is sick of Normal—both her hometown of Normal, Illinois and being the ‘normal’ sibling. But when she lands a summer internship with a sports marketing firm, she finally has a chance to crawl out of her genius brother’s shadow. Not to mention, a glowing letter of recommendation could land her the scholarship she needs to get into her dream college.



But Maddie’s nickname is “Calamaddie” for a reason, and when the company assigns her to work with nineteen-year-old MLS star Gabriel Fortuna—who’s famous for crashing a Maserati after flubbing Italy’s World Cup hopes—she wonders if she’s set herself up for another embarrassment.



She takes the brooding soccer star to his appointments, and it’s going well—a bit too well. The more time they spend together, the more Maddie wonders if Gabriel’s lack of catastrophe has more to do with his flirtations than her abilities. Falling for a footballer is exactly how “Calamaddie” would botch this internship. But with the firm calling her a miracle worker for keeping Gabriel out of the tabloids, is her heart worth risking?



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Thoughts/Review

Far From Normal is a fantastic read I loved for the relatable characters I enjoyed reading about, the laugh out loud moments, and that perfect dialogue and banter that just had my sides aching.

Maddie is a complete mess and your heart will just endear to her.

Gabe is a bad boy heartthrob who will steal your heart.

The story had great pacing and grabbed me right from the first chapter. Far from Normal is a fun, quick read to swoon over with all the feels.

About Becky Wallace:





In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything besides princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she's been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own, real-life prince charming. They have four munchkins and live in a happy little town outside Houston, Texas.

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Head over to my Instagram account where you can enter the tour-wide giveaway to win a hardcover copy of Far From Normal by Becky Wallace! Open internationally.

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September 30
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Friday, September 25, 2020

9.25.2020 STUCK ON YOU By: Portia Macintosh BOLDWOOD BOOKS

 




Stuck On You 

Could a post-it note really lead to love...?

Sadie doesn't have time for finding love. She's too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she's not arranging exhibitions, she's organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they've never actually met...

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she's been looking for all along?

The brand new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald, Mhairi McFarlane and Zara Stoneley.

Purchase Link - buff.ly/3f9Yy8M


REVIEW;

Portia Macintosh is a brilliant writer that left me in such a great mood days after reading this book which I could not put down. I was swooning, laughing and enjoying this fun read. 

Stuck On You was not only a heartwarming, fun, sexy, and a romantic read, but it was also so adorable and so creative. Macintosh wrote such amazing characters in this story - I loved each one of them from Sadie to Adam and Damien, their meet cute through post-it notes, and the whole cast of characters - they were absolutely endearing and so enjoyable to read. This book was so well written and the plot so amazing. 

This book had me longing for a British Christmas holiday which was a great escape from the heat and fires here in California. 

I highly recommend this book for a fabulous rom-com with a fun twist you will love and swoon over.



Author Bio –



Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It's Not You, It's Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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