Week of Oct. 21/2019

Book Review:

The Institute

By Stephen King

Once or twice a year I find myself reading a book by this Stephen King fellow.  I’m starting to think that this guy might be able to quit his day job and make a go of it as a full-time author.

Some people just won’t have the patience for a book like this, I love the involved, detailed world building that King embellishes his stories with. I want to take my time and embed myself within his stories.

*Read my full review...

​​​ New Release  &  Review:

   Twice in a Blue Moon

    By Christina Lauren   

There’s no denying that

whenever this writing duo

has a new book coming out,

it goes to the top of my

must-read list.  When I

need a book to make me

smile, laugh, or just to feel

good, their books hit the

mark.  When it was

mentioned that this book

was going to be a bit

different from their

previous work, my curiosity

was piqued.  While they are

known for their witty

characters and laugh-out-

loud banter, I was intrigued

to go on a different journey and see a new side to this fab duo.

*Read my full review.. 

Fall Reading!​​​​​​​​​​ 

This is the perfect season to get cozy and  fall  into a good book!  These are just a few that are topping my fall reading list.  Of course, I am a mood reader, so my lists are always subject to change, and since we are heading into the Halloween season, I may just have to add a creepy read to my list!

- Twice in a Blue Moon  - By Christina Lauren

- Twenty-One Truths About Love  - By Matthew 


- Perfectly Adequate  - By Jewel E. Ann

- Incomplete  - By L.A Fiore & Anthony Dwayne

- Skin (A 44 Chapters Novel)  - By B.B. Easton ->It's getting turned into a Netflix series!

- Calico Descending  - By Keri Lake

- Husband Material  - By Emily Belden

- Strange the Dreamer  - By Laini Taylor ->A strong recommendation from my blogging partner!

- Regretting You  - By Colleen Hoover

- Where the Crawdads Sing  - By Delia Owens


This Week's New Releases!

- Half Truths (Secret Society #1)  – By Claire Contreras 

You’ve heard of these groups – the secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited into, the ones outsiders speculate about for centuries – I’m the second in my family invited to attend, but to them, I’m fresh meat. New blood. New money, too.
They think they’ll elbow past me, that I’m here for their amusement, for them to walk all over, they’ll find out soon enough that I’m not...

Wanderlove  – By Rachel Blaufeld

Sick of living under her dad’s rules, Emerson Bender bolts when she’s eighteen. On her own for the first time, she heads to the only place her mom ever lived—New York City—desperate to find the woman who dropped her off on her dad’s doorstep.
Content to spend the rest of his life in Small Town, Pennsylvania, Price Barnes is plucked out of his idyllic life by his estranged father. Missing his mom and stepfather, he’s dropped in New York City to attend college and live an all-expenses paid lifestyle. Cushy, right? But not the life he wanted.
She’s looking to fill a hole in her heart, and he’s looking to forget the man who disrupted his life. Together, they’re both wandering, looking for acceptance and hoping to forget the rejection.

-The Royal Rogue  - By Karina Halle

Veiled Vixen  – By KC Cross (a.k.a. J.A. Huss) – Sci-Fi Alien romance! 

- Just Ten Seconds  - By Jeannine Colette

That's all it took for my life to change forever.
I left my posh life in Manhattan and escaped to the Hudson Valley in hopes of a fresh start. It wasn't until I happened upon a bereavement group when I finally found a place I felt understood. I told them my husband was dead when, really, I was the one who had died inside. It was also where I saw the smoldering gaze of Dean Delgado, the single father whom I'd helped just days before.
Just Ten Seconds
That's all he wishes he had with his late wife.
Despite Dean's widowed status, he has a robust thirst for life. He's a protector and a giver. A man who fixes things with his hands, is devoted to his child, and wants to spend his days with me. I try to avoid him, knowing a woman with my past has no business being in this man's life. With every run-in, he makes me laugh. With every touch, he ignites me. And with every second, he makes me feel like myself again.
Just Ten Seconds
That's all it took for me to fall in love with Dean Delgado.
I'm in too deep and my secrets are about to be exposed. I only hope he can forgive me for the lies I never meant to tell.

Releasing on October 22nd!

- Twice in a Blue Moon  – By Christina Lauren - Read my review.

Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.
During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

The House of Brides  – By Jane Cockram

A psychological suspense in which a young woman whose life is in tatters flees to the safety of a family estate in England, but instead of comfort finds chilling secrets and lies.

Beautifully Broken Spirit  – By Catherine Cowles 

Moonlighter (The Company #1)  – By Sarina Bowen 

​I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.
Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.
But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.
So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?
It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Happy Trail (Park Ranger #1)  – By Daisy Prescott

Breathless with Her (Less Than #1)  – By Carrie Ann Ryan 

Heartsong (Green Creek #3)  – By T.J. Klune 

Ghoster  – By Jason Arnopp - Horror/Thriller!

​Kate Collins has been ghosted.
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.
Except for his mobile phone.
Kate knows she shouldn't hack into Scott's phone. She shouldn't look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can't quite help herself.
That's when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn't recognize. Scratch marks on the walls that she can't explain. And the growing feeling that she's being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment - she's not going anywhere until she's discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott's digital history the more Kate realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.

A Touch of Dark (Painted Sin #1)  – By Lana Sky

Before You  – By Marni Mann

It was supposed to be a typical work trip. New York to San Francisco, window seat, exit row. Maybe a mimosa.
Then, seat 14B sat down. When our eyes met, the flight became anything but routine.
I could pinpoint the moments in my life where everything changed forever.
Meeting Jared on that flight was first.
Falling in love with him was second.
Discovering the secrets he kept was third.
Putting my broken self back together and forgetting what I learned would be difficult. Forgiving Jared would be impossible.
He said, before me, nothing mattered. But after him, nothing would ever be the same.

Love in Due Time (Green Valley Library #1)  – By L.B. Dunbar – A librarian and a biker! 

Knox: A Chicago Blaze Hockey Romance  – By Brenda Rothert 

London Royal (London Royal Duet #1)  – By Nana Malone 

Kiss Me Again  – By Emma Hart - Romantic comedy!

Releasing Later This Week!

- October 24The Sinclair Heir (The Feud Series #2)  – By Eliot Scott - The continuation of the story that began in  The Wallace Girl.

- October 25Devastated (Anger Management #1)  – By R.L. Mathewson 

​​​​​​​Happy Reading! ​​

Imaginary Friend

​By Stephen Chbosky


​By L.A. Fiore

& Anthony Dwayne

Week of Oct. 21/2019 

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October - 2019

Book Review:
By Haruki Murakami

1Q84  is an intimidating read to me.  The hardcover is listed at 925 pages, I opted for the 46 hours and 45-minute Audible version.

Murakami took me 35 years into the past and half a world away.  It was a mesmerizing journey.

There was a lot that I loved about  1Q84: the author’s patience, the careful world-building, the depth of characters. 

*Read my full review...

September - 2019

Fall Reading!

There's nothing better than curling up with a good book!  I've got some great reading planned for the fall months.  Here are a few that are topping my list.

The Institute  - By Stephen King
Chokehold  - By David Moody
The Lost Spear  - By N.J. Croft
36 Righteous Men  - By Steven Pressfield
We Sold Our Souls  - By Grady Hendrix
This Book is Full of Spiders  - By David Wong
The Testaments  - By Margaret Atwood
The Twelve  - By Justin Cronin
The Rise of Magicks  - By Nora Roberts
Bubba Ho-Tep  - By Joe R. Lansdale

Book Review:
By Chuck Wendig

I had a love/hate relationship with Chuck Wendig’s  Wanderers.

I was first drawn into Wanderers  by the fabulous synopsis.  There is nothing I love more than a new unique twist on any type of apocalypse, and it looked like Chuck Wendig had just the thing for me.

I loved  Wanderers. It is a fantastic story, filled with incredible characters.

*Read my review...

Book Review:
Swan Song
By Robert R. McCammon

There are many authors who can tell a good story, who are creative and can capture my attention.  But then there are those who create worlds that I can disappear into, and for a brief time, I can make this world a part of my life.  This is what Robert McCammon did for me with  Swan Song.

​*Read my review...

Summer - 2019

Book Review:
Cannibal Nuns from Outer Space!
By Duncan P. Bradshaw

When it comes to creativity, corny one-liners and base humor, Duncan P. Bradshaw has it in spades.

I loved the concept of Cannibal Nuns from Outer Space!  It’s a whole lot of fun to read Bradshaw’s synopses, they are always a bit tongue-in-cheek and this one goes above and beyond.  

*Read my review...

Book Review:
By Nicole Lundrigan

This is my second go-around with Nicole Lundrigan and I continue to be impressed.  She has a unique approach to her subject matter.  Hideaway kicks off with a “you can’t do that,” but quickly escalates to a “what the *@#* do you think you’re doing?!”

Hideaway is told from two points of view:  Rowan and his little sister, Maisy; the two unfortunate children of Gloria and Telly Janes.  

*Read my review...

Book Review:
The Girl Without Skin
By Mads Peder Nordbo

I’m always looking for new-to-me Nordic Noir. Greenland, hmm…now that’s different, a little bit New World, yet still under the dominion of Denmark.  This could be something with a new twist.  Toss in a mummified Viking corpse – sign me up!

The Girl Without Skin  was not what I expected or hoped for.  

*Read my review...

June 21st, 2019

Summer Reading

Now that summer is officially here, it seems like a perfect time to plan out some of my summer reading.  There are some light and heavy topics, but I hope that all of them hit the spot!

1- Into the Water  - By Paula Hawkins

2- Cannibal Nuns from Outer Space  - By Duncan Bradshaw

3- Hideaway  - By Nicole Lundrigan

4- 'Salem's Lot  - By Stephen King

5 - Fool  - By Christopher Moore

June 11th, 2019

Book Review:
Hope for the Wicked
By Edward Lorn

I’ve been reading a lot of traditionally published books lately, you know the ones, with a team of editors, proofreaders, and marketing experts behind them.  More often than not they’re good books, while at the same time, they can be a little vanilla.  One of the so-called experts decides you can’t do this or that, someone might get offended, or worse yet, triggered.  

*Read my review...

June 4th, 2019

New Release & Review:
Another Life
By Robert Haller

The famous “coming of age” story; you could say that it’s been done to death, but with each generation of authors there is always something fresh and new to the genre: the era, the locale, the gender of the protagonist or protagonists, as the case may be.

*Read my review...

May 31st, 2019

Weekend  Audiobook Recommendations!

Sci-Fi  - Hyperion  - By Dan Simmons - This book was excellent!  I'm already looking forward to the next one in this series.  Read my review.

Thriller - Cemetery Road  - By Greg Iles- Read my review.

Horror/Dystopian - All Roads End Here  - By David Moody - If you like dark stories that take you where you might not want/expect to go, read /listen to this author's books! - Read my review.

May 24th, 2019

Long Weekend Reading!

If you're looking for a book to read over the weekend, I have a few recommendations for you.

-Horror - N0S4A2  - By Joe Hill - This book is going to be on the small screen (AMC) in June, but we all know that

the book is always better!  Read my review.

Thriller - The Homecoming  - By Andrew Pyper - Read my review.

Mythology/Historical - Circe  - By Madeline Miller - Read my review.

A good laugh - Lamb  - By Christopher Moore - Read my review.

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