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Fall is bringing some great

new releases our way!  It's a

great time of year to curl up

with a book.



       Book  Review:

            Heart Bones

      By Colleen Hoover


Heart Bones is full of heart:

heartache, heartbreak, and

plenty of moments that made

my heart beat faster.  With

intriguing characters that I

connected to immediately

and a unique storyline that

kept me invested throughout,

this is exactly the kind of

story that I’ve come to

expect from Colleen Hoover.


*Read my full review...




   New Releases!



- The One That Got Away  – By Karina Halle 

Ruby Turner was never meant to be mine.
When I first met her she was a fresh, young American sports journalist trying to find her footing in a new life abroad. She was the one interviewing me for an article, yet I wanted to know more about her. She captivated me.
But she went home with Marco that night.
My agent.
My brother.
And I did what I could to pretend I was fine with it. After all, I’m Luciano Ribeiro. As the captain of Real Madrid, and Portugal’s National Team, it’s my job to be cool, calm, and collected, not easily rattled.
Only what I felt for Ruby over time, shook me to my very core. It made me do things I never imagined I would do.
It started with a stolen kiss in the middle of the night.
It led to a passionate tryst.
It created a burden of guilt that I had to carry, as Ruby came in and out of my life until she left for good, leaving her mark on me.
Now, seven years later, she’s back.
She was the one that got away.
I don’t think I’ll let her go this time.
But I might not have a choice.
Because my heart still belongs to her.
And her heart might belong to my brother.


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When the Night is Over (The Blackbird Series #1)  – By Lily Foster 


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All the Missing Pieces  – By Julianna Keyes – Romantic suspense! 

Reese Carlisle hates her life.
Three years after her father’s arrest for one of the largest embezzlement schemes in history, twenty million dollars is still missing, and the world believes she knows where it is.
Two years after her brother’s death, they still think she killed him.
One year later, she’s still hiding.
When the loneliness is too much, she seeks out strangers for one dark night, no questions asked. She makes up a name, puts on a disguise, and tries to forget.
One night she meets a new man. She tells him her name is Denise, she’s a dental assistant, and she loves dogs. He tells her she’s smart, she’s pretty, she’s funny. Things she hasn’t heard in too long.
Things that are too good to be true…


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Falling Into You  – By A.L. Jackson – Standalone. Rock star romance! 

Richard Ramsey is the guitarist for the world's hottest new band. Gifted. Charismatic. Hot as sin.
Lend your ear, and he'll steal your heart. Nah, you can't have his considering he left it in his hometown years ago.
He knows better than going back. But it's his younger sister's wedding, and there's no way he can say no to that.
He should have known she would be there, invading his senses and making him thirst and hunger for what he wants most.
Violet Marin hates him for what he's done. He left her empty-handed with their wreckage strewn all around. She's picked up the pieces and is living her life the best way that she can.
But their connection is fierce. Their attraction unending. It only takes one glance for their worlds to collide. One touch to set them on fire.
But she doesn't know the dark secrets he keeps. If he had understood the true price of fame, he would have known he'd sold his soul and this debt is something he cannot repay.
Letting her go is impossible, but will loving her cost it all?


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The Devil’s Crown: Part Two  – By Monica James - Dark romance!



Releasing on September 22nd!



​- ​Well Played  – By Jen DeLuca 

Stacey is jolted when her friends Simon and Emily get engaged. She knew she was putting her life on hold when she stayed in Willow Creek to care for her sick mother, but it's been years now, and even though Stacey loves spending her summers pouring drinks and flirting with patrons at the local Renaissance Faire, she wants more out of life. Stacey vows to have her life figured out by the time her friends get hitched at Faire next summer. Maybe she'll even find The One. 
When Stacey imagined "The One," it never occurred to her that her summertime Faire fling, Dex MacLean, might fit the bill. While Dex is easy on the eyes onstage with his band The Dueling Kilts, Stacey has never felt an emotional connection with him. So when she receives a tender email from the typically monosyllabic hunk, she's not sure what to make of it. 
Faire returns to Willow Creek, and Stacey comes face-to-face with the man with whom she’s exchanged hundreds of online messages over the past nine months. To Stacey's shock, it isn't Dex—she's been falling in love with a man she barely knows.


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God of Monsters (Juniper Unraveling #4)  – By Keri Lake – The series finale!

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Tools of Engagement  – By Tessa Bailey

Hair, makeup, clothing, decor... everything in Bethany Castle's world is organized, planned, and styled to perfection. Which is why the homes she designs for her family's real estate business are the most coveted in town. The only thing not perfect? Her track record with men. She's on a dating hiatus and after helping her friends achieve their dreams, Bethany finally has time to focus on her own: flip a house, from framework to furnishings, all by herself. Except her older brother runs the company and refuses to take her seriously.
When a television producer gets wind of the Castle sibling rivalry, they’re invited on Flip Off, a competition to see who can do the best renovation. Bethany wants bragging rights, but she needs a crew and the only member of her brother's construction team willing to jump ship is Wes Daniels, the new guy in town. His Texas drawl and handsome face got under Bethany's skin on day one, but the last thing she needs is some cocky young cowboy in her way.

As the race to renovate heats up, Wes and Bethany are forced into close quarters, trading barbs and biting banter as they remodel the ugliest house on the block. It's a labor of love, hate, and everything in between, and soon sparks are flying. But Bethany's perfectly structured life is one kiss away from going up in smoke and she knows falling for a guy like Wes would be a flipping disaster.

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A Borrowed Life  – By Kerry Anne King

​For thirty years Liz has perfectly played the part of Mrs. Thomas Lightsey, exemplary pastor’s wife and mother. But maintaining appearances for the congregation and catering to her demanding husband takes a toll, and she’s lost herself in meeting the expectations of others. When Thomas suddenly dies, Liz feels shock, grief, and, to her surprise, the siren song of freedom. Dare she dream of a life to call her own? ...

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Lies and Lullabies (Hush Notes #1)  – By Sarina Bowen – Rock star!

Once upon a time, he gave me a summer of friendship, followed by one perfect night. We shared a lot during our short time together. But he skipped a few crucial details.
I didn’t know he was a rock star.
I didn’t know his real name.
Neither of us knew I’d get pregnant.
And I sure never expected to see him again.
Five years later, his tour bus pulls up in Nest Lake, Maine. My little world is about to be shattered by loud music and the pounding of my own foolish heart.
 

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The Book of Two Ways  – By Jodi Picoult

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: Prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband but of a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.
Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, their beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, in which she helps ease the transition between life and death for her clients.
But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a career Dawn once studied for but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.
After the crash landing, the airline ensures that the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation to wherever they want to go. The obvious destination is to fly home, but she could take another path: return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways—the first known map of the afterlife...

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To Tell You the Truth  – By Gilly MacMillan - Thriller!

To tell you the truth . . . everybody lies.
Lucy Harper’s talent for writing bestselling novels has given her fame, fortune and millions of fans.  It’s also given her Dan, her needy, jealous husband whose own writing career has gone precisely nowhere.
Now Dan has vanished. But this isn’t the first time that someone has disappeared from Lucy’s life. Three decades ago, her little brother Teddy also went missing and was never found. Lucy, the only witness, helplessly spun fantasy after fantasy about Teddy’s disappearance, to the detectives’ fury and her parents’ despair. That was the start of her ability to tell a story—a talent she has profited from greatly. 
But now Lucy’s a grown woman who can’t hide behind fiction any longer. The world is watching, and her whole life is under intense scrutiny. A life full of stories, some more believable than others. Could she have hurt Teddy?  Did she kill Dan?  Finally, now, Lucy Harper’s going to tell the truth.
Cross her heart.
And hope to die.


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Stories of September – Anthology - Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love

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Jonah: A Chicago Blaze Hockey Romance  – By Brenda Rothert 

Reyna
I don’t do relationships. A federal agent whose life revolves around rescuing kidnapped children, I’ve got no interest in catching any man who’s not a criminal. So when my new assignment in Chicago requires me to get closer to a VIP Chicago Blaze fan, Blaze goalie Jonah West is the perfect cover. Like me, he’s too focused on his career to make time for love, dates or even hookups.
Jonah
I had my great love, and I lost her. No woman will ever compare to the blond ray of sunshine who left me half a man three years ago. And even though I help out my police officer brother by pretending to be head over heels for Reyna, it’s just a farce to put an evil man behind bars. Reyna is a fierce, raven-haired cop with steely eyes and a foul mouth—not my type in the slightest. But when lines get blurred, my fake feelings for Reyna become more real than anything I thought my beat-up heart could ever feel again.


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A Sinful Encore (Brilliance Trilogy #3)  – By Lisa Renee Jones 

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Perfect Wreckage (The Wrecked Series #2)  – By Catherine Cowles 

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Any Luck at All: Asheville Brewing #1  – By Denise Grover Swank & A.R. Casella 


- Birthright  - By Shay Savage

​After the unexpected death of the woman who raised her, Cherice Bay arrives in Cascade Falls to find answers to her own parentage. Inexplicable roadblocks arise at every turn, and her search for information provides more questions than answers. When she meets the charismatic and influential Nataniele Orso, he seems eager to help, and she’s clearly falling for him in the process.
For Nate, tradition dictates his motives, and he knows Cherry will make the perfect addition to the family. She’s hot, naïve, and clearly into him. He just needs to play the perfect boyfriend while hiding his illegal businesses and his real intent. As long as his father stops getting in the way, he’s sure to get a ring on her finger soon.
As they unravel an increasingly complex mystery, neither is prepared for what is revealed.


- Wild Fire: A Chaos Novella (1001 Dark Nights)  - By Kristen Ashley


- Scandalous Prince (Mafia Royals #2)  – By Rachel Van Dyken 




Releasing Later This Week!

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​​​September 23Naughty Neighbor:  Falling for a Libra  – By Jeannine Colette & Lauren Runow

As a romance novelist, I’m facing my worst nightmare—writer’s block.
No matter what I write, I hit delete, knowing it’s not worth publishing. The future of my career rests on the success of this new book.
So, here I am, looking at Tumblr, desperate for inspiration, when I hear a thumping. Annoyed by the music blaring through the walls, I barge into the hall and bang on my neighbor’s door.
My very hot, very naughty neighbor, Jake Morreau.
Jake is romantic, charming, and the bane of my existence. I need to work, yet he refuses to let me.
When he greets me in the hallway, ideas of a sinfully hot hero come to mind.
When he takes me out on the town, the words flow as soon as I come home.
The more time I spend with this entertaining and quick-witted man, the more I’m able to write.
My neighbor is my muse, and before I know it, I slowly become the heroine of my own story, but I don’t know how to end it.
As I write the epilogue, I’m afraid our romance won’t pan out as I’ve written.
Jake Morreau is my hero.
Then again, in my life, heroes don’t exist.


- September 24Ryder (A Merrick Brothers Novel) – By Prescott Lane 


- September 24Spying Under the Mistletoe  – By Stina Lindenblatt 


​- September 24The Right Player: A Sports Romance  – By Kandi Steiner 


- September 25Not Just Friends  – By T. Gephart 

A little harmless flirting never hurt anyone. Unless you cross the line and have a one-night stand with your best friend’s sister. And if that didn’t complicate things enough her crazy ex-boyfriend is stalking her as well. Should have stayed just friends, but it’s probably a little late for that now.

- September 25Hollow (Heaven Hill Generations #4)  – By Laramie Briscoe – MC romance! 
 



Happy Reading!

Week of September 8th, 2020


Book Review:
The Residence
By Andrew Pyper


​​I have a list of authors who have pulled me into one of their stories; I can’t wait to get my grabby fingers on their next new release; Andrew Pyper got on this list with  The Homecoming.

I have spent months looking forward to reconnecting with Pyper’s writing, ever since I saw that  The Residence  was set to release. I know that I like his style, who doesn’t love an old-fashioned ghost story?

*See my full review...



Week of August 31st, 2020



Releasing  on September 1st!
The Residence
By Andrew Pyper

Stay tuned for my review!


​​The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train runs off the rails, violently flinging passengers about the cabin. When the great iron machine finally comes to rest, the only casualty is the Pierces’ son, Bennie. The loss sends First Lady Jane Pierce into mourning, and casts Franklin’s presidency under a pall of sorrow and grief...

*Read more...



Week of August 24th, 2020


Book Review:
Devolution
By  Max Brooks


​​Do you believe that in every myth and legend there is a kernel of truth?

Do you believe that there could be an undiscovered species living today in the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest?

Do you believe in the North American Great Ape?

Max Brooks has forever been associated with Zombies, he has decided to take a step outside his comfort zone and take on a new monster, Sasquatch.

*See my full review...



​​​Week of August 17th, 2020


Book Review:
The Living Dead
By  George A. Romero & Daniel Kraus


​​George A. Romero, if he didn’t create the genre, has made it what it is today. Put his name on it and anyone and everyone who loves zombies will be on it like stink on…well you know what.

But this story wasn’t written by George A. Romero, it was written by Daniel Kraus. It is, however, based on the world created by Romero and crafted using some of his works. 


*See my full review...



​​Book News!
Later
By  Stephen King
Releasing March 2/21


​​The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine  - as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

*Read more...



Week of August 3rd, 2020


Releasing August 4th!
The Living Dead
By  George A. Romero & Daniel Kraus


​​It begins with one body.
A pair of medical examiners find themselves battling a dead man who won’t stay dead.
It spreads quickly.
Everywhere, people are targeted by both the living and the dead.
We think we know how this story ends.
We. Are. Wrong.


*Read more...



Releasing August 4th!

The Hollow Ones

​By Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan


​Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself -- it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death.
Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named Hugo Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.


*Read more...



Week of July 27th, 2020


Book Review:
The Twelve
By Justin Cronin


The Twelve, like its predecessor  The Passage, was epic in scale. Add the voice of Scott Brick to the Audible and it became biblical in nature. This book pulled me in and never let me go.


When dealing with books of this magnitude, patience is essential. 

*See my review...



Week of July 20th, 2020


​​Releasing July 21st!
Malorie: A Bird Box Novel
By Josh Malerman


Twelve years after Malorie and her children rowed up the river to safety, a blindfold is still the only thing that stands between sanity and madness. One glimpse of the creatures that stalk the world will drive a person to unspeakable violence.
There remains no explanation. No solution...

*Read more...

*Read my review of Bird Box...



Week of July 13th, 2020


Book Review:
The Wolf in the Whale
By Jordanna Max Brodsky


​There is nothing like 90-degree weather outside to make me pick up a book set in the frozen tundra of the Arctic. It is something that I’ve done the past couple of years, don’t ask me why, it just seems to happen.

I have had my eye on  The Wolf in the Whale  for some time now. I’m intrigued by the setting, the clash of cultures, the what if  of history. 

*See my full review...



Week of July 6th, 2020


Book Review:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
By Suzanne Collins


​For all of those who ‘’read’’ The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  and hated it. Why did you read it? What did you expect? Did you even read the rest of the series or just watch the movies? The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes  is what this entire series has been about! 

*See my full review...



Week of June 29th, 2020


Book Review:
The Only Good Indians
By Stephen Graham Jones


Releasing July 14th!


​Stories are written in a time and place, they have meaning for the author when they are written; sometimes they can take on a different meaning for the reader depending on the time when they are read, things can change between the writing and the reading.

*See my full review...



Week of June 15th, 2020


Book Review:
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires
By Grady Hendrix


​I’ve been intending to get around to a Grady Hendrix book for a while now, I’ve got a couple of them on my Kindle, but with all that I’ve got going on, and his newest book out on Audible, I decided to enjoy it on my daily commutes.  What a great decision I made!

*See my full review...



Week of June 8th, 2020


Book Review:
Shakespeare for Squirrels
By Christopher Moore


​I would call myself a fan of Christopher Moore, yes, this is only the third book of his that I have read, but the other two really hit home for me. I love how Moore can create complete ridiculousness and craft a captivating story around it. I even did my homework in preparation for  Shakespeare for Squirrels  by reading, for the first time, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

*See my full review...



Week of June 1st, 2020


Releasing June 2nd!
The Guest List
By Lucy Foley


The author of  The Hunting Party!


On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one...
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human...
And then someone turns up dead.


*Read more...



Week of May 25th, 2020


Book Review:

The Glass Hotel
By Emily St. John Mandel


I was intrigued by the premise of  The Glass Hotel, I’ve heard a lot of great things about  Station Eleven  and I had an Audible credit burning a hole in my pocket, so I thought what better time than to dive into  The Glass Hotel.

*See my full review...



Week of May 19th, 2020


Book Review:
The Book of Koli
By M.R. Carey


The first thing with apocalyptic/dystopian fiction is the author needs to make it new and different, no one wants to read about a group of people stuck in a shopping mall surrounded by zombies or a young girl who volunteers to put her life at risk to save her little sister. We’ve been there; we’ve done that. The second thing is that it has to be about the characters. 

*See my full review...

Week of  Sept.21/20 


Book Review:

The Trials of Koli

(The Rampart

Trilogy #2)

By M.R. Carey


​I love what Carey has done here with  The Rampart Trilogy; book one was released April 14th, now in September book two is in our hands. Enough time for book one to be well settled in my past, but not so long that my interest has waned. Very smart timing.


*See the full review...

Week of Sept. 21/20 

The Cabin on Souder Hill

By Lonnie Busch

Beach Read

​By Emily Henry

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