Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Beginnings - 10/20/17

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
My book beginnings is taken from THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor:

"What do you wear when you peer into the barrel of a camera and plead for someone, anyone, to please, please tell you where your child is?  A blouse? A jumper? Armour?"


Books Finished: 

SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7.

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain - review is in the book's title.  


Review will be on November 3.

THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper - review will be on October 24.  I have a teaser from my review on Goodreads.


Book Blogger Hop - 10/20 - 10/26

 Question of the Week:
Off the book topic - What is your favorite scary movie? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

My Answer:

I don't do scary, but the scariest I get is REBECCA which isn't too scary.  :) :)

Friendly Fill-Ins - 10/20/17

1. If I were a ghost, I would haunt ____.

2. I always ____ when _____.

3. My favorite scary story is          .

4. I will be so glad when           .


1. If I were a ghost, I would haunt the halls of old mansions.

2.  I always enjoy when my son comes to visit.

3.  My favorite scary story is Rebecca.

4.  I will be so glad when the warm weather is back.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Giveaway and Spotlight of Even If It Kills Her by Kate White

All information in this post is courtesy of Nancy Berland of Nancy Berland Public Relations, Inc.
EVEN IF IT KILLS HER, Kate's first Bailey Weggins mystery in five years, due out October 31--in just three weeks!
Sounds quite good doesn't it?  Read on!!
Giveaway link at the bottom of the post.  Good Luck!!
In this twisty, scary, page-turning whodunit, Bailey sets out to find the real killer of her friend's entire family.
Bailey Weggins’ good friend in college, Jillian Lowe, had everything going for her. Pretty, popular, and whip-smart, she lit up any room that she walked into.
All of that dramatically changed during her sophomore year, when a neighbor became unhinged and murdered her family. Jillian immediately left school, and, ever since, Bailey has felt guilty for not staying in closer contact and being a greater support to her friend.
Now, sixteen years later, Bailey is shocked to see Jillian at her book event, and even more surprised when her still-stunning friend approaches her with a case. The man accused of murdering her family is on the brink of being cleared of the crime through new DNA evidence. With the real killer walking free, Jillian is desperate for Bailey’s help to identify him and allow her the closure she yearns for.
The two women return to Jillian’s childhood town to investigate, and it doesn’t take long for their sleuthing to cause shock waves. Someone starts watching their every move.
As they uncover deeply guarded secrets, so shocking that they make Jillian rethink her entire relationship to her family, Bailey and Jillian find themselves in great peril. They must decide just how much they’re willing to risk to finally discover the truth about the Lowe family’s murder.
Did you know Kate's giving away a weekly Bailey Box full of gifts Kate's journalist-turned-crime-writer and sleuth favorite things? (Think a make-up kit, a gift card to Sephora, an evidence pad--and more surprises!) 

The final deadline is October 28

You'll find the Bailey Box information right here:
And Kate is sharing one chapter of EVEN IF IT KILLS HER a week for six weeks, 100 pages in all, before the book is published, for those who join her reader list (or who are already on it!). Check that out here: 
“White builds suspense masterfully, and this seventh in the Bailey Weggins series (after So Pretty It Hurts, 2012) has the makings of another hit. Bailey is a smart, sexy sleuth, and her exploits make for thoroughly entertaining reading.”  —Michele Leber, Booklist

“Compulsively readable and skillfully plotted, EVEN IF IT KILLS HER is Kate White’s dynamic return to the Bailey Weggins series.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times and International Bestselling Author


I am partnering with Harper Collins and Nancy Berland Publications, Inc., for this giveaway

 October 19 - October 26
Enter here

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Spotlight of The Vineyard by Maria Duenas


The Vineyard
“Dueñas’ sweeping tale of fortunes made and lost abounds with dramatic characters and operatic plot twists […] this sprawling tale will charm fans of historical romance.” - Kirkus Reviews

"Heart wrenching yet uplifting, this beautifully rendered story
 will linger in readers' minds" - RT Book Reviews, four stars
With the debut of her brilliant first novel, the New York Times bestseller The Time In Between (Atria; 2009), Dueñas was lauded for her descriptive and lyrical narrative and uniquely touching protagonists.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly declared her “a writer to watch,” while El Mundo in her native Spain said, “Dueñas more than lives up to her title as one of the best contemporary authors today.”  It was critically and commercially acclaimed in the United States, and was also an international success, selling over two million copies worldwide and inspiring a popular Spanish television series (now available on Hulu and Netflix), known in the media as “the Spanish Downton Abbey.”  Her second novel, The Heart Has Its Reasons (Atria; 2012), was also well received and became an international bestseller.

María Dueñas is also a writer who has her finger on the pulse of society, with an innate talent for exploring the more personal and intimate issues in life—issues that no matter who we are and what we’ve accomplished—have affected many of us.  

THE VINEYARD is a powerful story of courage in the face of adversity, and of a destiny forever altered by the force of passion.

Mauro Larrea’s fortune, the result of years of hardship and toil, comes crashing down on the heels of a calamitous event. Swamped by debt and uncertainty, he gambles the last of his money in a daring play that wins him an abandoned house and a vineyard an ocean away.  Mauro travels to Andalusia de Jerez in Spainwith every intention of selling the property and returning to Mexico. That is, until he meets the unsettling Soledad Montalvo, the wife of a London wine merchant, who bursts into his life unannounced, determined to protect her family’s legacy. Before long, Larrea finds himself immersed in the rich culture of the sherry trade. As his feelings for Soledad ripen into a consuming passion, he seeks to restore the vineyard to its former glory. 

From the turbulent young Mexican republic to flourishing Havana, and onward to the fertile vineyards of Jerez in the second half of the nineteenth century,María Dueñas’s new novel takes place on both sides of the Atlantic, the New World and the Old.  This story of family intrigue vividly conjures the noise and grit of silver mines, and the earthier lure of ancient vineyards and magnificent cities whose splendor has faded. Using the same resonant voice and skillful narrative style as she did in The Time In Between and The Heart Has Its Reasons, María Dueñas pours heart and soul into THE VINEYARD and creates a vibrant canvas that immerses readers in each locale, and offers a fascinating study in contrasts, contradictions…and second chances.

María Dueñas holds a PhD in English philology. After two decades dedicated to academics, she broke onto the literary scene in 2009 with the publication of the New York Times bestselling novel The Time In Between, followed by The Heart Has Its Reasons in 2012. Both novels became international bestsellers and have been translated into 35 languages. The television adaptation of The Time in Between earned critical and international acclaim. The Vineyard is her third novel and is being simultaneously published in Spanish as La Templanza.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bitmoji Sharing

Do you have a Bitmoji character?

Does your Bitmoji character look like you?

Want to share your Bitmoji "twin" with everyone?

Join in the fun.  

Add your link below - this is my first attempt at Mr. Linky.  

I hope it works.  :)

Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading - 10/16/2017
I hope you had a great reading week. 
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed

THE STOLEN MARRIAGE by Diane Chamberlain - review is in the book's title - finished October 10.

MILLARD SALTER'S LAST DAY by Jacob M. Appel - review will be on November 3 - finished October 6.

This book has been compared to A MAN CALLED OVE.
DRAWING LESSONS by Patricia Sands - review is in the book's title - finished October 3.

THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper   - review will be on October 24 - finished September 26.  
THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review is in the book's title - finished on September 18.

THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review is in the book's title - finished on September 14.


Book Currently Reading

SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7. 

Books Up Next:

THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor - review will be on November 9.
TAHOE PAYBACK by Todd Borg - review will be on November 15.
POISON by Galt Niederhoffer - review will be on November 29.
DONE RUNNING by Helen Bea Kirk - review will be on December 12.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.
THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN by Susan Meissner - review will be on February 6, 2018.
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.