Thursday, September 21, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheSummerThatMadeUs by @RCarrWriter @HarlequinBooks @MIRAEditors ‏



The brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr that Kirkus calls "a blissful beach read." The Summer That Made Us is an unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.


That was then… 

For the Hempsteads, summers were idyllic. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.

This is now…

After an accident turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.



Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr has crafted another beautifully woven story about the complexities of family dynamics and the value of strong female relationships.


Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.


#FirstLine ~ Charlene Berkey was devastated. 

This  book is sheer brilliance.  I adored the setting and the characters, both main and secondary, were well fleshed out, real and believable.  There was a richness to the story that is true to Carr and what we know and love about her writing.  I thought the story was touching and hard to out down. I could see being made into a movie because it would translate so well to the big screen.  I adored this book and highly recommend it!

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

Monday, September 18, 2017

#MMBBR #Giveaway #BeatriceZinker #UpsideDownThinker by @shelleyjohannes thanks to @disneyhyperion @DisneyBooks #FirstLine


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Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
By Shelley Johannes
Release September 19, 2017
Recommended for ages 9-12

About the Book
Beatrice does her best thinking upside down.

Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. 

But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned!

Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up?

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#FirstLine ~ Beatrice Zinker always did her best thinking upside down.  

We are upside down thinkers in this house.  We also think sideways and sunny side up and all ways in between. We tackle problems head on with honesty, humor and heart. We stick together like glue and know that there is nothing we cannot face. 

This story is sheer delight and I adored it cover to cover. How can you not love Beatrice. She is everything I would hope to be and more. Her zany personality and approach to life is so refreshing. She has a way about her that is inspiring to others and I love that she is a girl that never gives up. We can all learn a thing or two from Beatrice. I want every kid to read this book and discuss it. There are gems of wisdom in this book that will certainly be helpful to young readers. I highly recommend this book.

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About the Author
Shelley Johannes previously spent ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book she's written. Find her online at shelleyjohannes.com.


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GIVEAWAY:

Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway.

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Be An Upside Down Thinker!
One (1) winner receives:
Copy of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
“Upside Down Thinker” beanie
And branded pencil case and notepad!

Open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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TO ENTER:  Answer this question in the comments:  
How do you encourage topsy-turvy thinking in your own family?

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NOTE:  Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy of the book to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway.


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Links + Social Media
Visit the Official Site
Follow Disney-Hyperion on Twitter and Instagram
Like Disney Books on Facebook
Hashtags #BeatriceZinker #UpsideDownThinker


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine If the Creek Don't Rise by #LeahWeiss @sbkslandmark

"[A] striking debut..." ― BUSTLE  
"...masterful use of language....Weiss' novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon."―Booklist, STARRED Review
He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.


#FirstLine ~ I struggle to my feet, straighten my back, life my chin, then he hits me again.  

This is a dynamic debut whose setting was as powerful as the characters.  There was heart break and hope blending with a story that illustrates struggle and love and all the things in between.  A must read for fall or winter and a perfect book club pick.


Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer born in the flat lands of North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia where she loves hiking short stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Her debut novel, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, is set in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. The book has been chosen as an Indie Next, Okra Pick and LibraryReads. Leah retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She enjoys speaking with book clubs. You may contact her through her website leahweiss.com about availability, and check for events coming to your area.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #WhenWeWereWorthy by @marybethwhalen @SheReadsBookCLB #LakeUnionPublishing #FirstLine @SheReads @AmazonPub

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I am part of the amazing SheReads Blog Network!  Which means that I am fortunate enough to partner with some of the most savvy, talented, and intelligent book bloggers in the business.  Every month we wonderful women read our selections and review them on our personal sites.  We are kind and witty and love books more than air.  We would love for you to visit each of us online and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You don’t want to miss all the book goodness we have to offer! 

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A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.
When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.
At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?


#FirstLine ~ One thing everyone agreed on---it was the perfect night for football.  

What a fantastic read.  It was one of those reads that grabs onto you and does not let go.  The pace and characters are perfection.  I can see why this is a SheReads Book Club pick.  I wanted to find somebody who read this book and talk about it the minute I finished.  This story broke my heart and then slowly put it back together all the while keep me gripped to the page.  It was an examination of tragedy and how people react to immense pressure.  It was fascinating and thought provoking and so well written.  A true gift to readers who love deep, moving stories with massive heart.  

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Friday, September 8, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #BestDayEver #PsychologicalThriller #FirstLine by @KairaRouda #GraydonHouse




In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. 

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever. 

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Evercrackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. 

Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels include BEST DAY EVER, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, HERE, HOME, HOPE, IN THE MIROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Indigo Island series and the Laguna Beach series, also its own Kindle World. 

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more please visit wwww.KairaRouda.com.

Praise for Best Day Ever 

“An unreliable and chillingly unrepentant narrator.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Timesbestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and The Outliers 

“Highly entertaining and truly surprising!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year


#FirstLine ~ I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, sunlight bouncing off her shiny blond hair like sparklers lit for the Fourth of July, and I am bursting with confidence.  

New, fresh, creepy and twisty Best Day Ever is such a gripping story.  How Rouda has manged to write from the POV that she did is quite impressive.  She has managed to find yet another way to shine as a writer.  Stretching her creative mind and causing the reader to go on a journey into a mind of a character that is quite unlikable, but a story that is hard to put down.   This book is paced brilliantly with a story that is perfectly plotted!  Such a great read!!!



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Thursday, September 7, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheFutureSheLeftBehind by @MarinThomas ‏@BerkleyPub @TallPoppyWriter


One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.

Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art. 

But Shirley Pratt—master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn's terror of a live-in monster-in-law—has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn's trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.


#FirstLine ~ Ammonium thioglycolate, also called perm salt, is murder on your hair.  

These are the types of book that help us to refocus.  They are those reads that helps us realize the good in the world, that there is room for second chances and fresh starts.  I was delighted by this multi-layered story that shines a light on the things that keep us moving forward; love, family and friends.  A wonderfully heartwarming and sweet story sprinkled with humor and love.

Marin Thomas

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Marin Thomas writes Women's Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin. Her first women's fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, released March 2016 and her second novel, The Future She Left Behind releases September 2017. Marin is also a member of the Tall Poppy Writers https://tallpoppies.org

Marin grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marin and her husband currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour. 

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Blame by @JeffAbbott #GrandCentralPublishing @AmazonPub

Blame


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Sometimes the person you thought you knew best... Turns out to be someone you never really knew at all.

From "one of the best thriller writers in the business" (Associated Press) comes a novel praised by Harlan Coben as "mesmerizing, gripping...the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."  
 The crash that killed him

Two years ago, Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first, everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together. 
 A girl to blame

From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?
 The secrets she should forget

Most of all, she must find out who has just written her an anonymous message: I know what really happened. I know what you don't remember...

#FirstLine ~ What she would never remember: their broken screams starting with I love... and I hate..., the sudden wrenching pull, the oh-no-this-is-happening-this-can't-be-happening feeling of falling as the SUV rocketed off the road, the horrifying downward slope of the hillside in the highlights, his hands tight over hers on the steering wheel, the smashing thunder of impact, the driver's-side airbag exploding in her face, the rolling, the lights dying, the unforgiving rock, and then the blow to the head that undid her and wiped her clean and made her new. 

From that first line, which is amazing, til the very last page I was hooked. It was such a great book set around lies.  The twists and turn will put you off kilter and keep you deeply immersed in the book. The characters are well fleshed out and the dialogue is fantastic.  A must for fall and winter reading.  
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeff Abbott is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. He is the winner of an International Thriller Writers Award (for the Sam Capra thriller The Last Minute) and is a three-time nominee for the Edgar award. He lives in Austin with his family.


EARLY PRAISE
"I could not tear myself away from Jeff Abbott's mesmerizing, gripping, and claustrophobic novel.  BLAME is the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense. Don't miss it.” —Harlan Coben

"Blame is a masterful suspense novel, full of dread, lies, and deceptions. Abbott is one of our finest writers, and Blame takes his talents to new levels. Sinister and twisting, this is hands-down the best book you'll read--and re-read--this year. Absolutely top-notch.” —J.T. EllisonNew York Times bestselling author

"[A] tense psychological thriller...The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. —Kirkus Reviews

"Engrossing....an emotionally complex tale replete with finely drawn characters, shocking twists, and convincing red herrings.” —Publishers Weekly

"Last year, Harlan Coben's Fool Me Once was our highest-rated thriller of 2016. Abbot's BLAME is every bit as good and packs even more surprises along the way, leading up to a shocking ending that nobody, not even veteran readers of the genre, will ever see coming.
Abbott's lightning-quick pacing and constant twists and turns make his latest offering impossible to put down. A one-sit read that'll have readers up way past their bedtimes, BLAME is Jeff Abbott's best novel so far--and a strong contender for best psychological thriller of the year. “ —TheRealBookSpy.com

"If you like Harlan Coben, read this book. Taut, twisty, and elegantly-written, with an ending you won't see coming.” —Sarah Pekkanen, bestselling author of The Perfect Neighbors

"Jeff Abbott is a remarkable writer and storyteller, and brings his skills to the realm of psychological suspense with this absolutely captivating book. Emotionally compelling, tense and packed with shocking plot twists, this book makes me have to use a word I hate: Unputdownable. I loved it.” —Alison GaylinUSA Today Bestselling Author of What Remains of Me

"From the moment I set eyes on the viscerally magnetic Jane, I was spooked and positively riveted.  Jeff Abbott proves, with this richly satisfying novel, that he is a master of suspense and tension.” —Sara Blaedel, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Girls
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