mercoledì 7 giugno 2017

2017 Reading Assignment Challenge


hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. The Twitter hashtag for this challenge is #2017HW.

The Rules

  • The challenge begins January 1 and ends December 31; sign-ups are open through July 1
  • You may participate ONLY during the months AFTER you sign up
  • Commit to reading X number of specific books each month
  • You may read any genre in any format, as long as the books you choose were published prior to January 1, 2017 and are a minimum of 100 pages
  • Grade yourself each quarter and link up!

The Levels

  • #1 – 12 books/1 book per month
  • #2 – 24 books/2 books per month
  • #3 – 36 books/3 books per month
  • #4 – 48 books/4 books per month
Since I start at mid-year, I am going for reading Level 4. It is a great way to whittle down the TBR.

My List

June

1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
2. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
3. Tamed by Emma Chase
4. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

July

1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
2. High Five by Janet Evanovich
3. Sheltering Rain by Jojo Moyes
4. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

August

1. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
2. The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

September

1. Love Letters by Katie Fforde
2. Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

October

1. The Ideal Wife by Mary Balogh
2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
3. Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie
4. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson

November

1. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

December

1. The Lake House by Kate Morton
2. Matched by Ally Condie
3. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
4. The Shining by Stephen King




domenica 4 giugno 2017

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017


Hosted here

This year the Popsugar website posted a reading challenge that included a list of 40 different ways to choose your next book to read plus an additional 12 for an "advanced challenge". There is also a Goodreads Group. It also has its own hashtag: ##popsugarreadingchallenge so that you can share in your social networking sites your progress.


martedì 30 maggio 2017

Review & Giveaway: A Flair For Drama by Deborah Garner


NEW RELEASE....

When a former schoolmate invites flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer to a theatre production, she jumps at the excuse to visit the Monterey Bay area for a weekend. With quaint Carmel shops a short drive away and luxurious linens in her hotel accommodations, the excursion promises to be both entertaining and relaxing.

Plenty of action is expected on stage, but when the show's leading lady turns up dead, Sadie finds herself faced with more than one drama to follow. With both cast members and production crew as potential suspects, will Sadie and her sidekick Yorkie, Coco, be able to solve the case?

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My Review
I was looking forward to reading another adventure of Sadie and her tender dog Coco, I liked them so much in the first episode of this series.
Sadie has decided to spend some days away from San Francisco to attend the general test of a theater drama for which her old friend Roxy works. When one of the protagonist of the show is found murdered, Sadie's vacation turns in a work of investigation, only she and Coco can solve this case.
It's a funny story, very enjoyable, unpredictable, with lots of suspicions and a good dose of humor. Sadie is a really charming and funny person, I love her more and more.
If you love cozy mystery with a dog as "main character" this is a must read.




"Deborah Garner is gifted at bringing each character to life. She adds details seamlessly, making it seem like you know these people. She presents scenarios that have you thinking you know who did it, and then in the next sentence you are second guessing yourself. And that is to say, this is a great “who done it” … it gets 2 thumbs up from me :)" - reviews Tracy Helps You

"I love the way Deborah Garner describes everything in this book, and I can't wait to read more in this series! This book literally kept me guessing until the very end." - reviews Sanity is for those without children

"Deborah Garner has created a unique and very flamboyant main character who seems to find trouble all by herself and turns into an amateur sleuth!" - reviews Miki's Hope

Above reviews from A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)

A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)

When flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer learns the owner of Cioccolato, her favorite chocolate shop, is in trouble, she heads for the California wine country with a tote-bagged Yorkie and a slew of questions. The fourth generation Tremiato Winery promises answers, but not before a dead body turns up at the vintners’ scheduled Harvest Festival.

All four Tremiato siblings have possible motives, as well as a few peripheral acquaintances, but only one could be the guilty party. As Sadie juggles truffles, tips and turmoil, she’ll need to sort the grapes from the wrath in order to find the identity of the killer.

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About the author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.

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domenica 21 maggio 2017

Review & Giveaway: Bayside Desires by Melissa Foster


NEW RELEASE........

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In Bayside Desires...
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:
Coming Soon...
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape
Bayside Passions

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa's website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My Review

A new series by Melissa Foster means another enjoyable, fun, sexy and romantic adventure. She never disappoints.
Rick and Desiree fall in love at first glance, their first encounter is so exciting. Rick is driving his jet ski while Desiree is watching him from the beach. Rick has a business with a couple of friends in Washington DC but is spending the summer at Cape Code to help his brother and his friend restructure their resort. Desiree must help her mother with her job but it's a trap to allow her and her sister Violet to build a relationship. Rick and Desiree find themselves close to home and have to understand if their story is just a summer adventure or a great love story in which they must manage the distance.
The chemistry between the two protagonists is really hot. I love Rick's family, is so numerous and they are so united. Desiree's family, however, is very problematic, has grown far away from her mother and her sister and is very different from them. Her relationship with Rick will change her and will also change her family relationships.
This story is not just a sweet love story but also about friendship and family relationships. It was a very entertaining and fun reading with many scenes to laugh loudly.
This book is perfect as summer reading.



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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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venerdì 12 maggio 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Chance Encounter by SJ McCoy

Chance Encounter

A Chance and a Hope, Book One by SJ McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Cover Design: Dana Leah @ Designs by Dana
Cover Model: Andrew James
Photographer: Golden Czermak FuriousFotog
Publication Date: May 16, 2017



Chance knew love once—a long time ago. She died when they were eighteen and the best of him died with her. Since then his work on a ranch in Montana has allowed him to keep his distance from people and from happiness. Eighteen years later, he may be ready to start living again—maybe. He’s watched all his friends find love and embark on the next stage of their lives. Part of him would like to do the same; part of him would rather cling to the past. He’s hoping that a trip to the Oregon Coast, and a couple of weeks away from his normal life, might help him figure out how he can move forward and maybe even be happy. It’s taken him eighteen years to get this point, but a chance encounter on the beach will make him want to figure it all out in just two weeks. He’s come a long way, but can he really open his heart up to happiness—and to Hope? 
  Chance Encounter is the first of three books in A Chance and a Hope Series. These are not standalone reads. In fact, when you get to the end of this story, you may be faced with a cliffhanger – or you may not. The choice is yours! What do I mean? Well, when you reach the end of Chapter Twenty you’ll be left with a warm and fuzzy Happy-For-Now. Then you’ll be faced with a choice – read on, all the way up to the edge of a cliff where I’ll leave you hanging, or stop right where you are and wait for Book Two to come out on June 13 and read Chapter Twenty-One then. If you love a cliffy, you can have one. If you detest a cliffy, you don’t have to deal with it! Also, if you’d rather wait until the entire trilogy is complete you’ll only have a couple of months to wait. Book Two: Finding Hope releases June 13 Book Three: Give Hope a Chance releases July 11

                                                          

About SJ McCoy

Hi, I’m SJ, a coffee addict, lover of chocolate and drinker of good red wines. I’m a lost soul and a hopeless romantic. Reading and writing are necessary parts of who I am. Though perhaps not as necessary as coffee! I can drink coffee without writing, but I can’t write without coffee. I grew up loving romance novels, my first boyfriends were book boyfriends, but life intervened, as it tends to do, and I wandered down the paths of non-fiction for many years. My life changed completely a few of years ago and I returned to Romance to find my escape. I write ‘Sweet N Steamy’ stories because to me there is enough angst and darkness in real life. My favorite romances are happy escapes with a focus on fun, friendships and happily-ever-afters, just like the ones I write. These days I live in beautiful Montana, the last best place. If I’m not reading or writing you’ll find me just down the road in the park – Yellowstone. I have deer, eagles and the occasional bear for company, and I like it that way :0)

giovedì 27 aprile 2017

Review & Giveaway:Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson


Second Chance Marquess
by Jessica Jefferson

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?

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My Review:

It's a very entertaining and intriguing Regency, I'm happy  that is the first book of a new series, I'm looking forward to reading the next books.
An escape of love between his brother and her sister obliges Wilhelmina and George to make a long journey together. George accuses Wilhelmina's sister of being interested only in his brother's money but she knows her sister is silly and naive but not an opportunist. They went close to getting married ten years earlier and were both with broken hearts. She is now a young widow while he is a marquis who has had many adventures. Is there still a chance for their love?
Willie is very strong, generous, willing to make huge sacrifices to make her sister happy as living with her hated aunt, the one that had previously separated her from George. He is really in love with her and tries to make her understand it in every ways. I loved their dialogues and especially their small and keep quarrels.
It was a quick and engaging reading, well-written and flowing, another delightful story by Jessica Jefferson.
If you love Regency or second chance romances this book is to read


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EXCERPT 

“A servant from the kitchen and your sister’s maid? My innocence is being compromised because of the claim of the help?” He balked.
“Their word is just as worthy as anyone else’s. She described the seal on your coach perfectly. That’s how I knew it was you.” She should have been shocked, hurt, even devastated at the notion of Lord Chesterton seducing a member of her own family, but she wasn’t. He’d always operated under a different moral code than the rest of Society, showing a blatant disregard for propriety as well as indifference to anyone’s feelings but his own. His lack of remorse was a testament to his guile and legendary depravity.
All she cared about was getting her sister back, preferably with both her reputation and virginity intact. Though she’d be willing to forgo the latter for the former seeing that it was nearly impossible to fake an intact reputation.
He combed his hand through his already mussed hair. “This woman actually saw me speaking with your sister?”
“Not you exactly. But she saw Kitty board your carriage.”
My carriage?” He repeated. “Well, that’s hardly the same thing…” His voice trailed off as he rubbed his chin. “In the park you say?”
“Yes.”
“And just when did she say she saw me?”
“Yesterday afternoon.”
“And what exactly is your sister’s name?”
“Miss Kitty Marks.”
“Miss Katherine Marks?” he clarified.
“Yes, that’s her!” She answered, annoyed that the conversation had carried on this long. “Now do you remember?”
The man took her by the shoulders and pushed her aside, walking straight past her in a bee-line down the hall.
“Don’t walk away from me!” she called after him, her skin burning underneath her gown in the places his hands had touched her. “What about Kitty?”
She chased after him, following him into a study where she found him pouring a generous tumbler of brandy. He promptly downed the amber liquid and refilled his glass.
“Mrs. Turner, I’m afraid I may know where your sister is.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.

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giovedì 20 aprile 2017

Where are You Reading? challenge 2017



Hosted by Book Dragon's LairThis one is all about places. It counts cities, counties, and fictional locations too. Read a book set in a location for each letter of the alphabet.


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martedì 18 aprile 2017

Review & Giveaway: A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard


A Mother’s Love
by Charlotte Hubbard

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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BLURB:

It’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions for widow Rose Raber. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspire her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. It isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

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My Review:


Another incredible and delicate story about the wonderful mother-daughter relationship by Charlotte Hubbard, will capture you from the first page and you can't put it down. I was very upset when I arrived at the end, I wished would never end.
Rose is destroyed, in a year has lost her parents and her husband. She also discovers that her life is based on a huge lie: she was adopted. She is very tight, feels the desire and curiosity to know her real mother but at the same time doesn't want to betray who had loved her as a true daughter. Matthias also needs to start a new life after losing his wife. He and Rose will help each other to take back their lives.
Rose is a very likeable character, determined, strong, loyal, a wonderful mother, impossible not to become attached to her and to her sweet little girl.
It's written really well, romantic, exciting, funny and moving.
If you are looking for an intense and full of emotions reading Charlotte Hubbard will not disappoint you.


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EXCERPT:


“How was your morning with Jerusalem and Vernon?” Rose asked as she managed a smile for the bishop’s wife. “I hope you were a gut little guest?”

“The best company we could’ve asked for,” Jerusalem replied. “We gathered the eggs, and Gracie counted the new chicks in the barn—”

“Thirty-eight!” Gracie exclaimed.

“—and then we made French toast—”

“And I ate two whole pieces!” Gracie crowed. “With maple surple and fried apples.”

Jerusalem stopped at the edge of the tilled garden spot, and when she held out her hand, Gracie raced over to grab it. “And we played hide-and-seek with Vernon, too, didn’t we, dear?”

“Jah, but I found him every time!” Gracie replied. “He thought I wouldn’t see him under that tarp, but his big butt was stickin’ out!”

“Gracie,” Rose chided. “This is our bishop you’re talking about. Be polite.”

Jerusalem chuckled. “She speaks the truth. Hiding isn’t Vernon’s best talent, I’m afraid. But he was a gut sport about it when Gracie found him right off.”

 “See, ‘Rusalem?” the little girl said, pointing to the mounded rows in the garden. “We put the lettuce on this end, and the peas down this way. Mamma said we could plant an extra long row of those, coz they’re my favorite.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.
Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.


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Kensington (March 28, 2017)
ISBN-13: 9781496708441 •• ISBN-10: 149670844X

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