Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 8.31.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)

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I'm waiting for...

Today Will Be Different
by Maria Semple
-Chick-lit
Release date: October 4, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.


=====> I MUST read this because I loved Maria's first book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette so much!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Happy Release: Last Chance by L.P. Dover

Last Chance:
A Second Chances Novel
by L.P. Dover
-Romantic Suspense
Amazon | Goodreads -giveaway offer ends Nov 1
iBooks |  BN | Kobo | Smashwords

About the book:
One last chance.

That's all Luke Collins, local bad boy and motocross champion, has to not only find his redemption, but win back the girl he lost. He'll stop at nothing to make her his, even if it means playing dirty.

Lara Jacobs doesn't want her heart broken again and refuses to give Luke a second chance. After he left her after their one night stand, she ran right into the arms of her close friend, Grayson Moore. He's always loved her, and he's determined to make her see he's what she needs.

However, in life nothing goes as planned and tragedy strikes. After a fatal accident nearly claims Lara's life, she's left inside a world she can't remember. Her memories are gone, including those of the men vying for her heart. Grayson sees her loss as a possibility to forget her love for Luke, but Luke sees it as an opportunity to start over. All he wants is one last chance to show her that she's the one he's been in love with all along.


*** An updated version of One Taste (prequel to Last Chance) has been included at the beginning of the book with all new scenes. ***


About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
 
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
 
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Release: The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson (with giveaway)

The Fall of Lord Drayson
by Rachael Anderson
-Romance
Amazon | Goodreads

Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?


Book Excerpt:

He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?”

Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.”

The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect.

“I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.”

“Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he!

Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.”

“And why not?” she asked.

His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.”

Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.”

He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?”

“Do not speak of my father.”

“I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.”

Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph.

Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.”

“What on earth are you talking about? What position?”

There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”

About the author:
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

Find out more about this book and author:
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Website | Facebook | Twitter @RachaelReneeAnd

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 8.27.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Bought:

The Voodoo Killings
by Kristi Charish
-Urban Fantasy, Zombies
Amazon | Goodreads


For Review: from the library

So Close
by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
-Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads


UNBOXING: treats to eat while reading...

Snack Fever

AUGUST Box includes:
get up close with details (here)
-Korean snacks (sweet and salty)
-Kdrama Viki pass (one month free)
-Kdrama sticker set

=====> Inspired to try this box subscription after seeing their booth at the KCON L.A. festival.


AND watched: in theatre

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Director: Travis Knight
Screenplay: Marc Haimes and Chris Butler
Story by: Shannon Tindle and Marc Haimes
Starring: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey
-Animation, Adventure, Family | imdb | my rating: 4

A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

=====> Loved the animation and origami magic.


AND binge watching: on DVD

The Affair
tv series, season one
Creators: Hagai Levi, Sarah Treem
Starring: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Joshua Jackson
-Drama, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

=====> Started watching this earlier, but finally getting around to finishing it. It is one of those more than meets the eye kind of stories. Love the format and style of this storytelling with he said/she said sequences.


Currently flipping through: from the library

Beaches
by Gray Malin
-Art, Photos
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> A fun one to flip through in the summertime. This is a coffee table art book of photos of beaches especially with beach umbrellas. I want to visit Faraglioni, Capri Italy which is pictured here.

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* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

Friday, August 26, 2016

Chasing Fireflies by Taylor Dean

Chasing Fireflies
by Taylor Dean

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Just released: July 1, 2016
Publisher: self
Genre: Romance (clean), China, Travel
ebook
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
My three older sisters - Saige, Sadie, and Samantha - are all staring at me as if I just committed some type of cardinal sin or something.

My sisters think I’m crazy.

But, I’ve never forgotten the mysterious woman from my childhood who told me Paul is the name of my one true love.
She told me to search far and wide for him.
I haven’t stopped looking ever since.

When I stumble across an article about a successful American entrepreneur named Paul who lives and works in China, I’m intrigued. When the opportunity to teach English in China presents itself on the same day, I know it’s not a coincidence.

It’s destiny.

My sisters say I’m chasing a dream.

Just like the fireflies we tried to catch on the warm summer evenings of our youth, the dream seems beyond my grasp. Will my quest for the elusive Paul always be just short of fulfillment?

My sisters tell me it’s a fool’s errand.

Until I remind them of the day we saw the Red Bird.
The memory silences them.
The Red Bird Incident remains inarguable—and proves my search for Paul is not a silly fantasy.

I will find Paul . . . I will.


My two-bits:
The matchmaker's hand made an early appearance in the protagonist's life in this storyline which gave an interesting twist to the usual mode of this series.

In this story the main character, Savannah, is set to search and seek out her love which is somewhat defined, by name. What a funny concept - to pursue only men with the "name" - in this case Paul. It was sad to see what she went through in this pursuit. To restrict experiences with other people based on certain criteria was sad.

Got me thinking of fortunes and futures foretold and how much of it do you allow them to guide your life.

But as the story unfolds and Savannah's history revealed, her actions makes sense which made me want to continue with her story to find out if she finds her true love.

I liked the character growth of Savannah and her friends in this story - all mostly in the romance department.

Also, liked learning about the teacher/travel exchange program and living abroad.

Descriptions of food and places visited were a tease. Made me want to go to China ;-)


About the author:
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children.

Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance.

Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of CLEAN Romance in her line-up.

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* part of POWER OF THE MATCHMAKER SERIES (here) - so far, Chasing Fireflies is my favorite one

 
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