SISTERS LIKE US by Susan Mallery & GIVEAWAY

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The grass is always greener on your sister’s side of the fence…

There’s one, well, really several reasons why readers, read Susan Mallery’s amazingly popular novels. They come to catch up with the girls; read about relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters. SISTERS LIKE US (MIRA) is no different. Expect to be cast under Mallery’s spell as you turn the pages.

Divorce left Harper Szymanski with a name no one can spell, a house she can’t afford and a teenage daughter who’s pulling away. With her fledgling virtual-assistant business, she’s scrambling to maintain her overbearing mother’s ridiculous Susie Homemaker standards and still pay the bills, thanks to clients like Lucas, the annoying playboy cop who claims he hangs around for Harper’s fresh-baked cookies.

Spending half her life in school hasn’t prepared Dr. Stacey Bloom for her most daunting challenge—motherhood. She didn’t inherit the nurturing gene like Harper and is in deep denial that a baby is coming. Worse, her mother will be horrified to learn that Stacey’s husband plans to be a stay-at-home dad…assuming Stacey can first find the courage to tell Mom she’s already six months pregnant.

SISTER’S LIKE US delivers Susan Mallery’s trademark realistic characters, wrapped up in warmth and humor. There’s still a bit of winter left; couple this with a nice cup of cocoa.

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 Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan’s books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.
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We have one copy of SISTERS LIKE US to giveaway. Just tell us which of Susan Mallery’s novels is your favorite. We’ll pick a winner soon. Good Luck!

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SUNDAY SILENCE By Nicci French & GIVEAWAY

I LOVE CRIME FICTION! We have yet another sizzling thriller to enter into this year’s “keep the lights on while reading” novels. Critics are calling SUNDAY SILENCE by Nicci French (WilliamMorrow), unsettling and riveting. It’s the 7th in the Frieda Klein Series. This was the first one I’ve read, but I’m definitely going back to revisit the previous books in the series.

It started with Monday. But it doesn’t end with Sunday.

Frieda Klein is many things – lover of London, psychologist, frequent police consultant, and now she’s a person of interest in a murder case. A body is discovered in the most unlikely of places: beneath the floorboards of Frieda’s house. The corpse is only months old, but the chief suspect appears to have died more than seven years ago.

Except as Frieda knows, he’s alive and living in secret. And it seems he’s inspired a copycat. As the days pass and the body count rises, Frieda finds herself caught in a fatal tug-of-war between two killers: one who won’t let her go, and another who can’t let her live.

What I found to be the heart of this novel was its precise crime procedural plotting. The stakes kept being raised, and I was along for the whole ride with Frieda, both personally and professionally, step by step. Unlike many crime/thrillers we’ve been reading, SUNDAY SILENCE doesn’t happen over a short amount of time. It takes months, so there’s a certain musical flow to the pacing of the writing.

The best surprise is, who Nicci French is ….

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About Nicci French

Nicci French is the pseudonym of English wife-and-husband team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. Their acclaimed novels of psychological suspense have sold more than 8 million copies around the world.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we have one copy of SUNDAY SILENCE to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite crime thriller of 2018, so far. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck

THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING by Marissa Stapley & GIVEAWAY

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SparkPress, GoSparkPress and BookSparks Winter Reading Challenge, continues with Marissa Stapley’s, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING (Graydon House).  #WRC2018

“Sunshine is easy, rain is a challenge.”

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Mae Summer’s life implodes when she finds out her fiance, Peter is a con-artist, their fancy New York apartment is behind in payments and the so-called successful company, they ran together, WindSpan Turbine is a scam – it doesn’t exist. As police investigate and interview Mae, she learns basically nothing about Peter was ever true. He’s skipped out and left her in shambles. Once the police finish investigating her, she realizes there’s only one place she can go to pick up her life: home to Alexandria Bay, the small tourist town in upstate New York where she was raised by her grandparents in the inn they own.

But not everything is right in Alex Bay, either: Mae finds her grandmother struggling with dementia, separated from Mae’s grandfather thanks to a terrible secret she never meant to reveal.

She also finds Gabe, her childhood best friend who was the love of her young life – now a handsome if brooding adult, working through a private trauma that still haunts him.

“Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes it takes equal parts love, forgiveness, and will to mend that heart.”

I’ve been reading so many thrillers, as of late, it was nice to settle down with Marissa Shapley’s, THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING in quiet upstate New York. Shapley does something, which at first seemed like a gimmick, but then I really appreciated it. She begins every chapter with some positive task based around the river Inn. Readers have a sense of quietly living on the river throughout. Ultimately family is what matters most, even with it’s “yuckiness.”

“Forever one day at a time.”

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Marissa Stapley is the author of the Globe and Mail bestselling and critically acclaimed novel Mating for Life — intriguing and heartbreaking” (Publisher’s Weekly); “absorbing and entertaining” (Maclean’s magazine) —  and the forthcoming Things to Do When It’s Raining​which author Lauren Fox calls  “a gorgeously written page-turner”,  author Jennifer Robson calls “one of the best books I have read in a very long time” and author Karma Brown calls  “a deeply moving story about family, love and loss”. Things to Do When It’s Raining was released by Rowohlt in Germany on November 7, 2017 and will be released by Simon & Schuster Canada and Graydon House (US) on February 6, 2018. Marissa also writes Shelf Love, a monthly commercial fiction review column for the Globe and Mail and reports on books and culture for the Toronto Star. She lives in Toronto with her family.

http://www.marissastapley.com

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Thanks to BookSparks, we have one copy of  THINGS TO DO WHEN IT’S RAINING. What do you like to do when it’s raining. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good Luck.

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** FEBRUARY WINNERS ** FEBRUARY WINNERS ** FEBRUARY WINNERS **

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CONGRATS TO OUR FEBRUARY WINNERS!

 

 

 

TAMMY U. wins BETWEEN ME and YOU

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GINA win’s ALL WE KNEW

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LESLIE H. wins AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN

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SHANNON S. wins THE GREAT ALONE

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ARLETTA B. wins NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA

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MELISSA A. wins SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME

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KRISTI L. wins MODERN LOSS

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PEGGY, MARGIE and KELLEY each win one of three Gail Ward Olmstead’s novels

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DYANA H. wins THE PROMIST BETWEEN US.

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SHARON N. wins SHE REGRETS NOTHING

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CARLA S. wins THE QUEEN of HEARTS

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And finally, Dade wins ETSY’S, TEA and TENTACLES, PENDANT.   .

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 HAVE A FABULOUS WEEK!

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BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by Margot Hunt & GIVEAWAY

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Four women take being best friends to unexpected levels in Margot Hunt’s new novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (MIRA).

Kat Grant and Alice Campbell have a friendship forged in shared confidences and long lunches featuring many expensive bottles of wine. Though they’re very different women—the artsy socialite and the soccer mom, they’re each other’s rocks. But even strong friendships can come part. Like when Kat’s financier husband, Howard, plunges to his death from the second-floor balcony of their South Florida mansion.

Howard was a jerk, a drunk, a bully and, police say, a murder victim. And then the questions begin piling up: why Kat has suddenly gone dark? No calls, no texts and no chance her wealthy family will let Alice see her. Why investigators are looking so hard in Alice’s direction. Who stands to get hurt next.

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER assumes readers will believe friends would come together to cover-up a murder case. I guess I don’t have friends I’d risk prison for. But it is a good, fast read to take on vacay or enjoy with a chilled glass of Pinot grigio.

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About Margot Hunt

Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and MIRA Books, we have one copy of BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. Just tell us something about your best friend… good or bad!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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We at Thoughts on This ‘n That love telling you about new authors, especially indie authors like, Gail Ward Olmsted. Her fourth novel, SECOND GUESSING was just published this week. under her new house, Roane Publishing.

As Gail likes to say, “All the best love stories start with a great relationship!”

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Jill Griffin & Ben Fein are meant to be together… said no one ever!

In SECOND GUESSING, Jill has built a successful career writing romantic ballads for many of today’s top performers. Since the tragic end of her marriage a couple years back, the 40-something single mom has all but abandoned hope for a love story of her own.

Ben is a brash, young boy-band singer seeking a solo career who hires Jill to write for him. The attraction between the two is red-hot and when Ben falls hard for Jill, he doesn’t care who knows it. Jill’s been burned before and wants to take things slow, keeping their relationship out of the glare of the media. After a gossip columnist exposes their affair, she has to decide if she is willing to risk everything on a future with Ben. When a dark secret from Ben’s past makes headlines, Jill begins to wonder how well she really knows him. But as Ben climbs to the top of the pop charts, he’s determined to succeed…at convincing Jill to take a second chance on love.

SECOND GUESSING is the story of Jill and Ben, who are so wrong for each other that they may actually be right!

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A trip of a lifetime and a love that changes everything…

In DRIVING ON THE LEFT, Becca Colby was not expecting to fall in love while vacationing in Ireland with her mother, yet she falls hard for sexy tour guide Sean Donovan. He’s everything she never knew she wanted, but a summer fling is a complication that she really doesn’t need right now. Becca’s got a life waiting for her back home, but Sean may be just too good to resist.

Her mom Jackie knows all too well how a seductive stranger can change the entire course of your life, so how can she advise her daughter to resist Sean’s charms? And besides, Jackie has a problem of her own. She needs to decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the man she loves.

Driving on the Left celebrates the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter: two women with only one week to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives as they travel through the beautiful Irish countryside.

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To move forward, you need to let go of the past….

In JEEP TOUR, Jackie Sullivan decides it’s time for a fresh start, after her marriage falls apart and she loses her job. Meeting a sexy tour guide inspires her to build a new life for herself among the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona. But Jackie is looking for more than just romance. Fueled by an unflagging sense of humor and lots of caffeine, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery and she plans to get it right this time. Jackie’s had her happy, now she wants her ever after!

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Gail’s words:

Like JEEP TOUR’s main character Jackie Sullivan, I am a professor of marketing. I have taught at the college level for twenty years. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am a mom to two young adults and two cats and enjoy reading, music and travel.

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We have one copy of Gail’s new novel, SECOND GUESSING, along with DRIVING ON THE LEFT and JEEP TOUR to giveaway to three lucky winners. Just tell us what “the power of “love means to you. We’ll announce a winner next week. Good luck!

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QUEEN of HEARTS by Kimmery Martin & GIVEAWAY

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We have THEE perfect book to tell you about this Valentine’s Day – Kimmery Martins’s, THE QUEEN OF HEARTS (Berkley Publishing Group). Not only did I love this novel, but Kimmery’s something pretty special. I got to meet her last May at BookExpo at the  morning author’s breakfast. We were chatting and she said I have my first book being published and showed me the cover on her phone. I was instantly attracted to her charm. She’s smart as a whip, delightful and has a fun twisted kind of sense of humor – the kind that let’s you know she’s enjoying this ride, but not taking it too seriously. She’s one of this years Class of 2018 Debs   www.debutanteball.com  She received a favorable review in Sunday’s, TNYTBR and we can only wish her more success as her star zeniths into the heavens!

Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they’re happily married wives and mothers with successful careers–Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years.

As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie’s life–both professionally and personally–throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick’s unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.

There are many aspects to this novel, which I loved. I learned so much about heart surgery – Kimmery is a surgeon! And I loved the friendship between Zadie and Emma, which will hook readers right from the start. It was one of the most compelling and multi-layered novels about women’s friendships, with all it’s love and yuckiness, that I’ve read in a while. I hope there’s a sequel with these characters – STAT!

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When not working on her next novel, Kimmery spends her time mothering her slew of perfect children.  She’s also occupied with poorly executed household chores, working as a physician, and serving on various non-profit boards in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She exercises grudgingly, cooks inventively, reads voraciously, offers helpful book recommendations, interviews authors, publishes travel articles, and edits her son’s middle grade book reviews. Finally, she is a world-class Boggle champion, which most people find to be sexy beyond all description.

                                        http://www.kimmerymartin.com

Thanks to Berkely Publishing Group, we have one copy of THE QUEEN of HEARTS to giveaways. Just tell us your plans for Valentine’s Day. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck!