EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica & GIVEAWAYS

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BookSparks 2017 Summer Reading Challenge continues with bestselling crime novelist, Mary Kubica and her thrilling new novel, EVERY LAST LIE (ParkRowBooks).

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“The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us.”

Clara Solberg is waiting at home with her 4-day old infant, Felix in her arms for her husband to bring their daughter, Maisie from ballet and Chinese food for dinner. Instead, there’s a knock at the front door and an officious man in a police uniform tells Carla there has been an accident.

Nick Solberg had apparently been speeding when unable to make a turn he wrapped his car around a tree, dying instantly. Miraculously, Maisie escapes with a scratch, but she’s now haunted by nightmares about a man chasing her and her father in a black car. Clara can’t accept it was a simple accident and coupled with Maisie’s night terrors suspects there’s more to the accident. Despite police reports saying otherwise, Carla decides she has to investigate what really happened. She proceeds to dig into Nick’s personal and professional files, family bank accounts and starts finding secrets and contradictions about the man Clara thought she knew. Secrets and contradictions that she may wish she hadn’t discovered.

The story alternates between Nick before the accident and Clara after. The narrative starts building introducing any number of reasons and people who may have wanted Nick dead. Clara begins to suspect family members, friends and neighbors, never considering Nick had a lead foot. Clara refuses to accept anything but foul play and that reasoning leads her into a labyrinth that she risks being trapped in.

While reading EVERY LAST LIE, you may think you have everything figured it out, but chances are you won’t know the truth until the very end. So I suggest, just enjoying the ride.

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Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of  four novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY and EVERY LAST LIE. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children, where she enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.  Her first novel THE GOOD GIRL was an Indie Next pick in August of 2014, received a Strand Critics Nomination for Best First Novel and was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards in Debut Goodreads Author and in Mystery & Thriller for 2014. Mary has been described as “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune) and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).

She is currently working on her next novel.

You can check out more about Mary on her website   http://www.marykubica.com

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Thanks to BookSparks and Harlequin, we’re lucky to have two copies of Mary’s novel, EVERY LAST LIE. Just tell us which of Mary’s thrilling novels is your favorite. We also have a copy of her last novel, DON’T YOU CRY to giveaway. We’ll announce our winners next Thursday.

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THRILLERS – A CAROLINE AUDEN Legal Thriller Series by C.E. TOBISMAN & GIVEAWAYS

This summer, readers are going to be inundated by thrillers hoping to catch your attention and wallet. But which book to buy? Which thriller do you want keeping you up reading late into the night?

BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge suggests C.E. Tobisman. A Los Angeles, appellate attorney, turned sleuth-writer has created your new favorite heroine, Caroline Auden. The closer she gets to justice, the further she gets from the law.

FYI: If you’re familar with C.E. Tobisman’s work, I’m sure you’re thrilled we’re featuring her on Thoughts on This ‘n That. If not, keep this in mind, DOUBT has over 27-hundred reviews on Amazon with a solid 4 rating. I think you might want to start reading … now!

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In DOUBT (Thomas& Mercer), when Caroline Auden lands a job at a top LA law firm, she’s excited for the challenge, and grateful for the chance to put her shady past as a computer hacker behind. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to get sick. Caroline is only supposed to dig up the data and report the numbers up the ladder. But her tech background and intuition take her on an unexpected path. When she discovers a link between the death of a prominent scientist and the shadowy biotech giant, she suspects something illegal is going on and she’s determined to expose the truth before more lives are lost. But in the process she finds herself in the crosshairs. The clock is ticking and thousands of lives are on the line – including her own.

Published just yesterday, Tobisman’s sequel to DOUBT, PROOF is another go-to thriller this summer. BuzzFeed writes, “Captivating characters combine with a riveting plot to make PROOF a must-read crime-solving mystery that you won’t be able to put down..”

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In PROOF, Caroline is making every effort to keep her struggling law practice afloat and her paranoia in check. Still haunted by the betrayal that forced her to leave a prestigious law firm, her grandmother dies, and Caroline loses the only constant in her life. Grief soon turns to suspicion when she discovers her grandmother left her entire estate, including the family’s sole heirloom, a valuable antique watch, to a charity called Oasis Care. On the surface, Oasis helps society’s outcasts, like Caroline’s alcoholic, homeless uncle. But as she digs deeper, Caroline uncovers a sinister plot that sends her running for her life on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.

Plunged into the underbelly of the city, operating without a phone or a computer, Caroline finds sanctuary with her homeless uncle and a ragtag group of outcasts while building evidence for her case. As she sifts through the shadowy world of the Goliath nonprofit, Caroline is also forced to confront her own dark shadows, casting doubt on her ability, and her sanity.

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For fifteen years, C.E. Tobisman has been an appellate attorney, handling cases in the California courts of appeal and Supreme Court. After graduating from UC Berkeley and attending law school there, she moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives with her wife and their three children. In addition to DOUBT and PROOF, Tobisman is also the author of INSIDE THE LOOP, published by Emet Comics.

Find her on Twitter at @cetobisman, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cetobisman, and at http://www.cetobisman.com.

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Thanks to BookSparks, we’re lucky to have copies of DOUBT and PROOF. Just tell us the name of your favorite female heroine in a thriller series. We’ll give BOTH books to one winner. We’ll announce that lucky person Monday. Good luck!

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THE SUNSHINE SISTERS by Jane Green & GIVEAWAY

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The undisputed Queen of the Beach Read, Jane Green is out with what’s destined to be this summer’s favorite novel, THE SUNSHINE SISTERS (Berkley). It’d be a safe bet to wage that Ronni Sunshine isn’t going to win any mother-of-the-year awards! She’s been wrapped up in herself and showbiz career, leaving her three daughters on the sidelines, except when needed their entire life. Oldest daughter, Nell has grown up with an iron shell around her, Meredith has craved just a moment of attention from her mother, only to be repeatedly told, she’s too fat, and youngest, Lizzy is spoiled, because she’s just like Ronni and yells back at her. Once they’re old enough to leave home, that’s exactly what they do.

At sixty-five years old, Ronni receives some shocking news that changes her entire world. Estranged from her daughters and knowing the three aren’t close to one another, mostly because of her, Ronni hopes she will be able to right some wrongs.

“I was self-absorbed and selfish and disinterested in my children. By the time they were old enough for me to want to get to know them, none of them were interested. Who can blame them? I would have been the same. But now I have called my daughters home, and I plan on apologizing for the mother I was. I want them with me when I die.”  page 179

Once the Sunshine sisters gather together, old jealousies and petty lies resurface. But then the purpose of their visit begins to focus and love, and the bond they share with their mother and each other brings them together. When hearts are open, forgiveness and reconciliation can heal any wrongs of the past.

Ronni is a flawed character that I don’t like in any way. I think she’s a terrible mother and I’m quite surprised her daughters come home so easily, just because she summons them. She has treated them awful and at some point enough is enough. I’m happy the sisters reconnect. Nothing is more special than having a sister you’re blessed to be closed to. But the bottom line, nothing is better than reading a Jane Green novel down by the shore or at the pool during the summer with a cold flavorful drink!

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Jane Green worked for many years as a journalist, with occasional forays into public relations for film, television, and the odd celebrity. The author of five other bestselling novels, including Straight Talking, Jemima J, Mr. Maybe, Bookends, and Babyville, she lives outside New York City with her husband and children.

To connect with Jane, check out her website at http://www.janegreen.com

Thanks to Jane and Berkley Books, we have one copy of THE SUNSHINE SISTERS to giveaway. Just tell us which of Jane’s may novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner Monday. Have a wonderful week.

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APRIL wins the second copy of Gena Showalter’s, THE DARKET PROMISE

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UMA KAYLA wins Haley Harrigan’s, SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS

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THE SEVEN HUSBANDS of EVELYN HUGO by Taylor Jenkins Reid & GIVEAWAY

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I loved reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s four previous novels, and I was equally under her spell while reading her new book, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS of EVELYN HUGO (Atria). What I enjoyed most? Reid has taken a different direction in her storytelling, setting the core of it in the Golden Age of Hollywood. The details of the narrative will have you wondering why haven’t I heard of this movie star, Evelyn Hugo before? Certainly, I’ve seen at least one of her films during AMC Oscar month? That is, until you realize, Evelyn Hugo is the creation of Taylor Jenkins Reid.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS of EVELYN HUGO is the story of the daughter of Cuban immigrants who grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC with a singular plan and dream – to get the hell out of Hell’s Kitchen and to become the world’s biggest movie star. Readers follow Evelyn’s ruthless rise to the top and get a front row seat watching her rise and the sacrifices she makes along the way.

The story begins present day, when Evelyn, 79 is about to auction off a dozen of her infamous gowns and summons a young journalist to do the story. The reporter is as green as an Irish meadow, but if Vivant magazine doesn’t send Monique Grant to do the job, the story is dead. They meet in Evelyn’s penthouse off Fifth Avenue. She walks up to Monique in black stretch pants showcasing her perfect figure, in a long gray-navy sweater with charisma and charm “that inspires devotion.” Monique quickly learns Evelyn is straight forward and plans on holding nothing back. She starts at the beginning. Evelyn knew her only currency in Hollywood was her chest and she used it like money. Over the years, through the scandals and marriages Evelyn tells Monique the one secret everyone wants to know – who her one true love was.

As Evelyn’s story moves toward present day it becomes clear their lives are going to intersect in some way. Reid proceeds to drop subtle hints and eventually at the point of the reveal, both women struggle with what it means to face the truth. It’s interesting to see how these women, different in so many ways, are strikingly similar, particularly in their personal ambitions.I suggest lounging poolside while reading THE SEVEN HUSBANDS of EVELYN HUGO, with a delicious chilled martini. I’m not big on dirty ones, but I do love the pretty green apple martinis with a big bright red cherries!

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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author, essayist, and TV writer from Acton, Massachusetts. Her novels Forever, Interrupted, After I Do, and Maybe In Another Life, have all been optioned for film or television. Her most recent work, One True Loves, has been featured by Us Weekly, Cosmo, InStyle, Redbook, Buzzfeed, Bustle, Parade and more.

In addition to her novels, Taylor’s essays have appeared in places such as the Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, and Money Magazine.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, their daughter, Lilah, and their dog, Rabbit.

To connect with Taylor, check out her website, http://www.taylorjenkinsreid.com

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Thanks to BookSparks and Atria Books, we have two copies of THE SEVEN HUSBANDS of EVELYN HUGO to giveaway. Just tell us which novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid is your favorite. We’ll announce winners Thursday.

SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan & GIVEAWAY

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“Ten years ago, Julie Portland killed her best friend. What’s worse – she got away with it.” SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS

Times up for Julie Portland, In SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS(SourcebooksLandmark) by Haley Harrigan. She’s been living in New York City hiding from the secrets of her past, with her daughter, Beck, barely making ends meet with the help of her ex-husband’s support checks. Ten years ago, when she accidentally killed her best friend, Reba, the girl with the golden hair, she immediately moved north, leaving all memories of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi behind. She swore there was no way in hell she’d ever go back.

August, Reba’s old boyfriend has been searching for Julie and finally locates her in the City. He tells Julie he’s still haunted by what happened and asks Julie to give him Reba’s diary, but Julie doesn’t know about any diary. With the introduction of the diary, we learn Julie may not be the only one responsible for Reba’s death, that perhaps she’s living with unwarranted regret. They both agree Reba’s diary may provide answers, finally revealing the truth.

While reading SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS, that phrase, “wherever you go, there you are,” kept repeating in my mind. Time heals pain and grief, but one can’t run away from secrets. Secrets and lies, fester growing in one’s soul. I loved the juxtaposition of New York City and Mississippi. I could feel the energy shift when the prose changed locations. I applaud Haley for writing the novel in first/third person narrative. At first, it was a bit clumsy for me to read, but then it felt comfortable. Secrets, guilt, friendship, betrayal, lies …. SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS has it all.

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Haley lives in Athens, Georgia with her husband and the second-most adorable Yorkshire Terrier there ever was. She graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Creative Writing and Public Relations, and loved Athens too much to go anywhere else. A bookworm from early on, she started writing as a kid when her grandfather introduced her to his new typewriter. Her first stories were fanfiction pieces (though she didn’t call it that, then) inspired by The Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. These days, she’s an avid and wildly eclectic reader, with tastes ranging from Margaret Atwood to William Faulkner to Gillian Flynn to Rainbow Rowell.

In addition to reading and writing, Haley enjoys hot tea, college football, margaritas and Mexican food, and a good Netflix binge. She is obsessed with all things Joss Whedon and believes that she learned everything she needs to know about life from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark we have one copy of SECRETS of SOUTHERN GIRLS to giveaway. Just tell us who your favorite southern author is. Well announce a winner Monday.

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Congratulations to all of our winners of the novels we didn’t want anyone to miss!

MICHELE L. wins Suellen Dainty’s THE HOUSEKEEPER

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APRIL S. wins Renee Rose WINDY CITY BLUES

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CONNIE F. wins Randy Mason’s FALLING BACK TO ONE

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LINDA Z. wins Anne D. LeClaire’s THE HALO EFFECT

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LETTY B. wins Annette Gendler’s JUMPING OVER SHADOWS

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BARB R. wins Michelle Cox’s A RING OF TRUTH

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ABBY F. wins Margot Singer’s UNDERGROUND FUGUE

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