JUST BETWEEN US by Rebecca Drake & GIVEAWAY

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“Daddy says Mommy is clumsy.”

JUST BETWEEN US (St.Martin’sPress) by Rebecca Drake takes off at breakneck speed the day Alison sees “that nasty bruise” on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like domestic violence. 

Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather – four friends all living the suburban ideal. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.

JUST BETWEEN US is a well written book, but it asks readers to take a HUGE leap to really get into it. Now maybe this is just me, but I haven’t had a friend that I was willing to go to jail for. These characters are not rocket scientists, so knowing that helped me to finish the novel. The ending is definitely unexpected, but the prose are drawn out.

Of course, there are many people who already love and will love this novel, saying it’s the best thing they’ve read in … forever. Suspense thrillers are all en vogue now. I’m just not that person. Maybe I’m too literal. Maybe the holidays stressed me out. All I know is whether or not you or I enjoy the book, it’s a huge hit.

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Rebecca’s own words:

I’ve always been intrigued by the dark side, by the potential for evil that lurks in all of us, by what triggers seemingly average people to commit brutal and heinous acts against other human beings. However, I’m equally fascinated by the capacity for goodness and kindness that also dwells within us, amazed and inspired by the stories of ordinary people who confront cruelty with courage or choose compassion over vengeance.

For me, it always comes back to the matter of choice. In all my writing I’m interested in exploring those turning points in our lives that make us the people we are and sometimes, for better or worse, the people we never thought we’d be.

http://www.rebeccadrake.com

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press, we have one copy of JUST BETWEEN US to giveaway. Just tell us what your New Year resolution was and if you’ve stuck to it so far? JUST BETWEEN US is being published today.

Good luck.

 

 

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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen & GIVEAWAY

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ASSUME NOTHING.

Women’s fiction’s obsession with domestic psychological thrillers continues into 2018 with THE WIFE BETWEEN US (St.MartinsPress) written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. We know there are three sides to every story, but what’s going on between Nellie, Emma and Richard involves many, many more. Who is the liar? Who is telling the truth? Assume nothing. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions, but that will be a mistake. You will assume you are reading about an angry jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her much younger replacement who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you’ve figured out how this love-triangle works. Assume nothing. 

THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a fast, plot driven, twisting read that will make you almost want to tear your hair out. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, BANG, another twist. This is the first time authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have teamed up together to write a novel. I say, “Well done, Ladies. Write many more.”

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You can connect with Greer Hendricks either on her website or twitter:

http://www.greerhendricks.com      @greerh

You can also contact Sarah Pekkanen on her website or twitter:

http://www.sarahpekkanen.com      @sarahpekkanen

 

Thanks to St. Martin Press, we have one copy of THE WIFE BETWEEN US to giveaway. Just tell us the the strangest thing you’ve heard of happening in a marriage – perhaps your own.  We’ll announce a winner.

Good luck!

THE CHALK MAN by C.J. Tudor & GIVEAWAY

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THE CHALK MAN is C.J. Tudor’s debut novel and it’s scaring the wits out of just about everyone who reads it … including moi.

2018 will definitely be remembered as the year of the psychological thriller. THE CHALK MAN(Crown)by C.J. Tudor is the third novel I’ve read this year that has scared the day lights out of me and we’ve only just entered the third week of January.

It’s a compelling psychological suspense story that weaves a mystery about a childhood game that goes dangerously wrong, and keeps readers guessing right up to the shocking ending. Time flashes back and forth between 1986 and 2016.

Eddie and his friends are kids on the cusp of adolescence. They spend their days biking around looking for any kind of excitement they can get into and annoying just about anyone who comes across their paths. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same. NEVER!

C.J. Tudor has created a creepy, tightly wound plot and characters you won’t soon forget in THE CHALK MAN. Chances are the clever readers will like the surprise ending. I look forward to reading more from C.J. Tudor, even though I’m already afraid.

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C.J. Tudor lives in Nottingham, England, with her partner and three-year-old daughter. THE CHALK MAN is her first novel.

Check C.J.  out on twitter @cjtudor

We have one copy of THE CHALK MAN to giveaway. Just tells us your fondest memories of the 1980’s …. if you weren’t around, make it up! We’ll announce a winner soon.

 

THIS COULD HURT by Jillian Medoff & GIVEAWAY

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We all fell in love with Jillian Medoff after reading her novel, I COULDN’T LOVE YOU MORE (5 Spot). It’s about a mother who has to make a decision no parent can’t fathom – having to choose which one of her children she will save.

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Jillian’s new novel, THIS COULD HURT (Harper) will be published on Tuesday. It’s a razor-sharp, achingly funny novel, which takes a look at how important work is in our lives. She creates a group of compelling and flawed characters who fall in and out of love, and are always dreaming for something better. They hope to stay employed, while the economy fluctuates making layoffs more realistic than ever being told, “good job.” Rosa Guerrero the Chief Executive VP, in charge of hiring and firing for the entire company, but more than not, she’s the mother hen of a bunch of people all with their own mishegas.

THIS COULD HURT is an inspired satire on something we all (well mostly) have to do daily! Go to work! For the people working in the Human Resources department of the Ellery Consumer Research Group, sometimes its a good day, for others bad, but at Ellery, it’s never boring!

I was lucky to receive an advance copy of THIS COULD HURT and can tell you, it had me laughing aloud. I love Jillian’s writing. It’s so relatable

Check out THIS COULD HURT in bookstores, Tuesday. We have one copy courtesy of Jillian and Harper. Just tell us the worst job you had. We’ll announce a winner soon.

Happy 2018!

PAMMEE – GREEN KIDS CLUB: YooHoo and Friends … PAMMEE and the Looking Pond & Giveaway

THOUGHTS on THIS ‘n THAT introduced blog followers to the GREEN KIDS CLUB a few weeks ago. The response was positive, so we’re back with more books and stuffed animals for you to share with the little ones in your life.

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What is the Green Kids Club?

Green Kids Club is designed to teach young children the importance of environmental stewardship through picture books. The series was developed to teach children the importance of protecting habitats, to sustain ecosystems, animal and ultimately human life.  Difficult environmental issues such as poaching, habitat, encroachment, etc. are part of our stories.

 Victor, Maya and Tiago are the main characters in our Green Kids Club Series. In our first story, The Green Spring, the children receive the power to talk to animals by drinking water from a magic spring. In this story, the Grand Council of animals select Victor and Maya to drink water from this spring and from here help to preserve and protect our planet Earth. Kids from all over the world also end up drinking water from the Green Spring and together they help Victor and Maya teach others to protect the animals and their homes.  The adventures take them all over the world, exploring new cultures and learning about protecting and preserving the environment and the animals that depend on them.

INTRODUCING …YOOHOO and Friends … Today we meet PAMMEE and the Looking Pond

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Pammee is an endangered Fennec Fox. She lives in Arabia. “I love listening to nature. I am courteous and very sweet. My ears hear quite well.”

PAMMEE and the LOOKING POND takes Green Kids Club – Maya, and YooHoo and friends – on a search for her beautiful image in the Looking Pond. But the girls find that the pond has been polluted. Can they save the Looking Pond?

A Magic Spring enable the Green Kids – Victor, Maya, and Tiago to talk with animals about their environmental issues. As the kids travel the world their friends also become Green Kids and their adventures help animals to improve our world.

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You can join the Green Kids Club at http://www.GreenKidsClub.com

YooHoo and friends are created based on rare or endangered animals around the world. They share messages of  a green environment with global trends on conservation of the natural world and our surrounding habitats.

You can see  more of YooHoo and Friends  at http://www.yoohoofriends.com

REMEMBER: Please do what you can to help our global home, Mother Earth.

To win Pammee and the Looking Glass and a little stuffed Pammee, tell us what you do to stay green.

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Good luck. We’ll announce winners in a week or so.

THE DEVIL’S SONG by Lauren Stahl & GIVEAWAY

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We’re excited here at THOUGHTS on THIS ‘n THAT to tell you about another fantastic novel published by one of our favorite authors, Kaylie Jones. Akashic Books’, A Kaylie Jones Books imprint has published THE DEVIL’S SONG by debut author, Lauren Stahl. Prepare to stay up all night once you crack open the THE DEVIL’S SONG and to be taken on a roller-coaster ride. It’s loosely based on Stahl’s life and “it draws from my own personal and professional experiences with the legal system, alleged criminals, and how questioning everything often leads us to the gray areas of right versus wrong.”

There’s a killer on the loose in Mission County, Pennsylvania … and the next victim might be the prosecuting attorney.

Up-and-coming Mission County, Pennsylvania, prosecutor Kate Magda has been given the assignment of a lifetime: lead counsel on a string of murders. shocking the community. As the privileged daughter of a powerful local judge, Kate views the case as her chance to show her boss, her family, and the public that she is more than just “the judge’s daughter.”

As Kate delves into the case, she becomes convinced that she shares a personal link with the killer, who seems to know intimate details about a tragic childhood event from Kate’s past–an event she’d long been trying to forget. Paranoia sets in, the night terrors return, and Kate has a strong sense that she’s the killer’s next victim. She no longer feels assigned to the case…she is the case, and solving it is her only chance for survival.

THE DEVIL’S SONG is a suspenseful novel about family secrets, childhood memories and old crimes that come back to haunt the present. Author, Lauren Stahl creates a smart, strong and compelling character in Kate Magda. Readers will be anxious for the next novel Stahl writes and quick to get their hands on it.

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LAUREN STAHL began her legal career as an assistant district attorney, prosecuting felonies with a focus on SVU crimes. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law and received her MFA from Wilkes University. Stahl resides in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, two children, and a giant but sweet mastiff, Myra Ellen. The Devil’s Song is her debut novel.

You can contact Lauren on twitter @stahlarealla

We have one copy of THE DEVIL’S SONG to giveaway. Just tell us the best crime novel you’ve ever read … before THE DEVIL’S SONG, of course.  We’ll announce a winner soon.

 

EVERLESS by Sara Holland & GIVEAWAY

TIME IS A PRISON. SHE IS THE KEY.

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In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

And in Sara Holland’s debut novel, EVERLESS (HarperTeen), no one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to escape in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him, before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

I really enjoyed reading EVERLESS and Sara Holland’s unique prose. I’m not necessarily a big fan of teen fantasy, but I was intrigued by the concept of shifting time and the plot kept me reading and falling into the story. Sara Holland is a solid storyteller with many teen fantasies to write and share. Readers are the winners.

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Sara Holland grew up between small-town Minnesota and the countless fictional world of books.  She graduated from Wesleyan University and  she worked in a tea shop, a dentists office, and a state capital building before heading to New York to work in pubishing. These days she can be found exploring the city’s bookstores or finding new ways to put caffeine in her bloodstream.  EVERLESS is her debut novel. wwwsarahollandwrites.com 

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Thanks to SparkPointStudio and BookSparks, we have one copy of EVERLESS to giveaway. Just tell us what you’d do if you only had one day left? A mere 24-hours. We’ll announce a winner soon.

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