What’s Up Next? New Releases this Week, October 13th

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A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

“A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between


I Will Make You Pay

by Teresa Driscoll

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Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

A Note From the Publisher

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook – http://www.teresadriscoll.comhttp://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


Good Little Liars

by Sarah Clutton

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Emma held the photo for a long moment before her eyes focused on the girl’s face. She dropped it and let out a muted cry.The girl in the photograph was Tessa.

Twenty-five years after losing her friend Tessa in a tragic accident, Emma’s life is happy and settled. She rarely thinks about the day that Tessa fell to her death, or the secret that she made Emma swear to keep just hours before. But when her marriage implodes, Emma and her daughter find themselves unexpectedly moving into the headmaster’s former cottage on the grounds of her old school – Denham House. And it’s here she finds the photograph: an explicit image of Tessa, looking directly at the camera.

Between catching up with old friends Marlee and Clementine, who are home for a reunion, and the demands of single parenthood, Emma has plenty to distract her… but she can’t shake the image of the photograph. Or the thought that it’s proof of something she had long suspected: Dr Brownley, now headmaster, was involved with Tessa. Was it a mistake to keep quiet about what she knew?

Marlee and Clementine have their own complex feelings about returning to their hometown. And when Emma starts to question what really happened to Tessa, each woman must deal with the consequences of decisions they made all those years ago. Because the more Emma digs into the past, the more she discovers that everyone remembers it differently, and that the innocent schoolgirls she thought she knew are hiding some very big secrets.

A page-turning novel about family drama, lies, and the secrets we keep to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, The Silent Wife and Kerry Lonsdale.


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Join the Blogtober Challenge

This time of year always causes excitement, if not only for the sweater weather, booties and scarves then surely because it’s officially Blogtober!

For all the bloggers out there, especially the Book Bloggers, it’s time to get busy and challenge yourselves! I don’t know about you but I tend to post more sporadically than on a schedule simply because when I’m ready to write a review after a new read, that’s what determines my blog post schedule and nothing else. However, for the month of October, I can get my writing in gear in order to at least write one post a day.

The good news… there’s no rules so write what you want as long as you write! If your full-time job gets in the way of your posting during the week, that’s OK. Try to schedule your posts in advance.

Why this helps – not only can you queue up several posts at one time for different days, you can also choose to post at the most effective time for maximum engagement. To do this, it does require you to do a little digging to find out when your peak times are, but it’s worth it and not to o hard to do.

To see who’s accepted the Blogtober Challenge check out the bloggers below and get inspired!

Alex: www.bettertogetherhome.com
Katie: www.creativetravelguide.com
Eliza: www.digitaltravelguru.com
Heraa: www.hftours.com
Noel: https://www.tenthousandstrangers.com/
Michael: www.silversurfertraveller.com
Aditi: www.lyfandspice.comNeha: http://www.travelquartz.com/
Alexine: www.lexieanimetravel.com
Teýa: www.etravelasst.com
Tyra: www.toochineseforu.com
Rahat: www.traveltrivago.com
Kimberly: www.farsicknesstraveler.com

Blogs of November – 3 of Our Faves to Read on a Sunday

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7 years! ✨It was almost exactly seven years ago today that I boarded a one-way flight from Orlando to San Francisco, marking the very first time I'd ever lived outside of Florida. It was just a couple months after Dave and I got married that we decided to take a leap of faith and move all the way across the country knowing nobody, but excited about the opportunity to try our hand at city living and West Coast life. Dave moved first to start his job, and I came two weeks later (our stuff came four weeks after that, which is a whole other story for another time). . Truthfully, there were people who didn't think it was a great decision to move so far from everyone and everything I'd ever known, especially when we had a lot of good stuff going on back in Orlando. But, deep down, I knew (we knew), that it was an adventure we wanted to say yes to, and I have no regrets about that decision and would make it again, even though there have definitely been hard times throughout the years, especially being so far from family. . If I had never moved out West, I wouldn't have started a blog that would one day become my job, I wouldn't have taken being a group fitness instructor from a side-hobby into a true passion that has led to so many other things, and we wouldn't have had some of the most fun times ever navigating a brand new world as a young married couple and eventually ending up with Brady and the life we love now too. . Here's what I've learned over the years: There's nothing wrong with staying comfortable and staying the same. But if you never dance with the unknown, and you never face off with struggle, you'll never reap the big rewards and get all the things you didn't even know you wanted. So just follow your gut. Mine has never steered me wrong.

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All the Bookish Quizzes! || Identity Crisis Book Tag — My Bookish Dream

I was tagged by the wonderful Jessica @The Awkward Book Nerd to do this tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😊 Be sure to check out her blog! Confession time: I was just recently tagged for this and I’m already doing it, despite having A TON of other tags that I need to do (for which I […]

All the Bookish Quizzes! || Identity Crisis Book Tag — My Bookish Dream

Mid-October Favorites Giving all the Creeps

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**THE THIRD NAIL-BITING THRILLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY SISTER’S BONES AND DAY OF THE ACCIDENT**

‘Gripping, poignant . . . I read it in one sitting’ Rosamund Lupton on Day of the Accident
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No matter how far you run . . .
He’s never far behind

Lisa needs to disappear. And her friend’s rambling old home in the wilds of Yorkshire seems like the perfect place. It’s miles away from the closest town, and no one there knows her or her little boy, Joe.

But when a woman from the local village comes to visit them, Lisa realizes that she and Joe aren’t as safe as she thought.

What secret has Rowan Isle House – and her friend – kept hidden all these years?

And what will Lisa have to do to survive, when her past finally catches up with her?
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‘Rivals The Girl on the Train (and beats it for style)’ Observer

‘Brilliantly compulsive and with one hell of a twist!’ Claire Douglas

‘Makes you question everything you thought you knew’ Emma Kavanagh

‘You won’t see the big twist coming in this haunting thriller’ Daily Express
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT NUALA ELLWOOD

*****
‘Wow! What a fantastic book that completely sucked me in. 5 stars’
Amazon reviewer

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‘This story absolutely blew me away’
Amazon reviewer

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‘A masterpiece’
Amazon Reviewer

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‘I cannot rate this book highly enough’
Amazon Reviewer

*****
‘What a spectacular read’
Amazon Reviewer


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You know everything about your husband. Don’t you?

He loves you

He loves your children

He’d never put his family in danger

One of these is a lie.

It started like any other day at the hairdressers where Sally works as a stylist… until her first client innocently shows her a family photograph; a photograph that causes Sally to collapse in shock.

In one moment, Sally discovers that Tom has been hiding an explosive secret – one that could tear apart the life they’ve built together.

Faced with an impossible dilemma – search for the truth, or keep her contented life? – Sally is about to discover that even those closest to us have secrets… and that sometimes the truth is the last thing we want to hear.

A completely gripping, suspenseful psychological thriller that fans of T.M. Logan, My Lovely Wife and K.L. Slater won’t be able to put down.


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She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


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Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer. She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.

A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.

It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.

But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.

Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

The launch of a dark, gripping, completely unputdownable crime thriller series, All His Pretty Girls introduces Albuquerque detective Alyssa Wyatt. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Angela Marsons will be utterly engrossed. 


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Jason Arnopp – author of acclaimed cult hit The Last Days of Jack Sparks – returns with a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . .Kate Collins has been ghosted.
She was supposed to be moving in with her new boyfriend Scott, but all she finds after relocating to Brighton is an empty apartment. Scott has vanished. His possessions have all disappeared.
Except for his mobile phone.
Kate knows she shouldn’t hack into Scott’s phone. She shouldn’t look at his Tinder, his calls, his social media. But she can’t quite help herself.
That’s when the trouble starts. Strange, whispering phone calls from numbers she doesn’t recognize. Scratch marks on the walls that she can’t explain. And the growing feeling that she’s being watched.
Kate refuses to leave the apartment – she’s not going anywhere until she’s discovered what happened to Scott. But the deeper she dives into Scott’s digital history the more Kate realizes just how little she really knows about the man she loves.
For more from Jason Arnopp, check out:
The Last Days of Jack Sparks


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In suburban Austin, Texas, Bea Crenshaw secretly prepared for apocalypse. But when a solar pulse destroys modern life, she’s left alone with four grandkids whose parents do not return home. She must teach these kids to survive without power, cars, phones, running water, or doctors in a world fraught with increasing danger. If Darkness Takes Us is loaded with resilience, humanity and heart.

Advance Praise

“There is real, identifiable humanity, subtle and sweet and sad, events utterly shattering in their intensity.”

— Pinckney Benedict, 2018 SFK Press Novel Contest Judge

“Bea Crenshaw is one of the most unique characters in modern literature; a kick-ass Grandma who is at once touch and vulnerable, and well-prepared to shepherd her extended family through an EMP disaster, or so she thinks. If Darkness Takes Us is realistic post-apocalyptic fiction with tragedy, humor, and heart.”

— Laura Creedle, author of The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily, winner of the 2017 Writers League of Texas YA Best Novel

“If Darkness Takes Us is a riveting and powerful tale of perseverance in the aftermath of the unthinkable. I was immediately taken by the memorable characters and lyrical writing, and I fell in love with Bea’s wit and courage from the first page. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a gritty but heartfelt literary novel that subverts the usual tropes of the apocalypse.”

— Aden Polydoros, author of the Assassin Fall series

“Bea Crenshaw is the toughest grandma in Texas. But it’s the soft, hidden parts of her that will leave readers smitten. Her fight to keep her grandchildren alive—and sane—is more riveting than the chaos exploding beyond their walls. Humanity might be crumbling, but Bea’s struggle offers a glimpse into the most human parts of us all.”

— Cate Hogan, editor of Boss with Benefits and How to Capture a Duke


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She’s a total stranger. But she knows who you are…

Suzi did a bad thing. She’s paying for it now, pregnant, scared, and living in an isolated cottage with her jealous husband, Nick.

When Nora moves into the only house nearby, Suzi is delighted to have a friend. So much so that she’s almost tempted to tell Nora her terrible secret. But there’s more to Nora than meets the eye. It’s impossible—does she already know what Suzi did?

Meanwhile, Elle spends her days in her perfect home, fixated on keeping up appearances. But when her husband betrays her, it unravels a secret going all the way back to her childhood. She’ll do whatever it takes to hold on to him, even if that means murder. After all, she’s done it before…

Caught up in their own secrets and lies, these strangers will soon realise they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. When a shocking event brings them together, their lives will never be the same again.

A Note From the Publisher

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, What You Did and the acclaimed Paula Maguire crime series. She also writes women’s fiction under the name Eva Woods.


Revenge by Gaynor Torrance

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Why are dead bodies appearing when no one has been reported missing…?

When mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow woodland graves it becomes apparent that a serial killer is at large.

With no one reported missing, no apparent motive and no obvious suspect the investigation proves to be far from straightforward.

As suspicion falls upon those associated with the privately-owned woodland, it soon becomes clear that there are sinister secrets they are determined to hide.

Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the case. But Jemima has dark secrets of her own…

Can Jemima lay her personal demons to rest?

Or will the case threaten to overwhelm her?

And can she catch the killer before more women turn up dead…?

My Review

A deep, dark plot that reveals secrets people keep all while the Investigator Jemima Huxley is on the case in hopes to uncover all the details.

I was drawn in rather quickly and thoroughly enjoyed the story. For some who find rape and violence too hard to stomach… and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, the book was hard to read in some areas. Written so well that avoiding the mental trauma just from the words is almost impossible.

Lock Me In by Kate Simants

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A debut psychological thriller from a major new talent

Whatever you do, don’t open the door…
 
By day, Ellie Power has a normal life. She has a stable home, a loving boyfriend, a future.
 
But at night, she suffers from a sleep disorder. She becomes angry, unpredictable, violent. Her mother locks Ellie in her bedroom every night, to keep them both safe.
 
Then one morning, Ellie wakes up, horrified to find the lock on her bedroom door smashed from the inside. She is covered in injuries, unable to remember anything about the night before.
 
And her boyfriend Matt is nowhere to be found…Praise for Lock Me In

‘Intricately plotted, beautifully written’ Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange

‘This ambitious and wide-reaching novel had me hooked from the very first page’ S. E. Lynes, author of The Women

‘One of the best debuts I have ever read’ Clare Empson, author of Him

‘A flawlessly written, jaw-dropping, chilling and twisty psychological thriller’ Sam Carrington, author of Saving Sophie

‘A disturbing psychological thriller’ Rachel Sargeant, author of The Perfect Neighbours

‘A five star, unputdownable thriller that had me gripped from the very first page’ Caz Finlay, author of The Boss

‘The characters are fresh, the dialogue sharp’ G. D. Abson, author of Motherland

‘A stunning debut. Gripping, compelling and skilfully crafted’ N J Crosskey, author of Poster Boy


My Review

With multiple layers, Katie somehow joins them all together perfectly while still managing to keep you in the dark until the right time.
Even though a lot of clues point to the cause of Ellie’s situation, you won’t fully understand the depth of it all until to read through to the end.
The book opened the door to get a closer look and just how far people will go to quench their grief and how no matter what the intention. it almost always ends up being more painful.
A great fall read for anyone looking to get cozy next to the fire or even for that last warm day before the chilly weather hits!

The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville; Louisa May Alcott

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Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen.

Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favorites like Apple TurnoversPlum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen.

From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfastsbruncheslunchessuppers, and desserts. Featuring full-color photosevocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have.

My Review

Who doesn’t love a good cook book? I know I can’t resist, even more so when it’s Little Women! I mean, come on for those who are Bibliophiles, surely this is appealing to you as well. Even for the non-cookers, it’s a cook to check out.

I really enjoyed this back to basics, savory and sweet book and can’t wait to whip something up!

New Releases in Home & Lifestyle

Simply Spaced

Clear the Clutter and Style Your Life

by Monica Leed

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Simply Spaced is your step-by-step guide for clearing clutter and styling a beautiful home that aligns with your passion and purpose. Broken into projects by room, across a “year of clear,” the 3-step method dispels the myth that you can’t learn to be organized.

Simply Spaced teaches you to think like a professional organizer. Learn to simplify like a pro by implementing the fail-safe method to declutter any space, keeping only what you love, need, and use. Streamline your home and take back control by optimizing space with strategic storage. And finally, style your home to inspire creativity and connection

Monica Leed, CEO and owner of Simply Spaced, will reshape how you think about your home and belongings. Her practical tips make getting organized desirable, achievable, and sustainable. She’s made this all possible through a belief that simplicity and order create the mental and physical space we all need to thrive. Complete with checklists and tear-out worksheets, Monica shares her best advice on how to create a home that “rises up to meet you.” Each chapter includes:5 clutter culprits5 pro tips to combat clutter15  things to let go of nowStyle tips for every roomFrom kitchens and closets to kids’ spaces and storage, Monica will inspire you to conquer one room at a time, overcoming overwhelm and organizing it all.

The Simply Spaced method, born from the LA-based professional organizing service and lifestyle company Simply Spaced, has helped countless clients tap into their creativity for profound change. Get ready to be inspired as you clear the physical and mental clutter that’s been holding you back from living your best life. It all starts at home.


The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Panic Attacks

by Elena Welsh, PhD

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Advanced cognitive behavioral therapy—stop panic in its tracks.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a major tenet of mental health science for good reason: it works. When applied to panic disorders and anxiety, it can be the key to regaining peace and confidence when you need it most. This interactive workbook is your advanced guide to lessening the impact and frequency of panic attacks with simple cognitive behavioral therapy methods you can practice anytime.

Learn how panic works on your brain and body, and how to build a toolbox of cognitive behavioral therapy strategies for relaxation, mindfulness, and acceptance. This book even includes tips for sleep, diet, exercise, and ways you can gradually expose yourself to the things that scare you, so they become less scary.

The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook for Panic Attacks includes:Success stories—Read anecdotes about real panic disorder patients who vastly improved with cognitive behavioral therapy.Forge your own path—Work your way through this cognitive behavioral therapy workbook in order or skip around to the chapters that are most relevant to you.Worksheets and self-assessments—Writing prompts and questions will help you identify the specific ways panic affects you and track your progress over time.

Discover a path through panic attacks with the latest advancements in cognitive behavioral therapy.


Healthy as F*ck

The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life

by Oonagh Duncan

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Who’s ready to stop thinking about weight loss? To free their brain from thoughts about ketones, calories, and fasting? Who wants life to be more effortless, energetic, and empowered?

Welcome to a refreshing and gloriously unapologetic conversation about health, fitness and habits. Award-winning trainer Oonagh Duncan cuts through the wellness clutter to drop some truth bombs: it might not be six-pack abs you’re looking for — it might be happiness, confidence, and acceptance. But if losing your belly is what you want, don’t let anyone — including yourself — stop you from going after it. And she’ll show you how to make it happen.

There’s only one major difference between those rare unicorns who have managed to lose weight and the rest of us: their habits. When you acknowledge that following a diet is not getting you anywhere, and you make a few small changes to your everyday routine, you’ll find yourself happier and healthy as f*ck.

Advance Praise

“I love Oonagh’s ability to cut through the crap and communicate simple, livable ways to eat healthy, exercise, and create new sustainable habits in a clear and direct way!” —Harley Pasternak, internationally bestselling author of The Body Reset Diet

“Healthy As F*ck is a smart, funny and practical guide to revolutionizing your health and wellness. Oonagh Duncan addresses everything from mindset to meal prep in order to help you get healthy (and happy!) from the inside out. She’ll make you laugh, she’ll make you think, and she’ll give you just the kick in the you-know-what that you need to put healthy habits into action.”  — Ocean Robbins, Bestselling author, 31-Day Food Revolution


Find Your Mantra

Inspire and Empower Your Life with 75 Positive Affirmations

by Aysel Gunar

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Be mindful and present in your daily life with these 75 uplifting messages, organized by theme. Founder of MantraBand Aysel Gunar provides an inspiring introduction on the importance of positive, meaningful mantras in your life.

Whether your focus is peacelovehappinessstrength, or your journey—you’ll find the perfect mantra for every day of your life. Some of the positive messages you’ll find:Be Present: Be present, free of past and future, and enjoy this moment, that is filled with love, awareness, peace, and joy.Love and Light: May love and light always find you, and may you be a vessel of love and light. Let these powerful forces pull you away from your fears and open you to the understanding of oneness.Choose Joy: A phrase so simple, yet so powerful that it changes one’s outlook on life. It helps us realize the power of our minds and the power of our attitude. A simple step in the path to a more positive life and a constant reminder to choose happiness.Blessed: You are greatly blessed and deeply loved. Count your blessings, not your troubles. I am awake, I am alive, I am blessed.By reading these affirmations—one a day, several at a time, or just by opening the book at random—you’re taking the first step toward building a more rewarding life.


Handmade Tile

Design, Create, and Install Custom Tiles

by Forrest Lesch-Middelton

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Handmade Tile is a contemporary guide for ceramic artists and anyone interested in custom tile installations—from making, designing, and decorating to designing your space and installation.

No matter how many years of experience you have as a ceramic artist or how many home-improvement projects you’ve tackled, nothing prepares you for the unique world of ceramic tile. From concept and design, through firing and installation, ceramic tiling is one of the few places in a home where art is permanently installed as a feature of a room.

In Handmade Tile, Forrest Lesch-Middelton shares everything he’s learned as the founder and owner of the custom tile business FLM Ceramics and Tile. From his years as a one-man operation to his current production facility, Forrest has seen it all and helps you every step of the way. Whether you want to make your own tile, or want to use artistic and custom-made tile in your home, this book has everything you need.

Key features of the book include:Making Tile: key tools, rolling, cutting, extrudingDecorating: glazes, image transfer, cuerda seca, underglaze, slipDesigning Your Space: tile in context, choosing your tile, codes and standardsInstallation: removing old tile, backing, preparing surfaces, setting, groutingGalleries and interviews with today’s top workings artists in tile round out the package. Featured artists include Allison Bloom, Boris Aldridge, Disc Interiors, PV Tile, and more. 

#TBR Week of October 7th – Blogtober Post

Whew! This post a day for the month is a little more challenging than I thought and it’s only the 7th!

As you know, I usually post when I’ve finished a book and am adding there review, unless I’m sharing an announcement or new release details, so my blogging schedule basically doesn’t exist. I don’t even have one…I’d like to be that organized but between family time, full-time and part-time work with a little me time, doesn’t leave a whole lot on the clock in a day to post everyday or work on a blogging schedule for that matter.

That being said, it’s not that I couldn’t find the time, after all a lot of what we spend our time on in a day is choice and let’s face it, we can all be making better choices in that department. Especially with all the social media platforms nowadays.

Signing up to be part of Blogtober is hopefully going to give me the push I need to get on schedule, add a little more structure to my posting times and follow up on engagement more that I do. So far so good…

Without further or due…here’s what’s on my list this week

Revenge by Gaynor Torrance

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Why are dead bodies appearing when no one has been reported missing…?

When mutilated female corpses are discovered in shallow woodland graves it becomes apparent that a serial killer is at large.

With no one reported missing, no apparent motive and no obvious suspect the investigation proves to be far from straightforward.

As suspicion falls upon those associated with the privately-owned woodland, it soon becomes clear that there are sinister secrets they are determined to hide.

Detective Inspector Jemima Huxley is put in charge of the case. But Jemima has dark secrets of her own…

Can Jemima lay her personal demons to rest?

Or will the case threaten to overwhelm her?

And can she catch the killer before more women turn up dead…?


The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Description

A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

“A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

Survive the year.

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.


I Will Make You Pay by Teresa Driscoll

Description

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

A Note From the Publisher

For more than twenty-five years as a journalist—including fifteen years as a BBC TV news presenter—Teresa Driscoll followed stories into the shadows of life. Covering crime for so long, she watched and was deeply moved by all the ripples each case caused, and the haunting impact on the families, friends and witnesses involved. It’s those ripples that she explores in her darker fiction. Teresa lives in beautiful Devon with her family. She writes women’s fiction as well as thrillers and her novels have been sold for translation in twenty languages. You can find out more about her books on her website, http://www.teresadriscoll.com, or by following her on Twitter @TeresaDriscoll or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TeresaDriscollAuthor.


NEW RELEASE – Scars Like Wings Erin Stewart

Description

Relatable, heartbreaking, and real, this is a story of resilience–the perfect novel for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word.

Before, I was a million things. Now I’m only one. The Burned Girl.

Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose: Her parents. Her best friend. Her home. Even her face. She doesn’t need a mirror to know what she looks like–she can see her reflection in the eyes of everyone around her.

A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. Ava knows better. There is no normal for someone like her. And forget making friends–no one wants to be seen with the Burned Girl, now or ever.

But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone. Sarcastic and blunt, Piper isn’t afraid to push Ava out of her comfort zone. Piper introduces Ava to Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, and slowly, Ava tries to create a life again. Yet Piper is fighting her own battle, and soon Ava must decide if she’s going to fade back into her scars . . . or let the people by her side help her fly.

“A heartfelt and unflinching look at the reality of being a burn survivor and at the scars we all carry. This book is for everyone, burned or not, who has ever searched for a light in the darkness.” –Stephanie Nielson, New York Times bestselling author of Heaven Is Here and a burn survivor

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

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Description

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Robert Bryndza is back again with the third book in the thrilling, crime series, starring Erika Foster, which has sold over 2 millions copies worldwide.When Detective Erika Foster receives a tip off that key evidence for a major narcotics case was stashed in a disused quarry on the outskirts of London, she orders for it to be searched. From the thick sludge the drugs are recovered, but so is the skeleton of a young child.

The remains are quickly identified as seven-year-old Jessica Collins. The missing girl who made headline news when she vanished twenty-six years ago.

As Erika tries to piece together new evidence with the old, she discovers a family harbouring secrets, a detective plagued by her failure to find Jessica, and the mysterious death of a man living by the quarry.

Is the suspect someone close to home? Someone doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Erika from finding the truth.

My Review

I’ve shied away from books that are part of a series, either because I’d be picking up between books or I’be had a hard time getting invested in the story. By with Robert’s book Dark Water, I didn’t get any of those feels. In fact, I’d even go as far as to say that I could see myself reading books 1 & 2 and waiting patiently or not so patiently for the 4th book to get released.

With the characters feeling real it’s hard not feel like your involved in their plight and although I wouldn’t say I like them, I definitely felt invested in their fate.

JUST RELEASED – The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Description

Productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co. Tonya Dalton challenges women to rethink “busy” and intentionally live with a mindset of abundance

Overwhelmed. Too many women are swamped and exhausted by all they strive to do, ending most days feeling unsatisfied and unsuccessful. Tonya Dalton, productivity expert and CEO of inkWELL Press Productivity Co., offers these women a liberating shift in perspective: feeling overwhelmed isn’t the result of having too much to do–it’s from not knowing where to start.

In her highly anticipated first book, Dalton inspires women to reject the pressure to do more, be more, and achieve more. She shows them how to focus on what’s important to them and then helps them develop their own unique productivity systems. Through her proven liveWELL Method, Dalton provides actionable strategies with relevant exercises that help women to discover their purpose, clarify their priorities, simplify their lives, and finally achieve harmony by embracing the “unbalance” that is inherent in their lives. As a result, women discover they can finally live guilt-free, abundant lives–because living a life centered around their priorities results in more satisfaction and success, both at work and at home.

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The Rumor by Lesley Kara

Description

“Keeps you guessing until the final page.”—Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

“A rollercoaster ride to the very last sentence.”—Fiona Barton, author of The Widow 

“Everyone will be talking about The Rumor.”—Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

When a single mother hears a shocking rumor outside her son’s school, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another . . . and now there’s no going back.

Rumor has it that a notorious killer, who committed a brutal crime as a child, has been living a new life under an assumed identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the criminal hidden in their midst? Suspicion falls on everyone.

As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to the supposedly reformed murderer—who may be ready to kill again. She will learn how dangerous one rumor can become . . . and just how far she must go to protect those she loves. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word.

Praise for The Rumor

“A brilliant premise with a killer twist. The Rumor depicts the prejudices and secrets that simmer in a small seaside town to devastating effect.”—Colette McBeth, author of An Act of Silence

“This mystery has an unusual and resonant theme—how a single rumor can morph into a completely unmanageable, deadly force. . . . [There’s] psychological acuity throughout and [an] astonishing ending.”Booklist

My Review

Ah, the good old fashioned rumor mill…It’s funny that as far as we’ve come in society, we still subscribe to the local and even international gossip chain. Even when you’ve been a victim of a story gone wrong and told out of context, I bet when presented with it about someone else, you’ll take the bait.

We can’t always believe everything we hear, in fact, don’t believe unless you’ve lived it, were there and witnessed the events unfold. If we stuck to that, we wouldn’t have a chance to get involved directly or indirectly.

That’s what happens in this plot. The twists and turns are quite surprising and I found myself really feeling for Sally. Trying to make her life better and get one with things, she’s brought down by someone who doesn’t even know what’s she’s talking about.

I can’t give away any details as you’re well aware, but I can tell you that this book was not only surprising but enthralling too! I couldn’t put it down.

Heirloom by Sarah Owens

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Description

Where cooking and baking traditions meet contemporary flavors—120 deeply nourishing, seasonal recipes and a guide to the plants and traditional preserving techniques that inspire them.

Sarah Owens is a horticulturalist, baker and a cook with an insatiable curiosity for global food traditions. Her reverence for plants fuels her passion for bringing out their best flavors in the kitchen. In Heirloom she presents ingredient-focused cooking and bread baking that emphasizes sourcing quality ingredients and relies on traditional techniques that extend the use of in-season produce and fresh food.

Organized into two parts, you’ll discover the building blocks for inspired food. Part One explores traditional preservation techniques from fermenting and pickling to dehydrating, working with sourdough, and making broth, butter, yogurt, and whey. Part Two becomes a full expression of ingredients and techniques: recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. With recipes that layer flavors in rich and unique ways and that reflect the seasons, the dishes here are comforting, surprising, and give a feeling of abundance. Heirloom is a personal book that shares Owens’ unique perspectives and stories on food.


My Review

Back to basics with this book and I’m totally here for it!

I love learning new cooking methods that are focused on cooking from scratch and meals that be can be done the slow way. I truly enjoyed this book and would not hold back from sharing this fabulous book with a friend!

Let’s Get Natural – From the Natural Apothecary

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The Natural Apothecary: Baking Soda

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

Description

A pocket guide to harnessing the power of bicarbonate of soda to use as a home remedy, beauty aid and household resource.

Not just for cakes, bicarbonate of soda has long been recognised as a hero ingredient for anyone looking to make their own eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products. Made up of tiny crystals, bicarb’s natural structure makes it the perfect gentle abrasive for home cleaning, and its natural antacid properties are ideal for tackling heartburn or creating antibacterial cosmetics at home.
With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Bicarbonate of Soda opens by exploring what bicarbonate of soda is made up of, and how it can be both naturally occurring and manufactured. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of bicarbonate of soda with ease; make a soothing drink to ease indigestion, an all-natural exfoliating scrub to smooth your skin, or a simple but effective stain remover to leave your clothes looking like new.


The Natural Apothecary: Apple Cider Vinegar

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

Description

A pocket guide to harnessing the power of apple cider vinegar to use as a home remedy, beauty aid and household resource.

Derived from the world’s most popular fruit, apple cider vinegar has long been revered for its health giving benefits. Linked with weight loss, regulating blood sugar and gut health, as well as its many beauty benefits and practical uses around the home, this super ingredient is a must-have in homes the world over.

With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Apple Cider Vinegar opens by exploring the different types of apple cider vinegar and the importance of using natural, unfiltered varieties ‘with the mother’. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of apple cider vinegar with ease; make a soothing balm to ease sunburn, an astringent blemish cream for a clear complexion, or make your own wax polish infused with apple cider vinegar to leave your home sparkling.


The Natural Apothecary: Lemons

Tips for Home, Health and Beauty

by Dr. Penny Stanway

Description

“This incredible, in-depth, and easy-to-access resource is a must for all of us who wish to learn more about healing ourselves through the plant world.” —Shiva Rose, actress, activist, and founder of The Local Rose

JJ Pursell, the bestselling author of The Herbal Apothecary, is back with a complete, one-stop resource for herbal remedies that heal and nurture the whole family. Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary offers safe, trusted natural remedies written by a board-certified naturopathic physician. It starts with master recipes for tinctures, salves, teas, capsules, oils, washes, and more. Once you understand how to make these basic formulations, you can access the more than 375 specific recipes that address a range of health concerns from the common cold and headaches to insomnia and digestive issues. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and beautifully packaged, Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary will become your go-to guide for sustained health and wellness.


My Review

From health to cleaning these wonderful NATURAL alternatives to your normal store-bought items, all three books with share valuable information to keep you family safe and your house smelling it’s very best. Not to mention, it will be sparkling clean too!

Although a lot of the ideas shared are common knowledge and can be found by a simple Google Search or Pinterest lookup, I enjoyed the details and content all the same.

Thank you Netgalley, Nourish, and Dr. Penny Stanway for the ARC!

The Forgotten Child by D. E. White

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Description

‘You will not want to put this one down! A real page turner, full of suspense!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Eleven years ago, Holly’s brother disappeared and his girlfriend was killed.

Holly has tried her best to forget the traumatic events of her past, turning her back on her crime boss father and making a new life for herself and her son away from the notorious Seaview Estate. But when she’s involved in a car accident and regains consciousness to find a strange child on the backseat, she’s drawn back into everything she’s been trying to escape from.
 
Who is the child and where did he come from?
 
Already struggling to deal with her volatile ex-husband, Holly now finds herself haunted by long-buried secrets too. She has spent years trying to get away from the estate, but someone will stop at nothing to get her to return.
 
As events that began eleven years ago come to a head, Holly is forced once again to fight for her life… and her son’s.
 
Perfect for fans of Mel Sherratt, Jessie Keane and Martina Cole, The Forgotten Child will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page!Readers LOVE The Forgotten Child!

Absolutely fantastic. Had me gripped!!! Loved it!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I so enjoyed this book… A must read… Grips you from the first page.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Absolutely fantastic. Enjoyed it from the start.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Great read!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Fast-paced, exciting, shocking and dark which is a lot of feelings for one book!… Definitely one to read!’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Right from the start I was hooked… This book had me at the edge of my seat throughout… An unputdownable book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Good book!… Really shocking twists!’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

‘Once I started reading I could not put it down until I finished.’ NetGalley reviewer, 4 stars

My Review

Can you imagine waking up after a car accident involving you and your child? No, how about if there was another mystery child who was also in the car on impact?

I know, right? This kind of story can’t be ignored and I was hooked right after reading the quick summary. Running from a traumatic and turbulent childhood, Holly finds happiness in her adult life with a nice husband, a job she loves and her own family where she’s not fearful of what the next day would hold or what people’s true motives are. She know the little family she’s worked so hard for is what she’s always needed. Unconditional love without schemes and crime in the mix.

I can’t give anything away, other than tell you a surprise awaits you. Does Holly get what she wants in the end? And if so, what is it that she REALLY craves.

The Cult Of Eden by Bill Halpin

Description

Newlywed Will Battese finds himself homesick and overwhelmed after following his ambitious wife, Shannon, to New York City. When a surprise pregnancy shreds their already meager budget, Will drops out of college and settles for work at a low-end diner. There, a small act of kindness draws the attention of Victor Degas, a man with an unsettling presence and deformed eyes. Unbeknownst to Will, Degas belongs to an ancient, sophisticated cult known as the Edens and believes Will to be the key to gaining otherworldly power. As the sun sets on Good Friday, Degas orchestrates a home invasion in which Will and his baby boy, Gideon, are kidnapped, leaving Shannon to join forces with an unreliable agent from the Roman Catholic Church. While Will struggles to save other innocents from the Eden parish below the city, Shannon discovers that the cult plans to use her family for an unimaginable demonic ritual, and that the Vatican may let it happen. With no one to trust but themselves, Shannon and Will must fight not only to survive, but to keep their humanity intact.

The Cult of Eden aims to bring a new angle to the canon of religious horror, exploring the motivations of villains and Catholic lore. The perfect novel for horror fans seeking depth and subtlety to balance out the scares.

Advance Praise

In the age-old struggle between Good and Evil, between Christianity and Satanism, there are heroes and there are villains. However, as The Cult of Eden reveals, in the heat of battle it is not always clear who are the good guys and who are the bad… as black and white certainties are swept away by a tide of blood-stained grey. Charles Christian, editor The Grievous Angel zine

Halpin takes a new spin on the creepy religious cult and amps the terror factor up to eleven! Not only is the Cult of Eden like no group you’ve ever seen before, but the Battese family is thrown into a bizarre and complex plan to effectively undo all of creation. This stellar freshman novel from Bill Halpin has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next instalment!  Kathleen from Belle of the Bookcase

The Cult of Eden is one of those books that tricks you into thinking it’s going one way and then, BAM! It switches gear and takes you on an even crazier journey. The things the author puts these characters through should be illegal, even in a book! I’m looking forward to seeing what else he can come up with in the future, too! Armand Rosamilia, author of the Dying Days zombie series

The Cult of Eden is a stellar debut novel. A kaleidoscope of religious undertones and occult sprinklings not seen since The Exorcist. I’m a Bill Halpin fan! Chuck Buda, author of Curse of the Ancients and The First Cut

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My Review

Written like this was Halpin’s 20th novel, I was quite impressed to learn it was only the first! The characters were well developed and that story was beyond anything that I could imagine.

A big thank you to Netgally, John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Cosmic Egg Books, and Bill Halpin for the ARC of this read! It was truly a great find and I’m so happy to have picked it up and see such a refreshing plot.

A Twist of Oleander by Raven McKray

Description

An escape from madness leads to murder…

After a manic episode, Maddie Malone moves to a small town, where she finds romance and intrigue. Then her uncle is found dead, poisoned by oleander leaves in his tea. The police think it’s suicide. Maddie knows it’s murder. Now it’s up to her to prove it…

Advance Praise

A Kindle Scout finalist, 2018: “…the big reveal during the climax is satisfyingly unexpected and exciting.”—kindle scout editorial review.

“This is a well-plotted cozy mystery, and you do a great job casting plausible suspicion on all of the main characters so that the big reveal during the climax is satisfyingly unexpected and exciting.” -Amazon Kindle Scout Editorial Review 2018

My Review

Thanks to Netgalley, Raven McKray and BooksGoSocial, I was able to read the ARC of this book prior to release day and being that it’s the first in the series, I was eager to see what this mystery was all about in hopes I’d have a new series on my hands just in time for the chilly weather.

I wasn’t disappointed at all! With a little added romance this mystery gave me all the feels! Written like the classic crime novel of who-dun-it, I not only liked the characters but became part of the story wanting to get out my magnifying glass like Sherlock to help solve the mystery.

I’m excited for what’s next for Maddie and can’t wait to see what Raven has got in store for us!

Handmade Houseplants by Corrie Beth Hogg

Description

One of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018

In Handmade Houseplants, expert crafter and tastemaker Corrie Beth Hogg offers a no-water option for your urban jungle: plants made from paper! This stylish guide includes step-by-step instructions and templates for making 30 of the most popular houseplants, from monstera and peperomia to fiddle leaf fig and philodendron. Additional projects show how to use paper plants for home décor, wall art, holiday decorations, gift giving, and more. The projects are simple enough to be made in few hours and the materials are affordable and easy to find. Packed with colorful photos and filled with inspiration, Handmade Houseplants shows how paper plants can provide a modern, light-hearted touch to a well-designed home.

Advance Praise

“30 plant replicas—including both the familiar and the rare—are surprisingly realistic. Even better are the very thorough step-by-step photographs for each variety. . . . Fake plants were never so appealing.”—Booklist, starred review

My Review

I love real plants but there’s nothing better than creating something with your hands especially when the effect looks so realistic.
Get lost for the afternoon and make something beautiful, perfect for decorating and freshening up your space, but also great for weddings, events and just to add something new to the mix.

Get inspired and do something new!

The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth

Description

An addictive psychological suspense about ambition, female rivalry, and how far you’d go to get what you want.

‘A Chilling read with a killer twist’
The Sun

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NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…

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‘Brilliant and insidious’
Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In

‘Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction’ Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door and Don’t You Cry

‘A compelling addictive read… I absolutely loved it’
Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

‘A chilling and compelling debut’
Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter

Advance Praise

‘Brilliant and insidious’ Lucy Clarke, author of You Let Me In

‘Absolutely terrific, a beautifully written debut from an exciting new voice in psychological fiction’ Cass Green, author of The Woman Next Door and Don’t You Cry

‘A compelling addictive read… I absolutely loved it’ Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend

‘A chilling and compelling debut’ Lucy Dawson, author of The Daughter

‘A Chilling read with a killer twist’ The Sun

My Review

If you were looking for a book that you could not figure out until the end, this one is it!

I loved the writing, told from two points of view, both in the past and present times you get a real feel for both Helena and Ashley. That being said, both characters were a little less than stellar and I found it hard to like either one. Expect for the fact that Helena is a tad more likable than Ashley for obvious reasons (you have to read it to find out what I mean).

Uncovering the emotions I think all women feel at some point in their lives, feeling forced to choose between career and family, often having to sacrifice one for the other. The Rival stirs up emotions over motherhood, friendship and even family. The question that lingers is when we only see things from our perspective, how can we trust that its real? That it’s not paranoia or insecurity?

We can only do the very best we can and at the end of the day, give yourself and others the benefit of the doubt. Not always and not in every situation, but when the situation warrants, do the best you can to go easy!

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“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” – Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray 

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood

“Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?” – Henry Ward Beecher

“A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.” – Salman Rushdie

Autumn Quotes

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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