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The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – #Bookreview

⭐⭐⭐⭐

When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

My Review

There’s something to be said for a plot that involves another manuscript from a previous time, what’s more is one that’s recalled by a character whose memory is a bit shaky to say the least.

After reading the author’s notes I found an appreciation for the story after finishing the last page. It added more context and answered some lingering questions that were swirling around in my brain.

Overall, I loved it. I thought it was mysterious, magical, and even sentimental at times.

Mouse was tasked with the chore of cleaning out her grumpy grandmother’s house after she passed away and even though her memories were nothing but sour, she put that aside to get the job done if for nothing more than because her father asked her to.

She had no idea there was a story inside the house that would pull her in so far that in order to get out she’d have to go through it.

I enjoyed the charm of the relationships Mouse made along the way and the overall plot was wonderful, but a little confusing at times which I get can stem from there merging of multiple accounts of the manuscript that was never to be found.

It’s a twisted book that deserves a read!

#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

Description

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.


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

    October 13, 2019 by

    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, 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

    Description

    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.


  • Join the Blogtober Challenge

    October 5, 2019 by

    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

  • The Twisted Ones by T. Kingfisher – #Bookreview

    December 1, 2019 by

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    When a young woman clears out her deceased grandmother’s home in rural North Carolina, she finds long-hidden secrets about a strange colony of beings in the woods in this chilling novel that reads like The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show.

    When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

    Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is stuffed with useless rubbish. That would be horrific enough, but there’s more—Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be filled with nonsensical rants…until Mouse encounters some of the terrifying things he described for herself.

    Alone in the woods with her dog, Mouse finds herself face to face with a series of impossible terrors—because sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you. And if she doesn’t face them head on, she might not survive to tell the tale.

    From Hugo Award–winning author Ursula Vernon, writing as T. Kingfisher, The Twisted Ones is a gripping, terrifying tale bound to keep you up all night—from both fear and anticipation of what happens next.

    My Review

    There’s something to be said for a plot that involves another manuscript from a previous time, what’s more is one that’s recalled by a character whose memory is a bit shaky to say the least.

    After reading the author’s notes I found an appreciation for the story after finishing the last page. It added more context and answered some lingering questions that were swirling around in my brain.

    Overall, I loved it. I thought it was mysterious, magical, and even sentimental at times.

    Mouse was tasked with the chore of cleaning out her grumpy grandmother’s house after she passed away and even though her memories were nothing but sour, she put that aside to get the job done if for nothing more than because her father asked her to.

    She had no idea there was a story inside the house that would pull her in so far that in order to get out she’d have to go through it.

    I enjoyed the charm of the relationships Mouse made along the way and the overall plot was wonderful, but a little confusing at times which I get can stem from there merging of multiple accounts of the manuscript that was never to be found.

    It’s a twisted book that deserves a read!

  • Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen

    November 17, 2019 by

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    Description

    Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

    Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

    So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

    Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

    Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

    Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

    But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

    Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

    Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

    From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

    A Note From the Publisher

    *** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCED REVIEW COPY ***

    Advance Praise

    Read what everyone is saying about Gregg Olsen:

    ‘Olsen will scare you – and you’ll love it.’ Lee Child

    ‘With The Last Thing She Ever Did, Gregg Olsen delivers an edgy, tension-filled, roller-coaster ride of a novel that will thrill and devastate in equal measure.’ Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author

    ‘Wickedly clever! Twisted.‘ Lisa Gardner

    ‘Lying Next to Me is a clever, chilling puzzle of a tale. A riveting, sharp-edged page-turner, it’s Gregg Olsen’s best book yet.’ A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author

    ‘Gregg Olsen pens brilliant, creepy, page-turning, heart-pounding novels of suspense that always keep me up at night.’ Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

    ‘Olsen’s latest examines how a terrible, split-second decision has lingering effects, and the past echoes the present. Full of unexpected twists, The Last Thing She Ever Did will keep you guessing to the last line.’ J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of Lie To Me

    ‘Master storyteller Gregg Olsen continues to take readers hostage with another spellbinding tale of relentless, pulse-pounding suspense.’ Rick Mofina, international bestselling author of Last Seen

    ‘Tense. Well-crafted. Gripping.’ Mary Burton, New York Times bestselling author

    My Review

    This isn’t the first Gregg Olsen book I’ve read, nor do I think it will be the last. It’s one of those stories that set you out thinking you’re reading one story while wondering how the pieces will fit only to read on in shock as it all comes together perfectly.

    This one had more than one villain making it hard to determine who did what and why. I can’t give anything away here but can offer this piece of advice – don’t count anybody out!

    Even when you’re sure you how will unfold, I can promise you that this tale will only grab a hold tighter while keep turning the pages for more!

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

    November 10, 2019 by
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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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  • Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson

    October 25, 2019 by

    Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

    Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

    When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

    To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

    A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

    My Review

    Well the punches kept coming throughout this book and I was caught off guard with each one. The revelations revealed were increasingly more smoking than the last and I loved it.

    From the description I knew it would be a interesting read but once I started I was kind put off by the basic-ness of the plot with the game being played by adult women. It didn’t seem like it could get juicy at first but boy am I glad I hung in there. It didn’t take too long and POW I was hit with the first blow and then shortly after another one that almost knocked me off the sofa!!

    I won’t go into how this story plays out because I SO want you to check it out for yourself, but I will say this… not only was the story believable because we all have secrets of some sort that we stuff down deep but the other plot twists fit nicely into it where it wasn’t overwhelming at all…in fact it was rather thought-provoking!

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    October 20, 2019 by

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  • Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth

    October 20, 2019 by

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    Description

    A gripping domestic thriller examining the terrifying depths of our social media obsessions.

    You can’t stop watching her.

    Violet Young is a hugely popular journalist-turned-mummy-influencer, with three children, a successful husband and a million subscribers on YouTube who tune in daily to watch her everyday life unfold.

    Until the day she’s no longer there.

    But one day she disappears from the online world – her entire social media presence deleted overnight, with no explanation. Has she simply decided that baring her life to all online is no longer a good idea, or has something more sinister happened to Violet?

    But do you really know who Violet is?

    Her fans are obsessed with finding out the truth, but their search quickly reveals a web of lies, betrayal, and shocking consequences.

    My Review

    This book was so good, I wanted to forgo my typical layout and leave my review right at the top instead of having the description listed first.

    If there was ever a book that would guide me towards totally rethinking my online social media use, it’s this one. Right from the first page I was hooked and totally contemplating my need to feel visible online, to post images of my life, my favorites and most importantly my children.

    Violet, a popular mommy-blogger/ influencer with a massive following shares her daily struggles of family life, leaving out the bad and focusing on product endorsements and carefully drafted images, she doesn’t realize just how much of an impact she has on her followers, until something horrible happens and gives her the wake she so desperately needs in order to truly see the price she’s paying for showcasing her life online.

    Lily and Yvonne are total fan girls of Violet’s, but not necessarily the kind you want. They’re both obsessed and try to gain access to Violet when her online presence goes dark. Compelled to find out what happened, they come up with their own ideas leading them both to spiral out of control and make decisions that affect their lives and Violet’s in ways you can’t imagine.

    I loved this book! It was fresh, creepy and totally real! I can definitely imagine this plot playing out in real life and have no doubt that it has.

    After this read, I have no desire to post anything personal online again!

    It’s a must read for fall, giving you all the cozy Autumn vibes one needs when the weather turns cold.

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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

The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill

Description

“This whodunit has broken family dynamics and a wonderfully complex and intricate mystery, plenty to engage readers looking for a new amateur detective to follow.” 
Library Journal STARRED REVIEW


“Intense…Hill is adept at building compassion for his characters in a tight-knit social web while implicating them in dark thoughts and actions. He remains a writer to watch.”
Publishers Weekly 

Hester Thursby has given up using her research skills to trace people who don’t want to be found. A traumatic case a few months ago unearthed a string of violent crimes, and left Hester riddled with self-doubt and guilt. Caring for a four-year-old is responsibility enough in a world filled with terrors Hester never could have imagined before.

Finisterre Island, off the coast of Maine, is ruggedly beautiful and remote—the kind of place tourists love to visit, though rarely for long. But not everyone who comes to the island is welcome. A dilapidated Victorian house has become home to a group of squatters and junkies, and strangers have a habit of bringing trouble with them. A young boy disappeared during the summer, and though he was found safely, the incident stirred suspicion among locals. Now another child is missing. Summoned to the island by a cryptic text, Hester discovers a community cleaning up from a devastating storm—and uncovers a murder.

Soon Hester begins to connect the crime and the missing children. And as she untangles the secrets at the center of the small community, she finds grudges and loyalties that run deep, poised to converge with a force that will once again shake her convictions about the very nature of right and wrong . . .

Praise for Edwin Hill and Little Comfort

“A dark but compassionate psychological-thriller debut with great appeal for fans of Ruth Ware.” 
—Booklist (starred review)

“An increasingly tense plot and striking characters—in particular, compassionate, conflicted, loving Hester—make this a standout.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

My Review

I couldn’t put this one down!

Even though I hadn’t picked up the first book in the series, I wasn’t left wondering about details that could have been shared before. It’s easily a stand-alone novel if you choose.

Dark, mysterious and captivating you develop a kinship with Hester while she battles her own doubts all the while uncovering unsettling and murderous secrets just waiting for her to find.

I AM Elle by Ditter Kellen

Description

An abused girl’s desperate fight for survival and a silent killer determined to destroy her. 

Born on a small farm in Alabama, Elenore Griffin spends her days in a Hell of her father’s making. 
The system has failed her, leaving her trapped in a world of unimaginable torture and pain. 
Sold to the highest bidder, Elenore finds her nightmares have only just begun. And those responsible for her abuse begin disappearing around her without a trace, while the local authorities seem to be at the center of it all. 

Step inside the world of a young girl who suffered the most heinous acts imaginable. And survived. 
This is her life. This is her story… 

*****WARNING***** This book contains major triggers that some might find offensive. If you have abuse triggers, please do not purchase this book. It is not for the faint of heart. 

****Note from the author**** If you are gracious enough to leave a review, I ask that you please not leave spoilers that will ruin it for others.

My Review

Once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I won’t give away any spoilers but I will tell you that if you suffer from a weak stomach, this may not be the book for you.

I had a hard time with some of the details but the story pulled me in enough to where I needed to find out what happened and what was going to happen.

Elle, an abused woman finds friendship and a protector in the new detective in town. While investigating her father, Evan tried his best to do the right thing by Elle and tried to protect her as much as he could all while searching for an evil man with a group of powerful and wicked men behind him.

I wish that there was a little more detail given about some of Elle’s history but enough was revealed to divulge important tidbits along the way. There’s even a second book on the way which should open the door to more reveals later on.

I will definitely be picking the next one up and can’t to find out what happens to Evan and Elle… there’s sure to be some big twists ahead!

“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero — Zezee with Books

Now I can see why Sincero’s books are bestsellers. She’s so inspiring and motivating that after reading this book I was even more energized to work on attaining my goals. I wasn’t interested in Sincero’s books at first. I’ve read some self-help books, but they aren’t what I often gravitate to unless the subject is […]

“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero — Zezee with Books

Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey

Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe this fantastic read!

A mother second-guessing her choices will soon face the reality of those thoughts when someone kidnaps her daughter. The kidnapper, you might think has a horrible motive in mind but it’s far from that. Another woman wanting to show love and finally get it in return from the little girl she stole. With nothing but best intentions to give the little girl everything she grew up without is a story of two women and one child trying to navigate the lives they were dealt.

As an adoptee, the abandonment issues are real and have given me pause before having my own children. Not knowing the type of love that one typically receives during childhood, I didn’t know I had what it takes to be a good mom. I empathize with the characters and became intertwined with them, suffering from a major book-hangover!

Description

Gripping, emotional, and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her—far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

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“Brings to mind Jodi Picoult…thought-provoking domestic drama.” – Booklist

“Will make you miss your bedtime, guaranteed.” – Bestselling author Kimberly Belle

Gripping, emotional, and wire-taut, Not Her Daughter raises the question of what it means to be a mother—and how far someone will go to keep a child safe.

Emma Townsend. Five years old. Gray eyes, brown hair. Missing since June.

Emma is lonely. Living with her cruel mother and clueless father, Emma retreats into her own world of quiet and solitude.

Sarah Walker. Successful entrepreneur. Broken-hearted. Kidnapper.

Sarah has never seen a girl so precious as the gray-eyed child in a crowded airport terminal. When a second-chance encounter with Emma presents itself, Sarah takes her—far away from home. But if it’s to rescue a little girl from her damaging mother, is kidnapping wrong?

Amy Townsend. Unhappy wife. Unfit mother. Unsure whether she wants her daughter back.

Amy’s life is a string of disappointments, but her biggest issue is her inability to connect with her daughter. And now Emma is gone without a trace.

As Sarah and Emma avoid the nationwide hunt, they form an unshakeable bond. But what about Emma’s real mother, back at home?

Praise for Not Her Daughter

“The plot twists here are brave, the themes are both poignant and unsettling, and the resolution is deeply resonant. A page-turner with heart!” – New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti

“A cleverly constructed novel that will have you questioning everything you believe about right or wrong.” – New York Times bestselling author Chevy Stevens

“Engrossing and suspenseful, Frey writes her characters with depth and compassion, challenging readers to question their own code of ethics.” – Zoje Stage, author of Baby Teeth

“An emotional ride where the line between right and wrong begins to fade…pulls you in from the very first page, and unlike most in its genre, you won’t know how you want it to end until it does. – Wendy Walker, author of Emma in the Night

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon – #BOOKREVIEW #NEWRELEASE #AMREADING

Multi-generational with several layers all intertwined across time in one curse location where Nate and Helen decide to build their dream home to escape their previous lives in Connecticut and the hustle and bustle of life in a less rural area.

Little did they know they were building a haunted house, not just moving into one but constructing it from scratch.

Helen hides her reservations from Nate thinking it’s just nerves but she will soon learn that trusting her gut was something should have done!

I really enjoy Jennifer McMahon’s writing and love her new work!

Thanks to Jennifer, Netgalley and Doubleday Books for the Advanced Copy!

Description

A chilling ghost story with a twist: the New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People returns to the woods of Vermont to tell the story of a husband and wife who don’t simply move into a haunted house–they build one . . .

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

The Final Days of Magic by J. D. Horn

Thank you Netgalley, J.D. Horn, and 47North for the Advanced Copy of this magical book!

I loved it for several reasons, one I used to live in New Orleans and I’ve personally experienced the the sense of energy that was electrifying the city. There’s so much history too, which makes for the perfect place to set your story in!

If you love history and the voo doo-ish vibes of New Orleans, you’ll really enjoy this read!

Description

The war between witches reaches its terrifying climax in the final book in Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.D. Horn’s spellbinding trilogy.

Once caged in an illusory realm by blood relatives, Alice Marin has been freed into a world where the last remnants of magic are quickly passing away. Dissolving with them is the unity among witches…and their sanity. Grappling with the revelations of her true parentage—and her burgeoning relationship with Nathalie Boudreau, a psychic with her own demons—Alice and her allies, both living and dead, must draw on every skill they possess. It’s the only way to defeat the destructive forces borne of the horrifying history of Alice’s own family. That means unlocking the final secrets of The Book of Unwinding.

Now, on the longest night of the year, the streets of New Orleans will become a battleground as Alice and the few she can trust engage in a war amid the final days of magic. But the revelations that lie ahead may be too dark to escape.

A Note From the Publisher

J.D. Horn is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series, as well as the first book in the Witches of New Orleans trilogy, The King of Bones and Ashes. A world traveler and student of French and Russian literature, Horn also has an MBA in international business and formerly held a career as a financial analyst before turning his talent to crafting chilling stories and unforgettable characters. His novels have received global attention and have been translated into more than half a dozen languages. Originally from Tennessee, he currently lives in California with his spouse, Rich. Visit http://www.JDHornAuthor.com.

The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington – #BOOKREVIEW @sam_carrington1

What a fantastic story!

Mixing the past with the present, Louisa struggles to find the truth in both after her 40th birthday party goes down with some added drama. Being a new mom again with a teen daughter, Louisa is struggling with sleep, hormones, turning 40, and sudden visions that become increasingly unnerving, all while her past arrives on her doorstep with more questions, than answers.

People aren’t who you expect them to be, nor do they always behave the way you want. Louisa learns the hard way that people aren’t always who you think they are and has to come to terms with new information about her life that rocks her world and those around her.

Who is really to blame for the horrible incident from the past? Who can be trusted? Can Louisa even trust herself…

Thank you Netgalley, Same Carrington and Avon Books UK for the Advanced Copy! I’ve since picked up another one from Sam and can’t wait to dive in!

Description

Imagine turning up to your own party, and recognising no one. Your best friend has just created your worst nightmare.

Louisa is an exhausted, sleep-deprived new mother and, approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing she wants to do is celebrate.

But when her best friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Lou’s Facebook friends, she’s faced with a new source of anxiety altogether: a room full of old college classmates who she hasn’t spoken to in twenty years. And one person in particular she never expected to see again is there – her ex-boyfriend from college, the handsome and charismatic Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers what happened that night differently. It could be the alcohol, but it seems more than one person has something to hide.

Louisa is determined to find the truth about what happened to Melissa. But just how far does she need to look…?

One simple Facebook invitation unfolds into something both tragic and monstrous; a story of obsessive love, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.

Secrets Never Die by Melinda Leigh – #BOOKREVIEW

Picking up book 5 of this series had me a little worried, but I never missed a beat and didn’t get the feeling that I was left behind without critical details.

With a touch of romance and a whole lot of mystery this read leaves you wanting more and more. The characters were likable and relatble which made me a lifelong Melinda Leigh fan!

Thank you Netgalley, Melinda Leigh and Montlake Romance for the advanced copy!

Description

The #1 Amazon Charts bestselling series continues as Morgan Dane and PI Lance Kruger fight for the innocence of a young murder suspect—if only they could find him.

When a retired sheriff’s deputy is shot to death in his home, his troubled teenage stepson, Evan, becomes the prime suspect. Even more incriminating, the boy disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Desperate to find her son, Evan’s mother begs PI Lance Kruger for help. She knows her son is innocent. Kruger and defense attorney Morgan Dane want to believe that too, but the evidence against the boy is damning. Just as the trail goes cold, another deputy vanishes. His shocking connection to Evan’s stepfather throws the investigation into chaos as Lance and Morgan fear the worst…that Evan is the killer’s new target.

With so many secrets to unravel, will Lance and Morgan find him before it’s too late?

A Note From the Publisher

#1 Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A lifelong lover of books, she started writing as a way to pre­serve her sanity when her youngest child entered first grade. During the next few years, she joined Romance Writers of America, learned a few things about writing a novel, and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, She Can Run, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She’s also garnered Golden Leaf and Silver Falchion Awards, along with two nominations for a RITA and three Daphne du Maurier Awards. Her other novels include She Can Tell, She Can Scream, She Can Hide, She Can Kill, Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice, Midnight Betrayal, Midnight Obsession, Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill, Seconds to Live, Say You’re Sorry, Her Last Goodbye, Bones Don’t Lie, and What I’ve Done. She holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate; teaches women’s self-defense; and lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.

Advance Praise

“Bestseller Leigh’s intense fifth addition to the ongoing saga of the Dane family piles on the drama…A fun subplot featuring another PI and a reporter seems likely to enliven future volumes…Morgan and Lance’s romance, mingled with realistic family detail, takes a back seat to roller-coaster suspense.” Publishers Weekly

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Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly – #BOOKREVIEW #NEWRELEASE

Excited, doesn’t even cover the amount of enthusiasm I have towards this book release. Thanks to Netgalley, I had an advanced copy that I devoured instantly, but to hold off on writing my thoughts was more of a challenge than I anticipated.

Now that it’s been released, I’m loving all the reviews for Little Lovely Things. It mixes folklore, mystery and suspense into one story. A desperate mother searching for her girls becomes the only think you can think about and it touches your soul in aways you wouldn’t expect!

Description

“A shattering adventure.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean 

If only things had been different It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat, medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn’t have time for the nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car—and her daughters—are gone. The police have no leads, and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere. As hopeful and uplifting as it is devastating, Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by unthinkable tragedy, and the unexpected intersection of heartbreak and hope.

Advance Praise

“Debut author Connolly explores the emotional devastation that plays out after a woman’s young daughters mysteriously disappear. In 1991 Chicago, medical resident Claire Rawlings is driving her daughters to their daycare when she feels nauseous and stops at a gas station and rushes to the rest room and passes out. When she regains consciousness, Claire discovers that her car and her daughters, four-year-old Andrea and 15-month-old Lily, are gone. Police have few clues about who may have taken the girls. The impact on the lives of Claire and her husband, Glen, is shattering, and their marriage begins to unravel. As years pass and Claire can’t shake the guilt about feeling responsible for the disappearance of her daughters, she questions why Glen has never voiced his blame of her. Claire eventually meets with Jay White, a drifter who has given police some information that has assisted them in their investigation of the abduction of Lily and Andrea; Claire believes he may have psychic powers, leaving her with a sense of hope that her daughters are still alive. Connolly’s lyrical writing style and the fast-paced narrative draw in the reader right away. This is a riveting novel bolstered by its flawed, believable characters.” –Publishers Weekly

About Maureen Joyce Connolly

Maureen is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is her debut as a novelist. She is also an award-winning poet, published in diverse outlets such as Emory University’s Lullwater Review and Yankee Magazine.

Maureen is a foodie and appreciates interesting recipes. She also enjoys painting (especially flowers and sycamore trees), competing in races with her dragon boat team (Go Fierce)!, and reading (of course). She relishes spending time with her three children, her husband and her pets; a ridiculous terrier named Huckleberry, and a plump orange cat, Pumpkin.

It All Comes Back to You by Beth Duke – #BOOKREVIEW

Thank you Beth Duke, BooksGoSocial, and Netgalley for the Advanced Reader Copy! So glad I picked this one up!

Ok, so first this cover! I know floral is in now but this is beyond gorgeous and if I’m honest, it’s the reason I clicked on it for more info! Beautifully written with all the prose one expects with a southern scene that’s set in the past, this story is meant to be share and talked about.

Description

Alabama, 1947. War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.
Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world. 
Everybody loves her.

In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.

Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest―only if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she’s drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It’s an irresistible journey filled with revelations―including revelations about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.

Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don’t stop.

Everything changes.

Alternating chapters between Homecoming Queen Violet in 1947 and can’t-quite-find-her-crown Ronni in the present, IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU is Southern Fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous, uplifting, and stunning best. In the tradition of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and Olive Kitteridge, Duke delivers an unforgettable elderly character to treasure and a young heroine to steal your heart.

Advance Praise

“Beth Duke is one of those writers who leave you shaking your head when you’ve finished reading, muttering, ‘Dang, I wish I’d written that.’

She can spin a good yarn.

She is as Southern as grits and sweet tea.

Once you read one of her stories, you start to gravitate to her like a moth to a porch light.

It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savour. You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can’t. It becomes attached to you, a part of you. As does she.

I catch myself smiling when I’m reading her stories. They pull you in,and take you on a wild ride, but she returns you home at the end, safe and sound, and forever changed.

But for the better.

Beth Duke is a wordsmith of the best kind and her stories rank with the best in classic Southern fiction.”

– Dan Brown, Author of The Lunch Box and Reunion

“I laughed a lot, I also cried in places, I felt an affinity for the characters – and there are many – and their sorrows. I loved Violet and how she took the lemons life had given her and made a lot of lemonade for others who had nothing. I loved Ronni and her wonderful, dry, self-deprecating humor. This warm, funny book will surprise you a lot. It did me because I was expecting a simple, charming story about a nurse who has to write a book about her benefactor’s life. Yes, it’s about that, but so much more. Please don’t miss out on this wonderful story. I was sad when it ended.” – Official 5-Star Readers Favorite Editorial Review

“Wonderful book. I really liked Ronni and Violet and their amazing relationship. New plot in almost every chapter, which makes this book hard to put down. Story of family ties and secrets. Thank you NetGalley for free advance reading copy!” – 5***** review, Aggie B, NetGalley reviewer

“Thank you NetGalley for sending me this amazing woman’s fiction in exchange for an honest review. ‘It All Comes Back to You’ by Beth Duke is the tale of Violet’s life as told through stories and diaries given to Ronnie Johnson a nurse at the nursing home where they became friends. Beautiful Violet seems to have had a cursed life. How could anyone be so unlucky in love? ‘It All Comes Back to You’ Is told through Violet in her early years and through Ronnie’s discoveries while researching Violet’s life through the diaries and letters. Her story although tragic was often told with humor. While reading this book I laughed, I cried and I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this heart felt story.” – 5***** review, Diane E, reviewer

“I am so happy I picked this book up! I was drawn in from the first line and had a lot of trouble putting it down to do anything else. The story is powerful and oh so full of secrets, I imagined I was right there with Ronni and Violet watching every scenario play out. This novel was just very well written!” – 5***** review, Alicia M, reviewer

Will Haunt You by Brian Kirk

Just No! I hate to say that about any book as you all know my feelings about writing and it being an art form in itself and to each is own. Beauty is in the eye in the beholder, especially with this one.

It started off ok and I had high hopes with it being in the Horror genre, but as it went on, the sentences became disjointed and turned into pure chaos. The warning message at the beginning of the book is true, put it down, it’s dangerous to read!

That being said, it’s not my thing but it could very well be yours and I commend anyone who goes through the hard work it takes to get your words on a page and in between the covers.

Thank you to Netgalley, Brian Kirk, and Flame Tree Press for the advanced reader copy!

Description

Available in hardback, paperback, ebook and audiobook editions worldwide.

You don’t read the book. It reads you. Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler—former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead—was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean. But Jesse is wrong. The legend is real—and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past. Jesse is not the only one in danger, however. By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare. The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end. That’s when the evil comes for you. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

A Note From the Publisher

Brian Kirk is an author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, We Are Monsters, was released in July 2015 and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. 

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies. Most recently, Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories and Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders, where his work appears alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors, and received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year compilation. 

During the day, Brian works as a freelance marketing and creative consultant. His experience working on large, integrated advertising campaigns for international companies has helped him build an effective author platform, and makes him a strong marketing ally for his publishing partners. In addition, Brian has an eye for emerging media trends and an ability to integrate storytelling into new technologies and platforms. 

While he’s worked to make this bio sound as impressive as possible, he’s actually a rather humble guy who believes in hard work and big dreams. Feel free to connect with him through one of the following channels. Don’t worry, he only kills his characters. 

AWARDS: 

Bram Stoker Award Nominee: Superior Achievement in a First Novel – 2015

How Yoga teaches your to sit with yourself…and LIKE it. #YOGA #SELFCARE #CHRONICILLNESS

Suffering from any chronic illness is challenging on a daily basis. You never know how you’re going to wake up and feel that day, always hoping it’s a good day. After all these years of living with an autoimmune disease, I’ve tried so many things to combat the aching joints, foggy brain, and overall discomfort. The one thing that helps without fail… is always YOGA.

For one, how many of you have a chronic illness and because of that are hyper aware of your body. You feel all the aches and pains, can sense sensations otherwise hidden to the a regular healthy body? I know I am. I almost wonder if it’s too much. Am I focusing and worrying on it so much that I’m perpetuating my own disease? Thoughts….they go round and round, worried about all the wrong things.

So what can we do to get out of our minds? To be in the present enjoying life, even when not feeling 100% but doing the best we can anyway?

Again, it’s Yoga.

I had a wonderful practice yesterday in which each pose was held for at least 3 minutes, sometimes opting to go for 5. What I noticed in myself is that I had to sit with my body and mind and be ok with it. It’s not an easy thing for a worry wart like me, but it is achievable. And it feels so good!

Next time you get on the mat try to hold your poses, focus on release and breath. When the mind wanders bring it back to center and focus on just being you. Not all the pain, not the illness, no worry and let your thoughts go.

Trust me, it’s not easy to be with yourself all the time but sometimes we need the solitude to get back to ur deeper selves and release the tension we carry around.

When the pose begins to burn and you want to stop, breathe. (Of course if you’re in pain stop right away) Sensation is what you want not pain, sink deeper with every breath, twist a little more, loosen your core and release. Your Charkas with thank you!

Yoga for Healing

Graves of Wrath by Lina Gardiner – #BOOKREVIEW

Being the first in the series, I was excited to pick this one up. It’s been a while since I’ve read an entire series through!

I enjoyed the plot and Lina’s storytelling but at times it felt a little disjointed and at others, it was too much all at once.

That being said, Lina grabs a hold of your attention and gets you excited to read more. I can’t wait for the next one in the series and am super happy I got to start this from the beginning.

A big thank you to Netgalley, Lina Gardiner, and Bell Bridge Books for the advanced copy!

I want to hear your thoughts, let me know if you’ve read it and what you think! Ready to buy now!

Description

City of Bones Series, Book 1

“Reading a Lina Gardiner book is like riding an out-of-this-world roller coaster with your favorite people in the world.” —Joyce Lamb, USA Today bestselling author 

DEATH DEFINES HER . . . 

When Jess Vandermire, Captain of New York City’s Vampire Hunting team, learns that her brother, Regent, has been sent to Paris for three months by the Vatican, she’s devastated.  Regent’s been too involved with vampires as a priest to go to Paris without fearing vampire retribution. He’ll need backup. Lucky for him, Jess and her partner, John Brittain, have some vacation time coming.

Once Jess and Britt arrive, they know something’s not right in the city. Women are being murdered, and the vampire population is on the edge of revolt. But worst of all, the City of Lights is home to a lot of shadows, ones that move—and kill—of their own accord. But Jess’s existence is rocked to the core when Regent comes across a life-changing, long lost family secret.

It’s starting to look like there’ll be no rest for the wicked.

City of Bones—some secrets don’t stay buried . . .

Lina Gardiner, award-winning author of the Jess Vandermire Vampire Hunter Series, has writing in her blood. Winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal-Time Travel-Futuristic and winner of the Prism Award in Best First Book from FF&P (Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter of RWA). Her books have been well received by reviewers such as Kirkus Reviews and USA Today’s HEA blog, including a 4.5-star rating from RT Book Reviews and nomination for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award 2013, finalist in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards, and 2017 Epic eBooks Awards finalist.

Lina enjoys the daily routines of being an author: from conceiving an idea to writing and revising, from networking with other authors to attending workshops and learning sessions. And, of course, holding that bright and shiny, newly published book in her hands—always the best experience ever.  

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A Beautiful Corpse (Harper McClain #2) by Christi Daugherty – #BOOKREVIEW

Being the 2nd book in the series, this was a great stand-alone read. Although knowing the backstory to some of the characters does come in handy, you won’t be left on the ledge without it should you decide to start here.

You can’t hold me back from a book that includes an Antebellum house from the old south. There’s nothing quite like the vivid descriptions of the lush landscape and unique architecture. Add murder and well, you’ve got the perfect story!

I enjoyed this one for all the reasons list above and more. It kept me guessing and wanting to pick up the rest of the series to continue the plot!

Christi Daugherty has done a fabulous job and I thank her, Netgalley, and Harper Collins for the advanced copy!

Description

From Christi Daugherty, author of The Echo Killing, comes another pulse-pounding suspenseful thriller featuring crime reporter Harper McClain.

For a woman, being killed by someone who claims to love her is the most ordinary murder of all.

With its antebellum houses and ancient oak trees draped in a veil of Spanish moss, Savannah’s graceful downtown is famous around the world. When a woman is killed in the heart of that affluent district, the shock is felt throughout the city. But for crime reporter Harper McClain, this story is personal. The corpse has a familiar face.

Only twenty-four years old, Naomi Scott was just getting started. A law student, tending bar to make ends meet, she wanted to change the world. Instead, her life ended in the dead of night at the hands of an unseen gunman. There are no witnesses to the crime. The police have three suspects: Scott’s boyfriend, who has a criminal past he claims he’s put behind him, her boss, who stalked another young bartender two years ago, and the district attorney’s son, who Naomi dated until their relationship ended in acrimony. All three men claim to love her. Could one of them be her killer?

With the whole city demanding answers, Harper unravels a tangled story of obsession and jealousy. But the pressures on her go beyond the murder. The newspaper is facing more layoffs. Her boss fears both their jobs are on the line. And Harper begins to realize that someone is watching her every move. Someone familiar and very dangerous.

Someone who told her to run before it’s too late…

More about Christi Daugherty

As a newspaper reporter, Christi Daugherty first began covering murders at the age of 22. She worked as a journalist for years in cities including Savannah, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. The Echo Killing is her first crime novel. She has also written seven young adult novels under the name CJ Daugherty.

Find out more and win signed books by visiting her website: www.ChristiDaugherty.com.

You can also follow Christi on Twitter @CJ_Daugherty and Facebook CJAuthor

RELEASED TODAY – THE LAST WINGMAN by Daisy Prescott

About the Book

Jonah Kingston is the last wingman standing.

June Moxee doesn’t care if he’s the last man on earth.

I haven’t exactly avoided relationships, but love has never been a priority. Solitude doesn’t bother me and being alone doesn’t mean being lonely. Until she moved to the island and I had to reconsider everything.

June seems content running her yarn shop, knitting with the local church ladies, and avoiding me. She’s a temptress in a handknit sweater. And for some reason, she’s not a fan of mine. It might be the tattoos. Or the beard. Or the fact that we’re polar opposites.

A woman has finally caught my attention. Too bad she thinks she hates me.

Good thing I’m stubborn enough to try to change her mind.

The Last Wingman is the sixth standalone, lighthearted small town romance in the Wingmen series. You do not have to read the previous books first to enjoy this book.

Get your copy now!

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About the Author

Daisy Prescott is a USA Today bestselling author of small town romantic comedies. Series include Modern Love Stories, Wingmen, Love with Altitude, as well as the Bewitched and Wicked Society series of magical novellas. Tinfoil Heart is a romantic comedy standalone set in Roswell, New Mexico. 

Daisy currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with her husband, their rescue dog Mulder, and an indeterminate number of imaginary house goats. When not writing, she can be found in the garden, traveling to satiate her wanderlust, lost in a good book, or on social media, usually talking about books, bearded men, and sloths.  

Website: https://www.daisyprescott.com/ 

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Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish – #BOOKREVIEW #LipstickVoodoo

Having not read the first book in the series, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I’ve been trying to go into a new book without reading the blurb or the reviews ahead of time and so far it’s served me well.

Although an urban mystery, which isn’t my normal preference, I enjoyed being pulled into Kincaid’s weird world and was kept on the edge of my seat hunting for clues the entire time! Mystery mixed with paranormal is a great mix with Kristi crafting the plot so perfectly, sometimes the pair doesn’t work that well together and can often miss key details when trying to include too much into one story.

Thank you to Netgalley, Kristi Charish, and Penguin Random House Canada for this ARC!

Description

Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner, is back in the freshly imagined and hugely entertaining second installment of Kristi Charish’s urban fantasy series.

Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there’s barely time to recuperate–let alone sleep in–before there’s a new problem in Kincaid’s world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade–the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control–comes home bound to a dead body, it’s up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he’d coveted for himself.
     When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat–and Kincaid’s ex–calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate’s ghost, which she can’t produce. Then people from Nate’s past start showing up dead, and what’s killing them doesn’t seem to be human. And the way it’s killing them is especially brutal.
     Nate’s hiding something, but he’s Kincaid’s friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive….


About Kristi Charish

Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world, and THE VOODOO KILLINGS (Random House Canada), an urban fantasy/mystery about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker. 

She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She’s also a co-host for the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast. 

Before becoming an author Kristi was a research scientist. She holds a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

Website – http://kristicharish.com

Twitter – kristicharish

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen – #BOOKREVIEW

Fast-paced, gripping, suspenseful and twisted, this book checked all my boxes! I truly enjoyed this read and went into it without reading the reviews first.

Thank you Netgalley, Greer Hendricks;.Sarah Pekkanen, and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC!

Low on cash, Jessica signs up to partner with Dr. Shields for her new study, without knowing what’s she truly in for, Dr. Shields takes her on quite a journey! How far will Dr. Shields go and how will Jessica get out with her sanity?

Told from both women’s perspectives, you really get inside their heads to understand their motives, that doesn’t mean you won’t be surprised along the way and be prepared to strap yourself in, you won’t want to stop reading once you start!

Description

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller (January 2019) everyone is talking about! 

People Magazine’s Book of the Week • Bookish’s “Must-Read Books of Winter” • PopSugar’s “Best Books of Winter” • Cosmopolitan’s “2019 Books to Bring to Your Book Club” • Bookbub’s “Biggest Books of Winter” • Refinery 29’s “Best Books of January 2019” • Crime Reads’ “January’s Best Psychological Thrillers” • InStyle’s “7 Books That You Should Resolve to Read This January” • HelloGiggles’ “The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2019” • USA Today’s “5 New Books Not to Miss” • Marie Claire’s “The Best Women’s Fiction of 2019 (So Far)” • Hypable’s “Winter Releases You Can’t Afford to Miss”

“Hendricks and Pekkanen are at the top of their game…You won’t see the final twist coming.” —People Magazine

“Beware strange psychologists…the authors know exactly how to play on their characters’ love of danger to bring them to the brink of disaster – and dare them to jump off.” —New York Times Book Review

“Slickly twisty [with] gasp-worthy final twists...major league suspense.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if moral and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Masterfully escalates the suspense.” —Booklist (starred review)

Looking to earn some easy cash, Jessica Farris agrees to be a test subject in a psychological study about ethics and morality. But as the study moves from the exam room to the real world, the line between what is real and what is one of Dr. Shields’s experiments blurs.

Dr. Shields seems to know what Jess is thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Jessica’s behavior will not only be monitored, but manipulated. 

Caught in a web of attraction, deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, An Anonymous Girl will keep you riveted through the last shocking twist.

How to Manage Pinterest… Like a BOSS

Pinterest isn’t just for mood boards and design inspiration anymore! That’s right, now a lot of business owners, bloggers, authors, and artists are using the site to spread their message and sell their goods!

Much like Google, Pinterest is a search engine but instead of searching EVERYTHING on the web like Google, Pinterest only searches the content within it’s platform, which means that you have a much better chance of reaching your target audience.

Sounds great, right? So let’s get started!

With any site or blog, the first step you want to make to your Pinterest account, is to claim your site. It’s easy enough for anyone to do.

Next, activate Rich Pins

Rich Pins show metadata right on the Pin itself, giving Pinners a richer experience and increasing engagement. Information in a Rich Pin is independent of the Pin description, ensuring that important information is always tied to the Pin. There are 4 types of Rich Pins: app, article, product and recipe Pins. 

Rich Pins work by displaying metadata from marked up pages on your website. Once you’ve applied for Rich Pins, any content on your site with metadata will turn into a Rich Pin when a user saves it.

The rest is all about content and spreading the word! I have used scheduling platforms like Tailwind, CrowdfireApp and Buffer to test their features, but found that I could duplicate and even exceed my projected reach by replicating the tasks myself. Yes, it can be time consuming and a little overwhelming at first, but I recommend starting out by managing your profile yourself in the most manual way possible to get more familiar with the system.

By gaining an intimate understanding of the platform will allow you to expand into using a post scheduler and content creator that works best for you. They’re all a little different and it’s easy to spend money in the wrong places when you’re not sure what tools can be used to your benefit.

Popular Content that will get you reins

  • Recipes

  • DIY & Crafts

  • Evergreen Content

  • Fashion

  • How-to Guides – Beginner to Expert

  • Health & Wellness – especially personal stories

  • Sustainability and Eco-Living

★★ RELEASING IN 2 DAYS! ★★ GOOD ON PAPER by Jennifer Millikin releases this Wednesday, March 6th! 

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BLURB:

Natalie Shay never imagined a day like this would come. She did what she was supposed to do: graduate college and marry her handsome, popular college sweetheart. With the ink still drying on their divorce papers, Natalie tries to move on from an ending she thought would be happy. 

When she feels a spark with her stubborn, charming best friend Aidan Costa, Natalie’s life becomes even more unrecognizable. Aidan has been her best friend for years, stood beside her when she got married, and has a notorious aversion to relationships. As confusion and denial overwhelm them, their spark grows. 

Held back by a secret he has been keeping his whole life, Aidan decides to ignore his feelings for Natalie. Natalie’s discovery of his secret pushes them past the boundaries they’ve carefully constructed around their friendship. 

For Natalie, this could be a second chance at her happily ever after. But when a person from Aidan’s past reappears, everything he has built with Natalie is threatened.

About the author

Jennifer Millikin is a contemporary fiction author of five full-length novels and a contributor for Scottsdale Moms Blog. When she isn’t writing she can be found cooking, hiking, or in downward dog.

Website:  https://www.jennifermillikinwrites.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferMillikinwrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenmillwrites

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Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jennifermillikinreadergroup/

The OA Part 2 Release Date Announced – View Trailer

If you’ve watched The OA on Netflix, you’ll know it’s a little wacky but it’s also SO good!

Bringing a deeper perspective of time, life, and love, The OA delivers a beautiful story that I was hoping would continue soon but without a release date, I wasn’t sure if it was actually happening or not, until yesterday when I saw the new trailer for Part 2?

With Prairie (Brit Marling) staring in this series, you get all kinds of feels watching her get separated from her father, navigating blindness while living with her new adoptive family before getting kidnapped by a mad scientist, Hap (Jason Isaacs), who’s trying to harness the power he believes special individuals who have experienced a near-death experience have.

In the new trailer, we see Prairie living in an alternate universe where she’s the Russian Heiress she believes herself to be. So what will happen this season?

Will Prairie continue her search for Homer? Will she come face-to-face with her kidnapper again? Who knows, but I’m ready!

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