Thursday, June 21, 2018

Showcase - Review - Upstate by James Wood Audio version narrated by Raphael Corkhill

I've never had the pleasure of reading a James Wood novel before but I love British literature, their wit, humor and their staidness. So when Upstate was one of the June offerings from Macmillan Audio I said yes please.
June is audio month, celebrate by listening to an audio book.


ISBN-13: 9781427298195
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 6-5-2018
Length: 6hrs 52.mins
Source: Publisher for review
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New Yorker book critic and award-winning author James Wood delivers a novel of a family struggling to connect with one another and find meaning in their own lives.
In the years since his daughter Vanessa moved to America to become a professor of philosophy, Alan Querry has never been to visit. He has been too busy at home in northern England, holding together his business as a successful property developer. His younger daughter, Helen—a music executive in London—hasn’t gone, either, and the two sisters, close but competitive, have never quite recovered from their parents’ bitter divorce and the early death of their mother. But when Vanessa’s new boyfriend sends word that she has fallen into a severe depression and that he’s worried for her safety, Alan and Helen fly to New York and take the train to Saratoga Springs.

Over the course of six wintry days in upstate New York, the Querry family begins to struggle with the questions that animate this profound and searching novel: Why do some people find living so much harder than others? Is happiness a skill that might be learned or a cruel accident of birth? Is reflection conducive to happiness or an obstacle to it? If, as a favorite philosopher of Helen’s puts it, “the only serious enterprise is living,” how should we live? Rich in subtle human insight, full of poignant and often funny portraits, and vivid with a sense of place, James Wood’s Upstate is a powerful, intense, beautiful novel.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review- Untamed Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Maisey Yates is a favorite of mine from way back when I reviewed Harlequn Presents for RT Book reviews so it was a no brainer when I had the opportunity to review her latest Gold Valley novel.
Maisey's publisher is sponsoring a giveaway, details below.


ISBN-13: 9781335900708
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 6-19-2018
Length: 480pp
Gold Valley #2
Source: Publisher/Netgalley for review
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In Gold Valley, Oregon, love might be hiding in plain sight…

Some things are too perfect to mess with. Bennett Dodge’s relationship with Kaylee Capshaw is one of them. They work together at their veterinary clinic and have been best friends for years. When Bennett’s world is rocked by the appearance of a son he didn’t know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn’t want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same…

Kaylee’s done her best to keep her feelings for the man she’s loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there’s no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what’s left could destroy their bond—or bring them to a love that’s deeper than she ever imagined…

Also includes a bonus Gold Valley novella, Mail Order Cowboy!

Giveaway is for One Print Copy of
Smooth Talking Cowboy US & Canada Only
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Review- The Lost For Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

I've been on a Brit-Lit frenzy lately, both in print and audio so when  The Lost For Words Bookshop landed on my desk I had to dig in and I'm so glad I did because its one of the best of the lot. And Stephanie's publisher St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a giveaway, details below.

ISBN-13: 9781250124531
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 6-19-2018
Length: 368pp
Source: Publisher/Netgalley for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound/Audible


The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland is a compelling, irresistible, and heart-rending novel, perfect for all book lovers.
Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you.
Into her hiding place - the bookstore where she works - come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries.
Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?
Giveaway is one print copy of
The Lost For Words Bookshop
***US ONLY***
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Review- Dark Operative: A Shadow of Death - A Glimmer of Hope - The Dawn of Love by I.T. Lucas

Those who follow me know that I was introduced to The Children of the Gods series by I.T. Lucas by a friend and have been eating them up ever since. The series is unique in it's storyline and it's characters and that's quite a feat in a genre that seems at times too alike. Another unique element of the series is that every love story is its own trilogy and yet is so apart of the whole that they can't be read out of order.
I had a chance to interview I.T. earlier click HERE to see it.

Enjoy my review of books 17, 18 & 19!

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                                           A Shadow of Death          A Glimmer of Hope          The Dawn of Love

Thursday, June 14, 2018

#Giveaway- Interview David L. Wallace - Preordained

Today is my stop on the Preordained by David L. Wallace blog tour, read an excerpt my interview with David and enter to win an Amazon GC. A Partners in Crime Virtual Blog Tour

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#Giveaway - Review - Interview Breathless Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan

Breathless is Bradley and Donovan's second collaboration and sequel to Unbound staring two secondary characters from that novel. I loved the mix of romance and women's fiction, the two time periods and the absolutely unforgettable characters.
Read my chat with both authors and my review then enter to win a copy of your own, details below. Believe me you won't be sorry!

ISBN-13: 9781250008060
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 6-12-2018
Length: 384pp
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/Kobo/IndieBound


In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.

She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.

There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

Giveaway is for one print copy
 Breathless US ONLY
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June #LibraryLoveChallenge - Lucky Bastard by Joe Buck

Welcome to the June #LibraryLoveChallenge post, The Library Love Challenge is hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs.
For my library love challenge I'm posting a review for the book my in-person library book club read, this month the selection was an autobiography of Joe Buck called, Lucky Bastard.
The name Buck is St. Louis Royalty and I was so glad that we got to read and discuss it.


ISBN-13: 978-1101984567
Publisher: Dutton
Release Date:11-15-2016
Length: 304pp

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, the announcer of the biggest sporting events in the country—including the 2017 Super Bowl and this century's most-watched, historic, Chicago Cubs–winning World Series—reveals why he is one lucky bastard.

Sports fans see Joe Buck everywhere: broadcasting one of the biggest games in the NFL every week, calling the World Series every year, announcing the Super Bowl every three years. They know his father, Jack Buck, is a broadcasting legend and that he was beloved in his adopted hometown of St. Louis.

Yet they have no idea who Joe really is. Or how he got here. They don’t know how he almost blew his career. They haven’t read his funniest and most embarrassing stories or heard about his interactions with the biggest sports stars of this era.

They don’t know how hard he can laugh at himself—or that he thinks some of his critics have a point. And they don’t know what it was really like to grow up in his father’s shadow. Joe and Jack were best friends, but it wasn’t that simple. Jack, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for almost fifty years, helped Joe get his broadcasting start at eighteen. But Joe had to prove himself, first as a minor league radio announcer and then on local TV, national TV with ESPN, and then finally on FOX. He now has a successful, Emmy-winning career, but only after a lot of dues-paying, learning, and pretty damn entertaining mistakes that are recounted in this book.

In his memoir, Joe takes us through his life on and off the field. He shares the lessons he learned from his father, the errors he made along the way, and the personal mountain he climbed and conquered, all of which have truly made him a Lucky Bastard.