Friday, October 30, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews: Below the Bones by Kendra Elliott, narrated by Christine Williams

 Today Sophia Rose reviews a romantic suspense perfect for this time of year.
 Take it away!

Below the Bones by Kendra Elliott, narrated by Christine Williams

#5 Widow’s Island

Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Brilliance Audio

Published:  10.27.20

Time:  2 hours 29 minutes

ISBN:  1799727068

Rating: 5

Narrator: 5

Format:  MP3

Source:  Brilliance Audio

Sellers:  Amazon / Audible / Barnesand Noble

Add To: GoodReads  


Thursday, October 29, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Showcase: The Autumn You Became Mine by J.L. Lora Caffeinated PR

Happy Release Day to The Autumn You Became Mine by J.L. Lora. This is the third romance novel in Lora's A Love for All Seasons series, but each works as a standalone. Check out an excerpt and enter to win a fabulous giveaway basket inspired by the heroine's favorite things.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

#GIVEAWAY - Interview - Review People Die In Sunshine by Gloria Nagy- Author/Guide

Sometimes you find a voice in literature that speaks to you and a title of a book that just screams READ ME that's exactly what I thought when my publicist friend David owner of Author/Guide sent me a copy of People Die in Sunshine, the latest from International best seller Gloria Nagy. I picked the author's brain a bit and am also sharing my review. Plus if that's not enough Gloria has graciously offered a signed copy for one of you! Details below


ISBN-13: 978-1735243917
Release Date: 10-05-2020
Length: 328pp
Source: Author/Publicist for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



New York Times Best Selling Author, Gloria Nagy sliced through the social fabric of the North Shore of Long Island in A HOUSE IN THE HAMPTONS and now she aims her razor sharp talents on Miami--the new hot spot for glamour, greed and gore.

The Sunshine State will need a far higher level of SPF!

People Die in Sunshine is the carnival ride through the externally glamorous, but internally twisted lives of those two people, Frederick and Coco Rothenstein and their world; one most of us only know about from reading true crime stories and news accounts of the lives of the super-rich and entitled dwellers in the bastions of wealth and privilege where families such as the Rothensteins reign. The first four words of Gloria Nagy's scorching, ironic tale of greed, glamour, envy, avarice and the Janus headed coin of love and hate are: "Money. Money. Money. Money." What Ms. Nagy accomplishes in a work of humor, heartbreak, murder, and redemption reinforces those four words. A theme reflecting the world we have created that rises and falls with the same quite simple motivation that has driven every facet of human life since man stood upright. It is not the world we want to see, but it is the real world and where better to set a novel that is as much a social chronicle of our times as it is a gripping tale of the maze like search for a killer, than Miami.

The Miami of the twenty-first century, a glittering city in the sun which has become a symbol of the new American Dream--retirement ease, new beginnings or a haven for sketchy characters with dubious histories and too much money to spend. In a large cast of characters diverse in ethnicity, wealth, morality and status, Ms. Nagy shines her own unique sunlight on a cross section of this city of multi-cultural strivers and survivors, finding humanity in even the most flawed inhabitants of her singular human circus. This is a robust and tightly constructed romp through her slice of the sludge beneath the shimmering sand and as in all of her work, she sees and she sears.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews: In Plain Sight by Don Jacobson, narrated by Amanda Berry

 Today I turn it over to my pal Sophia Rose who's reviewing In Plain Sight by Don Jacobson, narrated by Amanda Berry a twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

In Plain Sight by Don Jacobson, narrated by Amanda Berry

Historical Romance

Publisher:  Meryton Press

Published:  9.10.20

Time:  13 hours 1 minute

Rating: 4.5

Format:  Audible

Source:  Author

Sellers:  AmazonAudible

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Showcase The Girl Who Wasn't There by Vincent Zandri Oceanview Publishing

 Today I'm showcasing The Girl Who Wasn't There by Vincent Zandri a new release from fave indy Oceanview Publishing. Perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins

ISBN-13: 978-1608093960
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 10-13-2020
Length: 304pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



Sidney O’Keefe just wants to spend a peaceful weekend alone with his wife and daughter in the vacation paradise of Lake Placid, New York—now that he’s been paroled after a ten year stretch in a maximum-security prison. But any illusion of a peaceful future is destroyed when his eleven-year-old daughter, Chloe, suddenly disappears from the iconic beach scene, leaving Sidney and his wife, Penny, stricken with fear and panic.

When it’s determined that his old crime boss, Mickey Rabuffo, might be behind the abduction, it becomes apparent that the past has not only come back to haunt Sidney, but it’s come back to kill the entire family. With the village police assuming that Sidney, an ex-con with a history of prison violence, is responsible for his daughter’s disappearance, Sidney is left with no choice—he needs to take the law into his own hands—not only to expose the truth about what’s developing into a conspiracy of Biblical proportions, but also to render his own particular brand of rough justice.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Showcase Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely by Andrew S Curran Other Press

 Today I'm showcasing a spirited biography of the prophetic and sympathetic philosopher who helped build the foundations of the modern world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-039-5
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 10-13-2020
Length: 528pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Denis Diderot is often associated with the decades-long battle to bring the world’s first comprehensive Encyclopédie into existence. But his most daring writing took place in the shadows. Thrown into prison for his atheism in 1749, Diderot decided to reserve his best books for posterity–for us, in fact. In the astonishing cache of unpublished writings left behind after his death, Diderot challenged virtually all of his century’s accepted truths, from the sanctity of monarchy, to the racial justification of the slave trade, to the norms of human sexuality. One of Diderot’s most attentive readers during his lifetime was Catherine the Great, who not only supported him financially, but invited him to St. Petersburg to talk about the possibility of democratizing the Russian empire.

In this thematically organized biography, Andrew S. Curran vividly describes Diderot’s tormented relationship with Rousseau, his curious correspondence with Voltaire, his passionate affairs, and his often iconoclastic stands on art, theater, morality, politics, and religion. But what this book brings out most brilliantly is how the writer’s personal turmoil was an essential part of his genius and his ability to flout taboos, dogma, and convention.

Monday, October 19, 2020

#Giveaway Eye For Eye Trilogy by JK Franko a Partners In Crime Virtual blog tour

Welcome to my stop on the Eye For Eye Trilogy by JK Franko. Read all about them then enter to win!

Eye for Eye Trilogy

by JK Franko

October 19 - December 31, 2020 Tour

Friday, October 16, 2020

Showcase Why Didn't We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland by Issac A Bailey Other Press

Today on the blog I'm featuring an important book of essays by journalist Isaac A Bailey, Why Didn't We Riot? A Black Man In Trumpland. A book I'm excited to dig into as I, as so many people have taken a hard look at how we deal with race and racism in this country in light of the senseless killings of blacks by police.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-028-9
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 10-6-2020
Length: 192pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



In these impassioned, powerful essays, an award-winning journalist deals forthrightly with what it means to be Black in Trump’s America.

South Carolina–based journalist Issac J. Bailey reflects on a wide range of complex, divisive topics—from police brutality and Confederate symbols to respectability politics and white discomfort—which have taken on a fresh urgency with the protest movement sparked by George Floyd’s killing. Bailey has been honing his views on these issues for the past quarter of a century in his professional and private life, which included an eighteen-year stint as a member of a mostly white Evangelical Christian church.

Why Didn’t We Riot? speaks to and for the millions of Black and Brown people throughout the United States who were effectively pushed back to the back of the bus in the Trump era by a media that prioritized the concerns and feelings of the white working class and an administration that made white supremacists giddy, and explains why the country’s fate in 2020 and beyond is largely in their hands. It will be an invaluable resource for the everyday reader, as well as political analysts, college professors and students, and political consultants and campaigns vying for high office.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Showcase A Highlander is Coming to Town by Laura Trentham St. Martin's Paperback release

 Okay so it's still over two months until Christmas, but folks this is 2020, a year that will live in infamy, a year that made history, so who's ready for a feel good, warm fuzzy Christmas tale raise you hands. Laura Trentham's #3 in her Highland Georgia series is just that kind of read.

ISBN-13:  9781250315052
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperback
Release Date: 9-29-2020
Length: 304pp
Highland Georgia #3
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



The third book in the Highland, Georgia romantic comedy series from Laura Trentham, A Highlander is Coming to Town, full of love, laughs...and highlanders!

You better watch out. . .

Holt Pierson is dreading Christmas. His parents absconded to Florida for the season and left him to handle the family farm which will be his one day—whether he wants it or not. Driven by duty, Holt has always followed the path expected of him. But lately, he’s been questioning what he wants and where he belongs. Will assuming the responsibility of the Pierson farm make him happy or is there something—or someone—else out in the wider world calling to him?

To Claire Smythe, the Scottish lead singer of a touring band, Highland, Georgia, is the perfect place to hide . . .until a very handsome and deeply curious Holt begins to ask all the questions Claire doesn’t want to answer. As Holt draws Claire out from under and into the fabric of small-town life, can Claire put the past behind her and embrace the unexpected gifts of the season—including the new and lasting love?

“Laura Trentham creates a romance that is both extremely sensual and phenomenal.”
—Fresh Fiction

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Saving Grace by D M Barr a Partners in Crime Virtual blog tour

Welcome to my stop on the Saving Grace by  D M Barr blog tour sponsored by Partner In Crime Virtual Blog Tours. Read all about it and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway.

Saving Grace by D.M. Barr Banner



Saving Grace

A Psychological Thriller

by D.M. Barr

on Tour October 12 - November 13, 2020

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Showcase, The Last Interview by ESHKOL NEVO Translated by SONDRA SILVERSTON

 Today is another offering from favorite indie Other Press, The Last Interview 
by ESHKOL NEVO Translated by SONDRA SILVERSTON Available now

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-987-9
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 10-13-2020
Length: 480 pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



From the internationally best-selling author of Three Floors Up, a literary page-turner that delves into the deepening cracks in a carefully constructed public persona.

A writer tries to answer a set of interview questions sent to him by a website editor. At first, they stick to the standard fare: Did you always know you would be a writer? How autobiographical are your books? Have you written any stories you would never publish? Usually his answers in these situations are measured, calculated, cautious. But this time, when his heart is about to break and his life is about to crumble, he finds he cannot tell anything but the truth. The naked, funny, sad, scandalous, politically incorrect truth.

Every question the writer tackles opens a door to a hidden room of his life. And each of his answers reveals that at the heart of every truth, there is a lie—and vice versa. Surprising, bold, intimate, and utterly engrossing, The Last Interview shows just how tenuous the lines are between work and life, love and hate, fact and fiction. And in exploring the many, often contradictory facets of an Israeli author’s identity, Eshkol Nevo also gives us a nuanced, thought-provoking portrait of a country at odds with itself.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Showcase All Scot and Bothered by Kerrigan Byrne a new release from St. Martin's Press

Today I'm showcasing Kerrigan Byrne's latest, #2 in her Devil you Know series, All Scot and Bothered. I just love her play on word titles.

ISBN-13: 9781250318862
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 9-29-2020
Length: 416pp
Devil You Know #2
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



All Scot and Bothered is the second book in the stunning Devil You Know series by USA Today bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne!

They are a dangerous duke, a fierce lord, and an infamous earl—dark, bold, brave men who know exactly what they want. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

He is first and foremost—at everything. A man who’s made his own way through ruthless cunning and sheer force of will. A strong and imposing Scot who can turn on the charm but does not suffer fools. His title: Lord Chief Justice of the High Court. His name: Cassius Gerard Ramsay. His mission: To investigate the goings-on at London's most notorious gaming hell, owned and operated by one of the most intriguing and desirable women he’s ever met.


Cecelia Teague was an orphan facing a rather dire future—until a secret benefactor from her mother’s scandalous past swept into her life. Sent to a prestigious boarding school and later to university, Cecelia believed high society was at her fingertips...Then, from out of nowhere, she became the inheritor of a gambling establishment. Now Cecelia must live two lives: one as a proper lady who finds herself undeniably drawn to Lord Ramsay and the other as a savvy gaming hell owner trying to save her business from the very same man. He has no idea she is both women...and Cecelia would like to keep it that way. But what happens when consuming passion and escalating danger threaten to reveal the truth?

"With the Devil You Know series, Byrne once again delivers the beautifully nuanced characters and seductive storytelling her readers have come to expect."—Booklist

Friday, October 9, 2020

Showcase The Turncoat by SIEGFRIED LENZ Translated by JOHN CULLEN

Today I'm once again showcasing another amazing release from Other Press my favorite Indie, The Turncoat by SIEGFRIED LENZ is a previously unpublished novel from 1951 by this German born bestselling author who deserted during WWII to the Soviet Union. 
Do not miss out on this one.

ISBN-13:  978-1-59051-053-7
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 10-6-2020
Length: 384pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Never has the aftermath for Germans been better depicted than in Siegfried Lenz’s elegiac, The Turncoat. A newly discovered masterpiece.” —Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Avenue of Spies

Previously unpublished, this German postwar classic is one of the best books of this major writer, who died in 2014.

The last summer before the end of World War II, Walter Proska is posted to a small unit tasked with ensuring the safety of a railway line deep in the forest on the border with Ukraine and Byelorussia. In this swampy region, a handful of men—stunned by the heat, attacked by mosquitoes, and abandoned by their own troops in the face of the resistance—must also submit to the increasingly absurd and inhuman orders of their superior. Time passes, and the soldiers isolate themselves, haunted by madness and the desire for death. An encounter with a young Polish partisan, Wanda, makes Proska further doubt the validity of his oath of allegiance, and he seeks to answer the questions that obsess him: When conscience and duty clash, which is more important? Is it possible to take any action without becoming guilty in some way? And where is Wanda, this woman from the resistance he can’t forget?

Written in 1951, The Turncoat is Siegfried Lenz’s second novel. Rejected by his publisher, who thought that the story of a German soldier defecting to the Soviet side would be unwelcome in the context of the Cold War, the manuscript was forgotten for nearly seventy years before being rediscovered after the author’s death. A posthumous triumph.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

#MacmillanAudio Review of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini narrated by Jennifer Hale

  I went into this novel not knowing what expect because I loved Christopher's Inheritance Cycle and didn't know what his sci-fi would be. Well he blew me away and if you read on you'll see why

ISBN-13:  9781250767547
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 9-15-2020
Length: 32 hours- 30 minutes
Source: Macmillan audio/Netgalley for review
Buy It: Audible



Now a New York Times and USA Today bestseller!

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini.

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she's awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope . . .

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Showcase The Residence by Andrew Pyper a Simon and Schuster new release

 Oh Boy I'm psyched to bring you a new terrifying horror story based on true events by the internationally bestseller of The Demonologist Andrew Pyper. Be prepared to be scared!

ISBN-13: 978-1982149055
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 9-01-2020
Length: 352pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



In this gripping and terrifying horror story based on true events, the President’s late son haunts the White House, breaking the spirit of what remains of the First Family and the divided America beyond the residence’s walls.

The year is 1853. President-elect Franklin Pierce is traveling with his family to Washington, DC, when tragedy strikes. In an instant, their train runs off the rails, violently flinging passengers about the cabin. But when the great iron machine finally comes to rest, the only casualty is the President-elect’s beloved son, Bennie, which casts Franklin’s presidency in a pall of sorrow and grief.

As Franklin moves into the White House, he begins to notice that something bizarre is happening. Strange sounds coming from the walls and ceiling, creepy voices that seem to echo out of time itself, and visions of spirits crushed under the weight of American history.

But when First Lady Jane Pierce brings in the most noted Spiritualists of the day, the Fox sisters, for a séance, the barrier between this world and the next is torn asunder. Something horrible comes through and takes up residence alongside Franklin and Jane in the walls of the very mansion itself.

Only by overcoming their grief and confronting their darkest secrets can Jane and Franklin hope to rid themselves—and America—from the entity that seeks to make the White House its permanent home.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

#GIVEAWAY The Wrong Kind of Woman Interview with author Sarah McCraw Crow released by Mira

 Today I'm so excited to be bringing you another fantastic offering from Mira, The Wrong Kind of Woman a debut by Sarah McCraw Crow. I was so hoping to have already read and reviewed this but like what happens with best intentions, life got in the way. So be sure to be on the lookout not too far in the future for my review. For now read my conversation with Sarah be sure and enter to win a copy of your own. Details below.

ISBN-13: 9780778310075
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: 10-06-2020
Length: 320pp
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



In late 1970, Oliver Desmarais drops dead in his front yard while hanging Christmas lights. In the year that follows, his widow, Virginia, struggles to find her place on the campus of the elite New Hampshire men’s college where Oliver was a professor. While Virginia had always shared her husband’s prejudices against the four outspoken, never-married women on the faculty—dubbed the Gang of Four by their male counterparts—she now finds herself depending on them, even joining their work to bring the women’s movement to Clarendon College.

Soon, though, reports of violent protests across the country reach this sleepy New England town, stirring tensions between the fraternal establishment of Clarendon and those calling for change. As authorities attempt to tamp down “radical elements,” Virginia must decide whether she’s willing to put herself and her family at risk for a cause that had never felt like her own.

Told through alternating perspectives, The Wrong Kind of Woman is an engrossing story about finding the strength to forge new paths, beautifully woven against the rapid changes of the early 1970s.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Showcase Fire And Vengeance by Robert McCaw Oceanview Publishing

 Today I'm showcasing Robert McCaw's latest in his Koa Kane Hawaiian mystery series, Fire and Vengeance. 

ISBN-13: 978-160809368
Publisher: Oceanview
Release Date: 9-01-2020
Length: 336pp
Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery #3
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound

Add To: Goodreads


Perfect for fans of Michael Connelly and James Lee Burke

Having killed his father’s nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawaiʻi Chief Detective Koa Kāne, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother, who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa’s secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice.

Never has Koa’s motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school’s contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth.

As Koa’s investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother’s freedom. As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a 40 year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother’s future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother’s freedom.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Today on the blog I'm happy to share that Harlequin has relaunched their Book Breaks app
Not sure what you want to read, looking for something special? Well Harlequin has the answer with its Book Breaks app open it up and you'll have access to over 400 digital romance stories, short stories and novellas from debut to best selling authors.

It’s a great way for romance fans to discover new content, with a new chapter uploaded each weekday. Readers can narrow their search based on the amount of time they have to read, mood categories and more!

Don't wait-get it wherever you get your apps!!!

Or if you prefer they also have the stories available to read on a desktop computer or laptop via the Online Reads page.

Leave it to the publisher that makes the world go round to give readers exactly what they want

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Showcase A Heartfelt Christmas Promise by Nancy Naigle St. Martin's Press

 The weather is getting cooler, the shelves are starting to be filled with Christmas decorations and I'm so ready for a holiday novel and no one writes better Christmas tales than Nancy Naigle.

ISBN-13:  9781250312648
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: 09-29-2020
Length: 352pp
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



A perfect gift that captures the spirit of the season, USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle’s A Heartfelt Christmas Promise celebrates the holidays, small-town traditions, and the generosity of love between two lost souls who find everything they ever wanted in each other.

Vanessa Larkin was supposed to be spending Christmas in Paris, France on a business trip she hoped to enjoy as a working vacation. Instead, she’s been assigned to Fraser Hills, North Carolina—home of the Best Fruitcake in the USA—to convert her company’s property into warehouse space and shut down Porter’s, the fruitcake factory. Offering retirement packages and selling locals on new job opportunities may not spread holiday cheer, but Vanessa believes she’s helping secure the town’s future.

Mike Marshall’s family founded Porter’s. For decades, the factory served as the lifeblood of the community until his grandfather sold the business to a Chicago corporation. The sale cost the town its independence—and the Marshalls their family ties. A horse farmer, Mike was never involved with his grandfather’s company, but still felt Fraser Hills lost part of its identity. And as a widower raising a teenage daughter, he’s suffered enough losses in one lifetime. News of the factory’s closing means losing another piece of the town’s legacy.

Far from the skyscrapers and rapid pace of the city, Vanessa finds herself enjoying the easygoing rhythms of rural living. With Mike as her guide, she learns to appreciate the simple pleasures found in shared holiday festivities among friends. Fraser Hills is a town she is growing to love—and Mike is someone she is falling in love with. Now all Vanessa needs is a Christmas miracle to give her newfound friends and home a gift they’ll cherish for many New Years to come