Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Riot Ad Network

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017 Book 210: NEWS OF THE WORLD by Paulette Jiles

News of the World by Paulette Jiles 
ISBN: 9780062409218 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780062409225 (ebook)
ASIN: B01122BZNK (Kindle edition)
Publication date: June 20, 2017 
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks   



Finalist for the National Book Award–Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. 

Add to Goodreads badge


In the late 1800s, Captain Jefferson Kidd makes a small living riding from town to town reading the news from around the world. Captain Kidd is well known to others that travel from town to town and is for this reason that he is asked to escort a German orphan that was abducted by the Kiowa tribe back to her family in San Antonio in the historical fiction News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is in his early seventies. He has fought in wars, worked as a printer, and considered himself a devoted husband and father. His wife has died and both daughters are currently residing in Georgia. The eldest is married with a son and the youngest is a widow living with her sister. A lifelong devotee to the printed word and possessing a great speaking voice, after the Civil War and the loss of his printing business Captain Kidd turns to the only thing he can think of...work as a traveling newsreader. His travels take him from town to town and he gathers national and international newspapers as well as stories from the newswires to keep his audience informed of the happenings around the country and the world. Captain Kidd is offered a large sum of money to escort a young girl to her family in Texas. To say that Captain Kidd is somewhat reluctant to escort Johanna to her family is somewhat of an understatement, but he needs the money and reluctantly accepts the job. Along their 400 mile trek, Captain Kidd and Johanna learn a lot from each other and bond as they battle the elements, bad guys, crazy bad guys, and more. Upon their arrival in San Antonio, Captain Kidd will need to make the toughest decision of his life: does he leave Johanna with her only remaining family no matter how unworthy they may be or does he go back on his word and keep her with him?

I initially read News of the World in 2016 when the hardcover was published and jumped at the opportunity to reread it for the paperback release (yes, it is just that good). I've got to say that I enjoyed reading News of the World just as much the second time around and found it was still a fast-paced and engrossing read. I was once again entertained while reading about Captain Kidd's early life and his military careers. Johanna initially comes across as uncivilized and stoic primarily from her time spent with a different culture (namely Native American culture), but we quickly learn that although she is stoic she is far from uncivilized despite initial perceptions. She is a smart and highly inventive girl and the perfect companion to Captain Kidd. I enjoyed the characters (good and bad), the major and minor storylines, the action, and the settings. Ms. Jiles has created an immensely readable story where everything works quite well together to the point where it is hard to imagine anything being omitted. This was the first book I read by Ms. Jiles, but I've since then read a few others (and yes, I've appreciated them as well). As I said in in my initial review, if you like realistic historical fiction or just want to read something with a gripping, powerful, and moving storyline, then I highly recommend you grab a copy of News of the World. As far as I'm concerned, News of the World is must read fiction at its best! (Just in case you didn't know, News of the World is being made into a movie starring Tom Hanks as Captain Kidd. I strongly encourage you to read the book before seeing the movie.) 

Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes via TLC Book Tours. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Meet the author:

Photo by Jill Gann


Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, TX.


Find out more about Paulette at website.


This review and tour brought to you by TLC Book Tours.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 Book 203: EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica 
ISBN: 9780778319986 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781460396698 (ebook)
ASIN: B01N0UM130 (Kindle version)
Publication Date: June 27, 2016 
Publisher: Park Row Books 

New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica is back with another exhilarating thriller as a widow's pursuit of the truth leads her to the darkest corners of the psyche. 
"The bad man, Daddy. The bad man is after us." 
Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and their four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. The crash is ruled an accident…until the coming days, when Maisie starts having night terrors that make Clara question what really happened on that fateful afternoon. 
Tormented by grief and her obsession that Nick's death was far more than just an accident, Clara is plunged into a desperate hunt for the truth. Who would have wanted Nick dead? And, more important, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out—and the truth is only the beginning of this twisted tale of secrets and deceit. 
Told in the alternating perspectives of Clara's investigation and Nick's last months leading up to the crash, master of suspense Mary Kubica weaves her most chilling thriller to date—one that explores the dark recesses of a mind plagued by grief and shows that some secrets might be better left buried.

Clara Solberg is a happy, but tired stay-at-home mom. She's just given birth to her second child and the only thing she truly longs for is a good night sleep. Awaking to find that her husband dead, his business in shambles, his life insurance canceled, her daughter traumatized, and her parents dealing with their own set of problems just might be more than she can handle all at once. These are just a few of the things going on in Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica.

Clara and Nick Solberg are a happy and loving couple. Clara has gladly given up her career in photography to be a stay-at-home mother to their four-year-old daughter Maisie. After Nick's sudden traumatic death, Clara has to deal with a traumatized Maisie, a newborn infant, a house in constant need of repair, a dwindling amount of income, the possibility that her husband's car crash might not have been an accident based on her daughter's night terrors, and her mother's ever-increasing problems associated with early-onset dementia. Clara is somewhat single-minded in what she is and isn't willing to deal with, but she's sure that Nick must have been murdered based on her daughter's terrors and statements and begins to investigate. Her investigation reveals more than she may have ever wanted to know in some regards, but is she getting closer to the truth or simply uncovering more secrets and lies? Was Nick murdered or was it just a tragic accident?

I'm a huge fan of mystery thrillers, suspense thrillers, and psychological thrillers and Ms. Kubica crafts some of the best thrillers I've read and she's done it yet again with Every Last Lie. I enjoyed this fast-paced story, found it to be part mystery thriller and part psychological thriller, and a wholly entertaining read. I also enjoyed the way Ms. Kubica told this story in alternating viewpoints, so the reader gets to know both Clara and Nick (and let me say there were times I wanted to bop them both upside the head and say "get a grip!"). Are there bad guys in Every Last Lie? Well, yes and no (you'll need to read the story to discover the truth of this for yourself). There's a lot of action going on in Every Last Lie and if I told you everything that happened you wouldn't need to read the book, but I'll tell you there are hints of marital infidelity, gambling, theft, workplace incompetence/negligence, bullying, marital abuse, and much more. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you're not sure about this genre then I suggest you add all of Ms. Kubica's titles (The Good Girl, Pretty Baby, Don't You Cry, and Every Last Lie) to your TBR list, because after reading just one of her books you're sure to be a fan. If you've read any of Ms. Kubica's previous titles, then you'll definitely want to grab a copy of Every Last Lie to read.


Read an excerpt from Every Last Lie here


Watch the book trailer for Every Last Lie:



Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Blast: ICED by Avery Daniels

ICED: A Resort to Murder Mystery

Avery Daniels

June 20, 2017 Book Blast



Synopsis:


Iced by Avery Daniels

Julienne has her ideal job as an event planner at a prestigious resort. During a luncheon event she coordinated, a renowned celebrity pastor is killed next to the buffet. All eyes turn to her as the suspect. If she wants to stay out of jail or even keep her job, Julienne needs all the help she can get to solve the crime.
She has her work cut out for her with a vengeful high school rival now reporter, the public demanding she be fired, plus family who know what's best for her, and a boyfriend who doesn't understand her. She turns to friends and a new ally to uncover who wanted to put the pastor on ice.
Julienne goes undercover and investigates a local swingers group as she follows the trail of clues before they go cold. Can she gather enough suspects and motives to convince the police to her widen their investigation? Can she do it before the killer sets his murderous sights on her? Will her personal life ever be as simple as unveiling a murderer?



Book Details:


Genre: Amateur Sleuth
Published by: Blazing Sword Publishing, Ltd
Publication Date: May 31st 2017
Number of Pages: 296
ASIN: B071LFD6JV
Series: A Resort to Murder Mystery, 1
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Kindle Unlimited  | Goodreads 


Read an excerpt:




Today everything in my life changed.

I'm the events coordinator and membership manager, in training that is, at a five star resort in Colorado. Some days, like today, it feels like I was sacrificed to some sadistic little idol somewhere. Coordination of conferences and meetings of all sizes in the resort's convention center facility was part of my training. But this particular event, a Leadership Luncheon that brought together the town's community leaders to network, was a challenge from the first minutes this morning.

"Julienne, this event must be executed with precision and perfection." Those are the favorite words of my boss, Chad. This particular event is a daylong exercise in patience.

Every job has its great parts and it's not so great. Today encompassed one of the more unpleasant aspects of my job. Occasionally, okay usually, the hardest part of my job is the customer relations and today was particularly difficult. Some customers just can't be satisfied and some events are riddled with issues.

We were only serving a modest seventy-five attendees, but I had already been assailed with special requests and numerous complaints. Picky doesn't begin to cover it.

"How hard would it be to setup for a video presentation with a large screen and surround sound?"

"There are windows. It's too distracting, people will be watching the hotel guests walking around."

"Can we change the setup of room C from an L configuration to a U shape? But only for that one session, then move it back."

"Can we get the Lobster for the buffet flown in that morning? Scallops are out….Can we have the scallops after all?"

"Music piped in during the breaks?"

"No music piped in at all."

"Red tablecloths with white napkins."

"Royal blue tablecloths with white napkins."

"White tablecloths with yellow napkins."

"Candles on mirrors for lunch centerpieces."

"Fresh flowers for centerpieces."

The changes continued even after the event started.

The Convention Center, with its classic European décor had a small lobby area with a few potted trees and plants on column stands. The rest extended down a hallway with two large areas on each side that could be divided into smaller rooms via partitions that extend from the walls as needed. The space could be up to eight small rooms, four on each side, or any combination from one to four rooms per side of the hallway.

The hallway was wide with several half-circle console tables including marble tops holding large dried floral arrangements and a few elegant chairs. The walls displayed large paintings of the Italian countryside and vineyards with carved gold gilt frames.

I was in a partitioned room overseeing the set up of the lunch buffet. The Italian Renaissance architecture was accentuated with interior details and décor that created a European elegance, all lit with the warm glow of a massive amber glass chandelier.

The room was a rectangle with the entrance from the hallway to one end and the door to the catering staging area at the opposite end. The buffet table was along the wall next to the staging door so wait staff could easy restock food items. The six-person round tables covered in rich golden linens were scattered strategically throughout the room to allow easy traffic flow. The thick carpet felt plush and cloud-like under foot.

I was surveying the buffet table with a critical eye. The five foot long ice sculpture of a swordfish occupied the center of the table and looked as though it was caught in mid leap, frolicking in a wave and ready to dive back into an unseen ocean. My stomach growled as the succulent smells of seafood teased my nose. The attendees would be returning to this room for their lunch and keynote speaker shortly.

"Brad, where are the crab leg metal crackers and little forks? Can you grab a few dozen and bring them right away?" Brad, slim and serious, had joined the team only two months ago and was picking up extra hours at every opportunity. He had asked to work this event as soon as I blocked out the time on the schedule. This would give him a good paycheck. He was lanky and took off with an easy loping stride to the staging area through the back door.

The door to the staging area had barely closed when I felt a hand grab hold of my derriere with an iron hard grip.

"This is more like it honey. I haven't had any fun today."

I whirled around and stumbled back. "Don't touch the staff. That includes me Pastor Tom." I practically shouted. Pastor Tom Drake was well known around town, and getting national attention lately with his mega church. He was included in the luncheon due to his influence, but he was just Pastor Tom since he was a local guy who started his church and radio ministry from his garage.

I had contended with bad behavior before, but never this grabby. I think I was going to have a bruise left from his vicious hand.

"You're not being very fri…friendly." I noticed his eyes were droopy and then I caught a whiff of the scotch he must have gotten at the Gilded Hornet pub next to the convention center building.

I decided to alert security we needed a person to monitor the rest of the event and turned to go. His iron hand grabbed hold of my arm and yanked me to him. Without a thought I took my knee to his groin and enjoyed watching his mouth form an "O" as his breath whooshed out. I broke free and backed away. I wasn't turning my back on him again.

"I will see you fired for that you bitch." He whispered with a jagged voice.

He couldn't do that, at least I was pretty sure he couldn't. I guess I'd find out. I rubbed my still smarting arm where he grabbed it. Brad would be back or the event participants would start to wander in so he couldn't do much more, but I didn't want to stay and find out. I backed out the door to the hallway toward the lobby and took my cell phone from my pants pocket.

"Hey Ron, we have a person under the influence at the luncheon in Convention Center. Can you spare someone for the afternoon?"

"I'll make sure somebody's there immediately Julienne. How bad is this guy?"

"Well, I'll probably have a black-and-blue handprint on my arm and …my backside." I took a deep breath.

"Son of a … I'll be right there. You stay away from him." Like I would go near that Neanderthal again, pastor or not.

The other participants were starting to exit the smaller break out session rooms and meander to the banquet room and bathrooms. The noise level began to creep upward from multiple conversations competing to be heard.

There was a loud crash of metal from the banquet room and a participant jerked open the door and froze in place. "Oh sh…" The participant's mouth gaped and his eyes were large circles.

I ran over to the open door and saw Pastor Tom impaled through the chest with the sharp end of the Swordfish ice sculpture, from his back right through to the front. His head was forward against his chest. Blood, running down the swordfish tip that jutted from his chest, dripping to the carpet. Drip, drip, drip in a macabre but surreal scene.

***

Excerpt from Iced by Avery Daniels.  Copyright © 2017 by Avery Daniels. Reproduced with permission from Avery Daniels. All rights reserved.



Author Bio:


Avery Daniels

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

Catch Up With Our Author On:


Website , Goodreads , Twitter , & Facebook !




Tour Participants:







Catch This Awesome Giveaway!



This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for Avery Daniels. There will be 1 winner of a $15 Amazon.com Gift Card and 5 winners of one (1) eBook copy of Iced by Avery Daniels. The giveaway begins on June 18 and runs through June 26, 2017.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Showcase: THE FALLEN STAR - The Nocturnals #3 by Tracey Hecht

Hello, my bookish peeps. I don't read a lot of YA (okay, I do read some YA but I don't review a lot of YA anymore) or Middle Grade reads, but when I was contacted about The Nocturnals series by Tracey Hecht/illustrated by Kate Liebman and then read the description of each book to my twin diva nieces [it's genetic, they got it from their diva aunt and I got from my diva mother and aunts 😉], they got almost as excited as I did. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to feature this series on my blog. Sadly, my nieces didn't have an opportunity this week to review the books (I've been incapacitated for much of the week due to severe migraine headaches), but diva J. is "very, very excited" to read all of the books and diva A. has "really enjoyed" the animated shorts. I look forward to reading this series along with my divas. I hope your divas and divos will enjoy this series and if you think they might, scroll down and enter the giveaway for book three, The Fallen Star.



The Mysterious Abductions (The Nocturnals #1) by Tracey Hecht
ISBN: 9781944020002 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781944020026 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781944020019 (ebook)
ASIN: B01C26WXEU (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Release Date: April 19, 2016

The Nocturnals features three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin and Bismark, the loud-mouthed, pint-sized sugar glider. The stories all play out in their nighttime world with teamwork, friendship, and humor in every adventure.
In The Mysterious Abductions, the animals form a brigade of the night after a random encounter with a blood-thirsty snake, and just in time because something is threatening their night realm. Animals are disappearing without a trace. Together with the help of a wombat, a band of coyotes and many others, Dawn, Tobin and Bismark journey to the depths of the earth in a wacky, high stakes game that will determine all of their survival.



The Ominous Eye (The Nocturnals #2) by Tracey Hecht
ISBN: 9781944020033 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781944020040 (ebook)
ASIN: B01IMJV9G4 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Release Date: September 20, 2016

They're baaaccckkk for another mysterious action filled Nocturnal adventure!

"The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected—because the best stories always take place in the dark!—R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

Join Dawn, Bismark and Tobin as they set out to investigate the source of a violent jolt that fractures the earth! Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptile—a tuatara named Polyphema—who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. Polyphema with her special insights, is the only one who can help the Nocturnal Brigade stop this fearsome predator… but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas, and some kiwis, the animals set a trap since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast.



The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3) by Tracey Hecht
ISBN: 9781944020057 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781944020064 (ebook)
ASIN: B06XFN47W8 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Fabled Films Press
Release Date: May 2, 2017

In The Fallen Star, Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark awaken one evening to a disaster: all of the forest's pomelos have been mysteriously poisoned! As the Nocturnal Brigade sets out to investigate, they encounter Iris, a mysterious aye-aye, who claims monsters from the moon are to blame. While the three heroes suspect a more earthly explanation, the animals of the valley are all falling ill. And then Tobin gets sick, too! The Nocturnal Brigade must race to find answers, and the cure, before the pomelo blight threatens to harm them all.

Read an excerpt from The Fallen Star here




Please visit www.nocturnalsworld.com to find animated short videos, printable activities, educational materials, and sign up to join the Nocturnal Brigade!


With the publication of The Fallen Star, Tracey Hecht will continue the nationwide Nocturnals' Read Aloud Writing Program that was created in partnership with The New York Public Library (NYPL) and expanded professionally through an American Association of School Librarians' Webinar. 

At the American Library Association Midwinter meeting, Fabled Films Press also launched a "Read Aloud Not Alone" nationwide campaign for middle graders and has created a Nocturnals Read Aloud Blog to provide research that supports the benefits of reading aloud and inspiration through recorded audio excerpts. 




Meet the author:

Tracey Hecht is the creative director of Fabled Films. She is a writer and entrepreneur who has written, directed and produced for film. Her first middle-grade series, The Nocturnals was launched in 2016 with The Mysterious Abductions and The Ominous Eye. The American Bookselling Association chose The Mysterious Abductions as a Kids' Indie Next List pick. Her third book, The Fallen Star was released in May 2017. 

In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey Hecht has created a Nocturnals Read Aloud Writing program for middle graders that has expanded nationwide.

When Tracey isn't writing, she can be found hiking, reading or spending time with her family. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine with her husband, four children.

Connect with the author at

Website      |     Facebook      |     Instagram      |     Twitter 


Giveaway

Enter to win a print copy of The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3) by Tracey Hecht courtesy of Fabled Films Press via Saichek Publicity (US residents only, sorry). Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, 06/22/2017 and the winner will be announced after 9:00 AM ET on Friday, 06/23/2017.

a Rafflecopter giveaway




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

2017 Book 188: THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS by Anne Corlett

The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett 
ISBN: 9780399585111 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780399585128 (ebook)
ASIN: B01M5FJK9W (Kindle Edition)
Publisher: Berkley 
Release Date: June 13, 2017

In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe—and in her own heart—when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn't forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that's left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive. 
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie's own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be... 




Jamie Allenby left Earth in protest of the forced emigration of so-called undesirables. She spent over thirteen years with her lover on one of the planetary outposts before leaving him and that planet for the relative solitude of the planet Soltaire. It is there that she survives a deadly viral outbreak and hopes to make it back to Earth to begin again in Anne Corlett's The Space Between the Stars.

When we first meet Jamie, she is waking up from a brutal and deadly viral outbreak. The only information everyone appears to have received is that this virus is lethal and that only 0.0001% will survive. Although Jamie craved solitude and wide open spaces, this was not exactly how she wanted to receive it. Longing for human companionship, she leaves the rural farm on Soltaire for the space dock. It is there that she eventually meets up with two additional survivors: a former priest and scientist on a spiritual retreat. These three are very fortunate in that they are picked up by a cargo ship heading back to the larger planetary outpost of Alegria. The ship makes several pit stops along the way for fuel and brings aboard several more survivors before arriving at Alegria. At first, everyone is overjoyed to see that so many have survived the brutal outbreak. This joy quickly turns to fear when they are told that the administration on Alegria is refusing to allow anyone to leave and that they will be enforcing a "breeding" program since so many children were killed in the outbreak. Jamie and a few of her shipmates make a break for it and successfully land on Earth, but have no idea what awaits them there. Will they find any survivors? Will they be faced with a new administration trying to enforce rules for humanity's survival? 

When I first began to read The Space Between the Stars I feared this was just going to be another dystopian space opera with shades of The Handmaid's Tale meets Firefly/Serenity. I was pleasantly surprised (and no I won't tell you why I was surprised, read the book to find out for yourself!). Yes, there is a dystopian governmental presence but it isn't all-pervasive (nothing like the Alliance as seen in the television series Firefly or the movie Serenity). Yes, there is an occasional reference to religion and passing reference to a breeding program, but it is nothing like Gilead as seen in The Handmaid's Tale. At its core, The Space Between the Stars is about a handful of survivors struggling to make sense of things and carry on. There's the ship's captain, Callan; the possibly autistic young man, Finn; the loner veterinarian, Jamie; the ship's engineer, Grace; the former priest, Lowry; and the former research scientist, Rena. The bulk of the story centers on Jamie and her interaction with these five characters. I found The Space Between the Stars to be a relatively fast-paced, easy, and enjoyable read. I liked all of the characters (even the bad guys) and kept turning the pages because I had to know what would happen next. If you enjoying reading dystopian fiction, then I urge you to grab a copy of The Space Between the Stars to read. If you're not sure about dystopian fiction but you enjoyed watching Firefly or Serenity, then I urge you to grab a copy of The Space Between the Stars to read. For those of you simply looking for something a little bit different to read, look no further and get yourself a copy of The Space Between the Stars

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review purposes. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Spotlight: SECRETS OF SOUTHERN GIRLS by Haley Harrigan

Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan 
ISBN: 9781492647553 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781492647560 (ebook)
ASIN: B01MTEKJN8 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark 
Publication Date: June 6, 2017 


In this powerful, affecting debut, a young woman uncovers devastating secrets about the friend she thinks she killed 
Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What's worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can't forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret.
When August, Reba's first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie's past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn't the only one who feels responsible for Reba's death. 
In fact, she may not be responsible at all.


Add to Goodreads badge


Praise:

"Harrigan is a great prose stylist who knows how to sustain the tension and tone required of a Southern Gothic novel. Her writing is evocative and atmospheric, whether the action takes place under the bright lights of Manhattan or in Mississippi's weedy heat. " - ForeWord

"Harrigan's novel, part mystery and part coming-of-age, explores the process of healing from tragedies and misunderstandings." - Publishers Weekly

"A twisting, sensuous novel about first love and innocence lost."-Jenny Milchman, USA Today bestselling author of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls, and As Night Falls

"Haley Harrigan takes us on a searing emotional journey to a tragic past in sensual and evocative prose.  Holds you to the last word." —Carol Goodman, author of The Widow's House

"Heartachingly beautiful, Secrets of Southern Girls is a compelling tale about lost love and childhood regrets. This is masterfully written, shifting from past to present as the story unfolds to expose the haunting truth of one girl's desire to be loved and the dangerous secret she possesses. Harrigan's debut is a captivating read that won't let you go until the very last page." -Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of Everything We Keep and All the Breaking Waves

"Haley Harrigan's Secrets of Southern Girls is filled with evocative, poetic imagery, relatable characters, and ingenious plot twists that kept me turning pages long into the night! A beautiful, engaging debut by a delightful and talented new author." –Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife and The Other Widow

Meet the author:




Haley Harrigan graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in creative writing and public relations. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband. Secrets of Southern Girls is her debut.  

Visit her website at www.haleyharrigan.com or on Twitter @HCHarrigan





Giveaway

Enter to win the "Summer Reads" prize pack including a print copy of Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan. This giveaway sponsored and managed by Sourcebooks Landmark. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



This spotlight and giveaway provided by Sourcebooks Landmark 


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Spotlight: NEED YOU DEAD by Peter James

Need You Dead by Peter James 
ISBN: 9781509816316 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781509816347 (ebook)
ASIN: B01N557W15 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: June 6, 2017 (hardcover)


Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most mysterious case yet in Need You Dead.
Lorna Belling, desperate to escape the marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you’ve made. A chance photograph on a client’s mobile phone changes everything for her.
When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalizingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.


Add to Goodreads badge




Praise:

"Immensely satisfying. . . . The action hurtles to a shattering conclusion." —Publishers Weekly starred review of Love You Dead

"Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business." —Karin Slaughter

"Peter James has penetrated the inner workings of police procedures, and the inner thoughts and attitudes of real detectives, as no English crime writer before him. His hero, Roy Grace, may not be the most lively cop, nor the most damaged by drink, weight or misery, but he's one of the most believable." —Times

"In my thirty-four years of policing, never have I come across a writer who so accurately depicts "The Job." —Detective Investigator Pat Lanigan, Office of the District Attorney, NYPD



Meet the author:

Photo by Gareth Ransome
Peter James is the international bestselling author of many award-winning novels. His Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series, set in Brighton, has been translated into thirty-seven languages with worldwide sales of over eighteen million copies, and has given him eleven consecutive Sunday Times number ones. In 2015 WHSmith customers publicly voted him the Greatest Crime Author of All Time and in 2016 he became the recipient of the coveted CWA Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award for sustained excellence. Peter has also written a short story collection, A Twist of the Knife, and his standalone titles include Perfect People and The House on Cold Hill. He has also co-written a non-fiction account of Brighton's toughest cases with former detective Graham Bartlett entitled Death Comes Knocking. The Perfect Murder, Dead Simple, and Not Dead Enough have all been turned into smash-hit stage plays. All his novels reflect his deep interest in the world of the police. Three of his novels have been filmed and before becoming a full-time author he produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill, London and near Brighton in Sussex. 

Find out more about Mr. James at his website or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.










Enter to win 1 print copy of Need You Dead by Peter James, courtesy of Wunderkind-PR. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only (sorry). Entries accepted through midnight Eastern time on Wednesday, June 14, 2017; the winner will be announced on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Use the form below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



This spotlight and giveaway brought to you by Wunderkind-PR.