This is the question that I have been asked the most, by my fellow blogger friends and online followers: Where are you???
I know….I should have checked in. Reading is my passion and blogging is a natural extension of what I love. However, my teenage sons are quite adamant that I keep their personal lives away from my blog and social media. Although, I do post little snippets of them on FB ;)
So, how do I balance maintaining their privacy and keeping my blog relevant to what my life encompasses, besides books?
I’ve thought of having more book giveaways, as a thank you to all of you for following my humble, small blog. I’ve also thought of having a “Topic” day post throughout the week, but I don’t want my first love to become second: blogging before books.
I’ve even thought of just following some of the great blogs I follow and piggy backing off their topic days, too.
On top of what to do with my blog, it is quite difficult managing all the different social media platforms, supporting my fellow bloggers and authors I love, being relevant, and promoting books that I love! I realize I can’t do it all, and mind you-this is a “hobby blog”, meaning I don’t get paid and I certainly don’t receive revenues on any links or ads.
I primarily cross-post on Twitter and FB, but do use Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Google+, etc. However, many of those have taken a back seat. I just can’t manage that all, with the amount of time I have.
BUT- I LOVE BOOKS!! The reason why I created this blog was because I wanted a place to share great books with readers, and connect authors with readers. I love and follow many blogs, have met wonderful bloggers (who have become great friends), and I enjoy reading about their daily adventures, their non-bookish topics, and anything else they want to share: especially giveaways! I’m a follower of blogs, just like you!! Yes, I love free books, too!!
So, I have decided to keep this blog as I first intended: book reviews, books listed by genres (on my side bar) so that readers can click on a genre they love and choose their next great read, and continue to promote authors and their work.
I’ll leave all the other great topics and ideas to my fellow bloggers, who are already doing a great job! One more blogger doing the same or choosing not to, won’t alter the universe, won’t make my blog any less relevant, and all will be okay!
To give you a huge thanks for following my little blog, I am offering a book giveaway! Thanks for understanding that when I’m not posting a book review, giveaway, or author/book promotion, it’s because I’m just being a mom of 3 and taking care of my household. You can follow me on Twitter or FB to see some of my family pics and read some of my crazy comments and posts that are not always book related, or my FB page, where I love to post free Nook books-because let’s face it…Kindle and Amazon get lots of attention already!
Just know…even when I’m not visible on my blog, I am still reading!
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Giveaway ends: June 20, 2014.
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THE COMFORT OF LIES
by Randy Susan Meyers
This is a FANTASTIC book to read!! It makes for the PERFECT book club book to discuss, too! Oh, the many topics you could chat with amongst book members and the points of view each of the member would support/not support. I would love to be a fly on a wall to hear what everyone has to say.
This is also a fantastic s we all know someone that has had an affair at one time or another. This is a very raw and emotionally charged book. The author really did her homework and truly left no stone uncovered with the emotional, physical, and relational m not talking about the pregnancy/baby.
Even before the baby, just having the affair really left everyone involved vulnerable and the author addresses every s point of view is also explored, through her so her questions are going to be more basic than those of the adults, which I loved. t saturate the little girl with so much complexities and thoughts that are really beyond a child so young. She kept each character as realistic and vulnerable as possible, while showing the good/bad parts to each relationship and how they all move past the affair.
I could not put this book down and thought this was a perfect book for anyone that loves contemporary fiction. Their is mystery, drama, and such an authentic realness, that it almost read like a non-fiction book. It is easily the best book for me of 2012…although it won’t be available until February 2013.
*I reviewed this book back in 2012. This is the post I wrote on LibraryThing, and wanted to add it here, because I ABSOLUTELY view this book as a must read, an awesome read for a book club or group discussion, and a book that will leave you with hard to forget characters!
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“Sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny…Meyers writes beautifully about a formerly good marriage.”
—The Boston Globe
“Meyers’ complex characters feel familiar yet flawed, and this sharply woven tale demonstrates her uncanny ability to explore and illuminate the nuances of life’s most thorny dilemmas.”
—The Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“Meyers’ carefully told story is a satisfying examination of the imperfect paths we all walk.”
“The characters crackle with both intelligence and wit…Meyers’ women resonate as strong, complicated and conflicted, and the writing flows effortlessly in this sweet yet sassy novel about love, women and motherhood.”
“Meyers has crafted an absorbing and layered drama that explores the complexities of infidelity, forgiveness, and family”
Since the release of her debut The Murderer’s Daughters in 2010, international bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers has earned glowing critical praise, award nominations, and a devoted readership around the globe for her thought-provoking, emotionally-resonant novels.
Now available in an affordable paperback format, Meyers returns with her bestselling second novel, THE COMFORT OF LIES (Washington Square Press/Atria Books; On-sale: January 28, 2014; $16.00), a richly textured story that explores the complications of love and collateral damage of infidelity, as well as universal themes of motherhood, identity, trust, and forgiveness.
Told in alternating points of view, THE COMFORT OF LIES reveals the darkest and most private thoughts of three very different women all connected to a five-year-old girl: Tia, the birth mother; Caroline, the adopted mother; and Juliette, the wife of the birth father. The year their lives collide, the women must confront their choices while discovering sobering truths about their relationships and most importantly, themselves.
Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. A married man and a father, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared and Tia gave the baby up for adoption. Five years later, she struggles with the decision and yearns to connect with her daughter—and her former lover.
Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, had always been a bit ambivalent about motherhood, much preferring the freedom of her childless, work-addicted lifestyle, but attempting to please her husband, she agreed to adopt, hoping her misgivings would disappear. However after five years, she’s questioning whether or not she’s really cut out for a domestic life.
Juliette thought she had it all—a loving husband, two healthy sons, and a successful business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he’d never stray again and she trusted him. Five years later, when Juliette intercepts a letter meant for Nathan containing photos of his daughter, her world crumbles, again. How could he keep this from her? What else is he hiding? Most importantly, how could he deny his daughter?
Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. Her quest leads her first to Caroline, then Tia, and before long, the women are on a collision course with consequences none of them could have predicted.
THE COMFORT OF LIES: A Novel
By Randy Susan Meyers
Washington Square Press/Atria Books || January 28, 2014 || $16.00 || Paperback
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, where I quickly moved from playing with dolls to incessantly reading, spending most of my time at the Kensington Branch Library. Early on I developed a penchant for books rooted in social issues, my early favorites being Karen and The Family Nobody Wanted. Shortly I moved onto Jubilee and The Diary of Anne Frank.
My dreams of justice simmered at the fantastically broadminded Camp Mikan, where I went from camper to counselor, culminating in a high point when (with the help of my strongly Brooklyn-accented singing voice), I landed the role of Adelaide in the staff production of Guys and Dolls.
Soon I was ready to change the world, starting with my protests at Tilden High and City College of New York . . .. . . until I left to pursue the dream in Berkeley, California, where I supported myself by selling candy, nuts, and ice cream in Bartons of San Francisco. Then, world weary at too tender an age, I returned to New York, married, and traded demonstrations for diapers.
While raising two daughters, I tended bar, co-authored a nonfiction book on parenting, ran a summer camp, and (in my all-time favorite job, other than writing) helped resurrect and run a community center.
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Let Freedom Ring!!
I Am a Reader, Not A Writer and Bookhounds are hosting this giveaway hop!
I’m absolutely excited to participate, because this is a way for us to give books to readers, and also to meet fellow bloggers and readers!
This is by far, one of the largest hops I’ve ever participated in! I hope you will join me and hop around to other blogs and enter their giveaways!
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I thought it was quite fitting to give this book away for Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!
The genre is YA/Dystopian Fiction, that deals with suppression and control.
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I have come across some fantastic books, written by Indie authors! Because e-books exist now, it has become quite easy for these self-published and/or authors working with small, independent publishing companies to get their books into the hands of readers. I must admit, I have come across some great books that were free on my Nook and have met great authors requesting book reviews.
Here are some of the books I’ve read from Indie authors:
I came across Heather Wardell’s book a couple of years ago, and loved this book. It was my first book in the chick-lit genre that I enjoyed! As a gift to her readers, this book has continued to be free for e-readers and her other books are about .99 cents. A fantastic buy!!
Judy Leslie is another fantastic writer. This is her first book, which is Historical fiction. I absolutely love her writing style, loved the book, and have found her to be a charming and sweet person to get to know. In my opinion, working with Indie authors, I have been able to get to know the authors on a more personal level and find them more interactive with bloggers.
While I have also met fantastic authors, who aren’t Indie, I do find that I often have to go through their publicist or publishing company. The authors are just stretched thin with book tours, so that is why I’ve also signed up for more tours this year, too.
I think this is the first time I’ve ever posted every day for a week!! Well, it will be a week tomorrow-when I announce the winners for the book giveaway ;)
I’m actually tired-brain tired, but I’ve enjoyed every moment! It was a lot of fun meeting bloggers and being introduced to different genres, books I’d never read, and just overall the interactions with everyone!
Here’s my Weekly Wrap-Up:
Day 2: Genre Fiction
Day 3: Book Giveaway! (ends at midnight, today!)
Day 4: Non-fiction
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About Into the Darkest Corner
• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (January 2, 2013)
When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.
But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.
Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.
Until the day the phone rings . . .
This is a psychological thriller that will keep the reader engrossed in the novel until the very end. It starts with a bang and ends with chills running down your body. It’s that good! The story begins with a court hearing, then moves to a murder scene. After that, each chapter alternates with flashbacks from the past and the present. Eventually, the past catches up with her present and the story stays in the present. While it was a bit confusing at first, once the story fell into place, it wasn’t difficult to make the mental shift.
Catherine (the past) is a vibrant, confident, who loves to go partying with her girlfriends. One night, she meets Lee and they quickly develop an intimate relationship. While Catherine loves everything about Lee, with time, she starts to see a darker side to him that keeps her on her toes. Coming home to find that he’s been there, seeing small insignifcant items moved, feeling that she’s being followed, and having to tell him everything she does so that he won’t freak out on her begins to take its toll on her mental well-being. She becomes jumpy and scared that she will provoke him to hit her or become sexually violent with her.
Lee is a charmer and not only seduces her, but begins to tell her friends things that aren’t true about Catherine, to make excuses for her bruises, scratches, and somber attitude. Soon, her friends begin to believe him and she is isolated from her social circle and feels alone and unable to escape from him. Because of his charisma and line of work (special units police officer), he begins to play mind games with her and she soon realizes that her only way of escaping is leaving the country. Because of Lee’s abuse of power, Catherine is kidnapped, raped, mutiliated, and is slowly dying. However, a neighbor notices something and saves Catherine from any further torment….or so she thinks.
Present time Cathy (Catherine) is suffering from PTSD, OCD, and becomes so paranoid that she isolates herself from anyone and limits her time away from her apartment. Because of her past, Cathy doesn’t trust anyone in authority, doesn’t trust her own instincts, and is always on high alert that Lee is watching her even though he is in jail. Living in a flat with 2 other neighbors, she meets Stuart, a psychologist. He is recovering from a failed engagement, she is recovering from the trauma and abuse she endured with Lee. Both begin a very “safe” and slow relationship,with Stuart encouraging Cathy to seek treatment for her OCD. While in outpatient therapy, Cathy begins to address the trauma, learns coping skills, and slowly begins to reclaim her life. I loved the Cognitive-Behavioral techniques addressed in the book.
While this book isn’t a self-help book, it does address in detail the ways Cathy was taught to overcome her anxiety and no longer fear the unknown or the illusion of Lee. This helps Cathy handle Lee differently and the situations she finds herself in, as she reconnects with an old friend and soon has to confront her fears. This is a creepy, psychological thriller that readers may identify with. We’ve all had “bad” relationships, hopefully not near as bad as Catherine’s….but enough to make the reader sympathize with her. Lee was a charmer and the more he scared Catherine, the more turned on he becomes, which in turn equates to the level of violence he demonstrates. Abuse of power and his charasmatic attitude means that he will do anything to keep Catherine under his thumb, isolated from friends, and dependent on him. Having Stuart in her life, Cathy learns what it’s like to have a healthy relationship, slowly learns to let her defenses down around him, and begins to face her anxiety and fears.
I loved this book and read it in one day! This hasn’t happened in a very long time, but I just had to keep reading to find out what happens next. The ending was chilling and sinister because it leaves the reader wondering if Lee’s letter and “gift” is really trying to show how he is ready to take responsibility or if it’s a threat to what will happen to her when he gets out. Cathy only shows the first part of the letter to the detective and wants to hold on to the ending for herself, until she sees his “gift”. I wondered why she wanted to keep it, but it is obvious that she will always feel connected to him in some way. After mutilating her body, in my opinion, it’s the later, going along the lines, “if I can’t have you, no one else can”. In Lee’s mind, Catherine is his and only time will tell what he means by that….I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the book, once you read it!
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ELIZABETH HAYNES is a police intelligence analyst. She started writing fiction in 2006 with the annual challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the encouragement of the creative writing courses at West Dean College. She lives in a village near Maidstone, Kent, with her husband and son.
Elizabeth’s Tour Stops
Wednesday, January 2nd: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Thursday, January 3rd: Booked on a Feeling
Monday, January 7th: Peppermint PhD
Tuesday, January 8th: Drey’s Library
Thursday, January 10th: The Blog of Lit Wits
Thursday, January 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, January 21st: All Grown Up?
Tuesday, January 22nd: Kristina’s Favorites
Wednesday, January 23rd: Seaside Book Corner
Thursday, January 24th: Bookworm Meets Bookworm
Monday, January 28th: Kelly’s [Former] France Blog
Tuesday, January 29th: Proud Book Nerd
Wednesday, January 30th: Literary Feline
Thursday, January 31st: It’s a Crazy, Beautiful Life
Monday, February 4th: Books in the Burbs
Tuesday, February 5th: Book Journey
Wednesday, February 6th: Tina’s Book Reviews
- File Size: 1126 KB
- Print Length: 434 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345538412
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 29, 2013)
- Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
New York Times bestselling author Mariah Stewart presents a
captivating contemporary romance novel in the tradition of Robyn Carr, Susan
Mallery, and Barbara Freethy.
As the only child of a wealthy investment manager, Ellie Chapman has never known anything besides a life of perfect privilege. But her years of good fortune come to an abrupt end when her
father is exposed for swindling billions of dollars from innocent investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. And just like that, Ellie loses everything: money, job, home—even her fiancé, who’s jailed as her father’s partner in crime. With no job prospects on the horizon, no cash, and her family name in tatters, Ellie has only one place to go.
Sleepy St. Dennis, Maryland, is hardly where Ellie intends to stay, however. Keeping her identity a secret, she plans to sell the house her late mother left her in the small town and use the proceeds to move on with her life. Unfortunately, her ticket to a new beginning is in dire need of a
laundry list of pricey improvements, many of which she’ll have to do herself. And until the house on Bay View Road is fit to be sold, the sole place Ellie will be traveling is the hardware store. But as the many charms of St. Dennis—not to mention Cameron O’Connor, the handsome local contractor who has secrets of his own—begin to work their magic, what begins as a lesson in
do-it-yourself renovations might just end up as Ellie’s very own rejuvenation.
Mariah Stewart is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives with her husband and their dogs amid the rolling hills and Amish farms of southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, where she gardens, reads, and enjoys country life.
“The Chesapeake Diaries”, is a series that fans will love reading. Mariah Stewart’s latest book, “The Long Way Home” is her latest book that can be read as a stand alone. I loved reading about this small quaint town!! Mariah Stewart created a gorgeous town, where everyone knows your name and loves you as family. This book focuses on Ellie and her renovations on a home left to her by her deceased aunt. With the renovations, Ellie finds out family secrets and learns more about her own mother with whom she had a distant relationship with.
There is a sweet love story, of course, which I loved did not include anything too raunchy or inappropriate. If the reader has followed the series, there will be lots of great updates from certain people in St. Dennis that appeared in other books. It’s a slow read because there are a lot of characters to get acclimated too, however the plot does move along well. Overall, it was a good read and is a fantastic series to immerse oneself in!
Before you read the final book in The Chesapeake Diaries, win book #5.
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Mariah Stewart’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 26th: Literally Jen – Home for the Summer review
Sunday, December 30th: Reviews from the Heart – Home for the Summer review
Monday, January 28th: Reviews from the Heart
Tuesday, January 29th: Novel Reaction
Wednesday, January 30th: A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Thursday, January 31st: I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Q&A
Monday, February 4th: Books in the Burbs
Tuesday, February 5th: Literally Jen
Wednesday, February 6th: Reviews by Molly
Wednesday, February 6th: Romancing the Book - guest post
Thursday, February 7th: Joyfully Retired
Friday, February 8th: Romancing the Book
Monday, February 11th: Seaside Book Nook
Tuesday, February 12th: I’m Booking It
Wednesday, February 13th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Thursday, February 14th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, February 15th: Kelly’s Lucky You
Monday, February 18th: Adventures of an Intrepid Reader
Tuesday, February 19th: Good Girl Gone Redneck
Wednesday, February 20th: Life in the Thumb
Thursday, February 21st: Booked on a Feeling
Monday, February 25th: From the TBR Pile
Tuesday, February 26th: From L.A. to LA
Wednesday, February 27th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, February 28th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Friday, March 1st: The Book Pushers
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I hope you had a great Thanksgiving this year! Every year, I prepare a huge meal and my family and I eat and watch movies together. I used to split my time between families, which can really add up when I have divorced parents. However, it left me exhausted, emotionally spent, and it seemed that me and my kids spent more time on the road than in any one place. So many years ago, my husband and I decided to cook at home and enjoy our day of thanks with our children. It has been the best new tradition for us and it means eating in your pj’s, relaxing, cooking at my own speed, and spending the day with those that matter most to me. I realized that we already see our family and can see them any other time, why add stress and travel to our day, too…right?! Later that evening, my dad and his family joined us for some dessert and we all got to watch a movie. It really was a great relaxing day for us.
I know you all realize this a blog that I do on my spare time and write about books that I’ve read. I also love sharing books…what better way to recycle?!? So, I’d like to give you some books that I have sitting on my shelf waiting to be opened and enjoyed. I have quite a few genres available and rather than let you know the title of the books, I’ll have you pick a genre and 3 winners will be chosen. I will email you that you won and give you 24 hours to give me your address and a surprise book in your genre will be sent to you by mail! How fun that would be, right?
I have never done this and it’s kinda like a Secret Santa, only I’m not getting anything back in return and it doesn’t cost you anything. It’s just my way to say thanks to you for subscribing to my blog, reading my entries, and joining me on my reading adventure! I hope you have a great weekend and know how thankful I am for you!
In the comments section, please add your email and the genre you would like to enter for.
There are no requirements to enter!
The genres available are:
- Contemporary Fiction
- Historical Fiction
- Christian Fiction
Giveaway ends: December 15, 2012. 3 Random Winners using Random.org!
Also, don’t forget to enter the book giveaway for Yellow Crocus!
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My Favorite Episodes of I Love Lucy
Like main character Marlo Spencer in my debut novel, True Love Way, I love I Love Lucy. I haven’t gone as far as dyeing my hair red like Marlo did, but I’ve been a fan of the show and of Lucy’s since I was a little girl. I’ve seen every episode so many times that I lost count long ago, and I know more trivia than I probably should. Most people say that “Job Switching” (also known as “The Chocolate Factory”) is their favorite episode, or “Lucy Does A TV Commercial” (also known as “Vitameatavegamin”). Those are the popular choices. Though I do love those two episodes, they aren’t necessarily my favorites. I think all the episodes are fantastic and timeless, but if I had to make a list, the following episodes would make the cut and here’s why:
“Ethel’s Hometown” – On their way to California, the Ricardos and the Mertzes stop in Ethel’s hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father is under the impression that she is the star, not Ricky, and that she will be in a movie when they get to Hollywood. The town makes a big fuss over her homecoming, and the episode ends with her putting on a show for everyone. While she’s singing, Lucy, Ricky, and Fred are literally behind her on the stage in what is the funniest scene of television I’ve ever seen. For me, nothing tops that routine. When Fred walks out time after time with the tree…and it keeps growing… I laugh hysterically every time I see it. It’s brilliant. If you haven’t seen this episode, watch it.
“Lucy Is Enceinte” – I love this episode because it’s when Lucy tells Ricky that she’s pregnant. He’s singing at the club and thinks a random audience member is pregnant, but it turns out to be Lucy. The moment they share is so heartwarming. I read a memoir by one of the writers and she said the director thought that Lucy and Desi ruined the take because they were both so emotional. So, he had them do it again, but when he watched both back, he knew the first take was the one to air. Their feelings in that scene are real, and it’s touching to watch.
“Lucy’s Last Birthday” – In this episode, Lucy thinks everyone forgot her birthday, but Ricky actually planned a surprise party for her. When she shows up at his nightclub, she is completely stunned to find all her friends there. What makes this episode so special is that Ricky sings the I Love Lucy theme song to Lucy. Yes, the theme song does have words!
“Ricky Thinks He’s Going Bald” – Ricky is convinced that his hairline is receding, so Lucy goes to great lengths to get him to think otherwise. She comes up with a ridiculous method that she tells him will help his hair grow back. It involves a heat cap over a stocking on his head and basically rubbing the ingredients of a salad into his hair. She thinks he will realize that all of this is silly, especially when she tells him how often they have to do this, but to her surprise, he’s okay with it.
Nancy Scrofano is the author of True Love Way. She is a freelance writer, and she is the founder and managing editor of The Chick Lit Bee, a book blog that promotes and celebrates women’s fiction. Nancy is at work on her next novel. For more information, please visit http://www.nancyscrofano.com.
Click the link below to read my review and enter in Nancy’s e-book giveaway!