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#BookBlitz: The Cutting Room Floor by Dawn Klehr – Giveaway!

Welcome to the Book Blitz for The Cutting Room Room Floor by Dawn Klehr! Check out this cool new book (released TODAY!) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post! 

About the Book

Publication date: October 13 (TODAY)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Behind-the-scenes secrets could turn deadly for Desmond and Riley

Life in the Heights has never been easy for seventeen-year-old Riley Frost, but when she’s publicly dumped and outed at the same time, she becomes an immediate social outcast at her high school. So Riley swears off romance and throws herself into solving the shocking murder of her favorite teacher, Ms. Dunn.

Riley turns to her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, for help. What she doesn’t know is that Dez has been secretly directing her life, blackmailing her friends, and hoping his manipulations will make her love him. When his schemes go too far, Dez’s web of lies threatens to destroy both of their lives.

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About the Author

Dawn Klehr is the author of the young adult thrillers: The Cutting Room Floor and If You Wrong Us.

She began her career in TV news and though she’s been on both sides of the camera, she prefers to lurk behind the lens. Mostly, she loves to get lost in stories –in film, the theater, or on the page – and is a sucker for both the sinister and the sappy. She’s currently channeling her dark side as she works on her next book.

Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her funny husband, adorable son, and naughty dog.

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#BlogTour: Finding You by Lydia Albano – Top 10, Giveaway and more!

Welcome to my stop on the Finding You blog tour! I’m so excited to share more about this book with you – it’s definitely on my TBR, since it combines two of my favorite genres: romance and thrillers.

Make sure to enter the giveaway, add the book on Goodreads and check out the author’s social media! Cheers!

Finding You
Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

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Author Bio:

Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.

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TOP TEN by Lydia Albano

Top 10 female role models throughout history (real or fictional)

Okay, this is going to be really very difficult, I think.

  1. Grace O’Malley. The woman was a freaking pirate chieftain who took command of her father’s clan upon his death and at one point sailed her fleet to England to negotiate a prisoner release with Queen Elizabeth herself. Who does that?
  2. I’ve been obsessed with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad as long as I can remember; I used to watch this movie we had about her over and over. That kind of bravery, fighting for what’s right and risking her own life time and time again to help others- gosh. I aspire to that kind of character.
  3. Joan of Arc is another great source of inspiration to me; the fact that she obeyed God and faced opposition to the point of leading an entire army and being killed for it is – while tragic – so beautiful and so brave that I want to be more like her.
  4. Eowyn. If you don’t cheer when she whips off her helmet and says, “I am no man!” before delivering the death blow to the Witch King, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. The woman’s a legend.
  5. Anne Shirley (with an ‘e’) was my hero- as a shy kid with a melodramatic brain, she was all that I wished I was, bold and feisty, and determined to pursue her dreams.
  6. Wendy Darling is a go-to; I think we’re basically the same person actually. I love that she tells stories and that she loves magic, but in the end she’s the responsible big sister and that’s always been me (even if half the time I find myself thinking, “but I don’t want to grow up!”).
  7. Lucy Pevensie – I can honestly say that my life is better because of The Chronicles of Narnia. All I want is to be more like Lucy (mostly the part about finding a magical kingdom in a wardrobe, but you know, the parts about her being kind and loyal and brave too).
  8. I didn’t start reading the Harry Potter books until last year (gasp! I know!) but I can already tell Hermione and I would be great friends. Or maybe we’d be enemies because we’re almost exactly the same person?
  9. Catherine Morland is my favorite Austen heroine for so many reasons, including but not limited to: she’s relatable, funny, awkward, lets her imagination run away with her, and she gets the guy we all want (in my opinion, Tilney is the best of Austen’s heroes).
  10. This one really doesn’t fit with all the rest, but I have to include Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on a list like this. Time and time again she proves herself badass, cute, driven, focused, and somehow snarky, all at the same time. And even though I’m still bitter over the whole Angel thing, I love Buffy.

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BookBub’s top fall Book Club picks!

I love talking about books. And I suspect many of you do too – which is why book clubs were invented! And BookBub, which I love because they’re free book deals have introduced me to so many great authors and series, has compiled a list of their favorite Book Club picks for fall.

Check out my top picks from the list and see if you agree!

Little Fires Everywhere

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

The Twelve-Mile Straight

img_7454Cotton County, Georgia, 1930: in a house full of secrets, two babies-one light-skinned, the other dark-are born to Elma Jesup, a white sharecropper’s daughter. Accused of her rape, field hand Genus Jackson is lynched and dragged behind a truck down the Twelve-Mile Straight, the road to the nearby town. In the aftermath, the farm’s inhabitants are forced to contend with their complicity in a series of events that left a man dead and a family irrevocably fractured.

Despite the prying eyes and curious whispers of the townspeople, Elma begins to raise her babies as best as she can, under the roof of her mercurial father, Juke, and with the help of Nan, the young black housekeeper who is as close to Elma as a sister. But soon it becomes clear that the ties that bind all of them together are more intricate than any could have ever imagined. As startling revelations mount, a web of lies begins to collapse around the family, destabilizing their precarious world and forcing all to reckon with the painful truth.

Acclaimed author Eleanor Henderson has returned with a novel that combines the intimacy of a family drama with the staggering presence of a great Southern saga. Tackling themes of racialized violence, social division, and financial crisis, The Twelve-Mile Straight is a startlingly timely, emotionally resonant, and magnificent tour de force.

Bluebird Bluebird

img_7455When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders–a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman–have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment. Darren must solve the crimes–and save himself in the process–before Lark’s long-simmering racial fault lines erupt. A rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas, Bluebird, Bluebird is an exhilarating, timely novel about the collision of race and justice in America.

A Stolen Marriage

img_7456One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?

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Cover Reveal: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley 



Welcome to the cover reveal for “Love, Secrets and Absolution” by K.L. Loveley. I’m looking forward to this one – a family psychological drama surrounding a mother and son. Enjoy!

Love, Secrets and Absolution
K.L. Loveley
Publication date: November 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

People in the village gossip and say that Grace’s long-awaited son Alfie is “different”. He is a lonely boy with secrets, lies and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s unconditional love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, England – this gripping psychological drama follows the lives of Grace and her son Alfie, who transforms from a naïve boy to a University student spiralling out of control. A coming-of-age story with a difference.

A family falling apart: deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction.

Will anybody find absolution?

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Author Bio:

K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.

The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.

She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. The author and her husband own a narrowboat, and spend time navigating the British waterways. She spends many cosy evenings on her boat writing additional novels which will be released in the future.

To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS , the latter twenty years as a Practice nurse in Primary care. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues.

K.L Loveley is a prolific reader, and reads a wide variety of genres. Some of her favourite bestselling authors include, Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, John le Carré, Maeve Binchy , Jojo Moyes and Philippa Gregory. She actively reviews the books that she reads on her blog klloveley.com and on GoodReads.

The author uses a pen name, K.L Loveley, aka Katie Lily Loveley. She felt compelled to use these names of her female ancestors, as a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the main protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional.

She is currently working on a new novel which she hopes to publish in the near future.

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New series from Ragnar Jonasson

One of my favorite Scandinavian authors, Ragnor Jonasson, announced a new series with a kick-off book, which looks amazing! (Plus the cover quote is from another amazing Icelandic author.)

I can’t wait to see this one! Check it out!


About the Book (from Dead Good Books)

Detective Inspector Hulda Hermannsdóttir of the Reykjavik Police is 64 when we meet her in The Darkness. On the verge of retirement, Hulda isn’t looking forward to whatever lies on the other side. Her job is her life. But at least she has time to prepare for the unknown.

What she doesn’t expect is for her boss to unceremoniously tell her to clear her desk one day. A young man is coming in to take her place. A rising star. After giving her life to the job, she is no longer needed.
Hulda is dismissively told that she can pick a cold case to work on for two more weeks, and she knows just the one. A young woman who was found dead on the seaweed-covered rocks of the Vatnsleysuströnd, a woman who no one really cared that much about because she was Russian, waiting to be granted asylum. An outsider. Unneeded. Her death was ruled a suicide after a slapdash investigation.
But when Hulda starts to ask questions she soon realises that there was something more to this case – something darker and more bloody. This was not the only young Russian woman to disappear from the hostel where they waited for asylum. And when her own force tries to put the brakes on an investigation that she is determined to finish, Hulda has just days to discover the truth. No matter how many lines she has to cross to get it.

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Cover/Book Reveal: Mother by S.E. Lynes

Bookouture has revealed a new thriller that looks deliciously creepy in that Norman Batesy-way we can’t seem to get enough of. And the best part? It’s only $.99 to preorder!

Here’s “Mother.”

About the Book

Christopher would never hurt anyone. Not intentionally. Even after everything that’s happened I still believe that…

Christopher Harris is a lonely boy. A boy who has never fitted in to his family. Who has always felt something was missing from his life. 

Until one day, when he discovers a suitcase in his family’s attic. And a secret about his mother that changes everything. 

What price would you pay for the perfect family?

Christopher finally has a chance at happiness. A happiness that he will do anything to protect… 

Mother will hold you breathless until the very last page and leave you reeling. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister and Apple Tree Yard.

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Cover Reveal: The Missing by Jerico Lenk

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Cover Reveal for The Missing by Jerico Lenk!

HERE WE GO!


WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE COVER?

 

It is 1890, and London has secrets. For sixteen-year-old Will Winchester, born Willow Winchester and raised as a young man, the safety of his own secrets rests one atop the other. Hiding his gender queerness is important. But so is hiding the ghostly voices of the Missing, which Will hears when no one else can … until the Spiritualist Black Cross Order of Occult Occurrences wants him in their service to keep peace between London’s living and dead.

The freedom to be himself may come with a price. Working alongside a patchwork team of misfits and unlikely allies, Will finds he isn’t the only one keeping secrets. Someone does not want him to uncover the truth about the ghosts who aren’t just missing from the world of the living, but missing from history itself. Can he find the Missing before he ends up becoming one of them?

The Missing by Jerico Lenk
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

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Undergraduate studying Creative Writing, Classics, Russian and Western European History. Unabashed weeb probably burning incense and drinking too much coffee at this very moment. Out for queer representation and great sex hair. Beyond ready for the upcoming Vampire Chronicles TV series.

Lenk writes Young Adult/New Adult, spec fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He is currently unagented.

His poems have appeared at/in USF Tampa’s Thread Literary Inquiry, biannual 6×6 creative writing showcase, and placed second in National Poetry Month 2015; Tethered By Letters’ F(r)iction Spring 2016 poetry contest finalist; winner of the 2017 Bettye Newman Poetry award.

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