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September 21, 2017

Symphony of Heart Strings by T. E. Hodden

by MK French

Bob is the embodiment of the quirks of fate that brings people together. Life is a web of connections, each string making its own note to add to the melody of the world. He finds those strings that resonates together and has them meet, often for romantic relationships. He is tasked with finding Jenny love, but every attempt ends in a discordant note. Finding the reason involves becoming visible to keep her safe.

September 20, 2017

Well-Written: The Way to London: A Novel of World War II by Alix Rickloff

by Susan Roberts

This is a well-written book about WWII and how it affected the lives of the rich. I can promise you that you won't like the main character at the beginning of the book - she is sarcastic and rude and a real elitist who doesn't care how other people live or how the war is changing their lives. Don't let your feelings towards her, affect your decision to continue reading this book. I think that the author deliberately made her unlikable to show how she changes throughout the book. When you finish this book, you'll be glad that you read it and left with a memory of a strong female character.

September 19, 2017

Necrospect: Chronicles of the Wizard-Detective by J. B. Markes

by MK French

Isabel Ives is an apprentice at the Academy Magus, a school for all kinds of magic and is a city unto itself. The Archseer was murdered, but is more focused on her own difficulties in the beginning, because using magic will kill her slowly. She looks for Gustobald Pitch, the necromancer on campus, who is occupied with discovering who murdered the Archseer. She is drawn into his search without really meaning to be, putting her academic future into jeopardy.

September 18, 2017

Review: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts


I received a copy of this book from the publisher and didn't realize that it was a YA book until I read the blurb.  My first thought was to put it down -- I don't read YA.  Then I decided to try the first 50 pages - after all a lot of my adult friends read YA - just to see what it was like.  After that, I read another 50 and then kept turning pages until I got to the end and I realized that I had been disliking a genre of books that I'd never even tried to read.  I've decided that it's time to expand my horizons and try some different genres.

September 17, 2017

Don't Miss This Book: The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Both MK French and I (Donna) read The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall, which hits shelves on Tuesday. We thought you might like to get both of our perspectives so here is a double review.



September 16, 2017

Featured Book: An Equation For Murder by Jayne Nichols

An Equation for Murder
A Confident Man • A Beautiful Woman • A Desperate Drug Lord

Lillian Moore, the widow of a retired US Navy Captain, thinks her life adds up to a big fat zero. But she gets more than she counts on when she returns to college and meets her mathematics professor, Sam Weiss. She is looking for adventure, not romance. Especially with someone twelve years her junior.

The adventure goes from complex to deadly when an ancient Mayan Jaguar mask unexpectedly falls into Lillian’s hands. The mask is believed to have supernatural powers, and a dying Mexican drug lord will do whatever it takes to recover the prize—including murder.

While Sam and Lillian calculate the risks of a serious romance, the drug lord sends his henchmen after the mask. Lillian is forced to drive across the border into Mexico with an increasingly unstable captor. Can Sam decipher the clues and reach her in time to save her from certain death, or will they both become part of An Equation For Murder?

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September 15, 2017

New Release: The Spirit Mage by Layton Green

by Donna Huber

The highly anticipated release of the sequel to The Brothers Three (read my review) is here! Picking up right where book 1 left off it is full steam ahead with non-stop danger for these three brothers who are transported to another universe.

September 14, 2017

Engaging Historical Novel: Botticelli's Muse by Dorah Blume

by MK French

Sandro Botticelli is an artist with Medici patrons in 1477 Florence. He is concerned with Beauty more than the Soul, even though his sister is a nun. This changes when he sees Floriana, the Jewish weaver imprisoned in the nunnery due to circumstances out of her control. She becomes the muse for his painting La Primavera, and the relationship between the two develops even as the political climate in Florence takes on a dangerous note.

September 13, 2017

Review of Borne by Jeff Vandermeer #SciFi

by Alison DeLuca

We're about to go on a family vacation, and as usual, my first travel purchase is books. I need novels for the plane, for hotel room time, wait in line time...

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front cover of Borne by Jeff VandermeerI recently purchased Borne by Jeff Vandermeer. Part science fiction, part post-apocalyptic, the book sucked me until the very end.

It's the story of Rachael, a scavenger who lives in the Balcony Cliffs. Overhead, an immense bear calls Mord flies over the city. When he lands, Rachael climbs his fur and steals the biotech MOrd has picked up.

Borne is one of these, a piece of biotech stolen from a giant bear's fur.

If this sounds too strange, I have to tell you Rachael and Borne fascinated me. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen between them. Borne, who looks like a vase with tentacles, grows rapidly and starts to try to be human. Rachael sees him as child, perhaps - an oddly-shaped animal with immense powers.

As Borne grows, Rachael's relationship with him changes. There was one moment when I grew teary - positively teary over what was about to happen. Throughout, Borne and Rachael both butt heads with Wick, Rachael's lover.

Honestly, I never thought I'd be so invested in a tentacled creature with lots of eyes. But Vandermeer makes Borne come alive, speaking in childlike yet intelligent cadence. In the end, I cared desperately what would happen to the funny little piece of biotech.

Vandermeer breaks his novel into sections with simple yet provocative titles: Where I Lived, And Why, Why I Called Him Borne and How He Changed. Each heading sucked me in, making me gobble the book so I could find out what happened.

Furthermore, a second reading made me realize the entire story has complicated layers AND a possible alternate view suggested by Wick's job - and that's the only hint I'll give.

After reading Borne, I now want to get everything Jeff Vandermeer ever wrote. Luckily, he's a prolific author with as series, the Southern Trilogy, already published.

So now I know what I'm going to read on the plane.

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Alison DeLuca is the author of several steampunk and urban fantasy books.  She was born in Arizona and has also lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Mexico, Ireland, and Spain.
Currently she wrestles words and laundry in New Jersey.




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September 12, 2017

New Release: Curses and Warfare by Jeri Baird

by MK French

In this sequel to Tokens and Omens (read my review), the twins Alexa and Zander have taken on their respective roles of fortune teller's apprentice and warrior trainer. There is little concern from the Elders about a possible invasion from another tribe that was driven from their homeland. They don't believe in Zander's role, and his attempts to make the villagers believe backfire. It's hard for him to be a leader, especially when he is so unsure of himself. Alexa has the confidence, but not the subtleties in her magical skill.

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Curses and Warfare
September 2017; Jolly Fish Press; 978-1631631269
ebook, print (312 pages); fantasy
It was nice to see the characters from the first novel. There are some signs of growth and change in the year since the events of the first book, but they're also still teenagers. There are mistakes made that are reasonable for their points of view and knowledge. There was far more preparation and politicking than actual warfare in this novel, so the actual fighting feels almost anticlimactic after all of the build up.

That's not necessarily a bad thing because a YA novel wouldn't need to have more grisly battle scenes. There's enough loss and death, enough strained relationships and tears. It's difficult to be a leader and do the right thing, so we see the struggles that the twins go through, and learn from their mistakes. The end of the book concludes with Moira's musing on the future again, hinting at more adventures for Alexa.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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September 11, 2017

Psychological Suspense at Its Best! Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts


Lie to Me is a wonderful book that kept me reading on into the night. I had a clue early in the book of the person responsible but was I ever wrong! This book has more twists and turns than you can imagine and just when you get a clue, it turns out to be false and replaced by an even bigger twist to the story. You are going to read comparisons to Gone Girl in many reviews but this book is so much better and more interesting. When you start this book make sure that you can clear your calendar because you won't want to put it down.

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Lie To Me
September 2017; MIRA; 978-0778313649;
ebook, audio, print (416 pages); thriller
As the novel begins, Ethan finds a note from his wife that says she's left and not to try to look for her. Ethan is shocked to find that her wallet, laptop, and phone are still in her home office so immediately thinks that someone has abducted her. As he thinks back on their lives together and their love for each other, the reader can tell that he is leaving out crucial information but we don't know what it all has to do with her being gone. Once he calls the police, they immediately decide that he is responsible for his wife's disappearance and possible death. Because Ethan and Sutton are both well known authors, the media arrives on his front door and camps out and the search for Sutton becomes an international story. And when Sutton's friends are interviewed by the police, a totally different story about their lives together emerges. Have their lives been a perfect love story as Ethan would have the world believe or are there secrets that both have kept from the world and from each other?

Read this perfectly done suspense thriller for the answer and be prepared to be kept guessing until almost the end.

This is my first book by JT Ellison and I think it's time to go back and read some of her earlier books. To me, this was psychological suspense at its best!

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About the Author: 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.
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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.


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September 10, 2017

A Collection of Macabre Stories: Come As You Are by Steven Ramirez

by MK French

"Come As You Are" is the title novella in this collection of macabre stories. Ivan Stein and his best friend Ollie are bullied in school and often run off the skate park by older kids. When Ivan finds a notebook in an abandoned locker that seems to be the key to power, he takes it despite his misgivings. Unfortunately, the power is demonic in nature and doesn't discriminate who falls in its path. It's understandable that Ivan would grab hold of any hope to get past the bullies and survive seventh grade, even if it's otherworldly. Knowing others' secrets at first seems rather innocent, but completing the list in the notebook takes on a more dangerous turn, and Ivan's soul hangs in the balance. The end of the story was a bit of a stretch, and not one I would have predicted when starting the novella, but definitely was vividly done.

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Come As You Are
September 2017; Glass Highway; 978-0999079119
ebook, print (208 pages); horror
The other stories in this collection are shorter but no less creepy.

"Nailed It" takes OCD to a fairly grisly extreme, and "Brown the Recluse" is even more disconcerting for anyone terrified of spiders.

I find it a little hard to feel sorry for Regino by the end of "Regino Sings," even though he starts off the story with one bad event after another. I suppose it's the feeling that he took advantage of the ability given to him, and didn't stop to think of any consequences. Perhaps that's the worst part of some of these stories: some of the horrific consequences could have been avoided if the characters could only stop and think. Some of them can't escape their fate, no matter what comes to them, and it is chilling to read about.

This book might be released in September, but it's definitely fitting for Halloween and the upcoming chill of winter.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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September 9, 2017

New and Upcoming Books with Strong Female Main Characters

by Susan Roberts

No matter what the age, I love to read books about women who are able to overcome adversity and stay strong.  Today I have reviews of 4 current and upcoming books that I've read about strong women.  Are there other recent books that you would add to my list?  Please share them - I always love to hear about books that I haven't read yet.

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Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Any Dream Will Do
August 2017; Ballantine Books; 978-0399181191
ebook, audio, print (336 pages); women's fiction
Debbie Macomber never fails to provide her readers with a wonderful well-told story. Even though she seems to be moving away from her total romance genre, her move to women's fiction has continued to provide fantastic books for her readers.

Shay had grown up with an abusive father and after her mother died she tried to help raise her brother. When Shay finally gets a good job as a bank teller, her brother, a drug addict,  convinces her to embezzle some money to help him out for a few days and then lets her take the fall for him and she spends several years in jail for her crime. When she gets out of prison, she has no one to meet her and nowhere to go. She takes the bus to Seattle and goes into a church to keep warm. There she meets the pastor, Drew, who is struggling with his faith after the death of his wife two years earlier. Drew helps Shay get into a recovery program and they become friends....but can their radically different paths allow them to become more than friends?

This is an engrossing book about family and forgiveness and dreams coming true.

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The Memory of Butterflies by Grace Greene

The Memory of Butterflies
September 2017; Lake Union Publishing
978-1542045674; ebook, audio, print (288 pages)
women's fiction, thriller
Grace Greene is a new author for me and after reading The Memory of Butterflies, I have just ordered her previous books. I loved her writing style and am not sure how I missed reading her earlier. This is a book that grabs you at the beginning and quickly has you emotionally involved with the characters. It's a story about family and secrets that can destroy a family.

Hannah is a single mom who has totally built her life around her daughter Ellen. As the novel begins, Ellen is excited to be going away to college and Hannah has decided to rebuild a house on the land that she grew up on with her grandparents. As Hannah spends more time at the remains of her grandparent's house, she reflects on the secrets that they kept from her about her parents and how she accepted the secret and went on with her life. She knows that she has kept a major secret from her daughter and that if her daughter finds out, their life together may be destroyed but fate intervenes and Hannah finds out the results of keeping secrets within a family.

This is a beautifully written novel about the love of a parent for a child and the sacrifices that a mother will make to bring happiness and well being to their child. It's a wonderful, emotional story that will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

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Magnolia Nights by Ashley Farley

Magnolia Nights
September 2017; Kindle Press; ebook (237 pages)
women's fiction
Magnolia Nights was another great book by Ashley Farley. It caught my interest on the first page and had me turning pages at a fast pace to read the entire story. The main elements of southern Gothic novels are that they contain decay, outsiders, violence, and are set in the south. That said, this book is Southern Gothic at its best.

The main character, Ellie, is amazed when her grandmother, who she hadn't seen in almost 35 years, leaves her house and her fortune to her. Ellie has few memories of the grandmother that she had last seen at 6 years old and only knows that something happened in her grandmother's house that had kept in her therapy for almost her entire life. When she walks into the house in Charleston, SC, the memories start to come back and when she finds her mother's diaries, the truth of her first six years is revealed.

I loved this book and the characters and the setting. Even though Ellie's story is basically complete by the end of the book, the author leaves us with some unanswered questions. I can only hope that the author has another book in store for us about these characters. Or even better a trilogy!

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The Welcome Home Diner: A Novel by Peggy Lampman

The Welcome Home Diner
October 2017; Lake Union Publishing
978-1542047821; ebook, audio, print (352 pages)
women's fiction
Warning: Don't read this book if you are hungry or else have something close to your reading spot to snack on. Actually, even if you aren't hungry, you will be after you read about the wonderful food served at the diner. Added bonus - recipes at the end of the book on how to make some of the wonderful food from the diner!

I loved this book for several reasons - first, the personal reason. I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit (on the east side) and went to college in the city so Detroit is a special place to me. I want to see it come back to being the great city that it once was and the revitalization of Detroit is one of the underlying themes of this book. Second, I love to read books that weave current issues of the day into it and this one does a great job of doing just that. The author writes about human trafficking, racial issues, drugs and white flight from the city to the suburbs among other topics. Third, I loved the characters in this novel. Two cousins buy an old gutted out diner in the city and try to become part of the neighborhood. They are met with resistance from the old time residents, no matter how hard they try but they keep trying. Not only are Addie and Samantha fantastic main characters but they are surrounded by great secondary characters who also work at the diner. And lastly, as mentioned earlier, the descriptions of the food served at the diner are awesome.

This is a fantastic well-written book about two women who are trying to do their part to make not only their neighborhood but also a beautiful city come back to life again. I loved it.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.


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September 8, 2017

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings A Love Story
The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.

But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover's dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.

Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school's production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together but strings got in the way--family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.

Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?

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The music featured in Strings: A Love Story 




About the author

Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir Roads from the Ashes, the humor book Caution: Funny Signs Ahead, and her debut novel Getting off on Frank Sinatra. She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years “on the road” all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

For more information visit MeganEdwards.com or Imbrifex.com and connect with Megan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads.


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September 7, 2017

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer

by Susan Roberts

On Ruby’s thirteenth birthday, a wish she didn’t even know she had suddenly comes true: the couple who raised her aren’t her parents at all. Her real mother and father are out there somewhere, and Ruby becomes determined to find them.

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The Doll Funeral
August 2017; Melville House; 978-1612196657
ebook, audio, print (320 pages); thriller
Venturing into the forest with nothing but a suitcase and the company of her only true friend—the imaginary Shadow Boy—Ruby discovers a group of siblings who live alone in the woods. The children take her in, and while they offer the closest Ruby’s ever had to a family, Ruby begins to suspect that they might need her even more than she needs them. And it’s not always clear what’s real and what’s not—or who’s trying to help her and who might be a threat.

Told from shifting timelines, and the alternating perspectives of teenage Ruby; her mother, Anna; and even the Shadow Boy, The Doll Funeral is a dazzling follow-up to Kate Hamer’s breakout debut, The Girl in the Red Coat, and a gripping, exquisitely mysterious novel about the connections that remain after a family has been broken apart.

About the Book

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying.

I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.

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About the Author:  

Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television and radio. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies Short Story Prize and her short stories have appeared in many collections. Her novel THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT was published in the UK by Faber & Faber, in the US by Melville House and has been translated into 17 different languages. It was shortlisted for The Costa First Novel Prize, the British Book Industry Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger and the Wales Book of the Year. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her new novel THE DOLL FUNERAL has been a Radio4 Open Book editor's pick and a Bookseller Book of the Month.
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From the Critics:

“Hamer has created a mystical world in which characters are haunted by specters of their present as well as their past, by the living and the lost. Her diction is lovely and tangible ... A powerful paranormal novel.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Hamer handles language beautifully, fashioning effortlessly evocative sentences.”
—Booklist, starred review

“[Hamer’s] fascination with the thresholds between childhood and adulthood, sanity and insanity, chosen and blood families, and her subtle understanding of the clean, often disturbing logic of childhood morality, evoke both Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan . . . This is an elegiac and uplifting novel about the indissoluble bonds between mothers and daughters and a reminder of how the imagination can set you free.” —Melanie McGrath, The Guardian

“I felt instantly protective of Ruby; the teenager with a secret so chilling I had to check the front door was locked. Hamer’s brilliant storytelling made me read on for fear Ruby’s fate depended on it.” —Anna Silverman Grazia


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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.


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September 6, 2017

Review: Water Memory by Mathieu Reynes and Valerie Vernay

by MK French

Marion and her mother inherit an old house, complete with a private beach. While they expect to have a good life at their new home, Marion soon finds strange rock carvings, a creepy lighthouse watchman and discovers local legends that seem to be coming to life.

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Water Memory
September 2017; Lion Forge; 978-1941302439
ebook, print (104 pages); fantasy, children's
This graphic novel is translated from the French, and Valerie's art is lovely and full of details. The end of the book also includes notes from the author and artist, and sketches of the character design and the world-building after trips to Brittany for inspiration.

Marion is a curious little girl, exploring the area around her house, the stones with faces that were set up, and even trying to go to the lighthouse despite stories from the villagers about the watchman. The story unfolds steadily, and we learn more about the village and its history.

It's a simple overall story, in that there are no subplots and not too many characters to really complicate things. The focus is on Marion and the steps she takes to learn more about the village legends, and in the process we do, too. The book is likely to appeal to middle-grade readers as well as adults interested in the supernatural.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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September 5, 2017

Review: Pudding Up with Murder by Julia Buckley

by Donna Huber

Pudding Up with Murder by Julia Buckley is a cute culinary cozy mystery with recipes included.

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Pudding Up with Murder
September 2017; Berkley; 978-0425275979;
ebook, print (304 pages); cozy mystery
While Pudding Up with Murder is the third book in the Undercover Dish Mystery series, it is my first book by Julia Buckley. I don't think it will be my last.

I liked the main character, Lilah Drake. She is a chef who works at a local catering company and appears on the local cooking television as the Friday guest chef. But the interesting part of her occupation is as a secret cook. She whips up culinary delights for customers to pass off as their own. I'm not sure how long she'll keep this under wraps as her clientele are all referrals. And since it seems that these secret dishes are present when murder is on the menu, it may soon become a secret everyone knows.

In Pudding Up with Murder Lilah makes a rice pudding for her friend Ellie (who is also the mother of her boyfriend) to take to her neighbor's birthday party. The old man next door is a bit odd, but Ellie seems quite taken with him. He likes dogs and Ellie asks Lilah to bring her dog Mick to the party. The man has a number of ex-wives and is presumed to be quite well off. So when he kills over dead at the party there are plenty of suspects including Lilah's rice pudding.

Buckley has created a fun cast of characters. Some of them have probably shown up in the previous books - best friend, co-workers - and then there is the Cantwell family who appears for the first time (I assume since I haven't read the previous books, but they are the focus of the murder case). I thought Buckley did particularly well creating Tim and Emma's kids.

Lilah's boyfriend Jay is a local police detective and he is in charge of the investigation. (I get the impression that the town they live in is small, but perhaps it just has a small town feel since the police station is always described as being busy.) Even though Jay grew up next door to the Cantwell's he knows he won't get all the answers he's looking for. So he asks Lilah to keep her eyes and ears open, and she does just that and more!

If you are like me and haven't read the series, you won't have any problem with knowing who is who. Since this is only book 3, even the plot threads that carry over from the previous books are easy enough to follow.

If you are looking for a culinary cozy mystery, then definitely check this one out. I'm looking forward to making a couple of the recipes.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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September 4, 2017

Susan's August Reading Round Up #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts


Summer is leaving us and August is over. Long summer days of reading at the beach or pool are coming to an end and it's time to get the kids back into school and start thinking about cooler weather. There's still time to read a few more books before fall comes and I have several to recommend to you.

September 3, 2017

Review & Excerpt: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

by MK French



In the eleventh book of the October Daye series (named after the main character), she finally has a bit of peace. She can have a bachelorette party and take a break from being a hero of the realm... until her mother Amandine ransoms her fiance Tybalt and Jasmine so that Toby is forced to find her sister, who went missing in 1906. Toby has no choice but to go to Simon Torquill for help, and hope he still doesn't want to do her harm.

September 2, 2017

Review: No Place I'd Rather Be by Cathy Lamb

by Susan Roberts

I just finished this book and all I can say is WOW - what a fantastic book. As always, Cathy Lamb has presented her readers with a complex book about family and love and acceptance. It was a book that caused laugh out loud moments as well as tears. I was so involved in this book that I canceled lunch plans today so that I could finish it which was probably not a good idea because there are lots of wonderful food descriptions in the book which made me really hungry so I ended up eating junk food while I read it.

September 1, 2017

Plenty of New Books are Arriving This Month


With school back in full swing and cooler weather arriving, are you finding more time for reading? There are so many great new books coming out this month. What are you looking forward to reading this month?

August 31, 2017

Excellently Plotted: The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

by MK French

Miranda Rader is a respected police officer, a far cry from the troubled teen she had been in her hometown of Jasper, Louisiana. She thought she put the past behind her, but it has come back with a vengeance during her investigation of the gruesome murder of a respected college professor. Her fingerprints are found at the scene, as well as a newspaper clipping of the night she escaped a potential attack. Her coworkers and supervisor doubt her integrity, and soon blame her for the murder.

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The Other Girl
August 2017; St. Martin's Press; 978-1250083654
ebook, audio, print (256 pages); crime, mystery
This was an excellently plotted mystery.

The relationships that Miranda had with all of the other people in her life are well done, and none of them ring false. She can be stubborn and hurt, especially by those she thought she could trust, and we feel the disillusionment along with her.

I really enjoyed how well this novel was put together, as well as its resolution. I don't want to spoil too many features of the plot or the ending, but I stayed up late to finish this book. As tired as I was the next morning, I didn't regret it one bit.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever.

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August 30, 2017

Review: Red Year by Jan Shapin #TLCBookTours #RedYear

by Susan Roberts


This is a very well researched novel about a little-known character who was a significant person in the Communist Party in the 1920s despite her growing up in American.  It's very enjoyable and well-written and a chance to learn about a little-known person in history.

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Red Year
June 2017; Cambridge Books; 978-1613864029
ebook, print (286 pages); historical
Can a red-haired woman from Chicago single-handedly force Joseph Stalin to back down?

China, 1927. Thirty-three-year-old Rayna Prohme, accompanying her left-wing journalist husband, becomes the political confidante and lover of Mikhail Borodin, the Russian commander sent to prop up a failing Chinese revolution. In a bid to continue their love affair, Rayna hatches a plan to accompany Mme. Sun, the widow of the Chinese revolution’s founder, to Moscow. But Moscow doesn’t welcome the women. Borodin shuns them. Rayna’s stipend and her housing arrangements are cancelled. “Go home,” she is told.

But Rayna does not want to go home to an ordinary life, to her husband and Chicago. Instead, she applies to a Soviet-espionage school that soon demands she spy on Mme. Sun. The Chinese widow is, by now, in grave danger as her exit visa is blocked. Rayna must make a choice — Borodin and Russia or Mme. Sun and China.

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About the Author

Jan Shapin is the author of three novels as well as several plays and screenplays. She has attended Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Film and Television Workshop as well as various other writing programs. She lives in Rhode Island with her photographer husband. You can reach her at www.janshapin.com, through her publisher, Write Words. Inc., or email her at jshapin.writer@gmail,.com



Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling.  She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends.  She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter.


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August 29, 2017

New Release: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

by MK French



Sallot Leon is a gender fluid thief intent on winning the auditions to become one of the Queen's Left Hand, the assassins named after the rings that she wears. Sal is the sole survivor of a nation that was sacrificed to protect a larger one, and now Sal wants to infiltrate the court and slaughter those responsible for the massacre. In order to do that, Sal has to win the role of Opal and become part of the nobility.


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Mask of Shadows
August 2017; Sourcebook Fire; 978-1492647492
ebook, audio, print (352 pages); dark fantasy, YA
It's a deadly game that Sal plays, and one where the tension is effortlessly maintained throughout the brutal audition. Sal is entrant number twenty-three, and masks abound; in a society where names, faces, masks, and clothes are everything, Sal's gender fluidity is remarked upon but not always treated with disdain. Sal finds love in the midst of the intrigue and is able to let go of insecurity enough to trust in a few people.

The kingdoms and their histories were effortlessly woven together, and you really get a sense for the cultures involved. Differences in languages, names, dress, and customs are discussed as Sal observes the other contestants for clues, and we slowly learn more about the nation that Sal wants to avenge. I was immediately drawn into this world, and I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and golden retriever. 

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August 28, 2017

August Reading Round-Up: Read, Reading, to Read #MondayBlogs

by Donna Huber



Here we are at the end of another month and I'm reviewing my reading progress. I'm about 4 books ahead of schedule for reaching my reading challenge for the year. My reading has slowed a bit because of a dense historical nonfiction book and a show that I watched a few seasons of before it changed networks and I couldn't watch it anymore came to Amazon Prime, so I've been binge watching 9 seasons! I'm almost done with the show and I miss reading.

Here's what I've read, currently reading, and what I'm looking forward to next.

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In ebook...

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel
You can read my full review that posted last week.

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face when you check into the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown.

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends.

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

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Puddin' Up With Murder by Julia Buckley
Puddin' Up With Murder
I found this on Netgalley and though I haven't read any of Julia Buckley's books it sounded fun and you know I've been on a huge cozy mystery kick this summer. I need to write down the recipes before my copy expires. My review will post on September 5 which is also the day you can get your copy.

Customers trust Lilah Drake to keep her mouthwatering meals under wraps, but when a millionaire meets his untimely end, some sinister secrets become the main course.

Spring is right around the corner, and with the warmer temperatures come plenty of food requests from Lilah Drake's covered-dish clients. Lilah pulls out all the stops with a sweet new casserole for the birthday party of Marcus Cantwell, a wealthy curmudgeon who has some angry ex-wives and more than a few enemies.

When he's found facedown in Lilah's casserole, it's anyone's guess as to who might have wanted the old man dead. A possible new heir to Marcus’s fortune adds some unexpected spice to the investigation, but Lilah fears that the old adage is true, and "the proof is in the pudding."

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In print...

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
Her Royal Spyness
After reading the latest book in the series, In Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (read my review), I went back and picked up the first book in the series. It gave me the background that I was missing when I read book 11 in the series. As I have time, I will probably try to read the other books in the series as they are fun, quick reads.

London 1932. Narrator Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She bolted from Scotland -- and engagement to Fishface (Prince Stiegfriend) -- for London, where she has:

a) built a fire in the hearth
b) fallen for an absolutely unsuitable Irish peer
c) made a few quid housekeeping incognita, and
d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son

When an arrogant Frenchman trying to swipe her family estate winds up dead in her bathtub, how can she clear her very long family name?

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Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
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I haven't read any of the Sookie Stackhouse books before but I found this one on my bookcase this summer. I'm not big on paranormal novels, but I enjoyed it. I probably won't seek out the rest of the series, but if I'm in need of something to read I would read more of the series.

As a person with so few living relatives, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse really hated to lose one. But she never guessed that it would be her cousin Hadley—a consort of the Vampire Queen of New Orleans. After all, technically speaking, Hadley was already dead. And now, as unexpected heir to Hadley’s estate, Sookie discovers the inheritance definitely comes with a risk. Someone doesn’t want Sookie looking too deeply into Hadley’s past—or for that matter, Hadley’s possessions. And they’re prepared to do anything in their power to stop her. But who? The range of suspects runs from the Rogue Weres who reject Sookie as a friend of the Pack to the Vampire Queen herself, who could be working through a particularly vulnerable subject—Sookie’s first love, Bill.

Whoever it is, they’re definitely dangerous—and Sookie’s life is definitely on the line…

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In audio...

Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton
Death of a Valentine
I love M.C. Beaton's cozy mysteries and I discovered that my digital library had several of her books in audio book. The first available one was Death of a Valentine in her Hamish Macbeth series. I liked listening to the audio book because I could hear the accents which I had trouble with when I read Death of a Policeman this summer.

Amazing news has spread across the Scottish countryside. The most famous of highland bachelors, police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, will be married at last. Everyone in the village of Lochdubh adores Josie McSween, Macbeth's newest constable and blushing bride-to-be.

While locals think Josie is quite a catch, Hamish has a case of prenuptial jitters. After all, if it weren't for the recent murder of a beautiful woman in a neighbouring village, there wouldn't be a wedding at all.

For it was a mysterious Valentine's Day package, delivered to the victim before her death, that initially drew Hamish and Josie together on the investigation. As they work side by side, Hamish and Josie soon discover that the woman's list of admirers was endless, confirming Hamish's suspicion that love can be blind, deaf . . . and deadly.

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
Victoria
I started this audio book in June, but then I went on vacation and didn't get much time to listen to it so it returned to the library before I finished. There are so many holds on this audio book and my turn finally came around again last week. I really enjoyed it. If you are a fan of the television series, I recommend reading the book. It pretty much follows the series, but with a few extra details. it also ends with her proposal to Albert whereas the TV series goes past that.

Early one morning, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria is roused from bed with the news that her uncle William IV has died and she is now Queen of England. The men who run the country have doubts about whether this sheltered young woman, who stands less than five feet tall, can rule the greatest nation in the world. Surely she must rely on her mother and her venal advisor, Sir John Conroy, or her uncle, the Duke of Cumberland, who are all too eager to relieve her of the burdens of power.

The young queen is no puppet, however. She has very definite ideas about the kind of queen she wants to be, and the first thing is to choose her name.

Everyone keeps saying she is destined to marry her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, but Victoria found him dull and priggish when they met three years ago. She is quite happy being queen with the help of her prime minister, Lord Melbourne, who may be old enough to be her father but is the first person to take her seriously.

Drawing on Victoria's own diaries, which she first started reading when she was a student at Cambridge University, Daisy Goodwin brings us the brilliantly imagined life of a young woman about to make her mark on her nation - and the world.

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Death of a Nurse by M.C. Beaton

Death of a Nurse
Hamish is stood up for dinner by gorgeous private nurse Gloria Dainty, caring for rude old Mr Harrison. Four days later, Gloria's body washes up on the beach. While trying to keep his very large constable from falling for their married superior, he starts on the trail of -- one killer? -- or more?

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Currently Reading

In print...

Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent
Last Call
I was reading this for the book club at the Special Collections Library last week. It is very dense read, though interesting at times. I don't remember learning much about Prohibition in my history classes. I've learned some cool facts like the reason we have workers' compensation largely because of the Prohibition Movement. There have even been some literary references like that fact that Daisy's comments about Jay Gatsby owning drug stores in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. They weren't drug stores as you and I know drug stores; instead, Jay made his money from bootlegging.

A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

From its start, America has been awash in drink. The sailing vessel that brought John Winthrop to the shores of the New World in 1630 bcarried more beer than water. By the 1820s, liquor flowed so plentifully it was cheaper than tea. That Americans would ever agree to relinquish their booze was as improbable as it was astonishing.

Yet we did, and Last Call is Daniel Okrent’s dazzling explanation of why we did it, what life under Prohibition was like, and how such an unprecedented degree of government interference in the private lives of Americans changed the country forever.

Writing with both wit and historical acuity, Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces: the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement, which allied itself with the antiliquor campaign; the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities; the anti-German sentiment stoked by World War I; and a variety of other unlikely factors, ranging from the rise of the automobile to the advent of the income tax.

Through it all, Americans kept drinking, going to remarkably creative lengths to smuggle, sell, conceal, and convivially (and sometimes fatally) imbibe their favorite intoxicants. Last Call is peopled with vivid characters of an astonishing variety: Susan B. Anthony and Billy Sunday, William Jennings Bryan and bootlegger Sam Bronfman, Pierre S. du Pont and H. L. Mencken, Meyer Lansky and the incredible—if long-forgotten—federal official Mabel Walker Willebrandt, who throughout the twenties was the most powerful woman in the country. (Perhaps most surprising of all is Okrent’s account of Joseph P. Kennedy’s legendary, and long-misunderstood, role in the liquor business.)

It’s a book rich with stories from nearly all parts of the country. Okrent’s narrative runs through smoky Manhattan speakeasies, where relations between the sexes were changed forever; California vineyards busily producing “sacramental” wine; New England fishing communities that gave up fishing for the more lucrative rum-running business; and in Washington, the halls of Congress itself, where politicians who had voted for Prohibition drank openly and without apology.

Last Call is capacious, meticulous, and thrillingly told. It stands as the most complete history of Prohibition ever written and confirms Daniel Okrent’s rank as a major American writer.

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In audio...

Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway by Sara Gran
Claire Dewitt and the Bohemian Highway
This is the audio book I'm listening to at home, but it's been interrupted by my binge watching. It is an interesting story, though it is a bit too much of a crime novel for my taste.

When Paul Casablancas, Claire DeWitt’s musician ex-boyfriend, is found dead in his Mission District home, the police are convinced it’s a simple robbery. But Claire knows nothing is ever simple.

With the help of her new assistant, Claude, Claire follows the clues, finding hints to Paul’s fate in her other cases—especially that of a missing girl in the gritty 1980s East Village and a modern-day miniature horse theft in Marin. As visions of the past reveal the secrets of the present, Claire begins to understand the words of the enigmatic French detective Jacques Silette: “The detective won’t know what he is capable of until he encounters a mystery that pierces his own heart.” And love, in all its forms, is the greatest mystery of all—at least to the world’s greatest PI.

An addictive new adventure featuring an irresistible heroine.

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Lowcountry Book Club by Susan M. Boyer
Lowcountry Book Club
The audio book I'm listening to at work. Since it had book club in the title and I've been trying out book clubs I thought it would be a good read. I've just started it, but I'm not really into the story.

Who could have pushed Shelby Poinsett out her second-floor library window besides her husband? Private Investigator Liz Talbot enters a tight-knit community of Charleston, SC’s genteel women who have gossip to spill, secrets of their own, and a hundred-year-old book club they are dying to join.

Newlywed couple and business partners Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are hired by a prestigious Charleston law firm to prove the innocence of Shelby Poinsett’s husband, Clint Gerdhart, before his trial begins. As the two begin to dig into the case, they learn that Shelby may not have been the perfect wife everyone thought she was. When Liz uncovers a photo of Shelby and Sonny, a Talbot family friend and Charleston police officer, looking too cozy for comfort, Shelby’s true character comes into question. Did the woman who ran a book club, adopted animals, and volunteered at a homeless shelter have a past that would make someone kill?

As Liz interviews the eighteen members of the closed club, she notices an anger bubbling under these women’s polite exteriors. Through conversation, she finds that the hostile undertone of the book club began when Shelby was named president. Liz is convinced that one of them knows who pushed Shelby Poinsett out her window—or may be the murderer herself.

Liz must run the gamut of Southern society to keep an innocent man out of jail and bring a killer to justice. With Boyer’s authentic Southern voice, Lowcountry Book Club merges Charleston charm with a mystery that leaves readers guessing until the very end.

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In ebook...

Spirit Mage by Layton Green
This is the next book in Green's Blackwood Brothers series. It is due out September 15. I totally got sucked into this story at lunch the other day and I can't wait to get back to it. It is kind of my reward for finishing Last Call. There will be a special deal on the 2 ebooks ($2.99 each!) in this series during release week - Sept. 15 - 22 so be sure to pick up your copies then. Read my review of the first book.

Valjean Blackwood thought about how impossible it seemed that there was another world out there from which he had narrowly escaped. A world of manticores and cave fiends, magic swords and potions, spirit mages and necromancers. Wizard-monks who could shatter walls with their fists, a city of colored spires so beautiful it took his breath away . . . and a world in which Val’s brothers were still trapped.

Desperate to help his brothers, Val Blackwood manages to return to the world of Urfe. After landing in the dangerous underbelly of New Victoria, he concludes that the only way to find his brothers is to enroll in the Abbey—the school for wizards—and somehow gain entrance to a portal called the Pool of Souls. Yet to succeed, he will not only have to pass the wizards’ entrance exam and survive the hardships of the school, considered the most demanding in all the Realm, but also avoid a lethal assassin targeting students.

As Val struggles to survive, his brothers undergo an even deadlier trial. Reeling from the loss of Mala, an adventuress trapped in the mysterious Place Between Worlds, Will and Caleb and Yasmina are captured by slavers and taken to the mines beneath Fellengard Mountain. Even if they somehow manage to escape, a feat no one has ever accomplished, they must still find their way through the vast and untamed caverns of the Darklands—a place even the wizards fear.

To Read

In print...

The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Trees
This is the book for the September meeting of the Post-apopocalptic book club. I'm not sure about this book, but I enjoyed the discussion at the August meeting so I'm willing to give this book a chance.

 There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins…

There is no warning. No chance to prepare.

They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed. Broken bodies, still wrapped in tattered bed linen, hang among the twitching leaves.

Adrien Thomas has never been much of a hero. But when he realises that no help is coming, he ventures out into this unrecognisable world. Michelle, his wife, is across the sea in Ireland and he has no way of knowing whether the trees have come for her too.

Then Adrien meets green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife – and to discover just how deep the forest goes.

Their journey will take them to a place of terrible beauty and violence, to the dark heart of nature and the darkness inside themselves.

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In ebook...

The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall
The Best Kind of People
Another book I picked up at Netgalley. It hits shelves on September 19.

What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.

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So that's what's been entertaining me this month and a peek at what I'll be reading in September. What are you reading?



Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour


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