Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 20

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Hosted by Taking On A World of Words.

First off, I apologize for the lack of posts in the last week!! Things have been crazy lately and all the self care (reading) has been needed.  But I have lots of ARC's of spring and summer releases that I'm super excited about, so lots of reviews to come in the future!

The Three W's are:
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished


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Both of these books were five star reads!!! My review for Where the Forest Meets the Stars will be on the blog tomorrow with TLC Book Tours! The Huntress was absolutely fantastic! At 550 pages, it was a long one, but the chapters alternated characters and were short enough it was easy to read "just one more chapter"! If you loved The Alice Network, this is a must read. If you haven't read The Alice Network, read both of these!!

Currently Reading

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This week I am reading two ARC's by two of my "auto read" favorite authors!!  Drawing Home is out in May and Last Summer is out in July--definitely add these to your TBR if you haven't already!!

Up Next


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This one just came in on hold for me at the library!!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 13

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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I've recently discovered Jamie Raintree thanks to Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine, and she quickly became an auto read author for me! Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard releases March 26th and it's definitely worth reading!! I also liked There There, though there were a LOT of characters to keep up with. Excellent writing though!

Currently Reading

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I absolutely loved The Alice Network, so The Huntress was a must read. It came in for me at the library so I started it right away. Thoroughly enjoying it so far! Also just started Where the Forest Meets the Stars--look for my review next Thursday, March 21st!
 
Up Next

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I know I said this one was Up Next last week, but I promise it's on my super soon to be read radar. The Huntress took precedence as a library book but I still can't wait to dive into Kerry's latest!!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Blog Tours

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week's Topic: To Tour or Not to Tour? Do you participate in book tours? Why or why not?

I do participate in blog tours, mostly in partnership with TLC Book Tours!  I usually work with Lisa, but occasionally Trish as well. I do a few blog tours with other publishers but probably 90% of the tours I participate in are through TLC. They get a lot of fantastic authors on their tours, and are so organized. I've connected with so many authors and other bloggers through hosting TLC tours on my blog.

These are the tours I have coming up this Spring with TLC!


March 21st
 
April 22nd
 
May 28th
 
If you're a blogger, do you enjoy participating in tours? Readers, do you enjoy reading blog tour posts?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 6

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
Read my review!
 
 
Currently Reading
 
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I've recently discovered Jamie Raintree thanks to Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine, and she quickly became an auto read author for me! Also reading There There, a 2018 release I heard so many good things about. Enjoying both of these so far!
 
Up Next

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I received a print ARC of this beauty from Kerry Lonsdale! It's not out until July but I cannot wait to dive in! I've LOVED all her other books (The Everything series, and All the Breaking Waves) so I'm super excited for this one. And THAT COVER! Dreamy!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Spring Picks

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week's Topic: Spring Picks for 2019

I am SO excited Spring is around the corner! I can't stand winter, hate being cold, and miss the sun. It was sunny over the weekend but still cold--come on Spring! Here are some of my top picks for springtime reading:

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These are all authors I love and I'm so excited about these books! Also: aren't these covers gorgeous? 
I'm currently reading my ARC of Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard, and loving it!

What are you planning on reading this Spring?

Monday, March 4, 2019

TLC Book Tours: Beautiful Bad (review!)

About Beautiful Bad
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (March 5, 2019)
A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.
Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.
Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Purchase Links

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 There was so much going on in this book! An intense psychological thriller with lots of depth, this book is a crazy ride. It did start out a bit slow for me, and there was so much backstory about Maddie, Jo, and Ian that it slowed the book down a bit. However, the background information was important to the story. What I really enjoyed about this book was trying to figure Maddie out in the few weeks before the mysterious incident. I liked the use of writing therapy to help the reader get to know  about her relationship with Jo, as well as her past. But what was the truth? That's what kept me reading.

The book does have some trigger warnings, particularly to military related PTSD and some violence. It was at times a bit an intense read that I had to step away from for a bit for something lighter (I normally read a couple books at once).  Overall though I enjoyed this book--once I got used to the jumping around and switching perspectives and things started to fall into place, I couldn't stop reading!

About Annie Ward

Annie Ward has a BA in English literature from UCLA and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starred Adam Scott and won awards at the Aspen and Sundance Film Festivals. She lives in Kansas with her two sons and British husband, whom she met in the Balkans. She was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship and An Escape to Create artist’s residency.

Connect with Annie

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Review: Dreaming of Tuscany

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Author: T.A. Williams
Published February 11, 2019
Publisher: Canelo
Purchase Links: Amazon

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.


From Goodreads:

The glamour of Hollywood. The magic of the Tuscan countryside. One big decision...

Beatrice Kingdom (Bee to her friends) wakes up in hospital in Tuscany. After an accident on a film set leaves her burned and scarred, she feels her whole life has been turned upside down.

Bee is offered the chance of recuperating in a stunning Tuscan villa in the company of a world-famous film star, the irascible Mimi Robertson. Here amid the vines and olive groves, Bee quickly finds there’s more to the place than meets the eye, not least a certain Luca (and Romeo the dog).

As she comes to terms with her injuries and her new life takes shape, Bee will have to travel a road of self-discovery… and make a huge decision.

A joyous, funny and moving tale, Dreaming of Tuscany is a triumph, pe
rfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant, and Jenny Oliver.


T.A.'s books are always a must read for me! I don't even read the blurb before diving in. This sounds a bit crazy, but what I love about T.A.'s books is that despite the fact that they're relatively predictable, you CANNOT get enough of them! It's a quality you don't come across too often. He clearly has a talent for writing books that make you feel good. Another thing I love about his books--there is ALWAYS a black Labrador in the story and that pup is always one of my favorite characters. Romeo, the Lab in Dreaming of Tuscany, was delightful. I want his life--living on a vineyard villa in Tuscany, swimming in the river, taking naps in the sunshine....sigh.

The setting was dreamy (no pun intended!). I read this book while it was snowing outside, and the book made me want to be in Tuscany in the heat of summer and eat all that delicious food and take daily walks with friends and a black Lab. I adored the characters, especially Bee and Luca. 

If you haven't read one of T.A.'s books and you love a feel good rom-com style of book, look no further! This book was a delight!

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

TLC Book Tours: California Girls Review

About California Girls
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (February 26, 2019)
The California sunshine’s not quite so bright for three sisters who get dumped in the same week…
Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation who has set their affair to music. While avoiding the tabloids and pretending she’s just fine, she’s crumbling inside, desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal.
Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer—after all, she has an available womb and no other attachments to worry about. Except…when everyone else, including her big sister, thinks she’s making a huge mistake, being pregnant is a lot lonelier—and more complicated—than she imagined.
Never the tallest, thinnest or prettiest sister, Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancĂ© sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe—for once—someone sees her in a way no one ever has.
But side by side by side, these sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with all the affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor that is classic Susan Mallery.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble


Susan Mallery is one of my go to authors for a feel good story! This book was no exception! Not just a romance, this book was aslo about family. I loved the relationship between the sisters and how they supported each other through their breakups. Though I liked all their stories, I liked Ali the most. I really liked how she transformed herself throughout the book, and Daniel was a great character as well. The only character I didn't like was the mom--she was crazy. She was obsessed with the sisters giving her grandchildren. As a child free (by choice) woman, this really irked me.  She was totally over the top.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! If you're a Susan Mallery fan, this one is not to miss! That lovely cover and setting of the story were delightful in this dreary winter weather!


About Susan Mallery
#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She’s known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.

Connect with Susan

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Monday, February 25, 2019

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday What Are You Reading

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

I haven't done the Monday post in awhile because things have been crazy! But today we had a snow day here in Oregon (yay!) so it's given me a chance to catch up on blogging and reading! I also have a review post for TLC Book tours of California Girls, the newest from Susan Mallery, set to go on Wednesday, so I won't post my usual WWW post.

I'm in the middle of several books at the moment! So many books so little time. The one I'm engrossed in the most at the moment is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I loved The Hate U Give and immediately requested her second novel from the library! Speeding through it both because it's excellent, and there's  long hold list! Also reading Beautiful Bad--reviewing it here on the blog next Monday!!

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I'll leave you with a pic of my pups enjoying the snow! We don't get a lot of snow in our part of Oregon so when we do they get really excited! Happy Reading!


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

WWW Wednesday February 20

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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I absolutely LOVED this book. See my review here!
 
 
Currently Reading
 
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Almost finished with this one, and really enjoying it! Look for my review next Wednesday on the blog with TLC Book Tours! I'm also working my way through Rich People Problems, but have getting through it slowly due to reading books with reviews that needed to be done!
 
 
Up Next
 
 
Look for my review on this one March 4th!
 
 
What are you reading this week?