Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Forget Tomorrow

24804505Title: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
400 pages, published November 3, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopian Fiction

Note: I received this book fromNetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

My Review:

When I first started reading this book, I was skeptical. Here we go again with the futuristic dystopian world where the female protagonist  is just different and special enough to save the day and have a great romance while she's at it. But when I kept reading, I realized it was totally different than the Divergent copycat I thought it to be--and I ended up really loving it!

I loved the main character, Callie. She's determined, strong, and smart. She's caring, loving and real.  I love her relationship with Logan. I also loved the writing style and how the story unfolds at the perfect pace. I wasn't completely blindsided by the ending, as I had a pretty good guess as to what was going to happen--but I loved reading how everything pieced together.  One thing that I don't like about a lot of the other dystopian series out there right now (Hunger Games, Divergent) is how crazy violent they are.  This one does have some violence, but nowhere near the level of violence of the other two.

I loved the world that the author created and the science fiction in it--I'm excited to read the next book in this series--due out October 2016! If you love dystopian fiction and are looking for a new one to get into, this one is fantastic--I have a feeling it's going to be big!

Overall rating for "Forget Tomorrow": 4.5 stars

Happy Reading

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Bookish (and not so bookish) Things I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Thanksgiving Freebie! I decided to go with Top Ten Bookish (and not so bookish) Things I'm Thankful for! Here's my list (serious ones first!):

1. My Husband and Family

2. My Fur Kids (my Black Lab and four kitties!)

3. My Friends--yes, I'm an introvert, but I do have a small group of pretty amazing friends! You know who you are!

4. Health, my house, financially stable, etc.

5. BOOKS! The written word. My ability to read. YAY BOOKS!

6.That I had parents who encouraged me to love to read an learn

7.  That I started my book blog in 2014--it's been such a positive experience for me! I'm thankful that you read my blog!!

8. Libraries

9. To live in Oregon: Oregon is pretty rad. I'm close to the beach, to the mountains, to a big city, and live in a small town.  It's the best of so many worlds!

10. A fun one: Coffee :)

What are you thankful for this year? Happy Thanksgiving, friends!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: November 9

25111004Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
320 pages, published November 10, 2015
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased for myself

From Goodreads:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

My Review:

Colleen Hoover is AMAZING. How does she do it?? How does she manage to make each new book she releases my new favorite? November 9 (which I pre-ordered without even reading the blurb) BLEW ME AWAY. I loved literally everything about this book. I loved the story. I loved the characters. I loved the format of the book. The pacing of the story was perfect. The writing was fantastic. I loved ALL OF IT.

And the plot twist? Didn't see it coming. My jaw literally dropped when I read it.  Have tissues for this one. And your favorite beverage. You will NOT be able to put it down (I read 2/3 of it in one sitting, while drinking Sunday morning coffee). Prepare to cry sad tears and happy tears. THIS BOOK! THE FEELS! Oh my goodness I can't even.. It is on another level. My next favorite CoHo? Slammed and Confess.  But this one is now not only one of my favorite CoHo novels, it's on my list of favorite books EVER.

So...can I pre-order her next book yet??

Overall rating for "November 9": 5 stars

Happy Reading!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Beginnings: Forget Tomorrow

Book Beginnings Fridays is a weekly event hosted by fellow Oregon blogger Gilion at Rose City Reader.  The purpose is to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

This week, I started reading Forget Tomorrow, thanks to NetGalley. It was released this month and is the first book in a series. I've heard good things and I'm super excited to read it! Here are the first couple lines:

"'The next leaf that falls will be red,' my six year old sister Jessa announces. An instant later, a crimson leaf flutters through the air like the tail feather of a cardinal."

24804505Imagine a world where your destiny has already been your future self.

It's Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie's case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.

What are you reading this weekend? Happy Friday!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

TLC Book Tour: Wyoming Rugged

25246646Title: Wyoming Rugged
Author: Diana Palmer
324 pages, release date November 24, 2015
Genre: Romance
Purchase on Amazon

Note: I received this book from TLC Book Tours to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.

From Goodreads:

Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend. 

Niki Ashton has seen her father's friend wounded and she's seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she's ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they've been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away. 

It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair's misgivings. Now it's all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?

My Review:

This is my first time reading anything by Diana Palmer--I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either.  It was a good quick read, and if you're a fan of this author and the genre this will be a great pick for you.  It was a bit hard to follow at times (as it changed POV's) and I didn't really connect well to any of the characters, which was disappointing.  Normally I really get into these types of romances but this style just didn't work for me! 

About Diana Palmer:

An icon in western romance, Diana Palmer has been writing with Harlequin since 1980 and has published over 180 titles, with over 61 million books sold! When not writing, Susan’s hobbies are gardening, knitting, crocheting, astronomy, archaeology and animals. She also has dogs, cats, birds and lizards.
Learn more about Diana at her website,

See information about the rest of the tour here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Quotes I Loved from Books I Read Last Year

Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is Top Ten Quotes I Loved from Books I Read in the Last Year. I l ve quotes, so this is a great topic! Here's the list:

1. “When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”  November 9, by Colleen Hoover

2.  “I know Simon and I will always be enemies.. But I thought maybe we'd get to a point where we didn't want to be.” Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

3.  “When I say the things that don't make sense you answer me anyway. It's like having green in your shirt.”  A Madness So Disreeet, by Minday McGinnis

4. “I guess people can't be content without answers, even if they're wrong. We'd rather have a lie than a question that we can never know the answer to.” The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, by Stephanie Oakes

5.   “Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”  Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

6. “You have to grow about eight hundred grapes to get just one bottle of wine. If that isn’t an argument to finish the bottle, I don’t know what is." (Anonymous). Eight Hundred Grapes, by Laura Dave

7. “Life doesn't work out the way we plan, but maybe it works out the way it's supposed to after all.”  The Sweetness of Forgetting, by Kristin Harmel

8.c“Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.”  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

9. “I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn't end up with you.” Maybe in Another Life, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

10.   “Because failure isn't an option if success is just a matter of more effort.”  A Dog's Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron

What are some of your favorite quotes from books you read this year? 

Happy Reading!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cover Reveal! Breathe by J.L. Beck

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Title: Breathe
Author: J.L. Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

J.L. Beck is the best selling author of numerous books including Indebted, Inevitable, Invincible, and The Bittersweet Series. She's best known for weaving a tale, that ends with your mouth hanging open, and your hands gripping the edge of your seat. 

She's a no holds bar author who enjoys spending time with her husband of seven years, three year old hellion, and Hatchi the fur baby. She calls Wisconsin home, but loves to travel. In her free time you can catch her watching bad reality tv, cooking, reading books, or spending time outdoors.

When death is all you have to offer, what's truly at risk? 

Jackson Winters is just your average twenty something year old going through life as it throws curve ball after curve ball. I mean, nothing could be worse than the most recent thing God has thrown his way. Instead of living bed ridden for the rest of his days he sets out on a journey with a bucket list in hand and need to accomplish something significant. 

Avery Masters was the 'it' girl of her high school. Now she's a nobody, a woman plagued by her own fears and guilt, praying that someday the pain will leave her if only she could move on with her life and finally breathe again.

They say that you don’t truly know what life is about until you see your life flash before your eyes. I believed that Jackson was that flash, he had come into my life like a shooting star demolishing everything that made me who I was in his wake. As our friendship grew, so did my feelings. He told me not to try, that he could never be more than a friend to me. He told me there was no way for love to form in something that was dying… After all nothing could grow from death. 

He was wrong. 
I was wrong. 

Neither of us realized that for things to grow, something had to die.

Two people set out on two very different paths. One to death, and the other to live. Love has its own way of turning even the darkest moments into the brightest.

When life gives you lemons squeeze them in to make lemonade. I had always been the glass half full kind of guy. The one that would always find a way to see the world for what it truly was; that bad days happened, and that you could learn from your mistakes. That’s why I wasn’t really sure what lead me to sitting in this therapist’s office. I had no meaning to be here, I should’ve been doing something else with my time, or at least what was left of it.
            Instead here I sat, my eyes lingering along the white washed wall in front of me. I couldn’t help but allow my mind to drift to the woman I ran into as I was coming into the office. Her dark hair, the way her eyebrows puckered together in fear. I could tell just by one look that she wasn’t living, she was a fragile being. That something far before me had broken her.
            “How are you feeling?” Cole asked, of course interrupting my thoughts on the brunette. I fiddled with my fingers. How did I feel? Cold. Dead. Not yet, but I was pretty close to it. I was one breath away from meeting my maker.
            “Being that my family is preparing for my funeral instead of enjoying my last living months with me, I would say not very well.” I mocked slightly, a bit annoyed by his question.
            He smiled, “While then, I take it things aren’t going well. Aside from that, how are you feeling?”
            I gritted my teeth, “Honestly, I feel cold inside.” I had never spoke the words out loud. I had never admitted them to anyone aside from myself.
            “Why do you feel cold?” I squeezed my fists tightly, my head starting to ache from the anger that was forming inside of me.
            “Because there are a million and one better things I should be doing right now. Because my family should be here, enjoying these last moments with me, and because I have never felt more alone now than I have since I was diagnosed with cancer.” Silence settled over us, kind of the way snow settles onto the ground after a heavy snow-storm.
            “I want you to do something Jackson. Something that might just open up that coldness and let some warmth in.” I rolled my eyes. Another exercise to test my emotions? I had been there done that.
            “I do group therapy twice a week. I want you to come, and I want you to bring all your baggage with you. There are people there with just as much if not more than yours.” I almost laughed at his words.
            “It doesn’t get much worse than dying.” Those words weren’t a joke, but true to the bone. There were people all around the world complaining about the way they lived life, girls that treated there parents like crap because they couldn’t have the latest fashion accessory. Ungrateful individuals, unaware that there were people around them dying every second. People that would gladly take one minute from there god forsaken lives to put back into their unbeating heart.

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Review: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

17185496Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
Author: Stephanie Oakes
400 pages, published June 2015
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it's clear that Minnow knows something—but she's not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

My Review:

I've been really into reading thrillers lately--totally outside my normal genre but I am loving this change of pace! This book did not disappoint--I absolutely loved it and could not put it down. The writing was amazing, and the style and format of the book flowed well.  The story unraveled in a logical way, and the more I read the more I loved Minnow as a character.

The one thing I didn't love about this book? The ending. It was a bit open ended for me. I wanted MORE.  I want to know more about what happens to Minnow.  If you're looking for a good, creepy book, this is a great pick. The writing is solid, the story is addicting, and the characters are interesting and real. Definitely a YA book not to miss!

Overall rating for "The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly": 4.5 stars

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Review: A Madness So Discreet

24376529Title: A Madness So Discreet
Author: Mindy McGinnis
384 pages, published October 2015
Genre: YA, Thriller, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

My Review:

Can we take a moment to appreciate this fantastic cover?? It's what drew me to the book--I absolutely had to read it. What I loved about this book was that it was an effortless mix of multiple genres--thriller, mystery, and historical fiction, all with a young adult audience in mind.  This is the first book I've read by this author, and I look forward to reading her other books--her writing is excellent.

I absolutely LOVED the main character, Grace. She is full of secrets and is so smart and is such an intriguing main character. While parts of the book moved a bit slowly at times, I couldn't put it down because I had to know what happened to Grace. The ending of the story was amazing--we finally lean all the secrets you know are being withheld from you throughout the book.

In addition to the fantastic writing and main character, I loved the historical fiction aspect of this book.  My undergraduate degree was in psychology, and the history of the the study of psychology and the treatment of the mentally ill in this time period was fascinating.  The book indicates the time period as 40 years after the accident of the early pioneers (and patients) of the filed of psychology, Phineas Gage, which  puts the book in the 1890's time period. This was the era of phrenology (early psychologists believed the bumps on your head were linked to your personality) and lobotomies.  The treatment of the mentally ill in this time period was horrifying and heartbreaking, and the author captures this well.

If you love any of these genres, you need to read this book. It's eloquent, suspenseful, and fascinating.  And if you're a psychology nerd like me--read this NOW:)

Overall rating for "A Madness So Discreet": 4.5 stars

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Happy Release Day to November 9!

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know I LOVE Colleen Hoover's books!  I'm so excited that TODAY is her release day for her newest novel, November 9! I preordered this book and I absolutely cannot WAIT to go home and check the mail today!!!


Here's the synopsis:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Connect with Colleen Hoover

Twitter: @ColleenHoover
Instagram: @ColleenHoover
Purchase November 9:
I will be reading this book right away, so look for my review in the near future! Happy Reading!!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

This is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

Recently Finished:


(Review will be posted Thursday)

Currently Reading:


On Deck:



What are you reading this Monday? Happy Reading!

Blitz: A Family Affair: Truth in Lies series

A Family Affair: Truth in Lies Book 1
When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter. Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one.
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A Family Affair: Spring Book 2
A Family Affair: Spring is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption, all wrapped up in the lives of the people we love to love, and even a few we love to hate. Harry Blacksworth is rich, handsome, the ultimate playboy with a killer smile and a clever wit. He’s fought it, denied it, ignored it, but the damn truth won’t go away: he’s fallen in love. And just when he’s accepted that fact, Greta Severenson, the only woman he’s ever trusted, breaks his heart. Christine Blacksworth and Nate Desantro beat the odds when they fell in love and married. But staying married is threatened when the foundation behind every good relationship—trust—is challenged. Gloria Blacksworth descends upon Magdalena in all of her designer-clad arrogance, determined to make Christine change her course and return to Chicago and her old life. It may take two trips to that godforsaken town or ten, but Gloria doesn’t plan to fail. When she finally confronts Miriam Desantro, the “other woman”, Gloria discovers more than she ever wanted to know… or admit. Angelo ‘Pop’ Benito is the Godfather of Magdalena. Nothing happens in that town without his knowledge or approval. And Pop doesn’t do anything without a long sit down with his dead wife, Lucy, and a half dozen pizzelles by his side. He’ll need a lot of lung power and a tray of his favorite treat to help Nate and Christine out of a real mess. And he may need the help of his checkers buddy and Magdalena’s shining star, Lily Desantro. Links to Buy: Amazon i-Books Nook Kobo Google Play A-

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A Family Affair: Summer Book 3
Heartache. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Redemption… It’s time to head back to Magdalena, New York and spend a little time with the people we love to love and even a few we love to hate. Eight years ago, tragedy struck the town’s perfect couple, Daniel “Cash” Casherdon and Tess Carrick, days before their wedding. That tragedy shred their dreams of a life together and sent them fleeing Magdalena. Now, destiny has brought them back and the town is determined to see this couple mend their differences. Angelo “Pop” Benito will lead the crusade to march Cash and Tess down the aisle with the help of The Bleeding Hearts Society, a garden group more interested in healing people’s hearts than helping a sick basil plant. But they’re not the only ones cheering for this couple’s second chance. Who would have thought Nate Desantro would be giving advice on relationships, love, and marriage? But when a man finds the right woman, anything is possible. Add a baby to the mix; well that’s pure “hero” material. Christine will offer her share of support and wisdom to Tess and stand up to an old troublemaker in the name of family and friendship. From the fifty-something widow who is afraid to open her heart again to the pregnant friend who believes everyone has a soul mate, to Lily Desantro, the shining light who makes others believe anything is possible, Magdalena’s finest will rally to give Tess and Cash that second chance. But all the prayers and contrivances in the world won’t help until Tess reveals the secret she’s carried for too many years, a secret that could destroy her chance with Cash forever… And if you’re wondering about Harry Blacksworth and his brood, you’ll glimpse a snippet of what he’s up to, but he’ll be back in full force in A Family Affair: Fall. Not only that—he’s moving to Magdalena with Greta and the kids! Can you imagine Harry maneuvering a lawnmower or carrying out the trash? Oh, but his past is going to catch up with him and then…Sorry, Harry has to wait for A Family Affair: Fall to share his misery and his story. For now, enjoy the journey as you catch up on the lives of the residents of Magdalena. They’re waiting for you! Links to Buy: Amazon i-Books Nook Kobo Google Play A-Family-Affair-Fall-1600-199x300
A Family Affair: Fall Book 4
  Gina Servetti was raised to believe she wasn’t enough—not thin enough, not pretty enough, not clever enough. She’s more comfortable with a spreadsheet than a conversation and doesn’t trust easily, especially where men are concerned, most notably the good-looking, smooth-talking ones like Ben Reed. When city boy Ben Reed arrives in Magdalena, he’s not planning a long-term stay in a town filled with too many busybodies and too little excitement. He just needs things to settle down in Philly for a few months before he returns to his old life and his plan to win back his ex-wife. But once he gets to know the people in this town, he starts to care about them; one in particular—Gina Servetti. The longer he’s around her, the more he realizes she’s so much more than a woman with a scowl and a sharp tongue. She’s real and honest, and as afraid of trusting as he is. But can Ben and Gina open up and take a risk for a chance at real love? Well, if the rest of the town has anything to say about it, and they always do, this couple will take the big leap and end with an “I do”! And would the story be complete without checking in on Harry Blacksworth’s latest debacle…ahem…adventure? Harry’s moved his brood to Magdalena and is taking advice but thankfully not fashion lessons from Pop Benito. That spells trouble on so many levels. Oh, but it’s going to be interesting… Join me as we peek into the lives of some of our favorites: Pop Benito, Lily, Nate and Christine Desantro, Harry and Greta Blacksworth, Mimi Pendergrass, Bree Kinkaid…and many more. Links to Buy: Amazon i-Books Nook Kobo Google Play AMZ-MARY-CAMPISI-FAMILY-AFFAIR-XMAS-199x300
A Family Affair: Christmas Book 5
The town is preparing to celebrate the holidays when a snowstorm hits and threatens to ruin the festivities. But that’s not the only threat blowing into town…Pop’s son is here from California to enjoy Christmas with his father, but when he leaves, he’s taking Pop with him…or is he? Will the town give up the Godfather of Magdalena, or will they show Pop’s son that when we open our hearts, anything is possible…even second chances? NEW FEATURE: Magdalena’s growing! People are getting married, having babies, and moving back to town, so I’ve decided to include a list of characters and their backgrounds–some new faces, some from previous books. You’ll find Who’s Who in A Family Affair: Christmas located right after the dedication. Links to Buy: Amazon i-Books Nook Kobo Google Play A-Family-Affair-Winter-Amazon-199x300
A Family Affair: Winter Book 6
They should have been married and working on their “happily ever after” but fate intervened and stole their chance. Can the residents of Magdalena help them get it back? On the day Michael Androvich stands at the altar before family, friends, and most of the town of Restalline, Pennsylvania, he’s prepared to pledge his life, love, and fidelity to the woman who owns his heart. There’s only one thing missing—the bride. Elise Pentani loves Michael Androvich truly and completely, but there’s a tiny piece of her that believes he’ll fall back into his “bad boy” ways. When a threat from his past visits her the night before she and Michael are to be married, Elise lets doubt rule and skips her own wedding. Nursing a broken heart and determined to forget the woman he can’t forget, Michael heads to Magdalena, New York to secure a business deal for his family’s lumber company. He’s not prepared for the endless questions and inquisitive nature of the residents who remind him an awful lot of his hometown. Just when Michael has gotten the town to accept the fact that he’s not talking about his past or the reason for his surly disposition, his ex-fiancée shows up with an apology he doesn’t want to hear and certainly doesn’t want to believe. So much for the town leaving him alone; everybody has an opinion and they’re all more than anxious to share it. There’s no way the residents of Magdalena can ignore these two broken-hearted souls. Michael and Elise have “need help” and “belong together” stamped all over their sad faces. Add that to Pop Benito’s determined matchmaking skills and Lily Desantro’s clever curiosity, and this couple might just get that second chance… Note: Michael Androvich and Elise Pentani are secondary characters in Simple Riches, Book Three of That Second Chance Series. The books in this series are standalone works that are tied together by the belief in the beauty of that second chance. Michael and Elise won’t be the only ones visiting A Family Affair’s Magdalena from That Second Chance Series. Here are a few more, though not necessarily in the order listed:
  • Grant Richot from Pulling Home, Book One
  • Angie Sorrento from The Way They Were, Book Two
  • Adam Brandon from Paradise Found, Book Four
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A Family Affair: The Promise Book 7
A lot has happened since readers left town in A Family Affair: Winter! Bree Kinkaid is dealing with heartache and betrayal the only way she can—denial. Her friends can’t help her, she won’t listen to her parents, and she rejects offerings of support and sympathy from the town as she attempts to hold onto that magical life she wanted. But when a stranger shows up at Bree’s doorstep with information about her husband, she can’t pretend any longer. And in case you were wondering what happened to Gloria Blacksworth’s notebook, it’s still resting in Nate Desantro’s desk drawer…but not for long. Gloria might be dead, but the notebook continues to leak distrust and ill will into the community, and someone’s got to stop it! There might be only one person in town equipped for the job—any guesses? We’ve also got a new man in Magdalena, one badly in need of a second chance… Grant Richot sprinted through life, a boy wonder with talent, intelligence, confidence, and charm. He never doubted the world awaited him, just as he never doubted the right woman would come into his life—but only when he was ready for her. Anyone before that was simply preparation for the one. How wrong he was. Years and a tragedy later, Grant arrives in Maggie Finnegan’s hometown of Magdalena, New York—broken, uncertain, and searching for that second chance with the woman he cast aside. But Maggie’s no longer naïve and impressionable; she’s a confident, competent widow with a child, who has more at risk than another broken heart… Note: For a richer “A Family Affair” reading experience, make sure to read Pulling Home, Book One of That Second Chance series. It is the prequel to A Family Affair: The Promise, where you’ll learn Grant Richot’s story. Big, dark secrets about his family are revealed in this book, but that doesn’t mean he knows about them…but it also doesn’t mean the reader can’t know, right?! Links to Buy: Amazon: iBooks: Nook: Kobo: A-Family-Affair-The-Secret-Amz-200x300
A Family Affair: The Secret Book 8 (coming 1/5/2016)
Roman Ventori isn’t looking for a wife. He’s had one of those and it ended badly. He’s come back to Magdalena out of duty, not love for the town that drove him away with rumors and judgments. Angie Sorrento is in Magdalena to do a job, not find a husband. She almost had one of those, until he dumped her days before the wedding. Roman’s father has health problems and his last wish is to see his son settled with a wife, a child, a second chance at a life that doesn’t include city life and flashy women. There’s only one person in town who can make the impossible happen. Angelo “Pop” Benito, the Godfather of Magdalena, is the wiliest matchmaker in the Catskills and if he sets his mind to it, an old man might see his wish come true. Oh, and remember Gloria Blacksworth’s notebook, the one filled with enough destruction to bring down Magdalena? Well, it’s causing trouble again, and this time the target is Miriam Desantro… Pop’s going to try to intervene, but he might be too late… Links to Buy: Amazon i-Books Kobo
If Salvatore Ventori hadn’t been recovering from a heart attack, Angie would have shut down the man’s idea that his son would be the perfect choice to escort her through the Sal’s Market after hours. Roman Ventori belonged in Chicago, or staring back at her from the insides of a magazine cover, not standing outside his father’s grocery store, arms crossed over his broad chest, waiting. And not too happy about the waiting either. The pacing gave it away, back and forth like a trapped lion. He didn’t see her coming from the side parking lot as he began another round of pacing. Angie made her way toward him, sucked in a deep breath and willed her voice to remain even. “Roman Ventori?” The man turned and stared, six-foot plus of muscle and annoyance zeroing in on her with eyes darker than ink. Those eyes widened when he recognized her, the mouth flattened, the brackets on either side, a deep slash. “You.” He ran a hand through his hair, blew out a sigh. “I should have known.” She matched his sigh, tilted her head to look up at him. Damn, but he was a tall one. “Should have known what?” “That my old man would pull this. How much did he pay you?” “What are you talking about?” The tabloids should get this charmer on tape. It would mark the end of Mr. Beautiful’s lovely persona. Angie guessed the man hadn’t wanted to come tonight. Too bad. She needed photos so she could do her job, and if the only way to get them was after closing time in the company of Sal’s son, then that’s what she’d do. “Why would your dad pay me?” she asked, determined to get an answer. But the man said nothing, merely unlocked the door and flicked on the lights, leaving Angie to follow, camera slung over her shoulder. When they reached the customer service area, Roman Ventori turned to her, his massiveness dwarfing her breathing space and said, “My father paid you to get in my line of vision, didn’t he?” “Line of vision?” Angie scrunched up her nose. “For what?” He scowled, narrowed his gaze on her. “You know damn well for what. He had a heart attack and now he’s gotten it into his head that he wants to see me settled before he dies.” “Settled.” Settled? As in married, with a family? No. No. “Yeah, that’s what he said, and then he started dropping hints about this nice little Italian girl he’d met who’d come to town to make a miniature rendition of his store, said I should escort you around and see what I could see. Whatever that means.” He flipped on more lights, let out another sigh that sounded like pure disgust and continued, “Ignore whatever he told you. I am not looking for a girlfriend and I’m sure as hell not looking for a wife.” “What?” Had he just said wife? Angie moved toward him, hands on hips, scowl on her face to show her equal disgust and said, “Mister, I am not looking for a boyfriend or a husband. I don’t even want a dog. You got that?” The nerve of some people. “I’ve come to this town to do a job, so I can get paid, period. Whatever issues you and your father have, are not my issues and you better damn well not make them mine. You got that?” Those eyes narrowed, the jaw twitched, and damn if the mouth didn’t flip into a smile seconds before he said, “Got it.” Angie crossed her arms over her chest, tipped her chin up to see his face and held her ground. “Do not confuse me with a groupie gold digger again.” The smile spread. “Groupie gold digger?” “Right.” She hid a smile. Now was not the time to let him see he could barrel through her anger and make her smile. “I’ll keep that in mind.” He thrust out his hand. “Roman Ventori, collector of groupie gold diggers.” real-

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