“She Regrets Nothing” Blog Tour

51ulC5YpqALIn the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth, the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

Good evening, bloggers! Sorry I’m a bit late with posting this, but better late than never, right?

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about reading She Regrets Nothing, by Andrea Dunlop, which will be available on February 6, 2018. In fact, I’ve come across positive reviews from other fellow readers.

Here’s the listed info for the launch events:

  • SEATTLE LAUNCH PARTY WITH GERALDINE DERUITER

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    • 1608 4TH AVENUE WEST SEATTLE, WA, 98119 UNITED STATES
  • AUSTIN LAUNCH PARTY WITH VILMA IRIS

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    • SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL (LOBBY BAR)
  • LOS ANGELES LAUNCH PARTY WITH CAROLINE KEPNES

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    • DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
  • SAN FRANCISCO LAUNCH PARTY W JO PIAZZA

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    • THE SEA STAR
  • TORONTO WITH MARISSA STAPLEY & KA TUCKER

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    • QUEEN BOOKS
  • LAUNCH PARTY WITH DUNCAN QUINN

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    • DUNCAN QUINN

 

I’m definitely looking forward to the L.A. event. And it’ll be a fun Valentine’s Day. Author events always inspire me to write more, so I encourage other aspiring authors to join the celebration.

For more details on the launch event, feel free to check out the author’s page.

Happy reading!

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“Grist Mill Road”–Review

619Paq6gYqL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_It’s the year 1982, set in an Edenic hamlet 90 miles north of New York City. In the nearby woods, three teenage friends—Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah—are bound together by a terrible crime. One is guilty, the other is a victim, and one is a witness, yet claims to not have been a witness. So what really did happen?

Fast forward to 2008, in New York City.  The three friends unexpectedly meet again. Although the crime occurred 26 years ago, the three are still haunted by the past, and it gets worse as more secrets are revealed.

Each chapter alternates from the past to the present, from the point of view of Patrick, Matthew, and Hannah. While some of the stories were interesting, I’m not quite sure how I feel about the entire book. Although I understand why the crime occurred, I just don’t think the whole conflict was really resolved, in the end, especially when it came to Matthew’s story. But I won’t spoil a thing. Either way, I’ll give it three stars because of the suspense. As always, though, I don’t discourage anyone from reading a book I didn’t really enjoy, so check it out and feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

Grist Mill Road will be on sale on January 9, 2018.

*I received this copy from Picador, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Christopher J. Yates was born and raised in Kent and studied law at Oxford University before working as a puzzle editor in London. His first novel, Black Chalk, was named a Must-Read by The Boston Globe and New York Post and named a Best Book of the Year by National Public Radio. Grist Mill Road is his second novel. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.

“The Wife Between Us”–Review

51jGrXhnyzL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_When you read this book, you will make assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife.

You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement—a woman who is about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.

You will assume you know the anatomy of the relationships.

Assume nothing.

When Vanessa was married to Richard, everything was perfect. Richard was charming, handsome, a good provider, and a caring husband. Then, one day, it was over. Wallowing in her own misery, Vanessa learns that her ex-husband is soon marrying a younger, attractive, flawless woman. While Vanessa constantly thinks back to the pros and cons of her marriage, she swears she won’t rest until she can put a stop to the wedding.

When I’d read the beginning of this book, I thought, “Oh, my god, what a psycho.” However, each chapter seems to tell three sides to the story, leaving me wondering where it all was going. Who was the bad guy here? Most chapters had me saying, “What the…?” It was great suspense, don’t get me wrong. In the end, though, I think some parts were unnecessary. When I read the ending, I thought, “I don’t get it,” so I had to flip a few chapters back, and then I said, “Ah, I get it now.” I just don’t think it really hooked me like the first half did.

Although I didn’t really love the book, I’ll still give it three stars because I enjoyed the suspense. The Wife Between Us will be available on January 9, 2018. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the authors: Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, she had published work in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is a mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.

Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Prior to her tenure in book publishing, she worked at Allure magazine and earned her master’s in journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly. Greer lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children, and one very needy dog, Rocky. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.

What I’ve read, so far, this year

Good evening, bloggers! My apologies for not being as active on my page for a while. I believe I’ve overwhelmed myself with the many books I’ve wanted to read, including the surprise book mail I’d receive from giveaways. Lately, I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, but I think we all have been there, right?

No matter, I’ll make the most of it. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a list of every book I’ve read this year, mainly ones I did enjoy and ones I found just okay.

  • The Second Life of Nick Mason, by Steve Hamilton
  • Hausfrau, by Jill Alexander Essbaum
  • The Killer Inside Me, by Jim Thompson
  • The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey
  • 24: Deadline (24: Live Another Day, #1), by James Swallow
  • Background Music, by J.R. Rogue
  • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby, by Cherise Wolas
  • The Butcher’s Wife, by Li Ang
  • Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life, by Gary John Bishop
  • The Aquitaine Progression, by Robert Ludlum
  • Convicted, by Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins
  • Cicada Summer, by Maureen Leurck
  • The United Continuums (Continuum Trilogy, #3), by Jennifer Brody
  • Swann’s Way Out (Henry Swann, #4), by Charles Salzberg
  • The Gemini Contenders, by Robert Ludlum
  • The Dog Who Was There, by Ron Marasco
  • The Map That Leads to You, by J.P. Monninger
  • Come Sundown, by Nora Roberts
  • The Breakdown, by B.A. Paris
  • Lift and Separate, by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
  • He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly
  • Public Library and Other Stories, by Ali Smith
  • Luellen & Lucy, by Dee DeTarsio
  • Definitions of Indefinable Things, by Whitney Taylor
  • Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
  • The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition, by Gary Chapman
  • Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls, #1), by Lisa See
  • The Summer That Melted Everything, by Tiffany McDaniel
  • The Golden Gate, by Vikram Seth
  • Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough
  • The German Girl, by Armando Lucas Correa
  • The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, by Louise Miller
  • Not Exactly Love: A Memoir, by Betty Hafner

So there’s my list. I hope you all are enjoying your current reads. Are there any books on this list you’ve read or want to read? Feel free to post your comments. New reviews will be up as soon as possible. Happy reading!

“The United Continuums”–Review

513Kz8kOo8L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Hello, bloggers! I can’t believe this trilogy has come to an end. I was so excited to read all of the books in the Continuum trilogy, so here’s my review of the final installment.

Aero Wright, of the outer space Second Continuum, must lead a group of insurgents to overthrow his rival, Supreme General Vinick, and to unite his space colony’s military forces. Seeker, from the underground Seventh Continuum, embarks on a secret mission back to her colony to reinforce Earth’s defenses and protect the First Continuum against an even greater threat. Meanwhile, Myra Jackson, from the underwater 13th Continuum, is anxiously preparing the fight against the Dark Thing that is approaching Earth with the threat to eradicate the planet’s fledgling populace if the secret of the Doom isn’t handed over. The only way the three Carriers, including their armies, can avoid another coming of the Doom is to stand together and destroy the Dark Thing and save the remaining colonies.

I’m sad to see this superb trilogy come to an end, but it was definitely worth reading. I enjoyed the suspense, the dialogue, and how it all left me wanting more. The characters were amazing, as well. Many scenes made me sad, some angry, and some happy. What I also like about the idea behind the stories is that, no matter how badly things have turned out, there’s always a chance of hope. The author did a wonderful job. If you haven’t read these books, I encourage you read them. Honestly, these books will be on my mind for a while. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

About the author: Jennifer Brody lives and writes in Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working at New Line Cinema on many projects, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass, and Love In The Time of Cholera. She’s a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

“He Said/She Said”–Review

51C2M6jShgL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Who Do You Believe?

With chapters alternating from past to present, this is a story of Laura and Kit, a couple who were young and in love in the summer of 1999.  Kit has always been an eclipse chaser, so he and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun.  It is also a first time that Laura’s witnessing an eclipse.

After the moment is over, Laura wanders about and then just happens to witness what looks like a rape.  Although the accused man, Jamie Balcombe, swears it’s not what it appears, the victim, Beth Taylor, is practically mute and in shock.  But Laura knows what she saw.  After Jamie is arrested and later convicted, an appreciative Beth moves in on Laura and Kit’s lives.  While showering them with gifts as a token of her gratitude, it isn’t long before Beth’s attitude changes.  Kit wants Beth out of their lives, while Laura wants to see the best in her.  However, Laura starts to see that Kit just might be right, so they go to great lengths to get away from Beth.

Fifteen years later, in 2015, Laura and Kit live in a new home and changed their names.  Laura is pregnant and Kit is preparing for his trip to see a new eclipse.  No matter, Beth couldn’t possibly find them.  They’ve been living as carefully as possible and have agreed to not have any social media accounts.  But why have they had to live this way?  And why do they still feel as if they’re being watched?

As the story progresses, more secrets are revealed, including some unexpected twists.

I enjoyed this story because each chapter made me wonder whose side I was going to take.  How far are people willing to go to save themselves?  And who was actually telling the truth?  With every surprise, I wasn’t quite sure whom to believe.  As for Beth and Jamie, was it rape or consent?  It gets interesting, in my opinion.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

He Said/She Said will be available on June 6, 2017.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Erin Kelly has worked as a freelance journalist for ten years. A regular contributor to the Daily Mail, Psychologies, Red, and Look, she has also written for Elle, Marie Claire, and Glamour.  She also is the author of The Poison Tree and The Burning Air.

“The 5 Love Languages: Singles Edition”–Review

51AXd5ixNpL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Great advice for any relationship.

In The 5 Love Languages, the reader learns how to give and receive love in different types of love languages, which helps their relationships—not just romantic relationships—to grow.  I’ve never read the original book; however, it’s been recommended to me.

The singles edition describes the 5 love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch.  Each chapter will help the reader:

  • Understand themselves and others better
  • Relate to others more confidently
  • Grow closer to family and friends
  • Discover the missing ingredient in past relationships
  • Date more successfully.

This book is definitely helpful for those who would like to learn the love languages of their family members, friends, significant others, etc.  Not sure what your love language is, no problem.  The book includes a quiz to reveal your language.  In fact, I still need to take the quiz.  And if you’ve ever been curious about online dating, there’s a section in the back of the book giving the pros and cons.  This was worth the read, in my opinion.

Feel free to post your comments.  Happy reading!

*I received this copy from Moody Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Gary Chapman is an author, speaker, and counselor, who has a passion for helping people form lasting relationships.  He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.  Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations.  For more info on the author, click here.