Weekly Wrap Up: April 28th through May 4th, 2019

Clicking on the link under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the link under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the link under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one next to the title).


Books I’ve Read

Mensch*Marks

A Safe Place

The Scent of Murder

Welcome the Little Children

Books with pending reviews:

Then Came You—review coming May 7th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

Pray for the Girl—review here

Sullivan’s Promise—review here

Highland Crown—review here

The Invited—review here

Ignite—review here

Getting Hot with the Scot—review here

Ten: Part 1—review here

A Light in the Desert—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Cold Heart, Warm Cowboy

The Year I Left

Home Field Advantage

Email Haul:

Stolen Gypsy

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Blog Tours/Excerpts/Book Blitz:

A Highlander Walks Into a Bar—Blog Tour invite

Highland Crown—Excerpt

Getting Hot with the Scot—Excerpt

No Feelings Involved—Release Blitz

No Other Duke But You—Excerpt

Giveaways I’ve Entered

I’ll Never Tell—Goodreads Giveaway

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

WWW Wednesday: May 1st, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: Not much of an update since last week. Like I mentioned in last week’s post, she ran herself ragged the entire week of vacation. She would pass out as soon as I put her to bed and not wake up until the next morning. Which I am not complaining about…lol. She has a lot of things going on this week. Her pre-school holds a lemonade stand and the kids take turns running it. The cost: a couple of pennies. Her turn was yesterday and she was beyond thrilled to be doing it. Last night, she had her last T-Ball practice of the season. Today, we have kindergarten orientation at the school (they call it Beginner’s Day here). I was curious if the school was going to have it. The district called off school because 90% of the teachers were going to a march in Raleigh (it will be in the news). So, I called and it was still on. So, we’re going there later on this afternoon.

Miss B: She got her braces put on last Thursday. Top and bottom. She was in a world of hurt for the weekend. Her mouth was so sore. I felt awful. But, when she went to school on Monday, it was feeling fine. Other than sore teeth, she has been doing fine. She is excited for the end of school. She also got a new bike over the weekend.

Mr. Z: Nothing has changed with him. He has been spending a lot of time outside, playing with his friends and riding his bike. He goes tomorrow to get his hardware put in. Then we find out when he needs to go in for his teeth to be pulled. I am hoping it is sooner than later. He is going to miss at least a couple days of school and I don’t want it to be during end of grade testing.

Me: We had gotten an outdoor gazebo a couple of months ago. I held off on putting it up because, well, wind. It was windy out. Guess what happened. It was windy. Talk about gusts up to 45-50 mph. The gazebo got destroyed. I wanted to cry. Other than that, my past week was actually good. It was nice to be able to relax. Because from this week on, I am running everywhere.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

I read almost everything from my WWW Wednesday last week. I didn’t get a chance to read this weekend because I was cleaning up from the windstorm. I am hoping to catch up this week. I have several blog tours I need to read for.

I am still in the same place as I was last week with reviews. I really need to find my happy place with writing them.

Something must be in the air. I have won every single Goodreads Giveaway that I entered lately. I never win anything, so I am pretty excited about getting these books

I have been getting more blog tour/excerpt requests/release blitz requests. Keep’em coming. I like them!!

I have left my blog alone this week. I decided that I am not going to change the theme anymore. I am looking to add some sort of rating’s key to my sidebar. That way people can see it when they open the review.


What I am currently reading:

A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Tough, tender-hearted Frankie Devereux doesn’t have time to babysit a smooth-talking football player who’s supposed to be doing community service at her after-school center for troubled teens. She’s dealing with serious stuff – gang problems, a homeless pregnant girl and scraping together enough money to keep her center open.

But when a dark secret from her past threatens Frankie and the existence of her program, Cal tries to step up and help. But with his career on the line, which will he choose? Football? Or Frankie and her vulnerable kids? 


I recently finished reading:

The Scent of Murder: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery Book 1) by [Logan, Kylie]

First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.

The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Recollections of a rabbinate life. Nonfiction.

We Went to the Woods: A Novel by [Dolan-Leach, Caite]

They went off the grid. Their secrets didn’t. For readers of The Secret History and The Immortalists comes a novel about the allure–and dangers–of disconnecting.

Certain that society is on the verge of economic and environmental collapse, five disillusioned twenty-somethings make a bold decision: They gather in upstate New York to transform an abandoned farm, once the site of a turn-of-the-century socialist commune, into an idyllic self-sustaining compound called the Homestead.

Louisa spearheads the project, as her wealthy family owns the plot of land. Beau is the second to commit; as mysterious and sexy as he is charismatic, he torments Louisa with his nightly disappearances and his other relationships. Chloe, a dreamy musician, is naturally able to attract anyone to her–which inevitably results in conflict. Jack, the most sensible and cerebral of the group, is the only one with any practical farm experience. Mack, the last to join, believes it’s her calling to write their story–but she is not the most objective narrator, and inevitably complicates their increasingly tangled narrative. Initially exhilarated by restoring the rustic dwellings, planting a garden, and learning the secrets of fermentation, the group is soon divided by slights, intense romantic and sexual relationships, jealousies, and suspicions. And as winter settles in, their experiment begins to feel not only misguided, but deeply isolating and dangerous.

Caite Dolan-Leach spins a poignant and deeply human tale with sharp insights into our modern anxieties, our collective failures, and the timeless desire to withdraw from the world.

Realm by [Weis, Alexandrea]

Based on a true story.

When her homeland is conquered by the mighty Alexander the Great, Roxana—the daughter of a mere chieftain—is torn from her simple life and thrown into a world of war and intrigue.

Terrified, the sixteen-year-old girl of renowned beauty is brought before the greatest ruler the world has ever known. Her life is in his hands; her future his to decide.

Without formal education or noble blood, Roxana is chosen by the Greek conqueror to be his bride. Soon she comes to know profound happiness and unyielding desire in her warrior’s arms.

However, being the king’s consort comes at a heavy price. To survive her husband’s treacherous kingdom, she must endure continuous warfare, deadly plots, jealous rivals, victory-hungry generals, and the stigma of being a barbarian. Persian blood will keep her from claiming the grandest title of all—queen—but her reign will seal the fate of an empire.

History tells his story. This is hers.

Mrs. Everything: A Novel by [Weiner, Jennifer]

From Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history—and herstory—as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Rogue Most Wanted (The Cavensham Heiresses Book 5) by [MacGregor, Janna]

There’s one creed all Cavensham men subscribe to: they fall in love completely and decidedly. But what happens when the woman you fall in love with swears she’ll only marry you as a last resort? Rogue Most Wanted is the next book in the sparkling, romantic Cavensham Heiress series by Janna MacGregor.

SHE NEEDS TO MARRY SOMEONE

Lady Theodora Worth needs to marry fast in order to keep her estate. It’s been her heart and home for years, and she’ll not lose it to anyone. There’s just one problem—as a woman who was raised in isolation by her grandfather, she’s completely incapable of pouring a cup of tea, never mind wooing a man. She’ll need a little matchmaking help from her sprightly next-door neighbor in order to find a convenient husband…

IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO BE HIM

Lord William Cavensham’s heart was broken years ago, and since that day he vowed to never love again. But his spirited Great Aunt Stella is determined he’ll marry or not inherit a single penny from her. And she’s got just the woman in mind—her beautiful and completely hapless next-door neighbor, Thea…

Thea and Will agree there’s no sense in marrying each other. Will wholeheartedly believes he’s incapable of love, and Thea refuses to marry the first man she’s practically met. But Will may be the rogue Thea wants the most after all… 

An Indigo Wind (The Four Book 2) by [Watson, Margaret]

Firefighter Gianna Fallon struggles to hide her unusual talents – especially her ability to control fire. But when she and Callan Doyle are tasked with taking down a compound creating warriors with superpowers, both will need every tool they possess. 

Callan Doyle, surfer and former SEAL, hates what happened when he began receiving the mysterious injections that changed who he was. Still, he’ll use those changes to help destroy that compound. 

But a powerful evil hides in plain sight in the compound, making their task more treacherous. As a net slowly surrounds them, can they neutralize the evil in the compound before the net pulls tight and evil eliminates them? 

The Earl Next Door (First Comes Love Book 1) by [Grey, Amelia]

What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .

Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .

Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time?

WWW Wednesday: April 24th, 2019

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Personal:

Miss R: She has a month left of preschool. I am in disbelief. This year has flown by. She also had a great Easter. Tons of chocolate and a few Dollar Store toys and she was happy. She is also happy that it is spring break here. She has been running herself ragged playing outside each day. The only downside, for her, is that she gets a shower every night because she is filthy.

Miss B: She is getting her braces (top and bottom) on tomorrow. And she has been a nervous freaking wreck. I can’t wait for tomorrow to be over with. She is enjoying her spring break, though. Sleeping in and spending copious time on the Xbox/her laptop.

Mr Z: Same old, same old with him. He is going back to the orthodontist the first week of May to get some hardware in and then he’s getting teeth pulled. I do want to brag about him for a minute. He brought home his benchmark test (prepping for end of grade testing) and he scored a 100% in reading. I was very proud of him!!!

Me: Nothing going on with me this week and I am enjoying it. Next week on, I am busy. Mr. Z’s 6th grade orientation, Miss B’s final band concert + trip to Carowinds, Miss R’s preschool graduation + T-ball games + other stuff I can’t remember equals a busy month.

Reading/Reviews/Blog:

I read a ton this past weekend. For mid spring in NC, it was surprisingly cold and rainy and we spent Saturday inside. Sunday was Easter and I read after dinner. With all this reading, I ended up reading everything on last week’s WWW Wednesday….lol. And I had a lot of books on that post.

If I am behind on reviews. If I am behind on reviews, I’m ahead on reading. If I am behind on reading, I am ahead on reviews. Can’t strike that balance…grrr.

I have been getting a ton of blog tour/excerpt requests. Which I like. I have also been getting a lot of publisher requests. I have a couple of new publishers who are contacting me. Which is surprising since I have written a not so great review for the last book I reviewed by them. I also have been getting a ton of author requests. Again, I love it. Indie authors started me on my book review journey and I will always accept them.

I did change my blog’s theme at one point over the weekend. Then changed it back to the one I have now because I didn’t like it. Looks like this one is the one folks!!! I am still playing around with colors. But, white background with black letters seem to be what I am going to use.


What I am currently reading:

The Roads to Damascus: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 2) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

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Abit is back! Four years after that fateful summer in “A Life for a Life,” Abit Bradshaw faces the biggest challenge of his life in “The Roads to Damascus,” the much-anticipated second book in the Appalachian Mountain Mysteries trilogy. When a family of con artists fleeces his school and casts suspicion on him, Abit, with the support of his friends Della Kincaid and Alex Covington, sets out to find them and get payback. He takes a life-changing journey from Washington, D.C., through the mountains of Virginia, and finally home again to Laurel Falls, N.C. Along the way, he draws on every bit of courage and faith he can muster as he encounters a slew of characters—from sinners to saints—who help him come to terms with his rightful place in the world.


I recently finished reading:

Pray for the Girl by [Souza, Joseph]

click on the picture for the Amazon link

Joseph Souza, acclaimed author of The Neighbor, brings readers into the dark heart of a small town in this riveting, relentlessly twisting new novel . . .

Lucy Abbott never pictured herself coming back to Fawn Grove, Maine. Yet after serving time in Afghanistan, then years spent as a sous chef in New York, she’s realized her only hope of moving on from the past involves facing it again. But Fawn Grove, like Lucy herself, has changed.

Lucy’s sister, Wendy, is eager to help her adapt, almost stifling her with concern. At the local diner, Lucy is an exotic curiosity–much like the refugees who’ve arrived in recent years. When a fifteen-year-old Muslim girl is found murdered along the banks of the river, difficult memories of Lucy’s time overseas come flooding back and she feels an automatic connection. At first glance, the tragedy looks like an honor killing. But the more Lucy learns about her old hometown, the less certain that seems.

There is menace and hostility here, clothed in neighborly smiles and a veneer of comfort. And when another teen is found dead in a cornfield, his throat slit, Lucy–who knows something about hiding secrets–must confront a truth more brutal than she could have imagined, in the last place she expected it . . .


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

Welcome the Little Children: A Mystery Novel (Appalachian Mountain Mysteries Book 3) by [McDaniel, Lynda]

Missing mother. Neglected children. Lost love. Abit and Della have their work cut out for them.

Meet Astrid, a sprite of a girl whose mother goes missing from her isolated log cabin. Abit Bradshaw and Della Kincaid get entangled in the investigation, searching for answers from the mountains of N.C. to the streets of D.C. Along the way, they come face-to-face with the lies and secrets plaguing their own families. Meanwhile, Abit struggles with a decision that could cost him everything he holds dear.

The Scent of Murder: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery Book 1) by [Logan, Kylie]

First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.

The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.

A Safe Place (The Devereux Family Book 1) by [Watson, Margaret]

Tough, tender-hearted Frankie Devereux doesn’t have time to babysit a smooth-talking football player who’s supposed to be doing community service at her after-school center for troubled teens. She’s dealing with serious stuff – gang problems, a homeless pregnant girl and scraping together enough money to keep her center open. 

But when a dark secret from her past threatens Frankie and the existence of her program, Cal tries to step up and help. But with his career on the line, which will he choose? Football? Or Frankie and her vulnerable kids? 

We Went to the Woods: A Novel by [Dolan-Leach, Caite]

They went off the grid. Their secrets didn’t. For readers of The Secret History and The Immortalists comes a novel about the allure–and dangers–of disconnecting.

Certain that society is on the verge of economic and environmental collapse, five disillusioned twenty-somethings make a bold decision: They gather in upstate New York to transform an abandoned farm, once the site of a turn-of-the-century socialist commune, into an idyllic self-sustaining compound called the Homestead.

Louisa spearheads the project, as her wealthy family owns the plot of land. Beau is the second to commit; as mysterious and sexy as he is charismatic, he torments Louisa with his nightly disappearances and his other relationships. Chloe, a dreamy musician, is naturally able to attract anyone to her–which inevitably results in conflict. Jack, the most sensible and cerebral of the group, is the only one with any practical farm experience. Mack, the last to join, believes it’s her calling to write their story–but she is not the most objective narrator, and inevitably complicates their increasingly tangled narrative. Initially exhilarated by restoring the rustic dwellings, planting a garden, and learning the secrets of fermentation, the group is soon divided by slights, intense romantic and sexual relationships, jealousies, and suspicions. And as winter settles in, their experiment begins to feel not only misguided, but deeply isolating and dangerous.

Caite Dolan-Leach spins a poignant and deeply human tale with sharp insights into our modern anxieties, our collective failures, and the timeless desire to withdraw from the world.

Weekly Wrap-Up: March 31st through April 6th 2019

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Clicking on the links under Books I’ve ReadNetGalley Haul,and Email Haul will take you to Goodreads.

Clicking on the links under Books with Pending Reviews and Books with Published Reviews will take you to Amazon.

Clicking on the links under Freebies I Scored (which were free at the time I got them.) will take you to Amazon, BookFunnel, or Prolific Works (I will say which one under the picture).

Also, all links are Amazon Affiliate links. I get a small commission out of every purchase you make. I would love it if you clicked my link when buying!!


Book’s I’ve Read:

Ignite

Stone Mothers

The Promise

No Other Duke But You

Books with pending reviews:

Stone Mothers—review coming April 23rd, 2019

No Other Duke But You—review coming May 9th, 2019

Love Again—review coming April 9th, 2019

Books with published reviews:

The Promise—review here

The Girl He Used to Know—review here

Breaking His Rules—review here

NetGalley Haul:

Mensch*Marks

Once Upon a Bad Boy

The Last Hope

Attracted to the Earl

28 Dates by Stacey Lynn

The Scent of Murder

Email Haul

Freebies I Scored (Free at the time of posting. Please check the price before purchase!!):

Virgin Bride—Amazon

A Life Less Broken—Amazon

Giveaways/Contests I entered:

Paranormal Book Fair and Kindle Giveaway-through author newsletter

Spin Giveaway—Goodreads

Blog Tours

How To Build a Heart—Blog Tour Invite

The Escape Room—Blog Tour Invite

The Last Hope—Blog Tour Invite

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday