Monday, August 31, 2015

Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

Never Said
by Carol Lynch Williams

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Just released: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Blink
Genre: YA
Hardback: 256 pages
Rating: 4.5

First sentence(s):
If they knew.

For as long as she can remember, Sarah’s family life has revolved around her twin sister, Annie—the pretty one, the social one, the girl who can do anything. The person everyone seems to wish Sarah—with her crippling shyness—could simply become.

When Annie suddenly chops off her hair, quits beauty pageants, and gains weight, the focus changes—Annie is still the star of the family, but for all the wrong reasons. Sarah knows something has happened, but she too is caught in her own spiral after her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts hanging out with one of Annie’s old friends.

Annie is intent on keeping her painful secret safe. But when she and Sarah start spending time together again for the first time in years, walls start to break on both sides … and words that had been left unsaid could change everything.


My two-bits:

This one kept me wondering to the end as each girl housed a secret of their own which slowly unravelled.

The story is told in two voices that are well distinguished in writing style. Annie is in a poetic voice, while Sarah tells a more descriptive side of things.

Got me thinking of sisters - sisterly love and support.

About the author:
Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and character development... Truer colors are hard to come by."

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* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

* review copy courtesy of BookSparks YA Summer Reading Challenge 2015 (details). @booksparks #ReadingIsBeautiful

* part of Summer YA Book Box giveaway (here)


Sunday, August 30, 2015

BookSparks Fall Line Up (with giveaway)


One of my favorite publishers, BookSparks (check out their site for specials and giveaways), will be featuring some great reads this Fall. Below are a few I will be featuring and reviewing. Take a look and let me know if any interest you in comments and you will be eligible to WIN my review copy of the book (and leave your email) -offer ends November 30, 2015, in time for a December treat in your mailbox ;-)

A Woman of Note
by Carol M. Cram
-Historical
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

Blonde Eskimo
by Kristen Hunt
-Fantasy, YA
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

The Crescent Spy
by Michael Wallace
-Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Spy Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

Fourteen
by Leslie Johansen Nack
-Memoir
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

Great Bravura
by Jill Dearman
-Mystery, Thriller
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

Reading the Sweet Oak
by Jan Stites
-Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads | my review -coming soon

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves - 8.29.15

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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For Review:

Fourteen
by Leslie Johansen Nack
-Memoir
courtesy of BookSparks -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Blonde Eskimo
by Kristen Hunt
-Fantasy, YA
courtesy of BookSparks -Thanks!
Amazon

Great Bravura
by Jill Dearman
-Mystery, Thriller
courtesy of BookSparks -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

The Girl Without A Name
by Sandra Block
-Psychological thriller
courtesy of Wunderkind PR -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

Star Craving Mad
by Elise Miller
Destination: Get to know New York
-Chick-lit
courtesy of BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2015 -Thanks!
BookSparks | Goodreads

Library:

300 Sandwiches:
A Multilayered Love Story with Recipes

by Stephanie Smith
-Memoir, Romance, Recipes
Amazon | Goodreads

“Honey, you are 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.”

When New York Post writer Stephanie Smith made a turkey and Swiss on white bread for her boyfriend, Eric (aka E), he took one bite and uttered those now-famous words. While her beau’s declaration initially seemed unusual, even antiquated, Stephanie accepted the challenge and got to work. Little did she know she was about to cook up the sexiest and most controversial love story of her generation.

300 Sandwiches is the story of Stephanie and E’s epic journey of bread and betrothal, with a whole loaf of recipes to boot. For Stephanie, a novice in the kitchen, making a sandwich—or even 300—for E wasn’t just about getting a ring; it was her way of saying “I love you” while gaining confidence as a chef. It was about how many breakfast sandwiches they could eat together on future Sunday mornings, how many s’mores might follow family snowboarding trips, how many silly fights would end in makeup sandwiches. Suddenly, she saw a lifetime of happiness between those two slices of bread.

Not everyone agreed. The media dubbed E “the Internet’s Worst Boyfriend”; bloggers attacked the loving couple for setting back the cause of women’s rights; opinions about their romance echoed from as far away as Japan. Soon, Stephanie found her cooking and her relationship under the harsh glare of the spotlight.

From culinary twists on peanut butter and jelly to “Not Your Mother’s Roast Beef” spicy French Dip to Chicken and Waffle BLTs, Stephanie shares the creations—including wraps, burritos, paninis, and burgers—that ultimately sated E’s palate and won his heart. Part recipe book, part girl-meets-boy memoir, 300 Sandwiches teaches us that true love always wins out—one delicious bite at a time.


=====> I heard out this woman's challenge a couple years ago and was intrigued with the variety of sandwiches she concocted. Always looking for lunch ideas...

OTHER things on my shelf: kinda book-related

DON'T miss it, I almost did...

Austen in August
hosted by The Book Rat
August 18-31, 2015
(details here)

Fall Reading Challenge 2015
sponsored by BookSparks
starts in September
check out it out (here)
join and signup (here)

IT'S COMING...


=====> SOOOO excited! Finally got the go to subscribe to Owlcrate, a monthly YA subscription (details).


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* some of these may be offered as giveaways within the next two months

* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently

* per usual, check out the sidebar for my current giveaways offers

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy release: Rule by CD Reiss

Rule
A Mafia Romance
(Songs of Corruption #3)
by CD Reiss
-Contemporary, Erotic
Release date: August 27, 2015
Goodreads | Website
NOW AVAILABLE:
Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Nook

Antonio and Theresa live or die together in this epic, full-length conclusion
to the Songs of Corruption series!


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About the book:

Book Three in The Corruption Series. You must read SPIN and RUIN before reading RULE!

Series Reading Order:
SPIN (Book One): Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
RUIN (Book Two): Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
RULE (Book Three): Amazon | Amazon UK | iBooks | Nook


Theresa and Antonio.

They've been through hell. Antonio has a price on his head for turning his back on a marriage deal, and Theresa has no intention of turning her back on him. They're devoted and strong, ready for anything....


A Love Tested To The Limit

And then, someone from Antonio's past reappears. Someone who can give him everything he ever wanted, and who can shake them to their very core.

#livetogether
#dietogether

In this stunning conclusion to the USA Today Bestselling series, Antonio and Theresa will have their passion, their devotion and their very will to live tested.



About the author:
CD Reiss is a USA Today and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere, but it did embed TV story structure in her head well enough for her to take a big risk on a TV series structured erotic series called Songs of Submission. It’s about a kinky billionaire hung up on his ex-wife, an ingenue singer with a wisecracking mouth; art, music and sin in the city of Los Angeles.

Critics have dubbed the books “poetic,” “literary,” and “hauntingly atmospheric,” which is flattering enough for her to put it in a bio, but embarrassing enough for her not to tell her husband, or he might think she’s some sort of braggart who’s too good to give the toilets a once-over every couple of weeks or chop a cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

Find out more about this book and author:
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* heads-up courtesy of tour TRSOR


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Boys in the Boat:
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

Find out more about this book and author:
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BookExcerpt
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Twitter @DJamesBrown
Currently on tour: see if he will be in your town (here)

Published: 2013
Publisher: Viking
Genre: History, Sports
Hardback: 416 pages
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
This book was born on a cold, drizzly, late spring day when I clambered over the split-rail cedar fence that surrounds my pasture and made my way through wet woods to the modest frame house where Joe Rantz lay dying.

Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them a victorious team. They remind the country of what can be done when everyone quite literally pulls together—a perfect melding of commitment, determination, and optimism.

Drawing on the boys’ own diaries and journals, their photos and memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, The Boys in the Boat is an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate story of nine working-class boys from the American west who, in the depths of the Great Depression, showed the world what true grit really meant.


PeekAbook:



My two-bits:

Absolutely inspiring!

This is one of those reads where the underdog prevails despite all the odds. The journey up to the moment of the win had nail-biting moments.

Loved the coaches and mentors who brought out the best in the individuals.

And, loved how this book encompassed all aspects of the time period from across the sea as well as at the boy's university.

About the author:
Daniel James Brown fell in love with the written word when he was five and his mother first read Danny and the Dinosaur to him. Since then he has earned a BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in English from UCLA. He has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University and now lives in the country east of Redmond, Washington, where he writes nonfiction books about compelling historical events.

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* listened to the audio version - definitely recommend

* per imdb the film for this book is currently in development stage

* added this to my Books On The Nightstand Bingo challenge (details) - square: Currently on the Bestseller List

* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)


 
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