Friday, January 26, 2018

0 Review: A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn


A Treacherous Curse
by Deanna Raybourn






London, 1888.

As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything. . . .


My Thoughts


I fell in love with this Veronica Speedwell after just the first few pages of A Curious Beginning. But before that, I fell in love with Deanna Raybourn's writing style and her spunky characters in the Lady Julia Grey novels. Raybourn crafts her characters as a painter would paint. Adding layers upon layers until perfection is achieved. Each book in this series just gets better and better.

I read, and loved, the first two books in this series: A Curious Beginning and A Perilous Undertaking.  And so, when the opportunity to read and review the third book came along, A Treacherous Curse, I jumped at it. And I wasn't disappointed! 

Veronica Speedwell and Stoker are once again drawn into a mystery when Stoker's ex-wife's new husband comes up missing. Stoker's name has been drug through the mud once before, and he has no desire to repeat the experience. After all, his reputation has only begun to recover. However, the investigation is more complicated than they thought when an Egyptian curse comes in the play. Not to mention someone wants them dead--again. What else is new?

Just like the previous two novels, I gobbled this one up. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. I love the chemistry between Veronica and Stoker. They have fire between them. I also love how they're fiercely protective over each other. The plot is very engaging. I had no idea who was behind he whole thing until the characters laid it out at my feet. 

This book is for people who love historical fiction, but love their heroines independent and full of individuality. If you've not read the books before, I think you should start with A Curious Beginning. After all, you wouldn't want to miss a single minute of Veronica Speedwell.

About the Author

Deanna Raybourn is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Lady Julia Grey series, the Veronica Speedwell series and several standalone novels. She lives in Virginia with her family.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

0 Cover Reveal: All Your Perfects bye Colleen Hoover


ABOUT THE BOOK: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us—whose writing is “emotionally wrenching and utterly original” (Sarah Shepard, New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series)—delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

PRE-ORDER NOW:

Colleen HooverABOUT THE AUTHOR: COLLEEN HOOVER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of SlammedPoint of RetreatThis GirlHopelessLosing HopeFinding CinderellaMaybe SomedayMaybe NotUgly LoveConfessNovember 9It Ends with Us, and Without Merit. Colleen has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice—for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Visit ColleenHoover.com.




ALL YOUR PERFECTS by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books | 320 pages | ISBN 9781501171598 | July 17, 2018 | Hardcover: $24.99 (price may vary by retailer) | eBook ISBN: ISBN 9781501171604

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

1 Audiobook Giveaway: The Wolf Within Me By Cheree Alsop

The Haunted High Series Book 3--City of Demon-- is now out! And to help celebrate, Cheree Alsop is giving away three audiobook downloads to The Wolf Within Me, the first book in the series, through Audible! To enter, comment below with your favorite monster. Don't forget to include your email address. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Please read our giveaway policy before commenting. Good luck! 



A life-threatening accident reveals to Finn that he is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters that is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. But Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves. Can Finn survive monster politics, life-threatening pranks, and teachers more likely to kill him than help him in time to answer the real question: Who is the girl haunting the cemetery and why does he sleepwalk to her grave each night?

Don't forget to check out Cheree Alsop's blog and follow her on Facebook!

Friday, January 19, 2018

0 Review: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker

KEEP HER SAFE

by K.A. Tucker

Atria Books Paperback | On-sale: January 23, 2018 | 448 pages | ISBN: 9781501133404, $16.00

eBook: 9781501133428, $7.99

KEEP HER SAFE

K.A. TUCKER
National Bestselling Author


Making a Murderer meets Scandal in this story of police corruption, family secrets, and illicit affairs from bestselling author K.A. Tucker, celebrated for her “propulsive plot twists and searing seduction” (USA TODAY).


Noah Marshall has known a privileged and comfortable life thanks to his mother, the highly decorated chief of the Austin Police Department. But all that changes the night she reveals a skeleton that's been rattling in her closet for years, and succumbs to the guilt of destroying an innocent family's life. Reeling with grief, Noah is forced to carry the burden of this shocking secret.

Gracie Richards wasn't born in a trailer park, but after fourteen years of learning how to survive in The Hollow, it's all she knows anymore. At least here people don't care that her dad was a corrupt Austin cop, murdered in a drug deal gone wrong. Here, she and her mother are just another family struggling to survive...until a man who clearly doesn't belong shows up on her doorstep.

Despite their differences, Noah and Gracie are searching for answers to the same questions, and together, they set out to uncover the truth about the Austin Police Department's dark and messy past. But the scandal that emerges is bigger than they bargained for, and goes far higher up than they ever imagined.

Complex, gritty, sexy, and thrilling, Keep Her Safe solidifies K.A. Tucker's reputation as one of today's most talented new voices in romantic suspense.


K.A.Tucker is know for her addictive series, such as Burying Water and Causal Enchantment. However, it wasn't until her latest romantic thriller, Keep Her Safe, that I discovered her awesomeness. I knew after reading the first page, that I was going to be in for a treat.

This story centers around two people, Noah and Gracie, who are searching for the truth about Gracie's dad. He was a corrupt police officer who died after a drug deal gone wrong. When Noah's mother, the chief of police in Austin, drops a few truth bombs about what may or may not have happened, Noah and Gracie won't stop until they uncover the truth about what happened to Gracie's dad.

My summary of the book hardly does it justice. There's so much that I want to say, but can't because of spoilers. Noah and Gracie have great chemistry together. They are as different as they are the same, coming from different backgrounds and all. Gracie keeps Noah on his toes, while Noah is the epitome of southern charm. It didn't take long for me to be invested in these characters. And, as much as I tried to embody Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie, Tucker kept me on my toes. Not knowing who exactly was trustworthy.

I've been on a mystery bender lately and Keep Her Safe satisfied my craving. It's a sexy, dark page turner that will keep you guessing until the end.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA TODAY, The Globe and Mail, Suspense Magazine, and Publishers Weekly. She currently resides in a quaint town outside Toronto with her husband and two beautiful girls.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

0 Top 5 Greatest Author Feuds and More!

Top 5 Greatest Author Feuds





Meet Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists! I don't know about you, but this book is definitely on my radar!





This video is hilarious. You're going to want to watch it more than once. Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

1 The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg Book Blast


The Secret Life of Mrs. London by Rebecca Rosenberg

Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Lake Union Publishing
eBook & Paperback; 348 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction


San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape.

As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear.

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound

Praise for The Secret Life of Mrs. London

“The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a heart-wrenching portrait of a marriage between two people who utterly depend on one another, but ultimately aren’t enough for each other. With skillful precision of language, Rosenberg weaves a narrative that defines the complexities of love, passion, and art. This is a perceptive, deeply moving novel by a great new talent about a couple who has gone unnoticed in historical fiction until now. Anyone who has ever loved another person will want to read this book.” —Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini: A Novel

“One of Houdini’s best kept secrets was his affair with Charmian London in 1918. Now Rebecca Rosenberg tells the story using an elegant blend of fact and fiction, creating a Houdini book like no other. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is a true peek behind the curtain and a page-turner.” —John Cox, Wild about Harry

About the Author

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.

Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children's Home.

For more information, please visit Rebecca's website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.

Book Blast Schedule

Tuesday, January 2

Friday, January 5
Creating Herstory (Fierce Femme Friday)

Monday, January 8

Tuesday, January 9

Wednesday, January 10

Thursday, January 11

Friday, January 12

Monday, January 15

Tuesday, January 16

Friday, January 19

Monday, January 22

Tuesday, January 23

Thursday, January 25

Monday, January 29
What Cathy Read Next

Friday, January 5, 2018

0 Audiobook Review: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes


Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person
By Shonda Rhimes
Read by Shonda Rhimes
7 hours and 14 minutes
Simon and Schuster Audio

Summary:

The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying Yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.
 

My Thoughts:

I had purchased Year of Yes on audio way back in August 2016. It sat quietly in my audible library waiting on me to finally say YES to it. And, well, that didn't happen until December 2017. Year of Yes was my last listen of 2017 as well as my first of 2018. I had been going through what I call a funk during October and November. I didn't really want to do anything or go anywhere. I wasn't depressed; I was just sort of burned out on life. In December, as I was scrolling through my library, I came across this audiobook and realized I had not listened to it yet. And maybe, just maybe, it would be the motivation I needed to help me get over my funk.

I first became aware of Shonda Rhimes because of Grey's Anatomy. From the first episode I was hooked. A few years ago I became a fan of How to Get Away With Murder. Side bar: Viola Davis is a master of her craft and she deserves all the awards! I still have yet to watch Scandal, but somehow I know I'll love it as well. So it's safe to say Rhimes knows how to write killer television series. And despite her epic dramas and phenomenal writing skills it was the title of her book that grabbed my attention: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person. 

One of the reasons the title grabbed my attention is because I had been saying no a lot. No to nights out with friends. No to events. No to my family. I felt overwhelmed by my responsibilities: work, school, mom, wife, trying to be everything to everyone. It's exhausting. Also, I'm an introvert. Which means I basically want to hide in my hobbit hole for days at a time. My husband is an extrovert as well as one of my children. And I think it's hard for them to understand why I need downtime. But I also felt guilty. Am I spending enough time with my kids, my husband? Should I be saying YES more? 

So, on a cold December day I started Year or Yes. Shonda (I feel like we should be on a first-name basis now) describes how one little comment made by her sister led her to start her year of yes. Saying yes to things, especially things that scared her, was a liberating experience. It literally changed her life, her attitude, her way of living. Shonda doesn't hold back. She talks about her amazing family and friends, and how they helped her on her path to yes. No man or woman is an island and she gives credit where credit is due. I also like how she pointed out that sometimes we say yes to things by our actions that we should really be saying no to. By the end of the first chapter I was ready to start saying YES to more things in life. Now, I don't have Shonda's resources, so I still have to be choosy about when I say YES. Because this girl needs her sleep! 

Year of Yes was narrated by the author as well. And I'm glad it was. Shonda has an easygoing conversational manner about her as if she's a friend about to give you some epic advice. So you might want to pour yourself a glass of wine and get comfortable. Year of Yes is inspirational, especially if you're not really feeling it these days. Shonda's vulnerability, humor, and journey will help you find the courage to say YES to life.
   


 

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