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Feature and Giveaway: Clutch: A Novel

ISBN:978-0692489895 or 0692489894  Page count: 190 Genre: Chick Lit/Contemporary Romance/New Adult

About clutch: a novel Clutch is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit story that chronicles the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer, who goes through a series of unsuccessful romantic relationships she compares to various styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc.  With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to stand up for the handbag style that embodies what she ultimately wants – the “Clutch” or someone to hold onto.  
Click: An Online Love StoryDouble ClickRight Click and Clutch: A Novel

About Lisa Becker In addition to her new book, clutch: a novel, Lisa Becker is the author of the Click Trilogy, a contemporary romance series comprised of C…

Review: Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories

Title: Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Scribner
Published: October 13, 2015
Paperback, ARC
ISBN: 978150119750
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories, Paranormal
Source: Publisher

Summary:Collected and introduced by the bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry--including Audrey Niffenegger's own fabulous new illustrations for each piece, and a new story by her--this is a unique and haunting anthology of some of the best ghost stories of all time.
From Edgar Allan Poe to Kelly Link, M.R. James to Neil Gaiman, H.H. Munro to Audrey Niffenegger herself, Ghostly reveals the evolution of the ghost story genre with tales going back to the eighteenth century and into the modern era, ranging across styles from Gothic Horror to Victorian, stories about haunting--haunted children, animals, houses. Every story is introduced by Audrey Niffenegger, an acclaimed master of the craft, with some words on its background and why she ch…

Review: Scary School #4: Zillions of Zombies

Title: Scary School #4: Zillions of Zombies
Author: Derek the Ghost
Published: September 1, 2015
Paperback, 246 pages
ISBN: 9781495168932
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Source: Author

Summary: After defeating the fearsome Ice Dragon, the students of Scary School were in full celebration mode with an awesome parade leading up to the Dance of Destiny. But when a bearodactyl snatches Charles Nukid and flies him to Monster Kingdom, his friends have to figure out a way to rescue him before he's served as lunch to one of the kingdom's horrifying creatures. Little do his friends know that he's actually been taken there to be crowned the next monster king after defeating King Zog in battle. But no sooner is he crowned than he is challenged by Turlock the Troll. While trying to avoid getting crushed by Turlock's crew, one of them breaks the Zombie Control Lever, which was keeping all the zombies of the world good and not ravenous for brains. Charles's friends arrive in the n…

Forever Your Earl and Scandal Takes the Stage Excerpt and Giveaway

Forever Your Earl and Scandal Takes the Stage
The Wicked Quills of London # 1 & 2 By: Eva Leigh Avon Romance

Blurb FOREVER YOUR EARL: The Wicked Quills of London # 1 Publishing with Avon on September 29, 2015
Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?
Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans…

BEFORE THE STORM by @leslie_tentler is out NOW! #books #new #suspense @Barclay_PR

No Matter How Far You Run, The Past Will Find You
Leslie Tentler is back with another story of romance and suspense…this time in a small Southern beach town called Rarity Cove. What happens when a woman on the run has her dangerous secrets finally catch up with her? Find out in Before the Storm by Leslie Tentler…

Six years earlier, Trina Grissom disappeared, on the run for her life. Now living under an assumed identity—as Samantha Marsh—she still struggles with the dark secret she harbors and the fear she might one day be found. When she moves to the coastal town of Rarity Cove, South Carolina, to open a cafĂ©, a handsome widower begins to chip away at the walls she’s built to protect herself.
Mark St. Clair lost his wife two years ago in a tragic accident. Head of the grand St. Clair resort, he distracts himself from his lingering grief by running the family business and caring for his troubled young daughter...until a beautiful restaurateur sets up shop in town. Be…

Do you have a book you'd like to have featured on our site?

New Books on the Block is a newish feature on To Read, or Not To Read. Its purpose is to highlight and introduce new authors and their books to readers. Though we have not read these books, we'd like to pass the information on to our readers. If you're interested in having your book featured in November, please fill out the form below. We'll be posting this feature the first Friday of every month.


On the Fringe Birthday Blitz

I'm so excited to be taking part in Courtney King Walker'sON THE FRINGE 4th birthday celebration blitz! Check out the book below, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway!

A YA ghost story, where your first embrace could be your last…

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in the murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire and Daniel try to grasp a possible reconnection, other grudge-holding beings have plans of their own. Now, the two of them must decide if their fleeting relationship is worth the possibility of Claire being trapped on the fringe forever.

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes…

Pre-order Deals

Lisa Kleypas’s much anticipated return to historical romance, COLD-HEARTED RAKE, goes on sale next week. From now until 10 a.m. PT 10/27 (on sale day!), Village Books in Bellingham, WA is offering readers all over the country a chance to order a signed and personalized copy of the book! Lisa will sign and the books will be mailed out next week! If you would like to order a signed copy of COLD-HEARTED RAKE, you can place your order here:
Avon Books October 27, 2015  ISBN 9780062371812  $7.99  E-ISBN 9780062371836  $6.99
COLD-HEARTED RAKE is classic Kleypas with a rakish hero, an indomitable heroine, and cast of charming side characters.  Set in the late Victorian era, the book explores the intricacies of the changing economic system in England, as landowners continually strived to innovate and expand their sources of income, through the lens of a recently titled earl thrown into the aristrocracy with a failing estate and his relativ…

Review: Last Night's Reading

Title: Last Night's Reading: Illustrated Encounters with Extraordinary Authors
Author: Kate Gavino
Publisher: Penguin
Published: October 27, 2015
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9780143127314
Genre: Literature/Pop Culture

Summary:Irresistible illustrations of authors and the charming, wise, and hilarious things they say at their readings

Why do we go to book readings? For a chance to see the authors we love come to life off the page, answering our questions and proving to be the brilliant, witty people we catch glimpses of through their work. Illustrator Kate Gavino captures the wonder of this experience firsthand. At every reading she attends, Kate hand-letters the event’s most memorable quote alongside a charming portrait of the author. In Last Night’s Reading, Kate takes us on her journey through the literary world, sharing illustrated insight from more than one hundred of today’s greatest writers—including Zadie Smith, Junot Diaz, Lev Grossman, Elizabeth Gilbert, and many more—on t…

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies . . . It's happening.

Published back in 2009, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an interesting take on the classic story. The movie is starring Lily James (Cinderella and Downton Abbey) as Elizabeth Bennet, Sam Riley (Maleficent) as Mr. Darcy, and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) as Mr. Collins. It's set to be released in 2016.

I'm not a huge zombie fan but I might have to check this one out.

Want to read the book first? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available in most stores.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrog…

Named of the Dragon Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Named of the Dragon Author: Susanna Kearsley ISBN: 9781402258640 Pubdate: October 6, 2015 Genre: Time-slip Romance Imprint: Sourcebooks Landmark
A haunting tale of intrigue from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley.
The charm of spending the Christmas holidays in South Wales, with its crumbling castles and ancient myths, seems the perfect distraction from the nightmares that have plagued literary agent Lyn Ravenshaw since the loss of her baby five years ago.
Instead, she meets an emotionally fragile young widow who's convinced that Lyn's recurring dreams have drawn her to Castle Farm for an important purpose--and she’s running out of time.
With the help of a reclusive, brooding playwright, Lyn begins to untangle the mystery and is pulled into a world of Celtic legends, dangerous prophecies, and a child destined for greatness.
Author Bio
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA…