Showing posts from May, 2017

Into Your Arms Release Day Blitz

INTO YOUR ARMS by Chelsea M. Cameron SMP Swerve Publication Date: May 30, 2017 eBook ISBN: 9781250125187; Price: $3.99

Description Get fired up for Into Your Arms, the first book in the sexy new Squad Stories series from New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author Chelsea M. Cameron!

Freya has secrets she doesn’t intend to share. Not with her new friends on the cheerleading squad at Maine State University, and certainly not with sexy lumberjack-look-alike Rhett. Just because sparks flew between them at a bar one night doesn’t mean he gets to know why she transferred to MSU. When Freya dares Rhett to come to cheerleading practice, she never expects to see the dark-haired lumberjack again. 

Except Rhett is the last person to turn down a dare, especially when it comes from a pixie-sized blonde. When Rhett wows the squad and becomes Freya’s stunt partner, his hands come far too close for comfort. But as Freya and Rhett’s hot post-practice sessions bring them closer, she risks her secrets b…

When Others Define You: Week 4 of #Sync's #Free Summer of #Audiobooks is Live

It's week 5 and this week AudioFile and Sync bring you two new titles . Remember these audiobooks are only available: 05/25 - 06/01. You can download the audiobooks by clicking here:←←← All you need to download them is the overdrive app which is also free on the website.

by Lana Krumwiede | Read by Nick Podehl Published by Brilliance Audio
Taemon has always known he’s a bit different. But in the walled city of Deliverance, where everyone possesses a form of telekinesis known as psi, being different is dangerous. Being different can get you labeled a freakling. Or worse, see you banished to the Powerless Colony, where even the simplest tasks, like getting dressed or turning on the lights, must be done by hand. Taemon has learned to blend in, to pretend he’s just like everyone else in Deliverance. To pretend that he can’t send his mind wandering into objects and see exactly how they work. But Taemon’s brother, Yens, suspects the truth, and he’ll stop at…

Review: Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love (The Grantchester Mysteries #6) James Runcie Bloomsbury | May 23, 2017 ISBN: 9781632867940 Historical Fiction/Mystery Source: Publisher
Summary The sixth book in the James Runcie's much-loved Granchester Mystery series, which has been adapted for Masterpiece's Grantchester starring James Norton, sees full-time priest, part-time detective Sidney Chambers plunged back into sleuthing when he discovers a body in a bluebell wood.
It is May 1971 and the Cambridgeshire countryside is bursting into summer. Attending to his paternal duties, Archdeacon Sidney Chambers is walking in the woods with his daughter Anna and their aging Labrador, Byron, when they stumble upon a body. Beside the dead man lies a basket of wild flowers, all poisonous. And so it is that Sidney is thrust into another murder investigation, entering a world of hippies, folk singers, and psychedelic plants, where love triangles and permissive behavior seem to hide something d…

To Walk Invisible Reading Challenge: Part 1

I didn't sign up for any new challenges this year. Challenges are awesome you say? I know they are, but at the time I really wasn't sure what direction my reading was going to take me in. I'm kind of a moody reader. Some days I feel like reading a romance while other days it's mystery. It wasn't until earlier this year, while I was watching To Walk Invisible on PBS, it finally occurred to mew what I wanted to do: I want to find out more about the Brontes, but more specifically Jane Eyre. I want to know what others thought about her as well. I want to read about how Charlotte Bronte influenced other authors. I want to read about how other authors envisioned and then wrote about what happened next in her life.

About a month ago I re-read this classic and fell back in love with it. (I still have the paperback copy I bought in high school.) After I finished reading I scoured my shelves and kindle for anything Jane Eyre related (I knew I owned several books) and came u…

The Princess Bride, Summer, and Grantchester: Last Week In Review (49)

Can you hear summer calling you? I can. The kids are almost finished with school and can hardly hold still with the anticipation of vacation. Not that we have anything big planned. But the hazy, lazy days of summer will soon be upon us.

I had a good week for finishing books. 

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love I've been watching the series Grantchester on PBS. The television series is based off of James Runcie's: The Granchester Mysteries. This was the first book I've read in the series, though I wish I would have started with book 1 instead of 6. It's good nonetheless. Season 3 of Granchester starts in a few weeks here in the US. I can't wait!

An Uncommon Courtship I finally finished this audiobook. I'll have a lot to say about it when I post me review, so stay tuned.
And Doctor Faustus. A play about a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for some magical powers. A great bedtime story.

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Sync Is Looking Outward In Week 4 of #AudiobookSYNC’s #Free #Audiobook Program

This week AudioFile and Sync are looking outward in week 4. Remember these audiobooks are only available: 05/18 - 05/25. You can download the audiobooks by clicking here:←←←

by Dan Poblocki | Read by Dan Bittner Published by Scholastic Audiobooks
Multiplatform takes on horror with a trilogy that brings Miss Peregrine to middle grade with an online Skeleton Creek twist! Come Play With Us...
Buildings have memories. Places bear scars. We've all had those moments--a chill in the air, a sense that something terrible once happened where we stand. But some houses are more than scary. They're hungry.
Larkspur House has lured five kids inside, and they're trapped. The five will have to look carefully--there are clues to the house's secrets scattered all over the grounds, and if they can figure out the past, it might show them a way out of their terrifying present. Will they stay strong enough to discover the house's weakness and escape? Or wil…

Feature: The Berghof Betrayal: A Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller

The Berghof Betrayal: A Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller
by Michael McMenamin, Patrick McMenamin Publication Date: May 19, 2016 Formats: Hardcover, Paperback & eBook Genre: Historical Thriller

The Berghof Betrayal, a Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller, by Michael McMenamin & Patrick McMenamin, continues their award-winning Winston Churchill Thriller series with a new action packed story of conspiracy and intrigue involving a fake Nazi plot to assassinate Hitler Michael McMenamin & Patrick McMenamin’s The Berghof Betrayal, a Winston Churchill 1930s Thriller was inspired by an actual diary entry of German diplomat and publisher Count Harry Kessler in early 1933, shortly after Hitler took power:
“Weiland Herzfelde has absolutely reliable information that the Nazis plan a fake attempt on Hitler’s life which is to be the signal for a general massacre. The sources of his information are the SA in Dortmund and a tapped telephone conversation between Hitler and Röhm.”
This fake assass…

Champagne, Mystery, and Movie Magic: Review Dangerous To Know

Dangerous to Know Renee Patrick Forge Books April 11, 2017 ISBN13: 9780765381866  Historical Fiction Source: From Publisher
Summary Classic Hollywood. Silver Screen Style. Vintage Murder. A champagne cocktail of a mystery covered in movie magic stardust

December 1938. Lillian Frost has plunged head first into a world of boldfaced names and endless glamour as social secretary to movie-mad millionaire Addison Rice. Costume designer Edith Head is now in charge of Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe department, although her position is precarious: potential replacements are being auditioned on a regular basis. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal: a real-life incident, a historical footnot long forgotten, in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood.

At a swanky Manhattan dinner party the well-heeled guests speak ill of Adolf Hitler in front of a German maid with Nazi sympathies. The secrets she spills soon have all of New York soci…

Mother's Day, Being An Introvert, and What To Read Next: Last Week In Review (48)

First, I want to say a belated Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I know Mother's Day can be hard for some people too. It is for my family, for we lost my mother-in-law just over a year ago and my grandmother in January. I miss both women very keenly.

My Mother's Day gifts were a cloth-bound Northanger Abbey, a candle that smells of Irish cream (it smells so good!), and a little box that my daughter decorated with hearts. Over the past few years I've been gifted cloth-bound Jane Austen books from Penguin Books. Northanger Abbey finished off the collection. I love them. They're so beautiful and look great on my shelf. I think I'll start collecting the Brontes next! 

So this time of year is exciting for many people, but draining for me. Graduations, weddings, engagements, baby showers, oh my! That has been my life lately. Every weekend has held one of these events and sometimes more. I feel exhausted from being overly social. I'm ready to hide in …

Audiobook Review: The Viscount Who Loved Me

The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons #2) by Julia Quinn, Read by Rosalyn Landor  Audio CD, Unabridged | 12.25 hours Published January 31st 2017 by Recorded Books 9781501935428
Summary 1814 promises to be another eventful season, but not, this author believes, for Anthony Bridgerton, London's most elusive bachelor, who has shown no indication that he plans to marry. And in all truth, why should he? When it comes to playing the consummate rake, nobody does it better... - Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1814
But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry - he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield - the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams.
Contrary to po…

Audiobook Review: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Title: Scrappy Little Nobody Author: Anna Kendrick Narrator: Anna Kendrick Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio Published: November 15, 2016 Length: 6 hours ISBN: 9781508213550 Genre: Memoir Source: Publisher
Summary:A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch PerfectUp in the AirTwilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”

At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.

With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of p…

Sync celebrates the power of teens. #freeaudiobooks

This week, Sync celebrates the power of a teen voice. Download week three audiobooks from SYNC ←←←

Bronx Masqueradeby Nikki GrimesRead by Jessica AlmasyKevin R. FreeMarc Damon JohnsonSisi Aisha JohnsonMelanie MartinezCherise Boothe
Acclaimed poet, novelist, journalist, and educator Nikki Grimes was born and raised in New York City. Each of the 18 kids in Mr. Ward's inner city classroom has something important to say, but some don't even realize it. Then Mr. Ward begins to have "open mic" poetry slams once a month on Fridays. Young adult listeners will identify with the characters in Bronx Masquerade as they explore questions about life and self-expression. "As always, Grimes gives young people exactly what they're looking for-real characters who show them they are not alone."-School Library Journal

Teenage Diaries: Then and Nowby Radio DiariesRead by Hosted by Joe Richman
They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of dail…