Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Dreams | Titles I'm Excited For in December

Sorry it's a little late, life have been hectic and I didn't get the chance to do any blogging for a few weeks. Let me know if there are any titles I should be on the lookout to buy with my Christmas gift money on Boxing Day!

The Bad Mother by Amanda Brooke - December 14, 2017 HarperCollins


That’s what he wants you to think…

A good mother doesn’t forget things.

A good mother isn’t a danger to herself.

A good mother isn’t a danger to her baby.

You want to be the good mother you dreamed you could be.

But you’re not. You’re the bad mother you were destined to become.

At least, that what he wants you to believe…




The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle - December 26, 2017 HMH Books For Young Readers

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When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn't hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.








Other Books Coming in December...




Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier - December 5, 2017 Sourcebooks [Goodreads | Buy It] [YA | Comteporary]
Year One by Nora Roberts - December 5, 2017 St. Martin's Press [Goodreads | Buy It] [Fantasy | Romance]
It Started With A Tweet by Anna Bell - December 7, 2017 Zaffre [Goodreads | Buy It] [Romance]

 What books are you looking forward to in December? 

 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan| Review & Giveaway via @TLCBookTours

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Published: November 28, 2017
Pages: 384
Received: review copy via TLC Book Tours & publisher
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She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle...

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list--dealing with Madi's temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry.

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi--how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple--he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel.

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all--letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas?
 

This is just the perfect kind of book to snuggle up with after a busy day Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. It has the right pace for this time of year - the romance isn't one of those instantly in love kinds and it builds slowly over the course of the story. And the main characters are perfect together - one who is reserved and shy and one who is strong and determined. They balance each other so well, while helping each other see things in themselves that they thought were absent.

Harriet is such a great main character. I loved that she was challenging herself to do one new thing each day in order to get past her dependence on others and the safety of the same old thing. To me this shows bravery beyond belief - to put oneself out there like that and to give all kinds of things a try just because you find them hard or terrifying. 

And Ethan, at first he seems so full of himself, but I realize that it's more like how he describes that he's learned to turn off his emotions so that he can be a better doctor. Treat the patients symptoms and don't get attached so he can do his job to the best of his abilities. Sadly, he's taught himself too well how to shut out emotions and it's affected his personal life dramatically.

The best part of the story is watching Harriet go from shy and reserved to strong and confident. All thanks to Challenge Harriet and meeting Ethan. These two things in combination help Harriet get past her stuttering, her need to hide in the background and let go of the past.

The setting is Manhattan during the Christmas season, so it also has that extra element of the holidays and all of the cheer and love that comes with the holiday. I think given that Harriet will be alone for Christmas and not with her family when she is obviously in need and want of a "forever family", like the rescue dogs she fosters, it also adds an extra emotional charge to the story.

You won't be disappointed with the latest book in the From Manhattan With Love series. It can definitely be read as a standalone, just as they all can. It's the perfect season to pick up this book an begin your Manhattan journey.












About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 14 million copies of her books. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

As a child Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart | Blog Tour & Review

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Published: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 368
Received: from publisher via TLC Book Tours
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 “If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.

I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn's house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.

Nora’s “something” is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.

While Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.


A beautifully written story about the power of a mother's love and the heart wrenching way a family is reunited after a long estrangement. This suspenseful story is written in a slower yet intriguing manner, so it's perfect for those who love a good mystery, but not all of the super graphic drama and violence that is found in many books lately. It does have it's dark spots, but isn't overwhelmingly heavy.

Little Broken Things is told from multi-POV which I generally enjoy in a book of this genre. I found it to be the perfect narration for this story as it helped to unravel the layers of history that each characters has hidden away. From the first text... "I have something for you" to the very last line, my emotions were all over - anxious to see what would happen next, filled with hope and nervous energy while trying to figure out how many more secrets there could be in this family.

Overall, I'd classify this book as a family drama and mystery with a dash of thriller (though not too much). I'll definitely be checking out more by Ms. Baart as I think this is a great kind of writing style to snuggle up with in the coming winter months.



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About the Author:
Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of eight novels, including the upcoming LITTLE BROKEN THINGS. Nicole is a proud Tall Poppy Writer and a firm believer that we are, and always will be, better together. Find out more at NicoleBaart.com or connect with Nicole on social media.




Monday, November 20, 2017

Cover Reveal & Guest Post | Come From Away by Genevieve Graham | Giveaway

I was recently contacted by Genevieve Graham to be a part of the cover reveal for her upcoming release, Come From Away. It's releasing April 2018 and is a companion novel to Tides of Honour. She also has graciously written up a guest post in honour of the reveal! It's always a delight to work with Ms. Graham. THE COVER IS GORGEOUS, but you'll have to read her guest post before you can see the cover. Cheers!


The Story Behind the Cover

Throughout the months it takes me to write one of my novels, I try not to envision what the cover will look like. I’m not sure how many people know this, but in the traditional publishing process, authors have very little to no say on their cover art. As you can probably imagine, that’s pretty terrifying. After all, an author spends the better part of their days/weeks/months putting their soul into a book, but they have no idea how it will eventually appear when it sits on bookstore shelves. 

Well, when this cover appeared in my email, I cried.

Really, I shouldn’t have been surprised. My cover designer at Simon & Schuster Canada, Elizabeth Whitehead, is a creative genius. The first cover she designed for me was for “Tides of Honour”, and I fell in love with it. You see, I describe my novels as historical fiction brought to life through a love story, but they’re not what you would call typical “romance” novels. When I saw the cover for “Tides of Honour”, I saw a powerful love story threatened by dangerous times, turbulent emotions, and uncertainty—all of which are in the book. Then I wrote “Promises to Keep”, a heartbreaking, very real story of the Acadians, set over 150 years earlier, and incredibly, Elizabeth maintained the same beautiful level of creativity with that cover. Then I saw what she’d done for “Come From Away”, and I couldn’t wait to share. I think I love it best of all.

Think of the challenge presented to a cover designer. They have a single opportunity to encapsulate an entire story in one image or design. That image must rise to the top of a sea of books to attract a reader’s attention, and it must engage them to the point that they are curious enough to take the book off the shelf and open it to the first page. After that step, of course, it’s up to the author to reward the reader with a story they will—hopefully—love.

When you look at the young couple on the cover for “Come From Away”, you see so much. The 1940s is evident in their dress, the cold Atlantic looms before them, and the skulking shape in the water reminds us of the state of the world at that time. You also see the couple’s uncertain attraction to one another, and their trepidation. Something is keeping them apart, but you don’t yet know what it is. And there’s something else ... I don’t know about you, but something about this couple has me rooting for them before I even pick up the book.

Here’s the synopsis for “Come From Away”, which will be published in April 2018. It is the companion novel to “Tides of Honour”, but the two are standalone books. If you have read “Tides of Honour”, you will recognize some of the characters, but this is twenty-five years later, so a lot has changed. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I loved writing it. 


 
From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War. 

In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store. 

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be. He is someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand. 

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

Release Date: April 2018
Pages: 256
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada

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About the Author:
Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters.


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