Sunday, October 30, 2016

#FRC2016 Behind Closed Doors by @BAParisAuthor @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR #giveaway


#FRC2016 @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR

September 20, 2016 – Behind Closed Doors
by B. A. Paris
Course Title: ‘Til Deceit Do Us Part
Department: Psychological Thrillers
Description: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace – charming, elegant, enviable. But Jack and Grace are inseparable. She never answers the phone, meets you for coffee or leaves the house with anything. Can we ever truly know what goes on behind closed doors?

#FirstLine ~ The champagne bottle knocks against the marble kitchen counter, making me jump.
A story that will leave you unsettled, but maintain your attention throughout...Behind Closed Doors is a graphic look into the life of a couple that will leave some readers reeling and others satisfied.  This is one of those reads that will capture all readers and make them wonder what happens behind closed doors.


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Friday, October 28, 2016

#FRC2016 Everything We Keep @kerrylonsdale @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR #giveaway


Course Title: Funerals & Lies
Department: Suspense
Course Date: September 27
Description: A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keep explores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.
#FirstLine ~ On our wedding day, my fiance, James, arrived at the church in a casket

This book is an amazing thriller. It will be keep guessing until the very end! I thought I knew what was going to happen and then boom...I had no clue.  It was an intense and quick read because you get hooked right away and it keeps you engrossed until the very end.  Man, this is one heck of a great read for anytime of year, but will be perfection for fall/winter reading.  You, this book, a warm drink and a blanket and you will be in heaven, I promise.

Kerry LonsdaleAbout the author
Kerry Lonsdale believes life is more exciting with twists and turns, which may be why she enjoys dropping her characters into unexpected scenarios and foreign settings. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an online community of authors located around the globe. She resides in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an aging golden retriever who’s convinced she’s still a puppy.

#FRC2016 @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

#FRC2016 We Are Unprepared by @MegLittleReilly @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR #giveaway

Grab your copy of the hit “climate fiction” debut We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly. Find out what happens when the superstorm of the century threatens a rural town and a marriage.


Course Title: Survival Training
Department: Climate Fiction
Course Date: October 4
Description: Just months after settling into their new rural home, hipster Brooklyn couple Ash and Pia face an impending superstorm that splits their tight-knit community and exposes the cracks in their marriage.
#FirstLine ~ It would be narcissistic to assume that the earth conjured a storm simply to alter the course of my life.

This book was a captivating debut.  It had all the elements of a great read.  It was filled with an eye opening scenario about the state of human caused climate change and the consequences of it in a thrilling story that was interesting and scary.  It was also so intriguing and educational.  The story was a well drawn out take on a new and interesting multilayered narrative.  A great read for fall or winter!

Meg Little ReillyAbout the author
Meg Little Reilly previously worked for President Obama as deputy communications director for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to that, she worked as a spokesperson at the US Department of the Treasury. She has been a communicator for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and producer for Vermont Public Radio. A native of Vermont, she is a UVM graduate with deep ties around the state. She currently lives in the Boston area with her husband and two daughters.

#FRC2016 We Are Unprepared by @MegLittleReilly @BookSparks #FirstLine #MMBBR
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Everyone can enter to win our #Shelfie grand prize giveaway. Follow @BookSparks on Facebook and Instagram and enter to win a $250 Ikea gift card, a Polaroid digital camera, plus a pillow, tote and more styling accessories to help you take the ultimate #shelfies for your social media pages.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

#MMBBR #Review Only Daughter by @AnnaSnoekstra @HarlequinBooks

In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman's dark past becomes another's deadly future 
In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.  
She'd been enjoying her summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—a presence in her room at night, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious of what was to come.  
Eleven years later she is replaced. 
A young woman, desperate after being arrested, claims to be the decade-missing Bec.  
Soon the impostor is living Bec's life. Sleeping in her bed. Hugging her mother and father. Learning her best friends' names. Playing with her little brothers. 
But Bec's welcoming family and enthusiastic friends are not quite as they seem. As the impostor dodges the detective investigating her case, she begins to delve into the life of the real Bec Winter—and soon realizes that whoever took Bec is still at large, and that she is in imminent danger.

Wow, this spine tingling novel had me both nervous and excited.  There were many twists and turns and I never really knew what was to come next.  It was written in such a way that kept my interest because of the alternating perspectives.  There was such a brilliant plot, great characters that were developed at a perfect pace and a story that was original, engaging and well plotted.  A great read for fall or for a book club!

Anna SnoekstraAnna Snoekstra was born in Canberra, Australia in 1988. She studied Creative Writing and Cinema at Melbourne University, followed by Screenwriting at RMIT University.

Anna's short films and music videos have screened around the world. She has written an array of published and award winning short fiction. Her debut novel ONLY DAUGHTER will be published in September 2016 (Mira).

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mixing It Up by @traciebanister Release Week Blitz #Giveaway #MMBBR

Mixing It Up by [Banister, Tracie]
Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?
The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her jobeven if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.
Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a saut√© pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.
As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!
This prize pack includes:
Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set
(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)
Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards
The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine Only the Hunted Run: A Sully Carter Novel by Neely Tucker

“The test of a crime series is its main character, and Sully is someone we'll want to read about again and again.” —Lisa Scottoline, The Washington Post

“Fast-moving and suspenseful with an explosively violent conclusion.” Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press

“Tucker’s Sully Carter novels have quickly sneaked up on me as one of my favorite new series.” —Sarah Weinman, “The Crime Lady”

The riveting third novel in the Sully Carter series finds the gutsy reporter investigating a shooting at the Capitol and the violent world of the nation’s most corrupt mental institution

In the doldrums of a broiling Washington summer, a madman goes on a shooting rampage in the Capitol building. Sully Carter is at the scene and witnesses the carnage firsthand and files the first and most detailed account of the massacre. The shooter, Terry Waters, is still on the loose and becomes obsessed with Sully, luring the reporter into the streets of D.C. during the manhunt. Not much is known about Waters when he is finally caught, except that he hails from the Indian reservations of Oklahoma. His rants in the courtroom quickly earn him a stay at Saint Elizabeth’s mental hospital, and the paper sends Sully out west to find out what has led a man to such a horrific act of violence.

As Sully hits the road to see what he can dig up on Waters back in Oklahoma, he leaves his friend Alexis to watch over his nephew, Josh, who is visiting DC for the summer. Traversing central Oklahoma, Sully discovers that a shadow lurks behind the Waters family history and that the ghosts of the past have pursued the shooter for far longer than Sully could have known. When a local sheriff reveals the Waterses’ deep connection with Saint Elizabeth’s, Sully realizes he must find a way to gain access to the asylum, no matter the consequences.

This book was a wild ride.  Even though I never read the other books in the series I was still able to follow the story line without an issue.   It was very intense and quite thought provoking.  It was paced so well and the plots were so interesting.  There were times that I was holding my breath because it got so intense and I never knew what way it was going to twist or turn.  A great book to snuggle up with and get lost in this Fall.

#FirstLine ~ He couldn't count the shots for the screaming

Neely TuckerThe third novel in the Sully Carter series, "Only the Hunted Run," publishes on Aug. 30, from Viking. Publishers Weekly, the first to file a review, dubs it "provocative...a terrifying thriller."

Sully, one of the few reporters stuck in Washington in the August doldrums in the summer of 2000, is filling in for a colleague when shooting breaks out in the Capitol building. The killer, Terry Waters, kills a congressman from Oklahoma by stabbing him through the eyes with a pair of ice picks. He also manages to escape.

Sully, the only surviving witness, soon finds himself being tracked down by Waters. This pursuit eventually leads both men to St. Elizabeths, the gothic mental hospital in Southeast D.C, which scars everyone it touches -- if it doesn't bury them.

Based on a real-life shooting at the Capitol in 1997, "Hunted" follows "The Ways of the Dead" and "Murder, D.C." As always, the streets of the city, from the power of K Street to the deadly avenues just a few blocks away, are as central to the story as the characters. 

The previous Sully novels have drawn extensive praise. The Daily Mail (U.K.) dubbed "Murder" one of 2015's Best Three Crime Novels. Kirkus: "There’s no more satisfying sight than a writer who knows exactly what he’s doing—and only gets better at what he does.” The Miami Herald, said of "Ways, "This book is worthy of Elmore Leonard’s legacy…an exciting first novel that echoes the best writing of Pete Hamill and George Pelecanos, mixed with a bit of The Wire and True Detective.”

Tucker was born in Lexington, Miss., one of the poorest places in America, in 1963. He has filed stories from more than 60 countries or territories and is currently assigned to the 2016 Presidential campaign. 

His memoir, "Love in the Driest Season," was named one of the Top 25 Books of 2004 by Publishers Weekly. It has been published in the U.K., Germany, Australia and Brazil. It has twice been optioned for film development in Los Angeles.

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