Thursday, January 28, 2021

#MMBBR #Showcase #YourDayYourWay by @CaulfieldTim via @Running_Press @PerseusBooks @HachetteUS

 A CHEEKY, EASY-READING GUIDE TO DITCHING ANALYSIS PARALYSIS, FROM A BEST-SELLING CANADIAN AUTHOR AND HOST OF THE NETFLIX SERIES: A USER’S GUIDE TO CHEATING DEATH Image

 

Your Day, Your Way
Part pop-science, part self-help, YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY: The Fact and Fiction Behind Your Daily Decisions (Running Press; December 1) is a friendly, funny, fact-based guide to changing how you make decisions in order to live a better—maybe even your best—life. 

 We make, and worry about, a thousand big and little decisions during our waking hours. And for most of us, these decisions are made (after a lot of hemming and hawing), based on concerns or beliefs about our world that simply aren't true. These misperceptions impact day-to-day decisions and stress us out unnecessarily—and we all have enough stress as it is. Timothy Caulfield seeks to provide the antidote to this analysis paralysis, teaching readers—through sound science and silly stories—that reevaluating their decision-making processes can lead to lives that are both more fulfilling and more exciting.

YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY unfolds like a typical day—from the first buzz of the alarm clock all the way to bedtime. As the clock moves forward, Caulfield tackles topics associated with that particular time of day and addresses them through science-informed responses about health, offering readers a way to cut through the noise and have healthier and happier lives in the age of anxiety. Caulfield highlights what science says we should be worried about and how we can de-stress and live a healthy lifestyle. Rather than burying you in the facts, or listing out a bunch of specific things you should or should not be doing, Caulfield uses wit, humor, and a wide variety of examples to encourage readers to reevaluate how they make all of those decisions—so that they can live in a way that truly works for them.

 Perfect for fans of pop science, witty self-help, and authors like Dr. Jennifer Gunter, YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY is a cheeky, easy-reading guide to ditching analysis paralysis in favor of calm, evidence-based decision-making.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Timothy Caulfield is a media maven and populist snake-oil debunker, author of the bestselling books Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? and The Cure for Everything!, and creator and host of the Netflix series A User's Guide to Cheating Death. Tim is also a lawyer, professor, and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, and serves as the research director of the University of Alberta's Health Law Institute.

 

YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY: The Fact and Fiction Behind Your Daily Decisions

320 pages; Paperback / $16.99 US

ISBN: 9780762472499/ eBook ISBN: 9780762472482/ Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2020

RUNNING PRESS | 2300 CHESTNUT STREET ∙ PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103

Monday, January 25, 2021

#MMBBR #BlogTourHost #Giveaway #Review #BookExcerpt #TheForeverGirl by @JillShalvis via @WmMorrowBooks @Netgalley




ABOUT THE FOREVER GIRL (a standalone Wildstone novel)

When Maze returns to Wildstone for the wedding of her estranged bff and the sister of her heart, it’s also a reunion of a once ragtag team of teenagers who had only each other until a tragedy tore them apart and scattered them wide.

 

Now as adults together again in the lake house, there are secrets and resentments mixed up in all the amazing childhood memories. Unexpectedly, they instantly fall back into their roles: Maze their reckless leader, Cat the den mother, Heather the beloved baby sister, and Walker, a man of mystery. 

 

Life has changed all four of them in immeasurable ways. Maze and Cat must decide if they can rebuild their friendship, and Maze discovers her long-held attraction to Walker hasn’t faded with the years but has only grown stronger.



CHAPTER 1

Now


ou’ve got this, Cat told herself. But note to self: she so did not in fact have this. Her nerves had taken over—her own fault, of course. She’d done a thing. A big thing. And though her heart had been in the right place when she’d done that thing, butterflies were revolting in her gut, telling her she’d be the only one who’d see it that way. It was times like this that she missed Michael the most, because he would’ve been her ally in this, she was sure. Back then, even at half her height and weight, he’d been her shadow. The cutest shadow on the planet. Over time, she’d gotten used to being without him, but it’d never

gotten easier.

Twin piglet-like snorts distracted her, and she looked down at her fiancĂ©’s “babies.” The pug brothers had huge buggy black eyes and little round bodies and vibrated like they needed their batter- ies changed. Roly was black and Poly tan, both with black faces, black curly tails, and little black feet.

They snorted at her until she gave in and scooped them up, one in each arm, having to smile at their smushed-in faces. “Okay, guys, listen up. We’ve got a lot to do today.” She took a good, hard look around the old cabin that had been in her family’s possession since the early 1900s. It sat right on Rainbow Lake, about twenty minutes outside of Wildstone, a small ranching community on California’s central coast. She had a lot of good memories here: visiting her grandparents, learning to swim . . . she’d even run away here a few times in her dramatic teens.

Her grandparents were gone, and her parents now lived in South Carolina, where both of them were college professors. They were thinking of selling this place, but had agreed to let her live here until her wedding. At least that was the official reason. The unofficial one was that she was losing her collective shit and had needed the safety net.

The problem was that there were still a few vital pieces missing from the puzzle of Caitlin’s life: the most important pieces, the corner pieces, the ones you couldn’t do without. And since Michael was an angel now—and damn, her heart still squeezed painfully every time she thought about him, which was a lot— she was really counting on the wedding to bring the other vital pieces back to her. Those pieces named Heather, Walker, and Maze.

The estrangement between them all felt like a huge, gaping hole. It’d started at Michael’s grave three years ago and had only gotten worse. Hence the thing she’d done.

No one was going to thank her. And it was entirely possible it would all blow up in her face. But she’d had to try. Just thinking about it had the butterflies in her belly escaping and taking flight in her nervous system, giving her the shakes. But that might have been the five cups of coffee she’d consumed. She set down the pugs, much to their snorting, squealing dis- pleasure, and got to it. Running around like a madwoman for the next few hours, she changed the sheets on the beds in the spare bedrooms, swept the wood floors, washed the towels so they’d smell fresh . . . all while fielding call after call from her boss, Sara.

Cat managed the Wildstone deli that Sara owned. Cat also made all the hot food, which was actually the only part of her job she enjoyed, because the deli itself was a nightmare. She’d taken three weeks off for the wedding, but Sara, who’d missed her calling as the passive-aggressive queen of the universe, had been in contact almost every day in the guise of needing something, while really just wanting Caitlin to know of her every little mistake or misstep.

So when her phone buzzed in her pocket yet again while Cat was folding clothes in the laundry room, she ignored it.

“Caitlin?” came Dillon’s voice. “Can you bring me my laptop?”

She transferred another load into the dryer, turned it on, blew a stray hair off her sweaty face, and poked her head out of the laundry room to find Dillon sitting on the couch in the living room, feet up on the coffee table, Roly and Poly curled up on his lap.

“Are you kidding me?”

He flashed her the charming smile that had caught both her attention and her heart a year ago. “Sorry,” he said. “But my ankle’s bothering me again. Do you mind?”

Hard to, when his twisted ankle was actually her fault. She’d seen a Cosmo post online titled “The Top Ten Ways to Spruce Up Your Sex Life.” Feeling ambitious, she’d gone with number one: “Seduce Your Man in the Shower.” What could she say? The illustrations had looked intriguing.

Turned out attempting intriguing things in the shower was dangerous.

Feeling guilty, she ran up the stairs and got his laptop, stopping to straighten out the mess he’d left on the desk. When she got back downstairs, he was standing at the front door with his golf bag slung over his shoulder.

“What are you doing?” she asked.

“Just got a call from Mom. Her golf date bailed and she needs me to do the back nine with her.”

“But your ankle.”

“We’ve got a cart.” He handed her the pugs.

Juggling the soft sausage loaves while trying to avoid the inevitable face kisses—a big no-thank-you, since they had a fondness for licking each other’s butts—she stared at Dillon. “You said that you’d be here to meet my family and have dinner with us.”

“Babe.” His face softened. “I’m your family. Me and my mom, and your parents.”

“You know that’s only technically true,” she protested. She and Heather and Walker and Maze might not be blood, but they were something even deeper. A self-made family, and yeah, okay, maybe it was a very dysfunctional one, but it felt more real than anything else in her life.

“Come on,” Dillon said, putting his hands on her hips and giving her a frustrated smile. “When’s the last time you heard from Maze or Heather”—he set a finger against her lips when she tried to speak—“where you didn’t contact them first. I mean, have they offered to help you with the wedding? They’re in it—you insisted on them over your local friends—so . . . where have they been?”

She could admit that he had a point. They hadn’t been together since their fight in front of Michael’s grave. Heather had vanished, just gone dark for a whole year before suddenly responding to Caitlin’s texts again as if nothing had happened. But she still hadn’t been back to Wildstone and wouldn’t give Caitlin much in- formation other than that she was okay and “working on things.” Whatever that meant.

Caitlin hadn’t seen Maze either, and not for a lack of trying. But they’d texted and had a few strained calls. And to give Maze credit, she always responded when Caitlin reached out, even with her busy life that was now in Santa Barbara, two hours south of Wildstone.

But Caitlin had, however, seen Walker. Sparingly, but he’d been gone on the job nearly nonstop the past three years. She missed him. She missed all of them and wanted them back together.

 And as the self-appointed bossy older sister of the fam, she was determined—and, okay, also slightly desperate—to make it hap- pen. And yeah, maybe, maybe, she’d rushed her wedding along, knowing it was the one thing that could bring her siblings of the heart back together. She couldn’t help herself. For whatever rea- son, the four of them had synced and melded into a core family that long-ago year, but they were losing each other, and that scared her. She’d already lost Michael; hell if she’d lose the others too. She needed this so badly she couldn’t even explain it to Dillon. But the truth was the last time she’d felt vibrantly alive had

been when they’d all been in her life, and she was just desperate enough to play with fate to make it happen. 

Please stay, Dillon.”

He studied her face and sighed, his eyes lit with affection as he cupped her jaw. “I promised Mom, but I’ll get back asap. Take care of my babies?”

It was the best she was going to get, so she nodded. He brushed a nice, warm kiss across her lips, and then he was gone.


From THE FOREVER GIRL by Jill Shalvis, published by William Morrow. Copyright © 2021 by Jill Shalvis. Reprinted courtesy of HarperCollinsPublishers https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-forever-girl-jill-shalvis?variant=32218755694626 




#FirstLine - PROLOGUE: Maze Porter was good at pretending to be fine, but since no one could see her, she dropped all pretense and stopped twenty-five yards short of her goal, unable to so much as swallow past the lump stuck in her throat.

I loved this book so much. It had such great character development. You got to really know each character; where they came from, what their struggles were, and what was holding them all back from being together. It was beautifully paced and you really get drawn into the story. There are some great side stories and some big surprises. I will definitely be checking out other books in this series. A must read for those who want to get lost in a great story!!!

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.


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ABOUT JILL SHALVIS

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website, www.jillshalvis.com, for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

Connect with Jill

Website: http://jillshalvis.com/

Facebook: @JillShalvis

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22370.Jill_Shalvis?from_search=true

 

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

#MMBBR #Showcase #WaterMemory by apyne0 via #Thomas&Mercer @MBeatie

 


A fast-paced, page-turning thriller that contemplates the consequences of motherhood, memory, and crime as a commodity.

Black ops specialist Aubrey Sentro may be one concussion away from death. But when pirates seize the cargo ship she’s on, she must decide whether to risk her life to save her fellow passengers.

Sentro’s training takes over, and she’s able to elude her captors, leaving bodies in her wake. But her problems are just getting started. Her memory lapses are getting more frequent, symptoms of serial-concussion syndrome.

As she plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with the pirates, she pushes herself to survive by focusing on thoughts of her children. She’s never told them what she really does for a living, and now she might not get the chance.

While her memories make her vulnerable, motherhood makes her dangerous.

Friday, January 22, 2021

#MMBBR #Showcase #TheConjureManDies by #RudolphFisher via @HarperFiction @Harper360

 

The very first detective novel written by an African American (the legendary Rudolph Fisher) featuring all Black characters is out now!

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A unique crime classic: the very first detective novel written by an African-American, set in 1930s New York with only Black characters.


When the body of N’Gana Frimbo, the African conjure-man, is discovered in his consultation room, Perry Dart, one of Harlem’s ten Black police detectives, is called in to investigate. Together with Dr Archer, a physician from across the street, Dart is determined to solve the baffling mystery, helped and hindered by Bubber Brown and Jinx Jenkins, local boys keen to clear themselves of suspicion of murder and undertake their own investigations.

The Conjure-Man Dies was the very first detective novel written by an African-American. A distinguished doctor and accomplished musician and dramatist, Rudolph Fisher was one of the principal writers of the Harlem Renaissance, but died in 1934 aged only 37. With a gripping plot and vividly drawn characters, Fisher’s witty novel is a remarkable time capsule of one of the most exciting eras in the history of Black fiction.

This crime classic is introduced by New York crime writer Stanley Ellin, and includes Rudolph Fisher’s last published story, “John Archer’s Nose.” in which Perry Dart and Dr Archer return to solve the case of a young man murdered in his own bed.


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I cannot wait to read this one! Grab your copy today!!!

#MMBBR #Showcase #Spin by @1pcornwell @MBeatie @AmazonPub

 

I am writing about the new book by New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, one of world’s most popular crime writers with more than 120 million copies of her books in print and available in more than 100 countries. Her award-winning series of novels featuring chief medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta, who uses science to solve crimes, set the standard for the genre and paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring all things forensic across books, film, and TV.

 

Cornwell is trailblazing again, having taken the thriller genre to aerospace by setting her books at NASA. In order to do so, she put in an unparalleled level of research, as she gained insider access to one of the country’s most secret and impregnable institutions. She toured NASA facilities (as well as Sierra-Nevada Corporation and Blue Origin), learned to spacewalk, explored the training facilities used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and worked closely with a variety of NASA scientists and astronauts. She even became friends with astronaut Peggy A. Whitson.   

 

This video which will give you a sample of her experience:

Patricia Cornwell and her NASA research for her Captain Chase thrillers

 

Her new book, SPIN, the second in the series, will be published by Thomas & Mercer on January 12, 2021 and continues the story of Captain Calli Chase, a NASA test pilot, quantum physicist, and cybercrime investigator. Chase’s fearlessness, brilliant insights, and deep knowledge of cybertechnology and space science reflect Cornwell’s endeavor to ensure that even the most minute detail is current and accurate. 

 I cannot wait to dive into this book! Check it out now! 

#MMBBR #Review #DogsDogsDogsILoveThemAll by @Chad_Geran #ChildrensBooks @simonschuster

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: I Love Them All: I Love Them AllDogs, Dogs, Dogs: I Love Them All: I Love Them All by Chad Geran
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

#MMBBR #Showcase #Widowish by @widowishwidow #LittleA

 


Melissa Gould’s uplifting and deeply moving memoir of grieving outside the box and the surprising nature of love.

When Melissa Gould's husband, Joel, was unexpectedly hospitalized, she could not imagine how her life was about to change. Overwhelmed as his condition tragically worsened, she had to believe that while Joel’s loss was permanent, so was their love.

Left to raise their young daughter on her own, and to act as if she could resume life without her beloved husband by her side, Melissa found that she didn’t fit the typical idea of widowhood or meet the expectations of mourning. She didn’t look like a widow or act like a widow, but she felt like one. Melissa was widowish.

Melissa’s personal journey through grief and beyond includes unlikely inspiration from an evangelical preacher, the calming presence of some Real Housewives, and the unexpected attention of a charismatic musician.

A modern take on loss, Widowish illuminates the twists of fate that break our world, the determination that keeps us moving forward, and the surprises in life we never see coming. 

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