Books Left Unread #192

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Some Girls Bind by Rory James

Some Girls Bind

This seems exactly like the book I love to read but cannot give a good reason why I haven’t started it yet. Have you read it?

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GLOW GIRL Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

About the Book:

Title: GLOW GIRL

Author: M. Weidenbenner

Pub. Date: October 31, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 266

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooksKobo

Multi-Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Writing Coach.

Willow is just your average sixteen-year-old girl. Okay, maybe not so average. She can heal animals. For her own safety, her veterinarian parents have made her promise not to use her powers. But sometimes her compassion just takes over, and she can’t help … well … helping.

Willow is a Droit, but hides her Droitism because people like her are feared and hated by those without special abilities. Two of Willow’s schoolmates, rumored to be Droits, have simultaneously disappeared.

When Willow’s non-Droit friend, Rain, is targeted, Willow wonders whether she should get involved–even if that means putting herself in the line of fire.

A mysterious new friend, Trae, just might be the key to unlock her courage.

In the end, she has a choice: she can deny who she is or declare her ability to heal, but either way, her life will never be the same again.

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Excerpt:

Chapter One

I saved our cat’s life four years ago when I was twelve. How? I healed her. That was part of my Droit ability, but I didn’t know it then.

Random, our cat who lived at our animal clinic, had been sick for months, but my parents are veterinarians, so they were managing her disease. She wasn’t in pain until the day I was hanging out at the clinic and found her panting and writhing while lying on her side.

Mom was in the surgical room setting a fracture and couldn’t be interrupted. Dad was out picking up meds.

Random’s eyes fluttered and she let out a puny cry. I held her, wishing I could help. When I stroked her fur around the knobby tumors on her back, my fingertips tingled and glowed red. I had no idea what was happening.

Confused, I flapped my hands as if to put out a fire. The color faded, but as soon as I placed my fingers back on Random’s side, the glowing started again. I shook my head in bewilderment and then closed my eyes, allowing whatever this was to happen. Lightning bolts flashed behind my eyelids. My hands seemed to have minds of their own, this time locking onto Random’s body. Pain shot up my fingers and seared all the way to my neck.

My head felt heavy, like it was full of electric sparks. I groaned and shuddered but still couldn’t pull my hands away from her.

I don’t know how long I stayed that way before she purred, and I opened my eyes to see her licking her paw as if nothing had happened. I ran my fingers along her back. Her tumors had disappeared.

The room spun. What had happened?

Random jumped down and darted away with more spring than she’d had in months. I was certain I was seeing things. I blinked, but there she sat near the sink, giving her face a bath.

My fingers slowly faded. I turned them palm up, then palm down, studying them, trying to find a reason for what had happened, but there was none.

Mom came into the room, holding her hands in the air on the way to the faucet to scrub. “Were you looking for me?”

“Random doesn’t have cancer anymore,” I said, excitedly.

“Oh, really?” She paused with her hands under the water and gave me a peculiar look with her head cocked, eyebrows raised. “How’s that?”

“I healed her.” Nausea bubbled up from my gut. I raced into the bathroom.

After I puked and returned to Mom, she was sitting in a chair with Random in her lap, parting her hair. “Her tumors are gone.”

“I know.” Nausea still clung to my ribs, but it wasn’t as bad. I was too excited about Random being better that it didn’t matter.

“What exactly did you do, Willow?”

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About M.:

AWARD-WINNING and AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

GOLD Medal WINNER in the 2014 READERS’ FAVORITE International Awards.

Bronze Medal Winner in Dan Poytner’s Global eBook Awards. Winner of the Kindle Book Promotion Awards. SPIRIT and INSPIRATION MEDALS in the NEW APPLE LITERARY AWARDS.

AWARD-WINNING SPEAKER. John Maxwell Team Leader.

To obtain a free copy of one of Michelle’s children’s books, and receive her newsletters, go to www/MichelleWeidenbenner.com/gift/

Michelle is an author, speaker, trainer and coach dedicated to leaving a legacy of leaders who care about bringing value to others and equipping the future generation. She’s also known as the UNCOVER AGENT who helps people uncover their messages so they can UNLEASH them into the universe.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting–without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews.

CACHE a PREDATOR and ECLAIR GOES GEOCACHING are currently hidden in geocaching sites throughout the US. If you’d like to see where they might be in your area, please log in to geocaching.com and search for trackables at IN SCRIBE–that’s Michelle.

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Giveaway Details:

50 winners will receive an ebook of GLOW GIRL, International. Via Goodreads

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/28/2019 BookHounds YA Excerpt
10/29/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
10/30/2019 BookishRealmReviews Review
10/31/2019 Yna the Mood Reader Review
11/1/2019 Cuz I’m a Nerd Review

Week Two:

11/4/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
11/5/2019 PopTheButterfly Reads Review
11/6/2019 Tawney Bland Review
11/7/2019 lori’s little house of reviews Review
11/8/2019 Shelf-Rated Review

Week Three:

11/11/19 A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
11/12/19 The Pages In-Between Review
11/13/19 A Gingerly Review Review
11/14/19 Turning the Pages Review
11/15/19 Adventures and Reading Review

Week Four:

11/18/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/19/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/20/2019 Two Dogs and a Book Review
11/21/2019 Fire and Ice Review
11/22/2019 two points of interest Review

Waiting on Wednesday: Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things

From Goodreads:

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers.

Is this on your TBR? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things I’ve Used as Bookmarks

TTT

  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Things I’ve Used as Bookmarks

Receipt

Random scrap of paper

Shoelace

String

Candy Wrapper

Napkin

Bill/random piece of mail

ACTUAL bookmark

Shopping List

Sock (I wanted to free Dobby…)

Dust jacket cover

What items have you used as a bookmark?

LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS – Blog Tour and Excerpt

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About the Book:

Title: LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS

Author: Emily Roberson

Pub. Date: October 22, 2019

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?

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Excerpt:

FROM CHAPTER 1

You will have seen them, I suppose. The grainy pictures, taken with a long telephoto lens. It has been fourteen years, but they still shock.

She has a face that everyone knows. Beautiful. Determinedly blond. Curated. The tabloid writers say, “Never a hair out of place.”

In the series of paparazzi shots, she strides across the pasture. No Photoshop. No airbrush. No filters. It is a long walk, and the photographers got her from every angle. As always, she is trim, tanned, and toned (another favorite tabloid description). If her sheet of golden hair and blue eyes are familiar, her expression is not. Usually her face in pictures is cool and composed. Icy. In these, she is ravenous.

She never could hide how she felt about that bull.

That face alone would have been enough to sell all the magazines in a newsstand. Enough to crash any server. Even without the wooden cow. But there is a wooden cow. A cowhide- covered box with legs and a head.

When the white bull walked out of the sea a few months earlier, people called it a gift from the gods. They said it was a sure sign that Daddy was a good king of Crete; that he still had the favor of the gods, even after my older brother’s murder. Our tragedy. That Daddy had been right to go to war with Athens. They called it beautiful. For myself, I don’t see what’s beautiful about a bull, white or brown. They look like livestock to me. Not my type.

It was beautiful to my mother.

There are lots of theories about my mother and the bull— some people say Daddy should have sacrificed it instead of keeping it. Daddy thinks that’s ridiculous. The gods would not have handed him such a valuable thing only to ask him to kill it. Other people say it was because my mother was too proud and the gods wanted to take her down a notch. However, she’s still proud, even after her abasement.

I think it’s because the gods are jerks.

About Emily:

EMILY ROBERSON is the author of LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, October 2019). She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Emily has been a bookseller in Little Rock, a newspaper reporter in Vicksburg, a marketing manager in Boston, and a writer in Chapel Hill and Dallas. She graduated from Brown University and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She now lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband, three sons and no pets.

You can find her on the web at  on instagram @robersonemilym and on twitter @RobersonEmily.

​Sign up for Emily’s newsletter here if you would like book news and other updates. 

Image by: Laura Kellerman photography

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive finished copies of LIFESTYLES OF GODS & MONSTERS, US only.

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba21004/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/21/2019 Two Chicks on Books Excerpt
10/21/2019 DjReadsBooks Spotlight
10/22/2019 Kait Plus Books Excerpt
10/22/2019 Moonlight Rendezvous Review
10/23/2019 BookHounds Interview
10/23/2019 A Bookish Dream @a_bookish_dream Review
10/24/2019 Lifestyle of Me Review
10/24/2019 The Phantom Paragrapher Review
10/25/2019 Dazzled by Books / @love2dazzle Review
10/25/2019 Mythical Books Excerpt

Week Two:

10/28/2019 Here’s to Happy Endings Review
10/28/2019 Lilly’s Book World Review
10/29/2019 Kat’s Books Review
10/29/2019 Turning the Pages Review
10/30/2019 Smada’s Book Smack Review
10/30/2019 Book-Keeping Review
10/31/2019 A Gingerly Review Review
10/31/2019 Sometimes Leelynn Reads Review
11/1/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/1/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review

THE UPPERCASE Blog & Instagram Tour

About the Book:

Title: THE UPPERCASE

Author: Tara Lazar & Ross Macdonald (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: October 15, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 32

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he’s cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office.

Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that’s absurd. This is CAPITAL City!

Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it’s too late?!

Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the hit 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.

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About Tara:

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been.

Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books where anything is possible.

Her picture books available now are:

Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Her last name rhymes with “bazaar”—you can listen to Tara pronounce her name on TeachingBooks.net. She’s not Tara Laser-beam (although that would be awesome).

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE UPPERCASE, US Only.

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2996/?

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/14/2019 Twirling Book Princess Excerpt
10/14/2019 Jill’s Book Blog Review
10/15/2019 BookHounds YA Review
10/15/2019 Little Red Reads Excerpt
10/16/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
10/16/2019 Lisa-Queen of Random Spotlight
10/17/2019 Character Madness and Musings Spotlight
10/17/2019 Ficticiouswonderland Review
10/18/2019 The Try Everything / jenifer_reads Excerpt
10/18/2019 I Read Kid’s Books Journal / Ireadwhatuwrite Excerpt

Week Two:

10/21/2019 YA Book Nerd Review
10/21/2019 Wonder Struck Review
10/22/2019 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Review
10/22/2019 Two Chicks on Books Excerpt
10/23/2019 books are love Review
10/23/2019 Books a Plenty Book Reviews Review
10/24/2019 Savings in Seconds Review
10/24/2019 Lifestyle of Me Review
10/25/2019 two points of interest Review
10/25/2019 A Gingerly Review Review

Instagram Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/14/2019 Fictitious Fox Review
10/15/2019 Ficticiouswonderland Review
10/16/2019 BookHounds YA Review
10/17/2019 Character Madness and Musings Spotlight
10/18/2019 Savings in Seconds Review

Week Two:

10/21/2019 I Read Kid’s Books Journal / Ireadwhatuwrite Review
10/22/2019 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Review
10/23/2019 books are love Review
10/24/2019 Storiesandplottwists Review
10/25/2019 Little Red Reads Review

MY FOREVER PLUS-ONE Blog Tour

About the Book:

Title: MY FOREVER PLUS-ONE

Author: Shannyn Schroeder

Pub. Date: October 14, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (August)

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 200

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKobo

Evelyn is a woman who has everything–a successful career as a TV producer, and her best friend—sexy firefighter Owen Hanson—who looks mighty fine as her plus-one to awards dinners and backyard picnics. But something is missing and it’s not just the sex.

Owen Hanson is living the dream—a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at a youth center on the Southside and he’s got his best friend Evelyn—who knows him better than anyone. When Evelyn starts hinting about wanting something more, Owen panics.

Sex changes everything but taking their relationship to the next level surpasses even their wildest dreams. Until Evelyn’s ex-husband shows up and could make even the most perfect couple crash and burn…

Each book in the Daring Divorcees series is STANDALONE:

* One Night with a Millionaire

* My Best Friend’s Ex

* My Forever Plus-One

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About Shannyn:

Shannyn is an occasional English teacher, who also works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today. The 6-book O’Leary series has wrapped up, as well as 2 Hot & Nerdy new adult trilogies. She’s currently working on her next series.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

Shannyn is represented by Frances Black of Literary Counsel.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2997/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/14/2019 BookHounds  Interview
10/14/2019 Books_AndPoetrii Excerpt
10/15/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
10/15/2019 Nursebookie Review
10/16/2019 Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance Guest Post
10/16/2019 Two Chicks on Books Interview
10/17/2019 Becky on Books Review
10/17/2019 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Spotlight
10/18/2019 Cuz I’m a Nerd Excerpt
10/18/2019 A Gingerly Review Review