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

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. 

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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

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

Books Left Unread #191

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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:

You Owe Me A Murder by Elieen Cook

You Owe Me a Murder

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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GIRLS LIKE US Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: GIRLS LIKE US

Author: Randi Pink

Pub. Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: Feiwel Friends

Pages: 320

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Set in the summer of 1972, this moving YA historical novel is narrated by teen girls from different backgrounds with one thing in common: Each girl is dealing with pregnancy.

Four teenage girls. Four different stories. What they all have in common is that they’re dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

In rural Georgia, Izella is wise beyond her years, but burdened with the responsibility of her older sister, Ola, who has found out she’s pregnant. Their young neighbor, Missippi, is also pregnant, but doesn’t fully understand the extent of her predicament. When her father sends her to Chicago to give birth, she meets the final narrator, Susan, who is white and the daughter of an anti-choice senator.

Randi Pink masterfully weaves four lives into a larger story – as timely as ever – about a woman’s right to choose her future.

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Excerpt:

“Come here, you.” Mrs. Mac lifted her unsteady hand. Her hand reminded Ola of the screen door hanging on its hinges. “I’ll read you.”

Ola walked forward, intentionally ignoring the mess at her feet. She wanted to be read. She wanted to know if her and Walter’s picket fence would be white or red. She wanted to find out, once and for all, how many kids they’d have. She wanted to look into her beautiful future and know. She needed to know.

Ola looked at the old woman and smiled, she’d won. She was about to get read.

Mrs. Mac grabbed her hand tighter than Ola thought possible. She cried out in pain, but the old woman wouldn’t let go. The pain changed. It started as a simple squeeze, like when the nurse is taking blood pressure, and it turned into a heat like embers. Her hand burned so badly Ola felt tears streaming from the side of her eye. Just as quickly as she’d snatched her hand, the woman let go. It couldn’t have been more than a few seconds, but it felt like an hour.

Mrs. Mac stared wide eyed at the front of Ola’s neck. She squinted her blind eyes as if she was focusing in on a small bit of something near Ola’s Adam’s apple. “Lean in closer,” she said.

Ola leaned in a bit.

“Closer than that, you.”

She leaned in closer still.

Squinting at Ola’s neck, Mrs. Mac whispered, almost pitying, “You’ve got a heartbeat in your neck, gal.”

Izella leaped from her seated position and grasped her mouth in horror. But Ola had no idea what that meant. She grabbed her neck, thinking she’d been snake-bitten or rubbed too much into some poison oak. From the look on Izella’s face, it had to be bad. “What is it? What does that mean? What’s on me?”

“It ain’t what’s on you,” said Mrs. Mac. “It’s what’s in you. That garbageman already coming for you, child.”

Second Potential Excerpt- From Author’s Note

I grew up in the southern United States, and most of my elders were black women raised in the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. These women were champions to me, but their faces twisted with pain at the topic of backwoods abortion. They had known, or known of, someone who died in those backwoods, and the death of an unwed black girl didn’t make the evening news.

Back then, unmarried pregnant black girls sat at the bottom of the bottomless pit of judgment with zero hope of rising out of it. The lucky ones had at least one supportive family member to help them navigate their predicament, but most were tossed aside as soiled human beings. In a small town filled with such antagonism, a girl could get desperate. And at the core of desperation rests a dangerous lack of restraint, which, in many cases, came in the form of wire hangers, homemade concoctions, and female death.

There’s no way to know how many young women died in the backwoods, but regardless of political stance on the law itself, Roe v. Wade eliminated a fair amount of that death through safer options. I know this from the mouths of those who lived through it, many of whom are still living to tell the tale to anyone who cares to hear it.

One particular pregnant black girl who died in the backwoods inspired the writing of this novel. I will never reveal her name or the person who told me about her, but I’ve known her my whole life. Intangible her. The ghost of her, staring at the clear blue sky before dying in her mother’s arms a few hours later. The ripple her death created within her nuclear family and her neighborhood still exists today. And unbeknownst to any of them, that ripple eventually morphed into the tsunami inside me called Girls Like Us.

Still, I toiled whether to release this book. The concept lived in the notes of my iPhone for many years. And the original draft was an intentionally detached contemporary tale relating in no way to the girl who inspired it. Then, in the summer of 2018, the Supreme Court flipped, and I thought, Life is indeed a circle.

I scrapped the majority of what I’d written and rewrote the whole novel as historical fiction. The voices of my elders helped me along in writing this book, too many to name here. Today, the pendulum swings dangerously close to those backwoods. And if life is a circle, the string that holds the heavy weight of the law could snap under societal pressure. Leading so many choiceless girls back to 1972.

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About Randi:

A native and resident of Birmingham, AL, Randi Pink leverages her unique experience with her southern roots when she writes. Randi is a mother, a wife, a writer, an advocate, a fighter, a friend, and so much more. Through a platform of encouragement, advice, and love, Randi loves connecting with the community around her and her loyal community of readers.

Randi Pink is a proud student of University of Alabama at Birmingham’s creative writing program. In 2013, Randi gained her inspiration for her first novel when working on an assignment for a Children’s Literature course. Although it was originally titled “TOYA”, Randi’s first novel  “Into White” was published in 2016 and can be found on the shelves of Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Read more about this novel here.

After publishing her first novel, Randi started got right to work on her second novel, “Girls Like Us”. Inspired by the passing of shocking policies for abortion and other threats to women’s rights in her home state as well as her nation, Randi decided it was time to humanize the faces behind abortion. “Girls Like Us” will hit the shelves in October 2019.

Randi continues to write every day, from short stories that you can find in Randi’s Room to personal writings for herself and her close network. Randi can be found promoting her next book, in her garden, and soaking up family time with her favorite people.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a hardcover of GIRLS LIKE US, US only.

Rafflecopter Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba21012/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/28/2019 Geronimo Reads Excerpt
10/28/2019 Kait Plus Books Excerpt
10/29/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
10/29/2019 BookHounds YA Excerpt
10/30/2019 A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
10/30/2019 BookishRealmReviews Review
10/31/2019 Starlight Reads Review
10/31/2019 Not In Jersey Excerpt
11/1/2019 Cuz I’m a Nerd Review
11/1/2019 Odd and Bookish Review

Week Two:

11/4/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/4/2019 What A Nerd Girl Says Review
11/5/2019 Novel Novice Excerpt
11/5/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
11/6/2019 PopTheButterfly Reads Review
11/6/2019 Sometimes Leelynn Reads Review
11/7/2019 A Gingerly Review Review
11/7/2019 Here’s to Happy Endings Review
11/8/2019 The Pages In-Between Review
11/8/2019 Do You Dog-ear? Review

ARC Review: A Heart So Fierce and Broken

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)

**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

My honest reaction to this book is this: I LOVED IT. I devoured this book and was hungry for more. I adored the story from Grey and Lia Mara’s POV as I felt it added a depth and complexity to the overall story.

This book picked up exactly where the first book finished. Being taken back to the world of Enmberfall included nothing short of twisted games, lies, betrayal, secrets, and so much more felt. It was familiar and welcoming… but it also had claws so one couldn’t get too comfortable. Nothing was ever as it seemed. Grey’s journey was one of heart break and beauty. There were reveals around every corner, most I never saw coming. I felt more for him on a deeper level I didn’t know I could have for a character. When Lia Mara came into the story, I didn’t like her at first but she soon grew on me. Together, she and Grey were a ship for the ages.

The biggest thing I liked about this second book was the intense character development. This was a character driven story and I was here for it. All of the characters were very well flushed out, wonderfully complex, deeply flawed, and oh so realistic. It made me want the final book in the series that much more because I simply have to know how this ends. I’m salivating at the thought.

Can you tell I’m struggling to express my love for this book without giving anything away? I already know you want to read it … I’m here to let you know that you won’t be disappointed. Kemmer is a master at her craft and it shows. All of her books are outstanding and this is no exception. This book also does not suffer from Second Book Syndrome so buckle up because you are in for one heck of a ride.