THIS WON’T END WELL by Camille Poe Pagan – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

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The wait is over. Camille Pagan’s new novel, THIS WON’T END WELL (LakeUnionPublishing) has been published. Pagan who has written several bestsellers which tap into real people in real circumstances has zeroed in on another group of quirky characters that’ll entertain you from page one until the ending.

Who is she to mind her own business?

No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space, too—from everyone.

Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?

Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears – and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?

CAMILLE’S WORDS:

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I’ve been telling stories as long as I’ve been able to hold a pen, but I didn’t write a novel until about ten years ago. A dear friend was battling terminal cancer and I’d just had my first child; I guess you could say life’s big questions were on my mind. I began writing at night after my daughter went to bed, and after many tough but exhilarating months, completed the draft that would become my debut, The Art of ForgettingThe experience changed me—even before I typed “The End,” I knew I wanted to do it again (and again and again).

Still, it took me several years to write another novel that made it to print. A cross-country move, the birth of my son, and a heavy dose of second book self-doubt had me ready to throw in the towel. Then I sat down and began working on a story just for myself, which put the joy back in my writing. Less than a year after handing that book, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences, to my agent, it became the #1 all-category Kindle bestseller and remained there for more than three of the first four weeks after its publication. Life was optioned for film by Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films.

My next novel, Forever is the Worst Long Time, was an RT Reviews Top Pick and an Amazon, InStyle, and Real Simple best book of the month. Booklist called my fourth book, Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties, “fun and engaging,” while Bookreporter said it was “filled with life’s wisdoms.” In 2019, my fifth novel,  I’m Fine and Neither Are You, was an Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestseller. My sixth novel, This Won’t End Well, will be published on February 25, 2020.

It took a few books for me to realize my fiction focuses on love, loss, and making the most of this wonderfully messy life. I write to figure out how I feel about the world—and to connect with others thinking about the same things. Nothing makes me happier than hearing from a reader who says, “Your novel helped me through a tough time,” or “That’s exactly how I felt.”

I tell true stories, too; I’m also a journalist specializing in health. (You might have seen my articles in The New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, ParadeTime, or WebMD.) I’ve been on staff at several publications and websites, and most recently served as the health editor at Real Simple magazine.

When I’m not at my computer, you’ll find me with my nose in a book, running after my two kids and our nutty dog, or planning my next trip (most likely to Puerto Rico, where my husband was born and raised). After nearly a decade in Brooklyn and a stint in Chicago, my family and I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Drop me a line or connect with me on Facebook or Instagram; I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you’re the type that minds her own business or kind of has an interest in everyone else’s? No judgement! We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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GREENWOOD by Michael Christie – Spotlight & Giveaway

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Named one of CBC’s best books of 2019
« Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize »

From the award-winning author, Michael Christie comes a propulsive, multigenerational family sage. GREENWOOD charts a family’s rise and fall and its secrets and crimes.

In 2038, scientist Jake Greenwood is working as an overqualified tour guide to ultra-rich eco-tourists in one of the world’s last remaining forests. As the rest of humanity chokes on the dust storms that follow the environmental collapse known as the Great Withering, Jake finds temporary refuge on Greenwood Island, a place whose connection to her own family name she had thought just a coincidence — until someone from her past reappears with a journal that might give Jake the family story she’s long craved. As we move backward in time from the Great Withering to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and then forward into the future again, we meet an injured carpenter facing the possibility of his own death, an eco-warrior trying to atone for the sins of her father’s rapacious timber empire, a blind tycoon with a secret he will pay a terrible price to protect, and a Depression-era drifter who saves an abandoned infant from certain death, only to find himself the subject of a country-wide manhunt. At the very centre of the book is a tragedy that will bind the fates of two boys together, setting in motion events whose reverberations will be felt for over a century.

A magnificent novel of inheritance, sacrifice, nature, and love that takes its structure from the nested growth rings of a tree, Greenwood spans generations to tell the story of a family living and dying in the shadows cast by its own secrets. Christie reveals the tangled knot of lies, omissions, and half-truths that exists at the root of every family’s origin story.

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MICHAEL CHRISTIE is the author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Kirkus Prize, was selected as a New York Times Editors’ Choice Pick, and was on numerous best-of 2015 lists. His linked collection of stories, The Beggar’s Garden, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Prize for Fiction, and won the Vancouver Book Award. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe & Mail.

Greenwood, his most recent novel, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Rights have been sold in seven countries.

A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria, British Columbia, and Galiano Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons in a timber frame house that he built himself.

http://www.michaelchristie.net

Thanks to Hogarth/PenguinRandomHouse, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think life will be like in 2038. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES by Kerri Maher – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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The fairytale story of Princess Grace’s life is magical. Even if you’re not a fan of Grace, you have to be amazed at her life. Kerri Maher’s new novel, THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES(Berkley) takes us behind the gilded gates of Monaco.

A life in snapshots… 

Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.

A woman in living color…

But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.

Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks–her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.

 

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KERRI’S WORDS

I live outside of Boston, MA, with my daughter and labradoodle (whose adventures I sometimes post on Instagram, along with many other writing themed posts).

I am the author of THE KENNEDY DEBUTANTE and THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES, both of which you can see here. I am working on a novel called THE PARIS BOOKSELLER, about Sylvia Beach’s bookstore Shakespeare & Company, which was *the* Paris bookshop and meeting spot for the American Lost Generation. Beach was also the first to publish James Joyce’s ULYSSES, after it and been banned in New York in 1921 – it’s a great story!

I’m also the author of THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL, under the name Kerri Majors – it’s an advice-y memoir for young people who might want to be writers, or live a creative life and it’s full of commiseration and practical tips.

What seems like another lifetime ago, I was a professor of writing, and the founder of the award-winning literary journal YARN. I also have an MFA from Columbia University.

Thanks to Goodreads and Berkley, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts about Princess Grace. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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LAST DAY by Luanne Rice – SPOTLIGHT & Giveaway

From celebrated New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice comes a riveting story of a seaside community shaken by a violent crime and a tragic loss. 

In LAST DAY (Thomas&Mercer) years ago, Beth Lathrop and her sister Kate suffered what they thought would be the worst tragedy of their lives the night both the famous painting Moonlight and their mother were taken. The detective assigned to the case, Conor Reid, swore to protect the sisters from then on.

Beth moved on, throwing herself fully into the art world, running the family gallery, and raising a beautiful daughter with her husband Pete. Kate, instead, retreated into herself and took to the skies as a pilot, always on the run. When Beth is found strangled in her home, and Moonlight goes missing again, Detective Reid can’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu.

Reid immediately suspects Beth’s husband, whose affair is a poorly kept secret. He has an airtight alibi—but he also has a motive, and the evidence seems to point to him. Kate and Reid, along with the sisters’ closest childhood friends, struggle to make sense of Beth’s death, but they only find more questions: Who else would have wanted Beth dead? What’s the significance of Moonlight?

Twenty years ago, Reid vowed to protect Beth and Kate—and he’s failed. Now solving the case is turning into an obsession . . .

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

About Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, which have been translated into 24 languages. The author of Last Day, Dream Country, Beach Girls, Pretend She’s Here and others, Rice often writes about love, family, nature, and the sea. She received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in the Literary Arts category.

Several of Rice’s novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for Lifetime. Rice’s four cats are her muses, and she speaks their language. She lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Connect with Luanne

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Thank to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the most compelling novel you’ve read so far this year. Winner will be announced soon. Good luck.

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ONE MINUTE OUT by Mark Greaney – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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A SPECIAL-OPS THRILLER TO OUT THRILL OTHER SPECIAL-OPS THRILLERS!

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If you love Jason Bourne and Jack Ryan, you’re going to love Courtland “Court” Gentry a.k.a. THE GRAY MAN in Mark Greaney’s new novel, ONE MINUTE OUT(Berkley)! This new thriller takes off like a banchee and doesn’t let up until 493 action-packed pages later! I started it and kept reading all the way through. By now, you know my obsession with all things spy thriller, government spooks and international intrigue.

THE GRAY MAN has scene some horrific things in his career as a covert agency assassin, but nothing prepares him when he stumbles upon an international human trafficking ring! He’s in Bosnia to take out one of the Balkan War left-over criminals and ends up in a room filled with woman and children getting prepared to be sold! This new op will take him through Europe all the way up into the Hollywood Hills.

There are so many layers to Court Gentry. The guy is an assassin, but one you ‘re going to root for as he exposes some of the most evil people on this planet.  Greaney’s character, “Court” walks a fine moral balancing act. The sad thing about this novel is that human trafficking is real and it’s happening in this world. It’s the third largest money making business after drugs and counterfeiting. I had to wonder how this can be, but I realize that evil has no limits. In addition to being an amazing novel, Mark Greaney highlights one of the worst crimes in this world. And if you think, the USA is immune to this scourge, think again.

A feature film adaptation of THE GRAY MAN is in development at Sony Pictures. It can’t be produced fast enough.

Mark Greaney’s debut international thriller, THE GRAY MAN, was published in 2009 and became a national bestseller and a highly sought-after Hollywood property.

Seven subsequent Gray Man novels have been released to date, including MISSION CRITICAL.

Mark is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of seven Tom Clancy novels, including his most recent TOM CLANCY TRUE FAITH AND ALLEGIANCE. He collaborated with Tom Clancy on three Jack Ryan novels before Tom’s death in 2013.

On July 16th, 2019, RED METAL, a military thriller written by Mark Greaney and Lt Col Hunter R. Rawlings, USMC, was an instant New York Times bestseller.

Mark’s books are published in several languages and are also available as audiobooks.

Mark has a degree in International Relations and Political Science. In his research for the Gray Man and Jack Ryan novels he has traveled to dozens of countries, visited the Pentagon, military bases, and many Washington, D.C. Intelligence agencies, and trained alongside military and law enforcement in the use of firearms, battlefield medicine, and close-range combative tactics.

Mark lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his two Catahoula Leopard dogs, Lobo and Ziggy.

http://www.markgreaneybooks.com

Thanks to Berkley we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you LOVE about special-ops thrillers… I like the whole good versus evil government angle thing. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James – Spotlight & Giveaway

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Something’s not quite right at THE SUN DOWN MOTEL (Berkley) in the tiny town of Fell, New York. Prepare to be scare, frightened, freaked-out by Simone St. James’ new psychological thriller which lives up to all the hype! It’s friggin’ amazin.’

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

simoneAfter years of writing and collecting rejections, Simone St. James’ debut novel, THE HAUNTING OF MADDY CLARE, won two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. AN INQUIRY INTO LOVE AND DEATH was nominated for another Arthur Ellis Award, and SILENCE FOR THE DEAD was shortlisted for a Goodreads Choice Award.

Simone spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives just outside Toronto, Canada, with her husband and a spoiled rescue cat. She is addicted to sushi, old 1970’s gothic novels, rainy days, coffee, and My Favorite Murder. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and Pinterest (though not all at once).  

http://www.simonestjames.com

Thanks to Berkley we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite story about some place haunted. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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DEATH IS BUT A DREAM by Dr. Christopher Kerr – Spotlight & Giveaway

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There are times, when I read something so profound I’m really unable to get my head around the right words to write. Such is the case with DEATH IS BUT A DREAM (Avery). It’s a collection of stories of dying patients telling their stories about their impending deaths. Far be it for me to sum up such delicate thoughts and points of views. Dr. Christopher Kerr says this book “arose from the bedsides of patients whose words awed, inspired and enlightened me (Dr. Kerr).”

Here’s a summary: Courtesy: AVERY PenguinRandomHouse

“Christopher Kerr is a hospice doctor. All of his patients die. Yet he has tended to thousands of patients who, in the face of death, speak of love, meaning and grace. They reveal that there is hope beyond cure as they transition to focus on personal meaning. In this extraordinary and beautiful book, Dr. Kerr shares his patients’ stories and his own research pointing to death as not purely the end of life, but as a final passage of humanity and transcendence.

Drawing on interviews with over 1,200 patients and more than a decade of quantified data , Dr. Kerr reveals why pre-death dreams and visions are remarkable events that bring comfort and exemplify human resilience. These are not regular dreams. Described as “more real than real,” they frequently include loved ones long gone and mark the transition from distress to acceptance. These end-of-life experiences help patients restore meaning, make sense of the dying process and assist in reclaiming it as an experience in which they have a say. They also benefit the bereaved who get relief from seeing their loved ones pass with a sense of calm closure.

Beautifully written with astonishing stories, this book, at its heart, celebrates the power to reclaim how we die, while soothing the bereaved who witness their loved ones go with unqualified grace.”

My thought: These are not sad stories, but celebrations of life.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just share your thoughts about death. I believe it shouldn’t be fear guiding us toward our last days, but it’s an incredibly sacred individual experience.

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