GIRL GONE MAD by Avery Bishop – ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

They say everything is fun and games until someone gets hurt. Well, someone did—and now the game has changed…

In Avery Bishop’s novel GIRL GONE MAD (LakeUnionPublishing), sticks and stones may break your bones, but the Harpies are about to find out just how much words can hurt you.

Emily Bennett works as a therapist in Pennsylvania, helping children overcome their troubled pasts—even as she struggles to forget her own. Once upon a time, Emily was part of a middle school clique called the Harpies—six popular girls who bullied the new girl to her breaking point.

The Harpies took a blood oath: never tell a soul what they did to Grace Farmer.

Now, fourteen years later, it seems karma has caught up to them when one member of that vicious circle commits suicide. But when a second Harpy is discovered dead shortly after, also from apparent suicide, the deaths start to look suspicious. And when Emily starts seeing a woman who looks a lot like Grace Farmer lurking in the shadows, she’s forced to wonder: Is Grace back for revenge? Or is Emily’s guilt driving her mad?

Avery Bishop is the pseudonym for a USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your plans for Labor Day! We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW by Bianca Sloane ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

The next time your doorbell rings, will you answer it?

From the author of “Killing Me Softly” comes a terrifying thriller that will make you think twice before you open the front door… Bianca Sloane creates plots you never see coming in her new novel, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW.

It’s Saturday morning. April Fool’s Day to be exact. Malcolm Gilbert is on his way to play golf. His wife, Blair, is headed to the hair salon.

That’s the plan anyway.

Then the doorbell rings.

And their nightmare begins.

For the next forty-eight hours, the Gilberts are at the mercy of sadists who unleash a seemingly unending campaign of terror against them.

But the question isn’t who would attack the Gilberts.

The question is why . . .

Sloane creates complex characters within multi-layered plots that will have you flipping pages to the very end. This is my first Bianca Sloane novel, but it certainly won’t be my last. It was based on a premise too real for any of us. Keep the bolt on your door and ALWAYS look through the peep hold! I plan on going back and reading her back list.

Bianca Sloane is the author of the suspense novels, “Killing Me Softly” (previously published as “Live and Let Die”) chosen as “Thriller of the Month” (May 2013) by e-thriller.com and a “2013 Top Read” by OOSA Online Book Club and “Sweet Little Lies.” When she’s not writing, she’s watching Bravo TV, Investigation Discovery, reading or cooking. Sloane resides in Chicago.

http://www.biancasloane.com

Thanks to Kate Rocks Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what novel you’re looking forward to reading this fall. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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DREAM BIG, STELLA! by Ashley Farley ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

It’s a very exciting time when Ashley Farley publishes a new novel. Now she’s out with the first book DREAM BIG, STELLA! in her new three part Hope Springs series. Get ready to meet all kinds of new people, the kind of people you want to know.

When a young woman summons the courage to take a chance on life, she discovers the career and man of her dreams.

Stella Boor’s biological father is a nameless, faceless sperm donor. At least, that’s what her parents have led her to believe. Imagine her surprise when she learns he’s none other than rock legend Billy Jameson, and that Billy has died and left Stella a historic inn on a sprawling farm in the mountains of Virginia. A city girl at heart, Stella can’t imagine living anywhere but New York. Her first inclination is to sell the property. But the terms of Billy’s will stipulate she manages the inn for three years before putting it on the market.

When she sees the dilapidated state of the inn, Stella realizes she’s in over her head. But the more she learns about the fascinating Jameson family, the more she wants to know. Why did her mother keep Billy Jameson a secret? Were her biological parents in a relationship, or was she the result of a one-night stand? And why did her father wait until after his death to bring Stella to Virginia?

I climbed upon a chair with a cuppa and enjoyed this first part in the new Hope Springs series. I got to know characters and a place I’d very much like to visit. I felt like Ashley’s message in DREAM BIG, STELLA! was to dream big, Cindy. Never let anything sideline you on your journey and be willing to take chances.

ASHLEY’S WORDS:

I’m delighted you’ve found your way here. I’m the author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters Series. I’m also an amateur photographer, exercise junkie, wife of twenty-nine years, and mother of two young adult children. I write books about women for women. My characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. My goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. I’ve done my job if my story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word. I hope you’ll settle in and stay awhile. There’s plenty to explore on my website including a wealth of information about my characters as well as my writing journey.

http://www.ashleyfarley.com

Thanks to Kate Rocks Tours, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your favorite family drama that you’ve ready. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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ALL ADULTS HERE by Emma Straub – ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

I first fell in love with writer, Emma Straub’s writing in her novel, THE VACATIONERS. Now she’s back with an equally smart and funny novel called ALL ADULTS HERE(RiverheadBooks).

When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she’d been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence?

Astrid’s youngest son is drifting and unfocused, making parenting mistakes of his own. Her daughter is pregnant yet struggling to give up her own adolescence. And her eldest seems to measure his adult life according to standards no one else shares. But who gets to decide, so many years later, which long-ago lapses were the ones that mattered? Who decides which apologies really count? It might be that only Astrid’s thirteen-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.

In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

Emma Straub is the New York Times-bestselling author of three other novels The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her books have been published in twenty countries. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, New York.

http://www.emmastraub.net

We have one copy to give away. Tell us about your favorite vacation. We’ll announce a winner. Good luck.

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THE BOOK of CAROLSUE by Lynne Hugo – ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED**

Sisters being best friends and becoming enemies is always fertile ground for a juicy novel. Award-winning author Lynne Hugo returns with a story, THE BOOK of CAROLSUE brimming with both wit and warmth about how a family gets on . . . and goes on.
 
CarolSue and her sister, Louisa, are best friends, but haven’t had much in common since CarolSue married Charlie, moved to Atlanta, and swapped shoes covered with Indiana farm dust for pedicures and afternoon bridge. Louisa, meanwhile, loves her farm and animals as deeply as she’d loved Harold, her late husband of forty years.
 
Charlie’s sudden death leaves CarolSue so adrift that she surrenders to Louisa’s plan for her to move back home. But canning vegetables and feeding chickens are alien to CarolSue, and she resolves to return to Atlanta—until Louisa’s son, Reverend Gary, arrives with an abandoned infant and a dubious story. He begs the women to look after the baby while he locates the mother—a young immigrant who fears deportation.
 
Keeping his own secrets, Gary enlists the aid of the sheriff, Gus, in the search. But CarolSue’s bond with the baby is undeniable, and she forms an unconventional secret plan of her own. How many mistakes can be redeemed?

Lynne Hugo is an award-winning novelist, poet, and memoirist. Her 2014 novel, A Matter of Mercy, won an Independent Publisher silver medal for best regional fiction. 

http://www.lynnhugo.com

Lynn is the author of several novels. Thanks to suzy approved tours we have one to giveaway. Just tell us which is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE LAST to KNOW by Jo Furniss – * GIVEAWAY CLOSED*

Author Jo Furniss is out with a new novel, THE LAST TO KNOW (LakeUnionPublishing) that digs into a family’s secrets. A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting and emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of All the Little Children. Don’t expect this to be a quick page turner. This is a novel you will spend some lovely time with.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, and the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore and present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House twenty years ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past.

When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

In THE LAST TO KNOW, Jo once again creates real characters. People we get to know. I enjoyed the very atmospheric, English countryside she brought me to and the elements of suspenseful Gothic Horror.

After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller and one of the Top 50 Kindle titles of 2017. Her second novel, The Trailing Spouse, was released a year later. The Last to Know is out in August 2020.

Thanks to Kate Rocks Reviews we have one kindle copy to giveaway. Please tell us your favorite book you’ve read so far this summer. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE LAST STORY of MINA LEE by Nancy Jooyoun Kim **SPOTLIGHT **

In Nancy Jooyong Kim’s debut novel, THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE (ParkRow/Harlequin) Margot Lee’s mother, Mina, isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown, LA, and finds that her mother has suspiciously died. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the tenuous invisible strings that held together her single mother’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.

Interwoven with Margot’s present-day search is Mina’s story of her first year in Los Angeles as she navigates the promises and perils of the American myth of reinvention. While she’s barely earning a living by stocking shelves at a Korean grocery store, the last thing Mina ever expects is to fall in love. But that love story sets in motion a series of events that have consequences for years to come, leading up to the truth of what happened the night of her death.

Told through the intimate lens of a mother and daughter who have struggled all their lives to understand each other, The Last Story of Mina Lee is a powerful and exquisitely woven debut novel that explores identity, family, secrets, and what it truly means to belong.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nancy Jooyoun Kim is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Washington, Seattle. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, NPR/PRI’s Selected Shorts, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, The Offing, and elsewhere.

http://www.nancyjooyounkim.com

THE LAST STORY OF MINA LEE will be published September 1st.

ACT of MURDER by John Bishop, MD ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

Author John Bishop has written an entire three-part mystery series around Doc Brady.

Doc Brady became an orthopedic surgeon to avoid being surrounded by death. But now it’s everywhere around him.

One spring day in 1994 Houston, Dr. Jim Bob Brady witnesses his neighbor’s ten-year-old son killed by a hit-and-run driver. An accident, or an act of murder? After the death, Brady enlists the help of his twenty-year-old son J. J. and his wife Mary Louise in chasing down clues that take them deeper and deeper into a Houston he never imagined existed. In the process, they discover a macabre conspiracy stretching from the ivory towers of the largest teaching hospital in Texas, to the upper reaches of Houston’s legal community, to the shores of Galveston.

Doc Brady soon realizes that the old adage remains true: The love of money is the root of all evil.

About the Author: 
John Bishop M.D.
 practiced orthopedic surgery in Houston, Texas, for 30 years. An avid golfer and accomplished piano player, Bishop is honored to have once served as the keyboard player for the rhythm and blues band Bert Wills and the Crying Shames. The Doc Brady medical thriller series is set in the changing environment of medicine in the 1990s. Drawing on his years of experience as a practicing surgeon, Bishop entertains readers using his unique insights into the medical world with all its challenges, intricacies, and complexities, while at the same time revealing the compassion and dedication of health care professionals. Dr. Bishop and his wife, Joan, reside in the Texas Hill Country. 

Thanks to FSB Associates we have copies of part one and the newly released part two of the series. Just tell us your favorite thriller that you read recently. We’ll announce a winner. Good luck.

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LINDA W wins IN SERVICE TO LOVE

MELISSA wins THE VANISHING HALF

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CLEO McDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING by Allison Winn Scotch ** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

It’s always exciting when bestselling author, Allison Winn Scotch comes out with a new novel. CLEO McDOUGAL REGRETS NOTHING (LakeUnionPublishing) comes at a great time. Do you see any Kamala in her?

Politics is a test of wills in a sharp, funny, and emotional novel about truth and consequences by the New York Times bestselling author.

Cleo McDougal is a born politician. From congresswoman to senator, the magnetic, ambitious single mother now has her eye on the White House—always looking forward, never back. Until an estranged childhood friend shreds her in an op-ed hit piece gone viral.

With seven words—“Cleo McDougal is not a good person”—the presidential hopeful has gone from in control to damage control, and not just in Washington but in life.

Enter Cleo’s “regrets list” of 233 and counting. Her chief of staff has a brilliant idea: pick the top ten, make amends during a media blitz, and repair her reputation. But there are regrets, and there are regrets: like her broken relationship with her sister, her affair with a law school professor…and the regret too big to even say out loud.

But with risk comes reward, and as Cleo makes both peace and amends with her past, she becomes more empowered than ever to tackle her career, confront the hypocrites out to destroy her, and open her heart to what matters most—one regret at a time.

ALLISON’S WORDS:

A little about me…

I had a perfectly normal, wonderful childhood spent in Charlottesville, Virginia and then later, Seattle, where I had a funny slightly-Southern drawl but otherwise found my calling among all the flannel and the grey skies. My mom was a teacher who encouraged us to read a lot (and used to send vocab words in the mail to camp over the summer), so I suppose the seeds of literature, coupled with an active imagination (hello, I could have SO been an actress) led me to one day believe that I could write fiction.

While earning my keep as a freelance magazine writer (all of those “10 Ways to a Better Life” articles you read? I wrote them on every subject, as well as had the good fortune to write hundreds of celebrity profiles, which I genuinely adored and met some amazing and talented people), I tucked away pockets of time toward a novel. Which, four years later, I finally finished. It was terrible. But I wrote another one that proved less so, and now, a decade later, I’m seven books deep.

Other Tidbits

I graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Honors History and Concentration in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business.

When I’m not planted in front of the computer (go ahead: send me a note!), I’m hiking, running, doing yoga, reading, listening to music, negotiating with my teenagers, or hanging out with my family and our pooches, Pele and Mr. Peanut.

http://www.allisonscotch.com

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing we have a copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think about the upcoming 2020 election. All opinions are appreciated. We’ll annunce w inner soon. Good luck.

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