THE LAST SWORD MAKER by Brian Nelson – Spotlight & Giveaway

In the high mountains of Tibet, rumors are spreading. People whisper of an outbreak, of thousands of dead, of bodies pushed into mass graves. It is some strange new disease … a disease, they say, that can kill in minutes.

The Chinese government says the rumors aren’t true, but no one is allowed in or out of Tibet.

At the Pentagon, Admiral James Curtiss is called to an emergency meeting. Satellite images prove that a massive genocide is underway, and an American spy has made a startling discovery. This is no disease. It’s a weapons test. Chinese scientists have developed a way to kill based on a person’s genetic traits. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. The success of their new weapon proves that the Chinese are nearing “Replication”—a revolutionary breakthrough that will tip the global balance of power and change the way wars are waged.

Now the US must scramble to catch up before it is too late. Admiral Curtiss gathers the nation’s top scientists, including a promising young graduate student named Eric Hill who just might hold the missing piece to the replication puzzle. Soon Hill and his colleague Jane Hunter are caught up in a deadly game of sabotage as the two nations strive to be the first to reach the coveted goal. But in their headlong race, they create something unexpected … something the world has never seen and something more powerful than they had ever imagined.

The Last Sword Maker is an exciting globe-trotting thriller with unforgettable characters that depicts a haunting vision of the future of warfare.

This is book number 1 in THE COURSE of EMPIRE SERIES. Keep your eyes open for part two coming soon.

BRIAN NELSON is a former Fulbright Scholar who holds degrees in international relations, economics, and creative writing (fiction). His first book, The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chávez and the Making of Modern Venezuela, was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by The Economist. His work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Southern Humanities Review, among others. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two children.


Thanks to FSB Associates we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about political thrillers. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love?

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are back with another sure to be bestseller… HOW TO SAVE A LIFE (LakeUnionPublishing).

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

I enjoyed the premise of HOW TO SAVE A LIFE. Liz and Lisa did it again by writing a book I, along with most readers will find satisfying.

Liz and Lisa did it again by writing a book I, along with most readers will find satisfying. I enjoyed the premise of HOW TO SAVE A LIFE. It was interesting to see how Liz and Lisa once again navigated their magical roots. I was happy to see them leave thrillers behind. I see reviewers compared it, or said it was similar to GROUNDHOG DAY. I’ll have to trust them on that one.

Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years. They are the co-authors of seven novels, including the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us how you’re keeping busy during theme abnormal times. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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SUMMER of SECOND CHANCES by Andrea Hurst – Spotlight & E-giveaway

Andrea Hurst’s novel, SUMMER OF SECOND CHANCES is a perfect book to curl up with during a summer day. Picture yourself on the porch featured on the cover of the book, with your four legged furry friend and you’re all set. I’m sure I can say this for all dog owners, our pets add so much to our lives and we learn about loving and caring.

Shelby, at sweet sixteen, finds herself without friends, a place to call home, and still waiting for her first kiss. At the mercy of yet another move, she’s left to spend the summer with her grandmother at Moonwater Lake. Theo, a widowed, elderly man in town suggests she start a dog-walking business. Sometimes all it takes is one bright idea and an abundance of dogs to bond two unlikely friends and show them that dreams can still come true.

Theo is grieving the precious memories of his fifty-year marriage. If not for his aging beagle, Wally, he wouldn’t have a reason to get out of bed in the morning, much less go for walks. Theo is pleasantly surprised by his awakened feelings of hope, after crossing paths with Shelby and her grandmother.

It’s turning out to be a summer of many things; a summer of healing and starting over. A summer of friendship and unconditional love that will remind Shelby, Theo, and the town of Moonwater Lake that it’s never too late for second chances.

Sweet book to read that’ll warm your heart. Readers are engaged with some nice people and of of course, the stars of the story, the lovely dogs.

When not visiting local farmer’s markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea enjoys writing stories dealing with friendship, family, and the power of love. She writes hopeful books in charming settings that take readers on uplifting journeys and leaves them with lasting impressions. She lives with her rescue poodle, Ellie, near Raleigh, North Carolina.

Her published books include THE GUESTBOOK, TEA & COMFORT, ISLAND THYME CAFE, MADRONA ISLAND B&B, CHRISTMAS ON MADRONA ISLAND and ALWAYS WITH YOU. Her nonfiction books include The Lazy Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody’s Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles with Dr. Bernie Siegel.

To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit

Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours we have one e-copy to giveaway. Just tell how you’ve been enjoying summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

THE EYE INSIDE: A Red Notebook Mystery #2 by J.D. Rohm – Spotlight & Giveaway


In JD Rohm’s novel, THE EYE INSIDE, fresh from her career-changing case in The Glass Curtain, which won MARQUESA JESUS PIAZZA, known as Mach, the trust of Dr. MATTHEW ROWAN and Sergeant MIL URQUIA, Mach is now firmly embedded as a New York City crime reporter in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the NYPD.

Many of the characters from the first novel, including editor SCOTT SCREEN and Mach’s beloved Jack Russell Terrier KITTY, appear in The Eye Inside. And some new characters are introduced, most notably an adversarial member of the police force, KLANDAGI MORRISON, a love interest/FBI cryptologist, DR. RODNEY HARGRAVE, and a smooth forensic accountant, THEO COSTAS. New York City and references to Sherlock Holmes season the novel’s setting.In the last lines of The Glass Curtain, Mach and Mil are called to investigate a crime scene in which a young woman is found murdered on the campus of Columbia University during the winter break. The Eye Inside picks up quickly from this point, and the crime shares elements of two prior murders (unsolved) of women in Southern California.

All clues point to a serial murderer, assigned the moniker The Third Eyelid Killer, due to a photograph he sends the police of the mysterious translucent third eyelid found in certain animals, including canines. GLORIA YAP, Kitty’s dog walker, is called in to help decipher the canine clues throughout.Mach and Scott’s paper is under siege by ERIC “TAI-PAN” RATHBOURNE, a Hong Kong media tycoon and corporate raider. This crisis creates tension in the office and requires Mach’s energy to be divided between doing her job, navigating romantic waters, and helping Scott save the paper.A new layer of Mach is revealed.

As she embraces the excitement of her reawakened career, she revisits the sacrifices she made to get there—namely romance, love, children, and friendship. She steps up her tendency to make poor choices in men—i.e. her boss, her source, and her colleague—underscoring that no matter how smart and savvy she is, she sabotages her own happiness because of her ingrained interpretation of her feminist upbringing.

The pursuit of the killer uncovers an animal lab that experiments with canine DNA, and a money-laundering scheme that seems to be at the heart of the murders. With the help of the other characters, Mach and Mil uncover who the murderer is and why the young victim and others were targeted by the unexpected culprit. And Mach believes she has found love at last.

This is part two in a series, but you can read it without reading the first novel.

The Type of Writer I Want To Be The term “social portraiture” turned up in something I read recently and it has stayed in my mind ever since.  I think of Tom Wolfe, for example, and his Bonfire of the Vanities.  What is most fascinating to me is human behavior in the context of our society. I guess I always felt that way…

Thanks to JD we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re looking forward to reading this summer. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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WINTER of the WOLF by Martha Hunt Handler – Spotlight & Giveaway

Winter of the Wolf is a tragic mystery blending sleuthing and spirituality.

An exploration in grief, suicide, spiritualism, and Inuit culture, Winter of the Wolf, follows Bean, an empathic and spiritually evolved fifteen-year-old, who is determined to unravel the mystery of her brother Sam’s death. Though all evidence points to a suicide, her heart and intuition compel her to dig deeper. With help from her friend Julie, they retrace Sam’s steps, delve into his Inuit beliefs, and reconnect with their spiritual beliefs to uncover clues beyond material understanding.

All book sales proceeds received by the author will go to the Wolf Conservation Center (

Thanks to Martha we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about your relationship with the environment. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale – Spotlight & Giveaway

Kerry Lonsdale’s new novel, SIDE TRIP (LakeUnionPublishing) takes us on a road trip of love, life and loss along Route 66.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A stand-alone which won’t disappoint Lonsdale’s fan …. maybe bring some new ones into the flock. Sit down, pour a glass of chilled savignon blanc and have a fun read.

Kerry is a Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Amazon Charts, and #1 Kindle bestselling author. She’s also one of the top 100 Kindle authors of all time according to EBook Friendly. She’s not sure how they came up with that list, but she’s on it. Go figure.

Kerry writes standalone and series based emotionally charged domestic drama that readers have described as “unputdownable” and “intricately plotted.” Summer afternoon soaps, nighttime thriller dramas, and the deliciously scandalous novels she kept hidden in her school backpack under a smashed half-eaten pb&j, fueled her bold imagination. She’s been constructing tales since she could wield a #2 stick of lead. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, her stories appeal to a wide, international audience and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She’s obsessed with the covers of her foreign editions and celebrates them on #TranslationThursday on her Facebook page.

Co-founder of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Kerry resides in Northern California with her husband and teen kids where she spends her mornings writing and afternoons herding cats, literally. Scroll down. The cats are probably in her Instagram feed. Her mind is twisted, but her heart is bright, and she loves her readers, so she created the perfect spot to hang out: the Tiki Lounge. She’d love for you to join her there.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your most favorite road trip book. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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NOT LIKE THE MOVIES by Kerry Winfrey – Spotlight

Kerry Winfrey follows up her super successful rom-com WAITING FOR TOME HANKS with NOT LIKE IN THE MOVIES (Berkley).

What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who’s always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.

Kerry Winfrey is the author of WAITING FOR TOM HANKS, a romantic comedy from Berkley. The companion novel, NOT LIKE THE MOVIES, will be out today. She’s also the author of the YA novels LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES and THINGS JOLIE NEEDS TO DO BEFORE SHE BITES IT, both from Feiwel and Friends. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely baking a pie or watching far, far too many romantic comedies. She lives with her husband, son, and dog in the middle of Ohio.


Want to know more? Here are some interviews where I (yes, it was me writing in third person up there! Weird!) talk about writing, romantic comedies, and more:
Jordz the Bibliophile
Author Stalker
Kayla Dean



HAPPY 4th of July!

We have something special today. Book suggestions from preschool to middle grade. I thought this might be something fun for parents, grandparents, everyone with a little one in their life to check out. There’s no specific order or message to be had from this list. I just thought you might like it.


Children just developing sense of humor will appreciate. Complete with cupcake poops and random burps.

AGE: preschool – 3 years old, Publisher: Little Brown


A silly book for silly people. Everyone is unique and can be celebrated!

AGE: Preschool, Publisher: Scholastic


Quirky and relatable characters experience an avalanche of situations.

AGE: Grades 3 – 7 , Publisher: Random House


Explores internal life of a young girl going through both ordinary and strange trials in a way that tells readers they are not alone.

AGE: Grades 3 – 7, Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

SQUIRM by Carl Hiiasen

Wickedly funny, slightly subversive tale of snakes, grizzlies, a missing dad and a menacing drone.

AGE: 10 years old and up, Publisher: Yearling

I AM ENOUGH by Grace Byers

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

AGE: 4 – 8 years old, Publisher: Harper Collins


Four lucky boys and girls are about to go inside a spectacular building on a scavenger hunt that takes them through larger than life action games.

AGE: 8 – 12 years old, Publisher: Random House Young Readers

GUTS by Raina Telegemier

A story that normalizes therapy and shows child-developing coping skills that will inspire readers.

AGE: 8 – 12 years old, Publisher: Graphix


Celebrate dreams, acceptance and love parents have for their children.

AGE: 3 – 7 years old, Publisher: Random House

LOVE MONSTER by Rachel Bright

It’s hard to fit in when you’re different. Love Monster sets off to find someone who will love him for the way he is.

AGE: 3 – 7 years old, Publisher: Farrar Strauss & Groux


Sweet and simple board book that offers a declaration of unwavering love from mom to her wonderful child.

AGE: Baby – 5 years old, Publisher: Little Simon, Simon & Schuster

HAIR LOVE by Matthew A. Cherry

A bighearted ode to individuality and father-daughter relationships.

AGE: 4 – 9 years old, Publisher: Kokila


The Crayons are on strike… Red is tired. Beige is bored. Black is misunderstood and peach is naked. It’s about a kid named Duncan who likes to think “outside the box.”

AGE: K – 3 years old, Publisher: Philomel

I LOVE MY PUPPY by Caroline Jayne Church

Mia asks what do you love most about your puppy? Touch and feel on every page.

AGE: 2 – 4 years old, Publisher: Cartwheel Books

Enjoy finding these books at your favorite on-line independent bookstore and sharing them together.

#RandomHouse #WendyLambBooks #Yearling #Scholastic #FarrarStrausandGiroux #Cartwheel #LittleSimon #SimonandSchuster #HarperCollins #Philomel #Kokila



I’m sure you’re one of the thousands who read and turned THE HUNTING PARTY into a bestselling book. Now Lucy Foley comes with her follow-up, THE GUEST LIST….. All I can say is there are certain clubs you don’t want to belong to and lists you’d rather be left off.

But I’m sure Lucy is excited THE GUEST LIST has been chosen by Reese Witherspoon for her latest book club list.

The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body

On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.

But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.

And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?


Lucy Foley studied English literature at Durham University and University College London and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry. She is the author of The Book of Lost and Found and The Invitation and The Hunting Party. She lives in London.

We have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about weddings. Certainly there is something you find wonderful! We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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CRUSHING IT by Lorelei Parker * SPOTLIGHT *

In Lorelei Parker’s new novel, CRUSHING IT (Kensington) life, as in gaming, there’s a way around every obstacle . . .

To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?

Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”

Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.

Bouncing all over the north throughout her childhood, Lorelei Parker grew up believing she was a Yankee. However, raised by transplanted Alabamans, she was destined to eventually wind up in the south. After graduating from Auburn University, she disappointed her entire family by defecting to SEC rival University of Florida and eventually settled as far north as central Virginia for grad school in French literature. After a major career shift and a brief detour through New York City, she now works as a computer programmer in Charlottesville. In her free time, when she isn’t playing video games, she writes contemporary romantic comedy.

#gaming #videogames #Kensington #LoreleiParker #womensfiction