Happy Halloween. Check out this creepy cover. It’s perfectly chilling to highlight a novel about our obsession with beauty. Frank Strausser’s, PLASTIC (RareBirdBooks) will have you flipping pages until the very end.

When a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon is called in after a beautiful pop star is brutally assaulted, he thinks his job is to restore her looks, but soon fears he’s there to surgically erase all trace of the crime.   

Plastic is a novel of psychological suspense about some desperate Hollywood image makers who conspire to do the ultimate cover up. When Dr. Harry Previn fails to restore Fay Wray, the ravishingly beautiful nineteen year-old pop star at the center of this predicament, a conspiracy ensues to fake her death offering her Marilyn Monroe-like immorality, but of course if she’s dead, she can’t press criminal charges. For Previn, beauty has become a life or death proposition because his patients are literally dying to be beautiful. Plastic explores the ephemeral world of celebrity and beauty at the intersection of Hollywood and rock ‘n roll.

Reading PLASTIC gave me flashbacks to FX, NIP – TUCK and E’s, BOTCHED. What could be more fun!frank

FRANK STRAUSSER is a playwright and novelist. His plays include Psycho Therapy, The Powder Room, The Split, Valentine Triage, and Wishing Well. Plastic is his first novel. He studied story and character development with Robert McKee and with the late Milton Katselias, at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Strausser is currently working on his second novel, Here Comes The Son. He completed the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Program at Harvard University and majored in English Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Palm Beach with his wife and son.

Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Reviews, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us your thoughts on beauty. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE GIVER of STARS by Jojo Moyes – Spotlight & Giveaway



Set in Depression-era America, THE GIVER of STARS (Viking) by Jojo Moyes, is a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their unforgettable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond.

When Alice Wright agrees to marry handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leave behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky, she’s soon disenchanted by her newlywed status and overbearing father-in-law, owner of the local coal mine. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, the smart-talking, self-sufficient daughter of a notorious local criminal, a woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. Alice finds Margery as bracing and courageous as anyone she’s ever met–and comes to rely on her, especially as her marriage starts to fail.

They will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to these women–and to the men they love–becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers–from moonshiners to snakes, from mountains to floods–and social disapproval to boot. But they believe deeply in their work bringing books to people who had never had any, expanding horizons and arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, the storytelling itself here is enthralling–the pages fly, and the book is unparalleled in its scope and its epic breadth. Funny, heartbreaking, and rewarding, it is a rich novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

After reading THE GIVER OF STARS, you’ll never feel as if you can read enough books … more, more, more.


Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before YouAfter You and Still MeThe Girl You Left BehindThe One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex.

Thanks to Pamela Dorman/Viking books, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what your knowledge of the Great Depression is. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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BECOMING STARLIGHT by Sharon Prentice – Spotlight & Giveaway



What happens when we die? There are many answers as questions to this question. And grief is something we all have dealt with or are currently experiencing. Dr. Sharon Prentice new memoir, BECOMING STARLIGHT (WatersidePress) is intended to bring comfort, and remove the fear for those of us who are feeling unrelenting sorrow over the loss of loved ones. This memoir is a story of surviving grief and mending the wounds of loss.

In writing this review, I struggled with what to write. Not because the book isn’t worth reading, it is. It’s just that I find my personal experience with God and the afterlife so personal. It’s inevitable that I’ll offend someone with my beliefs and that’s not my intention on this blog.

I think BECOMING STARLIGHT is a good read for anyone interested in life, death and grief. These are very complex issues, which Dr. Prentice explains in her book. Again, this is one person’s experience with the divine, but it’s worth the time to read it.

The common theme I found Dr. Prentice returning to throughout how her book is how everyone, all of us in this unexplainable universe are connected together by love.


Soon after completing her graduate studies in psychology, Dr. Prentice found the world of secular psychology lacking-her patients needed “something more”. So, she set out to investigate and explore alternative methods in the field of mental health that would incorporate that “something special” she believed existed in each and every individual soul. Her journey would take her through the great religions of the world as well as to a discovery of ancient, time proven alternatives to modern therapeutic models of counseling.

Dr. Prentice is in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification. She is also a Board Certified Spiritual Counselor (SC-C) and holds Board Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy, and Crisis and Abuse Therapy. She is also a Board Certified Temperament Counselor.

Dr. Prentice and her 30+ years of interest in the Spiritual health of her patients have guided her away from strictly traditional methods of psychotherapy to what she terms “crazy hot mess” therapy where all aspects of one’s being are considered and honored. Because of the nature of her experiences, both personal and professional, she has a unique understanding of the true nature of the Soul-and the need for ripping open the dark recesses of the Spirit where joy sometimes is held captive. “Crazy hot mess therapy” opens up-wakes up-the Spirit! She does, however, devote extra attention to those seeking solace and understanding after the death of a loved one as she fully acknowledges the experiences that sometimes accompany that death.

Her commitment to the health and well being of the Spiritual nature of her patients has led to her being called “an empath”, “ a mind reader”, “a healer”, “a spiritual guide” by her patients. Her highly sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate nature, her unique approach to therapy, and her truly empathic ways have engendered a loving and fiercely loyal following among her patients and her friends.

Thanks to FBS Associates we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about grief. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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** BESIDE HERSELF by Elizabeth LaBan – Spotlight & Giveaway **



From bestselling author, Elizabeth LaBan comes a novel about what love really means. BESIDE HERSELF (LakeUnionPublishing)  is a surprising and heartwarming novel about the making—and unmaking—of a marriage and one woman’s quest through it all.

There are few things more difficult to overcome than infidelity. For many, it’s marriage-ending. But, what happens when an otherwise happy marriage suffers from an affair? Is there room for forgiveness and redemption?

Hannah Bent is blindsided by her husband’s infidelity and must decide whether she wants to stay and work on her marriage or leave and start anew. Life as she’s known it has been a lie. At least, that’s how she feels when she discovers texts on her husband’s phone from another woman. A woman he’d been sleeping with while traveling for business. She thinks her marriage is over. Isn’t that what happens after an affair? Her husband, Joel, wants nothing more than to stay together and repent for his mistake for the rest of their lives. Hannah is so angry and upset, it’s hard to imagine ever feeling secure in the relationship again. But she’s not sure what she wants. She’s seen friends divorce, and it’s not pretty. After all, they have an otherwise happy life together, and she still loves him, although begrudgingly. But, how can she ever move past this?

Furious and stuck, she makes a radical proposition: she will have an affair of her own to even the score. Desperate for forgiveness, her husband agrees. As Hannah attempts to dive into the dating pool, going on numerous awkward dates, she learns just how challenging it is for a middle-aged mother of two to meet someone. When she’s just about given up hope for a successful and fulfilling affair, she finds a deep connection in the most unexpected of places. This genuine connection is both exciting and concerning. What does it mean for her future? Her marriage? What does she really want?


Elizabeth LaBan lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant critic husband and two children. She is the author of The Restaurant Critic’s WifeNot Perfect, and Pretty Little World, which she co-authored with Melissa DePino. She also wrote the young adult novel The Tragedy Paper, published by Knopf, which has been translated into eleven foreign languages, and The Grandparents Handbook, published by Quirk Books, which has been translated into seven foreign languages. Her next novel Beside Herself will be published on October 22, 2019.

She is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Philadelphia InquirerNew York Newsday and The Times-Picayune, among other publications. She also ghost writes a weekly column, and has ghost written two books.

She has a master’s in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s in English from Trinity College in Hartford. Elizabeth was an NBC Page, worked at NBC News in New York, taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania, taught journalism at a community college in New Orleans, and was a reporter at a number of small to mid-sized newspapers including The Riverdale Press before she began writing books.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. The cover of the book is so cute. Just tell us what your favorite coffee drink if. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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** HOLIDAYS ** TAMMY L. GRACE Novellas for the Holidays ** GIVEAWAYS **



Time to warm up with a comfy blankie, and fall into a big old chair. Holiday novels are coming that are perfect for the season to celebrate. From the award-winning author of the Hometown Harbor Series, Tammy L. Grace comes a new heartwarming and inspirational story for the holidays, filled with the magic of the season.

When their car breaks down, IN A SEASON FOR HOPE, Hope and her young son, Jake, are stranded in Silver Falls the week before Thanksgiving. A woman who runs a guesthouse offers them a place to stay for a few days. The cost of the repairs is beyond Hope’s means, forcing her to stay in the tiny mountain town for an extended period.

Frightened and broke, Hope finds a part-time job, thanks to the family who owns the guesthouse. Hidden beneath her strong work ethic and cheerful demeanor, Hope conceals a private mystery. A secret she can’t reveal.

As the Christmas season nears, the charming town and its annual holiday festival captivate Hope. She fantasizes about staying in Silver Falls, where life is idyllic. As she goes about her daily routine, the family at the guesthouse suspects there’s something she’s hiding. In a moment of weakness, she divulges her secret.

A special man offers his support and works to help Hope see that romance can be more than heartaches and shattered dreams. Will an offer of help destroy her life and all she cherishes, or will it be the gift she needs to triumph over her past?

A Season for Hope is a charming story about the kindness of strangers and finding hope where you never expected it. Cozy up with a cuppa of cocoa and get into the Holiday spirit.



Will a city girl forced to spend the holidays in her small hometown recapture the magic of the season? I tend to believe she will in Tammy L. Grace’s novella, THE MAGIC OF THE SEASON.

Madison hasn’t visited Silver Falls since she left the snowy mountain winters behind for the beaches of California twenty years ago. In the midst of the annual Christmas festival, an accident forces her to return and manage her mom’s candy business at the Sugar Shop.

Grant hasn’t seen her since she left for college, but remembers spending summers at the lake with the skinny, plain girl he and everyone used to know as Sugar. The contemporary advertising executive he encounters now is anything but plain.

Will Grant’s kindness, the charm of Silver Falls, and the caring community open Sugar’s heart to all she’s been missing?

Tammy L. Grace delivers a touching sequel with the second in her Christmas in Silver Falls series in this new festive novella that pairs perfectly with a cup of cocoa in front of a blazing fire.



Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.

When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.  Her dog, Zoe, is the inspiration for all the canine companions in her books.

She enjoys a variety of fiction, but is always drawn to characters she loves and wants to be transported to another place when reading.  She hopes you’ll feel at home as you meet the small-town characters in the picturesque setting of Friday Harbor in her Hometown Harbor Series. She’s also created equally memorable and interesting characters in her Cooper Harrington Detective Novels.

Thanks to Kate Rocks Book Tours we have e-copies of each novel to giveaway. Just tell us what you love about the holidays. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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In A.J. Banner’s latest suspenseful thriller, THE POISON GARDEN (LakeUnionPublishing), a woman’s idyllic life becomes a deceptive hall of mirrors.

Elise Watters seems to have it all—a blissful marriage, a gorgeous Victorian home surrounded by lush gardens, and a dream job running her late mother’s herbal boutique.

But on the eve of her first wedding anniversary, Elise makes a shocking discovery that turns her life upside down and casts doubt on everything she thought she knew—about her marriage, her friends, and even herself. As she treads into dangerous territory, Elise is forced to wonder: Is her whole future at stake? Or is paranoia getting the best of her?You have reason to worry until the very last page.

Banner’s novel is a thriller being published in a sea of thrillers that you must NOT miss.


As a child, A. J. Banner loved reading everything from Nancy Drew to Tolkien to her parents’ spy novels, “borrowed” from their bookshelves and hidden beneath her pillow. She wrote her first thriller, Mystery at Crane Corner, at the age of 11. She drew her own cover art and bound the pages with staples.

Born in India and raised in North America, A. J. graduated from high school in southern California and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She tried various professions after college, including a stint in law school and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic, since she loves animals, but eventually she returned to writing.  AFTER NIGHTFALL, which Publishers Weekly calls a “gripping psychological thriller,” is now available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and e-book formats.

THE TWILIGHT WIFE (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) became a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, her debut, was the #1 Kindle bestseller for 34 days, remained in the top five on the Kindle bestseller list throughout the book’s release month, and was in the top 50 in the Kindle store for 145 days in a row. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR was named by Harper’s Bazaar as a book that could be the next GONE GIRL.

A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A. J. feels at home writing stories with unexpected twists and turns. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and six rescued cats.

Thanks to Kathleen Carter Communications, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the most interesting thriller you’ve read recently. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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MARILLA of GREEN GABLES by Sarah McCoy – Spotlight & Giveaway



I just love it when a new Sarah McCoy historical novel is published. This time MARILLA of GREEN GABLES is taking many of us back to our childhood.

A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables . . . before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the nineteenth century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert, and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak—and unimaginable greatness.

Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother has dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew and father, Hugh.

In Avonlea—a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island—life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson, her mother’s sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzy’s talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world.

Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness—Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics, and abolition—jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.

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Sarah McCoy is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables (William Morrow/Harper Collins); The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; and Le souffle des feuilles et des promesses, a French exclusive title.

Sarah’s work has been featured in Real SimpleThe MillionsYour Health MonthlyHuffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The daughter of an Army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her childhood. After a decade in El Paso, Texas, she now lives with her husband, Dr. Brian Waterman, an orthopedic sports surgeon at Wake Forest, and their dog, Gilbert, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us about an interesting character you’ve read about in historical fiction. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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