THE LAUNDRESS by Barbara Sapienza – Spotlight & Giveaway

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In Barbara Sapienza’s new novel, THE LAUNDRESS (SheWritesPress), twenty-six-year-old Lavinia Lavinia is burdened by her unknown heritage—but her uncle Sal, who raised her in San Francisco, has always kept silent, refusing to reveal the devastating secret of her origin. And now, following the death of his wife, he’s left for Italy.

In the wake of her uncle’s departure, Lavinia has quit school. Now she works as a personal laundress to a diverse cast of San Francisco residents—people with stories as complicated as her own. As time progresses, through the sacred ritual of washing clothes—and with the help of a friend and her nurturing, flamenco dancing mother—Lavinia begins to recover memories of her past. Gradually, her gifts of receptivity multiply, and she communes with nature, finding messages from birds and the leaves of her garden’s fig tree. And when she recovers Raggedy, a beloved doll that accompanied her from Naples when she was four years old, she experiences a tangible connection to her own mother.

Even as Lavinia makes these discoveries, she is busy building new relationships—discovering healing dance with her lover, a barista in a North Beach coffee shop; learning to understand Time and forgiveness with an elderly client; and even getting to know her father, a man who has never been a part of her life. Poetic and poignant, The Laundress is a coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever sought to understand where they came from in order to figure out who they’re meant to become.

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Barbara Sapienza is a retired clinical psychologist who practiced in San Francisco. At sixty-six she enrolled in the graduate program in Creative Writing at SFSU. She writes, paints, dances, practices taiji and meditation, and volunteers in a school program in Marin City. She lives in Sausalito with her husband and enjoys her granddaughters, Milla and Isa.

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THE LIAR and OTHER STORIES by Alison Ragsdale – Spotlight & e-Giveaway

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In Alison Ragdale’s collection of short stories, THE LIAR & OTHER STORIES, an accomplished liar finally faces the truth about herself. A self-conscious lawyer who must quell her secret crush on her best friend’s fiancé. A stray dog that heals the hurt of his rescuers. A food critic who makes a startling discovery while reviewing a stylish bistro. A young widow who finds hope in the discarded wedding veil that floats out of a truck, and lands at her feet.

With these, and other tales of love, regret and hope, The Liar and other stories will make you laugh, cry, and marvel at the strength of the human spirit.

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ALISON’S WORDS:

A proud Scots lass, I was born in Edinburgh and the connection to my homeland has never left me. Consequently, my novels are set in the stunning Highlands and islands of Scotland.

I’ve had what could be termed a varied career. I trained as a professional ballet dancer and worked in the field of dance for many years. When an injury called a halt to that, I eventually became a marketing executive. After two decades in that world, I started my own health-services business but it took too great a toll on me so my husband encouraged me to focus on writing, as I’d always dreamed of doing.

I took the leap of faith in 2014 and dived into my first full-length novel TUESDAY’S SOCKS. It was a scary feeling, putting my ‘baby’ out there, but I was delighted when readers fell for my sweet protagonist, Jeffrey Mere. TUESDAY’S SOCKS soon became an Amazon bestseller. My second novel, THE FATHER-DAUGHTER CLUB, came out at the end of 2014. I was thrilled when it too made it to an Amazon best seller list, receiving a wonderful review from Kirkus Reviews, and going on to win the 2016, IPPY Bronze medal for Best Regional Fiction – Europe.

My third Amazon best selling novel, FINDING HEATHER, was released in October 2016 and my fourth, A LIFE UNEXPECTED, won a 2018 IPPY Bronze medal in the Popular Fiction category, then become an Amazon best seller too.

THE ART OF REMEMBERING, released in July, 2019 debuted as a best seller. It has since been included in BookBub’s Best Book Club Book list for July and August, 2019, was honored as a finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards – Literary category, and was nominated for the Goodreads Readers Choice Award, 2019.

While I didn’t set out to be an author, it has always been a dream of mine and now, thanks to my incredibly supportive husband and the forces of the universe, that has become a reality.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I loved writing them.

http://www.alisonragsdale.com

Thanks to Kate Rock Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re reading now and why you are enjoying it … or not. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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*** MAY WINNERS *** MAY WINNERS *** MAY WINNERS *** MAY WINNERS ***

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Congratulations to our latest group of winners. FYI: You’ve all been contacted. So if someone has the same initials as you,  and you have haven’t been contacted, its because you didn’t win.

GRAY MAN is won by Elizabeth R.

THE OTHER FAMILY is won by Rose W.

A HUNDRED SUNS is won by Uma K.

IGNIGHT YOUR LIGHT is won by Linda D.

CRAVE is won by Savana C.

JOURNEY is won by Josephine KH

IF SHE HAD STAYED is won by Angel W.

THE BIG FINISH is won by Ellen P.

YOU and ME and US is won by Suze

MOUNTAIN of FULL MOONS is won by CARLA S.

FINAL JUDGEMENT is won by Beth V.

TRUE TO ME is won by Susan G.

THE GERMAN HEIRESS is won by Donna S.

THE STORIES WE HAVE TOLD is won by Kimberley H.

THE GIRL BENEATH THE SEA is won by Padmini R.

EMMA is won by Elena L. TINY IMPERFECTIONS is won by Elena L

CARTIER’S HOPE is won by Sylvia B

RESURRECTING THE RAIN is won by Jodie C

GLORIOUS BOY is won by Nancy D

BRIGHT SIDE of GOING DARK is won by Wilna W.

 WINNERS OF BLUE POINT PRESS 1,300 members:

Susan R. & Sara S.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNERS! Keep coming back for more chances to win!

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** JUNE HARLEQUIN ** JUNE HARLEQUIN ** JUNE HARLEQUIN **

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The temperature is heating up and the latest novels from Harlequin are sizzling. Here are three books you’ll want to cuddle up with this summer.

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Forbidden Lust by Karen Booth

Tropes/genre: Contemporary romance, forbidden love, billionaire, island paradise. Imprint: Harlequin Desire On-sale date: June 2, 2020

Giving in to desire

with her brothers best friend

Next stop, paradise

With the man of her forbidden fantasies?
A secluded island resort is the perfect romantic setting for the night of passionate abandon Allison Randall plans to share with Zane Patterson. Her elder brother’s best friend has always been off-limits…and Zane is determined to keep it that way. But when a storm strands them together, neither can hold back. Everything Allison dreamed of is finally in reach…until unwelcome revelations threaten a rude awakening!

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More Than Neighbors by Shannon Stacey

Tropes/genre: Contemporary romance, enemies to lovers, opposites attract. Imprint: Harlequin Special Edition On-sale date: June 16, 2020

The only thing they have in common is a property line!
He’s trying to uncover his past.
She’s hoping for a brighter future.

The only thing they have in common is a property line! Cam Maguire is in Blackberry Bay to unravel a family secret. Meredith Price has moved next door with her daughter. He’s unattached. She’s a widowed single mom. He’s owned by a cat. She’s definitely team canine. All these neighbors have in common is a property line. One they cross…over and over. And Cam thought he knew what he wanted—until his family’s secret changes everything.

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Title: Ambush Before Sunrise by B.J. Daniels

Tropes/genre: Contemporary romance, mystery/suspense, Western, rancher, friends to lovers, protector. Imprint: Harlequin Intrigue On-sale date: now

B.J. Daniels returns to Cardwell country in Ambush Before Sunrise—plus a bonus story!
Wrangler Angus Savage has come to Wyoming to help Jinx McCallahan get her cattle to high country­. He’s signed on for the dangerous drive, eager to reconnect with the woman he knew when they were kids. Now in the wilderness the no-nonsense cowboy and the strong-willed rancher must navigate the trail’s many hazards—like her treacherous ex who wants her back…or dead.

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Thanks to Lisa at Harlequin we’re lucky to have a copy of each book for one lucky winner. Just tell us what you love about Harlequin Romance novels. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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THE BRIGHT SIDE of GOING DARK by Kelly Harms – Spotlight & Giveaway

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From the bestselling author of The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Kelly Harms comes a fresh, funny, and thoughtful story about going off the grid in order to truly live.

As one of the most popular influencers on social media, Mia Bell has lived her life online for years. With her celebrity dog and gorgeous fiancé, she is planning the ultimate virtual wedding—expensive, elaborate, and entirely paid for by sponsors. But off-camera, her world is far from picture perfect. After being jilted by her fiancé and faking her nuptials to please her sponsors, Mia finally has had enough. She heaves her phone off a cliff, ready to live—and maybe find love—offline for a change.

Mia’s sudden absence doesn’t go unnoticed, especially by techie loner Paige Miller, who hacks Mia’s account and begins impersonating the internet celebrity. Paige has her reasons. Her half sister, Jessica, idolizes Mia and desperately needs something to believe in. If taking over Mia’s online persona is Paige’s only means of connecting to her sister, so be it.

Creating a like-worthy life is more fun than Paige expected. But when she grows too bold and is caught in the act, a fiasco ensues that could forever change Mia, Paige, and the people who love them. Because somewhere amid the chaos is an invaluable lesson—one that only real life can teach.

It’ll have you reading so-called “influencers” in a new way! Too much fun! Perfect summer beach read!

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Kelly Harms is an author, a mother, and a big dreamer. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her sparkling son, Griffin; her fluffy dog, Scout; and her beloved Irishman, Chris. Before this midwestern life, she lived in New York, New York, and worked with many of her author-heroes as an editor at HarperCollins and then as a literary agent at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

When she’s not lost in a book that she’s either writing or reading, you can find her on the water, in the water, or near the water. Say hello anytime by clicking “contact” above!

Thanks to Porter Marketing we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if influencers play a part in your decision making. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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GLORIOUS BOY by Aimee Liu – Spotlight & Giveaway

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GLORIOUS BOY (RedHenPress) by author, Aimee Liu is a tale of war and devotion, longing and loss, and the power of love to prevail…

It’s 1942. The Japanese have invaded Burma and are closing in on India. After five years in the remote Andaman Islands, aspiring anthropologist Claire Durant and her husband Shep, a civil surgeon, must evacuate with their beloved but mysteriously mute four-year-old, Ty. They cannot, however, take Naila, the local girl whose ability to communicate with Ty has made them dangerously dependent on her. The morning of the evacuation, both children disappear. With time running out, Shep forces Claire onto the ship while he stays behind to find their son. But just days after landing in Calcutta, Claire learns that the Japanese have taken the Andamans—and cut off all access to her missing family. In the desperate odyssey that follows, Claire, Shep, and Naila will all take unimaginable risks while drawing deeply from their knowledge of these unique islands to save their beloved “glorious boy.”

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Aimee Liu is the author of numerous bestselling novels as well as nonfiction books on medical and psychological topics. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms., and many other publications. She is on the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program at Port Townsend, WA.

Aimee grew up in Connecticut but spent two of her earliest years in India. Her father was born in Shanghai, the son of a Chinese scholar-revolutionary and his American wife. You just might find a few of these threads in her novels!

She received her BA from Yale University, studying painting. After setting visual art aside for decades, she’s recently come roaring back into this medium, courtesy of Instagram! You can find her current “PhoPaintings” @aimeeeliu

Aimee returned to grad school to earn her MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars. She worked as a flight attendant, edited business and trade publications, and was an associate producer for NBC’s TODAY show before turning to writing full-time. She is married and lives in Los Angeles.

Thanks to Megan Beatie Communications we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what book you’re reading now and what you think about it. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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RESURRECTING RAIN by Patricia Averbach – Spotlight & Giveaway

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In Patricia Averbach’s novel, RESURRECTING RAIN (GoldenAntelopePress), Deena’s house is being auctioned off at sheriff’s sale and her marriage is falling apart. As her carefully constructed life unravels, her thoughts return to the New Moon Commune outside Santa Fe where she was born, and to Rain, the lesbian mother she had abandoned at fourteen. No one, not even her husband and children, know about New Moon or that she sat Shiva for Rain in exchange for living in her Orthodox grandmother’s house in an upscale suburb of Cleveland.

Deena’s story unfolds with empathy and wit as a cascade of disasters leaves this middle aged librarian unmoored from her home and family, penniless and alone on the streets of Sarasota, Florida. The novel is populated with deftly drawn characters full of their own secrets and surprises–from Deena’s blue haired freegan daughter who refuses to tell her parents where she lives, to the octogenarian TV writer who believes that crows are the reincarnated souls of Jews lost in the Holocaust. Deena loses her house, but will she find a home? Maybe the crows know.

Resurrecting Rain explores the unanticipated consequences of the choices that we make, the bonds and boundaries of love and the cost of our infatuation with materialism. At its heart the novel is a tale of loss and redemption, a reevaluation of our material culture and an appreciation for the blessing of friends and family. It demonstrates that sometimes you have to lose everything before you find yourself.

Averbach’s novel is compelling tacking like some heavy delicate tops as Gay Parents, running away and finally finding closer. Her novel isn’t a warm and funny, but will leave you with alot to think about. It’s a perfect book for bookclub.

Purchase Links

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About Patricia Averbach

Patricia Averbach, a Cleveland native, is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in Chautauqua, New York.

Averbach’s second novel, Resurrecting Rain, the contemporary story of a woman who loses her house but finds her home, was released by Golden Antelope Press in 2020.

Her first novel, Painting Bridges, was described in a Cleveland Plain Dealer review as “introspective, intelligent and moving.” Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons, received the London based Lumen/Camden award in 2013 and was selected by the Times of London Literary Supplement (Nov. 2014) as one of the best short collections of the year.

Previous work includes a memoir about her early career as Anzia Yezierska’s sixteen year old literary assistant and an article about the Jewish community in a virtual world called, Second Life. Her work has appeared in Lilith Magazine, Margie, The Muse, and The Blue Angel Review.

Connect with Patricia

Website | Facebook | Twitter

Thanks to TLC Book Tours we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the latest novel you’ve read about loss and redemption.We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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