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Sunday, May 26, 2019

BOOK SPOTLIGHT + GIVEAWAY: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young (Cozy Mystery)


SOUTHERN SASS
AND KILLER CRAVINGS
A Marygene Brown Mystery #1
by
Kate Young
  
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Date of Publication: May 28, 2019
Number of Pages: 368


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Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . . For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother’s passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama’s presence. But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man’s been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama’s spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . . Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!




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Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

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GIVEAWAY INFO!

The author is hosting a PRE-ORDER giveaway!
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Grand Prize Winner receives a gorgeous Coach Avenue Tote and Coach wristlet (value $450) and a $100 gift card to either Amazon or B&N.


​​2 Runners up will receive a $10 gift card to either Amazon or B&N and an autographed paperback copy of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings.

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Best of luck! 

Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Blog Tours and Kate Young! It was a pleasure hosting!

And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

TOUR PARTICIPANTS
May 18 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
May 18 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW
May 18 – A Blue Million Books – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 18 – View from the Birdhouse – SPOTLIGHT
May 18 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT
May 19 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
May 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
May 19 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE POST WITH PICTURES
May 19 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
May 20 – The Power of Words – REVIEW
May 20 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
May 20 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT
May 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
May 21 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
May 21 – Ruff Drafts – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
May 21 – Books Direct – SPOTLIGHT
May 22 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
May 22 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 22 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – RECIPE POST WITH PICTURES
May 23 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 23 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
May 23 – ❧Defining Ways❧ – RECIPE POST WITH PICTURES
May 23 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
May 24 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
May 24 – Brooke Blogs – RECIPE POST WITH PICTURES
May 24 – Elizabeth McKenna Romance Author – SPOTLIGHT
May 24 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
May 25 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW
May 25 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
May 25 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT  
May 26 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW
May 26 – The Book Decoder – REVIEW
May 26 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
May 26 – That’s What She’s Reading – SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, May 25, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Wooing Cadie McCaffrey (Christian Romance/Humor)


WOOING CADIE McCAFFREY
by
BETHANY TURNER
  
Genre: Christian Romance / Humor
Publisher: Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group
Date of Publication: May 21, 2019
Number of Pages: 352


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After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things.

Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing. But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be.

With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?


PRAISE FOR WOOING CADIE McCAFFREY
“Rising star Bethany Turner’s Wooing Cadie McCaffrey highlights the author’s oh-so-readable voice and engaging characters. One of the many things I love about Turner is the way she tackles tough subjects with candor yet writes with the right amount of discretion. Romantics everywhere will sigh happily at the perfect ending. Highly recommended!” -- Colleen Coble, USA Today bestselling author of The House at Saltwater Point and the Rock Harbor series

Bethany Turner has done it again! Filled with wit and loaded with pop culture references, Wooing Cadie McCaffrey is sure to be an instant favorite among fans of Christian romance. I’ve found my new go-to author for rom-com with heart.” -- Carla Laureano, RITA award–winning author of The Saturday Night Supper Club and Brunch at Bittersweet CafĂ©

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If a book could say hello, then this book had me at hello! The cover...the dedication...the prologue, absolutely perfect! And it honestly only got better from there. What a laugh out loud breath of fresh air! From the quirky, yet stubbornly lovable heroine to the clueless and affable hero, what we ultimately have here is a failure to communicate! However, their missteps and misunderstandings provide the perfect approach for the author's incredibly unique voice and style to showcase this unique love story.

Romantic comedies have always held a special place in my heart. I still have every line from The Goodbye Girl memorized! The summer I was 14, I watched Sleepless in Seattle or Reality Bites every night before bed. And don't get me started on the number of times I swore I was going to be Kathleen Kelly from You've Got Mail when I grew up with my little neighborhood book store and a sweet and adoring relationship that began online. But in the last decade or so, it's become increasingly difficult to find the time and attention span to actually watch a movie much less one that isn't animated! This book reminded me of how much I used to enjoy spending a few hours humorously wrapped up in someone else's love affair. There are so many amusing references to beloved rom-coms that any fan will find a reason to fall in love all over again! Every character is wonderfully well developed and truly came alive to the point that each minute spent reading was like watching it unfold on the screen. This was further enhanced by the endearing chapter headings, which set the tone and kept the pacing on point!

"It wasn't Will's fault that life was not a John Cusack movie any more than it was my fault that I wished it were."

For every perfectly timed comedic moment, the story was beautifully laced with touches of grace and forgiveness in the ever present struggle with feelings of guilt and regret. Love can be a fantastically frustrating journey, yet this story is a shining testament to faith! God is truly in the details, and when we hand them over to Him, wonderful things happen. 

As Vivian says in Pretty Woman, "I want the fairy tale," and this book definitely gave me the fairy tale that I didn't know I needed! Happily ever afters can exist and this one will definitely make you swoon. Now, as I anxiously await the author's next book, you can find me behind the pages of her debut, THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK!








Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, which was a Christy Award finalist. When she’s not writing (and even when she is), she serves as the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.
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Grand Prize: Copies of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck + stationery set
2nd Prize: Copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey + bookish coffee mug
3rd Prize: Copy of Wooing Cadie McCaffrey + $10 Amazon Gift Card
May 21-May 31, 2019
(U.S. Only)


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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Bethany Turner! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting!

And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
5/21/19
Excerpt
5/21/19
BONUS Post
5/22/19
Top Five List
5/22/19
BONUS Review
5/23/19
Review
5/24/19
Deleted Scene
5/25/19
Review
5/26/19
Guest Post
5/27/19
Author Interview
5/28/19
Review
5/29/19
Review
5/30/19
Review

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Friday, May 17, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas (Contemporary Fiction)


THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN
by
Jodi Thomas

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction / Coming of Age
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Number of Pages: 336 pages


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A deeply moving novel about the family that raises us, the hearts that nurture us, and the great friendships that define our lives.

A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives. Blonde, curly-haired Zoe is openhearted, kind and free-spirited, and dreams of becoming a famous actor in New York City. Shy Emily struggles with mental health but has the heart and soul of a writer. And Shannon—tall, athletic, strong—has a deep sense of loyalty that will serve her well when she heads off to military college. As Zoe, Emily, and Shannon grow into women—forging careers, following dreams, and finding love—they’ll learn that life doesn’t always unfold the way they want it to, but through it all, the one constant is each other and their regular tea parties. And when the unthinkable happens, the girls must come together to face the greatest test of all.

PRAISE FOR THE LITTLE TEASHOP ON MAIN:

"Heart-wrenching as well as heartwarming, the book reflects the experiences of these seven multifaceted and compelling characters as they journey through challenging years together." -- NY Journal of Books

“A comforting treasure for regular Thomas readers who enjoy the easy flow of her writing, a little steamy romance to spice things up, and the development of vulnerable, realistic characters.” -- Booklist


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Having had the opportunity to read another of her books, I must say that Jodi Thomas continues to weave such heartfelt stories that truly touch the soul. From the mysterious and intriguing foreword to the full circle conclusion, this one stands above the rest!

The Little Teashop on Main follows the enduring journey of friendship between three girls as they navigate the course of their lives from early childhood to young women. Spanning decades and alternating perspectives, readers begin to feel a part of the inner circle that is forged between Zoe, Emily, and Shannon. Their pledge of forever friendship over a tea party bonds them to one another in a way that I find incredibly fascinating to read about. While the tea set may mature from plastic to fine china, the ceremony remains steadfast, and as someone who was not graced with the gift of a strong, lifelong friendship, I have increasingly become captivated by the experiences of people who have. But ultimately what I found made this a compelling, multilayered, and delightfully complete work of art was becoming privy to the worlds surrounding the girls as seen through the eyes of important secondary characters, including a few young men, Shannon's father, and Zoe's mother. Each woman is rendered so distinctly that there is a sense of either knowing one of these ladies in your own walk of life or actually being one of them yourself!

"'Watching them like this, I can almost telescope their whole life. The little girls, the young women, the mothers.'" 

I was charmed to discover that although this story brings us back to Laurel Springs, Texas, we were in fact following events years ahead of Mornings on Main, making them well done companions. This continues to be an idyllic place to be transported to that certainly creates an inspiring and everlasting image.

As an Army veteran, I would be remiss to mention that a minor gripe I had was the use of the word "soldier" in its many word forms to describe characters who are in the Air Force. These individuals would be Airmen. While I feel that its use is strictly to provide a reference point to describe someone in the military that any reader would largely understand, it would definitely be a noticeable error in description to service members across the branches.  Additionally, Shannon's father, Mack, was given the rank of "Master Chief" when the actual rank is Chief Master Sergeant. Unfortunately, this should not have been missed. In the end, however, the spirit of the story and its larger meaning left a far greater impact on my reading experience and overall enjoyment.

With all its highs and lows, this story will remind you of life, so grab a cup of tea, settle in, and sip away to the lives we've led, the lives we lead, and the lives yet to be lived!






With millions of books in print, Jodi Thomas is both a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 45 novels and 14 short story collections. Her stories travel through the past and present days of Texas and draw readers from around the world.

In July 2006, Jodi was the 11th writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. With five RITA’s to her credit, along with National Readers’ Choice Awards and Booksellers’ Best Awards, Thomas has proven her skill as a master storyteller.

Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Thomas enjoys interacting with students at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, where she currently serves as Writer in Residence.
When not working on a novel, or inspiring students to pursue writing careers, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating an historic home, and “checking up” on their grown sons and four grandchildren.


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ONE PRINT COPY OF MORNINGS ON MAIN,
THE FIRST LAUREL SPRINGS BOOK
May 8-18, 2019
(US ONLY)


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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Jodi Thomas! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting!

And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

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5/8/19
Notable Quotable
5/9/19
Review
5/10/19
BONUS Stop
5/10/19
Guest Post
5/11/19
Review
5/12/19
Review
5/13/19
Excerpt
5/13/19
Author Interview
5/14/19
Review
5/15/19
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5/15/19
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5/16/19
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