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Teaser Tuesday: June 16th

Happy Tuesday!!  Well I’m pretty behind on everything right now.  Trying to play catch up – but please bear with me.  I had lots of June releases and I think I missed almost all of them.  But do check out:

Ruthless by John Rector (4 bones) released 6/1/15 (bonus teaser)
Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt (4 bones) released 5/26/15

And reviews coming soon:
One Murder More by Kris Calvin (4 bones) released 6/1/15 (teased on June 2nd)
The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell (3 bones) released 6/9/15 (just finished yesterday!)

This one that I’m teasing that releases next week – Together Apart by Natalie Martin.  (Although it appears it may already be out in the UK so maybe a US release date or new publisher??)  So far ok.  I’m roped by the BIG secret and now a hidden diary…so we’ll see!

“I have to sick with my decision.  I have to keep telling him I don’t want him, even though it’s like depriving myself of oxygen.  I have no other choice.  Telling him what happened – what I did – is not an option.”
(16% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

When Adam proposes to Sarah, the last thing he expects is to be single and heartbroken less than forty-eight hours later. But Sarah has a secret, and she’s willing to sacrifice everything to keep it.

Going through a break-up is hard enough but having to live together afterwards is even worse, especially when it’s a break-up neither person wants. For Adam, only ways to deal with it are drinking and partying. For Sarah, it’s keeping her distance and her secrets.

Against a backdrop of lies, betrayals and passion, the delicate threads holding Sarah’s secret begin to unravel when her past and present collide.

Romantic, intense and heartbreaking, Together Apart explores what it really means to love and be loved.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: June 2nd

Happy Tuesday!!  Sorry I have been MIA lately.  School’s out and we have some exciting things going on around our house – but I have been reading (just a little slower than normal!)  Lots of great books on my list for the summer!

This week I’ve started One Murder More by Kris Calvin which released just yesterday (June 1st)!  So good so far – no idea who did it!!  And if you have followed my teasers – you’ll know I always get excited to find one with the book title in it – and that is just what I have for you today!

“Maren felt a chill.  She realized reading of another death, one more murder, was different for her now, given what she had just been through.”
(30% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

In Kris Calvin’s debut mystery One Murder More, a beautiful legislative aide is found stabbed to death in California’s Capitol building. Maren Kane, a lobbyist for a fledgling Sacramento-based toy company, is in the midst of a legislative fight that could make or break her career. She doesn’t have time for a coffee break let alone involvement in a murder investigation.

But when police arrest Maren’s colleague for the crime, she’s certain they have the wrong man. The cops suspect a crime of passion―love gone wrong. Maren knows that in the capital, money and power drive all things tragic and scandalous. Sex and love are little more than window-dressing.

But will she be able to prove her theory―and free her friend―before she becomes the next victim?

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: May 12th

Happy Tuesday!!  Getting this out a bit late today – but better late than never!

A bit behind posting my review of Black Dog Summer, but stay tuned!  I’m about 2/3rds through Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton, a NetGalley read releasing next Tuesday!  (Not to be confused with Little Black Lies by Sandra Block, also read and reviewed this year!)  So far so good, no idea where this one is going to go!

“I’ve seen men bigger than me sobbing for their mothers, as they die lonely, freezing, deaths on the opposite side of the planet.  I thought it was impossible to shock me.  How wrong I’ve been.”
(62% into book*)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

In such a small community as the Falkland Islands, a missing child is unheard of. In such a dangerous landscape it can only be a terrible tragedy, surely…

When another child goes missing, and then a third, it’s no longer possible to believe that their deaths were accidental, and the villagers must admit that there is a murderer among them. Even Catrin Quinn, a damaged woman living a reclusive life after the accidental deaths of her own two sons a few years ago, gets involved in the searches and the speculation.

And suddenly, in this wild and beautiful place that generations have called home, no one feels safe and the hysteria begins to rise.

But three islanders–Catrin, her childhood best friend, Rachel, and her ex-lover Callum–are hiding terrible secrets. And they have two things in common: all three of them are grieving, and none of them trust anyone, not even themselves.

In Little Black Lies, her most shocking and engaging suspense novel to date, Sharon Bolton will keep the reader guessing until the very last page.

*Pulled from ARC – may not match exactly to final.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: May 5th

Happy Tuesday!!  Happy May!!  Happy Cinco de Mayo!!  Lots to celebrate this month – including Mother’s Day and my birthday!!

Published two book reviews in the last week: When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, and Maggie by Marie Maxwell.  Both from NetGalley and both released in the last few weeks!

This week I started Black Dog Summer by new author Miranda Sherry.  It released in February and I was approached by the publisher to review.  The description seemed like one I would pick up, so I dove right in and am just about finished.  I have to say it wasn’t what I was expecting, but in a good way.  I also love when I find a quote about the title of the book, so I’m including two teasers this week for fun!


“Seeing a black dog in the clouds?  That forecasts murder.”
(47% into book)

“Black dog symbols can sometimes appear when something bad is about to happen.  Lesedi’s answer brings the first rumble of distant thunder.  Bryony could be in danger.”
(59% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

In this extraordinary debut novel reminiscent of The Lovely Bones and Little Bee, a mother watches from the afterlife as her teenage daughter recovers amidst the startling dysfunction of her extended family.

A small, bright thread of a story weaves out from the moment of my passing and seems to tether me to this place. Perhaps this is why I have not left yet. Perhaps I have no choice but to follow the story to its end.

Compulsively readable and stylistically stunning, Black Dog Summer begins with a murder, a farmstead massacre, in the South African bush. Thirty-eight-year-old Sally is but one of the victims. Her life brutally cut short, she narrates from her vantage point in the afterlife and watches as her sister, Adele, her brother-in-law and unrequited love Liam, her niece Bryony, and her teenage daughter, Gigi, begin to make sense of the tragedy.

A suspenseful drama focusing on marriage and fidelity, sisterhood, and the fractious bond between mothers and daughters, Black Dog Summer asks: In the wake of tragedy, where does all that dark energy linger? The youngest characters, Bryony and Gigi, cousins who are now brought together after Sally’s murder, are forced into sharing a bedroom. Bryony becomes confused and frightened by the violent energy stirred up and awakened by the massacre, while Gigi is unable to see beyond her deep grief and guilt. But they are not the only ones aware of the lurking darkness. Next door lives Lesedi, a reluctant witchdoctor who hides her mystical connection with the dead behind the façade of their affluent Johannesburg suburb.

As Gigi finally begins to emerge from her grief, the fragile healing process is derailed when she receives some shattering news, and in a mistaken effort to protect her cousin, puts Bryony’s life in imminent danger. Now Sally must find a way to prevent her daughter from making a mistake that could destroy the lives of all who are left behind.

Gorgeously written, with a pace that will leave readers breathless, Black Dog Summer introduces a brilliant new voice in fiction.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: April 28th

Happy Tuesday!!  Working on a review for When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord – stay tuned!

And just started Maggie: A gripping saga of the swinging sixties by Marie Maxwell releasing this Friday May 1st.  So far a decent story about a very strong-willed 16-year old, but nothing too historical about it.  We’ll see where it goes!


“A huge wave of guilt and self-hatred enveloped her as she realized the enormity of what she had done.  She couldn’t blame anyone but herself for the situation she was in because the accident was all her fault.”
(15% into book*)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

1960s. Maggie Wheaton’s life is almost perfect. Confident, bright and popular, she lives with her loving, wealthy parents in a close-knit Cambridgeshire village. But, just days after her sixteenth birthday, her world falls apart: an accident kills both her parents, and then she suffers the ultimate betrayal when she learns a life-changing family secret. Maggie has no choice but to go and live with her appointed guardian, Ruby Riordan, in the seaside town of Southend, where she sets out on a deliberate path of self-destruction. Will Ruby be able to save her from herself, or is it all too little too late?

*Disclaimer: This quote was pulled from the ARC received through NetGalley and may not match up to the final book.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: April 21st

Happy Tuesday!! (Yes I had the wrong date at first!) First I have to put a little shout out to my husband today on our 8th Anniversary!  We celebrated last weekend at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – amazing night!

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Just finished super sad, yet extremely powerful, Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani (my April Kindle First choice.)

Moving on to a NetGalley read, When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord which releases TODAY.  Not quite sure what to think about this one, a bit odd so far, very curious to see where it goes!

“The truth is, I liked my strange country.  But I didn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me, as though I were in quarantine.  Couldn’t they see my aloneness was a freedom rather than a prison?”
(24% into book*)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

A small, quiet Midwestern town, which is unremarkable save for one fact: when the teenagers reach a certain age, they run wild.

When Lumen Fowler looks back on her childhood, she wouldn’t have guessed she would become a kind suburban wife, a devoted mother. In fact she never thought she would escape her small and peculiar hometown. When We Were Animals is Lumen’s confessional: as a teenager she fell beneath the sway of her community’s darkest, strangest secret. For one year, beginning at puberty, every resident “breaches” during the full moon. On these nights, adolescents run wild, destroying everything in their path.

Lumen resists. Promising her father she will never breach, she investigates the mystery of her community’s traditions and the stories erased from the town record. But the more we learn about the town’s past, the more we realize that Lumen’s memories are harboring secrets of their own.

A gothic coming-of-age tale for modern times, When We Were Animals is a dark, provocative journey into the American heartland.

*Disclaimer: This quote was pulled from the ARC received through NetGalley and may not match up to the final book.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: April 14th

Happy Tuesday!!  Finally catching a glimpse of spring up here on Lake Erie!  To celebrate – I took my old girl (soon to be 12) for a beautiful walk on the lake!

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I’m being a bit lazy this week and teasing the same book as last week.  After spending 10 days on The Turner House, I’m a bit behind on where I thought I would be – so bear with me as I get through this book.  Another sad story – my April Kindle First selection: Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Hadani.

 

“Some moments in your life you wish never happened; you would do anything to take them back.  They make you realize you are not all-powerful.  That there is a force stronger than you at work.  In those moments, you fall to your knees and abdicate all sense of power.  Offer your hand and ask for help.  If you are lucky, you will feel the touch of something or someone to help you rise.  If not, you stay kneeling, left all alone”
(32% into book)

What do you think? I cannot express how sad this book is, not that I should be surprised by it, but it is hurting my heart so much.  I’m hoping it moves into a message of healing very soon (I’m about half-way through.) I am a strong proponent that all things do happen for a reason, if not immediately apparent, someday to make you stronger or to help someone else.  No idea where this will go, but such a great (or missed) opportunity to bring God in the details.  We’ll see!

Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: April 7th

Happy Tuesday and Happy April!  I’m still working my way through The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, releasing April 14th (which I teased last week.) Keeping with just random teasers – this week I’ve chosen one (randomly!) from Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Handani, my Kindle First choice for April (releasing May 1st), which I’m hoping to start later this week!  Take a look at the description below – another kind of heavy one…we’ll see!

“I lock the door after she leaves.  Taking the desk chair, I nudge it against the doorknob.  It is the only way I can sleep at night.  It is the only way I know how to stay safe.  That and to keep running.  Because as long as you keep running, they can never catch you.” (6% into book.)

What do you think? It’s quite sad to me especially if it’s a child speaking. Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she’d fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

Buried secrets rise to the surface as their father—the victim of humiliating racism and perpetrator of horrible violence—remains unconscious. As his condition worsens, the daughters and their mother wrestle with private hopes for his survival or death, as well as their own demons and buried secrets.

Told with forceful honesty, Trail of Broken Wings reveals the burden of shame and secrets, the toxicity of cruelty and aggression, and the exquisite, liberating power of speaking and owning truth.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: March 31st

Happy Tuesday!  Just finished The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg releasing April 14th.  Took me too long to read, so happy to be on to something new.  Another NetGalley read, The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, releasing April 14th.  Again another stray from all the mysteries I’ve been reading as of late, sounds like a tear-jerker, we’ll see – I’m starting tonight and going completely random for my teaser today!

“It was frustrating, the way his siblings worshiped their parents.  What part of their worlds would crumble if they took a good look at their parents’ flaws?  If there was no trauma, why not talk about that everyday, human elements of their upbringing?  Call a spade a spade.”
(25% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family.

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts—and shapes—their family’s future.

Already praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Teaser Tuesday: March 24th

Happy Tuesday!  Just finished and reviewed Canary by Duane Swierczynsk – really good book!

On to another NetGalley read – The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg releasing April 14th.  Switching it up a little from my mystery tour – back to my old favorite – a historical fiction.  So far it’s one of those reads where I’m having a hard time keeping track of what happened before – am I weird like that?  I have a hard time remembering what I read the night before if it doesn’t make a big impact (or if I just can’t keep my eyes open long enough!)  Anyways – stay tuned and see – but enjoy the teaser for now!


“If I could not fill my days with the kind of affection I still longed for, I would fill them with another, more reliable kind of love, one that engaged my heart, my mind, and my spirit completely, and one that did not betray me.”
(31% into book)

I thought that was quite deep.  What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth-century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?

Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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