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#Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia.

Welcome to my latest review- The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia, a thrilling crime novel.

As always, if you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.

Please feel welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. That’s why I love Goodreads SO much! 🙂

If you’re over at Goodreads do swing by and join me!

Thank you.

Happy reading!

Luv Sass x

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#Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall #FriendRequestBook

Welcome to my latest review- Friend Request by Laura Marshall.

Now this one I liked. So you can all breathe a sigh of relief! LOL

As always, if you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.

Please feel welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. That’s why I love Goodreads SO much! 🙂

If you’re over at Goodreads do swing by and join me!

Thank you.

Happy reading!

Luv Sass x

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#Review: Close to Me by Amanda Reynolds @AmandaReynoldsj @Wildfirebks

Welcome to my latest review- Close to Me, by Amanda Reynolds, which is what I call a Domestic Thriller!

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.

Please feel welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. That’s why I love Goodreads SO much! 🙂

If you’re over at GoodReads do pop by and see what I’m up to, or perhaps add me as a friend!

Thank you.

Happy reading!

Luv Sass x

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#Review: Upgrade Your Life: How to Take Back Control and Achieve Your #Goals [#selfhelp]

Welcome to my latest review!

This one is all about upgrading your life through your goals – a subject I love! GOALS!

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.

Please feel welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. That’s why I love Goodreads SO much! 🙂

If you’re over at GoodReads do pop by and see what I’m up to, or perhaps add me as a friend!

Thank you.

Happy reading!

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#Review: The Breakdown by B A Paris @BAParisAuthor @HQstories #TheBreakdown

Welcome to my latest review!

If you’ve read this book, I’d love to know what you thought in the comments below.

Please feel welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. That’s why I love GoodReads SO much! 🙂

If you’re over at Goodreads do pop by and see what I’m up to, or perhaps add me as a friend!

Thank you.

Happy reading!

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#Review: Crescendo by Lana Sky

Welcome to my latest review!

If you’ve read this book, do let me know what you thought in the comments below.

You’re welcome to leave a link and I’ll pop by to read and comment!

I’m always interested in what other readers thought of the books I’ve also read. 🙂

By the way, if you’re over at GoodReads do pop by and see what I’m up to, or perhaps even add me as a friend!

Happy reading!

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#BlogTour: Trap and Trace #Review + #Contest!

Welcome to my latest blog tour and USA/Can Contest!

Sorry English Pals… xx

First, here’s more about the author, Megan Carney:

Megan is an author, geek and amateur photographer living in the Twin Cities. She has ten years of experience in the field of computer security. Her previous short story publications include: ‘Flighty Youth’ in the Raritan, ‘Modern Mayhem’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Swing By Close’ in the Wayfarer, ‘Directions’ in the Bell Tower. ‘Swing By Close’ and ‘Directions’ both won first prize in the fiction sections of that issue. The Christian Science Monitor dubbed her self-published photography book, ‘Signs of My Cities’ as having “youthful zest.”

Her non-literary creations include: a robot to clean the bathroom tub, Zim and Gir costumes, No-Dig tomato stakes, StickFriend the bear bag hanger, and a burning coal costume so she could be Katniss for a night.

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#day36 #abookaday. Question: What’s the most miserable book you’ve read? #review

#day36 #abookaday #Review and bookish #question Question: What’s the most miserable book you’ve read? My Review: This is an Amazon Vine Free Book Review.  4 out…

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#Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter (RhymeTime)

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen thrillers, including the Grant County and Will Trent series, COP TOWN, PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER and the e-original short stories “Snatched” “Busted” “Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes” and “Last Breath.”

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the term “investigoogling” in 2006.

THE KEPT WOMAN is available in paperback NOW!

THE GOOD DAUGHTER, is available now in the Netherlands and Flanders and arrives July 2017 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, and August 8, 2017 in the US.

US BOOK TOUR
NEW YORK, NY – Barnes & Noble, Upper West Side
Monday, August 7th 7PM
With authors Kate White and Alafair Burke

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Warren County Public Library, The Bob Kirby Branch
Wednesday, August 9th 6pm

FRANKLIN, IN – Johnson Public Library
Thursday, August 10th 7PM

CLEVELAND, OH – Beachwood Branch
Friday, August 11th 1PM

HOUSTON, TX – Murder by the Book
Saturday, August 12th 4:30PM

CORTE MADERA, CA – Book Passage
Monday, August 14th 7PM

PHOENIX, AZ – Poisoned Pen
Tuesday, August 15th 7PM

ATLANTA, GA – Foxtale Bookshoppe
Saturday, August 19th 2PM

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Writers in the Loft @ The Music Hall Loft
Wednesday, August 23rd 7PM
In-conversation with Lisa Gardner
Ticket Package $42/$40 for members (includes seat, copy of THE GOOD DAUGHTER, bar beverage, and author presentation)

WASHINGTON, DC – National Book Festival
Saturday, September 2nd

Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorKarinSlaughter

Website: http://www.karinslaughter.com/

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The Isolation Series Blog Tour + Contest! #Reviews @taysalion

Welcome to the Isolation Series Blog Tour!

Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds.

After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.

Want to enter her contest? Please read on!

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#Review: Last Seen by Lucy Clarke #Friday56 @fredalicious #BookBeginnings @GilionDumas

Hi! Welcome to my latest review: Last Seen, by Lucy Clarke. This is also my #Friday56 and #BookBeginnings post!

About the Author: Lucy Clarke is a novelist, traveller, and fresh air enthusiast. She has a first class degree in English Literature, and has worked as a presenter of social enterprise events and creative writing workshops. Lucy is married to James Cox, a professional windsurfer, and together they spend their winters travelling and their summers at their home on the south coast of England.

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#Review: Love Me Not #Friday56 #BookBeginnings

Hi! Welcome to my latest review: Love Me Not, by M.J. Arlidge. This is also my #Friday56 and #BookBeginnings post!

About the Author: M.J. Arlidge has worked in television for the last 15 years, specialising in high end drama production. Arlidge has produced a number of prime-time crime serials for ITV In the last five years, and is currently working on a major adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for the BBC.

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#Review: Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon, Jeff Burger

Welcome to my latest review which features one of my favourite musicians of all time. If you love John Lennon, you’ll enjoy this book I’m sure!

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#TheWomanInTheWood Lesley Pearse – Released today! @PenguinUKBooks @LesleyPearse

Hello!

Today I am featuring my latest review — THE WOMAN IN THE WOOD by Lesley Pearse.

Here’s more about her:

Lesley Pearse is one of the UK’s best-loved novelists with fans across the globe and sales of over 2 million copies of her books to date. A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end, Pearse introduces you to characters that it is impossible not to care about or forget. There is no formula to her books or easily defined genre. Whether crime as in ‘Till We Meet Again’, historical adventure like ‘Never Look Back’, or the passionately emotive ‘Trust Me’, based on the true-life scandal of British child migrants sent to Australia in the post war period, she engages the reader completely.

Truth is often stranger than fiction and Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as her books. She was three when her mother died under tragic circumstances.

Her father was away at sea and it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and her brother playing outside without coats on that suspicion was aroused – their mother had been dead for some time.

With her father in the Royal Marines, Lesley and her older brother spent three years in grim orphanages before her father remarried – a veritable dragon of an ex army nurse – and Lesley and her older brother were brought home again, to be joined by two other children who were later adopted by her father and stepmother, and a continuing stream of foster children. The impact of constant change and uncertainty in Lesley’s early years is reflected in one of the recurring themes in her books: what happens to those who are emotionally damaged as children. It was an extraordinary childhood and in all her books, Lesley has skilfully married the pain and unhappiness of her early experiences with a unique gift for storytelling.

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#Review: What Happened That Night ~ Romance

As you can see, a Dubliner all my life. My parents owned a grocery shop in the Iveagh Markets, in the Liberties area of the city and I guess city blood runs through my veins.

As a child I enjoyed reading and telling stories and everyone thought that I end up in a job which had something to do with books and literature. But though I applied for a job in the library all of the job offers I got were in commerce.

I turned down lots of them before my mother accepted one for me (I was on holiday at the time). It was in the Central Bank of Ireland and that’s how my career in financial services began.

I started out in administration and then moved jobs until finally I was working as a dealer in a commercial bank. Eventually I was promoted to Chief Dealer (the first female CD in the country). I traded lots of different things – foreign exchange, swaps, options, bonds…all of the kind of things you read about in the papers and that sound very technical and difficult. Of course once you’re doing it, it’s not half as technical as it sounds.

But I still loved reading and writing (which I did in my spare time) and I desperately wanted to write my own book. I guess I never quite got over the fact that I was never offered the library job! In my thirties I decided that it was now or never and I sat down, stuck Chapter 1 on a page, and started. I wrote the whole thing before sending it off.

I was offered a publishing deal (with no advance) by an Irish company but only if I wrote a different book! So back to the drawing board, I started again. It was another two years before it was published. It wasn’t until I’d written a few books and was offered a contract (this time with an advance!) from another publisher that I felt able to give up my trading job and write full time. So, even though it took a long time, I eventually realised my dream of being a full-time writer.

And now I also write a business column for the Irish Times.

When I’m writing a book I want to do three things:

* Tell a good story

* Make the reader feel like they know the characters

* Make each book better than the last

I don’t write for any particular audience but I suppose I must have people like me in mind – people who have busy lives and who like to escape into someone else’s for a while.

I love writing books. I hope you enjoy reading them.

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#Review: If You Were Me ~ Sheila O’Flanagan ~ Romance

As you can see, a Dubliner all my life. My parents owned a grocery shop in the Iveagh Markets, in the Liberties area of the city and I guess city blood runs through my veins.

As a child I enjoyed reading and telling stories and everyone thought that I end up in a job which had something to do with books and literature. But though I applied for a job in the library all of the job offers I got were in commerce.

I turned down lots of them before my mother accepted one for me (I was on holiday at the time). It was in the Central Bank of Ireland and that’s how my career in financial services began.

I started out in administration and then moved jobs until finally I was working as a dealer in a commercial bank. Eventually I was promoted to Chief Dealer (the first female CD in the country). I traded lots of different things – foreign exchange, swaps, options, bonds…all of the kind of things you read about in the papers and that sound very technical and difficult. Of course once you’re doing it, it’s not half as technical as it sounds.

But I still loved reading and writing (which I did in my spare time) and I desperately wanted to write my own book. I guess I never quite got over the fact that I was never offered the library job! In my thirties I decided that it was now or never and I sat down, stuck Chapter 1 on a page, and started. I wrote the whole thing before sending it off.

I was offered a publishing deal (with no advance) by an Irish company but only if I wrote a different book! So back to the drawing board, I started again. It was another two years before it was published. It wasn’t until I’d written a few books and was offered a contract (this time with an advance!) from another publisher that I felt able to give up my trading job and write full time. So, even though it took a long time, I eventually realised my dream of being a full-time writer.

And now I also write a business column for the Irish Times.

When I’m writing a book I want to do three things:

* Tell a good story

* Make the reader feel like they know the characters

* Make each book better than the last

I don’t write for any particular audience but I suppose I must have people like me in mind – people who have busy lives and who like to escape into someone else’s for a while.

I love writing books. I hope you enjoy reading them.

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#Review: Blood Sisters @PenguinUKBooks

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller which was a Sunday Times best-seller.. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’ Jane’s next novel is called Blood Sisters and is being published in June. July.

You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor.

Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world, including The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. Until her recent move to Devon, she was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University. She is also an associate member of the Royal Literary Fund.

Many of Jane’s ideas come during her morning dog-jog along the beach followed by a dip in her wetsuit. (She’s an all-year-round swimmer provided the sea isn’t dangerous.) Jane also loves tennis, walking, reading, yoga, the ‘Quiet’ train carriage (a great ‘office’ for writing) and her family. She’s still coming to terms with being an empty-nester but makes up for it with lots of long-distance nagging! Jane’s second husband was a bachelor family friend who is also Godfather to her children. He makes her laugh every day although they can’t agree on how to load the dishwasher!

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#Review: Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke #YoungAdult #Sci-Fi

Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke My rating: 4 of 5 stars Buy now link from Amazon UK or Amazon USA! I am reviewing the Omen…

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#Review: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer @HarperCollins @4thEstateBooks ‏

In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a woman named Rachel, who makes her living as a scavenger, finds a creature she names “Borne” entangled in the fur of Mord, a gigantic, despotic bear. Mord once prowled the corridors of the biotech organization known as the Company, which lies at the outskirts of the city, until he was experimented on, grew large, learned to fly and broke free. Driven insane by his torture at the Company, Mord terrorizes the city even as he provides sustenance for scavengers like Rachel.

At first, Borne looks like nothing at all—just a green lump that might be a Company discard. The Company, although severely damaged, is rumoured to still make creatures and send them to distant places that have not yet suffered Collapse.

Borne somehow reminds Rachel of the island nation of her birth, now long lost to rising seas. She feels an attachment she resents; attachments are traps, and in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet when she takes Borne to her subterranean sanctuary, the Balcony Cliffs, Rachel convinces her lover, Wick, not to render Borne down to raw genetic material for the drugs he sells—she cannot break that bond.

Wick is a special kind of supplier, because the drug dealers in the city don’t sell the usual things. They sell tiny creatures that can be swallowed or stuck in the ear, and that release powerful memories of other people’s happier times or pull out forgotten memories from the user’s own mind—or just produce beautiful visions that provide escape from the barren, craterous landscapes of the city.

Against his better judgment, out of affection for Rachel or perhaps some other impulse, Wick respects her decision. Rachel, meanwhile, despite her loyalty to Wick, knows he has kept secrets from her. Searching his apartment, she finds a burnt, unreadable journal titled “Mord,” a cryptic reference to the Magician (a rival drug dealer) and evidence that Wick has planned the layout of the Balcony Cliffs to match the blueprint of the Company building. What is he hiding? Why won’t he tell her about what happened when he worked for the Company?

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#Review: Fever @MeyerDeon @HodderBooks

Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa–and the world, as far as they know–to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father’s protector, even though he is still only a boy.

But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is both a thinker and a leader, a wise and compassionate man with a vision for a new community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is founded, drawing Storm’s -homeless and tempest-tost—starting with Melinda Swanevelder, whom they rescued from brutal thugs; Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane; Beryl Fortuin, with her ragtag group of orphans; and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand, whom Nico knows immediately is someone you want on your side. And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen, who changes everything.

So the community grows–and with each step forward, as resources increase, so do the challenges they must face–not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within. As Nico undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this new world, he experiences hardship and heartbreak and has his loyalty tested to its limits. Looking back later in life, he recounts the events that led to the greatest rupture of all–the hunt for the murderer of the person he loves most.

An exhilarating new standalone from the author of the internationally bestselling Benny Griessel thriller series, Fever is a gripping epic like nothing else Meyer has written before.

[Yep, it’s a massive blurb. It’s also a massive book!]

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#Review: Sold for the Greek’s Heir by Lynne Graham

With this ring…

After a whirlwind affair, Greek billionaire Jax Antanakos left Lucy Dixon heartbroken and – although he didn’t know it – pregnant! Lucy is determined to make a new life with her tiny daughter, yet when Jax sweeps back into her world, she cannot mask her instant response to his seductive charisma!

…I thee buy!

For Jax, a ready-made heir is well worth bidding for – especially when it guarantees making Lucy’s luscious curves his. He’s determined to stake his claim on her body – and their baby – by reminding her of their insatiable chemistry in the wedding bed!

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#Review: The Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose – Long awaited Baltimore Series Book 5 @KarenRoseBooks

The Sunday Times bestselling author of Every Dark Corner returns with an exclusive novel celebrating ten years of Karen Rose’s thrillers in the UK. MONSTER IN THE CLOSET reunites readers with characters from Karen Rose’s bestselling Baltimore series.

Here’s my review of Karen Rose’s Monster in the Closet – a romantic suspense thriller. (The Baltimore Series Book 5)

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#Review: The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances @panmacmillan

A relentlessly paced domestic noir examining the mother-son-daughter-in-law relationship in a chilling new light

The addictive Number One bestselling thriller, perfect for fans of Into the Water.

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#Review: My Sister by Michelle Adams @MAdamswriter @millieseaward

MY SISTER by Michelle Adams is an addictive, twisty, shocking debut thriller – an intimate tale of family secrets that will grip readers who devoured Clare Mackintosh’s I LET YOU GO and S.K. Tremayne’s THE ICE TWINS. Here’s what I thought!

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#Review: Boss by Sierra Cartwright @Totally_Bound ‏@SierraWrites

British born Sierra is a USA Today, International Best-Selling author who wrote her first book at age nine and hasn’t stopped since.

Sierra invites you to share the complex journey of love and desire, of surrender and commitment.

Her own journey has taught her that trusting takes guts and courage, and her work is a celebration for everyone who is willing to take that risk.

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