Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Release Day! Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Happy Release Day!!

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Slightly South of Simple

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Paperback and ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Gallery Books

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.\

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

  

I read Slightly South of Simple and posted my thoughts a couple of days ago. You can read my thoughts HERE. I loved this one just like I have loved all of Kristy's books. This is such a wonderful story and I am so excited that this is the first in a series, more wonderfulness to come! Yay! 

Congrats Kristy 
on the release today of 
Slightly South of Simple!


About the author



Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodonsharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's school of journalism and holds a Master's in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

Connect with Kristy


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Release Day! You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

Happy Release Day!! 

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You're the One That I Want

You're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published: April 25th 2017 by Thomas Dunne Books 

A new novel from the author of Billy and Me about love and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob—the man she’s about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben—best man and the best friend anyone could ever ask for. And that’s the problem. Because if it wasn’t Rob waiting for her at the altar, there’s a strong chance it would be Ben. Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben, and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. And now Maddy has a choice to make. Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it.

  

About the author

Giovanna Fletcher

Giovanna grew up in Essex with her Italian dad Mario, mum Kim, big sister Giorgina and little brother Mario, and spent most of her childhood talking to herself (it seems no one wanted to listen) or reading books.

At thirteen she left Essex behind to attend the full-time Sylvia Young Theatre School, where she met her husband Tom Fletcher. Following SYTS she completed an acting BA (hons) at Rose Bruford – since then she's been acting, chaperoning mini actors and dabbling in a spot of freelance journalism.

Giovanna is a firm believer in the power of magpies and positive energy. To see what makes Giovanna smile, view her blog at www.giovannasworld.com, or her Twitter page @mrsgifletcher

Billy and Me is Giovanna's debut novel.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sisters by Don Sloan ~ Book Trailer Blitz, an Excerpt, and a Giveaway!


The Sisters


The Sisters: A Mystery of Good and Evil, Horror and Suspense by Don Sloan
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 239
Genre: Supernatural/Mystery/Horror/Thriller 

In this book, written in the style of Stephen King, two young people on vacation in a small New England seacoast town battle unspeakable horror and solve a hundred-year-old mystery. Fourteen Victorian mansions whisper dark secrets among themselves, and a dangerous shadow roams up and down the wide, wintry boulevard in search of new prey.

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Excerpt

Snow pellets blow white across the boulevard and up onto the wide, night-shadowed porch of the house just in the center of the block. Inside, past leaded glass doors and heavy oak furnishings, something moves.

Up the polished mahogany staircase, and up yet another flight to the third story something moves that has no breath, no warmth, no life.

There is a narrow passageway to the attic, locked behind a heavy door with steel bands. The shadow pauses at the door only long enough to pass cold fingers over the padlock. It falls heavily to the floor and the door opens. The shadow passes through, as quietly as a midnight breeze in an icy cold forest. Here, no light at all warms the creaking steps. It is darker than the inside of death.

In the attic, the bitter, knifing cold whirls and eddies around shapeless mounds of old memorabilia and the shadow moves silently to a dormer window. Cobwebs—spun by industrious spiders long dead—are brushed aside and a single candle is placed on the sill. And in the darkness a flame is struck.

Outside, the wind falls off to nothing, and snow drifts listlessly to the ground. The candle flickers briefly and catches, burning a pinprick hole in the vastness of the night.

Far out to sea, a single cry begins and then falls silent.

And in the dormer window, where the shadow has settled down to wait, the candle flares brightly and then goes out.

About the author


Don Sloan is a former journalist for a large metropolitan daily newspaper and also an avid book reviewer, with more than 200 reviews posted on Amazon. His goal with the Dark Forces Series is to present readers with a new and exciting horror and suspense thriller experience.

He currently lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with his wife of 39 years, and, when not writing, enjoys a cold glass of Chardonnay in the evenings, sitting on his back deck.

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Don Sloan is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Terms & Conditions: By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old. One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive $25 Amazon Gift Card. This giveaway ends midnight April 24. Winner will be contacted via email on April 25. Winner has 48 hours to reply.

Good luck everyone!

ENTER TO WIN!


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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? April 24, 2017


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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I had a great week. Saturday was my birthday (check out my birthday post for a giveaway) and it was a wonderful day. I am so blessed. The next week will be very busy and different for us. We are taking care of our 2½ grandson for a few days while his parents take a vacation. Thank goodness he's got a great daycare so we can rest up during the day. 😉

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a great week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading/listening to

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All the Best People
by Sonja Yoerg
Love this author's stories!

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Motherland
by Maria Hummel 
This is our book club pick for this week.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34858345-beach-rental
Beach Rental (Emerald Isle, NC #1)
by Grace Greene
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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Locked Tight (Mindjack Series #4)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Love this series! My thoughts will be posted soon.

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I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage
by Mary-Ann Kirkby
Interesting read. Check out my post and giveaway HERE

What I am going to read next

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Sweet Tea Tuesdays
by Ashley Farley

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey ~ My Thoughts

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Slightly South of Simple

Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Paperback and ebook, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Gallery Books

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she'd spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.\

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

  

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"I still have dreams about that yellow-and-white-striped bikini, the one I was wearing the night I met Jack, my first bona fide summer love. I was fifteen going on sixteen, the perfect age, when your hair tints that summer blond that hairstylists become superstars for emulating."

I know when I start a novel by Kristy Woodson Harvey that I am going to be transported to another fabulous world, one that I will not want to leave. Slightly South of Simple is full of interesting characters and that wonderful southern charm that Kristy does so well.

I was hooked from the first paragraph, as I knew I would be, and I loved the story more and more as I turned each page. Slightly South of Simple is a story of family, sisters, and love, all kinds of love; old loves and new loves, deep love and heartbreaking love. 

Oh, and secrets. Always secrets. Secrets that need to be revealed so that healing can happen. As each sister heads home to Peachtree Bluff and their mother, their safe place, they realize that there is nothing more important than family. 


I am so excited that there will be more stories from Peachtree Bluff. I loved my visit there and I can't wait to go back. 


About the author

Kristy Woodson Harvey


Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina. She blogs at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodonsharvey.com. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's school of journalism and holds a Master's in English from East Carolina University. She is a regular contributor for The Salisbury Post, Domino magazine and Houzz. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three-year-old son.

Connect with Kristy


Blog | Goodreads | Design Chic


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Book Spotlight Giveaway! I Am Hutterite by Mary-Ann Kirkby


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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This book is one that my book club just finished reading and discussing. It was very interesting and I learned so much about the Hutterite way of life, so different from my own. We had a really great discussion and since we have Hutterite colonies in our state, it was enlightening to learn more about the culture of some of our neighbors.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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I Am Hutterite

I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage by Mary-Ann Kirkby
Paperback, 203 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Polka Dot Press

A fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community.

I Am Hutterite takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony in southern Manitoba where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten years old her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the security of the colony to start a new life. Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn't understand, a world that did not understand them.

Before she left the colony Mary-Ann had never tasted macaroni and cheese or ridden a bike. She had never heard of Walt Disney or rock-and-roll. She was forced to reinvent herself, denying her heritage to fit in with her peers. With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture; and with raw honesty her family's deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us.

Controversial and acclaimed by the Hutterite community, Kirkby's book unveils the rich history and traditions of her people, giving us a rare and intimate portrait of an extraordinary way of life.


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