Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#REVIEW - "Those Girls" by Chevy Stevens


Description:
Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet— a story of survival…and revenge.


Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s fists. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.


Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past.


This time there’s nowhere left to run.

As much of a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

MY TAKE:
5+++ STARS!!!!!
Wow!!! ANYTHING with the name of 'Chevy Stevens' on it - don't hesitate, don't ask questions, don't read the description, you don't even need to read the reviews - just BUY IT AND READ IT! She is "THE MASTER" at writing the perfect psychological thriller, and not only that, she constantly keeps us guessing as to what is going to happen! I guarantee you're going to LOVE this book just as much as ANY other book she has written, and maybe even a little more so than the others! If you don't, then come back at me and let me have it! 
This is, however, if you LOVE psychological thrillers! Chevy Stevens does not hold back! Allow me to warn you, Chevy Stevens does not blink once when it comes to gore, blood, sexual predicaments, and other things that some people may not be comfortable reading about, so let me tell you I have forewarned you.
I really enjoyed where this book took us. Of course the things that happened to these sisters were HORRID, I couldn't imagine living through some of the things they did, but I never expected this story to go where it did! I can't say too much about it because if I give the smallest hint, you'll know, or can guess what will happen, but in this book, Chevy Stevens gives us a little bit of a trip through Women's Fiction in it. I really enjoyed this part of it in this story. I thought it was a neat curve for her with her writing, a place we have not been before with her, and I hope we get to see a little more of into the future! We read about the sisters' everyday lives, the regular things that happen in life as it moves along, their relationships with each other, and other things. 
This part was the most normal part there was, of course! It really was enjoyable to get to see these sisters actually be sisters, for once, and not be running, hiding, or whatever to stay alive, that is, until, we get the regular Chevy Stevens back that we all know and love!
Okay! For you diehard Chevy Stevens fans, go read this one and enjoy every second of it! I sure did!
I want to thank St Martins Press and NetGalley for giving me the absolute AMAZING opportunity to get to read and review this book for you no matter if this review was positive or negative! Thank you SO much!!!

#REVIEW, #GuestPost, #Tour Stop and #GIVEAWAY for "REMEMBER MIA" by ALEXANDRA BURT!


Description:


Like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, Remember Mia is a riveting psychological suspense, exploring what happens when a young mother’s worst nightmare becomes devastatingly real…


First I remember the darkness.
Then I remember the blood.
I don’t know where my daughter is.


Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.


Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone.


Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media.

As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone else done to her?

My Take:
4 Stars!
Wow! What a story! We are pulled into this book reading it immediately and frantically, glued to the pages from the start! We are really trying to figure out what is going on, what is happening, and we want to find out. 
One day Estelle's baby, Mia, disappears. ALL of Mia's things disappear. EVERYTHING of Mia's disappears. Not one sock is left. Not one pacifier is left. Not one bottle of formula is left in the refrigerator. Not one piece of furniture! It ALL disappeared! What's going on? Estelle's husband blames HER! What about HIM? This is a crazy case! The police are called in, eventually, and Estelle is beside herself. We are frantically reading trying to find out what happened, but can't, and some of the things Estelle does, such as not calling 911 right away just don't make sense to us.
This book doesn't really slow down until about Chapter 11 when the story starts to go through things a little slower, when we can finally slow down and start to process things a little more about what really happened. Although, then again, we now have her husband, Jack, to deal with. He is a nasty one! Or at least these are his true colors he shows in most of this book!
As things slow down a bit, we find out the main character of this book, Estelle, was actually shot with a gun while she was driving. The bullet hit her in the ear, knocking her unconscious, causing her to end up driving down into a ravine alongside an exit ramp. The vehicle was in such a way that you could not see it, and it took two days for someone to be walking around in that stumble upon her and the vehicle. 
Everything that is wrong with Estelle is not ALL Postpartum Depression after all we learn! Sure, she definitely has it/had it, but there are other things at play here, too. Estelle DID HAVE A BABY! That is a proven FACT! Her husband can't try change the facts about that. Not everything that is wrong with Estelle can now be blamed on the postpartum depression.
We need to find out what is going on. but this book starts to become more about Estelle's psyche now, as we need to find out what she knows, too.
You cannot help but to feel so strongly for Estelle because her husband is so mean to her. HE wants answers, but she can't remember a THING! Her husband wants the answers now, wants to know what happened immediately, but give her a chance! She has just been pulled out of a ravine after being unconscious for two days, and her husband has nothing nice to even say to her, not even a simple, "I love you.". He can't even ask her how she's feeling. Obviously she's not feeling well, but most husbands' would at least ask their wives how they were feeling instead of just accepting the obvious here! Come on! 
Estelle had driven in to Dover, a town that is very far from their home, about three hours away, and she had no reason for doing it and no answers as to why she did it. She simply does not know.
You start to think her husband is behind this somehow, he HAS TO BE! How could he not be because of the way he was treating his own wife? Did he even FEEL for his own WIFE? I could not help but to remember a thought Jack had had about Estelle back when they were dating, his now wife, but when she was his girlfriend. He thought to himself that he 'felt' she looked at the world in a very 'emotional way'. Heck, if he were a criminal and needed someone to pin something on, this woman could become his scapegoat one day if need be! He probably thought Estelle would be the perfect woman to pin a crime on because she reacts to things emotionally. This would give Jack a nice scapegoat to blame Estelle as a good person to peg a crime on. It wouldn't take much to blame Estelle of anything, or even convince her SHE did do something so severe that she would believe it! This is Estelle's husband now, Jack. NOT a nice guy, or at least this is how I feel from the beginning! 
Jack, doesn't help Estelle with her memory, either. He continually puts her down and makes her feel guilty, that she DID do something to the baby. She believes Jack so much that she starts to dream of blood (from the car accident? She doesn't know?) and of other strange things because he makes her feel as if it is HER FAULT! Next Jack gets into her psyche by asking her HOW can she LOSE a child? He continually acts like this, and frankly, I hated him! There was not one thing I liked about this man, and I felt he was behind this entire disappearance. 
Now we are left with psychologically abused Estelle, feeling as if she DID do something to make their baby who had severe colic, keeping both her and her husband up at night, every night, and then conveniently her husband gets a job in Chicago, temporarily of course, and Estelle and the baby will continue to stay living there in Brooklyn during the time he lives in Chicago! (Wow! Did Jack set up the deal of a lifetime or what? Jerk!) Estelle IS feeling like she is going crazy, but so would you without one friend being 'allowed' into your home, (yes, this is at her husband's request!) Estelle has no family to help her, either, and prior to this accident, she is with this baby 24/7, the ONLY help was Mia's naps and sleeping at night, of which she was not good at because of the constant crying. The baby never slept. Estelle does start believing she IS crazy, and did lose the baby somehow. I don't know about you, but I sure would start to feel like I was at fault in Estelle's situation, too!
Now Jack convinces Estelle to sign papers. Papers that will institutionalize her so she can get her memory back about baby Mia.
The media gets wind of this story and calls Estelle, 'MediaMom'.
Over time, a LOT of hard emotional work, things start to work. Of course, there is so much more to this story, but I can't tell you more! It will spoil the story! It's amazing that this is a debut author who wrote this! You're going to LOVE this book if you like Psychological Thrillers!

Congratulations to this author, Alexandra Burt, on her first published work!
This book was provided to me by Penguin/Random House/Berkley for review purposes only, either positive or negative. Thank you Publishers! I truly enjoyed this book and I see a LOT of people loving this book just as much!



GUEST POST by this author,

The Write Place
by Alexandra Burt
I pinch myself and I feel pain. It’s real: contracts, agents, publishers, my first book. Remember Mia is a story of a missing baby, of motherhood, shortcomings, and isolation. But no one tells stories like life itself and my journey is one of the most unlikely stories you will ever hear.
I was born in Germany in a small town in the East Hesse Highlands. The area is heavily wooded with ranges of hills and forests straight out of Grimm’s fairytales. I was a gluttonous reader—something I shared with my late mother—and I love to share my favorite memory of her: There were no bookstores in town, I was too young to take the bus to the city and so I made do with a small library in the basement of the city hall. I depleted the entire library within a couple of years and from then on I was dependent on other people’s books. I’d watch my mother read, a ferocious reader like myself, and I‘d wait for her to finish. Hurry up, I’d say, read faster, how much longer, are you done? One day, tired of my nagging, she took a paperback and ripped it in half, handed me the first half and continued to read the second. We had solved our dilemma and from then on our shelves were filled with torn books. Many visitors gave us sideway glances imagining some unruly children or pets destroying the spines of our books. We never told.
I studied English in middle school and read some English literature in high school but read exclusively in my native language. After I moved to Texas, I worked as a freelance translator and started reading English novels. The plan was to break into literary translations but the union never panned out and I so decided to tell my own stories. I took writing classes and eventually published some short fiction.
Between classes and publishing my short stories, years passed and those were in fact difficult years. They seemed rather challenging considering I spent my days emerging myself in concepts I really didn’t understand; there were the pragmatic mechanics like plot, pace, and point-of-view but there were also the elusive concepts of voice, mood, atmosphere, and tone and not much made sense.
My unlikely story of authorhood, as implausible as it sounds, was inevitable in a way; I love the English language and what Dorothy L. Sayers called its “deceptive air of simplicity.” I recall the night I started writing Remember Mia, I recall imagining a woman in the grips of postpartum depression, confronted by a psychiatrist to solve the disappearance of her infant daughter, a tale of motherhood, of shortcomings, and isolation, and it felt like coming home; I have lived in many places but once I set foot into the write place, I knew I was home.
There’s nothing else I can imagine doing for the rest of my life.

I’m going to stay put.

#GIVEAWAY!
Anyone who is interested in entering this Giveaway, please post your name and email address below in the COMMENTS section! You have until Tuesday, July 21st, two weeks, to enter this giveaway! This giveaway is open to people in the US and Canada and is sponsored by the Publisher, Berkley, a Division of Random House

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 20 #Bestsellers for the week ending July 4th! Plus BLOG UPDATES!


HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!

Welcome!!! To the weekly post of the BEST of the BEST #NYTimes #Bestsellers for this past week! This post is ALWAYS posted every week (minus ONE in the three years I've been doing this, and only due to illness!) I LOVE writing this post! You can count on this to be up EVERY Sunday by NOON and most of the time earlier! Like today!
Well, I had an AWESOME week of reading, and I hope you did, too! Let's see what books made the #Bestseller list AND find out about ALL of the Blog Updates going on HERE, and there are A LOT OF GREAT UPDATES to tell you about today! I'm SO excited!!!
I also have the #WINNERS from the last 3 #book #giveaways back when I was ill and was not able to choose them with Random.org! I have NOT forgotten!!! I was just too sick to be able to go back and get the winners and contact them. I'm sorry about that, but I was really sick. Thankfully, I am feeling GREAT now! I LOVE life, but only because there are books! If books did not exist, I don't know what I would do??? How about you? I bet the SAME thing!

IT'S TIME TO MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE PERSEIDS METEOR SHOWERS! To learn MORE - go HERE! These start July 17th and go to August 24th, with a peak time of August 9th to the 13th, and the BEST DAY is August 11th! That is given your weather cooperates! This has been a problem for myself and my kids (no matter how old or young they are!) as it has been cloudy and foggy. BUMMER! This year I AM going to see them!! They talk about these in much more detail at the link I gave you up above! It is WORTH IT to see these! One year I sat outside my house on the outskirts of the city, and I STILL had a GREAT SHOW! Take a drive out to the country and you won't be sorry! You'll LOVE it!

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT: I want to bring to your attention the LEFT SIDE COLUMN! There are "2" Giveaway Hops going on NOW! (Well, one IS going on right now, and the other one 'officially' starts on July 5th, or tonight at midnight, which is Sunday already!) You CAN enter BOTH OF MY HOPS, EVEN IF THE ONE IS OPEN EARLY! I've done this intentionally for you night owls out there! I'm positive you'll be up because you'll be celebrating the 4th tonight with FIREWORKS!!!), so if you are here today, on the 4th, then go ahead and ENTER BOTH of them now! Just know that not ALL blogs may not YET have their posts up. You might want to keep track of the blogs that are not yet open so you can go back and enter them tomorrow, or a  JUST CLICK ON THE PHOTOS OF THE HOPS and that will take you to the link that the #Hop is going on at! After entering my #Giveaways, you can then go on to ALLLLLLLL the rest of the blogs who are participating, too! You'll have LOTS of chances to win some amazing books!! Good luck!!!

NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT: THE WINNERS for the 3 previous book giveaways ARE:
Eeny Meeny by M J Arlidge - winner is: Mary
The Appetite of Girls by Pamela Moses is: Rebecca
House Broken by Sonja Yoerg is: Meredith!
Congratulations!!!

Once I hear back from ALL 3 of you, I will be mailing your books out this week!!! Exciting!!! Once again, thanks for being patient with me on these!

REVIEWS COMING THIS WEEK - lots of NEW RELEASES!!
Tuesday: Remembering Mia by Alexandra Burt
Wednesday: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
Thursday: The Third Wife by Lisa Jewel

Okay! Those are ALL of the announcements!!  (I think! LOL!) Let's say we get to the books!

FICTION: COMBINED #EBOOK AND #PRINT!


1. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E L James
ebook: $7.99
print: $9..89



2. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $6.99
print: $9.65



3. Truth or Dieby James Patterson and Howard Roughan
ebook: $14.99
print: $12.96



4. The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark
ebook: $12.99
print: $ 8.18



5. Wicked Charms: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel (Lizzy & Diesel Book 3) by Janet Evanovich
ebook: $11.84
print: $18.48



6. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
ebook: $5.99
print: $9.00



7. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $13.99
print: $14.24



8. The Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
ebook: $8.99
print: $



9. Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King by Stephen King
ebook: $14.99
print: $17.00



10. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
ebook: $10.99
print: $16.77



11. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $ 8.99
print: $14.66



12. Safe at Last: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels Book 3) by Maya Banks
ebook: $ 7.99
print: $10.77



13. Ever After: A Nantucket Brides Novel (Nantucket Brides Trilogy Book 3) by Jude Deveraux
ebook: $12.31
print: $17.30



14. Tom Clancy Under Fire (Jack Ryan Jr. Novel, A) by Grant Blackwood
ebook: $10.99
print: $15.16



15. Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll
ebook: $11.99
print: $11.47



There are our books for the week! Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you through the week, too!
Here are the last 5!

COUNTRY, by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW, by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central)
RADIANT ANGEL, by Nelson DeMille (Grand Central)
SUMMER SECRETS, by Jane Green (St. Martin's)
MEMORY MAN, by David Baldacci (Grand Central)


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Just Couldn't Put It Down #Giveaway Hop! NOW to July 18th! 2 #Winners! 1 #print and 1 #ebook!

        Thanks to our Sponsor, Stuck in Books!


What do I have to give away? The BEST book I could NOT put down AT ALL!!! You're going to LOVE this book as much as I did, I PROMISE!!!
Here it is!

Dear Carolina, a novel, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

                                                                                                                 
Description:
A moving debut novel about two mothers—one biological and one adoptive—from a compelling new voice in Southern women’s fiction.


One baby girl.
Two strong Southern women.
And the most difficult decision they’ll ever make.


Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…


Written to baby Carolina, by both her birth mother and her adoptive one, this is a story that proves that life circumstances shape us but don’t define us—and that families aren’t born, they’re made…

55 Reviews with an Average rating of 4.21 - AMAZING READING!!! This author takes you and gets you into this story and doesn't let you go until the very end! She is one amazing author!

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The #GIVEAWAY - 2 CHANCES TO #WIN!

ONE #PRINT copy with ALL credit due to the author, @Kristy Woodson Harvey! (Thank you, again, for giving us to give away!!!) This is US AND CANADA ONLY!

AND 

ONE #EBOOK available INTERNATIONALLY from myself!

HOW DO YOU ENTER?? JUST FILL OUT THIS FORM BELOW! 
AFTER YOU ARE DONE THERE, LOOK UP IN THE TOP LEFT COLUMN! THERE IS ANOTHER BLOG HOP, THE "FREEDOM TO READ" #GIVEAWAY #BLOG HOP YOU CAN ENTER TO WIN EVEN MORE PRIZES!!! HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!!!
DON'T FORGET TO "HOP" TO THE REST OF THESE BLOGS BELOW AND ENTER THEIR #GIVEAWAYS!







Here are the rest of the blogs in this Hop! Have FUN and GOOD LUCK!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#FREEDOM TO #READ #GIVEAWAY HOP! July 2-9th!

                       Thanks to our Sponsors, Bookhounds and I Am A Reader!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!!!!

Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop hosted by our Sponsors listed below the photo up above!

1 #Winner

INTERNATIONAL

#Win '1' ebook of YOUR CHOICE valued up to $10.00
(This is not for a gift card, but you choose the ebook and I will send it to your email address!)

How to enter? Fill out this form!!





Here are ALLLLLL the other blogs in this Hop! Enter them and have fun!!!


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The #NYTimes #Bestsellers in #Fiction Combined #print and #ebook for week ending June 28, 2015


Welcome! It's been a GREAT week of books and reading and I hope you've enjoyed them! Time to find out what books have made the list of Bestsellers for this previous week! There may even be NEW books HERE you can't live without! Let's see what books hit the list! This post is always posted every Sunday by NOON and sometimes earlier! (Sorry about last week but I was ill, but I'm back - in FULL FORCE! Thanks for being patient with me!)

Hello, hello, hello! I'm BACK!!! I'm feeling so MUCH better! Thanks for coming back this weekend and putting up with no post last week. I was so sick but now I am feeling SO MUCH BETTER!!! I'm back to reading and posting here at the blog! Email, book reviews, etc.! I'm back and ready to go! So let's hit those books and find out what hit the list of bestsellers!

Blog Updates: Watch for BLOG HOPS! They are coming! Also coming are some pretty darned EXCELLENT books with reviews! You're going to love them!

I am currently reading: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens! NEW Release for July 7th! Also, Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt, another July 7th release! Also, Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin is August 4th!

FICTION: COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK All links go to the Kindle version of the book, however, ALL versions are available no matter what version want at every type of book you pull up now! Choose whichever version you want from wherever you are!

1.  Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian by E L James

ebook: $7.99
print:   $9.89



2. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $6.99
print:   $8.20




3. The Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $12.77



4. Tom Clancy Under Fire (Jack Ryan Jr. Novel, A) by Grant Blackwood
ebook: $11.99
print:   $17.24



5. Country: A Novel by Danielle Steel
ebook: $11.84
print:   $18.18



6. The President's Shadow (The Culper Ring Series) by Brad Meltzer
ebook: $12.99
print:   $18.30



7. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
ebook: $5.99
print:   $9.00



8. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doer
ebook: $13.99
print:   $13.87



9. Finders Keepers: A Novel by Stephen King
ebook: $14.99
print:   $17.00



10. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.03



11. Radiant Angel (John Corey Book 7) by Nelson DeMille
ebook: $12.99
print:   $11.99



12. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $14.66



13. Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novelby Jessica Knoll
ebook: $11.99
print:   $11.44



14. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R R Martin
ebook: $ 4.99
print:   $10.19



15. Memory Man (Amos Decker series) by David Baldacci
ebook: $13.99
print:   $12.79



And there we have our books! Here are the rest!, the last 5! See you next week!

  • ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)
  • 14TH DEADLY SIN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)
  • DARK PLACES, by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)
  • THE SANTANGELOS, by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's)
  • ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, by Dorothea Benton Frank (Morrow/HarperCollins)