Friday, October 9, 2015

A #GIVEAWAY! MY thank you to ALL my #Followers! #NEW ones included! 2 #Winners #Kindle for US and $30 in #ebooks for INTL!


As a HUGE THANK YOU for following me, supporting me and the blog, always coming back, coming back after I switch back over HERE to Google, and for NEW FOLLOWERS, too! 
THANK YOU for Following me and my blog!!! YOU mean the world to me!
This is such an EXCITING #Giveaway for me to give back to YOU!
This is for ALL the upcoming holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the MANY Holidaze, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, New Year's, and MANY MORE . . . this is from myself to YOU! HAPPY EVERYTHING!!


This #giveaway runs from NOW to Saturday, October 31st at midnight, 2015



'1' US Follower of my blog, YOU have a chance to #WIN THE ABOVE BRAND NEW AND SHINY $79 KINDLE! (That was my first Kindle I had, and is STILL my FAVORITE!!!)

'1' INTERNATIONAL WINNER will #win $30.00 in ebooks! YOUR CHOICE of books! (Country allowing - this is up to you to find out if your country allows you to receive ebooks)

Don't miss the $250 #CASH #GIVEAWAY in the LEFT SIDE COLUMN until 10-15 at midnight! #Enter that one, too! There is a LOT to #win here right now! Good luck!

(Please note: there will be a scroll bar along the SIDE of the Entry Form. I cannot make this form any larger or else it will run into the side columns, so that makes this form VERY NARROW! Some people in the past have not noticed the scroll bar on the right, so I thought I would point it out. You can try it now and see how it works! See it!! It works!! It's WAY up at the top and darker in color!)
Good LUCK to each and every one of you!
Thank YOU!!!


Stacking the Shelves #8! Books received for review/and for myself! Check them out!

                        Thanks to our Host, Tynga's Reviews

Welcome everyone! It's that time again! Time to show off the books I received this week, either for review, to spotlight, or even books I found to add to my TBR list! Let's check them out!

For review (and if any giveaways, mark your calendar to come back!):

Reconnecting by Katalin Kennedy 
Blog Tour Stop - Oct 30th

Chance Harbor by Holly Robinson
Released October 6th
New American Library   

And a few for myself! For one rainy day! LOL!
This next one is because I danced ballet for 13 years and became quit good, that is until I got these two bumps on my chest and rounded hips! What happened??? Grrrrrr! Threw my balance right off and dance companies do NOT like women with curves OR a chest! Boo-hoo! Honestly, it was my dream that will have to wait for another lifetime! I DO miss it.

Off Balance by Terez Mertes Rose
Women's Fiction
Classical Gil Press   

Falling for Her by Debbie Macomber

The Way to a Man's Heart by Debbie Macomber

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Finally! I've always wanted to read this one!

And this is all this week! Well, 2 more, but I'll post those next week!
Thanks for reading!

#REVIEW #BLOG TOUR STOP! "While You Were Gone" by Kate Moretti

A Companion Novella to the NYT Bestseller Thought I Knew You

Despite Karen Caughee’s intense focus on her music, her life is drifting out of its lane. Her alcoholic mother keeps calling from bars for early-morning rides, her boyfriend doesn’t think she gets him, and that Toronto Symphony Orchestra position she applied for ends up going to her friend, Amy. By chance, she meets American Greg Randolf just before she’s in a car accident. He pulls her from the wreckage, but after major surgery, her recovery is slow. Without her music, her life’s pursuit, Karen is pushed further adrift.

Greg stays by her side while she heals, and he sees her every time he’s in Toronto for work. Without any other support or friendship in her life, Karen craves his enthusiastic attention, and their friendship deepens to love. Though she’s fallen hard for him, he doesn’t share everything with her. In one heartrending moment, Karen’s life comes to a crossroads, and she must face the full truth about who Greg is, and about who she has become.

3 Stars
I love this author’s writing a LOT! The way this author writes, she is 'very' talented! I read and reviewed Thought I Knew You and I loved the book! I gave it a five star rating, too, because it truly deserved it. I highly suggest reading that book first, in the order these were written. After the first book, this can be read, if so desired, as a follow-up. If not read that way, I know this book WILL take away from the first book, and very well may take a lot away from the first book if you read this novella first. (The author did put this book as 1.5, meaning it is to come ‘after’ the first book, and I’m glad she did.) This book made the New York Times Bestsellers list and the USA Today bestseller list with ‘Thought I Knew You’ in May of 2014! She also won the Big Al’s Books and Pals 2013 Reader’s Choice Award Romance Winner (per Amazon for that one.) Congratulations to this author again! This proves how well she writes and how excellent this book is!
When I was finished with that book, I was done, I felt very satisfied, and the ending, well, that is how that couple in that story were left. Good or bad, happy or sad, that is the way this author wrote the end of that story. Sure, when you finish reading a book, you can be left with unanswered questions at times, but that happens with almost every book out there. That is the story, that is how it was written. There are things we loved about the book and then there are those little things we may be questioning or not agree with. It happens in every book. Sure, people probably had questions about this book, but it’s not ANY different from any other book. In fact, this book has been compared to Gone Girl, but you don’t see that author writing another book, a 1.5 follow-up book explaining anything more about it. Yes, I don’t understand the reason why this author felt the need to publish this book. She has an excellent, award winning book she wrote, and I feel she should have left it at that and I much rather would have liked to have seen her move on and write a NEW book! A brand new stand-alone book because this author writes so well she could be celebrating that book hitting the charts. Instead, this author is staying in the past with this book and writing the sides of the story of other characters from the first book.
I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed because this book was really good. This author CAN WRITE! I would have much preferred to spend my time reading a NEW book with new characters and have seen her leave these as they are. Again, this book made it huge, it was so successful hitting the bestseller charts and the romance award, too! I kind of feel this author caved due to the moral issues some readers had, and this is holding this author back.
In the beginning of the book, the author has a “Dear Reader” letter. She tells us this book is a stand-alone novella based on the first book. I’m glad she wrote that. She continues on to tell us apparently some readers had issues with Claire and Greg’s final decision in that first book, so I happen to feel this author is trying to make the ‘bad guy’ look better. The author goes on to tell us (and what I believe is she is standing up for her own characters she wrote) more about the characters from the first book, and trying (per what she wrote in this letter to us) to make Greg and Karen human, more lovable, despite their mistakes.
I could go on standing up for more reasons why I think this author should have just moved on to writing her next book, and I could list all the reasons why I don’t believe we are privy to every character’s side of every story, just as in real life we often don’t always get the side of every story about the people closest to us. I can think of many things from my first marriage I still don’t have answers to, but . . . I will never get them. I wish I had an author out there to write my ex’s side of the story so I could understand a lot more about a lot of the things that happened and the real reason why about so many things, but then again do I really want to find out about all of the details and KNOW EVERYTHING that led up to the end of our marriage after learning his side of the story? NO way! What if the character of Claire were to read this book and learn ALL the details about her husband’s side of the story? How do you think she would feel reading and learning all of the intimate details about her husband? Not good. See, writing like this could go on and on, back and forth, over and over, and this is why I feel the way I do about this book.
I tried to write this review without giving ANY spoilers for the first book or give ANY information that would reflect back onto the first book because I think that first book was just excellent, so in case this review sounds vague and/or maybe even a little spotty in places, this is why. I don’t even want to talk about what this novella is about because most anything I say will give a lot of information about the first book’s story away. Besides, there are so many other detailed reviews about this book already, I don't want to 'add' more information than what you already have.
Kate Moretti, please keep writing well into the future! You are SO talented and we LOVE how wonderful you write that we want more!! We can’t wait for your next new book! 
This book was provided to me by the author and her publicist through Red Adept Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

Kate Moretti lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids, and a dog. She’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry for ten years as a scientist, and has been an avid fiction reader her entire life.

She enjoys traveling and cooking, although with two kids, a day job, and writing, she doesn’t get to do those things as much as she’d like.

Her lifelong dream is to buy an old house with a secret passageway.

Visit Kate:

Goodreads page:
Twitter: @KateMoretti1

Red Adept Publishing Page:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

#REVIEW #NEW RELEASE #Blog Tour - Today, Oct 6th! "Pop Goes the Weasel" by M J Arlidge! 5 Amazing Stars!


DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards.

The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes. For Grace, only one thing is certain: there's a vicious serial-killer at large who must be halted at all costs . . .

5+++ STARS!!!
This book is the second book in the Helen Grace series by M J Arlidge, (her first was Eeny Meeny.) These books are in no particular order, so you can pick either of them up to enjoy reading without having to have read the previous book. This book is about a new and different serial killer now on the loose in the darkness of the city streets of London.
In this book, we now have a new serial killer who seems to be only after men, or at least so far it is only men who have been killed, and the way they die, or were ‘killed’, just doesn’t quite seem a strong enough enough words to describe what happened. After these men are killed, their hearts are literally ripped out of their chests, and most are even delivered to certain people, in particular, their families, or sometimes the heart is only halfway torn out, as if the serial killer got interrupted in the kill. Either way, this serial killer is cold, calculating, and absolutely sickening in what it does, and it is incomprehensible in what is done.
Now, to catch ‘em! This is where DI Helen Grace comes in! If anyone can solve something like this, it is her. The thing that blew my mind was they wanted her OFF the case at one point! Does this stop her? NO WAY!
This is about all I can tell you about from this book so I don’t give ANY spoilers away! I will say this again, though, if you love thrillers, this series is one you will become addicted to on the very first page! I say this 'series' because at the end of this book, SURPRISE! A THIRD book is coming out!!! It states, 'the next chilling case', "The Doll's House", available from the New American Library, is available in February 2nd, 2016!' I can't WAIT!!! Yes! It IS available for Pre-Order NOW!!!
This author, M J Arlidge, does not disappoint the reader at ALL! She is one unique and remarkable writer about serial killers and the stories she writes to put her heroine, DI Helen Grace into. She is one very talented writer! I have to admit, in my opinion, that this author is one of the BEST out there writing serial killer novels! Her plots and the way they play out are so amazing! The only complaint I have is they are SO EXCELLENT that I cannot stop reading these so quickly! These stories have you glued to reading about everything that is happening sentence after sentence that you are not going to put this book down! I really mean it when I say you end up ‘reading ferociously through these’! I read the ebook galley, and I just kept my thumb/fingers constantly ready to flip the page!
I want to thank the Publisher, Penguin Group/Berkley/New American Library and NetGalley, along with the Publicist who coordinates all reviews, Blog Tours and more for inviting me to be a part of this book in exchange to write a review of my own opinion. Thank you!

If you would like to Follow this Author, you can find her on Twitter at:

ebook: $  9.99
print:   $11.88

So you don't forget, Book #3 is available for Pre-Order NOW, and will be delivered to your ereader automatically on Feb 2nd, 2016:

ebook: $  9.99
print:   $12.34

Friday, October 2, 2015

#Stacking the #Shelves #7 PLUS #GIVEAWAY #Announcement starting 10-9!

                Thanks to our Sponsor, Tynga's Reviews

It might be because it was 4:30am when I did it (I fell asleep here in my recliner! Don't ever do what I just did!) That post takes a few hours to write, and with the Domain Host change already in the works, I cannot write it again because I'll lose it. All I can do it EDIT THIS POST.
I am very sorry, again, believe me!!
I'll see you in a few days with my review on Pop Goes the Weasel by A J Arlidge!

Welcome! It's that time again! One of my FAVORITE posts! Even I love to see the books I got each week! As far as reviews go for this week, none! Google is changing their blogs around, giving us more security, so I have been busy trying to figure out HOW to do this! What I did was Google used to have a service that allowed us to go through another domain server and that way we could drop the .blogspot off our names! I bit! I loved dropping that part! Now, in order for us to have the same level of security, we have to bring our blogs BACK to Google. This is what I am in the middle of. Because of this, you will not see Sunday's post like I usually do it. It may only be a list, and that's it.
This IS still my blog and address!
As far as what I found out today, my blog SHOULD have the same name. There should not be a blogspot hooked onto the end of my name, as far as Google says.
Either way, please watch for my blog, watch for the address - it could look like this:
OR it may look like this:
OR ANOTHER DIFFERENT WAY! However it looks, I will still have you all with me, you will may have to look for me, I don't know???
Google says this is a BREEZE! I won't know until I try it . . . ???
Interesting, huh!
If anyone out there has gone through this already, PLEASE contact me and let me know how it worked for you, PLEASE!!! My email is: laurieisreading at g mail dot com! Thanks!!

As a HUGE THANK YOU for following me, supporting me and the blog, always coming back, coming back after I switch back over HERE to Google, and for NEW FOLLOWERS, too! 
THANK YOU for Following me and my blog!!! YOU mean the world to me!
This is for ALL the upcoming holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, the MANY Holidaze, Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, New Year's, and MANY MORE . . . this is from myself to YOU! HAPPY EVERYTHING!!


'1' US Follower of my blog, YOU have a chance to #WIN THIS BRAND NEW AND SHINY $79 KINDLE! (This was my first Kindle I had, and STILL my FAVORITE!!!)

'1' INTERNATIONAL WINNER will #win $30.00 in ebooks! YOUR CHOICE of books! (Country allowing)

WHEN? NEXT WEEKEND, PROJECTED "START" DATE OF 10-9 to 11-1! Spread the word!! I want to give you all the way through Halloween weekend till Sunday, 11-1 at midnight to enter! You will then have your prizes to enjoy ALL through the holidays! OR, REGIFT THEM! They are YOURS to do with what you want! Make SURE to come back next weekend, on FRIDAY, the 2nd!

#WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN "THIS POST" FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, and again on Sunday, November 8th!

Fall Into Books $250 Giveaway

September 23rd to October 15th

$250 Gift Code or $250 in Paypal Cash sound!



The Dressmaker's War by Mary Chamberlain/NEW RELEASE 1-12-16!

Clutch by Amy Becker - Blog Tour WITH #GIVEAWAY!!! 11-18 to 11-22 and the Giveaway is . . . a CLUTCH!!! Stay tuned for MORE DETAILS!!!

While You Were Gone by Kate Moretti NEW RELEASE/9-1-15

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

and that is a LOT for this week! I have MORE, too, but don't yet have the books!

Have you ever read Diane Chamberlain? WOW!!! She's Ahhhhhmazing!!!
I LOVE her writing, and if there is one author out there I can get completely lost in, that is Diane Chamberlain!!!

Diane Chamberlain has a NEW book out, 
Pretending to Dance/NEW RELEASE/OCT 6th!
(Sorry, but the offer ended early! The 2nd at 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers in #Fiction for the week ending 9-27-15! Plus #Blog Updates!

Welcome! Hope you had a great week of reading wonderful books this week! I did! Here we are with another week of #bestsellers in #Fiction again! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday and most of the time earlier!

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great week! This upcoming week we have some NEW RELEASES coming out with reviews!! Watch for them!

Also, this week I will be picking winners for the blog hop that just ended Friday night and the last 2 book giveaways! Headed to the post office this upcoming week to mail LOTS of books. I was going to do it 2 weeks ago, but life happened and I was unable to do it. (Hubby had to work overtime!) I will be getting LOTS of books mailed out!

Getting ready and reading for Halloween? I am! I have a NEW book I just found at NetGalley I HAD to have to read for Halloween, so it's ready and waiting! I am finishing up Pop Goes the Weasel by M J Arlidge, who also wrote Eeny Meeny! GREAT book! This book is just as great! She keeps you in her grips while you're reading!

Okay! Let's hit the books!

Remember every time you purchase a book from my blog, you are helping to support book giveaways! Please consider this! Thank you!!

1.  The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
ebook: $ 8.99
print:   $9.00

2. Devoted in Death by J D Robb
ebook: $13.99
print:   $17.24

3. Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
ebook: $13.99
print:   $16.28

4. The Girl in the Spider's Web: A Lisbeth Salander novel, continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series by David Lagercrantz
ebook: $13.99
print:   $16.77

5. The End Game: Brit in the FBI (A Brit in the FBI Book 3) by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison
ebook: $12.99
print:   $14.82

6. Hard Love: The Hacker Series #5 by Meredith Wild
ebook: $  6.99
print:   $11.67

7. The Scam: A Fox and O'Hare Novel by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
ebook: $13.99
print:   $19.60

8. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
ebook: $7.99
print:   $8.02

9. Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
ebook: $12.99
print:   $14.40

10. Gray Mountain: A Novel by John Grisham
ebook: $9.99
print:   $7.85

11. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
ebook: $13.99
print:   $10.87

12. Go Set a Watchman: A Novel by Harper Lee
ebook: $15.99
print:   $16.07

13. X (Kinsey Millhone Book 24) by Sue Grafton
ebook: $14.99
print:   $17.37

14. Fatal Frenzy (The Fatal Series Book 9) by Marie Force
ebook: $7.99
no print version yet

15. Hollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
ebook: $ 4.99
print: $11.68

There are our first 15 books! Thanks for coming by! I'll see you later this week with some New Releases and Reviews! Here are the last 5 to bring the bestsellers to 20!

ONE YEAR AFTER, by William R. Forstchen (Forge)
THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin's)
GREY, by E. L. James (Vintage)
DARK WILD NIGHT, by Christina Lauren (Gallery)
DRIVING HEAT, by Richard Castle (Kingswell)

Leave a comment! Tell us what you are reading! See you next week!