Tuesday, October 21, 2014

#REVIEW - The Story of Santa Claus by Joseph A McCullough


DESCRIPTION:
Every December 24th millions of children eagerly await a visit from a large, bearded man in a red suit. But where did Santa come from and how did he evolve into today's Jolly Old Saint Nick?


Well before Washington Irving's legendary poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' shaped the modern vision of Santa Claus riding a flying sleigh pulled by magical reindeer, his story actually began about seventeen hundred years ago in the Eastern Roman Empire. There, a young orphan named Nicholas became famous for using his inheritance to give gifts to the needy. In his most wildly-known story, he threw bags of gold over a wall into the house of a destitute merchant, so that the man would not be forced to sell his daughters into slavery. Eventually, this young and holy man became the Bishop of Myra and lived a life of faith and miracles, fighting injustice and protecting the weak. Even after his death, his miracles continued, and he is credited with saving sailors, healing the sick, and even raising the dead. In time, he became known as St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker.


In the numerous centuries since the passing of Saint Nicholas, his story has grown, developed, and been combined with numerous other legends. In the Netherlands, he became known as Sinterklaas, the old man who brought presents to children with the help of his assistant Zwarte Piet. In England, he became Father Christmas, the living embodiment of the holiday.


Fully illustrated with original color drawings, Santa Claus celebrates the story of his beginnings as a holy man in Ancient Rome, through his development in the Middle-Ages, to his current, likeness on advertisements, greeting cards, apparel and decorations - right down to real-life mall-based family photo opp. It is a winding, magical tale filled with mystery and good will towards all men, sure to fill even the most jaded scrooges with a little bit of Christmas magic.

A portion of all of the profits from this book will be donated to help disadvantaged children throughout the world.

MY TAKE:
3 STARS
According to Amazon, this is Non-Fiction, Political and Social Sciences and Sciences. Interesting. For people who would enjoy reading tales of how ‘Santa Claus’ came to be throughout history, then this book would be enjoyable read for them, especially in the genres the book is listed in. Honestly, I thought I was getting a book that was much more classic of ‘our’ Santa Claus, and aimed more towards family, especially our children, but I was very wrong. I truly think it was the cover that clearly gave me the wrong idea. It looked so inviting, especially for children. The only thing this book will do for our children is put them to sleep, although maybe that is what a 'goodnight story' is all about. Your children are not going to understand anything in this book until it gets to the end when it has The Night Before Christmas poem in it, and when it talks about Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. I did not enjoy this book, sadly, and it's a shame for your children because they won't understand this at all. You will ruin Santa if you do read this to them, again only if they can understand it. Allow your kids to grow up and become adults before you give this one to them to read ruining what we know of Santa today. Allow them to be able to make their own decisions, too. Don't believe me? Get the sample and read it. Also know that Chapter One in the sample stops before it gets to become to difficult and technical for children to understand.
This book starts all the way back to the early years of AD. There were so many things I could not buy in the stories that were told ‘word of mouth’, such as God talking to people, (that belongs in the bible) having visions of God coming to them in their dreams where He tells them to do this or that. I believe in the bible, NOT a book like this that is telling us stories asking us to believe in them. If this were the case, these stories would be in the bible, but they are not.
Not until towards the end of this book does it start to talk about the Protestants coming here to the US because they wouldn’t buy into the Catholic religion and wanted to split off and have the freedom to do so, and the versions of Santa Claus (or whatever the author called Santa at that point). It was the Protestants vs. the Catholics. The Protestants won over their version of Santa here, but wasn’t freedom of religion mostly why they came over here in the first place? It wasn’t until the 1820’s that people started to claim they saw a man flying through the air with reindeer. This was the start of ‘our’ Santa Claus as we know him today. When Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem called ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, this still remains today as the most popular and widely read poems of all time. (Heck, my daughter could recite this entire poem when she was eighteen months old! I’m NOT kidding! Word for word! She LOVED it! Heaven knows we read it every night, even when it was not even close to Christmas!) This is not told to us until the 77% mark, so we went through a LOT of supposed Santa history before we even get NEAR to today. You can imagine ALL of the made-up stories that happened prior to this! There are a LOT of them!
Mrs. Claus - no one has a good story for how she came to be.
Why ALL these years people felt the need for a Saint who only did good for the good children/people, I do not know, but we still have that, don’t we . . . except the bad children are NOT punished when they WERE way back then! Yes, they got nothing, or something to make them act good! Instead, today we glorify bad kids behavior despite, so maybe back then it wasn't a bad thing that they didn't put up with it at all! I think we have at least that part backwards today! Although the kids would not side with that!
If you think you want to read ALL about this saint, you’ll love this book. I think for the majority of people, we’ll still like the current ‘fairy tale’ version! I do! Nothing will sway me from it, either.

One more thing. 1939. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry and Montgomery Wards! (Some of you may be too young to know what Montgomery Wards is!) The invention of Rudolph helped us get through World War II. The rest of you know the rest! I feel there are much better books out there when it comes to the history of Santa Claus and I have enjoyed them much more so than this one. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Osprey Publishing, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.



ebook: $ 9.89
print:  $12.30

Sunday, October 19, 2014

#REVIEW - The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain


Description:

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.
My Take:
5 Stars!
Seventeen year-old prodigy violinist Lisa McPherson is presumed dead by suicide after she had been accused of killing her violin instructor, Steven Davis, by shooting him in the head. Lisa was out on bail, but all that remained of her now was her kayak, frozen, sticking out in the middle of the Potomac and a piece of her coat stuck on a piece of ice the river tore off of her body. Many divers attempted to dive and look for her body without ever finding anything, but the current is so strong there her body could have been taken so far out it would never have been found.
All twenty-five year old Riley McPherson has left for a family now is her older brother, Danny, since their father just passed away. This is one thing Riley never thought would happen. She always thought she would have her father around. Their mother had died years before from cancer, and she was used to that, but her father? No. So Danny is not wanting to help Riley look for their ‘supposedly’ alive sister, Lisa, especially given the source where it came from, claiming she is alive. The source who claims Lisa could possibly be alive was not a good man, and in fact, tried to extort money out of Riley, and also tells Riley another horrible thing she can’t live with. Danny wouldn’t even hear of it. He believes Lisa is dead, and won’t accept it for anything else, especially given the deep, dark depression their late mother suffered from the loss of Lisa when she killed herself. Riley happened to be only be two years old when this happened, so she doesn’t remember much at all. She is relying on her brother to help her out, as he is four years older than she is, and he remembers more of what happened, but he is remaining silent, and this is driving Riley crazy. Riley knows she can’t push him because she is too worried about pushing too hard. Danny owns guns, and you never know with his psychological problems. She does not want to be responsible for anything bad that could happen like that.
Riley is left with the huge chore of taking inventory of the entire house, another thing Danny wants nothing to do with. This is a daunting task she is not looking forward to at all, but, she is finding family secrets through everything that she comes across, and she can’t make heads nor tails of it, and she knows she can’t ask Danny. Thankfully, a family friend, and unbeknownst to Riley, a woman named Jeannie turns out to be not only a family friend, but a romantic interest of her father’s as well. Jeannie has a daughter, Christine, who is about the same age as Riley. The two of them ‘hit the house’ taking over doing most all of the inventory for Riley, that is, until one day when Riley catches Jeannie with a white box after being in her father’s bedroom which she did not like as she heard her rummaging through his things. She felt her father’s things were very personal, and she should be the one to be going through them. So when Riley sees this white box, she demands the box be handed over to her, but Jeannie is afraid to do so. Once she gets it and later that night, she goes through it, it is an entire box of newspaper articles about Lisa. Riley is speechless. She starts to go through them, and can see that there are people who do doubt that Lisa ever killed herself, and others who believe she surely did kill herself. So what is it? Lisa has never been around, so she can’t be alive. Did she or didn’t she do it? She lived her entire life believing she did kill herself, and that is what she is going to continue to believe.
Her father owns a trailer park with a year round resident who her father promised his pipe collection to, which Riley can’t wrap her head around that he did that, but, it is in the Will. He has also been paying him a monthly sum of money? What??? Jeannie arranges appraisers to come and look at this pipe collection and get a value on it. Seventeen thousand dollars is going to a man she hates. Not only that, Riley has the trailer park to sell that this man has lived in the last seventeen years, too. She has to be careful because her brother has taken up residence there, too, and she does not want to have him lose his home. He lives a pretty simple and a very desolate life. He had spent time in Iraq, and has had some psychological problems from dealing with that, PTSD, in addition to being injured and left with a life long limp in his one leg.
What does Riley do? This is where I have to stop! If I were to go on any further, I would ruin the secrets and surprises of this book. This book is full of them, so many secrets, and each one turns to be a different clue about her father and her sister. Is her father really the man she thought she knew him to be? Secrets Riley will uncover one by one, no matter if they are good ones or not. Riley will continue to be surprised, and her life will completely change as this very full and rich novel goes along.
Diane Chamberlain took no shortcuts in this book. She writes with such richness, fullness, description, and a lot of secrecy you will never figure everything out! I can guarantee it! This is a very full story. This author is a masterful story teller. You will be glued to the pages as you continue to turn them learning secret after secret. I found this to be a very full and extremely satisfying read. Diane Chamberlain is known for writing like this. This is not a book you will fly through, nor do I feel it is meant to fly through, but I can say you want to keep turning these pages! You will be taking this book with you everywhere you go even trying to read it as you are moving around! You will find you will want to take in everything about it and it will confuse you, make you angry, happy, sad, and so full of so many different emotions as things are uncovered. It’s amazing what happens when your last parent passes away and the only thing that is left are the secrets left on paper, IF you know where to look! A huge mystery to piece together.
Every book I have read written by Diane Chamberlain has never been a disappointment, but a favorite book of the year! That is true of this one! This is a favorite of 2014 for me! I HIGHLY SUGGEST reading this book! You will NOT be disappointed, I can assure you of that! After you are finished reading this the first time, you are going to want to read it a second time to pick up the little clues you may have missed the first time! This is one of those books. I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, St. Martins Press and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.



ebook: $12.99
print: $17.07


BEFORE YOU READ "The Silent Sister", may I suggest you FIRST read the above, "The Broken String" by Diane Chamberlain, by the same author. This is a short Novella that really delves much deeper into the relationship between Riley and her brother Danny. I feel this should have been included in the book because we would have understood Riley and Danny's relationship MUCH better than what we are told about in the book as it stands now.
I wrote a review about this book HERE! and I did not understand WHY this was not included in the book itself.
We were lucky in that someone left a COMMENT! I would like to thank Ondbookshelf, another GREAT BLOGGER (you can click on her name to go to her NEW blog, too!) for letting us know how LUCKY she was that she was able to meet this author at an Independent bookstore on the RELEASE DATE FOR THIS BOOK! She further explained that this author told them ANY of the Novellas she has written for this book or for her other books, have ALL been written AFTER the novels had been PUBLISHED! There was NOT a way to include them in the printing of the books. That was VERY enlightening, I thought! It explained everything to me! I am SO thankful she left that comment explaining that to us, it ALL made sense now! 
I HIGHLY suggest reading the Novellas prior to reading the novels! There is information in them that will help tie in the rest of the stories! Here's "The Broken String" for you! Enjoy!



#99cents ebook only

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The #NYTImes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending 10-18-14 PLUS Blog Updates!


Welcome! To another week of bestsellers and blog updates! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday and most of the time earlier!
Hope you had a GREAT week of reading!

First, what's going on at the blog?

GIVEAWAYS
The OCTOBER #Kindle #Fire HDX #Giveaway! You can enter till 10-27 HERE!

The SPOOKTAKULAR #GIVEAWAY #HOP is HERE! Almost 300 blogs in this hop!

REVIEWS
NEW review - Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs is HERE!

NEW REVIEW scheduled for Sunday night at 9:00pm! "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain! Come on back later in the day/Sunday to read about this great book!

NEW REVIEW for Tuesday - The Story of Santa Claus by Joseph McCullough

Another NEW review that will be upcoming this week is Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber! This book was a RIOT! A male angel comes to earth for the very first time and is experiencing the feelings a very REAL human man would feel! Uh-oh!!! Yep! If you thought it, you got it! It was so HILARIOUS in places I could not stop laughing out loud!!! GREAT book! You'll LOVE this Christmas story! It's a FAST read, too! For one, you can't put it down, two, you are laughing SO HARD in places, and three, it's Debbie Macomber! Need I say more? No!!!

Let's say we get to the books!

FICTION: COMBINED EBOOK AND PRINT!

1.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
ebook: $4.99
print:   $6.80



2. Deadline by John Sanford
ebook: $11.99
print:   $16.77



3. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
ebook: $5.99
print:   $7.20



4. Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
ebook: $  4.99
print:   $16.80



5. Paris Match by Stuart Woods
ebook: $10.99
print:   $19.86



6. Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
ebook: $3.99
print:   $9.88



7. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
ebook: $11.99
print:   $20.72



8. Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber
ebook: $  8.99
print:   $11.88



9. Reapers Stand by Joanna Wylde
ebook: $  4.99
print:   $10.66



10. Personal by Lee Child
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.45



11. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
ebook: $4.99
print:   $8.40



12. Outlander by Dian5.9a Gabaldon
ebook: $4.99
print:   $5.99



13. Addicted by Zane
ebook: $  .99
print:   $9.58



14. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
ebook: $6.99
print:   $8.33



15. Immortal by JR Ward
ebook: $11.99
print:   $  7.19


Thanks for coming by! See you next week! And the rest are: 





  • BIG LITTLE LIES, by Liane Moriarty (Amy Einhorn/Putnam)
  • KEEP ME SAFE, by Maya Banks (Avon)
  • DRAGONFLY IN AMBER, by Diana Gabaldon (Dell)
  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • LILA, by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Friday, October 17, 2014

    #REVIEW - "Bones Never Lie" by Kathy Reichs


    Description

    The evidence is irrefutable: In sixteen New York Times bestsellers over the course of as many years, Kathy Reichs has proven herself “a genius at building suspense” (New York Daily News). In forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, Reichs has created a detective fiction heroine who’s brilliant to the bone. “Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden,” says The New York Times Book Review. In the acclaimed author’s thrilling new novel, Brennan is at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered.
    Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.


    But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

    In Bones Never Lie, Kathy Reichs never fails to satisfy readers looking for psychological suspense that’s more than skin-deep.
    Praise for the novels of Kathy Reichs
    “Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, makes her crime novels intriguingly realistic.”—Entertainment Weekly
    “Tempe Brennan is the lab lady most likely to dethrone Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta.”—USA Today
    “Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”—Publishers Weekly

    My Take:
    5 Stars!
    This books was AMAZING! The writing was amazing, and the story was amazing! Reichs proves what an excellent writer she is with every book that comes out, and this book makes number SEVENTEEN with Temperance Brennan! (There can never be too many books with Tempe in them as far as I'm concerned! I never get tired of reading about her and most of the time, Ryan's investigations!) This book FAR exceeded even Reichs’ earlier books, in my opinion, too. In this book her writing has a little of a lighter side to it and even some humor, which I LOVED! There was a lot more discussion between the characters in this book which I enjoyed very much.
    One of my favorite parts was a mention that Tempe was going to watch a rerun of Bones! The BEST part is her cat is crazy about Hodgins! I LOVE it! That completely caught me off guard and was GREAT! This is why I say up above that the book is lighter. (Can you tell Bones is my #1 favorite show?! Yes, it is, and I’m watching it right now as I’m writing this! Did you know Reichs writes the screenplays for the TV show, and she  produces them, too! She is amazing! Yes, I know I keep using that word, but that is how I feel about this book and Reichs in general!) For those of you who love this show, you’ll find you love this reference, too! What I would give to get to interview this author! What a dream!
    Well, the description about this book is spot-on, and I don’t want to get to much more into describing the details of this book because of it, as I am afraid I would end up giving you too much more information and I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but I want to make mention serial killer Pomerleau resurfaces in this book and Ryan is back in this book, too, of course! He holds a very significant role in it. You’ll be shocked! I loved that he’s back, and he has something really important to share with Reichs that will just SHOCK you! Completely shock you, so much so, you MUST read 'this' particular book to find out!
    I know you’ll love this book as much as I did. I HIGHLY suggest reading this book! It’s the perfect serial killer psychological thriller you have been waiting for as the next book from Reichs! Too bad we can't have more and more often! I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, Random House Bantam Dell, and NetGalley, in exchange to read and write a review about it. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to do so, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it and giving my own honest opinion no matter whether it is positive or negative. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the law set here: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html., The Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, 16 CFR 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Federal Acquisition Regulation.



    ebook: $11.84
    print:   $19.66

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    It's the SPOOKTACULAR #Giveaway Hop! NOW to 10-31 (Halloween at midnight!)

                       

    Special thanks to our Host, I Am A Reader!

    INTERNATIONAL - as long as ebooks can be delivered to you

    1 WINNER

    "3" scary ebooks!

    ONE lucky winner will win the following:
    1 book for parents and the little younger kids
    1 book for Middle Grade/Young Adult
    1 book for the parents and maybe the teens, too!



    Prize #1:

    A NEW RELEASE FROM SEPTEMBER 9th!

    "The Swallow, A Ghost Story" by Charis Cotter - ebook
    This book could use some love in the form of reviews ONLY if you would like to do so!




    Middle Grade/Young Adult - Sure to appeal to people of ALL ages!

    Advance Praise

    “Spooky tension, friendship and compassion permeate this exquisitely plotted middle-grade ghost story … the story structure weaves its way in and out—riveting and tumbling with tension but never obvious, leaving the readers wondering if anything is really as it seems. …readers will seesaw between chills and snorts of laughter. When Cotter delivers the final twist, it is a denouement that becomes a springboard for greater revelations that lead to even greater reader satisfaction. Middle-grade storytelling at its very best—extraordinary.” – Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
    Description

    In 1960s Toronto, two girls retreat to their attics to escape the loneliness and isolation of their lives. Polly lives in a house bursting at the seams with people, while Rose is often left alone by her busy parents. Polly is a down-to-earth dreamer with a wild imagination and an obsession with ghosts; Rose is a quiet, ethereal waif with a sharp tongue. Despite their differences, both girls spend their days feeling invisible and seek solace in books and the cozy confines of their respective attics. But soon they discover they aren't alone--they're actually neighbors, sharing a wall. They develop an unlikely friendship, and Polly is ecstatic to learn that Rose can actually see and talk to ghosts. Maybe she will finally see one too! But is there more to Rose than it seems? Why does no one ever talk to her? And why does she look so... ghostly? When the girls find a tombstone with Rose's name on it in the cemetery and encounter an angry spirit in her house who seems intent on hurting Polly, they have to unravel the mystery of Rose and her strange family... before it's too late.
    AND
    Prize #2:

    Newly released on September 29th . . . 

    "Trick in a Treat: A Halloween Story" by Sheila Cosey - ebook

    (This book could use some love in the form of Reviews but ONLY if you would like to!)

    Children and parents!


    Description:

    Bobby and Tucker were best friends who loved everything about Halloween. They dressed up to be whoever they wanted for the entire day-even at school. They ate spooky treats made homemade by their mothers and teachers. There were mummy dogs, bat brownies and ghost made from popcorn. They would always go to the neighborhood haunted house and then the finale. Trick or treating!


    Trick in a Treat is a fun and magical story for children and parents alike. Enjoy!

    Prize #3:

    AND . . . for the adults and maybe the teens who are brave enough to read it . . .


    "The Shining" by Stephen King - ebook

    Description:
    Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

    As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

    Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine...


    FILL OUT THIS FORM TO ENTER!!!






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    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    The #NYTimes Top 15 (20) #Bestsellers for the week ending October 12th, 2014 with #MOVIE TRAILERS!


    Hello! I'm SO glad you have joined me for another week of celebrating the bestsellers that have hit the New York Times bestseller chart this week! This post is always up by NOON every Sunday and sometimes earlier!

    There are just SO MANY BOOKS MADE INTO MOVIES THIS WEEK THAT I "HAD" TO ADD THE MOVIE TRAILERS! I hope you enjoy them all! It took me a lot longer to write this post this week, so I thank you for your patience! I hope you like this!

    What's going on at the blog this last week?
    I wrote a 5-Star review earlier this week about the book, A Broken String by Diane Chamberlain HERE!. It's a little novella that goes along with the book, A Silent Sister by the same author, Diane Chamberlain. I mentioned in that 5-Star review I was disappointed that the novellas she has written for two of her books, this one included, were not part of the novels. Well, it has come to my attention by a fellow blogger who so gratefully left a comment explaining how the books were written! She was able to find out, well, here. You read her comment HERE! and scroll up to see it. Now it makes all the sense in the world to me, and I will include that in the review for The Silent Sister when I write it later this week! 
    I also have Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs review to write, too, this week! 
    I'm already onto my next book now, third, in fact, and am behind in writing those reviews! I've been reading, reading and reading!
    Want to know what I'm reading now and I'm GLUED TO THE PAGES, FLIPPING THEM LIKE CRAZY? Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle! Yes! Mister! We all know and LOVE Mrs. Miracle, and even remember Mrs. Mircle, yet they spelled it as Miracle! Debbie Macomber writes excellent books, but I think her MOST remembered books for most people are the Christmas stories she thinks up and stay in our hearts forever!

    GIVEAWAYS!
    The OCTOBER #KINDLE #FIRE HDX #GIVEAWAY! OR - $229 #Amazon GC or $229 #PayPal #CASH ENTER HERE!

    "Best Seller" by Martha Reynolds - a $25 Amazon or B&N G.C. or $25 Book Depository Book Spree! Enter that #Giveaway HERE!

    UPCOMING THIS WEEK:
    REVIEWS!
    *Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
    *The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
    *Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber (yes! I'm almost done already!) And YES! It DOES say MISTER! We have a MALE ANGEL who came down from heaven in this book! NEW for this author! EXCELLENT Christmas story, as always from this author! You ALL know how much I LOVE Christmas books, too! Get yourself prepared because there will be a LOT of Christmas book reviews coming your way this November! (This book already released on October 7th, and I received it from the publisher, so I 'have' to post the review ASAP! Plus, this book is SO good, I can't wait to share it with you!)

    A little announcement: EVERY Wednesday THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER I will be having a Christmas Book Review and with Giveaways! Plus, even if it's a book that just "I" read, "I" will be giving the book away to YOU, my followers as a Merry Christmas present to YOU just for following me! Just follow the directions to enter the Giveaways! This is A HUGE THANK YOU early Christmas present for your faithful following and reading my blog!!!
    There may be a 4th review, too!
    LOTS going on at the blog this week!

    ***The Spooktacular #Giveaway Hop starts this WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15th AND RUNS UNTIL OCTOBER 31st! I have a FEW books I will be giving away for that one! This Giveaway Hop is the LARGEST HOP OF THE YEAR! There are HUNDREDS of blogs in this Hop, so don't miss it! Last count I saw was WELL OVER 350 blogs! Watch for THIS photo and click on it in the LEFT side column here on my blog


    Okay! Let's say we 'hit the books!'

    FICTION - COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK!
    ALL links go to the ebook version. If you are looking for a different version, then while you are at the link, just click on the version you want and it will take you there! Enjoy!

    1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - MORE than 8 MILLION copies of this book have now sold! WOW! Mind blowing! The film has brought in OVER $38 MILLION dollars, too! THAT is mind blowing! I have not gone to see this movie yet, so I'm wondering if ANY OF YOU have seen this movie yet? What did you think? PLEASE share with us what you thought! It is painful for me to ride in a car, even as a passenger due to the neurological muscle disease I have, BUT, if this movie is as good as the book, PLEASE let us know because then 'maybe' I'll just HAVE TO GO SEE IT! It is kind of exciting to think about going! Maybe my hubby and I will just have to go one day out of the blue, depending on what all of you have to say about the movie!
    IS THERE A SEQUEL COMING OUT FOR THIS BOOK? Please go HERE! to find out, and there you will also get to read an AMAZING interview that was done with this author ONLY 4 days ago! This will also tell you WHY she has not written another book yet! ENJOY!
    ebook: $7.47
    print:   $7.86





    2. Burn by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
    ebook: $  9.99
    print:   $16.80



    3. The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J T Ellison
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $18.82



    4. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
    ebook: $7.99
    print:   $7.20





    5. The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
    ebook: $11.99
    print:   $20.72



    6. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    ebook: $4.99
    print:   $5.99





    7. Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
    ebook: $3.99
    print:   $9.88



    8. Personal by Lee Child
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.45



    9. Dragonfly in Amber by Diane Gabaldon
    ebook: $4.99
    print:   $6.04



    10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    ebook: $10.99
    print:   $16.16



    11. The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
    ebook: $12.99
    print:   $ 7.19



    12. A Good Marriage by Stephen King - A Major Motion Picture playing right now!
    ebook only (no print book available): $4.74






    13. In Your Dreams by Kristen Higgens
    ebook: $5.49
    print:   $5.78



    14. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - Please see the above book by this author, Gone Girl, and you'll see a mere 4 days ago Parade Magazine did an interview with this author! It's an amazing interview! So, about THIS book, it was published prior to  Gone Girl! People are LOVING her writing SO much, and are wanting MORE books from her, that they are purchasing her previously published books now! I, as well as all these people want to read her previous works, too! I have already purchased them a while back! She has another book out there called Sharp Objects, in case you wondered! Grab that one, too! From what I understand, that one is supposed to be an amazing book, too! This book, Dark Places, is said to be amazing, too! Now, if only she would write a NEW book for us??? Again, please go back up to Gone Girl and you'll find the LINK to her interview that give sa LOT more information as to what her writing plans are! 
    Make SURE to keep reading down to the bottom to see ANOTHER BOOK 
    ebook: $4.99
    print:   $8.40



    15. Locke by Harper Sloane
    ebook: $  3.99
    print:   $12.00


    And the rest of the books are: 



  • THE RESOLUTION OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN, by Jessica Sorensen (Jessica Sorensen)




  • THE COMPLETE GILLIAN FLYNN, by Gillian Flynn (Broadway) - this is all 3 books combined! I found it on Amazon here!







  • ORPHAN TRAIN, by Christina Baker Kline (Morrow/HarperCollins)




  • HOLIDAY TREASURE, by Melody Anne (Gossamer)




  • KISSES AFTER DARK, by Marie Force (HTJB)