Sunday, April 20, 2014

The #NYTimes Top 15 (25) #BestSellers for the week ending April 20, 2014


Welcome! To another week of great books! Posted by NOON every Sunday or sometimes earlier! Thank you for coming by!

Well, I had one heck of a week! Last week after writing this article, my computer crashed! I was able to send out two posts letting you know what was going on at least, so I hope you got them as I was using hubby's computer - UGH! You know how it is when it's just not your computer! I had to do the last of my tax wrap-up using an online service, and THAT kept my computer running! I couldn't believe it! (YES! I AM a procrastinator when it comes to doing those! I ADMIT IT!) I was done, I just had to go through and do the last run-through, and I didn't want to do it! I HAD to do it, so I did. After that, I tried to fix whatever it was that was wrong, but "I" could not fix it on my own. I tried again the next day by removing old things,  didn't work. So I'm bummed out about a day or so when I remember I have the Geek Squad!! I called them and they fixed it over the phone! They are able to get into your computer, you know how they do that. I have to call them back because my Toolbar is so TINY! Something is also causing this computer to load SO S L O W L Y! They have more work to do! Lucky for them! LOL! They are great! I LOVE having them!!

This week I finished reading: 
The Collector of Dying Breaths (Book 6) by M J Rose - EXCELLENT! LOVED it! Watch for my review of it this week!
Now I'm reading A Shining Light (A Home to Amana, Book 3) by Judith Miller. I'm in a Blog Tour for that book, but I don't know my Tour Stop date. I can't find it in my email, either, so I'm in trouble! I'll find it. That book is a historical one about the Amana's, who I have never heard of before this book. This is a new one for me. Different lifestyles and they seem much more strict than the Amish! I can't believe it!
I'll talk more about the reviews for these books in a moment.

What's happened at the blog this last week and are there any Giveaways going on? YES for both!
*A Book Blitz - NO GIVEAWAY - for Invitation by Christina Hoffman
*Introducing and Cover Reveal for "Prejudice Meets Pride" by Rachael Anderson - NO GIVEAWAY
*"The HOPPY EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA" Blog Hop! You can enter my giveaway and ALL the other blogs by clicking HERE! There are about 150 blogs who are participating this time! This runs NOW to MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY THE 24th! Good luck!
***Look in the 'LEFT' SIDE COLUMNS AT THE TOP AND CLICK ON THE PHOTOS OF THE BOOKS AS THESE ARE WHERE GIVEAWAYS ARE ALWAYS LISTED! They are:
*A Kindle Fire Giveaway
*The Man Test by Amanda Aksel - win a Lolita Martini Glass!
*The Killer Within by Jeff Gunhus - $50 Amazon or PayPal Cash Giveaway!
Click on those photos in the LEFT side column to enter!

THIS WEEK, March 21-27th 'COMING UP' AT THE BLOG is what seems like "REVIEW WEEK"! Here they are:
*Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover (Tuesday, 3-22 - this was supposed to be last week, but my computer died, so it is THIS WEEK!)
*Review: A Promise in Pieces, Quilts of Love - Every Quilt Has a Story by Emily T Wierenga - Wednesday, April 23rd, sponsored by LitFuse Publicity - LitFuse and their authors always have AMAZING GIVEAWAYS! I just don't know what it is . . . yet, so you'll have to mark your calendars to come back HERE "this" Wednesday!
*Review: The Collector of Dying Breaths, Book 6 by M J Rose. I read this as a standalone, and it can be read as a standalone, yet it is part of a series. I am planning to write and post this review tomorrow, Monday OR Thursday, I'm not to sure what today will bring yet, so I can't set this review date in stone. This was an outstanding book! I LOVED it! If you like perfume, oils, lotions, a little Black Magic taking place in the late 1500's during Queen Catherine's reign, and the present day as well, you're going to LOVE this book! I did! I want to read ALL the books in this series now!
*Review: Monday, March 28th, I know this is going into next week, but I thought I would include it here anyway so you don't miss it! "Prejudice Meets Pride" by Rachael Anderson!

The next week's reviews for April 28th to May 4th - so far and more to come: - I have a book about sewing!
Little Green Dresses - 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More by Tina Sparkles.
A Shining Light by Judith Miller - this is that book I am in a tour with, but I can't find the tour company or my review date! I lost that when my computer died.

I prefer to devote one entire day to each book review I do, which is why I spread them out so much. Heck, the author spent MONTHS or a YEAR writing them, the LEAST I can do is devote one entire day to their book!

WHAT HAVE "YOU" READ THIS WEEK? We would LOVE to hear what YOU have read! When you tell us what you read in a COMMENT BELOW, it is a book recommendation from YOU for us! We LOVE those!! PLEASE SHARE WITH US!! You don't have to write much, just write the name of the book and the Author's name! That's IT! I HOPE you'll do it!! Thanks!!

So, for now, let's get to the books!

FICTION: COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK
All books are linked to the ebook by clicking on the title OR the cover of the book itself. This will take you directly to Amazon where you can download whatever type of file you need, OR, purchase the paperback! I try to post the most economical price when it comes to the print version. Have fun! CONGRATS to ALL the Indie Authors on this list this week!

1. Carnal Curiosity (Stone Barrington) BY Stuart Woods
ebook: $10.99
print:   $19.86




2. The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige
Indie Author! Congrats!
ebook: $ .99

print: $19.81
(HINT: Grab these books at these prices NOW before a publisher grabs them up either by ebook or print! This is the 2nd week this set of 4 books has been on this list, (Congratulations to Laurelin Paige, again!) and generally once an Indie Author makes this list ONCE a publisher grabs the author and their books!)




3. Missing You by Harlan Coben
ebook: $11.99
print:  $16.77




4. NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
ebook: $ 8.99
print:  $16.11




5. I've Got You Under My Skin: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.88




6. Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy by Nora Roberts
ebook: $7.99
print:   $9.67




7. Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
ebook: $12.74
print:   $16.79




8. Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
ebook: $6.99
print:   $8.51




9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - THE PULITZER PRIZE WINNER IN FICTION FOR 2013! CONGRATULATIONS!
ebook: $ 7.50
print:  $16.20




10. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
ebook: $ 5.99
print:  $14.66




11. The Will (The Magdalene Series) by Kristen Ashley
ebook only: $3.99
No print edition available




12. A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
ebook: $8.04
print:   $8.46




13. The Invention of Wings: With Notes (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) by Sue Monk Kidd
ebook: $10.99
print:   $16.77




14. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R R Martin
Here is a really neat article about this author from the NYT! Hope you enjoy it! CLICK HERE! 
ebook: $4.99
print:   $6.87




15. Never Go Back (with bonus novella High Heat): A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
ebook: $7.67
print:  $8.49


 
And the rest!

  • THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE, by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone)
  • THE KING, by J. R. Ward (New American Library)
  • REASONABLE DOUBT, by Whitney Gracia Williams (WGW)
  • SYCAMORE ROW, by John Grisham (Doubleday)
  • LITTLE GIRL LOST, by Brian McGilloway (Witness Impulse/HarperCollins)
  • NIGHT DIVER, by Elizabeth Lowell (Morrow)
  • JOYLAND, by Stephen King (Hard Case Crime)
  • MUD VEIN, by Tarryn Fisher (Tarryn Fisher)
  • ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes (Penguin)
  • BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES, by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)

  • And again - WHAT HAVE "YOU" READ THIS WEEKWe would LOVE to hear what YOU have read! When you tell us what you read in a COMMENT BELOW, it is a book recommendation from YOU for us! We LOVE those!! PLEASE SHARE WITH US!! You don't have to write much, just write the name of the book and the Author's name! That's IT! I HOPE you'll do it!! Thanks!! Have a GREAT week! Laurie
  • Friday, April 18, 2014

    COVER REVEAL and INTRODUCING: "PREJUDICE MEETS PRIDE" by Rachael Anderson!!


    Prejudice Meets Pride
    Due to release April 28th, 2014
    My review date: May 7th
    After years of pinching pennies and struggling to get through art school, Emma Makie’s hard work finally pays off with the offer of a dream job. But when tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to make a cross-country move to Colorado Springs to take temporary custody of her two nieces. She has no money, no job prospects, and no idea how to be a mother to two little girls, but she isn’t about to let that stop her. Nor is she about to accept the help of Kevin Grantham, her handsome new neighbor, who seems to think she’s incapable of doing anything on her own.
    Fun, compelling, and romantic, Prejudice Meets Pride is the story of a guy who thinks he has it all figured out and a girl who isn’t afraid to show him that he doesn’t. It’s about learning what it means to trust, figuring out how to give and to take, and realizing that not everyone gets to pick the person they fall in love with. Sometimes, love picks them.

    UPDATE - My computer is FIXED! The Geek Squad is AMAZING!

    UPDATE:  My computer is fixed!

    I am back up and running as normal! ALL thanks to the Geek Squad! Gotta LOVE them! I have always sung their praises, and continue to do so!

    NO VIRUSES, NO MALWARE, NO WORMS, TROJAN HORSES, ETC.

    So what was the problem?

    On Saturday as I was I posting my weekly NYTimes Best Sellers article, my computer was slowing down until it eventually DIED!
    It kind of came in handy as I had to update my computer, so IT decided to update on it's own, but not in a good way. The culprit, or so I thought, was Windows 8.1. 
    Turns out the REAL culprit was: The Weather Channel, and an ASK Toolbar that snuck into so many places! Places I never even had a CLUE it found a home at! Watch out when you download the UPDATES FOR ADOBE FLASH (and other Adobe products)! There is a little box there, generally to the left that is so EASY TO MISS! UNCHECK that box! Sometimes Adobe goes so fast, you don't even see it! You do NOT WANT the "Ask Toolbar"! It kills your computer!
    Now, as of today, Thursday, April 17th, I am back UP AND RUNNING!
    I have the Geek Squad I buy EVERY year! They are AWESOME! Well worth the money - they can get into your computer and fix EVERYTHING! You don't have to do a thing - not even leave your house! They do it on the phone! The cost is VERY affordable for ALL that you get, too! Check them out if in the past they were too expensive, I think the price has come down a lot! I think in the beginning there is a $99 set-up fee. That was okay with me. I paid that when I bought this new computer. Every year after that you do NOT have to pay that.
    Well, the Geek Squad SAVED ME!! I have my Google Chrome back!! My blog is back, and everything is working again!!
    (I was using my husband's computer, but that was touchy and didn't have the 'touch keyboard' which I missed! I had to redo ALL my passwords, etc! What a nightmare!) Plus, I didn't have HALF of what I needed!
    With that behind me, now I'm set to go!
    You know what the BEST part about this entire experience was? Getting to talk to a HUMAN! Yes! Not just a computer, but a human!

    To humans!!!
    Thanks everyone!
    Laurie

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza #Giveaway Hop! NOW to 4-24! Come HOP blog to blog entering #Giveaways!

     Thanks to our Sponsors, I Am A Reader and Read Now Sleep Later! Without them, we wouldn't have this Hop!

    Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop!

    This starts at midnight, so the form will be up by then!

    The Pulitzer Prize in Fiction was chosen for 2013 and it was . . . Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch"! 
    Genre: Adult Contemporary Literary Fiction/Mystery/Coming of Age


    This is our prize I will be giving away - "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

    INTERNATIONAL 
    1 ebook copy of this Pulitzer Prize Winning ebook to wherever ebooks can go!
    1 Winnner

    You MUST come back and tell us what it was like reading this! I have not yet had the opportunity to read this, but I hear them singing HIGH PRAISES over this book! This book has been on The #NYTimes Best Seller list since it was released on October 22, 2013!
    This book was up against "The Son" by Phillipp Meyer and "The Woman Who Lost Her Soul" by Bob Shacochis.
    Trivia here: Did you know every year does NOT mean one book automatically qualifies for a Pulitzer Prize winning book! Yes! In fact, there was no winner in 2012!

    I bought a copy of this book, so I'm ready to go next time I have a break between review books!

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    BOOK BLITZ! "Invitation" by Christina Hoffman



     We welcome Christina Hoffman, author of the contemporary romance, Invitation!




    Title: Invitation

    Author: Christina Hoffman

    Publisher: Christina Hoffman

    Pages: 187

    Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult

    Format: Paperback/Kindle

    BUY LINKS:

    Available at Smashwords in epub, mobi, pdf and doc.

    Book Summary: 

    Madison Spencer is a serious medical student, focused only on work and hiding her beauty and her once-passionate spirit behind a quiet plain-Jane facade. Since she was drugged, stripped, assaulted and photographed by a vengeful ex, she has stayed away from men and kept her heart and body safe.

    But when heart-stoppingly gorgeous Dr. Liam Mason walks into her world, she
    knows she's in trouble. After finding out about her devastating past, Liam
    offers to bring her back to life with physical passion.
    Madison thinks she should be repelled, but she's intrigued and can't turn him away. Together they explore days and nights of pleasure, and slowly develop into something more than bedmates.

    Deep inside they each wonder if they've found their perfect match. But with
    Liam's fear of being dragged down by commitment, and Madison's fear of being hurt by another man threatening to destroy the world they’ve built together, will they each be strong enough and brave enough to risk their hearts to have
    it all?



    Excerpt

    I can't even blame it on the booze. There wasn't any, or at least there wasn't any for me. I was with Chloe, my bodyguard. Okay, actually she was my friend, but a really overprotective friend who knew all about what I’d been through and wanted to make sure it never happened again. So, no alcohol.


    But, what she and I hadn't counted on was him being there. There I was, minding my own business, putting in my time at the Med School Social, more than ready to head home for some studying, then Chinese food and a movie. And suddenly, him.


    I was inhaling when I caught sight of him, but my breath just stopped. It felt like being punched in the chest. I kept telling myself, look away, look away! But it was impossible. I was paralyzed. His beautiful face and magnificent body were magnets, and my eyes were locked on them.

    I hadn't felt this kind of physical attraction since, well, ever. I had never felt like that. I had stayed away from men for two years. I was pretty much terrified of them, to tell the truth. But there he was. Unavoidable and irresistible.


    I saw him in profile. Oh, that hair. Thick, almost curly, falling into his eyes. The kind of hair you need to gently push off of his face right before you kiss him. Or, the kind of hair you grab really hard right before you're about to...

    But, I'm getting ahead of myself. The point I'm trying to make is that my mind very clearly recognized all the dangers ahead and was saying, “Turn around, go, get out of here! Before it's too late.” But then he turned around to look right at me. It was already too late.

    We held each other's gaze a second longer than politeness required. Something inside me went
    click, and for the first time in almost two years, I felt young and alive, and
    really, really turned on. Every part of me suddenly woke up, and all the best
    parts started to tingle. I was breathing harder. My lips parted slightly,
    already begging to be kissed.


    It was a little overwhelming. I was out of practice. No, actually, I had never had the kind of practice you would need to stay controlled in a situation like that. I think maybe you can have a soul mate for your mind, and also one for your body. And my body was saying “Get me over there right now!”

    But I was still too afraid. I smiled a little and turned away.


    I had to stay for a while, to look sociable, so I went over to the food table and stared at
    the snacks, which were already stale. Nothing looked very good, and my throat was too tight to eat anyway.


    I was starting to formulate a plan for escaping without the other students or the teachers noticing when I felt the air move behind me, the softest caress
    against my bare shoulders. Then, a hand on my back, an electric shock to my
    body, wildly pleasurable. I gasped and spun around. Right into the arms of...


    “I'm Liam.”


    Liam. Right into the arms of Liam. Oh, he was even
    more beautiful up close. My hand rose all on its own to push that wonderful
    floppy hair from his face. I stopped suddenly, embarrassed, but he caught my
    wrist, and held my palm gently to his face. We looked at each other and knew.


    “Wanna get out of here?” he asked, and of course, foolish, foolish woman that I am, I said, “Yes.”  


              I saw him my first day at the new
    hospital. I'm a medical student and had just finished the lecture part of
    things where we sit around learning about chemical reactions and body parts.
    That was over, at last, and we were moving on to seeing real live patients in
    the hospital.


    The orientation was step one in getting us ready for our new roles. We each got a short lab coat and a tour of the locker rooms. We received our ID tag photos.


    I'm not sure why I first noticed Liam.


    Since the bad thing happened, I keep my head down and make eye contact with pretty much nobody. I wear my hair in a tight bun at the nape of my neck and my clothes are dull and loose. On that particular day, I was trying very hard to concentrate. I was excited to be starting work in the hospital, but I was mostly terrified. There was so much to take in and remember. My head was reeling after only two hours. The last thing on my mind was men. So, who knows why I took that second look as he walked by our group.


    Well, actually I do know why. He was gorgeous. Ridiculously gorgeous. Dark wavy hair, just slightly overgrown so he looked like a happy surfer who'd tumbled out of bed. Smiling eyes. Sparkling, mischievous, movie star eyes. A little bit of stubble, likely because he had been on call all night. The rest of him looked pretty much immaculate. He wore light wool pants and a sky blue shirt. No tie, but the white lab coat made him look professional enough. 


    I was dedicated to maintaining my nun-like lifestyle, but, seriously, it was impossible not to look at him. Even Chloe noticed him. She looked at him, then at me. She shook her head lightly and whispered, “No”. I laughed a little because she sounded like a mom telling a toddler that she couldn't have any candy. Well, that was pretty much what was happening, so I guess Chloe nailed that.


    She was absolutely right. I didn't want any trouble. Certainly not that awful, frightening feeling of falling in love. No time-consuming romance. And
    certainly not all the time I had lost trying to recover from the trauma of what
    had happened before. Even a plain old tiny heartbreak could set me back, and
    put me way off course in my career.


    No, I didn't have the time or energy for any distractions. Nothing. Just work and school.

    So I ignored the stunning resident with
    the black hair, and tried to focus on the tall blond giving us the orientation
    spiel. This was much easier because I felt no attraction to him at all. He was
    really handsome, too. But something about him seemed mean. Or maybe arrogant. It's hard to remember what I thought of him that first time, because the memory is so clouded with all that came after. I'll just say he was a tall, slim blond who should have caught my eye, but didn't.

    About the Author:


    Christina Hoffman was born in London, England. She moved with her family throughout Canada and the US, and has finally put down her suitcase, for
    now, in San
    Francisco
    .
    She believes that everyone has the right to
    feel both smart and sexy. We don't have to be one or the other! She writes
    stories about characters who live in the real world and who, somehow, still
    believe in love.

    She's starting a mini-revolution. She writes
    sexy stories, but hasn't lost the romance from her Romances. Enough with whips
    -- back to lips!

    She hopes you enjoy her stories and see
    yourself in her characters. After all, they are based on smart and sexy people,
    just like you.

    Christina’s latest book is the contemporary
    romance, Invitation.

    Visit her website at www.christinahoffman.com.

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