Sunday, April 13, 2014

The #NYTimes Top 15 (25) Best Sellers for the week ending Sunday April 13, 2014 is POSTED!


Welcome to another week of Best Selling books! Posted by NOON every Sunday!
Hope your week was full of reading pleasure! Mine was/is! 

I'm reading a book called The Collector of Dying Breaths by M J Rose and WOW! It's incredible! It was just released on April 8th, (this last Tuesday) and I would have been done, but for taxes! Yes, we do Turbo Tax and had to find our paperwork, would have needed it regardless! I AM a procrastinator when it comes to filing taxes because we ALWAYS owe the state! We have it, I just don't like sending it in ANY sooner than what we need to! LOL! Let US keep the interest (if any!) on the amount instead of the state! LOL!


Oh, what's going on at the blog? Did you catch my . . . 
NEW REVIEW this week of Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset - New Release 4-1-14 - REVIEW That was originally published in 1906! I felt like I was reading a 'just recently released' book! It was amazing! It read like a charm, and I HIGHLY SUGGEST it!

Next Reviews this week: Finding Cinderella by @ColleenHoover! I have it just about done, just need to do a final edit, then publish it! It was a wonderful 'fair y tale' of a book! I read the paperback version, and ONLY that version has Colleen Hoover's OWN Cinderella Story in it! NOT the ebook! Thanks to @Atria for publishing that in a paperback version! THANK YOU!!
Also, hopefully I'll get this book I'm reading now written up as a review, too! Keep watching!


WIN THE APRIL KINDLE FIRE! OR - a $229 #Amazon GC OR $229 PayPal CASH! You can enter that HERE!

WIN A LOLITA DESIGNER MARTINI GLASS for the book, "The Man Test" by @AmandaAksel PLUS my Review HERE!

$50 Giveaway for the book "Kllerr Within" by Jeff Gunhus You can enter that giveaway HERE!

Please feel free to leave a comment and share with us what YOU are reading! We always LOVE to hear about that! This is the way some of the BEST books are found, by word of mouth! Hope to see yours in the COMMENTS! Thanks!

Now, on to the books!

FICTION: COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK
Click on the title OR the photo of the book to take you to Amazon to download the ebook version OR order the paper book, or even large print, you decide! Just click on what type of book you prefer!

1. The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward
ebook: $11.99
print:   $ 7.19



2. I've Got You Under My Skin: A Novel by Mary Higgins Clark
ebook: $10.99
print:   $17.85



3. 
The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige
ebook: $ 0.99
print:  $17.36



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



5. Missing You by Harlan Coben
ebook: $11.99
Print:   $16.77



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



7. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
ebook: $ 7.50
print:  $16.20



8. Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
ebook: $6.99
print:   $8.46



9. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

ebook: $ 5.99
print:  $13.18



10. Little Girl Lost: A Lucy Black Thriller (Lucy Black Thrillers) ny Brian McGilloway
ebook: $1.00
print:   $9.44



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




12. The Baker's Daughter: A Novel by Sarah McCoy
ebook: $ 1.99
print:   $ 8.82



13. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
ebook: $ 6.49
print:  $16.36


14. Wild Wolf (Shifters Unbound) by Jennifer Ashley
ebook: $4.59
print:   $4.83


15. Never Go Back (with bonus novella High Heat): A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
ebook: $7.71
print:   $8.37



And there we have them!
Thanks for coming by this week again! I HOPE you will leave a comment letting us know what you are reading! We would LOVE to hear ANY suggestions!
Have a great weekend!
Laurie

Here are the books from 16 to 25!



  • BY ITS COVER, by Donna Leon (Atlantic Monthly Press)


  • WARRIORS, by Ted Bell (Morrow)


  • POWER PLAY, by Danielle Steel (Delacorte)


  • DESTROYER ANGEL, by Nevada Barr (Minotaur)


  • PLAY, by Kylie Scott (St. Martin's Griffin)


  • DARK WITCH, by Nora Roberts (Berkley)


  • BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES, by Debbie Macomber (Ballantine)


  • BROKEN DREAMS, by Kelly Elliott (Kelly Elliott)


  • ALPHAS AFTER DARK BOXED SET, by Vivian Arend and others (Bayou Moon Press)


  • BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, by Jeffrey Archer (St. Martin's)
  • Monday, April 7, 2014

    Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset - New Release 4-1-14 - REVIEW



    DESCRIPTION FROM NETGALLEY:

    “I have been unfaithful to my husband.” Marta Oulie’s opening line scandalized Norwegian readers in 1907. And yet, Sigrid Undset had a gift for depicting modern women “sympathetically but with merciless truthfulness,” as the Swedish Academy noted in awarding her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. At the time she was one of the youngest recipients and only the third woman so honored. It was Undset’s honest story of a young woman’s love life—“the immoral kind,” as she herself bluntly put it—that made her first novel an instant sensation in Norway.

    Marta Oulie, written in the form of a diary, intimately documents the inner life of a young woman disappointed and constrained by the conventions of marriage as she longs for an all-consuming passion. Set in Kristiania (now Oslo) at the beginning of the twentieth century, Undset’s book is an incomparable psychological portrait of a woman whose destiny is defined by the changing mores of her day—as she descends, inevitably, into an ever-darker reckoning. Remarkably, though Undset’s other works have attracted generations of readers, Marta Ouliehas never before appeared in English translation. Tiina Nunnally, whose award-winning translation of Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter captured the author’s beautifully clear style, conveys the voice of Marta Oulie with all the stark poignancy of the original Norwegian.
    Women's Fiction
    My Take:
    5+ Stars
    If you were to tell me this book was written in 1906 when this author was only twenty-four years old, living in Norway, I would say you're crazy! She writes as if she is much older, and is able to get us to pull us right into this story immediately without even knowing if we hadn't been told. 
    In the beginning of the book, the introduction is written by Jane Smiley. The English translation (from Norwegian) is done by Tina Nunnally. This introduction explains that this author is known for being able to write stories about older women (with kids, too) even though it did not reflect her life, and they are very correct in saying that. It is said she has an ability to write with feeling and experience for any age. This holds true in what I read, although for what this young author has gone through in her young life would allow for this ability. She had a tough upbringing with her father dying at the age of forty, leaving her the daughter of a single mother. I have to say the writing in this book was so beautiful, right now I would go out and search for ALL of her books to read because of the beauty of her writing and how she captured my mind into this story immediately. This was a page turner for me from the moment I started reading it.
    This book, at least the galley, tells us about all of the books she has written, mostly historical novels set in the Middle Ages. Her father wrote about Norse themes, and she followed in his footsteps, also branching out into Women's Fiction. The beginning of the book even tells us she has won the Nobel prize for literature in 1928, after many years of her writing, and I can see why.
    In this book, we learn times don't change, and the very same things that haunt us today haunted us yesterday just as much. Yes, this is how the opening line of this book went, "I have been unfaithful to my husband", and it continues on in diary form. Marta really beats herself up for being unfaithful to her husband who is in what would be more understood as a sanitarium for having tuberculosis. At the end she tells us she is tired of writing these words of her pain, and stops writing the story after telling us about one more incident.
    The main story of this book tells us how her husband, Otto, gets Consumption/Tuberculosis, and is hospitalized of which he never does return home. This was such a common problem of that era. I cannot imagine living through times such as these, with all these diseases that antibiotics were just short of being able to treat as it took them just a little longer to come out before so many people died, the polio vaccine included. Marta is more or less left at home living as a widow once he is hospitalized, and this is when she has an affair with Henrik.
    After Otto dies, Henrik tries to get Marta to marry him, of which she wants nothing of, she and her children must move on.
    The book is a sad book, but one we can relate to in the way she writes it. It is a book not to be missed. Her words grab your attention and don't let you go. This is one Novella (128 pages) I don't believe I will ever forget. 
    I received this book for FREE from the Publisher, University of Minnesota Press and NetGalley in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

    The #NYTimes Top 15 (25) Best Sellers in #ebook and print for the week ending Sunday, April 6th, 2014!


    Welcome! To another week of GREAT books! Posted every Sunday by NOON and sometimes earlier!

    What's going on at the blog AND a weekly wrap-up! Wow! A LOT of stuff has been going on here! Let's back up and take a look at this week!

    "Fool for Books" Giveaway Hop! Yes! Another Blog Hop! I have some GREAT prizes again for this hop! A book I've been dying to read! OH! Plus a Gift Card! Go look! You can enter this Hop by clicking RIGHT HERE!

    APRIL KINDLE FIRE HD GIVEAWAY! OR $229 AMAZON GC OR $229 PAYPAL CASH! I am one of those bloggers that helped put on this giveaway! We all donate $10 per spot on the Rafflecopter form, and that is how we gather the money up in order to be able to give this away! You can enter that #Giveaway RIGHT HERE!

    "Killer Within" by Jeff Gunhus #BOOK BLAST! Plus a $50 Amazon GC #Giveaway to 4-30 Enter this by clicking RIGHT HERE!


    The Man Test by Amanda Aksel #BlogTour and #Giveaway with "REVIEW!You can enter this on by CLICKING HERE!

    NEXT WEEK - REVIEWS!

    How has your week been? Read any good books lately YOU would like to share in the COMMENTS section? Come on! I KNOW you have read something out there which is worthy of writing in the Comment Section! Be BRAVE and leave a comment suggesting a book for us to read that we cannot live without!!

    Amazon sent me an email that I'm getting money back from buying Publishers' books! How about you? I guess there was ANOTHER lawsuit about the Publishers charging too much money, again, for their ebooks! WOW! Didn't we have 2 of these already? I don't know, but I'll take the money back as a refund! I did receive mine, so check your email to see if you got yours!

    Okay! Now on to the books!

    FICTION: COMBINED PRINT AND EBOOK!

    To go to Amazon, CLICK ON THE BOOK! 

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


    2.  The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige
    ebook only $ 0.99


    3.  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    ebook: $ 7.50
    print:  $16.20


    4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover - CONGRATS!!!!
    ebook: $ 7.59
    print: $12.45


    5. The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty
    ebook: $ 5.99
    print: $14.66


    6. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
    ebook: $ 5.49
    print: $10.00


    7. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
    ebook: $10.99
    print: $16.77


    8. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    ebook: $6.99
    print: $8.46


    9. Power Play by Danielle Steel
    ebook: $11.84
    print: $16.79


    10. Raising Steam (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett
    ebook: $11.99
    Print: $17.04


    11. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
    ebook: $ 6.49
    Print: $16.36


    12. Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer
    ebook: $12.74
    print: $ 8.87


    13. The Cairo Affair by Olen Steinhauser
    ebook: $10.99
    print: $20.22


    14. You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz
    ebook: $10.99
    print: $19.90


    15. Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
    ebook: $ .99
    prnt $9.31


    Thanks for coming by this week! Remember! PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT and tell us what YOU are reading! It does NOT have to be one of these best selling books, just ANY book you would recommend! Thanks!!
    I am reading Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover! Actually I'm done and I've started Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset - it's GREAT! Beautiful, actually! I'll tell you MORE later this week in my review! So what ARE you reading? Leave it in the comments below! Thanks!!
    Have a GREAT week!
    Laurie

    And the rest are:

    THE AUSCHWITZ ESCAPE, by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale)
    FERAL HEAT, by Jennifer Ashley (InterMix)
    BULLSEYE, by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing)
    NIGHT BROKEN, by Patricia Briggs (Ace)
    THE BOOTLEGGER, by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott (Putnam)
    PRIVATE L.A., by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (Little, Brown)
    STONE COLD, by C. J. Box (Putnam)
    THE CHASE, by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (Bantam)
    BLACK BOX, by Cassia Leo (Gloss)
    WORDS OF RADIANCE, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor/Tom Doherty)

    "The Man Test" by Amanda Aksel #BlogTour and #Giveaway!


    DESCRIPTION:
    Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancĂ© is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adapts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.

    In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

    MY TAKE:
    4 Stars!
    Women's Contemporary Fiction
    This was an enjoyable and quite interesting book, to say the least! I LOVED the concept of the idea of Marin doing ALL she can to prove all men cheat, and the book she's going to write proving the point!
    What prompts this is Marin catches her fiance' cheating on her, mere months away from their wedding. This is when she is convinced ALL men cheat no matter what, as you would figure after being cheated on in the past, too, not to mention her job as well, of counseling married couples in which generally the man has cheated. 
    Marin devises a plan and to goes to every length possible to prove ALL MEN 'do' cheat!  
    Marin meets a test man who just seemed to good to be true. "This" was a cheater, he had to be because he was just to gentlemanly. She went to the greatest lengths of hiring a Private Investigator to prove to herself he 'does' cheat on her. This is by FAR the furthest you can go to prove it, right? Nope! Marin also finds this place that does what is called "The Man Test". That, you have to read about! It's hilarious! Extremely original, but I don't want to give this spoiler away! 
    So is he cheating or not? That's what this story talks about. Marin, her relationship with her previous boyfriends, clients, and her girlfriends who just so happen to be married, and some of them have had this very same thing happen to them out of the blue, and her, too. 
    In Marin's quest to prove all men cheat, when she and some of her girlfriends go to Las Vegas to celebrate on of them getting married, some of them are aghast at some of the things she does to prove ALL men cheat, such as the PI she hires, The Man Test, and more, but she feels the need to prove this point. 
    For instance, she tells one of her clients, 
    "The truth will set you free and yet people have a tendency to keep secrets and difficult feelings from those they love." 
    This client never does fess up, yet he knew differently, as she did, but eventually this came back to bite her in the behind. 
    For Marin, this new man in her life, James, when he finds out, it pushes him away very angrily, and she realizes she has feelings for him. She doesn't want him pushed away. This IS a good man. 
    She was able to redeem herself with him, but I wished I saw this softer side of Marin more often throughout the book because I liked this Marin more than I did the mad and angry Marin, but then again maybe this was the great part about the book. This one part really showed how deeply Marin feels, and how raw her emotions are/were. It probably didn't help that she worked with couples who were affected by this on a daily basis, either, but I liked this softer and more trusting Marin. (I think if I worked with couples who cheated on each other all the time my views on men might be just like Marin's!) 
    What I didn't like about the book was at the end when Marin tells James everything that has happened to her in the past. For James, it's all new to him, but for us, the Reader, we already know all of this. Can't complain too much because the rest of the book was great!
    If you have ever been cheated on by a man and/or wanted to get back at one, or wondered what it felt like but without it happening to you and at a safe distance, or want to read what this woman puts James through, then this is the book for you! A fun, comical, yet serious at times great book to definitely take your mind off the mundane! I highly recommend it!
    I received this book for FREE from the author/her new publishing company, http://www.elephantinepublishing.com/ in exchange to read and write a review about it. It is NOT required for this review to be either positive or negative, but of my own honest opinion. "Free" means I was provided with ZERO MONIES to read this book nor to write this review, but to enjoy the pure pleasure of reading it. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.




    Meet: Author Amanda Aksel


    You can find Amanda Aksel on:
    Twitter at @amandaaksel
    On Facebook at Amanda Aksel
    Goodreads at HERE!
    Amanda's website HERE!





    And here is the Rafflecopter form for you to fill out to win the prize!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway