Sunday, July 5, 2015

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


HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FICTION: COMBINED #EBOOK AND #PRINT!


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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


Saturday, July 4, 2015

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

        Thanks to our Sponsor, Stuck in Books!


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

Dear Carolina, a novel, by Kristy Woodson Harvey

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


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


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


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

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

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The #GIVEAWAY - 2 CHANCES TO #WIN!

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

AND 

ONE #EBOOK available INTERNATIONALLY from myself!

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







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

Thursday, July 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

1 #Winner

INTERNATIONAL

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

How to enter? Fill out this form!!





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


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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

ebook: $7.99
print:   $9.89



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




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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

  • ZOO, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (Little, Brown)
  • 14TH DEADLY SIN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (Little, Brown)
  • DARK PLACES, by Gillian Flynn (Broadway)
  • THE SANTANGELOS, by Jackie Collins (St. Martin's)
  • ALL THE SINGLE LADIES, by Dorothea Benton Frank (Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • Monday, June 22, 2015

    #REVIEW AND BLOG TOUR! "The Truth and Other Lies" by Sascha Arango


    Description:
    Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.
    “Evil is a matter of opinion…”


    On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.


    For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.


    Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.

    Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.


    Advance Praise

    PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
    STARRED REVIEW!
    German scriptwriter Arango’s exceptional first novel, a highly entertaining thriller, focuses on Henry Hayden, a successful author who lives in a “nondescript coastal town.” Wealthy beyond imagination, he appears to be a loving husband to his wife, Martha, and is so humble that people automatically like him. In truth, the vain and selfish Henry is seeing a mistress, Betty Hansen, who’s also his editor, and a few other women besides. As for those bestsellers, Henry never wrote one word—Martha did, allowing him to take credit as long as her authorial role remained a secret. Henry’s carefully constructed world is in danger when Betty becomes pregnant. His decision to take drastic action results in an accidental death. Dodging the police inquiry and an old acquaintance determined to expose his erratic past, Henry takes charge of his own fate. Wry humor punctuates this insightful look at a soulless man.
    KIRKUS REVIEWS
    STARRED REVIEW!

    Hayden is a drifter with no human connections. Waking up hung over after sleeping with a stranger, Martha, he discovers a manuscript under her bed and is so impressed that he sends it off to publishers as his own. Martha, an oddball who writes books in the middle of the night and tosses the perfectly composed manuscripts in the cellar, is fine with that. After Hayden marries her, the first novel becomes a huge bestseller. Living large with a sports car and fancy clothes, he has an affair with his editor, Betty, who becomes pregnant with his child. It's only a matter of time, or so it seems, before he's exposed for the fake he is. But he remains master of his made-up world, even with the police breathing down his neck after first Martha and then Betty disappear and even with a stalker who knows everything about his past seeking vengeance. A cross between James M. Cain and Patricia Highsmith, with a wide streak of sardonic humor, this is one wicked tale. You keep waiting for the author to slip, plot-wise, but, as with his protagonist, you wait in vain. German screenwriter Arango's first novel is superior pulp, with schemers all around and plenty to say about fame, identity, and mortality.

    My Take:
    5 Stars, of course!
    BRAVO! A genius of a story! I LOVE psychological thrillers, and this is one that will stay with you when you read this one, forever, in utter shock! At times I couldn't believe what I was reading! This guy is so inhumane, but likable! I'm not going to go into much more detail than the 'Description' this book already provides, and what you have already read because I don't want to ruin one thing for you! I did include some Advanced Praise Reviews up above as well, but I did cut out a part in one of them I listed because it just gives away too much of the plot you which will want to learn while reading the book yourself. I don't want to do that to you. I want you to be able to read this book and enjoy it! This book has so many twists and turns, you'll start getting dizzy in a great way! This character is always one step ahead of the police, convincingly.
    This book starts off with Henry, our protagonist, finding a finished manuscript wrapped in greaseproof paper hidden underneath a strange woman's bed. He was looking for his sock, and that's how he found it. He did not want to get to know this woman, Martha. Well, they do end up marrying, and this book becomes the first of five bestsellers, translated into twenty languages, becomes required reading in schools, and all under the pen name of Frank Ellis. However, this is a huge secret shared only between he and his wife. Frank did NOT write these books. Martha, his wife wrote them! No one knows he does not write these books, but his wife writes the books on an old typewriter. So now he's this huge author, and he ends up having an affair with his Editor, Betty. When something happens to Betty that will change everyone's lives, things start to spiral out of control. The rest is for you to enjoy!
    I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't flip through this ebook fast enough to read this entire story to find out what happened next that I didn't realize how fast I read this book!
    I noticed this book is translated from the German edition, and it is fabulous! I think many people who like the Thriller genre in general will enjoy this book very much! I would like to thank Atria, a Division of Simon and Schuster through NetGalley so 'very' much for an egalley of this book for review purposes in exchange for my opinion of this book, be it either positive or negative.

    About the Author, Sascha Arango




    Sascha Arango is one of Germany’s most prominent screenplay writers and a two-time winner of the Grimme Prize, a prestigious award for German television, for his work on the long-running detective series Tatort. His first novel, The Truth and Other Lies, will be published in more than thirteen countries in 2015. He lives in Germany.

    THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES by Sascha Arango
    Atria Books | 256 pages | ISBN: 978-1-4767-9555-3 | $24.99
    (Amazon ebook: $12.99, Hardcover $17.46, Audible $18.37 or free)
    (Paperback IF available is Used only from the UK at this time through Amazon)

    Hardcover Links

    eBook  Links

    Paperback N/A for the US yet

    Saturday, June 20, 2015

    The #NYTimes #Bestseller list will return next week, June 28th, due to my being ill. I'll be back better than ever!


    Welcome everyone! This post is a weekly post and is always up by NOON every Sunday, and most of the time earlier, EXCEPT or this week. I've been doing this post for about the last 3 years or so, but I mentioned last week I was not feeling well. I have a bladder infection AND an ear infection. Well, the antibiotics did NOT work, and I'm worse now that what I was last week, so I need to take a little time for myself to get feeling better.  I hate to do this to you, but sometimes things are out of our control, and it surely is this time.
    Please bear with me, and I should be back on my feet by next week and able to look into the computer screen, and sit comfortably! Or at least I better be, lol!
    WINNERS for The Appetite of Girls will be announced along with Eeny Meeny next week, too.
    Thank you SO much for waiting one more week for Eeny Meeny and The Appetite of Girls would have been announced today. I TRULY appreciate your waiting. IF I were able, believe me, I would do ALL of this article, including the winners, but I just don't have the strength to do it.
    I love you all! Thanks for understanding!
    Laurie

    PS. There are only a few hours tonight until midnight, Saturday, June 20th, to get your entries in for the Splash Into Summer $250 Cash Giveaway! Make sure you get your entries in!!

    Thanks again for your understanding!