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Currently Reading… Harry Potter and the Cursed Child #CursedChild #HPScriptBook

July 31, 2016 Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I read all the HP books, watched all the HP movies – that was my youth! – and I took JK Rowling’s word for it that there wouldn’t be any more HP books – so this HP 8 is definitely a gift!

Would’ve loved to be able to watch the play, but since that is not going to be a reality for me, I will have to settle on reading the script (with my best British-accent head voice) and use my imagination…

Currently just finished Act 1 – and have so many questions! Why is this or that?

 

Question: My fave character so far? (Click on arrowhead for answer)

Answer: Scorpio Malfoy – he’s such a good comedic relief with Albus & Harry & others being so intense!

 

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Book Review – The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons (@MatthewFitz_1)

June 24, 2016 Leave a comment

The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Book of December 2015

The bestseller with over half a million readers that People magazine called a “live-wire debut.”

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

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I’d been in a reading funk lately, starting and then abandoning one book after another. Got very frustrated, but happily, this is one novel that I finished (and in record time too!) The Short Drop was an audible deal offer on Amazon, and I was very curious when I read the book description (A cold case involving the future president’s missing daughter suddenly has new evidence turn up 10 years later). Very intriguing! And I was not disappointed, at all. And I’ve been recommending this thriller to everyone I know since!

This book really lived up to its “live-wire debut” description – it’s a cliché to say this, but I found it to be a literal page turner, with so many unexpected twists and turns, and I never got bored or even felt like putting the book down (what a struggle to find the extra time to sleep/eat/work!). The author managed to keep me guessing, and although I did figure out the ‘big secret’ in the girl’s disappearance before it was revealed, I was surprised when someone I thought was a friend turned out to be not so friendly.

It also helped that I really liked the main character Gibson Vaughn – he’s this (disgraced but still legendary) hacker and ex-marine, who has never gotten over the disappearance of Suzanne Lombard (his childhood friend who was practically his baby sister). From his recollections of the girl, I found myself deeply caring about what happened to her also. And even as the other characters cautioned Gibson about ‘false hope’ – the girl had been gone for 10 years! – I found myself right beside Gibson – hoping against hope that there was a happy ending somehow.

I also want to mention how easy it was to read this book – the writing flow was so good, and I was really immersed in the story. It’s a bit hard to explain (like that so-called x-factor in Hollywood stars), but this author has that special quality that makes me go – this is a good writer, I want to read more of his stuff!

RATING: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series) by Matthew FitzSimmons (Thomas & Mercer) is available on Amazon and other bookstores (B&N Nookbook, Kobo books, iBooks, Book Depository)

The Illumination Paradox Series, Books 1-2 by Jacqueline E. Garlick @garlickbooks are $0.99 Each! #Kindle #Teens Daily #Deal!

January 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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The Illumination Paradox Series, Books 1-2 by Jacqueline E. Garlick

The Illumination Paradox Series, Books 1-2 by Jacqueline E. Garlick (Skyscape) are available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 each on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Today only, The Illumination Paradox Series, Books 1-2 by Jacqueline E. Garlick are $1.99 each

Lumière (The Illumination Paradox Book 1)
Noir (The Illumination Paradox Book 2)

Even in a land of eternal twilight, secrets can’t stay in the dark forever.

Seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth has only one hope left: finding her late father’s most prized invention, the Illuminator. It’s been missing since the day of the mysterious flash—a day that saw the sun wiped out forever over England.

But living in darkness is nothing new to Eyelet. She’s hidden her secret affliction all of her life—a life that would be in danger if superstitious townspeople ever guessed the truth. And after her mother is accused and executed for a crime that she didn’t commit, the now-orphaned Eyelet has no choice but to track down the machine that was created with the sole purpose of being her cure.

Alone and on the run, she finally discovers the Illuminator—only to see a young man hauling it off. Determined to follow the thief and recover the machine, she ventures into the deepest, darkest, most dangerous part of her twisted world.

 

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Someone Will Be with You Shortly by Lisa Kogan @LisaKogan for $0.99! @HarperCollins #Kindle #Biographies & #Memoirs Daily #Deal! #Essays

January 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Lisa Kogan

Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life‘ by Lisa Kogan (HarperCollins) is available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

“[Kogan’s] wry observations of everyday life will hearten you on your worst days, validate you on your best, and make you laugh any day at all.” — Martha Beck, author of Expecting Adam and Finding Your Own North Star

Someone Will Be with You Shortly is a delectable blend of wit, whimsy, pith, and poignancy. If David Sedaris were a girl… this is the book he’d write.” — Evan Handler, author of It’s Only Temporary

Someone Will Be with You Shortly is a collection of the hilarious and poignant essays from beloved O Magazine columnist Lisa Kogan. Writing in the vein of Nora Ephron, Kogan has been called “the Erma Bombeck of our generation” (Kelly Corrigan, author of The Middle Place and Lift). In Someone Will Be with You Shortly, she brings her trademark humor to such real-life quandaries as single motherhood, aging, and sex.

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The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher @ursulav for $0.99! #Kindle #Sci-Fi #Fantasy Daily #Deal!

January 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

The Seventh Bride‘ by T. Kingfisher (47North) is available at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Young Rhea is a miller’s daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don’t turn down lords—no matter how sinister they may seem—Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.

Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat “Come back before dawn, or else I’ll marry you.”

With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

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Driftwood Cottage by Sherryl Woods @sherryl703 for $1.99! @MIRAEditors #Kindle #Romance Daily #Deal!

January 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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Driftwood Cottage (A Chesapeake Shores Novel Book 5) by Sherryl Woods

Driftwood Cottage (A Chesapeake Shores Novel Book 5)‘ by Sherryl Woods (MIRA/Harlequin) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

Single mom Heather Donovan’s dreams of home and family are tantalizingly within reach when she settles in Chesapeake Shores. The welcoming arms of the boisterous, loving O’Brien clan embrace her and her son. But accepting their support seems to further alienate her son’s father, Connor O’Brien. His parents’ divorce and his career as a high-powered divorce attorney have left him jaded about marriage.

Then everything changes. Will the possibility of a future without Heather make Connor look at love and his career differently? Heather’s just about given up on her old dreams—of love, of family and especially of Driftwood Cottage, the home she secretly wishes were hers. It’s going to take a lot of persuasion—and some help from the O’Brien family—to make Heather believe that some dreams are worth fighting for.

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Down in New Orleans by Heather Graham @heathergraham for $1.99! @openroadmedia #Kindle #Romance Daily #Deal!

January 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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Down in New Orleans by Heather Graham

Down in New Orleans‘ by Heather Graham (Open Road Media Romance) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

Book Description

When Ann infiltrates the dark corners of the Big Easy to clear her ex-husband’s name, what begins as an innocent investigation becomes a matter of life and death

Ann and Jon Marcel are a rare case; five years after their divorce, they’re good friends, and Ann has come to love Jon’s hometown of New Orleans. Until the day Jon staggers through her door covered in blood and mumbling, “I didn’t do it.”

Jon is charged with murdering a stripper, and in order to save him, Ann will have to dive into the sordid New Orleans underworld, looking for clues in erotic clubs and seamy jazz spots. And, if that weren’t enough, she must deal with the resolute detective bent on bringing her husband to justice—the eagle-eyed lieutenant who dogs her steps and surfaces in her dreams. But despite her wavering affections, Ann has bigger concerns as she becomes embroiled in a fight not only for Jon’s freedom, but also for her life.

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April’s Fool by Blanche Marriott @MarriottBlanche for $1.99! #Kindle #Romance Daily #Deal!

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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April's Fool by Blanche Marriott

April’s Fool‘ by Blanche Marriott (Montlake Romance) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

How can a wedding album start a tug-of-war between the bride and groom? When they aren’t really married and an April Fools joke goes awry.

In a moment of self-pity, April Vaillancourt, a graphic designer and all-around dreamer, creates a fake wedding album. She accidentally leaves it behind at a restaurant after a girls night out. Weeks later, when it turns up on the desk of the fake groom, he confronts her, and she’s faced with telling the truth or living a lie.

Michael Goode is a high-powered investment advisor on the threshold of becoming CEO. His neat and orderly bachelor life is jarred when April’s prank appears on his desk. Ready to take her to task for the brazen invasion of his privacy, he instead falls captive to her charms. Intrigued by her evasive tactics, he pursues her, but when he finds himself wanting to spend every minute with April, he begins to question his bachelor life. Could there be something better?

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Drop Dead Perfect by Rick Murcer @RickMurcer for $1.99! #Kindle #Mystery, #Thriller & #Suspense Daily #Deal!

December 2, 2016 Leave a comment

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Drop Dead Perfect by Rick Murcer

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Book Description

A disturbing and gruesome serial killer is on the loose with a distinct calling card: after every murder, he stages his victim’s body with meticulous attention to detail—perfectly dressed, perfectly made-up, and pinned with the disconcerting message “NOT HER.” This serial killer won’t settle for anything less than perfection.

Forensics expert Ellen Harper is assigned to investigate the bizarre string of crimes. Reeling from a recent divorce, she channels her emotions and energy into protecting the women of Chicago from the deranged killer. To complicate matters, Brice Rogers, a good-looking detective with some issues of his own, is working the case at her side.

As the body count climbs, Ellen must attempt to conquer her own demons, piece together the workings of a mind born of hate, and find the murderer before he kills again. And again.

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