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The Second Husband by Kate White

Out Now! ~ Get it on Amazon Thank you so much to the amazing author @katewhite_author and the gang at @Harperperennial for sharing this title with me! And the red shades? Summer reading perfection!! I can't wait to set up camp on the deck and dive in. I mean... who doesn't want a juicy mystery to get lost in? ~Tanja From the Cover... After losing her husband, Derrick, in what appears to have been a random street crime, thirtysomething Emma has built a new life with widower Tom, who is kind, handsome, driven, and successful. Emma is finally able to feel safe again, both in her relationship with Tom and in the home they've made together on the Connecticut shore. Then one day a homicide detective shows up at Emma and Tom’s door asking questions. Though Emma had been cleared of her husband’s murder, it appears that law enforcement is taking another look at her and the case. What do they know? Are they on the right track this time? And most importantly,

The Perks of Loving a Wallflower by Erica Ridley

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon A big regency thank you to @ForeverPub and @EricaRidley for sharing The Perks of Loving a Wallflower with me. It's been one of my reading highlights thus far for 2022. And a much-needed addition to my Pride month TBR list.  From the Cover... As a master of disguise, Thomasina Wynchester can be a polite young lady—or a bawdy old man. She’ll do whatever it takes to solve the cases her family takes on. But when Tommy’s beautiful new client turns out to be the highborn lady she’s secretly smitten with, more than her mission is at stake . . . Bluestocking Miss Philippa York doesn’t believe in love. Her heart didn’t pitter-patter when she was betrothed to a duke, nor did it break when he married someone else. All Philippa desires is to decode a centuries-old manuscript to keep a modern-day villain from claiming credit for work that wasn’t his. She hates that she needs a man’s help to do it—so she’s delighted to discover the clever, charm

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Sea Glass Summer by Miranda Liasson

Releases June 28th ~ Get it on Amazon As the wife of a retired military spouse reading books with this theme can be a bit emotional. Especially when certain subjects are at the forefront. As always, Miranda Liasson keeps a firm grasp on what she is portraying and how she delivers it. I found Sea Glass Summer to be ultimately uplifting and inspiring. Giving a voice to grief and the ability to create a new normal. This was beautifully done. ~Tanja From the Cover... A moving, uplifting novel about motherhood, starting over, and an unexpected summer romance… Kit Blakemore is ready to live again. After her husband died while serving in the military, she was in a haze of grief. Now she wants to reclaim her former self—finish her degree and find a better career to provide for their sweet little boy, Oliver. To do that, she’ll need to sell her late husband’s dilapidated Victorian in Seashell Harbor. But first, Kit intends to give Ollie the kind of unforgettable seaside

Project Namahana by John Teschner

  Releasing June 28th - Get it on Amazon I have been abundantly lucky to have been able to live in Hawaii not once but twice. The lush vegetation, waterfalls, hiking trails, the people, the culture, and everything that you even remotely think about the beautiful state of Hawaii is showcased in project Project Namahana by John Teschner. A story of nature and what man does to ruin as well as to save it plays out rhythmically within. Thankfully, I've lived there, so the dialogue's cadence wasn’t familiar but rather smile-inducing. I wholeheartedly enjoyed the read. ~Tanja From the Cover... Two men, unified by a string of disappearances and deaths, search for answers—and salvation—in the jungles of Kaua‘i. Together, they must navigate the overlapping and complicated lines between a close-knit community and the hated, but economically-necessary corporate farms—and the decades old secrets that bind them. Project Namahana takes you from Midwestern, glass-walled

Sisters in Resistance by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Out Now~ Get it on Amazon I am constantly amazed at the power and perseverance of women and what they have done for this world. It is an inescapable fact that when women are left to the task they can do wondrous things for the greater good. ~Tanja *Thank you to @grandcentralPub for sharing this title with me. From the Cover... In 1944, news of secret diaries kept by Italy's Foreign Minister, Galeazzo Ciano, had permeated public consciousness. What wasn't reported, however, was how three women—a Fascist's daughter, a German spy, and an American banker’s wife—risked their lives to ensure the diaries would reach the Allies, who would later use them as evidence against the Nazis at Nuremberg. In 1944, Benito Mussolini's daughter, Edda, gave Hitler and her father an ultimatum: release her husband, Galeazzo Ciano, from prison, or risk her leaking her husband's journals to the press. To avoid the peril of exposing Nazi lies, Hitler and Mussolini hun

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon When two teenagers break into a house on a remote lake in search of prescription drugs, what starts as a simple burglary turns into a nightmare for all involved. Emmett Burr has secrets he's been keeping in his basement for more than two decades, and he'll do anything to keep his past from being revealed. As he gets the upper hand on his tormentors, the lines blur between victim, abuser, and protector. Personal tragedy has sent former police officer Ben Packard back to the small Minnesota town of Sandy Lake in search of a fresh start. Now a sheriff's deputy, Packard is leading the investigation into the missing teens, motivated by a family connection. As clues dry up and time runs out to save them, Packard is forced to reveal his own secrets and dig deep to uncover the dark past of the place he now calls home. *Thank you to @poisonedPenPress and Sourcebooks for sharing this title with me! # poisonedPenPress #Sourcebooks  #

Devereaux Duet Push & Pull by Sadie Rose

  Out Now ~ get it on Amazon This was an absolute reader delight! Spicey, sexy, and fun with a bit of drama added in for character. It's a fantastic read especially if you're short on time but want a bit of a thrill. This is my first time reading Sadie Rose and it won't be my last. Her writing style and flow are phenomenal. I so enjoy falling for new authors. ((Smiles)) ~Tanja *Thank you so much to Sadie Rose and the wonderful people at Inkslinger who shared this duet with me! It made my vacay! From the Cover... Push (Book #1) Fresh out of college, Olivia Monroe has a new apartment and a new job living in San Francisco with her best friend. Hoping for a fresh start drama free, Olivia has a chance encounter with an attractive stranger who turns out to be more than she bargained for. Now her fresh start is becoming more precarious by the day as she navigates work, love, and a secret she intends to keep. Pull (Book #2) Heartbroken after her breakup with

Lovely Bad Things by by Trisha Wolfe

Out now ~ get it on Amazon Trisha Wolfe is a mainline infusion of all things diabolical and disturbing! I have savored every book she produces. Lovely Bad Things is no exception and was an absolutely phenomenal read. Simply perfect for my week at the beach. Mrs. Wolfe is a self-proclaimed writing lunatic. She's truly a maestro of the macabre and a master of dark killer romance. If you’re a fan of the psychological and with a twist of darkness you’re going to absolutely love this one. Amazing! ~Tanja From the Cover... He’s the devil. And she’s his wicked game. An enemies-to-lovers dark romance with a thrilling twist from the disturbed mind that brought you the Darkly, Madly Duet. Halen: They say eyes are the windows to the soul—but when he looks at me through hues of slate-green and flaring blue embers, I’m terrified of what’s watching me from behind his clashing gaze, something primal and feverish that threatens to melt me like fire in ice. I fear falling i

Good Morning, Love by Ashley M. Coleman

Look at this gorgeous book! It's out today!! Get it on Amazon Carlisa “Carli” Henton is a musician and songwriter hoping to follow in her father’s musical footsteps. But, biding her time until she makes it big in the music industry, she works as a junior account manager at a big-name media company to cover her New York City rent. Carli meticulously balances her work with her musical endeavors as a songwriter—until a chance meeting with rising star Tau Anderson sends her calculated world into a frenzy. Their worlds collide and quickly blur the strict lines Carli has drawn between her business and her personal life, throwing Carli’s reputation—and her burgeoning songwriting career—into question. A smart, timely, energizing romance, Good Morning, Love shows us what the glamorous New York’s music scene is really like and takes us into the lives of a rising but somewhat troubled R&B star and a promising protégé who knows her job better than she knows herself

Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score

Releases June 21st ~ Get it on Amazon I was lucky enough to spend my weekend with Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score. I get this feeling when I discover a new author that surprises me. I’ve been reading and reviewing since 2013 so it’s safe to say I read a lot. But what doesn’t happen a lot is me instantly wanting to know more. And I mean to know more about the author's backlog of books. I got the same feeling the first time I read Darynda Jones, Emma Chase, and more recently Abby Jimenez. They write like a movie. I immediately see a cast playing this out in my head. Not many authors can achieve this. Side note: Ryan Reynolds is on my shortlist for the laid-back landscaper Silas Wright. My cheeks hurt from the smiles this tome provides. From the moment they met till the movie-worthy epilogue. I am truly obsessed with Maggie Moves On by Lucy Score. I need more and I need it now. ~Tanja *Thank you to @ForeverPublishing for sharing this title with me. From the Cove

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon READ IT. ~Tanja From the Cover... The great scholar, W. E. B. Du Bois, once wrote about the Problem of race in America, and what he called “Double Consciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses in order to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans—the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Georgians and tenant farmers—Ailey carries Du Bois’s Problem on her shoulders. Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reachi

The Friendship Pact By Jill Shalvis

Releases June 14th ~ Get it on Amazon Perfectly written and a wonderful addition to any summer beach bag! The Friendship Pact by Jill Shalvis is filled with everything I love about romance. This is truly one of my favorite reads of 2022. It has everything I want in a book. Emotional upheaval, overcoming trauma, learning to trust your instincts, and discovering that we’re not infallible. Love is for all of us, no matter who you are or the mistakes you've made. ~Tanja From the Cover... Alone in the world, Tae Holmes and her mother April pretty much raised each other, but as Tae starts asking questions about the father she's never met, April, for the first time in her life, goes silent. To make matters worse, Tae is dangerously close to broke and just manages to avoid financial meltdown when she lands a shiny new contract with an adventure company for athletes with disabilities and wounded warriors. Her first big fundraiser event falls flat, but what start

A Face To Die For by Iris Johansen

Releases June 14th ~ Get it on Amazon There is nothing better than opening the pages of a new Iris Johansen book. Especially if it's the latest Eve Duncan novel. Wow, book number twenty-eight. That's monumental.  The prologue kicks us off in the heart of the jungle. Painted with a master's brush I can almost feel the humid air and smell the vegetation. Little Riley is doing her best to keep her curiosity in check without causing her mother too much grief. And now we settle in a watch Eve Duncan do what she does best. GAH! I love these books!! Happy reading Iris Johansen fans 😊 ~Tanja From the Cover... Archaeologist Riley Smith has been obsessed with Helen of Troy since she was a small girl, trailing her professor father all over the world in search of the tomb of the world’s most beautiful woman. Professor Smith put his life on the line to prove that, instead of a myth, Helen had been a living, breathing queen.  Riley seeks the help of forensic scu

Carolina Moonset by Matt Goldman

Out Now~ Get it on Amazon   Wow, I do love a good bit of family drama when it comes to my escapism. Carolina Moonset has a massive dose of it. This is my first time reading works by Matt Goldman and I'm pretty sure it won't be my last. I enjoyed his writing and the way mystery unfolds within. A great vacation read for sure! Especially if you're traveling to the Carolinas. ~Tanja From the Cover... Joey Green has returned to Beaufort, South Carolina, with its palmettos and shrimp boats, to look after his ailing father, who is succumbing to dementia, while his overstressed mother takes a break. Marshall Green’s short-term memory has all but evaporated, but, as if in compensation, his oldest memories are more vivid than ever. His mind keeps slipping backwards in time, retreating into long-ago yesterdays of growing up in Beaufort as a boy. At first this seems like a blessing of sorts, with the past providing a refuge from a shrinking future, but Joey grow

Unforgiven by Rebecca Zanetti

Releases June 7th ~ Get it on Amazon I don’t have enough words in order to tell you how much I enjoy Rebecca Zanetti and all of her book series. Deep Ops is one of my absolute favorites. Unforgiven, which is book 5 in the series, releases on June 7 of this year. I have nothing bad to say about this book other than it ended far too soon. I hate that it’s over. I need more, I want more, and I need to know who it's going to happen to next. Lol, no pressure Zanetti, just give me all the things now. All kidding aside, Unforgiven is an action-packed-driven read that is pure adrenaline perfection. I can’t wait for everybody else to read it so that I can openly discuss it. When does book six come out? ~Tanja From the Cover... Run: Gemma Falls never expected to use her game theory expertise to outrun a killer. But for years, that skill is all that kept her one step ahead of a deadly stalker. When Gemma gets the chance to teach at D.C. University, she hopes she and h

As Seen on TV by Meredith Schorr

Releasing June 7th ~ Get it on Amazon "It’s hilarious how tourists paint the city as the romance capital of America when it is the worst the worst." I know many reviewers will read and state "the book had me from page one!” but in this case, it’s true! Page 1 = smile on my face  Page 2 = already highlighted a quote Page 3 = grabbed my snuggly blanket and silenced my phone. I mean... who does that? Not every book has this kind of effect on me, but As Seen on TV by Meredith Schorr is absolutely one of those books! Memorable. Talk about a meet-cute. I love Adina Gellar's relationship with her mom. At one point it's written "she snuggles in and takes comfort in her mother's familiar scent." I felt that on a visceral level. God, I miss my mom. I just love it when characters have this great relationship with their parents. Oftentimes, in books, they don’t but I guess that’s real-life as well.  Adina heads to a small town in New Yor

The Omega Factor by Steve Berry

Releasing June 7th ~ Get it on Amazon   I don’t know how he keeps coming up with these wonderful stories but that's the true hallmark of a great storyteller. Finding the fresh and new in the old. I guess there’s a way to say it. The omega factor and it’s a brand new standalone created by one of the masters of the genre. Hold on people this one’s a good one. ~Tanja From the Cover... Enter UNESCO investigator, Nicholas Lee, who works for the United Nations’ Cultural Liaison and Investigative Office (CLIO). Nick’s job is to protect the world’s cultural artifacts—anything and everything from countless lesser-known objects to national treasures. When Nick travels to Belgium for a visit with a woman from his past, he unwittingly stumbles on the trail of a legendary panel from the Ghent Altarpiece, stolen in 1934 under cover of night and never seen since. Soon Nick is plunged into a bitter conflict, one that has been simmering for nearly two thousand years. On one

The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon I have found the perfect book for your summer beach bag! I ADORE everything about this book. Shut up and give over your money to any bookseller you can find that has The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood on their shelves. Absolute perfection!! ~Tanja From the Cover... Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow. Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don't believe her story. It's an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can't be left for dead like that. Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar's wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club. When another body turns up, they realize they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set ou

Poison Lilies by Katie Tallo

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon Just when you think the hard part is over you get smacked in the face! The past isn't done with Augusta Monet and I loved every moment! Smart, intriguing, and a perfect follow-up to Dark August. Get it, book friends, and thank me later. ~Tanja From the Cover... After moving back to her hometown and solving her mother's murder, Augusta (Gus) Monet thought she was finally settled. Content for the first time in her life. Done with digging into the past. But it’s not to be. Cue hard reset number whatever. When Gus makes a mistake she can’t undo, she does the only thing she can: cuts and runs. Packs all her things in the dead of night and takes off. Gus lands at The Ambassador Court, an art-deco apartment building with cheap rent in one of Ottawa’s oldest neighborhoods where no one knows her. The perfect place for a fresh start—or at least a good place to hide. She soon meets Poppy Honeywell, her reclusive elderly neighbor who wand

These Impossible Things by Salma El-Wardany

Out Today! Get it on Amazon A razor‑sharp debut novel of three best friends navigating love, sex, faith, and the one night that changes it all. It’s always been Malak, Kees, and Jenna against the world. Since childhood, under the watchful eyes of their parents, aunties and uncles, they’ve learned to live their own lives alongside the expectations of being good Muslim women. Staying over at a boyfriend's place is disguised as a best friend’s sleepover, and tiredness can be blamed on studying instead of partying. They know they’re existing in a perfect moment. With growing older and the stakes of love and life growing higher, the delicate balancing act between rebellion and religion is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. Malak wants the dream: for her partner, community, and faith to coexist happily, and she wants this so much she's willing to break her own heart to get it. Kees is in love with Harry, a white Catholic man who her parents can neve

Souldier by Andrew Dahms

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon Color me pleasantly surprised. Andrew Dahms, a very new and very much an unknown author, has really blown me away with Souldier. It's the first book in The Shadows of Eternity series. Not often I am completely taken in by a character as I am with Vivian.  From the pulse-pounding, gripping beginnings we are immediately submerged in the ebb and flow of the plot. I found myself rooting for Vivian, loving her perseverance, and her struggle to accomplish all of her goals. It’s a post-apocalyptic kind of read. Ultimately, some very fine science fiction with a bit of dystopia added in. Souldier has a modern-day "Hunger Games" feel to it that works incredibly well. I’m excited for what's to come and intrigued about where the story will flow from here. Big thanks to author Andrew Dahms for reaching out and putting his book on my radar. I am pleasantly surprised and wholeheartedly invested in what will happen next. ~Tanja From

December '41 by William Martin

  Releasing June 7th - Get it on Amazon Told with the words from the incomparable William Martin December '41 was an epic ride. Fans of World War II history fiction will love this current addition to Martin’s catalog. I found it to be thrilling as well as highly entertaining. ~Tanja From the Cover... On the day after Pearl Harbor, shocked Americans gather around their radios to hear Franklin Roosevelt declare war. In Los Angeles, a German agent named Martin Browning is planning to kill FDR on the night he lights the National Christmas Tree. Who will stop him? Relentless FBI Agent Frank Carter? Kevin Cusack, a Hollywood script reader who also spies on the German Bund of Los Angeles, and becomes a suspect himself? Or Vivian Hopewell, the aspiring actress who signs on to play Martin Browning's wife and cannot help but fall in love with him? The clock is ticking. The tracks are laid. The train of narrow escapes, mistaken identities, and shocking deaths is ri

The Island by Adrian McKinty

Out Now ~ Get it on Amazon All I can say is AAAHHHHHH!!! If you're looking for a thriller summer read, look no further. This is crazy good. Of course, it would be if Hulu has picked it up. Get ready for the ride of your life. ~Tanja From the Cover... After moving from a small country town to Seattle, Heather Baxter marries Tom, a widowed doctor with a young son and teenage daughter. A working vacation overseas seems like the perfect way to bring the new family together, but once they’re deep in the Australian outback, the jet-lagged and exhausted kids are so over their new mom. When they discover remote Dutch Island, off-limits to outside visitors, the family talks their way onto the ferry, taking a chance on an adventure far from the reach of iPhones and Instagram. But as soon as they set foot on the island, which is run by a tightly knit clan of locals, everything feels wrong. Then a shocking accident propels the Baxters from an unsettling situation into a