All Fired Up by Dylan Newton

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Today is the day, book friends! My copy just arrived! Who else is spending the day reading?

From the Cover...
After one wild night together, two complete opposites plan to stay firmly in the friend zone, but life has other plans in this delightful romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Emily Henry and Abby Jimenez.

As a successful book publicist, Imani Lewis works night and day to promote her authors. It’s her dream job, but she’s become a total workaholic. So when her grandmother invites her to stay for the summer as she recovers from surgery, Imani happily agrees. But being back in the same small town as her one-night stand may not be quite the relaxing break she envisioned…

Zander Matthews wakes up every day determined to enjoy the present because he knows from his time in the Marines that tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. But he’s never gotten over the beautiful woman who blew through town a year ago, then disappeared. And he doesn’t want to be hurt again. So they agree to a deal: he’ll help Imani fix up her grandmother’s house as long as they stay firmly in the friend zone.

Whether it’s repairing tiles in his ceramics studio, dodging nosy neighbors, or soothing the most obnoxious parrot ever, Zander never fails to make Imani laugh. And soon their friendly banter is turning ever flirtier. But since Imani’s stay is temporary and Zander can’t be tied to anything beyond the most tenuous plans, will she be able to handle it when things get all fired up?

*Thank you to Forever Publishing and Dylan Newton for sharing this title with me.

The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

Releases May 17th ~ Get it on Amazon

Absolutely Lovely. I call this a waiting room read. Ya know, a book that gets worn out from being in your tote bag/purse. Easy to pick up and put down. A comfort read if you will. A collection of stories from the incomparable Kerry Greenwood. Ya gotta buy it! She has cats to feed 😁 (Love it)


From the Cover...
In The Lady with Gun Asks the Questions, Kerry Greenwood distills the Phryne of her books and imagination. For those fans looking for greater character depth, a richer historical context of the twenties, and Phryne as her truest, freest self, Greenwood has curated just the right stories from her 21 novels and added four brand-new ones so we may meet the real fabulous Miss Fisher.

This Ultimate Miss Fisher Story Collection features four previously unpublished stories:The Boxer
A Matter of Style
The Chocolate Factory
The Bells of St. Paul's

*Thank you to @poisenedpenpress @sourcebooks
#TheLadywiththeGunAskstheQuestions #sourcebooks #poisenedpenpress
#inkedinpoison #KerryGreenwood

The Love List by Elana Johnson

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Can I just say, I love a book where thought and love have been put into the physical details! The artwork that heads the beginning of each chapter and the embellishments added throughout are just fantastic. I know it seems simple but it adds so much to the reading experience.

As for the story of Beatrice Callahan, well... let's make a list.

💙I celebrate women who make changes even when they are hard.
💙New is scary but it's exciting too.
💙Love lists are better than bucket lists.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Love List. It's perfect for any beach bag or sandy shore. Funny, loving, and kind in all ways. I can't wait for more.


*Thank you to @inkslinger for sharing this title with me. I am proud to have it on my bookshelf.

From the Cover...
Beatrice Callahan loves lists. Sometimes she even makes a to-do list of things she's already done, just to go check, check, check and feel accomplished. So it's easy to understand why, when her divorce is finally final and her ex is all moved out, Bea takes a cool, close look at her life...and makes a list.
It's not exactly a bucket list.

It's a love list.
Bea loves the outdoors, so she puts visit 10 National Parks on the list.
She loves animals, and on goes get a puppy.

She loves the beach, and she adds take a dream vacation to the list, and decides to do that one first. After all she's been through and all she's lost, she needs time to relax, rest, and reset.

On the first day she arrives in Hilton Head Island, she meets Grant Turner, the man whose house she's renting for her fabulous beach vacation. He's just there to make sure she settles in properly and has enough towels.

But when Bea asks for recommendations around the island, Grant quickly becomes her tour guide and then a friend and then...more than friends.

Bea turns to her lists when things get confusing and her love list morphs once again... Can she add fall in love at age 45 to the list and check it off?

Death of The Black Widow by James Patterson

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Released in April this massive work from the amazing James Patterson is now in paperback and ready for all the beach bags and backpacks of summer. Patterson knows how to craft a story and keep the reader guessing. I am forever a fan. Death of The Black Widow is engaging and kept me up to the wee hours. I can't recommend it enough!


From the Cover...
She destroys the men she loves—and escapes every time. The most dangerous killer James Patterson has ever created is also his most seductive.
On his first night with Detroit PD, Officer Walter O’Brien is called to a murder scene. A terrified twenty-year-old has bludgeoned her kidnapper with skill that shocks even O’Brien’s veteran partner. The young woman is also a brilliant escape artist. Her bold flight from police custody makes the case impossible to solve—and, for Walter, even more impossible to forget.

By the time Walter’s promoted to detective, his fascination with the missing, gray-eyed woman is approaching obsession. And when Walter discovers that he’s not alone in his search, one truth is certain. This deadly string of secrets didn’t begin in his home city—but he’s going to make sure it ends there.

*Thank you to @GrandCentralPub @Hachettebookgroup for sharing this title with me. #grandcentralpub #GCP #GrandCentralClubCar #Hachettebookgroup #Jamespatterson #DeathofTheBlackWidow #booksta #GCPCLUBCAR

Summer Island by Shelley Noble

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Beach bag perfection! I mean... Shelly Noble knows her stuff and masters it every time. A beautiful story of family, life, and reinventing yourself. I love everything about this. A perfect novel for summer.


From the Cover...
When reporter Phoebe Adams loses her job and her fiancé on the same day, it never occurs to her that she’ll also have to support her mother, Ruth, through her divorce from Phoebe’s father after thirty-five years of marriage. They both need a safe haven, and Phoebe knows just the place—Summer Island where Grandma Alice still rules the roost from the big New England beach house Phoebe and Ruth once called home.

But “home” has changed. There’s a trendy new look downtown. Large beach houses are replacing the old; the Harken house next door is in disrepair.

Phoebe’s plan for a peaceful retreat is quickly hijacked when globe-trotting Great Aunt Vera makes an unannounced pit stop. With Vera around, no one can stay morose for long, not even Lars, the grumpy widower next door, or his son Ty, formerly geeky middle child all grown up into a handsome and enigmatic man. Soon they’re all enjoying things they used to do and discovering new ones. Each adventure opens a part of themselves they’ve neglected for too long and brings them closer together.

But when an accident threatens to destroy the tenuous tie between them, Phoebe realizes how fragile life can be, and that she has some serious choices to make about her own life. It will take the support of her newly awakened family and the magic of Summer Island for Phoebe to embrace the challenge of an unexpected future and to trust her own heart.

In Summer Island, Shelley Noble once again creates a thought-provoking and life-affirming beach read that will stay with you long after the last tan of summer fades.

*Thank you to @Avonbooks @HarperCollins for sharing this title with me!
#summerisland #avonbooks #happilyeveravon #readavon #ShelleyNoble #outnow #booksta 

Child Zero by Chris Holm

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oh. mah. gah. Talk about a captivatingly thrilling read. Geez Chris Holm, are you trying to damage us? In the best possible way.  I am at a loss for words. What I can say is grab it today and jump in.

From the Cover...
It began four years ago with a worldwide uptick of bacterial infections: meningitis in Frankfurt, cholera in Johannesburg, tuberculosis in New Delhi. Although the outbreaks spread aggressively and proved impervious to our drugs of last resort, public health officials initially dismissed them as unrelated.
They were wrong. Antibiotic resistance soon roiled across the globe. Diseases long thought beaten came surging back. The death toll skyrocketed. Then New York City was ravaged by the most heinous act of bioterror the world had ever seen, perpetrated by a new brand of extremist bent on pushing humanity to extinction.

Detective Jacob Gibson, who lost his wife in the 8/17 attack, is home caring for his sick daughter when his partner summons him to a sprawling shantytown in Central Park, the apparent site of a mass murder. Jake is startled to discover that, despite a life of abject squalor, the victims died in perfect health—and his only hope of finding answers is a twelve-year-old boy on the run from some very dangerous men.

*Thank you to @Mulhollandbooks @Novelsuspects and @Hachettebookgroup
#novelsuspectsinsider #novelsuspects #childzero #Chrisholm #HardScienceFiction 

The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage

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Why do families keep secrets? Especially when there are so many issues around them. The Night They Vanished by Vanessa Savage has Hannah trying to figure out what has happened to her estranged family. She’s going to uncover secrets and issues she never knew existed. Many she had inclinations towards. There are going to be so many things from the past and the present that will help solidify exactly what happened. You are a fan of mystery thrillers that has your blood racing and your heart palpitating? Then this is just maybe the read for you! Happy publication day.


From the Cover...
A family with a secret. A past about to catch up with them.

Hanna has barely spoken to her family since the tragedy that rocked their lives fourteen years ago. The tragedy for which they held Hanna responsible.

Then she sees her family home listed as the scene of a horrific crime. Number of victims: three. Date of crime: today. Frantic, Hanna tries to contact her family, only to find they have disappeared.

To find them, Hanna will have to confront what happened all those years ago.

And the person determined to make her pay for it . . .

*Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Novel Suspects for gifting me this copy.

Cover Reveal ~ BRIGHT LIKE WILDFIRE by Juliette Cross

Hey, everyone! I'm super excited to share with you the cover reveal for book 1 in Juliette Cross's brand new small-town romance series. BRIGHT LIKE WILDFIRE is a steamy, enemies-to-lovers romance set in the heart of Cajunland. If you enjoyed PARKS AND PROVOCATION, then this is right up your alley.

BRIGHT LIKE WILDFIRE is releasing on July 4, 2022. 
It will be available on Kindle Unlimited!

From the Cover...

Bennett has no idea why Betty Mouton hates him. Other than the time he accidentally hit her boobs with a glitter bomb in their community theater performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he’s been nothing but helpful and accommodating. But that notorious “incident” happened ten years ago. Time for the gorgeous redhead to get over it and admit to the real chemistry between them, not just the on-stage kind.

Betty is in trouble. She may have gotten her dream role in a production by her favorite playwright, but there’s a big problem. Her romantic lead is that cocky, annoyingly hot know-it-all Bennett Broussard. And when the fake touching and fake kissing start to feel way too real, Betty realizes one thing. She better act her heart out or finally admit that Bennett has stolen hers.

 Cover Design by Najla Qamber
Photography/Image by Wander Aguiar

#juliettecross #coverreveal #smalltownromance #romcom #contemporaryromance #indiesofig #comingsoon #enemiestolovers

Blame It on the Brontes Annie Sereno

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I’m not sure where to begin. From the get-go, Athena Murphy is rather grumpy and ill-tempered. At first, I thought it was nervousness and having to meet up with her ex, but sadly no—she’s just kind of unlikable and grumpy all around. There’s a negativity about her that I don't like, but with any new book, you’ve got to give characters time to evolve, change, and become more, right?

This one’s a quandary for me. To be honest, my feelings for our main character didn’t improve. However, when you meet her mother you begin to understand why she is the way she is. Her mother shames her for eating Girl Scout cookies with a quip of “a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.” She herself shames her ex by patting his tummy and saying “you’ve gained a few pounds" without provocation. That type of stuff I’ve never been a fan of. It’s just body shaming for the sake of it. It's something I don't care for.

Having said all that—I’ve spent two full days unable to put this book down! I mean, I think the title gives much of this away. Blame it on Brontë. A group of insufferable people that aren’t very nice, but for whatever reason, you’re invested in their lives and what’s going to happen next. What did I actually love about this book? The cast of secondary characters. Everyone in the sandwich shop! It's the quintessential Hallmark movie town. I want to be at all the town events, take part in all the holiday parties, listen to the town gossip, and share stories with these people. They were perfection in my book. Anywho... I can’t wait for others to enjoy the “love-hate trope” along with me!


From the Cover...

She’s going to write her own happy ending.

English professor Athena Murphy is an authority on the novels of the Brontë sisters. But as they say in academia, publish or perish. To save her job, Athena decides to write a biography of C.L. Garland, the author heating up bestseller lists with spicy retellings of classic literature. Tracking down the reclusive writer and uncovering her secret identity, though, means Athena must return to her small midwestern hometown where Garland—and her ex-boyfriend, Thorne Kent—live.

Seeing Thorne again reminds Athena that real life never lives up to fiction. He was the Heathcliff to her Catherine, the Mr. Rochester to her Jane. Not only did their college breakup shatter that illusion, but they also broke each other’s hearts again a second time. Now she has to see him nearly every...single…day.

The only solution is to find C.L. Garland as quickly as possible, write the book, and get the heck out of town. As her deadline looms and the list of potential C.L. Garlands dwindles, Athena and Thorne bicker and banter their way back to friendship. Could it really be true that the third time’s a charm?

Athena and Thorne have a love story only a Brontë could write, and the chance for their own happily-ever-after, but first, they’ll need to forgive the mistakes of the past.

Tear Down the Throne by Jennifer Estep

Releases May 3rd - Get it on Amazon

Y’all I can’t. I just can’t! It has been a lengthy amount of time since I’ve dived into a fantasy series. It's one of my favorite genres and practically the only thing I would read. I took a break and diversified my reading but my heart just belongs in fantasy, action, and adventure. Jennifer Estep is one of the most prolific voices in this genre. Being able to dive back into this world and having her be the captain of that ship? Chefs kiss. I finished book one, Capture the Crown, and I’m halfway through the second book, Tear Down the Throne, and I’m still flabbergasted by how much I love it all. Tear Down the Throne comes out tomorrow!!! Order your copy ASAP.


From the Cover...
Bestselling author Jennifer Estep continues her Gargoyle Queen epic fantasy series where magic reigns, alliances are tested, and a dangerous attraction could tear down a throne. . .

Crown princess. Clever spy. Powerful mind magier. Gemma Ripley of Andvari is all those things—and determined to stop an enemy from using magical tearstone weapons to conquer her kingdom.

Gemma’s quest for answers leads her to a trade Summit between the various kingdoms. Among the other royals in attendance is Queen Maeven Morricone of Morta and her son, Prince Leonidas—Gemma’s charming and dangerous nemesis.

Gemma knows that Maeven always has a long game in motion, and sure enough, the cunning queen invokes an arcane tradition that threatens the fragile truce between Andvari and the other kingdoms. Despite her best intentions, Gemma once again finds herself thrown together with Leo and battling her growing feelings for the enemy prince.

When a series of deadly attacks shatters the Summit’s peaceful negotiations, Gemma realizes that someone wants to tear the royals down from their thrones—and that this enemy just might succeed.

*Thank you to Harper Voyager/Harper Collins for gifting this title.