Sunday, June 16, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - June 17

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a nice week. As is typical when we are planning to leave for vacation at the end of the month, my schedule is hectic. In addition to a closing coming up today, some of us spent two days at the Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival. It was a ton of work and a ton of fun! On Sunday, I worked in the morning, but took the afternoon off to spend with family. We played games together, which was awesome. On our way to take the man of the house out for ice cream, our car was hit. We are all fine. My car is not. So, if I don't visit your blog right away, please don't take offense. My jampacked scheduled for Monday just got busier as I deal with insurance and other blah things like that. Please pray they can fix my car, since I just paid it off in October and was looking forward to not having a car payment for a while. 


HB Real Estate at the Wilbraham Peach Blossom Festival


On the reading front, I downloaded this book from NetGalley for an August review.


I posted a First Chapter Review of this rockstar romance. You can read my review here.


 I read more of this one Saturday night. I have a couple more chapters to go.  


I finished this one on Sunday. Look for a review soon. 


My brain is so tired that I haven't read much of this one lately. The topic, however, is fascinating. 


All these are coming on vacation. 







Upcoming events:
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)
  • Death in St. George's by M. A. Monnin - August 23 (Review)
  • Hollywood Underworld by Lindy S. Hudis - August 30 (Review)


You can read the latest Christmas news at the Christmas Year Round blog. Check it out here!

Looking forward to your comments and to visiting your blogs. Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

First Chapter Review & Giveaway: Rock Crush and Roll by Hunter Snow

 


I received a digital copy of this first chapter from Goddess Fish Promotions. Read all the way through to learn more about this book tour's giveaway. 

BLURB: Tyler Robertson is a music manager. Cary Kingston is the biggest rock star in the world. She's sworn off dating musicians. And he's a confirmed bachelor.

But when their working relationship turns into something more, she wonders if she's falling for the rock star or the person.

You can't always get what you want... but sometimes you can.


COVER: Isn't this the best cover! You know it's a contemporary romance by its design, the title is clever, and love that vibrant cover. 

FIRST CHAPTER: Tyler Robertson and her colleague, Kim, do all the grunt work managing bands for their boss, Sebastien. It's a thankless task that requires babysitting these rockers. 

After dropping off a drummer's passport so he can make it to his next gig, Tyler and her trusty canine companion, Rory, head to the office to do some paperwork. That's when they are surprised by Cary Kingston.

Cary is the biggest rock start represented by SDM, and he's an international rockstar. When Tyler agrees to help him with his fan mail, she can't help but drool over the guy. But what would he want a girl like her for? 

KEEP READING: Definitely! What a fun read! Between pop culture references, the drudgery of the job that you know somehow Cary is going to save Tyler from, and the witty banter, how could I not continue? The author sets up Tyler's life before introducing Cary into the mix. Reading ahead, it looks like Rock Crush and Roll will be told from both of their points of view, which will give the reader a better glimpse into each character. Would love to polish this one off soon.


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“She hates my music,” Cary told Vegas as he climbed into their chauffeured SUV. 

Vegas turned his head. “What?” 

“Tyler Robertson.” His tone became impatient as he went on, “She hates my music, Vegas. It’s kind of obvious.” 

He shrugged. “What the f*** do you care?” 

“What did she say? Does she think I’m a has-been?” His biggest fear in life was becoming obsolete. His records weren’t selling like they used to and hit singles were few and far between. He’d rather die than have his new love interesting thinking he was passé. 

“She hasn’t said anything.” Vegas arched an eyebrow. “At least not to me. What’s gotten into you, man?” 

Cary slid down in his seat and scrolled through his phone. “Nothing,” he said dismissively, not wanting to talk about it even though he’d been the one to bring it up in the first place. Tyler was the first woman in years, maybe ever, who’d made him feel insecure.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tellwell Talent (December 16, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 332 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1739047605
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1739047603

I received a digital copy of this book from the publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.



After (barely) surviving a career in the music industry, Hunter Snow now lives to tell its tales. She writes contemporary romances from her home in the Pacific Northwest. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. 

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Wishes



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  

Welcome back to Tuesday! Hope you're having a good week. REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill was fun. I'm glad, however, to be back home and concentrating on other things. At least I got some good exercise walking around the state house. 

This week it is time to look at books on your friends' wish lists to see if you want to grant any wishes. I've tried it once and received a book from my list, so I sent one in return. Here is how it works:

List the TOP TEN books you’d love to own and include a link to your wish list so that people can grant your wishes. Make sure you link your wish list to your mailing address or include the email address associated with your e-reader in the list description so people know how to get the book to you. After you post, jump around the Linky featured at That Artsy Reader Girl and grant a wish or two if you’d like. Please don’t feel obligated to send anything to anyone!

I put together my book list last time Bookish Wishes were done, but I've also added a few books since then. You can check out Cheryl's Book List here. These are my...

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Have you read any of these? What are some bookish wishes you are looking to have granted?

Sunday, June 9, 2024

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? - June 10

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.   

Welcome back to Monday! I am posting this early because I am in Boston participating in REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. It is so fun to visit our state legislators and discuss issues facing property owners across the Commonwealth. 

Last week was a mixed bag. We lost a good friend. A client of mine lost her mother unexpectedly, so please keep her family up in prayer. Met my oldest sister for breakfast one morning. Had inspections at a listing of mine that is under contract. Sunday evening, our family got to play a couple of games of UNO, which we haven't done in forever. I received a new editing project as well.


Front flower beds doing nicely


Showings on Saturday


Friday night we ate at a local Mexican restaurant


Theo's Sunday afternoon walk

Posted a First Chapter Review of this book. There are a couple days left for the giveaway. 


Also highlighted this book last week. The author has an amazing giveaway. You can read about it here.


On the reading front, I am almost done with this one. 


I decided to stick with this one because the content is great. I've been listening in the car between appointments. 


I didn't get to this one, but might read some this week. 


All these are coming on vacation. 







Upcoming events:
  • Rock, Crush, and Roll by Hunter Snow - June 12 (First Chapter Review)
  • Is Truth Stranger Than Fiction? You Decide... by JB Miller - July 3 (Review)
  • The Righteous Arrows by Brian J. Morra - July (Review)


You can read the latest Christmas news at the Christmas Year Round blog. Check it out here!

That's it for me. I won't be visiting your blogs until later. Looking forward to your comments. Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Book Highlight & Giveaway: The Golden Manuscripts by Evy Journey

 

A young woman of Asian/American parentage has lived in seven different countries and is anxious to find a place she could call home. An unusual sale of rare medieval manuscripts sends her and Nathan—an art journalist who moonlights as a doctor—on a quest into the dark world of stolen art. For Clarissa, these ancient manuscripts elicit cherished memories of children’s picture books her mother read to her, nourishing a passion for art. When their earnest search for clues whisper of old thieves and lead to the unexpected, they raise more questions about an esoteric sometimes unscrupulous art world that defy easy answers. Will this quest reward Clarissa with the sense of home she longs for? This cross-genre literary tale of self-discovery, art mystery, travel, and love is based on the actual theft by an American soldier of illuminated manuscripts during World War II. 

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Evy Journey writes. Stories and blog posts. Novels that tend to cross genres. She’s also a wannabe artist, and a flâneuse. Evy studied psychology (M.A., University of Hawaii; Ph.D. University of Illinois). So her fiction spins tales about nuanced characters dealing with contemporary life issues and problems. She believes in love and its many faces. Her one ungranted wish: To live in Paris where art is everywhere and people have honed aimless roaming to an art form. She has visited and stayed a few months at a time. 

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  •  By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • Nine winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a boxed set of the last 3 books in the series, Between Two Worlds.
  • This giveaway starts February 5 and ends July 30.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on March 28, May 31 and July 30. Winner has 48 hours to reply. 
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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

First Chapter Review & Giveaway: Royally Arranged by Amber Malloy

 


I received a digital copy of this first chapter from Goddess Fish Promotions. Read all the way through to enter this book tour's giveaway.

BLURB: Thanks to social media, beauty mogul Astoria Richards fell into a multimillion-dollar business at the age of sixteen. Unfortunately, burnout threatens to snatch the rug straight from under her. With no personal life to speak of, and competitors nipping at her heels, she jumps at a unique proposition from a king. As long as Astoria keeps her heart out this arrangement, her bottom line would benefit from this weirdness … right?

Raphael Castille needs a wife. Tasked with taking over the throne until his twin brother gets stamped with a clean bill of health, he will be required to play his royal part. A simple one-year contractual obligation to make the people of Calor Dunas believe he was capable of leading their country turned into much, much more. The second he sets eyes on Astoria Richards, all the rules went straight out of the window. No one said love was a part of the deal, but if he stayed around the gorgeous, brown-skinned beauty for much longer, he’d have to find a way to add it to the contract.


COVER: I'm not usually a fan of dark covers, but I like this one. The gold font, the sparkles, and the serious, sultry gaze from the characters makes for an eye-catching cover. 

FIRST CHAPTER: Raphael "Rafe" Castille begrudgingly meets with social media and beauty mogul Astoria Richards. The meeting isn't what either of them expects. 

KEEP READING: After a must read prologue, the reader is introduced to both characters. While this material isn't my typical read, I loved the way Malloy brought these characters to life, how she modernized the arranged marriage storyline, and the strength of this first chapter. Rafe definitely has a lot of pressure on him, which the reader can feel coming through. Astoria sounds like she will be a handful. I'll keep going, if for no other reason than to witness Malloy's unique setting and happenings for these characters. 



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She lowered her voice to a whisper. “May I ask a question?” 

“Of course,” he answered, bending his head toward her in the cutest conspiratorial manner. 

“What’s with the hair?” Astoria reached for the ends of his shorter jet-black strands. Still longer than the basic business style, he’d cut off his bad boy shoulder-length locks. 

“Do you like?” He beamed, forcing those high cheekbones to the ceiling, igniting a spark of mischief in his eyes. 

“It’s very, very royal, sir.” 

“Good enough for a king?” His lowkey flirting produced a throb of wanton need to work its way into her womb. 

F**k, this man is sexy…  

“Ahem,” bossy clipboard chickee interrupted, knocking her out of the Rafael Castille bubble. 

While internally rounding up the rest of her horny senses, Astoria dropped her hand back to her side. 

Elana speared her with a glare. “We have over sixty different news outlets waiting in the courtyard for the Q and A session.” 

“Ready.” He gently nudged her toward the double doors Elana pulled open to enter the square. “Ladies first.” 

“No, your majesty.” Astoria held out her hand. After a beat, his large palm dwarfed hers. If he was shocked by the physical display of intimacy, he certainly didn’t show it. 
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CW1DQW51
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Evernight Publishing (April 11, 2024)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 11, 2024
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1978 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 174 pages

I received a digital copy from the publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn't pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn't legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she's not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he's faking his French accent. 

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