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Thursday, August 13, 2015

*[Cover Reveal] Paper Thin by Jennifer Snyder





Paper Thin by Jennifer Snyder
New Adult, Contemporary Romance


Fate has always seemed to mock Charlotte Montgomery, continuously dangling the man of her dreams just out of reach. It isn’t until Charlotte receives word her older sister Emma is getting engaged that she feels fate’s teasing has hit a new high.

Once she begrudgingly decides to return home to the tiny town of Parish Cove, curious to find out who has captured her sister’s heart, fate suddenly seems as though it may have tossed her a bone.

The problem: Charlotte forgot one simple thing…Fate has never been her friend.

Emotions run high. Happiness will be shattered. And tragedy will strike, leaving everyone feeling paper thin.


Coming September 29th!
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #139

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.
 
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter, #8)
 
Summary:
 
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 384 pages (Paperback)
Expected Publication Date: September 1st 2015 by Berkley Sensation
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I am such a huge fan of this series and I look forward to reading a new book every year so much that I'm sure Mr. Turning the Pages gets quite tired of me blathering on about them but I can't help it. The fact that this one is finally going to delve into the enigma that is Naasir is doubly exciting! September can't come fast enough.
 
The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great
 
Summary:
 
We are the women who loved Alexander the Great. We were lovers and murderers, innocents and soldiers.
And without us, Alexander would have been only a man.
Instead he was a god.

330s, B.C.E., Greece: Alexander, a handsome young warrior of Macedon, begins his quest to conquer the ancient world. But he cannot ascend to power, and keep it, without the women who help to shape his destiny.

His spirited younger half-sister, Thessalonike, yearns to join her brother and see the world. Instead, it is Alexander's boyhood companion who rides with him into war while Thessalonike remains behind. Far away, crafty princess Drypetis will not stand idly by as Alexander topples her father from Persia's throne. And after Alexander conquers her tiny kingdom, Roxana, the beautiful and cunning daughter of a minor noble, wins Alexander’s heart…and will commit any crime to secure her place at his side.

Within a few short years, Alexander controls an empire more vast than the civilized world has ever known. But his victories are tarnished by losses on the battlefield and treachery among his inner circle. And long after Alexander is gone, the women who are his champions, wives, and enemies will fight to claim his legacy…
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 496 pages (Paperback)
Expected Publication Date: December 1st 2015 by NAL
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
This is another author whom I look forward to reading a new book from every year. Stephanie Thornton is in the top 3 on the list of my favourite historical fiction authors. She brings history's most powerful women back to life every time she pens a new novel and I can't wait to see what she does in her new book, again December can't get here too soon.
 
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #138

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.
 
Ash & Bramble
 
Summary:
 
When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.
   
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 464 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: September 15th 2015 by HarperTeen  
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I'm a fan of retellings and this one sounds like a unique take on Cinderella.
 
A Madness So Discreet
 
Summary:
 
Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 384 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: October 6th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I love a good bit of young adult historical fiction and love it even more so when coupled with a mystery.
 
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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Author Guest Post: Genevieve Graham

 
 
Genevieve Graham graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance (playing the oboe). While on a ski vacation in Alberta, she met her future husband in a chairlift lineup and subsequently moved to Calgary to be with him. They have recently settled in a small, peaceful town in Nova Scotia with their two beautiful daughters. Writing became an essential part of Genevieve’s life a few years ago, when she began to write. She has four titles in stores now, Under the Same Sky, Sound of the Heart, Somewhere to Dream and her newest title, Tides of Honour. 
 
Guest Post:
 
Ah, spring. It's taken a long, long time to get to Nova Scotia this year. For a while I was afraid we'd still be digging out of snowdrifts come July. But fortunately, like the tides, seasons are one thing we can always count on, and my heart is a little lighter now that I can look outside my window and watch robins bob along the grass, pulling out unsuspecting worms. The grass is trying to green up, the trees are pushing out buds as hard as they can. People are walking, breathing in the fresh air, celebrating the fact that they are wearing neither winter coats nor snow boots. The other day one of my neighbours stopped by and joked, “What ever will we talk about now that the snow is gone?” That's how long a winter we had. But now that life is starting to sprout from the ground again, people are pausing outside to talk, listen to stories and tell their own. Everyone has stories. My backyard is full of them.  
 
I love writing historical fiction, and until now I've written about countries far from my own. Then I discovered an amazing story … right here in my backyard. Well, not really my yard, but my city. Almost a hundred years ago exactly, Halifax was flattened in a single moment by the Halifax Explosion, the largest manmade explosion until Hiroshima. Fifteen hundred people died, hundreds more were blinded by shattered glass, and over eight thousand were left homeless. Most of those people were women and children, since the men were overseas fighting in their own kind of hell. Some of the soldiers had come back from the Front Line before the Explosion, already torn apart by what they'd experienced across the sea. My character, Danny Baker, was quite literally shredded when shrapnel took part of his leg. When he was shipped home, he was no longer the man he'd been. He couldn't physically do anything he'd done before, and he was haunted by memories of the battlefield. 
 
But he was still a man. As I was writing his story, he met Audrey, a lonely, artistic woman living on a broken down farm in France with her disapproving grandmother. In Audrey, Danny saw hope. In Danny, Audrey saw the same thing, but for different reasons. He needed her to anchor his sanity after the nightmare of war, and she needed him to free her from a dull life. 
 
Hope. A simple word, but one which offers so many possibilities. Would their hopes and dreams come true? Could they survive what curve balls life was going to throw their way? Would they live up to each other's expectations? What would they have to do, to sacrifice so they could hang onto that hope? Because when life and chance are unkind, often hope is all we have left. We will do what it takes to keep it alive. 
 
Writing this book was an emotional experience for me. Danny's PTSD became a whole different anchor from the one he needed, and it took ahold of my mind as well. Audrey's desperate need to help him, to save them both, broke my heart. The tides of their lives carried me to the depths and back to the shore, and if I were to properly tell their story I had to let my mind roll with the waves. Yes, I know, terrible metaphors, but they're all part of the story. 
 
One of the many things I learned while writing this was that we don't need to look outside our own world to write moving, fascinating historicals. Many of us might have slept through history class (please tell me I'm not alone in that!) but if you can just get past the boring date/names memorization stuff and let yourself imagine what it might have been like if you'd been there, if someone in your family tree had experienced these things, it can be amazing. I remember learning about the Plains of Abraham in high school, but it meant nothing to me. The novel I'm working on now starts with the Acadian Expulsion (another incredible Canadian story I'd never learned about in school) and takes us all the way through to the Plains of Abraham, which I now realize was a thrilling point in our history. Wouldn't it be great if high schools would integrate well written, informed historical fiction into their high school lessons? Wouldn't it be great if kids didn't feel the need to sleep through class anymore? I'd love to have fallen in love with history back then.  
 
Ah well. It's never too late.  
 
 
I'd like to thank Genevieve for taking the time to do this guest post as she is in the middle of her book tour, and be sure to check back tomorrow for my review of Tides of Honour.
 
 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Feature & Follow #25

Increase Blog Followers


Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee's View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools -- keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

 How did you come up with your blog title and address? Does it have a special meaning for you?

The only special meaning the blog title and address have to me is that they're mine. I didn't really think about my blog URL or name when I decided to start it up, but it's mine now and I love it.


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Friday 56 #37



This is a fun meme to do hosted by Freda's Voice If you'd like to join on the fun go to The Friday 56 

 Rules:
 
 *Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Link it

The Door to Lost Pages



Summary:

Step through the door to Lost Pages and escape a life you never wanted...

On her tenth birthday, Aydee runs away from home and from her neglectful parents. At first, surviving alone on the streets is harsh, but a series of frightening, bewildering encounters with strange primordial creatures leads her to a bookshop called Lost Pages, where she steps into a fantastic, sometimes dangerous, but exciting life. Aydee grows up at the reality-hopping Lost Pages, which seems to attract a clientele that is either eccentric or desperate. She is repeatedly drawn into an eternal war between enigmatic gods and monsters, until the day she is confronted by her worst nightmare: herself.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 200 pages (Paperback)
Publication Date: May 3rd 2011 by Chizine Publications (first published January 1st 2011)            

My 56:

On the table, there was a spread of breads, fruit and cheeses, on which Lucas and Aydee nibbled while Lucas recounted his story. There were large bowls of dog food and water on the floor. Aydee couldn't keep track of the number of dogs that came in and out of the kitchen to eat, drink, or get their heads scratched.

What's YOUR 56?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cat Thursday #68

Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s) and then link up at the host's site: The True Book Addict. It's all for the love of cats!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #139


 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.
 
A Thousand Nights
 
Summary:
 
LO-MELKHIIN KILLED THREE HUNDRED GIRLS before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
Summary & Cover taken from GoodReads.com
Length: 304 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: October 6th 2015 by Disney Hyperion
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I love fairy tale retellings and I especially love the cover of this one.
 
Hunter
 
Summary:
 
Centuries ago, the barriers between our world and the Otherworld were slashed open allowing hideous fantastical monsters to wreak havoc; destroying entire cities in their wake. Now, people must live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the evil creatures constantly trying to break in. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Joyeaux Charmand is a mountain girl from a close knit village who comes to the big city to join the Hunters. Joy thinks she is only there to perform her civic duty and protect the capitol Cits, or civilians, but as cameras follow her every move, she soon learns that the more successful she is in her hunts, the more famous she becomes.

With millions of fans watching her on reality TV, Joy begins to realize that Apex is not all it seems. She is forced to question everything she grew up believing about the legendary Hunters and the very world she lives in. Soon she finds that her fame may be part of a deep conspiracy that threatens to upend the protective structure built to keep dark magic out. The monsters are getting in and it is up to Joy to find out why.
  
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 384 pages (Hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: September 1st 2015 by Disney-Hyperion (first published August 19th 2015)            
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I've been thinking about giving Mercedes Lackey a try for ages and this YA title by her has an awesome summary and I love the cover.
 
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Friday, April 17, 2015

My Absence

I can't believe that my last post on the blog was December 1st 2014. I used to look forward to blogging on a daily basis but at some point in November my posts were dropping off. This was due to the fact that my mother was in the hospital whilst the doctors were trying to figure out what was causing her to need transfusions all the time. Then we had our answer, she had stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Not what we wanted to hear, obviously. However, my mother had a wonderful doctor looking after her who believed because of my mother's strong constitution and how sturdy of a woman she was that she had an extremely positive outlook on my mom's prognosis and Chemo was scheduled to begin in the first week of December. Unfortunately, my mom who has always been susceptible to pneumonia and the day after seeing her doctor and receiving her chemo schedule she was in the hospital on a respirator where she quickly went down hill. On December 7th at 8:32 p.m. surrounded by our family my mother was taken off life support and the single greatest person I have ever known and the woman I had the privilege of calling Mama for 24 years passed away at age 60.  Needless to say, my world along with my siblings, and father's worlds blew apart and were irrecovably changed. Suddenly the one who was holding us all together was gone and me being the youngest of my siblings was suddenly jettisoned into an existence I didn't know how to cope with and still don't. Which is why I've taken this time off from blogging. I've read 12 books since my mother died. The one thing that I've always been to self medicate with, my reading no longer held any joy for me. I used to seek comfort amongst the pages of my books or here in the book blogging community but until about a week ago I didn't even consider coming back. Darren AKA Mr. Turning the Pages has had to talk me off the ledge many times these last few months since I wanted to delete Turning the Pages. However, since I'm now living in a new place I've been coming back to myself and thus I've been wanting to bring the blog back to life. My mama while she never read my blog supported it wholeheartedly and would have been so pissed to know I stopped doing what I love just because I was sad over losing her. She wouldn't have stood for it and that's why I'm back because my Mama is probably giving me hell for being so foolish. I'm not saying that Turning the Pages will be back at full capacity right away, I might just start with meme's and work my way back into reviewing but I am back and I'm glad to be back and I can only hope that you'll all welcome me back as warmly as you welcomed me when I began this bookish journey and thank you for your patience.

Kimberly