First Book Of The Year 2019! #shereadswithfriends

first book of the year 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

For the 6th year in a row,  Shiela at BookJourney has posted a collage of images of readers and their first books of the year.  Be sure to stop by BookJourney and check it out.  Thanks Sheila for hosting this fun event!

I recently re-started my blog after an extended break.  I am happy that I still have some offers to review books.  Starting off, last week, I received a SheReads’ December selection.  SheReads re-launched their book club in November,  #shereadswithfriends on Instagram.  I was happy to be invited to join in with my blog.

Their December selection is: Once Upon a River: A Novel by British author Diane Setterfield.

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (December 4, 2018)
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Giveaway! The Secret to Southern Charm

the secret to southern charm

The author, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and publisher, Gallery, have generously offered a free copy of THE SECRET TO SOUTHERN CHARM via a contest (entry form below) on Posting For Now.

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Kristy Woodson Harvey and The Secret to Southern Charm:

“Escape to the beach with Southern writer Kristy Woodson Harvey’s newest book, the second in her Peachtree Bluff series. It’s a story about hope and heartache and the unbreakable bonds of family.”–Southern Living

“The Secret to Southern Charm is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.” –Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent

“Harvey’s (Slightly South of Simple, 2017) growing fan base will find another great beach read in this second novel in her Peachtree Bluff trilogy… Peachtree Bluff is the quintessential beach town, full of quirky residents and old bungalows, and readers will practically feel the hot sun and the sand between their toes. Harvey is an up-and-coming southern writer with staying power.” –Booklist

(Purchase From Amazon)

The Secret to Southern Charm (The Peachtree Bluff Series) by Kristy Woodson Harvey

  • Series: The Peachtree Bluff Series (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3, 2018)

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Giveaway! – The Broken Girls

the broken girls

The publisher, Berkley, has generously offered a free copy of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James via a giveaway (entry form is below)  on Posting For Now.

Also by St. James:

  • Lost Among the Living
  • The Other Side of Midnight
  • Silence For the Dead
  • An Inquiry Into Love and Death
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Have you read previous novels by St. James?

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 20, 2018)

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SheReads Books of Spring 2016

She Reads will feature these three books through the end of June.  Have you read or are you planning on reading any of these?  Do you have a favorite?

(I am already 2/3rds into “No One Knows” – thumbs up!.)

All of Us and Everything: A Novel by Bridget Asher

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, three generations of Rockwell women sift through their histories—real, imagined, rumored, and written—and discover that, like storms, life is impossible to control.” …

“An entertaining yet astute look at family, self, story, and connections.” – Kirkus Review

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No One Knows by J.T. Ellison

“A woman begins to question everything she thought she knew when signs indicate that her husband, recently declared officially dead, is actually alive.” …

“The unreliable female narrator is all the rage, and Aubrey Hamilton is up there with the slipperiest of them all.” – Kirkus Review

No One Knows by J.T. Ellison
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Who Do You Love: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner

“Andy and Rachel fall in love and fall apart, over and over, in this emotional outing from Weiner (All Fall Down, 2014, etc.).” …

“This moving story of love that spans a lifetime is Weiner at her heartstring-tugging best.” – Kirkus Review

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
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SheReads: Books of Winter 2016 #srblog

Do you have any of these books on your ‘ToRead’ list?  Below are brief excerpts of descriptions (from SheReads).

Stay tuned for my review(s).  Also, hop over to SheReads where these books will be featured until the end of February and where you’ll also find links to additional reviews.

 

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015*

From a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . .

A Southern Gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, and Alice Sebold won’t be able to put down.

 

The Edge of Lost by Kristina McMorris

From New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris comes an ambitious and heartrending story of immigrants, deception, and second chances.

 

What Was Mine: A Novel by Helen Klein Ross

Simply told but deeply affecting, in the bestselling tradition of Alice McDermott and Tom Perrotta, this urgent novel unravels the heartrending yet unsentimental tale of a woman who kidnaps a baby in a superstore—and gets away with it for twenty-one years.

Author Helen Klein Ross, whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, weaves a powerful story of upheaval and resilience told from the alternating perspectives of Lucy, Mia, Mia’s birth mother, and others intimately involved in the kidnapping. What Was Mine is a compelling tale of motherhood and loss, of grief and hope, and the life-shattering effects of a single, irrevocable moment.

 

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Immortals by Tori Eversmann

The Immortals by Tori Eversmann

2 Muddy Labs (November 11, 2015)

THE IMMORTALS is a story of  “emotional examination of marriage, friendship, war, and death.”

Description (from amazon)

Say the words Army wife, and what often comes to mind is the image of a teary-eyed woman running to hug her returning combat soldier-husband or a caricature based on a slickly produced reality TV show. The Immortals is different. This stunning first novel full of emotion addresses the truth of the female predicament the unsung heroes who are left behind on the home front of war. We experience the love and challenges between husband and wife, we feel the closeness of mother and daughter, and we bond with the most unlikely of women.

When we first meet Calli Coleman, a classically trained musician from a well-connected Baltimore family, it is the summer of 2005 and the United States has been at war in Iraq for two years. She has been uprooted from the hometown she adores and abruptly lands in the role of Army wife in provincial Sackets Harbor, New York outside of Fort Drum. Naïve to all things military, Calli has no idea what s in store for her when Luke s infantry unit deploys to the Iraq War to an area CNN dubs The Triangle of Death . Left back in New York with their three-year-old daughter Audrey, black Labrador Satchmo, and a fat cat named Charlemagne, Calli has a steep learning curve as she tumbles into a complicated social hierarchy where she finds her well-heeled childhood does her more harm than good.

Desperately missing her friends and family and amid the impertinent Army wives, unlikely friendships evolve with Josie, Rachel, and Daphne. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, and certainly unlike her dynamic, jet-setting best friend Eula, these women will nonetheless come together for courage, support, and to embark upon the deeply emotional roller coaster ride of being an Army wife.

With only letters and email as their communication, Calli knows very little about Luke s mission in Iraq. Through their letters we get a beautiful picture of their love for each other and what it means to serve our Nation but Luke cannot share much about the confidential assignment. The news on the radio and television is never good. Calli dreads the phone ringing to tell her of more soldiers being blown up by IEDs or killed by gunfire and she fears The Trifecta – the casualty assistance officer, rear-detachment office, and chaplain will be sitting in her driveway waiting to tell her the worst news she can imagine. In Luke s absence, Calli, alone with her daughter, learns that if anything is worth fighting for, it s the unpredictable new friendships that will sustain her through loneliness and the ever-present specter of widowhood. At the end Calli will find herself on an unexpected course full of epiphanies about herself and her marriage. The Immortals is an emotional examination of marriage, friendship, war, and death. Tori Eversmann, through her distinctive voice that comes from her own time as an Army wife, has given us an unforgettable story.

Author Biotori eversmann

Tori Eversmann, wife of retired First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, the soldier who inspired the lead character in the book and movie, Black Hawk Down, has captivating stories of her time as an Army wife and its aftermath in the post 9/11 world. Amid adversity, Tori worked tirelessly as a single parent, a cheerleader for her husband’s wounded men at Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter, and as a conduit of information from the front lines during her husband’s 15 month deployment in the Iraq war, all to keep her and the other Army wives afloat. Tori received her B.A.in English/Creative Writing from Skidmore College and currently lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, daughter, two dogs and two cats.

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Books High On My ‘ToRead’ List

I’ve recently filtered through my Goodreads ‘ToRead’ list, trying to get it down to a realistic level.  As we approach the end of the year, my reading has slowed down and I’m trying to be more selective.  I thought I would share with you books that are currently high on my ‘ToRead’ list.  What books are high on your list?

Currently Reading (My Local Book Club’s Selection)

 

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 2013

High On My ‘ToRead’ list

 

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawand

        Publisher: Metropolitan Books, 2014

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom

Hardcover: 512 pages

Publisher: Harper (November 10, 2015)

The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Publisher: Dutton, 2015

 

2015: September Update: #BookBlog #Images #Newsletter #PDCD

I hope you had a good month in August.

Wow, this year is going by fast!

There is the slightest hint of Fall in the air, here in Virginia.  I always look forward to changing seasons and especially enjoy the Fall.  How about you?

My reading has slowed down over the summer.  Below are some of the things I have been doing.

Images

I participated in a five-week online StudioPress workshop this summer and learned of two helpful websites for finding images for my blog: unsplash.com and pixabay.com.  I enjoy looking through the beautiful images and seeing how I can fit some of them on my blog.

Newsletter

I’ve been working on creating a weekly newsletter, scheduled for Saturdays.  For now, the newsletter will contain excerpts and images from my posts for the week as well as links to the full posts on PostingForNow’s blog page.  The format may change over time.

Feel free to sign up to receive the newsletter.  If you are currently receiving daily updates from my blog feed and would rather a weekly update or both, please consider visiting my blog and signing up for the weekly newsletter.  (All emails include an option to unsubscribe.)  Please don’t forget to open your confirmation email sent from PostingForNow and confirm your subscription.

Thanks for subscribing!

Update (9/5/2015) – The current sign up form is for free email updates of posts from Posting For Now’s blog feed.  I decided not to start a new weekly newsletter.  I apologize, if this change caused a problem for anyone.  

Update (9/11/2015) – Working on new template for subscription to email blog updates. 

Pretty Darn Cute Design (PDCD)

In August, I became an affiliate of Pretty Darn Cute Design (PDCD).  You may remember,  I’ve used two of their themes in the past: ‘Fun’ and ‘Modern Blogger Pro.  Their newest theme is called ‘Creative’.

Pretty Creative - A WordPress Theme built for Creatives. Flexible widget areas, category grid display, and built in color/image customization.

“A LITTLE ABOUT PDCD

PDCD has been creating the ultimate in premium Feminine WordPress Themes for over 10 years. We start with the Genesis framework and meticulously craft and test each design until it’s absolutely perfect. All you have to do is install, setup and get back to doing what you love most. Upon purchase you gain access to our unmatched support team waiting to assist you with any questions you might have.”  – Lindsey

 Books Reviewed in August

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (5 Stars: Loved it!)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (A She Reads Book of Winter 2015 Selection)

How has your summer been?  What plans do you have for the Fall?

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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2015: August Update: #BestBooks #Luck #Gravatar

I hope you had a good month in July.

Luck

July was a lucky month for me.  I received two prizes in the mail:

Mailbox Monday: July 13, 2015: The Antigone Poems by by Marie Slaight, from a contest on  Suko’s Notebook.

Mailbox Monday: July 20, 2015: Summer Secrets: A Novel by Jane Green, a beach/book bag and other gifts from a contest on Leslie’s blog: Under My Apple Tree.

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Best Books

My August: Best Books post, where I list my best books for the year to date, is now a tradition (3rd year in a row).

This has been a good reading year so far.  I’ve read a variety of genres.  Here is the break down:

( 3 )  3 Stars: Liked it!

( 7 )  4 Stars: Liked it a lot!

( 9 )   5 Stars: Loved it!

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2015: July Update: #BookBlog #SecretGarden

Wishing all Americans a Happy July 4th celebration!

Have you ever wondered what your site would look like on other devices?

If so, check out this helpful post from Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer: What Does My Blog Look Like To Visitors?

Is your blog mobile friendly?

Secret GardenMy Mailbox Monday: June 22, 2105 post was popular in June.  It featured the adult coloring book: 

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by JohannaBasford 

Laurence King Publishing Ltd, 2013

Reprinted 2013 (five times), 2014 (six times), 2015 (four times)

Last check, it was sold out again on amazon.

I received my Staedtler colored pencils and sharpeners from amazon.  The unique standup case that the pencils are stored in is great (click on images to read more or purchase).


I thought I would share just one image of a project.  For my first project, I started with the heart at the back of the book.

Secret Garden Heart by Pat

 

SheReads will not be featuring seasonal book club selections for the summer, but will pick up again later with fall selections.  They are having a summer reading series featured on their blog.

I  received two books for review (see Mailbox Monday: June 15, 2015) in June.  I plan to post reviews for them in July.  What are your reading plans for the summer?

Books Reviewed in June

 The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos (5 Stars: Loved it!)

Defending Jacob by William Landay (5 Stars: Loved it!)

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy your summer!

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Month in Review 4

Welcome!

This is my second attempt at book blogging.  Since there were so many aspects to book blogging, I felt overwhelmed and deleted my account.  Some sage advice I received was to pace myself.  So this time I am starting out slowly.

If you are a returning visitor, I hope you will continue to follow and thank you for your patience.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope this blog will become an enjoyable and useful resource for you.

— Pat @ Posting For Now