Fly Away by Kristin Hannah – Book Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)

April 10th, 2014

Today’s spotlight is for the recent paperback release of Fly Away from best-selling author Kristin Hannah.  I’ve got this one on my audio pile to listen to soon and can’t wait.  I’ve read a few of Kristin Hannah’s books and I always enjoy the emotional stories she tells.  You’ll find below some information on the book and the author and be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of the book!

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FLY AWAY (from Amazon)

As teenagers in the seventies, Tully Hart and Kate Mularky were inseparable. Tully, with her make-up and her halter tops, was the coolest girl in school. Kate, with her glasses and her high water jeans, was the geeky outsider. But chance and circumstance brought them together and through the decades they were devoted to each other. This was the story of Tully and Kate which began on a quiet street called Firefly Lane. Best friends forever.

But sometimes stories end, and we have to find a way to begin again.

Now, years later, Tully is a woman trying to deal with the loss of her best friend. She wants to fulfill her promise to Kate—to be there for Kate’s children, but it’s a promise she has no idea how to carry out. What does brash, lonely, ambitious Tully know about being part of a family?

Kate’s daughter, sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan, is as lost in her grief as Tully is…until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Tully’s mother, Dorothy Hart, is an unstable woman who abandoned her child too many times in the past and ultimately broke her heart. Now, when Tully is in danger of losing everything and is more vulnerable and alone than she’s been since she put those rough childhood years behind her, Dorothy returns once more, desperate for another chance to be a good mother. But can she be trusted this time? To help her daughter, Dorothy must face her darkest fears and reveal the terrible secret in her past—only then can she become the mother her wounded daughter needs.

In Fly Away, tragedy will bring these three women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way and they will need each other—and maybe a miracle—to transform their lives…

Read an excerpt
Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N




KRISTIN HANNAH is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. A former lawyer turned writer, she is the mother of one son and lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Visit her at or Facebook.

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I have  one paperback copy of Fly Away by Kristin Hannah to share with my US readers.  To enter…

  • Leave a comment for 1 entry to the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.

Open to US residents only (no PO boxes)
Draw Date April 26/14



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The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag – Paperback Release & Giveaway (US only)

April 2nd, 2014



The paperback edition of The House on the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag released on March 25th!  To celebrate its release I’m going to tell you a bit about the book and then offer you a chance to win a copy for yourself.  I have the audiobook version of this book and have been anxious to get to it for ages since I’ve seen so many great reviews for it. I’ve read that The House on the End of Hope Street will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen  and I love her books so I can only imagine I will love this one too.  Keep an eye out – there will be a review one day soon!



The House on the End of Hope Street

What would you do if you had ninety-nine days to change your life? When you enter the world of Menna van Praag’s magical debut, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET about an enchanted house that offers refuge to women in their time of need, that is precisely what you’ll begin to ask yourself.

When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay, on the house’s unusual conditions: she’ll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. The enchanted house will help Alba get her life back but, Peggy warns her, it may not give her what she wants. It will give her what she needs. The house, invisible to everyone except those who need it, has had more than a few distinguished guests. Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, among others, all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls.

At Hope Street Alba meets Carmen, a sexy singer who no longer performs, and seems haunted by something that is buried under a plant in the garden with flowers so dark they are almost black. Living with them is Greer, a failed actress who’s hiding a dark secret of her own. But perhaps most mystifying of all is Peggy herself, who entertains her lover on Sundays, eats chocolate cake for breakfast, and holds conversations with the illustrious tenants occupying the house’s walls. As Alba begins to piece her life back together she discovers her own family has been hiding truths from her, truths that will lead Alba to places and people she never knew existed and to a life she never dreamed possible.

Inventive, charming, and filled with a fabulous cast of literary figures, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF HOPE STREET is a wholly imaginative novel of feminine wisdom and second chances, with just the right dash of magic.

Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N


Menna van Praag

Menna van Praag is a freelance writer, journalist, and Oxford graduate. She is the author of Men, Money and Chocolate. She lives in Cambridge, England, with her husband and son.

Menna’s Links: website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest



I have one paperback copy of The House on the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag to share with my US readers.  To enter…

  • Leave a comment for 1 entry.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.

Open to US residents only
Draw Date April 19/14


Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs – Book Spotlight & Giveaway (US&Canada)

April 1st, 2014

Is there anything better than snuggling in your favorite chair with a cozy mystery?  Of course there is – a cozy mystery with tea tips and recipes!  Today’s spotlight is on Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs and I’m really looking forward to reading this one.  There are several books in the Tea Shop mysteries and they all sound wonderful not to mention the very pretty cover on this one.  The cover alone makes me want to delve inside the book.  I hope you all enjoy the spotlight today and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win a copy for yourself!


Steeped in Evil (from Amazon)

In the newest mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Tea Revenge, Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is about to learn the true meaning of terroir…

Theodosia Browning has never considered herself a wine connoisseur—tea has always been her forte. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to pass up an invitation to a fancy wine-tasting party at the upscale Knighthall Winery, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

But a sweet evening takes on a bitter aftertaste when a dead body is discovered in one of the wine barrels. The son of proprietor Jordan Knight has been murdered.

Dissatisfied with the police investigation, Knight turns to Theo for help. She’s heard through the grapevine that there are both family and business problems at Knighthall. They say in vino veritas, but everyone at the winery seems to be lying through their teeth. Sorting through the guest list as well as family and staff, Theo has her pick of suspects. It may look like the killer has her over a barrel, but cracking tough cases is vintage Theodosia Browning.

Laura’s website and Facebook Page
Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, B&N


Praise for Steeped in Evil (from Laura’s website)

Named to the USA Today and New York Times Bestseller Lists

“Childs’ plots simmer slowly while Theodosia’s dogged yet elegant sleuthing is as satisfying as sipping a cup of jade oolong.”

Publishers Weekly

“Literary pick of the week: Laura Childs.”
St. Paul Pioneer Press

“High body count…uniquely warm characters.”


“Delicious recipes, teatime tips, opera, and murder in a national bestselling mystery series that has quickly become a favorite of readers.
Mystery Reader

“Entertainment at its finest, with murder, mystery, and mayhem running through the swiftly turning pages.
Fresh Fiction

“Chock full of intrigue and even voodoo, there are haunted mansions, slimy swamps, stolen jewels, and an old and secret society that meets in the dark of an old dungeon.”
Romance Reviews Today



I have one copy of Steeped in Evil by Laura Childs to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.

Open to US and Canada
Draw Date: April 19/14

The River of No Return and The Time Tutor by Bee Ridgway & Giveaway (US/Canada)

February 26th, 2014

When The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway released last year it got rave reviews and I can understand why.  Any novel that involves time travel, romance, and historical tidbits is most definitely a book that rates high on my radar.   In anticipation of the paperback release of The River of No Return on March 25,  Plume is releasing a prequel that is said to be filled with time travel and love.  It is called The Time Tutor and it i released as a Penguin E-special just yesterday.  I’m excited and since I haven’t read The River of No Return yet I’m going to start with The Time Tutor first!  In the meantime I’m going to tell you about both books and offer up a copy of The River of No Return at the end of the post so be sure to check it out!


THE TIME TUTOR (from Amazon)


When Alva receives an invitation from a man offering his services as a Time Tutor, she doesn’t know what to think: Is he a time traveler or a charlatan? And does it really matter, when he is so devilishly attractive? The Time Tutor is a fast-paced romantic prequel to Bee Ridgway’s acclaimed novel, The River of No Return.

Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N -  prequel is in eBook format only




Named a Notable Fiction Book of 2013 by The Washington Post

An engrossing adventure, with mystery, romance, humor, and impeccable historical detail.  The Boston Globe

Devon, 1815. The charming Lord Nicholas Davenant and the beguiling Julia Percy should make a perfect match.

But before their love has a chance to grow, Nicholas is presumed dead in the Napoleonic war.

Nick, however, is lost in time. Somehow he escaped certain death by leaping two hundred years forward to the present day where he finds himself in the care of a mysterious society  the Guild. Questioning the limits of the impossible, Nick is desperate to find a way back to the life he left behind. Yet with the future of time itself hanging in the balance, could it be that the girl who first captured his heart has had the answers all along? Can Nick find a way to return to her?



Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N



I have one paperback copy of The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway to share with my readers.  To enter…

  • For 1 entry leave a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog this giveaway for 2 extra entries.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on March 15/14.  Good luck!


Source:  Giveaway sponsored by the publisher.  No compensation was received for this post.


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