The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons – Spotlight & Giveaway (3 copies – US/Canada)

I’ve got a great giveaway and spotlight for all of you today and that is for The Girls of August by bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons.  You always know you’re in for a good read when you pick up one of her books and I’m excited to read this one (I’ve got the audiobook ready to go for my summer reading!).  To celebrate the paperback release this summer of The Girls of August I’m going to tell you a bit about the book and give you a chance to win a copy for your own summer reading!

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About the Book

Now in paperback, Anne Rivers Siddons’s New York Times bestselling novel about four friends whose lives are forever changed by the events of one summer.

Every August, four women would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. The ritual began in their twenties when their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. The only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire was to strengthen far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the women dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women make startling discoveries that change them in ways they never expected.

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Praise for The Girls of August

“BRAVURA WRITING…THIS IS SIDDON’S BEST, MAYBE THE BOOK SHE WAS BORN TO WRITE.” —STEPHEN KING

“ONE DOESN’T READ ANNE RIVERS SIDDONS’S BOOKS, ONE DWELLS IN THEM.” —CHICAGO TRIBUNE

About the Author

siddonsAnne Rivers Siddons previous bestselling novels include Burnt Mountain, Off Season, Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. THE GIRLS OF AUGUST is Siddons’s 19th novel.

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS
Courtesty of Hachette Book Group and their Grand Summer Reads I have 3 paperback copies up for giveaway!
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Draw Date August 15/15

 

Source: Post information received from Hachette Book Group. Giveaway copies sponsored by Hachette Book Group. No compensation was received.

Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt – Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Canada)

I’ve got a great book to spotlight for you today and one that is on my list of summer reads called Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt.  I think the description covers the attraction of the book much better than I can so read on to learn more…

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About the Book

Like Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, Remember Mia is a riveting psychological suspense, exploring what happens when a young mother’s worst nightmare becomes devastatingly real…

First I remember the darkness.
Then I remember the blood.
I don’t know where my daughter is.

Estelle Paradise wakes up in a hospital after being found near dead at the bottom of a ravine with a fragmented memory and a vague sense of loss. Then a terrifying reality sets in: her daughter is missing.

Days earlier, Estelle discovered her baby’s crib empty in their Brooklyn apartment. There was no sign of a break-in, but all traces of seven-month-old Mia had disappeared. Her diapers, her clothes, her bottles—all gone.

Frustrated and unable to explain her daughter’s disappearance, Estelle begins a desperate search. But when the lack of evidence casts doubt on her story, Estelle becomes the number one suspect in the eyes of the police and the media.

As hope of reuniting with Mia becomes all she has left, Estelle will do anything to find answers: What has she done to her baby? And what has someone else done to her?

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Praise for Remember Mia

“Remember Mia is a twisty, gripping read—beautifully written and impossible to put down.”—Meg Gardiner, Edgar Award winning author

“As riveting as Gone Girl, but with an even sharper emotional edge, this story of a missing seven-month-old baby and the mother who has no recollection of the events surrounding her daughter’s disappearance will pull you in from the very first page. The fast-paced plot, psychological intrigue, and engrossing twists will have you flipping pages faster and faster as Estelle’s memories are gradually uncovered and piece by jagged piece the puzzle comes together.”—Kelly Jones, Author of Lost and Found in Prague

About the Author

Alexandra Burt is a freelance translator. Born in Europe, she moved to Texas twenty years ago. While pursuing literary translations, she decided to tell her own stories. After years of writing classes and gluttonous reading, her short fiction appeared in fiction journals and literary reviews. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter. Remember Mia is her first novel.

Links: Website, Facebook, Twitter

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US & CANADIAN RESIDENTS
1 copy up for giveaway
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Draw Date August 1/15

 

 

Source: Post info taken from Penguin Books and Author’s website. Giveaway info provided by the publisher. No compensation was received.

Bone Box by Jay Amberg – Book Spotlight & Giveaway (US only)

&Good day everyone!  Today’s book spotlight is on Bone Box by Jay Amberg as he tours with Book Junkie Promotions from July 13-24.  This book sounds good – read on to learn more about it…

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Publication Date: March 14 2015
Amika Press
Formats: eBook, Paperback
256 Pages

Genre: Archeological Adventure/Thriller/Mystery

About Bone Box

On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead. The box’s Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archeologist who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary. She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics—and to suppress the box’s other contents, documents that could alter Western history.

Joseph Travers, an American sent to Turkey to evaluate the archeological dig, soon finds himself pulled into the web of betrayal, reprisal, and violence. In his journey through Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, the archeological sites around ancient Ephesus, and, ultimately, the strange and mystical terrain of Cappadocia, he comes to understand the epochal meaning of the bone box.

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Praise for Bone Box

“A…well-written, fast-paced thriller that follows in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Will mystify, entrance, enthrall and captivate readers.” —Fran Lewis, Just Reviews

“Politics, religion, sexuality, culture, deceit, greed, and prejudices turn this thriller into a page-turner.…The stories within the story demand attention and remind us that one event can be perceived rightly or wrongly from several perspectives.” —T.B. Markinson, Self-Publishing Review

“A reflective thriller that will leave you catching your breath while illuminating your own sense of connection with our shared past.” —Michele Fitzpatrick, Author, The Women’s Center

Praise for Jay Amberg’s Novels

“Jay Amberg takes his place among the elite of this country’s suspense-adventure authors.” —Clive Cussler, for Deep Gold

“A taut thriller that will…elate readers. Brilliant.” —Midwest Book Review, for Blackbird Singing

“The final recovery scenes in the face of a raging hurricane deliver true high seas drama.” —Publishers Weekly, for Doubloon

“An inspiring call to action…” —Kirkus Reviews, for Cycle

About the Author

Bone 2Jay Amberg is the author of eleven books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972.

His latest book, Bone Box, is now available from Amika Press. Amberg has also published Cycle, America’s Fool, Whale Song, and compiled 52 Poems for Men. Cycle, a novel giving unique voice to the world’s environmental crisis, is the winner of a 2013 Independent Publisher Living Now Book Award.

Prior to Amika Press, Amberg published thriller novels Doubloon (Forge), Blackbird Singing (Forge) and Deep Gold (Warner Books).

Among his books on teaching are School Smarts and The Study Skills Handbook, published by Good Year. Amberg wrote The Creative Writing Handbook (Good Year) with Mark Henry Larson and Verbal Review and Workbook for the SAT (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) with Robert S Boone.

For more information and to contact Jay Amberg, please visit his website.

You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY
1 paperback copy up for giveaway
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Draw Date August 1/15

 

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Celebrating the paperback release of Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle & Giveaway (US only)

I’m so excited to share another of Elizabeth Fremantle’s books with all of you.  Sisters of Treason, the second book in The Tudor Trilogy, released in paperback on June 30 and to celebrate I’m going to give away a copy to one lucky reader!  Read on to learn more about the book…

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About the Book

From the author People called “a must-read for Philippa Gregory fans,” a “terrifically entertaining” (The Sunday Times, London) novel about two sisters who must survive life in the Tudor court after the execution of their sister Lady Jane Grey who was queen for just nine days.

Early in Mary Tudor’s turbulent reign, Lady Catherine and Lady Mary Grey are reeling after the brutal death of their elder seventeen-year-old sister, and the succession is by no means stable. In Sisters of Treason, Elizabeth Fremantle brings these young women and their perilous times to vivid life.

Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous career at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved. Her sister, clever Lady Mary, has a crooked spine and a tiny stature in an age when physical perfection equates to goodness—and both girls have inherited the Tudor blood that is more curse than blessing. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act. It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante, but when the Queen’s sister, the hot-headed Elizabeth Tudor, inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the surviving Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she will go to defy her Queen, risk her life, and find the safety and love she longs for.

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Praise for Sisters of Treason

“If you love historic royal fiction (with a dash of romance) you’ll want to pick up Elizabeth Fremantle’s Sisters of Treason, about two sisters reeling after the execution of their teenage sister, having been on the throne for just days.”– PopSugar

“Fremantle manages to combine pacey storytelling with superb background…terrifically entertaining.”– The Sunday Times

“Tudor fiction fans will enjoy Fremantle’s fresh take, marked by solid writing and absorbing detail, on a rather well-told tale.”– Library Journal

“Inventive, finely detailed.”– Kirkus Reviews

“An enthralling story of love and tyranny, Sisters of Treason brings the Tudor Courts to life again, in all their romance and horror.”– Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story

“Passionate, compassionate, intricate, sharp, clever and utterly compelling.”– M.C Scott, author of Rome: The Art of War

“Fremantle’s story is vivid and tense, rich in all the drama that defined the Tudor Era, particularly the question of its future.”– AreCafe.com

“Sisters of Treason is thrilling historical fiction… Well-paced and highly entertaining…nearly impossible to put down.”– CompassBooksRatings.com

“Fantastic…engrossing…Elizabeth Fremantle does a superb job, giving us a rich, psychological dimension to all the characters in this novel…displays the hidden, rich lives of women…which are sometimes…left understated in the history books.”– A Bibliophile’s Reverie

About the Author

photo: Poppy Miyonga

photo: Poppy Miyonga

As a child I was the one in the corner with my nose in a book who wanted to be a writer, but with the onset of a turbulent adolescence I left school, under a cloud, aged fifteen with nothing more than a fistful of O Levels and a hapless sense that things would somehow work themselves out. Eventually, after working in various dodgy dives – I’ve served grey scrambled eggs to squaddies at 5.30am; I’ve served vintage champagne to raucous hoorays; I’ve pulled pints for all and sundry – I managed to find myself, much in the way Forrest Gump always landed on his feet, working as a dogsbody on a fashion magazine. Over a decade, I worked for titles such as Vogue, Elle and The Sunday Times and contributed to many others. Marriage took me to Paris, a stint at French Vogue and the birth of my two gorgeous children but divorce saw me back home in London where I have happily remained. Fuelled by frustration with a fashion world that does no favours to women, I decided to complete my truncated education as a mature student which led, in a long and roundabout way with many frustrating impasses, to my fulfilling that childhood dream to become a novelist.

Elizabeth has a first in English and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, University of London. She has contributed to various publications including The Sunday Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also reviews fiction for The Sunday Express.

Elizabeth has contributed to The Tudor Times, in their edition about Penelope Devereux.

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A Day in the Life of Author Elizabeth Fremantle

Spend a day at home with historical fiction author Elizabeth Fremantle reading, writing, and editing, surrounded by Tudor art and artifacts.

 

GIVEAWAY – OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY
1 paperback copy up for giveaway
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Draw Date July 18/15

 

 

Source: Post information taken from Simon & Schuster website along with the author’s website. Giveaway sponsored by the publisher. No compensation was received.