Excerpt from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Excerpt from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Ballad goes back to when President Snow was a boy, assigned to be a mentor to one of the tributes. While he was born into a high-ranking family, they were devastated by the war, and while Panem is being rebuilt, it is still a struggle for them to get enough to eat from day to day. He tries to keep their dire circumstances as secret and his ability to get into university on a scholarship prize hinges on his performance as a mentor. ...
Excerpt from The Chain

Excerpt from The Chain

I am almost finished reading The Chain by Adrian McKinty. A fascinating read, lots of suspense and thrills! It is not just a kidnap thriller, there is so much more to it. ...
Tattooed Teardrops just $0.99

Tattooed Teardrops just $0.99

This deal will only be up for a few days. Get the winner of the 2016 Top Fiction award selection by the In the Margins Committee, the first book in the Tamara's Teardrops series. ...
Excerpt from After Anna

Excerpt from After Anna

I have just started After Anna by Lisa Scottoline. Scottoline writes some amazing plots. In this book, there are two point of views, Maggie's, which is running forward in time from when she meets Anna and Noah's, which is running backward in time from the point at which his verdict will be read. At some point they will intersect, and I will have the full story. Or almost. Maybe. Being able to tell two stories from two different viewpoints and reveal the plot points in just the right order is an amazing talent. ...
Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Excerpt from Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

I don't often say this, but I loved this book! I had scrolled past Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling more than once, but I'm glad I stopped and looked at it this time. This is a middle school/young adult novel about Aven, a girl born with no arms. Having moved to Arizona halfway through the school year, she has to make new friends. A big challenge after spending her whole life in Kansas, where she grew up with the same kids since kindergarten. ...
Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

Excerpt from An Anonymous Girl

The other book I am reading right now is Greer Hendricks's and Sarah Pekkanen's An Anonymous Girl. A psychological thriller, Jessica Ferris signs up to participate in a study on ethics and morality, which grows more and more involved and bizarre. Jess is encouraged to share all of her secrets, and she doesn't want to answer all of Dr. Shields' questions, but she needs the money for participating in the study. ...
Excerpt from Carve the Mark

Excerpt from Carve the Mark

It's been a long time since I read anything by Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series). Carve the Mark is an engaging sci fi set in a galaxy with magical gifts, various kinds of planets, warring nations, and families fated to conflict with each other. Nice deep characterization, vibrant worlds, and plenty of conflict will keep you turning the pages. ...
Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. If you've been hanging around my blog for a while, you know that I frequently write about mental illness in both my books and on my blog. ...
Excerpt from Killing Floor

Excerpt from Killing Floor

Killing Floor is Lee Child's first Jack Reacher novel. I'm sure that I have read it before. A couple of points have "rung a bell," but otherwise it has been like reading it for the first time. ...
Excerpt from Good Omens

Excerpt from Good Omens

I am currently reading Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens. If you've read any Neil Gaiman, you probably know that it is going to be crazy, illogical, colourful, tongue-in-cheek and all rather brilliant. It looks like it was serialized last year on Amazon Prime, though I haven't seen it. I am enjoying it so far. If you like things like Douglass Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide) and Monty Python, you'll like Neil Gaiman ...
Virtually Harmless

Virtually Harmless

New Release!

Micah lived a quiet, comfortable life, her involvement in law enforcement limited to the composite pictures that she produced with her computer and colored pencils.

But everything is turned upside down when she involves herself in the case of an infant found abandoned in the Sweetgrass Hills.

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International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month

February is nearly over, but before it is gone, I wanted to remind you it is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. Prenatal infections can affect both mother and child. They can cause miscarriages, baby deaths, and lifelong physical and neurological conditions. Okay, an important topic, but why bring it up in a book blog? ...
Excerpt from The Reckoning

Excerpt from The Reckoning

I have been reading The Reckoning, by John Grisham. I generally like Grisham—at least his legal thrillers—but this one has some issues. The first part discusses the murder and outcome. The second part delves back into the past and spends half of the book detailing all of Pete Banning's experiences in the second world war, where he served in the Philippines. All of the relevant backstory was given in part one and the second part really doesn't contribute anything to the plot or the reader's understanding of the crime. ...
Excerpt from The Cuckoo's Calling

Excerpt from The Cuckoo’s Calling

I am just finishing up with The Cuckoo's Calling, first book in the Cormoran Strike series. I didn't realize until I just looked over the series page now that the author is Robert Galbraith—I recognized the name but didn't remember that's J.K. Rowling's pen name. I have also read book four in this series, but don't remember very much about it. ...
Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

If you've been following me for a while, you know I don't do "romantic" Valentine's Day themes. I've done friendship, friends before romance, and ace/aromantic books. Today, I thought I would work on a list of books that are appropriate for Teen Dating Awareness Month. ...
Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

Excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time

I just finished re-reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. Chances are, you've either read this book or seen the movie, or both. It has been popular since it was published in 1962, although it has also been one of the most commonly banned books. ...
Fiction about Human Trafficking

Fiction about Human Trafficking

Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day? Human Trafficking is a huge industry, in both North America and around the world. With an estimated 40 million victims and generating $150 billion annually, it is not limited to third world countries, and affects people in all classes and industries. Children are particularly vulnerable, especially runaways and those in foster care ...
Excerpt from Ready Player One

Excerpt from Ready Player One

I just finished Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. I had certainly heard about it before, but I hadn't read the book or seen the movie. If you are looking for a book with lots of 80s pop culture nostalgia, this is the one to read! While set in 2045, the protagonist and his competitors must learn everything they can about 1980s technology, music, movies, etc. in order to solve the clues that Halliday has left behind. I don't read a lot of sci fi/futurist fiction, but this one was full of references to the TRS-80 Color Computer 2 (saving programs to cassette tapes), War Games, and so much more. ...
Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

Excerpt from The Atomic City Girls

I have just started reading The Atomic City Girls, by Janet Beard. In searching it up on Amazon just now, and realized that there is also a book called The Girls of Atomic City, on the same subject, so be aware if you are looking it up that there are two very similar books out there. The Atomic City Girls is billed as a novel and The Girls of Atomic City as a true story ...
Bargain books and a contest

Bargain books and a contest

Looking for some great deals on romance and romantic suspense books? Check out these deals! Fall in Love, Over and Over and Over...with Great Books from NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors! Plus, enter to win a giveaway! ...