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It’s Shelfie (and snowy) Sunday!

Hey there! I have been so bad about getting blog posts done since pretty much the beginning of December. As a mother of autistic kids that keep me on my toes non-stop every waking minute they are home, & the fact that they are only in school 4 days a week for 6 hrs each day, this exhausted mom is really having a hard time getting all 9,000 things done on my daily to do list each day.

One thing I have been enjoying this past week are all of the cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers, juncos, chickadees, & other pretty birds that stick around for our chilly, Northern Ohio winters. Our yard has been full of them, so we have been feeding them seed & nuts daily. We do have two squirrels that are enjoying our feeding generosity, one in particular that I have named Farley (after the late Chris Farley) due to his size (from eating so much of the bird seed & peanuts) & also because he is so funny & entertaining to watch. I named the smaller gray squirrel that keeps trying to get in on the food action Spade (after David Spade.)

It may be a snowy Sunday here in Ohio, but books, tea & coffee will keep me warm today!
Thank you @williammorrowbooks for my gift copy of ‘Forgive Me‘ by Susan Lewis! (pub 1/26).
From the bestselling author of ‘My Lies, Your Lies’ & many other novels, comes a story of love, family, & the price of forgiveness, for readers of Diane Chamberlain & Lisa Scottoline.

The past doesn’t stay hidden forever…
In prison, Archie Colbrook spends his time writing letters. Letters addressed to a person against whom he committed terrible, nameless harm. Archie knows he doesn’t deserve forgiveness. Yes, he didn’t mean to hurt anyone, & sure, he was only following orders. But does that matter? He still did it.

In a small coastal town of Northern England, Claudia Winters hopes to feel safe for the first time in yrs after fleeing from her abusive husband w/ her mother & daughter. Their new life is supposed to be a fresh start. But Claudia knows the past won’t stay hidden for long—& she can’t help but feel that someone is watching her… & that something terrible is about to happen.

Linked by one irrevocable act of violence, Archie & Claudia’s lives intertwine. Claudia can’t overlook what Archie did to her family—but is forgiveness the only way to truly move on?

Tense, emotional, & gripping, Susan Lewis’s, ‘Forgive Me‘, is a spellbinding story of family & the power of forgiveness. An emotionally compelling, poignant family drama that is a perfect weekend read during these blustery, winter days. It’s available now. Look for it at your local indie bookseller & don’t forget, today is the last day to enter to win a copy of ‘Hadley & Grace‘ so head to my giveaway on Instagram. Click HERE to go to that post now.

Click HERE to use BookStoreLink.com to find ‘Forgive Me‘ & other books at an Indie Bookstore.
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Susan Lewis is the bestselling author of over forty books across the genres of family drama, thriller, suspense and crime. She is also the author of Just One More Day and One Day at a Time, the moving memoirs of her childhood in Bristol during the 1960s. Following periods of living in Los Angeles and the South of France, she currently lives in Gloucestershire with her husband James, stepsons Michael and Luke, and mischievous dogs Coco and Lulu.

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My first blog post of 2021! (and a new book for you check out!)

It’s Selfie Sunday! I am currently chilling in my cozy office & just finished reading ‘Not My Boy‘ by Kelly Simmons which pubs this Tues, 1/5. Thank you @kellyasimmons for my gift copy of this fantastic book! (Readers, please click HERE to visit my Instagram post & give it a LIKE if you would.😉)

🌲Q: Who else still has their Christmas tree up with no intention of taking it down anytime soon? I just love mine so much! Since it has all the pretty pink on it, I think it will just have to stay up & pass as a Valentine’s Tree! (Which btw, is my wedding anniversary…💕)

📚This weekend I’ve been getting all my new planners & goal lists together, & then I have to get my massive grocery list together for my next shopping trip when the kids go back to school on Tues. And I have so many appts to make for various things. Procrastination is the monkey on my back that I need to work on in 2021, that’s for sure! Anyhow, on to the book…

Who will you cross to protect your own?
When Hannah packs up her past & moves to the cottage next-door to her sister, she hopes the luxe neighborhood & close family ties will be the perfect escape for her son & the shadows that trail them. But when a young girl goes missing days after they unload their final boxes & her son is quickly thrown under suspicion, Hannah must do whatever it takes to protect her child.

Even if that means pointing the blame her sister’s way instead.
With investigators swarming & neighborhood scrutiny closing in, the divide between two sisters grows. As one fiercely defends her husband, the other shields her boy from the crime, keeping quiet the secrets that might unravel it all. And all the while, one young girl has vanished, & someone is to blame.

Not My Boy‘ is a pulse-pounding, fast-paced, suspense-filled, family drama/thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. I am really looking forward to reading more from Kelly like her previous releases ‘Where She Went’, ‘The Fifth of July’ & ‘One More Day’. Add any or all of these books to your TBR lists now & buy ‘Not My Boy‘ this Tuesday.

Click HERE to add it your Goodreads list.
Click HERE to find it at an indie bookstore near you using BookStoreLink.
Click HERE to visit Kelly Simmons website & read more about her & her other books.

PS: Be sure to enter my current giveaway for another page-turner of a thriller, ‘Factor-7’. There are a lot of extra’s in that giveaway, too! Click HERE to go to that giveaway on Instagram now.

My sixth novel NOT MY BOY arrives January 5, 2021, & will also be available in audiobook & who knows, maybe a Netflix series is next? It was compared to BIG LITTLE LIES by Booklist in a starred review, & NYTimes Bestseller phenom Julie Clark, author of LAST FLIGHT, called it “propulsive & impossible to put down.” All of my books have been applauded by bestselling authors like Megan Abbott, Caroline Leavitt, & Sarah Pekkanen. They’ve been hailed as “great titles for book groups who love strong female characters” by the Library Journal. Publishers Weekly called my first novel, Standing Still “An electrifying debut” in its starred review. Even Kirkus likes me! Maybe you’d enjoy discovering a new-to-you author? I’ve visited hundreds & hundreds of book clubs via Zoom, FaceTie, Google Hangouts or in person. I’d love to meet with yours.
For book signing events or more information, see my website kellysimmonsbooks.com. Or friend me on Facebook (kellyatbubble) or follow me on Insta (kellyasimmons) or twitter (kellysimmons) for more giveaways & fun!

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Book Tour and ShelfieSunday! Introducing ‘Absolution’, a debut novel by Regina Buttner…

Book Tour Sunday! Thank you @getredpr & @reginabuttnerbooks for my gift copy of ‘Absolution‘, the debut novel by Regina Buttner, published on Oct 13th! (Visit my post on Instagram & show it some LIKE love, by clicking HERE.)

I am a big fan of debut novels, & when they’re especially well-written ones with a strong plot & story that you think about off & on long after reading it, then I can’t wait to tell all you about it as well.

“I was weak & deceitful, & I could never, ever let my husband find out the truth about me. I would keep my secrets hidden from him for the rest of my life…” (‘Absolution’, Regina Buttner)

A guilt-ridden young wife & mother struggles to keep a long-ago sexual assault & pregnancy a secret from her ambitious husband…
Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college―and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.

Years have passed since the assault, & Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, & he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame & guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage & motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.

Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, & Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him―but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, & he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.

Absolution‘ is an incredibly gripping debut novel that you can easily get swept up in & devour in mere hours. Exploring the theme of sexual assault against women committed by men in powerful positions, this captivating, thought-provoking story will have you rooting out loud for Jeanie as she fights for her self-acceptance & her place in this victim filled world, while not letting her victim-hood define her. Dark secrets, hidden motivations, & manipulations by supposed loved ones, ‘Absolution‘ is a powerful read & would make an excellent book club choice!

Absolution‘ is also part of the Amazon promotion ‘Buy 2, Get 3rd one FREE’ (from a specific selection of media items). Some other items that may interest you include books such as ‘Untamed‘, ‘Anxious People‘, ‘The Vanishing Half‘, ‘The Guest List‘, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘, ‘American Dirt‘, ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue‘, as well as the latest ‘Hunger Games‘ book, ‘Hamilton Original Cast Soundtrack CD set, & even ‘The Office‘ Complete Series DVD set.

Click HERE to add ‘Absolution’ to your Goodreads lists.
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Click HERE to visit Regina Buttner’s website.

Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer from beautiful upstate New York where she enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, paddling on the Genesee River, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. ‘Absolution’ is her first novel.

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Blog Tour Time! Introducing ‘A Frenzy of Sparks’ by Kristin Fields (pub 11/3/20)

Book Tour time! Thank you @writingkristin & @tlcbooktours for my gift copy of ‘A Frenzy of Sparks’ by Kristin Fields! (pub 11/3/20) Click HERE to visit me on Instagram & support my post with a LIKE, maybe even a SHARE or SAVE.😉

From the author of ‘A Lily in the Light‘ comes a poignant story of innocence lost & what it means to grow up too fast…

It’s 1965, & thirteen-year-old Gia, along with her older brother & cousins, are desperate to escape their sleepy, tree-lined neighborhood where nothing ever happens. The only thing Gia would miss is the surrounding marsh, where she feels at home among sea birds & salt water.

But when one of Gia’s cousins brings drugs into their neighborhood, it sets off a chain of events that quickly turn dangerous. Everyone will be caught in the ripples, & some may be swept away entirely. Gia is determined to keep herself & her family afloat while the world is turned upside down around her. Can she find a way to hold on to the life she was so eager to leave behind, or will she have to watch it all disappear beneath the marsh forever?

At turns heart-wrenching & hopeful, ‘A Frenzy of Sparks‘ explores a world where survival is the attempt to move forward while leaving pieces of your heart behind.

You guys, this book is excellent! Gia gave me Kya from ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘ vibes w/ her strong-willed innocence, her love of marshes & her having to grow up too quickly because of bad people & bad things happening.
A Frenzy of Sparks‘ is a coming of age story about being a young teenager in a time of prevalent drug use, being part of a tight-knit family in a small town, & the desire to not only escape this broken town & keep her family intact & safe, but also to fix it & the residents along the way.

This is not a fluffy read by any means, & does have some dark, gritty moments, but it is so atmospheric, powerful, thoughtful & deeply personal. You will be completely engrossed in this story & it will stick w/ you long after you read it. I highly recommend ‘A Frenzy of Sparks‘ & I really hope to see a sequel for this someday. It is such a beautiful, well-written fiction novel, & as a small-town resident myself, I felt so drawn in to the story & it’s compelling cast of characters.

A Frenzy of Sparks‘ is available now, so add it to your TBR, Christmas or wish lists & buy it from an independent bookstore. Please don’t forget to support small businesses this holiday season & always!

Click HERE to add ‘A Frenzy of Sparks‘ to your Goodreads lists.
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Click HERE to add ‘A Lily in the Light‘ to your Goodreads lists.

Purchase Links

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Kristin Fields grew up in Queens, which she likes to think of as a small town next to a big city. Fields studied writing at Hofstra University, where she received the Eugene Schneider Fiction Award. After college, Fields found herself working on a historic farm, teaching high school English, and designing museum education programs. She is currently leading an initiative to bring gardens to public schools in New York City, where she lives with her husband.

Connect with Kristin: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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A Motherhood Monday book review featuring ‘The Best of Friends’ by Lucinda Berry (and a pic of two actual bff’s)

Thank you @amazonpublishing #thomasandmercer for my gifted copy of ‘The Best of Friends‘ by Lucinda Berry! (pub 8/18)

The two lovely ladies pictured in today’s post are my daughter & her BFF. I really need to get an updated pic of me & my BFF sometime soon, but if you go to my Instagram post HERE, you will get to see a picture of us running a 5k together a few yrs ago & a couple other pics of my daughter & her BFF’s.

(And remember this silly little song written by actor Zach Galifianakis, from the movie, The Hangover, (if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll understand the simplicity of the lyrics. Click here to view on YouTube)

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have.

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
And We’ll Never ever ever ever
Leave Each Other.

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have…
(Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Zachary Knight Galifianakis
Three Best Friends lyrics © Warner Olive Music Llc.)

Now for the book: ‘The Best of Friends‘ by Lucinda Berry

An unthinkable tragedy forever changes a group of teens & turns family against family in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting.
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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, & Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, & a third too traumatized to speak. Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the 3 mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?
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They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, & troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt & suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, & the whole community. With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, & the dangers of living double lives.
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The Best of Friends‘ relentlessly grabs you from the first pages & doesn’t let go! As a parent of 5, 2 of which are currently teenage boys, this book resonated w/ me & how as a mother, I would go to the end of the world, through hell & back, to protect my child, & if something bad happened to them, I would never give up on finding the truth behind the incident. This book is a heart-wrenching, compelling, thought-provoking domestic suspense, & I loved it! I can’t wait to check out other books by Berry soon!

Click HERE to add ‘The Best of Friends’ to your Goodreads lists.
Click HERE to visit Lucinda Berry’s website.
Click HERE to go to my Instagram post & give it a LIKE. (…please…& thank you!)

**And don’t forget to enter my 4-book thriller giveaway on Instagram that ends tomorrow night! Click HERE to go to that post now!

Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche.

If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next marathon. To hear about her upcoming releases, visit her on Facebook or sign up for her newsletter at https://lucindaberryauthor.com/