Thursday, February 8, 2024

Secrets of a Gay Man Growing Up in the 1950s by Jonathan Feinn

 


I cannot imagine what it would have been like to be gay back in the 1950s, having to hide who I really was and essentially live a lie. I've known friends and family members who had to do so and have heard parts of their stories. And now, Jonathan Feinn is sharing his. Read an excerpt from his memoir, Secrets of a Gay Man Growing Up in the 1950s and then follow the tour for more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

SWAT for Dummies by Gail Koger

 


Take a romcom and through in some action and adventure and you get an engaging new read from Gail Koger! Check out an excerpt from SWAT for Dummies and then download your own copy! Check out the rest of the tour for even more fun. Best of luck entering the great giveaway!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Babel Apocalypse Audiobook by Vyvyan Evans

 


The spoken word is quite powerful, and having this science fiction book available in audiobook is almost crucial to the storyline. Check out a written excerpt from The Babel Apocalypse and then follow the tour for more! Also read about author Vyvyan Evans' thoughts on the future of language streaming. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Read an exclusive excerpt from If the Duke Dares by Darcy Burke

 


If the Bridgerton series made you a fan of regency and all of the rakish dukes, please let me introduce you to Darcy Burke. Your bonus today is being able to read an excerpt from her latest, If the Duke Dares. Be sure to download it and then enter the great giveaway! There's more if you continue to follow the tour


Saturday, January 27, 2024

Review of Her Silent Cry (Detective Josie Quinn #6) by Lisa Regan


Round and round she goes, blonde pigtails flying, her high-pitched giggle catching on the wind. But as the ride slows to a stop, her seat is suddenly empty. Little Lucy is gone…

When seven-year-old Lucy Ross is snatched from the carousel in Denton city park, Detective Josie Quinn joins the frantic search. She’s the one who finds Lucy’s sparkly butterfly backpack abandoned by the ticket booth, a note with a devastating message stuffed inside: answer your phone, or your sweet little darling will die…

The next day, Lucy’s parents are filled with hope when they pick up a call which they think is from their babysitter – but instead it’s a chilling male voice on the line. Josie races to the babysitter’s small apartment only to find her lifeless body in a tangle of sheets on her bed.

Josie is faced with the most high-stakes case of her career as each new phone call from someone connected to the family ends with the shocking discovery of another body. This twisted killer wants revenge, and he won’t stop until the Ross family are in pieces…

Something is telling Josie that Lucy’s parents aren’t giving her the whole truth, but digging deeper into their lives will force her to confront a life-changing secret of her own. Does Josie have what it takes to crack this case? She has no choice if she’s going to bring Lucy home alive…



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I adore Lisa Regan’s Josie Quinn series and have read each of them more than once. They are just completely engrossing.

This is one that reminds me of why I watch children in my care like a hawk when we are at playgrounds and why I cringe when caregivers are more engaged in their smartphones. In the blink of an eye, something can happen. And the way that this whole crime was carried out is quite devious. This book is one that haunts me every time I reread the series.

I do love the clues that are dropped along the way. They keep the story that much more intriguing. And the interwoven first person story from the mystery narrator is just as fascinating as you’re trying to figure out who it is and how it all ties together. And I think the results will pleasantly surprise you.

Josie also continues to grow as a person. You can see her soften more and more as her relationships grow with people like Noah, Misty, and Misty’s son. I love watching it happen.

Now, that being said, don’t feel like you absolutely must read all of the previous books first. This book absolutely works as a standalone. I just think everyone should read all of the books. And I do, repeatedly.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Cerys: Valkyrie Earth by Merrin Slade

 


Isn't this cover gorgeous? You're not going to want to miss this dystopian space opera from Merrin Slade. Check out an excerpt from Cerys: Valkyrie Earth and then follow the tour for more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Read an excerpt from Return to Lerici by Rachel Dacus

 


I'm a sucker for stories of second chances with families. And this one sounds like it also has plenty of suspense and intrigue to keep it even more interesting! Check out an excerpt from Return to Lerici by Rachel Dacus and then follow the tour for even more. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Review of The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl

 



So, I've written a book.

Having entertained the idea for years, and even offered a few questionable opportunities ("It's a piece of cake! Just do 4 hours of interviews, find someone else to write it, put your face on the cover, and voila!") I have decided to write these stories just as I have always done, in my own hand. The joy that I have felt from chronicling these tales is not unlike listening back to a song that I've recorded and can't wait to share with the world, or reading a primitive journal entry from a stained notebook, or even hearing my voice bounce between the Kiss posters on my wall as a child.

This certainly doesn't mean that I'm quitting my day job, but it does give me a place to shed a little light on what it's like to be a kid from Springfield, Virginia, walking through life while living out the crazy dreams I had as young musician. From hitting the road with Scream at 18 years old, to my time in Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, jamming with Iggy Pop or playing at the Academy Awards or dancing with AC/DC and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, drumming for Tom Petty or meeting Sir Paul McCartney at Royal Albert Hall, bedtime stories with Joan Jett or a chance meeting with Little Richard, to flying halfway around the world for one epic night with my daughters…the list goes on. I look forward to focusing the lens through which I see these memories a little sharper for you with much excitement.


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**My thoughts**
This is the book that kicked off a year of reading memoirs. Every one that I read after this made me feel like I was chasing the same high I had from reading this one - and I could never get there. This is one of a few memoirs that was completely honest and genuine. You knew that Dave wrote every word of it himself. You know this is precisely how he would stand on the stage or across from you at dinner and tell you every one of those stories. Too often, the ghostwriter stifles some of the narrator's voice and it feels flat.

The other thing that struck me was how genuinely humble and grateful Dave is for everything he has gotten in his life. Even when talking about stories that happened a long time ago, you could feel the gratitude pouring through. It has never dwindled in all of his success, which seems to be rare for people at this level. I need to listen to the audiobook next so that I can experience even more of that.

It's a true love story with an amazing soundtrack along with it. It's Dave's love for his family, his mother, his wife, his children, music, his friends, humanity. And of course there's his strong love for music. I think even if you are not a fan of Foo Fighters or Nirvana, you can still find some great stories in here about some of your other favorite musicians. This is one that is going to be reread time and time again.


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Poetry From My Heart: The Journey Continues

 


Nowadays, people are starting to get more in touch with their feelings. One beautiful way to explore your feelings is through poetry. Today Paul Guerin is taking us into his with his published poetry collection. Read an excerpt from Poetry From My Heart: The Journey Continues. Then follow the tour for more and to enter the great giveaway!

Monday, January 8, 2024

The World Council by Norm Meech

 


It's a sci-fi thriller as Ricky Montgomery and other agents race against the clock to save mankind and the world from disaster. Enjoy an excerpt from The World Council by Norm Meech and then follow the tour for even more fun. Best of luck entering the giveaway!