First of the Month (July 2018)

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The Handmaid’s Tale (Nick and June)

 Praise Be! This is my JULY 2018 Starter Plan. What are YOU planning on reading this month?

Audiobooks Of My Choice:     e-book:☀️ 1st Wednesday Book Club:☀️   ☀️ 2nd Monday Book Club:☀️
✿ July Kick: Kick-n-Pick for Me by Roxy the Fury:   
✿ July PKC Recommends by Victoria:    ✿ July RRRC Picks by Heather Marie:         ✿ July TCF DB: by Chelle:   
✿ July TCF FWYS: Danielle Gypsy Soul:  Texas Series remaining books are not on audio yet

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5 Star Book Review: Oracle’s Hunt by A. Claire Everward #SundayBlogShare @ClaireEverward

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I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review – thanks to The Book Club on Facebook. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

This is the first book in the Oracle Series.

Donovan Pierce is a United States Federal Investigative Division Agent and he has been called to a new case – the destruction of the data storage facility for the worldwide defense and security services. This will not be a mission to be taken lightly. Ever since a group of forward thinking citizens of the world had formed a peaceful alliance calling themselves the Internationals and had grown in numbers, strength and support from major powers, there were factions desperate to topple the peace and take power for themselves. This latest act of sabotage shows all the signs that it has been carefully orchestrated by one such…

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After the Light, After the Love

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‘After the Light, After the Love’

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‘Is There A Price For Happiness?’

This is the most dangerous story that local journalist, Alex Price, has taken on so far and this time it’s personal.

Fifty years of love culminate in the magical wedding ceremony between Jack and Mary, a day full of love and laughter, but it will also offer up dark opportunities. Amidst the party atmosphere, as dusk falls, bridesmaid, Lily, is abducted from the celebrations.
Alex will need all of her ingenuity to get to the bottom of this story, which involves far more than she ever thought possible.
Will love triumph or will there be a price to pay for such happiness?

After the Light, After the Love.

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In After the Light, After the Love, we find Alex struggling to deal with multiple issues. Slightly darker than the other two books in the Alex Price series, but…

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#ThrowbackThursday – author Jodie Bailey – Book Review

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Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, It’s Book Talk to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! I’ll be going back over some of my oldies but goodies posted on Goodreads awhile ago, my favorite authors, and some of my favorite stories from authors you might not have previously experienced. Hopefully, you’ll find either a story or author that interests you and you’ll check them out. And, if you’d like to join the fun, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic (see her website). Just provide the link back to her please).

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie BaileyThis week I am highlighting Jodie Bailey, another terrific, prolific author who wrote Quilted by Christmas, which was reviewed on Goodreads. She has actually written a number of books and participated in this series, Quilts of…

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Cover Reveal: Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie

Books of a Shy Girl

Today I’m helping unveil the cover for Deception So Dark, the second installment of Clara Kensie’s super-romantic YA paranormal thriller Deception So series. Without further ado, here is the cover, designed by Key of Heart Designs:

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Title: Deception So Dark (Deception So Series #2)
Author: Clara Kensie
Date: February 13th 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing

Synopsis

Dark as a starless night and black as a cavern of coal…

With no more secrets to keep them apart, Tessa and Tristan embark upon a desperate search to find her missing brother and sister. But not even Tristan can keep Tessa safe from the hostile classmates at her new school… or from the nightmare that haunts her even while she’s awake.

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Bookish Stuff

Two Gals and a Book

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Well I am sure that many of you are aware that today is Winnie- the -Pooh Day, and I have enjoyed reading many posts about it. All things Pooh is ultimately a celebration of friendship, and there is not much more I can say about it that has not already been said…. just give someone you care about a big bear hug in honor of Pooh! : )

It is also Thesaurus Day, and, sticking with a book theme, we chose a few books with variations of “female” in the title.

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Thesaurus Day marks the birthday of Peter Mark Roget, the British lexicographer and doctor who first wrote Roget’s Thesaurus.

So the books we have read with variations of female in the title”

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Blurb:

This new collection by New York writer Jacob M. Appel features two brothers fighting over a collection of iron lungs, a elderly suburbanite campaigns for the…

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MEET MADELEINE BLACK

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Madeliene Black is another of life’s survivors, but I will leave it to her to share her story.

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After many years of keeping quiet, Madeleine Black decided in September 2014, to share her story on The Forgiveness Project’s website and she completely underestimated what the response would be.

Many women and men got in contact and explained how reading her story gave them strength, hope, and a different perspective of what’s possible in their lives. The founder of The Forgiveness Project, Marina, often refers to the various people on her website as  “story healers” rather than “storytellers” and now she completely understood why.

In March 2015, Jessica Kingsley Publishers released a book called The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, by Marina Cantacuzino. It’s a collection of 40 stories from the TFP website, including hers and has forewords by Desmond Tutu and Alexander McCall Smith.

The sharing of her…

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Review: Barbatus, by A. Drew

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Once upon a long time ago, when the gods still ruled the Earth, vulture shifter Barbatus lived with a small group of exiled shifters in a very hostile area somewhere in Anatolia; they take on the form of birds, goats and other animals. They are isolated, but the great goddess Cybele still protects them. They are a closely-knit community who love and care for each other.

Quite in contrast to the human town close by, where sin and violence prevail. Aylin, a young girl who had been sold into prostitution by her own uncle, escapes them and, wounded and sick, makes her way up the mountain to the ‘forbidden’ area of the shifters – with the help of Cybele herself. Barbatus finds her and nurses her back to health, and they fall in love. Can there be a future together for them, though? Will Barbatus’ community accept her – and…

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Review of 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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So someone may have discovered a new favourite author.  I have to read another book by Jessica Park ASAP.  180 Seconds was wonderful. It was romantic, poignant, heart wrenching, funny and topical.   How can one book be all of that in just about 300 pages?!

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a…

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MEET BARBARA CARTER

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I’m sure many readers will resonate with this week’s guest Barbara Carter, living with a burst of creativity inside and not knowing how to express it – life always gets in the way!

BARBARA CARTER was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is a visual artist and writer and is currently working on a series of memoirs focusing not only on her personal journey but highlighting important issues such as: anxiety, depression, loss and grief and the not so great ways of dealing with inner pain. Also living with a narcissistic mother. Barbara has an amazing ability to shed light on the sometimes dark subject matter with her ability to use humor. She also instructs art classes and offers guidance in writing memoir. The focus of her work is on examining the past in order to heal and move on.

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My story is about learning how to follow my inner voice/intuition/soul.

As a child…

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