Waiting on Wednesday: Surprised by Love

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

Publisher:  Fleming H. Revell Company

Synopsis: Shy and unattractive as a child, Megan McClare has always been teased by her classmates. But when she returns home from her senior year in Paris, the wallflower has suddenly blossomed into a beauty. With ambitions to become a lawyer or doctor, Megan accepts an internship at the district attorney’s office only to discover that she will be working with Devin Caldwell, a boy who mercilessly mocked her at school–and with whom she was hopelessly enamored. She turns to her dear friend Bram Hughes for support and advice. But Bram’s vision is clouded by his sudden unwelcome attraction to a girl he had always thought of as a kid sister. He advises forgiveness, but can he forgive himself for pushing the woman he loves into the arms of another man?

Personal Thoughts: I love the premise of this story and I love the possibilities within it. I hope she ends up with Bram! :) I haven’t read any thing by this author yet, but I am willing to give her a chance.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

The Land Uncharted Cover Reveal

Title: The
Land Uncharted
Author: Keely
Brooke Keith
Release Date: October
21, 2014

 

Publisher: Edenbrooke Press


Summary:
Lydia
Colburn is a young physician dedicated to serving her village in the Land. Day
and night, she rushes by horseback to treat the ill and injured, establishing a
heroic reputation as the village’s new doctor.
 
Naval
Aviator Connor Bradshaw is flying over the South Atlantic Ocean on a mission to
secure any remaining sources of fresh water in a 2025 world torn apart by war.
A malfunction activates his aircraft’s ejection system, parachuting his
unconscious body to the shore of a hidden land. 
 
Lydia
risks her safety to help the injured outsider despite the shock of his
mysterious arrival and the disastrous implications his presence could have for
her peaceful society, which has gone undetected for seven generations.
 
Connor
searches for a way to return to his squadron, but his fascination with life in
the Land makes him protective of Lydia and her peaceful homeland. And while
Lydia’s attraction to Connor stirs desires she never anticipated, it also
pushes an unwanted admirer to stage a dangerous attempt to win her affection.
 
As
Connor tries to keep the Land off the radar, he learns the biggest threat to
Lydia lurks in her village. But when Lydia’s greatest passion and darkest fear
collide, will she look to the past or the future to find the strength to
survive?
 
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Advance Praise for The Land
Uncharted:
“I
was caught up in the characters and the story line from the first pages and
hated to see it end.” -Ann Ellison, Goodreads reviewer
“Not
only is Keely’s writing beautiful and full of vivid detail, but the story and
characters are incredible! I love the way she crosses genres and how well it
all blends together.” -Christina Yother, author of Reverie
“The
premise is unique, the characters – realistic, the storyline – consistent and
entertaining, and the language – fluent. It has just the right touch of
conflict, suspense, longing and hope.”- Annalise Joy, Goodreads reviewer
 

About the Author

Keely
is a bass guitarist and lives on a hilltop south of Nashville. When she isn’t
writing stories or playing bass, Keely enjoys dancing, having coffee with
friends, and sifting through vintage books at antique stores. 
 
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Waiting on Wednesday: Love, Lucy

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Publication Date: January 27, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Synopsis: While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, 17-year-old Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

Inspired by E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View.

Personal Thoughts: This sounds like it will be a cute romance in a foreign country. I love it when books are set in other countries aside from North America. This has swoon worthy moments written all over it :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Vision
Release Date: 09/09/14
Spencer Hill Press
Summary from Goodreads:
The light is darker than
you think…
 High school student Bobby Pendell already has his hands full—he works almost
every night to support his disabled-vet father and gifted little brother. Then
he meets the beautiful new girl in town, who just happens to be his boss’s
daughter. Bobby has rules about that kind of thing. Nothing matters more than
keeping his job.

When Bobby starts to get blinding migraines that come with scary, violent
hallucinations, his livelihood is on the line. Soon, he must face the stunning
possibility that the visions of murder are actually real. With his world going
dark, Bobby is set on the trail of the serial killer terrorizing his small
town. With everyone else convinced he’s the prime suspect, Bobby realizes that
he, or the girl he loves, might be killer’s next victim.

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Excerpt

By the time they got home, blue afternoon shadows crawled across the overgrown field that surrounded the house. Aaron was fast asleep as they rumbled up the driveway. Bobby let his mind drift to the memory of his fingers cradled on the frets of his guitar. The melody from earlier had come floating back into his head, as if the rough edges of it had been polished smooth and clean as marble.

From the chaos of his mind, a new song was forming. Bobby knew immediately.

The song was for Gabe.

“Crap,” he said out loud. He was in some deep, deep shit.

“Huh?” Aaron yawned in the back seat. “Your head okay now, Bobby?”

“My head’s just fine, A-man.”

Bobby’s stomach flip-flopped at the memory from earlier that day. The red blindness and strange visions had taken him down twice. By sheer force of his stubborn nature, he couldn’t let it happen again—wouldn’t let it happen again.

“Do me a favor, bro,” he said, swiveling around in his seat. “Don’t tell none of it to Dad? About the girl, the head thing and all? I don’t want him to get his panties in an uproar, you know?”

Aaron nodded stiffly. “Panties in an uproar” was their code for drunken temper tantrums. Whatever objects could be reached from a sitting position went flying. Once, Dad had grabbed a saucepan of boiling water off the stove and thrown it at Bobby’s head, narrowly missing scalding him with it. After he’d sobered up, he’d apologized for days.

Bobby and Aaron kept a lot of things quiet between them. It was best that way.

Aaron loped into the house. Bobby lingered, tossing a stick with Pete. He just needed a few more minutes to think before he let the four walls close in on him. He took Pete around back and slumped onto his guitar-playing stump beside the logs he’d split earlier.

Gabriella Friend. The name floated through his head like a string of notes, merging with the song he’d already half-written.

One wrong move and he could lose his job. Hands off. Keep out. Private property. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. He’d have to travel too far to find a new job, and then his earnings would be eaten up by the gas-guzzling truck. Bobby stood to go in the house, Pete trotting behind him. No Gabe, he vowed.

While Aaron played a noisy video game, Bobby threw together a quick dinner of spaghetti and red sauce. Dad eyed him blearily from his chair. He’d already polished off his fourth can of beer and was clearly feeling little pain.

“A-man tells me his team is going to the playoffs, thanks to his fearsome pitching. Something for the Pendells to celebrate tonight, eh, Bobby?”

Bobby shared a grin with Aaron. “You should have seen that last inning, Dad,” he said, careful to keep his tone even. It took only the slightest spark to set him off when he was like this.

“Wish I could have, but the wheelchair don’t run too good over grass.” Dad went silent for a beat, then added, his voice hoarse. “Too bad there’s no fish tonight to mark the occasion. Too bad alls we got is spaghetti. Why’s that so, Bobby? Why’s there no fish on the night of such an auspicious day?”

Aaron flashed Bobby a look and quietly slipped into their room, closing the door softly behind him.

“I told you, Dad. Fish weren’t biting today.”

“That so?” Sam Pendell paused, his gaze pinned on Bobby. “Heard the Bartley boys caught their fill on the far side of Scratch Lake. Hank called to offer me the extras, but I said you’d bring us our own. Then Jerry said Joe Wilkins saw you at the ball field with your boss’ kid. Hot-looking blonde. That true, Bobby?”

Bobby nearly dropped the jar of sauce. He should have known. Dad’s spy network had the means to track his every move. There were no secrets in Graxton.

“Jeez, Dad. She hurt her foot and I gave her a ride. And that was this afternoon. I was at the lake this morning. You know that.” Bobby stirred the pasta as it came to a boil, his anger simmering along with the water in the pot.

“Do I? Is that right—puttin’ your own needs over the family’s?”

Bobby clutched the edge of the Formica countertop. Breathe and count. Breathe and count. It will pass. The man was a cripple. An angry drunk cripple. Suck it in. Suck it deep in.

“Have you ever seen her, Dad?” he blurted.

“Can’t say I have. Don’t get out much, you know.”

“Well, if you had, you’d know,” he heard his voice begin to rise, “that there’s no way in hell a girl like that would want a lump of shit like me!” Bobby’s voice bounced around the small living room, surprising him.

But it worked. He’d managed to shock Dad into silence.

After a pause, Dad raised an eyebrow. “Touched a nerve, didn’t I? The lady doth protest too much, eh?”

Bobby hurled the wooden spoon from the kitchen alcove clear across the living room. It landed with a soft thud on the carpet in front of the TV in a blotch of red sauce.

“Fuck you. Make your own damn dinner tonight. I’m done here. I’m gonna go do the laundry.”

Bobby whistled for Pete, swooped up the hamper, grabbed a jar of peanut butter and the last of the loaf of bread, and called for Aaron, his heart thumping. He’d never mouthed off to Dad like that. Out in the truck, he pounded the steering wheel with both fists. He was unraveling faster than an old sweater. How long until he came completely undone?

About the Author

Lisa has been a professor of Graphic Design at her beloved Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly seventeen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.
BREAKING GLASS which will be released in July, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first of the Finder series will be released in 2014, along with an unnamed sequel in the following year. LIFE AND BETH will also be released in the near future, along with graphic novel style art. 


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Perfect for You
Release Date: September 2014
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker? 
Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn’t want to be in Meg’s shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She’t torn between Ash, the boy she’s been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible. 


But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn’t intend to, could end badly if she isn’t careful. PERFECT FOR YOU is a teen romance from bestselling author Ashelyn Drake, where one girl will risk everything to find her perfect match.

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Excerpt:

I put the phone down and eat my cereal. Just as I take the last bite, my phone beeps with a message. I grab it, thinking Ash is taking a bathroom break.

Got plans for today?

It’s not Ash. I don’t recognize the number at all. I text back.

Who is this?

Guess.

Noah? No, he doesn’t have my number. My fingers hover over the keys, not knowing how to respond.

Noah: It’s Noah.

Why is Noah texting me? Sure we’ve been hanging out, but only at the courts. We’ve never called each other or anything.

Meg: How did you get my number?

Noah: I have my ways. How’s your head?

I haven’t even thought about it. My late night swim with Ash sort of cured all my ailments.

Meg: Better.

Noah: Good. Let’s go to the water park.

Is he asking me out? He knows I’m with Ash. I can explain being at the tennis courts with Noah since he’s the best player on the guys’ team, but going to a water park?

Noah: What, do you have plans already?

Yes, I do. Gray and I have to practice, and I promised Ash I would go watch the Football Challenge tonight.

Meg: Kind of.

Kind of? Why did I text that? What the hell is Noah doing to me? It’s like my brain shuts off when I talk to him.

Noah: Pick you up in twenty.

It isn’t a question. He’s not asking me to go out with him. He’s telling me he’s on his way to pick me up. On his way here. My house. My mind is mush right now. A week ago I didn’t think Noah knew my name. Now, he knows my cell number and where I live. How is this happening?

I snap out of my mind melt and realize I’m not dressed to go to a water park. I race back upstairs and throw on a bathing suit. Instantly, my late night swim with Ash comes to mind. I should text Noah and cancel. This is a huge mistake. Ash isn’t going to understand this. Grayson isn’t going to understand this. Hell, I don’t understand this. What is it about Noah that draws me in? There’s something there, but I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe if I can figure out what it is, I can actually be his friend and this stupid crush would go away.

 

About the Author
Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
 
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River Road Book Review

18079815River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 7, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

It’s been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River. The last time she visited her aunt Sara there, as a teenager, she’d been sent home suddenly after being dragged out of a wild party—by the guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Obviously Mason Fletcher—only a few years older but somehow a lot more of a grown-up—was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue.

Now, returning after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason had saved her from a very nasty crime that night—and soon afterward, Tristan, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found.

A lot has changed in thirteen years. Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother—though he still knows his way around a wrench when he fills in at his uncle’s local hardware store. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. But Mason is still a protector at heart, a serious (and seriously attractive) man. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, and some of Tristan’s old friends start acting suspicious, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . .

Personal ThoughtsRiver Road was exactly what I was expecting from  the author but so much more. It was a suspenseful story full of mystery, romance and unexpected twists and turns. It kept me on my toes up until the end and I love when that happens :) Lucy’s life was changed thirteen years ago when Mason saved her, or dragged her from a popular kids party home. Although she didn’t know it at the time, Mason saved her life. In the present day when we meet with Mason once more, he is more of a man than he was back then and sparks begin to fly between the two.

When suspicious circumstances begin to happen to Lucy, Mason steps in once again to make sure she is safe, but this time she is right by his side to figure out what is happening. Wine country is not all that it is cracked up to be and everyone has their secrets. Will Lucy sell her inherited shares back to the family that should have them or keep them for herself? Only time and money will tell.

Overall, River Road was a deliciously suspenseful book that kept me entertained to the end. The characters were fabulous and I felt like they were developed to their full extent. However, the secondary characters could have used a bit more work. I would recommend this book to fans of Jayne Ann Krentz.

Rating: 4/5 Stars