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Book Spotlight: Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin

Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin

Before You Were Mine by Em Muslin

Sometimes hope has a way of changing everything…

Just hours after giving birth, Eli Bell is forced to give up her newborn baby daughter for adoption. Devastated, she tries desperately to rebuild her shattered life.

Then, over thirty years later, Eli catches sight of her daughter. And she knows that she must do everything to find a way back into her life. Even if it means lying…

While her husband Tommy must grow to accept his own part in the events of her early life, he can only try to save her before her obsession with the young woman ruins them both.

Don’t miss the breathtaking debut Before You Were Mineby Em Muslin! Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Alice Peterson and Lucy Dillon.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you amazing Dads out there!!

Thank you for raising your children to love to read.
Thank you for working so hard to bring in the money so that I can buy books and drink tea.
Thank you for working late so that I could enjoy my childhood and live with my favorite characters.
Thank you for supporting me and my love of reading.
Thank you for being Dad.

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Amazon Opening Bookstores

Amazon Opening Book Stores

Okay, so it’s time for a little rant! Or a big rant. Whatever you want to define it is.

So there has bee a lot of news in relation to Amazon as of late because they recently purchased Whole Foods for a disgusting amount of money. However, this is not the only thing they are doing!

For a company who has been busy buying up lots of smaller stores and making everything online, they are opening quite a lot of real bookstores now. There’s been quite a few articles in relation to this talking about what the stores are like. The first one that opened, I believe, was in Washington and now they are popping up all over!

According to the articles that I have been reading, these stores are quite cold with the staff just doing their job, wearing headsets, and not going above and beyond. I, personally, go into a bookstore to connect with the people who work there, get good recommendations, and talk to people who know a lot about books. In these stores, it’s just people who need a job; not people who actually love books (that’s a big issue to me!). 

Also, I love going into bookstores were the books are cramped in and they are stacked all the way up to the ceiling and almost falling out of the bookshelves. Apparently in these Amazon bookstores, the books are all facing out so that you can see the cover and you buy based on what you see. Kind of like when you are scrolling through the book options on the Amazon website. 

Amazon has just opened a store near me and I’ll be trying to visit next week to actually experience one of these places and see what people are talking about, and of course write about my experience. I don’t have high hopes personally. I love going into these small little bookshops and will, quite literally, pull the car over to stop and go into one and just be with the books.

To me, all of this kind of bothers me. But I know some people love it. 

What are you thoughts on all of this? Do you think these big bookstores are a good idea, or do you prefer the smaller places that are much more personalized, small but so much more home-like?

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Book Review: Pink Slips by Beth Aldrich

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Book Review: Pink Slips by Beth AldrichRating: 4/5 teacups


“This gripping and emotional debut novel, Pink Slips, tells a spine- tingling and harrowing story of survival, friendship, doggedness, and love. The inimitable power of the relationship between Betsy Ryan and her beloved dog, Barney, gives this suspense thriller soft spots to counter the uncertainty and intense action.

Betsy Ryan is pregnant with her third child, and receiving threatening notes from an anonymous person. During what should be a joyful time in her life, she’s forced to face a decade old memory, and relive one of the most devastating nights of her life. In order to uncover the mystery behind the threats, she enlists the help of an unlikely, but oddly reliable source, her dog Barney. As the menacing notes continue to arrive, her husband is called out of town for work, and she struggles to keep her composure while shielding her two young sons from danger. She trusts no one except her parents, best friend Misty, and her extraordinary dog—who has proven to literally understand everything she says. Is this person out to harm her? And how do they have so much personal information about Betsy? She can’t help but think it’s the same person who attacked her at the train station almost a decade ago, and changed the course of her life forever. To save herself and her unborn child—Betsy must face her fears and find her strength, to reveal who is after her and most importantly…why.”

-From Amazon.com


I was sent this book by the wonderful Beth Aldrich and I’m so glad that I received a copy as it was a really good book. This is the second crime/thriller kind of book that I have received recently and I’m really loving the genre. It’s kind of like a TV show turned into a book.

Page turner!
This book kept me wanting to read more and I finished it in one reading (about 4-5 hours or so). It was not a difficult read, but I’m not saying that the language was simple either. It was just so fast paced that it kept me wanting to read it and find out what happened! It always is good when a book keeps you hooked and this one certainly kept me hooked.

Pregnant main character – different!
As for the main character, Betsy Ryan, she was quite interesting. First of all, she was pregnant during the whole ordeal which was so  different. Not many times is there a pregnant character in a book, especially when there’s a stalker following her and her kids and trying to kill them all! It was just another element of ‘stress’that added to the story.

Was like a crime drama episode.
Since the story was almost written like a TV episode, some people don’t like those kind of books. But I don’t generally read books that are like that and I liked the change. It was something new! So if you’re looking for a really deep book, this may not be the one for the moment, but it’s still a quick read and really enjoyable!

Overall I did really enjoy this book. It was fast paced, kept me wanting to know what was going to happen, and kept you guessing until the very end! I highly do suggest giving it a read, grab your copy HERE, and I hope that you enjoy. I know that I did!! So for that reason, I give it a 4 out of 5 tea cup rating!

Check back next week for a giveaway of this book!!

Happy Reading!

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Book Tour: The Color of a Silver Lining by Julianne MacLean

From USA Today Bestselling Author
Julianne MacLean
Sometimes, moving on isn’t the right choice when miracles are leading you back to your past — toward something, or someone, who was your destiny all along.
The Color of a Silver Lining
Julianne MacLean
Series: The Color of Heaven Series Book 13
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: June 12, 2017
It’s been five years since Emma Cochran endured the worst possible tragedy—the sudden, unexpected death of her four-year-old son. The emotional trauma tore her marriage apart, but now her divorce is final and she wants to begin again. She’s found happiness at last with her fiancé, Luke, who is eager to start a family with her.
On the other side of the country, single mother Bev Hutchinson watches helplessly as her five-year-old daughter Louise drowns in a high-profile boating accident. Miraculously, Louise is brought back to life and claims she went to heaven. The news causes a media frenzy surrounding the little girl, and Bev does everything she can to shield herself and her daughter from the relentless swarming of the press.
Lives collide when Emma becomes obsessed with the story of the child, thousands of miles away, who drowned and went to heaven. She wants to connect with the mother, but Emma’s fiancé is against the idea because he wants her to let go of her grief and move on.
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An amazing read. The story builds and builds and then suddenly there is a twist and a turn and it all comes together.
– Zena, Goodreads Reviewer
Every book in the Color of Heaven series opens my heart and mind to new possibilities in life. With each story I cry and feel alive. Color of a Silver Lining encourages you to see love here on earth and stretch your mind to believe in the connection of spirit. A truly beautifully written novel that inspires hope; even after tragedy.
– Karen Forrest, Goodreads Reviewer

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Chapter 10
It had been two full days, and the reporters were still outside my house.
Louise and I took cover indoors. I’d planned to keep her home from school anyway for a full week after the accident, and I’d asked for sick days at the hospital. Thankfully we had a private fully-fenced backyard with tall trees, so we were able to go outside with Leo and get some fresh air in a safe place with no cameras pointed at us.
One good thing came from our self-imposed lockdown: We had plenty of time to get creative with crayons. Over the course of two days, Louise drew dozens of pictures of her visit to heaven, and I tacked each one to the wall outside her bedroom.
To a stranger, they might have looked like any other drawings by a five-year old because they were images of colorful rainbows and yellow suns, trees and tall buildings—just like what she’d described to me in the park. But to me, I saw something more.
Each time she finished a new picture, she handed the page to me and said, “This isn’t as good as the real thing. I don’t think I can draw it.”
“Would it help if you had something better than crayons?” I asked, encouraging her to continue. “What about paint?”
“That would be good.”
“Let’s go to the art store tomorrow,” I suggested.
In the meantime, she drew hearts everywhere to surround herself and her grandfather, who held her hand wherever they were—in the sky above the clouds or in an orchard with sunlight filtering through pink apple blossoms or rabbits in the tall grass. I could almost hear the sound of insects buzzing, grass swishing against my legs…
And she always drew a mustache on her grandfather.
By the end of the second day, the entire hallway was papered with Louise’s colorful crayon illustrations, but now she was painting with oils on canvas—using an easel I’d purchased at the art store.
I spent a lot of time in the hallway, studying her creations, which she produced at an alarming rate. She drew birds and trees and meadows with colorful wildflowers and sparkling drops of dew. Oceans with turquoise water, dolphins and seagulls. Mountains with white, snow-capped peaks. Sunsets with spectacular clouds and silver linings.
On the third day, when I woke at six am to the sound of rain pelting against my window, I donned my bathrobe, went to the living room and peered through the slats in the blinds. To my relief, the street in front of my house was deserted. The reporters and news vans had departed.
Knowing my sister was an early riser on school days, I called her. She told me to turn on the television because it appeared we were no longer the top news story on every station. We’d been bumped aside by an earthquake in California the night before. I wasn’t happy about the devastation, of course, but I was thankful to have our privacy back.


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Contest runs from June 12 – 18, 2017.

About Julianne MacLean

Julianne MacLean

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author who has sold more than 1.3 million books in North America, and her novels have also been translated into many foreign languages. She has written twenty historical romance novels, including the bestselling Highlander Trilogy with St. Martin’s Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. She also writes contemporary mainstream fiction, and her 2011 release The Color of Heaven was a USA Today bestseller. Please visit her website for more information. http://www.juliannemaclean.com.
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