Second chance romance, family drama and tension to keep you reading late into the night- read my @tlcbooktours review of Surrender My Heart by LG O’connor

About Surrender My Heart

Series: Caught Up in Love (Book 3)

Publisher: Collins-Young Publishing LLC (February 6, 2018)

Follow up to the 2017 Kindle Scout Winner, Shelter My Heart

Do you remember your first love in high school? What if you never stopped?

For decades, Katherine “Kitty” McNally has secretly loved John Henshaw, the man lying shot and unconscious in the hospital bed next to her. Then again, maybe not so secretly. Those closest to her, including her soon-to-be ex-husband, have suspected it for years. Their story ended with a gunshot wound the last time, too. Life seems to have taken her full circle, but only the dead know the secrets she still keeps.

Detective John Henshaw fell in love with his “Kat” the moment she became his geometry tutor in high school. When they graduated, he thought their future was sealed. Wrong. Enter life’s nonstop curveballs. The worst two moments of his life were the two times he lost Kat. After thirty-five years and one failed marriage trying to forget her, he can’t escape the fact that he’s never stopped loving her. Maybe it’s just his ego, but he could swear he sees a spark of love in her eyes every time she looks at him. That’s what keeps him in the New Jersey town that holds his most painful memories. That’s why he accepted his place decades ago as a family friend to the McNally sisters.

As John recovers from his injuries in Kitty’s care, she has one last chance to confront her past and rekindle their love–if John can forgive her once he learns the truth.

 “OMG! Wonderful, heartwrenching and intense story!” ~VIP Reader
“Nicholas Sparks meets Colleen Hoover in dual timeline love story that will leave you breathless!” ~VIP Book Club Reader

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Apparently I’m deep in the middle of a new obsession: second chance romance. Who would have thought a book with a sweet looking couple on the cover would take me on such a journey of emotions that I’d need seven boxes of caramel cookies after? Surrender my Heart delves into far more than just will they or won’t they. It winds a path through grief, makes a stop on the family drama train, and even makes a stop in the crime family department. It’s a page-turning, tear-jerking decidedly feminine view of what ifs. I had some issues with some of the language which I’ll discuss on my blog, but this was a gripping book full of tension and despair and just enough hope to keep you reading. 3.5 stars and an absolutely huge thanks to @tlcbooktours and for the review opportunity! Head to Mama Reads for the full review and enter to win a signed copy! #bookblogger #review #adultromance #secondchance #middleaged #surrendermyheart #tlcbooktours

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To go into my issues with the language, there may be some very slight spoilers, so I’ve kept my brief review above for those that wish to avoid said spoilers.
In a particular scene at a gay club that is a front for illegal activities, there is some very homophobic language which was beyond uncomfortable for me.  Honestly, this would have been a 4 or even 4.5 star read, but between this and some problematic language when Kitty confronts her husband, I was quite put off and thus lowered my rating.  I think it’s entirely possible to include characters who are uncomfortable with someone’s sexuality or certain sexual acts in a sensitive way.  Again, I am being vague to not completely point out some plot points in question, but the writing otherwise kept me engrossed in the story and I was able to move past these bits, even though they were always in the back of my mind.
My favorite parts of the story were the past reminisces of the beginnings of Shaw and Kat’s relationship.  Those were so sweet and I absolutely adored Vera.  Can I have an aunt like her please?

Again, while I personally wasn’t comfortable with this language, other readers certainly may not be bothered by it, and thus, as with all my complaints, I urge you to judge for yourself what you are and are not comfortable with and proceed from there.

About L. G. O’Connor

LG O’Connor is a corporate marketing exec by day who takes her author cape out at night. An avid reader, she loves books with memorable characters that make her heart sing. She’s the author of the urban fantasy / paranormal romance series, The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, and Caught Up in RAINE, her contemporary romantic women’s fiction debut. Shelter My Heart (a Kindle Scout Winner) is the second novel in her romantic women’s fiction series, Caught Up in Love, a series which follows three women in the same family on their road to redemption and a second chance at love. A native ‘Jersey Girl,’ she’s always in search of the perfect cup of coffee and fine Italian leather. Her perfect hero always keeps the heroine fed. You can find her new book, Recipes from Raine’s Roost (which first appeared on Joyce Lamb’s USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog), by Caught Up in RAINE hero, Raine MacDonald, on Amazon under the Cooking & Wine section.

As an avid book lover, she enjoys connecting with readers.

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Page turning goodness inside today’s @TLCBooktours review of #TheLongestSilence by @debrawebb #4stars #thriller #amreading

About The Longest Silence

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: MIRA (March 6, 2018)
“The twists and turns in this dark, taut drama make it both creepy and compelling.” —New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry
A killer stole her voice. Now she’s ready to take it back. Don’t miss the chilling Shades of Death series from USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb.

Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years–or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by the worst kind of serial killer, wasn’t something she could talk about. Not after what they had to do to survive.
But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She’s finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can’t deny he finds Jo compelling–he’s just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer…
“This psychological thriller is rife with tension that begins on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s a race against the clock that had me whispering to the pair of flawed, desperate protagonists, ‘Hurry,hurry.’ A gripping read.”  New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown
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Mama Says:
This was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad I took the chance, because this book kept me reading from start to finish.  Well, I mean, I ate and slept a little bit of course.  But otherwise, just reading.  All the pages.  The Longest Silence is one of those standalones that continues a series, so you absolutely don’t have to read the first books to enjoy this one, you’ll just know more of a certain character’s backstory.
I appreciated the depth of the characters even not having the entire first part of the series in my brain index.  With an increasing pace and suspenseful twists, The Longest Silence was not as predictable as you might expect from a crime thriller.  Yes there were familiar elements, but Webb does a good job adding her own spin.

4 stars and a big thanks to TLC Book tours and the publisher for the review opportunity!

About Debra Webb

DEBRA WEBB is the award winning, USA Today bestselling author of more than 130 novels, including reader favorites the Faces of Evil, the Colby Agency, and the Shades of Death series. With more than four million books sold in numerous languages and countries, Debra’s love of storytelling goes back to her childhood on a farm in Alabama.

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Searing social commentary and political intrigue packaged in a scifi vr story? Sign me up! Read my review and listen to the #ReclaimingShiloSnow playlist here! @the_ffbc @maryweberauthor

Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2)

by Mary Weber

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopia


Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.

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Mama’s Thoughts:
I tried my best to go in with no expectations, and just looking for a good, fast read with a unique plot.  What I got with Reclaiming Shilo Snow was much more. While I can say there were definitely some things that I predicted about the books, I was still surprised, and absolutely engrossed by the tale.
I admit, I had to skim read the first book due to a lack of time from once again being ill, but I was able to pick up the story easily in book 2, just missing a few conversations and details about Sofi mainly, that you get when you fully read book 1.  It wasn’t cause for too much confusion though.  Weber made the second book focus more on the journey to the truth, and on Sofi’s love for her brother, as well as the various players and their parts.   Basically, you don’t spend the whole book asking yourself what happened in the first, but embroiled in the adventure and suspense of Miguel and Sofi, among others.
Inola was my biggest surprise.  The author really delved into her side of things, and I wouldn’t say she made her completely sympathetic, but I appreciated the way that we see they are all human, or well, mostly anyway.
If anything, I felt at times there was too much going on, but the author generally tied it back into the larger plot at some point.  There were not too many moments that were uncomfortable, despite the harsh realities dealt with in the story.   It’s always interesting to see a strong social justice plot in such a unique setting.  It’s hard not to feel like you want to do more, and yet are limited by only being one, lonely, powerless person, so to have a heroine who is capable of actually saving others allows the author to give us a sense of hope that wouldn’t otherwise have existed.
Overall the book is quite fast-paced, exciting, haunting and down-right interesting, it just had something missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but we’ll call it connection to the characters for lack of a better explanation.  We don’t really get much more of anything on Miguel, despite some glimpses at his memories and thoughts, and since just about the whole book is spent searching for Shilo, I still know nothing about that character either.
If you liked Illuminae and Warcross, I can bet you’ll enjoy this much tamer version of a young adult scifi dystopian!

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and tour host for the review opportunity!


Mary Weber is the award-winning HarperCollins author of the bestselling young adult Storm Siren Trilogy, and The Evaporation of Sofi Snow series. An avid school and conference speaker, Mary’s passion is helping others find their voice amid a world that often feels too loud. When she’s not plotting adventures involving tough girls who frequently take over the world, Mary sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands and the ocean. She gets nerdy at, FACEBOOK @MaryWeberAuthor, INSTAGRAM @MaryWeberAuthor, and GOODREADS.  


Prize: Hardcovers of both THE EVAPORATION OF SOFI SNOW & RECLAIMING SHILO SNOW, a custom book bag, custom temporary tattoo, and a pair of earbuds (picture of the prize is in the dropbox).

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Sometimes being a teen is harder than we think, and the adults are not always the reliable ones. Read my review of #sayyoullrememberme and enter to #win a copy!

About Say You’ll Remember Me

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (January 30, 2018)

Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn’t commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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Mama Says:
What happens when you have to stand up to someone you love for someone you barely know?  When you try to fight for a scrap of control over your own life, when you are just starting to figure out what you want to do with said life, all while falling headfirst into the unknown? Elle isn’t just a polished daughter of the Governor of Kentucky, but for most of her life, that’s all anyone has known.  Drix is your typical kid from a broken home trying to find any means of escape.  Except for the time he didn’t.  Say You’ll Remember Me is the story of these two meeting in a series of unlikely scenarios that are all too easily misinterpreted by the voracious media, and by everyone in Elle’s father’s senate  campaign.  I found that although the story veered into predictable and sometimes even cheesy territory, the message at its heart was good and true.  Sometimes, to do the right thing, you have to do something that means you lose.  You have to sacrifice to make a difference.  I wasn’t completely swept away by any particular character, but I enjoyed the different relationships and the way the kids took care of one another, as kids often do when there aren’t any adults around to do it for them.  It was a sweet read with an easy pace, and would be suitable for most readers as it wasn’t graphic or explicit, though there is a bit of violence, it’s pretty mild.

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to Harlequin Teen and TLC Book Tours for the review opportunity!


About Katie McGarry

Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series. Say You’ll Remember Me will be released in 2018.

Katie loves to hear from her readers.

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Would you like to win a gorgeous, brand new hardcover copy of Say You’ll Remember Me? Well, if you’re in the US, you’re in luck because I have an extra copy to give away!
Comment on this post telling me if you’ve ever had to stand up to someone you love, or if you’ve ever helped a stranger, bonus points if you go to the Instagram post and tell me you did so here!

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Fated is available and ready to break your heart. #happyvalentinesday #4stars


 Fated by Karen Lynch, the sixth book in the Relentless series, is now available!

Christian Kent has many labels – warrior, protector, friend, lover – but the one label he never wanted was mate. In his lifetime, the only girl he has ever loved, was the one he couldn’t have. He left her to protect her heart, but his own will always belong to her.

As a girl, the one person she believed would never hurt her broke her heart. Now a warrior, she’s loving life and living for the next adventure. She’s put the past behind her, including the man who walked out of her life.

Fate brought them together once, and it’s not done with them yet. When they are suddenly thrown together to battle a lethal new foe, sparks fly and old feelings resurface. Chris will have to work hard to heal the rift between them. But will she be able to let go of the old heartbreak and open her heart to him again?

Can they come together before the threat they are facing tears them apart forever?

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Mama Says:
I wasn’t exactly nervous to read this book, but Chris is my favorite and you always get a little anxious when an author decides to give you an entire novel on what is a secondary character in a series. But, this was an unfounded anxiety, because just like she did with Warrior, Karen Lynch gave us a whole new side to our man! I really enjoyed the banter of course, but getting more history was maybe my favorite part. And more Chris. Hello he’s the best! I’m so glad I took a chance to continue this rad series!

It’s about to get gothy up in here with today’s #Shadowsong celebration- including a playlist inspired by @sjaejones writing and a review by yours truly. #ffbctour #wintersong #yalit #bookishplaylist

Shadowsong (Wintersong #2)

by S. Jae-Jones

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her. 

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

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I had so much fun putting together this playlist, but as my title mentions, it’s gothy af, so if that’s not your thing, keep an open mind.  I’ve been as careful as possible to avoid spoilers, but if you’re worried you’ll find yourself realizing plot points based on song titles, don’t read them!
Enjoy dears:)

Songs of Shadow

Mama Says:


**There are slight spoilers for Wintersong in this review**

“One cannot place a price on a promise.”

Well, if you thought I was done raving about JJ and Der Erlkönig you were very much mistaken.  In Shadowsong we find Liesl is much more affected by her time in the underground than even she realized, and her family is falling apart around her, as she struggles with her own crumbling reality.  Though I do suffer from mood disorders, thus have a bit of a more personal experience with anxiety and weak tethers to reality, I felt the author better portrayed the inner workings of a mind in turmoil in this second novel, where she shied away from it in the first.
We also get a deeper look at the relationship between Josef and Liesl, and we learn more about the Wild Hunt.  Tension mounts and lives are lost in what becomes a desperate race for the family to determine what is real and what is fantasy, what is their fate to be? I found myself gripping the sheets in some chapters for sheer terror of what was about to befall my beloved Elisabeth, or even more so, the Goblin King.
If I were to discuss this book too in depth, I would spoil too much, so instead I’ll just say that, if you are hesitant to read this due to the author’s warnings, or due to your feeling underwhelmed by the first book, please take a chance, you may find this crazy world draws you in and turns you around.  If you haven’t read Wintersong yet, stop reading my blog and go do it.

Rating :  4.5 stars
thanks so much to St. Martins/Wednesday books and FFBC for the review opportunity! I also bought my own copy of course.


S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the NYT bestselling author of Wintersong.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

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We’re back from hiatus with a treat: an excerpt from @katiemcgarry upoming release #SayYoullRememberMe from @tlcbooktours #yalit #contemporary

About Say You’ll Remember Me

Hardcover: 464 pages

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (January 30, 2018)

Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime—one he didn’t commit—he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves—Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence—and each other to finally get what they deserve.

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Excerpt: HENDRIX

Holiday smacks my arm and wrath owns her eyes. “Why didn’t you talk to her?”

I glance around at my family—Axle, Holiday, my best friend, Dominic, and his younger sister, Kellen. I’m searching for at least one of them to have my back and tell her to step off, but instead they’re curious for the answer. Even Axle’s giving me a questioning gaze, and the last thing my womanizing brother deserves is an explanation from me in my decisions regarding women.

Last time I was home, his reputation was as bad as Dad’s, minus the progeny. There are three siblings in this family, and we have three different birth mothers. Dad not only didn’t know how to use a condom, but he didn’t know how to stay true to one woman.

“I talked to her.”

My younger sister throws her arms out and drops her voice to what I’m assuming is to mimic me, but I don’t sound like an idiot. “You’re good at this.” She resumes her normal tone which is entering high-pitched. “Seriously? That’s all you’ve got? Did you get some sort of amoeba that eats your brain while hanging out in juvie?”

I fold my arms over my chest and wonder if my sister can read pissed-off body language.

“You can still catch the girl and talk to her,” Holiday continues, proving she doesn’t care I’m silently informing her to quit. “Don’t make me chase her for you because that would be embarrassing. Embarrassing for you. Not me. I’ll have to tell her you sent me, and because you’re a wuss, I’ll have to ask her out for you like we’re in sixth grade.”

I find myself missing the middle of nowhere. Trees, bonfires, mosquitos, mud, bears… .company that didn’t talk.

“She’s out of my league.” I haven’t spoken truer words in months. She was beautiful. She was poised. She was a cool breeze after a hot humid rain. She was that first ray of sunshine in the dark woods. She was the smell of honeysuckle in bloom. She was the first damn thing that made me forget who I am and what I’ve gotten myself into over the past year. That means she was out of my league.

Granted, she was out of my league before I was arrested. Everything from her manicured nails, to her brand-name clothes, to her high-end purse, to the way she held herself said she was about a hundred times higher on the social and economic spectrum than me, but the person I was before would have made the play because I was smooth—just like my father.

“She is not out of your league.” Holiday hounds me. “She smiled at you. I know when a girl likes what she sees, and she liked what she saw in you.”

Tension builds in my neck. Yeah, the girl smiled, but she didn’t know what she was smiling at. I’m a pretty façade on the outside. On the inside, I’m a house of cards teetering on a bad foundation.

Axle throws an arm around Holiday’s shoulder and edges her away. “Let’s get some food. Drix is going to have to talk soon, and we don’t want him to do it on an empty stomach. Passing out on TV isn’t a great first impression.”

Wouldn’t want that to happen, would we?

“Hamburger?” Axle calls as he walks backwards for the food truck. “With everything?”

I nod. My brother knows me… .at least who I used to be.

“I’m agreeing with Holiday on this,” comes a deep rough voice to my right. “Pathetic.”

I do a slow head turn toward my best friend and cock an eyebrow at an even slower rate.

He smirks at my expression. “We picked a game we always let you win, and you didn’t even try.”

They picked that game because I used to kick their asses at it, and they were trying to get me to be the old Drix. But I only offer one sloppy lift of my shoulder because I don’t know how to explain that it’s tough to engage.

“It’s creepy hanging with you,” Dominic continues. “It’s like you’re the Walking Dead. I’m half expecting someone to jump out with a samurai sword and slice out your heart.”

“Brain,” Kellen corrects as she adjusts the Spider-Man beanie on her head. It’s a hundred degrees outside, and she wears that hat like it’s thirty below. “They’d take out his brain.”

“That, too.”

Dominic and Kellen stand side by side. Siblings who look and act nothing alike, except for their attachment to me and my family.

Kellen’s barely sixteen, the baby of our group. She’s blond braids with black bows at the ties, and she wears her beloved fitted black Captain America T-shirt and worn jeans with rips. It’s weird seeing her with lip gloss and eye shadow. I’m betting that would be Holiday’s doing, but at least Kellen’s somewhat the same.


About Katie McGarry

Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

She is the author of the Pushing the Limits and Thunder Road series. Say You’ll Remember Me will be released in 2018.

Katie loves to hear from her readers.

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The latest thriller from @gillymacmillan proves to be another thought-provoking piece of suspense literature. #review #tlcbooktours

About Odd Child Out

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 3, 2017)

From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT SHE KNEW

“A hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!” -Shari LaPena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

“Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby

How well do you know the people you love…?

Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol’s Feeder Canal, Abdi can’t–or won’t–tell anyone what happened.

Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.

Because the truth hurts.

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Mama Says:
While I’m not one to shy away from any and all books that might make me uncomfortable, I wouldn’t normally have picked this one up because of there being children involved, however, I’m glad I took a chance, as she handled matters in a very conscious way.  Odd Child Out is a timely, thought provoking read full of questions many people are already asking themselves in these turbulent days.  Family isn’t always honest with each other, good though their intentions may be.  And that dishonesty can have consequences.  While I felt at times there were too many irrelevant plot threads going on, and that they were a bit clumsy and awkward in a few places, Macmillan expertly weaves them all together at the right moments.
Furthermore, she handled issues of race and prejudice in a way that few non-POC writers achieve- without ever reaching the point of condescension or self-righteousness.  It was refreshing to read a story with so many perspectives that really delved into what each person’s experiences were and how they felt about the way they fit (or didn’t) into the world around them.
A slowly building book, yes, but once it sinks its teeth in you’re not going to put it down.  You’ll be wrapped up in mystery, compassion, suspense and bewilderment.  It’s delicious.

4 stars and my thanks to TLC Book Tours and William Morrow books for the review opportunity!

About Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan is the Edgar Nominated and New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew. She grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire and lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time lecturer in photography, and now writes full-time. She resides in Bristol, England.

Find out more about Gilly at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Ready for more royal women taking charge of their own destinies? Read #RichestoRags by @authorcaseybond

Title: Riches to Rags
Author: Casey L. Bond
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling (Cinderella)
Editor: Stacy Sanford/ The Girl with the Red Pen
Cover Designer: Melissa Stevens/ The Illustrated Author Design Services
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
Most girls dream of being princesses, but one princess just wants to be a normal girl.
Ella Carina, crown princess of Aelawyn, knows brutality and lies—she’s seen the way her father rules. Princess. Possession. To her father, the words had the same meaning. She was only as valuable as the alliance formed with her betrothal. Her freedom comes from an unlikely place: an attack on the castle.
When the conquering King offers to protect her from the betrothal her father arranged for political gain, she consents. Hiding her within a peasant family is the only way to keep her and her secret safe.
In this simpler life, Ella flourishes and catches the eye of the local Blacksmith’s son. For once, she can be herself and make her own choices, but the life of a princess—even one kept secret—was never meant to be easy.
Trevor, crown prince of Galder has been searching for Ella, but not because of their betrothal. She is in grave danger from the very people who hid her away. His plan is to show her the truth and help her to safety.
Nothing goes as planned. When Trevor finds her, it’s to discover she’s fallen in love with a peasant. Now he has two goals: help her regain her throne… and show her that she belongs with him.
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Mama Says:
With notes reminiscent of Throne of Glass, The Queen of the Tearling, and of course, the original fairy tale which we’re being retold, Riches to Rags is not just another Cinderella story.  It’s a look into the mind of a teenage girl and those who surround her, as well as a coming of age story.  It’s another book in which Casey Bond makes you think you’re going to get cupcakes and rainbows, but from the second chapter you realize that is, in fact, not happening.  Bloodshed and loss and humiliation and despair all take turns on poor Cerina before we even get to the sixth chapter.  As usual, the writing is compelling, the plot well-paced, and the characters grab your hand and take you away to their poor, sad little worlds.
I must admit, this is quite a different style for Bond, but I love it.  It’s not AS dark as some of her recent books, but there’s definitely depth and enough substance to sink your teeth into, without being so heavy I can’t sleep for a week after reading it.
Closer to YA than NA, but still somewhere in the middle, I’d recommend this for ages 14 and up, parental discretion advised.
Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:

I was in my room, lost in my own worries, when the world as I knew it was torn to shreds.
My room was large, and with only a bed and wardrobe inside, it was far too spacious than anything I needed. But it was also my sanctuary. It had to be. Father didn’t allow me to leave the space without an escort, and only then when he gave me permission, which wasn’t often. I considered myself lucky to have a window until that day.
The horrors I saw from that window would stay with me forever.
Sitting quietly in the alcove, watching the comings and goings of the villagers, was how I learned the ever-changing styles in fashion and beauty, how gentlemen and ladies were to properly act, and how some acted very improperly when they thought no one was watching.
The day the Kingdom of Aelawyn fell, I was watching and envying the lives of her people.
Nothing seemed amiss as three large, covered wagons approached the front gate. The man driving the horses that pulled the lead wagon shouted to the guard atop the gate, announcing that they carried supplies, taken from another forest raid. They were granted immediate entry, Father’s guard raising the portcullis for them.
One by one, the wagons crept into the yard. As soon as the gate slammed back to the ground behind the third wagon, a loud whoop sounded. The guards were stunned, so much so that it took far too long for them to spring into action and defend the castle. The wagon canvases were torn to shreds as a small army, clad in armor and donning swords, shields, and all manner of weaponry, unfolded from the wagons and began to slash their way across the yard.
They did not take time to discern villager from soldier, male from female, innocent from guilty.
A river of blood flowed in their wake, draining between the cobblestones. They were so skilled and efficient in battle that they entered the castle before any alarm could be raised to stop them. In no time, they’d taken the castle itself.
Copyright Casey L. Bond

Check out the #ChastityFalls rebrand reveal from @authorlacotton


Chastity Falls is almost three, and to celebrate the series has been given a brand-new look!
What’s more, in January 2018 we’ll be taking one last trip to Chastity Falls.
That’s right. The brooding silent mystery Dennis Hayes is finally getting his own book. Read on for more details…



Reading Order
Book #1 Loyalty and Lies
Book #2 Salvation and Secrets
Book #3 Tribulation and Truths
Book #4 Redemption and Regrets (can be read as a standalone)
Book #4.5 Penance and Promises
Book #3.5 Affliction (can be read as a standalone)
Book #5 Absolution (can be read as a standalone)



Earlier this year, Affliction ( Dennis and Cassie’s novella set during the timeline of Ana and Jackson’s story) was published as part of a charity anthology. Well now it’s live on all platforms and can be read as a standalone or after Tribulation and Truths.

Affliction Blurb

Dennis Hayes knows all too well that his life is no place for a relationship. He’s at Chastity Falls Academy to play football and do his job. Not meet girls or have fun. But some rules are meant to broken, and the second his lips touch hers, Dennis knows he’s going to break his most sacred one: never let your heart rule.Cassie Malson watched her friend’s life fall apart at the hands of The Fallen—Chastity Falls Academy’s football team. She never expected to end up in the same position. The lies. The sneaking around. Telling herself it’ll all work out in the end. Because deep down, Cassie knows if she isn’t careful, he’ll bury himself so far in her heart she might never recover.

They’re from different worlds.

They want different things.

It can never work.

Can it?




Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.