With lulling prose and landscapes straight from the painting inspiring the tale, #APieceoftheWorld is one woman’s story that’s been waiting to be told. #womensfic #literaryfic #historicalfic #review #arc #tlctours

About A Piece of the World

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (February 21, 2017)

“Graceful, moving and powerful.” –Michael Chabon, New York Times bestselling author of Moonglow

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World.

“Later he told me that he’d been afraid to show me the painting. He thought I wouldn’t like the way he portrayed me: dragging myself across the field, fingers clutching dirt, my legs twisted behind. The arid moonscape of wheatgrass and timothy. That dilapidated house in the distance, looming up like a secret that won’t stay hidden.”

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.

As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists.

Told in evocative and lucid prose, A Piece of the World is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy.

This edition includes a four-color reproduction of Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World.

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Mama Says:

“I am beginning to wonder if I will stay in this house forever, creeping up and down the stairs like the woman in the story.”

Uh, yeah.  Can you say chilling?  That’s basically the way the entire book goes- one frightening moment, followed by some introspection and a few tender moments. I really enjoyed the fact that the author didn’t give us another girl with an oyster egg earring, if you know what I mean.
While this isn’t the psych-thriller some people might expect, I appreciated the author’s lingering hand and attention to the most minute details. Though I admit to almost falling asleep a couple of times due to the lulling quality of the prose.  I don’t think it amounts to a bad quality so much as it goes to show that this is for those who enjoy a nice, quiet evening in, rather than a rush to the finish line.
There are times when the books seems to be alluding to some great secret, or building to some climax that never really happens, however, upon reflection, I think this is a great mirror to Christina’s own life, always on the brink of thinking she might have more hope than really exists, and more happiness than is easily achievable.
While I didn’t fall head over heels for this novel, I think it was a lack of connection to the setting more than anything.  I greatly enjoyed reading this and am now even more interested in reading previous titles by this same author.  If you enjoy historical fiction, biographical fiction, or literary fiction with female mcs, this will certainly be a book for you to sit down and enjoy!

3.5 stars and my sincere thanks to William Morrow and TLC Books for the review opportunity!

About the Author:

Photo by Jerry Bauer

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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

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The Bone Witch (#1) by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer. 

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

  1. I accidentally dove off the shallow end of a swimming pool when I was a kid. As you can probably imagine, that was not a very good day for me. I didn’t get any permanent damage from that mishap, but both my hands can now fold themselves lengthwise, which means I actually know the sound of one hand clapping. It should be noted that I persisted in jumping off diving boards and have not learned anything from this lesson at all.
  1. I collected troll dolls as a kid, and I still don’t remember why. I found my collection not too long ago in storage and showed my husband. Needless to say, he was horrified.
  1. I never officially had a cat growing up, but I wanted to. The problem was my family, all adamantly pro-dog, who also had dogs that were very firmly anti-cat. When I was fourteen, I found a kitten and took her in without anyone knowing. This worked well for about two days until I realized that this wasn’t going to work – it was summer vacation, and this was going to pose a problem once school started. We had a nice garden though, and I wound up sheltering the kitten there, safely away from our dog’s territory. The cat eventually became a neighborhood roamer, returning to sleep and be fed. My mom eventually found out when my best friend (the only person I told) called to ask if I wanted to adopt another dog and, forgetting my mother was present, wanted to know if the cat would be fine with it. Thanks, Steph.
  1. The house I grew up in was supposedly haunted by my grandfather’s ghost. There were always sounds of someone walking up the stairs in his heavy tread, and strange things happened during death anniversaries, according to visitors: plates rising up and slamming back down without anyone touching them, faint foggy images of him in mirrors, etc. I think my love of ghost stories first began from being told these anecdotes – despite the decidedly alarming activities, the ghostly presences were benevolent, and I never once felt that I wasn’t safe there.
  1. I wanted to be a dinosaur when I was three years old. I knew all the dinosaur names, with the archeopteryx being my favorite animal (it was a velociraptor that looked like a phoenix, how can I not love it). I read Jurassic Park when I was nine, even though I didn’t understand half of what was going on. Still my favorite movie.
  1. Another ghost story: I used to work for a company in a rather old building. I was the first one at the office one day, and was checking my email when another girl came in, passing my cubicle without saying a word. That was puzzling, as she was usually friendly. Five minutes later, she looked in, turned pale, and said “Where was the girl? The one in black that was reading over your shoulder?”

I had a reputation of other people seeing “ghostly” things around me, though I never saw anything out of the ordinary myself, and was never bothered / haunted by them.

  1. I was walking home from work one day when a bus a couple of blocks away literally exploded. I’d stopped to buy ice cream beforehand – if I hadn’t, I could have been in the thick of that mess. That’s why my policy ever since then has always been to buy ice cream whenever that possibility is presented to you. (It was widely believed that the Filipino version of ISIS, called al-Qaeda, was responsible for the explosion. Strangely enough, people here don’t blame or call for the deportation of Muslims, since we know full well that the majority of Muslims aren’t terrorists. It’s a policy I feel that America should maybe one day aspire to.)
  1. I never had a Barbie doll. My childhood was all about Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, X-Men, and Ghostbusters. I would frequently move my action figures into my sister’s dollhouse and declare a hostile takeover, much to her annoyance. My favorites: Leonardo, Egon, Storm, and Shipwreck.
  1. I cannot NOT sing Toto’s “Africa” whenever I hear it. I can’t. That song is my trigger scent.
  1. People ask me about my ethnicity a lot. My maternal great-grandfather came to the Philippines from China. My maternal great-grandma has some mix of Malay/Thai/Chinese blood. My paternal grandfather escaped the cultural revolution in China (he might have been related to minor Manchu royalty there, from what I gather), and my grandmother is a Spanish-Chinese mestiza. There’s a chance I might be descended from Genghis Khan on my father’s side (this could explain my general hairiness). And even after all that, most people tend to mistake me as either Japanese or Korean.



Rin Chupeco wrote obscure manuals for complicated computer programs, talked people out of their money at event shows, and did many other terrible things. She now writes about ghosts and fairy tales but is still sometimes mistaken for a revenant. She wrote The Girl from the Well, its sequel, The Suffering, and The Bone Witch, the first book of a new YA Fantasy trilogy. Find her at rinchupeco.com.

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Happy release week to #MississippiBlood the immersive and gripping conclusion of the #NatchezBurning trilogy by @gregiles #review #giveaway #exclusive

About Mississippi Blood

• Hardcover: 704 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (March 21, 2017)

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn’s experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations–preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son–Penn’s half-brother–who sets in motion the murder case against his father. The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi’s violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Tom Cage’s murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. Unable to trust anyone around him–not even his own mother–Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father’s case. Together, Penn and Serenity–a former soldier–battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making–one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.

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Mama Says:

This took on a very Gaimanesque quality, becoming a story about an author writing this story in this third installment.  While there are a number of Penn Cage novels, this is a trilogy which begins with Natchez Burning, so if you haven’t read the first book, skip down to the author info and look for a surprise.
As with the first two books, I completely forgot how long I had been reading every time I picked it up, and was sad when I had to put it down.  Alas, I had to sleep and eat and take care of my daughter.  Otherwise I totally would have stayed up for two days straight reading it non-stop.  It was, if possible, even more gripping and urgent for being the final novel in this particular part of Cage’s story.
We were also treated to more of Iles’ luminous prose and lush imagery, taking us deep into the South of the past and all its darkness then casting us into the light of modern day, showing us just how closely intertwined the two could be.
If you aren’t normally a fan of mysteries and suspenseful novels, I urge you to give these books a chance as they are more literary than most, and have such an intriguing and important story to tell.

4.5 stars and my sincere thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book tours for the review opportunity!

About Greg Iles

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.

Find out more about Greg at his website, follow him on Twitter, and connect with him on Facebook.

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#TheMostDangerousThing about this post might be the giveaway if you’re not fast enough to enter! #guestpost and #quickiereview inside.


The Most Dangerous Thing

by Leanne Lieberman

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Release Date: March 7th 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary


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Sixteen-year-old Sydney hates to talk (or even think) about sex. She’s also fighting a secret battle against depression, and she’s sure she’ll never have a boyfriend. When her classmate Paul starts texting and sending her nature photos, she is caught off guard by his interest. Always uncomfortable with any talk about sex, Sydney is shocked when her extroverted sister, Abby, announces that she is going to put on The Vagina Monologues at school. Despite her discomfort, Sydney starts to reexamine her relationship with her body, and with Paul. But her depression worsens, and with the help of her friends, her family, a therapist and some medication, she grapples with what she calls the most dangerous thing about sex: female desire.

Mama says:  Add this to your list of mental health must reads for teens! If you’re looking for a book that approaches the topic with sensitivity and insight, The Most Dangerous Thing will fit the bill!

Thanks to author Leanne Lieberman for stopping by the blog today!

I am excited to be a guest on Mama Reads Blog and to write about my new novel, The Most Dangerous Thing.

My book is about a teenage girl named Sydney who suffers from anxiety and depression. I wanted to write about these topics because mental health issues have become so pervasive around me. While talking with friends recently, I realized that depression was affecting almost all of us, either our own mental health, or those of our spouses, children or close friends. As an elementary and middle-school teacher, I also see students with mental health issues on a regular basis. Since I teach the health curriculum, I have the opportunity to address those issues for my grade 7 and 8 students. We talk about strategies to deal with anxiety and panic attacks, how to cope if you feel depressed, and suicide prevention. I try and give my students tools so that if they are struggling, they’ll have some resources to help them.

I tell my students to seek help from an adult they can trust, or to use the technology they have to find resources to help them. However, I also know that sometimes a good story, one students can relate to, might give them the support they need. Reading about a character struggling with mental illness might help them cope, or even better, provide a model for reaching out for help.

In my book, my MC Sydney spends a lot of time trying to convince herself that her depression isn’t that bad, that it’s not that disabling, and that if she just keeps trying to ignore how she feels, she’ll come through the other side on her own. This isn’t the case. Eventually Syd realizes that she really does need help from her doctor, her friends and her family. Fiction should be fun and entertaining, but it can also be meaningful, compassionate and even healing.

In Canada the Bell Let’s Talk initiative to break has been hugely influential in raising funds and breaking the stigma about mental health. I hope that The Most Dangerous Thing can contribute to this conversation.


Leanne Lieberman is the author of five YA books including Gravity (a Sydney Taylor Notable Book), and Lauren Yanofsky Hates The Holocaust. Her latest YA book is The Most Dangerous Thing, about a girl who coping with depression and anxiety. Leanne also writes adult fiction and is working on a novel entitled Unsettled. Leanne is a graduate of The University of Windsor’s MA in Creative Writing. Originally from Vancouver BC, Leanne now lives in Kingston ON with her husband and two sons.

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For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.


Bixby Alexander Tam stared into the refrigerator, trying to decide what to eat. He knew that the longer he took, the more energy he was wasting, and Bixby Alexander Tam did not like to waste energy. But he also didn’t like to eat leftovers, or cheese that had to be sliced, or any of the yogurt flavors in the fridge.

“Bat, close the refrigerator door!” yelled his sister, Janie, from the kitchen table, where she sat cutting out pictures from a pile of old magazines. Janie, he was sure, had eaten all the lemon and vanilla yogurts. And she knew he only liked the creamy ones, not the fruit-on-the-bottom kind.

“Bat” was what almost everyone called Bixby Alexander Tam, for a couple of reasons: first, because the initials of his name—B, A, and T—spelled Bat.

But there were maybe other reasons. Bat’s sensitive hearing, for one. He didn’t like loud sounds. What was so unusual about that? And if Janie’s old earmuffs happened to make an outstanding muffling device, was if that funny if he liked to wear them?

There was also the way he sometimes flapped his hands, when he was nervous or excited or thinking about something interesting. Some of the kids at school seemed to think that was hilarious. And, of course, bats have wings, which they flap.

So between the initials and the earmuffs and the hand flapping, the nickname had stuck.

And, truthfully, Bat didn’t mind. Animals were his very favorite thing. Better even than vanilla yogurt.

Mama Says:
This book made me cry happy tears! It was so sweet, and so very intuitive.  As a mother of a child who sees the world differently, it is immensely refreshing to find new authors writing characters of the same ilk.  Characters who are singularly focused on one goal, but take a very odd route.  Or those who eat four things and don’t you dare offer them anything different.
A Boy Called  Bat wasn’t just touching, it was a lot of fun! Adventurous and full of adolescent curiosity, it’s a great book to read with your kids, or hand them to read if they’re older and waiting on you to get your tooth cleaned.

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.

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Beauty of the Beast

by Rachel L. Demeter
Fairy Tale Retellings, #1
Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Gothic Romance


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Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.


Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.


Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.


Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera,Beauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Content Warning: This is an edgy retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18.




Rachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and her high school sweetheart of fourteen years. She enjoys writing poignant romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and explore the redeeming power of love.

Imagining dynamic worlds and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mother would record them for her. She holds a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether crafting the protagonist or antagonist, she ensures every character is given a soul.

Rachel endeavors to defy conventions by blending elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness.

Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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Stoked on my girl’s new release #KeeperoftheCrows cover is here! @authorcaseybond

Title: Keeper of Crows
Author: Casey Bond
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design & Photography
Editor: Stacy Sanford, The Girl with the Red Pen
Book Trailer by: Rebecca Ethington
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Carmen Kennedy is a spoiled brat from Beverly Hills with a chip on her shoulder and a cocaine addiction to match. Using drugs to suppress reality, her life is more than she can stomach most days. All she wants is to disappear, and on one fateful night, her wish is granted.
There is a world that exists just beyond the fabric of our own. When Carmen is dragged there against her will, her hopelessness seems to disappear, replaced by a determination to survive. The Keeper of Crows is charged with guarding Carmen, but is safety a possibility in a world so desolate? Can love blossom when danger lies in wait? Together, they fight like hell, seeming to lose more ground than they gain with each battle against the dark enemy threatening to tear them apart. Can love keep her safe? Can it give her the strength she needs?
When the lines between life and death, reality and dream become blurred, who will save the souls trapped in the spaces between Heaven and Hell? Who will save Carmen’s only love, The Keeper of Crows?

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: