July New Releases

JULY NEW RELEASES

I want to share a few upcoming July releases I’m excited about and have added to my TBR list. Congrats to the authors on the release of your new books.

cover77957-mediumTITLE: The Choices We Make

AUTHOR: Karma Brown

PUBLISHER: Harlequin (US & Canada)

RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2016

GENRE: Women’s Fiction

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Following her critically acclaimed debut novel Come Away with Me, Karma Brown returns with an unforgettable story that explores the intricate dynamics between friends and mothers

Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.

She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.

Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true. (Description found on NetGalley.com)


cover82445-mediumTITLE: The Last One

AUTHOR: Alexandra Oliva

PUBLISHER: Random House Publishing Group

RELEASE DATE: July 12, 2016

GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | BAM! | GOOGLEPLAY | INDIEBOUND | POWELL’S 

For readers of Station Eleven and The Passage comes a dazzling and unsettling novel of psychological suspense. In Alexandra Oliva’s thrilling fiction debut, survival is the name of the game, as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself—and one woman’s mind and body are pushed to the limit.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far. It begins with a reality TV show.

Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all of her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will either be her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated. (Description found on NetGalley.com)


cover88495-mediumTITLE: Valley of the Moon

AUTHOR: Melanie Gideon

PUBLISHER: Random House Publishing Group

RELEASE DATE: July 26, 2016

GENRE: Women’s Fiction

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | BAM! | INDIEBOUND

In this captivating novel from the author of Wife 22, a woman who feels lost in her own time stumbles across a California community that has, impossibly, been marooned in the early twentieth century—perfect for readers of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Time and Again, and Sarah Addison Allen.

Lux is a single mom struggling to make her way when she discovers an idyllic community in the Sonoma Valley. It seems like a place from another time—until she realizes it actually is. Lux must keep one foot in her world, raising her son as well as she can with the odds stacked against her, but every day she is more strongly drawn in by the sweet simplicity of life in Greengage, and by the irresistible connection she feels with a man born decades before her. Soon she finds herself torn between her ties to the modern world—her adored son—and the first place she has ever felt truly at home. (Description found on NetGalley.com)

 

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27 Birthday Goals

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Today I turn 27 years old (young) and each year I share a list of goals I have set for myself and an update on my previous year’s goals.

Setting goals is something I live by and I feel that no goal is too small or too big. It’s just about whether you’re willing to work hard to reach them.

“Set daily, monthly, and long term goals and dreams. Don’t ever be afraid to dream too big. Nothing is impossible. If you believe in yourself, you can achieve it.” – Nastia Liukin 

First, I’d like to share the goals I have accomplished this year:

  1. Get a new computer (Got an Apple MacBook Air)
  2. Create a scholarship fund for students who have lost a parent from prescription drug addiction (Started the Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund on September 20, 2015. It’s a non-profit that provides scholarships to students who have lost a parent to substance abuse. We are awarding our first $1,000 scholarship to a student who attends Washington State University. Visit www.theLMMFund.org for more info)
  3. Travel (Went to Napa, Calistoga, and Sonoma Valley for our 1st wedding anniversary)
  4. Move up in my career (Started working at a new company this year)
  5. Get a new phone (Finally got a new iPhone!)

Now I will share my 27 birthday goals:

  1. Pay off car (Only 1.5 years left!)
  2. Hike to upper Yosemite falls
  3. Read all Mary Higgins Clark books
  4. Get my CPCU (Just finished my first class!)
  5. Finish my book
  6. Pay off my student loans
  7. Buy a house or condo
  8. Get my Ph.D
  9. Have children (Looking at three more years until we have our first)
  10. Read 26 books by the end of 2016
  11. Go to the gym at least 3 times per week
  12. Attend more literary events
  13. Go on a small hike at least once per month
  14. Hike to Nevada falls in Yosemite National Park
  15. Run two 5Ks
  16. Read at least 10 books on my NetGalley List
  17. Ongoing Goal: Travel
  18. Ongoing Goal: Save up enough money to pay for my youngest sister’s college tuition
  19. Ongoing Goal: Expand my philanthropy for my Alma Mater Woodbury University and other non-profit organizations
  20. Ongoing Goal: Write more blog posts this year
  21. Ongoing Goal: Raise money for the Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund
  22. New Goal: Write at least one book review per month
  23. New Goal: Read the two newest Nicholas Sparks books
  24. New Goal: Get a dog (will take some convincing from my husband)
  25. New Goal: Read more book news
  26. New Goal: Lose my 1st year of marriage weight
  27. New Goal: Visit my family ore often

Check out my 26 Birthday Goals25 Birthday Goals, 24 Birthday Goals, and 23 Birthday Goals to see what I have accomplished and how my goals have changed over the years.

What are some of your goals and how are you working towards accomplishing them?

Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore

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The Women’s National Book Association – Los Angeles invites you to a specially curated Summer Reading Event at Flintridge Bookstore on the must-read books of the season.

Flintridge Bookstore’s booksellers will present their picks for the most engaging women’s fiction, literary fiction and creative non-fiction titles to add to your to-read lists. Be prepared to take notes and to ask questions!

Recommended titles will be available for purchase, as well as a large stock of adult and children’s books, bookish gifts, greeting cards and reading accessories.

Immediately following the presentation, members are invited to mix ‘n’ mingle at the in-store coffeehouse. The menu consists of light snacks, lunch items and assorted beverages.

logo option 5 rev 2WHERE: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse
1010 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-0717 – www.flintridgebooks.com

WHEN: Sunday, June 26, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
COST: This event is FREE to attend.
PARKING: private lot, garage and street

If you are able to attend, then please email your RSVP to Liz Donatelli at liz@lizdpublicity.com by Wednesday, June 22.

Contact either rachelleyousuf@gmail.com or liz@lizdpublicity.com with any questions.

Book of the Week | Girl In The Dark by Anna Lyndsey

Today I want to share a book that I’ve been anxiously wanting to read, but I’ve been waiting for it to be physically in my hands.

The first time I saw this book on a shelf I immediately fell in love with the cover which led me to read the description and add it to my reading list. The only problem is that I have no more room on my bookshelf or in our tiny apartment, so how do I choose which book to replace so that I can add this gem to my collection? Thoughts?

Well, my birthday is coming up so maybe I will just treat myself and figure out where to store this in my apartment after I read it. #BookLoverProblems


22543949TITLE: Girl in the Dark: A Memoir of a Life Without Light

AUTHOR: Anna Lyndsey

PUBLISHER: DoubleDay

RELEASE DATE: March 3, 2015

GENRE: Memoir

BUY LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

Even impossible lives endure.

Once, Anna Lyndsey had an ordinary life. She was young and ambitious and worked hard, she had just bought an apartment, she was falling in love. Then what began as a mild intolerance to certain kinds of artificial light developed into a severe sensitivity to all light. Now, at the worst times, Anna must spend months on end in a blacked-out room, where she loses herself in audiobooks and elaborate word games in an attempt to ward off despair. During periods of relative remission, she can venture out cautiously at dawn or dusk into a world that overwhelms her starved senses with its beauty.

Eventually, Anna’s unthinkable fate becomes a transcendent love story, offering an extraordinary perspective from which we can see light and the world anew.

About Anna Lyndsey: Anna Lyndsey is a pen name. Lyndsey for several years in London as a civil servant until she became ill. She now lives with her husband in Hampshire, England.


EXCERPT

Light Gets In

It is extraordinarily difficult to black out a room.

First I line the curtains with blackout material, a heavy, plasticky fabric, strange flesh-like magnolia in colour, not actually black. But the light slips in easily, up and over the gap between the rail and the wall, and at the bottom through the loops made by the hanging folds.

So I add a blackout roller blind, inside the window alcove. But the light creeps in around the sides, and shimmies through the slit at the top.

So I tackle the panes themselves. I cut sheets of cooking foil, press them against the glass, tape them to the window frames. But the foil wrinkles and rips, refuses to lie flat. Gaps persist around the edges, pinpricks and tears across the middle. I tape and tape, tape over tape, foil over foil, layer upon layer. Instead of neat sheets of foil tethered by single strips of tape, the thing is becoming wild installation art. But I can’t stop. The light is laughing at me; it is playing deliberate games, lying low to persuade me that I have made an area secure, then as soon as I move on, wriggling through some overlooked wormhole. The day beyond my window is an ocean, pressing and pulsing at my protecting walls, and I must plug a leaky dike perpetually against its power.

At last, I think I may have done enough. I lower the blind on my crazy patchwork of foil, pull the curtains, place a rolled-up towel along the crack at the bottom of the door. I sit quietly on the bed, and wait for my eyes to adjust.

And I have it. Finally I have it. I have blackness.

I lie back inside my box of darkness, the new container for my life. I am overwhelmed with exhaustion and relief.

(Description and Excerpt found on Knopfdoubleday.com

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June New Releases

JUNE NEW RELEASES

I want to share a few June releases I’m excited about and have added to my TBR list. Congrats to the authors on the release of your new books.

cover80342-mediumTITLE: Ink And Bone

AUTHOR: Lisa Unger

PUBLISHER: Touchstone

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016

GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

In this explosive psychological thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, a young woman’s mysterious gift forces her into the middle of a dangerous investigation of a little girl’s disappearance.

For as long as she can remember, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has been able to see into the future. She dreams about events before they occur and sees beyond the physical world, unconsciously using her power to make supernatural things happen.

But Finley can’t control these powers—and there’s only one person who can help. So Finley moves to The Hollows, a small town in upstate New York where her grandmother lives, a renowned seer who can finally teach Finley how to use her gift.

A gift that is proving to be both a blessing and a curse, as Finley lands in the middle of a dangerous investigation involving a young girl who has been missing for ten months and the police have all but given up hope.

With time running out there’s only so much Finley can do as The Hollows begins to reveal its true colors. As she digs deeper into the town and its endless layers, nothing is what it seems. But one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what. (Description found on NetGalley.com)


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TITLE: All The Missing Girls

AUTHOR: Megan Miranda

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016

GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Like nothing you’ve ever read before, All the Missing Girls delivers in all the right ways. With twists and turns that lead down dark alleys and dead ends, you may think you’re walking a familiar path, but then Megan Miranda turns it all upside down and inside out and leaves us wondering just how far we would be willing to go to protect those we love. (Description found on NetGalley.com)


cover79412-mediumTITLE: Since She Went Away

AUTHOR: David Bell

PUBLISHER: Berkley Publishing Group

RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016

GENRE: Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

From David Bell—bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and The Forgotten Girl—comes a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die…

Three months earlier, Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her lifelong best friend Celia. But when Jenna arrived late, she found that Celia had disappeared—and hasn’t been seen again. Jenna has blamed herself for her friend’s disappearance every single day since then.

The only piece of evidence is a lone diamond earring found where Celia and Jenna were planning to meet, leading the national media to dub Celia “The Diamond Mom.” And even though Jenna has obsessively surfed message boards devoted to missing persons cases, she is no closer to finding any answers—or easing her guilt.

But when her son’s new girlfriend—who suddenly arrived in town without a past—disappears, a stricken Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia’s tragedy. And as long-buried secrets finally come to light, she discovers how completely lives can be shattered by a few simple lies. (Description found on NetGalley.com)

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May New Releases

MAY NEW RELEASES

I want to share a few May releases I’m excited about and have added to my TBR list. Congrats to the authors on the release of your new books.

cover78443-mediumTITLE: A Drop in the Ocean

AUTHOR: Jenni Ogden

PUBLISHER: She Writes Press

RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016

GENRE: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction

BUY LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

On her 49th birthday, Anna Fergusson, Boston neuroscientist and dedicated introvert, arrives at an unwanted crossroads when the funding for her research lab is cut. With her confidence shattered and her future uncertain, on impulse she rents a cabin for a year on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. However Turtle Island, alive with sea birds and nesting Green turtles, is not the retreat she expected. Here she finds love—for the eccentric islanders who become her family; for Tom, the laid-back turtle whisperer; and for the turtles whose ancient mothering instincts move her to tears. But Anna finds that even on her idyllic drop in the ocean there is pain, and as the months fly past her dream for a new life is threatened by a darkness that challenges everything she has come to believe about the power of love. (Description found on NetGalley.com)


cover81387-mediumTITLE: People Who Knew Me

AUTHOR: Kim Hooper

PUBLISHER: St. Martin’s Press

RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2016

GENRE: General Fiction (Adult)

BUY LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

Emily Morris got her happily-ever-after earlier than most. Married at a young age to a man she loves passionately, she is building the life she always wanted. But when her mother-in-law becomes chronically ill, enormous stress threatens her marriage. Emily watches helplessly as the devotion Drew once showed her is transferred to his ailing mother. When she’s thrust into an enforced caretaker role, it’s too much to bear. Emily starts spending more and more time at work. That’s when she falls in love with her boss. That’s when she gets pregnant.

Resolved to tell her husband of the affair and to leave him for the father of her child, Emily’s plans are thwarted when the world is suddenly split open. It’s 9/11 and her lover is just one of the thousands of people who have been killed in the towers. It’s amid terrible tragedy that she finds her freedom, as she leaves New York City to start a new life. It’s not easy, but Emily–now Connie–forges a new happily-ever-after in California. But when a life-threatening diagnosis upends Connie’s life, she is forced to confront her past for the good of her thirteen-year-old daughter.

A riveting debut in which a woman must confront her own past in order to secure the future of her daughter, People Who Knew Me asks readers-what would you do? (Description found on NetGalley.com)


cover84146-mediumTITLE: The Memory of Us

AUTHOR: Camille Di Maio

PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

RELEASE DATE: May 31, 2016

GENRE: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND

Julianne Westcott was living the kind of life that other Protestant girls in prewar Liverpool could only dream about: old money, silk ball gowns, and prominent young men lining up to escort her. But when she learns of a blind-and-deaf brother, institutionalized since birth, the illusion of her perfect life and family shatters around her.

While visiting her brother in secret, Julianne meets and befriends Kyle McCarthy, an Irish Catholic groundskeeper studying to become a priest. Caught between her family’s expectations, Kyle’s devotion to the Church, and the intense new feelings that the forbidden courtship has awakened in her, Julianne must make a choice: uphold the life she’s always known or follow the difficult path toward love.

But as war ripples through the world and the Blitz decimates England, a tragic accident forces Julianne to leave everything behind and forge a new life built on lies she’s told to protect the ones she loves. Now, after twenty years of hiding from her past, the truth finds her—will she be brave enough to face it? (Description found on NetGalley.com)

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Book of the Week | When We Meet Again by Kristin Harmel

when-we-meet-again-9781476754161_lgTITLE: When We Meet Again

AUTHOR: Kristin Harmel

PUBLISHER: Gallery Books

RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016

GENRE: Women’s Fiction

PRE-ORDER LINKS: AMAZON | B&N | BAM! | INDIEBOUND |

Emily thinks she’s lost everything…until a mysterious painting leads her to what she wants most in the world. The new novel from the author of international bestsellers The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended shows why her books are hailed as “engaging” (People), “absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews) and “enthralling” (Fresh Fiction).

Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was a just a kid, her mom died when she was seventeen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea…until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrived with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He always loved her.”

Emily is hungry for roots and family, so she begins to dig. And as she does, she uncovers a fascinating era in American history. Her trail leads her to the POW internment camps of Florida, where German prisoners worked for American farmers…and sometimes fell in love with American women. But how does this all connect to the painting? The answer to that question will take Emily on a road that leads from the sweltering Everglades to Munich, Germany and back to the Atlanta art scene before she’s done.

Along the way, she finds herself tempted to tear down her carefully tended walls at last; she’s seeing another side of her father, and a new angle on her painful family history. But she still has secrets, ones she’s been keeping locked inside for years. Will this journey bring her the strength to confront them at last? (Description found on NetGalley.com)

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