Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lying Next To Me by Gregg Olsen Nerd Blast ~Spotlight + Giveaway~

Lying Next To Me
by Gregg Olsen
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
by Thomas & Mercer

No matter what you see, no matter what you’ve heard, assume nothing.
Adam and Sophie Warner and their three-year-old daughter are vacationing in Washington State’s Hood Canal for Memorial Day weekend. It’s the perfect getaway to unplug—and to calm an uneasy marriage. But on Adam’s first day out on the water, he sees Sophie abducted by a stranger. A hundred yards from shore, Adam can’t save her. And Sophie disappears.
In a nearby cabin is another couple, Kristen and Connor Moss. Unfortunately, beyond what they’ve heard in the news, they’re in the dark when it comes to Sophie’s disappearance. For Adam, at least there’s comfort in knowing that Mason County detective Lee Husemann is an old friend of his. She’ll do everything she can to help. She must.
But as Adam’s paranoia about his missing wife escalates, Lee puts together the pieces of a puzzle. The lives of the two couples are converging in unpredictable ways, and the picture is unsettling. Lee suspects that not everyone is telling the truth about what they know—or they have yet to reveal all the lies they’ve hidden from the strangers they married.


“Gregg Olsen's Envy is a riveting page-turner that I could not put down. Like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, Envyexplores a serious topic--cyberbullying--in a fantastic, well-crafted story. Can't wait for the next Empty Coffinnovel!” ―Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of the Wicked saga, Dear Bully contributor

“Gregg Olsen's Envy offers an interesting view on the devastating effects bullying can have, not only on the individuals involved from both sides, but on the community at large.” ―Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine trilogy

"Sure to spice up your reading repertoire!" ―

"Olsen's characters jump to life and his plots are so intricate you never see the killer coming….a definite hit!" ―RT Book Reviews

“Dark and addictive…” ―Jordan Dane, critically acclaimed author of In the Arms of Stone Angels

“Olsen writes with authority, drawing inspiration from actual headlines and crime…” ―Publishers Weekly



Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, nine novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People,Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 1 Winner will receive a $25 Dollar PayPal/Amazon Gift Card.

ENDS: JUNE 11, 2019

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Blog Tour: Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small ~Spotlight + Giveaway~

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small!  
Please see about the book below and enter the giveaway!

Bright Burning Stars
by A.K. Small
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

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A.K. Small is thrilled for her debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, to come out May 21,2019 through publisher Algonquin Young Readers. Her talent for writing and passion for classical ballet fuse together in this novel and earned A.K.Small the honor of an Entertainment Weekly review.

In addition to BRIGHT BURNING STARS, A.K. Small spends time on short stories. Her short story, Anthrocon, 2017 was just nominated for a Pushcart prize by the Bellevue Literary Review. Other stories such as the Flour Baby and The Interior Designer were also nominated or runner-up to prizes.

She also ran a column titled, "A French Girl's View Du Monde" at Barrelhouse Magazine.

A.K. Small graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009 with an MFA in fiction. When she's not reading her favorite authors (Rainbow Rowell, Angie Thomas, Anna Gavalda, Jandy Nelson, Ann Hood, Sue Miller, Anais Nin, Tayari Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wright, and J.R.R. Tolkien, to name a few!), she's studying her favorite dancers: Sylvie Guillem, Noella Pontois, Marie-Agnes Gillot, and Aurelie Dupont.

A.K. Small grew up near the Sacré Coeur in Paris and married her Tobagonian soulmate. She has three gorgeous daughters and owns a min-chi named Dallas.

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copy of BRIGHT BURNING STARS by A.K. Small
(US/CAN Only)

Start Date: May 13th2019

End Date: May 27th2019

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Monday, May 13, 2019

HUGE February/March Book Outlet Haul! | Part One

Book buying ban?!  What book buying ban?!  I definitely have a problem.  Here's part one of my huge February/March Book Outlet book haul.  Now I'm really going on a book buying ban and staying away from Book Outlet's website!  🙍🙅 Check out what I bought below!

Girl At The Grave by Teri Bailey Black
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.09

Contagion by Erin Bowman
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.99

The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.99

S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
List Price: $18.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.99

The Case For Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $6.49

The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee
List Price: $18.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.49

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.99

Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.99

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle
Illustrated by Hope Larson
List Price: $15.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

New Fears 2, edited by Mark Morris
List Price: $14.95 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

The Chrysalis by Brendan Deneen
List Price: $24.99 | Book Outlet Price: $4.66

The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett
List Price: $18.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

Heart of Ash by Kim Liggett
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

How To Slay The Buffy Way
List Price: $19.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.51

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
List Price: $26.99 | Book Outlet Price: $6.02

Our Kind Of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
List Price: $26.00 | Book Outlet Price: $1.89

A Noise Downstairs by Lindwood Barclay
List Price: $26.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.51

Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $4.15

Like Never And Always by Ann Aguirre
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.30

Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $4.15

The Truth Beneath The Lies by Amanda Searcy
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

Notes From My Captivity by Kathy Parks
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.09

Poor Little Dead Girls by Lizzie Friend
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $4.66

White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi
List Price: $16.00 | Book Outlet Price: $4.66

Affinity by Sarah Waters
List Price: $16.00 | Book Outlet Price: $5.51

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

Attack of the 50 Foot Wallflower by Christian McKay Heidicker
List Price: $18.99 | Book Outlet Price: $4.66

Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts
List Price: $10.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.30

When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
List Price: $17.99 | Book Outlet Price: $5.09

The Likeness by Tana French
List Price: $17.00 | Book Outlet Price: $4.66

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
List Price: $15.99 | Book Outlet Price: $3.73

Some of these books are still available on!


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

ARC Review: The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz

*I received this arc from the publisher via NetGalley for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Many thanks to the publisher for granting me access to this ARC!

The Dark Game
by Jonathan Janz
Publication Date:  April 11, 2019
by Flame Tree Press
Genre:  Horror, Mystery
Pages: 304
Source:  ARC from publisher via NetGalley

Ten writers are selected for a summer-long writing retreat with the most celebrated and reclusive author in the world. Their host is the legendary Roderick Wells. Handsome, enigmatic, and fiendishly talented, Wells promises to teach his pupils about writing, about magic, about the untapped potential that each of them possesses. Most of all, he plans to teach them about the darkness in their hearts. The writers think they are signing up for a chance at riches and literary prestige. But they are really entering the twisted imagination of a deranged genius, a lethal contest pitting them against one another in a struggle for their sanity and their lives. They have entered into Roderick Wells's most brilliant and horrible creation.

Ten writers go to a writing retreat and stay at a creepy mansion with a strange reclusive author in the middle of nowhere.  What could possibly go wrong?

One of my favorite genres is horror.  I love to be scared and The Dark Game definitely had it's scary moments.  There's also plenty of gore and gruesomeness that is sure to please any horror fan. This is the first book that I've read by Janz.  I've heard great things about his horror novels, so I was very eager to read his latest.  I enjoyed his writing style and this book was a pretty fast-paced read.  I loved the creepy old house setting and the overall eerie feel of the story.  

The main problem I had with the story was the numerous main characters.  I had a difficult time trying to keep all the writers straight, and it got a little confusing, especially in the beginning.  The chapters were short (which I tend to like), but each chapter switched to a different perspective, and there were so many narrators that it became overwhelming.  I also had a hard time connecting to any of the characters, and by the end I really didn't care who survived.  I know that sounds harsh, but it's the truth.  I found the characters to be rather annoying.  

I do look forward to reading Janz's other horror novels, even though I wasn't blown away by this one.  If you love horror stories featuring plenty of characters and plenty of gruesome moments, I definitely recommend checking this book out. 



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