Category: Announcement

WooHoo!!! Cover Reveal

I know I’m not the only one who is excited about the next Hank Phillippi Ryan book and this is your first peek at the cover!!!


Hitting shelves September 14th and I can’t wait!

Here’s the scoop:
Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. The beloved television reporter has it all — fame, fortune, Emmy awards, an adorable seven-year-old daughter, and the hashtag her loving fans created: #PerfectLily. To keep it — all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret.

Her own.

Lily has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips about others—but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life! How does he—or she—know so much?
Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she’s terrified someone is determined to destroy her world—and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.

How much must she risk to keep her perfect life?

Ah! It’s got me guessing already! How about you? Ready to read? It’s available for pre-order right now. Follow @hankpryan & go to her bio for the link.

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ASHES by Steven Manchester coming soon!

Have You Heard?

I have some very exciting news to share!!!!!!!!! I know, like me, there are a lot of book blogging buddies that are big fans of Steven Manchester!

ASHES will be hitting the shelves on February 21, 2017. But you can read it a lot sooner!! Steve, via The Story Plant, will be touring with Providence Book Promotions. ARCs will be available the end of October/beginning of November.

Don’t miss out

Head on over to PBP, and either subscribe to the newsletter and/or join as one of our fabulous hosts, so you will know the minute the tour is announced.

I’m Back….

Hi Everyone!!!  I so missed being here.  But I’m back….well…kind of.  I’m only allowed to sit at my computer/desk for a limited time.

Just to give you an update…the surgery was successful !!!  I now have the ability to stand up straight and not having to walk/stand at a 45° angle.  And not only that, no pain.  I was on less pain medication 3 weeks after surgery than I was before.

And more good news..I have kicked my reading slump!!!  However, it wasn’t until just recently because I just found it difficult to concentrate.  But now, I am even reading past my bedtime.  I truly am enjoying this part of recuperation, where I can justify just sitting and reading.  I still have restrictions, and since surgery, have been wearing a full torso brace which will be on, at least until the end of August, so I plan to do a lot of reading.

I truly am Blessed and I want to thank those that kept me in their prayers, thoughts, sent cards and flowers, gave me support and encouragement.  It has been a long journey but the outcome has given me my life back.




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Update 5/19:

Cheryl came through the first surgery and is stable. I’ll let you know when I hear more.

Hi !!!  How is everyone?

It’s been some time that I have checked in with a “What’s New” post.

As you see from the subject, I will be taking, approximately, a 1 month LOA effective today.  I am scheduled for a 2 day back surgery next week.  I have pre drafted and scheduled some showcases/giveaways to be posted in my absence so I hope that you stop by.

I plan to do lots of reading while I recuperate so if you have a great book you are reading, would love to know so I can add it to the list.  Once I can access my blog, I will post some updates.

“See” you soon!  Happy reading!

JKS Communications Presents: 2013 HOLIDAY HOP

From Samantha at JKS Communications:

Tune in for some great Holiday Reading/Gift Lists and Giveaways!

We have so many fantastic books, and with Christmas fast-approaching, we’ll be working with some of our wonderful bloggers to do 12 great days of book giveaways and holiday lists to help you with holiday gifts this year!

Follow the Tour here for some
GREAT Giveaways and Gift Suggestions!

Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs 

When Tsara Adelman leaves her husband and two young children for a weekend to visit her estranged uncle, she little dreams he is holding several local children captive on his
lavish estate. Mike Westbrook, father of one of the boys, kidnaps her to trade her life for the children’s. Soon Tsara and Mike are fleeing through New Hampshire’s mountain
wilderness pursued by two rogue cops with murder on their minds.


A Measure of Blood by Kathleen George

Nadal watches for weeks before he first approaches the boy. No matter what Maggie Brown says, he’s sure Matt is his son, and a boy should know his father. After their first confrontation, Maggie should have run. She should have hidden her child. But she underestimated the man who was once her lover. With self-righteous determination, Nadal goes to her house. He demands to spend time with the boy. When she refuses, he reaches for a knife.

By the time homicide detective Richard Christie arrives on the scene, all that remains of Maggie Brown is a bloodstain on the floor. The killer has vanished, and Matt is too scared to remember anything but his mother’s fear. As Christie looks for the killer and Maggie’s friends fight to keep Matt out of the hands of Child Services, Nadal watches the news and waits. A boy should be with his father. He’s going to get his son.


8-Bit Christmas by Kevin Jakubowski

It’s 1980-something and all nine-year-old Jake Doyle wants for Christmas is a Nintendo Entertainment System. No Jose Canseco rookie card, no GI Joe hovercraft, no Teddy friggin’ Ruxpin—just Nintendo. But when a hyperactive Shih Tzu is accidentally crushed to death by a forty-two- inch television set and every parent in town blames Nintendo, it’s up to Jake to take matters into his own hands. The result is a Christmas quest of Super Mario Bros. proportions, filled with flaming wreaths, speeding minivans, lost retainers, fake Santas, hot teachers, snotty sisters, “Super Bowl Shuffles” and one very naked Cabbage Patch Kid. Told from a nostalgic adult perspective, 8-Bit Christmas is a hilarious and heartfelt look back at the kid pop culture of the 1980s.


Southern League by Larry Colton

Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama – perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict – the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team.

Johnny “Blue Moon” Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder – both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama.

Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games.)

By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured.

More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots….and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that has never been told.


The Glide Trilogy by Bill Gourgey

Captain Magigate, a legendary inventor and recluse who is equal parts Albert Einstein
and Don Quixote, confronts his own shadowy destiny when two adventurous teens
disrupt the status quo of his covert lab on Isla de Tiempo Muerto. When the captain’s
nemesis, the Prophet, who once had an iron grip over much of the world’s commerce,
escapes her island prison taking one of the teens hostage, Captain Magigate must face
not only his long-time foe and erstwhile lover but also the ambiguous legacy of his
inventions. “Glide” is a dark and quixotic look at what happens when invention reaches
beyond its pale to compensate for the shortcomings of heart and soul.


Letters To Ann: The Korean War 1950-1951 by Anne Marie

With North Korea rattling its saber again, Letters to Ann takes the reader back to the early years of the Korean War. Even in some of its darkest moments, Captain John Hughes finds and shares bits of humor about his daily military existence with his then four year-old daughter. It is a unique perspective of what so often is called “The Forgotten War.”


The Time Slip Series by Julie Tetel Andresen 

These novels are double romances: one love story is in historical time and produces long-term consequences; the other love story is in the present and is thoroughly enmeshed in those consequences.


Linguistics and Evolution by Julie Tetel Andresen 

Evolutionary linguistics – an approach to language study that takes into account our origins and development as a species – has rapidly developed in recent years. Informed by the latest findings in evolutionary theory, this book sets language within the context of human biology and development, taking ideas from fields such as psychology, neurology, biology, anthropology, genetics and cognitive science. By factoring an evolutionary and developmental perspective into the theoretical framework, the author replaces old questions – such as ‘what is language?’ – with new questions, such as ‘how do living beings become ‘languaging’ living beings?’ Linguistics and Evolution offers readers the first rethinking of an introductory approach to linguistics since Leonard Bloomfield’s 1933 Language. It will be of significant interest to advanced students and researchers in all subfields of linguistics, and the related fields of biology, anthropology, cognitive science and psychology.



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Congratulations Mark and Jess!

Last Saturday we celebrated the marriage of our youngest son, Mark and his bride, Jess. The wedding was beautiful.  It was an amazing and perfect day from the start, with the gorgeous weather, the blessed ceremony, the delicious food and fun at the reception to the after party at our hotel.  I wanted to share a few pictures with you.


I’m back!!  The past 3+ weeks I have been gone and it was due to an unexpected medical emergency that resulted in a hospital admission and 3 subsequent operations.  Starting today, I will be easing myself back to blogging, posting overdue showcases, guest author visits and giveaways that were scheduled during my absence.  I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.  Hopefully I will be up to speed over the next couple of days.  It’s good to be back!!