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Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal

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  One mistake can steal your innocence. One promise can plague a friendship. One secret can tear apart a family. Sissie Klein barely remembers the night that tore her from the carefree life she knew. Not long after the shocked teen is pushed into marriage, she’s rushed to the hospital where a catastrophic delivery seals her destiny. Sissie is determined to give her daughter the opportunities she forfeited, but some fates can’t be avoided. Tragedy strikes, leaving behind a legacy of deceit—and an orphaned toddler. Told with heartbreaking honesty and shrewd humor,  Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal examines the ties that bind us—some inherited, others chosen—none without their share of agonizing tangles. My Review I have not read the first book in this series but after finishing this book, I do want to go back and learn more about Lark. There are many things that could have set this book up to not be a good one but none of those were present in this book.  Examples are having a downcast

Involuntary Exit

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  It can take less than a minute to get fired. Less than a minute to hear the words that change your life as you’ve known it. You’re stunned, shocked, humiliated—because your career has defined your life and you’ve been blindsided. You’re a company Loyalist with a capital L, and you’ve been sucker-punched professionally. How do you even talk about this? Countless books focus on leadership and resilience, but none of them take you through what actually happens to women leaders who are suddenly let go, or who endure untenable circumstances and ultimately fire themselves. None of them take you, step by step, through the emotional process of acceptance and beginning again. And that’s where  Involuntary Exit  comes in. With advice for every unexpected twist, turn, and emotional trigger, this book is based on author Robin Merle’s experience at the top of billion-dollar organizations, as well as her interviews with accomplished women who were suddenly severed from their organizations and navi

Book Review: Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween + Giveaway

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  Join us for this tour from Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021! Book Details: Book Title :  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos Category :  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages Genre :  Children's Picture Book, Fairy Tale Publisher :  Bobos Babes, Ltd. Release date:    September 2021 Content Rating :  G for everyone.  It's a children's Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood. Book Description: It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun! When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony. The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious ma

The Tannery

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  July 5, 1900, Wilkes County, North Carolina: The beautiful young daughter of tannery owner Jakob Schumann is found dead on the north bank of the Yadkin River, brutally beaten, a skinning knife in her chest. Who killed Rachel Schumann? And why? Ambitious Wilkes prosecutor Vincent Taliaferro has arrested Virgil Wade, a mixed-race boy, and is convinced the case is open and shut. But local lawyer Ben Waterman is not so sure. Ben's investigation uncovers evidence that undermines the prosecutor's case and points in an entirely different direction. But can he prove it? Can he convince an all-White, all-male jury of Virgil's innocence? The Tannery transports readers to the turbulent world of the post-Reconstruction South. Reflecting issues prominent in today's headlines, themes of Black voter suppression and intimidation, the violence and depravity of vigilante "justice," and the rise of Jim Crow drive the narrative to its dramatic and surprising conclusion.   My Re

Book Review: Cynthia Starts a Band

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EVEN AMERICA’S SWEETHEART POP-SUPERSTAR HAS TROUBLE FINDING THEIR VOICE IN THE HEARTBREAKINGLY HONEST DEBUT NOVEL FROM OLIVIA SWINDLER Eleanor Quinn lives a life most young girls dream of. She’s the lead singer of a wildly successful band, dating the most beautiful man in America, and in love with her life on tour. She pours her heart into every song she writes and genuinely enjoys connecting with fans. So, when she disappears after her fiance’s fairy-tale perfect proposal on stage, the world is shocked. Worse yet, he starts telling interviewers that Eleanor is crazy -- possibly even a danger to herself and those around her. As the weeks go by, the world wants to know: Who is Eleanor Quinn really? But Eleanor needs to find that out for herself. Broken and filled with self-doubt after the proposal, Eleanor embarks on a journey to regain agency in her life. She needs to reconnect with the Ellie Quinn underneath pop sensation “Eleanor Quinn.” Determined to find herself again, she moves in

Book Review: House of Shadows

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Release Date: October 19 USA Today  bestselling author K.A. Linde returns to the Royal Houses series with House of Shadows: the story of Kerrigan Argon, a half-Fae, half-human as she seeks her place in an unforgiving world filled with magic, mayhem, and romance. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and V.E. Schwab. Kerrigan Argon, a half-human, half-Fae, has joined the Dragon Society against almost everyone’s wishes. A year of training is required with her dragon. First she must travel with the dark Fae prince, Fordham Ollivier, back to his home in the House of Shadows. Nothing but slavery and death has ever awaited a half-Fae in their halls. But something is wrong within their wicked world. A thousand year old spell is weakening. Cracks forming in the foundation. And Kerrigan may just be their ruin or their salvation. My Review I did not realize at first that this book was book two in this series. Yet, having not read the first book I did not have any iss

Book Review: Pink

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  “A new Christmas story to enjoy for the holiday season from the queen of Christian romantic suspense.” Ethan Cooper, a high-powered corporate attorney in New York City, seemingly has it all. Drawn to the city after law school, he escaped life in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, and his family’s notoriety. Years later, the strained relationship with them reaches new heights when Charlotte Rose, a part-time stationery designer and mechanical engineer, enters his work life. Together, they embark upon the journey to bring a racketeering terrorist to justice, tied to a gang responsible for the death of Ethan’s wife utilizing both of their skill sets and that of friends. In the process, Christmas romance softens his heart as he is drawn to her southern charms, kindness, and warmth. With her influence upon his life, Ethan discovers he is missing the most important aspect of his life, love. Will they both heal from the profound loss of a spouse, with God’s leading, and learn to lo

The Night of Many Endings

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  Description From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of  Memories in the Drift , comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance. There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora. As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this coll

The Lost Diary of Anne Frank + Giveaway

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  Book Summary:  The Diary of Anne Frank is a seminal piece of twentieth-century literature. It recounts the tragic and moving story of a young Jewish teenager faced with the horrors of Nazism.  In it, Anne establishes a bond with her readers that transcends both time and space, making them her friends and confidants. Readers feel a connection with each dream she had, each fear she endured, and each struggle she confronted.  Her diary ended, but her story did not. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank picks up where her original journal left off, taking the reader on a credible journey through the tragic final months of her life, faithfully adhering to her own, very personal, diary format in the process.  In The Lost Diary of Anne Frank, Anne receives mysterious help from many quarters.  A strange lady on the other side of the fence haunts her dreams. Her mom once vilified, becomes a hero.  Anne struggles with the existence of God and His presence or absence in all of her ordeals.  She contrast

Sophie Valroux's Paris Stars

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  In this delectable novel, a chef on the rise fuels her passion for cooking while enduring the hardest challenges she’s ever faced after a debilitating injury. Everybody wants a piece of grand chef Sophie Valroux. With her once-destroyed reputation fully recovered and then some, Sophie is making her mark in the culinary world. She’s running the restaurants of Château de Champvert, the beautiful estate that she inherited from her grandmother. She and her fiancé, Rémi, are closer than ever, and she’s even bonding with his daughter Lola. Everything should be perfect. Yet, Sophie still feels something in her heart is missing. When she’s invited to cook at an exclusive event her culinary idol is attending, she thinks this could be the thing to catapult her to greater heights, maybe even bring her one step closer to her one and only dream of achieving the stars—Michelin stars. But fate has other plans for Sophie. After she accepts to cook for the Parisian elite, her world crumbles. She suff

The Gatherings

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  The Gatherings were supposed to bring world peace. What they brought was the apocalypse. Celebrities, politicians, and other prominent figures put together The Gatherings, an event to be held worldwide promoting global peace. When a friend invites Emily to one of the gatherings in a secluded apple orchard, she obliges. Sure, she is an introverted writer, but the world is so fractured that The Gatherings are something even she can get behind. Everything is great until the dancing begins. Then it happens... In most apocalyptic tales, the end comes by way of viral plague, world war, or robot invasion. Never in a million years could Emily imagine it would be this way. Will Emily survive to see what happens after the end of the world?   My Review This is the third book I have read by Jeremy and the second horror book. If you are in the mood for a great horror book than, you look no further than these short stories by Jeremy. Once you have read a book, you won't go back but will find y

Book Review: Windswept

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  A British nurse in WWI Egypt races to deliver explosive intelligence that could change the course of the war in this novel of suspense, adventure, and love. May, 1917. Ginger Whitman left a life of wealth and privilege in England to train as a battlefield nurse and serve in the Great War. Working on the brutal frontlines in Palestine, she finds a wounded soldier hiding in her camp. The soldier claims to carry intelligence unmasking a secret plot against the British—and that traitors within British intelligence are searching for him. Desperate and dying, the soldier entrusts a coded message to her care. Ginger is hurled into an unfamiliar world of intrigue and murder amidst the war-ravaged Arabian desert. She's determined to help her country but trusting the wrong person could cost her life. Then the arrival of mysterious and handsome British intelligence officer Major Noah Benson offers a chance of help. But Noah may be as dangerous as he is charming. As she’s swept away by stole

Book Spotlight: GRACE UNDER SIEGE: Not a Love Story + Giveaway

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  Join Us for This Tour from September 27 to October 15! Book Details: Book Title :   Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland Category : Adult Fiction 18+,  286 pages Genre : Psychological Fiction, Psychological Thriller Publisher :   Solomon' s Books Press Release date:   April 2021 Content Rating :  Rated  G. It has no explicit sex scenes, religious expletives or bad language   Book Description: ​ Grace, a newlywed in her 30's, discovers that her new life isn't exactly what she expected. Her husband Narcissus is a handsome, former special agent whose puzzling behavior follows a mysterious pattern. Despite Grace's best efforts, she finds it incredibly difficult to build a happy life with him. The ultimate revelation leads to a showdown with Narcissus. Grace believes the well-being of others depend on what she must reveal. Buy the Book Amazon  ​ add to goodreads   Meet the Author: René is an author, playwright, poet and publisher/editor. She is a season

Book Spotlight: Blah, Blah, Blah + Giveaway

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  Join Us for This Tour from  September 27 to October 15 Book Details: Book Title :   Blah, Blah, Blah: A Snarky Guide to Office Lingo by Dan Hill & Howard Moskowitz Category :  Adult Non- Fiction 18+, 147 pages Genre :  Humor (Business) Publisher :   Sensory Logic, Inc. Release Date : September 15, 2021 Tour dates : September 27 to October 15 Content Rating :  PG.  OMG and a few references to sexual harassment, etc. Quite mild. Book Description: Need a laugh to get through your workday? You've come to the right place. Ambrose Bierce's classic The Devil's Dictionary took on life in general. Now a century later, it's time to lampoon the business world. There's no richer target than being told to think outside the box by leaders spouting off about synergy, teamwork, and innovation while at the same time exhorting you to stay in your swim lane. If as famed business guru Peter Drucker writes, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast," then we've been ask