New Release: When We Found Home, by @SusanMallery

I feature mostly self-published and smaller press authors on this site. It’s my way of helping to give them a bigger audience (even though I’m very small in my reach), but also to share what books I’ve enjoyed, authors I like, etc. Most of the time I am reading these books myself. But sometimes there’ll be a “bigger name” author who puts out a book that I want to share too. One of those times is today.

Susan Mallery has numerous books out in a few different series. I’ve only recently started reading her work. Well, mostly listening. Tanya Eby (also an author, see this review) narrates the audio and they’re great to listen to. I’m currently reading the first book in Mallery’s Happily, Inc. series and I’m enjoying it. Read the 2nd recently and another from a non-romance centered series. I’m excited to share this release with you, knowing it’s likely to be another great read.

I still have to buy my copy (might get myself to Target at some point soon to hunt for a signed copy), but if you’d like a copy of When We Found Home, you can find many places to do so below.

Happy reading!

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When We Found Home

Life is meant to be savored, but that’s not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you’d rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. 

Callie doesn’t love being alone, but at least it’s safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can’t figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. 

But love isn’t Malcolm’s strong suit… until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.

In this emotional, funny and heartfelt story, Susan Mallery masterfully explores the definition of a modern family–blended by surprise, not by choice–and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

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About the Author:

With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans.

Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

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Review: To Get Me to You, by @KaitNolan

TO Get Me to You

Title: To Get Me to You (Wishful #1)
Author: Kait Nolan
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Just a city girl, living in a lonely world.

Displaced Steel Magnolia Norah Burke doesn’t know the meaning of failure. But when she threatens to blow the whistle on some shady business practices at her Chicago marketing firm, she gets fired fast as all get out. Licking her wounds, she heads back below the Mason-Dixon for a little home-grown Southern comfort.

Just a small town boy.

With his iron-clad Mississippi roots, Councilman Cam Crawford is a man who values tradition, preservation, and the love of a good dog. When a big box warehouse store tries to capitalize on his hometown’s economic downturn, it seriously burns his biscuit. He’s not about to let anyone’s ambition destroy what he holds dear.

A David vs. Goliath story with a side of grits.

This unlikely pair just might be the perfect allies–in war and out. But as the battle to stop GrandGoods heats up and sparks of attraction turn to something more, will Norah’s bigger-picture perspective go with Cam’s “keep it as it is” attitude? Are they meant to be like biscuits and gravy? Or are they just as wrong as unsweetened tea?“(description from Goodreads)

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I’m a sucker for a romance set in a small town. What this sub-genre normally has is the ability to world build, develop a large cast of characters, and make you want to visit the town itself, all while enjoying the main plot (the romance) of the book. That’s what Kait Nolan did in this book. And she did it well.

Nolan’s first Wishful novel sets the bar high for the rest of the series. She has strong characters, in both personality and how well they’re developed. Cam and Norah were great to get to know, and the rest of their friends and family weren’t lacking, even if they were secondary characters. I feel that moving forward with this series Kait won’t need to spend too much time building up most of their stories. It’s all there in this first book, while no bogging down the book with too much information. Nolan skillfully gave the readers what they need as they need it.

Along with the characters, the setting of Wishful was a joy to read. It was, as many small towns are, a character in itself. There’s much more to explore in this town and the antics that I’m sure will occur. I’m ready to keep coming back for visits in the rest of this series. Maybe I’ll see you all there.
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You can grab this book from:

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About the Author:

Kait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, this RITA® Finalist author uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. This Mississippi native has something for everyone, from short and sweet to Southern contemporary romance to small-town romantic suspense—all featuring heroes you’d want to sweep you off your feet and rescue you from work-day drudgery. When not working or writing, Kait’s hanging out in her kitchen cooking and wishing life were a Broadway musical.

A passionate believer in helping others, she has founded a writing challenge designed for people who have a life (aka we NaNoWriMo rejects who can’t give everything up for the month of November).  Please check out A Round of Words in 80 Days.

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New Release: The Great Believers, by @RebeccaMakkai

Missed posting about this yesterday, on the actual release day. But it’s not too late to grab up this brand new novel from Rebecca Makkai.

Remember her from when I reviewed The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House? Makkai is back with a new novel, following her short story collection Music for Wartime. I’ve only read a chapter of this new book so far, but it’s grabbed me like Makkai’s writing always does.

And a fun fact…I’ll be seeing her at a reading at the Tattered Cover tonight. And I’ll be bringing all my books for her to sign (along with this new one that I ordered special for tonight). Maybe she’ll be in a city near you on her tour. You can find out here.

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A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona’s stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.

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You can grab a copy of this book from:

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About the Author:

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the short story collection Music for Wartime, which appeared in 2015, and of the novels The Hundred-Year House, winner of the Chicago Writers Association award, and The Borrower, a Booklist Top Ten Debut which has been translated into eight languages. Her short fiction won a 2017 Pushcart Prize, and was chosen for The Best American Short Stories for four consecutive years (2008-2011). The recipient of a 2014 NEA fellowship, Makkai is on the MFA faculty at Sierra Nevada college and has taught at the Iowa Writers Workshop, Tin House, and Northwestern University.

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New Release: From This, I Bloom by @emilyjaneburton

I have a treat for you today! Emily Jane Burton, who you may remember from Poetry Month back in April, has just released her debut chapbook. It’s called From This, I Bloom and if you’re like me, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy.

If you missed Emily during Poetry Month, you can find the poem she shared by clicking HERE. If you don’t want to click there, you’ll find the poem included in this post, as well.

Hope you consider checking more of Emily’s work out. It’s her debut, so let’s help out by spreading the word.

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Experience wrote this book. Heartache, fear, doubt, pain, loss and anxiety wrote every single line. But most importantly, love wrote these poems. From This, I Bloom is Emily Jane Burton’s experience with overcoming and learning to heal. It’s a journey where she learns to grow with life and trust herself fully. These things shape us, but we determine how we’re impacted, how we’re shaped.
*This poetry chapbook contains 21 poems*

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Here’s a sample of what you’re find inside the collection…

these things shape us

These things shape us,
and from this, I bloom,
adding life to my soul,
extending my roots.
Times of insecurity,
finding myself in discomfort,
experiences nourishing me
instead of withering me away.

Click here to listen to a recording of this poem/song

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Want the book in Print? Poetry’s always great in print. Head over to…

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Want it faster? You can grab it in ebook form from:

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About the Author:

Emily Jane Burton is a poet who combines her passion for poetry and music into one. Occasionally, she writes poem-songs, poetry she sings rather than reads. These poem-songs are typically accompanied by guitar or ukulele. Emily’s goal is to always be vulnerable, honest and open with her writing. She’s inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson. She has a bachelor’s degree in English. Emily currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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New Release: Dirtier Girl, by @Chel_c_Cam

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Blakely Fox is still a hot damn mess. Sure, she’s reconciled with Quinn Riley after years of hating her, but everything goes to hell when she sees her ex-boyfriend at a bar while on a date with Quinn. Let’s just say Blake isn’t a fan of “let it go.” She gets out of the situation without being arrested, which is a miracle.

Now it’s time for her to focus on whatever is happening between her and Quinn. Blake is finally ready to take a huge step in their relationship, but will another unexpected encounter with her past derail their new relationship? Or will they move forward, together?

*This is the second book in a three-novella series*

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About the Author:

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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New Poetry Release: Room 5608, by Haley Macleod

Room 5608

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Room 5608 is the debut poetry book of Haley MacLeod. A remedy for the soul. An anthem for survivors of mental illness, addictions, heartbreak, and grief. Divided into three chapters DEPARTURE, ARRIVAL and SHADOWS, you will find the pages enriched with soulful themes of melancholy, nostalgia, and recovery. MacLeod bares her soul in this collection of poetry + prose, exposing the light she found within the depths of her scars; healing herself while bringing the reader on a journey of healing too.

 

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About the Author:

Haley MacLeod is a Canadian writer. Born and raised in Calgary, she has spent a decade of her life with a pen in her hand. At a young age MacLeod knew her purpose was to heal souls through her gift of writing – colouring the world around her through the shades of writing and poetry. Art has always been a liberating outlet for MacLeod, having come from a background of dance, acting, singing, and songwriting. She has spent the past couple years building a name for herself mainly in the poetry community; from teaching poetry to students, to having her words tattooed on the skin of her fans, to even celebrities like Jessie J, reposting her work online. She is known for her resilient spirit and ability to bring solace to those around her throughout their darkest times. 
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New Release: Dirty Girl, by @Chel_C_Cam

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Blakely Fox is a hot damn mess after getting fired from her job. To make matters worse, she crashes right into the girl who ruined her life in high school by kissing Blake’s boyfriend. So what if she had no idea that she didn’t like guys back then? It still wrecked the end of her high school career, and that’s something she can never forgive.

Quinn Riley is the furthest from a mess you can get, and she’s ready to make things right with Blake. What starts out as an apology dinner turns into something… unexpected. Turns out Blake and Quinn are both into girls and very into each other. But can Blake let the past go and move forward with Quinn? Or will ghosts of previous mistakes always haunt them?

*This is the first book in a three-novella series*

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About the Author:

Chelsea M Cameron

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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