Book excerpt: Sneaking Out, by Chuck Vance

Sometimes, all it takes for me to be hooked by a novel is a single question. That’s it. One line, maybe ten words, and a question mark.

That’s exactly what happened when I read the summary for Sneaking Out, by Chuck Vance. That first line–which you’ll see in a moment–grabbed me and refused to let go. The excerpt I’m sharing today only helped strengthen that grip.

Give it a read for yourself, if you don’t believe me. Before you do, though, jump on over to Chuck’s Rafflecopter, where he’s giving away signed copies of Sneaking Out and $25 Amazon gift cards.

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Book recommendation: The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith

We all crave something that makes us feel good once in a while. For me, one of the ways of satisfying that craving is finding a light, romantic, will-they-or-won’t-they (you know they will) sort of book.

The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith, had been sitting on my shelf for months. I was saving it, hoping that it would be the perfect choice when I had exactly the type of feel-good craving I just described. That craving hit me hard back in December, and The Geography of You and Me immediately popped into my mind. I didn’t hesitate to pick it up and start reading.

And you know what? It didn’t let me down.

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Cover reveal: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced, by R.J. Garcia

What is it about teenagers solving a murder that makes me want to read a novel? I was a fan of Nancy Drew growing up, and I’m still drawn to that same type of story. Especially if it involves a cold case.

Like R.J. Garcia’s Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced: Misfit teenagers attempting to solve a case that may just get them killed? Um, yes, please–I definitely want to read this one. Add in the cover I’m helping to reveal today, and I’m entirely hooked.

Seriously, you’re going to want to take a look at it. And then you’re going to want to grab a copy of the book as soon as you can.


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Favourite five: Books I read for the first time in 2017

I talk about books a lot on this blog, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon. So why not kick off my new Favourite Five series with a book list?

According to Goodreads, I read 12 new books in 2017. Which doesn’t seem like very many, but they were well complemented by all of the books that I re-read. I don’t know about you, but re-reading books is something I simply can’t give up. There are some books that I love too much to only read once.

Today’s post, though, isn’t about those re-read books. As much as I love them, I’m always looking for new books to add to my read list. I’m happy to say that in 2017, I found quite a few that I’m likely to go back and re-read later on.

So here, in no particular order, are the five books I most enjoyed reading for the first time in 2017.

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Book recommendation: Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

A book about books–is it any wonder that appealed to me?

I came across Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart many years ago, when I was either a pre-teen or in my early teens. True, I don’t remember exactly where I was when I spotted it. What I do remember is that I was hooked as soon as I read the description, and that I couldn’t wait to get home and start reading it.

I’ve read Inkheart a few times since then, and I’ve enjoyed it every time. I always find little thrills of happiness in it: details I’d forgotten, literary references I’ve since come to understand, that sort of thing. There’s always something that makes the book worth re-reading.

And if you haven’t read it in the first place? Well. There’s a whole lot more that you’re missing out on.

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