SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAY: WAITING FOR “THE NEW NEIGHBOR”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our special day for sharing upcoming book releases.  Hop on over to Breaking the Spine to find out what everyone else is excited about.

Today I am excited to feature an upcoming release from an author I have enjoyed.  Leah Stewart’s newest book is The New Neighbor, coming on July 7, 2015.

 

 

 

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Blurb:  In the tradition of Zoe Heller’s What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal, The New Neighbor is a darkly sophisticated novel about an old woman’s curiosity turned into a dangerous obsession as she becomes involved in her new neighbor’s complicated and cloaked life.

Ninety-year-old Margaret Riley is content hiding from the world. Stoic and independent, she rarely leaves the Tennessee mountaintop where she lives, finding comfort in the mystery novels that keep her company, that is, until she spots a woman who’s moved into the long-empty house across the pond.

Jennifer Young is also looking to hide. On the run from her old life, she and her four-year-old son Milo have moved to a quiet town where no one from her past can find her.

In Jennifer, Margaret sees both a potential companion in her loneliness and a mystery to be solved. But Jennifer refuses to talk about herself, her son, his missing father, or her past. Frustrated, Margaret crosses more and more boundaries in pursuit of the truth, threatening to unravel the new life Jennifer has so painstakingly created—and reveal some secrets of her own.

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I do love books about nosy neighbors and elderly women who cross boundaries.  Who among us isn’t curious from time to time?  But, of course, most of us would not resort to pushing aside the niceties to discover the secrets in our neighbors. 

What are you eagerly awaiting?

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SERENDIPITOUS WEDNESDAY: “EVERY FIFTEEN MINUTES”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our special day for sharing upcoming book releases.  Hop on over to Breaking the Spine to find out what everyone else is excited about.

Discovering upcoming book releases is a serendipitous thing that makes me happy.  Today I am featuring an upcoming release from one of my favorite authors:  Lisa Scottoline.  Every Fifteen Minutes, due out on April 14, 2015, is a visceral thriller that brings you into the grip of a true sociopath and shows you how, in the quest to survive such ruthlessness, every minute counts.

 

 

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Amazon Blurb:  Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife Alice, he is doing his best as a single Dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Eric a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the mental rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest” himself. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?

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What do you think?  I am excited about this one because I love the variety of books this author writes, from stories about families and their issues, to thrillers, and then the occasional memoir.  So I really can’t wait when she has a new book coming out.

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING ON “THE LOOK OF LOVE”

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Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly bookish event in which we share the eagerly anticipated upcoming releases we have on our lists.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine to see what everyone is sharing.

I didn’t have anything on my list…and then, while scrolling through Library Thing, I found it, SERENDIPITOUSLY!  Sarah Jio is one of my favorite authors these days, and she has a new one coming out on November 25, 2014.  Yay!  The Look of Love is the story of one woman’s gift:  the ability to see true love.

 

 

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Blurb:  Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.

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This cover is quite different from those of Jio’s other books…I don’t know how much I like it, except that I adore the colors.  The brightness stands out and seems like a celebration of some kind.

What are you sharing today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “FALLING INTO PLACE”

wow logo - timepieceWelcome to a special Hump Day Serendipity, dedicated to Waiting on Wednesday.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine to find all the upcoming releases shared today.

My eagerly anticipated new release is coming out on September 9, 2014:  Falling Into Place, by Amy Zhang.

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I am very excited that I won’t have to wait until September.  It is coming to me this week from Amazon Vine.

Blurb:  One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz’s friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life. This riveting debut will appeal to fans of Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver, and 13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.

“On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.” Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? The nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

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I don’t often read YA books, but lately I’ve noticed my interest gravitating to SOME books in this genre.  This one sounds like one I’ll enjoy.

What are you waiting to receive?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “YOU”

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Welcome to our weekly bookish event that showcases upcoming releases.  Hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine, anyone can join in, sharing their own enthusiasm and adding the eagerly anticipated books of others to their own lists.

I discovered my selection today fairly recently, and luckily, I don’t have long to wait.  You, by Caroline Kepnes, will be released on September 30, 2014.

 

 

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Amazon Description:  Love hurts…

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams.

Beck doesn’t know it yet, but she’s perfect for him, and soon she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. But there’s more to Joe than Beck realizes, and much more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences . . .

A chilling account of unrelenting passion, Caroline Kepnes’s You is a perversely romantic thriller that’s more dangerously clever than any you’ve read before.

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What drew me to this book?  Let’s just say that I’m obsessed with thrillers, and when the characters in that thriller are obsessed with each other…that’s a combination I cannot resist.

What are you waiting for today?  What drew you to your choice?

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “SCARED SCRIPTLESS”

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I am loving the anticipation of upcoming releases.  Celebrate your own eagerly awaited reads by checking in at Breaking the Spine, for Waiting on Wednesday.

Today I’m excited about a book coming on June 3, from an author I’ve read.  Alison Sweeney is also an actor from Days of Our Lives, and a host at The Biggest Loser.  Her new book is entitled Scared Scriptless.

 

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Amazon Description:  Maddy Carson is a mass of contradictions. She loves her job as Script Supervisor on a hit TV show, but hates “Hollywood.” Super-organized and down-to-earth, Maddy is clearly one of the best at her job, and her strict dating rule – “No Actors!” – helps her keep focused on her career. However, a budding relationship with Craig, one of the executives at her company, may even propel her into the big leagues. Could Wolf County, her beloved hometown in the mountains, be saved from a financial crisis by creating a reality show featuring the eccentrics in the small ski village? Maddy is determined to try, even when she learns that Craig’s agenda doesn’t exactly line up with her altruistic goal.

Meanwhile, Maddy still has a full-time job to manage, her family to deal with, and a gorgeous new actor, Adam Devin, determined to wear down her resistance. Eventually Maddy must learn to break all her self-imposed rules and simply follow her heart.

Scared Scriptless offers an engagingly relatable heroine, laugh-out-loud humor, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how television is made.

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 I am eager to read this one.  It seems like the very thing I need to lighten up my spring and summer days.  What are you waiting for?

 

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING FOR “LITTLE MERCIES”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our weekly event that celebrates upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine, to see what everyone else is awaiting.

One of my favorite authors in recent years has been Heather Gudenhauf, so it is no surprise that I’m eager for her new release:  Little Mercies.  

In this story, our author shows how one small mistake can have life-altering consequences To be released on July 1, 2014.

 

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Blurb:  Veteran social worker Ellen Moore has seen the worst side of humanity—the vilest acts one person can commit against another. She is a fiercely dedicated children’s advocate and a devoted mother and wife. But one blistering summer day, a simple moment of distraction will have repercussions that Ellen could never have imagined, threatening to shatter everything she holds dear, and trapping her between the gears of the system she works for.

Meanwhile, ten-year-old Jenny Briard has been living with her well-meaning but irresponsible father since her mother left them, sleeping on friends’ couches and moving in and out of cheap motels. When Jenny suddenly finds herself on her own, she is forced to survive with nothing but a few dollars and her street smarts. The last thing she wants is a social worker, but when Ellen’s and Jenny’s lives collide, little do they know just how much they can help one another.

A powerful and emotionally charged tale about motherhood and justice, Little Mercies is a searing portrait of the tenuous grasp we have on the things we love the most, and of the ties that unexpectedly bring us together.

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First of all, I am always hooked by stories that feature social workers (because of my thirty-year career as one), and I am easily engaged by how the seamy side of life can reach out and grab us when we least expect it.

Secondly, stories about families and unexpected connections are themes that keep me turning those pages.

What are you eager to read?  Come on by and let’s chat about books.

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WOW! SERENDIPITOUS DISCOVERIES — WAITING FOR “GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND”

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It is that time again!  Yes, time to share the books we are eagerly awaiting.  Click on over to Breaking the Spine to see what others are sharing.

My selection today is one I recently discovered and had never even heard of…but it grabbed me.  Graduates in Wonderland, by Jessica Pan drew me in from the cover to the blurb.  Does this one look like a “tempest in a teapot” or what?  Release Date:  May 6, 2014.

 

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Two best friends document their post-college lives in a hilarious, relatable, and powerfully honest epistolary memoir.

Fast friends since they met at Brown University during their freshman year, Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale vowed to keep in touch after their senior year through in-depth—and brutally honest—weekly e-mails. After graduation, Jess packs up everything she owns and moves to Beijing on a whim, while Rachel heads to New York to work for an art gallery and to figure out her love life. Each spends the next few years tumbling through adulthood and reinventing themselves in various countries, including France, China, and Australia. Through their messages from around the world, they swap tales of teaching classes of military men, running a magazine, and flirting in foreign languages, along with the hard stuff: from harrowing accidents to breakups and breakdowns.

Reminiscent of Sloan Crosley’s essays and Lena Dunham’s Girls, Graduates in Wonderland is an intimate, no-holds-barred portrait of two young women as they embark upon adulthood.

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What are you spotlighting today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your thoughts…and your links!

 

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HUMP DAY SERENDIPITY: WAITING EAGERLY FOR “NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD”

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Welcome to our bookish Wednesday event:  Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine.

I was over at Library Thing searching for upcoming releases, and found this one by an author I have enjoyed in a previous book she wrote.  No Book but the World, by Leah Hager Cohen, is a “twisty and resonant tale about the price of secrets, the burden of family, the remnants of childhood we never leave behind.”

This twisty tale is coming to us on April 3, 2014.

 

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At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.

Decades later, then, when Ava learns that her brother is being held in a county jail for a shocking crime, she is frantic to piece together what actually happened. A boy is dead. But could Fred really have done what he is accused of? As she is drawn deeper into the details of the crime, Ava becomes obsessed with learning the truth, convinced that she and she alone will be able to reach her brother and explain him—and his innocence—to the world.

Leah Hager Cohen brings her trademark intelligence to a psychologically gripping, richly ambiguous story that suggests we may ultimately understand one another best not with facts alone, but through our imaginations.

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I am eager to see where this journey takes us, as readers.  Come on by and share your own eagerly anticipated books.

 

I CAN’T WAIT FOR “FEAR NOTHING”

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Grab your coffee, and let’s meander around the blogosphere, starting at Breaking the Spine.  Let’s see what’s coming up soon!

While searching various sites, I found Fear Nothing, by a favorite author:  Lisa Gardner.

 

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Blurb:  In #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Detective D. D. Warren must face a new fear as a serial killer terrorizes Boston.

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will.

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me.

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

Fear nothing.

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Why am I waiting for this one?  I love the heart pounding action this author brings.  And Detective D. D. Warren is like an old friend.

What about you?