Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Plus a Signed Book Giveaway

We opened Hispanic Heritage Month at my job with guest speaker, author Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa. She gave a motivational speech that delved into my Hispanic roots and motivated us to share our own stories for others to learn. I purchased two extra signed copies for my book lovers. Please follow my blog and leave a comment below. One book will be given away here. The other book giveaway is on my FB group. You can enter here https://www.facebook.com/groups/384315168432021/

Goodreads Blurb

The 10th Anniversary Trade Paperback edition of Daughters of the Stone, includes a special note from the author, as well as a Readers Guide for educators and bookclubs.

It is the mid-1800s. Fela, taken from Africa, is working at her second sugar plantation in colonial Puerto Rico, where her mistress is only too happy to benefit from her impressive embroidery skills. But Fela has a secret. Before she and her husband were separated and sold into slavery, they performed a tribal ceremony in which they poured the essence of their unborn child into a very special stone. Fela keeps the stone with her, waiting for the chance to finish what she started. When the plantation owner approaches her, Fela sees a better opportunity for her child, and allows the man to act out his desire. Such is the beginning of a line of daughters connected by their intense love for one another, and the stories of a lost land.

Mati, a powerful healer and noted craftswoman, is grounded in a life that is disappearing in a quickly changing world.

Concha, unsure of her place, doesn’t realize the price she will pay for rejecting her past.

Elena, modern and educated, tries to navigate between two cultures, moving to the United States, where she will struggle to keep her family together.

Carisa turns to the past for wisdom and strength when her life in New York falls apart.

The stone becomes meaningful to each of the women, pulling them through times of crisis and ultimately connecting them to one another. Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa shows great skill and warmth in the telling of this heartbreaking, inspirational story about mothers and daughters, and the ways in which they hurt and save one another. 

Author Biography

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the New York City public school system and received her academic degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Queens College-City University of New York. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing and language and literature in the New York City public school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults, and senior citizens throughout New York while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist.

The 2009 hardcover edition of Daughters of the Stone was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: Breaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980 – 2012, Bronx Memoir Project, Latina Authors and Their Muses, Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, and Growing Up Girl. Dahlma’s work also appears in various literary magazines such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Kweli Journal. Since her retirement, Dahlma continues to dedicate herself to her writing, speaking engagements, and workshops. She resides in the Bronx with her husband, photographer Jonathan Lessuck.

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The World of Downton Abbey By Jessica Fellowes

Goodreads Blurb

A lavish look at the real world–both the secret history and the behind-the-scenes drama–of the spellbinding Emmy Award-winning Masterpiece TV series Downton AbbeyApril 1912. The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear that it seems as if the way it represents will last for another thousand years. It won’t.
 Millions of American viewers were enthralled by the world of Downton Abbey, the mesmerizing TV drama of the aristocratic Crawley family–and their servants–on the verge of dramatic change. On the eve of Season 2 of the TV presentation, this gorgeous book–illustrated with sketches and research from the production team, as well as on-set photographs from both seasons–takes us even deeper into that world, with fresh insights into the story and characters as well as the social history.

My Review 5 out of 5 stars

I would like to say that this book was mesmerizing and the images made me feel like I was a character in the film Downton Abbey. Loved how it uses history and culture in order to create a fascinating book that has vivid images of the film and of real life stories of the people who lived at Highclere Castle. My favorite part of the book was style, since I am a fashionista. I loved how women dressed back then. Yes, it was painful since they had to wear corsets, but dresses at that time were captivating. Our society now deems Jeans to be they style of the century. I feel like Highclere Castle was the perfect place to film Downton Abbey. The house is enormous with the feel of royalty. I also enjoyed the last chapter on this book about behind the scenes. I had no idea that the kitchen was not filmed at the castle. It would seem very difficult to have to do a scene and then cut and wait two weeks to finish the rest. I highly recommend you read this colorful book.

Author Biography

The Mitford Murders was my debut novel but my tenth book. I have written five official companion books to the television series Downton Abbey, which was created by my uncle, Julian Fellowes. These were guides to the making of the six series as well as explaining the social history context of the show. These books led to my international speaking career, touring America from coast to coast, talking to audiences of up to 2,500.

    I’ve also made numerous appearances on radio and television and am a contributor to a number of publications including The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times Style.

   My career began at the Mail on Sunday as a celebrity interviewer and lifestyle editor, before going on to be Deputy Editor of Country Life magazine. There I wrote the weekly Town Mouse column as well as a townie’s guide to country weekends for The London Paper, the latter of which formed the basis of my first book, Mud & the City. 

    I live in Oxfordshire with my family and an energetic Labradoodle but remain a Londoner at heart, the place where my heels remain blissfully mud free.

Downton Abbey film will be released on September 20, 2019.

One Immortal by Tia Louise

Goodreads Blurb

Melissa is a vampire; Derek is a vampire hunter.

When beautiful, sad Melissa Jones flees to New Orleans with her telepathic best friend, she is looking for a cure–not an erotic encounter with a sexy former Marine.

Derek Alexander left the military intending to become a private investigator, but with two powerful shifters as partners and an immunity to vampire glamour, he instead rose to the top in paranormal justice.

At a bar on Bourbon Street, Derek and Melissa cross paths, and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Acting on their feelings, they are pulled deeper into an affair, but Melissa is hiding, hoping to escape her cruel maker.

It doesn’t take long before the shifters uncover her secret. Still, Derek is determined to confront the Old One and reclaim her mortality–even at the risk of losing his.

A STANDALONE PARANORMAL ROMANCE with an HEA based on characters from the One to Hold series. Contains voluptuous vampires, alluring alpha military heroes, scorching-hot shifters, beguiling witches, and panty-melting sexy times. Keep the fans nearby… Readers 18 and older only, please.

My Review 5 out of 5 stars

This was a very good vampire book. The interaction between Derek and Melissa made this book even more fun. I loved that the vampire hunter falls in love with a hybrid. It was unexpected, since he was very serious about capturing vampires. I also loved that the shifters were partners with Derek. It made the story line more interesting with more supernatural characters. I recommend you read this book. It has many hot sexy scenes. This story shows how love conquers all.

Author Biography

Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of 20 sexy romance and romantic suspense novels.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

NEW RELEASE: BOSS OF ME, coming Sept. 17!

TIA’s BOOKS
STAY (KU; stand-alone)
MAKE ME YOURS (KU; stand-alone)
MAKE YOU MINE (KU; stand-alone)
WHEN WE KISS (KU; stand-alone)

UNDER THE LIGHTS (#1; KU)
UNDER THE STARS (#2; KU)
HIT GIRL (#3; KU)

WHEN WE TOUCH, a USA Today bestseller (KU; stand-alone)
SAVE ME (KU; stand-alone)

THE RIGHT STUD* (KU; stand-alone)
THE LAST GUY* (KU; stand-alone)
*Co-authored with Ilsa Madden-Mills

The Dirty Players Series:
The Prince & The Player, 2016
A Player for A Princess, 2016
Dirty Dealers, 2017
Dirty Thief, 2017

The One to Hold Series:
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), 2014
One to Save (Derek & Melissa), 2015
One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), 2015
One to Take (Stuart & Mariska), 2016

Paranormal Romances:
One Immortal, 2015 (KU)
One Insatiable, 2015 (KU)

SIGNED COPIES: http://smarturl.it/SignedPBs

Connect with Tia:
Website: Http://www.AuthorTiaLouise.com

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Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick for October: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Are you ready for another fabulous book club pick. Yes, it’s a continuation to The Handmaid’s Tale. All Barnes & Nobles stores are participating with the book club. The book club will be held on Wednesday, October 9 at 7 pm. Keep an eye out for my review.

Goodreads Blurb

*THE SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID’S TALE!*

In this brilliant sequel to THE HANDMAID’S TALE, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of THE HANDMAID’S TALE, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death.

With THE TESTAMENTS, the wait is over.

Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” —Margaret Atwood

Surprise Swag Pack Arrived Today from Tosca Lee

I was happily surprise to see this come in the mail today. My favorite item is the Hello Kitty watch 🙂 I was an early reviewer for her first book The Line Between and her upcoming release, A Single Light which is released on September 17th. Check out the blurbs and my review for both books.

Blurb

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, THE LINE BETWEEN is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

My Review 5 out of 5 stars

This was a total home run for me. What an absolutely engaging, thrilling and terrorizing novel. I couldn’t put this book down. We all fear doomsday might just be around the corner, now imagine you being part of a cult that tells you the end is near and then you become an outcast from that environment. To then have to experience the apocalypse while saving the world and your family. Wynter was that badass character we all wish we could be. She had to see for herself that Magnus wasn’t the prophet she thought he was. I feared each moment Wynter went through this novel. Survival mode truly is instincts. Tosca is a wonderful storyteller with an avid imagination. The plot in this novel was superb. She brought us a book for us all to fear the possibility of an apocalypse due to an ancient disease. Life will bring you roadblocks but fighting to survive will make you stronger. This novel made you feel the terror, desperation and will to survive from the very beginning. This was an amazing thriller. 

Blurb

In this gripping sequel to The Line Between, which New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava calls “everything you want in a thriller,” cult escapee Wynter Roth and ex-soldier Chase Miller emerge from their bunker to find a country ravaged by disease, and Wynter is the only one who can save it.

Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.

As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?

With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.

Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us. 

My Review 4 out of 5 stars

The apocalypse has continued. This next book in the series, will have you running for your life to the very end. This book was action packed. Wynter is a fierce woman who learned to fight and survive in just a few days from being released from the enclave, which was a cult. In just a few days she was in the middle of a war zone needing to fight to survive in order to save those who she love, while being creative and burning and exploding her way out of towns that had overpowering and cruel leaders. Wynter and Chase were under attack throughout most of the book. Wynter was determine to save Julie at whatever cost. The evil in the world has increased due to the virus that gives you advance dementia. Everyone left in the towns are starving and looking for supplies to survive. Wynter and Chase had to work together to survive and find antibiotics to save Julie. We lost some wonderful characters throughout the story. I loved how my beautiful island of Puerto Rico is part of this story. Wynter finally got to see the ocean.

I felt like the story abruptly went from Puerto Rico to the enclave. I think the ending needed a little more feedback on whats to come. Will the disease keep spreading, will it evolve and will they live to survive? We will have to wait and see. 

Author Biography

osca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times, IndieBound, and Amazon bestselling author of twelve novels including THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, FIRSTBORN, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.

You can find Tosca at ToscaLee.com, on social media, or hanging around the snack table. A SINGLE LIGHT, the highly-anticipated sequel to THE LINE BETWEEN, releases September 2019 and is available for preorder now.