Word Nerd Wednesday – Kismet

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Welcome to another edition of Word Nerd Wednesday! 🙂  This week is release week for what has definitely been one of the most satisfying reads for me so far this year: The Memory of You by Catherine West. If you haven’t had a chance to read my review yet, make sure you check it out!

During the course of the book, Tanner asks a loaded question: “You think it’s possible? For two people to live entirely separate lives, suddenly find each other, and realize they haven’t been complete until that moment?” Natalie’s response is one word: “Kismet.” Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Authors I Would Love to Meet

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, and this week’s topic from the girls at The Broke and The Bookish is causing me some dilemmas! It’s all about meeting authors: authors you want to meet, authors you can’t believe you have met, or some other topic along those lines. Continue reading

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The Memory of You (Catherine West) – Review

5 stars

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~ About the Book ~

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so. Continue reading

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Weekend Book Buzz – 25/26 March 2017

Welcome to the Weekend Book Buzz! Thanks to very limited internet connection this week, this post has been a little harder to prepare for and I’m sure I will have missed finding out about some fabulous bookish news, but I thought I would post what I have anyway. Maybe you can all comment with the news I’ve missed!

I’ve also been busy editing this week, hence there have been less book reviews. But don’t worry, I have some great reviews coming up! And here’s something that will REALLY whet your appetite:

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! I can’t possibly tell you how much I’m looking forward to this novella, and it will release early in April!! So stay tuned, or ‘like’ Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction page on Facebook to be in the know!

But for now, here’s a recap of what’s happened this week on Fiction Aficionado:

Book Review:
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Sooooooo Could Have Read in One Sitting
Word Nerd Wednesday: Flat Out Like A Lizard Drinking
First Line Friday: The Memory of You – Catherine West

~ Blog Tours ~

There are currently a few tours underway with Celebrate Lit, and you can click on the graphic to be taken to the home page for each tour, where you’ll find the schedule for the blog tour, giveaways, and more. The blog tour for Buried Secrets wraps up later this week, while Murder for the Time Being continues until the beginning of next week:

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There’s also a Celebrate Lit tour beginning for Baggage Claim on 28 March:

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~ Facebook Parties ~

Here are this week’s Facebook parties, and a few that are coming up that you can put in your diary. Please note, there has been a time change for the Facebook party for The Memory of You; it will now begin at 8pm EDT rather than 7pm EDT.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 – 8pm-10pm EDT
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And don’t forget, it’s never too early to RSVP:

Thursday 6 April 2017 – 8pm (ET)JTWYA party

~ Cover Reveals ~

Isaiah's daughterIsaiah’s Daughter – Mesu Andrews
Releasing: 3 October 2017
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation. Pre-order here.

~ Giveaways ~

Vannetta Chapman has a March Giveaway happening. Click on the image to enter:

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Karen Sargent has a giveaway associated with the release of her debut novel, Waiting for Butterflies. You can find out more about her novel on her website, or click on the graphic to be taken to the giveaway:
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is celebrating reaching the big 5-0 and has some big things to giveaway—books, gift cards, and even a Kindle Fire! This is the last round of giveaways and finishes on Tuesday 28th March. Click on the graphic to go to Lisa’s website:
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And don’t forget that the Celebrate Lit has giveaways associated with their blog tours!

~ New Releases ~

Can you believe it’s the last week in March already? And there are some great new releases this week:

Brand New from Lynette Eason!

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And here’s a reminder of the other new releases so far for March:
                   
           

~ eBook Sales ~

Please check the prices before purchasing! These sale prices are according to the information I had to hand at the time I published the post (affiliate links).

Sales with unknown ending dates ($0.99)
 

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FREE until 29 March 2017
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And here are the monthly specials that have appeared in previous Book Buzz editions this month, in case you haven’t gotten around to adding them to your collection yet! 😉

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If you have any bookish news you would like to see in future editions of the Weekend Book Buzz, I’d love to hear from you! Have a great weekend 🙂 

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First Line Friday – 24 March 2017 – The Memory of You (Catherine West)

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Welcome to First Line Friday! I have just finished reading the fantastic novel I’m featuring today, and I have one word of advice for you: PRE-ORDER!!! I’m still basking in the afterglow of this one—or perhaps ‘savouring the finish’ would be a more appropriate description 😉 —so look out for my review soon (once I can actually find the words to do it justice!)  It releases on 28 March, so you don’t have long to wait. 🙂

~ About the Book ~

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so.

And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

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~ First Line ~

The wood-paneled walls of the boardroom were closing in.

Seriously, this novel is all kinds of good, so I’ll say it again: PRE-ORDER!!

Don’t forget to share your first line in the comments, and then hop on over and find out what the other First Liners have for you today:

Jessica ~ A Baker’s Perspective  //  Sarah ~ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Bree ~ Bibliophile Reviews  //  Rachel ~ Bookworm Mama  //  Amanda ~ With a Joyful Noise
Heather ~ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen  //  Beth ~ Faithfully Bookish
Kathleen ~ Kathleen Denly  //  Lauraine ~ Lauraine’s Notes  //  Andi ~ Radiant Light
Carrie ~ Reading is my Superpower  //  Robin ~ Robin’s Nest  //  Sydney ~ Singing Librarian

 If you would like to join us for First Line Friday, contact Carrie at Reading is my Superpower.

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Word Nerd Wednesday – Flat Out Like a Lizard Drinking

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Welcome to another edition of Word Nerd Wednesday! Last week I gave your vocabulary a little boost by introducing the word prestidigitation and asking you to tell me what you thought it meant. I either have some very clever readers, or I gave too big a hint when I said Wren Lockhart from Kristy Cambron’s latest release, The Illusionist’s Apprentice, would be familiar with this. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I SOOOO Could Have Read In One Sitting

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, thanks to the girls at The Broke and The Bookish, is a Read In One Sitting theme. Gone are the days when I could read a book in one sitting! Reading a book in one day still happens occasionally (particularly if it’s a novella), although it’s usually more like 2-3 days, depending on what’s been happening on those days. But sometimes there are books that are REALLY hard to pull yourself out of; books that totally suck you into the world they create and leave you floundering in some strange alternate reality when a voice pipes up and says, “Mum, isn’t it lunchtime?” 😳

Those are the books I’m going to share with you today. Books that totally pulled me into their world or had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Here goes:

Conspiracy of Silence – Ronie Kendig
This was probably my most anticipated read of 2016, and I had to wait until DECEMBER to get it! But it was sooooo worth the wait. The first four words of my review say it all:
THIS. BOOK. IS. EPIC.  Read my full review.

He’d gotten into impossible scenarios before. Seen horrible things. Been the cause of deaths. Deaths that put him in federal prison. And they wanted to recycle all that? Do it again? No way.

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Begin Again – Crystal Walton
I have fallen in love with many characters over the years, but Ti and Drew have definitely taken a prominent place in my heart.  Their banter is some of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time, and their personalities burst from the page. I was hooked from the first page to the last! Read my full review.

Drew loosened his tense arms. “I’m not wound as tightly as you think I am.”
“Are you kidding? Even Oprah couldn’t get you to open up.”

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Just The Way You Are – Pepper Basham
I’m really teasing you here, because this one isn’t released yet, but I’m already reading this for the second time! I have so much love for this book, and I can’t link you to my review yet (that will be up on 6 April 2017, so watch this space), but there is just soooo much to love about this couple!

“You do realize if you run away like Cinderella, I’ll pursue you. None of this waiting back at the castle like Prince Charming … And I’ll keep coming after you, all the way across an ocean.”

Amazon  //  Goodreads

The Unveiling – Tamara Leigh
I love this whole series so much! I first read it a couple of years ago, and recently picked up the first one in the series again because book #6 is going to release very soon! Full of fantastic action and tension, it was really difficult to put this book down—and I’d already read it before! Read my full review.

Unlike most women Garr had met, Annyn Bretanne was strong. If not for her purpose a Wulfen, he might admire her. Or perhaps in spite of it, he did.

Amazon  //  Goodreads

The Illusionist’s Apprentice – Kristy Cambron
The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a novel of suspense, revenge, heartache, love, and moments of breathtaking poignancy. It was impossible not to become fully immersed in the world of this story, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Read my full review.

“She certainly isn’t like any witness we’ve had before. Someone will have to keep a keen eye on that one.”
“Yes.” Elliot nodded, watching as Wren eased into her next act onstage. “Someone will.”

Amazon  //  Goodreads

If I’m Found – Terri Blackstock
This is actually my most recently reviewed book, and I have been waiting for it ever since I finished it’s predecessor If I Run twelve months ago. The tension never lets up for a minute, and now I have another seemingly interminable wait for the conclusion! Read my full review.

I know I will find her again, and hopefully when I do, I can make it safe for her to come back and confront her accusers.

Amazon  //  Goodreads

A Portrait of Emily Price – Katherine Reay
This is another one of those novels that you open the pages and sink into. I loved the imagery, the ambiance, the emotion—everything about this novel. And I was more than a little in love with Benito Vassallo… Read my full review.

“Do you know Francesco Hayez? Il bacio?”
I shook my head, trying to think coherently.
“Look it up.” He touched his lips to mine again. “This was that moment.”

Amazon  //  Goodreads

The Progeny – Tosca Lee
I am soooo pleased it is less than two months until the release of the sequel to this book, because that last page… Wowser! This story is a riveting hybrid: A fast-paced thriller with historical roots and speculative overtones. And these two sentences from the novel tell you all you need to know: (Read my full review)

It’s hard to trust anyone you don’t know. Especially when that person is you.

Amazon  //  Goodreads

Keep Holding On – Melissa Tagg
Melissa has this way of capturing her characters’ hearts in all their contradictory, messy glory, and with her trademark mixture of humour, tenderness, and poignancy.  Read my full review.

She turned to see him watching her, and for at least the hundredth time since he’d whisked her away from Maple Valley, she smiled and blushed and gave him that look that honestly made him think maybe she saw him differently now.
And it—she—took his breath away.

Amazon  //  Goodreads

Then Came YouThen Came You – Becky Wade
I actually did read this in one sitting, although I hadn’t intended to! It just…kind of…happened. And with a first line like Sylvie left me today, it’s little wonder I was sucked straight in. Poor Garner experiences his fair share of heartache, but this is a great introduction to Becky’s new series! (Read my review at Goodreads)

You’re a gift I never expected. You’ve changed my life and made me believe in a future I couldn’t even imagine until I met you.

Amazon  //  Goodreads

What was the last book you read that sucked you right in and wouldn’t let go?

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