Waiting on Wednesday – Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

July 11, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Cross Her Heart by Sarah PinboroughCross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Published by William Morrow on September 4, 2018
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Mayhem, Murder, The Language of Dying

Lisa lives a very quiet life. A single mother nearing forty, she devotes herself to raising her sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava. Wary of men, Lisa doesn’t speak of her past or Ava’s absent father. Her best friend Marilyn wishes she would open up more and maybe finally go on a date—with the sexy new client who’s obviously keen—but Marilyn has problems of her own.

Ava is getting tired of her overprotective mother. She wants to live like a normal teenager—chill with friends, go to swim practice, study for exams, have a boyfriend. Her mom would freak if she knew that Ava’s already got someone special, someone who makes her feel sophisticated—and wanted.

Lisa has spent a long time looking over her shoulder, but lately she’s been especially uneasy. Small things from the past have begun to appear in the present, feeding her anxiety. As her life begins to unravel, Lisa knows that the only way she can protect herself and her daughter is to face her fears. Yet courage won’t be enough. She’ll need help from the only person she can trust—Marilyn. Between them they have to save Ava, and to do that, they have to be honest with each other. Truly honest. Marilyn did promise she’d do anything to help.

But a long time ago, Lisa made a promise too. Then she broke her word. And that betrayal hasn’t been forgotten—or forgiven.

Now, someone is going to make her pay for her sin.

About Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. In the UK she is published by both Gollancz and Jo Fletcher Books at Quercus and by Ace, Penguin and Titan in the US. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror film Cracked currently in development and another original screenplay under option. She has recently branched out into television writing and has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has an original series in development with World Productions and ITV Global.

Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

I’ve consistently loved everything of Pinborough’s so I’m definitely looking forward to this one!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2018 (So far)

July 10, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 7 Comments

It’s never more evident how all over the place my reading picks are than when I do a best of list. Memoir, graphic novel, Dystopian, Romance, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and even a re-read (and a DNF) of two books I didn’t like the first time around. I’ve got a little bit of everything in this list. Here are my current favorite ten reads for the year… so far. 🙂

I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections by Nora Ephron
Lady Killer 2 by Joëlle Jones
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) by Jane Harper
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of July 9th, 2018

July 9, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of July 9th, 2018

The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Tor Teen

The Traitor’s Ruin (Traitor’s Trilogy #2) by Erin Beaty [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Imprint

The Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1) by Danielle Banas [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Swoon Reads

The Brink of Darkness (The Edge of Everything #2) by Jeff Giles [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Feiwel Friends

I’m Not Missing: A Novel by Carrie Fountain [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Flatiron Books

Willa of the Wood (Willa #1) by Robert Beatty [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

 I Only Killed Him Once (Ray Electromatic Mysteries #3) by Adam Christopher [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Tor Books

Game of the Gods by Jay Schiffman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Tor Books

Deep Roots (The Innsmouth Legacy #2) by Ruthanna Emrys [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Tor.com

The Naming of the Beasts (Felix Castor #5) by Mike Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Orbit

The Seas by Samantha Hunt [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Tin House Books

River of Bones (Destroyermen #13) by Taylor Anderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Ace Books

European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #2) by Theodora Goss [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Saga Press

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.

It’s Not the End and Other Lies by Matt Moore [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by ChiZine Publications

Halcyon by Rio Youers [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

All These Beautiful Strangers: A Novel by Elizabeth Klehfoth [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by William Morrow

Half Moon Bay: A Novel by Alice LaPlante [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Scribner

Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Gallery/Scout Press

Eden by Andrea Kleine [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Watch the Girls by Jennifer Wolfe [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Quirk Books

A Gathering of Secrets (Kate Burkholder #10) by Linda Castillo [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Minotaur Books

The Lost Country by William Gay [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Dzanc Books

The Fifth to Die (4MK Thriller #2) by J.D. Barker [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Some Die Nameless by Wallace Stroby [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Mulholland Books

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Berkley Books

The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

The Summer Wives: A Novel by Beatriz Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by William Morrow

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Penguin Press

The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna by C.W. Gortner [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Ballantine Books

The Good Fight by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Delacorte Press

What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Little, Brown

The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Random House

The Lido by Libby Page [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Simon Schuster

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

Orchid & The Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Hogarth

The Lost Queen of Crocker County by Elizabeth Leiknes [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Sourcebooks Landmark

A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by The Overlook Press

The Real Deal: A Novel by Lauren Blakely [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

When We Found Home by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Hqn

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Hqn

The Last Cruise by Kate Christensen [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Doubleday

Interior: A Novel by Thomas Clerc [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nevada Days: A Novel by Bernardo Atxaga [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Graywolf Press

A Terrible Country: A Novel by Keith Gessen [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 10th 2018 by Viking

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Audiobook Sync: Week 11 Titles | The Invisible Girls & Girls Like Us (July 5 – 11)

July 5, 2018 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

Thursday means a brand new set of audiobooks to download and enjoy! Make sure you get these downloaded by July 11th because a new set of books will be available to download on July 12th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

The Invisible Girls: A Memoir by Sarah Thebarge | Read by Kirsten Potter
Published by Oasis Audio, LLC. | Download available here!

A girl scarred by her past. A refugee mother uncertain of her future. Five little girls who brought them together. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated. Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places.

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles | Read by Lauren Ezzo, Brittany Pressley
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing
 | Download available here!

A 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner! With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world. We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad. Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought—and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Putney by Sofka Zinovieff

July 4, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Putney by Sofka ZinovieffPutney by Sofka Zinovieff
Published by Harper on August 21, 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
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A provocative and absorbing novel about a teenage girl’s intoxicating romance with a powerful older man and her discovery, decades later, that her happy memories are hiding a painful truth.

A rising star in the London arts scene of the early 1970s, gifted composer Ralph Boyd is approached by renowned novelist Edmund Greenslay to score a stage adaptation of his most famous work. Welcomed into Greenslay’s sprawling bohemian house in Putney, an artistic and prosperous district in southwest London, the musical wunderkind is introduced to Edmund’s beautiful activist wife Ellie, his aloof son Theo, and his young daughter Daphne, who quickly becomes Ralph’s muse.

Ralph showers Daphne with tokens of his affection—clandestine gifts and secret notes. In a home that is exciting but often lonely, Daphne finds Ralph to be a dazzling companion for many years. When Ralph accompanies Daphne alone to meet her parents in Greece, their relationship intensifies irrevocably. One person knows the truth about their relationship: Daphne’s best friend Jane, whose awe of the intoxicating Greenslay family ensures her silence.

Decades later Daphne is back in London. After years lost to decadence and drug abuse, she is struggling to create a normal, stable life for herself and her adolescent daughter. When circumstances bring her back in touch with her long-lost friend, Jane, their reunion inevitably turns to Ralph, now a world-famous musician also living in the city. Daphne’s recollections of her youth and her growing anxiety over her own young daughter eventually lead to an explosive realization that propels her to confront Ralph and their years spent together.

Masterfully told from three diverse viewpoints—victim, perpetrator, and witness—Putney is a subtle and enormously powerful novel about consent, agency, and what we tell ourselves to justify what we do, and what others do to us.

About Sofka Zinovieff

Sofka studied social anthropology at Cambridge and carried out the research for her PhD in Greece. This marked the beginning of a lifelong involvement with the country.

She has lived in Moscow and Rome and worked as a freelance journalist and reviewer, writing mainly for British publications including The Telegraph Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Independent Magazine and The London Magazine.

After many years in Athens, she now divides her time between there and England. She is married and has two daughters.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – ‘Murica: The Book Edition

July 2, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 8 Comments

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July in the United States and I’m not even in the country! But here’s a fun little red, white, and blue book tower anyways.

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link [Purchase]
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella [Purchase]
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus #1) by Jonathan Stroud [Purchase]
Horns by Joe Hill [Purchase]
The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock #1) by Sarah Bailey [Purchase]
Instant Love by Jami Attenberg [Purchase]
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler [Purchase]
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari [Purchase]
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes [Purchase]
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant [Purchase]

Happy Fourth, everyone.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of July 2nd, 2018

July 2, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of July 2nd, 2018

Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4) by Rachel Caine [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by HarperTeen

Copycat by Hannah Jayne [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

Zen and Gone by Emily France [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Soho Teen

The Empire of Ashes (The Draconis Memoria #3) by Anthony Ryan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Ace Books

Age of War (The Legends of the First Empire #3) by Michael J. Sullivan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Del Rey Books

Empire of Silence (Sun Eater #1) by Christopher Ruocchio [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Daw Books

Pack by Mike Bockoven [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Talos

City of Lies (Poison Wars #1) by Sam Hawke [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Tor Books

The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut #1) by Mary Robinette Kowal [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Tor Books

Heroine’s Journey (Heroine Complex #3) by Sarah Kuhn [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by DAW

Marked (Alex Verus #9) by Benedict Jacka [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Ace Books

It All Falls Down (Nora Watts #2) by Sheena Kamal [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by William Morrow

The Ruin (Cormac Reilly #1) by Dervla McTiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Penguin Books

The Moment Before Drowning by James Brydon [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Akashic Books

Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Dutton Books

Stay Hidden (Mike Bowditch #9) by Paul Doiron [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Minotaur Books

Spymaster (Scot Harvath #17) by Brad Thor [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Running Wild by J.G. Ballard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Liveright

The Black Chamber (Tales from the Black Chamber #1) by S.M. Stirling [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Ace

After the Monsoon (Ernst Grip #2) by Robert Karjel [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Harper

White River Burning (Dave Gurney #6) by John Verdon [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Counterpoint

April in Paris, 1921 (A Kiki Button Mystery #1) by Tessa Lunney [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Scandal Above Stairs (Kat Holloway Mysteries #2) by Jennifer Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

Caught in Time (Kendra Donovan #3) by Julie McElwain [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Bound for Gold (Peter Fallon #6) by William Martin [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Forge

Pandora’s Boy (Flavia Albia Mystery #6) by Lindsey Davis [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Minotaur Books

The King’s Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy #1) by Tracy Borman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Scribner

Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Rip the Angels from Heaven: A Novel by David Krugler [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

A Long Island Story by Rick Gekoski [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Canongate Books

The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

 The World Is a Narrow Bridge by Aaron Thier [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Bloomsbury USA

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls: Stories by Alissa Nutting [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Ecco

How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Harper

White Hot Grief Parade: A Memoir by Alexandra Silber [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars: A Neuropsychologist’s Odyssey Through Consciousness by Paul Broks [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age by James Crabtree [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 3rd 2018 by Tim Duggan Books

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Audiobook Sync: Week 10 Titles | Macbeth & The Curse of Crow Hollow (June 28 – July 4)

June 28, 2018 Bonnie Sync 4 Comments

Thursday means a brand new set of audiobooks to download and enjoy! Make sure you get these downloaded by July 4th because a new set of books will be available to download on July 5th. In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

Each audiobook will be available for you to download onto your computer and/or mobile device for one week. The files are available from Thursday morning 7am Eastern Time until the following Thursday morning at 7am Eastern time when the new audiobook titles become available. You may download more than once if you have more than one device. When you have downloaded the MP3 files they are yours to keep. We suggest using the free OverDrive app.

This year’s program kicks off on April 26th and there will be a total of 26 titles available, two available for download each week. Be sure to sign up for email and/or text alerts at Audiobook Sync to remind you when new titles are available. The audiobooks can be downloaded onto your computer and easily transferred to your smartphone for easy listening — and remember that these audiobooks are yours to keep!

Macbeth by William Shakespeare | Read by Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault, James Marsters, Jon Matthews, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, Kate Steele, Kristoffer Tabori, Joanne Whalley
Published by L.A. Theatre Works | Download available here!

Infamously known as the cursed “Scottish play”, Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth Josh Cooke as Banquo/Others JD Cullum as Macduff/Second Murderer Dan Donohue as Ross Jeannie Elias as Second Witch/Others Chuma Hunter-Gault as Lennox/Servant Jon Matthews as Malcolm Alan Shearman as Angus/Others André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain/Third Witch/Others Kate Steele as Lady Macduff/First Witch/Apparition Kristoffer Tabori as Duncan/Others Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May of 2011.

The Curse of Crow Hollow by Billy Coffey | Read by Gabe Wicks
Published by Thomas Nelson
 | Download available here!

With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways. Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves. “Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’” —Kirkus Reviews

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

June 27, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Phantom Tree by Nicola CornickThe Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
Published by Graydon House on August 21, 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Format: Paperback
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“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, was in Wolf Hall...with Mary...in 1557.

The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbors secrets in its shadows...

A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine by the bestselling author of House of Shadows.

About Nicola Cornick


International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes romantic historical mysteries and witty and passionate Regency romance. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.

Nicola lives near Oxford and loves reading, writing, history, music, wildlife, travel and walking her dog. She also loves hearing from her readers and chatting to them on her blog at www.nicolacornick.co.uk She can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @NicolaCornick

Tudors + Time travel?? Sign me up.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Series Graveyard

June 25, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 17 Comments

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about those series’ that I’ve called it quits on. It can be hard to finally make that decision to move on, I know that personally, I have a hard time closing the door on a story that you may have spent a lot of time invested in. But hard decisions sometimes have to be made so you can move on to better books. These are just a few of the series that have joined my Series Graveyard.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Last installment read: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
Man, I really loved this series and A Court of Mist and Fury still remains a favorite but this series went super downhill for me. Starlight (which I recently dubbed Frost and Starshit) was just the nail in the coffin.

Red Queen Series

Last installment read: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
I didn’t get very far with this one, but I’m okay with that. There just wasn’t enough “special” about this one to keep me invested.

An Ember in the Ashes Series

Last installment read: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
This was a well-loved debut (and still remains a well-loved series) but someone has to be the black sheep. Baaa. Between the extremely slow pace and the excessive (and unnecessary) violence, I didn’t much care for this one and never continued the series.

     
Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series

Last installment read: Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
This one is a weird one. The last book I read in this series I rated four stars, however, I’ve practically forgotten everything about this and I didn’t enjoy it enough to warrant a re-read. So here it lies.


Blood and Salt Series

Last installment read: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)
This was one of the last horror (YA) books that I read. I’m such a massive horror fan and unfortunately, the majority of YA books are far too tame (and contain too much unnecessary romance.)

Parasitology Series

Last installment read: Symbiont (Parasitology #2)
I never expected to dislike this one as much as I did. Parasites! Contagion! Mira Grant! It still upsets me that I couldn’t even finish this trilogy. So sad.

Love Lies Beneath Series

Last installment read: Love Lies Beneath (Love Lies Beneath, #1)
This is another favorite author of mine that managed to write something I didn’t like. But it happens, I suppose. Maybe it was the lack of verse? Whatever it was, this was terrible, but at least my review was fun to write.

 

Guards of the Shadowlands Series

Last installment read: Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1)
This had been on my TBR for ages and I’d listened to people rave about this series for years. Definitely another black sheep situation. I could barely finish the first installment.

Alphas Series

Last installment read: Origins (Alphas, #0.5)
I’ve heard rumblings that even though this was written a while ago, that a series may happen someday. I love Ilona Andrews so much but this is one series I’ll be skipping out on if it does in fact happen.

Eve Duncan Series

Last installment read: Bonnie (Eve Duncan, #14)
I read this one for many, many years but finally had to call it quits. The 14th installment was meant to be where we finally got all the answers but it was such a cop-out. And then the series continued somehow, even after everything was “resolved”. I’m curious how Johansen kept the story afloat but not interested enough to actually pick up the next book.

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