Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Tuesdays are great!  Don’t you love them?  The week is in full swing, and it’s our opportunity to visit blogs and read excerpts.  Today I am sharing one of my review books, an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Ruin Falls, by Jenny Milchman.





Intro:  The children had never been this far from home before.  Liz had spent most of yesterday driving around, hunting for no-mess Crayola coloring books, praying they weren’t too juvenile to keep a six- and eight-year-old occupied in the car, then running up and down the supermarket aisles in search of bars and snack pouches in case they couldn’t find food on the road.  Or in case they did find something, and Paul wouldn’t allow the kids to eat it.

Now the hours had ticked by, four of them, and it seemed they were no closer to their destination than they had been when they left home.  Descending from the mountains of Wedeskyull had presented a stark contrast and it felt like they were really traveling.  But the view outside the windows ever since had been made up of little besides cornfields.  Liz wouldn’t have believed how bleak acres and acres of green could appear when the crop was so unvarying.  The road they were driving on hadn’t dipped or risen for thirty minutes.  It was a flat length of asphalt, inky mirages always shimmering just ahead.


Teaser:  In the few moments she’d been able to attain unconsciousness last night, her rest had been overrun by what she’d learned on that website Paul had visited.  Or what she hadn’t learned.  Letters danced through the shards of her dreams.  P’s and E’s and W’s. (p. 123).


Blurb:  Liz Daniels has every reason to be happy about setting off on a rare family vacation, leaving behind her remote home in the Adirondack Mountains for a while. Instead, she feels uneasy. Her children, eight-year-old Reid and six-year-old Ally, have met their paternal grandparents only a handful of times. But Liz’s husband, Paul, has decided that, despite a strained relationship with his mother and father, they should visit the farm in western New York where he spent his childhood.

On their way to the farm, the family stops at a hotel for the night. In the morning, when Liz goes to check on her sleeping children, all her anxiety comes roaring back: Ally and Reed are nowhere to be found. Blind panic slides into ice-cold terror as the hours tick by without anyone finding a trace of the kids. Soon, Paul and Liz are being interviewed by police, an Amber Alert is issued, and detectives are called in.

Frantic worry and helplessness threaten to overtake Liz’s mind—but in a sudden, gut-wrenching instant she realizes that it was no stranger who slipped into the hotel room that night. Someone she trusted completely has betrayed her. Though she knows that Ally and Reid are safe, Liz will stop at nothing to find them and get them back. From her guarded in-laws’ unwelcoming farmhouse to the deep woods of her own hometown, Liz follows the threads of a terrible secret to uncover a hidden world created from dreams and haunted by nightmares.


Doesn’t this sound intense?  I am so looking forward to it.  Would you keep reading?  What are you sharing today?



Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Just grab your book and share the opening lines; then find another excerpt that “teases” the reader.

Today’s spotlight is on What I Did For Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America’s favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is taking a serious beating.

What should a down-on-her-luck actress do? Not go to Vegas . . . not run into her detestable former costar, dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard . . . and not get caught up in an ugly incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Before she knows it, Georgie has a fake marriage, a fake husband, and maybe (or not) a fake sex life.

It’s a paparazzi free-for-all, and Georgie’s nonsupporting cast doesn’t help. There’s Bram’s punk-nightmare housekeeper, Georgie’s own pushy parent, a suck-up agent, an icy studio head with a private agenda, and her ex-husband’s new wife, who can’t get enough of doing good deeds and saving the world—the bitch. As for Georgie’s leading man, Bram’s giving the performance of his life, but he’s never cared about anyone except himself, and it’s not exactly clear why.

Two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright . . . and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises.


Intro:  The jackals swarmed her as she stepped out into the late April afternoon.  When Georgie had ducked into the perfume shop on Beverly Boulevard, only three of them had been stalking her, but now there were fifteen—twenty—maybe more—a howling, feral pack loose in L. A., cameras unsheathed, ready to rip the last bit of flesh from her bones.

Their strobes blinded her.  She told herself she could handle whatever they threw at her.  Hadn’t she been doing exactly that for the past year?  They began to shout their rude questions—too many questions, too fast, too loud, words running together until nothing made sense.  One of them shoved something in her hands—a tabloid—and screamed in her ear.  “This just hit the stands, Georgie.  What do you have to say?”


Teaser:  She grabbed her suitcase and carried it out into the hallway.  Once again, the sense of being trapped made her heart race, and once again she fought to steady herself.  p. 83


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  I am looking forward to this one.


Today I’ll be participating again in First Chapter First Paragraph, hosted by Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea. 

I’ll also be spotlighting the excerpt in Teaser Tuesdays, at Should Be Reading.

Today I’m featuring Arranged, by Catherine McKenzie; it is an ARC, so the text may change in the final printing.


Amazon Description: 

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she’s engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it’s actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.

A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .



“I read your emails,” I tell Stuart.

His head snaps up from his copy of Maxim.  His sock-covered feet are resting on the glass coffee table that sits in front of the leather couch we bought six months ago.  An innocent pose, though he’s guilty as hell.

“You what?”

“You heard me.”

The planes of his angular face harden.  “I’d better not be hearing you.”

I feel a moment of guilt.  Then I remember what I read.

“I read your emails.  All of them.”  He opens his mouth to speak, but I cut him off.  “How could I violate your privacy?  Is that what you were going to say?  Don’t you talk to me about violations, Stuart.  Don’t you even dare.”


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?


Teaser:  I watch his lips as he talks.  I want them closer.  I want him kissing me.


Now I’m eager to see what the rest of you are sharing today.  Come on by and leave some comments and links!


Welcome to Tuesday, the time in the week when we celebrate bookish things, like Teaser Tuesday, hosted by Should Be Reading.

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Today’s book is Now You See Her, by Joy Fielding, and spotlights the life of a fifty-something newly divorced woman who lost her daughter two years earlier.  She has gone to Ireland alone, on the occasion that would have been her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.


Teaser: Ten minutes later, she found herself alone at a tiny table for two inside another traditional Irish pub overlooking the river Lee.  It was dark inside, which suited the mood that was rapidly overtaking her.  p. 6



Now, in a slight departure, just as I did last week, I’m spotlighting an excerpt from one of my own published novels.

Tuesday Teaser, is what some have called this….


Embrace the Whirlwind, by Laurel-Rain Snow (that’s me!), can be found on Amazon.com or at my website.

Book Blurb: How does one person connect to another in a meaningful and satisfying way?  Can a tortured past and tangled family history impede prospects for finding happiness in the future?  The author explores the multidimensional character of Amber Cushing, a young woman whose conflicted relationship with her mother propels her into a whirlwind of bad choices.  Her growing addiction to love pushes her out of control and thwarts any chance at happiness.  But when she begins to explore her own feelings and understand the reasons behind her actions, Amber starts to forgive herself and to forge a brave new future.

In this particular scene, Denise Richardson, a retired social worker who now takes in down-on-their-luck young girls and serves as a nurturing advice-giver, ponders some of her own mistakes from the past.


Tuesday Teaser:  Denise was familiar with impulsiveness disguised and renamed spontaneity.  Living with the wreckage of her own whirlwind adventures had ultimately led to some positive growth, but the price had been high.  But then maybe nothing worthwhile came without a price of one kind or another.  She guessed that the trick was to minimize the costs while absorbing the precious gems at the core of each life lesson.

So those are my tempting excerpts for the day.  What did you choose?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….