TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK RELEASE DAY!

Another Tuesday brings more book releases…and two of my recent ARCs were released today.  So I went to Amazon to post my reviews on the product pages:

The New Girl, by Harriet Walker, and On Ocean Boulevard, by Mary Alice Monroe.

Then I checked out the available new releases and chose this one:

A Week at the Shore, by Barbara Delinsky

One phone call is all it takes to lure Mallory Aldiss back to her family’s Rhode Island beach home. It’s been twenty years since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with the love of her life, Jack Sabathian. Twenty years during which she lived in New York, building her career as a photographer and raising her now teenage daughter Joy.

But that phone call makes it clear that something has brought the past forward again—something involving Mallory’s father. Compelled by concern for her family and by Joy’s wish to visit her mother’s childhood home, Mallory returns to Bay Bluff, where conflicting loyalties will be faced and painful truths revealed.

In just seven watershed days at the Rhode Island shore, she will test the bonds of friendship and family—and discover the role that love plays in defining their lives.

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I have read and loved Delinsky’s books for many years, so I can’t wait to immerse myself in this one.

As for more releases for today…I may stop downloading for now.  Unless some other book calls out to me.  Meanwhile, I have been adding new books over the past few months, so I could be locked down indefinitely and not run out of reading material.

How do your TBR Stacks look these days?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: EXPECTED & UNEXPECTED TREASURES…

Another Book Release Day!  I woke up to a book I had pre-ordered:

A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight

It arrived safely on Paige, my Kindle, tucked away and waiting for my bliss.

A Good Marriage is a smart, provocative, insightful page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.”  —Harlan Coben, author of The Boy from the Woods

Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.

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As I do every Tuesday, I then went to the Goodreads New Release page…and found nothing else to buy today.  But…I saw that the release date had been moved up for Big Summer, by Jennifer Weiner, and I have the ARC.  Original date:  5/19.  So I guess I will start reading it today!

That doesn’t usually happen.  Oh, well.

Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

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So…my day is lined up with an unexpected read, but as I skimmed through the synopsis, I got excited about it.

What is happening in your Book Universe?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TREASURING THE BOUNTY…

Another fabulous Tuesday has arrived!  Today I am receiving two downloaded new releases to add to my already very full Kindle.  Paige, my Kindle, does not complain, however.  She is just doing her job as the receptacle for the bounty.

Books Received:

Have You Seen Me?, by Kate White – By the way, I love this cover!

The key to her missing memories could bring relief—or unlock her worst nightmares.

On a cold, rainy morning, finance journalist Ally Linden arrives soaked to the bone at her Manhattan office, only to find that she’s forgotten her keycard. When her boss shows, he’s shocked to see her—because, he explains, she hasn’t worked there in five years.

Ally knows her name, but is having trouble coming up with much beyond that, though after a trip to the psychiatric ER, she begins to piece together important facts: she lives on the Upper West Side; she’s now a freelance journalist; she’s married to a terrific man named Hugh. More memories materialize and yet she still can’t recall anything about the previous two days. Diagnosed as having experienced a dissociative state, she starts to wonder if it may have been triggered by something she saw. Could she have witnessed an accident—or worse—had something happened to her?

Desperate for answers, Ally tries to track where she spent the missing days, but every detail she unearths points to an explanation that’s increasingly ominous, and it’s clear someone wants to prevent her from learning where those forty-eight hours went. In order to uncover the truth, Ally must dig deep into the secrets of her past—and outsmart the person who seems determined to silence her.

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The Sweeney Sisters, by Lian Dolan

 

Maggie, Eliza, and Tricia Sweeney grew up as a happy threesome in the idyllic seaside town of Southport, Connecticut. But their mother’s death from cancer fifteen years ago tarnished their golden-hued memories, and the sisters drifted apart. Their one touchstone is their father, Bill Sweeney, an internationally famous literary lion and college professor universally adored by critics, publishers, and book lovers. When Bill dies unexpectedly one cool June night, his shell-shocked daughters return to their childhood home. They aren’t quite sure what the future holds without their larger-than-life father, but they do know how to throw an Irish wake to honor a man of his stature.

But as guests pay their respects and reminisce, one stranger, emboldened by whiskey, has crashed the party. It turns out that she too is a Sweeney sister.

When Washington, DC based journalist Serena Tucker had her DNA tested on a whim a few weeks earlier, she learned she had a 50% genetic match with a childhood neighbor—Maggie Sweeney of Southport, Connecticut. It seems Serena’s chilly WASP mother, Birdie, had a history with Bill Sweeney—one that has remained totally secret until now.

Once the shock wears off, questions abound. What does this mean for William’s literary legacy? Where is the unfinished memoir he’s stashed away, and what will it reveal? And how will a fourth Sweeney sister—a blond among redheads—fit into their story?

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A little tidbit:  How do I keep track of my pre-ordered books?  Well, I have this little basket on my desk, with my post-it notes clipped to it.  I also keep other important notes/tidbits in it.  This is, after all, the blog about Tidbits, Obsessions, Etc.

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What are you eagerly awaiting?  Or do you sensibly stick to the TBR that you already possess, realizing that now is a great time to put a dent in that pile?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TREASURES FOR THE SHELVES…

Yay, it’s Tuesday Book Release Day again!  The number of books was small, for some reason, but I did find two books to download.

Little Secrets, by Jennifer Hillier

From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.

Wow!

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Then I added this new Kelly Rimmer book to my stack:

Truths I Never Told You

With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

Already I am intrigued!

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Now I am eager to start reading this week’s stack of books…and I think I will begin with:

Something She’s Not Telling Us, by Darcey Bell

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What does your Tuesday look like?  I am also participating in Tuesday Excerpts here.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: INSPIRATION!

Welcome to another Tuesday, in which we share our bookish finds…and anything else that is keeping us going during these troublesome times.

Before I talk about the books: last night, I was inspired by watching a Margaret Atwood documentary on Hulu.  I learned more about her younger years, and also how she came to write The Handmaid’s Tale and its sequel.  Here are some images from the video (Margaret, on the left, and her agent on the right):

Margaret talking at an event:

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As for new book releases, I found two that have been on my list:

The Sea Glass Cottage, by RaeAnne Thayne

From the New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne comes a brand-new novel for fans of Debbie Macomber and Susan Wiggs. RaeAnne Thayne tells the story of an emotional homecoming that brings hope and healing to three generations of women.

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Follow Me, by Kathleen Barber

From the author of Truth Be Told (formerly titled Are You Sleeping)—now an Apple TV series of the same name—comes a cautionary tale of oversharing in the social media age for fans of Jessica Knoll and Caroline Kepnes’s You.

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Today I am moving toward the conclusion of my current read:  And They Called It Camelot, which I am loving!

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This morning I woke up early, but I have no place to go…Lockdown!  But…I like being able to blog and find new books while waiting for the breakfast tray at 7:00.

My daughter has promised to shop for supplies for me…and deliver them to the staff here.  That’s something, right?

Enjoy your day, and stay healthy and safe.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & MORE BOOKS…

I wake up feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed on Tuesday mornings.  Why?  Well, book releases, of course.  Plus I like the Tuesday meme that I call Tuesday Excerpts.

Today I downloaded a new Melinda Leigh book, Cross Her Heart.  I love her books, but I’m way behind.  This newest one is Book 1 in a new series, (Bree Taggert), so I think this will be a good place to resume reading.

For more than twenty-five years, Philadelphia homicide detective Bree Taggert has tucked away the nightmarish childhood memories of her parents’ murder-suicide…Until her younger sister, Erin, is killed in a crime that echoes that tragic night: innocent witnesses and a stormy marriage that ended in gunfire. There’s just one chilling difference. Erin’s husband, Justin, has vanished.

Bree knows how explosive the line between love and hate can be, yet the evidence against her troubled brother-in-law isn’t adding up. Teaming up with Justin’s old friend, former sheriff’s investigator and K-9 handler Matt Flynn, Bree vows to uncover the secrets of her sister’s life and death, as she promised Erin’s children. But as her investigation unfolds, the danger hits close to home. Once again, Bree’s family is caught in a death grip. And this time, it could be fatal for her.

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Today I am reading The Other Mrs., by Mary Kubica, a recent download.  I am loving it!

Propulsive and addictive, and perfect for fans of “You,” The Other Mrs. is the twisty new psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl

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I am also hoping to start reading another book that arrived last week:  And They Called It Camelot, by Stephanie Marie Thornton.

An intimate portrait of the life of Jackie O
 
Few of us can claim to be the authors of our fate. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy knows no other choice. With the eyes of the world watching, Jackie uses her effortless charm and keen intelligence to carve a place for herself among the men of history and weave a fairy tale for the American people, embodying a senator’s wife, a devoted mother, a First Lady—a queen in her own right.
 
But all reigns must come to an end. Once JFK travels to Dallas and the clock ticks down those thousand days of magic in Camelot, Jackie is forced to pick up the ruined fragments of her life and forge herself into a new identity that is all her own, that of an American legend.

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Enjoy your week and your new books!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: NEW BOOKS & A NEW LOOK…

Welcome to another book release day.  Last week, I posted about the books I pre-ordered and which I will receive today.

Yesterday, I rearranged my space…I was feeling restless and frustrated due to the new restrictions that were handed down here in the residence.  It is all about the coronavirus, which seems to be on all our minds lately.  But the focus brought by the staff here just increases panic and anxiety, in my opinion, so a little “facelift” seemed to be in order.

Here’s what I did:  See photo at the top of the post that showcases my new computer area.  Across the room (below), I placed a table and file cabinet next to the TV.

And here’s another glimpse of the room:

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Today I’ll be getting a new and smaller chair for the computer area.  And, of course, the pre-ordered books I wrote about last week will arrive!

Now I’m reading The Coconut Layer Cake Murders, by Joanne Fluke.

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Then I found this Carol Goodman book that was released last week:

The Sea of Lost Girls

In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier, Shari Lapena, and Michelle Richmond comes a new thriller from the bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages—a twisty, harrowing story set at a prestigious prep school in which one woman’s carefully hidden past might destroy her future.

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That is my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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