Monday, December 5, 2016

Betrayed - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

Lisa Scottoline knows how to ramp up the tension! In BETRAYED, her character is dealing with a demanding job, a favorite aunt who's facing surgery for breast cancer, a strained relationship with her mother, a boyfriend who just isn't working out, and then there are the murders! That's not all, either, but I don't want to include spoilers. This is the only book in the Rosato & DiNunzio Series that I've read, and I'm looking forward to more. (It stands alone.)
FYI: Betrayed is another book I picked up from the bargain shelves at Barnes & Noble. I like this author a lot. 

First Paragraph:
Judy Carrier eyed her reflection in the shiny elevator doors, wondering when mirrors stopped being her friends. Her cropped yellow-blonde hair stuck out like demented sunrays, and her pink-and-blue Oilily sweater and jeans clashed with her bright red clogs. Worst of all was her expression, easy to read on a face as flat as an artist's palette, with troubled blue eyes set wide over a small nose and thin lips pressed unhappily together. 

Teaser (from Page 125):

Whoomp! Judy startled at a rushing sound, a rapid movement in the air around her, too fast to be anything natural. A large figure zoomed into her, a shadowy blur streaking the darkness.

Genre: Legal Thriller/Mystery
Length: 340 Pages (hardback)
Amazon Link: Betrayed
Author Website: Lisa Scottoline

Synopsis (from Amazon):
     Blockbuster author Lisa Scottoline returns to the Rosato & Associates law firm with Betrayed, and maverick lawyer Judy Carrier takes the lead in a case that's more personal than ever. Judy has always championed the underdog, so when Iris, the housekeeper and best friend of Judy's beloved Aunt Barb, is found dead of an apparent heart attack, Judy begins to suspect foul play. The circumstances of the death leave Judy with more questions than answers, and never before has murder struck so close to home. 
     In the meantime, Judy's own life roils with emotional and professional upheaval. She doesn't play well with her boss, Bennie Rosato, which jeopardizes her making partner at the firm. Not only that, her best friend Mary DiNunzio is planning a wedding, leaving Judy feeling left behind, as well as newly unhappy in her relationship with her live-in boyfriend Frank.
     Judy sets her own drama aside and begins an investigation of Iris's murder, then discovers a shocking truth that confounds her expectations and leads her in a completely different direction. She finds herself plunged into a shadowy world of people who are so desperate that they cannot go to the police, and where others are so ruthless that they prey on vulnerability. Judy finds strength within herself to try to get justice for Iris and her aunt -- but it comes at a terrible price.



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Last Anniversary - #BookBeginnings on Friday and The #Friday56

I loved this unusual story. The protagonist is approaching forty, and her biological clock is clanging louder with each passing day. Then she inherits a house on an Australia island from her ex-boyfriend's aunt, and her life changes in unexpected ways.

Book Beginning:
     "Do you really think we can get away with it?"
     "If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be suggesting it, would I?"
     "We could go to jail. That's my third worst fear. First funnel-webs, then childbirth, then jail."
     "Neither of us is going to jail, you ninny. One day we'll be sweet little old ladies and we'll probably forget that it didn't happen the way we said it did."

Friday 56 (from 56% on my Kindle):
He has refused to see her true ugliness. It's exhausting and not very fair having to pretend all the time.

Genre: Women's Fiction / Mystery
Book Length: 402 Pages
Amazon Link: The Last Anniversary
Author Website: http://LianeMoriarty.com

Synopsis (from Amazon):
Sophie Honeywell always wondered if Thomas Gordon was the one who got away. He was the perfect boyfriend, but on the day he was going to propose, she broke his heart. A year later he married his travel agent, while Sophie has been mortifyingly single ever since. Now Thomas is back in her life because Sophie has unexpectedly inherited his aunt Connie's house on Scribbly Gum Island—home of the famously unsolved Munro Baby mystery.
Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger, while dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.
As Sophie's life becomes increasingly complicated, she discovers that sometimes you have to stop waiting around—and come up with your own fairy-tale ending.

                


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Miami Morning - #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter / First Paragraph / Tuesday Intros

     From South Africa to South Beach, Miami Morning gives a deep and fascinating look into Leila Payson's world as a teacher, community volunteer, daughter, and friend. Author Mary Clark takes us into the character's thoughts and dreams through her life choices and relationships with others, including a mysterious man with a book who keeps popping up. "Miss Pacer" is an interesting character who leads an introspective life.
     I lived in Miami for quite a few years, so I especially enjoyed visiting the area again through the pages of Mary Clark's story. She nailed the setting and "feel" of that locale.

First Paragraph:
Present Day.
     Leila Payson walked from her pale yellow bungalow toward the opening horizon, listening to the call of birds rising above the primal hum of dunes. She had risen early the first morning of her forty-something life, seized by an eager sense of being on the threshold of accomplishment.

Teaser (from 17% on my Kindle) (Leila is thinking about a fight she had stopped between two girl students.)
     She'd seen these fights before, with the girls using every means to inflict as much damage as they could, even slamming their opponent against the floor, lockers, or the concrete planters in the courtyard. Without a tradition of long-understood rules of combat, the ferocity was frightening; rather than a ritual dance, a rite of passage, or defending a romantic interest, as it was with boys, this came from a primeval source, protecting and asserting the girl's core identity.

Genre: Contemporary Women's Fiction / Literary
Book Length: 202 Pages
Amazon Link: Miami Morning
Author Website/Blog: Literary Eyes

Synopsis (from Amazon):
Leila Payson, affectionately nicknamed “Miss Pacer” by her students, is always pushing the boundaries in her efforts to achieve her goal of becoming a better teacher and human being. Before settling in to her life as a Social Studies teacher and volunteer at the local playground, Leila spent a year teaching in South Africa where she met an occupational therapist and others working within the disability community. Now, years later, when a student discovers he is going deaf and asks her for help, Leila embarks on a pivotal journey that calls on her to employ everything she’s learned and earns her both allies and rivals. And while she juggles work, family, and adventures with her diverse group of friends, a mysterious man with a book keeps appearing at her favorite places. Come along for the ride as Leila Payson faces challenges and opportunities with spirit and courage … and a bit of humor, too.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Scooter Girl! - #SaturdaySnapshots

Just a quick video of my granddaughter, taken this past week. On her little pink scooter (decorated with various Disney princesses) and wearing her dragon helmet, she's unafraid of tackling the skate park's obstacles. What's at the top of her Christmas list? A skateboard. She's five-and-a-half years old.

video




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