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New Releases, FREE & Bargain Books for July 18th - July 24th #freebook #booksale

Here are the New Releases / Free & Bargain Books, hosted by Sharon over at Beck Valley Books for this week! Check it all out below...

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

We're kicking off the Read-Along for And I Darken by Kiersten White! #AndIDarkenRA @denabooks

The "And I Darken Read-Along" has officially launched! Dena over at Batch of Books and I (Tressa at Wishful Endings) are excited to be reading this one and hope you'll join us! 

You can follow along either by just checking out our posts or reading along with us (grab an ARC, a copy from the library, or purchase one). We'll be using the #AndIDarkenRA hashtag and please tag Dena (@denabooks on Twitter and @batchofbooks on Instagram) and I (@tressherm on Twitter, @wishfulendings on Instagram) as well. Let us know if you're going to read with us by leaving a comment below with a link to wherever you'll be leaving your thoughts.

You can check out Dena's kick-off post here.

Now for the exciting part of today (besides starting this highly recommended read, of course đŸ˜‰), Kiersten is sharing some fun facts about the book!! Definitely check that out and enter the giveaway below...

Happy release day to Dark Minds by Michelle Diener (Book Blitz & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Release Celebration for
Dark Minds
By Michelle Diener

Dark Minds is book three in the Class 5 Series. Michelle has a message below and you can come back on Sunday, July 24th, HERE to learn more about the rise of the genre and on Tuesday, July 26th, HERE to read about the Class 5 world. Enter the fabulous Amazon/book giveaway as well. Enjoy!

Dark Minds
(Class 5 #3)
by Michelle Diener
Adult Sci-Fi
ebook, 331 Pages
July 22nd 2016

The mind is the most powerful weapon of all . . . 

Imogen Peters knows she's a pawn. She's been abducted from Earth, held prisoner, and abducted again. So when she gets a chance at freedom, she takes it with both hands, not realizing that doing so will turn her from pawn to kingmaker.

Captain Camlar Kalor expected to meet an Earth woman on his current mission, he just thought he'd be meeting her on Larga Ways, under the protection of his Battle Center colleague. Instead, he and Imogen are thrown together as prisoners in the hold of a Class 5 battleship. When he works out she's not the woman who sparked his mission, but another abductee, Cam realizes his investigation just got a lot more complicated, and the nations of the United Council just took a step closer to war.

Imogen's out of her depth in this crazy mind game playing out all around her, and she begins to understand her actions will have a massive impact on all the players. But she's good at mind games. She's been playing them since she was abducted. Guess they should have left her minding her own business back on Earth…


Characters who literally run into each other... Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while and am excited to
be part of the tour! Check out my full review and enter the giveaway below...

Smash & GrabSmash & Grab
YA Contemporary, Suspense
Hardcover & ebook, 384 Pages
July 19th 2016 by Publisher


Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.

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A unique read... I Am Delilah by Josi Kilpack (Review)

I Am DelilahI Am Delilah
by Josi Kilpack
Adult Contemporary
ebook, 202 Pages
June 1st 2016 by Mirror Press


Although Delilah works in New York, she’s a small-town girl and eager to finish her job as a nanny and return to Big Fork Montana where she’ll marry her high-school sweetheart. When she ends up the focus of a Hollywood stunt centered around her being the Oscar date of Hollywood heartthrob Sam Hendricks, life as she knows it becomes a thing of the past. Delilah promptly refuses him, only to find that it isn’t so easy to step out of the limelight once you’ve ended up in the middle of the public eye. 

Sam Hendricks is not used to taking no for an answer, and when his rejection become a leading story, he determines to do whatever it takes to turn the tide of public opinion back in his favor. Again and again Delilah refuses him until she proposes an offer—if he’ll spend two weeks on her family’s dairy farm, she’ll be his date to the Oscars. In no way is this a fair trade, but Sam feels he has no choice and therefore agrees to her proposal—they both agree no one will ever know. 

Unfortunately for them both, there are plans other than their own at play, and when everything goes wrong they are faced with another fallout, bigger than the first. 

(I AM DELILAH was originally published as STAR STRUCK in 2004)

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Three inspirational reviews... The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz, Not by Sight by Kate Breslin & No Way Up by Mary Connealy (Reviews)

The Mistress of Tall AcreThe Mistress of Tall Acre
by Laura Frantz
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 393 Pages
September 1st 2015 by Revell


The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general's past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal--you will find it all in the rich pages of this newest novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz.

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Another good addition to this series... When I Found You by Kate James (Review)

When I Found You (K-9 Trilogy, #3)When I Found You
(K-9 Trilogy #3)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 365 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming


Is she part of the solution…or the problem? 

It could be a terrorist threat. Or is it some other sinister plot? An unprecedented rash of security breaches at San Diego's international airport is putting passengers at risk and bringing the competence of the airport's chief of security, Ariana Atkins, into question. With explosives the weapon of choice, police K-9 unit captain Logan O'Connor and his bomb detection dog, Boomer, might be Ariana's best, if not only, line of defense. Logan is certain his belief in Ariana, and his growing love for her, aren't misplaced…but it wouldn't be the first time he's misjudged someone's intentions.

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Check out the tour for Sophie's Path by Catherine Lanigan (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Sophie's Path
By Catherine Lanigan

Come along with us and one little dog, Frenchie, as a couple is
brought together with the chance of finding love in each other...

Tour Schedule
July 19th: Katie's Clean Book Collection
July 20th: Rockin' Book Reviews
July 21st: Brooke Blogs
July 22nd: Hardcover Feedback
July 24th: Wishful Endings & Nicole's Book Musings
July 25th: EskieMama Reads
July 26th: deal sharing aunt
July 27th: Colorimetry
July 28th: Getting Your Read On & 23 Review Street
July 29th: underneath the covers & Falling Leaves
July 31st: Grand Finale

From Frenchie's Point of View

Bark! Sorry. Hi! My name is Frenchie. I’m a six and a half pound Yorkie Poo and I’m here to welcome you to “The Shores of Indian Lake” series by Catherine Lanigan. If you are returning to our small town, I’m glad to meet you, too. This is a new role for me, being a star, I mean. I’ve been a rescue dog, which wasn’t fun. I like to have a family. In fact, I have to have humans to love. Humans can be fun but they can also be pretty clueless about the essentials in life. Take Sophie Mattuchi and Jack Carter, for instance. I thought I’d never get these two together. 

Right from the start, when my interim owner, Jeremy Hawkins, who was a sad soul, really—a drug addict, but a kind person, gave me to Sophie, I loved her. She was pretty and cuddly and she let me sleep next to her the first night I went home with her. The first hour I was with her, she went out and bought me a car seat so I could sit in the passenger’s seat and look out the window to see the cars on Main Street and Maple Boulevard. Who does that for a stranger? 

As much as I love Sophie, she couldn’t take care of me. I like lots of attention. So, I barked and whined all day when she had to go save lives being a cardiac surgery nurse. Sophie lives in Mrs. Beabots’s apartment upstairs and I knew Mrs. Beabots would take action. So, Sophie pleaded with Jack Carter to take me. The minute I saw him, I knew he was the guy for Sophie, even if he was angry with her. See? This is the problem with humans. They get tangled up inside like I do when I’m leashed to a stake. I’m not going to run away. But humans, they’re constantly running from love. For some reason, love is scary to them. Not to dogs. Not to me. I only know to love. 

Anyway, neither one of them seemed to be able to get past the night of Jack’s accident when he thought Sophie made the wrong decision and his young intern, Aleah, died. That’s why I made a pest of myself and Jack had to take me to Katia and Austin’s wedding. He kept me up in the master bedroom, but when the storm broke out, I knew it was my chance to force Sophie and Jack together—alone.

I barked. I whined. I cried. I know, it was embarrassing, but I was running out of patience. When they dashed through the storm to get to me, well, you’ll have to read the book to see what happens. 


1. If you’ve read any of the previous books in THE SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE, you probably have met my friend, BEAU. He’s a really handsome Golden Retriever. He doesn’t bark as much as I do, but then he didn’t have to play cupid as much as me, either. Beau also can’t stand on his hind legs and dance around the room like I can either. 

2. I have other animal friends in Indian Lake. Rafe Barzonni has a great horse, Rowan, that Catherine introduced in FEAR OF FALLING. I like going out to the Barzonni farm with Jack and Sophie. Actually, I make them take me just about everywhere. Because I’m so little, I get to go running with them, too.

3. Jack was always a runner, but Sophie only took up the sport last year. She likes it now. She bought me a fluorescent green collar to match her lime green running shorts. I don’t run with her because she’s too fast and my legs are too short. She carries me in a sling around her chest. She’s a pretty good human that way.

4. Jack says he’s getting a small Bass fishing boat. I think I’d like fishing. Well, not fishing exactly, but being out on the lake on a pretty day. I’d like that. Sophie used to listen to her IPOD, but now that she has me and Jack, she talks to us. I sit in her lap so she can pet me. Told you I was a smart dog. 


Check out the Grand Finale for When I Found You by Kate James (Blog Tour w/ Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
When I Found You
By Kate James

We hope you enjoyed coming along as readers shared about this sweet romance challenged by tense circumstances! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - Tour Welcome

When I Found You is the story of San Diego Police Department K-9 unit captain Logan O’Connor, who readers were introduced to in the first two books of the trilogy, and Ariana Atkins, chief of security and loss prevention at San Diego’s international airport. Of course, a K-9 trilogy book has to have a furry, four-legged character, too, and in When I Found You, that character is Logan’s explosives detection dog, Boomer.

Check out the Grand Finale for Return to Marker Ranch by Claire McEwen (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Tour Grand Finale for
Return to Marker Ranch
By Claire McEwen

We hope you enjoyed coming along with us as we got to know a little about Lori's and
Wade's stories! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - Welcome to the Return to Marker Ranch tour!

I am so excited to launch this book into the world. It is a very emotional story straight from the heart, with some big issues and two characters with a lot of healing to do. But even though my hero and heroine go through some hard times, I feel like ultimately it’s a very uplifting book about two very strong people who learn to lean on each other, who open themselves up to love and life, and who find acceptance and happiness along the way.

Weekly Update #174, I'm back from vacation!

Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week! I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, as well as to Tynga's Reviews for Stacking the Shelves and Talk Supe for Bought, Borrowed, and Bagged showcasing the books I added to my shelves or Kindle this week.

This past week was really busy for me as I recovered (yep, vacation was exhausting!) from our vacation while also trying to catch up with what needed to be done for Prism Book Tours and here on my blog, and starting to get things ready for the kids starting school in a few weeks. So, yes, vacation was exhausting, but also really, really fun. We drove a lot and saw family and friends and didn't even come close to getting enough sleep, but it was all worth it. We made some great memories. :)

I've cut back quite a bit on joining tours and you'll see that in the coming weeks. I have too many books that I've missed and also a bunch coming up that I don't want to miss and have been trying to revamp a few things so that I can read more of those. You may see more discussion/meme posts and reviews coming up. Here's what to expect this week...

Don't miss this novella... I Really Do Miss Your Smile by Susan May Warren (Review Brief)

Review briefs are just like they sound, a briefer review (and usually for more than 
one book) than my norm for books that I want or need to share about.
It's also a play off of legal briefs, which include just what you need to know...

I Really Do Miss Your Smile (Christiansen Family, #0.5)I Really do Miss Your Smile
(Christiansen Family #0.5)
by Susan May Warren
Christian Contemporary Romance, Novella
ebook, 66 Pages
May 2013


I couldn't find the summary, so briefly, this is the story of how John and Ingrid (the Christiansen parents) met and fell in love. The story takes place the same few days every year in Deep Haven during the summer when everyone, tourists and locals alike, come out for the street dance. 

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