Monday, August 3, 2020

The First To Lie By Hank Phiillippi Ryan

USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan delivers another twisty, thrilling cat and mouse novel of suspense that will have you guessing, and second-guessing, and then gasping with surprise.

We all have our reasons for being who we are―but what if being someone else could get you what you want?

After a devastating betrayal, a young woman sets off on an obsessive path to justice, no matter what dark family secrets are revealed. What she doesn't know―she isn't the only one plotting her revenge.

An affluent daughter of privilege. A glamorous manipulative wannabe. A determined reporter, in too deep. A grieving widow who must choose her new reality. Who will be the first to lie? And when the stakes are life and death, do a few lies really matter?

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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of eleven award winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller." Her 2020 book is THE FIRST TO LIE. The Publishers Weekly Starred Review calls it "Stellar."

Her newest domestic suspense thriller THE MURDER LIST is a USA Today Bestseller, an Anthony, Agatha Award and Mary Higgins Clark award nominee, a CNN Top Summer Read, and a Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2019 from Criminal Element. AJ Finn calls it "a fireworks display of a novel--explosive, exciting and likely to leave you gasping." BA Paris says: "A cracker of a read!"

Her first psychological standalone, TRUST ME, is an *AGATHA AWARD* nominee. It was named a Best Book of 2018 from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, BookBub, PopSugar, Bustle, CrimeReads and The New York Post. Mary Kubica says: "Dazzling!" and Lisa Gardner says "Mesmerizing!" The Booklist STARRED review says "..it’s a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense."

Her thriller SAY NO MORE is a Library Journal BEST OF 2016. And a nominee for the AGATHA AWARD, the DAPHNE award, and the MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Associated Press calls it "stellar" and Publishers Weekly calls it "thrilling" "unflinching" and "gratifying."

Her 2015 book, WHAT YOU SEE, is a Library Journal BEST of 2015, an ANTHONY and AGATHA Award nominee, and a Top Pick!, dubbed "exceptional suspense." It received a starred review from Library Journal which says: "Readers will find themselves racing to the finish!"

Her 2014 book, TRUTH BE TOLD, won the AGATHA Award for best mystery, and is a Library Journal Best of 2014. It received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, "Drop everything and binge read!"

THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee.

THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.

Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. They are now available in all new editions.

Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston's WHDH-TV. In addition to 36 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank's won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism.

Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. She's been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, working with Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Avedon and Richard Goodwin.

Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Career Authors.

Learn more about Hank at www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.

My Thoughts...

You are going to be blown away. You never see this coming. You are going to be  on the edge of your seat trying to figure out where Ryan is going with this story. 
You think you have it figured out then boom, nope that's not who she is. 
All I can say is that this is a must read and just true to figure it out as you read it.
4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend this one.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Stage Fight by Kate Lloyd Goodreads GIVEAWAY!



Have you entered this GIVEAWAY yet? I have read this book and you are going to want to grab your copy, but why not enter the Giveaway and see if you are 1 of 50 winners! Good luck everyone!


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Friday, July 31, 2020

The Uniform Of Leadership By Jason Romano

Timeless leadership lessons honed by nearly two decades behind the scenes at ESPN
Jason Romano learned incredible lessons during his seventeen years as a producer at ESPN--and these fundamentals for success on the field or court work just as well in other spheres of leadership, especially when you add God's direction to the playbook.
This collection of compelling, inspiring, and often funny stories challenges readers to ask themselves the hard questions. It draws them into introspection and then directs them into action so they can cultivate habits of service and excellence in themselves and in those around them. From Tony Dungy to Darryl Strawberry, Will Ferrell to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, readers will discover how to replicate the principles practiced by some of the most influential leaders in sports and entertainment. And in the end, they'll be able to construct thriving cultures where the people they lead can bloom where they're planted and serve one another.
For readers who want to lead meaningful lives--rooted in servant leadership, character, and integrity--and be entertained and inspired by personal, behind-the-scenes stories about athletes, coaches, and stars who spent the day with the author at ESPN, The Uniform of Leadership is a perfect guidebook.

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Jason is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. For 17 years, Jason was a Senior Manager and Producer at ESPN. He has created and produced content for shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Football, Mike and Mike in the Morning, Sunday NFL Countdown, College Gameday, MLB’s All Star Game. During his time at ESPN, Jason produced content for ESPN Radio, helped lea and grow the talent producing department, building relationships with the biggest names in sports as well as create and manage the NFL on ESPN’s social media channels, growing them to over 6 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith. He is also a contributor to the Sports Spectrum magazine and contributes articles daily to SportsSpectrum.com. Jason has spoken to thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. He’s a big advocate of social media, having built up large followings both for ESPN’s social feeds as well as his own personal brand. You can reach him via email: JasonRomano22@gmail.com or on social media.


My Thoughts...
Jason did such a great job expressing all the qualities  of a great leader. If you are a leader I recommend this book.
Want to live a life of faith and leadership, Jason has got your back and has given you the steps to make it happen.
Grab a copy of his book and share it with your small group or close friends.
This is a book worth reading and rereading.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Silent Daughter by Claire Amarti

"Schoolgirl missing", the ticker reads, and the camera cuts to a girl's face. Blonde hair waterfalling over her shoulders, serious eyes, lips a little parted like she's about to speak. That's when I realize I've been holding my breath, because the gasp when I inhale almost chokes me.
Sadie Kelly has lost her job. Until last month, she was a teacher at Horton College - the same high school she went to ten years ago along with her best friend, Fiona. But Fiona died in an accident on their graduation night, in circumstances Sadie's spent the last ten years trying to forget, and since then nothing's been the same.
Now Sadie's jobless and living with Fiona's mother Jan, the woman who's watched over Sadie since she was a little girl, and the one person Sadie would do anything to protect. But when Sadie hears that Horton schoolgirl Devon Hundley has gone missing, everything changes. Devon is the daughter of Philip Hundley - wealthy school donor, local doctor, and a man Sadie knows all too well. And now Sadie can't help remembering the last time she saw Devon - and heard the whispered comment Sadie's been trying ever since to forget...
A gripping page-turner of family secrets and buried lies for fans of Adele Parks, Lisa Jewell, and Catherine Ryan Hyde. 

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I’m Claire Amarti – thank you for dropping by! I write psychological suspense stories about ordinary women – women like the ones we all know and love – who find out that their ordinary lives may not be quite so ordinary after all! My hope is that you will root for them, fear for them, and find yourself holding your breath when the action starts to get a little hairy! If you'd like to hear about new release discounts from me, just click "Follow" on the tab above.

When I’m not writing, I can be found strolling the streets of Brooklyn, New York City, my adopted home, dodging pigeons and traffic. I moved here a little over eight years ago from Ireland, and never looked back. To me there’s nothing more wonderful than that feeling of finding – or making! – a new home: that mixture of excitement at finding a little piece of the world to claim as yours, and the comfort of being able to come back to it time and again. That’s what reading feels like for me… and for you too I suspect! And I get that same kick from writing. I hope my books can become a kind of home for you too: a place where you can trust that you’ll find a wonderful adventure, and then be deposited back on the ground again, safe and sound and ready to do it all again another day!

I do love to hear from readers, so I’d be thrilled for you to get in touch through my website, join my mailing list, or come and find me on Facebook. Happy reading!

My Thoughts...

I really wanted to love this book, being a fan of Lisa Jewell's and loving a great thriller. It was just okay to me. I felt like some of the time the author was writing in a fog. I did like the ending all though it was somewhat predictable. So after weighing the pros and cons I would give this book 3 stars.
There is another book in this series, I may give it a try and see what my thoughts are after reading it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Inspired Mama By Sez Kristiansen


Inspired Mama is the ultimate mind, body, and lifestyle guide for women seeking to live their best life in motherhood. As mothers, women tend to give up on their personal dreams and emotional self-care in order to take care of their families. Too often, we end up giving in to social pressures and external expectations rather than living the life we dream about, a life of freedom and inspiration.The truth is freedom is the highest vibrational element that every woman must embody to live an extraordinary life, but it’s harder than ever to embody freedom as a mother. Inspired Mama empowers women to align with their best life through self-reflection, intentional manifestation, and wanderlust, so you can heal yourself and your family through your own spiritual self-care.In this book, you’ll discover how to free your mind, body, and spirit so you can live an authentic lifestyle customized for the amazing woman you are.
    You’ll discover:
  • How to replace old habits with nourishing new ones
  • Simple and practical actions that free you emotionally, physically, and financially
  • High vibrational living that gets you into alignment with your highest self
  • How to dive deep into adventures that break you out of your restricted comfort zone
You will be supported in making incremental, potent changes to your life that awaken you to the unbridled joy of inspired, intentional, and conscious living.After reading this book, you will re-discover yourself as a woman in motherhood and learn how to align with the infinite abundance of the Universe. You will also learn how to live by your own unique energetic blueprint, and start intentionally manifesting the life of your dreams. Motherhood is the ultimate balancing act, and freeing the woman within is essential to finding fulfillment and purpose with your family and beyond.

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Sez is an internationally acclaimed poetess and best selling author, born in Southern Africa and under two generations from six different cultures. Sez has travelled extensively throughout her life, and lived in some of the remotest parts of the world, including many years spent in the Sri Lanka mountains, deepening her spiritual practice.

Her early childhood left the emotional marks of a country torn apart by enforced separation, and Sez has thus spent her life writing poetry and books that bring people together with the understanding of nonduality, consciousness and self-healing.

Sez now lives in a commune in Denmark with her Viking husband and two young children and continues to travel adventurously throughout the world with her young family. Sez empowers people with transformational mind, body and soul guides that inspire her readers to live truly unique, intentional and untethered lives, driven by their own blueprint of unconditional freedom.

Sez will awaken you to your own soul-guided and self-healing nature, which has the power to awaken you to a truly authentic and deeply nourishing life.

This is another way of belonging and being in the world. Read more at www.sezkristiansen.com

www.sezkristiansen.com
www.facebook.com/sezkristiansenauthor
@sezkristiansen

My Thoughts...
This was an easy read, well put together. It was some what different then what I am use to reading. The authors view points and spiritual  beliefs are much more different than mine being that she is Buddhist.
An interesting topic to say the least.
I gave this book 3 stars. 
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Daring and the Duke By Sarah Maclean

Grace Condry has spent a lifetime running from her past. Betrayed as a child by her only love and raised on the streets, she now hides in plain sight as queen of London's darkest corners. Grace has a sharp mind and a powerful right hook and has never met an enemy she could not best...until the man she once loved returns. 

Single-minded and ruthless, Ewan, Duke of Marwick, has spent a decade searching for the woman he never stopped loving. A long-ago gamble may have lost her forever, but Ewan will go to any lengths to win Grace back...and make her his duchess. 

Reconciliation is the last thing Grace desires. Unable to forgive the past, she vows to take her revenge. But revenge requires keeping Ewan close, and soon her enemy seems to be something else altogether--something she can't resist, even as he threatens the world she's built, the life she's claimed...and the heart she swore he'd never steal again.

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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. A romance columnist and co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates, her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "the elegantly fuming, utterly intoxicating queen of historical romance." Sarah is a graduate of Smith College & Harvard University. She lives in New York City.

My Thoughts...

Historical fans are going to love this one. Its  the third book in the series but it can be read as a stand alone. I was not lost and love the story line and characters. This was a great empowering love story.
I am a sucker for romances any way but, I could not wait to share this one with you all. Grab your copy today.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Raising Honor By Jill Lynn

Nothing will stop Ryker Hayes from giving his neglected five-year-old niece the stable home he never had. But to gain custody, he must move to Colorado…and prove to Honor’s wary foster mother, Charlie Brightwood, he’s more than just responsible. As his visits with Honor and Charlie begin to feel more like family time, might Charlie become another reason to stick around for good?

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Welcome! I’m Jill. Award-winning author, hot mess, loud laugher and coffee addict. I write small-town stories filled with grace, humor and happily ever after. I also co-authored Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts—a book about how to support one another during hardships.

My books:
Texas Series
(Prequel) The Start of Us
1. Falling for Texas
2. Her Texas Family
3. Her Texas Cowboy

Colorado Grooms Series
1. The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter
2. The Rancher's Unexpected Baby
3. The Bull Rider's Secret
4. Her Hidden Hope
5. Raising Honor
6. Choosing His Family

Non-fiction:
Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts

Find out more at Jill-Lynn.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest: @JillLynnAuthor

My Thoughts...
 This book hit close to home on so many levels, I am the woman that wants a child so bad. I would open my doors to foster a house full.  This book touched my heart so much!
I love Lynn's books but this is by far my favorite book to date. A fast read and one you will be thinking about for a while.
5 Stars two times. I highly recommend this book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.