Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Buried By Ellison Cooper



In Ellison Cooper’s suspense thriller Buried, an FBI neuroscientist is on the trail of a serial killer who’s turned up the heat on a cold case…
Senior Special Agent Sayer Altair studies the minds of psychopaths. But even she didn't expect to uncover a killer within the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Rooting him out and exposing internal corruption got her a bullet wound and six months of desk duty. Now, she’s finally back in the field, called in when an off-duty FBI agent and his cadaver dog fall into a sinkhole filled with human bones.
Found deep in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, the skeletal remains date back almost two decades, the same time a beloved local teen disappeared. The cold case quickly heats up when Sayer's team finds two fresh corpses among the bones. When a gruesome clue ties these new bodies to a woman recently kidnapped along with her young daughter, Sayer has to uncover the connection between the old bones and the new bodies before the mother and child become the next victims.
But the killer is one step ahead, attacking her team and sabotaging their efforts. With Sayer's investigation compromised and unsure of who to trust, she receives unwanted help from Subject 037, one of the anonymous psychopaths she is currently studying. She has the chilling realization that he’s someone powerful in Washington D.C.―and he is not about to let a mundane serial killer jeopardize his own ominous agenda for Sayer…

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https://www.amazon.com/Buried-Agent-Altair-Ellison-Cooper/dp/1250173868/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1UVEBVADNDDWG&keywords=buried+by+ellison+cooper&qid=1563116639&s=gateway&sprefix=Buried+by%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1

Ellison Cooper has a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA, with a background in archaeology, cultural neuroscience, ancient religion, colonialism, and human rights. She has conducted fieldwork in Central America, West Africa, Micronesia, and Western Europe. She has worked as a murder investigator in Washington DC, and is a certified K9 Search and Rescue Federal Disaster Worker. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son. 

My Thoughts...
 I was ready for an action packed read and that is what I got with Buried.
I did find it a little bit hard to keep up with I think that is because I did not read book one in the Agent Sayer Altair series. I would suggest reading book one first so you are not to confused.
Crime novels are climbing to the top of my must read list.
I gave this book 3.5 stars and I recommend trying it out
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 16, 2019

Bark of Night By David Rosenfelt



When defense lawyer Andy Carpenter’s veterinarian asks to speak to him privately at the checkup of his golden retriever, Tara, the last thing Andy expects is Truman. Tiny, healthy, French bulldog Truman was dropped off days ago with instructions to be euthanized by a man everyone thought was his owner. But now the owner is nowhere to be found.
Andy is furious. Who would want to euthanize a perfectly healthy dog with no explanation? He is willing to whisk Truman away to the Tara Foundation, the dog-rescue organization which is Andy’s true passion. They will find a home for Truman. But that’s not all the vet tells Andy. Thanks to Truman’s chip, it’s discovered that the man wasn’t Truman’s owner at all . . . Truman's real owner has been murdered.
It’s now up to Andy – with help from his loyal sidekick Tara, Truman and the rest of the gang – to solve this case. In the latest in the popular Andy Carpenter mystery series, David Rosenfelt’s charmingly clever wit and love of dogs are back and better than ever.

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https://www.amazon.com/Bark-Night-Andy-Carpenter-Novel/dp/1250133092/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SQTE5ZHZJS6P&keywords=bark+of+night+david+rosenfelt&qid=1563118196&s=gateway&sprefix=Bark+of+the+night+%2Caps%2C156&sr=8-1

David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. "Open And Shut" was his first novel; "First Degree," his second novel, was named a best book of 2003 by Publishers Weekly. He currently lives inSouthern California with his wife and 35 dogs. 

My Thoughts...
This is not my first Rosenfelt book there are 19 others in the series and I suspect there will be many more. 
They are stand alone you do not need to read them all or in order he writes them so that you can pick them up and enjoy them without reading them all.
I love the covers of his books. I love that he is a dog lover like me. Hello he owns 35 dogs.
These books suck you in and the mystery is so well thought out and executed.
Andy Carpenter and wonderful sidekick Tara a golden retriever with a French bulldog added to the mix who would not want to read this story? 
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend 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.

Monday, July 15, 2019

High Flying By Kaylin Mcfarren




Skylar Haines has struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged stunt pilot, verging on obsession. In the sky, following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to another time.

Eight months before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.

Though baffled by her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a remarkable chance to change her family's destiny drastically for the better -- or possibly even worse -- depending on the choices she makes, before her window of opportunity closes.

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https://www.amazon.com/High-Flying-Kaylin-McFarren/dp/1091374791/ref=sr_1_1?crid=H7QALEC3A91K&keywords=high+flying+by+kaylin+mcfarren&qid=1563115621&s=gateway&sprefix=flying+high+by+ka%2Caps%2C152&sr=8-1

KAYLIN MCFARREN has received 48 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY'S CROSSING - a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her passion for creativity into her work as the director of a fine art gallery in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon; she also served as a governor-appointed member of the Oregon Arts Commission. When she’s not traveling or spoiling her pups and three grandsons, she enjoys giving back to her community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit focused on cancer research, care and treatment at hospitals throughout Oregon.

FUN TIDBITS

Kaylin is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.

She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.

A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.

She loves her husband of 46 years dearly. However, if Josh Holloway, Hugh Jackman or Ian Somerhalder came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test. 

My Thoughts...
 Readers who love drama, twists and turns and a little bit of adventure are going to enjoy this one.
It's a short read, you will read it pretty fast and be left wanting more.
This was my first book by McFarren but it wont be my last.
Give this 4 star book a try, you might find a new author to enjoy.
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 11, 2019

Rising like the Sun By Anita Joe



I wrote this book to share my life story of how a loving God, through Jesus Christ, brought an abused little girl from brokenness to wholeness. I can truly say God wonderfully delivered me. When I look back at all of the abuse I suffered, I do so with joy. I can now laugh at many of the things that had me bound. 
My healing did not come overnight, nor did it come easy. It was a progressive journey. I thank the Lord for that. I don’t feel anyone is mentally or emotionally capable of handling such abuse otherwise. Along the way, I learned who I was and what, in Him, God purposed me to be. It was astonishing, to say the least, because I had no inkling that God would call me, of all people, a rejected little girl from Tucson, Arizona, to be a pastor and to preach the gospel.
With no formal Bible-school training, I found it to be a scary thing. I didn’t feel I was good enough or even qualified, for that matter. As I matured in the Lord, I realized one very important thing—I was HIS choice. As Jesus’ spoken words state:

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.     —John 15:16
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https://www.amazon.com/Rising-Like-Sun-Self-help-Brokenness/dp/1732326207/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1SVF2IQV6EK2W&keywords=rising+like+the+sun+by+anita+joe&qid=1562356812&s=gateway&sprefix=Rising+like+the+sun%2Caps%2C155&sr=8-3


Pastor Anita Joe: author —Born in Little Rock Ark, raised in Tucson, AZ, Anita Joe received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the baptism of the Spirit at the age of nineteen. Called into the ministry in her early twenties, God working mightily through her with ministry gifts of healing, deliverance and prophecy. After experiencing abuse as a child, broken and desperately needed the healing power of the heavenly Father, Anita’s life was supernaturally changed through His unconditional love. She now demonstrates the same love in her preaching and teaching the power of the gospel to many broken and hurting individuals.

My Thoughts...

A positive read.  What is your purpose? Who has got your back? Who is always in your corner? Who loves you unconditionally?
This book has your answers  to those questions and more.
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 10, 2019

Conclusion By Peter Robertson



Colin Tugdale has only one year left to live. He has no complaints. He took the government money, and he lived for twenty years in perfect health, never growing one day older, never getting sick. But his time is almost over, and his beloved wife, Ruby, is already gone. Colin needs something to occupy himself. He meets a woman who should be dead. He sees a man who is dead. Is it possible that his government has been lying to him? Colin’s last year might prove to be his most exciting. Set in a world gently different from ours, this thriller explores the nature of aging in society, within the context of a thriller that places two ordinary people in a race against time that culminates in a remote boundary land.

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https://www.amazon.com/Conclusion-Novel-Peter-Robertson/dp/194872104X/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3PMLCUPHOS0L9&keywords=conclusion+peter+robertson&qid=1562353949&s=gateway&sprefix=Conclusion%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-3


Peter Robertson was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, graduated from the University of East Anglia in the U.K., and came to the U.S. at age 23. After traveling in the States, he settled in Chicago, where he has been a book reviewer for daily papers and magazines, stay-at-home dad, soccer coach, university student, and elementary and middle school teacher. An enthusiastic cyclist and guitar player, Robertson is married and the father of two adult children.
https://peterrobertsonauthor.com/

My Thoughts...
This book reminded me of a movie  that I have watched.
After the experiment he only had 20 years to live and never aged in that 20 years.
As I read it I just keep thinking I have read or seen this movie before.
I gave the book 3 stars based on the fact that I have read or see n it before.
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 9, 2019

The Stories You Tell By Kristen Lepionka



A late-night phone call is never good news, especially when you’re Roxane Weary. This one is from her brother Andrew, whose evening was interrupted by an urgent visit from Addison, a hip young DJ and one-time fling, who turns up at his apartment scared and begging to use his phone. She leaves as quickly as she appeared, but now Andrew is worried―especially when Addison never makes it home and her friends and family demand to know where she is. As the police begin to suspect that something may have happened to her, and that Andrew is involved, Roxane tracks Addison’s digital footprint as she goes deeper and deeper into the events preceding her disappearance. Meanwhile, a cop is found dead on the opposite side of town, leading to a swirl of questions surrounding a dance club whose staff―which includes Addison―has suddenly gone AWOL. As Roxane struggles to distinguish the truth from the stories people tell about themselves online, it's clear that the mystery of Addison's whereabouts is just the beginning.

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https://www.amazon.com/Stories-You-Tell-Mystery-Roxane/dp/1250309352/ref=sr_1_3?crid=NSTQNSZRIUXX&keywords=the+stories+you+tell+by+kristen+lepionka&qid=1562354587&s=gateway&sprefix=The+Stories++you+tell%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-3

Kristen Lepionka is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. She grew up mostly in a public library and could often be found in the adult mystery section well before she was out of middle school. Kristen cohosts the podcast Unlikeable Female Characters, in which feminist thriller writers have conversations about women who don't give a damn if you like them. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her partner and two cat Spenser, named for the Robert B. Parker character, and Snapple, named for the delicious bottled iced tea.

My Thoughts...
I have expanded my reading and added crime to my list of genres that I  wanted to read.
Let me tell you Lepionka has to be the queen of Crime fiction. I never put the book down and I was so unaware of what was going on around me because the book pulled me in from the beginning.
I have added this author to my must read list and I can't wait for you all to read this one.
4 stars and I HIGHLY recommend 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.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Underestimating Miss Cecilia By Carolyn Miller Giveaway!



Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?

Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart--but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl's son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Now she's determined to follow God's leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.

A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It's time to turn his life around to please his noble father--and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.

When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can't trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they've both done may be for naught-and neither will ever find true love . . .

Well known for her authentic Regency romances set against less-explored, true historical backgrounds, best-selling author Carolyn Miller continues her newest series with a clean, wholesome tale sure to please her many fans.

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 https://www.amazon.com/Underestimating-Miss-Cecilia-Regency-Brides/dp/0825445906/ref=sr_1_1?crid=SM9N97WKAER7&keywords=underestimating+miss+cecilia&qid=1560562522&s=books&sprefix=Underest%2Cstripbooks%2C169&sr=1-1

Award-winning author Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia. She is married, with four gorgeous children, who all love to read (and write!).

A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests as well as the Australian Omega Christian Writers Award. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favourite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

Her books include:
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace
The Elusive Miss Ellison
The Captivating Lady Charlotte
The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope
Winning Miss Winthrop
Miss Serena's Secret
The Making of Mrs. Hale

Regency Bride: Daughers of Aynsley
A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh
Underestimating Miss Cecilia
Misleading Miss Verity

My Thoughts...
 Not everyone can write regency fiction. You can tell that Miller has done her research very well.
This is book number 2 in the Regency Brides Daughters of Aynsley series and you don't want to miss it. It can be read as a stand alone but I say go for it and read book one first. You are going to enjoy it.
This is a 4 star read not to be missed.
 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 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!




I just wanted to take the time to wish my blog followers a HAPPY 4th OF JULY!
Please stay safe and enjoy your day. I will be reading and staying inside out of the heat. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Reinventing Jenna Rose By Joni Marie Iraci




Reinventing Jenna Rose propels the reader on a fast-paced journey through the life of a young woman who’s determined to realize her self-worth and overcome a childhood broken by multiple traumas. Left alone after her parent’s divorce, Jenna uncovers evidence of a grandmother living in New York City. Without telling a soul she decides to board a plane and travel across country, landing on the Manhattan doorstep of her affluent maternal grandmother. A street-smart New York neighbor girl, a quirky therapist, a white German Shepherd and a story-telling grandmother, join forces to help Jenna overcome the hardships of her past and the shattering family secrets that soon come to light. This sad, funny, quirky novel is infused with humor and literary references while relating a multi-generational family saga and legal thriller in the voice of a courageous young woman.

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 https://www.amazon.com/Reinventing-Jenna-Rose-Marie-Iraci/dp/0999137042/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Reinventing+Jenna+Rose&qid=1561417847&s=gateway&sr=8-1





I am a retired Registered Nurse who raised three children before returning to college in my late fifties to pursue a life-long dream of becoming a writer. I earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with a concentration in writing and literature from Sarah Lawrence College before earning an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University at the age of 66. My short stories can be found in online literary journals: ReviewAmericana.com and BeneaththeRainbow.com. I am currently working on a collection of short stories about writers, a novel called, “The Vatican Daughter,” and a work in progress Science fiction story called, “Mercury in Retrograde.” I live in New York with my husband, two catered to dogs, a diva cat and the four lovable stray cats who wandered into my life. My first novel, “Reinventing Jenna Rose” was published by Fat Dog Books Inc. and is now available on Amazon.com.

My Thoughts...
Victim or survivor You read and decide which one Jenna is.
I read this book very fast and was very impressed with the story and how Iraci portrayed it on paper. It was as if watching it play out on the big screen.
Women you don't want to miss this 4 star read this summer.
 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 2, 2019

The Secrets we Keep By Mia Hayes



Sometimes, the people who seem the happiest have the most to hide.

But it's imperative Elizabeth put on a brave face. So when she's not going to Costco or day drinking with her best friend, she's trying to create a new, drama-free life in the suburbs.

And it seems to work - until an anonymous gossip blog begins spilling the women of Waterford's darkest secrets.

Now, the blurred conversations and blank spots in Elizabeth's mind give way to panic and anxiety. If her secrets - like a hospitalization for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt - don't stay buried, she faces social shunning.

Because after all, life in Waterford must look Instagram perfect at all times.

With her mental health in tatters and her marriage on the brink of imploding, Elizabeth fights to protect her family, her reputation, and her sanity.

A delicious mix of gossip and darker narrative, The Secrets We Keep is a brilliant look at life in the social media age, friendship, and the stigma of mental illness.

Fans of Liane Moriarty, Lauren Weisberger, and Emily Giffin will love this twisty, heartbreaking novel.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-We-Keep-Mia-Hayes/dp/0692113525/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Secrets+we+Keep+My+Mia+Hayes&qid=1560563256&s=books&sr=1-1




Mia lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, children, and cats. When she's not writing, she's practicing yoga, traveling, or drinking ridiculous amounts of green tea. She’s been known to eavesdrop a time or two.

My Thoughts...

Are you a fan of reality TV? Do you watch all the housewives? If you answered yes then you must read this book it's full of gossip, day drinking, money over the top. Affairs and mental illness. Friends stabbing each other in the back. You don't want to see it come to an end.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it to all my reality TV fans.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Happy Birthday Linda!





This is our second year without our daughter on her birthday! She is missed everyday so much. I wonder what she would be getting this year if she were here. I wonder how much she would have changed in the last year. She loved Birthday cakes and loved all of us getting together. So I plan to get a birthday cake and eat it today!
I will eat cake and watch movies and read just to get through this day.
Today as you read this do something for someone just because you want to make them smile.
Linda would have been 31 years old today so I will do my best to do 31 things that will touch someone else in a special way.
I thank all of you for following my blog and commenting everyday! You all are the reason that I  get out of bed each morning. THANK YOU ALL!






Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Totally Invisible And Completely Original Me By Savanna Harm




Being a teenager is not an easy thing, but for seventeen-year-old Landen Wells, that is a total understatement. Landen finds herself in a state of confusion when her relationship with Finn, her childhood best friend, drastically shifts—causing a dramatic rift between them. It doesn’t help that Landen meanwhile is receiving torment from her long time bully, most popular girl in school, Amber Woods. With salvation normally found in running and a “secret” forest hideaway, Landen does her best to try and escape her current state of confusion. However, feelings become more complicated when a mysterious artist, Alec, finds his way into Landen’s life and a sort of romance blossoms. With everything being so different so fast she doesn’t know who means more to her: her lifelong best friend who’s now slipping away, or the boy who she has only just met but somehow feels as if she has known him forever. Two guys, one bully, and enough drama to last a lifetime. No amount of running will help Landen figure this one out.

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 https://www.amazon.com/Totally-Invisible-Completely-Original-Me/dp/1798782782/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3VR0GW4YSN825&keywords=the+totally+invisible+and+completely+original+me&qid=1561420761&s=gateway&sprefix=The+Totally++invi%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1

My Thoughts...
 Looking for your next young adult read? This may be a fun one for you.
It has a little bit of everything so you will have all the feels.
this would make a great gift for those high school girls that love to read. 
It is a 4 star read to share with those young adults that are book worms
 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, June 26, 2019

Thrive By Arianna Huffington






In Thrive, Arianna Huffington makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world.

Arianna Huffington's personal wake-up call came in the form of a broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye--the result of a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep. As the cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group--one of the fastest growing media companies in the world--celebrated as one of the world's most influential women, and gracing the covers of magazines, she was, by any traditional measure, extraordinarily successful. Yet as she found herself going from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion, she wondered is this really what success feels like?

As more and more people are coming to realize, there is far more to living a truly successful life than just earning a bigger salary and capturing a corner office. Our relentless pursuit of the two traditional metrics of success--money and power--has led to an epidemic of burnout and stress-related illnesses, and an erosion in the quality of our relationships, family life, and, ironically, our careers. In being connected to the world 24/7, we're losing our connection to what truly matters. Our current definition of success is, as Thrive shows, literally killing us. We need a new way forward.

In a commencement address Arianna gave at Smith College in the spring of 2013, she likened our drive for money and power to two legs of a three-legged stool. They may hold us up temporarily, but sooner or later we're going to topple over. We need a third leg--a third metric for defining success--to truly thrive. That third metric, she writes in Thrive, includes our well-being, our ability to draw on our intuition and inner wisdom, our sense of wonder, and our capacity for compassion and giving. As Arianna points out, our eulogies celebrate our lives very differently from the way society defines success. They don't commemorate our long hours in the office, our promotions, or our sterling PowerPoint presentations as we relentlessly raced to climb up the career ladder. They are not about our resumes--they are about cherished memories, shared adventures, small kindnesses and acts of generosity, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritizing the demands of a career and raising two daughters--of juggling business deadlines and family crises, a harried dance that led to her collapse and to her "aha moment." Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives.

Pick up your copy here...
 https://www.amazon.com/Thrive-Redefining-Success-Creating-Well-Being/dp/0804140863/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1R3CS88W5TV5T&keywords=thrive+by+arianna+huffington&qid=1561416810&s=gateway&sprefix=Thrive+by%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-1

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and The Committee to Protect Journalists.

Her book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her 15th book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, will be published on April 5, 2016.

My Thoughts...
  Huffington wants to get this point across Stop surviving and start Thriving.
You will find that this book is very helpful and you will soon ( I hope) start to make small changes in your life.
So if you are ready for more then living and ready to start thriving this book is going to be a great asset to you. 
I gave this book 4 stars and I plan to slow down and reread it again each year.
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, June 25, 2019

The Road She Left Behind By Christine Nolfi




Crushed by guilt over the car accident that killed her father and sister, and torn apart by her mother’s resentment, Darcy Goodridge fled her family estate eight years ago and hasn’t looked back. Now an unexpected phone call threatens to upend what little serenity she’s found. Her nephew, Emerson, who was just a baby when his mother died, has gone missing. Darcy must return home and face her past in order to save him.
Once back in Ohio, Darcy realizes there’s more to Emerson’s disappearance—and to the sudden retirement of her mother, Rosalind—than meets the eye. As she works to make inroads with Rosalind, Darcy begins to unravel a decades-old secret that devastated her family and forced a wedge between her and Michael Varano, the man she left heartbroken when she vanished after the funeral. After carrying the scars of that fateful night for almost a decade, Darcy is determined to find closure, healing, and maybe even love where she lost them all in the first place—right back home where she belongs.

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Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Look for her latest release, THE ROAD SHE LEFT BEHIND.

The Sweet Lake Series has been recognized by the International Book Awards, Royal Palm Literary Awards, Readers’ Favorite Awards, and Best Book Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls SWEET LAKE "an uplifting and charming story." Redbook calls the book "an enchanting story full of lovable characters."

The Liberty Series has been recognized by the Next Generation Indie Awards and Put Your Heart In A Book Awards. “TREASURE ME is sure to delight and entertain. It’s light and refreshing; your old fashioned feel-good novel.” --USA Today

"Please visit me at www.christinenolfi.com and continue the mail, tweets, and comments on social media. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers." ~Christine

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My Thoughts...

 This is my second book by Nolfi and I can't wait for the next one.
I liked this one just as much as the first one. Romance, Family, and forgiveness, did I say a little romance also. I loved Emerson and Michael and Darcy. The story was sad but well you have the read the whole story. I did want the story to go on, It ended a little to fast for me.
Pick up a copy of this 4 star must read.
 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, June 24, 2019

Why She Lied By Julie Coons GIVEAWAY!



Will she have to lose her child to save her child?

The day she tells her boyfriend she’s pregnant, is the same day he tells her he’s been accused of molestation. His trial is set to begin the following day.

She needs answers…

To get them, she tricks her boyfriend into signing a release form, giving her full access to all of his legal documents. She uncovers the truth, he’s guilty.

To save her unborn child from this monster, she gets an abortion.

FIVE YEARS LATER and still rebuilding her life, Julie finds out her ex-boyfriend has just become the most wanted man in America, involved in human trafficking. When detectives ask for her help locating him, she gets drawn into a baffling mystery. What began as a seemingly simple search soon turns into a much darker reality.

Someone from her past is watching…

Bit by bit, the tapestry of her own secret childhood begins to unravel. What she learns about her past will haunt her forever: family isn’t always what it seems.

Can she help bring this predator to justice, or will she die trying?

WHY SHE LIED is a gripping psychological thriller full of mystery, intrigue, and buried secrets.

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JULIE COONS lives in a small town in Oregon. THIS DOES NOT LEAVE THIS HOUSE was her debut memoir. Amy's bookshelf reviews awarded it the #1 position for top 10 books of 2018. Her second book WHY SHE LIED is based on a true story. Her books are written to lead a movement toward positive change. She tells the stories of her life with honesty and strength.
If you wish to connect, ask a question, or invite Julie to speak to your group or organization, contact her at: connect@juliecoons.com.
So much more coming in 2019! Julie also plans to make YouTube videos sharing more of her story. Subscribe to Julie's YouTube channel JULIE COONS and get to know her even better.
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My Thoughts...

I would say this was an interesting story but hard to read. I am not so sure if it was a true story as the cover states. 
Had this been a book from a traditional  publisher not self published I think it would have been mush better. The editor would have fixed the  fact that she jumps from first to the third person  throughout the whole book, it doesn't read professionally at all. So it is very easy to see why a traditional publisher is needed.
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.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

THE LONG GOODBYE: THE KARA TIPPETTS STORY Launches on Netflix tomorrow.







Best-selling Documentary

THE LONG GOODBYE: THE KARA TIPPETTS STORY 
Launches on Netflix June 23rd
 
“The impact of her life was huge. I’m blessed to know her.” - Joanna Gaines



Los Angeles, CA - THE LONG GOODBYE: The Kara Tippetts Story, a heartfelt story a woman thrust into the national spotlight through a terminal cancer diagnosis, will be available on Netflix Sunday, June 23. The film spent time at the #1 spot on the Amazon Documentaries chart, and remained in the Top 10 for over 6 weeks after it’s release.
 
 Kara Tippetts was a pastor’s wife, mother of four young children, and creator of a popular mommy-blog focused on parenting with kindness. Kara already had a loyal following when, at just 38 years old, she began facing and processing a cancer diagnosis on the site. Her blog and subsequent best-selling books became hallowed ground as people around the world were touched by her faith, honesty, and candor. 
 

 
 
With this incredibly raw documentary, Kara allowed the world to walk with her as she chronicled first what it meant to be a young wife and mother battling a disease, and then ultimately what it meant to live and die with love and dignity.
 
Shot in real-time and featuring Kara’s own vlogs and cell phone videos, this film offers an intimate, vulnerable look into a dying woman’s last days. The film also features Kara’s friends-including Ann Voskamp, Joanna Gaines, Ellie Holcomb, President of Focus on the Family Jim Daly, Dianne Derby from KKTV, and bonus features with Joni Eareckson Tada.
 
 
 
During her journey with cancer, Kara wrote and published three books, includin
g Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together, And It was Beautiful: Celebrating Life in the Midst of the Long Good-Bye and The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard, which won the 2015 ECPA Inspirational Book of the Year award. 
 
Additionally, Kara was thrust into the spotlight when a letter she penned to Brittany Maynard went viral.  In the letter, Kara asked Brittany to reconsider her choice to move to Oregon to participate in an assisted suicide. Kara’s was a gentle, hope-filled message that could only be shared between two young women whose lives would end too soon. 
 
Kara’s vulnerability had an incredible impact on tens of thousands of people and grew that community of support in surprising ways.  Faith influencers from around the globe began to find ways to assist Kara by sharing her posts, sending personal messages, serving the family’s needs, as well as just becoming her friend.  


This included filmmakers Jay and Sofia Lyons, who discovered Kara’s story through a facebook note from a friend. The couple simply felt led to do something for her. Sofia states how God led them down a path to create the film by a series of ‘breadcrumbs’, “First, we just wanted to do something special for Kara and her family. This evolved into creating a 7-minute video about her life, which ultimately opened up a conversation about fully documenting her last few months on earth.”
 
THE LONG GOODBYE also showcases footage from a house concert performed by Ellie Holcomb, a new arrangement of one of Kara’s favorite hymns by Selah, and an original song by Travis Cottrell. Additionally, one of the filmmakers, Sofia J., contributes 2 original songs written for the film including “I’ll See You Again.” 
 
In association with Freely, THE LONG GOODBYE: The Kara Tippetts Story was created by Jay Lyons Productions and is distributed through Ocean Avenue Entertainment.  THE LONG GOODBYE will be available June 23 on Netflix. http://karatippettsdocumentary.com/