First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday with Paula Hawkins and The Girl on the Train

Every Tuesday, Bibliophile by the Sea at http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/ hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where you share the first paragraph or sometimes two from a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

 

She’s buried beneath a silver birch tree, down towards the old train tracks, her grave marked with a cairn.  Not more than a little pile of stones, really. I didn’t want to draw attention to her resting place, but I couldn’t leave her without remembrance. She’ll sleep peacefully there, no one to disturb her, no sounds but birdsong and the rumble of passing trains.

 

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The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paperback – July 12, 2016 by Paula Hawkins

From the Publisher.EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Biography

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Read.Sleep.Repeat is hosting the fourth ARC August!

 

Last week I read the following ARC’ s:

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Behind Closed Doors: The most emotional and intriguing psychological suspense thriller you can’t put down Hardcover – August 9, 2016 by B. A. Paris

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. although this had somewhat of an abrupt ending, I still liked it and read it straight through. I liked that there was a character with cerebral palsy featured prominently and was portrayed as a capable and independent young woman. The main characters were well conceived and the past and present narrative worked. There were many questions left unanswered but my imagination is running wild.

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Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2016 by Craig Johnson

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This wasn’t my favorite entry in the Walt Longmire series but it was still a good read. I liked the focus on the dig that found the dinosaur bones and the legal initiatives that came with it. The characters are well developed and the dialogue witty. The mystery seemingly played second to the other story line which is left hanging. Overall, a solid read.

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Chased by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders): Trish Ryder Paperback – August 17, 2016 by Melissa Foster

Worth Getting in Bed For?

This isn’t my favorite Melissa Foster but she still delivers. The rock star and actress partnering were not as relatable as some of her other pairings but I appreciate the fantasy element and the attempted normalcy of some of their personal problems. Boone and Trish are a hot couple with loads of chemistry but Boone is hiding turmoil in his personal life that is distracting him from his movie role and Trish has to get them on board for this film. Every kiss sizzles and there is plenty of heat. Foster delves into drug addiction and family commitment. The dialogue snaps and the story flows. Foster is always a solid entry in Romance reading.

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Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction Paperback – August 1, 2015 by Candace Cameron Bure (Author),Erin Davis (Author)

Worth Getting in Bed For? This is a chronicle of Cameron Bure’ s stint on Dancing With the Stars and how she used it as a platform to maintain and share her faith. It is an interesting look at DWTS as well as a compelling journey of her testimony. There are some good biblical references here, Esther and David, for example. This is more about her testimony than her dancing. Regardless of faith, it is an interesting look at the celebrity’ s beliefs and the show.

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So far, I’ve read 10 ARC s this month.

For this week, I’m reading:

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The Singles Game Hardcover – July 12, 2016 by Lauren Weisberger

From the Publisher. The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada—a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court.

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Watching Edie Hardcover – August 2, 2016 by Camilla Way

From the Publisher. For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train: A dazzling work of psychological suspense that weaves together the past and present of two women’s twisted friendship. 

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Hardcover – August 16, 2016 by Amy Schumer

From the Publisher. The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star ofInside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

 

 

That’s what I’m reading. What are you reading this week?

Bout of Books Read-a-thon Day 1

August 2016

It’s time for the Bout of Books Readathon.

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Dry Bones: A Longmire Mystery Paperback – April 26, 2016 by Craig Johnson

Now I’m reading

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The Singles Game Hardcover – July 12, 2016 by Lauren Weisberger

I needed a sports lift now that the Olympics are over.

Bout of Books Read-a-thon

August 2016

It’s time for the Bout of Books Readathon. This is the 17th round of Bout of Books. I don’t typically list the books I plan on reading because I never know what I will reach for next. I love casual read-a-thons like this.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Chased by Love by Melissa Foster Tasty Book Tour

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Chased by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders): Trish RyderPaperback – August 17, 2016 by Melissa Foster

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From the Publisher.In CHASED BY LOVE…
Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don’t. When she’s awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America’s hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she’s beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft–but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he’s just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker’s private world. He’s coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he’s not likely to change–until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet–Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they’re trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

MORE RYDERS coming soon!
Seized by Love (Blue)
Claimed by Love (Duke)
Chased by Love (Trish)
Rescued by Love (Jake)
Swept Into Love (Gage)

 

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Worth Getting  in Bed For? Yes. This isn’t my favorite Melissa Foster but she still delivers. The rock star and actress partnering were not as relatable as some of her other pairings but I appreciate the fantasy element and the attempted normalcy of some of their personal problems. Boone and Trish are a hot couple with loads of chemistry but Boone is hiding turmoil in his personal life that is distracting him from his movie role and Trish has to get them on board for this film. Every kiss sizzles and there is plenty of heat. Foster delves into drug addiction and family commitment. The dialogue snaps and the story flows. Foster is always a solid entry in Romance reading.

 

About the Author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Waiting on Wednesday for Craig Johnson’s An Obvious Fact

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and  upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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An Obvious Fact: A Longmire Mystery (Longmire Mysteries)Hardcover – September 13, 2016 by Craig Johnson (Author)

From the Publisher.  In the 12th novel in the New York Times bestselling Longmire series, Walt, Henry,and Vic discover much more than they bargained for when they are called in toinvestigate a hit-and-run accident involving a young motorcyclist near Devils Tower
 
In the midst of the largest motorcycle rally in the world, a young biker is run off the road and ends up in critical condition. When Sheriff Walt Longmire and his good friend Henry Standing Bear are called to Hulett, Wyoming—the nearest town to America’s first national monument, Devils Tower—to investigate, things start getting complicated. As competing biker gangs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; a military-grade vehicle donated to the tiny local police force by a
wealthy entrepreneur; and Lola, the real-life femme fatale and namesake for Henry’s ’59 Thunderbird (and, by extension, Walt’s granddaughter) come into play, it rapidly becomes clear that there is more to get to the bottom of at this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally than a bike accident. After all, in the words of Arthur Conan Doyle, whose Adventures of Sherlock Holmes the Bear won’t stop quoting, “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”

 

 

Why I’m Waiting. I have a book crush on Sheriff Walt Longmire.


WWW Wednesday

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
 What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

What are you currently reading?

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Chased by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders): Trish Ryder Paperback – August 17, 2016 by Melissa Foster

I’m reading this romance for a blog tour on Thursday. Look for my review then. So far, the story about a rocker and an actress at odds while they prepare for a movie is worth getting in bed for.

 

 

 What did you recently finish reading?

 

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Heart Strike (Delta Force)Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016 by M. L. Buchman (Author)

Worth Getting in Bed For? No. This was a miss for me. Although there were some well-written military type fight scenes with drug lords, there was way too much detailed information on types of guns and planes. In addition, there were several movie references that became distracting. The love scenes were a bit hokey with innuendo and comparisons to Casablanca, the movie, and airplane flights. There was some interesting facts about various subjects that came from the hero-geek of the story. The author has written over 35 novels so his other books may be better suited to such detail. 
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Watching Edie Hardcover – August 2, 2016 by Camilla Way (Author)

From the Publisher. For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train: A dazzling work of psychological suspense that weaves together the past and present of two women’s twisted friendship.
 
Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

 

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday with Results May Vary by Bethany Chase

Every Tuesday, Bibliophile by the Sea at http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/ hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros where you share the first paragraph or sometimes two from a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

 

 

There are these two little words I know, that we all know; we learn  them so early that we can’t remember when we did.  They have a gravitational attraction to each other, I would say: the one word love, the other word story. ‘Cause you can have a story without love, sure; but when it comes to the kind of love you fall in, whether it’s a slow glide or a blind plunge over the edge…you can’t have a love without a story.

 

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Results May Vary: A Novel Paperback – August 9, 2016 by Bethany Chase

From the Publisher.From Bethany Chase—whom bestselling author Emily Giffin calls “a great new voice in fiction”—comes a wise and delightfully relatable novel about a woman’s journey to rebuild her life, and her heart, after a stunning betrayal.
 
Can you ever really know the person you love?

She never saw it coming. Without even a shiver of suspicion to warn her, art curator Caroline Hammond discovers that her husband is having an affair with a man—a revelation that forces her to question their entire history together, from their early days as high school sweethearts through their ten years as a happily married couple. In her now upside-down world, Caroline begins envisioning her life without the relationship that has defined it: the loneliness of being an “I” instead of a “we”; the rekindled yet tenuous closeness with her younger sister; and the unexpected—and potentially disastrous—attraction she can’t get off her mind. Caroline always thought she knew her own love story, but as her husband’s other secrets emerge, she must decide whether that story’s ending will mean forgiving the man she’s loved for half her life, or facing her future without him.

Compassionate and uplifting, Results May Vary is a bittersweet celebration of the heart’s ability to turn unexpected troubles into extraordinary strength.

 

 

About the Author

A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Bethany Chase headed to Williams College for an English degree and somehow came out the other side an interior designer. When she’s not writing or designing, you can usually find her in a karaoke bar. She lives with her lovely husband and occasionally psychotic cat in Brooklyn, three flights up.
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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Read.Sleep.Repeat is hosting the fourth ARC August!

 

Last week I read the following ARC’ s:

  

All the Missing Girls: A Novel Hardcover – June 28, 2016 by Megan Miranda

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This suspense novel was different in that it is told in reverse. Each chapter is the day before. This method was a little difficult for me to get used to but it worked really well in depositing and revealing clues. Focusing on the loss of her best friend, the story centers around Nic Farrell and her family and friends and their many secrets. When another woman goes missing, the story really picks up. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get to the day before. The reveal is not what I expected. The characters are well drawn out and there are plenty of surprises.

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The Trap Hardcover – July 5, 2016 by Melanie Raabe

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This was a good read that had some bumps but the storyline was interesting. Linda Conrads is an author who has basically been an agorophobe since her sister was murdered. She is a witness to the crime scene and sees a man in her sister’s apartment. Years later, she thinks she recognizes him and decides to trap him by writing a thriller based on the murder and having the suspect, a journalist, interview her. Will she catch the killer or is this a case of mistaken identity? Raabe is excellent at capturing the panic and fear of the main character in her illness. The story is told using the novel within a novel approach which works for the most part.

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Mr. Matisse and His Cutouts Hardcover – September 1, 2016 by Annemarie van Haeringen

 

 

That’s a total of 6 ARCs that I’ve read this month.

 

This week,  I plan on reading:

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The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 16, 2016 by Sebastian Smee

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Chased by Love (Love in Bloom: The Ryders): Trish Ryder Paperback – August 17, 2016 by Melissa Foster

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Heart Strike (Delta Force)Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016 by M. L. Buchman

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Vinegar Girl: A Novel (Hogarth Shakespeare)Hardcover – June 21, 2016 by Anne Tyler

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The Friday 56 with Jessi Klein and You’ll Grow Out of It

The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’ s Voicehttp://www.fredasvoice.com/.  The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.

 

 

I shuffled towards my friends and looked in the mirror. It was a beautiful dress–a wedding dress, yes, but with a boho-rock-star edge, a dress I could picture Kate Moss doing coke in before passing out on a huge messy bed at the Ritz. I took a moment to consider whether I wanted to look like a coked-up Kate Moss at my wedding, and realized the answer was yes.

 

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You’ll Grow Out of It Hardcover – July 12, 2016 by Jessi Klein

From the Publisher.

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER!
 

YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT hilariously, and candidly, explores the journey of the twenty-first century woman.

As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.
In YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her “transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man,” attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called “ma’am” and “miss” (“Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds”).
Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, YOU’LL GROW OUT OF IT is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.

About the Author

Jessi Klein is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and an executive producer of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed series Inside Amy Schumer. She’s also written for Amazon’s Transparent as well asSaturday Night Live. She has been featured on the popular storytelling series The Moth, and has been a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She’s been published in Esquire and Cosmopolitan, and has had her own half-hour Comedy Central stand-up special.