Great Books & A Giveaway!

I’ve been trying to clean my office.  Yes, it’s a mess.  Mostly, it’s a book mess.  I have way too many books. The problem is that when I try to decide which books to donate to the library and which to keep, it’s pure torture. It almost feels as if I’m giving away friends.  And then there’re the books that have been in my to-be-read pile that I swore I would read before now, but somehow another book, or another deadline, got in the way.

Some of them I may have mentioned before.  And some books I haven’t.  But for today’s blog I thought I’d post about the friends on my bookshelves that are either on my keeper shelf or on my gonna-read-this-soon shelf.

Repressed by Elisabeth Naughton

RepressedRITA Award winner, Romantic Suspense.

Hidden Falls is exactly as Samantha Parker left it—small, insular, and prone to gossip. Eighteen years have passed since she witnessed her brother’s murder, but she’s still the talk of the town. Until a handsome child psychologist with haunting memories of his own arrives.

Dr. Ethan McClane isn’t exactly a newcomer. If it weren’t for his latest case, he’d never set foot back in Hidden Falls. Thankfully, no one seems to recognize him as the troubled teen from years past. Not even Sam, the delightfully sharp and sexy high school chemistry teacher he can’t stop thinking about.

When Sam and Ethan work together to help one of her students, sparks ignite. But Sam’s hazy memories of a long-ago night concern Ethan, and unlocking the repressed images reveals a dark connection between them. As the horrors of the past finally come to light, their relationship isn’t the only thing in danger. A killer will strike again to keep an ugly secret hidden. This time no one will be safe.

All The Dead Girls by Rita Herron

All DeadA RITA Award finalist, Romantic Suspense.

When a violent storm hits Graveyard Falls, it unearths the unimaginable: skeletons of teenage girls, each dressed in white and holding a candle. It’s clear to FBI agent Beth Fields that this is the work of a long-standing killer—but could it be the one she escaped years ago? She has no memory of the man who held her captive and murdered her friend. But even though someone was jailed for the crime, she’s always feared that the real killer is still out there…waiting and watching.

Ian Kimball never believed his stepfather was guilty of Beth’s kidnapping or the slaying of two local girls. Now Graveyard Falls’s sheriff, he’s determined to catch the true perpetrator. And when more young women go missing, he realizes he needs Beth’s help. She is nothing like Ian expected, and everything he desires. But if they have any hope of finally ending the killer’s reign of terror, Beth and Ian will need to put everything aside, including their past, their mistrust, and their growing attraction…

The Rosie Project  by Graeme Simsion

RosieThe international bestselling romantic comedy “bursting with warmth, emotional depth, and…humor,” (Entertainment Weekly) featuring the oddly charming, socially challenged genetics professor, Don, as he seeks true love.

The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers.

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

Arrestingly endearing and entirely unconventional, Graeme Simsion’s distinctive debut “navigates the choppy waters of adult relationships, both romantic and platonic, with a fresh take (USA TODAY). “Filled with humor and plenty of heart, The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in” (Chicago Tribune).


Today I’ll give away a ten dollar Amazon gift card to one person who tells me about one of their fiction friends sitting on their bookshelf. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents.)

6 thoughts on “Great Books & A Giveaway!

  1. I have on my book shelf, the book by Betty Eadie, Embraced by the Light! I have read it about 4 times and have given 4 of these books, also, as gifts! I can’t part with it as it always gives me hope when I read it! It is very inspiring!

  2. Those books sound great. I’m going to have to get All the Dead Girls and The Rosie Project! I have quite a few books on my book shelf but many are autographed so I can’t part with them! I adore any book by author Ann Charles and a friend of mine was able to meet her and get me an autographed copy! if you like romantic, humorous, mystery and paranormal, then try her Deadwood series. Fyi, Doc is my book boyfriend so no stealing. I just added a new book to my shelf called Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter. It sounds good. Will sdd it to my summer book list.

  3. A novel which is captivating and unforgettable, Where The Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine. Historical, profound and beautiful.

  4. There are so many….When Johnny Got His Gun is one that will always be on my shelves. The Monster at the End of This Book will be as well. Most of my romance books are ebooks as I don’t have the space for all that I own (over 2000 – maybe 3K?) — and the ones I do have are mostly signed. So instead of picking a favorite – here is one of the characters that I absolutely love and want in my life:

    Betty – She lives in North Carolina. She has her own child and adopted many others. She has gatherings of love on her porch with all of those she brought into her life. She shares stories of her life and helps others through their tough and sometimes scary stuff. She has strength and so much love. I admire her. You can find Betty in the Piper Anderson series and the Edenville series – both written by Danielle Stewart.

  5. The very first romantic suspense book I ever read was Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. It was so hilarious and sexy that I fell in love and have read everything by Jennifer Crusie! I still have quite a few of her books on my shelf, but I will never part with Agnes and the hitman! I actually have a paperback copy I keep in my car for ‘emergencies’, a hard cover copy I keep by my bed when I’m just not interested in starting a new book, an audible copy I listen to in the car or at work if I’m not doing anything that requires a lot of attention! I’m clearly obsessed with this book and I couldn’t care less!

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