HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING FOR “THE RACE FOR PARIS”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday, our special day for sharing upcoming book releases.  Hop on over to Breaking the Spine to find out what everyone else is excited about.

Today I am very excited about an upcoming release from a favorite author:  The Race for Paris, by Meg Waite Clayton, is coming on August 11, 2015.

 

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.

Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.

However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

Based on daring, real-life female reporters on the front lines of history like Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Miller, and Martha Gellhorn—and with cameos by other famous faces of the time—The Race for Paris is an absorbing, atmospheric saga full of drama, adventure, and passion. Combining riveting storytelling with expert literary craftsmanship and thorough research, Meg Waite Clayton crafts a compelling, resonant read.

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I have been drawn to books from this WWII era for a while, now, and I also love anything with journalists as characters.  What are you excited about today?

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WHAT IGNITES YOUR PASSION ON A WEDNESDAY?

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It is a curl up and read day.  Outdoors is a little bit cool, and I’m not feeling the draw to go out there.  Although a nice, brisk walk might be in order.  Later.

I’ve been fussing around with my blogs again, and as you can tell, this one went through a makeover.  I like the background with the sparkly drink.

Over at Going out on a Limb, everything is different, too.  I changed themes to a format I’ve been noticing around the blogosphere, in which you can see snippets of the posts in miniature…and click to “read more.”

I’m reading a captivating book from Vine, written by Tiffany Baker: Mercy Snow.

 

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In the tiny town of Titan Falls, New Hampshire, the paper mill dictates a quiet, steady rhythm of life. But one day a tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake.

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And in the mailbox yesterday, I found my last anticipated Vine review book, The Book of You, by Claire Kendal.

 

 

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A mesmerizing tale of psychological suspense about a woman who must fight to escape an expert manipulator determined to possess her, Claire Kendal’s debut novel is a sophisticated and disturbing portrait of compulsion, control, and terror that will appeal to fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Silent Wife, and Into the Darkest Corner.

His name is Rafe, and he is everywhere Clarissa turns. At the university where she works. Her favorite sewing shop. The train station. Outside her apartment. His messages choke her voice mail; his gifts litter her mailbox. Since that one regrettable night, his obsession with her has grown, becoming more terrifying with each passing day. And as Rafe has made clear, he will never let her go….

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I had to have these books…and now that all of my Vine books have arrived, I must hurry up and read!  I have finished one of the eight, and I’ll finish the second one today, probably (Mercy Snow).

I am listing the books in order of how I plan to read them.  It is hard to choose, though!

Next?

 

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And then this one:

 

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Could this one come next?

 

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All of these are waiting, tantalizing me.  Sparking my enthusiasm.  What books ignite your passions this week?

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HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING FOR “THAT NIGHT”

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Welcome to our bookish celebration of our eagerly anticipated upcoming book releases, hosted by Breaking the Spine.  Check over at Jill’s place to see what everyone is gushing over.

Today I’m drooling over the next Chevy Stevens book, coming on June 17, 2014:  That Night.

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Eighteen-year-old Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted for the murder of her younger sister.

Seventeen years later she returns home, ready to move on with her life, but she can’t. Ryan is convinced he can uncover the truth; her mother still doesn’t believe Toni is innocent; and the former high school girls who made Toni’s life miserable may have darker secrets than anyone can imagine.

Before Toni can move forward, she must take a terrifying step back to her past to find out the truth and clear her name, before it’s too late.

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I love this author’s work…and this one grabbed me with the cover and the blurb.  What are you eagerly anticipating?   Come on by and share…along with your links!

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING FOR “STELLA BAIN” — AUGUST 28

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Welcome to Hump Day Sparks.  Watch the sparks fly as we circle around the web in anticipation of upcoming book releases.  Check out Breaking the Spine to see the Waiting on Wednesday posts.

Today’s choice for me is a book from an author I enjoy.  Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve, is an epic story set against the backdrop of WWI.  Release Date:  November 12, 2013.

 

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When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in an exclusive garden in London, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in.

A gesture of goodwill turns into something more as Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse’s aide near the front, but she can’t remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

In a narrative that takes us from London to America and back again, Shreve has created an engrossing and wrenching tale about love and the meaning of memory, set against the haunting backdrop of a war that destroyed an entire generation.

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It’s been awhile since I read a new Shreve novel.  I can’t wait!  What are you waiting for?

 

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING ON “THANKLESS IN DEATH” — AUGUST 7

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Welcome to a Wednesday event that is sure to spark your intrigue:  Waiting on Wednesday, by Breaking the Spine.

My find for today is one in a series I am enjoying.  The In Death series, by J. D. Robb.  Thankless in Death will be released on 9/17/13.

 

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In the latest suspense thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, the year 2060 is drawing to a close in New York City and loved ones are coming together for Thanksgiving. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water…

Lieutenant Eve Dallas has plenty to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke’s big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.

Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying in their home stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned—and heartbroken by the evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn’t made a great impression on the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him—but they didn’t think he was capable of this.

Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he’s stolen from his parents and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry’s going to strike next.

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What are you drooling over today?  Come on by and share….

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING FOR “WAITING FOR WEDNESDAY” — JULY 3

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The sparks are flying around here today.  Not only is it time for Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.  But the book for which I’m eagerly waiting is:  drum roll, please!  Waiting for Wednesday, by Nicci French.  It’s Book # 3 in the Frieda Klein series, and the book will be released on April 3, 2014.

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Amazon Blurb:  The thrilling third novel starring London psychotherapist-turned-detective Frieda Klein—from internationally bestselling author Nicci French

Nicci French’s Blue Monday and Tuesday’s Gone introduced the brilliant yet reclusive psychotherapist Frieda Klein to widespread critical acclaim, but Waiting for Wednesday promises to be her most haunting case yet.

Ruth Lennox, housewife and mother of three, is found dead in a pool of her own blood. Detective Chief Inspector Karlsson can’t piece together a motive and calls in Frieda, hoping her talents will offer a new angle on the case.

When it emerges that the mother was hiding a scandalous secret, her family closes ranks. Frieda herself is distracted, still reeling from an attempt on her life, and struggling with her own rare feelings of vulnerability. Then a patient’s chance remark sends Frieda down a dangerous path that seems to lead to a serial killer who’s long escaped detection. Is Frieda getting closer to unraveling either case? Or is she just the victim of her own paranoid, fragile mind? Because, as Frieda knows, every step closer to a killer is one more step into a darkness from which there may be no return . . .

Flawlessly executed, Waiting for Wednesday is a penetrating, twisted novel of murder and neurosis with a jaw-dropping climax that will linger in readers’ minds long after they have turned the last page.

 

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I am so excited to finally discover it on Amazon.  It is available in the UK, and I would have ordered there eventually if it didn’t come here.

What are you eagerly anticipating today?

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING ON “THE WONDER BREAD SUMMER” — MAY 1

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Welcome to Hump Day Sparks, where the excitement we feel about upcoming releases ignites and is spreading throughout the blogosphere.  Check in at Breaking the Spine to see the links!

The Wonder Bread Summer, by Jessica Anya Blau, is coming on 5/28/13!  Yay!

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Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, delivers another darkly hilarious, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel with Wonder Bread Summer.

In The Wonder Bread Summer, loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, 20-year-old Allie Dodgson has adventures that rival those Alice had down the rabbit hole. Or those of Weeds’ Nancy Botwin.

Allison is working at a dress shop to help pay for college. The dress shop turns out to be a front for drug dealers. And Allison ends up on the run—with a Wonder Bread bag full of cocaine.

With a hit man after her, Allison wants the help of her parents. But there’s a problem: Her mom took off when Allison was eight; her dad moves so often Allison that doesn’t even have his phone number….

Set in 1980s California, The Wonder Bread Summer is a wickedly funny and fresh caper that’s sure to please fans of Christopher Moore, Carl Hiaasen, and Marcy Dermansky.

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I like the sound of this one, from the setting to the time period.  Not to mention all the similarities to other favorite things in my life.  What are you sharing today?

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING ON ” THE LAST CAMELLIA” — APRIL 17

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Let’s ignite some passion for upcoming book releases today, and join the folks at Breaking the Spine for Waiting on Wednesday!

What are you excited about?  I’m drooling over a new book from Sarah Jio, coming on 5/28/13

The Last Camellia is “an intoxicating blend of mystery, history and romance, this book is hard to put down.”

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On the eve of the Second World War, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.

More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?

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I have adored every Sarah Jio book that I’ve read thus far, so naturally I am eagerly awaiting this one.  What are you waiting for?

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING ON “BREAKING NEWS” — SEPT. 5

Welcome to Hump Day Sparks, our place for celebrating upcoming new releases.  Check over at Breaking the Spine for all the titles being touted today.

I just discovered a new series by Fern Michaels, and today’s feature will be released on 9/25/12.  It is Breaking News (Godmothers).

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Teresa “Toots” Amelia Loudenberry has her quirks, but no one–especially not her trusted friends Sophia, Ida, and Mavis–would ever question her loyalty. So it’s no surprise when Toots decides to extend her stay in Charleston to help care for her ailing housekeeper.

Though the Charleston air is drenched with azalea and honeysuckle, and there’s always a pitcher of sweet tea close to hand, the ladies have little time for relaxing. Ida’s new line of cosmetics is about to launch, and Toots, Mavis, and Sophia are relishing new careers as models. And Abby, Toots’s daughter, is getting hitched. In the middle of so much change, Toots is almost too busy to notice her own unexpected romance. After eight husbands, she’s sworn never to get involved again. But fate–and her friends–may have other plans. And every godmother, fairy or otherwise, loves a story that ends with happily-ever-after. . .

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What are you excited about today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your comments and links.

HUMP DAY SPARKS: WAITING ON “HEART LIKE MINE” — AUGUST 29

Welcome to another Hump Day Sparks, in which we will celebrate the upcoming releases we are anticipating.  Visit Jill, at Breaking the Spine, to find out about all the celebrated WOW posts today.

I am very excited to shout out about another Amy Hatvany book coming in early 2013:  March, as a matter of fact.

Heart Like Mine promises to be another excellent read.

 

When a young mother dies under mysterious circumstances, those she leaves behind begin looking for answers in the past—and find a long-buried secret they could have never imagined.

Thirty-six-year-old Grace McAllister never longed for children. But when she meets Victor Hansen, a handsome, charismatic divorced restaurateur who is father to Max and Ava, Grace decides that, for the right man, she could learn to be an excellent part-time stepmom. After all, the kids live with their mother, Kelli. How hard could it be?

 

At thirteen, Ava Hansen is mature beyond her years. Since her parents’ divorce, she has been the one taking care of her emotionally unstable mother and her little brother—she pays the bills, does the laundry, and never complains because she loves her mama more than anyone. And while her father’s new girlfriend is nice enough, Ava still holds out hope that her parents will get back together and that they’ll be a family again.

 

But only days after Victor and Grace get engaged, Kelli dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances—and soon, Grace and Ava discover there was much more to Kelli’s life than either ever knew.

 

Narrated by Grace and Ava in the present with flashbacks into Kelli’s troubled past, Heart Like Mine is a poignant and hopeful portrait about womanhood, love, and the challenges of family life.

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Doesn’t this sound wonderful?  I know I can’t wait!  Now…what are the rest of you excited about?