Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – November 10th 2015

by Maryse on November 10, 2015 · 155 comments

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE for Wednesday November 11th 2015 – a few more books that went live or on supersale (or on pre-order!). Also! I just posted a fun little WWI & WWII romance book recommendations post to help out our fellow reader, Linda.

  • Ghosts Don’t Lie by Katie O’Sullivan <— SHE SEES GHOSTS yet… “The grey-eyed artist knows ghosts aren’t real, but his attraction to the beautiful psychic makes him question those beliefs. With her husband plotting to kill her, can Jillian make Connor see the truth before it’s too late?”
  • Taunt Me (Rough Love Book 2) by Annabel Joseph <— BDSM ex-teacher-student… romance?! “…loneliness is a powerful thing, and she finds herself tempted by a no-strings-attached BDSM partner who happens to be her former professor…”
  • The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You by Laurelin Paige <— series bundled and on bargain sale!
  • The Opposite of Maybe: A Novel by Maddie Dawson <— ACCIDENTAL PREGNANCY and on super-sale! “It’s meant to be a temporary break, of course—until Rosie realizes she’s accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers…”
  • Vegas Love by Jillian Dodd <— ON PRE-ORDER! Sounds like SO MUCH FUN!!! She’s a famous starlet, and he’s hired to keep her out of trouble and NOT sleep with her… but whoops! She gets drunk and they get married in Vegas. LOL!!! YES!
  • Little Secrets by Megan Hart <— MEGAN HART ALERT AND!!! It’s a haunted house? *ooomph* I LOVE those! And I love this author… on pre-order! I want it now! “Ginny begins to believe the house may be haunted…or that her husband might be trying to trick her into thinking so…”


Today was a serious indie (& “hybrid” indie) powerhouse book release day and I need to highlight at least 10 of ‘em that sound awesome. Like…

November Nine: A Novel by Colleen Hoover (I read it, great little slow burn love story for sure!), If You Dare by A. E. Torre (Alessandra Torre ALERT! I LOVE everything she writes & I have no doubt this one will be awesome!), Reaper’s Fall (Reapers Motorcycle Club) by Joanna Wylde (she’s been writing to a lonely prisoner, and he’s just been released), Easy Melody (The Boudreaux Series Book 3)  by Kristen Proby (sounds like a sweet girl meets boy in a bar love story), Reap: A Scarred Souls Novel by Tillie Cole (Russian Mafia captive and he’s more monster than man, but she wants to save him!), Semper Fi: The Education of Caroline: The Education of Caroline (The Education Series Book 3) by Jane Harvey-Berrick (hugely popular series and this one is told from another POV), When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle (they get married on the fly in Vegas way too young, and then she leaves him a week later), and Tryst: A Sexual Education Novel by S.L. Jennings (her husband lets her fulfill her fantasies with another man and she doesn’t want to go back to the way it was before…)

A few extras that caught my eye that I didn’t know about? Rolling in the Deep (single mom works in a grocery store and cute customer she’s crushing on splits lottery ticket with her – and they win!!!!), Love And Other Alien Experiences (she’s agoraphobic and hasn’t left her house in years and does her schooling online, but has a plan to get a date with the school hottie…), The Devil’s Playground (she’s married and lonely and tempted by a cop…), Rule Breaker (she’s a prison nurse and she falls for a prisoner!!)

eek Rightttttt??? biggrin OMG today is an AWESOME RELEASE DAY!! Plus… I highlighted a few more, below.

P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

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  1. November 9: A Novel by Colleen Hoover
  2. Reaper’s Fall: Reapers Motorcycle Club, Book 5 by Joanna Wylde
  3. Consolation: The Consolation Duet, Volume 1 by Corinne Michaels
  4. If You Dare by A.E. Torre
  5. Winter Marissa Meyer


BARGAINS & READER RECOMMENDATIONS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).

  • Third Base (The Boys of Summer Book 1) by Heidi McLaughlin <— SPORTS STAR ALERT! Back on the list ’cause it’s bargain priced and the reviews are just awesome!
  • Mechanic by Alexa Riley <— BAD BOY MECHANIC ALERT! recent release, and rocking the Amazon charts. Now I myself am not much a beard girl (nope… not at all), but I know many here are so… take a look at that cover. “Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage…”
  • Poles Apart by Kirsty Moseley <— HE’S A FAMOUS RACER AND SHE’S A STRIPPER ALERT! ”Emma Bancroft, a part-time lap dancer, is just trying to make ends meet. Her responsibilities weigh heavily on her, as does the secret she’s kept from everyone for the last two and a half years…”
  • Tangled by Em Wolf <— BULLY BOOK back on the list ’cause LisaM tried it and LOVED this one! “Sunday’s could not put down book of the day Tangled by Em Wolf. Started this morning n finished just in time to watch The Walking Dead!!! Loved loved loved it!! So conflicted & torn throughout the book on who’s side to be on!! Angst or what?? Anyone else read it yet?”
  • Until the Sun Falls from the Sky (The Three Series Book 1) by Kristen Ashley <— Theresa just gave this one a go and loves it as much as everyone here loved it! “I just read the first in the Three series….wow,wow,wow…gotta love KA!!!!”
  • #Jerk by Kat T. Masen <— SOUNDS INFURIATING ALERT! BULLY? ”He was everything a jerk should be—insensitive, unreliable, and most importantly, a heartbreaker. Haden enjoyed playing games, and when it came to Presley Malone, it was all too easy. Miss Know-it-all with her over-the-top OCD was soon going to get a taste of what it was like to live on the edge. But what starts off as an innocent prank soon becomes an unhealthy obsession…
  • In the Fields by Willow Aster <— Amy loved this one! “In the Fields is SO good and took some turns I totally wasn’t expecting, some good and some absolutely heartbreaking. I was crying at one point ’cause it was just…that…sad.”
  • Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas <— DARK READ ALERT!!! Tracy found my original “dark-read” favorite on super sale today!

Tracy: A bit off topic but Kitty Thomas’s Comfort Food… I’ve had it on my wish list forever. I’m a bit scared to be honest but excited too!

Maryse: Oh I love that one, Tracy!!!! But yes… it’s definitely dark and a psych-thriller/horror/love story? LOL!! That last part is to be debated. ;) Definitely not a romance, but you know how Stockholm syndrome works.




  1. Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book 1) by J.R. Stewart
  2. Kiss The Flame: A Desire Exchange Novella (1001 Dark Nights) by Christopher Rice
  3. Wicked Edge (Realm Enforcers Book 2) by Rebecca Zanetti
  4. Stranded with the Cajun (Captured by a Dragon-Shifter Book 3) by Michelle M. Pillow
  5. Prince of Flight: (A Bird Shifter Novel) (King of Prey Book 6) by Mandy M. Roth
  6. Gathering Darkness: A Paranormal Romance Collection
  7. Beyond the Shadows: The Land of Riandus by Linda Boulanger
  8. Sugar Skulls by Lisa Mantchev
  9. A Demon’s Dark Embrace: An Elite Guards Novel by Amelia Hutchins <— Ela found us this one!! “Amelia Hutchins also released A Demon’s Dark Embrace (The Elite Guards #1)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Fae Chronicles spin off (kind of)….this is where she focuses on Ryder’s brothers :)
  10. MIND GAMES by MJ LaBeff
  11. Rise of the Fae (The Society Trilogy Book 2) by Rebekah R. Ganiere
  12. The Twisted Destinies Series Omnibus by Bree Pierce
  13. The Bloody City (Siren Song Book 2) by Megan Morgan
  14. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
  15. True – A Supernatural Rhapsody by Robert Taylor



  1. November Nine: A Novel by Colleen Hoover <— COLLEEN HOOVER’S LATEST BOOK ALERT!!! MY REVIEW IS ALREADY UP!!
  2. If You Dare by A. E. Torre <— GAH!!! I shouldn’t have read the blurb maybe, ’cause I think I needed to read the first ones, first but now the blurb makes me wanna read it so much more!! So don’t read my little “quote highlight” if you wanna read this series blind, okay? Seriously… but it’s so good! “The rules are the same. I can’t open the door. I can’t leave. I can’t kill anyone. The only difference is, I don’t set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do.”
  3. The Club Sin Series 6-Book Bundle: Claimed, Bared, Desired, Freed, Tamed, Commanded by Stacey Kennedy
  4. Southern Exposure (Southern Heat Book 1) by Kendall Grace
  5. Northern Exposure (Southern Heat Book 2) by Kendall Grace
  6. Reaper’s Fall (Reapers Motorcycle Club) by Joanna Wylde <— SHE WRITES TO A LONELY MAN IN PRISON ALERT! And now he’s out. “She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe. Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.”
  7. First Ride (The Slayers MC Book 1) by Tara Oakes
  8. My Best Friend’s Stepfather #2 by Opal Carew
  9. Easy Melody (The Boudreaux Series Book 3)  by Kristen Proby <— SHE INHERITS A BAR & HE’S A LOCAL MUSICIAN ALERT!! “...when Callie’s able to turn the business around with renovations, making it one of the hottest bars in the Quarter, will she sell out and leave her past behind once and for all, or will Declan be able to convince her that’s she’s where she needed to be all along…in his arms.
  10. Dare Me (the STEELE BROTHERS series Book 3) by Jennifer Probst
  11. The Wild One: A Brooklyn Girls Novel by Gemma Burgess
  12. Reap: A Scarred Souls Novel by Tillie Cole <— RUSSIAN MAFIA BAD ASS FIGHTER ALERT – MORE MONSTER THAN A MAN!!!She dreams of another life–away from the stifling leash of her Russian Bratva Boss father and from the brutality of her work at The Dungeon, her criminal family’s underground death-match enterprise. But when she stumbles upon her family’s captive who is more monster than man, she starts to see the man underneath…
  13. Tryst: A Sexual Education Novel by S.L. Jennings <— HER HUSBAND LET’S HER BE WITH ANOTHER MAN AND NOW SHE WANTS TO CONTINUE ALERT! “My husband loves me so much that he’ll do anything to please me—including helping me reach staggering heights of ecstasy with another man…”
  14. Something in the Air by Marie Landry
  15. Until We Break by Jamie Howard
  16. Rolling in the Deep by Rebecca Rogers Maher <— SINGLE MOM & SEXY STRANGER WIN THE LOTTERY TOGETHER ALERT!! “…when he invites her to split a lottery ticket, she figures a little innocent fun couldn’t hurt. The last thing she expects is to score big, which is exactly what happens . . . in more ways than one…”
  17. Love And Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey <— SHE’S AGORAPHOBIC ALERT BUT SHE HAS A PLAN!! “If I can win the homecoming crown by convincing resident hot popular guy and Friday Night Lights spawn Brad Kirkpatrick to go as my date, then maybe #stayathome will never appear next to the name @Mallory_Sullivan ever again. But first, I have to leave my room…
  18. Blindfold: The Complete Series Box Set by M. S. Parker and Cassie Wild
  19. Killer Buzz Float: Greatest Hits by Kendall Grey
  20. Semper Fi: The Education of Caroline: The Education of Caroline (The Education Series Book 3) by Jane Harvey-Berrick <— OLDER WOMAN/YOUNGER MAN SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!Life just might be worth living again … until he meets the woman who broke him 10 years earlier. Now she’s back, but he’ll do anything to keep her at arm’s length. Temptation doesn’t come much stronger, but he’d be a fool to fall for her again…
  21. Charlie Sierra Tango by Kendall Grace
  22. Defiance (Ophelia Lind Series) by Peta Crake
  23. When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle <— ANGSTY SOUNDING SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE ALERT!! They’re young and get married in Vegas and… “Then, exactly one week later, I left him. I walked out, leaving behind my wedding ring, annulment papers, and my heart, and he never knew why. I haven’t seen him since. Not in ten long years. Now, he’s here, standing before me. Looking at me with nothing but hurt and hatred in his eyes, he wants answers.”
  24. Tracks of Her Tears (Rogue Winter Novella Book 1) by Melinda Leigh
  25. Billionaire Unbound: The Billionaire’s Obsession ~ Chloe by J. S. Scott
  26. Our Now and Forever (Ardent Springs Book 2) by Terri Osburn
  27. Justice for Mickie (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes) (Volume 2) by Susan Stoker
  28. Home For The Holidays (A Kismet Christmas Romance Book 1) by Lisa Plumley
  29. Last True Hero (Battle Scars) by Diana Gardin <— MILITARY BAD BOY & GOOD GIRL ALERT!Dare Conners has wrong written all over him. The sexy soldier has a body built for sin and secrets he won’t share. What starts as a fling quickly grows into something more. But summer can’t last forever, and when the truth comes out, both Berkeley and Dare could be in for quite a fall…
  30. Manwhore 3 (A Ferro Family Short Story) by H.M. Ward
  31. Cross the Line (A Boston Love Story) by Julie Johnson <— SHE’S BEEN CRUSHING ON HER BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND FOR DECADES ALERT! And… “There’s a darkness in Nate, the kind you can’t avoid after years working in special forces and private security. He’s no good for anyone — especially not someone as sweet as his best friend’s little sister…
  32. Rescue Me (Pride Series Romance Novels Book 9) by Jill Sanders
  33. Dream of Me (Uncharted SEALs Book 4) by Delilah Devlin
  34. Flash Fire (A Navy SEAL Romance) by Dana Marton
  35. Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas) by Heidi Cullinan <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  36. Make Me (Rent Me Series Book 3) by Brina Brady <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  37. Saying Yes: A Taking Flight Novella by Erin Brown  <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!
  38. Getting Lucky (A Nugget Romance Book 5) by Stacy Finz <— SINGLE MOTHER & A HER EX-RODEO CHAMPION (who’s the father of her baby that he doesn’t even know about!!) ALERT! “She fell for a boy she couldn’t have, lost her parents too young, and now her daughter needs a transplant she can’t provide. But if Lucky is a stem cell match, all that could change.”
  39. The Billionaire’s Christmas Vows: A Jet City Billionaire Christmas Romance (Switched at Marriage) by Gina Robinson
  40. Leaving Lana’i (Pacific Horizons Book 2) by Edie Claire
  41. Not Your Match (No Match for Love Book 2) by Lindzee Armstrong
  42. Barely Breathing by Brenda Rothert <— BROODING BAD BOY ALERT! “My world revolves around righting the wrongs of my past. Atoning for my selfish stupidity. And it’s enough. Until I meet Viv – a woman who sees right through me. She’s not scared or intimidated. A woman like her is way too good for a man like me…
  43. Seb (Steele Brothers #3) by Cheryl Douglas
  44. The Lost Art of Second Chances by Courtney Hunt
  45. Haven’s Knight by Regan Ure <— HER MOTHER BROUGHT HOME A “MONSTER” ALERT!I’ve given up hope that a knight in shining armor will rescue me. But maybe… maybe I don’t need a Prince Charming after all. Maybe a knight without the shining armor and a broken smile will be enough to save me…
  46. Dangerous Attraction: Part Two (Aegis Group) by Sidney Bristol
  47. Keeping Katie (A Mother’s Heart Book 1) by Patricia Keelyn
  48. When Darkness Falls: A Romantic Suspense Novel by Jennifer Youngblood
  49. Playing with Heartstrings by Lydia Winters
  50. A Treasure of Gold (Migrations of the Heart) by Piper Huguley
  51. His Contract (Legally Bound) by Rebecca Grace Allen
  52. The Devil’s Playground (Faraway Book 1) by Eliza Freed <— LONELY MARRIED WOMAN TEMPTED BY A COP ALERT!…she counsels herself on risking her family for the rush of a fling. But Vincent Pratt, the local chief of police, weakens Meredith’s abhorrence of affairs and her dedication to her family. With him, she finds a new version of herself, one capable of contributing in her new world, and thriving in her lonely home…
  53. So About the Money: A Holly Price Mystery by Cathy Perkins
  54. Where The Heart Is (A Mother’s Heart Book 3) by Patricia Keelyn
  55. Without Proof: A Redemption’s Edge Novel by Janet Sketchley
  56. You’re Not Alone by Stacy Eaton
  57. His Young Queen: (Steel Jackals MC #1) by Tiff P. Raine <— OLDER BIKER/YOUNGER WOMAN ALERT! “After three long years, Tish’s sun returns to Queen Creek, and her secret love for this man nearly twice her age surges and is revealed when she makes an offer that shocks them both. An average man would have difficulty passing on a young, innocent woman willing to do anything to please him. How will a fierce alpha biker who has spent the last thirty-six months in prison fare?”
  58. Behind the Curtain: Behind the Love Trilogy by P.C. Zick
  59. Making Angel (Mariani Crime Family Book 1) by Amanda Washington
  60. Set Free: The Second Chance Series by Kelly Collins
  61. Rule Breaker by Lily Harlem <— SHE’S A PRISON NURSE ALERT!The lines blur, and it all started when I met the ultimate bad boy. But is he? Miller Davenport might be big, bad and brimming with sin but he’s confessed his crimes and for ten years he’s served his time and walked the line. Everyone deserves a second chance, right? And as his nurse—the one person who understands him—I can’t help but count the days till we can be together properly, without guards watching over us and without every look and word we share censored..
  62. The One Trilogy Box Set by Tawdra Kandle
  63. Bound To Her: Three Dates with a Billionaire by Emma Lyn Wild
  64. On The Outside (Caught Inside Series Book 3) by S. Briones Lim
  65. Stockholm Diaries, Melanie by Rebecca Hunter
  66. Guarding Sophie: A Love and Football Novella by Julie Brannagh
  67. Twelve Nights (Blue Moon Lake) by Sharon Struth
  68. Orion Cross My Sky (Clearwater Book 11) by Rosa Sophia
  69. His Christmas Promise: Holiday Luv by Alicia Street
  70. Thunderstruck by Kendall Grace
  71. Unexpected Gift: A Sweet Christmas Novella by Chantel Rhondeau
  72. Sweet Heat: Collected Stories, Volume 2 by Kelly Maher
  73. Edge of Something More by Andi Loveall
  74. Illusions of Control by Mona Makvandi
  75. More Than Friends (The Kingsley Series Book 4) by Brandi Kennedy
  76. A Proper Family Christmas by Jane Gordon – Cumming
  77. What My Eyes Can’t See: An Urban Love Story by Mocha Lovan
  78. You are the Best Wife: A True Love Story by Ajay K. Pandey


PRE-ORDERS (next week’s)

  1. Paper Dolls (Falling Paper, #1) by Ketley Allison – November 12th 2015
  2. Tethered Bond (Holly Woods Files, #3) by Emma Hart – November 13th 2015
  3. Emeralds (All That Glitters Book 3) by K.A. Linde - November 16th 2015
  4. Crush (The Tainted Love Duet Book 2) by Kim Karr - November 16th 2015
  5. Appealed by Emma Chase – November 17th 2015
  6. Some Sort of Crazy (Natalie and Miles): A Happy Crazy Love Novel by Melanie Harlow - November 17th 2015
  7. To the Stars: A Thatch Novel by Molly McAdams - November 17th 2015
  8. Monster Prick (An Older Brother’s Best Friend Romance) by Kendall Ryan - November 17th 2015
  9. Some Sort of Crazy (Natalie and Miles): A Happy Crazy Love Novel by Melanie Harlow – November 17th 2015
  10. Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan - November 17th 2015
  11. Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich - November 17th 2015
  12. Evan Arden: The Complete Boxed Set by Shay Savage <— November 18th 2015 for the whole bundle and I LOVED THEM!!!
  13. Command (Storm MC #7) by Nina Levine - November 18th 2015
  14. Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway <— November 19th 2015
  15. Poughkeepsie Begins (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series Book 4) by Debra Anastasia – November 22nd 2015!!

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Ela November 10, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Amelia Hutchins also released A Demon’s Dark Embrace (The Elite Guards #1)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Fae Chronicles spin off (kind of)….this is where she focuses on Ryder’s brothers :)

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Thank you Ela!! I’m adding it. :D

Theresa November 10, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Guys you have to see the cover on Callie Harts new book out 11-17
Check her FB page.

Tracy November 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

A bit off topic but Kitty Thomas’s Comfort Food is $.99 and I’ve had it on my wish list forever. I’m a bit scared to be honest but excited too!

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Oh I love that one, Tracy!!!! But yes… it’s definitely dark and a psych-thriller/horror/love story? LOL!! That last part is to be debated. ;)

Definitely not a romance, but you know how Stockholm syndrome works.

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Oh I’m going to check it out right now Theresa!! Thank you! :D

Tasha J November 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Wow what a list! November 9, A Devils Playground, when I Was Yours, and Love and Other Alien Experiences are all going on my list! And I’m doing really well reading the books off my tbr list, which never happens but it feels so good, like the relief and accomplishment one feels after finally organizing a particularly messy room that hasn’t been touched in…months….lol. But at the same time I read these lists every week and I want to read these books.Right now. *sigh* But there’s just not enough time to read them all, and then, *new books (oh that blurb)*!! Haha, I just put them in that messy room. :P I’m reading Room 212, no clue when I put it on my list or what it was about, but it’s good! I’m getting all the feels and really into it!

Fabi November 10, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Nov 9 is mine, mine, all mine. :-)

Tasha, I remember reading Room 212. It was so good! It was one of Amy’s recs.

Ela November 10, 2015 at 3:08 PM

November 9, Tryst, The Demon’s Embrace, Reap…just too many! But I’m loving it!

I have Room 212 on my TBR…

Jean November 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

When I Was Yours, Tryst, Rolling in the Deep, Poles Apart, Love and Other Alien Things, Tangled, Third Base, Mechanic….. damn my head is spinning out of control! Too damn much!

I’m on the 2nd book of the Game On series (The Friend Zone) by Kristen Callihan and I am loving this series! If you all loved The Deal and The Mistake by Elle Kennedy, you will love these too! Just sayin……

Tracy November 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

I finished Pucked Up, The Pact and now reading The Offer and wanted to get book 2 of the Game On series but sometimes I need to go to the dark side after reading some of these less angsty (but still really good books). So I think I’ll do Comfort Food next because Maryse loves it and doesn’t steer me wrong!

Jean November 10, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Tracy, I get it. I have had Comfort Food on my Kindle for over a year and still scared to read it!

How did you like Pucked Up? Heard it wasn’t as good as Pucked, but that’s okay, I’ll still read it. Gotta get to The Pact and The Offer just to get to The Play which I’m hearing is the best of the 3!

Tessa November 10, 2015 at 4:15 PM

*begins cursing* So, of cuorse I had to get Demon’s Dark Embrace. Top that off with my monitored died for a few days… The cord died, thankfully, so it was an easy fix, but still! After Christmas, new monitor!

I’ve also had Comfort Food on my list for a while. That cheap, it’s mine. Last, When I was Yours. I don’t know who published the blurb a long time ago, but I was caught right away. So, for a girl intent on not buying anything and instead just write, GEESH! :)

Ela November 10, 2015 at 4:17 PM

I was actually going to BR Comfort Food with a group of my pals but was too slow and once they started commenting on some of the stuff…I said NO THANK YOU.

Ela November 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM

Of course you HAD TO GET A DEMON’S DARK EMBRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tessa November 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Of course! :D I also HAD to get When I was Yours. That thing has been waiting in my wishlist to just be released.

Ela November 10, 2015 at 4:38 PM

So I just read a bunch of spoilers on GR of Comfort Food and I’m still sticking to my nope!

Tessa! I also super excited about Reap! Loved Raze.

Lauren November 10, 2015 at 5:33 PM

Mechanic by Alexa Riley has a bonus book included… TWO books for $.99!!!!

Tracy November 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Jean – I’ll admit I didn’t liked Pucked Up as much as Pucked but I didn’t mind. I didn’t hear that The Play was the best of the 3. Definitely will put it on my list.

Lauren November 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM

FYI….if you’re a fan of Nancy Haviland (Wanted Men series), you’ll probably love His Young Queen (Steel Jackals MC) by Tiff P. Raine because they are the same person.

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

Wait wait waiiiiiit Tracy!

I don’t “steer” wrong… no… but beware of genres. This is dark. Like… Captive in the Dark, dark. Maybe even darker, but no… I’m thinking on par.

But yes… I am the psych-thriller freak that loves when an author explores the effects of Stockholm syndrome, I cringed like mad, and yet enjoyed it, big time. I didn’t think I was enjoying it ’cause I felt a bit traumatized, but since I didn’t put it down, I realized it was awesome. :P

Mind you it was my very first read like this, ever, so I was blown away and hid it “in the closet” for a couple of years before I finally let everyone know.. LOL!!

Jean November 10, 2015 at 6:50 PM

Thanks for that info on Mechanic Lauren! I’m 1-clicking it now!

Amy November 10, 2015 at 6:55 PM

*squeals* I’ve been waiting for When I Was Yours for a while now!!!!! :D No idea if it’s going to be any good, but I am as much a sucker for titles that *oomph* me as I am for unique covers.

I LOVE covers that stand out from the rest. I’m a hot-blooded female so of course I like looking at those man candy covers, and the ones with couples on the front are sometimes nice, but what gets my attention and says “READ ME NOW!!” are the covers that are different from what seems to be the standard in CR nowadays. Like Badger…that cover caught my attention immediately, and then I was sold once I saw the blurb. Same with Jezebel.

I’ve probably mentioned this before, so if I have then just ignore me (if you weren’t already *snort*) but I don’t like the new Wilson Mooney book covers…when they were the blue and green with a butterfly, they seemed girlish and fitting for a HS teacher-student romance. NOW they have more grown-up covers with a couple on them and seem to just be…I dunno…absorbed, I guess, by all of the other similar covers.

Amy November 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Dang, that was a long, ranty post. Sorry. :?

Jean! I’m starting your Wither tonight!! Does it wrap up like UTEOTW did, even though it is the first in a series? I can’t remember if you said or not…

Jean November 10, 2015 at 7:15 PM

Yay Amy! Yes, it does wrap up and sets you up for the next book! I hope you like it!

Jean November 10, 2015 at 7:16 PM

Oh and Amy, how could anyone possibly ignore you! Lol!

Tracy November 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Oh Maryse – no worries. I like ok love dark reads! I read the Captive in the Dark series because of your blog as well as the Original Sinners series. Actually I was going to start the 5th book in that series when I stumbled onto Comfort Food at $.99.

Amy November 10, 2015 at 7:53 PM

*snicker* No idea why you would say that, Jean. It’s not like I’m obnoxious or anything. :P I can just see all of the eye rolling going on right now…

Amy November 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

“…hid it “in the closet” for a couple of years before I finally let everyone know..” <——- Right?!? I have some that I didn't have the nerve to talk about or tell anybody that I had read until I found this awesome group of ladies and realized that there's no judgement here. It's "safe." ;)

And then imagine how ecstatic I was when I realized that there are *actually* ladies that love to get wrung out emotionally by books like I do, LOL!!

marina November 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

So looking forward to Nov. 9!!! So excited to read it but I picked up End of Day on a whim yesterday and am so hooked. Holy WOW, the emotions. It is PHENOMENAL and feels so different. It has absolutely every feeling, slow build, craziness, sassy, gritty, dark…… I was feeling in a book slump and now plan to read everything by Jewel E. Ann. I’m reading the sequel now but the third doesn’t come out until next year? Maryse do you know when next year by chance? Has anyone else read it?

bev November 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM

I judge.

bev November 10, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Not really. ;-)

Robyn November 10, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Too many good books again! I have so many books in the que right now it isn’t funny.

Also if you are a Kele Moon fan her first 2 Eden books have been revamped and are on sale for .99. Plus, there is a sneak preview of Claiming Eden, which is up for pre-order and comes out in January in Finding Eden. Whew!

fabi November 10, 2015 at 9:02 PM

I made a “to read next” list on an Excel spreadsheet today. :-0 I already have 3 on my Kindle and 1 on Goodreads. But I wanted to line up the next handful of books that I absolutely want to read before the end of the year. I knew I had at least 4 or 5.

Weeellll – when my list crossed the 15 mark I threw my hands up in surrender.

Really? Really? 4 “to read next lists”? That’s it!!! I’m hiring reading help.

Shirley November 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Marina, Im reading End Of Day right now and am at 50%. Jewel E Ann is my new favorite author so I tried and tried holding off starting this series till all 3 were released but so many great reviews and recommendations I couldn’t hold off any longer! I LOVE it- I cant put this book down! I knew I would, all of her books are awesome! I love her writing and the main characters-I fall in love with them all. I would like to meet her, I bet she is a hoot! According to her Facebook page, she is writing the 3rd right now and hopes to have it released very early next year. Oh and try her Holding You series. It was fantastic!

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 9:23 PM

fabi I think I have 10 tbr lists? Maybe more… and I continue to add. *shakes head*

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Shirley I loved one in the Holding You series!!

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 9:24 PM

Robyn I love the Eden books!!! Now that is threesome angst right there!!

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 9:25 PM

*phew* good to know Tracy… I always worry a little… Tee hee!!

Maryse November 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

Amy you are SO right!!!!

This is our safe book club/blankie-fort!!!

bev November 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

Fabi, what’s on your list?

marina November 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM

Shirley so glad to hear her other books are great too. I have Unbelievably You on my TBR but will def read all others too including the Holding You series. Her writing feels unique and fresh… so many books, need more time…

Cheryl November 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM

Wow. What. A. List!!! So many I want. I started When I Was Yours. So far so good, but I was surprised it’s from the H’s POV.

Amy, I have to agree about cover’s. I am drawn to some books because I have a connection with the cover.

Jean I thought book #1 The Pact was the best of the 3. Just my humble opinion. Love the Game On series.

Cheryl November 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

Maryse, the bearded guy on the cover of Mechanic reminds me of the one on the cover of The Air He Breathes. Beards may be growing on me. (No pun intended)!! ;)

Cheryl November 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM

Whoa, I was wrong. When I Was Yours is from both POV’s. Just started in his.

Tasha J November 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

Ok so I’m 60% into Room 212 and can I just say, omg the drama!! Lol I’m haven’t read such an angsty you book in ages! Love it :)

fabi November 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

Maryse, now I don’t feel so bad. lol

Bev, which list? The one I made in Excel today? It’s on my computer at work.

But the top three are Illuminae which is hard cover so I’m reading at night when I get home. On Paper which is on my Kindle app so I’m reading on breaks/lunch at work. And November 9 I got as an audio book and started listening to it today during my drive to and from work.

I don’t remember all the ones on my list (I’m going to call it my “before the end of the year list” ) but I know S. Kenyon’s new League one is next. Shay Savage’s Caged series since its now complete. I want to finish the last two in the Gentry boys series. The last Evan Arden. The last Maddox Brothers one. Sidekicks. Pucked Up. And I don’t remember if there are others on the list. I thought I had 4-5 I wanted to finish before the end of the year so I’m pretty depressed my list went to 16 in the blink of an eye. I can’t even look at my “read next” “must read” and “reader favorites” lists. I might start crying. My “all” tbr is well over a thousand.

I love being here with you guys. It’s like a support group. So many of us have multiple lists or lists of lists (Maryse). Many of us have tbr lists in the thousand range or two thousand range (Amy). And I’m jealous and inspired by those of you who are reading 250+ books a year (Michelle, Tessa). I’m also a little in awe that fellow readers are participating in NanoWriMo2015 (Tessa, Grey).

What are you reading Bev? Do you have some that you want to get to by the end of the year?

How about the rest of you? Are there any in your tbr or soon to be released that you really want to read before the end of 2015?

Amy November 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

Whoa, whoa, whoa…Room 212?!?


It’s one of my favorites!! :D Fabi was ready to pummel me while she was reading it though. *snicker*

fabi November 10, 2015 at 11:24 PM

Noooo, I loved it!!! I hated the big time lapse (you know what I mean – I don’t want to spoil anything). But I loved loved loved the book. Did Maryse ever read it? It’s right up her reading alley.

fabi November 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

The one I wanna kill some of y’all over is Rainfall. I was traumatised for life over that one. I’m still seeking therapy.

Amy November 10, 2015 at 11:40 PM

Aw Fabi, feeling overwhelmed by our TBR lists is rotten…and you’re right about this being like a support group. If it’s reading related, we can all understand and sympathize. We. Just. Get. It. ;)

Crying over a TBR list? You’re in good company. I nearly started crying the other day when I realized that I will probably never read all of the books in my Kindle library, and it felt devastating. Who the heck feels that way over books? Oh, that’s right…we do. Yeah, yeah, I know…first-world problems and all that but WHATEVER. I know y’all get it and I love y’all for it!

Amy November 10, 2015 at 11:44 PM

She did read it, Fabi! After my nagging and nagging and more nagging, she finally gave in. *giggle* And if I remember correctly, she gave it four stars! :D

That’s right! You were NOT pleased with us over that one. :P

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:02 AM

Besides the obvious ones on this list, I want to read 11 under paranormal, Rise of the Fae, sounds different and I’m always looking for that!

I should try to make another tbr today with books I definitely want to finish by the end of the year. I want to read 38 more books to get to 250 but it might not happen this year since I got behind my pace by too much. I do have some vacation coming up but not a lot.

I’m picking something from my TBR for today and then I’m going to try out Wither because it’s got me intrigued :) but I hope I do not cry my eyes out like UTEOTW!

bev November 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Fabi, when I think of all the books I have then like Amy I get upset. At first, yes I was trying to stick to a list. Sometimes that is the way I get myself to start certain books. But this last two weeks I have given it up. At least until the end of the year and just going with how I feel. I just started Star Dust & just finished Commodity.
There is one book I do want to read before the end of the year. The Bronze Horseman. Have you read it?
Jean, is the br for The Bronze Horseman still on?

bev November 11, 2015 at 9:23 AM

Hmm. Forgot about Wither. I grabbed it on sale & after Jean’s reaction, maybe that will be next.:-)
I like the cover & another dystopian might be fun. We will see.

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 9:58 AM

Oh yes The Bronze Horseman I HAVE TO read by the end of the year. I’ve put it off for too long when I know I will love it!

Grey November 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM

I just finished The Queen by Tiffany Reisz…. and I’m crying. Yeah… talk about a sap, I need Manny and a blankie fort and a glass of wine stat… yes, I realize that it is 10am, and a Wednesday, but it’s a holiday here in the US and I’m off today… and… it’s the end of the Original Sinners series, and… and… and. I’m sad girls

Major book hangover.

Plus I’ve hit the dreaded week 2 all of Nanowrimo. Gah, why do I do this to myself every year *smacks self in the head*

On a different, note I didn’t say happier, note. There are several books here that look promising…November 9, Tryst, The education of Caroline, Rule Breaker, #Jerk, If you Dare… wowsa… come on December!!!

Anyhow, hi all! I miss you!

Samantha November 11, 2015 at 10:18 AM

I finished November 9…. didn’t like it. Didn’t work for me at all. I LOVE Coho and will continue to read anything she writes but I just didn’t like this one for many reasons…

bev November 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Grey, good luck.
So, Tessa & Grey are the two of you authors and not telling us?

Michelle are you going to br The bronze Horseman with us? We had thought to start it on the 5th of Dec.

Jean November 11, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Yes bev, I’m still up for BR of Bronze Horseman December 5th!!

Fabi, I can’t even keep track of what I need to or want to read by the end of the year. It’s constantly changing! I feel like I need to finish up some of the series I’ve started, but then I get sidetracked!

Amy November 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Holy moly!!! There is no easing into the story with Wither…it starts off with a bang while we are still trying to get to know the h, but it’s working and I like it!

Wham, bam, screw you ma’am. That about sums up the opening scene for me. Except there is no actual screwing. And the wham-bam is literal. But not in the sexy time sense. I’m pretty darn eloquent, right? *snort*

Jean November 11, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Right Amy? I was pretty much on the edge of my seat that whole book……couldn’t put it down until the end! Keep me updated!

Fabi, I have no idea how you are reading 3 books in various formats at the same time! How are you liking On Paper?

bev November 11, 2015 at 11:26 AM

Yay, Jean.

Wither is definitely next.

Did you all see this? Harlequin has like 10,000 titles on sale.

Jean November 11, 2015 at 11:36 AM

Hope you like it bev!

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Bev, that’s the same question I asked Tessa and Grey. :-O We have writers among us!

Jean, I am at 10% of On Paper and simply loving it. I am a little hesitant because I read somewhere that people were not 100% happy with it. We’ll see I guess. So far, I seriously love it. My only complaint is my usual “could use a little more copyediting”. I swear, next year when I have fewer jobs to keep up with, I’m going to sell copyediting services. I may not have a single creative bone in my body, but I can spot a typo a mile away (as long as I’m not the one typing it). :-)

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Michelle, if you read Rise of the Fae, please let me know. As you can imagine, I’ve been side-eyeing that one.

PS. I’m a third of the way into Illuminae. Jaw on the floor! …and oh, oh, oh…I have a sneaky suspicion about something…

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Where is MichelleS? She’s our resident Fae expert. I bet she’ll read Rise of the Fae.

Jean November 11, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Thanks Fabi! I’m the same way with typos….makes me crazy! Keep saying I should be in editing not the stupid legal field!

Ela November 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM

I am seeing a lot of people not liking November 9 all too much as it being just ok of a book.

Cheryl November 11, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Tbr lists- talk about depressing. I have a tbr list and a tbr next list that I am frequently adding/changing. Always trying to think of the best way to stay organized and plan my next read. Ultimately, it doesn’t really matter in the end because it’s not like I’m sticking with it. I think it just makes me feel a little better in keeping up the appearance that I have a plan. *snort* Amy, I’ll probably never read all the books on my list either. ;)

Still listening to The Girl in 6E- it’s sooo different from any other book A. Torre has written and I started reading When I Was Yours- which I’m really liking even though it’s told from both pov’s.

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 2:27 PM

I’m at 15% of On Paper and simply loving it. Amy, the h reminds me of you in how she says what she’s thinking even when it’s slightly inappropriate. But its her friend’s outgoing personality that is most like yours. In fact, I can picture you and Maryse as these two. The H is smooth and charming and good looking. He’s also totally intrigued and attracted to h. —yup, I’m seriously liking this book.

Pia November 11, 2015 at 3:03 PM

If you are a Bella Jewel fan she has just released “How to fall in love” which contains 4 of her standalone novels : Flawed Heart, Flawed Love, Wingman and Number Thirteen FOR ONLY 99c. I have read them all, and they are all great.

I read Room 212 some time ago, and it is still one of my favorites. Kate Stewarts other book – Never Me – is just as good.

bev November 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

Finished Star Dust. I liked it well enough—but didn’t love it. I love the premise but it was missing something, lol.

Next, Wither.

Tessa November 11, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Bev, nope. It’s just an over active imagination and really just wanting to get the story down. Last year, when I was done, well, um, it kinda sucked. You know those books we all hate where nothing bad EVER happens to the main character. :) Yep! So, this year my goal isn’t the 50k so much as just write something I’d actually like.

Tessa November 11, 2015 at 4:36 PM

GENTRY BOYS (Books 1-4) by Cora Brent is only 0.99 right now!

bev November 11, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Its really cool though, Tessa. When you are done you’ll have to come and write up a blurb for us.

Cheryl November 11, 2015 at 5:42 PM

Fabi, On Paper, by Shae Scott? I didn’t see that one of above list, is it from a previous list?

Grey November 11, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Well… I write, therefore I’m an author, I guess *sheepish grin* I’m also the one who cursed a blue streak in here when we read Jezebel, remember? haha!

This is my 3rd year in a row doing NaNaWriMo, I’ve won both years so far, nervous about this year, but hopefully I’ll be able to pull it out *heads out of the gutter, naughties*. But I will say, it’s unbelievably hard, *oh, did I mention, my work is definitely intended for mature audiences haha!*! Anyway… 50k words in 30 days… Even to someone as verbose as myself, it’s…intense!

So… I need to pick a new book to reward myself with during my down time, and get myself back to work. I haven’t read 212… or Rainfall… Fabi, Amy, Bev, Jean, Michelle, Tessa???

Cheryl November 11, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Grey-congrats on your writing success! I would not rec Rainfall for a reward downtime book, unless you like the ugly cry. Just saying…

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 5:54 PM

That’s the one Cheryl. It was on Friday’s list:

Grey! *thud* *dies* Seriously woman?! You just now think to tell us you’re an author? Are you going to share your work with us? *eyes bugging out* *dying, dying, dying* You’ve WON NaNoWriMo two years in a row!!! — that’s it, I can’t talk to you anymore, I’m completely tongue tied and star struck. I have no idea how Maryse does it.

bev November 11, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Grey, that’s great. You’ll have to write us a blurb when done, too.
That is the wrong question for bev as bev has not read those books, lol. Well……..I read the end of Rainfall.

Jean November 11, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Grey, that is awesome!!!! I ditto what Fabi said!

And oops, I was going to say read Rainfall……though Cheryl is right not a totally happy read…’s downright crazy and totally memorable! But then so is 212. Are they the only choices you are giving yourself?

bev November 11, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Lol, Fabi.
So, question. Would you ladies be comfortable if the authors we read hung out on here?
I agree with Kitty Thomas and thought her response on Saturday favorite was awesome.

fabi November 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Gah! Are you trying to kill me? I am really shy (stop laughing!). I am! and I’m completely star struck by authors. Put me at the dinner table with any movie star and – meh. Put me anywhere near an author and :-0

I’ve been reading (a lot) since middle school. Last year was the first time I had enough courage to write to an author saying how much I liked their book. You should have seen me when I got a thank you reply! Picture a crazy woman jumping up and down in circles and waving arms like chicken wings.

Nah, I’m not in awe of Tessa and Grey (who WON NanoWriMo the last two years!!!) ugh ugh ugh dying dying dying
Here I’ve been talking to them without even knowing. *drops face on desk* I thought I was being brave talking to Maryse, with her awesome blog and reviews. *shaking head* I can’t…just can’t believe this.

bev November 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

So. Then. Amy? Fabi needs to go to RT with you.

bev November 11, 2015 at 6:49 PM

I know tomorrow is first line Thursday BUT Heroes & Heartbreakers is playing a game. Lets do it here. Since it is 11/11 today they are posting the 11th line of current page of current read. I haven’t started mine yet so it will be 11th sentence of the book. Lets see……….
“Condensation from my breath hangs before my mouth and a slight tremor has begun in my lips.” ~Wither by Amy Miles.

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 6:57 PM

OMG GREY WON?!!! WOW… WHOA. That. Is. HUGE!!!! We have stars amongst our peanut gallery!!!! :D *squeeeeeeeeeee*!!!!!!!

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 7:05 PM

see? see? see? up there – look

I’m not the ONLY one.

Bev, the book I’m reading begins at an RT convention. So cool. I’ve been to a couple of them. A YA one and the last RT here in Dallas. But I didn’t approach any authors! lol

Super cool game. But…how do I find the 11th line of my audiobook? ;-)

…and Illuminae is at home

On Paper: “The stab of disappointment and annoyance surprised me.”

bev November 11, 2015 at 7:12 PM

Fabi, what did you do & who’d you see at RT.

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 7:18 PM

It was in Dallas and I live near there so I just popped in for a couple of hours and walked around picking my jaw up off the floor. I didn’t do anything or interact with anyone. (but I went! – hahaha)

I went to the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving earlier this year. I “tried” to go into a couple of the panel rooms. It was so so crowded that you had to elbow your way through anything and everything.

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 7:18 PM

fabi. I WAS at RT in Dallas. How did we not meet??!!!

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Maryse, I’m way too shy to meet you in person. *eyeing the underside of my desk* I’m getting the urge to hide just thinking about it.

bev November 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Fabi!!!! That would be me. I’d just want to sit in the back & listen to the panel, not meet anyone. If I was going to RT & saw Maryse I honestly wouldn’t say hi either, lol.
I’m not going to Vegas but we totally could have sat in corners together and whispered behind are kindles. “Look its Maryse so that short one must be Amy.”

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Oh. EM. GEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Ummm… P.S. I AM the short one. Seriously. As short as short gets. :P

And GAH!!!! You MUST come to talk to me if we are in the same area together. We are family!!!!!!

*runs away sobbing*

fabi November 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Oh noooo. We made Maryse cry. *jumps up from underneath desk*
*runs after Maryse*
“Hiiiii, hi Hi hi, hiiiiiii” hugz! Amy, Amy! Where’s Manny? Quick…

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 7:56 PM

*snuffles all over fabi*

Where’s bev? I wanna snuffle.

Amy November 11, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Whoa, I have some chatting to catch up on here!

*starts to scroll back up*

*stops mid scroll*


What happened that made Maryse run away sobbing?!?!?

bev November 11, 2015 at 8:05 PM


Amy November 11, 2015 at 8:11 PM

*reads comments*

Okay, *I* feel like sobbing now just thinking about any of y’all hiding from any of us…we ARE family like Maryse said, so no hiding!

*in a sing-songy voice* Bev is gonna get snuffled on!! :P

Amy November 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

Bev! So help me, you better not be grinning about making Maryse cry while you’re waving up there or you are gonna get hugged on as well as snuffled on!

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Hmmm well I’m out of town that weekend for the BR but I will start on Dec 9th when I get back. It’s really long right so you all may still be reading then!

Fabi, I have no idea how you are not staying up all night to finish Illuminae! When I got a third of the way in, that’s when I posted and knew KNEW it was 5* for sure amazing and could not put it down after that! And seriously Bev and you would both ignore poor Maryse if you saw her in person…I mean I shouldn’t laugh but I am picturing you hiding behind a newspaper or something lol.

Grey, OMIGOD!! I like how you just slipped that in all matter of fact too! I haven’t read 212 or Rainfall *hides*

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 8:17 PM

I knew it was a 5* after (no, “during”) the 1st page. I never want it to end!

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM

Oh Tessa, you read Touched by AJ Aalto and liked it I believe. I LOVE that whole series so far and book 3 is free right now. I’m dying for the next one!

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 8:26 PM

go ahead, newspaper me shy
nothing against Maryse, or anyone else, but she’s “famous”
*runs and hides* but NOT from Maryse

Seriously guys, I have this little butterfly switch on my back – it’s my “on” switch. Whenever I have to walk into a boardroom – or a classroom for that matter, I turn my butterfly switch on so I can fake my way into being an outgoing, poised and knowledgeable professional. I learned it in a leadership conference 15-20 years ago and it literally changed my life. Before that, I would panic every time I had to speak in front of people.

All that to say, please don’t take it personally Maryse. I luffs ya! I’m just naturally shy, but I promise to come by and say hello next time we’re in the same location.

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:26 PM

Haha what Fabi…the first page, that’s ridiculous ;)

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 8:27 PM

huh? I wasn’t exagerating. By the time I finished fondling the book and started reading the first page, it was a sure think. ;-)

bev November 11, 2015 at 8:28 PM

See, I totally get Fabi. I even sometimes have a hard time saying hi to people I know irl.
I think it can be very hard for people who are not truly shy to really understand. Though I am way way better than I used to be. One of the good things about age, I guess.

Fabi November 11, 2015 at 8:31 PM

“sometimes have a hard time saying hi to people I know irl” <– ditto

I bet you have a hard time even meeting your neighbors at first. (I have new neighbors :-(

bev November 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

Michelle, I hope you are going somewhere fun. And yes, will probably still be reading it. Or, Jean, move it to the 9th?
We just randomly decided on a December date. We were advised it was a cold weather book.

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:37 PM

‘fondling the book’ too…oh boy I do not even want to think about what that poor book will go through by the end ;) *whines* but seriously get reading so you can get to the crazy gut punches and swooning and AIDAN and the ‘stop looking at me’ creepy times

bev November 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

Oh, Fabi. Ouch. And you want to know a few. I know a few and they are great.
Hmm. The yodeling is a good ice breaker conversation, too. ;-)
Didn’t Maryse just move? Maryse how’d you meet your neighbors?

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Don’t move your BR on my account…I’ll probably finish before you both anyway ;) haha! I’m going to Colorado, which I ADORE and want to live there again but I’m stuck in stupid PA…well I like PA too (grew up here) but there’s no comparison to CO for me!

Grey November 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

Ok, I’m taking it back… I’m taking it all back *quick, name that movie quote*

I don’t want anyone to not want to talk to me! Or hide… the only hiding we do is in the blankie fort, drinking wine with Manny… remember, I’m quitting my day job and I’m going to make blankie forts in different colors and sew manatees and we’re all going to forget that I can’t sew. Right? Right.

No weirdness please! I’m terribly shy too, there’s only a couple of people in my real life that know I write. *shrug* It’s really no big deal… I am going back to hide under my rock now!

Cheryl November 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM

Fabi, I am intrigued about the “butterfly switch.” Would love to learn about that because it would certainly help me when i have to speak in front of large groups. *understands the shy*

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:54 PM

Goonies?! Oh yeaaahhh…I never got my waterproof bedazzled manatee in purple…

fabi November 11, 2015 at 8:54 PM

Michelle, I think some of that has already happened. It sounds like its going to get more intense though.

Awww Grey, didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable with all my squeeling and shyness. I totally admire anyone with artistic or creative talent. Writing, drawing, painting, cooking, etc, creating anything is amazing for me because I don’t have even a pinkie nail of creativeness. I was inspired by Maryse’s plastic bag solution. I love it when people share their ideas. Books take that to the extreme since writers are sharing their imaginations and stories with us. I don’t know what I’d do with my life without books. :-) . A huge congrats for the last couple of years and best of luck with this one.

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 8:57 PM

Fabi, it will be an upgrade on all that and more intense yes!

Michelle November 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Alright going to read a little and then bed because I have a lot of surgeries tomorrow. I get to neuter Andrew Lincoln…the cat hehe!

fabi November 11, 2015 at 9:12 PM

Cheryl, it was just a little something that simply clicked with me at the time. I’d always struggled horribly with public speaking. Even in front of small groups or friends. (My first B in college was in my Public Speaking class)

I had always been told to “be myself” “breathe” “relax”, etc. Ugh no help. So, during a leadership weekend retreat, one of our speakers talked about an “on switch”. He was referring to people being in a management or leadership position in their organisations who couldn’t afford to ” have a bad day” or be in a bad mood or basically not speak properly to anyone and everyone in the business environment. He explained that when we walked through the front door of the office we were to “turn on the switch”. You leave your personal life at the door and no matter what was/is going on in your life, you turn on your switch and greet people, eye to eye, exchange pleasantries and overall project a positive and cheerful disposition in the work environment.

There were a lot of other things I learned that weekend and throughout the years, but that one just clicked with me. I extended it to fit into any boardroom or classroom presentation. Nowadays I’m usually able to walk in and appear to pleasantly interact with whatever group I have to speak in front of. No one knows I took a deep breath and ” turned the switch on” before walking in. It somehow liberated me from being myself, the shy, introverted, seemingly snotty person. I wear it like a cloak and it frees me, even if only temporarily, from this paralyzing shyness. So…nothing fancy. Really its just a pretend game. *shrug* it works for me.

Amy November 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Ummmmm, I’m pretty sure I have a whole inch on Maryse height wise. I’m 5’1″ and I believe she’s hovering at right about 5 feet even…am I right, my fellow fun-sized friend?

Guys, I totally get the shy thing. Seriously! I had to take a speech class a few years ago because my credits wouldn’t transfer, and I ended up leaving the room so I could throw up right before my first speech. And believe it or not, until I am *completely* comfortable in an environment, I can actually seem like a b!tch. *shrugs* True story.

Grey, really?!? You won two years in a row? (note to self: look up Nanow- however it’s spelled) That is amazing, Grey! I am so excited for you and Tessa and what you two are doing this month with writing. :D

Amy November 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Pia, help me and Fabi convince Grey to read Room 212 next!

Grey, I’m with the others about Rainfall…I loved, loved, LOVED that book, but the twist (however brilliant it was) will tear your heart apart. Soooo, I say go with Room 212…talk about delicious angst. And it’s tolerable angst. ;)

Fabi! It gives me the warm and fuzzies knowing I came to mind while you were reading! *squeezy hugs Fabi* And picturing me and Maryse as the two characters? Whew! I can only imagine the antics going on in your read. *snicker* Bev already said one time that if Maryse and I are in Vegas together, one of us will end up getting married there, LOL!!

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Don’t feel bad you guys… I hide from delivery people. LOL!!!

Just leave it at the door. I’m such a hermit. *snort*

And they keep leaving cookies too. Oh wait… those are dog biscuits. Right. My puppy is the social one. ;)

Okay now scrolling back up to read the comments… :P

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

I do enjoy us being pictured as characters in a book Amy. :P

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

OMG Amy and bev, it better be to someone famous!!!

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

Yep! 5′ tall exactly and not an inch more. AND NOT AN INCH LESS NO MATTER WHO TRIES TO SAY I’M SHORTER!!!


*sideeyes height naysayers*

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:56 PM

bev.. neighbors?

What neighbors? Tee hee!!! Yes I moved… a year ago, and I really don’t… know anyone yet. Actually I’ve met them at the mailbox. It’s a nice neighborhood but I am actually quite shy in real life. There’s “homebody me” and there’s social me, and when I’m at home, I’m hiding. Trust me… i’m a bit hermity in my environment. Someone on my street even called me “the ghost” once, since i’m rarely seen.

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:57 PM


You saw my bags??!! I LOVE doing that. I’m an organization freak, and that just tickles my need-to-organize funny bone. I LOVE IT! :D !!!!

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

PLUS! It’s up cycling! I get a kick out of finding clever uses for stuff I’d normally throw in the recycling bin.

Maryse November 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Oh Michelle I LOVE Colorado!!!!!!! What an amazing place. I was there in May for a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater right before I flew to Dallas for RT. Best week ever!!!

Amy November 11, 2015 at 11:10 PM

Okay, I’m in a lovey-dovey-gushy mood (probably hormones but whatever) so if you’re annoyed easily by that, I apologize in advance ’cause I’m gonna gush (again) about how much I love it here…

I love that we have all gotten to know each other first through our shared love of reading and our common reading interests before getting to know each other on a more personal level…and I love when the more quiet lurkers pop in and say hi and then tell us they feel like they know us. So to anyone out there who wants to join in on the conversations here, please do! And then keep coming back…that’s the way we all get to know each other. *snort* Listen to me talking like this is MY blog or something…sorry, Maryse!

Amy November 11, 2015 at 11:21 PM

Maryse, I said it before and I’ll say it again…if we end up in Vegas at the same time, I’m going to get you drunk and you’re going to wake up with the tattoo “Mrs. Maddox” on your hip just like Abby! :P

*hands Maryse hooker heels* There…we can wobble around on those and DARE anyone to call us short!

Michelle…no words. But I’m cracking up that THAT is just another day at the office for you.

And last thing before I go and baste in the greatness of Wither. To all of our “shy” friends…I’m SO glad that you aren’t shy here or else I wouldn’t have met ya! :D

Amy November 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

Alright, I lied. I have one more thing. The RT convention next year…anyone for sure going, and where are you staying? If you don’t mind saying here, that is. I have a room booked at the Rio where it’s being held. I’m soooooooo excited for it!

fabi November 12, 2015 at 12:42 AM

Ooohhh hermitty Maryse? I love being hermitty. On occasion, I’ve been known to stay in my pajamas and ignore the door on weekends. More time to read! In fact, my bestie used to come spend the weekend with me and we’d curl up at opposite ends of the couch with a book and a glass of wine each – and not speak for hours. hahaha great friendship huh? But then, we’d talk nonstop in a car ’cause we couldn’t read. :-)

Jean November 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM

Ugh I missed some good stuff here last night! You guys are amazing and crack me up! I too am very shy and takes me a while to open up with people. It’s great that we have each other here to talk to!

Amy and bev, are you liking Wither?

Michelle, I’m in PA too….are you in eastern or western PA?

fabi November 12, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Sideline comment on Illuminae.
I’m on page 290.
This book should not only be read, it should EXPERIENCED.
@&%#£ Amazing!

Michelle November 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM

Jean, I’m in NEPA. Like Maryse said CO is amazing compared to boring PA so I’m excited to get back!

Fabi, squeeeeeee! I think you are just past one of my favorite lines and the delivery for it was BAM! “…and like roses in his hands, death blooms” one more…squeeeeee!

Jean November 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Oh ok, I’m in a small suburb outside of Philly. I would love to get away right now. Have a great trip!

So guys, I don’t know what to read! I am in between books and don’t even have a first line for Thursday! What to read, what to read? Geez, I only have 847 books to choose from (not including bundled series I have downloaded)…….lol!

Amy November 12, 2015 at 5:29 PM

First line Thursday!!!

“The lights flicker overhead.” ~ Wither by Amy Miles

Whatcha in the mood to read, Jean? And I am still really liking Wither. :D

Amy November 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Um, a$$hole of the day award goes to me. I just parked in a spot reserved for surviving family members of those KIA. I didn’t realize it until I came out but still…it makes me an a$$hole.

Sooooo, how’s everyone doing otherwise? :?

Jean November 12, 2015 at 6:19 PM

Ok, I picked something. Here’s my first line:
“I approach slowly, not wanting to anger it, then I position my shoe in just the right spot before I bring it down fast on top of the cockroach.” (Ripped, Cassia Leo, Shattered Hearts series) Hello Adam!

Fabi November 12, 2015 at 6:54 PM

awww Amy, that was totally an accident. *hugs*

Jean, that is the awesomenest first line. You always have awesome first lines!

bev November 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Just makes you human Amy.

Amy November 12, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Thanks, Fabi and Bev…I still feel like a jerk, but I have to admit that Jean’s first line cheered me up and made me snicker a bit. I loved the Shattered Hearts series!

bev November 12, 2015 at 9:12 PM

Do you ever read the quotes Maryse uses and not remember what we were talking about or how the subject came up?

Cheryl November 12, 2015 at 9:22 PM

So many comments to catch up on. First, Fabi thanks for explaining about the on switch I’m going to try that next time I have to speak in front of all the school’s parents. eeek! So glad there’s no “shy” here with all our book friends!! ;)

Second, I feel tall- I’m 5’2 and 1/2 inches- so much taller than Amy & Maryse *snort*

First line: “The shower’s running.” When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle.

Jean November 12, 2015 at 9:23 PM

Aww Amy….you are a good person. Glad my first line gave you a laugh!

Yes bev, I love seeing our comments……so funny!

Cheryl November 12, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Amy, it was an honest mistake. *hands apple martini*

bev November 12, 2015 at 9:40 PM
bev November 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Maryse, your glasses look adorable!

I am near sighted too. And one eye is worse, one Dr. thought, because of how I sit and read, lol.

Maryse November 13, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Thank you bev!!! :D Wow … that actually makes sense… and is so weird!!

Maryse November 13, 2015 at 12:28 AM

Amy there is NOTHING about you that is a buttonhole.


You are awesome and sometimes you don’t see things. That’s all.

<3 :)

Maryse November 13, 2015 at 12:29 AM

LOL!!! Buttonhole!!!! I love my innocent prudish auto-correct. It suits me perfectly. :P

marina November 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM

Finishing Middle of Knight, then on to Illuminae. I’m excited!! Need to restart it from beginning now that I have the hard cover, which is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I just want to note… End of Day and Middle of Night are absolute 2015 Must Reads. I don’t want to build it up too much, but they are really original. They ebb and flow, one moment I can walk away and the next, totally unputdownable. Emotions all across the board. In the middle of Middle of Knight and this morning I was crying laughing so hard. And then again while just talking to my mom remembering? I read that the third is coming out next year. And somewhere else that there’s a fourth? Not sure…

Stefanie November 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM

I always come to your first on monday night/tuesday mornings for the newest release. However the following book Play Dirty(The Devil’s Share Book 2) by L.P. Maxa wasn’t on your list It’s the second book of the series and its a great Rockstar Read. Definetly a read to let everyone know about along with the first book Play Nice ;)

Amy November 13, 2015 at 10:13 PM

Mmmmm, apple martini!! *takes drink from Cheryl* Martinis make everything better, don’t they? ;)

Aw Maryse…thank you, my sweet friend. *hugs* LOL, buttonhole? Usually your autocorrect is being dirty! :P

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