Friday Finds & Reader Recommendations – February 9th 2018

by Maryse on February 9, 2018 · 102 comments

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Happy Friday!!! Another Friday Finds loaded in reader recommendations that are tried and true (and a few that just went live, too).

Plus, I’ve got a review coming up next (Emma Scott’s latest that I LOVED), an awesome author news roundup, and I’m finishing a darn good (so far, anyway) psych thriller from this month’s Kindle First choices. :)

If you’re still on the fence about what to read next…


  • Behind the Bars (Music Street Series) by Brittainy C. Cherry <— RECENT RELEASE & THE 5-STAR, STAR OF THE SHOW TODAY!!!! A few members of our book-crew have delved in and are losing their minds for this one!

Leslie M: …if you are looking for an emotional read that is music themed, Behind the Bars by Brittainy Cherry was gutt wrenchingly fabulous!  Ok, I know what you all are thinking. “Oh, Leslie rec’d Behind the Bars…must be an easy-breezy read.” It is not! In fact when you read it, you will scratch your head and think “Leslie liked this tear-jerker???”

Its def not my typical book, it was very difficult to read, super emotional but I LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD. I fell HARD for Elliot. I loved the h too and so many of the characters. Her step dad, Elliots mom, sis and uncle. Gah!!! I am getting emotional just thinking about it. It was a beautiful story and will go down as an all time fave for me.

Jean: LESLIE!!!!! YOU WERE SO RIGHT ABOUT BEHIND THE BARS!!!! YES, I’M SCREAMING!! YOU GUYS HAVE TO READ IT…..JUST SIMPLY AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! …Amazing! You MUST read this book! It’s heartwrenching and beautiful and gah!!!! Just read it! Seriously!

Leslie: Ok, so Jean is gushing to me about how much she loved Behind the Bars and instead of squeeing what do I do? Bawl! Yup, cried like a baby remembering the emotions of that beautifully heartbreaking story. Jeesh! I need to get a grip. And yes, everyone who likes the tearjerkers needs to read it.

Melinda: I read Leslie’s recommendation and it was awesome so do yourself a favour and read “ Behind the Bars (music street series)”by Brittany Cherry. But it might make you cry. Right Leslie? And it’s a bully book, but the writing is soooo good. A very emotional read. I LOVED IT. 5 whooping big stars.

  • Hail Mary (Hail Raisers Book 6) by Lani Lynn Vale <— LIVE!!!  LANI LYNN VALE ALERT!! HE DOESN’T WANT THIS CHILD… ”What can make life worse after losing one’s wife and kids, you ask? Here’s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the baby’s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain. Dante’s a bad person. He’s done some not so nice things, and now he’s being punished for his misdeeds. Karma is finally catching up to him. This child that he’s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone…”
  • Midnight Valentine J.T. Geissinger <— RECLUSE ALERT!!! Recent release and Randi is loving it!!!

Randi: Maryse you have to add this book to the Hermit/ Recluse List. Only 1/4 of the way in and wow!!!! Loving this book. It’s a must read with great writing.

  • Reach for the Stars: A feel good, uplifting romantic comedy by Kathy Jay <— LIVE!! THERE’S A NAKED STAR ON HER COUCH!! ”When Layla Rivers’ boyfriend of 12 years skips out on their round-the-world trip of a lifetime – without her – she does what experience has taught her to do best, hide away in the cosy Cornish village she calls home. But any hopes of laying low soon disappear when Hollywood’s hottest star & mutual acquaintance, the gorgeous Nick Wells, crash lands on her couch…naked!
  • Hostage by Skye Warren & Annika Martin <— SKYE WARREN DARK READ BEST SELLER!!! It’s a recent release and IT MADE THE USA TODAY BEST SELLER LIST!
Linda: Just started Hostage last night and only 10% (started way to late) in but I’m hooked!!
  • Ruined: A Contemporary Bad Boy Romance by Lisa Lace <— LIVE!! HE WANTS HER COMPANY… “…Now the crown prince of the Donavan Dynasty wants my company. He intends to rip it out of the fingers. In the middle of heated negotiations, he changes tactics. Edward promises something I’ve never known. It’s the one thing that has always eluded me. He says he can satisfy the hunger. He’s the only one who can take me there...”
  • Darker Water (Once and Forever Book 1) by Lauren Stewart <— LAUREN STEWART SUPER-HIT (w/ a new cover) ON SUPER-BARGAIN SALE & THE SEQUEL (Deeper Water (Once and Forever Book 3) is coming in just a few days!!!! :D !!!!

bev: Darker Water had that great quick witted banter, love that. Wish more books had dialogue like that.

Anne: Just finished Darker Waters and loved it! The banter and chemistry between Carson and Laney was off the charts! 4.5/5

Lisa: Darker Water by Lauren Stewart (loooved this one).

Tessa: Buy Elite! Anyone who can suspend reality for a bit, but loves bully type books, get Elite. :) …Eagle Elite series… *swoon* If you can suspend belief, Elite becomes an awesome book. The rest don’t need the suspended belief thing, but are really good.

Anna: Tessa- When I told my bookclub about Eagle Elite I warned them not to expect it to make any sense. Don’t question it just go with it. I think the series works for me because it reminds me of several different anime series.

Tessa: I’m almost done with Her First Kiss by MJ Fields. It’s awesome. I’m loving every page of it. Friends since kids (8 and 12), he’s absolutely psycho about keeping her protected all their life. Also, I REALLY want to read the earlier books about the parents and probably stepbrother.
  • Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton <— RECENT RELEASE THAT TASHA FOUUND!!! Tasha is my other newly-discovered book-twin!! ;) “…Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.
Tasha: …think this will be like my “Valentine’s day” read.
  • MONSTERS <— LIVE!!! PSYCH THRILLER ALERT!! “...I saw their bloodied faces. They were no longer the boys from next door. As quick as the storm rolled over the neighborhood, a crime of passion was committed, Lucas and Mason Carter dangerously altering the course of all our lives. Ten years later, on my twenty-sixth birthday, when detectives come digging for information on a cold case, I find myself once again unwillingly tangled in the spider’s web. I hold information on a heinous crime. I have become the number one target. More specific, I have become Mason Carter’s obsession…”
  • Still Me: A Novel by Jojo Moyes <— JOJO MOYES RECENT RELEASE FEEDBACK!!!!
Northernstar: I just finished Still Me by Jojo Moyes, the conclusion to the me before you series. The second book left me unsatisfied and I was chopping at the bit to get to this one. It did not disappoint. This book continues with the self discovery of Louisa Clark as she moves to New York City. I loved the characters in the book – my favoirite was Dean Martin. Although I would have liked an epilogue it was a wonderful read.
  • Blister by Jeff Strand <— AMY’S COMEDY HORROR PICK!!! It’s super-bargain priced today and I won’t even hightlight the cover ’cause it’s too creepy-gross. ;)

Amy: give Blister a try! It was SO out of the norm for me, and it was not at all what I expected. Fabi’s “humour noir” label is perfect for it. I was cracking up as often as I was cringing. I thought it was great!

Cheryl: Enjoyed the story, although it wasn’t what I was expecting. Not sure why it was described as scary/horror. I may have been scared for them, but not scared by the story. AND the ending; I wanted more.

Amy: …Not a scary read, more of a creepy one but also with some dark humor. Y’all remember that one? I snorted out loud a few times and that doesn’t happen often while I’m reading. So, Maryse…Blister…

Tasha: I just read the sample for Blister. It’ll be next after my library read, as long as no more come in first. The kids were so cruel in the beginning, and I read this in a public place, but his lesson to teach them to stop had me biting my cheeks to keep from laughing out loud. Lol

Amy: …It might just be the (dark) comic relief you need

Teri: I just finished The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan and it is FANTASTIC! Whoop whoop
  • Almost Forever by <— LIVE!! HE’S IN A COMA ON HIS WEDDING DAY... “When a vicious attack leaves Paul in a coma on his wedding day, the doctors fear he will never wake up. But his fiancée Fran will never give up hope…”
  • Poets Pass (Coal Country Series Book 3) by Hillary DeVisser <— LIVE!!! THE PSYCHIATRIST & THE COP… “…Avery’s home in the country is her sanctuary, her escape from the emotional overload of her job. Her sense of peace is destroyed, beginning with the appearance of muddy boot prints outside her window. Recently divorced, Officer Jake Marcovic needs a change of scenery. He leaves Chicago and his manipulative ex-wife behind for family and a much slower pace of living. Relocating back to his rural roots…”
  • Lovestruck (The Donovans) by Nana Malone <— LIVE!!! SHE’S JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE… “…Malia Adams had a complicated life. Well, actually it was pretty simple. Survive. Stay off the streets by any means necessary. And that was a nightly struggle. She didn’t have time to get involved with anyone. Especially not the one person she can’t have…”



For those going on a road trip soon, or maybe you’ve got some projects that require both hands this weekend but still allows you to “listen”… check out the free audible trial + 2 free audiobooks deal —>

  • AND! Here’s the fun-tool again! —> Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! <— This thing is so cool (Amazon calls it “Matchmaker“)! It’s an Amazon feature, that scans all of your Kindle books and will list all of the ones you have that are also available as an audiobook at a discounted price (not normal audiobook prices). This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!

  1. Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely <— Kooloo just found us this!!!

Kooloo: Also if you are Amazon Prime members the Audible Romance Package is still only $6.95 or you can try it for FREE for 30 days. They have a New section I discovered last night called “Touchdown” with over 30 Foosball themed audiobooks – that’s were I’ve been all last night and this morning  Almost done my second one called “Most Valuable Playboy” by Lauren Blakely oh course teehee It’s read by Zachary Webber who voice is the sex baby

PREORDERS (A few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Deeper Water (Once and Forever Book 3) by Lauren Stewart – February 11th 2018
  2. Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen – February 12th 2018
  3. The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon - February 13th 2018
  4. Lake + Manning (Something in the Way Book 4) by Jessica Hawkins – February 13th 2018
  5. In Harmony by Emma Scott - February 13th 2018
  6. The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz – February 13th 2018
  7. Keeping It: A Navy SEAL meets Virgin Romance Novel by Rachel Robinson – February 13th 2018
  8. On His Knees (Blasphemy) by Laura Kaye – February 13th 2018
  9. Rough Ride: A Chaos Novella by Kristen Ashley – February 13th 2018
  10. Opal (a Raven Cycle Story) by Maggie Stiefvater – March 1st 2018


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Sharon F. February 9, 2018 at 7:08 AM

I love Friday book day!!! It’s almost as good as Tuesday – maybe even better because you really get the feels for the books!

I have been devouring the Jack and Jill series by Jewel E Ann. It’s everthing you could ask for. The story is not at all boring. The characters and quirky but not over the top (maybe Jill/Jessica – but that’s why I love her). There are three male stories and they are perfectly intertwined. There’s angst and cliffhangers and you don’t know who to root for. Please, someone else read this series too! Full disclosure, I’m halfway into book 2 – there are 3. I would give it a solid 5 stars!

Oh yeah – happy Friday!

Nay February 9, 2018 at 7:46 AM

Good morning! Happy Friday!!

Amy February 9, 2018 at 8:13 AM

Happy Friday ladies!!!!

I’m with you, Sharon…Friday book day is SO fun with all the deals and feels. ;)

Since Kindle First was mentioned up there, I have to say Neighborly by Ellie Monago was my choice this month. The blurb had me intrigued, and the “from the editor” note had me cringing (why would the h DO that?!?) and then freaking out a little bit. I HAVE to get to this one soon!

Linda February 9, 2018 at 8:21 AM

Totally agree Sharon!!! Jack and Jill series is outstanding. Read ALL in 2017. Jewel E. Ann never disappoints.
Thanks once again Maryse for your blog. Love Tuesdays but Fridays list are always less overwhelming!! Lol. I feel a little calmer browsing through while sipping my coffee.
Just started Hostage last night and only 10% (started way to late) in but I’m hooked!!
Trying a new trendy restaurant tonight with hubby, son and his fiancee!! So excited!! I know lame right!!?? Required reservations and everything!!! I swear the older I get it’s the small pleasures, like a wonderful read that makes me the happiest. Have a great weekend guys!! Xoxo

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 8:36 AM

Sharon, we did a buddy read of Jack & Jill series a while back and several of the “crew” loved it!

Happy Friday everyone! Not sure what I feel like reading this weekend. I finished Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen last night – 4****. I loved the Vermont/farm setting and narration was great.

I haven’t been in mood to read only listen, so I am limited to audiobooks available on Hoopla. Not sure why I don’t feel like reading…lazy I guess.

Anyway…anyone who reads Behind the Bars must give me constant updates m’kay???

Oooh, forgot to mention my beautiful, signed copy of Waiting for the Sun came yesterday! *happy dance* It’s the ONLY hard copy book I own and it’s proudly on display in my living room. :)

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 8:47 AM

Linda, I am glad I am not the only one who gets anxiety over all the book lists! (That’s why I call Maryse the “evil book temptress”) I swear I breathe sigh of relief when I see ones in genres/tropes I don’t like as its one less to add to TBR!!

Grey February 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM

*breathes* OK, I’m going to be breathing this weekend. So excited. Finished In Harmony, starting Gods & Monsters… Only one last basketball game and a set building for my daughter’s musical… That’s it… I can just.. Be. Lazy!!! *tosses all of the glitter*

Tessa February 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM

I just checked and Grey has never read Elite. 0.0 HOW DID I MISS THAT??? It’s one of my re-read joys!

Tasha J February 9, 2018 at 9:52 AM

Alright all you readers in a rut, and not in a rut…I’m completely hooked on this web series right now, I’m on Chapter 10- have to go make my mid-morning breakfast and then I’m jumping back in. Who wants to join?!?

Sherry :) February 9, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Soooo many great looking books I’ll have to check out

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 11:14 AM

Tasha, that looks cool!

Grey, I can’t wait til In Harmony is released, looks like a good one. I am up for BR next week if anyone wants to join me.

I decided to start The Vixen and the Vet. So far I am intriqued but afraid it’s going to hurt.

Tasha J February 9, 2018 at 11:34 AM

It’s kind of like a comic, and I really hate comics, I can never follow them, but I’m totally addicted. Even when it gets a little corny and predictable. lol I’m on season 2 now, it’s reminding me of Tiffany Snow’s books.

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Tasha, it just looks cute & different. Do you have to pay for it?

Tasha J February 9, 2018 at 12:07 PM

No, I haven’t come across anything to pay for yet for this series. I came across it on Rachel Schneider’s fb page and she posted something about pledges and a link (that I don’t actually understand, so for now I’ll just be keeping up on what I can with this series for free). It looks like she releases more episodes weekly, I’ll have to see if I can follow her somewhere to find out more. Here’s the link Rachel posted:

Tasha J February 9, 2018 at 12:11 PM

So far I think I’m team Jason :D

Tasha J February 9, 2018 at 12:42 PM

Gah!! It ended on a cliffhanger. Looks like she adds a new episode every Tuesday, another thing to look forward to on Tuesdays!

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Maryse, I swore you read The Vixen and the Vet and others by Katy Regnery but I can’t find your reviews. Maybe I am not looking in right place?? (I went to “my book reviews”) Or maybe I am losing it and you haven’t read any. ;)

Maryse February 9, 2018 at 2:27 PM

I haven’t, Leslie. I only read Unloved.

This weekend I will be backtracking and adding all my latest reviews to that list, so it will be up to date soon. :)

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 3:10 PM

No pressure at all Maryse…I was just curious. I had thought I remembered you recently discussing Unloved and others by Katy Regnery. The Vixen and the Vet is a recluse H, so it sounded like your cup of tea. :)

Jean February 9, 2018 at 4:44 PM

I loved Vixen and the Vet Leslie!

I always look forward to Friday’s list too…

Took Grey’s advice (and Ela’s generous hookup) and am reading Dangerous Girls!! Ugh, can’t wait to get to it after work so I can finish it!!! It’s really great so far! I love the writing style and going back and forth from past to present and the interview and the trial!!!!!

Krista February 9, 2018 at 4:59 PM

Krista pops by with a quick wave

Ashley February 9, 2018 at 6:08 PM

I’ve been reading a Bentley by Melanie Moreland and I am loving it. Tasha that web series looks so fun! I’m totally checking it out.

Jan February 9, 2018 at 6:35 PM

*waves at Krista*

Leslie, I’m almost convinced to try Behind The Bars. *tremblingly reaches out finger to click sample of angsty book*

Reach for The Stars could be more my speed. Hey, it’s in Cornwall. Nice.

Cheryl February 9, 2018 at 7:01 PM

Happy Friday!! Have to go shopping tomorrow for a new dishwasher, but otherwise don’t have anything scheduled to do. Yeh!!

I like fridays list because I usually have more time over the weekend to read.

Amy February 9, 2018 at 8:02 PM

*waves to Krista* :D

OOH!! I remember Dangerous Girls! That was a GREAT 5-star read.

bev February 9, 2018 at 8:19 PM

I keep seeing people say read this article.
And seriously read it.
Fun interview.
Really got me through a crowded commute.

Leslie M February 9, 2018 at 8:34 PM

Hi Krista!

Jan, I am sending you a message on GR re: Behind the Bars

Tessa February 9, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Best Interview EVER!

bev February 9, 2018 at 9:04 PM



I kept seeing buzz about it.

I love the, “Be a Pisces. Jam”

bev February 9, 2018 at 9:08 PM

I can’t believe he dropped all of that. And his segues, lol.

Tessa February 9, 2018 at 9:15 PM

Right. I love how he just said it like it is. Nah, music today sucks. lol Same four beats. *snickers* Hate the Beetles music. Though, some of the stuff was like, dude! What you said… dude!

Though, favorite quote:

What was your greatest musical innovation?
Everything I’ve done.


bev February 9, 2018 at 9:42 PM

I am and will always be a complete Beatles Stan

But, yeah, have to respect someone who knows their worth and has done the work to back it up.

Kooloo February 9, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Just finished book 9 of the Joe Ledger series and I’m so depressed, disillusioned, dismayed, distracted, I need to grieve in my own way….
Which is distraction!

So if anyone is interested why do we post our fav tv commercials
Or music videos Or somethin’ somethin’

I’ll go first I just have to find it lol *runs over to uTube*

Kooloo February 9, 2018 at 10:45 PM

Ok this is THE BEST Nike Commercial EVER because my friend was the art director AND it was filmed in GTA! Whaatwhaaat

Check it…

Krista February 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM

Finished Midnight Valentine 5 Stars ✨ for me!! Theo Theo Theo made my heart smile with his dark brooding moody muteness!! A mute people!! A must read :)

MichelleS February 9, 2018 at 11:03 PM

Kooloo- that’s hilarious! I’ve never seen it before.

Ok. My favorite commercial is an OLD ad for Chicken Fries. We still go around saying, “Maybe I do…, wanna be a French fry.”

bev February 9, 2018 at 11:41 PM
bev February 9, 2018 at 11:41 PM
Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 12:31 AM

Michellemybell that was sooo sick LMAO
I mean what kinda Brain thought that up s@#t up
Too cool

bev I felt like taking notes his words of wisdom were excellent though I they not apply to my life so much teehee. BWT who is that voice ?

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 12:38 AM

Ok so here is the video that had me stump for hours the other day! Trying to figure how they did it …..

Pharmacist can be competitive and we had a bet going to pharmacy I think the pot was up ro $600 for the one closest to the answer!

Good luck ;)

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 12:44 AM
MichelleS February 10, 2018 at 1:20 AM

Bahahahaha ha! OMG.

Leslie M February 10, 2018 at 8:10 AM

Bev, “dear kitten” is freaking HILARIOUS!!! I am dying here.

Also, I do want to be a french fry.

Leslie M February 10, 2018 at 8:33 AM

Midnight Valentine sounds like a good one!!! Adding to Mt. TBR.

Jean February 10, 2018 at 10:08 AM

Dear kitten!! Omg, I love it!

Have to check out Midnight Valentine…… sounds like my type of book!

Kooloo, I couldn’t watch the video you posted where you said you had a bet going…. said it wasn’t available in my country!

Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Hilarious! And Quincy’s interview- no filter. Be a Pisces- *raises hand I’m a pisces!!! ;)

Checking out Midnight Valentine.

Now to go look at dishwashers. :(

Grey February 10, 2018 at 3:47 PM

*flops on the couch* Hi all! I’m home. Basketball season is over… set build is done. Gah, Momming is exhausting. How’s everyone?

Leslie M February 10, 2018 at 5:24 PM
Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 5:41 PM

Back home, after exhaustive dishwasher shopping. No fun; but will be fun not to handwash dishes anymore.

Leslie- I LOVE those socks!!

bev February 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM
Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 6:41 PM

Finally home from work – not really in the mood to read

Anything good on Netflix or Amazone Prime (which I never watch huh)

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 6:47 PM

awww super cute bev!

Jean it was the Jamiroqual – Virtual Insanity video

So which is moving in the video:
a) the floors
b) the camera
c) the walls
d) the furnature
e) everything is moving
f) what ever I hate this song

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 6:49 PM

Leslie I’m trying to find your socks on ESTY lol

Grey February 10, 2018 at 6:52 PM

I spent 45 minutes making a cup on Etsy earlier… not even sure if the seller can personalize it now. FML.

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 7:03 PM


I made a key chain from work because I gave my pompuff to a liitle girl who I gave a hep vacination to – her dad was more scare of the needle…

Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 7:07 PM

My vote would be the floor.

Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 7:10 PM

And has about three different floor panels.

Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 7:33 PM

My daughter thinks they did it like the baseball scene in Twilight where they had a “carpet” that the actors were on that moved really fast. Then the couches and chairs were pulled separately, ? string.

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 8:27 PM

yup all good thoughts
same ones I had
but then the furniture would stay when the floor would move but then all of a sudden it would move in a different direction than the floor – so then the floor could Not be moving –

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 8:32 PM

I got everyone at work thinking on it lol
from pharmacists to the doctors from the attached clinic, the pharmacy techs, the cashiers and even some patients!!!

That song played on repeat all day long as we passed around my ipad and got everyone’s guesses!

Yes ok it was a wee bit uprofessional BUT everyone had fun that day and I still some of the techs talking about to new hires that missed out on the fun….
Ahhhhh good time

Leslie M February 10, 2018 at 8:52 PM

Kooloo, my awesome socks came from a store here called Newbury Comics. But if you do search for “f@ck off I’m reading socks” you might get some hits.

Cheryl February 10, 2018 at 9:08 PM

But couldn’t the furniture have been hooked to the wall and then released?

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 9:47 PM


Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 9:48 PM

Explaining Jamiroquai’s ”Virtual Insanity” video

”Virtual Insanity,” the vertigo-inducing video from U.K. pop-soul band Jamiroquai, achieves its eye-catching look through a technique that’s so simple you can almost do it at HOME.

An acid casualty’s worst nightmare, the video has started a head-scratching epidemic among puzzled viewers who can’t help but mutter, ”How’d they do that?”
Director Jonathan Glazer (Blur’s ”Universal”), who recently won the Music Video Producers Association’s Music Video of the Year award for ”Virtual Insanity,” chuckles as he reveals that there was nothing ”virtual” about his methods.
”No computer trickery was used,” he says. ”What we did was put the whole set on wheels and attach the camera to one wall. The furniture also had little wheels, and we had guys moving the set and the furniture [outside of the frame]. The floor never moved. It was like a magician’s trick.”
Kay confesses to having become ”a bit dizzy” during the carefully choreographed shoot but says he is more than pleased with the results.

R. Renee February 10, 2018 at 9:48 PM

San Fran update! Eeep! We’re in a restaurant next to the venue and we just met one of the bands opening for LP! I’m all giddy!!

Kooloo February 10, 2018 at 10:00 PM

Hey guys GUYS *crickets*
Robin just touched some famous dude’s butt!!!!

Tessa February 10, 2018 at 10:09 PM

lol Congratulations Robin. Um… I think with the butt touching?

R. Renee February 10, 2018 at 10:26 PM

Not yet but the night is young!!

Nay February 10, 2018 at 10:43 PM

Have fun, Robin! I didn’t realize you were in San Francisco! *facepalm*

Melinda February 10, 2018 at 11:34 PM

Leslie! You are ace. I love those socks and if it costs me 50bucks for postage to Australia so be it. And ever time the girls interrupt me when I’m trying to read. I’m going to lift my legs in the air and show them my socks.
Works the same as your finger. Haha

But I am reading the best book someone rec on GR and have to tell you.
The writing is fantastic. If you like angst this is the book. This is a poem from Live Me ( pieces of broken book 1)

He points a camera at me, and I swear he sees my soul.
Flash. Flash.
I wasn’t ready for that one, and I scramble to cover up.
Flash. Flash. Flash.
Pieces of me, captured for him. Images that he can hold.
Try as I might to deflect, he pushes further.
I’m anxious to hide, trying to find cover,
But he peels my layers back one by one.
I keep thinking it won’t feel good.
That I’ii feel exposed and naked.
Bared to him.
But the more he reveals, the deeper he goes
The further he pushes, the more he sees me,
The more comforted I become.
Flash. Flash.
With every bright light, he comes more into focus.
Each click stabs at my heart, trying to break through.
Each click reveals another piece of my soul.
Another inch of me
For him

Wow, just wow and I’m only 48% just need those socks. LESLIE. Haha

Melinda February 10, 2018 at 11:49 PM

The author forgot the author. Celeste Grande

Leslie M February 11, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Melinda, glad you like the socks. I was so excited to get them! That book (Live Me) sounds great!! I may read it once book 2 out (looks like its due out soon).

I don’t like graphic novels at all but I am enjoying Tasha’s rec of Assassin’s Roommate. It IS very Tiffany Snow-ish. ;)

Yay Robin to fun San Fran trip and butt touching!

Still liking Vixen and the Vet and am totally in love with Asher.

bev February 11, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Ok, I am going to make a short tbr list. I always fail at them, but what the he’ll.

1. Finish Jason Thorne.
2. What the Librarian Did. These are my Jan tbr Challenge books.
3. Dangerous Madness for a different challenge I have already spectacularly failed at.
4.No Limits
5. Famous in Love. These for Feb challenge.

I kind of want to throw in Midnight Blue. I’m watching a show with a cold jerky hero and I’m totally into it. Thinking it might fit and it uses my KU.

R. Renee February 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM

I survived! And we were super close to the stage and LP took my phone from me while I was recording and spun around with it!. *dies*

Tasha J February 11, 2018 at 12:48 PM

Glad you’re liking it Leslie, have you picked a fave guy for her yet?

I’m watching IT today for the 1st time. I’ve never seen the old version either…

MichelleS February 11, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Bev – I loved Midnight Blue. Had that old “Rock Star Romance” feel. Total jerk face H and a likable h.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Anyone have The True Story of Atticus and Hazel on their TBR? Well, you’re going to want to READ IT NOW. But don’t read reviews or spoilers first. Just…trust me on this. I was hooked by the blurb alone and didn’t read any reviews. There is no crazy twist, no *gasp* moment, but it is one of those where you need to go in without expectations or preconceived notions and just experience everything as it happens. There is angst but nothing over the top, just real life stuff most of us can understand, and I wouldn’t say miscommunication but rather the h reacting to things in a realistic way for her age (21) and her history. Even the reactions from his imperfectly perfect family were understandable if not difficult to digest at one point.

Then the Olympic figure skating is on in the background and a pair are skating to Mariah Carey’s My All and it was beautiful and heartbreaking and I haven’t heard that song in YEARS and I just lost my sh!t. I’ll forever link that song with this book.

Yes, I’m gushing but it’s hard not to when you stay up until 2:00 in the morning and then can’t sleep because your nose is stuffed up from crying. And sobbing. Out. Loud.

No, neither the h nor H die. Just putting that out there even though I try NEVER to do so because spoilers and all. THAT is how much I want someone…anyone…to experience this book with me. Their pain and struggle is so raw and real that I blew snot bubbles. Gross, I know, but whatever. Sometimes life is gross.

This sums things up SO DAMN WELL…
“Our history is, well, it’s difficult,” I said.

Keitel’s needle stilled and both boys looked at me. “You don’t strike me as the drama type,” Keitel said. “Either of you.”

“It wasn’t the kind of drama you create, per se, it was the kind that finds and slams you to the ground unapologetically.”

Oh, my poor broken-yet-healing heart.

“Hazel, what happened?”

So much. Oh, so much.

I haven’t been on GR in a while but I’m posting this there as well. That’s how much I loved it.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 1:47 PM

And THANK YOU for all of the links you guys posted up there. They were my saving grace after finishing Atticus and Hazel and gave me the comic relief and distraction I needed right then. ;)

bev February 11, 2018 at 1:55 PM

I love that Amy’s idea of spoilers for a book she LOVES is whether they die or not.


Ok, MichelleS. I’ll keep it on.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 2:44 PM

Yes, bev, my darling snarky friend, I HAVE to disclose if it’s a death book or not because YOU, sweet pea, will scare potential readers off by saying it is PROBABLY a death book.

But I wouldn’t want you to be any other way. :lol:

Amy February 11, 2018 at 2:52 PM

By the way, bev…you know at some point you WILL have to meet up with me in Oregon one of the times I am down there, right?

Start preparing yourself for it now. *giggle*

Melinda February 11, 2018 at 3:41 PM

BEV BEV how can you not love Jason Thorn. I devoured that book loved every page. You need to finish it. It’s fantastic

bev February 11, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Amy Jean would be seriously hurt if you visited me first. And we can’t hurt Jean.
Thems Maryse’s rules.
And if you visit Jean you know Cheryl is going to want a turn next.
I mean she is right it can’t all be about Jean all the time. Really Maryse.
Speaking of…….Maryse. I mean she is like your family. And you know how family comes first.
So, I can wait.
Plus, I’m super busy reading Jason Thorne.
I have alot of pressure from Melinda.
It really needs to be my first priority.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 3:57 PM

Sooooo, what you’re saying is…you don’t want to…you think…

*bottom lip trembles*

You’re justifying your rejection by saying…

But, you just live so close and…

Oh just forget it!!!!

*runs away crying*

bev February 11, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Isn’t the mystery what we love about this place.

I mean what do we really know about each other?
You like death and throwing penises.
I do not like hugs and I tell lies about people.
Tessa thinks she is a fairy to justify running around naked.
You know she’d be fun to visit.

Tessa, Amy is crying and needs a huggle.
A naked one.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Hey, I’ve been honest.

How I talk on here is how I talk in real life.

No need to be ashamed of being scared of getting sucked into my orbit in real life.

I’ll stay away.


bev February 11, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Amy, I know you are. But I am not exaggerating about how shy I can be in real life. Though I have gotten better. A lot better actually.
Just around 3 or 4 years ago I was walking around with my bf who has known me since grade school.
And we passed this lady reading a book at an outside cafe. I said to the lady as we passed, “Oh, I like that book.”
A couple steps later I noticed my friend staring at me. I was like, what?
She was all, I am just in shock that you talked to her.
I’m like I’m not that bad. She is like yes you are.

Lol. I can’t believe I just admitted that. But I do think I’m doing better.

Amy February 11, 2018 at 4:39 PM

OMG bev, I seriously want to hug you after reading that.

But I won’t. Because I know that about you.

I’ll settle for feeling blessed just to know you. ;)

Tessa February 11, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Royal Player (All-Stars Book 1)by Katie McCoy and Stolen Songs by Samantha Armstrong are both free today.

Leslie M February 11, 2018 at 6:12 PM

Bev, if a short blonde with beautiful eyebrows shows up at your door, you’ll know who it is!! :)

Amy, did I get it right? ;)

Cheryl February 11, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Tessa, I have read Royal Player. Cute read. FYI- Stolen Songs ends on a cliffhanger and the sequel is not out yet!

bev February 11, 2018 at 6:56 PM

That’s funny because I thought Amy would be blonde and MichelleS brunette, but it’s reverse.

Cheryl February 11, 2018 at 7:29 PM

Ok Amy, I will put it on my ltbr.

Cheryl February 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM


Tasha J February 11, 2018 at 7:59 PM

I pictured Amy a dark auburn :P

Amy February 11, 2018 at 8:03 PM


The short blonde would be Maryse.

I am the short (medium) auburn. *winks at Tasha*

Amy February 11, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Yay Cheryl! It’s emotional for sure and I loved it. LOVED it. :D

Maryse February 11, 2018 at 8:42 PM

LOL!! I’m more of a strawberry blonde-red. Er… some just think my hair is light brown. So who knows anymore ;)

Jan February 11, 2018 at 8:47 PM

*passes Amy a box of tissues* cos you know, snot bubbles!! LOL. The last book that happened to me with was ages ago – The Turning Point. Now that one IS a death book, but I still loved it. What the hey? Not my usual fare. I remember trying to repress the loud sobs so my hubs and kids wouldn’t hear me. *sighs* That book was soooo damn gooooddd. Cathartic.

Tasha J February 11, 2018 at 9:10 PM

*whoop*! I win. Lol
IT wasn’t really all that scary, but I did enjoy it. It kind of gave me that Stranger Things vibe, but different. The bullies scared me more than the clown. All the while I couldn’t stand how in every single scenario the kids would just stare until it was way past time to run. *shakes head* Now I can be part of the club and say I’ve seen it too.

Tessa February 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM

I can honestly say I have no desire to see It. I get nightmares from Supernatural (though, for Dean, I still try). I can’t see doing an actual horror without scary dreams.

Maryse February 12, 2018 at 8:10 PM

bev. I am so glad that you are with us in all your public shyness, and yet, you are one of the most hilarious, fun people I’ve ever met. Er… or not met. ;) Nah… I met you. I feel like I know you. <3

*tries not to snuggle bev*

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