Latest Paranormal & Contemporary Romance Book Releases – August 1st 2017

by Maryse on August 1, 2017 · 67 comments

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HAPPY NEW RELEASE DAY and what a way to kick off the month!! Exactly 100 new releases on today’s list (and I’ll add more if we find ‘em or if some later-releases show up) but we’ve got an excellent batch to choose from. In fact, the paranormal section is insane with the big names that just put out new series-sequels, or new series altogether!!! YAY US!!

But my mini-blurb jolt list highlights those blurbs that really gave me butterflies, or made me sit straight up, at attention!! ➔ Delectable (a new R.L. Mathewson release, and his ex is spilling a secret he didn’t want ANYONE to know!!!), See What I Have Done (a psych-thriller retelling of the Lizzie Borden story, BUT I LOVED this part of the blurb: a sensitive and humane portrait of two sisters caught inside a volatile household—and what it means to be free and truly loved..) Until You Loved Me (she has a one night stand with a stranger, and finds out later that he’s a famous football star… and she’s pregnant. Oooops!!), In His Hands (Blank Canvas Book 3) (she was raised in a cult, but her brooding neighbor saves her!! I LOVE those! Er… I mean, “terrified and raised in a cult”, not brooding neighbors… ;) ), Maldeamores: (Lovesick) (from the recommendations section, ’cause it’s got my friend Kandace totally addicted and ’cause it sounds very forbiddeny), Just an Illusion (another from the recommendations section, and I was told it had that Thoughtless feel, and book #3 just came out!), and Falling Into the Black (sounds like an angsty love-triangle, and it’s the last sentence in that blurb that gave me that awesome jolt… “little did I know he knew exactly who I was. I just wish I figured out his true identity before I fell for his best friend..”). OH!!! One more!!! Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers Book 4) by Penny reid (sounds so hilarious, and he hates her ’cause she’s mean!! *snort* :P )

Plus, I highlighted a bunch more that sound pretty great, too! And then of course, there’s always yesterday’s earlybirds that had a few big names on it, too ➔ 11 Earlybird Book Releases

And if you haven’t seen my 2 latest reviews, don’t forget to check them out. I highly recommend BOTH books. Although completely different genres, they both had me hooked and I have no doubt they’ll have the same effect on you! :D

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


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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. Sales listed are for Amazon U.S., however some of the Amazon UK links also reflect the sale!):\

Kandace: Girls… it’s so good. I’m holding my breath as I read it! I’m totally rooting for them! …I’m devouring Maldeamores. It’s sooo good.

Maryse: Kandace I hear that one is taboo or forbidden love or both. I have a feeling why… ;)

Robyn: Kandace, I just finished Maldeamores and the sequel to it. Great books. Loved the forbiddeny angst. Well worth the read!

  • The Sexy One: A One Love Romance by Lauren Blakely <— LAUREN BLAKELY SUPER-BARGIAN ALERT!!! She’s his nanny and lives in his house… “My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over...”
  • #MomFail: 24 Authors & 24 Mom-Coms <— Renee recommends this one!

Renee: Book Recommendation especially for all you Moms out there. I had so much fun reading this book. IT’S #MOMFAIL DAY! IT’S LIVE!!!!! 24 Authors 24 New stories every mom can relate to.

Robyn: Maryse, one,of my favorite paranormal shifter series came out with a new book to the series called Taus Pride Sacrifices by Deborah Dorchak and Wendi Kelly. You guys have to read this whole series if you love shifters. It follows this pieced together family from the very beginning and now it’s about how everyone has come together to keep the family intact. It’s about love, loyalty, redemption and family. This series has everything in it!
  • Badd Motherf*cker: Badd Brothers by Jasinda Wilder <— JASINDA WILDER SUPER-BARGAIN ALERT!! SHE WALKS INTO A BAR, IN HER WEDDING DRESS… DEVASTATED. “...A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress. I knew I shouldn’t have touched her. She was hammered, for one thing, and heartbroken for another. I’ve chased enough tail to know better. That kinda thing only leads to clinginess, and a clingy female is the last thing on this earth I need...”
  • The Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson Book 1) by Caroline B. Cooney <— THRILLER ALERT!! Amy found us this super-bargain!!!

Amy: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney is on sale for 1.99 and sounds sooooooo good. :D Read that blurb and tell me it doesn’t sound intriguing. ;)

Tessa: Face on the carton was good.

Nicole: Hi Maryse! I don’t usually do this but this series really threw me for a loop. Have you read Just an Illusion by D. Kelly? It’s a 3 book series and the 3rd one just came out. I devoured them in 2 days. It reminds me a little of Thoughless. I just wanted to tell you know about them if you haven’t read them yet. I stayed up until 3am reading book 3 last night!



  1. Dragonsworn (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon <— SHERRILYN KENYON DARK-HUNTER ALERT!!! “There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . except Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin…
  2. Dragon Rebel (Immortal Dragons Book 4) by Ophelia Bell
  3. Harem of Chaos (The Greek Harem Saga Book 1) by Mia Church
  4. Heiress of Light: Magic Reborn (Reverse Harem) by Ashlyn Allbrook
  5. Dangerously His: A Sci-Fi Alien Mated Romance (Loving Dangerously Book 4) by A.M. Griffin
  6. The Witch’s Heart (The Rise of Orion Book 2) by J. M. Davies
  7. Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) by Amy A. Bartol <— DYSTOPIAN ALERT!!On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go...”
  8. Dark Rites: A Paranormal Romance Novel (Krewe of Hunters) by Heather Graham
  9. Forbidden Bonds (Immortal Curse Series Book 2) by Lexi C. Foss
  10. Stone Cold Fox (Cougarville) by Evangeline Anderson <— EVANGELINE ANDERSON’S LATEST!!!
  11. Recklessly Yours: The Durand Chronicles – Book Three by Lark Brennan
  12. The Wolf’s Rescue (The Wolf’s Peak Saga Book 7) by Patricia Blackmoor
  13. The Lost Vampire (Last True Vampire series) by Kate Baxter
  14. Wolf’s Mate: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Shifter Rogues) by Celia Kyle
  15. When They Come True (Anna’s Nightmare Book 2) by Sarah Fleming Mountford <— GHOST LOVE STORY ALERT!!
  16. Ride the Storm (Cassie Palmer) by Karen Chance <— KAREN CHANCE ALERT!!Cassie Palmer can see the future, talk to ghosts, and travel through time—but nothing’s prepared her for this.”
  17. To Crown A Beast (Blackest Gold Book 4) by Scarlett, R
  18. The Haunting of Alcott Manor: A Contemporary Gothic Romance by Alyssa Richards
  19. Earth’s Mark (Lords of Krete Book 2) by Rachael Slate
  20. Blood Enforcer (Wolf Enforcers Book 2) by Jessica Aspen
  21. Being Alpha (Olde Town Pack) by Katie Salidas
  22. An Unexpected Triad (Copper Creek Pack Book 4) by Kasey Belle
  23. Mother of Shadows (The Chosen Book 1) by Meg Anne
  24. Wicked Bite (Realm Enforcers) by Rebecca Zanetti <— A WITCH & A BIKER-SHIFTER ALERT!!!As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type...”
  25. Never Dare a Dragon (Boston Dragons Book 3) by Ashlyn Chase
  26. Natural Evil: A Novella of the Elder Races by Thea Harrison
  27. Dangerous Destiny: Romance with BITE (League of Guardians Book 1) by V.A. Dold
  28. Extrasensory (The Phoenix Agency Book 2) by Desiree Holt
  29. Demon’s Mark (Hell Unleashed Book 2) by T.F. Walsh
  30. Guardian’s Touch (Touched by Afterlife Book 2) by LA Dragoni
  31. SEAL Wolf Undercover by Terry Spear <— TERRY SPEAR ALERT!! SHE SHOOTS HIM… ”Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews has joined the jaguar-run United Shifter Force to track down a deadly criminal. She’s even willing to work with PI Vaughn Greystroke—until the hot, growly SEAL wolf makes the mistake of getting in her way. Naturally, she shoots him. Who could blame her?



  1. Devil’s Cut: A Bourbon Kings Novel (The Bourbon Kings) by J.R. Ward <— J.R. WARD TRILOGY CONCLUSION ALERT!!! Much loved drama series by some of my book buds, and now… relief!! :D
  2. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers Book 4) by Penny Reid <—ADD-ON ALERT!!! PENNY REID JUST WENT LIVE!! SHE IS NOT NICE & HE WANTS HER GONE!!! LOL This sounds hilarious!!!!!  ”…since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a hand basket. Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever. She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone...”
  3. Blind Date by Bella Jewel <— BELLA JEWEL ALERT!! SHE’S BEING STALKED…Those around her aren’t convinced that she’s being stalked, nor is the wonderful, supportive man Hartley’s started dating. The exciting new life she has created for herself is slowly becoming a nightmare. .”
  4. Fatal Threat: A Novel of Romantic Suspense (The Fatal Series) by Marie Force
  5. Perilous Trust (Off The Grid: FBI Series Book 1) by Barbara Freethy
  6. First Law of Love (Shore Leave Cafe) by Abbie Williams
  7. Mr. Fiancé (Irresistible Bachelors Book 2) by Lauren Landish <— HER FAKE FIANCE ALERT!!! “He’s tall, handsome, and as cocky as he is rich. With his good looks and charm, no one’s going to suspect a thing. No one’s going to believe our engagement is fake.  But he’s taking this thing way too far...”
  8. Finding Comfort in Champagne (The Cocktail Series) by Angela Stevens
  9. Emerald Coast: A Novel by Anita Hughes
  10. Love Me Tender (BookShots Flames) by Laurie Horowitz and James Patterson
  11. CRUSHED (Slammed Series Book 2) by Skyla Madi <— FIGHTER ALERT!! This might be a series sequel… I read the blurb. ;)Support and love Jackson Quinn, no matter what. But despite how hard she tries to escape with her dignity still intact, she finds herself caught between the rifts of an old and complicated love she can’t compete with...”
  12. The Innkeeper’s Sister: A Romance Novel (A Honey Ridge Novel) by Linda Goodnight
  13. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky: A Novel by Summer Heacock
  14. Roulette by C.D. Bradley
  15. Secrets of the Tulip Sisters: The Perfect Beach Read of the Summer by Susan Mallery <— SISTERS BUTT HEADS & SECRETS COME OUT…Kelly Murphy’s life as a tulip farmer is pretty routine—up at dawn, off to work, lather, rinse, repeat. But everything changes one sun-washed summer with two dramatic homecomings: Griffith Burnett—Tulpen Crossing’s prodigal son, who’s set his sights on Kelly—and Olivia, her beautiful, wayward and, as far as Kelly is concerned, unwelcome sister...”
  16. Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians Book #4) by Lynette Eason
  17. Daydream (Oath Keepers MC) by Sapphire Knight
  18. Knight on the Texas Plains (Texas Heroes Book 1) by Linda Broday
  19. The Mafia And His Angel (Tainted Hearts Book 1) by Lylah James <— MAFIA ROMANCE ALERT! HE’S OUT FOR REVENGE… “..When I find a strange girl hiding, beaten, under my bed, I don’t let her live out of compassion. She’s a trinket, my plaything...” and unbeknownst to him, she’s dangerous to him. ;)
  20. Bound for Life (Bound to the Bad Boy Book 1) by Alexis Abbott
  21. If I Believe (A Promises of God Novel Book 2) by Kim Cash Tate
  22. Delectable: A Neighbor from Hell Novel by R.L. Mathewson <— R.L. MATHEWSON ALERT!!! THERE’S A NEW ANNOYING SEXY BRADFORD ALERT, AND HIS EX SPILLS HIS SECRET!!! THAT B*&%CH!!!! :D…Reese Bradford is a typical Bradford, he enjoys his food, is easy on the eyes, and has a killer smile, but there’s one thing about him that he doesn’t want anyone to know about, which of course is the first thing that his ex-fiance makes sure that everyone finds out about...”
  23. Temp Girl: part 2 of 6 (Kindle Single) by Stephanie Bond
  24. Turbulent Intrigue (Billionaire Aviators Book 4) by Melody Anne
  25. The Search by Clair M. Poulson
  26. The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen <— SHE’S MOVING ON WITH HER BEST FRIEND & THEN HER EX COMES BACK... “...Andrew’s been the friend I needed, the one constant through the hardest times of my life. But one night, the lines blur and we’re tipped into something more. Just when I’m ready to explore what we could be… My ex comes back…
  27. Taking A Chance: Delos Series: Book 7B1 by Lindsay McKenna
  28. His Steadfast Love (Isle of Hope Book 3) by Julie Lessman
  29. Just Say You Love Me by B. Love
  30. See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt <— PSYCH-THRILLER ALERT!!! This preorder was brought to my attention months ago, and had me so excited! I’ve been stalking it ever since. ;)In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most spellbinding murder cases of all time into a sensitive and humane portrait of two sisters caught inside a volatile household—and what it means to be free and truly loved...”
  31. Tougher in Texas (Texas Rodeo Book 3) by Kari Lynn Dell
  32. At The Italian’s Bidding (A Hot Italian Nights Novella Book 5) by Annie West
  33. One Moment by Elizabeth Savino
  34. Disaster in Love (A Disasters Novel, Book 1: A Delicious Contemporary Romance) by Liz Bower
  35. Sinful Distraction: An Opposites Attract Romance (Temperance Falls: Selling Sin Book 3) by London Hale
  36. Until You Loved Me: A Novel (Silver Springs) by Brenda Novak <— A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH A STRANGER ENDS UP BEING A FAMOUS FOOTBALL STAR ALERT!!! And now she’s pregnant. eek GASP!!!! YAY!!! LOL! “…Embarrassed by her recklessness, she ducks out the following morning without learning the guy’s full name, something that shouldn’t have been a problem…until a pregnancy test turns positive. Being a professional football player, Hudson King has always been cautious around women. But this one had been different—so disinterested in his celebrity, so convincingly into him. When Ellie tracks him down, claiming she’s carrying his baby, he’s stunned. And more than a little betrayed…”
  37. Faith (Beach Brides Book 11) by Helen Scott Taylor
  38. A Beautiful Kind of Hope (A Beautiful Kind of Series Book 1) by Cathy Johns
  39. The Field Trip by Cassidy Wright <— STUDENT-TEACHER ALERT!!!
  40. In His Eyes by Larry Benjamin <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!! ”Told in 139 “vignettes,” each dedicated to a single event, this is the story of four young men who meet in college, and follows them for more than two decades as they navigate the landscape of modern gay life.”
  41. Trust with a Chaser (Rainbow Cove Book 1) by Annabeth Albert <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  42. Our Perfect Puzzle: A M/m Age Play Romance (Pieces Book 3) by M.A. Innes <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  43. The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  44. Tackling the Subject by Jon Keys <— M/M ROMANCE ALERT!!!
  45. LOVESICK by Jean Flynn
  46. Going Hard (Single Ladies’ Travel Agency Book 2) by Carina Wilder
  47. In His Hands (Blank Canvas Book 3) by Adriana Anders <— SHE WAS RAISED IN A CULT & THEN HER BROODING NEIGHBOR PROTECTS HER ALERT!!! “Abby Merkley has been a member of the Church of the Apocalyptic Faith since she was a child, and there’s no way out…until her darkly handsome, brooding neighbor defies the rules and takes her into the safety of his arms…”
  48. A Summer of Firsts: The Goodbye Quilt\First Time in Forever by Susan Wiggs and Sarah Morgan
  49. Covered in Darkness: In Darkness Book 3 by Heather Sunseri
  50. Love Heals All (Once Broken Book 2) by Alison Mello
  51. What About Us (The Bluff Harbor Series Book 2) by Emma Tharp
  52. Look the Other Way by Kristina Stanley
  53. Falling Into the Black by Lauren Runow <— OH THIS ONE SOUNDS LIKE LOVE TRIANGLE ANGST ALERT!!! She helps her friend at her club… “…Two masked men became my euphoria. One was a player deep in the game. A teacher both intimately and figuratively. The other was a quiet director. A man who tempted me with his stares and set me on fire with his dark whispers. His secrecy excited me, bringing me to levels I’ve never imagined. I thought we were playing a game, but little did I know he knew exactly who I was. I just wish I figured out his true identity before I fell for his best friend…”
  54. Holly Freakin’ Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley
  55. Striker’s Waltz (Seattle Sound Series Book 6) by Alexa Padgett
  56. Rule Breaker (Black Ops: Project R.O.O.T Book 1) by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
  57. Alive Day (The Homefront Trilogy Book 2) by Rebecca Crowley
  58. Links by Lisa Becker <— PRO GOLFER HEARTTHROB USED TO BULLY HER IN HIGHSCHOOL ALERT!!…Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her…
  59. Record of Wrongs (Redemption County Book 1) by Sharon Kay
  60. Point Blank (Deadly Intent Book 4) by Cheyenne McCray
  61. Hunt for Evil (ICE Book 1) by Amy Jarecki
  62. A Perfect Man (Perfect Books Book 1) by Cecilia Dominic
  63. Hidden in the Dark (Harper Flagg Book 1) by Alyson Larrabee <— HE’S AN EVIL PSYCHOPATH MURDERER & NOW HE’S STALKING HER. BUT SHE’S READY FOR HIM…He’s brilliant, invisible, and his current obsession is high school golden girl, Harper Flagg. Sixteen years ago he murdered her mother and now he’s stalking her...”
  64. Saving Mr. Perfect (Penelope Blue Book 2) by Tamara Morgan
  65. The Passion Project (The Escort Book 4) by Kristen Strassel
  66. The Transporter (Hudson Kings) by Liz Maverick
  67. Starving Love (The Insatiable Series Book 2) by Amy Lynn
  68. Under Fire: A Love Over Duty Novel by Scarlett Cole
  69. Just Another Sidekick (The Another Series Book 2) by Tara Lynn Thompson
  70. What Was Rescued by Jane Bailey <— HISTORICAL ALERT! FOUR CHILDREN MEET ON A SHIP TO CANADA……disaster strikes mid-Atlantic, and in the chaos one of the children makes a choice that will determine the course of their lives forever. As the years pass and the survivors become adults—forging their futures and falling in love—they are still haunted by the events of that night at sea. It’s not just what was lost that darkens their lives: what was rescued casts a long shadow, too. One of them has a terrible secret that they thought sank with the ship…”
  71. Entombed (Mortuary Book 1) by Cherry Shephard <— HE LOST THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE… and lost himself too.…Gabe is dead, and in his place stands the Angel of Death. The avenging darkness that sweeps in like a silent shadow, preying on those who wronged him. I am the darkness. I am your demise. I am Gabriel Montego. And I will have my revenge...”



PREORDERS (Next few days, and a few of next week’s!!! :D )

  1. Beneath The Truth by Meghan March – August 8th 2017
  2. Bad Deeds (Dirty Money) by Lisa Renee Jones - August 8th 2017
  3. Blade: A Bayou Heat Novella by Alexandra Ivy - August 8th 2017
  4. Any Dream Will Do: A Novel by Debbie Macomber – August 8th 2017
  5. The Wright Mistake by K.A. Linde - August 8th 2017
  6. Blade: A Bayou Heat Novella by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright - August 8th 2017
  7. The Flirtation (The Submissive Series Book 10) by Tara Sue Me - August 8th 2017
  8. The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas - August 8th 2017
  9. Run to You by Jessica Lemmon - August 8th 2017
  10. Wicked Wish (The Wicked Horse Vegas Book 2) by Sawyer Bennett – August 11th 2017

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

D.G. August 1, 2017 at 6:17 AM

Good morning!!! Am I first?!?!? *throws sparkling confetti and coffee vouchers in the air*

Grey August 1, 2017 at 6:18 AM

Yay! I win! I’m first… It is August and the book buy restriction is OVER!! *tosses confetti*

Thanks Maryse!

Grey August 1, 2017 at 6:19 AM

Dang it, wrote too much, haha, I’ll take second! Too excited about being about buying again, :lol:

Ela August 1, 2017 at 6:43 AM


Linda August 1, 2017 at 7:22 AM

Good morning!!! Got up super early this morning to finish 1st in duet by Aly Martinez!!!!!! Fitty stars!!!!! Yep I said fitty!!!! Cause I’m on my beach vaca just beachin’ and chillin!!!’ Amazing read!!! Cannot wait to start the second!!! But gotta get my morning walk on the beach!!!

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 7:32 AM

It’s so sparkly in here!!!! ;) I love the confetti!! :P

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 7:33 AM

LOL Linda, I am WITH YOU!!!!

R. Renee August 1, 2017 at 7:47 AM

Grey, your confetti wasn’t sparkly and you did not throw coffee vouchers. We voted, and DG won. Sorry.

Amy August 1, 2017 at 8:07 AM

*rubs sleep from eyes*

Did someone say coffee?

Leslie M August 1, 2017 at 8:35 AM

I will take a coffee with cream & agave nectar please.

Ela August 1, 2017 at 9:11 AM

“Agave nectar”, aren’t we being fancy???

D.G. August 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM

Yay me! I am like never first on here! Yay Grey too! Second isn’t so bad either. *feeling generous and tosses out a couple of vouchers for cupcakes*

I have to agree with the majority on here Aly Martinez duet is a 5 star read for me! I LOVED it! There was some very emotional parts with eyes watering and stomach dropping but she brought it full circle. Even went on to read her Retrieval duet too…loved it as well!

Amy August 1, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Coffee, cupcakes, and Maryse’s list…perfect start to our Tuesday. :D

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 11:37 AM

Oh I want coffee and cupcakes!! I did just have lemon-chicken pasta though. HOLY YUM my friends. I sure love to cook. :D

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM

YAY D.G.!!!! She’s just awesome. I’m really getting attached to some of these authors (as much as I am with some of my original indie-favorites). Aly Martinez & Rachel Higginson are two always MUST READS for me.

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 11:39 AM

I want to grow Agave plants. :)

Leslie M August 1, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Maryse, I think you have mentioned before that you garden? Is your weather good enough to do it all year round?

I am not so good with plants but enjoy an herb garden for few months in summer. We get werid weather here in Mass so short growing season.

Ela, LOL. I didn’t realize how snobby I sounded but I REALLY do use Agave. Its good!!! You can get big bottle at BJ’s too. I stopped using artificial sweeteners and real sugar in coffee is gross.

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 12:25 PM

I absolutely LOVE gardening, Leslie. I’ll germinate any fruit seed and try and grow a tree. Have had some success with lemons and oranges (trees about my height right now – not fruiting yet because they’re too young still), and two super-tall avocado trees, and now I’m trying to grow a mango tree. I tried apple seeds and 4 actually sprouted and became really CUTE with cool-looking apple leaves, but they were still tiny and I left them outside amongst my potted trees, and they died. I think it’s just too hot for them (at least at that baby seedling-size). Ah well… anyway, they need a ton of “chill hours” to become fruitful trees and we don’t have enough cold in FL to accommodate. Still, I would have loved to see them become trees. ;)

Leslie M August 1, 2017 at 12:35 PM

That is funny about the apples because we have tons of apple orchards here. Have you ever tried to grow pineapple? I think your climate would work for that. You should post pics of your garden, I’d love to see it.

Ela August 1, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Leslie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *snort* BJ’s???? Really????????????

R. Renee August 1, 2017 at 1:10 PM

Guys I think somebody hacked Maryse’s Goodreads account! :lol:

Maryse if you’re reading this, we’re going to need a pic of you holding up today’s newspaper plus the secret password so we know you’re ok. Otherwise we’re sending bev after you.

Ela August 1, 2017 at 1:12 PM


Deborah Dorchak August 1, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Thank you and our Packmate Robyn so much for including our novel, “Tau’s Pride: Sacrifice” and a link to the first book in the series, “Loyalties”.

Leslie M August 1, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Ela, I just knew you would snicker over BJ’s. *grins*
Do you not have those out your way? Its the wholesale store we have here. Like Costco or Sams club but with dirty sounding name. ;)

D.G. August 1, 2017 at 1:31 PM

I agree with R. GR activity is kinda suspicious…

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 2:09 PM

LOL!!! I just decided to give it a go over lunch. I’m not huge on Goodreads and keep forgetting my password. But I remembered this time and it let me in. :P

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 2:10 PM

*snort* You guys crack me up!!! :P

R. Renee August 1, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Likely story “Maryse.” What’s the password??!!

Maryse August 1, 2017 at 2:12 PM


My lips are sealed. ;)

Tessa August 1, 2017 at 2:28 PM

lol I thought you were referring to a Pizza place called BJ. I was wondering why they’d have agave.

bev August 1, 2017 at 2:32 PM

What exactly am I going to do?
Make her kidnapper listen to Hamilton on repeat? Or marathon k dramas with me?

R. Renee August 1, 2017 at 2:54 PM

IDK bev, but I think you’re on the right track!

bev August 1, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Hey, I find those things to be awesome. Just saying.
Maryse, I, and her kidnapper could have Hamilton karaoke. Film a ham4all.
Order in a ton of Korean food.
Then sit down for some crazy hijinks in drama land. I mean how can you resist a hero with this laugh? (Adored this one, my first k drama )

Amy August 1, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Whoa…what’s going on?!? Maryse was “kidnapped” on GR and has an imposter now?? Holy moly, first we had fake bev and now fake Maryse…

bev August 1, 2017 at 3:14 PM

And apparently just my presence is enough of a threat to scare them off.

See if I go to Texas.

Serious side eye people.

Serious. Side. Eye.

Grey August 1, 2017 at 3:35 PM

And then she’ll make them go on a whole year long book buy restriction with no alcohol, Amy!

Amy August 1, 2017 at 3:46 PM

No alcohol? Blasphemy!!!

Amy August 1, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Have I said lately how much I love Tarryn Fisher’s writing? Well, I do. As in love it so much I want to fold it up in neat little square and swallow it (those who read Mud Vein will get that ;) ).

That woman. THAT WOMAN. Her writing is so matter of fact and raw and REAL. Her h’s are always a mess and I love them for it.

I. Am. So. Hooked…again.

bev August 1, 2017 at 5:12 PM

Amy, the last author I was like that with was Benjamin Alire Saenz. I have read good books since, but his writing was special. Just the craft and art of it. It was audio so instead of rereading I would listen to parts over again. Maybe just for that perfect sentence or two. It could be spare and almost poetic.
That is the only quibble was not seeing the words. But I wouldn’t trade the listening. The narration added to that writing and those characters was just really special for me.

bev August 1, 2017 at 8:19 PM

Grey, maybe we should make it a 2018 resolution. Every month or two have a book ban. Well except for preorders.
At the end of last year I preordered some books and it was fun to have them pop up, like surprise gifts.

R. Renee August 1, 2017 at 8:24 PM

We need to have a serious talk about Mescal. Remember when I went to Austin on date night and I had that super hot bartender? Well, it turns out Mescal is freaking awesome and it wasn’t just his hotness influencing me. I’m running the retreat cocktail test kitchen right now and all I have to say is Ela, Ela, Ela. I put a bottle of ibuprofen in your room beside your bed.

Kelli August 1, 2017 at 9:11 PM

Yes! I’m so glad you listed Maldeamores (Lovesick). I read it over a week ago and haven’t been able to pick up another book since. 5 stars ✨

Ela August 2, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Nope, no BJ’s around here. I’m surprised Amy missed our little bit of store education? We’ve got Sams and Costco.

Ela August 2, 2017 at 7:03 AM

Robin! I’m Advil gel capped equipped :)

Grey August 2, 2017 at 7:11 AM

I’m a BJ’s girl too, *stop it right now, dirty girls!*

I’d be in for the book buy restriction fairly often… My wallet thanks you anyway! I didnt even buy anything yesterday, because I was super busy at work and then my kiddos had meetings for sports, so yeah, I got home and crashed late.

Today starts the retreat, right? Can’t wait to hear!!!

And what did Maryse’s kidnapper do on GR?

Nay August 2, 2017 at 7:32 AM

Grey–she accepted the friend request I sent about 6 months ago. Yay!!

Nay August 2, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Whaat?! It’s already time for the retreat? I SO wish I could be there. I hope y’all have loads of fun!

R. Renee August 2, 2017 at 8:53 AM

It is today, Nay. Oy vey. <– I should seriously give this poetry thing a shot, ey? :lol:

Maryse August 2, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Grey. They friended people!!!!! People from our very crew right here!!! :P

MichelleS August 2, 2017 at 4:11 PM

I’m back from vacay! What’d I miss? I finished the Lovesick books. Still have a book hangover. Very forbinney.

Tessa August 2, 2017 at 8:28 PM

Michelle! I think I’ve convinced a few people to read the Tairen Soul series. :D

Leslie M August 2, 2017 at 8:57 PM

Got a rec for all you slow -burn lovers!

Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker

I loved it and I don’t even like slow burns. Go figure!?

Grey August 3, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Fly-by running like a crazy person… But, can’t miss this super important t day for one of my twins!!!

Happiest of happy birthdays to TESSA!! *throws birthday glitter and confetti* Wishing you all of the best today and every day, my dear friend!

More later! Xoxo!

MichelleS August 3, 2017 at 12:33 PM

It’s your birthday Tessa? Happy Birthday! You rock! Tairen Soul is still one of my top five series ever ever ever!! Who’d you convince?

Tessa August 3, 2017 at 1:46 PM

*grins* Thank you both!

Michelle! *points to Grey* Her. I was just honest and told a few people on GR that I don’t know which is my favorite fantasy romance: Tairen Soul series or Court of Thorn and Roses series.

Maryse August 3, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Happy birthday fellow Leo!!!!! *hugs Tessa so hard*
:D !!!!!

Sharon August 3, 2017 at 3:15 PM

I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask a question, but I’m kinda lost in the Anita Blake series. I thought I was all caught up, but after reading the latest book Anita references Jean Claude being “King” of the United States. In what book did he become ‘King”?

Tessa August 3, 2017 at 3:51 PM

:D thank you! *big huggles back* Yeah hugs!

bev August 3, 2017 at 3:59 PM

Tessa, Happy Birthday!!!

Have a great day.

Tessa August 3, 2017 at 7:21 PM

:D Thank you Bev!

Sharon, I looked it up for you. Kiss of the Dead.

marina August 3, 2017 at 7:26 PM

I LOVED Illuminae and was waiting for the finale to come out to read book 2 so I am sooooo excited for March which feels forever away. But still, can’t wait!

Maryse August 3, 2017 at 8:38 PM

My pleasure Deborah!!! :D

Jan August 3, 2017 at 8:47 PM

Hey, isn’t it first line Thursday? (although it’s already Friday down here LOL). It’s quiet on here today. Heeellllooooooooo everyone. *listens to echoes from empty cyberspace*

I’m doing some Susan Fanetti rereads.
FLT: Carmen Pagano slammed the door of her Tundra and smoothed her charcoal grey pencil skirt over her hips.
from ‘Rooted’. The first line is nothing special, actually, but it’s a great book. Two older, mature protagonists who meet while both happen to be staying in Paris. They have a wild, passionate affair and fall in love. Then real life intervenes, and they have to decide how to go forward – together or not? I’m enjoying the second read just as much as the first.

We did have a good laugh over on good reads about the dodgy title of the book, though. I’m afraid that in Australia, ‘rooted’ is a coarse euphemism for *ahem* ‘had sex’.

Jan August 4, 2017 at 12:33 AM

Huh. Still nobody home? Is it a US holiday today or something? Oh well, maybe I’m still talking to myself, but…..

I found a tempting little teaser for Lauren Gilley’s new pnr book Sons of Rome, which is coming out in a few months:

‘The year is 1942, and a boy from Siberia is caught up in the Great Patriotic War.

The year is 2017, and a NY homicide detective dreams every night about blood, and snow, and dead wolves…and a man with blues eyes who claims to know her family.

A baron returns to his manor. A legend wakes. A brother-killer walks the earth again. The Sons of Rome have stepped from the world of fable into the world of the living, and everything is about to change.

White Wolf, coming Fall 2017′

Sounds good!! There is also now a little story on amazon which is apparently a prelude to this new series. The story is called The Stalker and I just clicked on it :D

Tessa August 4, 2017 at 3:55 PM

Most are at a retreat at Robin’s house. I am just enjoying my after birthday day. (I planned for today to be the “bday” day.)

That book does sound tempting.

Jan August 4, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Oh yeah Tessa. Of course. Enjoy your day bday day!

Tessa August 4, 2017 at 10:17 PM

Thank you! I did. Only Mudslide left and that’s later. :D

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