Sticks and Stones by Dianne Beck – Cover Reveal

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Title: Sticks and Stones
Author
: Dianne Beck
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: March 18, 2020

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When fifteen-year-old Emily Greene wakes up to police banging on her door, she is shocked to see her mother arrested on drug charges.

Uprooted and in disbelief, Emily moves to a new town to stay with her grandmother, known as Crazy Carol for her outspoken faith and quirky behaviors. As if the arrest isn’t enough, kids at her new school immediately begin to stereotype and judge her based on the news they’ve heard about her mom.

Emily is sure her mother’s fiancé is to blame for the crime. He has conveniently disappeared since the day of the arrest. She’s determined to find him, and prove he’s at fault. But something awful happens, shaking her world yet again.

After this string of tragedies, Emily starts to question God, but is gently and consistently reminded by her grandmother, through stories she tells of all the sticks, leaves, and stones she collects, that God is her good and faithful parent.

Emily must learn that the words others say about her don’t matter, that her mom’s mistakes don’t define her, and she is always deeply loved by her heavenly father. If only she can learn to forgive herself.

About Dianne Beck:

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Dianne Beck has spent the majority of her career teaching students ranging from Kindergarten through adult. No matter what age, her biggest goal is to encourage her students to be their own unique selves, to have confidence in who they are, and to follow their passions.

Dianne’s debut young adult novel, Sticks and Stones, was inspired by her years of teaching, where she saw so many students struggle with varying issues, and also experienced how an understanding ear and relevant literature could make a significant impact on their lives. She hopes young people as well as adults can find faith and strength, like her main character Emily does, even when things seem to be falling apart.

Dianne is motivated daily by her faith in God, her husband, and her four adult children. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, sipping coffee, browsing a bookstore, or pursuing a part-time faith and fitness ministry at www.ofcommonground.com.

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Hometown Heartless by Carrie Aarons – Release Day Blitz

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Title: Hometown Heartless
Author
: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2020

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One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.

The boy whose window faces mine.

The backyard buddy who bandaged up my skinned knees.

The childhood crush that kept me up at night, wondering if he’d ever be my boyfriend.

The town hero I wrote endless letters to after he shipped out.

The green-eyed charmer who promised me a kiss the day I turned eighteen.

And now, he’s home.

But he didn’t come back as the boy I once knew.

He’s a man now, one with demons I can’t comprehend.

The damaged soldier keeps telling me I’m not his anymore.

That the war took him, turned him into someone unrecognizable.

What he hasn’t considered is that it took me, too.

He swears there is nothing left between us, that his heart died overseas. But with each look through our windows, we both know his lies are just that. With each fated meeting, the truth only becomes more evident.

Everett Brock occupies the shadows now.

And as much as I try to pull him into the light, it seems the switch is permanent.

What he doesn’t realize is that I’m willing to follow him into the darkness.

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About Carrie Aarons:

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Author of romance novels such as The Tenth Girl and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She’s a Jersey girl living in Texas with her husband, daughter and furry son.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to my TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is the most recent additions to our bookshelves. I think this will be the easiest TTT I’ll ever put together because Book Outlet had their recent annual boxing week sale and oh boy oh boy oh BOY did I ever do some damage to my wallet (and maybe the back of the post man who delivered that box, sorry!). Since this is a top ten list, I’ll just list the nine from that haul that I’m most excited to get to and the one book I bought recently that is the monthly read of the book club a couple of my friends and I started.

Link to me your lists below! I’m so interested to see what you guys have received recently.

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1. Scythe by Neal Shusterman (the book club pick)

2. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

3. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno

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4. The Au Pair by Emma Rous

5. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

6. The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

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7. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

8. 500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario

9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

10. You by Caroline Kepnes

Doctor Dearest by R.S. Grey – Cover Reveal

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R.S. Grey’s next standalone rom-com, Doctor Dearest is coming February 6th! Check out the gorgeous cover and find out more today!

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Title: Doctor Dearest
Author
: R.S. Grey
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 6, 2020

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Natalie

Dr. Easton is part man, part myth.

He’s a formidable surgeon. Highly respected in his field.

He also happens to be an ex-collegiate quarterback with a classically handsome face.

Are you catching on yet?

He’s horrible.

Beautiful.

A walking Ralph Lauren ad.

He’s also so off limits he should come with a warning label: This way lies heartache.

Not only is he an attending at the hospital where I’m training, he’s also my brother’s best friend. If you’ve lost count, that’s two reasons why I plan on putting this ridiculous crush behind me. Besides, it’s definitely not mutual.

Dr. Easton has never once paid me special attention. No tempting smirks. Not even one subtle innuendo. To him, I’m just another resident—all but invisible.

Connor

For the last five years, I’ve mentored Natalie in the OR, stayed in line, and kept my hands to myself, but it’s been agonizing.

Natalie is trouble in scrubs. A walking temptation I’ve been forced to ignore.

For so long, I’ve wanted her in silence. By the time fate finally gets around to throwing me a bone, my patience has run out.

Natalie’s brother is leaving town, and he wants me to watch over her while he’s gone.

He has no idea how I feel about her.

Neither does she.

But she will.

Haven’t you heard good things come to those who wait, Natalie?

Well…I’ve done my waiting.

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty novels. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga!

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Crossing the Line by Kendall Ryan – Release Day Blitz

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Title: Crossing the Line
Author
: Kendall Ryan
Series: Hot Jocks #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 20, 2020

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Hello, rock?
Meet hard place.

Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.

But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.

We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.

She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

About Kendall Ryan:

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

 

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