-Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino-

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Sometimes I find the best book suggestions on Pinterest! 📚

**The paperback form is currently sold out, but the ebook is available.**

What’s It All About?

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

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-Merriam Webster’s Word Of The Year-

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Thank you, Harvey Weinstien; your fucked up self is most likely why ‘justice’ is the word of the year. Maybe one day, it’ll be ‘peace’. 

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-Under Different Stars By Amy A. Bartol-

differet-starsWhat’s It All About?

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago’s foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she’ll stop running and finally find her place in the world.

That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home. As danger draws close, he must protect her until she can wield the powers she cannot use on Earth…and he soon realizes that counting a galaxy of stars would be easier than losing this extraordinary girl.

Kyon knows the powerful depths of Kricket’s gifts—gifts he’ll control when he takes her for his tribe and leads the forces that will claim Ethar and destroy his enemies, starting with Trey Allairis. Now, Kricket faces the most difficult choice of her life: whether to wage a battle for survival or a fight for love.

Winner of four 2014 utopYA Awards, including Best Book of the Year and Best Sci-Fi Book of the Year.

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I know there are people who say Harry Potter has nothing to do with Christmas… To those people, you are wrong. Hop off this page. XOXO

For the Believers, Here ya go!

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-The Program By Suzanne Young-

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I love ’All in Pieces’ by Suzanne Young, so I’m really excited to start this!

What’s It All About? 

Trig Warning: Depression & Suicide.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.

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-The Handmade’s Tale Sequel By Margaret Atwood-

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Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. 😱
Coming in September- preorder NOW.
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What Does Margaret Say?

“Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”

Atwood states all of our questions about Offred will be answered! 

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-World War 2, Women’s Fiction, & Romance-

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10 AMAZING books taking place during World War 2

 

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-Blog Tour: Excerpt of Verity By Colleen Hoover!-

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“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

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What’s It All About? 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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-Excerpt-

“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.

I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”

“Whose shirt is that?”

I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”

“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”

“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.

He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”

Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.

I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.

“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.

I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.

Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.

The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”

Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.

Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.

“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”

I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.

“Who is the author?” Corey asks.

“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”

“Of course,” Corey says.

I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.

“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”

Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?

“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.

“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”

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-Trigger Warnings: Calm Your Tits-

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What is a  Trigger Warning? “A statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.”

Trigger Warnings, we’ve all got them, whether you realize it or not. For instance, some people are incredibly insulted by pineapples on pizza. And sometimes, readers can’t handle reading a rape scene, because THEY ARE A VICTIM OF RAPE. 

This week, for the first time, a follower on my Candace Reads Books Facebook Page commented about Trigger Warnings on a book I suggested, she said:

“At the risk of sounding like a “special snowflake,” this series is a tough read if you suffer with depression. Just, you know, your friendly neighborhood trigger warning.”

We are a sensitive society; and we are also a beautifully accommodating one.

Yes, us Snowflakes are sensitive and sometimes we ask that other accommodate us. Doesn’t EVERYONE want some sort of accommodation?! And don’t say you “no” while you’re sitting in your vehicle with heated tushy toasters under your butt cheeks.

Lots of times, if you hear your Snowflake friend out, their reasoning for a Trigger Warning is coming from a really good, wholehearted, compassionate place.  And does it hurt me to write “trigger warning” on a post even if the trigger doesn’t apply to me?  Abso-fucking-lutely not.

The only time Trigger Warnings suck are when it gives away the plot of a book. BUT! So many wonderful authors write in their Book Description, “this book has triggers, for more information, please email.”

I have a trigger and I didn’t even realize it. I was talking to a friend last night and I told her I HATE reading books where Alpha Males are borderline controlling/abusive. Some women find this hot, I do not. It pisses me off and takes me back to a place I don’t want to be. If a character is pissing me off, that probably means I don’t like the character and therefor will not like the book.

So guess what I do? I put the damn book down and move on with my day. I don’t go and message the author, pissed off, for writing something that made me feel not so great, insulting them and asking them to pull the book for being ‘insensitive’. IT’S THEIR BOOK. IT’S THEIR JOURNEY. IT’S THEIR MESSAGE; and it won’t always be for me.

Don’t smash the author. Because I’ve seen A LOT of this lately. You take a risk when picking up a book, just like you take a risk when eating from a Roach Coach.

On a side note: This label, ‘snowflake,’ has a negative connotation attached to it. OWN THAT SHIT. I’m a snowflake, I give a damn about others, that’s not a bad thing.

I am sensitive, but I am not weak.

Snowflakes are beautiful, y’all. 

 

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-Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao-

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What’s It All About? 

An electrifying debut novel about the extraordinary bond between two girls driven apart by circumstance but relentless in their search for one another.

Poornima and Savitha have three strikes against them: they are poor, they are ambitious, and they are girls. After her mother’s death, Poornima has very little kindness in her life. She is left to care for her siblings until her father can find her a suitable match. So when Savitha enters their household, Poornima is intrigued by the joyful, independent-minded girl. Suddenly their Indian village doesn’t feel quite so claustrophobic, and Poornima begins to imagine a life beyond arranged marriage. But when a devastating act of cruelty drives Savitha away, Poornima leaves behind everything she has ever known to find her friend.

Her journey takes her into the darkest corners of India’s underworld, on a harrowing cross-continental journey, and eventually to an apartment complex in Seattle. Alternating between the girls’ perspectives as they face ruthless obstacles, Shobha Rao’s Girls Burn Brighter introduces two heroines who never lose the hope that burns within.

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