Kaira Rouda’s Top 10 Fun Facts about BEST DAY EVER

Hi there! A couple weeks ago I had the honor of participating in the blog tour for BEST DAY EVER by Kaira Rouda and I shared my Top 10 mysteries/thrillers about couples. Great news! Kaira came up with an awesome Top 10 Fun Facts list about the book! Keep reading to check it out. I also included a refresher about the book in case you haven’t already picked it up and abandoned your regular sleep schedule because putting it down just wasn’t an option.
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BEST DAY EVER Blog Tour

Welcome to today’s stop on the BEST DAY EVER blog tour. Keep reading to find out more about this awesome thriller and see what I consider to be the Top 10 mysteries/thrillers about couples.
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BEST DAY EVER By Kaira Rouda
Hardcover available September 19, 2017 for $26.99
I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

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NIGHT SHIFT Review

32574766Title: Night Shift

Author: Debi Gliori

Publisher: Razorbill September 5, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 32

Ages 14+

About NIGHT SHIFT:
With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one’s whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape – it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi’s own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.

You can purchase the book through the following sites:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads shelf!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debi Gliori (born 1959) is a Scottish author and illustrator of children’s books.
She grew up as an only child in Glasgow, and when young began drawing and writing stories. She started writing children’s books in 1976, and attended art school in Edinburgh from 1979 to 1984. She then received a travelling scholarship award to go to Milan, and worked as a freelance from 1984 onwards.
She is the author/illustrator of many books for children including Mr Bear, the winner of a Children’s Book Award. She is best known for her black comedy Pure Dead series for older children, which display strong elements of family lives amid dark and fantasy-based plots.

You can connect with Debi using the following links:

My Review:

As a Youth Services lead for my library I spend a lot of time with picture books, but I haven’t come across many for older age groups. NIGHT SHIFT is compelling because it puts depression into perspective and helps those who do not live with the symptoms to see what others go through. The main character mentions not having a language for the range of feelings that she experiences. Gliori does an incredible job depicting those feelings through her beautiful artwork and making them into her own language.

The Goodreads page for NIGHT SHIFT quotes Gliori as saying, “I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I’m not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.”

Gliori’s illustrations show the strength of these dragons, as well how they grow and multiply to the point of dominating everything in their wake. The dragons are an excellent personification of depression and how it can make a person feel small and helpless.

I highly recommend this book for those fighting depression and the people who care enough to want to understand. If you are someone battling these dragons, please know that you are never alone.

HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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Thank you for checking out today’s post on the HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA blog tour hosted by the Knights of Whitechapel. I’m super excited to share my novel aesthetics collage with you! Make sure to enter the International giveaway at the end of the post.
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Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pub. Date: September 19th, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 448

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THE HAWKWEED LEGACY BLOG TOUR: TOP 10 FUN FACTS

Hi there! Thanks for checking out today’s stop on the HAWKWEED blog tour. Keep reading to find out more about the new cover for THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY, the synopsis for the sequel THE HAWKWEED LEGACY, and Irena Brignull’s Top 10 Fun Facts about the books.
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THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY By Irena Brignull
Trade Paperback (with all new cover!) available August 15, 2017 for $10.99
Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are outsiders: feeling like they don’t belong and seeking escape.

Poppy and Ember soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that destiny has brought them together: an ancient prophecy, and a life-changing betrayal. Growing closer, they begin to understand why they’ve never belonged and the reason they are now forever connected to each other.


Switched at birth by the scheming witch Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities and fight for their own place in the world. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who – befriending them both – tests their love and loyalty. Can Poppy and Ember’s friendship survive? And can it withstand the dark forces that are gathering?

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