Read an Excerpt from A Perfumer’s Secret by Adria J. Cimino

Read an Excerpt from A Perfumer’s Secret by Adria J. Cimino

Posted May 17, 2016 in A Novel Guest / 2 Comments

Today we are celebrating the publication of the latest novel from Adria J. Cimino, A Perfumer’s Secret. Which is a novel that I am really excited to read (look out for my review in the next week or so). And I think that after reading the following excerpt, you will all be just as excited as I am. A Perfumer’s Secret is available to buy now, so if you find yourself wanting more, click on one of the purchase links at the end of the page! A Perfumer’s Secret – excerpt By Adria J. Cimino   Philippe Chevrefeuille ignored the wavy […]

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Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner

Posted May 16, 2016 in A Novel Read / 0 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my thoughts on the books I’ve been reading, or blogged about anything to be honest. I’ve not been reading nearly as much as I did earlier in the year either, but a few recent reads have helped me regain speed there. One of those has been a book I finished up last week, Stars Over Sunset Boulevard. I hadn’t read anything by Susan Meissner before, I actually hadn’t heard of Susan Meissner before Stars Over Sunset Boulevard was pitched to me. Shame on me, right? I know now that Stars won’t be the […]

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Laura McNeill: 5 Books I Love to Read Again and Again

Laura McNeill: 5 Books I Love to Read Again and Again

Posted April 20, 2016 in A Novel Guest / 7 Comments

      Hey everyone. I’m still here! Hopefully you guys have stuck around during this quiet time too. I’m just here quickly today to share a guest post by Laura McNeill. Laura is spreading the word about her sophomore novel, Sister Dear. Its next up on my reading list, later than I wanted to get to it, and so I’ll definitely share more about that as soon as I have finished. In the meantime, Laura is talking about five books that she loves to read again and again. Five Books I Love to Read Again and Again by Laura […]

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Cynthia Swanson: The Story of a Happy Book Club

Cynthia Swanson: The Story of a Happy Book Club

Posted March 23, 2016 in A Novel Guest / 16 Comments

  One of my favorite books of last year was Cynthia Swanson’s debut novel, The Bookseller. I have recommended this book over and over, and continue to hear wonderful things a year later. And now The Bookseller is available in paperback (and for a limited time on Kindle for only $3.99), I’m hoping that even more readers will run and grab a copy (psst, I might have two copies to giveaway at the end of this post). The Bookseller is the perfect for Book Clubs, so in celebration of the paperback release (Harper, March 22nd), Cynthia is sharing the story of her happy […]

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March Releases: 7 Books to Add to Your Shelf

March Releases: 7 Books to Add to Your Shelf

Posted February 27, 2016 in A Novel List / 4 Comments

As we are almost at the end of February (can you believe it?), I wanted to highlight some of the books that are set to hit shelves in March. Some I’ve read already (with reviews coming up) and others are those that I’ve been waiting on. Debut Fiction The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman March 8th, 2016 | St. Martin’s Press Add to Goodreads | Purchase on Amazon Brooklyn, 1947: in the midst of a blizzard, in a two-family brownstone, two babies are born minutes apart to two women. They are sisters by marriage with an impenetrable bond forged […]

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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Posted February 26, 2016 in A Novel Read / 2 Comments

The Things We Keep was a story about love, loss and life, and reading it made me think about just how lucky I am. Anna Forster knows that she is going to forget everyone around her, she knows that she is going to say horrible things, forget how to tie her shoe laces or which door leads to the closet. She does the only thing that she can think of to protect her family and the ones she loves from the horrid disease she is suffering. At just thirty-eight years old, Anna must come to terms with the early stages of […]

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Do I Need a Blogging Niche?

Do I Need a Blogging Niche?

Posted February 25, 2016 in A Novel Natter / 13 Comments

I’d be lying to you if I said I was happy with my blog as it is. Slow growth, probably only a handful of regular readers. I started My Novel Opinion for me, but I have visions of being a resource for readers. Offering author interviews, writing tips, and showcasing upcoming book releases. I’ve been pondering what steps I should take to reach this goal, and so have found myself reading a lot of blogging tips. One common piece of advice is: Identify your Audience Create a persona. Give them a name, an age, a home. Ask what this person […]

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Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Posted February 24, 2016 in A Novel Read / 0 Comments

Missing Pieces is the second of Heather Gudenkauf’s five novels that I have read (2014’s Little Mercies was the first), but I can confidently say that I have found a new favorite author! And Missing Pieces was even better than Little Mercies which, before reading, I wouldn’t have thought possible. From the moment I picked up Gudenkauf’s latest book, I knew I was going to have a hard time putting it down. Secrets and mystery drew me in, and the need to find the answers kept me turning the pages until the very end. There may have been a day that […]

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Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

Posted February 23, 2016 in A Novel Read / 2 Comments

It is obvious from both the novel itself and the author’s notes at the end of Flight of Dreams, that Ariel Lawhon took a great deal of time researching the Hindenburg tragedy and the Zeppelin program. Through this research, Lawhon chose a cast of real life people who would become the center of Flight of Dreams and her re-imagining of how events may have transpired before, after and during the cross-Atlantic journey. Flight of Dreams captured my attention from the  get-go, with the alternating perspectives of The Journalist, The American, The Navigator, The Stewardess and The Cabin Boy offering a […]

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? [2.22.16]

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? [2.22.16]

Posted February 22, 2016 in A Novel Read / 3 Comments

The link up for It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? has recently been passed to Kathryn at The Book Date, and I’ve finally decided to join in and share my weekly reading plans. What I’m Currently Reading I’m likely to jump ahead but nevertheless, I’m reading The Opposite of Everyone for Deep South Magazine’s readalong. There’s still time to join in. The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson Born in Alabama, Paula Vauss spent the first decade of her life on the road with her free-spirited young mother, Kai, an itinerant storyteller who blended Hindu mythology with Southern Oral Tradition […]

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