Hello readers! Here are some books I’ve purchased recently that I think you might like, too. Some are new releases I’m looking forward to reading; others are old favorites. Most are on sale, but because price drops are unpredictable, they may or may not still be discounted at this time. Purchase at your own risk. And check back, I’m adding to this regularly. Because recommending books is one of my Favorite Things!


Okay, fair warning: books by Carl Hiassen are both grisly and hilarious. But, oh my, I’m talking hilarious.

Take a trip to exotic South Florida with this dark, funny book that established Carl Hiaasen as one of the top mystery writers in the game.

The first sign of trouble is a Shriner’s fez washed up on a Miami beach. The next is a suitcase containing the almost-legless body of the local chamber of commerce president found floating in a canal…

The locals are desperate to keep the murders under wraps and the tourist money flowing. But it will take a reporter-turned–private eye to make sense of a caper that mixes football players, politicians, and one very hungry crocodile in this classic mystery that GQ called “one of the top ten destination reads of all time.”

Amazon.com: Tourist Season
Amazon.ca: Tourist Season


 What an opportunity! This fantastic book is on sale right now and if you haven’t read it, YOU MUST! It’s not always easy reading but it’s beautifully written and so well-researched and yes, hopeful. Lisa Genova is hugely talented.

From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes the definitive—and illuminating—novel about Alzheimer’s disease. Now a major motion picture starring Oscar winner Julianne Moore! Look for Lisa Genova’s latest novel Inside the O’Briens.

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. As she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s, she learns that her worth is comprised of far more than her ability to remember.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.

Amazon.com: Still Alice
Amazon.ca: Still Alice


 Did you get hooked on this show the way I did? Here’s the book – the true story – that it’s based on. 

NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

Amazon.com: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison
Amazon.ca: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison


Okay, my publicist says I have to do this, so I’m throwing in one of my own books. It’s on sale for $0.99 right now and readers have been pretty complimentary. Your mileage may vary, but feel free to see what you think.

With one shocking announcement, successful restaurateur Dane Bergman has gone from millionaire playboy to daddy. Now the sole guardian of an adorable and willful four-year-old child, he’s counting on his executive assistant, Pamela Atwater, to save his ass. Even if it means bringing her along on a month-long ocean-side retreat.

Pamela Atwater prides herself on being the perfect assistant. Whatever Dane wants or needs, she’s there – pretending to ignore his golden charm and drop-dead gorgeousness. With his daughter, however, Pamela sees a new side to her powerful boss. Private. Vulnerable. A man who tempts her to cross the line from professional… to personal.

But is one month long enough to convince Dane that his perfect assistant might just be his perfect match?

Amazon.com: The Millionaire Daddy Project (Men of the Zodiac)
Amazon.ca: The Millionaire Daddy Project (Men of the Zodiac)


I met author Rick Mofina years ago at a Crime Writers of Canada meeting and, because he was a nice guy, tried one of his books. All I can say is… WOW. He’s an amazing thriller writer and right now, this book is on sale. Get it while you can!

CRISIS IN THE SKIES

Pilots with no control…

High above the Adirondack Mountains, a commuter flight to New York City turns into a rolling, twisting nightmare, plunging from the sky before the crew regains control. Then, in London, a jetliner crashes into the runway, killing fifteen people.

Investigators with no answers…

Reporter Kate Page believes something beyond mechanical—or human—error is behind the incidents that have air investigators baffled. But the mystery deepens as teams scramble to pinpoint a link between the tragedies, and Kate receives an untraceable message from someone boasting responsibility and threatening another event.

A looming disaster…

As Kate, the FBI and the NTSB race to find answers, the shadow figures behind the operation launch their most devastating plan yet, and time ticks down on one of the greatest tragedies the world has ever known.

Amazon.com: Free Fall (Kate Page)
Amazon.ca: Free Fall (Kate Page)


I’m a long-time fan of James Lee Burke, which someone once told me was the greatest writer alive today (or words to that effect). I had to find out for myself and whoa, he IS amazing. Wonderfully written, terrifically plotted with great characters and an amazing sense of place, these thrillers never disappoint. I’m currently re-reading this one myself, and loving it all over again. See for yourself. Also, it’s a long-running series but I’ve read them out of order with no issues.

Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass onto the son. But what has his mother’s legacy left him? Dead to him since youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Dave’s mind. He’s lived with the fact that he would never really know what happened to the woman who left him to the devices of his whiskey-driven father. But deep down, he still feels the loss of his mother and knows the infinite series of disappointments in her life could not have come to a good end.

While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks him if he is Mae Guillory’s boy, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. The pimp goes on to insinuate that the cops who dumped her body in the bayou were on the take and continue to thrive in the New Orleans area.

Dave’s search for his mother’s killers leads him to the darker places in his past and solving this case teaches him what it means to be his mother’s son. Purple Cane Road has the dimensions of a classic-passion, murder, and nearly heartbreaking poignancy-wrapped in a wonderfully executed plot that surprises from start to finish.

Amazon.com: Purple Cane Road (Dave Robicheaux Book 11)
Amazon.ca: Purple Cane Road (Dave Robicheaux)


In case you missed the contest on my newsletter and really wanted a copy of this lovely book, here it is! 

After being banned from celebrating the holidays with his stepfamily, San Diego businessman Lucas Kendrick arrives in Marietta, Montana, in time to attend the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Graff Hotel. The rodeo-theme party isn’t his style but he’s drawn to the pretty cowgirl running the dice table. When the clock strikes midnight and they ring in the New Year with a kiss, Lucas almost forgets he’s in Marietta on business and not pleasure. He believes he’s found the perfect property for his prized client. There’s just one problem—the pretty cowgirl has her sights set on the same piece of real estate.

Now that single mom Ava Moore has earned a business degree, she wants to help other struggling women get back on their feet by opening a co-op on Main Street. The last thing she expects is competition from the handsome city slicker whose New Year’s kiss she hasn’t been able to forget. Lucas isn’t only stealing Ava’s heart he’s bonding with her daughter. Can Ava convince Lucas that the best business deals are made with the heart and not money?

Amazon.com New Year’s at the Graff (Holiday at the Graff Book 3)
Amazon.ca New Year’s at the Graff (Holiday at the Graff Book 3)


I just finished this book last night and LOVED it! Family secrets, wonderful atmospheric setting, an unlikely romance… there’s so much in this book. And it’s a big meaty read at over 400 pages. One of the best books I’ve read recently.

The New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street novels explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.

Two years after the death of her husband, Merritt Heyward receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by his reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.

In Beaufort, the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half brother.

Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Lowcountry.

Amazon.com The Sound of Glass
Amazon.ca The Sound of Glass


 I believe this one is regular price now… BUT! I’m including it here because I just finished reading it and loved it so much! It’s a mother-daughter story, which ticks all kinds of boxes for me. There’s a brain injury, horses, numerous damaged souls, various kinds of love and mostly, hope. So much hope! I love when a story leaves me feeling like I too could conquer my fears and make the world a better place! Take a look and see what you think:

From USA Today bestselling author Meg Donohue comes a mystery, a love story, and a mother-daughter tale about two women on a precarious journey to uncover their true selves.

Passionate and funny, radio personality Gail Gideon is a true original. Nine years ago when Gail’s husband announced that he wanted a divorce, her ensuing on-air rant propelled her local radio show into the national spotlight. Now, “The Gail Gideon Show” is beloved by millions of single women who tune-in for her advice on the power of self-reinvention. But fame comes at a price. After all, what does a woman who has staked her career on being single do when she finds herself falling in love? And is the person who is harassing her in increasingly troubling ways a misguided fan or a true danger to Gail and her daughter, Nic?

Fourteen-year-old Nic has always felt that she pales in comparison to her vibrant, outgoing mother. Plagued by a fear of social situations, she is most comfortable at the stable where she spends her afternoons. But when a riding accident lands Nic in the hospital, she awakens from her coma changed. Suddenly, she has no fear at all and her disconcerting behavior lands her in one risky situation after another. And no one, least of all her mother, can guess what she will do next…

Amazon.com: Every Wild Heart: A Novel
Amazon.ca: Every Wild Heart: A Novel


I have this one in hardback and love it. So when I saw it for $1.99 I got it for my Kindle, too, so I can read it again without dropping it on my head at night and giving myself a concussion. My wrists (and brain) thank me! 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts weaves together passion and obsession, humor and heart, in a novel of two people opening themselves up to the truth—and to each other.

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore—and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of—but never arrested for—the murder of his soon-to-be ex-wife.

He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though. Whiskey Beach’s resident housekeeper, yoga instructor, jewelry maker and massage therapist, Abra is a woman of many talents—including helping Eli take control of his life and clear his name. But as they become entangled in each other, they find themselves caught in a net that stretches back for centuries—one that has ensnared a man intent on reaping the rewards of destroying Eli Landon once and for all.

Amazon.com: Whiskey Beach
Amazon.ca: Whiskey Beach


I just finished reading this one and it’s one of the best crime stories I’ve read this year. Suspense galore, with great characters dealing with the topical and sensitive subject of illegal immigration. Fantastic! Currently $1.99 but don’t know for how long, so hurry!

“A tremendous talent.”—Lee Child

In this powerful novel from award-winning author Suzanne Chazin, a tense stand-off between a Hispanic police officer and an undocumented immigrant leads to the shooting death of one, the shattered life of the other, and the shocking connection between them. . .

On a clear, moonlit night in December, police detective Jimmy Vega races to the scene of a reported home invasion in an upscale New York community. As Vega arrives, he spots a Hispanic man who fits the description of the armed intruder, running from the victim’s estate. Vega chases him into the woods. When the suspect refuses to surrender—and reaches into his pocket—Vega has only seconds to make a life-or-death decision.

What begins as a tragic mistake takes an even darker turn when Vega uncovers disturbing links between the dead man and his own mother’s brutal, unsolved murder. Vega’s need for answers propels him back to his old Bronx neighborhood, where he is viewed as a disgraced cop, not a homegrown hero. It also puts him at odds with his girlfriend, Adele Figueroa, head of a local immigrant center, who must weigh her own doubts about his behavior.

When a shocking piece of evidence surfaces, it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want Vega to put all the pieces together—and is willing to do whatever it takes to bury the truth. Only by risking everything will Vega be able to find justice, redemption, and the most elusive goal of all: the ability to forgive himself.
Amazon.com: No Witness but the Moon (A Jimmy Vega Mystery)
Amazon.ca: No Witness but the Moon (A Jimmy Vega Mystery)


I’m a Jodi Picoult fan from way back when I read My Sister’s Keeper, years ago. So when I saw this e-book on sale, I one-clicked immediately!! It’s got family drama, a missing mother, elephants (ELEPHANTS!!) and a whole heap of 5 star reviews. I mean, thousands, people. Which doesn’t surprise me. It’s Jodi, after all. 🙂

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.
Amazon.com Leaving Time (with bonus novella Larger Than Life): A Novel
Amazon.ca Leaving Time


 I just one-clicked this book because I need a little Christmas spirit and I know I’ll find it here. Plus, the uber-talented Susan Fox, who also writes from British Columbia and is a friend of mine, has a story in this! 

This winter, let four tales of mistletoe magic and the spirit of the season cast a special glow as some of your favorite authors introduce stories of hope, happiness, and holiday hearts.
 
CHRISTMAS KISSES – Fern Michaels
Starting over in a new town with a new job, Meredith thinks buying Noah’s grandmother’s house will be a simple business deal. But neighborly Noah is determined to make Meredith feel at home—and as the holiday season works its magic, he’s suddenly hoping that she’ll find a place for him in her heart.

BLUE MOON HARBOR CHRISTMAS – Susan Fox
Jillian and Michael have nothing in common—except the child two reckless college students created eight years ago. When Michael unexpectedly asks to meet his son, they have the twelve days of Christmas to get to know the adults they’ve become—adults who just might be ready to fall in love for real.

SECOND CHANCE CHRISTMAS – Jules Bennett
A blind date turns out to be anything but when Ruby finds Knox on her doorstep. A few years ago, she nursed his dying wife. Can two lonely people defeat the shadow of the past and let the spirit of Christmas offer them the most special gift of all?

FINDING COLIN – Leah Marie Brown 
When Grace is suspended from work over the Christmas holidays, she does the only sensible thing—she travels to Ireland to find her favorite actor! But while the Colin she finds may not be a star, he’s ready to show her that gifts come in all shapes and sizes—and love is the miracle that truly counts.
Amazon.com Winter Wishes.
Amazon.ca Winter Wishes


This book has popped onto my radar a couple of times. Currently on sale for $2.99, 738 Days: A Novel by Stacey Kade is a gritty story about a teen kidnap victim who gets away. The first bit is so thrilling I couldn’t resist one-clicking. It’s next up on my Kindle. Of course, that TBR pile is teetering pretty hard, so who knows what I’ll actually read next. SO MANY BOOKS! SO LITTLE EYE ENERGY! My favorite problem in the world. 🙂 Anyway, check this one out. It looks great.

At fifteen, Amanda Grace was abducted on her way home from school. 738 days later, she escaped. Her 20/20 interview is what everyone remembers—Amanda describing the room where she was kept, the torn poster of TV heartthrob Chase Henry on the wall. It reminded her of home and gave her the strength to keep fighting.

Now, years later, Amanda is struggling to live normally. Her friends have gone on to college, while she battles PTSD. She’s not getting any better, and she fears that if something doesn’t change soon she never will.

Six years ago, Chase Henry defied astronomical odds, won a coveted role on a new TV show, and was elevated to super-stardom. With it, came drugs, alcohol, arrests, and crazy spending sprees. Now he’s sober and a Hollywood pariah, washed up at twenty-four.

To revamp his image, Chase’s publicist comes up with a plan: surprise Amanda Grace with the chance to meet her hero, followed by a visit to the set of Chase’s new movie. The meeting is a disaster, but out of mutual desperation, Amanda and Chase strike a deal. What starts as a simple arrangement, though, rapidly becomes more complicated when they realize they need each other in more ways than one. But when the past resurfaces in a new threat, will they stand together or fall apart?
Amazon.com: 738 Days: A Novel
Amazon.ca: 738 Days: A Novel


 I loved this book! It’s got all my catnip – secrets, family history, confessions, mothers!!! And a crap-ton of 5 star reviews – all well-deserved.

Your husband took his own life. Tell the truth and destroy what’s left of your family. Or keep a secret that will tear you apart. What would you do?

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost… shouldn’t she?

Amazon.com A Mother’s Confession: A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist
Amazon.ca A Mother’s Confession: A heartbreaking story with a breathtaking twist


I read this one with my kids, erm, some time ago. And LOVED it! I’m not normally a fantasy fan but this series is great. And of course, this one was made into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.

**** Includes an exciting preview of THE BOOK OF DUST, the long-awaited new book from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials, arriving October 2017! *****

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal–including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn’t know is that to help on of them will be to betray the other…

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman’s award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which contintues with The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Amazon.com The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
Amazon.ca The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials


This is regular price ($9.99) but I bought it anyway because of the upcoming movie starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. The book has fantastic reviews so I’m crossing my fingers. 

When a blizzard strands them in Salt Lake City, two strangers agree to charter a plane together, hoping to return home; Ben Payne is a gifted surgeon returning from a conference, and Ashley Knox, a magazine writer, is en route to her wedding. But when unthinkable tragedy strikes, the pair find themselves stranded in Utah’s most remote wilderness in the dead of winter, badly injured and miles from civilization. Without food or shelter, and only Ben’s mountain climbing gear to protect themselves, Ashley and Ben’s chances for survival look bleak, but their reliance on each other sparks an immediate connection, which soon evolves into something more.

Days in the mountains become weeks, as their hope for rescue dwindles. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Heart-wrenching and unputdownable, The Mountain Between Us will reaffirm your belief in the power of love to sustain us.
Amazon.com The Mountain Between Us
Amazon.ca The Mountain Between Us


This is just all kinds of catnip for me so it had to go on my TBR pile!

“Wounded souls of all shapes and sizes, human and animal alike, tug at the heartstrings and evoke the right blend of tears as well as laughter.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 star, TOP PICK!

You can’t buy love…but you can rescue it.

With her no-kill animal shelter at risk of losing funding, Megan Anderson is working doggedly to save the animals in her care. She’ll do anything for them—even go toe-to-toe with a handsome man who’s in way over his head.

Craig Williams has had his share of heartache recently, and he’s not in the mood to get the guilt trip from a spirited (and beautiful) animal shelter owner. But the more time they spend together, the more he realizes it’s not just animals Megan is adept at saving—she could be the one to rescue his heart.

Soon, Craig and Megan find that the magic of unconditional love can do anything…even lead to their forever home.
Amazon.com A New Leash on Love (Rescue Me)
Amazon.ca A New Leash on Love (Rescue Me Book 1)


Okay, I loved this story even before it got picked up for a Hallmark Christmas 2017 movie! And, ahem, I even got to be on-set one afternoon when it was being filmed – sitting alongside the author, C.J. Carmichael, and the publisher, Jane Porter. HOW COOL IS THAT???

All he wants for Christmas…is an answer

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Fairchild is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

Amazon.com: A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6)
Amazon.ca: A Bramble House Christmas (Carrigans of the Circle C Book 6)
Barnes and Noble: A Bramble House Christmas
Kobo: A Bramble House Christmas


I just re-read this story and it remains one of my all-time favorites. Oh, it’s got blood and terror and suspense galore. But it’s also one of the most hopeful and romantic stories I’ve read. Read it. I’m telling you.

A “superior thriller”(Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…

Amazon.com: Watchers
Amazon.ca: Watchers

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