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Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker’s Children, on tour April – June 2015

Posted By on March 2, 2015

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The Mapmaker's ChildrenAbout The Mapmaker’s Children

• Hardcover: 320 pages
• Publisher: Crown (May 5, 2015)

When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril.

Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar—the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance.

Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.

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Sarah McCoyAbout Sarah McCoy

SARAH McCOY is the  New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling author of The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella “The Branch of Hazel” in Grand Central; The Time It Snowed in Puerto Ricoand The Mapmaker’s Children (Crown, May 5, 2015).

Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband, an Army physician, and their dog, Gilly, in El Paso, Texas. Sarah enjoys connecting with her readers on Twitter at @SarahMMcCoy, on her Facebook Fan Page or via her website, www.sarahmccoy.com.

Sarah’s Tour Schedule:

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Monday, April 20th: Savvy Verse & Wit

Wednesday, April 22nd: My Book Retreat

Thursday, April 23rd: BookNAround

Monday, April 27th: Man of La Book

Tuesday, April 28th: 100 Pages a Day…Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Wednesday, April 29th: Always With a Book

Thursday, April 30th: Booksie’s Blog

Monday, May 4th: The Book Binder’s Daughter

Tuesday, May 5th: Books on the Table

Wednesday, May 6th: West Metro Mommy

Thursday, May 7th: Bibliotica

Friday, May 8th: Peeking Between the Pages

Monday, May 11th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Tuesday, May 12th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, May 13th: A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, May 14th: FictionZeal

Friday, May 15th: Bookshelf Fantasies

Monday, May 18th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, May 19th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Wednesday, May 20th: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, May 21st: Diary of an Eccentric

Friday, May 22nd: 2 Kids and Tired Book Reviews

Monday, May 25th: Readers’ Oasis

Tuesday, May 26th: Walking With Nora

Wednesday, May 27th: The Discerning Reader

Thursday, May 28th: Reading Reality

Friday, May 29th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Monday, June 1st: Doing Dewey

Tuesday, June 2nd: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, June 3rd: Books in the Burbs

Thursday, June 4th: Drey’s Library

Tuesday, June 9th: The Book Bag

Wednesday, June 10th: Bibliophiliac

Thursday, June 11th: Literary Feline

Friday, June 12th: Broken Teepee

Monday, June 15th: Staircase Wit

Elizabeth Berg, author of The Dream Lover, on tour April/May 2015

Posted By on March 2, 2015

9780812993158About The Dream Lover

Hardcover: 368 pages

Publisher: Random House (April 14, 2015)

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg has written a lush historical novel based on the sensuous Parisian life of the nineteenth-century writer George Sand—which is perfect for readers of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.
 
At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?

Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

Advance praise for The Dream Lover

“In her masterly new novel, Elizabeth Berg inhabits the adventurous heart of George Sand, making sense of a puzzling legend who dared to live and write against the grain.”—Nancy Horan

The Dream Lover—what a bold, insightful, and enticing novel. And how vigorously Elizabeth Berg brings us the iconoclastic life of George Sand. Berg writes with such intimacy and compassion that I think she must have some shared ancestral DNA with Sand. I savored every page.”—Frances Mayes

“What a rich, heartbreaking, triumphant novel Elizabeth Berg has written! I recommend reading it with a highlighter in hand to mark the insights about love and life and being a woman that are on every page so you can reread and savor them.”—Ann Hood

The Dream Lover is a historical novel at once expansively researched yet intimately imagined. George Sand may be the ultimate Berg heroine. ‘A life not lived in truth,’ Berg writes, ‘is a life forfeited.’ In this latest work, Elizabeth Berg has poured her own great gifts and her own great heart into the story of a woman determined to refuse any such forfeiture, no matter the cost.”—Leah Hager Cohen

The Dream Lover is the dream match of writer to subject, Elizabeth Berg animating George Sand so vividly that you feel the Frenchwoman speaking directly to you. Infamous for her eccentricities and her passions, Sand is shown to be a touching figure, a woman needing to love and be loved.”—Robin Black

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authAbout Elizabeth Berg

Elizabeth Berg is the author of many bestselling novels, including Tapestry of Fortunes, The Last Time I Saw You, Home Safe, The Year of Pleasures, and Dream When You’re Feeling Blue, as well as two collections of short stories and two works of nonfiction. Open House was an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for an Abby Award, and The Pull of the Moon was adapted into a play. Berg has been honored by both the Boston Public Library and the Chicago Public Library. She is a popular speaker at venues around the country, and her work has been translated into twenty-seven languages. She is the founder of Writing Matters, a reading series designed to serve author, audience, and community. She divides her time between Chicago and San Francisco.

Elizabeth Berg’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 13th: Reading Reality

Monday, April 13th: Books on the Table 

Tuesday, April 14th: Let Them Read Books

Wednesday, April 15th: History from a Woman’s Perspective

Thursday, April 16th: Books on the Table – bookstore visit post

Monday, April 20th: Bibliophilia, Please

Monday, April 20th: Bookchickdi

Tuesday, April 21st: Unabridged Chick

Tuesday, April 21st: The Novel Life

Wednesday, April 22nd: Kritter’s Ramblings

Thursday, April 23rd: Unabridged Chick – author Q&A

Monday, April 27th: Peeking Between the Pages

Wednesday, April 29th: Bibliotica

Thursday, April 30th: Life is Story

Friday, May 1st: 100 Pages a Day… Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Monday, May 4th: Laura’s Reviews

Wednesday, May 6th: Unshelfish

Monday, May 11th: Broken Teepee

Patricia Harman, author of The Reluctant Midwife, on tour March 2015

Posted By on March 1, 2015

The Reluctant MidwifeAbout The Reluctant Midwife

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 3, 2015)

The USA Today bestselling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt sequel, a novel teeming with life and full of humor and warmth, one that celebrates the human spirit.

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily, Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend Patience Murphy.

Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky’s cheerfulness-as tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer Dr Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience too has changed. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe.

But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky’s only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. And she must find a way to bring Isaac back to life and rediscover the hope they both need to go on.

Full of humor and compassion, The Reluctant Midwife is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times, and is sure to please fans of the poignant Call the Midwife series.

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About Patricia Harman39473

Patricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives near Morgantown, West Virginia; has three sons; and is the author of two acclaimed memoirs.

Find out more about Patricia at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Patricia’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 3rd: West Metro Mommy

Wednesday, March 4th: Bibliotica

Thursday, March 5th: Broken Teepee

Friday, March 6th: Kritter Ramblings

Monday, March 9th: Peeking Between the Pages

Tuesday, March 10th: A Novel Review

Thursday, March 12th: Life Between Reads

Monday, March 16th: Unshelfish

Tuesday, March 17th: A Patchwork of Books

Wednesday, March 18th: Buried Under Books

Thursday, March 19th: FictionZeal

Friday, March 20th: A Chick Who Reads

Book Club of the Month Contest for March 2015

Posted By on March 1, 2015

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The power of connection! Book clubs will fall in love with

The Godforsaken Daughter

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The Godforsaken Daughter by Christina McKenna

When Ruby Clare’s father was alive, they happily toiled together on their small dairy farm in Northern Ireland. Since his death seven months ago, Ruby—thirty-three years old, plain, and plump—has become a veritable drudge for Martha, her endlessly critical mother. Then comes the day when Ruby finds her late grandmother’s old suitcase in the attic. Among its strange contents: a slim, handmade volume called The Book of Light.

The deeper Ruby delves into its mysterious pages, the more confident she feels. But Martha, convinced that her newly empowered daughter must be possessed, enlists the help of psychiatrist Henry Shevlin. Henry is unflappable on the surface, yet inwardly he’s reeling from his wife’s unexplained disappearance the year before. As Ruby undergoes therapy alongside other local patients, including lonely bachelor farmer Jamie McCloone, all their lives intersect in unexpected ways. And Ruby, alone for so long, finds the courage to connect—with Jamie, with Henry, and with her own loving, indomitable spirit.

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A fabulous debut story collection!  Book clubs will love

The Thing About Great White Sharks

The Thing About Great White Sharks

The Thing About Great White Sharks by Rebecca Adams Wright

In this collection’s richly imagined title story, our brutal and resourceful protagonist is determined to protect her family from a murderous, shark-ridden world—at any cost. Elsewhere, an old woman uncovers a sinister plot while looking after a friend’s plants (“Orchids”), and a girl in the war-torn countryside befriends an unlikely creature (“Keeper of the Glass”). In “Barnstormers,” a futuristic flying circus tries to forestall bankruptcy with one last memorable show. At the heart of “Sheila” is the terrible choice a retired judge must make when faced with the destruction of his beloved robotic dog, and “Yuri, in a Blue Dress” follows one of the last survivors of an alien invasion as she seeks help.

Extending from World War II to the far future, these fifteen stories offer a gorgeously observed perspective on our desire for connection and what it means to have compassion—for ourselves, for one another, for our past…and for whatever lies beyond.

“A fabulous debut story collection…These tales are alternately humorous, touching, frightening, thought-provoking, and all of them are sublimely entertaining. Shifting narrative gears with a sly grace, Rebecca Adams Wright proves that she can tackle any genre (not to mention any sub-genre) that she wants to. And she makes it look easy. Is she showing off? Maybe, but she’s got talent worth flaunting. Read her. You’ll be glad you did.” —David Anthony Durham, author of the Acacia Trilogy

“Rebecca Wright’s fiction fizzes with charm and intelligence.” —Kij Johnson, author of At the Mouth of the River of Bees

“These are ceaselessly inventive stories, witty, wry and wondrous, by turn, and all graced with an emotional sincerity that ensures they never dip into mere whimsy. This is speculative fiction with both a head and a heart.” —Peter Ho Davies, author of The Welsh Girl

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Revontuli combines an unconventional love story with a fascinating look at an unknown period of World War II. A compelling and passionate tale of the plight of Northern Norway’s Sami people during the war.

Revontuli

Revontuli by Andrew Eddy

In a land marked by the rhythm of migrating reindeer and the rituals of an ancient religion, a way of life is drawing to a close. War is coming to the Finnmark, and brings with it unsuspected inhumanity. Revontuli tells the coming of age of a Sami girl during World War II, a time of trial that leaves Marit and the village of Karasjok forever changed. Already torn between the heritage of her Norwegian father and her mother’s indigenous Sami culture, Marit discovers a bigger world through Hans, the German officer billeted in their home. Their forbidden love will challenge Marit’s beliefs and allegiances. Set in the forests above the Arctic Circle, where Norway meets Finland, Revontuli is inspired by true stories.

“Eddy’s vivid, detailed descriptions of war, and of life in a reindeer-farming community, give depth and flavor to the story … Heartbreaking WWII Romance. ” – Kirkus Reviews

Download the discussion questions for Revontuli for your book club!

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Reminiscent of Khaled Hosseini and Jhumpa Lahiri, book clubs will love this story of two Afghani women who go to great lengths to better their lives.

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in Afghanistan

Kabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can rarely leave the house or attend school. Their only hope lies in the ancient Afghan custom ofbacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a son until she is of marriageable age. As a boy, she has the kind of freedom that was previously unimaginable . . . freedom that will transform her forever.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great-grandmother Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life in the same way—the change took her on a journey from the deprivation of life in a rural village to the opulence of a king’s palace in the bustling metropolis of Kabul.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell interweaves the stories of these two remarkable women who are separated by a century but share the same courage and dreams.

Praise

“Nadia Hashimi has written, first and foremost, a tender and beautiful family story. Her always engaging multigenerational tale is a portrait of Afghanistan in all of its perplexing, enigmatic glory, and a mirror into the still ongoing struggles of Afghan women.” —Khaled Hosseini, author of And the Mountains Echoed andThe Kite Runner

“A fascinating look at the unspoken lives of Afghani women, separated by generations and miles, yet achingly similar. This is a story to transport you and make you think.” —Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter

“Hashimi weaves together two equally engrossing stories in her epic, spellbinding debut.” —Booklist (starred review)

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Rich with historical details and well developed characters, The Abduction of Smith and Smith and its satisfying, fast-paced plot will keep book clubs eager to discuss the themes of revenge and forgiveness.

The Abduction of Smith and Smith

The Abduction of Smith and Smith by Rashad Harrison

In this harrowing and thrilling work of historical fiction, two enemies become the unlikeliest of allies as they fight to save their own lives aboard a hell ship headed into the dangerous unknown.

The Civil War is over, though for Jupiter Smith, a former slave and Union soldier, many battles still lie ahead. He returns to the plantation he worked on before the war in search of his woman, but rather finds his old master gone mad, haunting the ruins like a ghost. Out of pity for the now mentally ill Colonel, Jupiter strangles him and heads west to seek a new life in San Francisco.

When the Colonel’s son, Confederate soldier Archer Smith, arrives at home and finds his father murdered, he vows revenge upon Jupiter for all he has lost—following his former slave to the far reaches of the continent.

But things take a new turn as Archer’s desire for retribution is overwhelmed by his dependency on opium, and he ends up the target of a gang of “crimpers”…the very gang that Jupiter works for in San Francisco. When Jupiter fails in an attempt to save Archer, they both end up shanghaied aboard a ship headed on a dangerous mission and ruled by a merciless captain. Will the two Smiths work together to stay alive and return home, or will they become victims of the sea, the crew, and their mad captain?

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Please fill out our super short registration form (<—click here) by March 31st for a chance to win a set of up to ten copies of one of these great books for your book club! We will randomly choose a winner at the end of the month. This contest is open to clubs in the US only (our apologies to friends in other countries). 

Best of luck!

We LOVE Book Clubs!

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for March 2nd – 6th

Posted By on February 28, 2015

Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs Series – Month of Maisie Readalong

Birds of a FeatherMonday, March 2nd: A Chick Who Reads – Birds of a Feather

Monday, March 2nd: Reecas Pieces - Birds of a Feather

Tuesday, March 3rd: Olduvai Reads – Pardonable Lies

Tuesday, March 3rd: Reecas Pieces – Pardonable Lies

Wednesday, March 4th: Too Fond – Among the Mad

Wednesday, March 4th: Lavish Bookshelf – Among the Mad

Thursday, March 5th: The Road to Here - The Mapping of Love and Death

Thursday, March 5th: A Bookish Way of Life – A Lesson in Secrets

Friday, March 6th: A Book Geek - Elegy for Eddie

 

The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery

The Girls of Mischief BayMonday, March 2nd: As the Pages Turn

Tuesday, March 3rd: Luxury Reading

Tuesday, March 3rd: Bewitched Bookworms

Wednesday, March 4th: Always With a Book

Thursday, March 5th: A Chick Who Reads

Friday, March 6th: Not in Jersey

 

The Thing About Great White Sharks by Rebecca Adams Wright

The Thing About Great White SharksMonday, March 2nd: A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall

Monday, March 2nd: Bound by Words

Tuesday, March 3rd: Patricia’s Wisdom

Thursday, March 5th: Guiltless Reading

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Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes

Under a Silent MoonMonday, March 2nd: Wont to be Quilter

Tuesday, March 3rd: From the TBR Pile

Wednesday, March 4th: Vivacious Hobo

Thursday, March 5th: Buried Under Books

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Hush Hush by Laura Lippman

Hush Hush coverMonday, March 2nd: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, March 3rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, March 4th: Reading Reality

Thursday, March 5th: Drey’s Library

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The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore

The Serpent of Venice PBMonday, March 2nd: A Dream Within A Dream

Tuesday, March 3rd: More Than Just Magic

Wednesday, March 4th: The Reader’s Hollow

Thursday, March 5th: Book Loving Hippo

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Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall

Miramont's Ghost _Elizabeth HallMonday, March 2nd: WV Stitcher

Tuesday, March 3rd: Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, March 5th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Friday, March 6th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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The Swimmer by Joakim Zander

The SwimmerMonday, March 2nd: The Discerning Reader

Tuesday, March 3rd: Novel Escapes

Thursday, March 5th: From the TBR Pile

Friday, March 6th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage

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Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson

Welcome to Braggsville coverMonday, March 2nd: Books à la Mode

Tuesday, March 3rd: Books and Bindings

Thursday, March 5th: Ageless Pages Reviews

Friday, March 6th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

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Scent of Butterflies by Dora Levy Mossanen

Scent of ButterfliesMonday, March 2nd: Snowdrop Dreams of Books

Tuesday, March 3rd: Too Fond

Thursday, March 5th: Patricia’s Wisdom

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Night is the Hunter by Steven Gore

Night is the Hunter coverMonday, March 2nd: Booked on a Feeling

Tuesday, March 3rd: I Hope You Dance

Thursday, March 5th: Joyfully Retired

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Shady Cross by James Hankins

Shady CrossMonday, March 2nd: You Can Read Me Anything

Wednesday, March 4th: Life is Story

Thursday, March 5th: Musings of a Bookish Kitty

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The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly

The Boy Who Loved RainMonday, March 2nd: Book Nerd

Wednesday, March 4th: Good Girl Gone Redneck

Thursday, March 5th: Book Hooked Blog

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The Dead Key by D. M. Pulley

The Dead KeyMonday, March 2nd: Life is Story

Wednesday, March 4th: Bell, Book & Candle

Thursday, March 5th: Bibliotica

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In Flames by Richard Hilary Weber

In FlamesMonday, March 2nd: It’s a Mad Mad World

Thursday, March 5th: Patricia’s Wisdom

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The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

The DaughterTuesday, March 3rd: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, March 4th: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, Marcy 5th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Friday, March 6th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

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Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin

Life from ScratchTuesday, March 3rd: Books on the Table

Wednesday, March 4th: I’d Rather Be At The Beach

Thursday, March 5th: The Well-Read Redhead

Friday, March 6th: girlichef

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The Camelot Kids by Ben Zackheim

The Camelot KidsTuesday, March 3rd: Mom in Love With Fiction

Wednesday, March 4th: Melissa Northway

Thursday, March 5th: Staircase Wit

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I Regret Everything by Seth Greenland

I Regret EverythingTuesday, March 3rd: Bell, Book & Candle

Friday, March 6th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

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The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli

The LAST GOOD PARADISETuesday, March 3rd: nomadreader

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Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Cane and AbeThursday, March 5th: Why Girls Are Weird

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