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SPOTLIGHT on The Light In Summer (Butternut Lake #5)

The Light In Summer by Mary McNear

THE LIGHT IN SUMMER by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mary McNear on sale today, June 20th. This novel takes place in the fictional town of Butternut, Minnesota, a place Susan Wiggs says is “so beautifully rendered, you’ll wish it was real.”

This novel makes the perfect summer read, and reads true to the feelings of a small lake town in the summer (not to mention, the cover is fabulous). As an adult, summer is often spent in the office, pining for the days of a carefree summer spent outside, by the water, or at a favorite restaurant with friends. THE LIGHT IN SUMMER allows you to transport to that town you wish you were in, that waterfront you want to be sitting next to, and that summer romance that makes you feel like a teenager again.


“McNear’s latest Butternut Lake novel features small-town living at its best, teenaged angst and family dysfunction… The fast-paced, quick-witted dialogue is entertaining and imaginative. The perfect summer read that also works as a standalone novel.”

RT Book Reviews

“Mary McNear has mastered the art of the quiet romance. With funny characters, a charming Minnesotan setting…The Space Between Sisters will appeal to fans of Kristin Hannah or Susan Wiggs. Those familiar with McNear’s Butternut Lake trilogy are sure to be happy revisiting the town’s memorable faces and places.”

Shelf Awareness

“THE SPACE BETWEEN SISTERS explores the complex relationship between sisters, their differences, their mirrored history, their love and support of one another.  This triumphant story had me reading until the wee hours of the morning.”

— Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Butternut Lake is so beautifully rendered, you’ll wish it was real. Mary McNear takes the reader on an emotional journey with this story of second chances, starting over, and the healing power of love. A book to relax, enjoy and savor any time of year, but especially during the long, lazy days of summer.”
— Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A delicious setting and a heroine to cheer for, Moonlight on Butternut Lake is my favorite kind of book, one that treads that pleasurable line between romance and women’s fiction. Enjoy! ”
  — Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times bestselling author

“A great, emotional read for every woman who must face the past before moving forward.”
— Sherryl Woods, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Cozy Mystery Series Giveaway


Are you looking for a new author of a Cozy Mystery series? Look no further. Aysia Amery has generously donated a set of her 4-book series, “Maui Mayhem” to use as a Giveaway. These books are in mobi format (kindle, mobi apps) so if you can not read that format, please do not enter this giveaway. To enter is simple, just leave a comment in the comment section of this blog. That is it. On Friday, February 17th, I will draw a winning name. 

Something's Rotten in Paradise (Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery Book 1) A Killing in Kula (Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery Book 2) Mayhem on the Orchid Isle (Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery Book 3) Hibiscus Homicide (Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery Book 4)

Aysia Amery writes light cozy mysteries with a dash of humor. Need a stress-relieving read while trying to guess whodunit? Let Aysia’s cozies take you on an entertaining vacation to the exotic islands of Hawai‘i where she was born and raised and still resides with her hubby.. Come wiggle your toes in the sand with me on my Facebook page:

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge (February)

Second month in the challenge. I am not using any of the picture books, just Chapter books for early readers and up. Here are my books for February 2017 so far. This challenge is hosted by Bookish Things and More. Check it out and join in if you are interested.

The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4)

Broken Promise (Promise Falls Trilogy #1)

Never Let You Go

Winter Storms (Winter #3)


2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge

Update for January. I forgot to do this before I started on my February books. In January I read 18 books. Woo Hoo! If I keep this up, I should read over 200 by the end of the year. I did not read any from Edelweiss yet, so will try to get some in this month.  This challenge is hosted by Bookish Things and More.

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

I am joining this challenge. I will not use any of the picture books, just Chapter books for early readers and up. Here are my books for January 2017 so far. This challenge is hosted by Bookish Things and More. Check it out and join in if you are interested.

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Bookish Bingo Fall 2016


My goal is to try and get one line. I have been keeping track, and finally figured out how to put leaves on to cover the square. My goal was one line but I have completed 1 down and 1 across. Only a few more to go and will have a few more lines. I actually surprised myself. If you are interested in this Bingo Game, visit A Pretty Deadly Blog. 

Animal on the Cover: No Bones by Annie Bassett, September 3, 2016

American History: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, September 8, 2016

Illustrated: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio, September 11, 2016

Dragons: It’s Halloween Dear Dragon by Margaret Hillert, September 13, 2016

Friendship: A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan, September 15, 2016

Standalone: You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Kevin O’Brien, September 16, 2016

Sea Creatures: Animal Planet Chapter Books: Sharks! by Animal Planet, September 17, 2016

Killers: Summer of Fire by Kitty Pilgrim, September 19, 2016

Retelling: Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer (Red Riding Hood), September 25, 2016

Purple Cover: Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton, September 26, 2016

Fall Release: Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson (released on Sept. 26), October 14, 2016

Multiple POV: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, October 18, 2016

Suspense: Night Watch by Iris and Roy Johansen, October 23, 2016

Green Cover: Return to the Secret Garden by Holly Webb, October

Black Cover: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena, October 26, 2016


Free Cozy Giveaway

Aysia Amery is providing a copy of her book for a giveaway. Comment on this post and you will be entered. Contest closes Monday, October 24th.

Something’s Rotten in Paradise

Something's Rotten in Paradise (Maui Mayhem Cozy Mystery Book 1)

The Book of Kringle: Legend of the North Pole

The Book of Kringle: Legend of the North Pole

BLOG TOUR: October 18th to October 23rd

Continue to follow the Book of Kringle blog tour tomorrow at BookMarketingBuzzBlog!’

by Derek Velez Partridge, Mary Packard, David Wenzel (Illustrations)

Published by Vista Clara Productions

5 Stars

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Christmas Joy: A Novel


Christmas Joy: A Novel by Nancy Naigle

Expected publication: October 18th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

5 Stars

I have never read anything by Nancy Naigle before. I requested an ARC of this book because I loved the cover, the title and the synopsis by the publisher. I will definitely look for more by this author. I loved the story, the characters and of course the Christmas setting. Check this book out when it is released on October 18th, you won’t be disappointed.

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