Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Coming Attractions & Giveaway - - August


August is upon us and with it some great new books. Before we get into that though, I'd like to give you a personal update. As you all know, the past two months have been a bit harrowing here but the news is looking brighter. Last week we brought my brother home from the rehab hospital. He still has a lot of recovery work to do but this was a huge step in the right direction. We're all thrilled to have him home. Him, especially! In the midst of his rehab stay, we were all exposed to Covid and yes, we all got it. First time for us and not an experience I'd like to repeat anytime soon. I got it the worst (yay, asthma). My doc put me on good meds right away which helped a lot but I'm still dealing with cough, congestion, and fatigue three weeks later. I wasn't able to read for a few weeks so I'm a bit behind in my reviewing but working hard to catch up so I can share my thoughts about August's books with you all. Also, I haven't made it to the Post Office yet so there are some giveaways I still need to get mailed out. Hope to do that this week. Thanks again for all the good thoughts. I could feel them winging our way and they were all deeply appreciated. Now, on to the books!

We start things off with a rollicking good time on Wednesday, August 2. Stop by to read my review of Tastes Like Shakkar by Nisha Sharma. This is the follow up to Sharma's hilarious romcom, Dating Dr. Dil and it does not disappoint. 

Join me on Thursday, August 3 for a review (and giveaway) of Highlanders Never Surrender by Julie Johnstone. This newest medieval romance from Johnstone is brimming with adventure, danger, and romance. 

Friday, August 4 brings a review of Change of Plans, the third and final book in Dylan Newton's trilogy about the Matthews brothers. I've loved all three books in this series but Ryker's and Bryce's story in this final book is my favorite.

Rounding out the first week of August on Saturday, August 5 we'll have a review of The Bookstore on Amelia Island, the third book in Hope Holloway's heartwarming Seven Sisters series. 

Santa will be here on Monday, August 7 to share her thoughts about Back to the 80s, a new romcom by S.E. Reichert and Kerrie Flanagan.

It's time for more food, fun, and romance with a review of A Perfect Pairing, a new contemporary romance by Sheryl Lister on Tuesday, August 8. I loved the first book (A Table for Two) in this new series about a group of friends and am eager to dive into this new one. 

Who wouldn't want to escape to Florence, Italy? I know I would! Stop by Friday, August 11 for my review of Escape to Florence, the dual-timeline, historical fiction debut by Kat Devereaux.

Monday, August 14 brings a review of the latest River's Edge book by Nan Reinhardt. Meet Me in River's Edge is the third book of the Weaver Sisters trilogy and had me sobbing happy tears by the end. 

We're back to historical fiction on Friday, August 18 with a review of The Keeper of Hidden Books by Madeline Martin. Martin is making quite a name for herself with her WWII novels inspired by the power of books to bring us together. 

I've been eagerly anticipating this next book. Visit us on Saturday, August 19 for a review of The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove by Karen Hawkins

Leigh Duncan continues her new Emerald Bay women's fiction series with book two, Treasure Coast Promise. I'll be sharing my thoughts about this new book on Sunday, August 20.

We're off to the Highlands on Monday, August 21 with a TLC tour review of The Highlander's Kilted Bride by Vanessa Kelly. Family hijinks, adventure, and sigh-worthy romance abound in this newest Clan Kendrick story.

Tuesday, August 29 brings my first Coastal Magic 2024 Featured Author Spotlight. Be sure to stop in to meet Deb Marlowe and hear all about her new historical mystery series. Book three in the Kier and Levett Mystery Series, Murder on the Mirrored Lake. releases August 25. The first two books, A Killer in the Crystal Palace and Death From the Druid's Grove, are available in KU or for purchase. 

That's it for now. As always, I'll be updating this post if there are any changes throughout the month.

Tell me what's happening in your corner of the world this month. Any vacation plans? Particular books you're anticipating? 

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, August 2 will receive a package of books.

*U.S. only
*Must be 18


  1. Dear PJ, I am glad to hear that you are improving and feeling better. You have endured a great deal. I am looking forward to the historicals Escape to Florence and The Keeper of Hidden Books. Both the era which interests me greatly. The contemporaries look wonderful.

  2. So sorry to hear you all were ill and glad on the mend. We went to RI in June, In Sept will go to VT to see our son who moved there. The Ella Dove book and A Perfect Pariing and Karen Hawkins books look good.

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you have been sick, but so thankful that you are feeling better! August is a fun month for my family, today is my birthday and the 30th is my husband's, and in between we have several siblings that have birthdays too. It's also a sad time as we will be saying goodbye to our daughter who will be moving back to the dorms for another year of college!

  4. Waiting for the birth of my 11th grandchild, some time this week she is due on the 3rd. She will be my 5th granddaughter, and reading and listening to as many books as possible.

  5. No vacation plans! It's too hot to be anywhere except the a/c. I'm really looking forward to reading The Secret Recipe of Ella Dove! I've read and loved the previous books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I'm heading to the beach to see family - it's been a year since I've seen most of them. I'll bring some books, but I don't get too much reading done with all the activity, then I fall asleep while trying to read in bed. I only know a few of the authors you've listed above.

  7. Hi, I see a few up there that are on my list & pre-ordered! I will add another one I'm looking forward to -The Love Plot by Samantha Young. We are taking a short vacation to see my daughter and her new house.

  8. So sorry to hear about all your troubles. You got a double dose!! Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Our summer has been HOT and rainy. Granddaughter is taking me on a trip in October to see my first great-grandchild. Never been to Indiana so this should be a fun trip. I very excited.

  9. I’m glad to hear that your brother (and you) are on the mend! I’ll keep praying for all of you. I’m looking forward to a trip to the Northwoods of Wisconsin in a couple of weeks. And then it’s back to school for the kiddos.

  10. Glad to hear your brother is doing better. Hope you will be on the mend. A book I am looking forward to is Honey Drop Dead by Laura Child which releases on the 8th. I am looking forward to hubby and I taking our son and daughter on a weekend getaway to Alabama later this month.

  11. I am so glad your brother is doing better. Rehab seems to take so very long. I am so sorry you all got COVID. So many don't realize it is still out there and as serious as ever. Your asthma hopefully won't slow down your recovery much more than it already has. Take good care of yourself.
    The Highland and WWII books look like good ones. I look forward to finding out more about them. I look forward to hearing about Deb Marlowe's book. You have a nice selection of contemporary books lined up.
    I had two big projects going on in July and got behind with all my regular stuff. Local flooding took 4 days to deal with for the Red Cross plus regular fire calls. I can't complain. Those effected have such a mess to deal with. My email has been shut down because I have too many unopened emails and even spending all day today deleting emails and it hasn't helped. My gardens also suffered from neglect and I need to get out there and do some serious weeding. I can't see the plants I did manage to plant. No planned vacation this month. We prefer to travel any time other than summer. Hopefully we can go north in the next couple of months. We haven't managed to visit family up there in over a year. Later we will try to make it to Florida to visit other family.

  12. So glad things are going better and having hope is a wonderful thing!
    The Keeper of Hidden Books sounds extremely intriguing.

  13. What a lovely list of books. There are quite a few which are books I would enjoy. Thanks for the list and thanks for introducing me to more new authors. Some on this list are among my favorites, some will be absolutely new and exciting. Thanks for what you do, and please keep in mind that we all love books, but we love you more and you taking care of you is most important.

  14. Wow! So many new (to me) authors! I’m looking forward to reading Karen Hawkins and Vanessa Kelly’s books.
    Busy month ahead: daughter’s family coming tomorrow for a long weekend. We’ll go canoeing and swimming in the lake. The following weekend I will be babysitting these same 4 grandchildren as my daughter and her husband go for a date weekend in Minneapolis to see Ed Sheeran. Dental appointment crown replacement , Finally August 27th going back to my hometown for a class reunion get together, Bands On the Beach,right on the shore of Lake Michigan.

  15. Asthma and Covid are not a good mix! It took several months before my lungs felt close to normal. I hope your recovery is faster! And Yay that your brother is home! We are heading back to the Texas heat on Friday after a couple weeks in Teton Valley, Idaho where it actually cools down at night. In the middle of the month, I'll be going to humid Georgia to help my dad out while my step mother attends a wedding. Fingers crossed neither I nor my step mother are exposed to and then expose my father to Covid. While all that is going on there are SO many great books out and coming out to look forward to reading!

  16. Glad to hear you are doing better! Being home again is a definate plus for Steve! Onward and upward! I am looking forward to hearing more about all these books!