Tuesday, May 31, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Chasing Rubies by Harry and Alfie

I considered making hunk alerts for both Harry and Alfie, but I figured these guys are a more than pretty faces. Their covers are incredible and their originals even better. Here's my favorite so far: (it's taking me a while to get through all of them... yes, I'm actually attempting to watch all hundred-something videos they have up)
Release Date: May 26th, 2011
Length: 4:10
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Type: Original, unsigned
Source: YouTube

What Stephanie Thought: 
Obviously, they're European and all and have the musical talent.

I'll admit Alfie's (frontman, blond, stunning) voice takes a bit of getting used to. Instinctively, you don't listen to his voice and think it's really good. But it's actually just amazing. The way he sings also is a part of it. His facial expressions aren't only adorable; they express the passion he has for his music. I don't think I've ever heard any voice quite like it, and he can hit all the high notes without going falsetto, too. Brownie points for that. 

Harry's (brown-haired—'cause I feel awkward calling a guy brunette, stubbly, fantastically attractive) voice is more rumbly and mellow... but I'm falling in love with it. He mostly does harmony so it's difficult to really hear him solo, but if you skip to 3:32, he sings, "This is not déjà vu," by himself, and it just about melts your heart. Give it a play!

The Hudson-Taylor brothers make a nonpareil duo that really is something else. With their climbing number of YouTube fans, I know these guys are gonna make it big in no time :)

Radical Rating: 10 hearts: I'm speechless; this book is an extraordinarily amazingly wonderfully fantastically marvelous masterpiece. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Music Giveaway!

Listen to their message at the end of the video for instructions on how to claim a free download of their studio-recorded song, "I'm No Superman" (which, I might add, is from my all-time favorite television show, Scrubs).

And check out their cover of the Matt Weddle version of "Hey Ya" (...also from Scrubs) because it's my new favorite song and that means it needs to be your new favorite song too.

Monday, May 30, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
Publisher: Washington Square Press (Simon & Schuster)
Page Count: 352
Source: Complimentary copy provided by SheKnows Book Club, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!!!)

What would you do if your husband suddenly wanted to rewrite all of the rules of your relationship? This is the question at the heart of Skipping a Beat, Pekkanen’s thought-provoking second book.

From the outside, Julia and Michael seem to have it all. Both products of difficult childhoods in rural West Virginia – where they were simply Julie and Mike – they become high school sweethearts and fall in love. Shortly after graduation, they flee their small town to start afresh. Now thirty-somethings, they are living a rarified life in their multi-million-dollar, Washington D.C. home. Julia is a highly sought-after party planner, while Michael has just sold his wildly successful flavored water company for $70 million.

But one day, Michael collapses in his office. Four minutes and eight seconds after his cardiac arrest, a portable defibrillator jump-starts his heart. But in those lost minutes he becomes a different man. Money is meaningless to him—and he wants to give it all away. Julia, who sees bits of her life reflected in scenes from the world’s great operas, is now facing with a choice she never anticipated. Should she should walk away from the man she once adored—but who truthfully became a stranger to her long before this pronouncement—or give in to her husband's pleas for a second chance and a promise of a poorer but happier life?

As wry and engaging as her debut, but with quiet depth and newfound maturity, Skipping a Beat is an unforgettable portrait of a marriage whose glamorous surface belies the complications and betrayals beneath.
What Stephanie Thought: Sarah Pekkanen probes the intricacy and raw verity of affection and marriage in her new novel, as well as the power, and the greed, that envelopes the human conscience from within, ruining every last drop of happiness that one can maintain.

The plot of Skipping a Beat is extremely original and intriguing. Julia's husband, Michael, is finally, after years of determination and self surrender, a part of the rich and respected social elite, thanks to his successful, multimillion-dollar health beverage company, DrinkUp. Julie and Mike can finally live the life they've always dreamed of from their poor slums of adolescence. Then one day, one seemingly perfect, normal day, Julia's life shatters when she discovers Michael entered cardiac arrest for four minutes and eight seconds. Her husband was dead for four minutes and eight seconds.

His revival is nothing short of a miracle; after all, how many people get a second chance at life? Michael recognizes this a little too well, though—once he's back in Julie's arms, he's intent on making his second time around focused on his love for his wife, not on his company, his life. 

I was a little disappointed at Julia's reaction at Michael's decision. You'd think a woman who nearly just lost her husband would be supportive of his afterlife crisis. You'd think the frustration she feels when learning her husband's company—all the money he's worked hard for—is going to charity, would dissipate after learning he was doing it all for her. But the largest, most stubborn conflict Julia experiences is ruling out whether or not she should leave Michael now that he no longer has his company. I found this incredibly selfish of Julia. Since she was raised by a gambling addict and never was able to live out the luxuries of life, I understand why Julia would be upset at first. But to drag it out during the entire length of the novel? That's a little shallow. Her outlook on Michael's abrupt, but still emotionally generous new purpose is: leave him and grab all the savings she can before they're all donated, or stay married and live a middle class life. Nearly dying gives Michael a newfound vision to his life; he apprehends that money isn't what matters. After you're gone, the one thing you'll regret most is not spending enough time with those you love, not what you could and couldn't purchase. Julia never seems to reach this discovery, which is when the reader realizes, maybe her marriage was doomed in the first place.

The book flashes back to all of Julia's unhappy moments. The time when Michael missed their anniversary because he was on a business trip. The time when Michael promised to go with her to her favorite opera, but stood her up. The time when Julia found out about his affair, then went ahead to engage in one of her own. It is revealed that Julia and Michael's marriage isn't what it's hyped up to be, and that it was screwed up even before Michael's cardiac arrest.

However, Michael is now a new person, one who doesn't care for the wealth or the power. And maybe, just maybe, this time, they can make it work out.

The saddest part is, just when Julia deciphers this prominent message about true love and self renewal, she loses her chance to make it all better. Too deeply involved with her inner turmoils of concern over money, she loses the opportunity to start over again, in Skipping a Beat's unanticipated, provoking finish.

I absolutely cannot believe how the book ended, and am so touched by Pekkanen's thoughtful, sempiternal story, that it has now ranked among my favorites.

Along with an impactful, tragic, yet still hopeful story, Pekkanen writes with such grace and ease, that I couldn't put down the book once I started. Best of all, Julia's voice is fresh and witty; traits most characters fall flat in when attempting. I literally had laugh-out-loud moments reading Julia's observations, and really enjoy the way she portrays and compares everyday things in her life.

Skipping a Beat's characters are highly flawed, its writing is straight from the heart, and its moral and plot are entirely pathbreaking. I lamented when I learned that wealth comes at the expense of love, and that material happiness can completely consume human felicity. A perfect heartrending tale of self-discovery and the truth about perfection, Skipping a Beat is a book that I surely won't forget, surely can't forget, and will forever be imbued by its poignant and satisfying message. 

Stephanie Loves: "The first person I saw after I whipped through the hospital's revolving door made me want to spin right back around onto the sidewalk. Dale, the top lawyer for Michael's company, had planted himself in the middle of the lobby, next to a young couple holding a screeching newborn baby. I didn't blame the baby; Dale had that effect on me, too."

Radical Rating: 9 hearts: Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

i think i've found my new obsession

And they're IRISH. To answer your question, yes. You will be seeing and hearing more of their beautiful faces and beautiful voices 

Friday, May 27, 2011

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥: I am Going Where I Belong by Hans Lindor

I am Going Where I Belong
Hans Lindor

Release Date: February 25th, 2011
Publisher: Enaz
Page Count: 150
Source: Complimentary copy provided by Pump Up Your Book Promotions, via Romancing the Book, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you both!)

I am Going Where I Belong is a gripping journey through the plight of a once wealthy immigrant family. Chriscile Leger, mother of two, is forced to flee her native country with her children after her husband is brutally assassinated during a coup d'etat.  I am Going Where I Belong is filled with heartrending turns of fate that, through their believability, make each character vibrantly engaging for the reader.
What Stephanie Thought: You could write a book about your life if you've done something exceedingly accomplished. Set foot on the moon. Won the Nobel Prize. Served as president. Hans Lindor hasn't come close to doing any of those things, but he has watched a  little girl get raped. He has experienced the horrendous murders of both his parents. He has lost his beautiful wife, as well as his unborn daughter. And his story, one that's desperate to be told, comes alive in his memoir, I am Going Where I Belong through simple, yet powerful prose that reveals something even more astonishing than the previous, as each page turns.

We all take moments and reflect upon our lives. We all stop and think, "Well, this sucks," without really knowing what could be worse. The truth is, a lot could be worse, and Lindor has lived through a majority of the ones I can think of. At the raw, innocent age of fifteen, upheaval goes through the roof in his already poor and already troubled mother country of Haiti, and he and his family are forced to find refuge in America. Once, he was the son of a wealthy, powerful businessman, but within a matter of seconds, he becomes a penniless, fatherless boy who is dropped in a foreign country where he can hardly even understand the language. 

But we all know what it's like to be an immigrant in America. Especially a black immigrant, a Negro, as Lindor's classmates taunt, in the mid-1900s. The strength he empowers into the comments of his nasty peers, as well as the unfair judgments he turns his head away from, both touched and surprised me in this humble book.

Fortunately, Lindor's luck begins to turn when he meets the woman of his dreams. It does another 180° when a troubling crime is committed and he gets caught in the middle of it—then is sentenced for years in jail.

By this point, you'd think one would want to give up on their life. But Hans Lindor didn't, and I think that is what makes him bravest and most admirable of all.

The book itself is rather poorly written; I wonder if Lindor even had an editor. However, the honest frustrations portrayed throughout the book allow all readers, or any race, age, and gender, to relate to his struggles, even if they may not be as disastrous as his own. I clutched I am Going Where I Belong and sympathized with the author throughout the entire journey, and let out a long-held breath at its satisfying, rejuvenating finish.

Stephanie Loves: "I wasn't born a victim of life nor its slave. I just became a victim of circumstances at the mercy of the society. My thoughts had always been the same—this world is a delusion of nightmare, a drama in which we are all eager for the finale. Just as my mother used to say, I am going where I belong; but I am going nowhere."

Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

❤splash into summer giveaway hop!

the season ❤ SUMMER. Finally. Has anyone else been having freak weather? Fall was scorching, winter was painful, spring was nonexistent (except for the rain), and now it's time for summer. It's still chilly where I'm at. I'd just like the sun to come out, if it'd be too much to ask.

What I love about summer: lazy days full of sunshine  thrilling nights full of parties  it doesn't get dark until it's real late  when it does get dark, it still feels bright ❤ no school ❤ lifeguarding ❤ road trips  rugby camp ❤ no curfew  frozen yogurt  bikinis  lounging on the lawn ❤ tanning on the roof ❤ sunglasses ❤ pedicures ❤ shirley temples  slumber parties  fireflies the beach. What do you love about summer?
the hop The Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Pixie at Page Turners, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.  For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop is scheduled from May 25th at 12.01 AM until May 31st at 11:59 PM.
the prizes  I'm so excited because my international readers will be able to enter this giveaway. YAY!!

First up is a box of books. Yes, a box. My uncle, who lives in Australia, recently called me up and asked me if I wanted these beauties:
All classics. There are so many books, my uncle decided against naming them all, but the ones off the top of his head: The Memory Keeper's DaughterMiddlesexEverything is IlluminatedPersepolisThe Picture of Dorian GrayThe Poisonwood BibleNight RoadFear of FlyingThe Secret Life of BeesMy Sister's KeeperWater for Elephants, and so on. 

The only reason I wouldn't accept this box (!!!) myself is because I already own half the books in it, on my own shelves. So I asked him if he'd be willing to ship to "a friend" who would like them, and he said sure, since he's out of the country anyway. Isn't he the greatest??

So yes. This giveaway is open internationally, meaning to anyone in the world.

The second prize is limited to US readers only, as I will be shipping this out on my own.
  • Her Best Friend
  • Dakota's Child
  • Book Island Reader polo (size medium)
  • bookmarks, pens, coverflats, buttons, coasters + a bunch of book swag
  • water bottle stuffed with summer goodies such as seashells necklaces from Hawaii, tea, key chains, lip gloss, magnets + a bunch of other swag
the rules ❤  Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following my blog a mandatory entry. (The GFC follow button is on the upper lefthand sidebar -- not that I even have a righthand sidebar). For additional entries, you can (+2) follow me on Twitter (@lovestephaniexx) and (+2) enter my Stacey Joy Netzel author giveaway. So that's up to five entries.

Leave a comment on this post saying you follow, along with your email address. Let me know if you have any additional entries, too. No need to comment multiple times! 

UPDATE: Blogger's being screwy currently -- I'm receiving emails from people saying they are unable to follow and comment. If you are experiencing this problem, please please please email me at thestephanieloves[AT]gmail[DOT]com and I'll either comment for you, or make note of your entries on a spreadsheet. No worries if you can't follow -- I just want everyone who wants to enter to be able to enter! Indicate if you have any extra entries (or want to enter any of my other giveaways) too, and I'll record them. Thanks so much, everyone, for understanding!
the small print I'm not saying this because I'm completely anal, but because it's something I noticed going on a lot with follower hops. The point of them is not to temporarily follow that blog and unfollow as soon as the giveaway is over. The point of the follower hops is for the blogs generously offering giveaway prizes to gain more readers and followers -- in return, participants receive the opportunity to win great prizes such as books, gift cards, and swag. I'm not just speaking on behalf of myself, because seriously, I'm so grateful for the followship I have (love every each and one of you!), but I know for a fact this happens with lots of other blogs as well. Being part of the blogging community, I just want to let my two cents be heard. And not to sound cheeky, but a lot of us bloggers use Qwitter, which is an app that tells us exactly who unfollows us on Twitter, so we're not as oblivious as you think. If you are so inclined as to read more about how I feel on this subject matter, please refer to this blog post.
the end Sorry my rant was a little bitchy. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. Be sure to enter all of the other giveaways going on for this hop; there are so many great prizes being given away!

xo and always!

p.s. If anybody's going to the beach, my best advice is just to let yourself loose. Run on the shore. Gaze at stars. Wakeboard. Take your shoes off. Build sandcastles. Fall in love. Sip a fruit smoothie. Stay cool, but be hot :) Have an eventful summer, everyone. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Organized (you heard me!)
Books: alphabetically by author's last name → series order → book title.
Music: alphabetically by artist's name, then album or song title; denoted by ♪♫.

To view a chronological compilation, check out my radical review tag.

Aaron, Hugh – Stories from a Lifetime
Adams, Gemini – The Facebook Diet
Agnew, Paige – Starless Sky
Ahern, Cecelia – One Hundred Names
Albom, Mitch – The First Phone Call from Heaven
Allen, Gregory G. – Well with My Soul
Almonte, Mario – Theresa Manning
Annechino, D.M. – They Never Die Quietly
Armentrout, Jennifer L. – Wait for You
Armentrout, Jennifer L. – Be With Me
Arnold, Liz – Message to Love
Atticus – Love Her Wild

Bacher, Miche – Cooking with Flowers
Bagieu, Pénélope – Exquisite Corpse
Banks, Becky – The Legend of Lady MacLaoch
Banks, Maya – Hidden Away
Banks, Maya – Mastered
Banks-Martin, Georgia Ann – Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered
Barnes, Eric – Something Pretty, Something Beautiful
Baron, Michael – Leaves
Barrett, Jean – Not Without You
Barker, Lisa – Inheritance
Barton, Chad – The Goodbye Man
Beaudoin, Marie-Nathalie – The Skill-ionaire in Every Child
Black, Chuck – Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor
Block, Sandra – Little Black Lies
Bloome, Indigo – Destined to Play
Blue, Violet – Sweet Confessions (anthology)
Bolton, Gwyneth – Sizzling Seduction
Borissova, Borislava – The Starlight Prince
Bowen, Jess – Breaking Point
Bowen, J.L. – Healer
Braziel, Jamie Lynn – Declaring Spinsterhood
Brody, Phil – The Holden Age of Hollywood
Brosh, Allie – Hyperbole and a Half
Brown, Don – Fire of the Raging Dragon
Brown, Eric S. – The War of the Worlds, Plus Blood, Guts, and Zombies
Burton, Natasha (et al.) – The Little Black Book of Big Red Flags

Cabot, Meg – The Bride Wore Size 12
Callahan, Tess – April & Oliver
Cantrell, Elaine – Purple Heart
Carillo, Charlie – One Hit Wonder
Carlyle, Liz – The Bride Wore Scarlet
Carmack, Cora – Finding It
Carr, Robyn – Four Friends
Carr, Robyn – The Life She Wants
Cassada, Carol – Westmore
Cavinder, Timothy – The Finding
Charbonneau, Joelle – Murder for Choir
Chase, Jack – The Magruder Transplant
Clark, Mindy Starns (et al.) – The Amish Midwife
Cohen, Joshua C. – Leverage
Coon, Kyle L. – What I Learned Under the Sun
Cornwell, Sarah – What I Had Before I Had You
Cowie, Norm – Fang Face
Crawford, Katherine Scott – Keowee Valley
Cristofano, David – The Girl She Used to Be
Croxton, Claire – Redneck Ex

Daniels, B.J. – Justice at Cardwell Ranch
Deen, Natasha – What Happens in Vegas
DeLuca, Alison – The Night Watchman Express
DeLuca, Alison – The Devil's Kitchen
Dewey, Laurel – Revelations
Devlin, Delilah – High-Octane Heroes (anthology)
Devlin, Delilah – Smokin' Hot Firemen (anthology)
Donovan, Susan – Cheri On Top
Downs, Robert – Falling Immortality
Drummond, India – Blood Faerie
Due, Becky – The Dumpster

Echols, Jennifer – Biggest Flirts
Echols, Jennifer – Perfect Couple
Echols, Jennifer – Dirty Little Secret
Etter, Shane – Bottom Dwellers
Evanovich, Stephanie – Big Girl Panties
Evanovich, Stephanie – The Sweet Spot

Faubion, John – Friend Me
Faye, Jennifer – The Return of the Rebel
Ferraro, Tina – Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress
Fields, Joya – Beneath the Surface
Fleet, Robert – Salt City
Foley, Bridget – Hugo and Rose
Ford, Jamie – Songs of Willow Frost
Forsythe, Sadie S. – The Weeping Empress
Fraiberg, Jordanna – Our Song
Friedland, Elyssa – Love and Miss Communication
Fullbright, Lee – The Angry Woman Suite

Gaiman, Neil – The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Galen, Shana – The Rogue's Pirate Bride
Galen, Shana – If You Give a Rake a Ruby
Galvan, Ismael – Blubber Island
Garcia, S.A. – Baron's Last Hunt (eBook quickie)
Gelles-Cole, Sandi – The Memoir of Marilyn Monroe
Giffin, Emily – Heart of the Matter
Gill, Carole – The House on Blackstone Moor
Goeld, Rick – Sex, Lies, and Soybeans
Goldberg, Amanda (et al.) – Beneath a Starlet Sky
Goodwin, Daisy – Victoria
Gorman, Ursula – Old Acquaintances 
Green, M. Terry – Shaman, Healer, Heretic
Green, M. Terry – Shaman, Friend, Enemy
Green, M. Terry – Shaman, Sister, Sorceress
Green, Sandy – The Tide Changers
Griffin, J.M. – Faerie Cake Dead
Griffin, J.M. – Murder on Spyglass Lane
Gubany, Paul L. – A Return to Abundance: Book 1
Gul, Hamidah – Anthology I: The Other Side
Gurtler, Janet – The Truth About Us

Haddock, Nancy – Always the Vampire
Hannah, Kristin – Firefly Lane
Harper, Dani – Changeling Moon
Harper, Dani – Changeling Dream
Harrell, Alyssa K. – Demi and the Dolphins
Harry and Alfie – Chasing Rubies ♪♫
Hartinger, Brent – Geography Club
Hartinger, Brent – The Elephant of Surprise
Harvey, Emily Sue – Homefires
Harvey, Emily Sue – Song of Renewal
Hatcher, Robin Lee – Belonging
Hatcher, Robin Lee – Betrayal
Hawke, Ethan – The Hottest State
Haynes, Natalie – The Furies
Heasley, Gwendolyn – Don't Call Me Baby
Henry, Patti Callahan – And Then I Found You
Hess, Jeanne – Sportuality
Higgins, Kristan – My One and Only
Higgins, Kristan – Until There Was You
Housholder, David – The Blackberry Bush
Howard, Amalie – Waterfell

Il Volo – We Are Love ♪♫
Inclán, Jessica Barksdale – How to Bake a Man

Jackson, Joshilyn – Someone Else's Love Story
Jackson, Lisa – Devious
James, EL – Fifty Shades of Grey
James, EL – Fifty Shades Darker
James, EL – Fifty Shades Freed
Jameson, Lauren – Blush
Jameson, Lauren – Breathe
Jaramillo, John Paul – The House of Order
Jay, Stacey – Undead Much?
Jensen, Megg – Anathema
Jones, Jenny B. – Save the Date
Jordan, Sophie – Foreplay
Jorgensen, Edmund – Speculation
Joyce, Rachel – Perfect

Kahn, Larry – King of Paine
Kane, Ashlyn – American Love Songs
Kasischke, Laura – Mind of Winter
Kaufman, Lory S. – The Lens and the Looker
Kaufman, Lory S. – The Bronze and the Brimstone
Kaye, Laura – Forever Freed
Keefer, Sean – The Trust
Kenneally, Miranda – Racing Savannah
Kerr, Jolie – My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag
Kiernan, Stephen – The Curiosity
Kilpack, Josi S. – Blackberry Crumble
Kincaid, Kimberly – Sugar and Spice
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown ♪♫
Klein, Allen – Words of Love
Kramer, Kieran – Loving Lady Marcia
Krieger, Larry – AP/SAT II US History in a Flash
Kushner, Dale M. – The Conditions of Love

LaRocca, Kimberly – A Black Girl's Poetry for the World
Laverentz, Liana – Ashton's Secret
Laverentz, Liana – Jake's Return
Laverentz, Liana – Thin Ice
Layne, Lauren – Only with You
Learner, Tobsha – Tremble
Lee, Cavanaugh – Save as Draft
Levithan, David – The Lover's Dictionary
Lindor, Hans – I Am Going Where I Belong
Lippman, Laura – After I'm Gone
Locricchio, Matthew – Teen Cuisine
Long, Terri Giuliano – In Leah's Wake
Lorello, Elisa (et al.) – Why I Love Singlehood
Lorentzen, Bent – Dragon's Moon
Lowe, E. Van – Earth Angel
Lynn, J. – Wait for You
Lynn, J. – Be With Me

Magid, Paul H. – Lifting the Wheel of Karma
Mah, Amy – Fangs Rule
Mallery, Susan – Only Mine
Marestaing, Alex – Izzy's Pop Star Plan
Marlowe, Deb – How to Marry a Rake
Masannek, Joachim – The Wild Soccer Bunch: Diego the Tornado
Matar, Hisham – In the Country of Men
McAdams, Molly – Forgiving Lies
McCloy, Kristin – Hollywood Savage
McClure, Beverly Stowe – Listen to the Ghost
McGovern, Kate – Rules for 50/50 Chances
McKenna, Lindsay – Deadly Silence
McKinnon, Hannah – Mystic Summer
Meeks, Christopher – Love at Absolute Zero
Meldrum, Christina – Amaryllis in Blueberry
Metz, Julie – Perfection
Miers, Alison – Charlinder's Walk
Mikkelsen, Anne Cutter (et al.) – Take Charge of Parkinson's Disease
Mitchell, Rain – Tales from the Yoga Studio
Moran, Eleanor – The Last Time I Saw You
Morgan, Kass – The 100
Morgan, Kass – Day 21
Morin, Donna Russo – The Secret of the Glass

Napolitano, Andrew P. – Lies the Government Told You
Netzel, Stacey Joy – Lost in Italy
Netzel, Stacey Joy – Shattered Trust
Nicolai, Mel – The Case

O'Brien, Dan – Bitten
O'Brien, Dan – The Journey

Paris, B.A. – Behind Closed Doors
Parker, Amy Christine – Gated
Parkinson, Judy – Spilling the Beans on the Cat's Pajamas
Patino, Ernesto – Web of Secrets
Patrick, Anne – Lethal Dreams
Pekkanen, Sarah – Skipping a Beat
Perini, Robin – In Her Sights
Perini, Robin – Behind the Lies
Perry, Mary Hart – The Wild Princess
Pershall, Stacy – Loud in the House of Myself
Peterson, SJD – Lorcan's Desire

Quick, Matthew – The Good Luck of Right Now
Quinn, Julia – Just Like Heaven

Rayne, Barbara – Nette
Reisz, Tiffany – The Siren
Reisz, Tiffany – The Angel
Renham, Lynda – Wedding Cake to Turin
Richman, Alyson – The Lost Wife
Rodriguez, Ephraim – Blood & Water
Rommel, Keith – The Cursed Man
Rose, M.J. – The Hypnotist
Rote Jr., Kyle (et al.) – Living Life in the Zone
Roth, Audrey – Arms Akimbo
Rouda, Kaira – Here, Home, Hope
Rozner, Holly – Trade Secrets

Saxton, Mike – 7 Scorpions: Rebellion
Schroeder, Lisa – All We Have Is Now
Schumann, Gloria – Called Home: Two Hearts Answer
Serrano, Judy – Easter's Lilly
Shaffer, Mary Ann (et al.) – The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shannon, Del – Kevin's Point of View
Shepard, Sara – The Heiresses
Shortridge, Jennie – Love Water Memory
Showalter, Gena – The Darkest Surrender
Shreve, Anita – Where or When
Smith, Becca – Riser
Smith, Helen – Alison Wonderland
Snow, Tiffany A. – Blank Slate
Snow, Tiffany A. – No Turning Back
Snow, Tiffany A. – Turn to Me
Snow, Tiffany A. – Turning Point
Still, Suzan – Commune of Women
Stine, R.L. – Eye of the Fortuneteller
Stone, Katherine – Bel Air
Stone, Katherine – Roommates
Summy, Barrie – I So Don't Do Makeup
Szereto, Mitzi – Red Velvet and Absinthe (anthology)

Tachna, Ariel – Once in a Lifetime
Taggart, Caroline – An Apple a Day
Taylor, G.P. – The First Escape
Terrill, Cristin – All Our Yesterdays
Thomas, David – Remember Why You Play
Thompson, LaVerne – Promises
Thomson, Azuka – Dark Patches
Treanor, Marie – Blood on Silk
Treanor, Marie – Blood Sin
Treanor, Marie – Blood Eternal
Trumble, J.H. – Just Between Us
Tucker, K.A. – He Will Be My Ruin
Tucker, Sarah – The Younger Man
Tyler, Alison – G Is for Games (anthology)
Tyler, Alison – Playing With Fire (anthology)

Vaccariello, Liz – 21-Day Tummy
Vaccariello, Liz – The Digest Diet Cookbook
Vernick, Shirley Reva – Remember Dippy
Vizzini, Ned (et al.) – House of Secrets
Vizzini, Ned – The Other Normals

Wallace, Sandra Neil – Muckers
Walsh, Therese – The Moon Sisters
Walter, Wally – What Daddy Did Today
Waugh, Daisy – Bordeaux Housewives
Wax, Wendy – Ten Beach Road
Wax, Wendy – Ten Beach Road (revisited)
Wax, Wendy – Ocean Beach
Weatherfield, Molly – Carrie's Story
Weatherfield, Molly – Carrie's Story (revisited)
West, Margaret – Two Faces, One Life
Wickham, Madeleine – Sleeping Arrangements
Wilde, Lori – Love with a Perfect Cowboy
Woods, Sherryl – Beach Lane
Wright, Melissa – Bound by Prophecy
Wright, Kristina – xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance (anthology)

Zailckas, Koren – Mother, Mother
Zevin, Gabrielle – Elsewhere