Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday – Books by my favorite authors I don’t plan to read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that originated on The Broke and The Bookish. As of January 2018, it moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books by my favorite authors I haven’t read yet

Kristen Proby

Kissing Jenna (Big Sky, #2) Stay With Me (With Me In Seattle, #9)
Sawyer Bennett
The Hard Truth About Sunshine Marek (Cold Fury Hockey, #11)
Aurora Rose Reynolds
Obligation (Underground Kings, #2) Running into Love (Fluke My Life, #1)
Harper Sloan
Bleeding Love (Hope Town, #2) Drunk on You (Hope Town, #4)
Meghan Quinn
The Virgin Romance Novelist Dear Life
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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – 9/19/18

WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What I’m Currently Reading

How to Choose a Guy in 10 Days by Lila Monroe. Cute so far.

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What I Recently Finished

No Reservations by Kristen Proby. Novella. Cute.

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Hard Sell by Lauren Layne. I enjoyed this book. Not as much as the first, but it was good.

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The Good Samaritan by R.C. Boldt. Best book I have read all year – please read this book. It’s that good.

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What I Plan to Read Next

A variety….

when time stands still more of you faux pas

 


What is on your list this week?

Happy reading.

Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Cover Share – Big Stick by Kelly Jamieson

Big Stick by Kelly Jamieson is coming soon on October 23rd!

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A brooding hockey hunk learns to embrace life—and love—from a single mom who takes the world one puck at a time.

“Kelly Jamieson is my go-to author for hockey romance.”—USA Today bestselling author Jami Davenport

Big move . . . Jodie’s motto is “Don’t wait for the perfect moment—take the moment and make it perfect.” And that’s just what she decides to do when she moves to Chicago with her two-year-old daughter. Now all Jodie needs is a place to live, and her best friend’s boyfriend has just the answer.

Big stick . . . Nick Balachov has zero interest in socializing, partying, or flirting right now. It’s not that he doesn’t like women. He loves them. It’s just that hockey, casual hookups, and hanging out at home are enough for him these days. Now Nick has a big problem—because the woman living in his empty coach house is a major distraction.

Big deal? The more Nick tries to keep his distance, the more Jodie needs him—around the house, that is. First he helps with the snowstorm, then the power outage. Nick even finds himself trying to impress her little girl. What the hell is wrong with him? Jodie represents everything Nick doesn’t want. But maybe she’s just what he needs. . . .

Cover Reveals/Blitzes

Release Blitz & Review ~ The Good Samaritan by R.C. Boldt

The Good Samaritan by RC Boldt is available now!

  • “A thought-provoking and powerful romance between a man who lost his soul and the woman who brought him back to life.”
  • –Kate Stewart, Best Selling Author

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Kobo: https://goo.gl/9XX3NH
Google Play: https://goo.gl/zMHD5j

The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.

I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.

About the Author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular 80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.

Email: rcboldtbooks@gmail.com
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5 million stars

I found my favorite book in the first week of January – it has been replaced by The Good Samaritan.

Jude is homeless by choice.  It’s clear that he’s suffered a tragedy from the beginning. I couldn’t wait to read what that was and man – I was not at all disappointed.  Faith is a woman who had a very tough upbringing and is now a journalist with the Vindicate, a Cleveland newspaper. (Can I also add how refreshing it was that this book was set in Cleveland?)

There’s a good Samaritan in Cleveland doing nice things for people. They are making headlines. Faith is a reporter who is assigned to finding the identity of the good Samaritan – who clearly wants to remain anonymous.  One night, Faith runs out of gas in a seedy area of town, and Jude comes to her rescue. Then again, he saves her.  Thus begins the beginning of their friendship.

Faith is extremely close to her parish priest, Father James. He’s more of a father to her than a priest and he considers her a daughter. He runs a homeless shelter at his parish, which is how he meets Jude.  Father James and Jude also embark on a beautiful journey.

I can’t give too much away, but there are a plethora of amazing characters in this book. Max, Faith’s roommate. Pauline, Jude’s friend. Kane, Jude’s cousin. The list goes on and on.

This book is unlike any other I have read in a long time. It’s a story of survival, redemption and second chances. It’s also a love story, and a beautiful testament (and quite accurate) to the homeless community. I’ve worked in a homeless shelter, with people trying to make ends meet, making minimum wage that doesn’t pay rent. They are stigmatized as drug users and losers, when in most cases, that is just not true.  I felt the author beautifully portrayed the homeless and her writing felt very authentic.

What sucks you in and keeps you engaged though, are the amazingly beautiful characters in this story. You are pulling for Faith; you’re dying to know what Jude’s secret it, and there are some unexpected surprises.

I cannot praise this book enough. It was so wonderfully written and such a unique story. I would highly recommend this story to anyone. Please read this. You won’t regret it.

Romance Books

Hard Sell by Lauren Layne

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Title: Hard Sell
Author: Lauren Layne
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

Goodreads Summary

Twenty-eight and filthy rich, Matt Cannon is the youngest broker on Wall Street. He may be a “boy wonder,” but he’s every inch a man. Ask any woman—any night. But when Matt’s latest fling makes scandalous headlines, his clients get anxious, and his bosses at Wolfe Investments level an ultimatum: keep his assets zipped, get a “real” girlfriend, and clean up his act. Only one woman can help Matt with something this hard.

For PR genius Sabrina Cross, the best fixer in Manhattan, playing Matt’s steady is going to be a challenge, even if it’s just for show. They already have an explosive history, she can’t stand the cocky party boy, and worse—she can’t stop thinking about him. So who’ll dare to break her “no touching” rule first? Because when that happens, Matt and Sabrina’s game of let’s pretend will get so hot it could set both their reputations on fire.

Review

I didn’t know that the 21 Wall Street series had a new book released (I got the first one on Netgalley), so I jumped when I saw this book. While it wasn’t as good as the first book, it was an entertaining sequel.

Matt Cannon is a billionaire investment banker who attends a bachelor party in Vegas, which happens to also be attended by a writer at the Wall Street Journal. There are photos posted, and it starts damage control at Wolfe Investments, where Matt works. His bosses tell him he needs to clean up his image but getting a girlfriend and Matt knows exactly who to go to – Sabrina Cross – who happens to hate him.

Sabrina does PR for the society folks in New York – very discreetly. She and Matt have a past – one that quite honestly didn’t make sense once it was revealed, but I digress. Matt goes to Sabrina to act as his girlfriend, and Sabrina reluctantly agrees.

They begin a fake relationship, which, surprise, surprise, isn’t really fake. They have feelings for one another, but are too dense to realize it. Luckily, they have a great group of friends who realize they are perfect for one another and won’t stop until they end up together.

I really, really liked Matt. He owned up his mistakes and tried to do the right thing. Sabrina was a little harder to like at first – she was very guarded and hard to get to like. By the end of the book, she was much more likable.

I’m really hoping that the next book is about Kate and Kennedy, because we need their book. But this was good read and I would recommend it.

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TV Reviews

Who I want to take home Emmy’s tonight

I haven’t posted much about TV, mainly because I haven’t been watching much, but I am super excited about the Emmy’s despite a) they are on a Monday night and b) they are head to head with my beloved Chicago Bears. My husband and I will be fighting over the TV tonight.

Anyway, the nominees are below, along with who I would love to see win.

COMEDY

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“Atlanta”
“Barry”
“Black-ish”
“Curb Your Enthusiasm”
“GLOW”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – I want this show to win. It’s fresh, funny and filled with richly written characters and content.
“Silicon Valley”
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”

BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Anthony Anderson (“black-ish”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) – Ted Danson’s portrayal of Michael the angel is great. He was made for the role.
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)

BEST COMEDY ACTRESS
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)  – I don’t see how anyone else wins this category. Rachel was amazing in this role. She deserves this win.
Allison Janney (“Mom)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace & Frankie”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTOR
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – this is a tough category, because Baldwin as Trump is great, but I’m sticking with my show here.
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

BEST COMEDY SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) – Another great character from this show, Suzy was someone you wouldn’t typically root for, but here, you do.
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

BEST COMEDY DIRECTING
“Atlanta” (Episode: “FUBU”), directed by Donald Glover
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Teddy Perkins”), directed by Hiro Murai
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”), directed by Bill Hader
“The Big Bang Theory” (Episode: “The Bow Tie Asymmetry”), directed by Mark Cendrowski
“GLOW” (Episode: “Pilot”), directed by Jesse Peretz
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino – Noticing a theme here???
“Silicon Valley” (Episode: “Initial Coin Offering”), directed by Mike Judge

BEST COMEDY WRITING
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Alligator Man”), written by Donald Glover
“Atlanta” (Episode: “Barbershop”), written by Stefani Robinson
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter One: Make Your Mark”), written by Alec Berg and Bill Hader
“Barry” (Episode: “Chapter Seven: Loud, Fast and Keep Going”), written by Liz Sarnoff
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Episode: “Pilot”), written by Amy Sherman-Palladino – again, sticking with my fave
“Silicon Valley” (Episode: “Fifty-One Percent”), written by Alec Berg

DRAMA

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones” – I love 4 of the shows in this category, but I’m going with Game of Thrones, because it was edge of your seat good last season.
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) – Don’t see how anyone else can win but Sterling K. Milo has a shot, but SKB was so good last year.
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) – picking her only because I know she’ll win. I don’t watch any of these shows besides the Crown and I didn’t love Foy’s performance this year.
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTOR
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”) – Hopper all the way!!
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

BEST DRAMA SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) – I love her but Yvonne Strahovski will win
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

BEST DRAMA DIRECTING
“The Crown” (Episode: “Paterfamilias”), directed by Stephen Daldry
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “Beyond the Wall”), directed by Alan Taylor – this was a great episode so this one
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf”), directed by Jeremy Podeswa
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “After”), directed by Kari Skogland
“Ozark” (Episode: “The Toll”), directed by Jason Bateman
“Ozark” (Episode: “Tonight We Improvise”), directed by Daniel Sackheim
“Stranger Things” (Episode: “Chapter Nine: The Gate”), directed by the Duffer Brothers

BEST DRAMA WRITING
“The Americans” (Episode: “START”), written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
“The Crown” (Episode: “Mystery Man”), written by Peter Morgan
“Game of Thrones” (Episode: “The Dragon and the Wolf”), written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Episode: “June”), written by Bruce Miller
“Killing Eve” (Episode: “Nice Face”), written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
“Stranger Things” (Episode: “Chapter Nine: The Gate”), written by the Duffer Brothers – great episode, so this one

MOVIE/MINI

BEST LIMITED SERIES
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” – I watched some of this and it was good, so I’m going with this
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTOR
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – Darren Criss was really good in this role so him
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister: Black Mirror”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI ACTRESS
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”) – I may be the only person who watched this mini, but Edie Falco was really great in her role, so her
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – Ricky Martin was GREAT in this so him
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) – She was so creepily good, so her
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum: Black Mirror”)

BEST MOVIE/MINI DIRECTING
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Episode: “The Man Who Would Be Vogue”), directed by Ryan Murphy this one
“Godless,” directed by Scott Frank
“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” directed by David Leveaux and Alex Rudzinski
“The Looming Tower” (Episode: “9/11”), directed by Craig Zisk
“Paterno,” directed by Barry Levinson
“Patrick Melrose,” directed by Edward Berger
“Twin Peaks,” directed by David Lynch

BEST MOVIE/MINI WRITING
“American Vandal” (Episode: “Clean Up”), written by Kevin McManus and Matthew McManus
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” (Episode: “House by the Lake”), written by Tom Rob Smith this one
“Black Mirror: USS Callister,” written by William Bridges and Charlie Brooker
“Godless,” written by Scott Frank
“Patrick Melrose,” written by David Nicholls
“Twin Peaks,” written by Mark Frost and David Lynch

REALITY/VARIETY

BEST REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM 
The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”  – LOVE the Voice

BEST VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
“At Home with Amy Sedaris”
“Drunk History”
“I Love You, America”
“Portlandia”
“Saturday Night Live” – SNL has been pretty good
“Tracey Ullman’s Show”

BEST VARIETY TALK SERIES
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” – LOVE this show
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL DIRECTING
“Dave Chappelle: Equanimity,” directed by Stan Lathan
“Jerry Seinfeld: Jerry Before Seinfeld,” directed by Michael Bonfiglio
“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life,” directed by Marcus Raboy – this was an enjoyable show so this
“Super Bowl LII Halftime Show Starring Justin Timberlake,” directed by Hamish Hamilton
“The Oscars,” directed by Glenn Weiss

BEST VARIETY SPECIAL WRITING
“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: The Great American* Puerto Rico (*It’s Complicated),” written by Samantha Bee, Pat Cassels, Mike Drucker, Eric Drysdale, Mathan Erhardt, Miles Kahn and Nicole Silverberg
“John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous” at Radio City, written by John Mulaney
“Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady,” written by Michelle Wolf
“Patton Oswalt: Annihilation,” written by Patton Oswalt
“Steve Martin & Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” written by Steve Martin and Martin Short – this one