Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction/Coming of Age
Release Date: April 19th 2018
Duet Books, YA imprint of Interlude
Summary: High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy
have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck
into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each
other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.
There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have
yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one
another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school
dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through
their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must
friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named
after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to
saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by
many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships,
and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is
firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound
notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to
strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them
under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for
providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for
each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major
regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to
a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of
Speak Now: or Forever Hold Your Peace by Becky Monson
Speak Now is the latest hit from the author of the hit Spinster Series, Becky Monson.
In this Readers’ Favorite Book Award Winner (Bronze Medal) novel, Bridgette Reynolds needs to stop a wedding, but can she do it?
If there’s one thing that Bridgette Reynolds has learned recently, it’s that the perfect shoes, the perfect hair, and the perfect dress do not make for the perfect proposal. In fact, sometimes they make for the not-so-perfect breakup.
Now, Bridgette must do everything in her power to win Adam back. She knows they are meant to be. And nothing will stand in her way—not her friends, not her grandmother, not even the fact that Adam is now engaged to Serene after a whirlwind romance.
Focused on her plan to win Adam back, Bridgette isn’t expecting Ian—her college best friend, her love, her big regret—to come back into her life. They sink back into their comfortable friendship as if no time has passed at all, making Bridgette start to question her feelings for Adam.
But Ian has a few secrets of his own . . . secrets that could shatter their friendship once and for all.
Bridgette has to make some major decisions—should she speak now? Or forever hold her peace?
After some channel surfing, and a vain attempt to catch up with The Young and the Restless (I couldn’t watch the Ian and Heather and Jessica drama—a bit too close to home), I decide to drag myself upstairs to Margie’s place where Gram and the girls are playing bridge. I need something to get my mind off everything. I doubt it will work, but it’s worth a try.
“Is Gram here?” I ask Margie when she answers the door.
“Sure is,” she says, opening the door wide. She ushers me in with a sweep of her hand.
I walk into Margie’s apartment, which is set up a lot like Gram’s. And just as old-fashioned as well. But, like Gram’s place, it has a homey feel to it. I will say that there are doilies. Lots of doilies.
“Look who’s here, ladies,” Margie says as we walk into the living room.
Gram and two other ladies, Evelyn and Barbara, all turn to see who it is. Once they see me they all start talking in unison. Saying hello and asking me question after question. I try to field each query, but they keep talking over each other.
“Well, Bridgette, what brings you here?” Gram asks, after the chatter has settled. She looks slightly concerned. She wasn’t expecting me. Likewise, I was not expecting to come up here, but here I am.
“I thought I would come and see what you ladies are doing.” I knew they were playing cards, so that was kind of a dumb comment. “And also to check up on Gram,” I say, pointing to the wine glass sitting to her left. That was not something I was expecting to find, but I’m glad I did.
She looks down at the glass and then back up at me, a sheepish just-been-caught look on her face.
“Oh, that’s mine,” Evelyn declares, and I roll my eyes. Evelyn isn’t even sitting next to Gram.
“Gram, you’ve got to be kidding. Does she drink every time she’s playing cards with you?” I ask, looking around the room.
“Not all the time,” Barbara pipes in. “Just . . . most of the time.”
"Speak Now grabbed me from the beginning! This is the perfect escape/beach read - light and fun, amusing with some tearful moments." -Reviewing in Chaos
"By the end of the book I felt like Bridgette was a real life friend of mine and I was actually sad when the book ended." -Divine Books Blog
"Can I give this book a 10? It was so fantastic!" -Taking Time for Mommy
Author Becky Monson
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. An award-winning* author, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last… but it probably won’t.
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he and Tori join forces with the local police, their attraction and intimacy
grows…along with their fears for Abby.
Links are uncovered between Abby’s disappearance
and Tori’s kidnapping, and Tori is forced to accept the monster who held her
captive is back. But this time, Tori is all grown up, and there is no way she
will let him hurt another little girl.
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Hard-nosed Detective Jack Bailey is back in Chicago with a serial killer on his hands. At first Jack figures the murder of Sister Anne is a robbery gone bad. But when a Bible verse turns up with the body, he and his partner realize this is no random murder. The Bridgeport community is shocked; the popular nun taught generations of students. Within two weeks a young man’s body is found with a similar Bible verse. What is the connection between the two victims? And who is the so-called Bible Thumper perp?
Jack’s investigation is complicated by a demanding sergeant whose attractiveness is overshadowed by her abrasiveness. Moving back to Chicago after escaping to Texas for six years has forced Jack to face the family trauma that plagued him for twelve years, as well as his PTSD that compromised his job. Jack finds his large Irish family both a pleasure and a pain; when he discovers a buried family secret, his future could be affected.
After a third victim is discovered, Jack must make tough decisions while facing issues of abuse, betrayal from high places, flawed parents, unlucky love, and the tragic fallout from turning more than one blind eye.
“The past is always looming in this tale. The police detective’s PTSD both colors his interpretation of events and is affected by them...More than a straight-up police procedural, this tale gives readers the excitement of the chase while taking them deep into the psyches of its diverse characters"
Reminiscent of the novels and tv crime shows of the 50s and 60s, offering "Just the facts, Ma'am," this grizzled cop and his mature, yet younger, partner must dig into the distressing world of child abuse and religious cover ups. Dealing with PTSD and the loss of his family, the brash Detective Jack Bailey repeatedly wonders why he returned from Texas. Between a literary quoting partner, Jack's own bad puns and the saying of the day on a computer geek's T-shirts, this is a linguaphile's dream story. Making sure to note that a serial killer requires a minimum of three victims, the cops must figure out the connections between victims while dealing with family and a bullying boss.Jack is a captivating character. I also appreciated Boone.
I read this book as a stand alone but am very interested in what will come next for Jack after his decisive moves during this book.
About the Author
Meg Lelvis’s fiction and poetry have won awards from Houston Writers Guild and Houston Writers House. Her short story featuring Detective Jack Bailey, was published in HWG mystery anthology followed by her first Jack Bailey novel, Bailey’s Law. Her second Bailey book, Blind Eye, is a stand-alone novel. Meg grew up in northern Minnesota and is a former English and psychology teacher. She lives in Houston, Texas.