Top Ten Tuesday/ New Authors To Me

Goodreads Blurb:

One night. One perfect night before Christmas.

It starts with tickets to a holiday-themed rock show. A winter night in the snow-clad city with my best friend and my perfect girl.

Naomi is stunning, vibrant, and as wild as she is beautiful.

Diego is my rock, my loyal companion, my best friend for life.

Tonight, the three of us will celebrate like no other. Tonight, we’ll dance, and drink hot toddies, and spend the night wrapped in each other’s arms.

I’m going to savor it. Every minute. Because tonight might be my last night alive.

Goodreads Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Dylan Marshall is practically invisible.

No-one knows he is homeless and caring for his alcoholic father – and no-one knows he’s the infamous street artist ‘Xavier’, whose portraits are painted all over town.

Dylan’s only glimmer of hope is the chance to win a place in his dream art school. It’s his one chance to escape, and his last chance at a life away from the streets.

But Dylan didn’t count on Libby Green.

When the overachieving do-gooder catches him graffitiing, Dylan is sure his art school dreams are over. Instead, Libby offers him a bargain – help her with an art project, in exchange for her silence.

Libby Green is not what Dylan expected. And the longer they spend together, the harder it is to guard the truth of his life.

Dylan never expected to have another secret: the girl who could ruin everything makes his soul beam every colour imaginable.

Goodreads Blurb:

Swearing off love would be easier if I didn’t just meet the guy of my dreams.

“This book wasn’t just an emotional roller coaster, it was the whole darned carnival.”

Shae:
Because if you have an expiry date looming like I do, you better live each day like it’s your last. And for me, that means traveling the world for my blog; living out of a suitcase, rushing for last-minute flights and my life spread over social media. Even if they weren’t great reasons for me to hang on to my heart, I’ve vowed never to fall in love. That way, no one gets hurt.

Even Emmett—hot, hunky farmer/former ball player/ Captain America lookalike—isn’t going to be able to change my mind, especially not after I find out what happened to his wife.

But it’s so hard to keep my distance when Emmett is fighting so hard for my heart.

Emmett:
Love wasn’t supposed to be part of my game until I met Shae.
Picking up the pieces after my baseball career sunk like a sinkerball is one thing; falling for someone after losing my wife is another. But there’s something about the girl with the pink hair and contagious laugh, something that makes me wonder if a second chance might be in the cards for me after all.

Now if I can only convince Shae.

Don’t Tell Me You Love Me is a picture-perfect tale of living your best life, bittersweet second chances and finding love in the unlikeliest places. Fall in love with Shae and Emmett today.

Goodreads Blurb:

Nona “Peaches” Davenport, abandoned by the man she loved and betrayed by family, left her Natchez, Mississippi, home fifteen years ago and never looked back. She’s forged a promising future in Chicago as a professor of African American Studies. Nona even finds her once-closed heart persuaded by a new love. But that’s all shaken when her father’s death forces her to return to everything she’s tried to forget.

Julia Curtis hasn’t forgiven her sister for deserting the family. Just like their mother, Nona walked away from Julia when she needed her most. And Julia doesn’t feel guilty for turning to Nona’s old flame, Marcus, for comfort. He helped Julia build a new life. She has a child, a career, and a determination to move on from old family wounds.

Upon Nona’s return to Natchez, a cautious reunion unfolds, and everything Nona and Julia thought they knew—about themselves, each other, and those they loved—will be tested. Unpacking the truth about why Nona left may finally heal their frayed bond—or tear it apart again, forever.

Goodreads Blurb:

Transfigured offers a 40-day exploration of scripture through the lens of a God who is the designer of gender in all it’s magnificent variety. While reading it you’ll encounter a Creator who is both male and female, and come to realize that God’s image and likeness are most fully manifested by gender-queer people.

Goodreads Bkurb:

Would you marry a woman you hate for a life-changing inheritance?
Monica’s business has been hit hard by a global recession, her ex-girlfriend is selling the house out from under her, and the hot handy ma’am, Ray, who was hired to fix up the place, turns out to be the most annoying woman on the planet. Could things get any worse?
All Ray wants is to finish her job and say adios to the world’s most high-maintenance client. But after being mistaken for Monica’s girlfriend, how can Ray walk away when going along with the charade would grant an old lady her dying wish? It’s not like Ray intended to be so charming that Monica’s grandmother would rewrite her will.
Now the unlikely couple stands to inherit a vineyard in rural New England and a heap of cash large enough to change both their lives. The only hitch? They have to get hitched. And since Monica is a professional wedding blogger, they’ll have to make it the wedding of the century while convincing two million followers they’re madly in love.
No problem, aside from the simple fact that they can’t stand each other. There’s a good chance the whole thing could end in disaster, but is it possible these enemies might find true love along the way?

Goodreads Blurb:

NO BODY. NO TRACE.
NO CRIME?

Niall and Eden Paternoster start their Sunday the same way they always do – with a long drive, a visit to a country house and a quick stop at the local supermarket on the way home.

But this Sunday ends differently – because while Niall waits and waits in the car park for Eden to pick up supplies, Eden never returns. She’s not waiting for him at home, and none of their family or friends have heard from her.

Gone without a trace, Niall is arrested on suspicion of her murder. When DS Roy Grace is called in to investigate, it doesn’t take long to realize that nothing is quite as it seems – and this might be his most mysterious case yet . . .

Goodreads Blurb:

A people-pleasing baker tries to find her place as a bridesmaid-for-hire . Will she finally find her happily ever after—and her own voice?

Amy, a semicloseted queer baker and bartender in mid-2010s Oklahoma, has spent a lifetime putting other people’s needs before her own. Until, that is, she’s fired from her job at a Christian bakery and turns her a one-off gig subbing in for a bridesmaid into a full-time business—thanks to her baking talents, crafting skills, and years watching rom-coms and Say Yes to the Dress. Between her new gig and meeting Charley, the attractive engineer who’s just moved to Tulsa, suddenly Amy’s found something— and someone—she actually wants.

Her tight-knit group of chosen family is thrilled that Amy is becoming her authentic self. But when her deep desire to please kicks into overdrive, Amy’s precarious balancing act strains her relationships to the breaking point, and she must decide what it looks like to be true to herself—and if she has the courage to try.

Goodreads Blurb:

1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Bound to a man who would kill her if he knew of her clandestine activities, Stella has to hide not only her efforts but her love for William, a Black soldier and a brilliant musician.

Meanwhile, in New York City, a Jewish woman stitches a quilt for her husband, who is stationed in Louisiana with the Union Army. Between abolitionist meetings, Lily rolls bandages and crafts quilts with her sewing circle for other soldiers, too, hoping for their safe return home. But when months go by without word from her husband, Lily resolves to make the perilous journey South to search for him.

As these two women risk everything for love and freedom during the brutal Civil War, their paths converge in New Orleans, where an unexpected encounter leads them to discover that even the most delicate threads have the capacity to save us. Loosely inspired by the authors’ family histories, this stunning novel will stay with readers for a long time.

Goodreads Blurb:

Money can’t buy happiness… but it can buy a decent fake.

Ava Wong has always played it safe. As a strait-laced, rule-abiding Chinese American lawyer with a successful surgeon as a husband, a young son, and a beautiful home–she’s built the perfect life. But beneath this façade, Ava’s world is crumbling: her marriage is falling apart, her expensive law degree hasn’t been used in years, and her toddler’s tantrums are pushing her to the breaking point.

Enter Winnie Fang, Ava’s enigmatic college roommate from Mainland China, who abruptly dropped out under mysterious circumstances. Now, twenty years later, Winnie is looking to reconnect with her old friend. But the shy, awkward girl Ava once knew has been replaced with a confident woman of the world, dripping in luxury goods, including a coveted Birkin in classic orange. The secret to her success? Winnie has developed an ingenious counterfeit scheme that involves importing near-exact replicas of luxury handbags and now she needs someone with a U.S. passport to help manage her business–someone who’d never be suspected of wrongdoing, someone like Ava. But when their spectacular success is threatened and Winnie vanishes once again, Ava is left to face the consequences.

Alex

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