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New On My Shelf This Week

This week’s new arrival on my virtual shelf, comes courtesy of the lovely Leslie Barrett, representing ‘PR by the Book‘.

I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, however the genre always makes for a lighter interlude between my staple diet of thrillers and murder / mysteries.

Author Maria Murnane has prepared an excellent guest post, which I shall be sharing in due course – believe me, it will be well worth stopping by to check it out!


Cover Image - 'Bridges' A Book By Maria MurnaneIt’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

Clicking on the book’s title will connect you directly with the relevant Goodreads page


Image Of Author Maria MurnaneThe way Maria became an author is a little crazy.

One day she quit her PR job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play soccer for one of the most famous clubs in the world (River Plate).

While down there she also decided to do something she’d long dreamed about: writing a humorous novel (very) loosely based on her life as a single, professional woman in San Francisco.

Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the bestselling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), as well as International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges.

And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

Catch up with Maria’s latest news over at her website

Follow Maria on Twitter

Connect with Maria on Facebook

I think my FAVORITE part of being an author is reading all the wonderful emails I get from fans. It makes me so happy each time a reader enjoys one of my books enough to take the time to get in touch with me. Much like the heroine of one of my novels (Cassidy Lane), sometimes when I have a bad day I read fan emails to cheer myself up, and it always does the trick. Reading emails from actual readers reminds me how lucky I am to be in this position. If you’ve ever emailed me, thank you!!

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Kathy,

      This is the first time I have come across Maria’s books, so I checked out the title you mentioned. It does sound rather good and several of my Goodreads Friends gave it quite high ratings and reviews, so thanks for sharing that with me 🙂

  • This is a new author to me, but I don’t read a lot from this genre (looks a bit like “chick-lit”?). You’re right, though…. it can be a nice change of pace from the usual – which for me varies between mystery/thrillers and historical fiction.

    I do look forward to the guest author post. They always seem to be interesting!

    • Hi Kelly,

      It probably is a bit too “chick-lit” if the truth be told, but I have a whole raft of thriller titles coming up in October, so a change of pace isn’t a bad thing.

      Also, I have a temporary lull in Blog Tours and promotional spots right now and I always enjoy a good author guest post, so this is a good excuse for another feature piece.

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Sometimes a few days of easy reading is just what the doctor ordered. My only concern is that this is the second book by the author, to feature this group of friends. Most reviewers have commented that the books work okay as stand alone stories, so I am just hoping this is the case, as I don’t enjoy books without definitive beginnings, story lines and conclusions.

      Thanks for visiting this week and I hope that you enjoyed your holiday weekend 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      If you were to check out both my physical book shelves and my overflowing Kindle, you would probably find that a good 75% of my TBR pile, is a thriller read of one sub-genre or another!

      Even when I check the Goodreads Giveaways each day, I find that I am only really searching for those genres from the list available, which as the books are free, makes no sense at all!

      I do have a few contemporary fiction books and cozy mysteries splattered in between, but basically it’s murder and mayhem all the way for me!!

      Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, Maria Murnane! What a coincidence, she was one of the first authors whose book, Perfect on Paper, I read and reviewed on my first blog many years ago. She’s so nice and her book was really good. Enjoy Bridges, it sounds good.

    • Hi Naida,

      I spotted your comment on Goodreads, when Kathy (first commenter above) mentioned ‘Perfect On Paper’ and I crossed over to check it out. I must admit that I didn’t think about the date on the review, but having been back and double checked, I see what you mean!

      You either have an amazing memory for the books you read (I must admit to not remembering each and every one of mine), or it was so good that it made a lasting impression on you. I am hoping that it is the latter 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Given the vast number of authors and books out there, I was actually amazed when I checked out this book, to find out just how many of my relatively small circle of blogging friends had beaten me to it and already left ratings and reviews.

      Thanks for co-hosting MM as you do and enjoy your reading week 🙂

    • Hi Evelina,

      I do love a good secret and each one of the three friends seems to have something they don’t want to share with the others!!

      Thanks for your interest in the post and have a good weekend 🙂

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