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The Great American Read presented by PBS recap

Hello Readers!!!

I wanted to take the time to share with you the AMAZING day I just had!

I had received an invitation by DKC PR to attend The Great American Read Kick-Off event hosted by Meredith Vieira representing by blog! I was in complete shock when I revived the invitation.

The Great American Read is an eight part mini-series focusing on the nations top 100 novels (taken from a national survey). The series features celebrities, authors and book lovers talking about their favorite book on the top 100 list and how the book has impacted their life.

The intro to the series premieres on PBS on May 22, with a two hour episode revealing what books have made it to the list. After the premiere, there will be five one-hour episodes that feature books centered around a common theme and a finale where that features the winning book.

Today’s Kick-off Event

This event took place at the GORGEOUS Morgan Library and Museum. And I have to say… WOW. Surprisingly, I have never ventured into libraries such as this. Just as I try to visit independent bookshops, I would definitely like to visit more libraries.

Host Meredith Vieira, Ming-Na Wen (actress), Diane Lane (actress), Chris Kluwe (former NFL player and writer), Gayle Osterberg (Director of Communications at Library of Congress, Colin B. Bailey (Director of Morgan Library and Museum), Armistead Maupin (author), Janie Hermann (Public Programming Librarian), and Oren J. Teicher (CEO of American Booksellers Association) previewed the list of 100 books

After the list was presented, we had the chance to view the trailer for the series, as well as viewing a part of the premiere episode. It was very exciting to see that some books I had previously read made the list.

After this, there was a panel and Q& A. An audience member asked Vieira what makes a great book. Vieira responded saying that it is the character that draws her into a book and the theme is what keeps her reading the book.

I completely agree with this. I have to connect with at least one character for me to be drawn in and the story/theme of the book is what keeps me reading a book.

It was very interesting to find out that over 20 books on the list were at banned at some point in time.

Towards the end of the Q&A, the panel said they hoped that reading can become a national conversation.

I love the fact that, even now, there are so many people that absolute love reading. I enjoy being able to share my love of reading (of course, another reason why I began blogging).

I really hope that everyone can tune into this series and vote (once a day) on their favorite book!!

I also had the chance to meet Diane Lane, Ming-na Wen and Chris Kluwe (former NFL player and writer)

The Great American Read


Full List


Buy Links for my children’s book Tate’s Tale

Here are the three buy links so far for my children’s book Tate’s Tale!!


Ever had a goal in mind that you have set to accomplish? Well, here is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood. Join Tate, alongside her friends and family as she sets out to accomplish her goal in… Tate’s Tale!!!



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Tate’s Tale: Written by Jaclyn Shuster; Illustrated by Samantha Lindsay 

Hello Readers!!!

I have some MAJORLY exciting news for you today!!

For between four and five years, I have been working on a children’s book loosely based on my reading therapy dog. Once I finished writing it, I got the name of an illustrator who is friends with someone I went to undergrad with. Her and I worked back and forth for over a year regarding what each page would look like and making sure each picture matched what I wrote. 

After struggling for a few months on getting the front and back cover PERFECT, I FINALLY finished my book! So today’s the day!

I present to you Tate’s Tale! 

Tate’s Tale is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood, and her wish to become a better reader. 

I say this book is loosely based on real life because I have a therapy reading dog named Tate. She is a Belgian/German Shepard rescue dog that we bring to schools and libraries for children to read to her. This is such a great opportunity for the children because it calms them down by reading in a judgement free zone with a dog. 

I am so excited to be sharing this with you. I hope that this will interest you in getting a copy. This book is perfect for children ages 5-10. I will post the link below for you!

Ever had a goal in mind that you have set to accomplish? Well, here is the story of Tate, the fastest dog in the neighborhood. Join Tate, alongside her friends and family as she sets out to accomplish her goal in… Tate’s Tale!!!

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I will let everyone know when the book becomes available through Amazon! 

And ps…. if you’re a blogger and happen to order a copy, I will love you forever if you review it 😀

New books!!

Hello readers!!

I am so excited! My amazing friend went to a book sale where they were giving away the leftover books and she got a bunch for me!!

Comment below if you have read or heard of any of them!! 🤗🤗




Cover Reveal: Atlic (Timewaves #2) by Sophie Davis

Today’s the day people! The cover reveal for book 2 in the Timewaves series by Sophie Davis titled Atlic. Cool name, right!?

Timewaves is an incredible time travel series written by the fabulous Sophie Davis. You can check out my review for The Syndicate here.  I absolutely love this series and CANNOT wait for the second book to come out. Before the reveal, check out the synopsis below:

Goodreads synopsis:

Who knew that a prison break could advance your career?

When Stassi learns that she won’t be exiled from Branson Isle for returning from the past with slightly more than a kitschy souvenir, she is elated. When she learns that her boss is forming an elite team based on their performance in Paris, she is stunned.
After a month on Branson Isle, tasked with acclimating the syndicate’s newest runner to a time more than 500 years in his future, Stassi and her new team are off to 16th century England to procure an artifact only rumored to exist.
With rebellions rising and the Inquisition marching towards England, the stakes are higher than ever for the syndicate’s runners. Their target is sixteen-year old Lady Jane Grey, one of history’s most tragic figures. When Stassi and the gang arrive, Jane is awaiting execution after her nine-day reign as Queen of England.
The runners thought that penetrating the fortress would be their biggest challenge. They were wrong.
For Stassi and her teammates, only one thing is certain: Heads. Will. Roll. 
Onto the reveal! 🤗🤗

(A side note: the tag line on the cover will be different than The Syndicate)

Be sure to follow Sophie Davis on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Also be sure to check out Sophie Davis’s website!

Happy reading!  

Guest post: Ed Duncan, author of  Pigeon-Blood Red 

Hello readers!!

For today’s post, author Ed Duncan will be sharing his favorite quotes/excepts from his book Pigeon-Blood Red

Pigeon-Blood Red is a fast-paced and suspenseful crime thriller by Ed Duncan. It was released in March 2016, published by Zharmae and is available for sale on Amazon.


Duncan says, “It’s always been said that you should write what you know. I am a lawyer – as is a pivotal character in the novel who is being pursued by a hit man – and I’m excited to be able to use my legal training creatively as well as professionally.”


 For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

 As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

 Praise for Pigeon-Blood Red

 “Pigeon Blood Red has a dramatic and satisfying conclusion, leaving the reader nodding his head with approval.” – Readers’ Favorite 

 “In a novel with as much action as love, it is sure to be a story that will fulfill the desires of readers of all ages, genders, and areas of interest.” – Red City Review

“This charming, classically-told crime thriller is a must for noir fans…refreshingly old-school pulp, inhabited by a familiar cast of gamblers, con men and hustlers found in Dennis Lehane and Elmore Leonard novels” – Best Thrillers

Favorite Quotes/excerpts: 

Pigeon-Blood Red tells the story of an underworld enforcer on the hunt for a stolen “pigeon-blood red” ruby necklace worth millions. He trails the thief from Chicago to Honolulu, but the chase goes sideways after the hardened hit man develops a grudging respect for a couple of innocent bystanders who become embroiled in the crime: the thief’s unsuspecting wife and an old flame who comes to her rescue as the enforcer closes in. The hit man faces a difficult decision: follow orders and kill them or spare them and endanger the life of the woman he loves.

 Rico, the enforcer/hit man, is the driving force behind the novel. I originally envisioned him sharing the spotlight equally with Paul, the lawyer/old flame who comes to the rescue of Evelyn, the unsuspecting wife of Robert, the small businessman and thief. However, Rico fought to become the main character and while I fought back, he ultimately prevailed. I’ve selected several passages from the novel that demonstrate his character, his relationship with his girlfriend Jean, and his relationship with his boss, Frank Litvak. I’ve also selected two brief excerpts that show a bit of interaction between Paul and Evelyn. These excerpts begin to suggest that Paul and Rico have more in common than either cares to admit, a developing theme in this and the next two installments in the trilogy. Finally, I’ve chosen a few passages that I hope evoke the tone and style of the novel.


   A. Rico explains why he had to kill a man.

          Jean was still shaken. “Why did you have to kill him?”

      …He explained in a measured cadence the way a teacher might to a class having difficulty with a concept he’d explained a dozen times before. “He tried to cap me a minute ago because he was in a hurry. No way did he deserve to leave here in one piece. But I gave him a shot. He didn’t take it.”

     “I don’t care. You didn’t have to — 

     “Yes, I did, sweetheart…. I didn’t need to be looking over my shoulder every day, waiting for him to show up and take another crack. I already have enough reasons to watch my back because of shit I can’t control. Him I could control.”

     B. Rico shows his indifference to what other people think.

     “Why should we believe you?” Evelyn asked unsteadily.

       “Believe what you want,” Rico said with utter indifference. Then he walked to the table where Paul had left his gun and returned it to him. “You forgot this.” He started for the door.

     “What about Honolulu?” Paul said to the retreating back.

       “I hear it’s a nice place to visit,” Rico said, without looking back or slowing his pace.

     “I think you should wait for the police.”

     “I don’t.”

     When he reached the door, Paul pointed his weapon at his back. “Wait!” But Rico didn’t wait. He kept walking.”


     A. Thoughts of Jean while on the hunt in Honolulu

     He left his .45 in the room safe and went down to the beach. He took off his shoes and socks and rolled up his pant legs. And when his bare feet started to burn, he trotted, then loped toward the lapping waves until his feet met the cool, wet sand. Again, thoughts of Jean intruded. I must be getting old.

     B. Rico discusses his credo with Jean.

     “How could you say it was just business?”

     “Because it was.”

     Tired of banging her head against the wall, Jean stood and joined him at the window. “I give up.”

     “It’s who I am, Jean. From day one I never tried to hide that from you.”

     “I know, but there’s more to you than what you do. You said so yourself. If there wasn’t, do you think I could be with you now after what you did? I see something in you that you don’t see in yourself.”

     “You see what you want to see, but I am who I am.”

     “And why are you here with me?”

     “Because we understand each other.”

     “Sometimes I think you do understand me, Rico, maybe even more than I understand myself. But I don’t think I’ll ever understand you. I don’t think anybody does.”

     “One out of two ain’t bad.”


     A. Litvak’s insecurity

     Rico and Jerry had been standing at the door patiently waiting for Litvak’s lecture to end. Being the good soldier, Jerry looked at Robert and said, “You can take that to the bank.”

   Rico, meanwhile, made eye contact with Litvak and started out the door.

     Jerry had felt obliged to deliver the affirmation Litvak’s insecurity demanded, but Litvak still needed Rico’s endorsement. He repeated, in a tone that didn’t so much demand as plead, “Right, Rico?”

    Rico paused and produced a smile that was barely there. “Anything you say.”

     Litvak frowned but the comment would have to do.

     B. Litvak threatens Jean.

     “And one more thing. That job gets done even if something happens to me. I don’t think you have the balls but why take chances? Enough said?”

     “That would be a mistake.”

     “I don’t think so. See, I threaten you, you don’t give a shit, because you’re Mr. Tough Guy. You think nobody can take you out. But I say she gets it, it’s a different story because you don’t know when and you don’t know how.”

     “I was you, I wouldn’t bring her into this.”

     “You ain’t me and I just did.”


     A. Evelyn discovers that Paul is always in control (not unlike Rico).

     “You surprised me,” Evelyn said after a few blocks. You’re always so …”

     “In control?”

     “Exactly. How did you know what I was thinking?”

     “I’m a good guesser.”

     “In all the years we’ve known each other I’ve never seen you lose your temper.”

     “You found me out.”

     “No, seriously, Paul. Even back there with Litvak I’m not sure you really lost it. Your reaction was – I don’t know – calculated.”

     “Mostly it was reflexes.”


     “Then you admit there was some calculation involved.”


    “You’re a strange guy, Paul. Nice, but strange.”

     B. Paul admires Rico

     Evelyn sensed that he hadn’t fully acquiesced. “Paul, you really shouldn’t.”

     “Shouldn’t what?”

     “Admire him – even a little.”

     “Believe me, Evelyn, I don’t.”

     But he did – a little. And she knew it.


 A. Luau floor show

     It began with a chorus of enchanting hula dancers with undulating bellies and gyrating hips, that enthralled the men in the audience and impressed the women, and culminated in an intricate routine performed by a man whose sole prop was a baton that sprouted flames at both ends. He twirled it nimbly between the fingers of both hands before tossing it impossibly high in the air again and again and catching it each time behind his back with one hand.

 B. Murder at the luau

     [His] head snapped to one side and his body, as though launched by a slingshot, flew out of his chair and hit the ground. All music and motion abruptly halted as scores of eyes searched the night, trying to understand the crackle that had pierced the air. Then someone yelled “a gunshot” and there was pandemonium….

       … She gasped once, twice, three times, but no sound escaped her. Then the same awful sound rang out again and her head flew backward, leading the rest of her body to the ground.

     Rico rose quickly and donned his sunglasses. After years of wearing them at night, his eyes adjusted quickly. He reached under his jacket, unholstered his .45 and unscrewed the silencer so that the next shots he fired would create maximum panic….

     Rico thrust both arms out and up in front of him, his left hand joining his right around the butt of the gun. As his arms came level with his shoulders, they snapped to a stop, the abruptness of which caused Evelyn to flinch. As she came into focus, staring anxiously into the barrel of the Sig Sauer, the slightest smile creased his face and the muscles in his arms relaxed. As swiftly as he’d hoisted it, he holstered the .45, turned on his heel, and disappeared once more into the darkness ….

 C. Attempted pickup

     She also wore a ring on her left ring finger, but no husband was in sight. Ray leered at her from the moment she walked in, and as she glanced around the room, her eye caught his. She smiled demurely and he lifted his beer in a silent toast. Without acknowledging the gesture she turned away, crossed her legs seductively, and trained her eyes on the door. That was all Ray needed. He took another swig, winked at Archie, and sidled over to her table. She was still looking at the door when he got there, but she sensed his presence and he knew it.

     “You alone?” he asked.

     Without looking up she placed her left hand palm down on the table in front of him so that her wedding ring was plainly visible.

     “I already saw that,” he said.

     Still not turning to face him she said, with less urgency than circumstances warranted, “My husband is parking the car. He should be here any minute.”

     “Maybe later then.”

     “No, that’s not possible.” Her words said no but her eyes said maybe. Ray flashed a smile she pretended not to see and returned to the bar.

Thank you to Ed for sharing these excerpts! Be sure to check out the series Pigeon-Blood Red!! 

About Ed Duncan

 Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to

 Readers can connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Review of The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sadie Kingston, is a girl living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can’t move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent’s brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she’s unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him — even if Max is able to look at her scars and not shy away. But when the truth about the accident and subsequent events comes to light, Sadie has to decide if she can embrace the future or if she’ll always be trapped in the past.

I originally received the ARC last fall from the lovely Damaris at Good Choice Reading. However, since I didn’t have time to read the ARC and review it before its release, Cathryn from The Book Lioness  reviewed it for me AND got it signed by Courtney at a book event. Funny thing is that I had contacted Courtney to double check that I could quote from the ARC since I was finally able to read it. She got back to me and said that since the ARC was so different she offered to send a signed copy for me to read instead to review. I was so giddy when I received it! She’s definitely on my list of top 5 authors that I’d love to meet, not just because she is super nice to have done that for me but because she writes beautifully.

Without further adieu, here is my review for The Lies About Truth

My Review:

5/5 stars

The Lies About Truth is the story of Sadie, who along with her friends, go through the turmoil of dealing with the aftermath of a severe car crash that left one of her best friends dead. As the one year anniversary of the crash approaches, Sadie and her friends have to come to terms with what happened as well as events that occurred before the accident.

I really enjoyed how real and raw this book was. The author writes this story in such a way that allows the reader to empathize with what Sadie and her friends had gone through. I liked how the author incorporated the past and present into the book. Whenever Sadie recalled details from her past before the accident, she was able to recall everything in immense detail about her life with her friends that it made you feel as if you were there alongside her.

I really wish I could tell you more about this book, but I can’t without giving away too many details. I just believe this is a beautiful story about forgiveness and possibly second chances, but not in the way one would think. This book will leave you thinking about so many things. If you enjoy reading beautiful contemporary stories, DEFINITELY look into any of Courtney C. Stevens books.

About The Author:

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. She is also the author of Faking Normal, which Kirkus Reviews called “a story that resonates” and Publishers Weekly called a “rich debut,” as well as the e-novella The Blue-Haired Boy, and the recently released The Lies About Truth.


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Her Books:

The Lies About Truth  

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SBPT 2016: Fay of Bibliophile Soprano

Hello readers!

Today is the second week of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour 2016 hosted by The Book Bratz. Once again, I will be featuring different bloggers favorite quotes throughout the tour! 

For today’s post, you will get to read Fay of Bibliophile Soprano’s favorite book quotes. Be sure to check out her website! 

Here it goes: 

Quotes from the books that made me cry

I have a books-that-mean-a-lot-to-me shelf on Goodreads and currently, there are only 17 books on that shelf.
Books that make it to that shelf are usually the ones that made me cry (while reading the book – because there are times when I cry after). And what usually makes me cry are the quotes – words that just hit me so hard I can’t help but cry.
Below are the tearjerkers on my special shelf and the specific quotes where my tears fell down: (Warning: There might be spoilers.)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

“When her body first hit the net, all I registered was a gray blur. I pulled her across it and her hand was small, but warm, and then she stood before me, short and thin and plain and in all ways unremarkable – except that she had jumped first. The Stiff had jumped first.

Even I didn’t jump first.

Her eyes were so stern, so insistent.


Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana

“I don’t know if I’ll ever see you again, but you need to know that I owe everything I have to you. Everything. And you have to know that even if we never see each other again, that’s OKAY. What’s meant to happen will happen. And if it doesn’t, it wasn’t meant to be.
You’re living on in my heart, Haley, like I hope I’ll live on in yours.”

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“Just live.”

Public Enemies
by Ann Aguirre

“Alive, I’m a liability. Dead, I’m your reason to fight. I love you.”

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

“I have a theory, that life is gathering the raw materials, and when we die, we get to make patterns out of our lives and relive them in whatever order we want. That way I can spend forever repeating the days when I was really happy, and never have to experience any of the sad days. So that’s how you live a really great life. You make sure you have enough good days that you want to go back to.”

Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

“Despite everything, I’m so glad I took Jessa to the park on October Twenty-seventh.”
It’s 2:59 a.m. as I finished typing the last one, and to be honest, while typing these quotes, tears are forming in my eyes. These books and the characters in them mean so much to me, and these quotes made their mark on my heart. And I think this is when a book becomes so powerful – when it touches your soul and you can’t imagine life without that book. When a feeling so strong fills your heart and you just know the book will be special. I love that feeling, and it’s one of the reasons why I read a lot: to search for the books that will mean the world to me.

 Fay Sebastian


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Casting for Radio Head by Rebecca Laclair 

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 Casting RADIO HEAD:

Vote For Your Favorite Actor/Model




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Casting RADIO HEAD: Vote For Your Favorite Actor/Model

Have you ever read a book that made scenes pop into your head, like you were watching it as a movie? The fast-paced sex, drugs and rock’n’roll novel Radio Head from debut author Rebecca Laclair is one of those books. Cinematic and sexy, it’s about a 19-year-old girl with a magical ability to hear music in others, just by touching them.

If you’ve read Radio Head, you may have already imagined what the main character – Shelby Alicia Rey – looks like. The books tells us she lives in Southern California, has wild, long blonde hair, and light-colored, brooding eyes.

But there’s much more to Shelby than her appearance. For Shelby, music is everything. She spends her days and nights immersed in music, it is her shelter from a world gone wrong. She uses music to stimulate arousal centers of the brain that induce euphoria experiences – the same regions triggered by food, sex, and certain drugs. These regions of the brain also perceive and process musical experiences. It’s why music can feel so good, it’s addictive.

Shelby “listens” to others on the inside, by touching them. It helps her understand who they are. Is her special ability to hear music real, or a result of a lifetime of abuse and neglect? We’re all a little crazy, right? It’s up to the reader to decide. Shelby has been at-risk her entire life, and avoids the demons of her past. But she’s hopeful of the unknown future.

If RADIO HEAD were to become a movie, the actor who portrays Shelby would need to be fresh and modern. She’d need to show the audience her rock’n’roll vibe.

Check out RADIO HEAD here.
Who do YOU think would be the perfect Shelby Rey? Vote now! (create an online poll so readers can vote for Georgia, Alexandra, Riley, or Elle.)

1. Georgia May Jagger. The gorgeous green-eyed daughter of The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger, and supermodel Jerry Hall, has a sweet but edgy rock vibe. Modeling for brands ranging from Rimmel to Versace, Georgia’s signature gap between her front teeth is iconic but low-key, just like Shelby. (photo: Thomas Sabo/Ellen von Unwerth)


 2. Alexandra Richards. This blue-eyed beauty is a model and a DJ in New York City, and the daughter of The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards. At home behind a mixer, she’s a natural for RADIO HEAD’s studio scenes. Music is in Alexandra’s blood. (photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/

3. Riley Keough. The granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Riley is pop music royalty. A model and actress, Riley has wowed audiences on the big screen in Mad Max: Fury Road, and the rock biopic The Runaways. (Photo:


4. Elle Fanning. The younger sister of Dakota, Elle has a remarkable presence and ethereal beauty, floating effortlessly between the carefree bohemian, and wisdom beyond her years. A remarkable singer, she has the chops to bring to life Shelby’s singing voice in RADIO HEAD. (Photo:

Vote now for your favorite!

Be sure to get your copy of Radio Head today! Also, check out Rebecca Laclair’s website!  

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