Harper-Collins Blog Tour for YOU WILL REMEMBER ME by Hannah Mary McKinnon

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for this suspenseful thriller just out from Hannah Mary McKinnon: You Will Remember Me. A young man awakes on a beach with no memory of who he is. His girlfriend searches for him yet he finds his way to Maine where his family has been searching for him. But who his girlfriend knows and who his family knows seems like two different people.

This one was fast and fun and kept me guessing! Highly recommended it for those who like suspenseful mysteries!

Thanks for making me part of the tour and for my e-copy!

Author: Hannah Mary McKinnon
ISBN: 9780778331810
Publication Date: May 25, 2021
Publisher: MIRA Books

Author Bio:

Hannah Mary McKinnon was born in the UK, grew up in Switzerland and moved to Canada in 2010.

After a successful career in recruitment, she quit the corporate world in favor of writing,
and is now the author of The Neighbors, Her Secret Son, and Sister Dear. She lives in Oakville,
Ontario, with her husband and three sons, and is delighted by her twenty-second commute.

Book Summary:

He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland, wearing only swim trunks and a gash on his
head. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been
replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the
truth raises more questions than answers.

Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic
search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d
purposely left behind.

Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared
without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual
history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the

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Twitter: @HannahMMcKinnon

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Virtual Book Tour for Joyful Delicious Vegan by Sherra Aguirre

Today I’m throwing the spotlight on this new book which is calling my name!

I had difficulty downloading my kindle copy so the publicists recently sent me a hard copy and I’ve had a chance to read it. This is a very readable and interesting book full of tips and info about how to eat healthy and vegan. As someone who is trying to make healthy choices, this book resonated with me. It even comes with yummy recipes! I will say that whenever I eat vegan I have so many less issues with my stomach and digestion. I feel better all around! My favorite part of this book was the personal aspect and stories.

Thank you for my copy and for making me part of the tour!

The Simplest and Most Effective Way to Prevent and Even Reverse the Nation’s #1 Killer

 Using Nutritional Medicine to Beat Chronic Disease, Despite Family History

Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease

By Sherra Aguirre

Joyful, Delicious, Vegan: Life Without Heart Disease will empower readers with the simplest, most effective way to prevent or even reverse the nation’s number one killer, heart disease, despite family history. Enjoying good health naturally at any age starts in the kitchen by changing what and how we eat. Although this book is important for anyone who wants to enjoy a healthy, disease-free life, it targets women, especially African American women.  Women typically have the greatest influence over what goes on our tables, and the healthcare choices of those close to us, which puts them on the front lines of the fight against heart disease and other diet-related illnesses. By nurturing our bodies with delicious whole foods and mindful health practices, we set in motion a chain of positive events – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – that are healing and transformational.

Joyful, Delicious, Vegan is packed with nutritional medicine, research and personal stories which demonstrate the effectiveness of a plant-based diet in restoring health. Readers will be guided through simple steps to increase vitality and reduce dependence on medications by learning to prepare and enjoy flavorful plant-strong, anti-inflammatory foods, based on the recommendations of two world-renowned cardiologists, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish, who have demonstrated positive patient results for many years. Sherra shares her personal story of reversing her own hypertension and heart disease with tips and over 25 delicious recipes to ensure no one has to choose between great food and great health.

About the Author:

SHERRA AGUIRRE is an articulate health enthusiast, environmentalist and food security activist. She founded and led a successful business for three decades, winning national awards for entrepreneurship, innovation, and service excellence. She sold the company in 2016 to focus on sharing her passion for healthy diet and lifestyle. 

Aguirre describes herself as high energy, in better overall health, and in many ways more fit than in her thirties or forties. She has practiced meditation and yoga daily for more than twenty-five years, and for many years has researched and read extensively about diet and lifestyle as the most important factors for achieving and maintaining good health. By adopting a whole plant-based diet, she improved her overall heart health and eliminated symptoms of hypertension despite a significant family history of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure. She is passionate about empowering others to maintain vibrancy and good health throughout their lifetimes. 

One of Aguirre’s main goals with her new book is to make the change to a healthier diet and lifestyle more accessible, particularly to African Americans and other communities who are at high risk for diabetes and heart disease.

Aguirre writes about the healing qualities of compassion, simplicity, and gratitude, and the ripple effect vegan eating can have on individuals, families, and communities. She is married with two daughters—Tembi Locke– actor, speaker, screenwriter, and New New York Times best-selling author; and Attica Locke– multiple award-winning novelist, New York Times best-selling author and screen writer/producer.

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Website: www.sherraaguirre.com 

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSherraAguirre 

Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/sherraaguirre

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/SherraAguirre 

LinkedIn link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherra-aguirre 

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Blog Tour for Pam Jenoff’s The Woman with the Blue Star

I always enjoy Pam Jenoff’s writing. Her historical fiction is well-researched and has compelling characters. This latest story was haunting – it followed the journey of a young Jewish woman and her family as they sought to avoid the Nazis in Krakow, Poland by hiding and living in the sewers. This seems quite extraordinary but I remember watching a movie once (based on a true story) where a man hid a whole group of Jewish villagers in the sewer (it’s called In Darkness). This novel followed Sadie and her friends and family as they try to stay alive.

I really enjoyed it! Thank you for making me part of the tour!

Here’s the overview:

The Woman with the Blue Star

Pam Jenoff

On Sale Date: May 4, 2021

9780778389385, 0778389383

Trade Paperback

$17.99 USD, $22.99 CAD

Fiction / Historical / Jewish

336 pages

About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris comes a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II.

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.

Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

About the Author:

Pam Jenoff is the author of several books of historical fiction, including the NYT bestseller The Orphan’s Tale. She holds a degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a degree in history from Cambridge, and she received her JD from UPenn. Her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She lives with her husband and 3 children near Philadelphia, where she teaches law.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/213562.Pam_Jenoff 

Mailing List: https://pamjenoff.com/mailing-list/ 

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Harlequin Summer Blog Tour for: The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman

I love a book that reminds me of lazy summer days as a kid, and The Clover Girls was exactly that. Four girls enjoy summer overnight camp together and then grow apart. When one of them dies many years later, the grown women are reunited at their old sleepaway camp to face memories and betrayals and to work through their issues and relationships.

Such a fun read! Thank you for making me part of the tour and for my copy!

Here’s the scoop:


Author: Viola Shipman 

ISBN: 9781525896002

Publication Date:  May 18, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House


Viola Shipman is the pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his writing. Rouse is the author of The Summer Cottage, as well as The Charm Bracelet and The Hope Chest which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and become international bestsellers. He lives in Saugatuck, Michigan and Palm Springs, California, and has written for PeopleCoastal LivingGood Housekeeping, and Taste of Home, along with other publications, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.


As comforting and familiar as a favorite sweater, Viola Shipman’s novels never fail to deliver a heartfelt story of friendship and familty, encapsulating summer memories in every page. Fans of Dorthea Benton Frank and Nancy Thayer will love this new story about three childhood friends approaching middle age, determined to rediscover the dreams that made them special as campers in 1985.

Elizabeth, Veronica, Rachel and Emily met at Camp Birchwood as girls in 1985, where they called themselves The Clover Girls (after their cabin name). The years following that magical summer pulled them in very different directions and, now approaching middle age, the women are facing new challenges: the inevitable physical changes that come with aging, feeling invisible to society, disinterested husbands, surley teens, and losing their sense of self.

Then, Elizabeth, Veronica and Rachel each receive a letter from Emily – she has cancer and, knowing it’s terminal, reaches out to the girls who were her best friends once upon a time and implores them to reunite at Camp Birchwood to scatter her ashes. When the three meet at the property for the first time in what feels like a lifetime, another letter from Emily awaits, explaining that she has purchased the abandoned camp, and now it belongs to them – at Emily’s urging, they must spend a week together remembering the dreams they’d put aside, and find a way to become the women they always swore they’d grow up to be. Through flashbacks to their youthful summer, we see the four friends then and now, rebuilding their lives, flipping a middle finger to society’s disdain for aging women, and with a renewed purpose to find themselves again.


Author Website: https://www.violashipman.com/

TWITTER: @viola_shipman

FB: @authorviolashipman

Insta: @viola_shipman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14056193.Viola_Shipman

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For My Ears: Rhys Bowen’s The Venice Sketchbook

I truly love Rhys Bowen’s novels so I was disappointed that I didn’t realize a new one was coming out until suddenly – it was out! So I used one of trusty Audible credits for it. I loved this story! I loved the connection from present to past. I loved the two main characters – Juliet and Caroline. This book could have easily been 800 pages as there was so much “story” (but it’s not!).

Rhys Bowen writes historical fiction so well. It is entertaining and yet I always learn something new.

I listened to this during my drive. It was beautifully narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Love and secrets collide in Venice during WWII in an enthralling novel of brief encounters and lasting romance by the New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and Above the Bay of Angels.

Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than 60 years.

It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.

Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.

TEARS OF AMBER by Sofía Segovia

The good people at Over the River PR sent me a copy of this lengthy and engaging WWII novel, by the author of The Murmur of Bees. Sofía Segovia has a beautiful way of writing and the first half of this story captures the characters thoughts and personalities so we really feel like we know them. Set in Prussia in WWII it follows two families as they deal with war and loss. It is heart-breaking in parts. I have to say that I read all the time about WWII, but usually from the viewpoint of the victors. This was an unforgettable look at two families’ experience – based on true events.

Here’s the overview:

From the bestselling author of The Murmur of Bees comes a transportive novel of two families uprooted by war and united by the bonds of love and courage.

With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. As battle lines are drawn and East Prussia’s borders vanish beneath them, they leave their farm and all they know behind for an uncertain future.

But Ilse also has Janusz, her family’s young Polish laborer, by her side. As they flee from the Soviet army, his enchanting folktales keep her mind off the cold, the hunger, and the horrors unfolding around them. He tells her of a besieged kingdom in the Baltic Sea from which spill the amber tears of a heartbroken queen.

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic.

Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family. But their stay in the walled city proves untenable when they find themselves dodging bombs and scavenging in the rubble. Soon they’ll become pawns caught between two powerful enemies, on a journey with an unknown destination.

Hope carries these children caught in the crosshairs of war on an extraordinary pilgrimage in which the gift of an amber teardrop is at once a valuable form of currency and a symbol of resilience, one that draws them together against insurmountable odds.


Sofía Segovia was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She studied communications at Universidad de Monterrey, mistakenly thinking that she would be a journalist. But fiction is her first love. A creative writing teacher, she has also been a ghostwriter and communications director for local political campaigns and has written several plays for local theater. The Spanish edition of her bestselling El murmullo de las abejas (The Murmur of Bees) was an Audie Award winner and named Novel of the Year by iTunes. This English translation by Simon Bruni, narrated by Xe Sands and Angelo Di Loreto, was one of Audible’s Top 10 of 2019 and a Voice Arts Award winner. Segovia is also the author of Peregrinos (TEARS OF AMBER), Noche de huracán (Night of the Hurricane), and Huracán (Hurricane). Sofía likes to travel the world, but she loves coming home to her husband, three children, two dogs, and cat. She writes her best surrounded and inspired by their joyous chaos. For more information visit www.sofiasegovia.com.

Simon Bruni translates literary works from Spanish, a language he acquired through total immersion living in Alicante, Valencia, and Santander. He studied Spanish and linguistics at Queen Mary University of London and literary translation at the University of Exeter. Simon’s many published translations include novels, short stories, video games, and nonfiction publications, and he is the winner of three John Dryden translation awards: in 2017 and 2015 for Paul Pen’s short stories “Cinnamon” and “The Porcelain Boy” and in 2011 for Francisco Pérez Gandul’s novel Cell 211. His translations of Paul Pen’s The Light of the Fireflies and Sofía Segovia’s The Murmur of Bees have both become international bestsellers. For more information visit www.simonbruni.com

Harlequin Trade Blog Tour for: Mary Kubica’s LOCAL WOMAN MISSING

Oh, Mary Kubica, you’ve done it to me again!

I love Kubica’s suspenseful and well-plotted writing and every time she produces a new novel I tell myself that I will NOT stay up all night reading it! And, of course, I do! This was a fast read (just a note that I started it and worried it would be too disturbing for me but it wasn’t). I do enjoy her stories, and she was a guest once on my good friend Amy’s blog (www.momadvice.com), so I discovered that Mary Kubica is a friendly and funny woman who is humble about her amazing writing accomplishments.

If you like suspense, don’t miss this one!

Thank you for making me part of the tour!

About the Book:

People don’t just disappear without a trace…
Shelby Tebow is the first to go missing. Not long after, Meredith Dickey and her six-year-old daughter, Delilah, vanish just blocks away from where Shelby was last seen, striking fear into their once-peaceful community. Are these incidents connected? After an elusive search that yields more questions than answers, the case eventually goes cold.
Now, eleven years later, Delilah shockingly returns. Everyone wants to know what happened to her, but no one is prepared for what they’ll find…
In this smart and chilling thriller, master of suspense and New York Times bestselling author Mary Kubica takes domestic secrets to a whole new level, showing that some people will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

About the Author:

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six novels, including THE GOOD GIRL, PRETTY BABY, DON’T YOU CRY, EVERY LAST LIE, WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT, and THE OTHER MRS. A former high school history teacher, Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children. Her last novel THE OTHER MRS. was an instant New York Times bestseller; is coming soon to Netflix; was a LibraryReads pick for February 2020; praised by the New York Times; and highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, People, The Week, Marie Claire, Bustle, HelloGiggles, Goodreads, PopSugar, BookRiot, HuffingtonPost, First for Women, Woman’s World, and more. Mary’s novels have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold over two million copies worldwide. She’s been described as “a helluva storyteller,” (Kirkus Reviews) and “a writer of vice-like control,” (Chicago Tribune), and her novels have been praised as “hypnotic” (People) and “thrilling and illuminating” (Los Angeles Times).  LOCAL WOMAN MISSING is her seventh novel. 

Social Links:

Website: https://marykubica.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryKubicaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaryKubica 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marykubica 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7392948.Mary_Kubica 

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Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is one of my favorite authors. He is amazingly versatile and can write all different genres. I follow him on social media and he seems like an incredibly nice and humble person to boot! His daughter, Grace Experience, is often the narrator of his novels on audio and she is amazing as well.

I was super excited when this came up on Net Galley (months ago) and I’ve been waiting until May to share about it because it is now available (yeah!!). Hour of the Witch is a truly intriguing story about a young woman in Boston in the 1660’s who seeks to divorce her abusive husband. I found this fascinating because I did not realize that divorce was an option at that time, especially in such a Puritanical society. I loved the character of Mary Deerfield and I loved that this story took place in Boston with familiar settings. I couldn’t put it down and it was clear that Mr. Bohjalian did his research.

If you like historical fiction that is interesting and where you learn about the times (my favorite kind of HF!), then don’t miss this one!

I will say that I love stories about witch hunts. I find them fascinating. (I’m currently reading The Crucible with my 8th graders and will soon head to Salem for a field trip; wish me luck!). Probably what fascinates me is that people had such suspicions and dark motives born of jealousy and greed that in part led to these events, and yet people are really not that different today. It’s an interesting study in human nature.

And thank you from my copy through Net Galley!

Here’s the scoop:

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life. But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary–a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony–soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary’s garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows. A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

I mentioned above that Mr. Bohjalian is a prolific author (and how did I now know that he was also a playwright?).

Here is his awesome bio from Amazon:


Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 21 books. His work has been translated into 35 languages and three times become movies.

His forthcoming novel, “Hour of the Witch,” arrives May 4, 2021. It’s a novel of historical suspense set in 1662 Boston, a tale of the first divorce in North America for domestic violence — and a subsequent witch trial. In a starred review, Booklist wrote, “Throughout Bohjalian’s prolific career, he has rewarded readers with indelibly drawn female protagonists, and the formidable yet vulnerable Mary Deerfield is a worthy addition to the canon. Conjuring up specters of #MeToo recriminations and social media shaming, there are twenty-first-century parallels to Bohjalian’s atmospheric Puritan milieu, and his trademark extensive research pays off in this authentic portrait of courage in the face of society’s worst impulses. Bohjalian is a perennial favorite, and this Salem Witch Hunt drama has a special magnetism.”

His 2018 novel, “The Flight Attendant,” debuted as a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and National Indiebound Bestseller. It is now an an 8-hour HBO Max limited series, starring Kaley Cuoco (who is also an Executive Producer), Rosie Perez, Michelle Gomez, Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones” and “The Haunting of Hill House”), and T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy”). It was recently renewed for a second season.

His most recent novel, “The Red Lotus,” is now in paperback. It’s a twisting story of love and deceit: an American man vanishes on a rural road in Vietnam and his girlfriend, an emergency room doctor trained to ask questions, follows a path that leads her home to the very hospital where they met. Publishers Weekly called it “a diabolical plot reminiscent of a Robin Cook thriller,” and Booklist described it as “masterful…a cerebral and dramatic dive into what happens when love turns to agony.”

He is also a playwright and screenwriter. He has adapted his novel, “Midwives,” for a play, which premiered January 21, 2020 at the George Street Playhouse, and was directed by David Saint. Broadway World said of it, “The fine playwriting by Bohjalian, the directorial talents of the Playhouse’s Artistic Director, David Saint, and the show’s accomplished cast make this play unforgettable.”

His first play, “Grounded,” premiered at the 59 East 59th Theatres in New York City in the summer of 2018 and is now available as an audiobook and eBook, “Wingspan.”

His books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.

His awards include the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts; the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal; the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers; the New England Book Award; Russia’s Soglasie (Concord) Award for The Sandcastle Girls; a Boston Public Library Literary Light; a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans-Sister Radio; a Best Lifestyle Column for “Idyll Banter” from the Vermont Press Association; and the Anahid Literary Award. His novel, Midwives,was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for The Burlington Free Press from 1992 through 2015.

Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees as well from Amherst, Champlain College, and Castleton University.

He lives in Vermont with his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer.

Their daughter, Grace Experience, is a young actor in New York City. Among the audiobooks she has narrated are Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands and The Guest Room.

Spotlight on COMMITTED by Paolina Milana

Today I’m shining the spotlight on a new book about mental health challenges and what it’s like growing up in a family that has the challenge of dealing with schizoprenia. Committed: A Memoir of Madness in the Family is Milana’s own story.

Here’s the overview:

COMMITTED: A Memoir of Madness in the Family

Called “one of the best books on mental illness” by a librarian, Committed is a memoir that shows us what it’s like to grow up with a paranoid schizophrenia mother only to find out that your little sister shares a similar diagnosis of mental illness. A first generation Sicilian American, Paolina Milana had to play caretaker, secret keeper, and maintain a “normal” life while voices in her head worried her about her own sanity. In this beautifully written page-turner, Milana inspires us with her triumphs and resiliency and offers solace to anyone burdened with the role of caretaker to any family member with health issues. 

After a decade of caring for crazy and keeping her mother’s mental illness a secret from the outside world, twenty-year-old Paolina Milana longs for just one year free from the madness of her home. When she gets the chance to go to an out-of-state school, she takes it, but her family won’t leave her be. Letter after letter arrives, constantly reminding her of the insanity rooted in her family tree. Even worse, the voices in her own head whisper words she’s not sure are normal. “Please don’t make me be like Mamma,” she prays to a God she’s not sure is listening.

The unexpected death of her father soon after she returns home leaves Paolina in shock―and in charge of her paranoid schizophrenic mother. But it isn’t until she is twenty-seven and her sister two years her junior explodes in a psychotic episode and, just like Mamma, is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and must be committed, that Paolina descends into her own despair, nearly losing herself to the darkness.

Poignant and impactful, Committed is one woman’s story of resilience as she struggles to stay sane despite the madness that surrounds her.

Author Paolino Milana

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The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavky

If you know me, you know that I love reading twisty, YA thrillers. They are my guilty pleasure (extra points for taking place in a boarding school!). So, no surprise that I could not pass by The Mary Shelley Club on Net Galley. This was a quick read with suspense and twists. I enjoyed it!

Here’s the overview:

New York Times best-selling author Goldy Moldavsky delivers a deliciously twisty YA thriller that’s Scream meets Karen McManus about a mysterious club with an obsession for horror. 

When it comes to horror movies, the rules are clear:

  • Avoid abandoned buildings, warehouses, and cabins at all times.
  • Stay together: Don’t split up, not even just to “check something out”.
  • If there’s a murderer on the loose, do not make out with anyone.

If only surviving in real life were this easy….

New girl Rachel Chavez turns to horror movies for comfort, preferring stabby serial killers and homicidal dolls to the bored rich kids of Manhattan Prep…and to certain memories she’d preferred to keep buried.

Then Rachel is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious society of students who orchestrate Fear Tests, elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and movie tropes. At first, Rachel embraces the power that comes with reckless pranking. But as the Fear Tests escalate, the competition turns deadly, and it’s clear Rachel is playing a game she can’t afford to lose.