Bea's Book Nook

BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Sunday, September 25, 2016

BANNED BOOKS WEEK GIVEAWAY - WIN AN AMAZON GIFT CARD



It's that time again, when the American Library Association and other national organizaitons focus on books that have been banned or challenged in the US. The challenges may occur at a store, a library or a school. Sometimes a book will be 'allowed' but only hidden behind a counter. Now, books can be revolutionary, it's true. Reading does broaden the mind and offer new perspectives. Books can teach you, inspire dreams, and give hope. But to hide them? To deny other people the chance to read it simply because you don't like it or you disagree with it? Why? Why should your tastes determine what I read, what I learn? Why should your beliefs take precedence over mine? Don't like it? Don't read it. Don't want your child to read it? Why? Have YOU taken the time to read it? Why not read it with your child? Be there to discuss the book and offer your thoughts on it. Maybe there's a book on a similar theme that you prefer; offer that to your child in conjunction with the other book.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Excerpt from A New Romantic Suspense, Beck by Maggie Marr

Excerpt, Romantic Suspense, Beck, Maggie Marr, Bea's Book Nook


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Beck, an exciting new romantic suspense. If you like stories about SEALS and former SEALS, this should hit your sweet spot. Grab a drink and enjoy!

Maggie Marr is the author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She writes smart, sexy, women and the men they love. She got her start in Hollywood pushing the mail cart at ICM, but quickly rose through the ranks to become a motion picture literary agent. As well as writing, she maintains a boutique legal practice dedicated to the needs of creatives & entrepreneurs. She is the current President of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA) and legal adviser to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). Maggie loves all things pop culture and when she isn’t taking care of her clients or writing she can be found reading, chasing kids, or exercising her rescue pup.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bea Reviews The Masked CIty by Genevieve Cogman

Bea's Book Nook, Review, The Masked CIty, Genevieve Cogman
Series: Invisible Library #2
Publisher: Roc
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Challenges: Finishing the Series Reading Challenge
Buying Links: Amazon* | Book Depository* | OmniLit*  | iTunes | Barnes & Noble
* affiliate links; the blog receives a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Blurb from goodreads:

Librarian-spy Irene and her apprentice Kai are back in the second in this “dazzling”* book-filled fantasy series from the author of The Invisible Library.
 
The written word is mightier than the sword—most of the time...
 
Working in an alternate version of Victorian London, Librarian-spy Irene has settled into a routine, collecting important fiction for the mysterious Library and blending in nicely with the local culture. But when her apprentice, Kai—a dragon of royal descent—is kidnapped by the Fae, her carefully crafted undercover operation begins to crumble.

Kai’s abduction could incite a conflict between the forces of chaos and order that would devastate all worlds and all dimensions. To keep humanity from getting caught in the crossfire, Irene will have to team up with a local Fae leader to travel deep into a version of Venice filled with dark magic, strange coincidences, and a perpetual celebration of Carnival—and save her friend before he becomes the first casualty of a catastrophic war.

But navigating the tumultuous landscape of Fae politics will take more than Irene’s book-smarts and fast-talking—to ward off Armageddon, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear....

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bea Reviews Death by Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson

Bea's Book Nook, Review, Death by Pumpkin Spice, Alex Erickson
Series: Bookstore Cafe Mystery #3
Publisher: Kensington
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 27, 2016
* affiliate links; the blog receives a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Blurb from goodreads:

Bookstore café owner Krissy Hancock would rather spend Halloween serving pumpkin goodies than wearing costumes with Pine Hills’ wealthiest at Yarborough mansion, especially when the soiree shapes up to be more trick than treat . . .

As if a run-in with an old flame and a failed marriage proposal weren’t enough to horrify Krissy for one night, a woman is found strangled to death in a room filled with ominous jack-o’-lanterns. All signs suggest a crime of passion—but when the hostess’s jewelry disappears, malevolent intentions seem way more likely . . .

With the estate on lockdown and a killer roaming the halls, Krissy must help Officer Paul Dalton investigate each nook, cranny, and guest for answers—while also confronting a few demons of her own. Someone has lots of skeletons in the closet, and Krissy better tread lightly to expose them .

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Win the Complete Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Series by Katie Ruggle!!


I've been enjoying the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Series by Katie Ruggle, a romance suspense series. The next book, "In Safe Hands", comes out October 4th (my review and an excerpt will post on Sept. 27th) and oh boy, it's a good one. The publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanc, LOVES this series and they want to celebrate the final installment with a print series bundle giveaway.

The series:

 #.5 On His Watch
#1 Hold Your Breath
#2 Fan the Flames
#3 Gone Too Deep
#4 In Safe Hands

The giveaway is a short one, it ends midnight EST on Thursday the 22nd. Open to US residents only, sorry. Please see my Giveaway and Privacy policies. No purchase necessary to enter. VOID where prohibited. 

To enter, comment below with why you want to read the series or what's your favorite book in it so far if you've read any of them. Leave a way for me to contact you - an email address or Twitter handle.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 6th, 2016
Challenges: I Love Picture Books
Buying Links: Amazon* | Book Depository*  | Barnes & Noble
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Blurb from goodreads:

Even dragons can’t resist a good story…

Even though Leo would rather sit at home and read, his parents send him out into the world in the hopes that Leo will become a famous knight. But when Leo comes up against the land’s most fearsome beasts, he soon discovers that scary monsters enjoy a good book as much as anyone…

Friday, September 16, 2016

Excerpt from Peregrine Island by Diane B. Saxton

Publisher: She Writes Press 
Release Date: August 2nd, 2016
Formats Available: Paperback, ebook
Buying Links: Amazon* | Book Depository* | Kobo | iTunes* | Barnes & Noble
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Author Links: website | goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Blurb from Amazon:

The Peregrine family’s lives are turned upside down one summer when so-called “art experts” appear on the doorstep of their Connecticut island home to appraise a favorite heirloom painting. When incriminating papers, as well as other paintings, are discovered behind the artwork in question, the appraisal turns into a full-fledged investigation. Antagonism mounts between grandmother, mother, and child, who begin to suspect one another, as well as the shady newcomers in their midst, of foul play.


As the summer progresses and the Peregrines discover facts about their past in the course of the investigation, they learn that people―including them―are not always who they appear to be. But when they uncover the painting’s deepest secret, it gives them the gift of love that they have unconsciously been seeking all along.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway of Max At Night by Ed Vere

Review, Giveaway, Max At Night, Ed Vere, Bea's Book Nook
Series: Max
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: September 1st, 2016 
Challenges: I Love Picture Books
Buying Links: Amazon* | Book Depository* | OmniLit*  | iTunes* | Barnes & Noble
* affiliate links; the blog receives a small commission from purchases made through these links.

Blurb from goodreads:

This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It's way past Max's bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight...

Max is tired and all ready for bed, but when he can't find the moon to say goodnight to, he sets out to find it. But that's not as easy as Max had hoped...

Witty and heart-warming, this stylish and beautifully illustrated book is the perfect bedtime read.