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A Question or Two for You:

Hi Everyone,

Happy last day of July!!! July was a big month in the world of literature. New surprise releases from Harper Lee and Dr. Seuss. Were you excited about either of these titles? If so, have you read either one yet? I am excited about both releases and I am very anxious to read both stories, one day. Now I know, there has been some controversies and disappointments concerning Go Set a Watchman, but my excitement hasn’t decreased at all. What about you?

Comments have slowed down tremendously here on the site. I have a few fun, interactive items that will be starting tomorrow, August 1st. However, I want to hear from all of you. What do you want to see more of on this site? Leave a comment below, telling me what you would like to see, as a regular feature here. I appreciate your continued support and I will try to incorporate some of your suggestions.

One of the things that will be starting tomorrow, is a Read with Ariesgrl opportunity. Continue reading

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

~Thomas Mann

 
Hi Everyone!

I think we have all at some point in our lives dealt with “Writer’s Block.” Whether it was a term paper, a proposal or even a novel. We have struggled with the impending deadline that haunts us as we stare at a blank page. This exhausting moment is yet another reason why I admire authors. Somehow they not only power through, they create a magnificent world for us to live in temporarily.

So tell me, have you ever experienced a Writer’s Block? If so, how did you overcome it? What are your favorite methods for preventing this pesky nuisance?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

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Carissima

By: Rosanna Chiofalo

Pia Santore always dreamed of visiting New York with her sister Erica. Unfortunately, her sister passed away before Pia’s dreams were realized. Now alone in New York, she has a difficult time moving forward with her life. When she lands an exclusive interview with the movie star, Francesca Donata, a whole new world is opened up for her. As she travels to Francesca’s home in Rome, and learns the inner details of her past, Pia must come to terms with her loss in order to open herself up for true love.

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”

~William Faulkner

 

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Secret Keeper

By: Kate Morton

Laurel witnessed a horrific event when she was sixteen. Fifty years later, she returns to her Mother’s side and decides to finally question what had happened. She gets to know a whole other side of her Mom, as she recounts the story of her life, WWII and the two people who changed her life forever.

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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.

~Raymond Carver

 

It has been a rough few days in my household, so the desire to stay in bed and read all day is quite strong. Alas, I must go to work. However, if everyone is doing well and staying healthy, on Friday, I will be back with a ton of reviews!!! (Fingers, toes and paws crossed!)

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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What are you Reading?

Hi Everyone,

I am spending this “restful” Sunday cleaning up a shattered dog dish, doing some laundry and spending some time with my boys, reading. I finished a Children’s book earlier today, and I am close to finishing a Memoir this evening, before starting a light-hearted beach read for tonight. I hope you all are having fun in this beautiful weather. What are reading as you wrap up the weekend?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Author Spotlight and Giveaway!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s Spotlight is on author, Mary Alice Monroe! She is the author of numerous books set on the South Carolina coast. Her latest trilogy is the amazing Lowcountry Summer. The final book was released today! To read my reviews of this series, click on each title: The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End. Mary Alice Monroe has kindly participated in an interview. After the interview, you will see the incredible giveaway she is offering to one lucky person. Directions on how to enter are listed below. Good Luck!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Summer’s End

Summer's End

 

By: Mary Alice Monroe

(Lowcountry Summer #3)

 

The Summer’s End is the final chapter in the Lowcountry Summer trilogy. Harper, Dora and Carson, three half-sisters, have been staying at their grandmother’s home, Sea Breeze, in Sullivan’s Island. It has been a tumultuous few weeks, with the sisters reconnecting and finding not only the bond of sisterhood, but also rediscovering themselves along the way. But now the summer is coming to an end, the sisters must figure out where and how they will live, as their beloved home will be placed on the market. Will their bond last without Sea Breeze and Mamaw?

Mary Alice Monroe is an exquisite author who blends the magnificent Lowcountry setting with human emotions. Though this story works well as a stand-alone, readers will gain more from it if they read the trilogy in order. Teaching important lessons of the dangers humans impose on wildlife, as well as sensitive topics concerning Asperger’s and Wounded Warriors, this is a great choice for discussions amongst Reading Groups and families. The focus in The Summer’s End is finding oneself, and having confidence to pursue one’s dreams. Though this final book is mostly Harper’s story, as she transitions from a mousey observer to an energetic leader, readers won’t be missing out on any of the sisters’ developments. This is a must read for fans of Southern literature.

Several days after finishing The Summer End, I kept going back and re-reading my favorite sections. Harper was my favorite character; I mean who wouldn’t love a girl who lists classic titles as her best friends! Though this series was my first glimpse into Mary Alice Monroe’s writing, it won’t be my last.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
To enter for a chance to win a Signed Paperback copy of this book, click here. Good luck!

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The Summer Wind

The Summer Wind

By: Mary Alice Monroe

Lowcountry Summer #2

It has been one chaotic month for Mamaw’s Summer Girls. Dora, the eldest, is beyond stressed with her separation, getting the repairs done on her ex-house, and trying to get her autistic son to move past Delphine’s injuries. With the help of Mamaw, Lucille and her sisters, Dora learns to shift focus back on herself and her health.

Carrying on the same theme from the first book, of the healing powers of nature, The Summer Wind shows the importance of learning to love one’s self, trusting others and the power of second chances. Mary Alice Monroe packs a punch with relatable characters and realistic life events. Life doesn’t wait for anyone; therefore one must keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward. The ending will have readers frantic for the next book.

I could completely relate to Dora. I understood how she lost herself by trying to be the thing everyone else needed. It was nice to see her regain focus on herself and begin to accept being happy.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes:
The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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