Monday, April 30, 2018

News Update

As some of you might have noticed I haven’t been very active on Maureen’s Books lately. So I decided it’s time to share with you why that is. I’m not quitting Maureen’s Books.. But after a lot of thinking I definitely decided I just simply don’t want to stop blogging. I love book blogging, it brought me so much and I still want to blog about the books I’ve read. But I won’t be blogging much.. at least for a little while.

As some of you might already know I’m pregnant. 23 weeks at the moment, and I’m loving every minute. But.. as you moms out there already know, a lot is going on ever since I found out I was pregnant. And although I tried hard at first to balance everything: blogging, working full time as a nurse, taking care of our house, and preparing for our baby girl with doctor appointments, finding day-care, preparing the baby room etc. It just gotten to be to much. And I just can’t do everything anymore. I’m tired a lot, and life is just to busy at the moment to do everything the way I used too.

And since I won’t be able to start working less until after giving birth, blogging is the one thing I can and will have to put on a lower burn. This being said I won’t tell you how much I will be blogging.. since I just don’t want to make promises for now. When I have a review ready, I’ll post it. When I want to do a post about whatever.. I’ll do it. But I won’t make any commitments.

After August, when our baby girl is born I will think about what I will be doing then. For now.. I’m not going anywhere.. I’m just a little quieter than before. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My Favorite.. Game

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page.

Although I really love games. I rarely play them anymore. I love all kinds of games. Board games, video games.. you name it and I love it. But time flies by way to fast these days and I rarely have time to do games. I do still play some games on my iPhone like FOE. But even that game is hard to keep up with these days.

But the games I love playing the most are definitely board games. I love monopoly, scrabble and especially Trivia. I definitely have some great childhood memories with Trivia. And the thing I love most about playing these games is definitely the cozy feeling I always get while playing board games. Sometimes my husband and I play monopoly or chess on a Sunday. We have snacks on the table, the radio on and it’s just something I love. 

We definitely need to play some more board games. Maybe this week? 

What is your favorite game?

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My Favorite.. Upcoming Author

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

This one was definitely difficult for me. When I wrote these different subjects I thought this would be one subject I could answer easily. Well, not! I have plenty of authors that were new to me, but when I looked them up they already have several books out there. But I kept thinking of one author I really came to love in these last view months, of which I don’t hear all that much in the media. And well.. I decided to pick her because I think her books deserve a little more attention. 

And the author I’m talking about is Carrie Elks. Carrie Elks writes Contemporary Romance and is the author of the Love In London series, and The Shakespeare Sisters series. I have read the first two books in the Shakespeare Sisters series ‘Summer’s Lease’ and ‘A Winter’s Tale’. And I just loved those books. The third book in the series ‘Absent in the Spring’ is coming next week and I can’t wait to read that one.  

Although I haven’t read all her books, I can definitely say you have to check out Carrie Elks her books. She writes some amazing romance novels and I for one can’t wait to read more by her. 

Who is your favorite upcoming author? 

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Review 'Lies That Bind' by Shirley Wine biggest challenge of his life, and only she can help...

Luke Calloway has spent his entire life steering clear of emotional entanglements, but when his sister and her husband are killed and he becomes sole guardian to his niece and nephew, he can no longer remain aloof.

Out of his depth, Luke turns to Brooke Galbraith to assist the badly injured and traumatized adolescents with their physical therapy. With the children’s grandparents contesting custody, Luke persuades Brooke to move into his house on Whitby Downs to provide stability and support.

Brooke is fighting her own demons, scandals from her past that she can’t leave behind. She needs the money, but she can’t grow attached. Not to the children, and definitely not to their enigmatic uncle..

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 12th, 2018
Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Available at:

My Review:

When I saw this book on the list of Escape Publishing’s new April books, I found myself interested in this read. I love romance novels, apparently especially since I’m pregnant, but I also love romance novels to have a little suspense. And this book sounded like it had plenty of both. So obviously I had to read this one. 

Brooke Galbraith is a physiotherapist who came back to the small town she ran away from years ago, to take care of her father. Being back in her old home town is hard for her. And when the handsome but rude Luke Calloway offers her a job she can’t refuse Brooke is determined to keep things strictly business. 
Luke has had a view hard months. His beloved sister and her husband died in a car accident and left him as sole guardian to his young niece and nephew. The last thing he wants is to ask help from the gorgeous Brooke.

To be honest, it took me a little while to really get into this story. When I read the first view pages I felt like I was missing stuff. Like I missed a previous book. Thankfully, things got easier to follow the further I read. But the two main characters Luke Calloway and Brooke Galbraith weren’t as easy for me to connect too. I just didn’t really like them at the beginning.

Thankfully I slowly began to enjoy this story a little more. I was glad to find there was definitely some suspense in this book. And I loved the way Luke was with his young niece and nephew. But the romance between Luke and Brooke wasn’t really what I hoped it would be. I just couldn’t really feel the chemistry there. 

The writing in ‘Lies That Bind’ was very descriptive, which made it easy to follow. Although I liked the ending of the book, I still feel like there are some loose ends I would have liked to be more tied up at the end. But overall it was a nice read.

My Rating:

About the Author:

After a lifetime of living in rural New Zealand this has provided a rich base for my stories.

I have always written and for many years freelanced for metropolitan and regional newspapers.

I write romance because I love delving into human relationships. It is these relationships in all their diversity that make the human race so fascinating.

I've been asked why Romance and my answer is always: I write romance because to me first and last, family matters.

For more information about Shirley please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Escape Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Sunday Post #87: Busy Times

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ Its a chance to share news ~ A Post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week was pretty busy although I didn’t have to work a lot. Monday was a free day, and I honestly can’t even remember what I did. Pregnancy hormones maybe! LOL. Tuesday I had to work, and right after work we had a course. So it was a very long day and I wasn’t home till 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday I had to work again. And Friday I was free but the day was really booked. I had a 3D echo in the morning for this research program I’m in, and a wedding till late at night. On Saturday we had the birthday party of my little niece who becomes one on Tuesday. And at night my husband and I went out to dinner. It was a nice evening with time for just the two of us. Which definitely was good after working the last two weekends. And today we are having a slow day. The weather is pretty nice, so we are going out for a walk this afternoon. I hope you all are doing good and are having a great book filled weekend.

I did get a view new books this week of which I’m super excited. And on Friday I posted a post where I ask help for finding books to read with my baby girl. I could definitely use your help. ;)

Last Week On The Blog:

This Week On The Blog:

  • Review ‘Lies That Bind’ by Shirley Wine
  • My Favorite.. Upcoming Author

New Arrivals:

Received from Little, Brown Book Group
Received from Netgalley
Received from Netgalley
Received from Netgalley

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Books I Should Read With My Baby Girl

If you follow my blog or follow me on social media, you probably already know that I’m pregnant. I’m 20 weeks pregnant of our first baby and it’s a baby girl. And we are over the moon. If you are pregnant, or have been pregnant you know that your energy levels aren’t the same as before your pregnancy. And I’ve definitely been experiencing this. But it’s all worth it, and sometimes you just have to ask for a little help.

As a reader and book blogger I can’t wait to start reading to and with my baby girl. But since browsing the bookstores isn’t really happening at the moment I need your help. My baby girl definitely will have to have books and reading time in her life. But what books do I have to get? Which baby books should I definitely read? And which one should I not buy? I already have a view books, some in Dutch and some in English (I'll post them down here), but obviously I’ll have to get more. 

So which book would you recommend I have to read to my baby? Let me know and I’ll make a list down here with all the books I’ll have to get. Maybe another mama will find it helpful too. ;)

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Release Day 'Tangled Up' by Jodi Linton

Today I’m excited to share with you the Release Day of ‘Tangled Up’ by Jodi Linton. ‘Tangled Up’ is the first book in the Sweet Home, Texas series and out NOW!!

About the Book:
Lucy Valentine had her hopes set on becoming the next fashion icon. But then her big city dreams are derailed, and she’s suddenly back in her hometown. It’s supposed to be temporary, but when she accidentally breaks into the home of the rugged, outrageously hot new guy in town, she is faced with a new challenge—trying to ignore her attraction to the stubborn cowboy. 

Former bull rider Ford Hunt gave up the rodeo and moved to Sweet Home, Texas to help his father run the family’s raw dairy ranch. He doesn’t have time for distractions, like the sexy redheaded he can’t seem to get off his mind. 

But before they know it, Ford and Lucy are tangled up in the bedsheets. As their attraction burns hotter will they risk it all to have it all?  

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 12th, 2018
Sweet Home, Texas #1
Contemporary Romance
Available at:

Praise for 'Tangled Up':

A terrifically humorous story filled with strong sexual attraction among feelings of not wanting it due to set career paths. When they finally can no longer deny those feelings the passion let loose is, well let me just say WOW.
~Always Love Me Some Books Blog

Ford & Lucy will have you laughing, cheering, and fanning yourself
~ Goodreads Reviewer

Funny, sexy and engaging! Tangled Up will take you on a ride--Texas style--that you won't soon forget!
~ author Carmen Falcone

Ms. Linton's writing is easy to follow, cleverly humorous, and highly addicting as well as entertaining.
~Books and Bindings

About the Author:

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river. 

For more information about Jodi Linton please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads and Google +

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

My Favorite.. Movie I Like Better Than The Book

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

This one is definitely a hard one. As a reader I must say I pretty much love the books better than the movies. Which isn’t really that surprising, since books give us so much more information and time with the characters then the books. And obviously, in a book we can all use our own imagination, where in a movie the choice is made for us. One example of that for me is the ‘City of Bones’ series by Cassandra Clare. I love that book series. But the movie.. not so much. The main characters were all so very different than I imagined them while reading. I just couldn’t get over that. 

But there is one movie I like better than the book. Although I love ‘The Notebook’ by Nicholas Sparks as a book, and I’ve read it several times, I absolutely adore the movie ‘The Notebook’. It’s one of my favorite movies. The characters fitted perfectly to the one I imagined in my head. And it just think the actors did an amazing job with that movie. 

Now we are talking about it.. I definitely have to see that movie again soon.

What is your favorite movie you like better than the book?

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Promo 'Aphrodite's Tears' by Hannah Fielding

Today I’m excited to share my stop for the Book Promo of ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ by Hannah Fielding. ‘Aphrodite’s Tears’ is a romance novel that will be published in April. And throughout this Book Promo tour there will be some fun and unique teasers to read on every stop. And don’t forget to enter the awesome Giveaway!

About the Book:

In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. 

Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. 

As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Lekkas family. What dangers lie in Helios, a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? 

Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
January 25th, 2018
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
Available at:


The Tour Schedule:

  •  Monday April 2nd:             Girl of 1000 Wonders
  •  Tuesday April 3rd:             Always Me
  •  Wednesday April 4th:       Totally Addicted To Reading
  •  Thursday April 5th:           Carol’s Notebook
  •  Friday April 6th:                Every Free Chance Reader
  •  Monday April 9th:             Maureen's Books

About the Author:

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. 

To date, Hannah has published five passionate, evocative novels: Burning Embers, a ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; the award-winning Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – set in sensual, sultry Spain.

For more information about Hannah Fielding and her books please visit her website. Or visit her on Goodreads, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


This event was organized by Maureen's Books Promotions. 

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