Teaser Tuesday – April 23, 2019

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker.

It is very easy to play along:

• Grab your current read and open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Here are my “teasers” :

 

“If only I’d listened to my instincts, I would’ve turned and run in the opposite direction. But that’s not what I did. I walked toward him. And I will always blame myself for what came after.”

 

From the novel :

 

A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

A Stranger on the Beach

Expected publication: July 23, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Goodreads Description:

There is a stranger outside Caroline’s house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.

 

My Thoughts:

I just picked this book up today. My teasers are from the very first page.  I was going to wait until next month to read this, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to hold off. I’m excited and I can’t wait to read more!

 

I hope you enjoyed my “teasers”.

Happy Reading!!

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Music Mondays- One Hit Wonders

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite “One hit wonders” from the 80’s.  I have many favorites but I’m going to keep it to four for this post.

I hope you enjoy!!

 

867 5309 Jenny – Tommy Tutone

In a Big Country – Big Country

The Promise – When In Rome

Two Of Hearts – Stacey Q

Two of Hearts by Stacey Q
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I-I-I-I-I need you
I-I-I-I-I need you
I never said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody
No baby
But desperate lover, I can’t keep it to myself
Oh no
When we’re together it’s like hot coals in a fire
Oh baby
My body’s burning so come on heat my desire
Come on come on
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
I need you, I need you
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
Come on, come on
People get jealous ’cause we always stay together
Yeah baby
I guess they really want a love like yours and mine
Together forever
I never thought that I could ever be this happy
Yeah baby
My prayers were answered, boy you came in the nick of time
Oh
I got this feeling that you’re going to stay
I never knew that it could happen this way
Before I met you I was falling apart
But now at last I really know we’re made of
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
I need you, I need you
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
Come on, come on
I never said I wasn’t gonna tell nobody
No baby
But desperate lover, I can’t keep it to myself
Oh no
When we’re together it’s like hot coals in a fire
Oh baby
My body’s burning so come on heat my desire
Oh
I got this feeling that you’re going to stay
I never knew that it could happen this way
Before I met you I was falling apart
But now at last I really know we’re made of
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
I need you, I need you
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
Come on, come on
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
I need you, I need you
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
Come on, come on
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
I need you, I need you
Two of hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Two of hearts
Come on, come on
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Songwriters: john mitchell
Two of Hearts lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management
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The Promise by When In Rome
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If you need a friend, don’t look to a stranger
You know in the end, I’ll always be there
But when you’re in doubt, and when you’re in danger
Take a look all around, and I’ll be there
I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you’ll wait around awhile, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you I will
When your day is through, and so is your temper
You know what to do, I’m gonna always be there
Sometimes if I shout, it’s not what’s intended
These words just come out, with no cross to bear
I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you’ll wait around awhile, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you
I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
And if I had to walk the world, I’d make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will
I gotta tell you, need to tell you, got to tell you, I’ve got to tell you
I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
But if you’ll wait around awhile, I’ll make you fall for me
I promise, I promise you
I’m sorry, but I’m just thinking of the right words to say
I know they don’t sound the way I planned them to be
And if I had to walk the world, I’d make you fall for me
I promise you, I promise you I will
I will
I will
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Songwriters: Chris Brown / Christopher Taylor Brown / Peter Charell / Peter Kurt Charell / Simon Ormandy
The Promise lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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In a Big Country by Big Country
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I’ve never seen you look like this without a reason
Another promise fallen through
Another season passes by you
I never took the smile away from anybody’s face
And that’s a desperate way to look
For someone who is still a child
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive, here we go
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can’t stay here with every single hope you had shattered
I’m not expecting to grow flowers in a desert
But I can live and breathe
And see the sun in wintertime
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
So take that look out of here it doesn’t fit you
Because it’s happened doesn’t mean you’ve been discarded
Pull up your head off the floor, come up screaming
Cry out for everything you ever might have wanted
I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered
But you can’t stay here with every single hope you had shattered, see ya
I’m not expecting to grow flowers in a desert
But I can live and breathe
And see the sun in wintertime
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
Ha, ha
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
In a big country dreams stay with you
Like a lover’s voice fires the mountainside
Stay alive
Songwriters: Michael Barson / Lee Thompson

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8675309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone
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Jenny jenny who can I turn to
You give me something I can hold on to
I know you’ll think I’m like the others before
Who saw your name and number on the wall
Jenny I’ve got your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny don’t change your number
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Jenny jenny you’re the girl for me
You don’t know me but you make me so happy
I tried to call you before but I lost my nerve
I tried my imagination but I was disturbed
Jenny I’ve got your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny don’t change your number
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
I got it (i got it) I got it
I got your number on the wall
I got it (i got it) I got it
For a good time, for a good time call
Jenny don’t change your number
I need to make you mine
Jenny I’ve called your number
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Jenny Jenny who can I turn to (eight six seven five three oh nine)
For the price of a dime I can always turn to you (eight six seven five three oh nine)
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine (five three oh nine)
Eight six seven five three oh nine
Eight six seven five three oh nine (five three oh nine)
Eight six seven five three oh nine (five three oh nine)
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Songwriters: James Irwin Keller / Alexander Hughes Call
8675309/Jenny lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

REVIEW – The Au Pair by Emma Rous

The Au Pair

Published: January 8th, 2019 by Berkley Books

This book opens in August 2017.  Seraphine’s father recently passed away so she is sorting through his things. She comes across a picture of her mother, father, and older brother, Edwin. Her mother is holding a baby in the picture. The writing on the back of the picture indicates that the picture was taken the day Seraphine and her twin brother, Danny were born.

Seraphine and Danny were born surrounded by grief. There is a six-month time frame where apparently no pictures were taken of any of the Mayes family.  So Seraphine is surprised that this picture exists. Her mother appears calm and happy in the picture.  It’s hard to believe this picture was taken in the final hours of her mother’s life.  This photo was taken the day EVERYTHING changed for the Mayes family….

“the same day Danny and I were born, our mother jumped from the cliffs behind our house and killed herself.”

Serephine wonders who her mother is holding in the picture. Is it her or Danny? Why is there only one of them in the picture? Her older brother, Edwin is as baffled as she is. But his attention is caught by another picture in Seraphine’s hands. It is a picture of Edwin as a toddler, having fun on the beach with a dark-haired teenager. He remembers her.  Her name is Laura and she was his au pair. She left the day the twins were born.

Seraphine has always wanted to know why her mother committed suicide and what happened in the hours beforehand. She thinks there is only one person who can answer her questions…

LAURA… THE AU PAIR.

Everyone tells Seraphine to let it go but she just can’t. Her family is haunted by tragedy. Their lives filled with secrets and lies. Seraphine just wants answers, but there may be people who want to keep her from finding out the truth.

Will Seraphine find the woman who can tell her what happened on that fateful day? Will searching for answers put Seraphine and others in danger?  

I thought this was a great debut novel!

The characters were fascinating. The chapters alternated, telling the story from both Seraphine and Laura’s point of view, in both the past and present. Although it was a little slow at times, the plot was intriguing and kept me guessing.

The Au Pair” is a well written and entertaining novel full of surprises with an ending I didn’t see coming.

I think that Emma Rous is a writer to watch. I am excited to read what she comes up with next.

I’d like to thank Berkley Publishing for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

Music Monday – Chevelle

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

Today I am sharing two songs by Chevelle – The Red and Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)

 

 

 

 

 

The Red by Chevelle:
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They say freak,
When you’re singled out,
The red,
Well it filters through.
So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.
Seeing red again,
Seeing red again.
This change,
He won’t contain,
Slip away,
To clear your mind,
When asked,
Who made it show (who made it show),
The truth,
He gives into most.
So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.
So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.
So lay down,
The threat is real,
When his sight,
Goes red again.
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red again!
Seeing red!
They say freak, When you’re singled out,
The red, it filters through.
Songwriters: Joseph Loeffler / Peter Loeffler / Samuel Loeffler
The Red lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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Vitamin R (Leading Us Along) by Chevelle
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Some will learn, many do
Cover up or spread it out
Turn around, had enough
Pick and choose, or pass it on
Buying in, heading for
Suffer now or suffer then
It’s bad enough, I want the fear
Need the fear
’cause he’s alone
(and he has become)
He’s alone
(and he has become)
Well, if they’re making it (making it)
Then they’re pushing it (pushing it)
And they’re leading us, along
The hassle of (hassle of)
All the screaming fits (screaming fits)
That panic makes, remorse
After all, what’s the point?
Course levitation is possible
If you’re a fly, achieved and gone
There’s time for this and, so much more
It’s typical, create a world
A special place of my design
To never cope, or never care
Just use the key cause
He’s alone
(and he has become)
He’s alone
(and he has become)
Well, if they’re making it (making it)
Then they’re pushing it (pushing it)
And they’re leading us, along
The hassle of (hassle of)
All the screaming fits (screaming fits)
That panic makes, remorse!
Over and over a slave, became
Over and over a slave, became
Over and over a slave, became
Over and over a slave
Well, if they’re making it (making it)
Then they’re pushing it (pushing it)
And they’re leading us, along
The hassle of (hassle of)
All the screaming fits (screaming fits)
That panic held, before
Well, if they’re making it (making it)
Then they’re pushing it (pushing it)
And they’re leading us, along
Like a cancer caused (cancer caused)
All the screaming fits (screaming fits)
And their panic makes, remorse
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Songwriters: Joseph Loeffler / Peter Loeffler / Samuel Loeffler
Vitamin R (Leading Us Along) lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc