It’s a long drive from where I live in California to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, twenty-two hours to be exact. But I made good use of my time. During the trip I was able to start and finish an ARC that I won of THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni.

Five pages in and I was lost to the world. Stopping for dinner was a huge inconvenience. And did my family really need to interrupt to point out the snow / lake / mountains / wild animals we were passing? I think not.

In fact, I was so engrossed in the book that I failed in my role as navigator and we ended up more than twenty miles off course before I looked up and realized what had happened. Needless to say, hubby might not be as big a fan of Dianne as I am 😛

So what did I love about this book? For starters, the concept is cool: an extra day stuck in the middle of the week that only a few people know about. The problem lies with what certain people decide to do with all that extra time on their hands. By blending Arthurian legends with modern day life (and a few Dr. Who and Ancient Aliens references), Dianne has created a completely original novel.

Filled with heart-pounding action and wonderful characters–people who grow on you even when you start out thinking you won’t like them–this is the type of book that I finish reading and hand off immediately to my kids. If you have a chance to get an ARC, jump on it. Otherwise, look for it when it releases next month. You’ll definitely want to add this to your TBR list.

As for the WISH YOU WEREN’T blog tour, there’s plenty of fun stuff happening this week. Reviews, deleted scenes, 25 things you might not know about me, and of course, plenty of giveaways. Here’s where you’ll find me around the blogs this week:

Read This Instead: On Wednesday, Kathy will be sharing a deleted scene from Wish You Weren’t.
Me, My Shelf & I: On Thursday, 25 Things you may or may not know about me 🙂
Book Dreaming: Also Thursday, Shannon O’Donnell reviews Wish You Weren’t.

All of these sites will be giving away prize packs as well (printed copy of Wish You Weren’t, astronaut ice cream and a wish token), so stop by and enter your name to win!

Of course, you can always get your very own copy of WISH YOU WEREN’T from these magnificent retailers. And when you buy the print version from Amazon, you get a free e-book download, too — bonus!

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