Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle by Joni Parker











Title: The Black Elf of Seaward Isle
Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press, LLC
Pages: 330
Genre: Fantasy/Action Adventure
Format: Paperback/Kindle


On the mysterious Seaward Isle, Alex, the young daughter of Count Dumwalt, escapes Wizard Mylar's attack on her father's fortress with the help of two men, Hamlin and Tyrone, who take her to her brother in the village of Nyla. Disguised as a boy to stay at the Sword Academy with her brother, she learns of the death of her parents and vows to avenge their deaths. At the same time, a witch on the far side of the island predicts the rise of the Black Elf, the only person with the power to kill a wizard. Meanwhile, Alex's stay at the academy is cut short when the headmistress arranges her adoption by a Scinthian Scout, an Amazon warrior and her Dwarf companion. When her adoptive mother is killed in a pirate attack, Alex returns home to Nyla where Tyrone, now the Governor, takes her in as his ward as he accepts a cadre of Scinthian soldiers for training to restore their decimated Army. Since Alex can speak their language, she becomes a training liaison, leading to her selection as an elite soldier and assassin known as a tracker. Her first mission succeeds beyond all expectations and results in her selection as a training officer for the Scinthians, still involved in an extensive training program. Upon assignment to a remote border outpost, Alex discovers evidence of foul play-eight missing soldiers. As she attempts to uncover the mystery, she meets with resistance and skepticism, but she leads a mission to save them. As she basks in her glory, the wizard shows up to seek revenge on Governor Tyrone, forcing Alex to intervene.





My Thoughts: 

Did I hear what a mystery of as book, you got that right. Joni Parker has written once again to many readers a great book. Having to read Parkers book for the first time, I was so excited. To read an action pack adventure it reminded me of "King Kong". The danger, fun, and inquisitive things that was put into this book, just shows that there are some great authors out there. Going along with Alex was an adventure within an adventure. The plot was very gripping and unique. The writing style was great, but at first I was a bit lost with some of the pages I was just reading but not know what I was reading. However, I had high hopes for Parkers books, and I'm glad to say I was not disipointed. The book also reminded me of the famous "Harry Potter" series, because of the dangerous mission Harry encounters his 7 years at Hogwarts. If you enjoyed this author, series, anything, I must tell you to pick it up and get lost within the pages of writing.



The Author:


Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but left the windy city at an early age when her family moved to Japan. Upon return to the United States, her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she graduated from Camelback High School and began college. However within months, Joni quit college and joined the Navy where she became a Photographer's Mate. After 3 years in the Navy, she returned to college and got married. She got a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and an MBA before she returned to the Navy. As a Commissioned Officer, Joni attended the US Army Command and General Staff College, completing a Master of Military Arts and Sciences Degree. She retired from the Navy with over 22 years of service and spent several years traveling the United States in a motorhome with her husband. When he died unexpectedly, Joni returned to work for the federal government in a civil service job. Five years ago, she started writing and retired once more to devote more time to her new passion. She currently lives in Texas.  

Blog Tour Book Review: Risen II by Krystal Lawrence








Title: Risen II: The Progeny 
Author: Krystal Lawrence 
Publisher: Telemachus Press 
Pages: 281 
Genre: Horror/Suspense 
Format: Hardcover/Kindle
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RISEN began the tale of Francis Barclay's return to Alder Lake to avenge the centuries old murder of his family. In this spellbinding sequel, Barclay is determined to save his progeny. When last we left Alder Lake, seven year-old Lorna was waiting patiently by the window for her blood-father's return. Her wait is now over. She has inherited Francis Barclay's luminous glowing eyes as well as his taste for blood. Alder Lake is once again plagued by murder. Only this time, the suspect will surprise everyone! 

 My Thoughts 

Risen II, was such a joy to sit back and read. I really enjoyed it a lot because it did remind me of "Twilight". Vampires are one of my favorite things to read about, so I knew this would be the book for me. The cover was great. Blog dripping down from her arm and here eyes looking directly at the seeking. What more could you ask for. Lawrence had me hooked so much not because of only the plot but her writing style. So vivid. What I also enjoyed was that I didn't have to wait for anything to build up, it got built up by reading a couple of chapters. So if you think this is one of those books that's starts out dry, think again. If you have read "Twilight" or "The Hunger Games" like me, then you know this is the right book for you to enjoy no matter on a hot day, cold day, or rainy day. I didn't think that they had so much in common but I was happy to know that this book, would get my full attention. 


Krystal Lawrence



Krystal Lawrence was born and raised in Southern California, where she was a child actress. In her late teens and early twenties she redirected her creative energy into radio, and hosted a successful talk show in Las Vegas for many years. She is the author of two previous books and numerous short stories. She now lives in Seattle where she is working on her fourth novel, PHONE CALL FROM HELL.  

Blog Tour Book Review: Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall









Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle






Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she's already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death. Through her pain, she's able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who's mere presence at his brother's funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa'a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the "gift," she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again. But faith and doubt can't reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby's constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she's opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can't see deeper than the color of one's skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice?



My Thought: 


Healing Ruby is a great book to read on any day. Its shows that everyone goes through trikes and tribulations. We always have bule sky's and we wonder when those days will leave. What I liked about the book was that I could connect to Ruby. Indecatingbthat she had a lot going on at a young age. This book helped me open my eyes and see that I can't just mope around all day complaining about what I'm going through when others might be in a worse situation than I am in. What broke my heart was the fact that she lost a younger brother by an illness which a simmilar thing had happened to me but not by an illness. In today's society you have to trust that God will make you overcomes. Not everyday is going to be a bad day but you just can't put your life on hold for it. You must keep strong and hold on because its only pushing you back away from you fate which is waiting for you. If you haven't read this book I cannot tell you what miracles you might see in your eyes that will aware you will this beautiful book teaching you something very special.




The Author: 

Jennifer Westall dives into Christian characters to explore her own questions of faith. Inspired by the life of her grandmother, Healing Ruby (2014) is the first in the Healing Ruby series, which delves into the mysteries of faith healing. She's also the author of Love's Providence (2012), a contemporary Christian romance that navigates the minefield of dating and temptation. She resides in southwest Texas with her husband and two boys, where she homeschools by day and writes by night, thus explaining those pesky bags under her eyes.  

Excerpt: Healing Ruby by Jennifer H. Westall



Title: Healing Ruby
Author: Jennifer H. Westall
Publisher: Jennifer H. Westall
Pages: 369
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Format: Hardback/Paperback/Kindle





Ruby Graves, a young girl in Depression-era Alabama, faces the hardships of poverty and loss with as much faith as she can muster. At only the age of thirteen, she's already lost a younger brother to illness, and now faces losing both her father and the boy who's stealing her heart to illnesses as well. Armed with her beloved Scriptures, she prays daily for their healing, only to have her tender faith shattered by her father's death. Through her pain, she's able to connect with her long-lost Uncle Asa, who's mere presence at his brother's funeral brings murmurs of a scandalous past involving her parents and a prominent local pastor, Irwin Cass. When Ruby discovers that one of Asa'a many secrets is an ability to heal, and that she may be next in line for the "gift," she vows to find the faith that has eluded her so far, a faith that could mean never losing loved ones again. But faith and doubt can't reside in the same heart, not according to her father, and doubt is Ruby's constant companion. As she struggles to find the true meaning of faith, she's opposed at every turn by the pastor who would see her family destroyed and a community that can't see deeper than the color of one's skin. Through her search for a faith that could move mountains and a true understanding of her gift, can Ruby trust in a God that may require the ultimate sacrifice? 

Blog Tour Book Review: Winergarden by T.M Wallace










Title: Wintergarden
Author: T.M. Wallace
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 220 Genre: YA/Children's Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle




Addyson Marten must travel a magical labyrinth to its center in order to reach her friend Connor and free him from the witch of the Median Realms. Both Connor and Addy must learn to use their own magical abilities to fight the growing evil in the Human and Fairy worlds. Wintergarden is the sequel to the Award-Winning book "Under a Fairy Moon," (Gelett Burgess Children's Book Awards-Fantasy, 2012, Canadian Christian Writing Awards-Young Adult, 2012.)

My Thoughts: 


In this adventurous book we follow along Addyson to free her friend Conner from the witch. This book reminded me so much of "Harry Potter". It had many simmilaries that I enjoyed, such as using there magic to help save the day. This book is fairly small but has a lot of details that just made it seen longer. I really was confused about reading the sequel before reading Under a Fairy Moon, but I fought up with what was happening. Fantasy reads have been exciting me and this book brought more meaning to it. I had so much fun reading this adventure book and you will to. It reminded me so much of a rollercoaster. Fast, amazing, and a rush of energy. Might I add the cover is great and would look perfect on anyone's bookshelf.



The Author: 


Theresa Wallace-Pregent lives with her husband and four talented children in Ontario, Canada. Her young adult fantasy novel Under a Fairy Moon was a finalist in the Amazon Break-through Novel Awards in 2010 and was published by Brownridge Publishing in the summer of 2011. In 2012, Under a Fairy Moon won the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award for Fantasy and the Canadian Christian Writing Awards (Young Adult.) Her sequel to Under A Fairy Moon will be published in the Fall of 2014.

Blog Tour Book Review: Unlocking The Mystery of You b D. L.. Anderson








Title: Unlocking The Mystery of You
Author: D. L. Anderson
Year: © 2014
My Rating: ♪♪♪♪♪/5
Pages: 180
Genre: Self-help
Format: Paperback
Sources: Pump Up Your Books
Publishers: Author House
ISBN 13:

Links:   Amazon  









                               "Synopsis"

 
Do you know who the most important person in your life is? Just look in the mirror and you will see – it’s you. Whether you’re a college student, a housewife, a salesman, or the president of the United States of America, the most important person in your life is and will always be you. That being said, your primary objective in life should be to know who you are so that you can position yourself to succeed in offices aligned with your purpose. After all, your purpose is the collective reasoning behind your existence. As one philosopher puts it, “Purpose is the only real reason you are here, for you exist because your purpose exists. Thus apart from purpose, you have no authentic motivation for living. You may very well exist, but when you’re gone, very few will ever know that you were here.” Now for some of us discovering our purpose is simple. We understood it long before we ever became adults. For others it is not so easy, and for more reasons than I can gather. This is why the process of personal discovery is so critical; for not only does it allow you to discover your purpose. It also positions you to persistently follow the evolution of your purpose. This is important because we are all changing every day. Consequently, our purpose will also change contingent to the season of life we are in. 




Still, in spite of this inevitable change and all the complexities which make understanding your purpose difficult, you will always be able to detect your purpose simply because it is the source of your fulfillment. So if you’re in a job, relationship, or any office which is persistently unfulfilling, odds are it is not aligned with your purpose – and unless you are willing to concede the awesome measures of fulfillment you would experience otherwise, you need to start thinking about making a change so that you can both enhance your life and have profound impacts in the various groups and societies you are in. “Unlocking the Mystery of You” champions this cause focusing first and foremost on purpose and the crucial role it plays in achieving personal fulfillment and setting the stage for the individual to be a catalyst for group fulfillment. It accomplishes this goal by utilizing a purposeful roadmap designated as the Pinnacle of Purpose. The Pinnacle of Purpose is a progressive path illustrated by 7 ascending levels which, if followed sequentially, not only have the power to transform your life. It will provide you with the greatest measures of fulfillment and success life can offer. All you have to do is follow the crucial, yet simple order of purpose, beginning with confidence and concluding with peace. So if you’re ready for a change; if you’re ready to stop sleeping on your dreams and your truest passions; if you’re tired of the status quo and living a life which feels incomplete; if you’re tired of wishing your life was better and are now prepared to do something about it; if you’re finally ready to take that ever-difficult leap of faith, then this is a book you must read. Because in this book I show you how to take that leap of faith without falling, for when you leap towards your purpose, you will always land squarely on your feet. This is true first and foremost because your purpose is what makes you unique to every other individual in the world today, a premise which thoroughly validates the existence of every man and women on the earth. The problem is that many don’t understand their purpose. Once upon a time I didn’t either. That is until I got serious about life. It was then that I realized what purpose is. 



It is the collection of all your authentic desires; it is your passion. It is your North Star and your direction; it is your life-long teacher – and above all else, it is that which causes you to press through any form or measure of adversity until you unleash your maximum potential, for it gives you the strength to hold on when you have no strength left within you to hold on. 

                           "My Thoughts"



So, this a great book for people that feel lost. Like they want to find themselves but don't know how. It was good to see what the author had in stored and hows his words will benefit us in life. In this time period of my life, I am under a lot of pressure on dictating what I want to do in my life. It was also good to hear some of the things the author went through in his life and how he coped with it. I am here to tell you you can do it and you will come through.



We all need to look in the mirror and evaluate ourselves. To see more of you and find out so many things you didn't know or what you've hide. Everyone goes through struggles in life and I feel as just like books we judge people by what they are and turn out to be someone we didn't see coming. I believe in getting to know a person by the amazing qualities they have. Unlock the mystery in yourself and see potential you have. 


A lot of times we lose faith and I am glad I brought it back into my life. I lack faith sometimes because I don't think that I can do it. If you want something you must put in a lot of effort or else you will not receive it. Hard work and determination is usually the key. Without theses to principles how will you make your goals come a reality. This is highly recommend and it a short fast pace book that will make you ask yourself some of the facts this book has I can use in my day to day life that will have great benefits.


The 7 steps really transformed me to bit more open minded and except people and situations for what they are. When you complain about things your not making a difference your just making it worse and you stress and take the situation and blow it out of purpose. Everything Anderson writes in this book is 100% true, and I totally agree. Make goals for yourself and choose whats right for you no matter the circumstances.







                            


                      "D.L. Anderson"


D. L. Anderson is a speaker and life trainer whose goals are centered on helping others live a life of purpose, excellence, and balance. Drawing on 15+ years of experience in various fields including information technology, consulting, and business management, D. L. Anderson is very excited to be able to effectively teach others the same principles which have made his life both fulfilling and successful.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey










My Rating: ♕♕♕♕♕/5
Pages:
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
Publishers:


 Our Dried Voices 


    In 2153, cancer was cured. In 2189, AIDS. And in 2235, the last members of the human race traveled to a far distant planet called Pearl to begin the next chapter of humanity. Several hundred years after their arrival, the remainder of humanity lives in a utopian colony in which every want is satisfied automatically, and there is no need for human labor, struggle or thought. But when the machines that regulate the colony begin to malfunction, the colonists are faced with a test for the first time in their existence. With the lives of the colonists at stake, it is left to a young man named Samuel to repair these breakdowns and save the colony. Aided by his friend Penny, Samuel rises to meet each challenge. But he soon discovers a mysterious group of people behind each of these problems, and he must somehow find and defeat these saboteurs in order to rescue his colony.

   

                    My Thoughts


Even though this is a very short book, it is very fast paste. I love books about the future so I knew that this book would be good for me. I thought that the storyline was nothing like what I have ever read before. In four words I describe this book as "out of the ordinary". The characters I couldn't connect with at first but just like the story you had to wait to reach the climasx of the story to fully understand what was going to take place. This was a great dystopian futuristic book that I doubt would disipoint readers, it just makes you want more. Hickey did a great job with this book and his writing swept me off my feet. I didn't know what breast talent I with head in my hand while I was reading.


                      Greg Hickey





Greg Hickey was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1985. After graduating from Pomona College in 2008, he played and coached baseball in Sweden and South Africa. He is now a forensic scientist, endurance athlete and award-winning writer. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Lindsay. You can visit Greg’s website at www.greghickeywrites.com.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Turnabout & Shallow Secrets by Rick


Turnabout & Shallow Secrets

by Rick Ollerman

on Tour March 2015








Book Details:


Genre: Crime
Published by: Stark House Press
Publication Date: September 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 389 - the "book" contains 2 novels
ISBN: 978-1933586472
More: This is a set of two books featuring Crime. These include strong language.
Purchase Links:


Synopsis:

Remember those old Ace paperbacks, with two actioners in one volume? Stark House is reviving them, with the current offering holding all the slam-bang anyone might want.
In Turnabout, ex-cop Frankie O'Neil is skeptical when a friend's death is ruled a suicide. He uncovers a crime unknown to the Ace masters: computer theft. These crooks have friends with guns, and halfway along the novel becomes a series of cliffhangers that hit another memory: movie serials. Will Frankie escape in time? Find out in the next chapter. You won't stop until you know.
Shallow Secrets moves slower, with a subtext: the power of chance to provoke horrors, then avenge them. Cop James Robinson doesn't just know the accused killer. They're roommates. The coincidence ruins his career. Then there are fresh killings, and Robinson is "a person of interest." Near the end, Robinson almost tells a woman that "there wasn't anything they could do to make the world safe" from murders. But coincidence can bring them down, as when someone sees something he's not supposed to.
- from Don Crinklaw


Read an excerpt:

When they touched down in Miami, Gene could have passed out in relief. In a superhuman test of will, he forced himself through the cattle call of customs without drawing attention to himself. From there he almost ran to the nearest rest room and claimed the first open toilet as his own. He had pains in his gut now, his lower abdomen, and he swallowed two Ex-Lax tablets as he lowered himself onto the toilet.
It was a very unpleasant feeling when the first one came out, goose bumps breaking out across his thighs and arms, but Gene almost cried he was so thankful. He counted carefully, not wanting to get up until every last one of those damned things was pushed through his body, never relaxing, always afraid that any one of them might rupture, get caught on something on the way out, just before it cleared his asshole. Never again, he thought. His days as a mule were over.
Finally, the last condom exited his spent body and Gene slumped forward, exhausted. He had to spend some more time waiting for the effects of the laxatives to subside, but he didn’t mind. It was over and he had made it. He was tired and stinking of dried sweat and public bathroom, but he had brought the drugs in. All he had to do now was pick those little white torpedoes out of the toilet and boogie on back to Everglades City. To Midge and his knife and that damned spooky necklace.
Gene finally stood up and looked over his shoulder. It was hard to imagine how much money that ugly mess was worth. He took a half step forward and bent over to pull up his pants then stumbled and fell into the door of the tiny cubicle. The whoosh of water from the flushing toilet sent a bolt of electrified panic down his spine.
On his knees he turned and dove towards the toilet bowl in time to see the last wad of crumpled tissue get sucked into the hole at the bottom. In a futile gesture he grabbed for it, grabbed for anything, jamming his hand up to the wrist into the small opening.
Oh my fucking lord, Gene thought as he looked up at the piping coming out of the wall. What the fuck happened? There was no way to flush the damned thing, no goddamned lever to pull. Christ! he swore again. He hadn’t done anything!
He pulled his hand out of the toilet and wiped it in his shirt as he got to his feet. Staring in disbelief, he finished fastening his pants as he took a step back toward the door. Again the toilet flushed itself.
The damned thing was like the automatic doors to the terminal! It flushed itself when he moved away from it! How the hell was he supposed to know, God damn it? Nobody ever told him anything about fucking automatic toilets.


My Thoughts: 
Now, I do not recommend this book for younger readers under 15, it contains strong profanity. Now, I have never read anything by Ollerman and I really liked his writing. It was fully in depth and unpredictable. Along with the storyline. You just don't know what to expect. But let me tell you an old saying, expect the unexpected. I didn't know there were two stories in one, which continued on the first story. This was indeed a brilliant crime book which made me think and question each character leading up to the deaths that had took place. Like the synopsis said I really couldn't stop. I had so many exciting questions and I just needed to know who did what. The author made me feel something that I hard never felt before which made me imagine myself in Frankie's position. I felt scared and I had tiny rears in my eyes. I would be furious and I would want nothing but fairness for what was right with my friend or even a family member.

Author Bio:

Rick Ollerman made his first dollar from writing when a crossword magazine printed a question he’d sent. Later he went on to hold world records for various large skydives, appear in photo spreads in LIFE magazine and The National Enquirer, can be seen on an inspirational poster during the opening credits of a popular TV show, and has been interviewed on CNN. He also had a full-screen shot as an extra in the film Purple Rain. His writing has appeared in technical and sporting magazines and he has edited and proofread many books, and written introductions for a dozen more. Notably in 2014 he sold a short story and an essay to Noir Riot and his first two books, Turnabout and Shallow Secrets, were published by Stark House Press in September.

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Giveaway:

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Rick Ollerman. There will be three winners of 3 sets of - 1) Signed book plus a 2) signed, limited chapbook of two essays on paperback original writers that served as introductions to other books. The giveaway begins on Feb 28th, 2015 and runs through April 3rd, 2015. a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

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Book Review: The Poser by Jacob Rubin



Year: © 2015 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: ARC; Paperback 
My Rating: ⚡⚡⚡⚡/5 
Sources: Penguin 
Publishers: Viking 





Blurp: 

A hilarious and dazzling debut novel about a master impressionist at risk of losing his true self

All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift: he can imitate anyone he meets. Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to stardom.   As Giovanni describes it, “No one’s disguise is perfect. There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them. . . . When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire.” As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight—the only person whose thread he cannot find—and becomes increasingly trapped inside his many poses. Ultimately, he must assume the one identity he has never been able to master: his own.

In the vein of Jonathan Lethem’s and Kevin Wilson’s playful surrealism, Jacob Rubin’s The Poser is the debut of a major literary voice, a masterfully written, deeply original comic novel, and the moving story of a man who must risk everything for the chance to save his life and know true love.


My Thoughts: 

The Poser is a great book that will shock older readers. Warning this book did have profanity which I was unaware off while I was reading. However the story was so different. I enjoyed the book and Rubin did a great Jo on this book. While reading the book, I kind of went in not knowing the blurp of it which I recommend all readers do. If I gave you the main storyline then you will spoil the fun of really getting in depth with what the book mainly focuses on. Like most books I read, it did start of slow, but it built up and it shocked me. I really didn't like the bold print contain the ARC but that as the only negative side. I really didn't relate to the characters particularly but that didn't stop me because after page 50 I was hooked. This book help ceer me up when life had its down moments and I couldn't stop laughing.



The Author: 

Jacob Rubin’s writing has appeared in the anthology Best New American Voices, www.newyorker.com, New York magazine, Slate, n+1, and The New Republic. Times Square, a screenplay he co-wrote, was recently acquired by Focus Features. He lives in New York.

Blog Tour Book Review: Three Days To Forever by Lauren Carr











Title: Three Days to Forever
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Pages: 466
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback/Kindle




Blurp: 

In this latest Mac Faraday Mystery from best-selling mystery author Lauren Carr, readers will embark on a rollercoaster adventure with old friends (including the Lovers in Crime team of Prosecutor Joshua Thornton and Homicide Detective Cameron Gates), but also meet new ones as Mac Faraday's daughter Jessica Faraday and Joshua Thornton's son Murphy Thornton join the team in the race to get the love birds to the altar! With three days left to the year, Deep Creek Lake is hopping with holiday vacationers and wedding guests pouring into the Spencer Inn for Mac Faraday and Archie Monday's huge wedding ceremony which is being touted as the social event of the year. But droopy flowers and guests who failed to RSVP are the least of Mac's and Archie's problems when a professional hit squad hits Spencer Manor to send the groom, Joshua Thornton, Archie's mother, and Gnarly running for their lives. With time running out to the big day, Mac Faraday and Spencer's small police force have to sort through the clues to figure out not only who has been targeted for assassination, but also who is determined to stop everything … FOREVER!




My Thoughts:


Are you looking for a different type of mystery book to read? Well this book is for you. In this book get ready to have a good time reading till' you just can't stop. In the Mac Farady Mystery we get filt with so many different types of great characters, good writing style, and a bomb storyline. Carr had me get out of my ready slump when I got this book in my mailbox. I was super excited for the book because not only did it have an asmusing cover but a great story to follow along. I was a bit hesitant to read the book not really knowing what to expect about the series and if I would like it, but I'm glad I read it because my luck has changed. Cameron was my favorite character. He just kept making me read more of what had to come by Carr. The writing style was good. I didn't have to interpret much because Carr has already don't that for us. Read this book/series its too good to pass.


The Author:

Lauren Carr is the best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Three Days to Forever is the ninth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series. In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: How to Rid Your Swimming Pool of a Bloodthirsty Mermaid (Slug Pie Story #2) by Mick Bogerman



Year: © 2014 
My Rating: (^.^)(^.^)(^.^)(^.^)/5 
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Author 
Publishers: Slug Pie 




All Mick Bogerman wanted to do was teach his little brother how to swim in the coolest swimming pool in town. He didn’t ask to take care of a bunch of Sea-Monkeys while he was there. He certainly didn’t mean to morph one of them into a mermaid by feeding it genetically enhanced super food. No one is more surprised than Mick when the creature starts luring unsuspecting adults into the deep end of the pool. Adults who don’t resurface.
Join Mick as he battles a powerful adversary: a bloodthirsty mermaid who hypnotizes with a golden gaze, shatters glass with a piercing shriek, and reveals her true menacing self by the light of a full moon.



                         My Thoughts


         This story was to funny. I had a blast reading Bogerman book. I myself didn't know how to swim so I felt like his brother. The characters are such a laugh I cried. If your looking for a funny book to read. I recommend you read this book. I read it to my five year old sister and she laugh at every page. She thought that the author had a silly imagination and was always doing crazy stuff. I can honest pick up this book on a gloomy day and it'll just brighten it and put a smile on my face. The writing style was great, it didn't feel like I was reading a middle grade book but something worth wild.  If you have ready Dear Dumb Diary his a book for you. It has similar qualities that I enjoy and really looked forward to. 


                    Mick Bogerman



Mickey "Mick" Bogerman has lived in Beachwood, North Carolina all his life. Mostly he tries to stay out of trouble, but mostly trouble seems to find him anyway. He has a knack for antagonizing scary creatures and girls, not necessarily in that order.Mick's favorite subjects in school are science (slime, rockets, bugs, and rocks-- what's not to like?), gym class (running, climbing, throwing-- more stuff to like), and reading (yay Mr. Corcoran lets him read whatever he likes-- like comic books).Speaking of comic books, Mick's favorites are X-Men, Demon Knights, Spiderman and Batman.

Blog Tour Book Review Admit to Mayhem by D. J. Adamson










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With a contrary attitude and an addiction for independence, Lillian Dove admits she has not been a success in life. In fact, she considers failing as one of her addictions. Yet, when she comes across a suspicious house fire with a history of arson and murder, she instinctively attempts to help someone trapped. Lillian becomes the only possible eyewitness to criminal arson, and her life begins to spiral out of control. Lillian Dove is an endearing "everywoman" struggling with life issues, emotional complexities and a habit of doing just the opposite of what she's told to do. These qualities in a heroine give the reader an ability to vicariously struggle along with the protagonist in this intriguing Midwest Noir mystery.



My Thoughts:

Admit to Mayhem got me hooked to the bone. Lillian's character annoyed me at times. I thought that she was very winny and she had low self-esteem. I think that anyone can do anything weather you are a boy or girl. But as the story progressed on I saw that she changed her ways. She began to have more confidence in what she could do, and I really like that. The author incorporated so much feeling into the book and characters that can happen in real life. The mystery started off slow but as you continue ready you will get hooked on your feet. If you haven't read this book go on ahead there is so much "Mayhem" and confusion its too good to pass up.


The Author:


D. J. Adamson is an award-winning author. Her family roots grow deep in the Midwest and it is here she sets much of her work. She juggles her time between her own desk and teaching writing to others at two Los Angeles area colleges. Along with her husband and two Welsh Terriers, she makes her home in Southern California. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Legions Lawyers by Vince Aiello







My Review: ⚡⚡⚡⚡/5 
Year: © 2014 
Genre: Mystery
Format: Hardcover 
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
Publisher: The Barrett Company 





LEGION’S LAWYERS, the latest thriller by Vince Aiello about the Legion law firm, dissects, in Aiello’s signature punchy style, the driving ambition within the firm and its deadly consequences. The firm’s head, Roger Legion, has appeared in Aiello’s previous books about the firm, LEGAL DETRIMENT and THE LITIGATION GUY. Readers have developed mixed reactions to Legion, who is both a brutal taskmaster and a great litigator. Love him or hate him, all look forward to his appearance in the story. Legion believes the courtroom is like a gladiatorial arena, where he will do whatever it takes to win. Previous Legion books have dealt with a heist by lawyers and a terrorist attack on the Coronado Bay Bridge, in San Diego. In LEGION’S LAWYERS, Roger Legion finds himself the target of a drug cartel and more than one team of assassins.



My Thoughts 

Can anyone say great thriller because I thought so. I thought the storyline was nothing like what I've read before. Legions Lawyer was a great book that I snuggled in bed for. The cover was so silkily and I like the fact that reviews were incorporated from YouTube and Amazon two of my favorite websites. I have never read a boom from this author and I was pretty upset at that fact. From the reviews on the back it sound like a masterpiece waiting to explode and make it big. I can can honesty say I was indeed terrified at the book. I really didn't know what awaited me on this reading journey and I can only tell you this expect the unexpected to come to you all. The journey was like a horror story waiting to happen. The characters made it so suspenseful and I just wanted to see what they were going to do or what will happen. The story was based on drugs and drugs its a very hard topic to read. But this story I just needed to know what happen. If you love "Gangland" this story just reminded me of a hard core episode.  

Vince Aiello: 
Vince Aiello grew up in upstate New York before moving to Southern California where he attended California Western School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and California. LEGION’S LAWYERS is his third novel. His earlier novels, LEGAL DETRIMENT and THE LITIGATION GUY, were both acclaimed bestsellers.

Book Review: Nantucket Five-spot: A Henry Kennis Mystery (Henry Kennis Mysteries) by Steven Axelrod

Year: © 2014 
My Rating:⚡⚡⚡⚡/5 
Genre: Mystery 
Format: ARC; Paperback
Sources: Publishers 
Publishers: Poisoned Pen Press 



Henry Kennis, Nantucket island’s poetry-writing police chief who will remind readers of Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone and Spenser, works a second challenging case in Nantucket Five-spot.
At the height of the summer tourist season, a threat to bomb the annual Boston Pops Concert could destroy the island’s economy, along with its cachet as a safe, if mostly summer-time, haven for America’s ruling class. The threat of terrorism brings The Department of Homeland Security to the island, along with prospects for a rekindled love affair—Henry’s lost love works for the DHS now.
The “terrorism” aspects of the attack prove to be a red herring. The truth lies much closer to home. At first suspicion falls on local carpenter Billy Delavane, but Henry investigates the case and proves that Billy is being framed. Then it turns out that Henry’s new suspect is also being framed—for the bizarre and almost undetectable crime of framing someone else. Every piece of evidence works three ways in the investigation of a crime rooted in betrayed friendship, in˜ delity, and the quiet poisonous feuds of small town life. Henry traces the origin of the attacks back almost twenty years and uncovers an obsessive revenge conspiracy that he must unravel—now alone, discredited and on the run—before further disaster strikes.




                     My Thoughts

There was no surprise that I would love this book. I find Axelrod to be a great author that I can always read "A Henry Kennis Mystery" book and find something that i haven't seen in a book before that I like. I can honestly say this has been in of the best reads of mystery I hnaveave read in a long time. Poisoned Pen never disappoints me in a great mystery I can recommended to my book club members. I loved the characters because of there wonderful witty personality that comes within. Axelrod is one if my favorite author and I can always reach a chapter of the series to cheer me up. If you haven't read any of his book I recommend you do because he brought a new meaning to many mystery books. I was addicted to this book for several reason. One being because I liked the first book. Two being because it shocked me. Lastly three being, this author always surprise me by what mystery is going to happen when I turn the page. 

Blog Tour Book Review: Solo by Kevin V. Symmons












Year: © 2014 
My Rating: ⚡⚡⚡⚡/5
Pages: 353 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Signed; Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Book 
Publishers: The Wild Rose Press  

                           Solo 



Jessica Long has the voice of an angel. But Jesse’s cold beauty masks a brutal past filled with privation and cruelty. As the talented soprano approaches her final year at New England Conservatory, she is faced with a choice: stay with her striking young lover or accept the offer of a successful Broadway producer. She chooses the latter only to discover that fame can exact a cruel price. After years of yearning, the lovers meet again – at Jesse’s ragged homestead on the Maine Coast.
Matt will reveal the benefactor who’s followed and protected Jesse as the lovers face a confrontation with the jealous pursuer who’s tried to destroy her. One final choice awaits that may cost Jesse both Matt and her life. The Broadway impresario, a mysterious crime lord, and Matt’s stunning literary agent head a cast of absorbing secondary characters. Filled with unexpected plot twists, Solo is a classic, leading the reader over a bittersweet tapestry spanning fifteen years.

                     My Thoughts 


Now, if your looking for a great romance book, this is for you. Jessie and Jesse's romance was so real. Let's take a moment to say that's the cover reminded me so much of "Teen Wolf" when Alison died in Scott's arm. I cannot even tell you what a great read this was. As you read it did start off a little slow. I was losing hope on whether or not I would like the book but in my mind I had to finishing reading. Boy I was glad that I did because if I gave up on this book I would have missed out a great story.  




The characters did come alive to me but on the other hand they annoyed me a bit. At times I felt that they were not giving much emotion to make the book come alive. Summons has a great writing style by the way he describes everything. It was clear to me what he was mentioning or talking about. This book that I can describe in two words were viciously aggressive. It just make you want so more you crave the juicy details. Not only was this book flit with romance but the suspense behind it. Just like the thunder the lighting will indeed strike you. Summons really outdid himself by writing this book. 


                  Kevin V. Symmons



Kevin Symmons has a BS and an MBA. He has attended the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and studied in France. After a successful career in business management and consulting, he returned to his first love: writing. His first novel, a spell-binding paranormal romance titled “Rite of Passage” is set in the chaotic period after World War II. It’s received dozens of great reviews and was a RomCon Reader’s Crown Finalist for 2013. His second effort is a contemporary romantic thriller set near his Cape Cod home, titled “Out of the Storm.” Like his first novel, it is an Amazon Best-Seller and received many 5-star reviews. “Solo“, an intense and ambitious women’s fiction work, has been released from The Wild Rose Press, his award-winning publisher. It explores the devastating effects of privation and domestic violence on the beautiful and extraordinarily talented young heroine.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M. J. Rose

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Publication Date: March 17, 2015 Atria Books 
Formats: Hardcover, Ebook 
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical Mystery
My Review:⚡⚡⚡⚡⚡

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  READ AN EXCERPT. Possession. Power. Passion. International bestselling novelist M.J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this erotic, gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle poque Paris. Sandrine Salome runs away to her grandmothergrandmother'ss Parisian mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insits it's dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine's deepest desires. Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten  her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She's become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse. This is Sandrine's wild night of the soul, her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love and witchery.



My Thoughts:

What can I say about this book rather than breathtaking. I have never read a story like this and I love it. I usually thought that historical fiction wasn't for me but I stand corrected. It just so full of life and amusement. Who could forget that georgous cover. I mean Paris the Eiffel tower in the picture. What beauty along with opening the boom and seeing the green texture. I found Rose to be such a great author by her talent depicted on her novel. The texture of her writing was nothing like I have seen before. I was instantly hooked to the book I had to stop no lie. I spent alot of time devoting myself to finish night and day. This hands on has been such a great read for me in 2015. The novel is just suspenseful with the charters and the setting. Being abroad on a boat was different for me to read. The way how our main character was discribed on the boat in just a tight surrounding I could imagine how she felt. My favorite part was on page 7 paragraph 6 "I was frozen, unable to move, to run, to scream, or to make any effort at all to help myself.  My shoulders pushed against the door as I twisted the doorknob...." 



Praise for the novels of M.J. Rose

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

Rose's new series offers her specialty, a unique and captivating supernatural angle, set in an intriguing belle epoque Paris a perfect match for the author's lush descriptions, intricate plot and mesmerizing storytelling. A cliffhanger ending will leave readers hungry for the next volume. Sensual, evocative, mysterious and haunting. (Kirkus Reviews) A haunting tale of possession. (Publishers Weekly)

The Collector of Dying Breaths

"Breathtaking...combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon.(Associated Press) "A page-turning, alluring concoction of fiction infused with fantastical yet actual history. Readers will be charmed by her well-drawn and memorable characters, and they will be mesmerized by her enchanting narrative, which takes them on a mystical and magical journey." (Library Journal (starred)) "A terrific piece of entertainment." (CT Post) "Wondrously original... elegantly written. Rose manages to utterly suspend our disbelief in a book that leaves us, appropriately enough, breathless." (Providence Journal) "Mysterious, magical, and mythical what a joy to read!" (Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants)

Seduction

"Atmospherically romantic and perfectly toned. Classy and elegant literary seduction of the highest measure. As wondrously crafted as it is original." (Providence Journal) "Readers will be enchanted by M.J. Rose's supernaturally charged novel Seduction, inspired by Victor Hugo's self-imposed exile on the British island of Jersey in the 1850s." (USA Today) Has just about everything a thriller fan could wish for.(Philadelphia Inquirer) Full of well-researched history, the paranormal, and modern intrigue, this atmospheric tale of suspense is fully engrossing to those willing to suspend their disbelief. (Library Journal (starred review))

The Book of Lost Fragrances

"A compelling page turner...Once you catch a whiff, you will be enchanted." (Associated Press) "M.J. Rose is a bold, unflinching writer and her resolute honesty puts her in a class by herself." (Laura Lippman) "The Book of Lost Fragrances resonates with spirit, blending myth with reality, tragedy with triumph, pain with joy. You'll find yourself questioning everything you believe--and wanting more." (Steve Berry) Provocative a sweeping sense of romance [and] history. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)

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M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com. Connect with M.J. Rose on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads. Sign up for M.J. Rose's newsletter and get information about new releases, free book downloads, contests, excerpts and more.

Blog Tour Book Review: Empty Cup by Suzanne Costigan








Year: © 2014 
Genre: Fiction 
My Rating:⚡⚡⚡⚡/5 
Format: Paperback 
Pages: 167 
Sources: Chapters by Chapters 
Publishers: Rebellight Publishing 



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Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy. On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night. Alone. Devastated. Abandoned. As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.


My Thoughts: 

Now this book was creapy in ways you wont understand. The plot keptvme wanting to read the story more. At first I didn't think the story was going anywhere but like any good book you have to start off slow and the story gradually becomes me intesnse. Ravens character to me wws a bit like "Bella" from Twilight. Confused and just trying to grasp the reality of whats going on. Raven did struggle a lotvand I liked that because you can always see the characters overcome even the smallest situation life holds for us. Costigan writing was sincere at times and I could really get what she was trying to describe even the simplest of things. I'm recommending this fast pace book about love and honor to you all. I really enjoyed this short read and I promise you suspense will jump at you from miles away. 

The Author:
 I've been writing on and off since elementary school. Writing poetry and short horror stories were my salvation through high school. When my children were toddlers, I dreamed of publishing a picture book. When they were in elementary school, I wrote my first middle grade novel (still needs much editing!) When they became teenagers, I wrote a young adult novel -- Empty Cup -- published in November 2014 by Rebelight Publishing Inc. (www.rebelight.com) By the time I started writing novels, I became very serious about my writing. I took workshops, college courses, correspondence courses, filled my library with "how to write" books (and read them!) and most importantly I applied what I learned. Add to that attending conferences in both Toronto and Saskatchewan annually. I was also a co-founder of two writer's groups focused on writing for children. I immersed myself in the world of writing and editing. When I'm not writing... or rather, what I do while trying to find time to write is parent. My own two a fore mentioned teenagers and I foster parent. So I am surrounded by kids. All. The. Time. And pets. Cats and dogs. Lots of fur...