Review: Parched

 

Synopsis:

The sun has become a ‘red giant’ and the world is hot and parched. In California, James and Lexie Deforio have three goals: to find food and water, to survive another day, and to protect their two children. When their home is abruptly robbed and burned to the ground, the family is forced to embark on a cross-country journey in search of safety and water.

Facing ruthless bandits, murderers, and some of the most extreme conditions they have ever encountered, they struggle to survive. When James is shot trying to help another family, Lexie and her children set out on a harrowing journey to save him. Finding temporary safety in the abandoned Ohio salt mines deep under Lake Erie, they appear to have found a new home. But, like everything on their journey, not all is as it seems.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Imagine the world we know turning into nothing but a hot deserted land where the sun is red, and the heat is scorching your skin. This is where readers are taken and will meet a family so like our own. They battle every day against the unrelenting heat that reaches above 95 and with only 3 gallons of water and canned food, they must survive. This family composes of a father, mother, son, and a baby girl as well as their dog. A truck comes bringing water for families to take. Then disappears after thirty minutes time. At night, that’s when the worst danger comes…each night checking to make sure everything is locked up properly and set-up so that you can tell if an intruder comes into the home will set readers hearts into a panic. No electricity, no water, and food that comes from a can. Robbers, despite people, and an unbeatable heat will soon cause this family to leave in search, for food, water, and safety. Parched by Andrew Branham is a must read for readers worldwide. A tale that carries the worst nightmare of all for humanity. Here readers will follow a family’s struggle to survive where water is the most valuable asset to have. I loved reading this novel. Andrew Branham’s talent with words will show readers how hard life can be  and the dangers that come with it. The story brings suspense, fear, and an intensity that will keep readers sucked into its pages. A sad and heartbreaking survival story that readers will love. Overall, I highly recommend Parched to readers everywhere.

Review: Niveus

 

Synopsis:

Niveus is…perfectly peculiar.

The silver-haired beauty with eyes the color of a dying rose is the only daughter of Ravan and Nicolette. She wanders the Wintergrave Realm like no other, unseen and unheard, sharing an extraordinary gift. The Wintergrave Dynasty’s strange daughter, she beloved by all and understood by none.

Ravan’s realm seems the perfect place to shield Niveus from the outside world and all the dangers that lurk there, until…a wicked soul from the North appears. Malik is smitten with such a profound hatred and jealousy of Ravan that he comes with one intent—to destroy his daughter.

But Malik’s scheme takes a twisted turn when he finally lays eyes on the extraordinary creature, and his wicked plan drags Niveus and those who love her, on an epic trek like no other. And with Niveus’ power at his disposal, it seems no one can stop Malik—not Risen, not Nicolette…not even Ravan.

What will it take to tilt the world even again? Perhaps the undying love of another is the only thing that can conquer true evil, but what will be the sacrifice needed to bring Malik’s bloody realm to the ground?

All your favorite characters return in this final chapter of the Wintergrave Chronicles. Venture with them into 14th century Prussia to discover if Malik will be undone or if Niveus or someone she loves…is lost forever.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Niveus by Sharon Cramer is beautifully stunning. I have never read such a powerful novel like this one. Love, courage and hope are just a few themes that make this a must read for all. A kingdom battling against an evil that is intent on taking down everything and keeping it for himself. Niveus is a young woman who is a beauty unlike any other woman and is thus feared a bit those around her. She instantly goes to those who are suffering. Niveus can travel realms and has her own powers just like mom has. Niveus is a leading female character that believes whatever fate has dished out then that’s what was meant to be. Niveus goes through a lot of suffering as well…as the evil comes, onto her, taking her for himself and soon his fate will be decided. Niveus has many who would battle their lives to keep her safe, like her brother and the man whom she truly loves. Readers will soon find that Niveus is carrying a secret and the fate of everyone is one that readers must figure out on their own…Sharon Cramer’s talent is obvious as readers turn every page to read the fast-paced yet well-written plot. A story that will capture readers and send them into a whole new world. I loved reading this fantasy piece about sacrifice and  unconditional love. Overall,  highly recommend this brilliant title to all.

 

Review: The Reader of Acheron

 

Synopsis:

Book One of the Slaves of Erafor series: Reading is forbidden, and the penalty for non-compliance is a life of slavery enabled by the forcible administration of a mind rotting drug. Yet, there are those possessed of the will to seek illumination. Kikkan, a former slave on the run, and Quillion, a mercenary and self-taught scholar. Together they seek out a small band of rebels living in hiding who offer the promise of a better world. Their leader is a mysterious figure known only as The Reader of Acheron.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Reader of Acheron by Walter Rhein is by far the most intriguing novel of its kind. Here, readers are introduced to a world where reading is forbidden. Many of us would die of shock hearing these world from our own government if one day this were to happen. Just reading the first sentence brings readers minds into a swirl of possibiites oh why, how, and who would make reading forbidden…I was definitely intrigued with that statement.

Inside this novel, readers will meet military men and men who have been turned into zombies. Those who read are taken as slaves and put on a drug that melts their brains and when they become so weak, they are let loose into the wild. It is then that they turn into these frightening zombies. Zombies that need the drug called Bliss to keep going…but instead go after other humans…if one of their own has been slaughtered…they eat him alive. Hence zombies is a correct term to describe the horrors, dangers, and suspense of this novel. The Readers of Acheron takes readers on an intense journey that will leave them on the edge of their seats, their palms sweating and their hearts pounding with fear. The anticipation of what is to happen next will keep readers turning this mind blowing read. Overall, I enjoyed reading this fantasy and look forward to the next book. Walter Rhein’s writing is suspenseful and vivid. His talent is amazing. I highly recommend The Readers of Acheron to readers worldwide. Beware once you open it, you will be plunged into one of the most dangerous worlds of fiction…

 

Review: To Swallow the Earth

 

Synopsis:

(Suspense, western, short novel) 108 years in the making! What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you? Could a beautiful woman be behind it? Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it. After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life helping Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life. Set in the historic Nevada silver rush, and reminiscent of Grey, L’Amour, and Twain, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the terrain and its creatures into an adventure that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

To Swallow the Earth by Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox is indeed a fascinating tale that readers won’t want to miss. There’s adventure, intrigue, and danger ahead for readers everywhere. The characters are realistic and their actions are believable. The scenes pop, to life, with such vivid descriptions. I could feel the intensity as the story built up with every flick of the pages. Someone was going to die…

Inside To Swallow the Earth, both Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox, introduce to readers a young woman who lost her father. A father who got tangled up with a dangerous man and now, that same man is trying his way through to get to the daughter. His plans are to marry her…to take what he wanted from her father. But there’s another man who she meets that also catches her attention first. He is the man that she likes. But with the evil man’s easy smiles and charm he causes her to believe the other man is evil…

Who is indeed to be trusted and who will win her heart is something that I highly recommend to readers to read. The journey will be one that stays with readers forever. It’s easy to get lost, into the land and animals, and something else that stirs up the course of two individuals…love comes hard and fast but recognizing it is harder than we can imagine…Overall, I loved reading To Swallow the Earth. Karl Beckstrand and Ransom Wilcox are talented writers whose stories will never be forgotten.

 

 

Review: The Kingdom of Oceana

 

Synopsis:

SURFER. SHARK TAMER. FIRE WALKER. EXPLORER. TEENAGER. HERO.

Five Centuries Ago,
On the Island Now Called Hawaii,
There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic.

When 16-year-old Prince Ailani, and his brother, Nahoa, trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise.

As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt–just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano.

With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape-shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell.

Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana?

TWO BROTHERS, BUT ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles is an intriguing and highly entertaining read. The story is beautifully told with lessons, planted deep into its enchanting plot. The characters are quite interesting. They come to life as well as their ancestral spirit animals and the danger that is brought upon them all. Inside this fascinating tale, readers will meet two brothers. Both do something that unleashes a curse onto their world. Adventure, exotic places and animals, as well as a unique culture, will drag readers head first into this novel. A journey every reader won’t want to miss. Hawaii is the most beautiful places to travel to and now readers can go there by following these two brothers as the danger builds and the tensions boil. Overall, I loved reading this engaging YA novel. The threat of a thousand-year-old curse mixed in with mythology is always exciting to read about especially if Mitchell Charles writes it. The talent from this writer is amazing. I look forward to reading more by Mitchell Charles in the future.

Review: A Casualty of Hope

 

Synopsis:

Bernie Robertson has a recurring nightmare of being pursued by a killer through a snowy desert. This nightmare could be the response to the stress of divorcing an abusive husband and raise a daughter alone, or it could be the repressed memory of an actual event.
When Bernie’s husband is arrested and her apartment trashed, Bernie makes the decision to move to Texas and search for her birth mother. There she meets and begins falling in love with Mike West, a man with a secret he is trying to hide. When she begins the search for her birth mother in earnest, she is plunged into a terrifying situation where the event she is struggling to remember might be the thing that puts her and her daughter in terrible jeopardy.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

A Casualty of Hope by  Marguerite Mooers is a powerful tale that will plunge readers deep into its danger. Readers will follow a woman in a snowy desert running from an enemy. Nightmares that haunt, a killer coming after you, and terror that will bring chills down your spine are what makes this an absolute must read for all. Marguerite Mooers introduces readers to a woman who battles all this and more. She was married to a man who should be locked away forever. Bernie returns back home thinking that she can move on until danger reappears in her life. Causing her to rethink everything and to feel at a loss for what to do. Then, there is the new man in her life who has been holding onto a secret that he wasn’t able to let go until the ending. Will this cause a rift between them or will they finally find the peace and life they always dreamed of…Marguerite Mooers is a talented writer whose characters will send your heart pounding with fear and your  palms sweating in suspense. Overall, I loved reading this novel. A Casualty of Hope is everything readers will want and can ask for in a fictional piece. Brilliantly well-written and told for readers worldwide to enjoy. I highly recommend A Casualty of Hope to all.

 

Review: Jazz Moon (A Novel)

 

Synopsis:

In a lyrical, captivating debut set against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance and glittering Jazz Age Paris, Joe Okonkwo creates an evocative story of emotional and artistic awakening.

On a sweltering summer night in 1925, beauties in beaded dresses mingle with hepcats in dapper suits on the streets of Harlem. The air is thick with reefer smoke, and jazz pours out of speakeasy doorways. Ben Charles and his devoted wife, Angeline, are among the locals crammed into a basement club to hear jazz and drink bootleg liquor. For the aspiring poet, Ben, the swirling, heady rhythms are a revelation. So is Baby Back Johnston, an ambitious trumpet player who flashes a devilish grin and blasts jazz dynamite from his horn. Ben finds himself drawn to the trumpeter—and to Paris where Baby Back says everything is happening.

In Paris, jazz and champagne flow eternally, and blacks are welcomed as exotic celebrities, especially those from Harlem. It’s an easy life that quickly leaves Ben adrift and alone, craving solace through anonymous dalliances in the city’s decadent underground scene. From chic Parisian cafés to seedy opium dens, his odyssey will bring new love, trials, and heartache, even as echoes from the past urge him to decide where true fulfillment and inspiration lie.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Jazz Moon by Joe Okonkwo will make readers question everything they read and feel. Nothing like a novel about jazz that brings out the poetic side to everyone especially the characters. A debut novel that brings, to life, the action, drama, and passion of 1925. Times where everything beckoned and called to those who hearts wanted more. Inside this title, readers will get a glimpse into a poet’s lifestyle. He has a devoted wife but is angry with her…he soon find himself attracted to another who brings out the heat of raw animalistic desire deep within his blood. A stirring unlike any other. Paris is a place where art, passion, and desire come in abundance and that’s where both Ben and his new lover find themselves. Joe Okonkwo brings readers the best world of fiction readers will find. Race, jazz, and travel are deep topics easily explored within this exciting well-written plot. Overall, I highly recommend this new novel, Jazz Moon, to readers everywhere.

Review: Bed of Lies

 

Synopsis:

Secrets and scandals are a way of life for the Murdochs of Chesterton, Virginia. But the lies that bind them may end up tearing them apart…

With his drama-filled marriage behind him, Evan Murdoch has finally found happiness with his longtime friend turned fiancée, Leila Hawkins. But when his party-boy brother, Terrence, is seriously injured in a car accident, a gossiping press puts the family back in the spotlight. Soon Terrence could face a lawsuit–and much worse, if his vengeful half-brother, Dante, has his way. Terrence’s only bright spot is journalist C.J. Aston–but is she really on his side, or does she have another motive?

While Terrence struggles to recover from his injuries, Paulette, the little sister of the family, is struggling with a secret: she’s pregnant, and unsure whether the father is her blackmailing ex or her husband. Amid the turmoil, Evan does his best to stay above the fray, but a shocking revelation makes that impossible–he’s a Murdoch after all, and trouble seems to be their business…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Bed of Lies by Shelly Ellis is her second best novel yet. I was amazed how she keeps all the drama, trouble, and scandals afloat in this new exciting book of hers. Once again readers are brought back to the irresistible family, the Murdochs. As we have seen in book one scandals are just one major pain in the side that the family has yet to endure. Evan Murdoch and his fiancee finally get through the first round of trouble that headed their way and now it’s coming back. However, it will be his friend Terrance, Terrance’s half brother Dante, and Evan’s sister who will be stirring up a bee’s nest. Can Evan Murdoch keep his wits this time or will it all be too much for him to handle?

Bed of Lies is exactly what’s inside this new title. Shelly Ellis is a talented writer whose plots have readers coming back for seconds. This time, readers get second helpings on the Murdoch family and their friends. A woman carrying child but not sure who the actual father is and receiving blackmails from a man that may be the father of the baby will keep readers in suspense all the way until the last page. Readers will love the buzz of excitement, betrayals, and lies as the Murdoch’s dig their way through the drama that life keeps tossing their way. Shelly Ellis’s novels are juicy with enough action, heat, and spice to lure readers every time. Overall, I highly recommend this romance novel to all.

 

 

Review: Shoe Fetish (book 2)

Synopsis:

These three friends continue to find their way through life, love, and its relationships transferring all power and emotions via their shoes, which hold secrets. Some harmless and some deadly; and, though Carmen is untrusting of men and their secrets, she has a few deadly secrets of her own. Women love their shoes for varied reasons. Shoes are not only for protection, beauty, and sex; but, for the life that they can transcend you to, and the secrets that may not have been shared with another person are sometimes within the soles of the shoes.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Inside Shoe Fetish 2, readers will get a glimpse into three women’s lives. Friends who have to go about their life journey finding their way through it all. Romance, shoes, men, and everyday life struggles all part of growing up and learning how to balance. I love how both writers, Sharon Bennett, and Beatrice Moore have bought out a woman’s love of shoes and men into a beautifully woven story that will capture readers everywhere. Going through men is exactly like trying on a pair of shoes, to see, if they fit. Women’s shoes can tell you exactly how she’s feeling…because they bring out certain sides to each and every woman. It’s like dying one’s hair or putting on a particular shade of lipstick. We all have those inner dark secrets that make us who we are.  The tight-knit group of friends helps each woman go through each step of her journey. The ending is just as beautiful as they beginning. I loved reading this tale and following each woman as she changed throughout the book. I  think this portrays a realistic side of women and men in relationships that makes it easy for readers everywhere to connect to…as well as to enjoy. Overall, I highly recommend Shoe Fetish 2 to readers worldwide.

Review: Never Again

 

Synopsis:

Struck by lightning on her annual birthday hike to a favorite mountain meadow in Colorado, 80-year-old Clara Norwood closes her eyes, expecting to die. Instead, she wakes up on an Elirian spaceship. When she is returned to Earth, however, Clara realizes that the Elirians did more than simply heal her injuries. They also reversed all the ravages of aging, and she is once again a beautiful young woman.

At first, Clara rejoices in her newfound strength and energy, but before long her 80-year-old spirit begins to feel at odds with her youthful body. She is uncomfortable with the all the electronic gadgets of the 21st century and dreads the prospect of outliving her friends and family. She is also mystified by the unexpected attention she receives from men who are younger than her own adult children — and completely unprepared for the new realities of modern dating and romance.

Faced with the prospect of living her life all over again in another era, Clara wonders if the Elirians, would be able to return her to her old body — and what her choice would be if they could…

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

Never Again by Heather Starsong brings readers a highly unique novel. A novel that portrays an older woman who is dying only to be saved. However, not only is she saved but she stays young forever and watches those around her die…then there’s the struggle with handling all of the latest technologies that are developed over the years that are beyond her understanding. I loved how Heather Starsong has brilliantly intertwined science fiction fantasy and technology with a story about old age. We all wish we could stay young forever but is it really worth it in the end? Here, readers are not only highly entertained but get to explore that what if side and get to see for themselves that being young forever doesn’t hold as much promise as we originally have thought it would. The characters are interesting and the scenes are vivid with action and depth. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel by Heather Starsong and look forward to reading more of her work. I highly recommend this read to readers everywhere. One unpredictable event that could change your future forever is an irresistible must read for all.

Review: Alone in the Wind

 

Synopsis:

In the second installment of the misadventures of Megan Docket, she learns of the investigation of meth dealing in the area. A gut feeling forces her to question the motives of a DEA agent residing in the area. As she snoops on the agent, she becomes protective of a young teen and a young autistic, who works at the local diner. The meth use in the community causes the deaths of two friends and ensnares the local residents in the drug trade.

Meanwhile, discord with her husband Brian creates problems at home. When the DEA agent and the chief of police commit murder, Megan uncovers the truth. After she impulsively commits revenge against the men, it blackens her soul and plunges her into a personal hell. Burdened with grief over the community tragedies and her own guilt, she seeks peace and redemption.

This is the author’s second book in her Wind Series. The first book in the series is Voices in the Wind.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Alone in the Wind is the perfect title for this new novel in the Wind Series. Judy Bruce has done it again. Creating the perfect novel full of crime, action, and secrets. We all have a dark side but sometimes that dark side will eat us alive if we don’t let it out soon…inside this second novel for the series we are introduced to a lot of issues. There are marital issues going on between the main character Megan and her now husband, Brian. Then there is the meth dealing going on as well as two young people who need Megan’s help. The plot instantly pulls readers in and brings them on a path of danger, betrayal, lies, and suspense. Megan may or may not be able to uncover the truth in time but the ending will not only satisfy readers but get them hooked on what might happen next to Megan. Will she be in trouble for what’s eating at her? Or will she survive and find forgiveness after all? Overall, I highly recommend this second novel of Judy Bruce’s and look forward to reading book three. I loved reading this intriguing story and I know without a doubt that readers everywhere will love it too.

 

 

Review: Voices in the Wind

 

Synopsis: 

The story is set in western Nebraska in the American Midwest. A young attorney accepts a job at her imperious father’s law firm, which forces her to confront tragedies old and new, and leads her into a harrowing fight for survival and the transformation that brings forgiveness and a new perspective.

Along the way, the heroine, Megan, must deal with a crooked attorney, a tornado, lots of root beer, a blond stud, voices in the wind, heartbreak, a lunatic with a shotgun, delicious pastries, isolation, and lies.

This rugged High Plains land of Megan’s hometown is the desolate, windblown, harsh land of the pioneer, American Indian, and cowboy. Even in adulthood, it stirs a strange yearning in Megan, as she deals with the pressures of a law firm and a new love, as well as her attempts to unravel the haunting mystery surrounding her mother. Meanwhile, a disturbed neighbor seeks vengeance against Megan and her friend, driving them into the darkness of the rough land in a test of her wits, fortitude, and resourcefulness. Ultimately, her greatest challenge is to forgive.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Judy Bruce brings readers a novel that shows how a character who feels completely flawed overcomes that difficult times life dishes her. Tragedies from the past come alive once more and new ones follow after it. A young woman from a rural town moves back home to work at her father’s law firm. Megan is a character that many will be wowed by…her weaknesses becomes her strengths and with a little determination she might she pull off everything that’s settled onto her shoulders. Family issues, a new job, and a new love, as well as secrets that may drive Megan down or pull her back up like a free bird, will definitely lure readers to this stunning masterpiece. Voices in the Wind will intrigue readers everywhere. I loved Judy Bruce’s way of showing us what happened and how it happened. The story drags readers in from the beginning and won’t let go until the read it all. This is the first novel in the Wind Series by Judy Bruce and I loved it. I can’t wait to read what happens next inside of her second novel, Alone in the Wind.

Review: What Happened in Vegas

Synopsis:

“Fact is, I’ve been in Las Vegas for like eighteen hours already and am no closer to figuring out where Leah is. Almost a whole day down the tubes. And all I’ve done is run around my hotel suite and look out the windows and press the buttons to make the curtains open and close automatically and order room services and take baths in my Jacuzzi tub. Oh, and discover a dead guy and stab someone and accidentally steal evidence from a crime scene.”

What small-town sleuth Samantha Stone lacks in credentials, she makes up for in above-average deductive logics and superior mission-solving skills. Or so she thought. After accepting a mission to track down an almost-famous wealthy royal heiress, Sam finds herself lost in the glitziest, most glamorous city of all – Las Vegas.

It doesn’t take Sam long to realize that Sin City isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Despite five-star treatment from her new boss, Sam somehow winds up on the seedier side of town. The part filled with murderers and Las Vegas mob gangs and a kidnapping that isn’t as straightforward as it initially seems. Not to mention the crime scene that somehow has Sam’s fingerprints all over it and the sexy-yet-dangerous detective that has Sam firmly stuck at the top of his suspicious characters list. Soon, Sam ends up in a race against the clock, desperately trying to solve her mission and clear her name before she runs out of time…or loses her life.

Discover what critics are calling one, of the most hilarious, new series to arrive on the mystery scene as Samantha Stone navigates her most dangerous mission yet.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

What Happened in Vegas by Katie Bloomstrom is another brilliant novel by this talented writer. I can’t get enough of her fabulous characters and the humor on every page. Katie Bloomstrom has masterfully created a strong female character that is so real to readers, it’s hard not to love her. Flaws that are easily made real when readers turn the pages. A woman who knows what she wants and goes after no matter if she fails or succeeds is a character to read and travel with…as well get addicted to…

Inside this contemporary romantic mystery read, readers will be wowed by the talent that shines through, to the last page. The action is found plentiful in this new title. Samantha Stone creates action as well as brings it with her. Her personality and voice pops off the pages and seeps into readers. Samantha Stone is a real woman like any of us, and yet she dives right into the world of sleuthing when she goes on her honeymoon and now,  in this second novel she can’t stay away from solving new cases. I really like Samantha Stone. She’s a combination of Miss Fisher and Nancy Drew. The danger is always around the corner and Samantha is going to have to watch her every step…where there’s a ton of money involved…the danger can be life threatening not just for the victim at hand but also for a woman who’s after the case. If you love a realistic story that packs a lot of danger, suspense, and intrigue but also gives a lot of laugh-out-loud moments then this is the novel for you. Overall, I highly recommend Katie Bloomstom’s latest novel, What Happened in Vegas, to readers everywhere.

Book OCD…

 

reading

 

As a reader, I have this thing…like OCD…about the care and condition of my books. My printed book copies to be exact. I hate bending the spines. So, I hold them open far enough to read the pages but also, not enough to crack the book’s spine.

Books are sacred to me. They open us, readers, up to whole new places, ideas, and people. Adventure, action, mystery or even romance…every book has something valuable, for me. Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction…I will take such care of every book. My books look like they were never opened. That’s how obsessed I am in making sure that they are not bent, cracked, or torn in any places. I mean hello, the author took their precious time and sweat into making these babies for us to read and if we don’t take of them…I look at damaged books with a look of utmost horror.  I’m not saying that readers can’t bend, highlight or crack their books…but water damage…torn pages…OMG…I don’t know how a reader can damage a book. But it frightens me.

Books are a treasure and should always remain treated so. I think of it this way…if someone were to get my books in their hands what would they say…by the appearance of torn pages and other damage? Would it say that I didn’t care what happened to those beautiful books? Or am I too obsessed with how my book are treated aka look? My excuse…is that I am a reader with a book OCD syndrome and I care how my books stay in perfect condition…as much as possible…

Anyone else like this? Or just me?

Review: The Arrangement

 

Synopsis: 

Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. After a night’s transgression, it’s only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives.

Set in California, France, and the Swiss Alps, The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual novel that explores the complexities of a marriage and the many different ways in which we love. Writing at the top of her game, Ashley Warlick gives us a completely mesmerizing story about a woman well ahead of her time, who would go on to become the legendary food writer M. F. K. Fisher.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick is a historical fiction piece that gives readers an inside view of one woman’s life. Love, passion, intrigue…all brilliantly written for readers to enjoy. A woman who has a passion for writing and is married to one man but falls in love with his best friend. The novel is exciting because it happens around the early 1930’s. A fascinating historical moment in time. Ashley Warlick brings readers a female character who is strong, independent, and hard working. It’s hard not to love the main character. The character’s personality is a bit bold and sassy for a woman during this time period but fits in perfectly with the fictional plot that Ashley Warlick has masterfully woven for readers enjoyment. What happens on this one woman’s journey as her heart goes back and forth between two loves and her career…is one that readers must read to figure out on their own. I was deeply enchanted by this sexy tale.

The Arrangement takes readers deep on a journey of self-discovery, love, and a promising future. The novel is steady paced yet fast-paced in certain scenes and highly suspenseful. Mary Frances has choices to make. After all, she’s a married woman to one man yet her heart goes out to another. Readers will enjoy following Mary Francis and her affairs as well as her developing writing career. Just as in real life, there are bumpy roads and Mary Francis will experience many before she arrives at the height of her career and love. Ashley Warlick has brought a sensually exciting read for her audience. Once readers open up this title, they will be instantly dragged into the life of M.F.K. Fisher (Mary Francis). What readers will love most about this character is that she isn’t sure what she wants exactly until later in the novel. This vulnerable part of her exposes her in a way that makes it easy to connect with her. Overall, this is definitely a must read for readers worldwide. A woman’s novel that everyone can enjoy and be sucked into from the first page onward.

Review: June (A Novel)

 

Synopsis:

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Review:

June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is an intriguing read for all. The novel itself fluctuates between events from the 1950’s to the present moment. Events from the past have an enormous effect on the characters and how their lives will play out in the end. Three women’s lives are brought together inside this juicy drama filled novel. Readers will be piqued as to how each character handles the new information they have been given and what will become of them. A grandmother has passed away and left an inheritance to one woman and then a grandfather that she never knew about left her an inheritance as well.  Hollywood star from the past brings all the secrets, lies, and betrayals to the women presented in the present moment within this title. It’s funny how one knows their life and then suddenly it all changes with a death of two people. Two people who have held secrets for a long time.

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s writing is well-written. The characters will become living beings that pop off the pages as the events that haunted the past come bubbling up to the present. Nothing like family drama to stir things up…as a reader I didn’t really click with any one character. The characters had news they were not expecting and dealt with it on a day to day basis. I didn’t feel sympathy for the women…but I could relate to their issues. June is an intimate yet suspenseful tale that will lure readers into its plot. Each woman has her own struggles as well as the ones they all share. This gives the story depth and a realistic feeling to it. I was curious with each page as to how the ending would turn out…and I have to say the tension builds into an explosively stunning piece. Overall, I recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Free Ebooks!

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com In Love With A Haunted House
by Kate Goldman

Get This Book for FREE

The last thing Mallory Clark wants to do is move back home. She has no choice, though, since the company she worked for in Chicago has just downsized her, and everybody else. To make matters worse her fiancé has broken their engagement, and her heart, leaving her hurting and scarred. When her mother tells her that the house she always coveted as a child, the once-famed Gray Oaks Manor, is not only on the market but selling for a song, it seems to Mallory that the best thing she could possibly do would be to put Chicago, and everything and everyone in it, behind her. Arriving back home she runs into gorgeous and mysterious Blake Hunter. Blake is new to town and like her he is interested in buying the crumbling old Victorian on the edge of the historic downtown center, although his reasons are his own. Blake is instantly intrigued by the flame-haired beauty with the fiery temper and the vulnerable expression in her eyes. He can feel the attraction between them and knows it is mutual, but he also knows that the last thing on earth he needs is to get involved with a woman determined to take away a house he has to have.

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com Don’t Wait For Me
by Dan Kolbet

Get This Book for FREE

Edwin Klein’s iconic downtown toy store is hanging by a thread. The end is near, but he won’t accept it. The store is all he has left of his wife and he can’t let it go. Failure and loss have led him to a dark place.

After a chance encounter with a shoplifter, he stumbles upon the help of Amelia Cook, who is struggling with her own loss. Through one holiday season, the two of them hatch a plan to save the store and in turn touch the lives of everyone they know.

What follows is a wonderful, but tragic tale of love, loss, and new beginnings.

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com Nightlord: Sunset
by Garon Whited

Get This Book for FREE

Eric didn’t ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn’t even believe in them. Then he hooks up with a hot babe, wakes up with a hangover, and bites his tongue with his own fangs.

Which pretty much settles the question.

Now he’s trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the Undead — the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts are a real bitch.

Upside; Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach him the ropes, including the magic he’ll need to survive.

Downside; they’re being hunted by members of the Church of Light, who are determined to rid the world of vampires.

Then Sasha is killed, and Eric is thrust into an alternate world in his quest to avenge her death. There he becomes a Nightlord, fights a dragon with the help of his magical steed, Bronze, and upchucks a sword named Firebrand.

But things get really interesting when Eric finally finds Tobias, head of the Church of Light. Soon Eric finds himself at the center of an epic battle at the literal edge of the world in a fight to keep a terrible darkness at bay.

In other words, just another day in the life of the Nightlord.

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com The War Planners
by Andrew Watts

Get This Book for FREE

For years China has been building up its military, preparing for this moment. They have created island bases in the South China Sea. Stolen US government secrets through daily cyber attacks on American networks. Each day the threat grows more real.

When a crack team of American defense experts is taken to a remote island for a highly classified mission, they have a single task: create the blueprint for a coming war with China. David Manning is one of those experts. But as the group plans for war, David suspects that not every person among them is planning for America to win…

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com The Advocate’s Ex Parte
by Teresa Burrell

Get This Book for FREE

Attorney Sabre Brown is summoned into Judge Lawrence Mitchell chambers for an ex parte hearing. When the judge attempts to discuss one of her cases, she refuses to listen without proper counsel present.

Later that evening, Judge Mitchell is murdered.

Sabre’s shock at his death is only surpassed by an attempt on the life of Dr. Carolina Heller, a psychologist she employs on a regular basis. Sabre now fears for her own life.

Sabre enlists her private eye JP, and they begin to comb and scrutinize her cases, searching for connections between the two crimes. But Sabre’s life is in danger from someone much closer to her.

Sabre and JP’s roads diverge. While JP infiltrates a twisted world of greed and corruption, Sabre is caught up in a domestic crisis fueled by obsession. As each is forced to fight their own battles, the question soon becomes, can they find a way to save one another?

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com Trust
by L Chapman

Get This Book for FREE

Lovely Megan Madden has lost her faith in men. But this has not kept her from the joy of her best friend’s upcoming wedding. While in London shopping for the big event, Megan’s life takes a surprising turn when a quick drink brings changes to her life she never saw coming. Join in the roller coaster of emotions Megan must endure as she attempts to regain her TRUST.

Who knew a quiet drink could change your life?

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com The Ghost Of Blackwood Lane
by Greg Enslen

Get This Book for FREE

For years, the witness protection program has kept Gary Foreman safe from the horrors he left behind. He’s got a new career and new friends, but they can never know his real name or where he comes from. But the program can’t protect him from the relentless dreams of a young woman in danger. It’s the same dream, night after night, and Gary is helpless, unable to stop the dream’s inevitable and horrifying conclusion. The woman seems strangely familiar…is she someone from his dark past? Is she even real? All he knows for certain is that she needs his help, or she will die.

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com Falling In Love
by Susette Williams

Get This Book for FREE

Katie Morgan has her future planned. It doesn’t include becoming serious about anyone before she achieves her goals, not even her handsome boss. Just because she does not have time to date, doesn’t mean her boss shouldn’t. Her new mission…to make her boss happy, whether or not he wants to be.

Wade McAlester fell in love with Katie the first day she walked into his clinic looking for a job. He hired her, content to settle for friendship until she lives out her dream of becoming a vet. Against his better judgment, Wade allows her to fix him up with a couple of her friends. The dates are disastrous. He can’t believe the kind of women Katie seems to think he’d enjoy spending his life with. However, when Wade’s old colleague, Dr. Laura Redmond shows up, Katie is rethinking how happy she wants her boss to be, and with whom. Definitely not the gorgeous doctor.

For FREE at eBooksHabit.com Without You
by Yesenia Vargas

Get This Book for FREE

Ariana is ready to finally graduate and get a new start at the University of Georgia. But she never expects to meet someone as perfect as Lucas at the beginning of senior year.

But she doesn’t realize how much she might be leaving behind.

Lucas is everything Ariana could have ever wanted in a guy, but he can’t be a part of Ariana’s new start, not when his family needs him at home.

Or that her dreams might be out of reach anyway…

To make matters worse, Ariana’s not sure she can afford to go to UGA herself.

Or if she’ll be able to get in.

Ariana will have to choose…

Because she knows she can’t have it all.

Ariana quickly realizes Lucas’s ex would love to see her gone, but she’s ready to fight for what they have.

But at what price?

Will she have to live with the regret of giving up on her dream school? Or will she sacrifice the guy that’s captured her heart?

Review: The Run Begins

Synopsis:

Lou Malloy is 18 years old and ready, for the world, but is the world ready for him. His brother Sam has left and his sister wants to move to Florida with the family. Malloy is having none of it and on a wild moment decides to hop in a boxcar going he knows not where. The important thing is that it’s not in Kansas. He has a problem and that problem is money. He doesn’t have any until Henry Lowe, who is in the same boxcar, offers Malloy the deal of a lifetime. All he has to do is help Lowe rob a casino in Georgia. With the promise of a big payday, Malloy throws in with the scheme and seal his fate forever…. AND THE RUN BEGINS

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Run Begins by J. Frank James is an excellent yet highly refreshing read. J. Frank James introduces to readers a character that is unlike any other criminal. Most don’t care about family nor open up like a book yet Lou Mallery does just that. A young man growing up in a rural small-town and never gets the approval from his parents…only his sister knows that he tried to stick up for her and why…but his parents only think of him as a young punk who is nothing but trouble. Funny how when  an accusation label becomes one that you fulfill later on…Lou Mallery leaves his home and heads into trouble all own his own. Getting involved with something that involves a whole lot of money can be very dangerous indeed. When Lou Mallery gets out of jail…more problems will arise and when they do readers will be gobbling up the books as J. Franks writes them. The Run Begins is a realistic crime fiction tale that will intrigue readers from page one. I was impressed with J. Frank Jame’s writing and this is the second of his novels that I have read. Overall, I  highly recommend this new title to readers everywhere.

Review: Beauty and the Feast

 

Synopsis:

Eva Raines is an uncomplicated country girl who’s all about food. Eva moves to the Napa Valley where her culinary skills come to the attention of the owners of a start-up and Eva finds her niche as a personal chef. Now all she needs is a man as perfect as her cooking, but she has serious doubts such a creature exists.
When wealthy entrepreneur, winery owner, and noted lothario, Gabriel Abbott, makes plans to seduce his flavor of the month, his assistant hires All Things to All People to cater a gourmet dinner. Eva expects to use her way with food to showcase the startup. What she unexpectedly discovers is that her culinary skills showcase far more. Gabriel Abbott finds himself seduced by her voice and the sensual flavors and textures of her food and his previous plans are quickly forgotten. He begins to obsess about meeting his little chef in person. He’s not alone. Once Eva hears Gabe’s voice and spends time in his home in the Napa Valley, she begins to wonder about the real man and her dreams of him are so hot they could ignite a barbecue.
When Eva and Gabe finally come face to face, the question is, how hot will their fire burn?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Beauty and the Feast by J.R. Barret is a highly entertaining romance. It’s hot, sexy, and funny sweet. This was the first novel I have read by this talented author. The characters were fun to read about and follow along with as the plot developed. Readers will be enticed with this title from the first page. Food, culture, and amazing travel, readers will get to taste and view when reading this brilliant novel. I found myself completely lost as I read this story. It was like I was right there watching and engaging in the exciting scenes around me. The smells were so vivid that I found myself almost tasting the delicious meals prepared by the main character. She is beautiful, smart, and fun. J.R Barret’s novel is steady paced and well-written. Once readers open it up to read it won’t be put down until they read the last page. Inside The Beauty and the Feast, readers are taken into a kitchen where we find our main character cooking and then being hosed down by a horny teenage boy. A horny teenage boy that she has to babysit for her boss. He takes great pleasure in soaking her shirts until they are transparent . . . then leaves grinning like a Chesire Cat of Wonderland. Readers will be intrigued by Eva whose cooking skills will make anyone’s mouth water . . . especially that of a hot sexy man who heats up her dreams. Gabe is soon led to Eva and unlike most romantic relationships; this woman has a lot more than looks to attract a red-blooded male. But what fate holds in store for them both is one readers must find out on their own. I absolutely loved reading this title—the cover and name of the book fit in perfectly with the story and its characters. Spicy, sensual, and masterfully woven, The Beauty and the Feast, is definitely a must read for all.

Free Ebooks on Amazon!

Reverend Annabelle Dixon is the charming, slightly gauche, very tall, thirty-something vicar of St. Mary’s Church located in the picturesque village of Upton St. Mary in Cornwall, England.

Recently appointed to her rural church position, Annabelle is beloved by her parishioners for dispensing good advice and godly wisdom with humor and charm while zipping her Mini Cooper around the country lanes and attempting to build a relationship with her church cat, Biscuit, who, quite frankly, couldn’t care less.

Trouble arises when Annabelle faithfully welcomes a new resident to her quaint parish. Her visit to the latest newcomer, Sir John Cartwright, is two-fold: to greet him and to dispel rumors of shady doings at the manor. This time, however, instead of tea and cakes, Annabelle is served a heaping plate of murder and a fine helping of handsome Inspector Mike Nicholls!

Filled with laugh-out-loud moments and cake and pastry recipes, this humorous, cozy mystery is an excellent introduction to the Reverend Annabelle Dixon series.

Included in this book are recipes for:

– Wicked Walnut Cupcakes with Magnificent Maple Buttercream Frosting
– Beatific Baklava
– Chaste Chia Seed and Coconut Macaroons
– Angelic Almond Cupcakes and Abundant Almond Butter Frosting

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Mansion-Reverend-Annabelle-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01759EHJI

The infamous rake, Lord Richard Hamilton, has finally chosen his bride—the very appropriate Miss Emma Grey.
The ton approves, Lord Grey is pleased, Lady Grey delighted, and Emma is over the moon, but her uncle, (the blasted) Duke of Arden opposes the match, and Emma is ordered to move to the duke’s estate to think things over.
Richard Hamilton refuses to take things lying down and concocts a plan. A plan that should have brought the lovers together and had them married within a month. It was a simple matter of masquerading as the duke’s gardener, compromising the lady, and then having the duke rush them off to Gretna Green.
Alas, he underestimates the duke’s intelligence and the tangled situation on the estate—never had he imagined that compromising a lady could be so difficult.
His endeavours lead to a comedy of errors, charades, and knotty love affairs. Yet he forges ahead in spite of pesky house guests, a flea-bitten mattress, his lovesick best friend, and a blackmailer.
Just when things seem to be going well, someone is murdered (very inconvenient), and he happens to be one of the suspects (extremely inconvenient).
His simple plan for winning the wager suddenly becomes … a tad complicated.

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Regency-Murder-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B008UWBJB4

On a blooming May morning, five bodies of a single religious family are found in their apartment, in the quiet suburb of Samuel’s Hill (Giv’at Shmuel).

Detective Hadas Levinger, a renegade atheist daughter of a religious family, is put in charge of the police investigation. Slowly and skillfully she peels the shells protecting this unique community and reveals hard and painful secrets.

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Hill-Secrets-Israeli-Jewish-mystery-ebook/dp/B00LYVK4TG

The half-tree, half-human beings lived a secret existence deep in the old growth forest.

Until now.

When 11-year old Daisy Castillo discovers a plot to destroy the forest, she tries to halt the approaching evil while keeping these magical creatures from being discovered.

But danger waits in every shadow. For if these corrupt men succeed, the Forest People will die. A few surprises are in store, as some unknown and undiscovered friendships hold the key to her success.

Fate hangs in the balance as Daisy faces her deepest fears, including heartbreak from the past, to rise up against all odds.

Suspenseful, mysterious, and full of danger, Forest Secrets captures the enchantment of nature and the power of friendship in this classic tale of good vs. evil.

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Forest-Secrets-Magical-Mystery-Novel-ebook/dp/B01AWVKOFC

HE PUT HER ON A PEDESTAL
When Celeste Gray arrives in the sleepy village of Brixcombe-on-the-Bay, she thinks she’s one step closer to leaving her notorious past behind. She even suspects the deliciously handsome–if somewhat stuffy–viscount next door is developing a tendre for her. That is, until the day Ashlin Lancester learns she’s not the unassuming spinster she’s pretending to be.

NOW SHE HAS FARTHER TO FALL
After a decade of proving he is nothing like his profligate father, Ash is horrified to have given his heart to a Cyprian. He launches a campaign to prove his attraction is nothing more than a sordid reaction he can’t control. But he soon learns that unlike his father, he can’t find comfort in the arms of just any woman. He needs Celeste. When he takes her as his mistress, he’s still not satisfied, and the many late nights in her arms only make him want more…

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Trouble-Being-Wicked-Naughty-Girls-ebook/dp/B00AM1D766

 
Bestselling, critically acclaimed, and notoriously creative authors from across the book continuum join forces to bring you At Odds with Destiny, everything you’ve wanted in a boxed set but thought you’d never find: full-length, award-winning novels brimming with cozy mystery, suspense, romance, and biographical historical fiction. Finding themselves at odds with destiny, the characters in these stories fight to shape their future and define who they are. Come follow them in their amazing journeys.

Rise to Power by Uvi Poznansky
Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer or a traitor leading a gang of felons. How does he see himself? Can he control his destiny and strike a balance between ambition and longing for purity?

Double Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
In the deep cold of winter, threats erupt from the dark woods, spinning events out of hand—and Gus, tormented by the unexplained death of his wife, braces for the fight of his life.

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins
After Jack dies, his wife Pam discovers secrets and lies. Is she destined to succumb to vengefulness against his two lovers, or will she find a different way forward?

Dream Student by James DiBenedetto
Everything was going according to plan, until the night when college junior Sara Barnes started seeing other people’s dreams. Is she the only one witnessing the secrets of a serial killer?

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Odds-Destiny-boxed-set-bundle-ebook/dp/B00SHYGG7C

Fans of The Mortal Instruments will enjoy Emerge: The Awakening, the first book of the Urban Fantasy, Emerge series. A 2015 Dante Rossetti YA Awards Finalist, a USA Best Book Awards Finalist, and an International Book Awards Finalist
Allie Carmichael has always believed life is simple.
You’re born. You live. You die.
She has no cause to believe that equation works differently for her, but there has to be a reason the world treats her like a pariah.
When an unexpected move to Kelleys Island brings Aidan McBrien crashing into her life, Allie is thrown by his reaction. He doesn’t shrink from her touch. He doesn’t stutter or make a quick exit. He smiles and welcomes her into his circle of friends, who aren’t exactly comfortable with Allie, but they seem to get her in a way most people don’t.
Finally, Allie has a real shot at normal and rides that high right up to her sixteenth birthday when she wakes in agony—an experience Aidan insists they have all faced. She struggles in ignorance, uncertain of what is real and what isn’t. When she emerges, Allie is different. She has always been different, but even among her extraordinary friends, she and Aidan are special.
As Allie struggles to maintain her tenuous grasp on the power that threatens to overwhelm her, she worries she will lose herself in this strange new world. A dangerous world where she will have to fight tooth and nail to defend the power and freedom that is her birthright.
…only Allie hates to fight.

Join Allie and Aidan in this coming of age urban fantasy set within our own world.

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Emerge-Awakening-Book-Melissa-Craven-ebook/dp/B00VID65W0

Do You Have One Hour To Laugh And Read a Short Book Today?

If you do, then take a few moments to download and enjoy this book by budding author Rodney Southern. Purposefully written to be short, power-packed with laughs and loaded with heartfelt love for family, Southern delivers on all counts.

Having been married for over 14 years and a father to identical twin thirteen-year-old daughters, Southern has learned to survive on a sense of humor. That fun-loving side comes through clearly in this book and will have you wishing for another chapter.

Have you ever felt like your spouse simply doesn’t understand you? Do you find yourself constantly wishing you had more information? This book is for you! It is a series of short stories about a man and his wife that will have you laughing out loud. If you want a nice, quick read that will make you feel good about being married all over again, this is the book for you!

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/My-Wife-Drives-Moped-Hilarious-ebook/dp/B01A0PRB60

Thirteen-year-old fashionista Coco Franks has finally made it into the popular group when her dad decides to move the whole family to the country so they can ‘bond’. Social death is looming, her shoes are covered in mud and all Coco wants to do is get herself back to her city friends. After all, things can’t get any worse, right? It’ll take a boy with no dress sense and totally thick boots, and a contrary horse called Cupcake to bring Coco to her senses. But it might just be too little, too late.

Love and Muddy Puddles is humorous realistic fiction aimed at children aged 10-12 and horse lovers everywhere. Set in Australia, this clean teen romance is a funny and inspiring of how a horse can change a young person’s life. Love and Muddy Puddles is the third novel by Australian writer Cecily Anne Paterson. Her first novel Invisible, also a clean, realistic story for girls and teenagers, was called an ‘exquisitely written story’ by Publisher’s Weekly review of teenage fiction and was a semifinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards in 2014.

‘Charlie Franks is A-OK’ is the sequel to Love and Muddy Puddles, and is available for presales now.

Buy for FREE here: http://www.amazon.com/Muddy-Puddles-Charlie-Franks-novel-ebook/dp/B00HOCA7D2

Book Girlfriends…

That’s right…you read correctly. Book girlfriends. No one has discussed which female characters would make the best book girlfriends. So, I would like to hear from all of you, which female characters would make the best book girlfriends and why?

Two super great book girlfriends that pop into my mind in literature are Jo and Amy from Pretty Little Women. Here, we see two independent women growing up through a difficult time. Each sister is the exact opposite of the other one.

Jo is the typical tomboy. She cuts her long beautiful hair to get money for the family during their difficult time. She easily gets along with the young man next door who falls head over heels in love with her. And there’s no reason why he shouldn’t. Other than that she’s not in love with him in that way. Jo is outspoken, strong, and reliable. She would make a great book girlfriend for anyone.

Then, there’s Amy. Amy is the youngest of the four sisters. Prettiest, fanciest, and most artistic of the sisters. Amy is an artist. She dresses and acts like a proper lady of her time would. She knows how to handle herself, in company, and can make any man bow to her ways. We all know that she finally finds true love in the form of her male neighbor next door. Amy at first seemed like a spoiled girl yet as she grows up the transformation is beautiful and eye-popping.

Now, let’s hear what you think of who would make a great book girlfriend. Comment below!

 

Review: The Last Good Girl

 

Synopsis:

From Allison Leotta, the “highly entertaining storyteller” (George Pelecanos) who writes “in a style that’s as real as it gets” (USA TODAY), a ripped-from-the-headlines novel featuring prosecutor Anna Curtis at the center of a national story involving campus rape and the disappearance of a young woman.

Emma, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Brooks, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced together surveillance footage of Emma leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

When Anna discovers the video diary Emma kept over her first few months at college, it exposes the history she had with Dylan: she had accused him of rape before disappearing.

Emma’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emma alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.”

Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

Rating: 5 stars

Review: 

The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta is a thrilling new novel that will be dragging its readers deep into its pages. Knowing how campuses are not as secure as parents and college students like to think, it was a real experience reading a fictional piece about a dangerous situation that occurred on a campus site. This novel brings chills down readers’ spines as they progress further into this dark, haunting, and highly intense plot. A highly profiled young man with many connections is on the hot seat and one woman is doing all she can to prove that he’s indeed guilty of a horrendous crime. But she can’t go any further until she has the proof she needs to accuse him officially.

Allison Leotta has brilliantly brought together the horrors of college life and the wrongs that can forever change one’s life. A freshman accuses one young man of rape and then she disappears. However, there’s evidence of her leaving a bar and him following her out of the bar. But what happens next after that is for readers to find out on their own. This well-written tale will have readers on the edge of their seats as the suspense and heat from politicians rain down upon the female investigator. The Last Good Girl has everything to lure readers to its story. A prosecutor hot on one man’s trail, secrets, and trial that will entice readers. Absolutely a must read for all. Allison Leotta is one of the best storytellers around…

 

Review: In Twenty Years

 

Synopsis:

Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

But along with the return of the friends come old grudges, unrequited feelings, and buried secrets. Catherine, the CEO of a domestic empire, and Owen, a stay-at-home dad, were picture-perfect college sweethearts—but now teeter on the brink of disaster. Lindy, a well-known musician, is pushing middle age in an industry that’s all about youth and slowly self-destructing as she grapples with her own identity. Behind his smile, handsome plastic surgeon Colin harbors the heartbreaking truth about his own history with Bea. And Annie carefully curates her life on Instagram and Facebook, keeping up appearances so she doesn’t have to face the truth about her own empty reality.

Reunited in the place where so many dreams began, and bolstered by the hope of healing, each of them is forced to confront the past.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch is a heartbreaking and heart melting read. A story about a group of friends who lived together during college and became something more like one big family. As with all big families, conflicts arise and emotions are flying high. Many things have happened since those twenty years they were all last together. The death of their best friend Bea leaves them all broken. But when twenty years has gone by they are brought together again for Bea’s sake in the same house where old memories become alive. Wounds cut deep and before they know it…they are tearing each other down for what did happen between them all. Now, the friends will go through a journey that needs to be led and will soon find what they were all needing.

Allison Winn Scotch’s brilliant novel, In Twenty Years, explores the life of college friends whose memories from the past resurface to a boiling point. They reunite for Bea’s birthday. She wrote them all a letter to read when they were all twenty years older. Will Bea’s hope and wish for them all help her now grown-up friends? Or will the past continue to tear them apart? Friendship is important. It’s what ties us all together and keeps us going. Even though the friends were angry, torn, and sad…they somehow make it through everything. This story has come, to life, for readers in many ways. We all have done something in our younger years that led us to regrets and or wishes that will either break us or make us as adults. We have to find the courage deep within us if we choose to be happy. That’s exactly what this talented writer has demonstrated in her beautifully written novel. For fans of Forty Years, this is a must read for all. I highly recommend this to readers everywhere.

 

Review: Not Working (A Novel)

 

Synopsis:

Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. The problem is, she’s not exactly sure how to go about finding it. Without the distractions of a regular routine, Claire confronts the best and worst parts of herself: the generous, attentive part that visits her grandmother for tea and cooks special meals for her boyfriend, Luke, and the part that she feels will never measure up and makes regrettable comments after too many glasses of wine. What emerges is a candid, moving portrait, of a clear-eyed heroine trying to forge her own way, a wholly relatable character whose imperfections and uncanny observations highlight what makes us all different and yet inescapably linked.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Not Working by Lisa Owens is an extraordinary novel. Readers will be blown away by the main character, Claire Flannery. A woman who decides to quit her job to find what she really wants to do. Readers can easily connect with this characters especially this side of what Claire is searching for…especially, with our job market outlook today…we all need a lot of humor to get us through. Claire Flannery provides us, readers, with tons of laugh-out-loud moments and keep us turning the pages with deep interest. Lisa Owens has taken the reality of life and created a female character that is lovable to all sexes. Her determination and struggles feel like our own.

Never before have I read a novel by Lisa Owens until now. I have to say that her writing is believable and highly entertaining. The fast-paced plot hooks, readers with every flip of a page. Drama, intrigue, and action make this a wonderful story to read. Family, have a way with dropping wisdom off onto one’s shoulders. Wisdom, that helps us move forward with our lives. I enjoyed reading and following Claire Flannery as she says the most unexpected things and learns what she wants in life. Job hunting is super hard especially when you don’t know what it is exactly you want. Lisa Owens hs brilliantly taken readers down this path and showed them that maybe…just maybe things can turn out alright. Not Working is the most talked about novel, and I can definitely see why after reading it. A happy yet hilarious read that will entice readers from everywhere. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to all.

 

Review: Fear of Falling

 

Synopsis:

Her best bet is to stay away 

Was Olivia hearing this right? The one man in Indian Lake she’d found truly intriguing since, well, forever—the hopelessly handsome heir to the region’s most successful farming operation, Rafe Barzonni—was involved in horse racing? That made him, and her sudden attraction, downright dangerous. He wasn’t just out of her league. He was a gambler. Like her father. With the shame of her father’s racetrack betting addiction still haunting her, Olivia can’t be part of that world. Rafe’s world. She can’t trust him, or his magnetism. But there’s something deep in his incredible blue eyes that keeps drawing her closer…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Fear of Falling by Catherine Lanigan is exactly as the title states. Both of the main characters have their own issues to deal with…issues that involve horses, fear of the past, and a love that burns hotter than any fire.  Catherine Lanigan’s contemporary romance tale is one that will warm the hearts of every reader. The characters have their own issues that keep them from going after their dreams. Can the past really scared us, so badly that we will let go the best thing that’s ever happened to us? A realistic portrayal of how life really works and how fast we can lose what matters most. This was my first novel read by Catherine Lanigan and she has powerfully sucked me in with every word. Her talent is evident to all who read her novels. The plot is well-developed and steady paced. I enjoyed a novel that showed two people hopelessly in love who have a love of horses and struggle just like we do. Overall, I highly recommend this delightful story to all.

 

 

Review: To Catch A Rake

 

Synopsis:

No Good Rake Goes Unpunished

When George Drexel used his vast experience with women to write and publish The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, little did he realize the havoc it would cause. Now years later, the rumor of a second edition has London’s naughtiest widows pounding on his door, begging to be included. But George has given up his roguish ways and wants nothing more than to be left alone with his architectural pursuits…until beautiful Meta Russell tempts him from his work and leaves him contemplating an altogether different sort of plan.

The handbook may be years out of print, but it still has the power to ruin lives. Desperate to save her sister whose inclusion has left her jilted-Meta tracks down the rake responsible, only to find a man who steals her breath and leaves her reeling. Banding together to put things to rights, George and Meta find themselves drawn inexorably together…but can Meta truly trust her heart to a man who wrote the book on being a rake?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

To Catch A Rake by Sally Orr is an interesting twist on historical romances. Inside this highly entertaining read, readers will experience, a world full of gossip, reputations at stake and a writer’s dilemma. A man who was once a rake writes a guidebook for all other men…but it holds dangerous consequences if ever published…then he meets a woman who turns his whole world upside down and inside out…the power that a woman holds over a man is incredible. The way Sally Orr has brilliantly brought about a man falling for a woman upon, first sight is a raw emotional journey unlike any other. I fell in love right away with the characters and the wonderful scenes. Never a dull moment nor slow pace where hearts and life changing moments are concerned. Futures will be forever changed. Including a former rake. The words of this talented writer, speaks volumes. I couldn’t put the book down and look forward to reading more by Sally Orr. Overall, this novel has everything to entice readers worldwide into reading its pages. To Catch A Rake is definitely a must read for all.

Review: The Abduction of Nelly Don

Synopsis:

During the Great Depression, high-profile kidnappings became more and more commonplace. On December 17, 1931, self-made millionaire fashion designer Nell Donnelly becomes the next casualty.

Senator Reed, a family friend, steps in to lead the investigation. Impatient with ineffective police efforts, he is willing to go to extraordinary measures. How extraordinary? How about enlisting the help of two of Kansas City’s most notorious crime bosses. This deal with two devils may very well be Reed’s downfall. But more importantly, will the involvement of hardened gangsters lead to Nell Donnelly’s freedom or her demise?

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Abduction of Nelly Don is half real and half fiction. Patrice Williams Marks has brilliantly put together a novel for readers to remember and enjoy the life of one independent woman. A young woman who learned at an early age how to bargain and where her talents lay. She soon set herself up for a huge business in making dresses and other clothes that many would enjoy. Not only was clothes making her talent but also Nelly Don had a good heart where her workers were concerned. Never have I read anything discussing how generous an employer was to not just one but all employees. With above average salaries, healthcare and even childcare provided, Nelly Don is indeed a woman that will continue to amaze readers worldwide.

Patrice Williams Marks has beautifully woven a the story of Nelly Don’s life into a highly entertaining yet inspirational piece. It makes readers wish all employers were like this amazing woman inside The Abduction of Nelly Don. Readers will go on an adventure following young Nelly as she grows into the woman all know her by…from growing up in a large family to marrying her first husband to starting her own business as well as being abducted. They say experiences changes people. Maybe, Nelly’s abduction changed her. Nelly never once spoke about her abduction and lived until a ripe age of 102. I loved how Patrice Williams Marks brought history and fiction together and created a sizzling fast-paced story. A story, readers won’t ever want to stop reading and will forever love. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Review: Angel Diaries

 

Synopsis:

He was forbidden. Uncontrollable. Never to be seen, mentioned, or otherwise talked about. Until the nightmares began. Searing the screams, carnage and death into her skull. Forever.

Before this, Lindsey had a normal life. Somewhat. She had a boyfriend who was acting strange, an ex-boyfriend who has been too flirtatious and a best friend who turned psychic.

Once upon a time, the hardest decision Lindsey had to make was who she would take to the upcoming Winter Dance: her boyfriend, Philip, or her ex, Luke. Now, she’s not even human. She’s an Angel.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Angel Diaries by Larissa Hinton is one paranormal YA novel that will leave readers breathless and excited for the next novel. Suspense and danger hang on every page. Readers are lured deeply into the fast-paced plot that is full of action and heat. Young teens in love, is enough, to heat up the pages. Their love is raw, innocent, and full of power. A power of good versus evil. One young girl’s heart belongs to two different teen boys. An ex-boyfriend who can instantly make her feel good at the drop of a hat and know how to make her happy and then, there’s her new boyfriend who she thought she loved and wanted to go all the way with…but something happens that causes her to leave one guy behind and to begin a life with the other. Surprises are abundant in this intoxicating tale. Lindsey will find out something about her and her mom and even who her father is…secrets kept for a reason and then, there are the haunting dreams that will send shivers down any reader’s spine. I absolutely loved reading The Angel Diaries by Larissa Hinton. Her talent is strongly evident with every page turned and every character introduced. Overall, I highly recommend this YA title to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Living Miracle

 

Synopsis:

Is Izanagi Okamura a monster or just a man afraid to die?

There is a new world without God, sorrow or love for others, only self. One man attempts to control life. Another tries to reintroduce it.

Hiroto Okamura is given a doll, L4-13354, for his birthday. He quickly discovers that she is special. Together, they struggle to hide her secret until it is time to reveal her true existence.

A greedy perfect world; the choice between morality and covetousness; and the created life that will change everything.

This story takes Hiroto on a journey through life, love, passion, death and spiritual growth. The devotion these two innocent children share is both pure and enduring as they fight to remain together. Follow them as they travel the world telling their story and restoring the Christian faith.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Living Miracle by Donna D. Vaal is truly in inspiration to many. The novel explores so many sides of life and shows that hope, love, and God do truly exist. You can be a nonbeliever and find this story comforting. I definitely did. Readers will laugh, cry, and fall in love with the main characters. Brilliantly well-written by Donna D. Vaal is a Christian tale the combines a few genres into one amazing masterpiece.

Inside this emotionally moving story, readers will notice that science fiction and Christian fiction were combined in making this come alive.  The characters both robotic like and real pop off the pages with every word. A young boy like others his age receives a toy that obeys their command until they’re eighteen.Then, they are destroyed. On his fifth birthday, Hiroto receives his toy. A toy that turns out to be a girl. Hiroto turns out to be more humane than the rest of his people and soon fate places him and his toy into a life of an adventure. A friendship that grows into more as they age and a secret that could destroy and take away what they have…then Hiroto learns from his grandfather who turns out to be his father about his life and the life of his toy…Readers will be kept lured in as the story continues and suspense will hang in the air as they race to finish reading the book.  Donna D. Vaal has taken an entertaining and complex way to bring the message that God exists to readers. The ending is just as great as the beginning and  middle. I loved reading The Miracle and look forward to reading the next book written by Donna D. Vaal. Overall, I highly recommend this stunning read to readers worldwide.

Review: The Reluctant Duchess

Synopsis:

A Riveting Edwardian Series Set among Britain’s High Society

Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she has never felt good enough–not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping Loch Morar.

Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has found himself in possession of a rare treasure his enemies are prepared to kill for. While Brice has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, the last thing he needs is the distraction of Lady Rowena, who finds herself in a desperate situation. But when Rowena’s father tries to trap Brice into marrying his daughter, Brice makes a surprising decision.

Rowena wanted to escape the Highlands, but she’s reluctant to marry a notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’s about to end up directly in the path of everything she was trying to avoid.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna M. White is an intriguing historical fiction piece that will leave readers amazed. This novel has it all. Danger, suspense, and romance all perfectly presented to readers everywhere. The plot is steady and with the right amount of intrigue that will keep readers turning the pages faster.

Inside this newly released novel, Roseanna M. White introduces readers to a strong independent woman who is being threatened and hopes to leave her situation to find a better place. However, she is soon put into a new position that leaves her wondering if she has put herself back into danger’s arms or if there’s a chance of survival…She is paired up to a man who has known many women and with the news of his recent troubles, Lady Rowena is afraid. Then, there’s Brice the Duke of Nottingham. He finds Lady Rowena nothing but a great distraction from his trouble of keeping his treasure away from those who want it. A treasure that many will kill for is one to not worth keeping…or is it…Lady Rowena may or may not be carrying one man’s child…but if she is…then her life and the baby’s life will be danger from the father…The Reluctant Duchess is an amazing historical tale that shows women, that no matter what we can survive the odds if we try to…I loved how the Duke played a hero and how her father reacted…maybe things can turn out for the best after all. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to the next adventure by Roseanna M. White. Overall, I highly recommend this magnificent story to all.

Review: The Big Interview

 

Synopsis:

TV reporter Stella Reynolds signs with a new station, excited to move to a bigger city for a better job. When she arrives in Bristol, Virginia, though, she finds a sexist, mean boss, unfriendly coworkers, and a town in love with a sport she’s never even watched—NASCAR!

Before she can unpack her bags, Stella is drawn into an investigation when a driver is killed in a fiery wreck on the track.

Experts call his death a tragedy, but Stella has insider information that the accident is anything but.

With a slippery ex-fiancee, an angry father, and a nosy neighbor, you’ll be laughing on one page and gasping on the next. If all goes according to plan, the facts will be revealed during an epic live Big Interview. But when does anything ever go according to plan?

The Big Interview is a standalone book in the Stella Reynolds Mystery Series. If you like a great mystery peppered with laugh out loud moments and cringe-worthy catastrophes, Libby Kirsch’s The Big Interview is for you.

Buy Libby Kirsch’s book today, and see how the final big interview goes down when the cameras go live.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Big Interview by Libby Kirsch is the most exciting thriller I have read. There’s a famous NASCAR driver, a member that shouldn’t be on the board, and a jealous ex as well as a good for nothing brother. One newcomer, aka the new reporter, Stella Reynolds has a lot on her plate to deal. Her boss is the kind of man that sexually harasses women around in the workplace. Then, there’s her boyfriend, that is becoming more and more distant with each passing day. Stella has to cover the life of NASCAR and she knows absolutely nothing about it…but as the story develops so does the plans of killing to innocent people…Stella is also renting a place that is owned by the famous NASCAR driver whom everyone thinks is dead…until he suddenly pops up in Stella’s apartment. From there things get crazier and a whole lot more deadly. Libby Kirsch also brings a whole of heat to her stunning novel. The hot instant attraction and the humor, as well as the suspense, will drag readers instantly into this magnificent read. I couldn’t stop reading the book.

The Big Interview is funny, sexy, and intriguing. Readers will be glued from the first page until the last. It is clear that Libby Kirsch is indeed the most talented writer. I don’t know how Libby Kirsch managed to pull it off, but she has combined a thriller suspense with a murder mystery.The characters are quirky but smart. The main characters will have to be smarter to put together all of the pieces and manage to expose what happened, how it happened, and who did it. Everything was wrapped up nicely. No loose ends. I didn’t know who the murderers were until the end when Libby Kirsch let out the truth. The knowledge of a news station and how they operate was amazing! I couldn’t believe just how realistic every detail was…this was the first novel I have read by Libby Kirsch and I loved it. I am looking forward to reading her next book in this brilliant series. Overall, I would highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

Review: Revealing the Revolution

 

Synopsis:

In the tenth year of the newest athletic craze, the Canadian Scanning Tournament, team Revolution is set to become the National Champion. As the team struggles to mend the divides quickly enveloping them, one team-mate has more than just the responsibility of winning. He must keep a dangerous secret while protecting his team from others in the Underground.

Things slowly slip out of control as sabotage threatens Revolution’s chance of winning the tournament, their career in the CST, and the revealing of a secret which will change Scanning and the multibillion-dollar company that created it. Forever.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Revealing the Revolution by N.M Sotzek is indeed the must-read novel, for readers everywhere. The talented writer, N.M. Sotzek had masterfully woven a combination of genres into one stunning piece. Combining thriller, science fiction, and suspense all inside this story. A tale that will send readers deep into an intriguing adventure of a lifetime. The rush of danger, excitement, and the unknown will keep readers drawn into the plot from the first to the last page.

Revealing the Revolution is my first novel that I have read by N.M. Sotzek. The words are three dimensional and carry a real threat. The threat of artificial intelligence growing to an extreme within our own world. When that happens and how we react will leave goosebumps on readers arms and chills down their spines. The plot was fast-paced and well-written. The group of characters is brilliant. Each one adds to the story and gives it the overall effect that will lure readers every time. Struggles are difficult enough without a company going against everything it’s for and setting up a team for failure. A team that needs each other to survive a competition may or may not make it…issues are popping up everywhere and the teams success depends on how they can overcome these obstacles.Overall, I highly recommend this novel to readers everywhere.

 

Review: The Year We Turned Forty

 

Synopsis:

If you could repeat one year of your life, what would you do differently? This heartwarming and hilarious novel from the authors of The Status of All Things and Your Perfect Life features three best friends who get the chance to return to the year they turned forty—the year that altered all of their lives, in ways big and small—and also, get the opportunity to change their future.

Jessie loves her son Lucas more than anything, but it tears her up inside that he was conceived in an affair that ended her marriage to a man she still loves, a man who just told her he’s getting remarried. This time around, she’s determined to bury the secret of Lucas’ paternity, and to repair the fissures that sent her wandering the first time.

Gabriela regrets that she wasted her most fertile years in hot pursuit of a publishing career. Yes, she’s one of the biggest authors in the world, but maybe what she really wanted to create was a family. With a chance to do it again, she’s focused on convincing her husband, Colin, to give her the baby she desires.

Claire is the only one who has made peace with her past: her twenty-two-year-old daughter, Emily, is finally on track after the turmoil of adolescence, and she’s recently gotten engaged, with the two-carat diamond on her finger to prove it. But if she’s being honest, Claire still fantasizes about her own missed opportunities: a chance to bond with her mother before it was too late, and the possibility of preventing her daughter from years of anguish. Plus, there’s the man who got away—the man who may have been her one true love.

But it doesn’t take long for all three women to learn that re-living a life and making different decisions only leads to new problems and consequences—and that the mistakes they made may, in fact, have been the best choices of all…

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Year We Turned Forty by both Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is an intriguing and highly entertaining read. Readers will instantly connect with each of the three women inside this novel. Their journeys are realistic, quirky, and heart melting. Family, friendships, and love are the important themes inside this delightful new title. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have beautifully created a women’s novel that will have readers looking at their lives a little bit differently than before. We may never be able to change our pasts, but we should count our blessings for what we have and where we have come…

This is the first novel that I have read by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke. Their writing creates an imagery that sets readers straight into the plot. It feels like we, the readers, have become each of the leading female characters. Everything they have done said,  felt or even thought becomes our own. Amazing in how the emotional journey of fictional women pops off the pages and completely surrounds us. Lives have been lived and created…going back can have drastic changes on our future and they may not come out exactly they way we thought they would…even the best-laid plans fail. The tight knit of the friends and how they support one another brilliant way of luring readers deeper into the story of three strong independent women. I loved reading this masterpiece and I look forward to reading more by these two talented writers. A novel that will move readers…is definitely worth picking up to read. Overall, I highly recommend The Year We Turned Forty to readers everywhere.

 

 

Review: The Total Package

 

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties is back with a funny, sweet, and sizzling novel about love, redemption, and second chances.

Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public.

But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own.

Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke.

But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park and the New York Times bestselling author of Big Girl Panties and The Sweet Spot.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Total Package by Stephanie Evanovich is incredible. Hot, sweet, and messy. Readers will be blown away by the troubled hearts and drama of two former lovers. Each character has his and her own issues. But getting past them will be difficult especially when each is making their way higher in their perspective fields. Readers hearts will melt will with every page as they come closer to the last page. I am a huge fan of Stephanie Evanovich’s novels and I have to say she has brilliantly created another all time favorite masterpiece. One that readers will love and read over and over again.

The Total Package has it all… Sports, sexy football player, and a smart journalist. The combined package will give off enough heat to make readers blush behind the pages. Stephanie Evanovich introduces readers to a famous man who so happens to have a dark past but then quickly comes around and becomes a hero once again. Only will he be a hero in  a certain woman’s eyes that matter the most to him? It might or might not be too late for Tyson Palmer…but Dani Carr is a whole different story. They had shared a moment in time together and he destroyed her heart…now, Dani is a top name in the world of journalism and she might just make his life a misery of hell…unless he can make amends just as quickly as his recovery. Readers will be tossed into an exciting and heart-racing romance. Stephanie Evanovich never disappoints her readers. I loved every moment in following both characters as their story progressed. Overall, this is a sexy hot must read for all.

Review: The Damned of Petersburg

 

Synopsis:

GLORY TURNED GRIM…

…and warfare changed forever. As Grant pinned Lee to Petersburg and Richmond, the Confederacy’s stubborn Army of Northern Virginia struggled against a relentless Union behemoth, with breathtaking valor and sacrifice on both sides. That confrontation in the bloody summer and autumn of 1864 shaped the nation that we know today.
From the butchery of The Crater, where stunning success collapsed into a massacre, through near-constant battles fought by heat-stricken soldiers, to the crucial election of 1864, The Damned of Petersburg resurrects our Civil War’s hard reality, as plumes and sabers gave way to miles of trenches.

Amid the slaughter of those fateful months, fabled leaders—Grant and Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock and A. P. Hill—turned to rising heroes, Confederates “Little Billy” Mahone and Wade Hampton, last of the cavaliers, or Union warriors such as tragedy-stricken Francis Channing Barlow and the fearless Nelson Miles, a general at twenty-four.
Nor does Ralph Peters forget the men in the ranks, the common soldiers who paid the price for the blunders of leaders who’d never know their names. In desperate battles, now forgotten, such as Deep Bottom, Globe Tavern and Reams Station, soldiers on both sides, pushed to the last human limits, fought on as their superiors struggled to master a terrible new age of warfare.

The Damned of Petersburg revives heroes aplenty—enriching our knowledge of our most terrible war—but, above all, this novel’s a tribute to the endurance and courage of the American soldier, North or South.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Damned of Petersburg by Ralph Peters is an extraordinary novel taking readers deep into te heart of Civil War. Ralph Peters has masterfully captured each and every detail and organized his writing to relive the memorable moments in history. This is a novel all readers should read no matter what they’re preferred genre is. This story doesn’t feel real just because it was based, off of historical facts, but because of the talented writing of Ralph Peters. I got to experience the memories and daily lives that some of the men during this era. It was fascinating from page one and still captivated me until the ending.

The Damned of Petersburg brings, to life, the lives, hardships, and bravery of the men who fought during the Civil War. I love anything that is about history or brings, to life, the precious moments fought and lived by those now dead. Famous men such as Grant, Lee, Winfield Scott Hancock and many others will be popping off the pages as readers turn them. Ralph Peters has created a world, that lures readers in from the beginning. It’s fascinating how history can show us cruel life really was and what those moments may have been like if we were to witness them with our own eyes and ears. Many soldiers whose names we don’t know, as well as their leading officers, are also brought to readers’ attention. I loved that about Ralph Peter’s writing. He wrote The Damned of Petersburg in a way to remember everyone and not just the officers with special ranks. Warfare in it’s purest form is brought to readers everywhere. Overall, I found this novel to be remarkable and stunning. I highly recommend this read to readers worldwide.

 

Review: The Edge of the Fall

 

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Kate Williams, the new novel in The Storms of War trilogy finds young Celia de Witt embracing the Roaring Twenties in postwar London.

In the aftermath of the Great War, the De Witt family is struggling to piece together the shattered fragments of their lives.

Rudolf and his wife Verena, still reeling from the loss of their second son, don’t know how to function in the post-war world. Stoneythorpe Hall has become an empty shell with no servants to ensure its upkeep.

Celia, the de Witt’s youngest daughter, is still desperate to spread her wings and see more of the world. To escape Stoneythorpe and the painful secrets that lie there, she moves to London and embraces life and love in the Roaring Twenties.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Edge of the Fall by Kate Williams is definitely a must read for all. For fans of Downtown Abby, this is indeed a read that you won’t want to miss. Readers are brought back in time to the Roaring Twenties. A dashing, exciting, and bold time for those living in the time period.

The Edge of the Fall will leave readers in suspense even when they have come to the end…wondering what really just happened. The exciting life and ways of the people in London are truly an entertaining read. Drama, action, and a sense of intrigue created on every page. Witnesses are saying that a man has pushed his wife over the edge of the fall…did he really or is it a way of going after an innocent man? Then there’s a woman being sent cruel things…A cat goes missing…only to turn up dead…the mystery of who and why will plague readers into continuing their search for the answers as they keep turning the pages. Suspenseful, well-written, and characters that are believable will keep readers coming back to this novel every time. A murderer might just be living near you the whole time…and you won’t know it until his plan for freeing himself and you happens. The Edge of the Fall is a thrilling adventure, that will leave readers guessing and feeling goosebumps form on this skin as they dive further into the story. The tale feels so real, that readers will have a hard time shaking reality from fiction. I enjoyed reading this new title by Kate Williams. Her talent shines throughout her historical novel. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: The After Party

 

Synopsis:

From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?

Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan’s radical behavior escalates, Cece’s perspective shifts—forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.

A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani is a highly entertaining read that will take readers, into an unforgettable journey. A journey of that involves the wealth, beauty, and expectations of women. Anton DiSclafani’s brilliantly well-written novel is a historical read that will forever entice readers to its pages. Friendship is important…but where it may lead us is something that we must discover on our own. Not all friendships are good…

Inside The After Party, readers will meet a woman that makes all envious and needy. Glamour, parties, scandals…will enlighten readers as they race through the stunning plot. Cece is an intelligent yet beautiful woman. She is also the world’s greatest friend. Throughout the novel, she serves as friend, a guide, and a partner in crime to Joan. Joan needs to escape from her mother and Cece wonders if Joan can ever accomplish such a feat. This novel also gives readers an insight on how and what was expected of women during this time period. The 1950’s seems like so long ago until readers pick up this novel and begin reading it. Zap and the next moment your back in time…Anton DiSclafani’s masterpiece will leave readers feeling and experiencing everything that these two women go through…absolutely amazing. Exciting, complex, and the most compelling women’s historical fiction that I have ever read. I enjoyed reading The After Party. Overall, I highly recommend it to readers worldwide.

Review: The One You Really Want

 

Synopsis:

When it comes to love, never say never…

When Nancy discovers the expensive jewelry her husband’s been buying isn’t for her, she decamps from the Scottish countryside to her best friend Carmen’s posh Chelsea townhouse, to sort things out.

Nancy finds herself in a surprising new world, where rock stars are nicer than you thought, social workers are not necessarily to be trusted, and the filthy rich are folks with problems just like you. Everybody falls in love with the wrong people, and the path to true love twists and turns before you discover who you really want.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell is an extraordinary novel. Yes, there are so many characters as the readers turn each page each character’s story fall together and the faster the lot moves. Life throws us all curves balls…and in this realistically telling romance…readers will see how people can move forward with their lives and find their happiness. Happiness…as in finding the right one that that you really want to spend the rest of your life with…Jill Mansell has beautifully written a sweet, sexy, yet believable tale that will forever lure readers to its pages.

Inside The One You Really Want, readers will find a set of characters that are in a relationship that isn’t working out for different reasons. But that doesn’t mean that the one for them isn’t right there in front of them the entire time. Jill Mansell’s characters are funny, bright, and modern. A rock star who doesn’t care for another hot random hookup…instead he wants the sweet pretty lady he knows…but doesn’t know when to come out and tell her that she’s the one for him. Then there’s another woman who finds out her man is hurting her…and fate may lead her to her real prince….but first, she has to deal with her loser of a husband. The entire set, of characters, make this title worth reading. I loved it from the first page and couldn’t stop reading it. Overall, I highly recommend reading The One You Really Want to readers worldwide.

 

Review: Truly, Madly, Sweetly

 

Synopsis:

Sugar and spice and love that’s oh-so nice…

An inherited parking spot. That’s all it took to make Natalie Moran’s food truck dreams come true. But her dream space is attached to a bakery inherited by someone else—drop dead gorgeous Eric Schneider, a financial consultant who wouldn’t know a cupcake from a cannoli. And he wants to buy Nat out, no matter what she has to say about it.

Eric’s determined to build his own business, but he needs the super cute klutz with the cupcake truck to help. If Nat will teach him the basics of running a bakery, he’ll give her free kitchen time. Except…neither expects the heat burning between them or the possibility that their arrangement might become permanent.

When it all blows up, Nat is convinced his actions mean betrayal. It’s up to Eric to regain her trust and show her he’s a man who is truly, madly in love with her, before she disappears from his life forever.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Truly, Madly, Sweetly by Kira Archer will scoop readers up by the dozens and trap them inside this delightfully funny read. A romance that is sweet, fast-paced, and realistic. Readers will laugh out loud at the all the crazy moments…that the main character Natalie seems to have. She’s always doing something bad but accidently to…non other than the ice cream man who gets her heart racing. But her heart isn’t the only one that is pumping like mad everything…Eric seems incapable of calming his heart nad his thoughts. She makes him want to pick her up and drive right into those fantasies of his…but he doesn’t nor does she until fate brings them together. It’s a miracle in getting these two together and tying their hearts together will be a whole different matter. Can they mix business and pleasure or will they unravel what they already got? Truly, Madly, Sweetly will leave readers asking for the next hilarious adventure by the talented Kira Archer. Overall, I highly recommend her novel to readers worldwide.

Review: The Reluctant Soldier

 

Synopsis:

The Reluctant Soldier spotlights the “forgotten war” – Korea, in hundreds of letters written by Neil Mellblom, an Army combat reporter with the Pacific Stars & Stripes and the Third Division’s Public Information Office, the United Nations sanctioned police action comes, to life. Neil received the Bronze Starr for “aggressive reporting” which made the division one of the best known of the Korean war. It may be the definitive book on a soldier’s life in wartime. Funny, yet deeply moving, it records Neil’s growth from a cocky Montanan to a seasoned adult.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

The Reluctant Soldier by Marnie Mellblom is a fascinating historical read for all. It’s a collection of letters written by one soldier’s letters of is wartime experience and reporting. I found the whole experience new and refreshing when reading something that’s a part of history. I was excited, pumped,  and thrilled to have read this nonfiction book. World War II is a war that will forever be marked on every soul. Whether one was born during that time period or not, we still feel the fear, danger, and emotions that come from having lost friends and family. All soldiers should be honored and respected. Going into war is not anything anyone dares to dream of…yet it’s the real truth of our world. There will always be a war of some kind or another happening and we must not forget the one before it nor the people it has affected. I enjoyed reading the brilliantly well-written and organized way of this book. Readers will be blown away by one soldier’s journey from point A to point B. The letters from father to daughter made this an interesting read. Readers will get to travel all over the world and to go back in time during the time of war and relive old memories. Marine Mellblom has wonderfully captured a beautiful time in history to share with readers everywhere. Overall, I would highly recommend The Reluctant Soldier to readers worldwide.