Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Are you in need of some Urgent Care?

The ladies of Angel of Mercy hospital are back. This time the cases are personal. When Charge Nurse, Nora Halloran discovers Nurse Karen Chisholm nude body lying at the cemetery, her defenses go down and she is flooded by bad memories. Nora has a secret that she has kept for two years. No one knows about it. Karen’s death causes a shocking revelation by Nora. She admits she killed Karen.

In the mean time, Gina Freeman’s latest patient is a young boy by the name of Tank. His real name is Harold Trenton III. He is fourteen and he has meningococcemia. A flesh eating bacteria disease that is very contagious.

Amanda has problems of her own. A young woman by the name of Natalie has been brought to Mercy. No one knows anything about Natalie, other than she is deadly sick and has seizures. Amanda has made it her mission to determine what is wrong with Natalie before it is too late.

Urgent Care is the third medical novel by CJ Lyons. I really like this series. The characters are real and so are the patients, they treat. If you are a fan of television dramas like ER, Grey’s Anatomy, House, and Scrubs than you need to check out this series. This series centers on four women…Dr. Lydia Fiore, Charge Nurse, Nora Halloran and Medical Student, Amanda Mason and Resident, Gina Freeman. It has been great, experiencing how these ladies have progressed from the first book, Lifelines. One thing that bummed me a little was that the sparkle from the two prior books didn’t seem like it was all here in the latest. On the other hand I did like that the story line took on a more serious issue. This was Nora’s moment. It was nice to see her walls come down and she begin to open up. CJ Lyons is exactly what the doctor ordered! I can’t wait to read the next novel.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coming Soon...Ghouls, Goblins and lots of giveaways!

As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to give you all a heads up. Halloween is coming up. You might be thinking, so what! Halloween is for kids. Not this year. Keep an eye out as throughout the month of October and even into November, I will be hosting numerous book giveaways and that is no trick.

You will all get a chance to score some nice treats in the form of books vs. candy corn.

Some of the books I plan to give away include books like:

So you won't want to miss out on these giveaways. The only way to be the first to enter is to make sure you are a follower!

The Hidden Man

Jason Kolarich was a troubled young boy. He and his friend, Sam Cutler would get in trouble. Luckily Jason grew out of his trouble ways. He went on to become a famous linebacker and when he was forced out of the game, he became a prominent attorney.

Sam needs Jason’s help and expertise. He killed a man. His name was Griffin Perlini and he is the man who kidnapped his sister, Audrey and supposedly killed her, though her body was never found. It is up to Jason to help out an old friend. Jason agrees to help. Jason is contacted by a man who identifies himself as Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith tells Jason to follow his orders and all will be well. If Jason doesn’t than he will never see his brother, Pete alive again. Jason isn’t one of the best attorneys around for nothing. Take a wild, thrilling ride with The Hidden Man.

First off let me start by saying…WOW! I immensely enjoyed and loved every moment of this book. Jason doesn’t back down from no one and he can dish it as well as hit it hard. I like how the story line led me down one path and would than sharply twist and go a different direction, always keeping my interest on what would happen next. The interaction between Jason and Mr. Smith was like a chess game. It was fun to see who would make the next move and how the other one would counteract. The Hidden Man is the first book I have read by this author but it will not be the last. Run out and pick up a copy today before all the copies disappear!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Highland Dragon

When Calin MacLeod was just a young boy, both his father and his stepmother were killed by Laird Kinnon. Calin vowed to get revenge…one day. Calin’s best friend is Kendrick Neish of the Clan Kinnon. Kendrick’s sister, Akira has been branded since she was a little girl as Calin’s intended. She just doesn’t know it yet. Akira grew up as a pheasant but that wasn’t the worse thing. All the children ridiculed Akira and accused her of being a witch.

Now that both Calin and Akira are all grown up, Calin plans to claim Akira. Akira is saving herself for someone and it isn’t Calin. Calin has something to tell Akira about whom she really is and where she came from but how will Akira react.

I used to read historical romances but strayed away from them for quite some time. Recently I have been trying to get back into this genre, though I had just about gave up that I would ever find the perfect book that would get me excited again…till now. Kimberly Killion’s latest release, Highland Dragon has won my heart. This book has slayed the competition. Calin and Akira are magical together. Calin was a Saint to put up with Akira’s sassy attitude. The sparring between Akira and Calin had me laughing. Who knew kissing, while sitting in a tree could be so hot! Highland Dragon is a recommended read. I would give it more than five stars if I could.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Nibble and Kuhn

Derek Dover works at Nibble and Kuhn. A law firm. He is really trying to make a name for himself as a prominent attorney. Derek is a little distracted by his girlfriend, Maria Parma. She works at the same law firm. Derek will have to get on the top of his game and fast.

Margaret Kelly an attorney at N&K is leaving. She has been nominated to be justice of Massachusetts Superior Court. She was in charge of a huge lawsuit case. The case is against a factory called Morganic Continental. Supposedly the factory had a leak and vaused seven young boys to get cancer. This case will require all of Derek’s undivided attention.

I thought this book showed promise but unfortanetly it just wasn’t for me. I found the charaters interesting and a litle stiff, like I would imagine lawyers to be. The other issue is that the story really moved slowed for me. In fact I put this book down and walked away from it and later came back to it but only got about half way till I quit. This was a bummer as the case that Derek was preparing for really sounnded like a good one. One aspect of the book I did pick up on was that it seemed that Mr. Schmahmann tried to keep the story as closely as he could to reality.

Meant to Be

Cole Hunter and Blake Landon created the TLC Time Machine. They have just signed a contract with Jacob Innovative Creations. Cole has other plans. Why let someone else make all the money when it should be him. Cole steals the LC time machine device and makes off with it.

Ted Jacob and his fiance, Amanda were travelling by train to Montana. On the same train was Megan Crane and her fiance, Mike. Megan gets sperated from Mike. She heads off to find him in the arms of another woman. Megan is walking back to her seat when she gets knocked down bt Cole. She falls and takes Ted down with her. Ted and Megan recover to learn that they have been transported back to Fargo, North Dakota. The problem is the year is 1898. Ted and Megan are forced into marriage. These two will have to work together if they hold any hope of getting back to the present. Along the way, they just may realize they were Meant to Be.

The thing I like the most about Mrs. Nordin’s books are that the characters are all full of life. I have read many of this author’s books now and I have to say that I am really enjoying her historical romantic comedies. They make me laugh, which is always a postitive thing. To be honest, I wasn’t sure about Ted and Megan at first and if they would work well with each other. It took me longer to warm up to them. Though as the story progressed my heart melted for them. I did like that even Cole tuend out to be a pretty decent guy.

Guardian of the Flame

The year is 48 BC. A time when the Romans led by General Julius Caesar were preparing to storm the walls of the city of Alexandria. Sophia lost her husband to the sea. For years now she has been the Keeper of the Light. She lives in the tower of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. She is in charge of making sure the light is never exstingished. The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra comes to visit her mentor. Cleopatra does not like Caesar. She asks Sophia for her help in stopping Caesar from gaining control of her home land. Sophia is torn by helping her friend, Cleopatra but at the same time she would rather stay out of the middle by ignoring everything happening around her in the safety of her lighthouse. Unfortunately, Sophia unexpectedly finds herself thrust in the middle when Caesar sends Bellus to overtake the lighthouse. Sophia can’t deny that she has feelings for Bellus. Can Sophia keep the light shining or will it go out forever?

Guardian of the Flame is the third book in the Seven Wonders series. I love the concept for this series. Author, T.L. Higley writes about the Seven Wonders of the World and adds her own little twist to her books. T.L. Higley won me over with the first book in this series, Shadow of Colossus. I really like how each book in this series depicts and features a different wonder as the focal point of the story. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the characters are engaging. I though Sophia was great. She actually for me was the star of the whole story. She had so much to say and was a pillar of strength. I had to research the history behind the great Lighthouse of Alexandria as I didn’t know much about it. My conclusion is that Mrs. Higley really did her homework and it showed. Can’t wait to read book four.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

I just Love You to Death

There is a serial killer on the loose. This killer is unlike any others, who have come before him. He has a purpose. He wants to create the perfect woman. So how do you achieve the perfect woman…Or course by taking parts from various other women and piecing them together.

Elise McBride had a feeling that something had something horrible had happened to her sister, Ashley. She hadn’t heard from her in days. Elise called the authorities but Elisa got the impression that they aren’t taking her too seriously. Elise decides to hop on a plane and investigate herself on what has happened to Ashley.

Ex-cop, Trent Brady was just getting ready for bed when he spots a light flashing across the street in his neighbor’s house. He knows it can’t be his neighbor as Ashley has left. Trent’s cop instincts kick in and he goes to investigate and receives a huge surprise. At what Trent first thought was a teenage boy, turns out to be a woman. The police arrive and assure Elise that they will find her sister. Elise and Trent team up together to locate her sister before it is too late.

Love You to Death is dark and sinister. The tension runs high all the way till the very end. Elise and Trent molded well perfectly together. Elise had the brain smarts and Trent was all muscle. I like that the killer had a purpose in mind and that it was revealed at an early stage. This helped make the killer in my opinion more menacing. Shannon K. Butcher has made me a fan and I can't wait to read more.

Daughters of the Sea:Hannah

Hannah is an orphan. She doesn’t know who her parents were but Hannah has always suspected that she was different from other children. All Hannah knew though was that she loved everything about the sea. She couldn’t get enough of the sea breeze air or the water. If it was up to Hannah she would always live near the ocean.

Hannah was getting too old to stay at Miss Pringle’s orphanage, The Boston Home for Little Wanderers. Miss Pringle sends Hannah to the Hawley’s family. There she will work as a maid and personal servant to the Hawley’s daughters. The Hawley’s have hired an up and coming new artist by the name of Stannish Whitman Wheeler to paint a portrait for their oldest daughter. Mr. Wheeler takes an interest in Hannah. He can’t take his eyes off her. A transformation of sorts starts happening to Hannah. How will Hannah react when she learns who she really is?

I thought this was a sweet story. It was magical in the way that every girl has at least dreamt about being a mermaid, especially after Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Hannah was so endearing. Mr. Wheeler was a little creepy. I could understand him being memorized by Hannah’s beauty but he would appear out of no where at times and just stare. There were parts of the story in the middle where I would just skim over it because Hannah was really the only person worth paying any attention to. Though, I liked how this book ended. I can’t wait to read the next one.

Friday, September 25, 2009

New from author Sherrilyn Kenyon

New from St. Martin's Press is #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon's 3-book series, 'The League'! With over 19 million books in print, Sherrilyn Kenyon is renowned the world over as "the reigning queen of the paranormal genre that she pioneered long before the world had heard of Twilight." Fans (also lovingly known as 'Kenyon's Minions') are at the edge of their seats in anticipation for this thrilling new series. The first book from 'the League' series, 'Born of Night', will be available September 29th.

In Memory of...

Today bookstores and bloggers join together to celebrate and play tribute to Mr. E. Lynn Harris. Mr. Harris passed just before the publication of his latest novel, Mama Dearest.

In Memoriam: E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris's family, friends and fans mourn the passing of our beloved author. He died on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in Los Angeles. He was 54.

E. Lynn Harris was the author of eleven novels, including Invisible Life and A Love of My Own, and a memoir, What Become of the Brokenhearted. He placed ten consecutive books on the New York Times bestseller list. There are over 4 million copies of his books in print.

My review.

Yancey Harrington Braxton is back. She has been gone from the acting and singing celebrity main stream for a while but she is ready to get back to work and in front of the spotlight. Yancey has two problems...There names are Madison B. and Ava Middlebrooks. Madison B is the hottest, young talented song bird since Miley Cyrus. The other woman, Ava Middlebrooks just happens to be Yancey's mother!

Yancey meets a sexy, dashing, mysterious man by the name of S. Marcus Pinkston. He is very rich and very into Yancey. Marcus is exactly what Yancey needs right now. After recently getting out of an horrible relationship. Marcus has ties to the media business. He tells Yancey that she should consider starring in her own reality show. At first Yancey isn't sure but she sure could use the money and this would help her career.

Ava Middlebrooks had just been released from prison. A lot has changed since than, including the fifteen pounds she gained. Ava wants to prove to everyone that she is not a washed-up has been actress. She will do anything it takes to be back on top, even if she has to take down the competition which includes her daughter.

Mama Dearest is the latest novel to feature Yancey Harrington Braxton. This is the first novel I have read by Mr. Harris. I would suggest reading the prior novel as the story line seemed to pick up and continue from the last. Reading the prior one would help the process of reading this current book move more seamless. I liked the characters. They all had their own unique personalities. Though I do have to say that Ava was all about herself but she did keep things interesting. Yancey seemed too nice to be in the industry, only because everyone else is more cut throat than her. My only issues were that I was expecting Yancey to do more acting but the only person that really was acting was Ava and mentions of Madison B. but I never really got to experience her acting talents. Overall I thought Mama Dearest was a pretty good read.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

According to Jane...Jane Austen that is!!

Ellie Barnett communicates with the famed Jane Austen. She has done so, ever since high school. It all started back when Ellie was sitting in Mrs. Leverson’s English class. She and Sam Blaine were flirting. There had this banter going on between them but hadn’t acted on it yet. Mrs. Leverson tells the class that their next book assignment is to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Ellie skims the book and realizes P&P is not her cup of tea. That is when she hears a female’s voice with a British accent talking to her. The voice tells her that Sam is Ellie’s “Mr. Wickham”. Ellie discovers the voice is none other than Jane…Jane Austen.

As Ellie goes through life and many relationships, she can count on one person to always be there through it all…Jane. Ellie dreams of one day finding her Mr. Right. Though even the reigning queen of romance has a thing or two to learn about love.

I absolutely loved According to Jane. Marilyn Brant out did herself with this debut novel. I read this book in only a matter of a few hours. Ellie and Jane had me spellbound. I kept finding myself smiling and laughing. Forget the Jane Austen you know…this Jane is hip, fresh and sassy. She says it like it is. It was great to see Ellie blossom from a young girl into a beautiful woman. Fans of Jane Austen will fall for Ellie in According to Jane. According to Jane is a pleasure read and it belongs on everyone’s shelf.

Immaculate Deception

Petty thief and ladies man, Craig Connery has just been released from prison. He was in the slammer for two years. He is ready to put the past behind him but no mater how much you try to teach an old dog new tricks, he still will be up to no good. Craig is on his way to meet his parole office when a car goes speeding past him and crashes. The driver of the vehicle is dead. Craig assumes the man’s identity and clothing. What Craig soon realizes is that the driver is none other than Catholic priest, Father James Kempster. Father Kempster is needed to help save a nursing home from being shut down in Australia. Can Craig pull off the biggest con of his life?

I recently have discovered British comedic novels. The ones I have read so far have been good. The one thing I like about them is that they are more uncensored about the humor than American novels. The humor is more on the dark side. So when I read the summary for Immaculate Deception, I thought this book would be a slam hit. Unfortunately, the book and the characters missed the mark for me. In fact I only got about half way through this book. There was a lot of crude suggestions and comments made by Craig. While I actually didn’t have an issue with this, I was more disappointed that for some reason it seemed I missed the punch line as I didn’t find myself laughing much and felt the story line moved very slowly for me. I do give kudos to Courtney J. Webb for trying to make me laugh with Immaculate Deception.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz

Shira grew up a rabbi’s daughter. Shira’s mother died when she was about five years old. Since than her father and nursemaid, Jeanne, a Christian have raised her. At an early age, Shira was very interested in books and learning. While it was not usually a woman’s place to learn in the schools as the boys, Shira’s father could not deny her in his class room. Shira grows into a lovely, educated young lady.

One day, Shira’s father introduces her to a group of new students. Two of those young men are Nicholas Donin and Meir ben Baruch. Meir ben Baruch would later become a very respected and famous Rabbi scholar. Nicholas and Shira were serious with each other to the point that they almost married but Shira refused him. It was just as well as because due to Nicholas’s arguments against the lessons taught in the Talmud and his refusal to accept the Jewish ways, he was excommunicated.

Shira and Meir grew close and became husband and wife. They were very dedicated to their religion and the words of the Talmud. Years later, a huge battle between Christianity and Judaism would take place. The man leading the charge against the Jews and the book of Talmud would be none other than Nicholas Donin. Shira will have to make a choice whether to stand strong in her faith or discard all her beliefs in order to save her people.

I know nothing about Rabbi Meir ben Baruch and his life or his teachings. All I know is that after reading this book, I have now found myself a new favorite author in Michelle Cameron. The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz is one of the best books of 2009! I had mixed feelings about this book, even before I picked it up and started reading it. Instantly I was transported to another world. I lost myself in Shira and Meir’s story. I liked how this book was split into different sections. Each one covering a different time period expansion. Michelle Cameron didn’t just tell a story, she painted a portrait. Don’t just take my word for how good this book is. Pick up a copy of The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz for yourself.

Light of the Desert

The year is 1972 in the Middle East.

Noora Fendil comes from a very influential family. She has a sister, Zaffeera, and two brothers by the names of Kettayef and Nageeb. Noora and Zaffeera are busy shopping for Noora and her fiancé, Michel wedding. What Noora doesn’t know is that Zaffeera is very jealous of her and wants Michel for herself. Zaffeera has tricked Noora and led their father into believing that Noora has shamed him. When Noora comes home, she is in for a surprise. Having no knowledge of what is happening; her father beats and drags her to the pool. He drowns her. Both Noora and her father thought she was dead. Neither one was correct. Nageeb, a doctor rescues his sister and takes her way. Nageeb nurses Noora back to health. Noora’s nightmare isn’t over yet.

First off, let me start be saying that I was aware of the concept for this book but I was not prepared for the raw emotions I felt while reading this book. From the first paragraph, I experienced anger for what Noora and other women still go through because of their culture. Light of the Desert reads so smoothly and with grace that at almost six hundred pages that you will have no problem finishing this book. In fact you will find yourself having a hard time putting it down, like I did. I finished this novel in one day. I felt sorry that Noora got taken advantage of by her sister. Noora is a hero. Instead of becoming defeated by what she went though\, Noora took her anger and strength and turned it into something good. Lucette Walter won me over with Light of the Desert.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

You have to Trust Me

My review

Karen Delaney has found the perfect way to retrieve $300, 000 dollars from her ex-boyfriend, Samir Fakir. When Karen and Samir were dating back than, she lent him the $300, 000 to invest but than they broke up a few months later and he never returned the money to her. Karen and her current boyfriend’s house is broken into by two men by the names of Robert “Bobby” Gal and Lloyd Diehl. They demand the usual…money and jewels. Karen has a plan in mind. She proposes to Bobby and Lloyd that if they will break into her ex’s place and fletches the money than she will split the money with them.

Things don’t go as smoothly but this bumbling gang gets the job done. Karen pulls a sneak attack and makes off with the money. The question is can she hold on to it or will she and her Benjamin’s be parted?

Trust Me is the second novel by talented author Peter Leonard. I have been anxiously awaiting to read Mr. Leonard’s next novel, ever since I read Quiver. I have to say that I was happily surprised by this book. The cast of characters were so bad that they were good. It was a wonder that Bobby, Lloyd and the rest of the bad guys kept locating Karen. I still believe it was pure luck. They were so clueless. On the other hand, Karen may play the airhead but she has smarts about her. This book was a pleasure to read and so refreshing. Mr. Leonard can Trust Me to read his next novel.

Boy, You're on Your Way

By Peter Leonard, Author of Trust Me

I remember when I was nine years old, going down the stairs to the basement, seeing my dad at his desk, white cinder block wall behind him, concrete floor. He was writing longhand on unlined, 8½ x 11 yellow paper, typewriter on a metal stand next to his chair. Across the room was a red wicker waste basket, balls of yellow paper on the floor around it, scenes that didn't work, pages that didn't make it in the basket. In retrospect, it looked like a prison cell but my father didn't seem conscious of his surroundings, deep in concentration, midway through a western called Hombre that would be made into a movie starring Paul Newman.

Forty years later I remember visiting my father after work one evening. I was stressed out after presenting a new ad campaign to Volkswagen that got lukewarm reception. Elmore no longer wrote in a cinder block basement. With forty novels and a dozen scripts to his credit, he now worked in the living room of his manor home in Bloomfield Hills, a tiny suburb of Detroit. What struck me was that his desk looked much the same as it had that day when I was nine. Same yellow pad, and half a dozen balls of yellow paper next to the waste basket against the wall, electric typewriter on a metal stand behind the desk. No computer anywhere in sight.

Elmore in Levis and sandals and a dark blue Nine Inch Nails T-shirt, talking enthusiastically about the opening scene of his new book called The Hot Kid.Watching my father, I thought, here's a guy who really loves what he's doing, and I didn't. Earlier that afternoon, during my presentation, the VW ad manager had taken my first campaign board and flung it like a frisbee across the conference room. And I thought that was our best idea.

I don't know if my observations that day were the final motivator, or if it was my continued disinterest in advertising, but a couple months later I decided to write a novel. I was forty nine. I remember sitting on a couch in the family room, writing the opening scene of a book called Invasion, while two of my kids, Alex and Max, were doing their homework. I read what I had written and thought: this isn't bad, maybe I can do it.

The last piece of fiction I had written was in 1974. I had taken a creative writing class my senior year in college and really enjoyed it. I never aspired to be a novelist, but after graduating I wrote a six page short story -- I can't remember the title -- and mailed it to my father to see what he thought. A few days later I received his three page critique.

One line summed up his point of view. "Your characters are like strips of leather drying in the sun. They all look and sound the same." That from a writer who never used similes or metaphors.I had not written another word of fiction in twenty five years. But as I looked back, it had less to do with Elmore's comments and more to do with getting a job and getting married and raising kids and starting a business. I may also have been intimidated because my father was so good. In fact, I remember having dinner with Senator Don Riegel -- he lived in the neighborhood and our daughters were friends.

I told Don I was writing a book and he said, "You writing a book is like Michael Jordon's son trying out for the NBA."I said, "Don, thanks for your support."He said, "No, I was kidding. I'm sure you'll make it.'"It took a year and a half to finish Invasion.

I didn't want Elmore involved in any way, so he suggested sending it to Jackie Farber, his former editor at Delacourt.He said, "Jackie's good. She'll tell you the truth."I was excited. I thought it was a good story with good characters. I mailed the three hundred page manuscript to Jackie and called her a week later. I said, "What'd you think?""You've got a nice facile style," Jackie said. "But I have one question. Who's your protagonist?"I knew who the main character was, but if it wasn't obvious, I had a problem. I was disappointed, but I could understand what Jackie was saying. I had thirty seven characters, and a murky plot that needed thinning out. I didn't try to defend the book.

I put it aside remembering the prophetic words of Russell Banks:"Most novelists have a failed attempt or two, books that didn't work, didn't make it. Pages in a desk drawer somewhere."I didn't dwell on the failure of my first novel. I had another idea and began writing Quiver, a story about a woman whose husband is killed in a bow hunting accident by her sixteen-year-old son. While the main character, Kate McCall deals with the loss of her husband and her son's surly guilt, her ex-con, ex-boyfriend comes back in her life and sets into motion a series of events culminating in a life or death confrontation with a gang of killers.

I sent Quiver to my agent, Jeff Posternak at the Wylie Agency. He read it and said, "I guarantee this is going to sell."And it did.

I remember when Jeff called with the good news. It was an overcast day in March. I was in my office, looking out the window, trying to think of a headline for an ad. The phone rang and I saw the New York caller ID. I picked it up and said, "hello."Jeff said, "I've got good news for you. Are you sitting down? You're going to be published. St. Martin's has made an offer for two books."I can't tell you how elated I was, finally breaking through after three and a half years. It's a real kick to hold your first published book in your hands, and then to see it on a shelf in bookstores. I don't think that'll ever get old.

I called my father and told him.

He said, "Boy, you're on your way."

©2009 Peter Leonard, author of Trust Me

Author Bio

Peter Leonard, author of Trust Me, lives in Birmingham, Michigan. His first novel, Quiver, received wide-spread critical acclaim.

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Just doing a little Street Magic

When Pete Caldecott was sixteen years old, she and wild, bad boy Jack Winter conjured up an evil spirit by accident. Jack is a mage. The spirit was after Pete. Jack saved Pete but be doing so he sacrificed himself.

Pete has tried to put those moments behind her and has done a pretty good job so far. She is now a Detective Inspector for the Scotland Yard. Children have gone missing. It is up to Pete to figure out what has happened to the children. There is only one person that Pete can trust to help her find the missing children…it is Jack. Pete thought Jack perished twelve years ago but he survived somehow…barely. Jack might as well have perished. It is no good to Pete in his current condition. He is a strung out heroin junkie. Pete and Jack will once again face evil and there is no turning back.

Street Magic is the brand new book in the Black London series. Urban fantasy is alive and well, thanks to authors like Caitlin Kittredge. I have never read any of the books in the Nocturne City series. After reading this book, I plan to check out all of them. Pete is one tough cookie. She put Jack in his place move times than I could count. Don’t feel back as Jack could hold his own. He is the sexiest mage that I have ever come across. He has this bad boy image that is every woman’s ultimate fantasy. These two make a good team. I can’t wait the next book, Demon Bound to be released.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Book Give-Away

Hello. Some of you may or may not remember, a couple of weeks ago I had author, Linda Weaver Clarke on my blog. See my interview here. Well she was nice enough to send me an email letting me know she is hosting a contest for a copy of Melinda and The Wild West to one lucky winner.

Details below. Good Luck

Hello everyone! My last book in this series, "Elena, Woman of Courage," has just been released. As a celebration, I'm having a free book give-away for the first book in this series: Melinda and the Wild West. This book was a Semi-finalist for the “Reviewers Choice Award 2007.” Go to my blog at and leave a comment on the "Elena, Woman of Courage Press Release" along with your e-mail address. I will announce the winner on my birthday: Oct 2nd.

Guests Angelica Hart and Zi and a Surprise!!

I am happy to have writing team Angelica Hart and Zi stop by to talk about sex and their latest release, Killer Dolls.


In all romances there is that moment when sex finds fruition, that instant when all the tug and pull, the laboring through emotional upheaval and external complications finally finds its way to culmination. It does happen. Sometimes the reader has to wait until nearly the end of the story, but then there it is, the reward, the prize in the cracker jack box called a romance novel. We cannot and will never trivialize that. The challenge for the writer is to make the reader want to be a page turner voyeur. This has to be accomplished by getting one to root for the story's couple to share lovemaking, but also for the reader to want, crave, and desire the outcome as much as the hero and heroine, to have a stake in their lives, and at times to relate to the situation in that they nearly meld with one of the characters, experiencing all there is to experience. But as important as is that, it is also crucial to make that scene interesting. The same old same old must never feel as if so. The act in of itself would be simple and maybe boring if not dressed in all the luxurious trappings a writer's imagination can provide. We want to put the fiery desire into those moments. We owe it to characters and the readers. So how?

"Would you like to
With Elinor Glyn
On a tiger skin?
Or would you prefer
To err with her
On some other fur?"
- (author unknown)

The afore poem was written about Elinor Glyn a 20s writer of torrid love stories. My Grams watched the soaps and she call them her stories. "Got to get done so I can watch my stories," she'd say, or "Run out and play during my stories." She'd grab a cup of coffee and a snack and sit in the big chair, losing herself to the scenes unfolding in a way that made her part of the characters' world. She loved the edgy.

We are lead to believe that Glyn found a certain amount of sensuality having the feel of fur on her skin. We are in a time where toys and kink are becoming more and more commonplace, and the usage of them is no longer a hidden secret. There are even fetish parties that play out just like a Tupperware party used to be demonstrated with a group of ladies in someone's home. We most certainly believe that traditional love making holds a profound import not just because of the grandness of all sensations but those sensations begin in the largest sex organ the brain. But there is much to be said that spicing up the act can be good. Perception of what is exciting varies from person to person and catching segments of that perception is what stirs readers, encouraging them to devour the scenes.

We as a society get our paraphilias, our sexual arousal, from a variety of sources. Glyn in the 20s was not vanilla but she is very much so in this day and age. We live in a world of adventurous lovers.

Our role if we use such fetishes is to give them value within the relating, because at the end of the day when you tally up the score, it is not the color of the condom on the talliwacker, or whether they score, but truly the honest exchange of emotions that facilitate meaningful physical expression. All the other paraphernalia and erotic action is just fun.

Our proclivity is spicy hot vanilla. That is apparent in KILLER DOLLS and stretched toward rare uniqueness in SNAKE DANCE.

What would you like in love scenes found in your favorite genre?

KILLER DOLLS IS AVAILABLE: Unaware that bio-terrorists are using her handcrafted dolls to attack the innocent, Letti Noel finds herself falling for Taut Johnson, an undercover FBI agent. Even as deceit is a growing barrier to their love, it's the stalking terrorists that are a threat to their lives.

We love to hear from anyone interested in what we do. Anyone who writes us at and leaves an s-mail address, we will send you a gift and add you to any future mailings.

Angelica Hart and Zi
KILLER DOLLS ~ September 2009
SNAKE DANCE ~ February 2010
Champagne Books

Humpty Dumpty was Pushed

Detective Salvatore “Black Sallie Blue Eyes” Messina is a tough as nails type of guy. He knows how to get the job done right. He is charged with solving the murder of a young man. The murder victim was found outside of a night club. He must be a wanna-be rapper or gang lord of sorts. This assessment could only be concluded from the bling and young socks he was wearing. Detective Messina’s investigation will take him into the heart of New York City and crossing paths with some very odd characters.

Humpty Dumpty was Pushed is Marc Blatte’s debut novel. For some reason as much as I kept hoping and wanting to love this book, I just couldn’t. I can’t say it wasn’t for a lack of effort. I did read and finish the book. Detective Messina does hold a place in my heart. He won me over with his determination and no apologetic attitude. Detective Messina was as gritty and hard core as New York City. One thing I do have to give it up to Mr. Blatte is that he definitely did not have any boring characters. Humpty Dumpty was Pushed had everyone from wanna-be rappers to a female wrestler, who scared the pants off me. Humpty Dumpty was Pushed just couldn’t piece together a winner for me.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Twenties Girl

Lara Lington never really knew her one hundred an five year old great aunt, Sadie. So you can imagine her surprise when Sadie appears in front of Lara’s eyes. Sadie is very much a ghost. She demands that Lara stop her funeral. She can’t go yet…not till Sadie has her necklace. So how do you stop a funeral? Well, of course be standing up and saying that you think your great aunt has been murdered.

I thought there were some funny and quirky moments between Lara and Sadie. I was even laughing out loud at some of them. Though these moments were few and far between for me. Twenties Girl is a light-hearted, humorous, chick-lit read. My favorite moment was when Sadie dressed Lara for her date. She dressed her just like a flapper, even down to the makeup she wore and the way she talked. Because Sadie and Lara were such shining stars, everyone else played second string to them and kind of faded to the background. I did enjoy this book enough that I plan to check out some of Sophie Kinsella’s other novels.

The Shiksa Syndrome

Aimee Albert works as a publicist in Manhattan. She also is very faithful to her religion as a nice Jewish woman. She and her boyfriend, Peter have been dating for a while. Yet Aimee is ready to start a family and doesn’t know if Peter is the one. One… he is a Presbyterian and two…he isn’t ready to settle down like Aimee is. Peter can’t take the pressure and he ends things between them.

Krista is Aimee’s friend and also a shiksa. A shiska is a non Jewish person. Krista and Aimee go to a party at Down. Aimee observes Krista getting all the attention and coming away with phone numbers and dates. Aimee meets a guy at Down. His name is Josh. He seems nice and someone Aimee would like to get to know but he seems to be only interested in non Jewish women.

For Aimee’s birthday, Krista gives her a make over. Aimee couldn’t look any more opposite from a Jewish girl. Krista also shares with Aimee how to act and talk like a non Jewish person. Krista and Aimee head out again to Down and this time Josh shows an interest in Aimee. They go out, all the time Josh under the impression that Aimee is non Jewish. The thing is that Josh, himself is Jewish. Oh what is a girl to do?

I liked the concept of this book and thought it sounded like a fun chick lit but unfortunately I found it middle of the road just ok. While I thought Aimee seemed like a nice person, I was a little disappointed that for someone who believed in her religion so strongly would give it up for a guy. I was really turned off by Josh. I found him to be very judgmental, considering the fact that he was Jewish and he didn’t want to date girls that were. The rest of the characters were kind of boring. Overall, I liked the concept but could have been better and funnier.

Have your dessert and enjoy it too!

First off I love my sweets but lately I have been trying to eat healthier. I had no expectations when I first got this book. I know next to nothing about foods in their raw states. When I opened this book, I was surprised at all the different recipes there were to choose from. There was everything from…Almond-Pecan crust to Dark Chocolate Truffles. The best part about these mouth-watering desserts is that they seem to be the healthier version.

I am glad that Jennifer added a guide of the ingredients mentioned in this book and explained what they were, as I had never heard of some of these items. There were ingredients listed like...Agave syrup, a syrup that is made from the agave plant. The syrup comes in two different kinds…the light for a mild sweetness or the dark for a more molasses flavor. Then there was Agar flakes. The Agar flake is a gelatin mixture that is made from various sea vegetables. My other favorite thing about Raw for Dessert is that all the desserts do not have to be cooked! With Raw for Dessert you can have your cake and enjoy it too. This is a must have book for anyone looking for an alterative to healthier desserts.

Sheer Folly

Sheer Folly is the eighteenth Daisy Dalrymple mystery.

The year is 1926. Daisy and her good friend Lucy are currently working on a book of architectural follies. Mr. Pritchard is the owner of Appsworth Hall, a place that is know and envied for its beautiful grotto. The ladies are invited to visit. They are excited as they are hoping to get some pictures of the grotto for their book. The only thing is that Daisy will have to watch that Lucy doesn’t offend Mr. Pritchard about how he makes his living as a manufactor of plumbing supplies.

The ladies arrive to a party already in full swing at Appsworth Hall. The guests include the famous Lord Rydal otherwise known as Rhino. Lord Rydal is very tasteless and stuck up. He is also a player. He is juggling two women…one who he plans to marry and the other who he is currently having an affair with. The thing is that he is not sneaky. People know about his womanizing ways and he is not very well liked. Suddenly in the midst of the party the grotto explodes and Rhino is killed. The question now is …who didn’t want Rhino dead?

Sheer Folly had the feel of the mystery board game “Clue”. It was a classic who-dun-it mystery with lots of different characters. The reader is feed clues to help them, along with Daisy and Lucy solve the murder of Rhino. Though for the very savvy readers, they will probably figure out the murder before the end of the book. While I enjoy these types of books, I found that the characters were not very interesting and lack charisma. I muddled my way though this book, though I did finish it. I might try another Daisy Dalrymple mystery in the future.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It is nothing but Even Money

Teddy “Ned” Talbot has had both his feet in the horse and bookie world, since he was a little boy. He worked as a runner for his grandfather. He knows all there is about the business of being a really good bookie.

Ned is approached by a man claiming to be his father. Ned doesn’t believe him as his father and mother died in a car crash years ago. Ned has no choice but to believe the man when he knows details and facts about things that only Ned’s father would know. Before they can get close, a man approaches them and demands to know where the money is from Ned’s father. Ned calls for help and the man flees. By this time it is already too late. His father has been stabbed to death. Ned goes to his father’s hotel room and there he finds lots of cash and a strange device that is every bookie’s dream.

I have been eyeing Dick Francis’s books for some time but just never read one till now. A reason I was drawn to this author is because of the horse on the cover. I am a sucker for horse elated books or books that have horses on the covers. I though this was a so, so read. The plot had some interesting parts but it couldn’t hold up all the way through for me. Ned never really connected with me on a level that made me want to get drawn into the story fully. The authorities were clueless and if it wasn’t for Ned the case would have gone unsolved. Unfortunately Even Money wasn’t a Triple Crown winner this time.

The Night Monster

Detective Jack Carpenter is in charge of Broward County Sheriff Department’s Missing Persons Unit. He is good at his job, though he will never forget the time that he met a monster. Before he was detective, Jack was driving home when he responded to a call that a woman was being assaulted. Jack arrived at the location, only to come face to face with a man so horrifying that he almost couldn’t be called human.

Jack hoped to never see that nightmare again. Unfortunately, Jack will enter hell and there is no turning back. When one of Jack’s daughter’s basketball team mates is kidnapped, Jack is on the case. This time it is personal. The person who took the girl is the same monster that Jack met years ago. Jack’s investigating will take him all over and meeting some very shady characters.

The Night Monster is the first book I have read by this author. I applaud Mr. Swain on this book. He has a really animated writing style that just drew me into this book from the first chapter. I couldn’t stop reading. I like Jack. Most detectives are cold and unemotional. Jack is hard core but at the same time he has a human personality to him that makes him more inviting. While I did like this book and Jack, the one small problem I had if you could call it that is that Jack and the monster were the only really interesting characters in this story. I would have liked to have seen the other characters, though they were secondary but some what intriguing to help the story line better. Overall, The Night Monster is a good read.

Ruined: A Ghost Story

Rebecca’s father has sent her to stay with her Aunt Claudia and Claudia’s daughter, Aurelia while he goes to China for a bit. Rebecca doesn’t want to stay with her aunt. To make matters worse, all the kids at school are stuck up rich snots. They treat Rebecca as if she was dirt. Rebecca could are less about them and what they think. She would like nothing better than to go back home to New York.

Aunt Claudia’s home is right close to the cemetery. One night Rebecca hears a group of kids from the school sneaking into the cemetery. She decides to follow them to see what they are doing. She is almost caught but Lisette, another girl shows Rebecca the way out. The next day Rebecca returns to the cemetery to thank Lisette. You can imagine Rebecca’s surprise when she learns that Lisette is a ghost. Lisette needs Rebecca’s help. In order to be set free, Lisette’s killer must face justice.

I thought this book was pretty good. I say this because I was expecting the spook factor to be higher, though seeing as to this book is classified as a young adult novel, than Ruined has just the right amount of chills. One other issue I did have was that everyone besides Rebecca and Lisette were so superficial that I got really turned off by them. This book is a quick read. I am happy to say though that Ruined: A Ghost Story did not ruin me from trying Paula Morris out again.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Note from an Old Acquaintance

Brian Weller is a book author. He took some time off when his life was turned upside down by an accident that left his wife in a coma and his son dead. That was two years ago. Since than Brian has tried to move on with his life but he is at a stand still. He is currently working on his next novel but having much motivation. Brian finds his motivation when he receives an email from an old flame.

Joanna Richman is a famous and talented artist. Years ago, Joanna and Brian had a good thing going on between them till he left her. She sends him an email just to say Hi. Brian writes back. They start communicating for months. They decide to meet up. Brian has completed his novel and is getting ready for his book tour. He plans a stop in Boston to see Joanna. Flash to the past when Brian and Joanna meet.

There seemed to be some missing pieces in this book that I would have liked to have had answered like…what happened to Brian’s wife and son? Or how did they meet and did Brian really love her? Just these few unanswered questions left me a little disappointed, only because I never found resolution. On the other hand I could let these questions pass because I understood this story was coming from the angle of long lost love between Brian and Joanna. I did enjoy the love story that Brian and Joanna shared together. I thought Mr. Walker did a mildly nice job on this book.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lucan Blog Tour and Giveaway

My review:

Lady Cael is the high priestess of Avalon. A far off planet in the galaxy. She has a secret, one that has caused her to be fated to live the rest of her life with no mate. Lady Cael has accepted her fate. It is pretty easy to imagine a life with no mate, when no man is allowed to touch her or the punishment is death.

Lucan Rourke is on a mission to locate the mythical Holy Grail. The grail is his people’s only hope for survival. He believes the grail resides on the plant Avalon. He travels there. He becomes the linguist in the Avalon Project. A project that is perfect for Lucan. The people involved are also trying to figure out a way to get to the grail.

Lady Cael gets stuck in a water duct. Lucan rescues her. All it took is one touch for Lucan and Lady Cael is ready to break the rules and give herself to Lucan. There is a reason that people are not allowed to touch Cael. When Lucan gets injured, Cael has no choice but to reveal her secret. Lucan’s life will never be the same after this.

Lucan is the first book in this brand new Pendragon Legacy trilogy by author, Susan Kearney. What a great way to start this trilogy. This book has made me a fan of futuristic romance novels. I have joined the dark side. Lucan is an out of this world stellar read! Instantly I could feel the sexual chemistry radiating from Lucan and Cael and let me tell you it was H-O-T. The twist that Susan gave to Cael’s character in regards to her special ability is awesome. This is a quick read. I can’t wait to read Rion’s story next.

Courtesy of Anna with Hachette Book Group. I am giving away 5 copies of this book.

Rules are : Open to US and Canada Only. No PO Boxes. I will be posting my winners and the winners will have to contact me so it is important that you become a follower, so you get first notice on great contests like theses and will not miss out if you are a winner.

Also I would love for you to share with me your favorite furturistic novel or author.

Contest ends October 2nd.

In the Arms of Immortals

Mariskka fell from grace and had to re-learn humidity when she stole a manuscript from a dead patient’s room. She passed it off as her own. She quickly went from rags to riches. While preparing to take a shower, Mariskka hits her head and blacks out. When she awakes, she is visited by a Scribe. The Scribe is a group of guardian angels. This Scribe is not paying Mariskka a friendly visit. In fact he tells her that she has no guardian angel, due to her actions.

A ship arrives. It is carrying a very deadly disease. Soon people all over are dying. There deaths cause a panic. Something odd has happened to the villagers. Their skin is forming legions and boiling. The people don’t know it yet but the worst plague in history has just started…The Black Plague.

Mariskka must find a way to help the people. It won’t be easy as woman during these times had no voices or input.

In the Arms of Immortals is the second book in the Chronicles of the Scribe series. In the Shadow of Lions is the first book in this series. To be honest, I didn’t feel like you will miss anything by having not read the prior novel, though I can promise you that after reading this book you will be running to the nearest book store to pick up a copy of In the Shadow of Lions.

Not all Christian books are preachy. Most do tell a good story with strong characters. One of the best things I enjoy about reading these types of books is that they fulfill me and the plots have great substance. Ginger Garrett does this and more in, In the Arms of Immortals. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Recipe Club

My review

Lilly and Valerie used to be the best of friends. Something happened along the way that shook them both. Neither Valerie nor Lilly could recover after that. It has been years since they have spoken.

Valerie’s mother pasted away last month. She realizes it is about time to put the past behind them. She sends Lilly an email. Lilly responds. When Valerie goes through her mom’s possessions, she finds old letters that she and Lilly wrote each other as well as the recipes they shared when they formed The Recipe Club. Valerie and Lilly start reminiscing about the good old times.

Flash back to the year 1963. Valerie’s mother is not well. Lilly’s dad is a psychiatrist. He visits almost daily. Whenever he comes to visit, it seems that Valerie’s mother has a good day. This is how Lilly and Valerie became friends. Lilly brings up the idea of starting a recipe club.

I absolutely fell in love with Lilly, Valerie and the Recipe Club. Authors Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel wrote with such passion. I literally had a hard time putting this book down. Every time I would start to walk away, I would find myself running back and picking it up again. Valerie and Lilly both had a various range of depth and emotion. I experienced everything with them from…first loves, loss, anger, and betrayal. This book was so good that the delicious recipes included in this book are just a bonus. I can’t wait to try them all out. They had my mouth watering. I hope Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel write another book together.

You are What You Say . . . When You Talk About What You Eat By Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel,Authors of The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship

Everyone knows the old saying, "You are what you eat."

But there's an even greater truth: you are what you say about eating.

That gleam in your eye, when you reminisce about eating pasta in Rome, is probably less about the fettuccine than it is about Federico, the handsome guy at the next table.

The ache in your heart, when you tell the story of spoon-feeding soup to your beloved, ailing grandma, is undoubtedly more about loving and missing her than it is about the lousy soup.
How do we know this? Well, through a surprising and wonderful turn of events, we have come to recognize the inextricable connections that exist between the foods we eat, the ways in which we talk about that food, and our deepest -- sometimes hidden -- emotions.

And we've been given this glimmer of wisdom by our recently published novel-cookbook, The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship. The story charts the ups and downs of a lifelong friendship between characters who stay connected, despite a bumpy relationship, by forming their own two-person Recipe Club.

When readers of advance copies began asking us to help launch their own food-themed friendship-and-storytelling circles, we knew we were on to something wonderful and important.
So from coast to coast, we are running Recipe Clubs, intimate gatherings in which members share real-life stories associated with personal recipes. Yes, Recipe Clubs are about food and cooking . . . but they're about creating community. Each member, at every meeting, has a chance to speak out with honesty and be heard without judgment. Honoring the age-old, oral-history tradition, we're helping to create a tradition: building new friendships and deepening existing friendships through the prism of food, friendship, and storytelling.

We've been privileged to hear stories from Recipe Club members in small towns and big cities alike, from stay-at-home moms to corporate executives, from those who love to cook to those who just love to eat. And with each tale, we've come to realize that talking about food -- at least in the safe, intimate environment of a Recipe Club -- is a powerful lens through which to understand your life, your family, your friendships, and your attitudes. Food in its entirety -- as an ingredient, as a cooked dish, as something eaten, something fed, something given, something cherished -- is intrinsically loaded with emotional content. It crosses barriers of race, age, gender, nationality, and culture because it ultimately relates to the most universal aspects of the human condition!

Take the story of Carolyn. In college, she had a mad crush on a boy. Since she was an excellent cook, her roommate persuaded her to throw a lavish dinner party, citing the old adage, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."

Working day and night, Carolyn created a perfect meal. Her pièce de résistance: a Baked Alaska. Heart beating and dessert about to be flamed (a stand-in for her burning passion, no doubt), Carolyn poked her head out the closed kitchen door to present her masterpiece -- only to find her roommate and the boy she adored locked in a mad embrace!

Carolyn's response: a slammed kitchen door and a sledge-hammer fist-punch to the Baked Alaska. And the satisfaction of feeling emboldened by a powerful rage -- rather than being beaten down by the pain of betrayal, disappointment, and humiliation of the moment.

Or hear the tale of Debbie, who grew up in a food-friendly family of five. Decades after leaving home, Debbie still cooked pasta for five. The problem was, she lived alone. The bigger problem: she ate for five, too. Her Recipe Club tale chronicled her slow journey of learning to accept and embrace the fact of living alone, and of learning to nurture herself with the foods she still loved -- but adding in healthy servings of self-respect.

These real, touching revelations (and many others, about subjects as wide-ranging as sharing with sisters, fighting with parents, finding self-confidence, coming out to a family, struggling with self-esteem, and the joy of not cooking when there's someone else to do it) are all honestly expressed and respectfully received at the Recipe Clubs we run. While each story evokes its own response -- laughter, tears, resonant recognition, surprise -- all the Recipe Club stories we hear share some basic ingredients: food, feelings, family, friendship.

When we wrote the final sentence of our novel, The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship, we thought we had completed the book. But now we understand that the story is ever-unfolding . . . and our journey has just begun!

©2009 Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel, authors of The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship

Author Bios for The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and FriendshipAndrea Israel is a producer/writer for ABC's Focus Earth. She was a producer/writer on Anderson Cooper 360, Dateline, and Good Morning America (which garnered her an Emmy Award). Her story In Donald's Eyes was recently optioned for a film. Ms. Israel is the author of Taking Tea. Her writing has appeared in many publications.

Nancy Garfinkel is co-author of The Wine Lover's Guide to the Wine Country: The Best of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino (Chronicle Books, 2005). A creative strategist, design consultant, writer, and editor for magazine, corporate, and non-profit clients, she has won a host of graphic arts and editorial merit awards. She has written extensively about food and graphic arts.
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Also check out Just a Pinch Recipe Club

Inspector Ghote's First Case: An Inspector Ghote Mystery

Inspector Ghote's First Case: An Inspector Ghote Mystery is the prequel to the Inspector Ghote series that consists of twenty-six novels.

The year is 1960. Ganesh Ghote has just received a letter notifying him of his promotion to Detection of Crime Branch Inspector. The promotion has been long over due. In celebration of his promotion, Ghote and his pregnant wife plan a night out to see the Hamlet at the cinema. They never make it to the showing. Inspector Ghote receives a written message from his boss to pay a visit to former Bombay police commissioner,
Sir Rustom Engineer.

Sir Engineer wants Inspector Ghote to investigate why his good friend’s wife, Iris would kill herself. Though Sir Engineer doesn’t hold much faith that much will come out of the investigation. He would be wrong.

This book started out strong but than quickly fizzed for me. I lost interest in the plot. This is because none of the characters were very memorable to me and I found the story line dry. To be honest I can’t remember much of what transpired between the characters. The Inspector Ghote series is one of the longest running series around. Seeing as to the fact that I didn’t think this book, I must be in the minority group. Inspector Ghote's First Case will be my first and last case.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Devil's Thrill

Anyone who is a musician knows of the legend of the famous seventeenth century
Piccolino. The Piccolino is only three-quarters in size and worth eight million dollars. As impressive as the violin is…it is said to be cursed. Everyone who has possessed the violin has come into horrible misfortune.

Daniel Jacobus, a former child prodigy and former Grimsley contestant has been invited to perform at New York's Carnegie Hall. He will also get the chance to play the Piccolino. Before Daniel can set a finger on the Piccolino, it goes missing. Daniel becomes the prime suspect.

Devil’s Trill is new author Gerald Elias’s debut novel. He fuses his love for music with mystery and mayhem to produce music to my ears! Daniel isn’t only book smart but also street smart. He handled the disappearance of the Piccolino better than some of the best detectives in novels I have read. Daniel seemed quiet but don’t let that quietness fool you. He is just thinking and calculating his next move. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Elias comes up with next.

Watch out for Red Bones

Shetland Islands Inspector Jimmy Perez returns in this third Shetland Islands novel, Red Bones.

Hattie James is working towards achieving her PhD in archeology. She is currently working on her thesis. If she doesn’t find something of interest soon, she will have to pack up the excavation and leave. One of the residents, a woman named Evelyn wants to join the dig. Hattie agrees and her and Evelyn start digging at a practice site. What they dig up will have the whole island in an upheaval.

Mima Wilson is not a very well liked woman. She is judgmental and rude. So when she is found shot to death, her death brings mixed emotions. Inspector Perez can usually keep his work from becoming personal but this time is different. Mima was the grandmother of Perez’s assistant, Sandy Wilson. Inspector Perez starts doing some investigating. He wonders if Mima’s death and the discovery at the excavation site are somehow connected and if so…who would want Mima dead? This is the million dollar question.

Red Bones is the first book I have read by Ann Cleeves. I had been eyeing her work since I first heard about Raven Black but just didn’t have the chance till now. I have to say that I am now wondering why I waited so long. This story had all the makings of a classic who-dunnit story. While I love these types of books and I do plan to check out the other two prior novels, there were some times when I did lose a little interest. Partly because there were so many characters that I couldn’t keep them straight. Also there wasn’t too much of a great mystery involved to determine who the killer was. Though I couldn’t figure out the motive till the end. Overall this was a pretty good book.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sweet Waters

Tara Sweet never thought that she would be moving back to her hometown of Otter Bay, California. After Tara’s fiancé’ calls off their wedding, there isn’t much left for Tara to do in Missouri, so moving back home for a new start is exactly what Tara needs.

It seems that Tara isn’t the only one looking for new adventures. Tara’s sister, Liz is planning to move to Manhattan and their mother will be traveling the European countries with her new younger husband of eight years her junior, Derrick. They will be gone for about a year.

Tara comes back to Otter Bay with dreams and hopes of happy times like it used to be when she grew up. Yes, Tara makes some new friends and even meets sexy firefighter, Josh but Tara also gets more than she bargains for when she learns some secrets about her family.

Tara was a bit of a disappointment for me. I found her to be a bit dull. I found her mother and her new husband had me more interested in what they were going to do. I can’t comment on Tara and Josh’s chemistry as I stopped reading this book about a third of the way in, before things really picked up. I did think though that the people of Otter Bay seemed nice and a nice place to go to visit. For anyone who likes chick lit than you might like Sweet Waters.

New winners

Ok. I am later than I wanted to be posting this but hey better late than never.

I had some book contests end recently and some of the winners contacted me and they had already won, so I chose new winners and here they are.

Winners: Please email me clbstitch at yahoo dot com with the name of the book in the subject line by Thursday. Thank you

Also be on the watch out as I will be posting a new book contest this coming Thursday (hint, hint)

Winners for a copy of Dark Hunger by Rita Herron are:

Barb (email addy bstilwell at)
Wade (email addy wadesherry at)

Winners of a copy of Seduce Me by Robyn DeHart

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug)

Brenda (email addy dancealert (at))

Lisa (email addy rocket_kay at )

Scottsgal (email addy msboatgal at )

Luvdaylilies (email addy Luvdaylilies at )

Mariee (email addy marieimy (at))

Winner of a copy of How to Tame a Modern Rogue by Diana Holquist


Winner of a copy of The Lost Dog by Michelle de Krester


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice are back. You may have thought you knew everything there was to know about Mr. Darcy but you don’t know the whole story. Darcy has a deep, dark secret. One that has been around in his family for many centuries. Elizabeth loves Darcy. How will she react when she learns the Darcy’s true identity?

I have to admit that I have never read Pride and Prejudice but I have always been interested in this time period. So I hadn’t experienced the love connection between Darcy & Elizabeth that fans of Jane Austen’s work have and loved. Amanda Grange is a new author to me. She has already written several other novels featuring Darcy & Elizabeth. I am a fan of vampires. So when I saw this book Mr. Darcy. Vampyre, I knew I had to check it out. I can’t share too much about my thoughts on this book as I tried really hard to get into this book but just couldn’t. I didn’t even finish it. I only got a third of the way through it. This was sad for me as I really wanted to like this book. What got me is that the story moved too slowly for me. Plus I wanted to get more to the heart of the story but all Darcy and Elizabeth did was travel around on their honey moon, which is as far as I got. Mr. Darcy. Vampyre missed the mark for me.

Millie's Fling

My favorite Londoner, Millie Brady is back in Millie’s Fling. While on a date that is going horribly wrong, Millie meets famous author, Orla Hart. Orla finds Millie intriguing and takes an interest in her. She decides to make Millie the heroine of her next novel. Unfortunately, Orla finds Millie’s love life lacking and plans to help her spice it up with a cast of unique guys. What Orla doesn’t know is that Millie already has her sights set on someone but he hates her guts. At least Millie won’t be alone as she deals with being Orla’s pet project, as she has Hester. Will Millie’s Fling end before it has even started?

I first discovered and fell in love with Millie when I read Miranda’s Big Mistake. From than I couldn’t get enough of Millie and her hilarious antics. I don’t know what happened but unfortunately I didn’t experience the same sparkle in Millie’s Fling as I did in the prior novel. Though there were some parts that made me laugh…like the time that Hester went to a salon for some beauty time. She was wrapped up in cling wrap and covered with mud, only to have the smoke detector go off, leaving her clothes less and still wrapped up when the firemen arrive. One thing I can guarantee is that where ever Millie goes…trouble is bound to follow her. As much as I was disappointed in this book, I still plan to check out the next novel by Jill Mansell.


I am happy to present the lucky 6 winners of a copy of the following books. I will post the other winners of a copy of Dark Hunger by Rita Herron later. Be on the look out for that as some of the previous winners have one books and I will be choosing new winners as well.

Winners please email me clbstitch at yahoo dot com and put in the subject line the book you have won.

Belinda M

Lee P


Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Sister Pact Giveaway

I want to thank Mrs. Checketts for sending me a copy of this book to review. In addition to sending me a copy, she has graciously offered to giveaway a copy to one lucky reader.

Savannah “Savvy” and her sister, Allison are very close. So when a terrible incident happens to Allison leaving her in a coma, Savannah is just heart broken. She knows she has to stay strong for the rest of her family, especially Allison’s son, Josh.

Detective Noah Shumway is in charge of the case. At first he doesn’t believe Savvy’s story about her suspecting someone of being in Allison’s home. After some more investigating, Noah not only believes Savvy but fears that her life is in danger and she could be next. Noah isn’t the only one trying to warn Savvy. Allison wakes for a brief moment from her coma. She is mumbling the name of someone. Can a sister’s bond be strong enough to protect Savannah from the person who harmed Allison?

I thought this was a sweet, caring story about two sisters and the bond they share between themselves. Though there was some mystery thrown in the mix. It wasn’t much of a mystery as the identity of the person responsible for Allison’s accident is not kept hidden. I really got drawn into the story as well as the characters and what they were experiencing. This is great because they were fully dimensional with good personalities. Though I would have liked to have felt the connection that Noah and Savvy shared be strong. Personally I only saw small sparks.

I am keeping my contests simple to enter. This way everyone gets as good a chance as the next person. Just leave a comment to win. Contest will end Sept 20th.

A Double Feature

I want to thank Mr. Sherwood for letting me review both of his books.

One night Mural is visited by a demon. He bestows a gift upon Mural. All Mural has to do is stay alive and he will be reunited with Veronica again. As everyone else around Mural dies, Mural starts to grow weary of his gift. He longs to rid himself of the gift. He gives the gift away to a man named Randy. It isn’t long after that Mural regrets his decision and wants his gift back. A chase ensures and it will be a fight to the death, where only the strong will survive.

I didn’t realize how much I actually would enjoy this book, till I started reading it. It was dark and had some gruesome parts. Just the way I like my thrillers. Mural had this very dark, menacing side to him but on the same hand, he was also a very tortured and lost soul. Mr. Sherwood brought good depth and dimension to Mural. I had had one issue with this book and that the story started in the present but when it switched to the past, the switch wasn’t that smooth. At first I didn’t catch that the story had took me back to the past and I had to read the passage over again to figure out what had happened. Overall Holding the Light is a good book. Just beware when the lights go out as anything can happen.

Kanna and Habilis are brothers. When they came of age, they were each sent off to a different region of the lands to rule. The brothers reigned for many years. Their parents were proud of them. A group of assassins came and murdered the brother’s parents. The assassins hoped to spark rage within the brothers and cause war. The brothers kept level heads about them and banded together to destroy their enemy.

Kanna becomes greedy and betrays his brother. The two sides end up fighting each other and both brothers end up dead. A demon brings Kanna and Habilis back to life but not to the land of the living. It will be a battle of the third kind.

Revenants: Fallen Savior is the first book in this series. I didn’t like this book as much as I did Mr. Sherwood’s latest, Holding the Light. I didn’t feel a strong connection to any of the characters and the plot seemed a little too out there for me. This was funny as Holding the Light had similar elements but they didn’t work as well in this book. What I did like about this book is that the story line took place as a time period piece. Let me tell you though that when I hear the word…time period piece that I think of romances and Revenants: Fallen Savior is no romantic read.