Showing posts from June, 2010

Sheriff Bride

Samantha “Sam”, Roberta “Rob”, Daniella “Dan”, and Josephina “Jo” Hardin lost their father two days ago. The four sisters are relieved as their father was a mean, evil man. Unfortunately, this puts the sisters in a bind. Their father left them penniless. There might be one thing in the girls favor. Mark Carlin from Jackson Hole, Wyoming sent their father a letter offering him a job as sheriff. Sam comes up with the plan that why don’t the four of them become the new sheriff. Isn’t four better then one?

When the girls arrive, Mark is anything but pleased. In fact he can’t get the girls out of town fast enough. The men in town haven’t seen a woman in a long time. The Hardin sisters are not that easy to get rid of. Can they convince Mark that they are the right women for the job?

Sheriff Bride is a rough and tumble read. I really liked this book. Sam, Rob, Jo and Dan were great. I couldn’t choose a favorite as I liked them all. Each one had a different personality that stood out. Though, t…

Summer Giveaway = Free Books

One of the nice things about summer is the longer hours in the day to read.

Regal Literary is moving to a new office. As we pack our boxes, we are sharing extra books with book-lovers through the REGAL LITERARY SUMMER BOOK GIVEAWAY. Starting now, we’re giving away copies of:

· Audrey Niffenegger The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry
· Daniel Wallace Big Fish
· The RZA The Tao of Wu
· John Twelve Hawks The Traveler, The Dark River, and The Golden City
· Tony Earley Jim the Boy and The Blue Star
· Martin Clark The Legal Limit
· Josh Bazell Beat the Reaper
· Allen Raymond How to Rig an Election

We’re giving away these prizes:
· Three nights in a London hotel, complete with a private tour of Highgate Cemetery with Audrey Niffenegger – airfare included!
· 100 copies of the very rare Special Limited Edition of Her Fearful Symmetry, valued at $75 each
· 250 signed paperback copies of Her Fearful Symmetry
· 100 signed broadsheets featuring a beautiful illustration by Audrey Niffenegger and a pa…

Lucky in Shamrock Texas

Carol works as a waitress at the U-Drop Inn in the town of Shamrock, Texas. This town has been anything but lucky for Carol. Carol wants more out of life. She is so tried of being stuck in Shamrock.

Pete Bowler rolls into town. He is passing by Shamrock on his cross country trip along Route 66. Pete decides to stay for a few days and see what the St. Patty’s Day festivities are all about.

Carol shows Pete around. She re-discovers Shamrock through Pete’s eyes and it is beautiful but will Pete stay or leave?

Lucky in Shamrock Texas is a fun, fast-paced read. For a short novel, it reads like a full length novel. Carol was the girl from the wrong side of the tracks but who was a little lost and needed to find her way back home. Pete is so nice. I thought that Pete and Carol made a sweet couple. The romance is on the light side in this book. I like the way that everything was described in detail as Pete saw it. Lucky in Shamrock Texas is lucky.

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Christmas Village Miracle

Every day for four years, Jane Smith passes by an antiques shop on her way to work at the factory. Every year at Christmas time the owner displays a Christmas scene that features a miniature village called The Village of Peace. Jane pulls herself away from the window display and bumps into a man.

Ron Morgan has just met the most beautiful woman in his life. Ron can’t stop thinking about her and goes in search of Jane.

Charlie Righton is the owner of the antiques shop. Jane comes in to get a better look of the Village of Peace. She is so disappointed when she learns that it is not for sale. Charlie tells Jane that miracles happen and that she should pray.

I liked this book. I thought it was sweet and a quick read. The only issues I had with the book was that the first several pages was spent describing Jane’s obsession with the Christmas display, which I didn’t really understand until I got middle of the way. Also, I would have liked to get to know Jane and Ron better as they were suppose…

The Language of Trees

Many, many years ago a terrible tragedy bestowed upon the three Ellis children, Melanie, Maya and Luke. The three had taken the canoe out. Luke drowned.

It has been over five years since Grant has been back to Canandaigua. Now that he is all alone… his ex-wife, Susanna left him, Grant decides to come back for a change. Though, Grant soon realizes that coming back home means facing his demons.

Echo O’Connell and Grant used to hang out together when they were younger. They pick up where they left off as if neither one ever left. Sadly, things have changed. Echo is haunted by ghosts. The only way she will be free is by telling the truth. A truth that will bring pain and heart-ache. The trees whisper the truth, if you listen.

The trees, the characters and the story line all spoke to me in this book. I thought that author; Ilie Ruby did a wonderful job with this book. I have to admit that I first I wasn’t really feeling this book. This is because of me. I have never really gotten into or tr…

The Killing of Mindi Quintana

Philip is an attorney. Lately all he has been hearing on the news is about Freddy Builder and the book he is writing. All the fame Freddy is receiving makes Philip just sick to his stomach. Freddy is nothing but a ruthless murderer who does not deserve all the attention he is receiving.

There is one person that Philip cared about very much. Her name was Mindi Quintana. She was sweet and caring. She died violently at the hands of Freddy. Philip will cross lines when he comes face to face with Freddy and makes him face the demons of his past.

I liked the court room scenes in this book. You could see Mr. Cohen’s expertise as a trial attorney in these scenes. I thought Mr. Cohen did a good job in portraying Freddy as a cold, blooded killer, only looking to advance his fifteen minutes of fame by exploiting all his victims. I had no feels for Freddy. My only issue I had with this book was that I wanted to feel more of a connection with Mindi Quintana and who she was. This would have helped me…

Fortunate Harbor

There is never a dull moment in Happiness Key.

Tracy Deloche has been dating Marsh Egan. Things are heating up but they haven’t had a quiet moment to themselves yet. Tracy has it all planned. Things quickly go from good to bad when she spots her ex-husband, CJ. CJ was in prison. He has been released and wants Tracy back.

Janya Kapur is ready to have a child. Unfortunately, there is one problem…her husband, Rishi does not want one. Lately things have become strained between them.

Wanda Gray has worked at the Dancing Shrimp as a loyal employee for a long time. The owners announce that they will be turning the Dancing Shrimp into a fancy tapas bar and that some of the employees are being let go. This includes Wanda. Wanda is devastated until Alice Brooks suggests to Wanda that she go into business for herself. Wanda does just that. She opens up Wanda’s Wonderful Pies.

Dana Turner and her daughter, Lizzie may have just found the perfect place to call home in Happiness Key. That could all c…

Follow the Falcon

The Falcon is a very skilled thief. His latest prize is twelve valuable pieces of artwork that he stole years ago from the Gladstone collection. A collection of 534 pieces of some of the most famous art work by artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso to name a few.

Brooke Lancaster is a talented artist. Unfortunately, Brooke needs money in order to keep doing what she loves. She teaches art classes but the interest has been so low that the school is canceling the classes.

Brooke goes to visit with a good friend, Reagan McCord to visit an art gallery. Suddenly, Reagan collapses. Before Reagan dies, he tells Brooke to go to his villa and retrieve something. Reagan tells Brooke to go right away and give her a small, silver key. There Brooke comes upon something so unbelievable that it will change her life forever.

Brooke will have to watch her back as it seems that she is not the only one interested in what Reagan McCord has in his home.

Follow the Falcon by Steven Kendall is the first …

Thriller Fest V

I wanted to share with you about one of the biggest events for mystery fans to attend. This is the one event I want to go to and hope to some day attend.


ThrillerFest V, the world’s most diabolically delicious literature festival, chills
New York City July 7-10, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel

There’s only one event where New York Times best-selling masters of the art lurk around every corner, agents appear in broad daylight and fans conspire with writers in the wee, small hours of the night – ThrillerFest V, the International Thriller Writers’ fifth annual celebration of their genre and the largest event of its kind in the world.

The highlight of the event will be the gala ITW Thriller Awards Banquet on Saturday when the heroes of suspense will be honored:

•International best-selling author Ken Follett will receive the 2010 ThrillerMaster Award given by 2009 recipient Dav…


What do a famous music band, The Beatles and zombies have to do with each other…a lot when Paul is Undead! Yep, you read this right. The Beatles may have come from England and but they were they were not of this world.

John Lennon was already a zombie when he helped formed the Beatles. He was getting better at turning others into zombies without anyone suspecting anything was up. John later recruits Paul. They both go in search of Ninja warrior and talented drummer, Ringo. Eventually, the group obtains George. The Beatles are on the rise. Though, they will have to watch themselves from Mick Jagger. Mick hates zombies and eliminates them every chance he gets.

I really had a blast reading this book. The hilarious plot, wild antics of Paul, Ringo, John, George and the great illustrations made Paul the Undead a pure delight to read. I had a smile on my face pretty much the whole time I was reading this book. Paul, Ringo, John, George were so funny. I liked reading how each one would share …

The Pack

Shamira is a wild child. She is always out tracking bad guys, even though her mother has threatened that the next time she comes home late she will be tagged. Shamira’s parents are members of the Security Force Elite on planet Mars. Shamira’s parents have been busy with trying to stop drug trafficking between Mars and Earth and the multiple disappears of children on Mars.

Shamira and her father travel to Earth for some business. While there, Shamira’s father learns that Shamira’s mother and brother were kidnapped. Shamira jumps into action to rescues her brother. She is joined by a boy named Valens as well as some other children. They hope to stop the evil organization, Monev.

The Pack is a fun, filled sci-fi, fantasy ride that will have you cheering for more. I like that the children were in charge in this book. Shamira made a good leader. She is strong, tough and someone that young adult readers can really cheer for. I read this book in one day. I am not typically a sci-fi fantasy fa…

Shades of Grey

Shades of Gray picks up and continues on from Black and White. After revealing the academy has been using mind control on all the super heroes, Iridium and Jet hope to stop them once and for all. Now that the super heroes are no longer under the control of the academy, things are a bit chaotic. Some of the super heroes did not like learning that they were puppets and have taken to vandalism and a life of crime. Others like Jet are still super heroes. Iridium and Jet will have to band together to stop the villains from taking over New Chicago. As well as stay out of the clutches of the academy.

Shades of Grey is just as awesome as Black and White. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I read it in one day. These books need to be made into either movies or television series. This book featured more super heroes and villains. It was nice to get to learn more about Jet and Iridium before they became who they are today. Not to give anything away but I hope to see Jet and Iridium battle it out…


Odessa St, Clair McAllan and her husband, Bryce have settled into ranch live on the Circle M ranch. Unfortunately, things are not easy. They just survived their first harsh winter and did not fair so well. They lose almost all of their stock. Bryce talks about going across seas to pick up more live stock. Odessa does not want Bryce to go as the last time he went, he almost die from something he caught while traveling.

Moira St. Clair is living in Paris. She is a famous opera singer. Moira goes to the bank to make a withdrawal, only to discover that her manager, Max Foster has emptied her whole account and ran off with a younger woman. Moira realizes that there is nothing left for her in Paris and decides to leave.

Dominic is in Rio de Janeiro. Not by his choice. Due to some debts he racked up, he is a prisoner and trying to work off his debts.

Will the St. Clairs ever be reunited again?

Sing is book two in the Homeward trilogy. I did have some problems jumping right into this book. The…

Forbidden Highlander

Fallon MacLeod and his brothers are the last of the MacLeod clan. The MacLeod clan was destroyed by Deirdre. She wants the brothers for herself. She once had them long ago. The MacLeod men are cursed with strong Gods entrapped inside each of them.

Fallon feeling horrible that he didn’t do more for his clan decides to travel to see King James to ask for his help.

Larena Monroe has been searching for the MacLeods for a long time. When she learns that Fallon is near, she seeks him out. She needs his protection but can she get him to listen to her?

Forbidden Highlander is book two in the Dark Sword series. I enjoyed Dangerous Highlander but Forbidden Highlander blew me away. I couldn’t get enough of Fallon and Larena. Fallon and Larena sizzled and smoked together. I like that Larena was an equal to Fallon. This book is darker and edgier then the first one. If you like historical novels with hot, sexy warriors and strong heroines then you have to check out this series. The only thing forbidde…

In Our Quiet Village

Can you imagine learning that your grandfather attempted murdering his wife and killed himself?

Well as much as this may sound like something out of a bad movie or too unbelievable to believe for Mary Lou Chayes this really did happen. When Mary’s mother, Minna was ninety years old, she finally broke her silence and told Mary the nightmare she lived as a little girl.

Karl Bauer was the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Susanna came from a good family. While attending church, Karl is introduced to Susanna for the first time. It is in the moment that Karl knows he must get to know Susanna better. They eventually got married. They ended up giving birth to Minna and her brother, Hans. Susanna later dies and Karl marries his second cousin, Herta.

Karl was a changed man when Susanna died. Minna was the apple of her father’s eye. Minna couldn’t stand Herta. She was a evil and spiteful woman. It got so bad that when Minna was sixteen years old, her father shoot Herta and then killed himself…

Contest Winners

I am sorry, I am late picking winners of my contests for Innocent by Scott Turow (Audio book) and Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn

Innocent Winners -Winners have been emailed

Simply Stacie, Anne Marie and Susan.

Ravished by a Highlander Winners -Winners have been emailed

Cait Braxton

The Making of a Duchess

When Julien Harcourt, duc de Valere was just a little boy, he and his mother barely escaped a mob. Of course this could have something to do with what Julien is being accused of today.

Julien is grown up. It is time for him to get married. His mother has the perfect woman for him in mind. Julien can’t wait to meet his new bride.

Sarah Smith works for a secret agency. The agency wants Sarah to spy on Julien and find out if he is really a traitor to his country. She poses as Mademoiselle Serafina Artois, Julien’s soon to be bride. The more time that Sarah spends with Julien, she can’t help but start to have feelings for him. But first Sarah must figure out if Julien is really a spy or just guilty of stealing her heart.

Don’t let the title of this book deceive you. The Making of a Duchess is a historical novel filled with intrigue, romance and adventure. I thought this was a pretty good book. It was fun to read. Though, it moved a bit slow in the beginning for me. It took me several tries…

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Blind Landing is the latest aviation mystery Story by Tony Blackman featuring Peter Talbert insurance Investigator Blind Landing is chronologically the first book in Tony Blackman's aviation mystery series featuring Peter Talbert, insurance investigator. The world's largest and newest airliner flying non-stop from Sydney to London is hijacked by some Al-Qaeda terrorists and crashes in freezing fog landing at Heathrow. The accident investigators started to blame the pilots and it took two trips to Australia and a very attractive girl for Talbert to discover finally what really happened and then explain at the Public Inquiry.

Southampton, UK - June 14, 2010 - Tony Blackman has written another amazing story, this time of the world's largest airliner flying non-stop from Sydney carrying 530 passengers and crashing in freezing fog a few hundred yards short of runway 27L at Heathrow with only 145 survivors. The aircraft had been hijacked over eastern Europe and the hijackers were…

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Invaluable New Medical Guide, Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

This highly informative new layman's reference work by veteran medical professionals James Sutton and Sagar Nigwekar gives readers the most important questions to ask at each doctor's visit about their medical conditions so that they can be more in control during their treatment.

Rochester, NY - June 14, 2010 - Jim Sutton, RPA-C and Sagar Nigwekar, MD, members of the Rochester General Hospital Medical Staff, today announced the release of their new layman's medical reference work, Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor. The book will be a valuable guide for patients who do not know the appropriate questions to ask their doctors about their particular condition or treatment. This informative new reference work gives readers the five most important questions to ask at each doctor's visit about virtually any significant medical condition.

President Obama's Nominee for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare a…

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Haunting tale set in historic Copenhagen based on true story

From psychological to supernatural, first-time author Crescent Varrone uses six narrators to describe ghostly events from different points of view in Shadows in Summer: A Novel in Six Voices

AARHUS, Denmark - June 17, 2010 - Do you believe in ghosts? That is the question left to the readers of Shadows in Summer by first-time novelist Crescent Varrone. The story is set in Copenhagen, the centuries-old capital of Denmark. Katrina Nielsen is returning home in an attempt to bring her family back together after suffering the loss of her father seven years ago. What Katrina doesn't tell her mother is that she has been plagued by recurring nightmares of her dead father.

When Katrina and her husband Richard move into their new home named Sound House that overlooks the water, a series of inexplicable events begins. The smell of smoke, the sound of footsteps and a ghostly face at the window: Was their house haunted? Was Katrina's…

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New humorous fiction book: The Trouble With Tom

Grass Valley, CA - June 17, 2010 - Author Eunice Banks announces her latest work of

humorous fiction, The Trouble With Tom.

A rogue turkey is making life miserable for the residents of Whisper Wood, an idyllic retirement community nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Feisty and always hungry, the bird is constantly asserting his right to respect. Ripping screen doors. Devouring heirloom roses. Swiping newspapers. And that's just for starters.

Worst of all? A slow moving bureaucracy and onerous regulations stymie neighbor's efforts to rid themselves of their uninvited feathered friend. Now, five men in their golden years will conspire to break the law-and return the streets to peck-free safety.

There's Captain H., a reluctant leader whose wife is an impetuous mischief maker; Chester Jacques, a widower who still talks things over with his wife; Buford Onyx, who claims to be retired CIA; Ernest Trauts, a brawny, mustachioed charac…


Charlotte “Cee Cee” Caissie is a New Orleans Homicide Detective. She can take what ever you are dishing but watch out as she will shove that knife a little more into your back. Charlotte’s latest murder case has Charlotte once again face to face with Max Savoie.

Max works for Jimmy Legere as his right hand man. Charlotte and Max kind of have this love/hate relationship thing going on. There have never made anything of it until now. Max and Charlotte team up to stop a killer. Though, Charlotte isn’t sure what or who the killer is. The victims or what is left of them appears to have had their throats bit out. As Max and Charlotte get closer, so does the killer. Jimmy’s does not like Max hanging out with Charlotte and forces him to choose sides.

Masked by Moonlight is the first book in a brand new series by author, Nancy Gideon. I devoured this book in one day. I couldn’t get enough of Charlotte and Max. Charlotte and Max steamed up the pages of this book. I liked Charlotte’s ability to …

Fly Away Home

Sylvie Woodruff has the perfect life. Her husband, Richard is a successful senator and they have two grown daughters, Lizzie and Diana. Lizzie is the wild child and complete opposite of Diana. Diana is an emergency room physician. She is also married and has a cute son, Milo.

Sylvie’e perfect life is turned upside down quickly, when the whole world including herself learns of her husband’s affair with one of his interns. Now Sylvie has a decision to make…stay with Richard or leave him? Sylvie issn’t the only one who will have their lifes changed forever. Lizzie will be starting a new chapter in her life…one where there is no going back. Also, Diana has a choice to make…stay with her husband or leave him for her lover, Doug. Sylvie, Lizzie and Diana will need the support of each other more then ever.

I thought this was a pretty good book. The relationship that Sylvie shared with her daughters was a nice mother/daughters one. I liked that Sylvie didn’t just give up at the first sign of tr…

A Bad Day for Pretty

Everyone’s favorite vigilante…Stella is back!

There is never a dull moment when Stella is involved. She and Sheriff Goat Jones are finally getting to spend some quality time together. Unfortunately, this was wishful thinking on Stella and Goat’s part. Goat receives a visitor in the form of his ex-wife, Brandy.

As if things couldn’t get any crazier, Donna Donovan calls Stella. She needs her help. Donna’s husband, Ned has just been named the number one suspect in a murder case. Neb works at a construction site. Someone found a woman’s body at the site.

Can Stella clear Neb’s name and keep Brandy from her man?

A Bad Day for Pretty is the second Stella Hardesty. I just absolutely fell for Stella and author, Sophie Littlefield when I read Mrs. Littlefield’s debut novel, A Bad Day for Sorry. I didn’t think it was possible to like Stella anymore then I already did but I was wrong. Stella is way better then Dog the Bounty Hunter and she looks better doing it too. Stella helps fight justice for …

A Brewski for the Old Man

Sherri Travis is the new owner of the Sunset Bar and Grill. Sherri has made friends with Rena and her daughter, Lacey. Things are going well until Rena shows up with a man that she hoped to never lay eyes on again…Ray John Leenders. When Sherri was about thirteen years old, Ray tried to rape her.

Sherri doesn’t trust Ray. In fact, she hopes to protect Lacey from having to go through what she had to. As if, Sherri doesn’t have enough on her mind, her father returns. Things are never dull when Sherri is around.

A Brewski for the Old Man is the first novel I have read by author, Phyllis Smallman. This book is the third Sherri Travis mystery novel. At first I thought that I would have problems following this book as the first chapter made mention of some things that took place in the prior novels, which I had not read. Lucky, there was enough of an explanation for me to get caught up and it appeared that having not read the prior two novels did not take away from my experience reading this …

Fatal Affair

Washington DC Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland slid down the ladder some on her last case. Since then she has been trying to get back up again.

Senator John O’Connor has been murdered. This is just the break Sam needs to get back in everyone’s good graces.

Nick Cappuano is the Chief of Staff for Senator O’Connor. O’Connor was also Nick’s friend. Nick doesn’t care who is investigating the murder of the Senator; he plans to make sure he helps with the investigation. Nick may have a change of mind when he learns who is in charge of the murder investigation. Sam and Nick shared a hot, passionate night together a long time ago. Sam and Nick head down a path filled with deceit and greed. There is no turning back.

Fatal Affair is the latest release from Marie Force. I have read several novels by this author and really enjoyed them. Fatal Affair is a bit of a change from Mrs. Force’s other novels. This one is a suspense/thriller while the others are more romantic comedy.

The chemistry betwee…

Shakespeare Undead

We are all familiar with William Shakespeare or you have at least heard of him. Though, do you really know the man behind the image? Like, where did William get his ideas and what type of company did he keep in his presence?

William Shakespeare did not become famous on his own. No, he had some help. First, Will was a vampire and hung out with zombies. Well, this is not exactly true about the zombies. William could be seen with zombies but this is only because he is trying to find out who is raising the dead.

Second Will became enthralled with the beautiful and lovely Katherine Dymond. Katherine was known as the “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” Katherine also is a zombie hunter. Yep….you guessed it…Katherine made some heads roll for William.

Mash ups of classic novels or story are becoming quite popular. Author, Lori Handeland is taking her turn with her latest novel, Shakespeare Undead. I have to say that I have read a few mash up novels now and this is the first one that I really liked. Mrs.…

So Cold the River

My review:

Eric Shaw used to be a one of the most talented and most sought after film makers. That all changed in an instant. All it took was for him to lose his temper and after that, his career crumbled faster then you can say “Oscar”. Eric still produces films but recapping the lives of ones who have passed away. At one of the funerals, Eric is approached by the lovely, Alyssa Bradford. Eric did her sister’s movie. Alyssa is impressed with Eric’s work.

Alyssa calls Eric a few days later. She wants to hire him to do a documentary on her father in law, Campbell Bradford. Her father in law ran away from home during the Depression, when he was just a young boy and stuck it rich in Chicago. He is a billionaire. He doesn’t have much time left on Earth but feels he has a story to tell. Eric agrees. There is just one last thing, Alyssa hands Eric a green bottle with some mucky looking water in it. The bottle is cold to the touch. Alyssa tells him it is Pluto Water. West Baden Springs, Indian…

They Almost Always Come Home+ Giveaway


(Wausau, WI) – At the foundation of each relationship resides the need to know love can survive even when feelings fade. In Cynthia Ruchti’s debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home, readers feel the desperation of this foundational yearning in a marriage clearly pulling loose from its moorings. Compounded by other issues—an unrewarding career and mismatched dreams—it’s enough to drive a man into the arms of the Canadian wilderness. When Greg Holden doesn’t return home from a wilderness canoe trip, his wife Libby wrestles with survivor guilt, a new layer of grief, and the belief that she was supposed to know how to fix her marriage. She planned to leave him—but how can she leave a man who’s no longer there? He was supposed to go fishing, not missing.

Libby has to find him before she can discover how their marriage ends. She plunges into the wilderness on an adventurous and risky manhunt, unsure what she will do if she finds him…or if she doesn’t. She expects to meet har…

They Almost Always Come Home

Libby Holden never imagined that when her husband, Greg left for his fishing trip in Canada that it would be the last time she would see him again. Greg was supposed to be home in time to go to church. Instead Libby receives a phone call from the Canadian Mounties. They suggested that it is possible that her husband just walked out on her. Libby doesn’t believe it at first. Though, when she starts reading his journal, Libby realizes that there are things about Greg that she never knew.

Libby decides to retrace Greg’s steps to figure out what happened to him. She will be joined by Greg’s father, Frank and her good friend, Jenika. How will Libby handle the truth?

This book really took me by surprise in a good way. I didn’t know what to expect from it. I sat down to start reading it and couldn’t tear my eyes away. It was like I was instantly transported into the book with Libby. I could feel everything that she was experiencing. My only issue I had was at the beginning. When the storyline …

Summer Book Challenge

Paula at Community Bookstop (don't you just love the name) is hosting this fun and easy reading challenge. I have signed up. How about you? Just enter here.
I am going to challenge myself to read 30 books for this challenge.

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Naches, WA - June 4, 2010 - When born and bred city girl Mary Pelzel moved with her husband, David, to a renovated hunting cabin in the Wenatchee National Forest of Western Washington, she had no idea what adventures - and misadventures -- lay ahead.

Describing life in the Great North Woods as "his dream, my nightmare," Mary's delightful memoir, Mary's Place: Reflections & Recipes, is reminiscent of Betty MacDonald's classic, The Egg and I.

Mary's transformation from demure, and perhaps somewhat naïve, young bride into a true mountain woman wasn't easy and certainly wasn't overnight. Tales of blood-sucking insects, meat-eating flying creatures, hissing and venom drooling snakes, spiders with hair "longer than mine," frogs in the refrigerator, and lizards in the dining room, are just the beginning of her ten-year saga.

For the reader, chuckles and shivers will alternate with each unforgettable experience. But as a wonderful bonus, and in the…

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London, UK - June 7, 2010 - The Warrior's Apprentice is the story of one family's struggle to preserve their traditions against the straightjacket of a conformist society imposed by a totalitarian regime.

Set in Kenya in the near future when the world has united under the "One World Government", the last of the great Masai warriors illegally passes on his skills to his son, Njau. When revealed, Njau is seduced and manipulated by the all powerful forces of the state who will use any means to maintain their absolute control of society. Sent back out into the bush to track down and terminate a subversive reactionary, Njau must choose his own future - he must fight but on which side? Who can he really trust?

Following deception, betrayal and subsequent catharsis, he is joined by a disillusioned investigative journalist to make their stand. With his father, facing overwhelming odds, it is the truth which is their strongest weapon.

Contrasting the beauty and dangers of freedo…

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Cypress, CA - June 7, 2010 - Nothing grabs the mind like a finely crafted motion picture.

Memorable lines strike an instant impression and classic imagery provides celluloid art for us to enjoy time and again.

Author Manny Pacheco has studied movies in depth and understands Hollywood at its core. In his entertaining and informative book Forgotten Hollywood , Forgotten History, he bypasses the legendary stars from the Studio Era's Golden Age and instead focuses on the character actors and actresses who consistently delivered stellar performances.

Claude Rains, Walter Brennan, Lionel Barrymore, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, Gloria Grahame, and Thelma Ritter are just a handful of the remarkable talent whose names may be unfamiliar to moviegoers but whose faces and roles are forever captured on film.

While sharing little-known facts about the actors and how their careers evolved, Pacheco deftly intertwines the message of timeless films with seldom-told …

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A New Book of Boomer Humor created by Jeanne R Kraus

Tamarac, FL - June 7, 2010 - Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants takes an irreverent look at aging. It examines in detail the definitive proof that fifty is not the new thirty, in spite of current trendsetters that advocate otherwise. Fashion, self-improvement and social etiquette are thrown out the window in this hilarious book that disregards good taste and dignity.

Jeanne R Kraus, author, teacher and humorist has teamed up with her sister, Diana Arneson, illustrator, to produce their first book together. Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants, dedicated to Baby Boomers everywhere offers a light-hearted look at the trials of aging.

Jeanne includes advice for those aging ne'er-do-wells who hope to make it to the pearly gates eventually. And even though this book claims not to want to change you in any way, there is something for everyone in Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants. Even self-help junkies will be delighted with the three in…

Ice Cold with Tess Gerritsen

Medical examiner Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli are back.

Maura has left to attend a medical convention. While there, she meets up with an old college classmate. His name is Doug. He is here with his thirteen year old daughter, Grace, and his friend Arlo and Arlo’s girlfriend, Elaine. Doug invites Maura to join them. After the convention, they are heading up to a ski resort. Maura takes Doug up on his offer.

The group heads out but they get lost and the vehicle gets stuck in snow. The group gets lucky and finds shelter in a small town called Kingdom Come. There is something wrong with Kingdom Come. How come all the houses are identical and where are all the people?

Jane receives a phone call that will change her life forever. The Wyoming police have identified the charred body of Maura. Jane can’t believe Mura is gone. Jane investigates to discover the truth about what happened to Maura and uncovers a sinister plot.

The queen of medical thrillers…Tess Gerritsen i…

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New YA Fantasy: Samra Divided

Book Two of the Sharma Chronicles

Colorado Springs, CO - June 2, 2010 - In Book One of the Young Adult series The Shamra Chronicles, Curse of the Shamra, author Barry Hoffman introduces the reader to Dara.

She is a young Shamra girl who, after her peaceful country is invaded, defies the patriarchal and oppressive rules of her society and leads a ragtag resistance in the hopes of defeating their conquer ors. Although she is criticized for being outspoken, "different", and wild she never gives in to the pressure to conform.

She eventually gains the respect of her people, and demonstrates to them how being true to one's self is the greatest honor one can achieve in life.

Shamra Divided continues Dara's adventures, as she sets off to faraway lands to learn more about her heritage, why she was the one who was meant to lead her people to freedom, and what future challenges are in store for her that she must mentally, emotionally, and spiritually pr…

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New historical fiction depicts Civil War adventures with Terry's Texas Rangers

No Good Like It Is by McKendree R. Long III follows two comrades in combat BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. - June 2, 2010 - No Good Like It Is by McKendree R. Long III seeks to re-enact the turbulent times of the Civil War through the adventures of two companions, Confederate cavalry Capt. Dobey Walls and Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Melton.

The historical novel, set in 1858, is divided into two books, with "Book One" describing the tales of these two Texans formerly in the U.S. Army as they join the 8th Texas Cavalry, better known as Terry's Texas Rangers, at the start of the Civil War. With the Rangers, Dobey and Jimmy take part in the first and final charges of the Army of Tennessee and are integral in stopping the Fort Pillow Massacre.

"Book Two" of No Good Like It Is follows the wounded and weary soldiers after the war, as they travel West to search for Dobey's missing family. Along the way, the two e…

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NEW YORK - June 3, 2010 - Just a few years ago opportunities were endless, jobs secure and there was a sense of stability, prosperity and hope. Today, the world seems to be upside down. So much we depended on to keep us secure has been taken away and fear rules the day.

Now we are forced to re-evaluate our lives and the questions before us become:

What can I really count on?

How can I handle transition and change?

Where does my true security lay?

How can I build fearless relationships?

What is really needed to live a fulfilling life?

In the new book, Fearless , by Dr. Brenda Shoshanna , psychologist shows why there is no innate reason that we should live in the grip of fear. We can learn to release fear, access our enormous inner resources and become calm, balanced and positive, no matter what is going on.

In Fearless, Dr Shoshanna has created a unique guide to both understanding fear and receiving the tools to release it from your lif…