Thursday, September 30, 2010


Gin is semi retired from living her life as the “Spider”. A deadly assassin. This doesn’t keep Gin out of trouble. Mab is still on the hunt for Spider. What Mab doesn’t know is that Gin is living right under her nose. Mab is lucky that Gin is just waiting for the perfect moment to eliminate Mab.

When Roslyn comes to Gin in need of her assistance. One of Mab’s henchmen, Elliot Slater is after Roslyn. After Roslyn comes to Gin; Gin realizes that it is about time that she do less talking and more butt kicking.

Venom is the third elemental assassin book. To truly enjoy this series to the fullest then I would suggest that you read these books in order, starting with Spider’s Bite. I was already a fan of Ms. Estep before Spider’s Bite but I became an even bigger fan after reading Venom. Gin is one tough cookie. She takes a licking but keeps on ticking. If you ever cross Gin’s bad side, you better count your lucky stars that she kills you quickly. I like the elemental magic that Gin and Mab possess. I really like this series. Jennifer Estep is an urban fan’s dream. Venom is toxic but ooh so good!

Beat + 2 Free Books

There are three types of addicts…the outer, middle and inner circles. The outer do the light stuff, more dabbing into trying things. The middle are the people do spend a little more time and money focusing on their addictions. Lastly there is the inner circle. These are the hard core people. LAPD homicide detective Hayden Glass is in the middle circle. Hayden’s addiction is sex or porn. Hayden is just about to log off his computer when he sees a link that advertisings real live women. Hayden logs on and this is where Hayden meets Cora.

Hayden tracks Cora down. The next thing Hayden knows, two men come storming into the room and accost Hayden. When Hayden awakes Cora is gone. Hayden soon discovers that he has stumbled upon a large sex ring that is run by the Russian mafia. The FBI asks Hayden for his assistance. There is no turning back for Hayden now. The only question left is…will Hayden make it out alive?

While I liked this book for its gritty story line and though as nails character in Hayden, there was a few times there I felt for me that the intensity levels dropped some. I thought Mr. Schwartz showed the down and dirty side of law enforcement. Hayden is a strong character. Unfortunately, he wasn’t strong enough to keep my interest all the way until the end. This book started out strong but then lost some of its speed in the middle but ended on a high note. I could picture this book being turning into a movie. Beat takes a licking but keeps on ticking.


Stephen Jay Schwartz grew up in New Mexico and traveled the Unites States extensively before settling down in Los Angeles. There he became the director of development for Wolfgang Petersen, helping develop films such as Outbreak and Air Force One. BEAT is his second novel.

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Josephine “Joss” O’Malley is trying really hard to keep her family’s map business afloat. It is hard. Joss’s father used up all their fortune and business has been slow. Joss already has a loan but she needs to ask to borrow more money. It won’t be so bad if the man Joss had to ask to borrow money wasn’t her fiancĂ©, Rogan Reynolds.

Hugh Hawksmoor has come from the past. He is in search of Brand O’Malley. Brand killed his brother. Hugh and Joss don’t really hit things off right away but it isn’t long before Hugh learns that Joss is the daughter of Brand. Now Hugh must decide wheather to seek revenge or let the past become the past.

I liked this book. Aching for Always is the second novel I have read by Mrs. Cready. I found Joss’s fiancĂ© to be mean and crude. So glad that he didn’t make much of an appearance in this story. I liked Joss. She was full of life and personality. While I thought Hugh and Joss were good together, I just wished that I felt a stronger spark between them. For me anyways, Hugh and Joss were slow to grow chemistry between them. Overall, I am aching for more Mrs. Cready.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Come...Play Dirty with me!

Six years ago, Haley King testified against one of Los Angeles biggest drug lords, Pedro Gutierrez and that is when her life change. She entered the Witness Protection Program. Now, fast forward to the present. Haley’s boss John has gone missing. Haley turns to the one person she knows she can trust and relay on…her husband, Greg.

Greg and his two grown sons, Marc and Jake run a bounty hunting business. Greg never imagined that he would see Haley again. Well not in the flesh anyways. There hasn’t been a day that has gone by that Greg hasn’t thought of Haley. Now that Haley has returned, Greg doesn’t plan to let her leave again. That is if Greg can keep both him and Haley alive. The same person who is involved with John’s disappearance is after Haley.

Play Dirty is the first book in The Bounty Hunters. A brand new series from author, Lorie O’Clare. I got to tell you that if the rest of the books in this series are as fabulous as Play Dirty, then readers are in for a yummy treat. Greg and Haley scorched the pages of this book together. They showed that when you are in love that the sparks never leave. Greg is exactly the type of man I picture when the words bounty hunter appears. There was a nice balance between action and romance in this book. If you are looking for something to occupy yourself for a few hours other then housework, then you have got to reward yourself with reading Play Dirty. You won’t regret it! I can’t wait to read Get Lucky, the next Bounty Hunter novel.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Nightshade is the new Twilight

While out patrolling, Calla comes upon a boy. He is injured and the bear who attacked him is about to finish him off. It is a forbidden rule that no wolf is to show themselves to a human. Calla not only breaks that rule but she also transforms back into a human. If any of the other wolves learn what Calla did, she will be in big trouble.

Calla is the leader of the young Nightshade pack. Ren is the leader of the young Bane pack. Together their union will create a new pack. Calla receives a big surprise when the new boy at school, Seamus “Shay” Doran turns out to be the same boy that she rescued. Will Shay expose Calla?

Nightshade is book one in a brand new series from author, Andrea Cremer. This book will have both teens and adults raving about it. This book lives up to its hype. Nightshade is the new Twilight. Calla is not your shy wallflower. She is a born leader. She knows what she wants and when she has her mind made up there is no turning back. Shay was an interesting character. I never knew what he was going to do next. There were some fight scenes in this book but I wanted some more. I hope to see more in the next book. The few scenes that were in this book, showed that Calla is not to be messed with. The next book can’t come out fast enough for me. You had better get your hands on a copy of this book before you are the only one left without a copy.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Friday Mornings at Nine

Tamara, Bridget, Jennifer are all good friends. They meet up with each other every Friday morning at nine to catch up on what is happening in each other’s lives. Tamara, Bridget, Jennifer love their husbands but lately they all have been feeling like they are in a rut.

You have heard the say…the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Well for Tamara, Bridget, and Jennifer; they are willing to consider testing this theory out for themselves. Tamara is tempted by her hot, young neighbor, Aaron. Bridget is tempted by her boss Dr Luke, a dentist. Finally, Jennifer is tempted by her high school sweetheart David. For these three women they will learn that once you cross the line you can never go back.

Friday Mornings at Nine is the second novel from author Marilyn Brant. I just fell in love with this author when I read her first book, According to Jane. So I was excited to read this book. While I like how this story touched on a heavy subject, I just wished that the characters were a little more upbeat and exciting. It was a little hard for me to get into this book unlike the first one. Though, I still enjoyed reading it. Mrs. Brant is a good story teller. I plan to check out her next novel. Friday Mornings at Nine is a better alterative then a cinnamon roll to go with your coffee.

The Murder Room

I am a fan of murder mystery. I have to admit though that I have not read a lot of true crime novels. I was excited when I heard about this book. A collection of cold cases that the Vidocq Society solves sounded very intriguing to me. The Vidocq Society is comprised of some of the best detectives and others. The main goal of the Vidocq Society is to try and solve cold cases. Some of the members of the Vidocq Society are Bill Fleisher, a former federal agent turned detective, Richard Walter, a forensic psychologist and criminal profiler and Frank Bender, forensic artist. These are just a few of the men and women who make up the Vidocq Society.

I read a few of the many, many stories in this collection and stopped reading. While I found the cases interesting and the way the Society goes about solving the cases, the writing was dry. Mr. Capuzzo was very precise with the details of the cases. Unfortunately, no matter how interesting the cases may have seemed, it could not outweigh the dry writing and I quickly became bored. Though fans of CSI and Cold Case may like this book.

She is Beautiful Malice

A tragic accident involving Katherine’s younger sister rips Katherine’s family apart. Katherine can’t stand the guilt she feels. So she packs up and starts a brand new life for herself in a new city.

Katherine quickly makes new friends with Alice Parrie. Alice is the most popular girl in school. Alice is not shy and always speaks her mind, unlike Katherine. At first Katherine just kind of goes along with Alice but as more time passes, Katherine experiences Alice’s dark side and it is ugly. By this time Katherine is in so deep that Alice doesn’t want to let Katherine go.

Beautiful Malice is the debut novel from author, Rebecca James. Wow, this book was addicting like…candy. I felt that Katherine held her own with Alice. Alice was a very powerful character. I almost felt sorry for Alice but then she would do something that would have me despising her again. I like how the story would flashback to the tragedy involving Katherine’s sister a little at a time. It make the intensity levels higher. Beautiful Malice may be geared towards young adults but older adults will enjoy this book too. I can’t wait to se what Ms. James has in store next.

A Memory Between Us + Giveaway

Ruth Doherty works as a nurse helping the wounded in the war. Major Jack Novak Jr. airplane crashes. Jack is lucky to have survived. Jack awakes in the hospital to the most beautiful image. Though Jack is drugged up on morphine and feeling no pain, he knows that Ruth is his. In fact he tells her that he is going to marry her. Ruth laughs Jack’s comments of. Ruth is used to the men that she cares for thinking they are in love with her. Ruth knows she is not as pretty as the other women and besides she is too busy with her work to date anyone.

Jack can’t wait to get back up in the sky. Unfortunately for him, he is grounded for at least a month. Jack is smitten by Ruth. Jack senses that Ruth is different from other women. He tries to pursed her with gifts but that doesn’t really work. Can Jack convince Ruth that she belongs with him?

A Memory Between Us is book two of the Wings of Glory novels. It can be read as a stand alone novel. Just like Mrs. Sundin’s first novel, A Distinct Memory, I fell in love with this book. I really was fond of Jack. The way he kept pursing Ruth was funny. When she wouldn’t fall for his charms so easily it bruised Jack’s ego a little but then it made him fight for Ruth that must harder. At first Ruth seems like she is in the wrong place. She should be as far away from the war as possible. Though, once you get to know Ruth don’t let her quiet demeanor fool you. She is very strong and quite capable of handling herself. I can’t wait to fly the skies with the next Wings of Glory novel.

“Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Sarah Sundin presents The Movies and Memories Giveaway in honor of book 2 in the Wings of Glory series. A Memory Between Us is available for purchase wherever fine books are sold. From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

To celebrate Sarah is giving one lucky winner A Movie and Memory Prize Package! One grand prize winner will receive:

* Make-your-own-photo book from (Capture your own Memories)

* Netflix Subscription (New or Nostalgic Movies delivered right to your house)

* Starbucks gift card (To keep your engine revvin’)

*Gourmet chocolate (A favorite in the 1940’s and now)

* British specialty teas in carved wooden box (Timeless tradition)

* Miniature model of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber & C-47 cargo plane (Everyone needs a few toy planes)

*Big Band music CD (Break out your dancing shoes)

* WWII authentic poster playing cards (Cards – a perfect game for two)

* Keep Calm and Carry On (Uplifting sayings WWII, a boost for troubled times)

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Snowflake

The year is 1897 in Alaska.

Ellen Pierce and her brother, Jonah along with several others are traveling to Dawson City. The ship that they were traveling on gets stuck in ice. There is only one option…travel by sled and snow dogs across the frozen tundra to Dawson City. The trek will be very dangerous. Luckily for Ellen and her brother, Buck Lewis volunteers to lead the group to Dawson City.

I first was introduced to Mrs. Carie when I read Love’s First Light. I really enjoyed that book and Mrs. Carie’s writing style. I then read her next book Angel’s Den and also enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really get into her latest book, The Snowflake. While I found the story to be sweet, I found it to be a little too sweet. What I mean by this is that while I liked Ellen and Buck together and I liked the story; I felt that there needed to be more meat to the story line. The action wasn’t intense enough for me.

On the other hand, I was actually happy when Ellen’s brother, Jonah was no longer in the picture. He was mean. Though, I may not have fallen for this book I still like Jamie Carie as author and plan to still read her books.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

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It Writes Itself: A Travel Guide to Writing Fiction is an innovative how-to book on creative writing that helps writers enter into their fictional worlds so vividly, that writing becomes the act of listening, watching and writing down what happens. With easy to follow exercises which combine improv techniques and creative visualization, Raulino takes you on a creativity freeing trip that serves as the anchor to the very best writing you can produce.

Raulino shares twenty-one exercises designed to bolster your confidence and free your writing muse. The book is ideal for both inexperienced and seasoned writers. If you're hung up on writers' block, you'll find new ideas and solutions in this book.

The book's author Susannah Raulino is an accomplished screenwriter and active participant in the improv scene in Austin, TX.

Everything in the book is designed to help writers be totally involved in the creative process of writing.

"I wrote this book to share a process I created that has turned writing from a chore to a joy for me, and I have watched it work for my students. ... If you write, you are a writer, if you enjoy writing, you are a good writer!" says Raulino.

Taking materials from writing workshops she teaches, Raulino combined the very best exercises to give readers a true path to creating powerful, funny and moving works of fiction, whether it be novels, short stories, screenplays or poetry.

About the book:

It Writes Itself by Susannah Raulino

ISBN: 978-0615345703

Publisher: Susannah Raulino

Date of publish: May 12, 2010

Pages: 132

S.R.P.: $9.98

About the author:

Susannah Raulino is a screenwriter, filmmaker, and improviser living in Austin, TX.
She has written for over 20 years and her portfolio includes 17 screenplays and plays.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The draws blood!

In the first book, The Strain, the human race was attacked by a weird parasite. The parasite caused an unusual effect on humans turning them into vampires. The first book ended with readers being introduced to the Master. The second book, The Fall continues right on from the first.

The Master is out roaming the world, trying to control the vampires and make more. It appears that there is no one that can stop the Master. Even the “Old” vampires are fighting with the “New” vampires.

Eph Goodweather is the head of the Centers for Disease Control. He along with Setrakian and a few other humans are slaying their way hoping to find a way to stop the Master. Eph is a bit distracted by his ex-wife, Kelly. She was turned into a vampire. Eph fears for his son, Zack, who Kelly wants to, turn him into a vampire. There is only one way to stop the Master…there is a book that describes the ancient ways and all about the history of the vampires. Whoever possesses the book holds great power.

The Fall is book two in the Strain trilogy. I read The Strain the first book last year and finished it in a matter of a few hours. I have to admit that it took me a few to get caught up to speed again regarding who everyone was and what parts they played in this story. Once I got everything straight, I was able to enjoy this book. What I most like about these books is that the vampires are smart but they also have a unique feature about them. They have like this sucker at the end of their tongues that the vampires lash out at humans and attach to their necks. This is how they drink the blood. All of the main characters are intriguing.

While I liked this book, it was missing some of the great sparkle from the first book. There was a few times where I was skimming over the pages. I found it moved a little slowly for me at times. Though, this book ended with unanswered questions that have me anxiously awaiting the last book to see how it all ends. If you like your vampires darker and edgier then Edward from Twilight then you will like this trilogy.

Review Opp 2-New coming of age/teen book: Popularity Genie in a Bottle

In their new coming of age and self-help work, mother and daughter authors Cristina and Donatella Fragiale address today's relevant teen issues of bullying and popularity in a clever, mystical time travel tale that is part parable, part allegory, part myth and part apocalyptic vision.

Mt. Laurel, NJ - Sep 22, 2010 - Authors Donatella and Cristina Fragiale announce the release of Popularity Genie in a Bottle. This mystical coming of age tale takes Isabella, who like any teen wants nothing more than to be popular, back in time - courtesy of a mysterious genie - to learn what true popularity is. The story climaxes when Isabella meets the ultimate "king of kings," who shows Isabella how to unlock the GENIE power within. In the process, she discovers how to soar like an eagle and command the whole universe to subdue to her-and so can any reader.

When Isabella is whisked back to the present, she'll get an up-close look at what it's really like to be popular today. What follows is an exhilarating, mind blowing journey as Isabella travels back to our image-obsessed, sex-crazy world of today. Is popularity what is cracked up to be? Can popularity be conquered or are non-popular teens at the mercy of fate? This book offers well crafted tales of "popular wanna-be" who experience life altering changes in the pursuit of popularity.

The mother and daughter's collection of ancient tales blended with contemporary ones, poignantly lays out the psychological landscape today's teens must go through to survive the puberty plagued years. Lucky's and Isabella story, in fact, is drawn upon real life experience of both authors - its struggle and effect on their self-esteem as well as their longing for popularity as an emotional "solution."

Author Donatella Fragiale's middle school years were plagued by insecurity, bad acne and bullying by the same group of friends she was part of. Through the help of her mom -a former Image Consultant - she transformed her looks and gained her self-confidence back. She then created a website called to help other teens overcome insecurity. Interacting with teens from all over the world made Donatella understand that teens in search of popularity and of fitting -in, are really longing to be loved. This new found revelation led Donatella to the birth of her book which she co- authored with her mom.

About the book:

Popularity Genie in a Bottle by Donatella and Cristina Fragiale

ISBN: 978-1-4327-6110-3

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Sept 15, 2010

Pages: 217

S.R.P.: $18.95

About the author:

Donatella Fragiale began writing Popularity Genie in a Bottle when she was 16 years old a sophomore in High School. Now a freshman attending college, she has completed this book. Donatella is a happy, bubbly, young woman who enjoys fashion, traveling and International Studies. At age nineteen, Donatella has made it her mission to help all teens access their inner power and achieve what they wish in life. Her latest projects: a YouTube channel, called LaFahionistaItaliana and a new website - along with the previous website: - serve as tools to accomplish this goal.

Cristina Fragiale is a former Image Consultant and Real Estate Agent who experienced a spiritual transformation after her younger brother died five years ago. She is now certified as an Energy Practitioner and devotes her time to helping children, teens and young adults who are beleaguered by emotional issues and blockages. Her website is Cristina both passions are blended in this book: the mystical and the emotional. Together with her daughter, they have managed to make this story a true gem to delight and intrigue any age group and gender. A true self-help, motivational, historic, engaging, thrilling and heart opening book for anyone.

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Review Opp-New chick-lit/mystery: Sugar Tower

NEW YORK - Sep 22, 2010 - Veteran real estate broker, Jessica Dee Rohm, who has sold multi-million dollar condominiums for developers from Manhattan to Moscow, comes SUGAR TOWER! Set in today's Manhattan, Sugar Tower is a sharp and funny tale of a woman forced to reinvent herself as the platforms she built her life upon are dissolving beneath her feet. With uncanny perceptiveness, this novel delves into recent societal shifts that impact us all - the real estate bubble, the transience of wealth, the changing face of print journalism - in the context of a murder mystery that titillates and dazzles from beginning to end. The question on everyone's lips: Is Sugar Tower fiction...or fact?

In Sugar Tower, the great real estate crash has pulled the rug out from under one of New
York's best known developers. While he struggles to keep his family dynasty afloat, his wife is found dead in the swimming pool of his newest trophy condominium, Sugar Tower. The newspaper reporter covering the real estate beat at the City's second largest daily becomes obsessed with investigating the death of the developer's wife and inadvertently discovers secrets about Sugar Tower's wealthy occupants, normally guarded by doormen and concierges, as well as a few about herself.

Sugar Tower was a quarter-finalist for the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award, garnering the following comments from one of the contest's expert readers:

"Fascinating and well-written. I was hooked pretty quickly.the fact-dense prose flowed well and clearly, giving no pause. It's not easy to introduce a number of characters early in a work without putting the reader off or generating confusion, but in this case it was cleverly done with enough description and involvement to make them stick. The murder scene and surrounding characters were well built and can be recalled as needed. The subject matter surrounding this mystery is timely and fresh without calling attention to itself. The demise of the printed news story, the consequences of a young woman building her career first, the wide dispersion of families, the trophy wife, the downside of privilege and the fragility of invested wealth are among themes woven into [Sugar Tower], any or all of which ...make this a first rate read."

About the book:

Sugar Tower by Jessica Dee Rohm

ISBN: 978-1453650097

Publisher: Olivicas Press

Date of publish: Sept 15, 2010

Pages: 301

S.R.P.: $16.00

About the author:

Jessica Dee Rohm is a serial entrepreneur with a MFA in Creative Writing and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Sugar Tower is Ms. Rohm's third novel. Make Me an Offer and The Secret Life of Sandrina M. are still in print.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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In her intelligent and well conceived new science fiction work, novelist Virginia Luman presents the New America of 2055, the last nation on earth after the "Hydra-plague" and a country under the thumb of those who have learned how to keep men grounded in one dimension of the space-time continuum.

Nacogdoches, TX - Sep 21, 2010 - Author Virginia Luman announces the release of The Lords of Time. Her debut science fiction work illustrates a future we are capable of achieving -- or avoiding -- as she leads her young hero, Thomas Smiles, through a post- apocalyptic New America to the realization that no machine can ever measure drive, ambition or the intangible dreams of the human spirit.

In 2055 the Hydra-plague has left only New America in its wake. It is the last nation on earth and is a country that recognizes no enemies, has no allies and knows no war.

Young Thomas Smiles has entered college, but his attention on his studies is increasingly interrupted by memories of either past or future events that should be impossible for him
to know.

Fearing for his sanity and wondering if he may have been reincarnated, he seeks out a friend who has ended up in a mental institution. In this modern "deadhouse," he discovers the secrets and true ambitions of the Lords of Time, those who can keep humans trapped in one dimension only of the space-time continuum.

He discovers also that while the Lords of Time may have much knowledge, they have little wisdom.

In The Lords of Time author Luman gives readers an astute look into the intertwining of humanity and technology and the implications for the smaller world that can be the net result of that continued historical coupling. Add to that the horrific results of the forced redistribution of wealth by flawed human beings and her readers have a dramatic fictional landscape to "enjoy" as they follow Thomas Smiles' struggle for release from these human chains.

About the book:

The Lords of Time by Virginia Luman

ISBN: 978-1-4327-5815-8

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Aug 31, 2010

Pages: 318

S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author:

Virginia Luman, a former teacher and classical violinist, lives in Texas with her family. The Lords of Time is her first novel.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Minotaur Books invites you for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Bouchercon!

Mrs. Edwards blends romance with cooking to serve up a tasty morsel with Just One Taste.

Wes Murphy is a bit of a play boy but a really good chef. Wes is honing his skills at the Academy of Culinary Arts. Wes is almost done. He can’t wait. The classes are so boring. Wes has only one class left…Food Chemistry 101.

Dr. Rosemary Wilkins is filling in as a replacement for Food Chemistry 101. Things just got more interesting for Wes, when he meets Rosemary. Who knew that there were so many different aphrodisiacs?

Just One Taste is the third book in the Recipe for Love trilogy. I have enjoyed every one of these books. Wes and Rosemary sizzle together both in and out of the kitchen. I like that Rosemary was able to school Wes a little but on the same hand, Wes was able to return the favor to Rosemary by showing her how to let loose some and have fun. Wes is the type of guy any woman would be lucky to have. He is good looking and knows how to cook. Rosemary started out kind of like the ugly duckling but by the end of the book, she had blossomed into a beautiful flower. There are a few recipes in the back of this book, which are a bonus. Mrs. Edwards blends romance with cooking to serve up a tasty morsel with Just One Taste.


After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair," has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him on a Twitter page that now boasts more than 1.5 million followers.

Now, with a #1 New York Times bestselling memoir and an upcoming sitcom on CBS starring William Shatner, Justin and It Books would like to hear some of the sh*t YOUR dad says!

Send us the funny sh*t your dad says (in no more than 140 characters, of course), and you could be randomly selected to receive a trip for two to a taping of the new CBS show, $#*! My Dad Says, in Los Angeles this Fall. Justin will pick some of the best entries to appear on his blog!

Three runners-up winners will each receive one signed copy of Sh*t My Dad Says

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LONDON - Sep 20 , 2010 - The Naturals, written by Sharon R C Petersen, is 170 pages long and has more than 50 beautiful illustrations. It includes ten heart-warming, connecting stories for 4-10 year olds, humorously reflecting a sense of belonging within our natural world, and embracing children, parents and grandparents alike.

Does Windy have good intentions when she blows an old lady's umbrella away? Is Snowy being mischievous when she stops Foxy's father from finding him before nightfall, or does her protective white blanket actually save the young fox cub's life? Is Moony's bright light merely a nuisance to Tiny Mouse when she's trying to sleep, or do his beams have a purpose when she gets lost one night deep in the woods?

These captivating stories show children in a fun and emotive way just how special and wonderful our natural world is, and helps to inspire within young hearts and minds a sense of connection and belonging which, in turn encourages them to want to protect our natural environment.

From Hooligan HAILSTONES heavy-handedly trying to do the right thing and coming to the rescue, silent SNOWY helping Foxy out of danger; to annoying WINDY forever blowing around and just trying to be useful...

With constant, reliable SUNNY showing she's never far away to help, and caring Mother EARTH trying to protect the next generation of seedlings, CLOUDY keeps a baby cool and out of SUNNY's heat...

Meanwhile mischievous STARRY shows us all what it's really like to be a star, and wise, helpful MOONY shows how he continues to light our way...

And finally RAINY comes in handy, and RAINBOW desperately tries to show herself off before time runs out...

Sound, moral values shine through from each of the ten stories. These stories are designed to be read to children, encouraging the important feelings of connection between parent/grandparent/carer and children. It is these very same feelings which will enable children to care for the world we live in.

Parents and grandparents in today's society, especially, will take an avid interest in 'The Naturals' as more and more guardians are searching for ways to encourage and inspire their children to embrace a feeling of wanting to protect our environment for future generations.

Make up your own mind as you listen to these bedtime tales in which the natural elements come to life. Get to know Cloudy and Windy, meet Snowy and Rainy, be dazzled by Starries, emboldened by Hailstones, and charmed by the quiet forces of Earth at work as she brings new seeds through the cold winter and to life in the spring. You might even find out what it really looks like at the Rainbow's end!

About the book:

The Naturals by Sharon R C Petersen

ISBN: 978-1846243400

Publisher: Book Guild Ltd

Date of publish: August 26, 2010

Pages: 170

S.R.P.: $20

About the author:

Sharon Petersen is a 45 year old mother of five and former airline air stewardess based in London. The ten stories that make up 'The Naturals' came to me out of the blue 13 years ago (and have not let me rest since!), and I somehow managed to write them down in between caring for my bed ridden husband and bringing up our five children.

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Clayton, CA, Sep 17, 2010 - When author Nicole Arbelo first discovered a website dedicated to helping US soldiers abroad, she quickly signed up to help, sending care packages and letters of support to several military canine handlers and their dogs in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nicole never dreamed her efforts would culminate in a book about military working dogs and their handlers. She releases K9 Heroes; Together We Protect , Defend, and Conquer As One. It's a stirring collection of true stories of courage and duty, love and loss, as told by the men and women serving with military working dogs

Since the War on Terror began, no other book has been written about the teamwork of K9 handlers and their four-legged partners serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military dogs have long been used in combat, but when their service was over they were often euthanized or left behind. Today, when their tour of duty is over, these furry heroes are treated with more respect and honored for their incredible bravery and loyalty in combat. MWDs are used to scout, search, and rescue. Some are specially trained to detect explosives. Others are used as sentries, mascots, attack dogs, and guards. All are ready to lay down their lives for their handlers.

These are the stories that Nicole Arbelo was determined to uncover and share. She first ran across Sgt. Adam Cann's story, a Marine and K9 handler, on
and was surprised to see that he hailed from the same small town in Florida as she did. As she read about his tragic death, she wondered what had happened to his dog Bruno. Had he been killed in the explosion as well? After some research, Arbelo discovered that Bruno had been assigned to a new handler, Cpl. Justin Granado, and she contacted him.

From there began a new friendship-and an idea for a book as well.

Dozens of interviews later, K9 Heroes was born. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs and the touching, often heart-wrenching stories of soldiers and their dogs. Arbelo also has a following of over 6,000 on Facebook-"K9 Heroes"-

where she posts the latest news in the world of MWDs, police dogs, and Search and Rescue dogs, and brings together handlers and amazing people that continuously send care packages to the deployed K9 handlers and their military working dogs.

About the book:

K9 Heroes by Nicole Arbelo

ISBN: 978-1432744755

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Oct 29, 2009

Pages: 295

S.R.P.: $14.95

About the author:

As a child, Nicole Arbelo was saved from a rattlesnake bite by the family German shepherd, sparking a lifelong love for dogs. She moved from Florida to northern California, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Development. She began working with special needs students in the elementary schools in 1998, and now is involved with deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students. She is working to become state certified in American Sign Language to become an Interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing. K9 Heroes is her first book.

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A Hope Undaunted

The year is 1929.

Katie O’Connor, her boyfriend, Jack and some of there friends are hanging out at a restaurant. It is almost 10 pm. Katie is hungry. Jack hollers for the soda jerk to come take their order. The guy is not intimidated by Katie or her boyfriend. Katie has shocked as she has never met anyone who did not bow down to her every wish. Katie is so mad but to make her evening worse, she comes home past her curfew. Her father puts his foot down and tells Katie that for her punishment, she has to give up her summer to help volunteer at the Boston Children’s Aid Society.

Katie is not thrilled with the idea. Katie gets the surprise of her life when she learns that Luke will be helping out as well as associate director. Will Katie have the summer of her life?

A Hope Undaunted is book one in the Winds of Change series. Julie Lessman is a new to me author. I truly, absolutely loved this book. Mrs. Lessman is a prolific writer. I was instantly transported back in time with Katie. At first I thought Katie was stuck up but once I got to know her, I found her to be very sweet and someone I would hang out with. Katie was full of spunk. Luke is so dreamy. It was easy to see why Katie fell for him. I felt sorry for Luke a little bit. Katie is a spitfire and Luke will have his hands full with her. I read this book in one sitting. A Hope Undaunted gives me hope that the next book in this series will be just as good!

“Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chatting with author, Stephanie Draven ( authographed books and other goodies)

Hello. I want to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions.

Thanks so much for having me here as your guest!

I read that you have always been a story teller, even scaring your class mates in school. Can you share who some of your favorite story tellers are?

I have a favorite author in just about every genre, so I won’t name them all, but can I be cheeky and name Homer? He really did capture the ancient Greek stories that inspired my new Mythica series for Harlequin!

What is your favorite movie?

Oh, wow. Do I have to pick just one? Well, I won’t! You can’t make me! Let me just rattle off a few of them. My favorite movies are Gone with the Wind and that splashy Hollywood version of Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor. I’m also partial to Dangerous Liaisons and Dangerous Beauty. You might think these movies have nothing to do with the paranormal romance that I write, but they all have a few things in common...including bad girl heroines!

What is the difference between mythology versus paranormal?

Paranormal Romance is a genre label made up by marketing people to help readers find the kind of books they want to read--namely, love stories with magic or futuristic elements. Mythology, by contrast, is something you find in all genres of fiction, and sometimes in non-fiction too, though people would never admit it.

Mythology comprises our oldest tales--and versions of those old stories come up in all kinds of unexpected ways. There are psychologists who believe we embody some of these myths in our own lives. So, I’d say that while almost all paranormal romance will embody mythology at some point, not all mythological tales are love stories, or translate well into paranormal romance.

What first interested you in ancient lore?

trangely, I can remember exactly when it happened. I was in fifth grade. A perfect student. I always paid attention, and raised my hand, and otherwise annoyed my classmates with precocious overachieving behavior. But one day I stumbled upon a book of Greek Myths in the library and started reading it while waiting for class. I became so fascinated by these tales...stories about doomed lovers and trickster gods and horrific monsters...that I didn’t realize that class had even begun. When the teacher called on me, I was so annoyed that she’d interrupted me. This prompted her to yell at me and draw a big red F on my worksheet, which I found totally humiliating, but in retrospect, I think it was worth it!

Please share with readers the concept for your latest book, Poisoned Kisses.

The central premise of all the books in the Mythica series is that war can turn men into monsters--sometimes quite literally. Marco Kaisaris was a soldier serving on a peacekeeping mission in Rwanda when he was so traumatized by the genocide there, that he became a modern day hydra. Like the ancient monster, Marco’s blood is deadly poison. If you cut off Marco’s head, a new one won’t grow back, but he can take on the appearance of anyone who has ever hurt him, in effect, making him a shapeshifter with a thousand “heads.”

He’s used his powers to become a notorious international arms dealer and our heroine is determined to assassinate him before he can sell any more guns, but when she discovers that he’s not the monster she thinks he is, it changes everything. She ends up falling in love with the only man in the world who could kill her.

One of your lead characters in the book, Kyra is a nymph. What is so special about nymphs?

Most paranormal romance creatures have a male bent to them. Werewolves and vampires generally encapsulate the idea of male hypersexuality, the man’s inner monster unleashed. Nymphs are my favorite paranormal creature because they’re an embodiment of feminine power...a mythological representation of women.

Now, in ancient mythology, the portrait if nymphs isn’t all positive. They’re wild, over-emotional, fickle, and extremely dangerous to mortals. But they’re also enchanting, and natural--most of them are connected with trees or special rivers or sacred places. It fascinated me to learn that there were other, darker, kinds of nymphs who helped guide souls to the underworld. When I learned about lampades, I couldn’t resist making Kyra into one of those elusive Nymphae Avernales.

How would you define Kyra and Marco relationship?

Marco and Kyra are reflections of one another. As a nymph, she can’t let go of the things she loves. She can’t let go of the past, she can’t let go of old hurts, she can’t let go of her fears of abandonment, she can’t let go of the notion that she’s supposed to spend her life guiding souls, or that she must fulfill some grand destiny to destroy a hydra. Her obsessive nature has helped her to do a lot of good in the world, but it’s also been painfully self-destructive.

Similarly, Marco has made his entire life about keeping a debt he thinks he owes, even if it means turning himself into a monster to do it. They’re two people who have lost themselves, and who can only find themselves again in each other.

Can you tell us what your next book will be about?

My next installment of the Mythica series will be a sexy little novella entitled Siren Song, about a modern-day singer who is about to learn that she’s not the only one with a killer voice! This time next year, my full-length book about a modern day Minotaur and his Sphinx girlfriend will be released. I’m having a heck of a time coming up with a title for that one. My editor has nixed Seduction of the Minotaur...she wants me to come up with something that hints more at a darkly tortured hero.

Any last comments to the readers?

Yes, can you help me brainstorm good titles? Also, I wanted to alert everybody to my virtual launch party in which I’m giving away some pretty neat things to subscribers to my newsletter.

Thank you

Poison Kisses and Stephanie Draven

As if having a controlling father was bad, it is worse when he is Ares…God of War. Kyra does not want to follow in her father’s footsteps. That is why she has made it her personal mission to stop her father anyway she can. Kyra knows the best way to piss off her father is to go after Greek weapon’s dealer, Marco Kaisiris.

When Marco meets Kyra is not until ideal circumstances. Marco is blown away by Kyra in a good way. Marco has never met anyone like Kyra. He doesn’t know whether to tied her up or kiss her?

Poisoned Kisses is deadly but deliciously yummy like your man’s kisses. Poisoned Kisses is a new book in a new series from Harlequin…the Mythica series. Stephanie Draven spinned some of her magic on me. Kyra is one tough woman. She kicks butt and takes names. I am sure glad I was not the one on her bad side. Marco is good looking. It was easy to see why I thought what Kyra and Marco had going on between them was good. This book had a lot of action. Kyra and Marco were constantly moving.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Running Around (and Such)

Lizzie Glick is the youngest in the family. It seems she can never do anything right. She is always getting yelled at. Lizzie just wants to make friends and not be in rush to grow up like her two sisters, Emma and Mandy.

Lizzie’s Dat informs his family that they are moving. They are going to move to a farm and become farmers. Lizzie’s Ma is not thrilled and worries how this move with affect Emma and Mandy. Lizzie is forced to help work when her Ma gets sick and ends up in the hospital. How will Lizzie handle the pressures of going from a young girl into a lady?

Running Around (and Such) is book one in Lizzie Searches for Love series. I enjoy reading about the old country and the Amish people. One of my favorite authors who’s books feature Amish people is Beverly Lewis. When I saw that author Linda Byler had a new series focused around the Amish, I had to check it out.

Unfortunately, I didn’t care for it as much as I had hoped. I couldn’t find a connection with the characters. I slightly felt for Lizzie but not enough to sustain me throughout the whole book. At times I felt she needed to grow up and quit complaining. Other times I thought everyone was really mean towards her. There are eight of Lizzie’s favorite recipes included in the back of this book. Overall, I give this book three stars. There was a glimmer of hope in this book. I may try Linda Byler again in the future.

It is not a Sacrifice to read and enjoy a really impressive novel

Maliha Crayne was reborn into a vicious executioner. She was imprisoned to a demon by the name of Rabishu. She was his right hand woman for 300 hundred years. She was able to find a loophole and be set free. Ever since then, Maliha has been trying to right all the wrongs she did.

Someone has wiped out an entire village. The person or people behind this attack are dangerous. Only a weapon so massive and powerful could do something like this. Maliha will have her hands full. As if things weren’t already bad enough, someone wants to take her out. A group of immortal assassins are just a few steps behind Maliha with just one goal…eliminate Maliha. If Maliha wants any chance of living out her freedom and saving innocent lives, she just may have to make the ultimate sacrifice…surrender to the darkness once more.

Sacrifice is the second Mortal Path book. The first one is titled, Dark Time. I would recommend that you read these books in order to really get the most out of them. I read Dark Time and author, Dakota Banks became a instant classic with me. I have been wanting to read Sacrifice since I finished the first book.

I like Maliha. She is a very complex and intriguing character. I learn something new about her every time. Maliha is right up there on the list as one of the best ass kicking chicks. Maliha shows both sides of good and evil. Some times evil wins and other times good prevails. You could see Mrs. Banks love for both archaeology and paranormal in this book. My last words of wisdom to the readers is…It is not a Sacrifice to read and enjoy a really impressive novel.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hardcover Mysteries"; three mystery authors - David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Kathy Reichs -

In honor of this year's National Book Festival, we're hosting an author event at the Library of Congress - "Hardcover Mysteries"; three mystery authors - David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Kathy Reichs - will discuss what real life cases/investigations inspired their fictional works.

The public event is hosted by Investigation Discovery (ID), the criminal justice/investigative arm of the Discovery family, and the Library of Congress, and will take place next Monday, 9/20 at 7 pm. Tix for the event are available via Ticketmaster for a small fee ($2.75 per ticket plus service charges).
** We'll also offer a live webcast of the event at
** And we'll be livetweeting from the event @DiscoveryID

Later this fall, ID will launch a TV series under the same name - Hardcover Mysteries - which will profile eight novelists (including the three above) who will all explore the crossover from fact to fiction.
- The other authors in the TV series include: Harlan Coben, Linda Fairstein, Sara Paretsky, Lisa Scottoline and Joseph Wambaugh

Each episode of Hardcover Mysteries pairs an author with a real-life case close to their heart, whether it inspired one of their own creations, mirrors the themes presented in their bestsellers or resonates with their personal life story.

As an example of show content: In Baldacci's episode, he examines the 1964 murder of Mary Meyer, a Washington D.C. socialite and confidante to President John F. Kennedy, which partially the basis for his first best-seller, "Absolute Power."
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Investigation Discovery is America's leading investigation network, and is the source for fact-based investigative content about culture, history and the human condition

Event info:
- Name: Hardcover Mysteries
- Panelists: David Baldacci, Sandra Brown and Kathy Reichs
- Date: September 20
- Location: Coolidge Auditorium of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, DC
- Time: Doors open at 6 pm and the event begins at 7 pm
- Tickets: Online here - - or by phone - 202-397-7328 / 703-573-7328

Show info:
- Series: Hardcover Mysteries
- Premieres: October 11 at 9/8c pm
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Pretty Little Things…shines!

If thirteen year old, Lainey Emerson didn’t have her computer and her best friend, Molly Brosnan, then Lainey would go crazy. Lainey’s mom is constantly working, her little brother is annoying and her step father wants nothing to do with Lainey.

Lately, Lainey has been preoccupied chatting online with Zach aka “ElCapitan”. ElCapitan is Zach’s online screen name. Lainey and Zach have hits things off nicely. In fact Zach has just asked Lainey out of a date. Something goes terribly wrong and Lainey does not return. It takes two days before Lainey’s mother calls to report her missing.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Special Agent Supervisor Bobby Dees is on the case. Bobby is haunted by nightmares of his daughter going missing and he couldn’t save her. Now, Bobby has made it is mission to try and rescue as many missing children or at least solve their cases. Can Bobby find Lainey in time or will she end up a cold case?

I have never read anything by author, Jilliane Hoffman. Pretty Little Things was right up my alley. The story line was good and the characters were great. The only issue I had with this book was that I found most of the characters except for Bobby, Lainey and the killer to be interesting. I was upset that Lainey’s mom and step father showed no real interest in helping to find Lainey. The only person who fought until the bitter end was Bobby. The ending had a twist that I was not expecting. Overall, I give this book 4 stars. Pretty Little Things…shines!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Calling all Music Fans...Reviewers needed!

Need music reviewers for!

The opportunity is still open for seasoned music review writers to join our staff at If you've got excellent chops, a sharp perspective, and want to make some cash for doing what you love (writing about music), email of the following items in one email to ReviewYou Editor Phil Putnam ( ):

- A few lines about who you are and what makes you tick
- The genres of music you write about
- Links to your blog/podcast, if you're a blogger or podcaster
- 3 album reviews you've written

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Lee's Summit, MO - Sept 15, 2010 - Just after learning the fatal news that he was losing his battle with testicular cancer, Ian made one request. The young man asked his mother, Karen McWhirt, to write a book about his experiences with late-stage cancer and treatment-the elements of cancer that no one talks about-to raise awareness of testicular cancer, the most common cancer in young men. Now, five years after Ian's death, Together We Will Win has been published and Ian's message lives on.

The book's title-Together We Will Win-reveals Ian's personal motto. The subtitle- What Happens When We Don't Talk About Testicular Cancer: A Young Man's Story- illustrates the purpose behind the book: to increase awareness of this disease and to illustrate the consequences when testicular cancer goes undiagnosed for too long. Ian wanted all young men to learn about the symptoms of testicular cancer in order to avoid the suffering and intensity of late-stage cancer treatment.

Together We Will Win is written in Ian's voice, and at 364 pages, it is filled with information no young man should be without. This book brings the reader into the frightening arena of cancer treatment, with an unflinching account of the suffering, the anguish, the frustration, and the private, often hidden aspects of how cancer and its treatment affect everyday life, relationships, and even the patient's self-worth as he struggles to live.

Also included in the book are important facts about the disease, what symptoms to watch for, and a simple explanation on how to perform a self-examination to catch testicular cancer in the earliest stage, when it is completely curable.

Karen McWhirt was Ian's main caretaker during his four-month struggle to overcome testicular cancer. She kept a detailed journal of his hospital care, treatment regimens, doctor and specialist visits, side effects of treatment, and many conversations. She pulled it together with medical records and research to compile his poignant story.

"People ask me if writing this book has been therapeutic for me, but this book is not about me, my feelings, or my grief. It is solely about Ian and his experience with cancer treatment, and how it affected him in every way. It is about what he wanted other young men to know, so they might not have to go through it. The only way that it is about me is that I was with him through it all. It's about what Ian shared with me in our time together," McWhirt said.

Ian's mother plans to give away a CD of his professionally recorded music with every book purchased, plus a reminder bracelet with the book's title, Together We Will Win, in honor of Ian's wish to remind all young men about testicular cancer awareness.

About the book:

Together We Will Win by Karen McWhirt

ISBN: 9781432748678

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: August 31, 2010

Pages: 362

S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author: Karen McWhirt is a freelance writer and has been a testicular cancer awareness advocate since the year her son was diagnosed with the disease. Karen currently manages two websites, volunteers at health fairs, offers free public speaking and testicular cancer publications, and has published a music CD-all in the interest of testicular cancer awareness. Future book signings will be announced soon.

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Author Roger Wilson's latest paranormal action and adventure novel pits four heroes, struggling to re-find their identities, against the evils of Satan which have been released on humanity just as had been predicted by Christ in the ancient parchment found in a Himalayan cave in 1735.

Bayonne, NJ - Sept 16, 2010 - Novelist Roger Wilson today announced the release of Phantom Four, Children of the Grave. An exciting blend of horror, mystery, comedy and romance, Wilson's novel slowly unveils the amazingly powerful, but equally cursed powers of darkness four brothers suddenly find within their own souls.

In 1735 a Caucasian woman in her early forties uses a professor to translate the message she has found in a Himalayan cave. A prediction from Christ before the disciples started following him, His words name the arrival of Satan on Earth and the four dark warriors who will be born to protect the innocent through the use of the unimaginable powers of darkness they will be given to fight this evil.

Two and a half centuries later, in 1985, Damon Smith is driving like a madman to the Brookdale Hospital to get there before his wife Julia gives birth to quadruplets. When the four boys reach five years of age, they undergo a supernatural "accident" near their Brooklyn home, and twenty years later they emerge with no memory of their past or their family.

Slowly, as they fight to discover who they are, they discover they each have formidable, but cursed powers within their souls and they come to understand that they are the ones who have been chosen to defend New York City from the newly unleashed demons of Hell, just as Christ had predicted.

The paranormal lives and perilous adventures of these four warriors -- Rex, Kevin, Paul and Oscar -- have been being nourished in the minds of Roger Wilson and his brother Brian since they were eight and four years old. Their full story has now come to fruition in the exciting new adventure Phantom Four, Children of the Grave.

About the book:

Phantom Four, Children of the Grave by Roger Wilson

ISBN: 978-1-4327-6122-6

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Date of publish: Sept 13, 2010

Pages: 192

S.R.P.: $14.95

About the author
Roger Wilson is a first time author who has created and written fictional stories for many years and has an unbridled passion for his work. He is a son, a brother and an uncle of four. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he currently resides in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One Fine Cowboy will make you want to kick up your cowboy boots and do the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Charlie Banks wants to go back to New Brunswick where she belongs…the city. Though first Charlie must survive Latigo Ranch in Wyoming. She is doing a grad paper on horse whispering. Charlie is almost to the ranch when her car breaks down. She is rescued by a tall, dark and sexy cowboy. His name is Nate Shawcross. It just so happens that Nate is the man Charlie was looking for. She heard he was the best horse whisper around. Unfortunately for Charlie, Nate wants nothing to do with helping her with her grad paper and no longer teaches seminars. Charlie is hanging out at the ranch until her vehicle is fixed. How long can a city girl make it in the country?

One Fine Cowboy is the latest novel from author, Joanne Kennedy. I am a fan of cowboys and so author Joanne and I are a good fit. I first got a taste of what Mrs. Kennedy had to offer with her first book, Cowboy Trouble, so I was expecting the same with this book. I was in for a big surprise, I absolutely loved this book more then the first one. Charlie fit in more into the ranch life then she knew. I thought she was spunky and full of personality. Unlike Nate, who was more of the strong silent type but I liked him. He had a caring heart. There were many laugh out moments, especially involving Charlie. I had a blast reading this book. Charlie and Nate were meant for each other. One Fine Cowboy will make you want to kick up your cowboy boots and do the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” all the way to the bookstore for more!

I can guarantee you that My Lost Daughter will not be lost as you will find a permanent

Lily Forrester is preparing for a really high profile case. Lily is a judge. Though, Lily is really busy, she is worried about her daughter, Shana. Shana is not attending her classes and avoiding her calls. Lily rushes to Shana’s aid. Shana is having a mental breakdown. Lily can’t stop what she is doing to watch and care for Shana, so she admits Shana to Whitehall, a psychiatric hospital.
While Lily is occupied with the trial case, Shana is in hell…literally. There is something not right with the doctors and nurses at Whitehall.

My Lost Daughter is the first book I have read by author, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg. I can now report that Nancy is going on my list of authors to read more books from. This book will get your adrenaline pumping. The moments where I found that I was most intrigued was when the storyline would focus on Shana and what was happening to her. The rest of the story was good but just not as interesting. The ending was a surprise to me. I did not see it coming. This is very rare as I read a lot of thrillers and am usually not surprised anymore. I can guarantee you that My Lost Daughter will not be lost as you will find a permanent place on your bookshelves for it!

NANCY TAYLOR ROSENBERG spent fourteen years in law enforcement, including affiliations with the Dallas Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, the Ventura Police, and the Ventura County Probation Department, where she was a superior court investigator. Her first novel, Mitigating Circumstances, quickly became a New York Times bestseller, as have Rosenberg’s subsequent novels, including Interest of Justice, First Offense, and Buried Evidence.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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The Birth of an Assassin by Tony Bertot

Surprise, AZ - Sept 14, 2010 - In this prequel to The Heart of an Assassin, the reader will enter the world of Theo Gresco on a journey that led him into a life of crime and betrayal. His youth was stolen, his trust eroded and his destiny predicted a path of vengeance.

The Birth of an Assassin follows the life of a young man whose personal tragedies transform him from a carefree innocent boy into a cold hearted and deadly assassin. Also during this era, the rise of the Giordano and Costellino crime families is also followed.

The Heart of an Assassin tells the story of a man hired to take out the head of an organization and how a single solitary act propelled a crime family into becoming one of the most influential and innovative syndicates to exist. The Birth of an Assassin brings the reader to the beginning.

It delves into the life and mind of a person who can kill without regard or feeling for his intended victims or for the people that hire him.

Once again, the author captures the intensity in the life of an assassin challenging the reader's fleeting thought to put down this book.

About the book:

The Birth of an Assassin by Tony Bertot
ISBN: 978-1450535941

Publisher: CreateSpace

Date of publish: July 21, 2010

Pages: 348

S.R.P.: $19.99

About the author:

Tony Bertot, born in New York City, recently moved to Surprise, Arizona from Cheektowaga, New York. The Assassin trilogy is just the beginning as he intends to publish other stories he has already written. "The Heart of the Assassin and now The Birth of an Assassin, are my first published works. My third and last of the Assassin books is called The Legacy of the Assassin and should be released by early next year."

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Thursday, September 9, 2010


This book starts out in the year 1963.

Chandler Forrestal was just an innocent victim. He met Naz, a nice woman who spiked his drink, only she didn’t slip him a roofie. Naz gave Chandler a bunch of LCD. As if things aren’t out of this world crazy enough when you are under the influence of mind altering drugs. Chandler Suddenly, Chandler starts experiencing some mental changes. Chandler believes that he has uncovered the true facts about President Kennedy’s assassination. Everyone is involved from…the Mafia, CIA, and FBI to the Russians. It is going to be one roller coaster ride.

Shift is book one of the Gates of Orpheus Trilogy. I have never read anything by either Mr. Kring or Mr. Peck. I thought this book had some good potential. I admit though that it started out really slowly for me. In fact I put this book down about a third of the way into it and walked away. It wasn’t because I didn’t like this book but because it too me a while to get into it. I wanted the book to move faster then it did. Once I got past the slow part, I found this book pretty interesting. If you like conspiracy theories then you may like this book and should check out this book but you better hurry before this book…Shifts out of bookstores.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Life in the Slow Lane: Surviving a Tour of Duty in Driver’s Education

Mr. Sullivan never dreamed he would become a Driving Instructor. In fact you would not guess it from all the different degrees Mr. Sullivan held. He has a Bachelors in History, minor in Business, Masters in Agricultural Economics and an associate’s degree in Cartography. It was when Mr. Sullivan had enough of his job that he decided to look for something new and different. Mr. Sullivan saw an ad on Craigslist for Drivers Education instructors. Mr. Sullivan decided to go for it. He liked teaching and he thought it would give him an insight about a typical American teenager. Boy did Mr. Sullivan get more then he bargained for. I guess you could blame it on “Car-ma”.

Life in the Slow Lane: Surviving a Tour of Duty in Driver’s Education by Thomas M Sullivan. This book had me laughing and smiling pretty much the whole way through it. The way Mr. Sullivan could make fun of himself was great. Example would be when Mr. Sullivan had an dentist appointment and Mr. Sullivan puts down Chippendale Dancer as his occupation. The best parts were the sarcasm. I am a huge fan of sarcasm. I didn’t know who to feel more sorry for during Mr. Sullivan’s driving lessons…the car, Mr. Sullivan or the other drivers. Either way, this book was one roller coaster ride of laughs. Life in the Slow Lane: Surviving a Tour of Duty in Driver’s Education is anything but slow. This book is one fast read. After reading it you will feel like you just survived a crash coarse dummy test in a good way!

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Have you been Chosen?

Chloe Pinter is the director of Chosen Child’s adoption program. Chloe loves her job, especially when she can put another file in her “Completed Adoptions” drawer. Chloe’s latest couple awaiting a baby is Mr. and Mrs. McAdoos. They will be adopting a baby boy from Jason and Penny. Jason and Penny are a young couple that are desperate for money.

Then there are the Novas. They have been trying desperately to get pregnant. They finally have. When a baby is stolen, everyone including Chloe start thinking about what is really important in life.

If you are adopted you have probably wondered at a time of two in your life…What would have happened if I hadn’t been adopted…Who were my birth parents like…Why did they give me up?

Chosen by Chandra Hoffman is fictional but it is based on real experiences Mrs. Hoffman had. It was amazing that Chosen is Mrs. Hoffman’s debut novel. It feels like it is her fifth book. I was very impressed with this book. It had great depth, a strong storyline and good characters. I got to experience the adoption process from every angle…the people giving up the baby to the ones adopting the baby. In addition, to the ones that have been trying to have a baby of their own. This book will make you appreciate the family you have…whether it be, born into it or adopted like I was. My parents are great and I am lucky to have them. The only issue I had with this book was that I wished that Chloe had been a bit more assertive.

Chandra Hoffman has led a remarkable life. She has been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, a horse trainer in the Caribbean, a short order cook in a third world hospital, the director of a U.S. adoption program, and an event planner for Philadelphia’s Main Line elite. A graduate of Cornell University and Antioch’s MFA program, after living in eleven international cities, she has settled back in her hometown outside of Philadelphia with her husband, three young children, and an ever-changing menagerie. For more on Chandra Hoffman, visit her website:

Chosen Trailer from Chandra Hoffman on Vimeo.