Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What My Best Friend Did


Alice Johnston is a free lance photographer. Alice receives the change of a lifetime…an all expenses paid trip to LA. Alice ’s task is to photograph children’s television host Gretchen Bartholomew turned aspiring model. At first Alice wants to hate Gretchen but once she gets to know her, she finds herself with a new friend. Gretchen starts to slowly corrupt sweet Alice into becoming more outgoing. Alice starts noticing slight changes in Gretchen. When Alice realizes what Gretchen is really all about it is too late, she is in too deep.

What My Best Friend Did is a psychological roller coaster of emotions. Gretchen is like a light switch. One moment she is happy and the next moment she coming after you ninety miles a minute. Alice for me was a bit dull and did not make much of an impression on me. In fact most of the characters except for Gretchen were uninteresting, which quickly turned me off with this book.

In addition, the transition between the storylines between past and present was not as smooth as I would have liked it to be. The book started out with the present and then switched to the past and the whole book kept switching back and forth every few chapters. At first when this happened I didn’t realize this took place and was a little confused and had to go back and re-read the last page or few sentences. Overall, What My Best Friend Did may want to remain a mystery.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fans of this series will be pleased with 2031: The Singularity Pogrom.




The year is 2025. It has been thirteen years since; Ray Brown attempted to stop Dianne Morgan and the computer virus, Peacemaker. Ray was unsuccessful and therefore is paying for it. Dianne sent Ray to a fairly secluded island. The only other person on the island is a man named Paul Martino. The first inhabitants to arrive on the island are androids and guards out to eliminate Ray and Paul. Luck is on their side. Ray and Paul are rescued by an African warlord by the name of Nkumah. Nkumah wants Ray to help him stop Dianne once and for all. Will Ray finally be able to stop Dianne and be reunited with his family or will he die trying?

2031: The Singularity Pogrom is the third novel from author, Dan Ronco. I got a taste of what Mr. Ronco had to offer with Unholy Domain, the second book. Peacemaker is the first. 2031: The Singularity Pogrom was just as good. This is saying something as sometimes second and third novels can never live up to the first.

I was cheering for Ray the whole time. Ray had so much personality and he is someone you can get behind. I like the element of suspense. You never truly knew if the good guys were really good or bad guys. There is lots of action taking place in this story.

There is no current technological futuristic sci-fi series out that I am familiar with that is as good as these books. Fans of this series will be pleased with 2031: The Singularity Pogrom.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

City of Tranquil Light does tell a story of love, loss, change and hope.




When Will Kiehn was a young man, his family was visited by Edward Geisler. Edward is part of the China Mennonite Missionary Society. Edward shares about his latest trip in China and the goals of the Society. Will gets inspired by Edward. When it is time for Edward to return back to Kuang P’ing Ch’eng “City of Tranquil Light”, China; Will announces that he will be going with Edward.

Edward introduces Will to Katherine Friesen, a nurse and Edward’s sister in law. Katherine will be joining them on the trip. As time passes, Will and Katherine become close. They eventually get married. Will and Katherine embrace the culture of China and love what they do. They love it so much that Will and Katherine end up living in China for twenty five years.

City of Tranquil Light does tell a story of love, loss, change and hope. Mrs. Caldwell incorporated facts from her own grand parents’ experiences into this book. I really gravitated to Will. He was a great story teller. Everything that Will experienced, I felt like I was experiencing it too, though Will’s eyes. Katherine would have been forgotten if it was not for her journal entries. What Will, Katherine, Edward and other missionaries do is wonderful work. I thought that City of Tranquil Light portrayed a nice job of China, the people there and missionaries.

Watch for the Second Coming!


Review by Nancy (my fellow book reviewer and friend)

This tale begins with our meeting Paine and Lya, twins but having different fathers. If that disturbs you, best stop now for they may be some of the calmer folks you will meet on this journey. After an apocalyptic event, the world has been taken over by Witch Hunters - a dark group who will use any excuse to capture, torture and possibly turn anyone they suspect of witchery into on of them.

To control the Hunters, they are given wormwood. A very addictive herb that allows they to become nearly automatons for their cause. Lya is one of their supreme reasons for existence. She is the witch they want and they will stop at nothing to get her. Paine, the quiet one, follows along, lusting after anyone he meets but loving Lya more than may be healthy. They come across Diarmuid and his wolfen companion, Fang; who take them along on a journey back to the safety of Haven. They have no idea that Haven is no more, burned to the ground by demons and other nameless things. When Lya is captured, many go in search of her but will they get to her in time? Ah, that is the issue......

This story was a hard one for me. I liked the premise and tried really hard to like the plot but I kept thinking I was reading either a prequel or a sequel. Things were referred to that made no sense - I kept waiting for a reference to things that had happened prior but it never came. Other reviews of this tale seem promising so possibly I just didn't "get" it. I hope so.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch




Russell Wiley works for the Daily Business Chronicle. The newspaper has not been fairing so well lately…thanks to the internet. Russell must find a way to keep Livington Kidd. Livington Kidd is the Chronicle’s largest financial advertiser. If Russell can not find to keep them from leaving, than the Chronicle will end up old news. To make matters worse, Russell’s co-workers are not shy about stabbing Russell in the back. Can Russell find his way out of this rat race and come out on top?

Russell Wiley is Out to Lunch and kind of forgot to come back. While I liked getting the inside look of what it takes to run a newspaper, I just didn’t connect with any of the characters. I thought Russell’s co-workers were whiny and too snarky for my taste. No wonder Russell would find ways to get away from it all for a while. I really wanted to like Russell but he was also such a downer. Mr. Hine does show some sliver of promise.

Call Me Mrs. Miracle!





Everyone’s favorite miracle…Mrs. Merkle aka Mrs. Miracle is back. This time Mrs. Miracle is helping out at Finley’s Department Store. J.R. Finley and his son, Jake have not celebrated Christmas in twenty one years. After the tragic accident on Christmas Eve, neither one felt like celebrating.

Holly Larson is caring for her nephew, Gabe. Holly’s brother and Gabe’s father, Mickey is in Afghanistan. For Christmas, Gabe has his eyes on the Intellytron robot. It costs two hundred and fifty dollars. Holly knows it will be tough but if she saves up every penny she could get the robot for Gabe. Will Holly’s Christmas wish cone true as well this year?

I both read and watched the Hallmark television movie of Mrs. Miracle. I like many other fans could not get enough of Mrs. Miracle. I was so excited to see Call Me Mrs. Miracle. I didn’t think it was possible to love Mrs. Miracle any more than I already did but I was wrong. She is a great match maker. Gabe was so cute. Holly and Jake made a perfect couple. As an added bonus there are several recipes inserted in this book. Call Me Mrs. Miracle will have you wishing for your own miracle.

Friday, November 26, 2010

The End of Marking Time




Michael O’Connell has lived a life of crime. We are not talking just petty crime but the big time crime that comes with a heavy penalty. After one of his latest jobs, Michael is arrested. He has been set up. What Michael learns while he is being processed is that he broke into the home of a District Attorney.

Michael is found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. While being transported to MCI Cedar Junction, Michael is hit by a stray bullet during a break out. Michael awakes up to find that the world has changed in a big way. Shortly after Michael was sentenced, the Supreme Court decided that incarnation was too inhumane. This resulted in millions of inmates being released back into the real world. Inmates are roaming free with no fear. If they mess up they are re-educated but not imprisoned. Will the world ever be safe again?

The End of Marking Time is the first book I have read by CJ West. I must admit that the first third of this book, I was not really feeling it. It felt like I had started at the middle. Once, I got to the part after Michael woke up, is when the story picked up for me. The main character, Michael, is the narrator. He tells the story in the first person. It took me until one of the characters in the book addressed Michael by his name for me to realize who was doing the talking.

I read many other reviews of this book and one person said this was like sci-fi. To me I didn’t agree. I felt like what was happening in this book could become a reality, which upped the intensity levels. Though, I did not love this book, I would be willing to give Mr. West another try.

If you are looking for a jewel of a book than pick up a copy of Thieves Like Us!




Janet Aims is ready to start a brand new life. She already has a new shorter hair do. The last thing Janet has on her list in order to complete rid her of her ex-husband, Banner Westfield or the Westfields is to sell off all the jewelry Banner gave her.

Janet sells her jewelry and makes off like a bandit. She got more money than she thought she would. Unfortunately, Janet’s enthusiasm is short lived. The authorities want to talk to Janet about the jewelry she sold. It seems that the necklace Janet sold is part of the Pellinni Jewels. Someone stole the whole collection. Janet is in some hot water. There is only one person who can help Janet…ex-con and professional jewel thief, Rocky Hernandez.

This book has intrigue and sizzling romance. Janet may have married into wealth but she is not a snob. Janet could handle herself in tough situations. Rocky is easy on the eyes. It is easy to see why Janet could fall for the bad guy.

Thieves Like Us does find perfectly into the category of romantic suspense. A lot of the books I read in this genre some times tend to go more on the romantic side or the suspense side but usually they don’t find the perfect balance between the two. Unlike this book that did just that. Starr Ambrose is a star in my book. I plan to go back and check out all the rest of Mrs. Ambrose’s books. If you are looking for a jewel of a book than pick up a copy of Thieves Like Us!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!








May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey be plump,

May your potatoes and gravy

Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs!

THUNDER AND ASHES




The Morningstar Strain has left just a handful of people unaffected by the strain. The few people that are still living are trying to survive. Two of those people are Francis Sherman and Anna Demilio. Francis and Anna hope to find a cure. In order to do so they will have to survive long enough to find one. It won’t be easy in this zombie infested waste land.

Thunder and Ashes is the follow up book to Plague of the Dead. You don’t need to read book one in order to figure out what is going on.

While I like this book. It reminded me of Dawn of the Dead, It took me a very long time to really get into this book and be on board with the characters. I never really became fully committed to the characters and thus I didn’t care who won the zombies or the humans or if Francis and Anna found a cure for the Morningstar Strain. On the plus side the battles in this book were believable. Overall, Thunder and Ashes did not deliver in my eyes.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Transformation of Things




Jennifer Levenworth is at the hair salon when her life crumbles before her eyes. Jennifer’s husband Judge Will Levenworth has been charged with bribery. Jennifer rushes home to fine Will there. Will tells Jennifer that the charges are not true. He is innocent. Jennifer hopes Will is right because if found guilty, Will could be sentenced to up to twenty five years in prison.

Jennifer starts to crack under all the pressure of Will’s job on the line. Jennifer has a bad headache, only this headache is not your typical migraine. Jennifer has mind changing experiences.

To be honest, I got about half way through this book and finally gave up on it. I found Jennifer to be a bit whiny. She got on my nerves. Though, I did appreciate Jennifer’s husband, Will trying to turn a negative into a positive, instead of him just giving up and letting Jennifer take over. I did find Jennifer’s new “gift” kind of cool but also I would be a little freaked out by it if I was experiencing what Jennifer was. I don’t want to give away Jennifer’s “gift”. So if you want to know what it is than you will just have to check this book out for yourself. Though I would suggest borrowing it from the library versus buying a copy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The King's Daughter




The King's Daughter is the story of Princess Elizabeth. Growing up, Elizabeth knew she may not be the prettiest but that that did not matter as she was known as the King's daughter. She could guarantee that she would be married to whomever her father wished upon her. Every time that Elizabeth was seen to prospects she always felt like she was at a cattle drive. Elizabeth knew she had to please her father but Elizabeth is smart and has ideas of her own. When Elizabeth meets the German Prince, Frederick of Bohemia, she feels a connection with him despite him being a Protestant. Unfortunately, when the King changes his mind about marrying Elizabeth to Frederick, she must decide what she really wants for her future.

Mrs. Dickason did a wonderful job telling the story of Princess Elizabeth in The King's Daughter. I have read many books about Elizabeth and what I find about the other books is that they don't fully focus on Elizabeth or that they insert sexual innuendos. Don't get me wrong as I am not a prude but there is a time and pace for certain elements in books. While there was some sex, it did not take away from the story. It was nice to really get to know Elizabeth and to experience things through her eyes. It is not easy being the King's daughter. I knew women back than did not have much say in anything but to actually hear Elizabeth's thoughts voiced on this was nice. It was easy to see why Elizabeth became a good Queen. She was very observant and learned what traits she did not like in people and vowed to not to be like them. Mrs. Dickason explains that she tried to stay as accurate to historical facts as she could. I thought that she did a good job with this and her research. In The King's Daughter the only things you will find is great story telling and intriguing and engaging characters which equals a book that you will want to treasure forever.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Do you know everthing about the KARDASHIAN Klan?

Ok, I admit it, I have watched all the episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I mean what is not to like about the show. They are entertaining, crazy and they love each other. If you are a fan of the show and want to know more about this famous family than you need to stock up this Chrismas with a copy of Kardashian Konfidential





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The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook



Edward Middleton comes home to find his girlfriend, Jane has left him. Jane and Edward have been a couple for ten years. As if things couldn’t be worse, Jane not only left Edward but left the country. Jane went to Tibet. Though she did leave Edward a note. She told him that “You’ve let yourself go, So I’m letting you go. She left it on his scale and told him to use it for more than just stacking newspapers.

Edward has three months before Jane returns. Edward’s good friend, Dan tells Edward that he needs to get his act together. This is funny as Dan is a womanizer. Edward agrees. When Edward sees an ad for a “New You” advertising that Sam Smith can help get you in shape and transform into a new you. Edward calls. To his surprise Sam is really Samantha. Can Sam help Edward win Jane back?

Mr. Dunn brings the fun…in funny. This book had me laughing and wanting to share this book with my friends. In fact my boss made a comment about the title of this book and right away I had to tell her about a hilarious moment I had just read involving Edward. The first humorous moment was when Edward got up the next morning after working out for the first time. The comments he made had me smiling for a long time. The other moment I liked was when Sam was commanding Edward to run up and down stairs. At the end of their workout, with Edward about on his death bed, Sam tells him good job. Edward says good job why. Sam replies “Well you didn’t puke, fall down the stairs or puke and fall down the stairs at the same time”. I laughed and laughed. I could just imagine what Edward was thinking at that moment in time…he was thinking “If I could I would reach up and slap you silly”. There are many more comical scenes like these to be found in The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook. Mr. Dunn won me over with this book.


About The Author

Matt Dunn has written about life, love, and relationships for the Times, Guardian, The Sun, and a number of magazines, including Company, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, and Scarlet.

Previously Matt worked as a professional lifeguard, fitness-equipment salesman, and an I.T. headhunter, where his success in rewriting other people’s resumes made him think he might have a talent for fiction.

He divides his time between London and Spain , plays a lot of tennis, and is hard at work on his sixth novel.

For more information, please visit http://www.mattdunn.co.uk/

Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving




Save the Assistants: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the workplace gives readers the down and dirty…ins and outs of being a personal assistant. I must admit that while I found this book interesting, it was not read more like a text book. It was dry at times. I even skimmed over parts of this book. While this book is a step by step guide book on how to help arm yourself in the work place, this book is interactive as well. There are some quizzes throughout this book. The song play lists was fun. I did not realize there were that many different work related songs.

The chapter titled Bosses: The Bad, the Ugly, and the (Rarely) good were useful. There is the Non-Spouse…the one who is married to his job and expects you to be just as dedicated. Than you have the Boss’s Kid…the one who landed the job for who he is and not what he knows. Watch out for The Cliché…the boss who likes to have fun and degrades women. Another interesting tidbit was discovering who were the best and worse celebrities to work for as an assistant. Ok, so Save the Assistants may not garnish as big a following as Save the Whales but if you are a person assistant or know someone who is than you might want to give them a copy of this book.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dying Light will have you looking at vampires in a whole new brightness!



Back in 2036, Muslims were celebrating the fall of their government. A group of Muslims were trying to taking over not only their country but the world. In a desperate act to gain ultimate control, the Muslims release a deadly plague into the world. The plague is known as “The Tears of Allah” or as the Americans called it “The Blood Virus”.

The future is now. The year is 2412.

People are trying to pick up the pieces and start over again, after the blood virus that sweeps across the world. The blood virus turned people into vampires.

Charlotte works for the Council. Her boss is William, Vampire Lord and President of the United States. William informs Charlotte that Michael has betrayed them all. He wants Charlotte to go after Michael and stop him. Michael is very near and dear to Charlotte. Charlotte can not believe that Michael would switch sides. Charlotte hopes with all her heart that Michael is not a traitor.

Dying Light is D. Scott Meek’s first novel. The vampires in this book were not really blood thirsty minions but intelligent characters. There were not many vampires but a few. The Vampire Lord was devious. He is the classic evil bad guy that I would expect to see. The flash backs in this book were not the smoothest transition. Though they did help fill in some of the gaps in the story. There would be unanswered questions or parts missing like if they were revealed too early they would take away from the story but I actually needed these gaps to be filled in. It felt like I had to work a little harder to understand what was going on at that exact moment. Overall, I did enjoy this book. Mr. Meek shows good promise. I will be keeping an eye on his next novel. Dying Light will have you looking at vampires in a whole new brightness!





About the Author
Baltimore resident, D. Scott Meek spent the first 18 years of life growing up in the Deep South and the next 20 years being educated by the world as a member of the U.S. Navy. After a childhood spent writing adventure stores, he moved on to Navy cryptology and deployed to the Persian Gulf 12 times in 20 years. Meek currently teaches at the National Security Agency. Dying Light is his first novel.

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The Cries of Vampira will have you howling.


While out riding, King George and his brother, Prince Shannon is ambushed by Gaal Grey and his pack of Grey Wolves. The Vampirian and the Wolves have been bitter enemies for centuries. Gaal and his wife are killed. The rest of the Grey Wolves retreat. A lone figure named Loki approaches Gaad and takes him away from the bloody scene.

Gaal and his wife are killed. The rest of the Grey Wolves retreat. A lone figure named Loki approaches Gaad and takes him away from the bloody scene. Years later, Gaad is grown up. In this time, Gaad’s thirst for revenge has gotten worse.

Princess Kristin and Princess Kylie want the war between the vampirians and the wolves to end. The only way to do so is to destroy Gaad. It seems that Prince Kolbe is more interested in being the rogue playboy than what is happening between the wolves and his people. Can anyone stop Gaad?

The Cries of Vampira: The Horror of Gaad Grey, The Evil Alpha Werewolf-Volume 1 is dark and gruesome. Warning to those who are weak in the stomach. There is violent decapitation and a rape. This did not bother me as it was part of the story and it showed just how evil Gaad Gray was. I did think that this story was a bit lopsided, where the vampires were concerned. Gaad and his wolves dominated in the story. They did most of the killing. They may the vampires look like the weaker beings. I hope to see the vampirians make more of an appearance in the nest book. The Cries of Vampira will have you howling.

From the author:
Ten percent of my author royalties for this book will be cheerfully given to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is especially helpful during this time after the rash of teen suicides recently in our great nation. Have a great day and much success to you.

A Half-Made World is better than I could imagine it to be.





The year is 1889.

Thirty years ago, The General built the Red Valley Republic. At this time the world was lush with trees and grass. The world was evolving. Flash forward to present day. The world is desolate…thanks to the battle between the Lines and the rebel Guns. The Lines are focused on industry and spreading it across the world as quickly as possible. The Guns are the bandits of the world. They fight not with words but with weapons and violence.

Liv Alverhuysen is a doctor of Psychology. Dr. Alverhuysen receives a letter addressed to her late husband from Mr. Howell. Mr. Howell is the director of the House Dolorous. Mr. Howell wants Liv’s husband to come out West and share his teachings with the world. Liv is in need of some adventure and packs her bags and travels West.

John Creedmoor is an Agent of the Gun. The General has a secret locked away in his mind. A secret that who ever possess this knowledge will gain ultimate power. John wants this power for himself. He is a loner and likes it this way. While aboard the steam ship John meets Doctor Alverhuysen. John must make a choice…protect Liv or watch out for himself.

The Half-Made World is the first book I have read by Mr. Gilman. After reading this book, I now have Felix Gilman on my radar and plan to read more of his work. This book is a mixture of sci-fi and a Western. I absolutely fell for this book.

A good pairing by Liv and John. Liv is stable minded, whereas, John is balls to the wall guns a flaring. I would want to be a loner like John. Neither the Lines or Guns would be ideal to join up with. They each had their flaws. I must admit though that there were a few times when I did wish that the story line would more faster. Overall, A Half-Made World is better than I could imagine it to be.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH



Songs of Love and Death is the perfect anthology for every reader. It has a little bit of everything for everyone from paranormal, zombies, and favorite characters from series… as well as new stories from best selling authors. This anthology brings out the heavy hitters.

Mr. Jim Butcher brings his tough as nails Harry Dresden, a puzzling string of love pact murder cases in Love Hurts. Meet some magical sea creatures in Melinda M. Snodgrass’s The Wayfarer’s Advice. There are so many good stories to choose from in this anthology that you will have a hard time picking just one. This anthology was well put together. I met some new authors as well as old favorites. I do not want to give anything away in this anthology. If you have not picked up Songs of Love and Death than you better make sure that it is on your Christmas wish list.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Dressmaker!



When Ellen Gowan was just a little girl, her father died in a tragic accident. Ellen and her mother, Connie moved in with Ellen’s Aunt and her family. While Ellen’s Aunt and cousin did not mind having Ellen and her mother around; Ellen’s Uncle was a different story. It got to be too much for Ellen and her mother dealing with Ellen’s Uncle’s wrath that they moved out.

Years later, Ellen’s mother passes away and Ellen marries the dashing Raoul de Valentin. Ellen gives birth to a daughter. Raoul is displeased and abandons Ellen and his daughter. With no money, Ellen turns to her talent as a skilled dressmaker. Ellenreceives the chance of a lifetime when she is commissioned by the Countess of Hawksmoor to make her a ballgown. Everyone is so jealous of the Countess’ dress that Ellen soon finds herself being requested by the wealthy. Things are looking up for Ellen until Raoul comes back into the picture. Will Ellen finally get her happy ending?

The Dressmaker is the first book I have ever read by Mrs. Graeme-Evans. I absolutely fell in love with this book. Already I was recommending it to all my other reader friends. Ellen has the fighter spirit inside of her. No matter how high the odds were stacked against her, she never gave up. All the characters were so intriguing. I was glad to step into this world with Ellen. I admit that I even cried at one point. Which goes to show you how attached I became with the characters and the story. Mrs. Graeme-Evans spins a vivid world of love, loss and survival. If you only read one historical fiction novel this year, make sure it is The Dressmaker by Posie Graeme-Evans!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dining with Joy




Joy is the host of Dining with Joy. She got the gig when her she was working as associate producer on her father’s cooking show, Dining with Charles. When her father passed away the show became Dining with Joy. Dining with Joy has started to become wildly popular. The network TruReality has picked up the show for another season. There is just one problem…Joy can’t cook!

Chef Luke Redmond was the owner of a Manhattan restaurant. That all changed when he had to file bankruptcy. Luke receives an opportunity to still be in the cooking business but on a slightly different scale. Luke is the new co-host of Dining with Joy.

Wenda Devine is the host of the show Cook-Off and Joy’s rival. Her main goal is to destroy Joy. Will Wenda win?

Rachel Hauck is a new to me author. I like the concept of this book. I could not wait to check out Dining with Joy as I love the Food Network Channel. Joy was a simple down to earth woman. It seemed like Joy did not care too much for the spotlight. This surprised me a bit as Joy hosts her own cooking show. Despite Joy and Luke sharing a kiss early in the story, I wasn’t feeling the chemistry right away between them. Once I got to know Joy and Luke better, I thought they made a good couple. The romance was sweet. There was a few times where I felt the story moved slowly but overall, I liked this book. I would dine again with Rachel Hauck.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Look for Night Star by Alyson Noël



Fans of the Immortals series are awaiting the final installment in this series...Night Star. The book will be out for release on November 16, 2010. Check out the book trailer in the mean time.



"Night Star continues the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. In this installment, Ever and Damen face down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears—all in the hope of being together forever.



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Check out Freddie the frog!



Freddie is a frog who lives with his parents on Treble Clef Island. He is awakened in the middle of the night by a strange thumping noise. Frog-eating crocodiles, a swinging rope bridge, and a humongous gray monster are all part of Freddie’s adventure as he explores the island in search of the thump.






Sharon Burch
A music teacher, clinician, and author, Sharon Burch developed an effective
method using fiction and fantasy to teach musical concepts to her preschool
through third grade students. Freddie the Frog puppet was the star and
quickly became the students favorite musical friend and best teacher. Sharon designs and creates Freddie the Frog resources for the music
classroom.

In growing demand as a clinician, Sharon and Freddie share their interactive teaching methods in elementary music with educational groups across the country. Energized teachers realize the "magic of Freddie" and fun in the sessions. As an author/presenter, Sharon advocates the multiple benefits of
music education in a child¹s brain development.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Truman University in Kirksville, Missouri, and a Masters' Degree as a Professional Educator from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. She also holds a certification in piano instruction from the International Piano Teaching Foundation developed by Dr. Robert Pace. She has served as a vocal and piano instructor, and taught preschool through 8th grade general music and directed junior high
and high school choirs.

She makes her home in the rolling hills of southern Iowa with her husband, Bill, and two children, Alex and Morgan. Sailing is the family hobby. Someday they hope to sail the Sea of Music to Treble Clef Island!

You can email Sharon at: sharon@freddiethefrogbooks.com

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Fans of Harry Potter will be enthralled by The Jumper Chronicles




When Charlie was just a baby, his father disappeared leaving his mother to raise him. Flash forward to the present. Charlie is celebrating his twelve birthday. While ice skating at the pond with his best friend, Bailey; Charlie spots a strange old man watching them. Charlie and Bailey arrive back at his house to find both Charlie and Bailey's mothers talking to the same man at the pond. The old man introduces himself as Professor Henry Grayson. Grayson is Headmaster at the Thornfield School for the Gifted. Professor Grayson informs Charlie and Bailey that they must come with him as the enemies have found them.

Back at the Thornfield, Charlie and Bailey meet other children with special abilities like them. It is at Thornfield that Charlie learns who he really he. During a visit back home, Charlie finds a letter written by his father. In the letter his father talks about Merlin and a object that he hid in between the passage of time. Charlie, Bailey and a few friends must find the object before the evil, Vali can get his hands on it.

The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin's Map is book one in the Jumper series. The set up at the beginning of this book really got me excited for what was to come. Charlie and Bailey were relatable. I could see young adults cheering for Charlie and Bailey. Other than having special abilities, they are like any other young adult. They like to have fun, make friends and love a good adventure. There was not a dull moment to be found in this book. All of the different characters in this book was cool. The person that surprised me the most was Joelle, the were cat. I was not expecting this. I don't want to give too much away, so if you want to know more about Charlie, Bailey and all their other friends then you should check out this book. Both young and old, fans of Harry Potter will be enthralled by The Jumper Chronicles as well as Charlie and Bailey.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Tyburn Waltz makes me waltz with joy.




Julie Wynne thought for sure she would die in prison. Luckily for her, a mysterious benefactor decided to take pity on her in exchange for her services. Julia finds herself the in the employment of Lord Ashcroft. Lord Ashcroft’s mother, Lady Georgiana is in need of a new companion.

Just like Julie, Ned Fairchild’s future did not look promising. Though, Ned finds himself the Earl of Dorset and one of the most popular men around. Now both Ned and Julie have found themselves in a world of mystery, intrigue and romance.

I have to confess that I have never heard or read anything by this author until now. At first when I started reading this book I got a bit lost as it jumped around very quickly. I felt that I was starting in the middle of the book. Once I figured out what was happening, I was able to really sit back and enjoy this book.

Julie blossomed before my eyes. She started out as a somewhat meek but as the story progressed, she grew more comfortable in her own skin and had spunk to her. I like that Ned was not stuck up like I imagine most Earls to be like. Ned was a charmer. The romance between Ned and Julie was anything but sweet. There was passion. In this story there was an assortment of crazy and intriguing characters in this story, besides the main leads. I plan to try check out other published works by Maggie MacKeever. The Tyburn Waltz makes me waltz with joy.

Hell's Corner delivers the action and punches!




Oliver Stone is recruited by the President of the United States to help serve his country on a top secret mission. In exchange for his services, Stone will never have to worry about the government knocking on his door again. The offer is too good for Stone to refuse.

Stone is standing outside in Lafayette park, outside of the White House, enjoying his last night before he heads out of the country. High dignitaries are heading to their cars after being wined and dined at a dinner honoring the British Prime Minister. Suddenly, everything turns to disaster when a bomb goes off. Stone wakes up in the hospital. Due to the high nature of this threat the FBI, Secret Services, and the Camel Club are all working on solving the case.

It was great to see the Camel Club together again in action. Everyone brings something new to the table. Stone is the ultimate action hero. He dishes out the butt-kicking and always leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. Right from the beginning I was fully mersed into this book. I could not get enough of Stone. The dynamics between Stone and the rest of the characters were nice. They all worked well together. Everyone equally measured up to the story line. I kept trying to figure out who the rat was in the story and every time I would start to think it was so and so, another twist was get thrown my way. There was not a moment that I was not enjoying myself reading this book. The suspense levels were high. The ending was great. I can not wait to read the next Stone novel. Hell's Corner delivers the action and punches!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

50 Books Every Young Woman Should Read

The website Associates Degree put together a list of 50 books that they beleive every young woman should read. There is a list of some of the books that appear. To see the complete list, you can go here.

The Classics

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: With a strong-willed main character, struggling to define herself in Victorian society where women were often denied many of the rights we enjoy today, this book was a bit scandalous in its own time. Today, it provides young women with a love story that, while romantic, is filled with intrigue, drama and girl-power aplenty.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: This well-known read showcases a time period when marriage was as much about economics as it was about love.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: In this dystopian fable, Atwood creates a future world where women have no rights and are separated into distinct classes.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: While the movie is certainly a classic worth watching, read this book to get the real take on this epic tale of love in the South.

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger: In this tale by award-winning author Salinger, Franny experiences a period of disenchantment with the world around her, eventually experiencing a bit of an existential breakdown. She finds aid with brotherly advice from Zooey.


Fantasy and Sci-Fi

These stories may be based in fantasy, but the lessons they teach and the stories they tell touch upon feelings and emotions that are human and real.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman: Women young and old alike will be inspired by the heroine, Lyra, as she battles evil, explores the universe and tries to unravel the secrets that could turn her world upside-down.

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: At the center of this book – the first in a series – is Princess Cimorene, a girl who runs away from her life of eyelash batting lessons and crochet to live with the dragons.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle: Girls are so often depicted at being poor at math, but not in this novel. Meg Murray travels through space and time to save her father, growing from young girl to a woman in the process.

Coming of Age

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: Taken from her family as a young age, Sayuri comes into her own as a woman and as a geisha in this story set in pre-WWII Japan.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: In this novel, young Scout learns about the injustice the world can offer, but also the good that resides in people if you know where to find it.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Readers will fall in love with Francie Nolan, a young girl growing up in Brooklyn– a story based largely on the author’s own life.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: Follow the orphan Pip as he attempts to break free from his past and become a true gentleman in this classic novel.

Young Adult and Children’s Lit

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Peterson: This heartbreaking read was based on a real-life friendship and has loads to teach readers of any age.

Matilda by Roald Dahl: Parents can be hard to deal with even when you’re not a little kid anymore. This classic tale turns parenting on its head and creates a protagonist who’s simply hard to resist.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: When an orphaned girl finds the key to an old abandoned garden, she turns it into a private paradise, healing not only herself, but her newfound family as well.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell: Readers will be inspired by the strong-will and survival skills of the young Karana, a girl living alone on an island.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White: While this might be a children’s book, the lesson it has to teach about life, love and loss are worth reading about at any age.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Based on her own childhood memories, these children’s novels will draw young women into what life was like for farming families in the late 19th century.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: In this novel, a young woman grows up in Chicago, dealing with her family and the challenges of her Latino community.

The Gargoyle Prophecies




Review by Nancy (my good friend)


Stefani realizes early than the only companion she can truly count on is her Raggedy Ann doll. Not saying much, is it? She has seen her mother die, been through foster care, taken every marital arts course available. She lives in an apartment with roommates she never sees, doesn't speak to and works two jobs. She will be 21 in ten days and all she can think of is how to stop this extremely nasty black crap from coming out of her mouth when she throws up - which is often.


Pregnant?


Not hardly.


It seems out Stefani might be a gargoyle.


Yep.


The stony things on top of old buildings and in horror movies. What d'ya know?

Her roomies, Staci and Lisa, drift in and out of her reality. Sometimes they are roomies, sometimes very bad ladies and sometimes, nurses persuading her to talk her pills. We never really know which is correct and, with all gong on in this book we don't have time to figure it out. There are beheadings, beleggings, murders, more vomiting and Stefani finds out that even Raggedy Ann may not be true to fact.

Christopher Payne has done an amazing job keeping all the storylines running in this novel. He winds up and lets fly with some pretty odd ideas but, somehow; it works to the benefit of whoever reads the book. I'm anxiously awaiting part 2."

Review Opportunity:Magel's Daughter





Minneapolis, MN - Nov 9, 2010 - Everyone in the Olina family, living and dead, knows the family secret: Magel keeps human body parts in her freezer. The old Hotpoint has stood against the back wall of the single car garage since 1950. The garage floor is polished concrete-not a tire tread or drop of oil has touched it. Magel keeps it as clean as a morgue, and whenever a family member loses a body part-adenoids, gallstones, or severed fingers-there is always a place for it in the depths of her freezer. Magel saves everything: newspapers, wrapping paper, baby teeth, etc., and the story has fun with the hoarding issue.


Hilarious, macabre, and moving, author Nancy Baker has bravely dissected the psychological machinations of matriarchal power. Magel's Daughter follows Karin Brix, who is in her last days of sanity-and it's all her mother's fault. Karin is on her way to becoming just like her, struggling to re-gain herself as an artist after years of raising her two sons. She is accompanied in her break from reality by the hallucinations, or perhaps specters of her grandmother and great-grandmother, who've haunted her since their deaths. Her mother, Magel, is the reigning matriarch of the family of Norwegian heritage, and is vividly depicted in the subtle way that is Scandinavian.

Magel is a classic femme fatale who grows old and spoils everyone's lives, just like her mother and her mother before her. This dark comedy, laced with magical realism, is all set in rural Northern Minnesota, and is a chilly world of hallucination, incest, and severed heads-there is more in the freezer than saved parts removed in surgery. Karin's father's glass eye, weaves through her imagination, as the only sound counsel amid the chaos.

The garage freezer.the hauntings-the ghoulish dysfunction of the family is hilarious and vividly imagined-not unlike the quirkiness of A.M. Homes in The Mistress's Daughter or any of the Minnesota-born Coen Brothers' movies. The fast-paced story resounds with notes of Norwegian mythology.


Watch for the Sequel: Magel's Ghost continues the story of Karin as she re-locates to Minneapolis, and follows the characters caught in Karin's web. Her quest for power in
the art community, involves her with the grandfather, father, and son of a wealthy
Minneapolis family. The ripple effect of her destructive psychosis is hilarious.



About the book:

Magel's Daughter by Nancy Baker

ISBN: 978-0-87839-364-0

Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud

Date of publish: October 2010

Pages: 320

S.R.P.: $14.95



About the author:

Magel's Daughter is Nancy's first published novel, and the sequel is Magel's Ghost. The stories are dark comedies laced with magical realism, and take place in her home state of Minnesota.


She has finished her third novel, Island Adrift, the first in The Mac Books series. The novel is also laced with magical realism while giving us a more serious base to the storyline. She is currently working on the next book in the series.

Her education has taken a varied and unusual route. She holds a BFA from the College of Art and Design in Minneapolis and worked in graphic design for ten years. At the same time she took night classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis,Minnesota, and has been writing ever since.

Early in her writing career, she tried her hand at children's stories and adult short stories.
She is married and the mother of four children who supply her with endless material.


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Taming of the Wolf is a howltastic, rip-roaring fun time!




When Dashiel Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth sees the lovely Caitrin Macleod under a full moon, he can not control himself. Dash ends up biting Caitrin. Though the bite, Dash binds Caitrin to him. Immediately after the incident, Caitrin runs to her room and heads back home to Scotland.

Dash has never met anyone like Caitrin and knows he probably will never meet anyone like her again. Dash follows Caitrin. Can he convince Caitrin that she does belong with him?

The Taming of the Wolf is the latest novel from dynamic duo, Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson writing as Lydia Dare. I was first introduced to these authors and what they had to offer when I read the first book, A Certain Wolfish Charm. The passion involving Dash and Caitrin was almost animalistic. They were meant to be together. Dash is the perfect name for Dashiel as he is dashing. Caitrin is feisty and knows how to put Dash in his place. I missed reading the two books after the first one and after finishing this one, I really want to go back and read them now. Not that I was not planning to already but now I have a bigger reason to. Lydia Dare helps show that werewolves are sexy in any time period. The Taming of the Wolf is a howltastic, rip-roaring fun time!

If you do like cheering for the good guy and seeing the bad guy lose than you will like Miles Away…Worlds Apart.




The day was August 4, 2009 . Real estate developer and attorney Alan Sakowitz receives a phone call from a fellow real estate broker. The broker tells Mr. Sakowitz about a law firm that has some funded settlement agreements and wondered if he would be interested in purchasing them. Mr. Sakowitz agrees to meet with the law firm and see if the investment is a good deal.

The law firm in charge of the hedge funds is Rothstein, Rosenfeldt, and Adler, P.A. or RRA . Mr. Sakowitz and his associate go to meet the chairman, Scott Rothstein. Right from the beginning, Mr. Sakowitz sensed things were not on the up and up with Mr. Rothstein. Despite the high praise Mr. Rothstein had received from many highly prominent people in the community.

Through several more conversations with Mr. Rothstein; Mr. Sakowitz knew he could not let Mr. Rothstein scheme another person. Mr. Sakowitz turned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which eventually led to the conviction of Mr. Rothstein. Mr. Rothstein had led one of the biggest Ponzi scheme involving 1.4 billion dollars.

To admit, when I started reading this book, I did not know anything about Scott Rothstein. I did some research on Mr. Rothstein and was appalled like Mr. Sakowitz was that someone could scheme so many people for their own personal gain.

While, I did find Mr. Sakowitz’s involvement in helping to bring Mr. Rothstein to justice interesting, the parts of the book that Mr. Sakowitz inserted about his community and some of the people in it sometimes read and felt like a testament for redemption. What I did like the most was that being an attorney, Mr. Sakowitz was able to explain things to me, who had no legal background. If you do like cheering for the good guy and seeing the bad guy lose than you will like Miles Away…Worlds Apart.

The moral of this book I would say is…”If it seems to good to be true, then it probably is.”

Review Opportunity:The Reindeer Keeper




The Reindeer Keeper tells the story of Abbey and Steve-together since the 60s; marrying immediately upon Steve's return from Vietnam. Now thirty years later, Abbey has been
given the gift of an old farmhouse plus 120 acres of fields and pastures and a majestic barn-home to a herd of reindeer tended to by an odd little man. Now with Abbey's cancer in remission, they're looking forward to their boys coming home for Christmas. Sadly Abbey's father had passed away earlier in the year. They'd always spend the holidays together. Abbey still found herself crying at the thought of him. It was a different story when it came to her mother who died when Abbey was just 14. Abbey never shed a tear.

Still to this day, she hadn't shed a single tear.

Turns out this Christmas proves to be more magical than anticipated as Abbey realizes an understanding never thought possible through the rekindling of a belief rooted in childhood. Of course it's who delivers this gift on Christmas Eve that gives Abbey and Steve the strength to face their greatest challenge.

"It's a story about a couple so many can relate to," explains the author. "They had their share of problems as they raised a family and struggled to build and grow a business.

Through it all, their commitment to each other has only strengthened."



About the book:

The Reindeer Keeper by Barbara Briggs Ward

ISBN: 978-1604944433

Publisher: Wheatmark

Date of publish: Oct 15, 2010

Pages: 182

S.R.P.: $14.95



About the Author/ Illustrator:

Barbara Briggs Ward is the author/illustrator of the Snarly Sally picture book series which include, "The Really, Really Hairy Flight of Snarly Sally"; "Snarly Sally's Garden of ABCs" and "The Really Hairy Scary Butterfly Rescue" soon to be released. Her projects include illustrating, "And Then There Was Hope" and "The Brain Reigns" for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She has been published in Highlights for Children, McCall's", and "The Crafts Report." Her short story, "In Anticipation of Doll Beds" was included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul's book entitled, "Christmas Magic" released October, 2010.

Award-winning graphic artist/illustrator Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda created the beautiful cover and inside illustratiosn for "The Reindeer Keeper." Suzanne has earned national awards for art and publication designs as a coordinator of publications at the State University of Potsdam. Her projects included illustrations for the National Park Service, Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitors Center, Georgia, and Adirondack Life.



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Monday, November 8, 2010

Review Opportunity:The REAL truth behind Mary Kay Cosmetics




Ashdown, AR - Nov 8, 2010 - Jackie Brown tells all about the real story of the rise of Mary Kay Cosmetics in her new book, Ask ME About Mary Kay: The true story behind the bumper sticker on the pink Cadillac.


In December of 1963, grief over the recent assassination of President Kennedy gave rise to a heightened sense of urgency to "grab the brass ring now." So it was that on a snowy day in Dallas, a legal secretary looking for a brighter future for herself and her family answered an ad placed by a new company, Mary Kay Cosmetics. In Jackie Brown's brief interview with Mary Kay, she became convinced not only of the company's quality products and the founder's values, but also of the potential in the marketing plan. Here was a company that would reward her hard work and dedication with an executive paycheck!

Jackie rose through the ranks of Mary Kay Cosmetics as no one else did. Jackie's successes in selling and recruiting laid the foundation for a cosmetics empire and she herself became the gold standard for new recruits. But as the company's achievements spiraled ever higher, Jackie began to see flaws from within.

These were only the first warnings of a breach of trust so great it would start a battle between the two women. This is the story the public has never heard. The real story that fills in the gaps left by other published reports. It is a story of loyalty and betrayal, joy and heartbreak, recognition and disappointment, heady success and depressing failure.

Ultimately, it is also a story of tragedy, and Jackie Brown is the only one who can tell it.

In this book Jackie Brown also shares her secrets for making it big in the corporate world, and on her own terms! Brown shows how she rose through the ranks of Mary Kay Cosmetics as no one else ever did. Her successes in selling and recruiting laid the foundation for this cosmetics empire, raising the bar, and becoming the gold standard for new recruits.


About the book:

Ask ME About Mary Kay by Jackie Brown

ISBN: 978-1608601837

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

Date of publish: Sept 1, 2010

Pages: 394

S.R.P.: $32.50



About the author:

Jackie Brown spent over 40 years in the cosmetic business and was president of two
cosmetic companies. Now retired, she lives in a small town in Arkansas. This book was written for her grandchildren.


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Review Opportunity:New medical thriller: The Tranquillity Initiative





The Tranquillity Initiative is a medical thriller about an anthrax attack on New York City. It is a book that is so in tune with current events that author Joan Meijer had to rewrite significant parts of it as the present kept catching up and passing her fiction.

Starting with a President who is caught in an unpopular war during a re-election campaign, the action of this story moves the reader through authorization of the use of illegal anthrax weaponry on another country, weapons stolen from our overseas bases and returned to the United States through a customs that was not warned about the danger because of the fear that the Administration might be found to have engaged in illegal use of germ warfare. As Bob Woodward discussed in Obama's Wars, the military has taken over this Administration and tactics that were frowned upon overseas have come back to haunt us.

Two bombs are smuggled into New York City. One is opened and, when no explosives are found inside them, the terrorists make the connection to a debilitating outbreak of pulmonary anthrax that has brought their home country Astrakhan to its knees. They release the contents of the bomb into Times Square precipitating an outbreak of this rare disease in the thousands.

In the remainder of the story Doctor Cassandra Williams and Senator Richland Powell, Junior Senator from New York work to identify the epicenter of the epidemic that has struck the city in order to find clues that can identify where it was released so they can stop the aerial deployment of the second bomb from one of New York's historic skyscrapers. That release would bring New York to its knees, resulting in the deaths of millions and the mayhem that would follow. Even as Williams and Powell struggle to locate and stop the terrorists, a cadre of ex-military attempt to kill Cassandra, and her anthrax specialist father Doctor Stuart Williams, in order to prevent them from identifying the bacilli as made in America and bringing down the Administration which is their power base.


About the book:

The Tranquillity Initiative by Joan Meijer

ISBN: 978-1609114336

Publisher: Eloquent Books

Date of publish: August 15, 2010

Pages: 308

S.R.P.: $15.95



About the author:

Joan Meijer is the co-author with Suzy Prudden of the best selling "MetaFitness: Your Thoughts Taking Shape" and 15 other books including "Date Rape: It's Not Your Fault."

The Tranquillity Initiative is her second novel. She lives with her family in Palmdale, California.


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Sunday, November 7, 2010

There is No Mercy



Samia “Sam” Savage is a Were Hunter. She lives up to the reputation that Were Hunters have…tough exterior and good at their job.

Dev Peltier has guarded the Sanctuary along with his fellow were bear brothers and sister for a long time. Dev has seen a lot of things. Dev is a bit unprepared when he meets Sam. Her being a Were Hunter makes her his enemy. The only thing Dev feels towards Sam is attraction. A powerful evil is brewing. One that could destroy Sanctuary and everyone with it. Sam and Dev will have to join forces if either one plans on surviving.

No Mercy is book nineteen in the Dark Hunter series. If you have not read this series, you will want to start with book one and work your way up to book nineteen. Just because this series is that good. Some of the prior characters make appearances in this book.

From the first moment I opened this book, I knew that I was going to have a hard time putting it down. There was lots of action to be found in this book along with romance and paranormal elements. Sam is one tough heroine. She kicks butt and takes names and in this exact order. You better hope you don’t piss Sam off. Dev and Sam may suppose to be mortal enemies but they are anything but that in the bedroom. In fact it is like they are one. There is No Mercy to be found in this book. The only mercy you will find is with the next book.



Dewey's Nine Lives



The first book featuring Dewey, the cat that won millions of readers over was such a huge success that author Vicki Myron was not planning on writing another book but knew she could not just leave readers hanging. This time as most of Dewey’s story was told in the first book, Mrs. Myron decided to show case nine stories from readers and their cats.

The stories were endearing and some sad. It was nice to get to read about other readers’ stories and to get to know their cats. Cats like any other animal are people in my eyes too. While, I thought the stories featured were interesting I never fully became immerged into the stories. Though, I can assure you that I will never forget Mr. Sir Bob Kittens, Spooky, Cookie and all the rest of the cats. The pictures of the cats are great. There is one thing about this book and that is Dewey and his magic lives on in all of us.


Additionally, if the stories of Dewey's Nine Lives remind you of a cat you know or have known, Penguin USA and Vicki Myron would like to hear your true tales. You can enter for an opportunity to have your story published in the paperback edition of Dewey's Nine Lives by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter, and receive a signed copy of the book. The story contest and enter your cat picture promotion is now live on: http://us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/features/dewey/index.html




More information about Vicki, Dewey, and the books can be found online at:http://www.deweyreadmorebooks.com and http://community.penguin.com/_Dewey-the-Cat/group/122380/150186.html. You can view a trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb3gcR2emMw&feature=search and find a Dewey community on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deweys-Magic/111732485524854?ref=search

Dating Mr. December = Lifetime Movie



Public Relations consultant, Emma Tremayne lost her job. She now finds herself in the middle of nowhere Ville, Lake District trying to convince the men of Bannerdale Mountain Rescue Team to pose nude for a twelve month calendar spread. It is for a good cause. The Bannerdale Mountain Rescue Team could really use the money. Their building is in need of a paint job among other things. There is just one big obstacle standing between Emma and her goal…his name is Will Tennant.

Will sees Emma as one feisty woman. Will knows there must be another way to raise money then a calendar but no one is coming up with any other ideas. Will gives in though he is hoping he will not regret his decision.

Dating Mr. December is a cute, fun, silly read. I must admit that this book was slow to me. It took a while to gain momentum and it never seemed to really gain full speed. At first I was turned off by Will. He was grouchy and did not seem to be much of a people person. Emma definitely seemed out of place in Lake District. She had a lot to prove and I thought she did prove herself in the end. The romance between Will and Emma was sweet. Dating Mr. December may not be on the top of my Christmas list but I would be willing to give Phillipa Ashley another try in the future.




The Lucifer Code is a wild, ride…filled with thrill and intrigue





Dr. Thomas Lourds has just arrived in Istanbul, Turkey. He is there to teach at the Istanbul University. Dr. Lourds is greeted by a sexy, red head at the airport. Before Dr. Lourds knows what is happening, he is kidnapped.

CIA Special Agent James Dawson has a mess on his hands. The plan was to get Dr. Lourds…quickly in and quickly out. Someone else beat the CIA to the punch. That someone else appears to be the Irish Republican Army.

Everyone wants Dr. Lourds. There is an ancient scroll that was written by John of Patmos. John also wrote the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It is said that whoever can decipher the scroll can gain ultimate power. Dr. Lourds will have to watch his back as you never know who is friend or foe.

The Lucifer Code is the latest Dr. Thomas Lourds novel. It can be read as a stand alone novel. The Lucifer Code is a wild, ride…filled with thrill and intrigue. I was hooked right from the beginning. There was lots of action and mystery. Dr. Lourds is a good main character. At first he seems a bit dorky but he is really intelligent and a fighter. There were some religious references but I thought that the balance was nicely done. I could picture this book being made into a movie. I would definitely pay to go watch it on the big screen. Several of the reviews I read saw that people really enjoyed The Atlantis Code. I plan to check the book out as I did like The Lucifer Code.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Killing Storm is a riveting, nail-biting, edge of your seat read!






A huge hurricane named Juanita is brewing. It is making its way to Houston .

Four year old, Joey was playing at the park with his mother, Crystal. A man walks up to Joey and asks him to help find his lost puppy. Joey goes with the man.

Joey’s mother reacts oddly. So what is Crystal hiding and did she have something to do with Joey’s disappearance. Joey’s father would not put it past Crystal to harm Joey if she saw a way to get lots of money quick. Joey’s father is not innocent either.

Texas Ranger and murder profiler, Sarah Armstrong is called out to Josh Braun’s ranch. Someone has slaughtered one of his bulls. This case is different then just someone killing an animal. The animal has a weird symbol carved into its body. Soon, Sarah receives more reports of more dead cattle with symbols found on their bodies.

Sarah must piece together both cases and what their connections are to each other before it is too late.

The Killing Storm is the third Sarah Armstrong novel. I really liked Sarah. She is tough and good at her job. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty, which is what a Texas Ranger should be like. The twists and turns through out this book, kept me guessing until the end. The killer in this story made his presence known. This was a good thing as sometimes the killer plays a secondary role.

The Killing Storm is a riveting, nail-biting, edge of your seat read! I am a huge mystery fan but I have to admit that I have never read anything by Kathryn Casey until now. Now that I have found this author, you can bet that I will be checking out more of her books.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree




Young Elizabeth "Bess" Brooke is fearful that she may catch the eye of King Henry VIII and become his next wife, so she removes herself from court, just until King Henry remarries.

While back at home, Bess meets Will Parr. Will informs Bess and her family that the King has shown interest in his sister, Kathryn. This excites Bess as the King promised her that she could be one of the maids of honor for his next Queen.

King Henry does end up marrying Kathryn. Bess returns to court. Bess and Will start up a relationship with each other. Will is still married to Anne Bourchier, even though they have been separated for a long time. Bess hopes to convince Queen Kathryn to allow her to marry Will, as the only way Will and Bess can be married is by royal decree.

Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree is the third Secrets of the Tudor Court book. This book can be read as a standalone novel. I knew nothing about Bess Brooke, so it was nice that this book focused on something different in history then the most obvious people. I thought Bess was very outspoken, which I liked but this also could have been her downfall back during this time period. It was also great to really get to know Will Parr. Will and Bess's relationship was almost like Romeo and Juliet's. They were in love but they could not be together unless it was willed.

Ms. Emerson tries to stay as true to facts as she can, though some parts of the book are fictional. All the characters are real people. I thought that Ms. Emerson did a fine job with this book. Secrets of the Tudor Court: By Royal Decree is worthy of a king.

Courtesy of Fallen Angel Reviews

"Oliver's Good Night Kiss"



Natalie and Matthew are getting ready to become man and wife. This is a big step but even bigger for werewolf couples. There is one person that both Natalie and Matthew can relay on to help their with last minute jitters. His name is Oliver and he is a vampire. Oliver is one heck of an excellent chef. Funny considering that vampires usually drink blood. There is just one problem…Oliver enjoys being with both Natalie and Matthew. Things will be crazy enough between Natalie and Matthew without having a third in the mix, though will they be able to just let Oliver walk out of their lives forever?

Oliver’s Good Night Kiss by Erin O’Riordan is a yummy, quick read. I have not read any thing by Erin O’Riordan prior. If I was Natalie I would have had a hard decision to make between Matthew and Oliver. There were good qualities in both of them. Matthew because he is Natalie’s mate and Oliver because he is good looking for a vampire as well as great in the kitchen. If you are looking for a tasty treat with a little kick then you should check out Oliver’s Good Night Kiss.

Ethan's Chase



Ethan Phillips is the owner of Phillips Advertising. He is in need of having his systems updated. Ethan has spent all of his life avoiding commitment. Ethan enjoys being a bachelor.

Chastity ‘Chase” Logan works as a computer programming consultant. Chase receives an offer she can not refuse. One of the programmers at Philips Advertising tells Chase that they need a new upgrade and to come put her bid in for the job.

Much to Ethan’s surprise, the new programmer is a woman. Not just any woman but Chase. Ever since Chase spilled her coffee all over Ethan, he has not been able to stop thinking about her. Will Ethan commit to Chase or take off running in the opposite direction as fast as he can?

There were so many great moments in this book that I can’t name them all. There were a few though that that really had me smiling and laughing. There was the moment when Chase bumped into Ethan with her coffee and was speaking to him in French. The only two phases she knew were…”Do you speak English” and “Do you want to sleep with me?” My other favorite scene was when Chase was at the vending machine sweet talking it into dropping her chocolate brownie and Ethan walked up behind her.

Ethan and Chase had some sizzling chemistry between them. Ethan is easy on the eyes and looks good out of a suit as he does in one. Ethan’s Chase is a sexy, fun, quick read. This book makes me want to give chase of my own and check out more books by Mrs. Storm.

My Gift to You



Lori Nawyn, “My Gift to You

From the back of the book:

Trish Ingram works hard to maintain the perfect suburban household—or, at least, the appearance of one. By managing her outer world with lavish attention and rigid control, she’s able to ignore and conceal the darkness of her inner world, which is plagued by traumatic childhood memories of loss. Her terminally ill sister-in-law, Jamie, sees through the façade and reaches out in love to Trish, inspiring her to seek a more meaningful life and a more authentic self. But the childhood scars run deep, and despite Trish’s best efforts, she’s unable to be the wife and mother her family needs.

Devastated by the departure of her husband and daughter, Trish faces the challenge and opportunity of a lifetime. She desires to move forward in faith, but this desire alone cannot mend her family's shattered trust. The hollow realm of denial and fear has been her safe haven. To confront pain and transcend the shadows of her past will require a level of courage she’s not sure she possesses. This gripping story of familial love and conflict tenderly reminds us that forgiveness—of self, and others—is both a difficult choice and a precious gift.


Why I wrote the book:

“My Gift to You” is about forgiving ourselves, despite what we perceive as our shortcomings.
When we judge ourselves as less than acceptable for any reason, small mistakes can cripple us with discouragement. It becomes easy to lose sight of our potential, as well as precious opportunities for growth.

I was an only child with ample time to ponder the intricacies of human behavior. At a young age, I became fascinated by the fact that while several people in my life were happy, upbeat, and in possession of inner peace in most if not all circumstances, some seemed inherently unhappy no matter what happened—good or bad. Money and possessions didn’t seem to have a bearing, and I wondered what did.

Though I’d been baptized when I was eight, my family didn’t attend church. If I wanted to go, I had to attend on my own. It took me a while to grasp gospel concepts, and I found that most of the time I was among those who were unhappy. About twenty years ago I decided to stop asking Why me? and instead start asking What if?

One by one, I replaced negative emotions with those of a positive nature. Instead of wondering why I couldn't make everyone around me happy—and becoming despondent because nothing I did seemed to change them or their opinions—I started asking things like, "What if happiness really is a choice? What if it can be my choice, no matter what anyone else thinks or feels?"

Instead of commiserating over why my extended family couldn't accept me for who I was and what I believed in, I asked myself, "What if I could choose my own thoughts and emotions based on what I know in my heart is right and true?" In short, "What if I accept myself for who I am?"

And, "What if I forgive—knowing that forgiveness doesn't mean acceptance?"


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Falling Home...There is No Place like Home




Cassie Madison was awaken by the ringing of the telephone. Nothing good comes from a ringing phone in the middle of the night. Cassie answers the phone to hear her estranged sister, Harriet’s voice. Harriet informs Cassie that their father had a heart attack and he is dying. Their father wants both of his girls home.

Cassie has not been back home in a very long time. It is almost too painful for Cassie to consider the though of coming home as Harriet married Cassie’s boyfriend, Joe. Cassie is an aunt. Every time Cassie hears about the birth of another of Harriet and Joe’s children, it is like someone is ripping open old wounds that Cassie would like to keep closed.

Sam Parker, an old blast from the past appears back in Cassie’s life. Cassie must make a choice between her boyfriend back home or Sam.

Falling Home is an excellent book filled with love, loss, and engaging characters. You will want to pick up this book to read it over and over again. Karen White is a great storyteller. I thought that I would not like Joe and Harriet but I fell in love with them. Joe is a nice guy and good father. He really loves Harriet. I like that Cassie and Harriet were able to bond with each other. Nothing is thicker then blood between family. Sam transformed from a nerd to a hunk. In the famous words of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz…there is no place like home.


Per Karen White

FALLING HOME was originally published in 2002, and is being released again in November 2010 in response to the many readers who reached out after unsuccessfully searching for the out-of-print novel. It has been extensively revised for this new publication. “Readers told me they loved the story and characters, so it was hard to see what I might change,” says Karen regarding the revisions. “Then it clicked. I didn’t want to change the story. I wanted to change some of the writing—to take the experience and education of having written nine other novels and to work at creating a better book.”

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY with Jodi Thomas




My Review:

Reagan Truman finally has a place to call home. Reagan works part time at the diner. Lately, Edith has been calling in sick a lot. This means that Reagan has to make sure she does all the things Edith does including packing a brown bag takeout dinner for the mysterious, Gabe Leary.

No one knows much about Gabe. This is the way Gabe likes it. Gabe and Reagan become friends. When an accident happens, Gabe soon finds himself receiving a bunch of attention as the town hero. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz said it the best…There is no place like home.

Somewhere Along the Way is the second Harmony novel. In the first book, Welcome to Harmony, readers were introduced to Reagan, an orphan. Reagan found a home in Harmony. Somewhere Along the Way returns back to Harmony and the people there.

This book could not have come quick enough. After finishing the first book, I was ready to go back to Harmony. Mrs. Thomas has made the town of Harmony a place I would want to visit if it was only a real city.

I enjoyed seeing Reagan grow up. She has turned into a really good young woman. Reagan’s Uncle has also grown on me. He started out grumpy and he is still grumpy but now he is a grumpy teddy bear with a heart of gold. Gabe is a true hero. There were so many of the characters that I liked that I can not pick just one favorite. Fans of Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series will fall in love with the Harmony series. Somewhere Along the Way…you had better find the time to pick up a copy of this book. You will want to read it over and over again.



Thanks for asking me tell everyone about my new book. The second in the Harmony series, SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY, will be out Nov. 2, 2010.

This is number thirty for me and I think it may be my strongest book. When people ask me which is my best book, I always say my next one because I’m always trying to make every book better then the last. When I first started writing I felt like I was competing against every writer in the world. Now I feel like I’m running against every writer in the world and all my stories.

The characters in SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY are well rounded with problems, joys, talents and families. Sometimes I think it would be easy to write a hero who is the strong, silent type who has no family or friends to get in the way of his mission, but in my books, as in real like, my people have to deal with others.

I love writing this way because it adds lots of humor in the stories.

I hope you enjoy SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’d be happy to hear from you when you’ve finished the story.







About Jodi
Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of 31 novels and 8 short story collec-tions. As of July 2006, she was the 11th woman to be inducted in to RWA Hall of Fame. She is also cur-rently serving as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

Jodi’s 30th Novel
NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Jodi Thomas is pleased to present her 30th novel, SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY. Thomas proves once again that she is one of mainstream romance genre’s most compelling writers with her highly anticipated sequel to WELCOME TO
HARMONY, which captured America’s heart.