Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jodi Thomas...Wild Texas Rose


Book 6 - Whispering Mountain Series

Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her adopted family’s ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she’s backed away from marriage three times without giving any reasons. Everyone thinks Rose is a coward, afraid of any adven-ture, including falling in love. She’s never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now.

Talking with Jodi Thomas

When I began writing WILD TEXAS ROSE, I felt like I was going home. My footprints were already molded into the foundation of this Historical Romance. I’d been thinking about these characters for years and finally it was time for their story. All four men in this story were damaged by the Civil War but all were going on with their lives believing they’d always be alone. This book is about friendship that always stands fast and how the love of a few women, good or bad, can change a man’s life for the better.

This is my 25th Historical Romance, my 35th book and I’m still having a ball. I think what I love most about writing is discovering the characters and letting them tell me their stories. Like breathing , no two people are alike.

In WILD TEXAS ROSE, Rose McMurray is one of those wonderful people who is always organized. I hated her and loved her instantly when she walked off the pages of TALL, DARK AND TEXAN as a little girl and I understood her when she stepped into this book.

Duncan, on the other hand, lives his life in the moment. Never planning. Never realizing what he truly needs. At the wedding of Rose’s best friend, they discover a plot that could get many people killed and join forces with others to fight.

In WILD TEXAS ROSE I loved writing about Rose and Duncan McMurray because I saw them as children in an earlier book called TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN. Though they were both adopted into the McMurray family, they grew up needing to know the other was near.

Sometimes people fall in love and sometimes it grows slowly over time. In WILD TEXAS ROSE I had fun looking at all the ways love comes unexpectedly into one’s life.

Come along with me and fall in love.

Jodi Thomas

The Light Between Oceans. O-M-G! This book is one to treasure

Tom spent four years in the war. He has returned home now for a more peaceful life. He takes a job as a lighthouse keeper. Tom meets Isabel. They get married and Isabel moves with Tom to the island where the lighthouse is. Tom and Isabel's dream of having a family is crushed when Isabel suffers a miscarriage. A miracle happens when Tom and Isabel are given a second chance but at what cost?

After reading the book summary for this book. I knew I had to check it out. O-M-G! This book is one to treasure. You should probably pick up two copies for yourself. One to display on your bookshelf and the other to read over and over again.

I can not imagine the situation and choice that Tom and Isabel faced when they first met Lucy. To be honest, if I was in their situation, I probably would have done the same thing. IN my eyes though, Lucy will always be Lucy. The ending did have me tearing up. It was a sad but happy moment. I would have to say however that I felt that first three quarters of this book were the best. When Tom and Isabel's secret was revealed is when the story, while still good felt a little rushed. Like since so much time was spent on Tom and Isabel's story that the ending was near and so there was not much more time that needed to be wasted on telling any more of the story. The Light Between Oceans is author, M.L Stedman's debut novel. If this is what Ms. Stedman is first coming out of the gate with then I can not wait to see what she has in story with her next book. The Light Between Oceans is a must read!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Buack Tanner's FAQ Volumes One Through Ten..Freaking Hiliarous!

Buck Tanner's FAQ Volumes One Through Ten....Freaking Hiliarous! I have never heard of these books.  In this book, all of your burning questions on the following topics will be answered. Questions like Frequently Asked Questions About Vampire Sex, Frequently Asked Questions About the Extra Secret Service, Questions like Frequently Asked The Buddy Program, Frequently Asked Questions About Stonybridge Nudist Colony, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Traveling to Kill Hitler, Frequently Asked Questions About Your Russian Mail Order Bride, Frequently Asked Questions About Your Unicorn, Frequently Asked Questions About Your N2-Mat Sex Robot, and a few others.

I wanted to share with you some of the questions and answers you will find on these topics. Anyone who takes digs at Twilight and Edward gets a A in my book. While, I have seen all of the movies, Edward makes me want to take my own life. He is so ackward that when I watch him talk, I want to yell at him to spit it out already. I don't have all day, so get to the point. All of the topics were hiliarous. The questions and answers were classic. This book took me a while to finish. Not because it was bad but because there were times that I would re-read the answer to the question or I was reading the question and answer to my husband.

Warning: Do not drink anything while reading this book or you could end up sneezing liquids out of your nose from laughter. You have to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book today!

Did you ever wonder about Vampire Sex. Come on, you know you have dreamed about banging Edward. So there is the age difference but technically, he is the cougar and you are the younger woman.

Congratulation on booking your Erotic Transylvania tour package!

Magnus, the vampire who works at the Teddy Bear Factory. Magnus does charity work as well at a children's hospital.

Will I meet Magnus in the hospital?

No. Your Eternal Love tour guides will attempt to snare Magnus in a shark net as he crosses the Strada Octavian Goga Bridge.

Why are we trying to capture Magnus in a shark net?

Despite what Hollywood tells you, vampires are skittish around female humans and are hesitant to start relationships. We have found it is best to "speed things along" with the net.

Can Magnus get me pregnant?

Despite what Stephanie Meyer may tell you, vampires cannot impregnate human women. The male reproductive organs require vigorous blood flow for optimal functioning, and your vampire's heart has not beaten in over five hundred years.

Eternal Love Tours can protect me, right?

Please consult the severed head on your mattress. While Eternal Love Tours prides itself on customer service, there are certain requests even we cannot fulfill. Nothing can stop a fully motivated vampire who has sworn eternal vengeance.

May god have mercy on all of our souls.

Can I hire a vampire hunter to kill Magnus?

Though popularized in movies such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Blade,” vampire hunting does not exist as a profession. Some amateur vampire hunters have sprouted up over the years, though they are soon killed by vampires or quit for more legitimate employment.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Extra Secret Service

What will you tell my parents about my death?

The Secret Service will tell your parents that you died during a training exercise, though we will also actively circulate rumors that you choked to death during autoerotic asphyxiation.

Can I be given a more heroic death?

It is essential that your friends and family find your death to be highly embarrassing and shameful. Otherwise, your loved ones would begin asking the Secret Service some very difficult questions about your death. Nobody wants to talk about their beloved son or brother choking to death while masturbating.

The President has added me as a friend on Facebook. He lists “smoking fat blunts” and “poling sluts” as his hobbies. Should the President have a personal Facebook page?

The President's Facebook page is a tremendous security liability. Unfortunately, the President is a self–described “Facebook junkie.” No matter how many times we disable his Facebook accounts, he puts up another. Monitoring the President's internet activity will be one of your most important duties as an ESS agent.

The Buddy Program

I think I hate my Little Buddy. Is this normal? Have you considered talking about your feelings with a friend, or better yet, a trained psychologist? We know it will make you feel a lot better.

I waited for my Little Buddy outside of his school. I charged at him with a sharpened screwdriver, but he jump kicked me in the throat before I could stab him. How did he do that?

It appears the Tae Kwan Do lessons you paid for have saved your Little Buddy's life. See! You did make a difference!

Frequently Asked Questions About Stonybridge Nudist Colony

Will sunscreen be provided?

While many older members of the colony are philosophically opposed to sunscreen, for safety reasons, Stonybridge allows employees to wear sunscreen while working outdoors. Sunscreen containers are placed at the entrances of every building. Please remember to apply sunscreen at least twice a day. You will not be excused from your work rotation for any sunburn related injuries. If you are uncomfortable wearing sunscreen, please see Scooter for a waiver which indemnifies Stonybridge should you later develop skin cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions About Time Traveling to Kill Hitler, Frequently Asked Questions About Your Russian Mail Order Bride, Frequently Asked Questions About Your Unicorn, Frequently Asked Questions About Your N2-Mat Sex Robot

– I ordered the Marilyn Monroe model of the N2–MAT, this one looks identical to Meryl Streep. Can I swap them out?

We apologize for the mix up. The Marilyn N2–MAT has been discontinued due to an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Monroe family trust. We are confident we will prevail in the end, but until that time, we are shipping the Streep N2–MAT in its place.

DO NOT: Make any sudden movements. Look your N2–MAT in the eyes.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time

I like reading about when the underdog wins. This is exactly how I would describe Carissa's story. Carissa had a lot of odds stacked aganist her but in the end she came out on top and is now a successful attorney and motivational speaker. Of course, the path to get where Carissa is now was not easy. To be honest, Carissa did not help the situation any by running away as much as she did. The situations where Carissa was used by men, I don't blame her for. She was only twelve. A time when young girls should be thinking about makeup and preparing for their teen years. Instead Carissa was hanging out with pimps, crack heads, and selling her body for sex. Of course, during those times, the men took advantage of Carissa and even threatened her with guns.

I thought when Carissa went to talk to the boys correctional facility and the one boy asked Carissa if she had forgiven her mother for dropping her off, that this was a really good question. I was suprised when Carissa said that no one had asked her that question yet. I honesty do not blame Carissa for her response that she can't and does not know if she will be able to. Your mother is suppose to have your back and love you and support you. Instead, Carissa's mother had her new husband's back and did not want to rock the boat of a good thing she had. Seeing Carisa's point of view, I could see why she ran away but it is still hard to read what she had to endure. I am glad that she met the right people who helped her get her life straight. This was really Carissa's story and Larkin Warren just helped to put it into words.

Check out the film by David Sauvage on Carissa.

Against Their Will: North Carolina's Sterilization Program

I thought that this book was nicely written and put together with all the different contributors. This book shares the history behind North Carolina's sterilization program and introduces the reader to some of the victims. This book is one that is hard to finish. Not because it is not good but because it is sad. It will make you upset as well and sick to your stomach reading about the things that all the young women and some men had to endure with the inhumane practices of North Carolina's government. It is very sad that in some parts of the world there is racisim and illegal sterilization taking place still. Most of the instances that caused these people like Jesse and others to be sterlized was due to rape or other situations that were beyond their control. The way that the government used their powers to strong arm the guardians of this young women and men was horrible.

The government might as well have killed these people and gotten it over with versus doing what they did and these people have to enduring the pain and suffering. I can not imagine not having a choice about what happens to your own body. This is one book that will have you talking about it long after you have finished it. It is thought provoking.
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

For anyone who enjoys a good nonfiction story about serial killers, WW II and history, then you will enjoy Death in the City of Light.

I got a lot more then I bargained for in this book. Reading this book was like attending a history course. Which is not a bad thing, if you are a huge history buff. While, I did like learning about the Germans and the time of the Nazi-occupied Paris and World War II, there was only so much information I could stuiff in my brain before I just wanted to focus on the story of Dr Petiot. Which the story of Dr Petiot and the murders were an intriguing one. It was amazing how he was able to get away with his crimes for so long. It was not like he was really that careful. There were signs and witnessess. People were telling the cops but it seemed like they were sloppy in their job. Some of the cops were protecting Dr. Petiot due to his reputation and did not want to believe that he was a serial killer. The only persont that really fought for justice was Commissaire Massu. He learned just how much of a cover up there was during his investigation. This is how bad you know it is when during the trial the jury is handed a 135 question list for the twenty seven alleged victims. The twenty seven victim count is a low, low count. It was more like fifty to sixty or higher but there was just not enough evidence to prove that number.

The gas chamber that Dr. Petiot crafted and used to kill his victims was heinous. I can not imagine going to Dr. Petiot and trusting that he was going to help and then dying a painful, slow death. What is worse for me reading this book was the cover up that the cops did for Dr. Petiot. Knowing what he was doing and allowing it to go on for as long as it did. The only reason that Dr. Petiot was caught and finally stopped was due to a freak fire accident. If the fire had not happened then the cops would not have entered the building and seen all the mulitated body parts and gas chamber. Mr. King really did his research as it showed in this book. For anyone who enjoys a good nonfiction story about serial killers, WW II and history, then you will enjoy Death in the City of Light.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

The Renegades

Review by Nancy

When you read about Afghanistan it’s always heart-breaking, but when you get down and dirty with the extremists, it’s more than that. A group calling themselves The Black Crescent is out-Talibaning the Taliban in that they are kidnapping young boys from desolate villages and turning them into walking bombs. Into this step Lt Col Michael Parsons and Sgt Major Sophia Gold – he to advise Afghan pilots and she to interpret.

Of course it doesn’t stop there, Parsons and Gold always go far past their jurisdictions into emotional involvement with their advisees and the family of children taken. Sophia’s Pashto calms many confrontations and get them much needed intel on the Black Crescent and their hiding places.

This is my second Tom Young book and, as usual, I was caught up in the emergency of the situation, of the children being used as bombs and of the care that Parsons and Gold have for one another. I’m sure there is much more there than was written. An exact telling of put together bases, impromptu plans and human lives at stake will keep you up nights reading and nights after worrying about the children, their parents and their world.

If you like this tale, go back and pick up Young’s two other books: The Mullah’s Storm and Silent Enemy. I guarantee you won’t be sorry!

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Mr. Scobie's Riddle

Review by Nancy

This book has been justly compared to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. No Nurse Ratched - but we do have a Matron Hyacinth Price of the ineptly run St. Christopher and St. Jude nursing home. She and her “employees” are taking care of many elderly residents while happily bilking them out of their money is the process. Mr. Scobie is so much smarter than they, more learned than they but due to his piano teaching skills and his young students has ended her anyhow. He has “issues” with the place, the help and especially the food.

Not that all the residents don’t, believe me they need to be very afraid. There is an interesting episode where all the resident’s dentures are thrown together in the sink for washing: then they run around trying to match them back up to their owners! If you are considering facility care for a member of your family you probably shouldn’t read this!

The book begins with letters gong back and forth between Matron Price and Night Nurse Shady. Some of the funniest material I’ve read and someone needs to script this one quickly! I have most of the rolls cast in my mind already: with Tommy Lee Jones possibly as Mr. Scobie and Matron Price actually could be played by Louise Fletcher, it would be wonderful!

The late Elizabeth Jolley was quite a prolific author and one of the best in Australia until her 2007 passing. This book will show you why.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Perfectly Ridiculous

Daisy is excited. She is about to start her summer vacation, prior to her journey to college. Daisy will be spending her summer with her friend, Claire and her kind of boyfriend, Max. There is just one problem. Ir Daisy wants to qualify for her scholarship to college, she will have to do some missionary work. Problem solved. Claire and Daisy come up with a plan. Daisy is joining an exchange program in Argentina to do her missionary work So argentina just happens to be the place that Max is at. It is not all about Max. Daisy's parents are about to forbid Daisy from going until they learn that the missionary that Daisy will be working for is called Hands of Love. It is managed by an old friend of Daisy's mother. This excits Daisy's mother so much that they tell Daisy she can go on one condition... they come with.

I really tried my best to get into this book but I couldn't. I had to give it up. I thought Daisy was self-centered. Her parents while they meant well were smothering. I mean, could they not just give Daisy some personal space. I thought, I could look past it all but even Daisy's journel entries were a bit whiny. Of course for the teen readers, they may not have a problem with Daisy or this book. They can probably relate better to Daisy than I was able to.

“Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

The Pixitres

Alley is a fairy. It is Christmas time. Alley decides to test out her powers and make it snow. It is during this time that Alley meets Snezhana, Queen of the Snow Pixies. Alley forgets all about Snezhana and the Pixies.

Alley and her friends are attending Camp Fae for the second time. Alley is excited to join a different group this time That is until she learns about her friend, Trixie's kidnapping. Something is about to go down. Especially when Snezhana appears.

I liked this book.I did not realize at first that it was book two of the Camp Fae books. Having said that, this book can be read as a stand alone novel. I thought it had a good main character in Alley. I could see a lot of the young adult readers connecting with Alley. She is adventurous, a leader, a good friend, and has a quick mind. While, I did like Alley, I would have liked to have gotten to know her better and where she got her powers from. This is what I did miss by not reading book one.

One thing that I did really enjoy about this book was Alley using her powers and all the magical creatures and lands. This is just what I would expect from book two. For the main character in a fantasy novel who has any sort of powers or special abilities to show case them and use them. On the down side, it started out good but then it faltered a bit after the first several chapters I found myself having trouble getting into the story but as the story progressed, it got better. This series is worth checking out.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All

Review by Nancy

Want a book to laugh your way through? This is it! The Aspen 2 Million……is one of the most amusing stories I think I’ve ever read – and that’s saying something. Morgan, God bless Him (and, believe He needs to!) has been accused of several very bad things by his next-door-neighbor, Risa. Let’s see: He killed her dog (well, not really); he set her house on fire (nope!), he made the roof on her side of the Chalet Sepp collapse (not even close). The sum total of the list is that she is suing him for a load of money he really doesn’t have. Thus his participation in the Aspen 2 Million…… golf tournament.

Morgan’s best buddy and lawyer Justin convinces him he will lose and lose badly if he fights the charges, bogus though they may be. Morgan has three choices: Make Risa fall in love with him; blackmail her with one of her deep-dark secrets; become an over-night millionaire. None of these are likely to happen so Morgan, self-help guru that he is, decides he needs major improvement in his golf game – and quick.

Add to this his 2 ex-girlfriends, Risa’s psychotic cousin Robbie 62 other golfers in the tourney and the fact that somehow Morgan and Risa actually have kind of fallen in love. Not that anyone cares at this point. Except Morgan and Risa who starts screaming at him anytime he brings up dropping the lawsuit.

This book is hysterical! Buy it for yourself and a gift or two for beach reading friends. Yep. It’s THAT good!

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The Aspen 2-Million Winner-Take-All Summary

Morgan thought he had it made. He owned a cozy if dilapidated house in Aspen’s otherwise-fashionable West End, had lots of friends, a great business, threw the best parties in town.

Then his beautiful-but-aloof neighbor Risa sued him for a million bucks-- for killing her dog. (Seriously. And he hadn’t even been there.) She was asking the judge to throw him out of town, too. (It’s a local tradition.)

For Morgan, the money didn’t matter. He didn’t have a nickel to his name. But he couldn’t imagine not living in Aspen.

His only hope: to win a 2-million dollar golf tournament (held on the sly at the local links) and pay Risa off.

Either that or discover her deep, dark secret and blackmail her.

Until his best friend/lawyer suggested Option #3: “Why don’t you just get her to fall in love with you?”

John Morris' Bio:

John Morris lives in Aspen, Colorado, with his loving wife and two wonderful children. Having worked many of the same cowboy / construction / bartender / ski-patrol jobs as his fictional counterpart Morgan, he can vouch for how easy it is for a good-looking guy to get in trouble there.


Price: $6.99

Pages: 281

Release: May 10, 2012

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Zombie Generation

Warner is trying to survive in a world filled with "buggers". Hey, in this book they are called buggers, get over it. It is not easy. You can lose your mind...literally. This is what is happening to Warner. He can not tell fiction from reality. He keeps having "figs" short for figments. Things get worse when Warner is attacked by a bugger and is infected. It is only a matter of time before Warner turns into a bugger. Warner comes upon a group of survivors. Now Warner must decide to take the high road alone or the low road and protect the survivors.

I was middle of the road with this book. On one hand I liked Warner. The way that he described his transformation was great. I have read many zombie books and the author usually spends their time focusing on the zombies then the living. Mr. Vaughn's profile states that he likes to focus on offbeat thrillers and horror with a psychological bent. This is exactly what Mr. Vaughn did with this book. He kept me pondering if the people around Warner were real or just "figs".

On the opposite hand, I felt that the book was slow in the beginning and it took me a while to get into it. This is because the beginning felt like I had picked up this book and started reading it at chapter four. The buggers were a cross between your new age zombies and your old age zombies. They still walked around with gazed looks in their eyes and they could not really form words but these buggers did have a great sense of smell. They could instantly pick up the smell of alcohol. Which is a bummer if you are one of the last people living and you wanted to drink as you better find a safe place to drink and hope that when you slept it off that you woke up from your hangover. Also, you better have a gun handy as these buggers are hard to kill. Just one shot in the head will not always take them down. The last half of the book is where my interest peaked. I could see this book being turned into a Quentin Tarantino movie as Mr. Vaughn has that offbeat humor about him.
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Monday, July 23, 2012

(Book Contest) Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York

I like to cook and have been trying to get healthier and also learn about food. This is why I decided to check out Eat the City. It sounded like an entertaining read. To be honest I was expecting to also learn about places around the city to eat at like restaurants and I thought I would find recipes. Of course, I did not find recipes but I did learn to have more of an appreciation of the locals in the markets and small shops.

I could tell that Robin really put a lot of work and detail into this book. She thoughly researched the people and the process of the topic that she was speaking about during that specific chapter. I learned so much about bees and harvesting honey that I think I could actually start making my own honey. Not to mention the fishermen and women. They know the importance of the term "fresh catch of the day". If you go to any fish market, then you can probably see the haul that these people brought in. Just the thought of eating fresh seafood from the sea has my mouth watering.

Of course, while I did enjoy learning about food and New York life, I did find myself rushing forward though out the book. Only because, I found that this book also read like a history lesson and there was only so much of the knowledge that I could cram into my head. For the want to be foodies wanting to learn to cook like Iron Chefs then this is not the book for you but if you are a true food enthusiast then you might want to add this book to your collection.
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Hell on Wheels

Review by Nancy

In one heck of a ride, Hell on Wheels lifts its reader up and hauls you along on a tale worthy of Mission: Impossible. Nate Weller, black-ops if ever there was one; is back from the sand, bringing with him memories of torture and the death of his best friend. He has to be the one to tell Grigg’s parents he wasn’t coming home this time – or ever. A bad enough task alone but when you add in he also has to tell Grigg’s sister, Ali. Ali who has kept him awake since he was 21 and she was 17. Ali the love/lust of his life and someone he could never have.

All is seemingly well for a few months until Ali starts noticing things aren’t quite right in her world. Things are moved in her home, she keeps seeing someone out of the corner of her eye…..then she’s the victim of an aborted mugging. It all adds up to something she doesn’t know but wants desperately to. So off she goes to Chicago in search of answers. Twenty hours from Jacksonville and twenty hours until her life changes forever.

Grigg worked for Black Knights, Inc. a motorcycle shop in the Windy City. Not likely. He, along with Nate and various others was a mechanic when he had to be but he also was a sniper, spotter for Nate (considered the best of the best). Ali meets his boss, Frank, the others in their group and immediately knows that they are far, far more than she or her parents thought. They also find bugs (electronic!!) in all her underwear which sets off a paranoia unknown to the kindergarten teacher.

The games being played (bad and my favorite: girls vs guys) make this tale impossible to put down. You will love the interplay between Nate and Ali plus the rest of the team. When you meet Peanuts, you’ll laugh your head off and then cry because he’s such a comfort to Ali. Definitely pick this one up!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Reasonable Ogre:Tales for the Sick and Well

This is an intriguing, short story collection of the twisted and fantastical. I have not read anything like this. To be honest, this is not something that I would typically read but I am glad that I did give it a try. While, some of the the stories are out in outer space weird, they did make for interesting reading. Some of the stories I did enjoy were...The Reasonable Ogre, Silver, The Glass Garden, and The King's Huntsman to name a few. Each story while they may be odd do teach a lesson. For example in The Reasonable Ogre, you need to learn restaint. The lesson is know when to bargain just right and not get greedy, otherwise you could lose it all.

What really helped to tell the stories were the wonderful artwork. To call the pictures in this collection illustrations would be a crime as I consider them pieces of art that you would see hanging in a gallery. If you like twisted stories of the mind and I don't mean horror stories, then you should check out this collection of short stories.

Morgan Hall

Review by Nancy

Christie Morgan was one lucky gal. She had one man who adored her unconditionally, one man who wanted her for what he could obtain and one man who acknowledged her presence but was employed by Morgan Hall a great estate, and wouldn’t cross that line. Anthony, the first, was sort of a “shirt-tail relation.” They’d been friends since childhood and, while Christie too him for granted, he truly did love her. Tristan, estate dark, dreary and inhabited by some very odd servants’ was a handsome man but Christie had some reservations – he made her uneasy. Jonathan was the gameskeeper and handsome in his own right but, as I said, wouldn’t cross the line.

When she begins seeing/hearing things everyone is sympathetic but writes it off to her “feminism and dreams” when, in fact something is there. More than one and they want Christie. She nearly drowns in her bath tub, wanders off into the forest, visits the estate’s chapel which she is frightened to death of. While there, she hears children singing and sees the past of one of her ancestors being beaten and losing a hand. When she comes to, it’s Christie with the bruises!

Holidays are spent at Anthony’s home in London. They have a lovely time but Tristan is making his play and, surprisingly, Christie is falling for it. Does she make the right choice? Who are the children she keeps hearing? What of Morgan Hall and its occupants both human and non?

This tale by Bo Briar is well written. Christie is a bit of an odd-duck because throughout the story, I kept thinking “you idiot! What did you do that for!!??” A tale of England, ghosts bad humans and ghosts and, I think, a morale in there as well. Not a very long book, but it seems that way while I was reading – a lot of story in few pages. It read like a Victorian novel and was quite good

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wayne of Gotham will make fans of Batman happy.

 I did grow up watching Batman. I never really read the comics but I was interested in the cap crusader. When I saw this book and learned that it was about the past and who Bruce Wayne really was and where he came from, I was intrigued. This is one person that Bruce’s past life before he became Batman has been a mystery.

I did enjoy reading this book. In this book, Bruce was more human like versus being the cool demeanor of Batman. This I liked. It helped to bring me more into the story. However, in the beginning, the story felt a little disjointed. Like I had jumped into the middle and then the first several chapters read like little mini stories versus one story. Also, the detailed descriptions, I could do without.

All of the enemies that Bruce/Batman encountered are certifiable nuts. They make for entertaining characters. Mr. Hickman did a good job telling this story. It was like I was in Bruce’s shoes and seeing everything that he was seeing and experiencing. Wayne of Gotham will make fans of Batman happy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mrs. Garvis Graves makes a splash with her debut novel On The Island!

Anna is an English teacher. She is stuck in a rut with her life and her current boyfriend. This is why when Anna gets the chance to tutor T.J., Anna books her ticket. Plus, the bonus is that Anna will be teaching T.J. in the balmy caribbean. Things take a terrible turn for thw worst, when the plane that T.J. and Anna are flying in goes down in the middle of the ocean. Anna and T.J. are swept onto an island but for how long?

Mrs. Garvis Graves makes a splash with her debut novel On The Island! I did have a bit of concern regarding the age difference between Anna and T.J. I thought the relationship was going to be awkward and one sided with Anna be the cougar. Mrs. Garvis Graves handled Anna and T.J.'s age difference and relationship very well. It was very sweet and I grew to like both Anna and T.J. a lot that by the end I was rooting for them.

T.J. stepped up to the task and became a man. He was not just a man in a boy's body but a man in love. I like when T.J. would care for Anna including helping her with her personal hygiene. These were some of the most tender moments in this book. Anna had to grow on my in the beginning but it was not long before I did like her She just was reserved and once she opened up, she was great. I am not usually someone to gush about sappy, love stories but this is one book that I will recommend to my friends.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Me, Who Dove into the Heart of the World: A Novel

Review by Nancy

Karen Neito was, until about age 8, a totally feral child. Oh, she lived in the house along with her mother and the cook; but Mom wasn’t entirely stable so, Karen took care of herself. Until her aunt found her one day after Karen’s mother had driven off a cliff.

The first word she learned was “ME”. Over and over again she said it: ”Me, me, Me mE, ME…..” until she got it right. Then she tried “You” with her aunt but that was confusing to her. How could she be You one second and Me the next? IQ testing proved her an imbecile but somewhere in her wiring existed an autistic savant: she could do nearly anything but annoyed the hell out of everyone while she did.

A failing tuna cannery inspires her to help and that she does, creating innovative ways to increase production. Not to the thrill of many, may I add.

An interesting book. A copy to post on your wall. What I am assuming is a first novel by one of Mexico’s finest playwrites. It confused me at times, angered me nearly all the time but, at the end I have decided it tells a tale of poverty, riches and how Karen Neito may have overcome it all.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

I have never heard of Gino Bartali until I read this book. What I found more fascinating then Gino was about the Tour de France and the job he had as a bike messenger during the war to help the Jews. Gino was alright but at times his competitive nature overshadowed him and made him have a bit of a bad attitude. Not that I am saying that competition is a bad thing as I can get really competitive when it comes to certain things but there is a line to draw and you have to know when to turn it off at times. Of course, if it was not for Gino's never give up attitude then he would not have won the Tour de France twice and been an icon in the cycling world.

Learning how the Tour de France got its start was cool, especially learning where the idea of the leader wearing the color yellow came from. I have never watched the race but after hearing what Gino had to go through as each stage got harder and harder is amazing. I do have to give big props to the winner. Gino's time as a bike messenger during the war was interesting, although I would have liked to get to know more about his role. I felt that this section of the book was hurried along and glossed over. I could tell however that Aili and Andres McConnon did their research. They introduced Gino, the person, icon, war bike messenger, father, and husband. Overall an interesting read.
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Riveting Summer Read

If you like spy, political-military and intelligence fiction, the newly released suspense thriller, The Right Guard (Foxboro Press 2012) is a fast paced, riveting summer read. Written by first-time novelist Alexandra Hamlet, a defense anthropologist, former defense consultant and an international business and cultural affairs expert, The Right Guard is the winner of three “2012 International Book Awards”--Best New Fiction; Best New E-Book- Fiction; and Winner in E-Book-Mystery/Thriller/Adventure.

When over one million military weapons and equipment are missing from the U.S. military inventories across the country, a CIA operative recovering from wounds is used to flush out a secretive, "phantom" group hostile to a wildly spending, intrusive U.S. Administration. Loyal forces within the intelligence community struggle to learn who is involved and organize counter-moves yet stay undetected. The Right Guard is an exercise in gripping, fast-paced realism that keeps the reader mesmerized through the eyes of those who live in the intelligence world.

When asked about her inspiration for the book, Hamlet says, “It is based on real events and all of the newspaper articles placed in front of the first 32 chapters and the last chapter are real. It is also based on my personal experience and yet…it is a novel.” She added, “Even realistic events in life need to be helped by a good story in a novel in order to make it flow well and observe the techniques of acceptable writing. My personal insight into some intense situations allowed me to present the patriotism, talent, and bravery of America’s military and intelligence members.

The story takes place in the few days between the discovery by the CIA of a massive plot centered on a group that called itself “the Right Guard” and the potential execution of that takeover. There are 2 patriotic groups in this novel. Both think they are protecting the country and the U.S. Constitution. It is up to the reader to decide which way they would go themselves.

Could the events in The Right Guard book really unfold in real life? This book was reviewed by some in the intelligence community and a number of very senior officers at the Pentagon and other military members. Hamlet says, “Some of them gave me quotes which I have included on the cover, but only if I used their approximate titles as some may be still active.” The author added, “I have been told, by senior members of the intelligence community that The Right Guard is more possible today than in the time frame I wrote it—given the similarities in the social, economic, military, and political climates as well as much more improved command and control and communications abilities.”

Hamlet, a Harvard-educated cultural anthropologist, has consulted for the Pentagon and other agencies of the U.S. government. The first of a trilogy, The Right Guard takes readers through the twists and turns of the secretive world of U.S. intelligence as an undercover assignment goes astray. Though set in 1978, The Right Guard resembles the present political and economic climate of the United States. A former CIA Senior Operations Officer calls The Right Guard, “A must read for any spy aficionado!"

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

The Bay of Foxes is kind of like watching a foreign movie that is worth the price of admission.

Dawit came from a weathly family. His parents are dead and Dawit is an Ethiopian refugee living on the streets of Paris. M is a famous book author. When she sees Dawit, she invites him to share her meal with her. After hearing Dawit's story, M is intrigued and invites Dawit to move in with her at her villa known as the Bay of Foxes. Soon, Dawit and M start a relationship. Only the relationship is kind of one sided with M being the dominant one. Dawit does help M with her book.

I was greatly surprised by how much I got into this book. It is a twisted, psychological thriller. This book was like a evil game of cat and mouse, only there was two cats. Dawit was not as innocent as he was protrayed at first glance. M had many skeltons in her closet. I kind of wondered why the mystery surrounding M was all about as her big secret was really no surprise. With the mystery, if Dawit and M had formed a relationship, I would not have felt it Only because I did not really know M and the little bit that I did get to know of her, I thought she was standoffish The age difference between M and Dawit did not faze me. While, I did not like Dawit for the user he was, I was still intrigued by him and who he was. The Bay of Foxes is kind of like watching a foreign movie that is worth the price of admission.
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Let's Hear It for Almigal is a fun, quick and informative children's book.

Let's Hear It for Almigal is a fun, quick and informative children's book. It teaches children that everyone is different but in a good way. For Almigal, it was being heair impaired. While this did make her sad that she could not hear her friends and her parents saying they love her at night, Almigal would not miss out much longer. Almigal would see a doctor, who would tell her about a cochlear implant. It is like a hearing aid but it is surgically implanted so that the person can hear.

I was glad when Almigal got her implant as she was such a sweet, smart girl. The implant did not hinder Almigal but only helped her to do more. The pictures in this book were nicely drawn and colorful. They were not too clustered on the pages. Also, the sentences were also short. I liked this because if I was reading this book to my nephews or nieces or they wanted to read the bok themselves, then they would have a easy time doing so and their attention would stay on the story until the end.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

I"m Here to Help with SF Chapman

The challenge awaits by S F Chapman July 2012

As an eight year old during the long summer break from school, I would stand sullenly nearly every hot afternoon at the very edge of the neighborhood swimming pool contemplating the water.

Being a native Californian during the 1960s, I learned to swim shortly after I had mastered walking. With dozens of other youngsters, I would jostle about for hours in the pool playing dozens of games of Keep Away or Marco Polo.

But unlike other kids who leapt into the chilly water with great glee, I resisted that first frigid plunge.

I knew that the shocking transition from the comfortable and dry 90 degree air to the shivery 58 degree water was essential if I was to join the merriment, but I really didn’t like it.

No kid can ignore the prospect of great fun and eventually I would succumb. A minute or two of numbing torture was the admissions price to the watery land of youthful amusement.

Most of the grand adventures in life seem to require a similar brief and often distressing shift from the safe and dull to the bracing and exhilarating.

Progress is often painful but the rewards can be immense.

When the economy jittered into a recession a few years ago, the opportunities in the construction industry faded away and I was without work. I dithered about for a while, moodily contemplating my future.

The shimmery blue and inviting pool of writing beckoned but I resisted. It seemed like a lot of effort to produce that first book, I fretted. What if the novel wasn’t very good? Wouldn’t all that time be wasted?

What if, what if, what if...

I certainly would never know if I didn’t try.

And so I jumped in and authored my first book in July of 2009.

In the beginning I didn’t know what I was doing and it was difficult for a few weeks but I learned from my mistakes and struggled forward. The writing became easier and the results much smoother.

About a hundred days later, the work was done. My three editors agreed that the effort had paid off. That first book, entitled Floyd 5.136 is scheduled to be published in about a year.

I’ve since completed five other novels and just this month published my literary fiction novella I’m here to help, currently available at Amazon.com.

Whether it is marriage or mountain climbing, writing that first novel or learning a new language, jumping into a cold swimming pool or traveling the world, the challenge awaits but you must take the plunge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Officer Says I Do

Review by Nancy

Take a Captain in the Marines on leave in Vegas. He always takes care of his buddies and lets his own fun go by the wayside - he was surprised as hell. Skye came out with her friends to enjoy the evening, she didn’t plan on it. He didn’t plan on winning HUGE at 21. She didn’t plan on kissing him and neither one of them planned on…….getting hitched in the middle of the night.

Tim O’Shea and Skye Meadow McDermott were as opposite as it comes. She grew up on a commune with her parents and eats organic and vegetarian all the way. Tim was raised a Marine, loves meat and hunting some. When the realization that they were married hits his (in the form of his new wife and his waiting for him when he gets home) things aren’t as he imagined. His CO’s wife is a by-the-books, never wear bright colors, support your man and the Corps Military Wife. Skye doesn’t stand a chance.

A great story told with humor, lust and fear of mistakes both large and small. Can this staunch crew cut guy stay in love and lust with the hippie from Texas? And can aforementioned hippie bend enough to keep her man? Both are Honor Bound to try. A great book for the porch swing and lessons here to be learned as well.

What Happened to My Sister is a must not miss book!

After the death of her step father, Carrie and her mother, Libby are getting out of dodge. Lilbby and Carrie end up in the town of Hartsville, North Carolina. Here Libby and Carrie can start over without anyone to judge them.

Cricket has not been teh same since her sister passed away. Cricket's mother noticies the change but has tried everything to get Cricket to make friends with kids at her school or to just smile. Nothing has worked thus far.

When Cricket meets Carrie, they share an instant connection. Soon Cricket and Carrie are inseparable. Carrie is thinking less of Emma, her sister. Things change for both girls when a deep, dark secret is revealed.

Fans of Me and Emma will throughly enjoy What Happened to My Sister. It features Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby from Me and Emma. This book ties up nicely any lingering questions about what really happened to Emma and if she ever really existed. I loved Carrie and Cricket. They are what made this book. Their voices were strong presences in this book. I kind of suspected where the big reveal regarding the secret was going but still I was surprised int he end. When the truth did come out, I had a big smile on my face. This is when you know you have just read a winner. I was totally invested in the characters and the story. I blazed through this book in a matter of a few hours. I was in the zone. What Happened to My Sister is a must not miss book! This book just turned Ms. Flock into a superstar. I can not wait to see waht she has in store next.

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The Reluctant Matchmaker

Review by Nancy

Matchmaker, Matchmaker make me a match……” is not the song running thru Meena’s head when she runs into (literally!) her boss. She sprains her ankle, gets carried (by him) to his office where she spends the rest of the day on his couch resting. While she misses the whole thing he also carried her to his car and hauls her home. A very compassionate employer. What she didn’t miss is that he is 6’5” and she is five foot even if she stretches. He is HUGE for an Indian man and a bit intimidating.

Meena, PR person for Prajay Nayak’s firm and the newest employee soon falls – and hard – for him. Her parents and aunts are trying weekly to set her up as she is past marrying age in their culture and is trying to be independent which is quite annoying to them. Meena turns down everyone or, after one date has found the man was not her type. This was happening before she met Prajay and now is worse. She tries, she really tries but they aren’t him.

To make matters worse, Prajay is being harassed by his own family since he is nearly forty and single. He has an idea that, by hiring Meena to find him a potential wife; it will cut down the chaos of dating. She agrees, reluctantly and begins breaking her own heart with the task. He wants a smart woman who is 6’ tall. Amazing how many Indian women are out there who fit his requirements. Meena isn’t one of them. And then her aunt Akka shows up on the doorstep. Her brother falls in love – with a Muslim and chaos ensues.

Obsession with size, misclues and failed dates populate this wonderful novel. The author has written five other books which I am currently looking for because this was a nice book. No cursing, no hard drugs nor alcohol. Just a fantastic story about a young Indian woman trying to find her way in a culture centuries old while not losing herself in the process. Got get it. NOW!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Suzy's Case is a winner! It is just what the doctor ordered.

Poor Suzy. She is in the hospital fighting her body. She has sickle cell disease. It is where the sickle cells break apart and die, leaving the person with a shortage of red blood cells. Suzy's mother, June has been by Suzy's side every moment. The doctor comes to check on Suzy. The doctor leaves the room to talk to June when suddenly there is a scream. Suzy is in her bed looking like Linda Blair from the Exorcist. The next thing, Suzy is confined to a wheelchair for life. June filed a malpractice suit on the hospital and the doctor and has been fighting it for six years.

Tug is an attorney. He has been given orders to shut down June and Suzy's case as there is no case. For Tug, he believes this is going to be a quick open and close case. This is until Tug sees Suzy and gets to know her. Now Tug is fighting for Suzy.

Wow! Mr. Siegel really knocks it out of the park with Suzy's Case. I like Tug's brassy, cocky attitude. Although, I must admit that in the beginning, I thought he was a jack ass. All he saw when he first saw Suzy was a pile of money. Luckily, Tug turned a new leaf and got to know Suzy the "sch-weet" girl. I dare you not to fall in love with Suzy.

Suzy's mother, June is a firecracker and has the balls to back up her attitude. I like when she got mad that her ghetto side would appear. June and Tug paired nicely together.

I actually did learn from this book. I learned about sickle cell disease and how the whole malpractice suit works. Not that I ever hope to find myself in a malpractice suit as no one really wins in my opinion. Yeah the victim may win a boatload of money but what did they have to lose? Mr. Siegel infused his knowledge of being a personal injury and malpractice attorney into this book. The way that Tug got his evidence and handled the court scene is something that only a professional would know and can share. Suzy's Case is a winner! It is just what the doctor ordered.

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The Last Policeman

In just six months, the world is going to be destroyed by asteriod 2011GV1. With this impending doom, everyone has just decided to stop what they are doing. People have walked off their jobs. Just because everyone has stopped working does not mean that the crime has stopped.

Detective Hank Palace is investigating a murder. Just because the world is about to end does not mean that Hank is going to stop solving murders. He has wanted to be a detective and this is his chance to finally do right and catch the bad guys

I have recently gotten into post-apocalyptic books. So the idea or a pre-apocalyptic book is what drew me to this book. Unfortunately, I tried several times to get into this book but I just could not. The beginning moved extremely slow for me and there was nothing to grab my attention and make me hang on. The characters were kind of downers with the count down of the asteroid coming in six months. They knew that after the asteriod crashed that the end was here, so people just gave up caring and doing anything. Detective Palace was the only bright spot in this book. He did fight for something...justice. The mystery aspect of the book was good but again I felt the steps towards solving the murder was slow. Hopefully the next book is better.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Secondworld is a recommended read!

Ex-Navy Seal turned NCIS agent, Lincoln Miller has been tasked to check out the Aquarius underwater facility in the Florida Keys. Lincoln notices something strange. The sky is blazing red with red specks falling from the sky. Fish are dying Lincoln makes it to land, only to learn that an attack has been launched on the world. Someone has depleted the world of oxygen. With the lack of oxygen, people are also dying and the specks falling from the sky is all that is left of civilization. Miller must figure out who is behind the coming of the "secondworld" or all will be lost.

I started this book during my lunch hour and that was a bad choice. This is because I was instantly hooked. That was the quickest hour that I ever experienced. All I could think about was getting back to the book. I was going to leave the book at work but I just could not as I had to finish it. Wow. It has been a while since I had read a book this great. Mr. Robinson really is a great proflic writer He painted such a vivid picture of the "secondworld". I could actually picture something like this happening and this added to the suspense. A strong storyline, great characters, and a nice ending. I can picture this book being turned into a movie.

Lincoln Miller is something that I could cheer for. He kicked butt. It was like he the one only one left fighting the good fight for America. If this really did happen, I would want someone like Miller on my side. He was not standoffish. He did have a caring side and brains.

There was so much action that I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Every time I turned the page, there was something else happening. Secondworld is a recommended read! If you are looking for romance, a sexy hero, and doom and gloom, then turn on True Blood. Although, if you are looking for a book that will rock your world, then you need to run or click on the nearest bookstore or website and order a copy of Secondworld!
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Writing Movies for Fun and Profit + Giveaway

First off, if you are expecting to really get some good informative information about how to write your first screen play for the big screen, then you probably will get your hopes let down with this book. Not to say that Mr. Garant and Mr. Lennon did not provide the reader with some good street smarts and lessons that they have learned in only a way that Mr. Garant and Mr. Lennon can do. While, I did enjoy Mr. Garant and Mr. Lennon's let it all hang out their sense of humor and say anything attitude in this book, I was expecting to laugh until tears came out but this did not happen. Instead, I read about the first half of this book and then just skimmed the rest of it.

It is understandable how their television show Reno 911 became as sucessful as it was and some of their movies as well. Of course, after reading this book, you can not really blame them for Herbie:Fully Loaded. I am sure what they original wrote was good but after all the other screen writers got their hands on the script, including the director and horrible actor (she who shall not be named but is still alive and not dead). the movie just ended up being a big flop.

Important tips you can take away from this book is...Don't bank on just one script, have several. Have a good entertainment lawyer, Dress to impress, Pimp your movie, write your script with a big movie star in mind to play the starring role as they will help to make your dreams come true. Because once you have made it, then you will score the best parking spots at all the major studios.

If you would like a chance to check this book out for yourself, I have one copy to giveaway. U.S. Only
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Victoria Christopher Murray scores a perfect melody with Destiny's Divas!

Raine, Sierra, and Liza are Destiny's Divas. They are a singing group. Although, they are a little different. As they don't just sing but also preach. Sierra preaches to women about virginity. Raine was a former superstar singer and then she found her calling with Destiny's Divas. Liza is the wife of a pastor. These three women look to rise to the top. The only thing that can stop them is murder.

This is the third book I have read by this author. I just love her. She really brings to life her characters. She usually writes about strong women with a faith in God. My favorite was Raine. She had a lot to really fight for with her mother in law when it came to her daughter, Nadia. Old traditions mixed with the technology world of the present. I knew what Raine's mother in law's intent was when she was refering for Nadia and the procedure she wanted to do to her. I felt sorry for Nadia. I had read this tradition in another book. It is a terrible thing.

Sierra, I did not care for much in the beginning. She was a user of men and yet she wanted to pretend what she did was alright. It was not alright and as Sierra learned in the end as it bit her in the butt.

Liza, I did feel some what sorry for but not 100%. Sorry that she did not see the signs sooner when it came to her husband but not sorry when she did learn the truth but she did nothing about it right away.

Although, these three women are very different, they worked well together. I like how this book was set up. Each chapter was a different voice of the women. THis helped to allow me to really get to know the women better. The ending was a good one. Victoria Christopher Murray scores a perfect melody with Destiny's Divas!

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Gifted

Jessamine Brady has lived in Harmony Hill Village. Although, she loves her Amish brothers and sisters, Jessamine has never felt like she really belonged. Jessamine's world gets turned upside down when she and Sister Annie go marching through the woods for berries. They hear a gun shot and then they see a man lying in the road. The man has amensia and is an outsider. Jessamine convinces Sister Annie to allow them to bring back the man to their world. AS time passes, Jessamine becomes attracted to Tristan. THis will come at a high price as Jessamine will have to decide if she wants to stay or leave.

Ever since reading Angel Sister by Ann, I have been a fan of hers. I have since read several other books by her. This is my second Amish themed book. I have been fascinated by the Amish and always thought they made for good reading.

While, I did like this book, I did feel like the pressure that Jessamine had on her to stay and become a Shaker was a bit too much. It turned me off some from the book. Jessamine had a nice personality however, it was easy to see that she did not belong in the Amish world with her sisters and brothers. I like that she was respectable to the ways and did try. Although, I did like Jessamine and Tristan. As if dating is hard enough. I can not imagine doing it the Amish way. The romance between Jessamine and Tristan was a sweet one. Ann really did a good job of detailing the Amish way and the world. The diary entries I did like reading. Overall, not a bad book. Just wanted a little less details and this book read longer then it needed to be.

“Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Discretion is a contender!

A high end escort tumbles to her death. So this is news how? You better believe it is news when it is discovered that the woman fell from Congressman Emmett Lionel's balcony. Sounds like a case for U.S. Attorney. Anna Curtis. She works for the sex crime division. Anna will have her hands full as she makes her way around the world of sex, secrets, and scandals. Luckily for Anna, she will be joined by her love interest, chief homicide prosecutor, Jack Bailey.

I did enjoy this book. new author, Allison Leotta has a bright future in the thriller/suspense genre world. I could tell that Mrs. Leotta's experience as a federal prosecutor showed. She was able to help bring her knowledge to her main character, Anna. Anna called the shots in this book and she was a powerhouse. I liked her instantly. She had a sharp mind and knew how to maneuver her way around the internet and crime scenes. There was no slacking in either the drama, suspense or the ending. This is one of the most important aspects of a thriller/suspense novel. The ending. You can start on a high note in the beginning but if the ending is flat then I am turned off. I thought the ending was a good one. The romance between Anna and Jack was on the quiet side for me. Which to start out is fine with me. I would rather get to know the characters first and then build up to the romance.

This book had a feel of some of my favorite authors in this genre that include Michael Connelly, Allison Brennan and Lis Wiehl. If reading these names is not enough to make you want to check out this novel from author, Allison Leotta, then you must be dead. Discretion is a contender!
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July 6 — 7:00 pm

Politics & Prose Bookstore

Book talk & signing

5015 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC

July 9 — 7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble — Power Plant/Inner Harbor

Book talk & signing

601 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD

July 11-14


Grand Hyatt, New York City

July 14, 4:00 pm — Panel: Are There Thriller Laws?

July 14, 5:00 pm — signing in the bookstore

July 17 — 7:00 pm

Grayslake Library

Book talk & signing

100 Library Lane, Grayslake, IL

July 18 — 7:30 pm

Women & Children First Bookstore

Book talk & signing

5233 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

July 19 — 7:00 pm

Schuler Books

Book Signing

1982 West Grand River Ave, Okemos, MI

July 20 — 7:00 pm

Barnes & Noble

Book talk & signing

6800 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI

July 21 — 10:00 am

Mystery Lovers Bookshop

Mystery Brunch

514 Allegheny River Boulevard, Oakmont PA

July 23 — 6:00 pm

The Mysterious Bookshop

Book talk & signing

58 Warren Street, New York, NY

July 24 — 7:00 pm

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore

Book talk & signing

4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ

July 25-28

Romance Writers of America — National Conference

Anaheim, CA

July 26, 8:30 am, Panel: What Crime Novels (and TV Shows) Get Right and Wrong

July 26 — 6:00 pm

Book Carnival

Book talk & signing

348 S. Tustin Avenue, Orange, CA

November 13 – 5:30pm

National Press Club Library

529 14th St NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC

The truth shall set you free in All the Truth!

Maggie was just five years old when a tragic event took place. One that would tear her family apart. One evening several students were out partying near where Maggie lived. One moment, Maggie's mother was talking to the students and the next moment there was blood everywhere.

Maggie is a high school student now. She is trying to move on with her life but it it hard when the past keeps sticking around. During an incident at school, Maggie is forced to finally face her past.

I instantly fell for author, Laura Brodie after reading The Widow's Season. This is why I was excited to read All the Truth. While this book still had elements of this author's charm with poetic charm, I did feel it fell a little flat towards the end. Especially when Emma made her erappearance. I was expecting this big dramatic scene and there was nothing ro write back home about. However, I did enjoy reading this book. I had envisioned the story playing out a different way. The truth was just as good.

Maggie had a calm strength that I feed onto in this book. I could see that inside however she was cracking but she held it all together pretty well, I thought. I figured how pretty quickly who all the major characters were. This story was kind of sad. The lies we find ourselves in can have terrible consequences. The way the story played out from past to present while inserting snippets from the past again was layed out in a nice order and was a smooth transaction. The truth shall set you free in All the Truth!
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