Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Lady Claire Is All That

Her Brains
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?

Plus His Brawn
Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancĂ©e jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones. . .

Equals A Study In Seduction
By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love.

My Review

Instantly, this book was a hit with me. I just absolutely fell in love with Claire. The way that she was not intrigued by parties or status. It made for entertaining reading watching Claire brush off Lord Fox's advances. Sometimes it was intentional and other times Claire was clueless. Yet, Claire was endearing and brilliant. This is what I loved the most about her. She was not afraid to stand up for herself and make her presence felt in a male dominant world.

Lord Fox did not carry an "air" about him. Thus, this made him endearing as well. In addition, he let Claire be herself. In regards, to the romance between these two; it was good. The author did not have them kissing right away, so when they finally shared their first kiss, it felt natural and there were sparks. After that it got steamy. The witty banter that Lord Fox and Claire shared made me smile and even laugh. This book is all that and more!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cat O’Nine Tales

A collection of 9 short stories (and one bonus tale!) Journey to the dark side with this collection of 10 twisted tales of horror, malevolence and the truly uncanny.

What evil dwells within the pretty lady next door or the ordinary house cat?

What happens when you pursue your dreams into the desert after dark?

Beware the man borne of your imagination. He could seek vengeance on the one who created him.

Visit a bookstore offering a most alluring and sinister service.

Journey to the dark side with ten twisted tales of horror, malevolence, and the truly uncanny.

My Review

If you are a horror fan than you will enjoy this collection of short stories. Each one was great. For the most part I did not dislike any of them. Yet, I will tell you that the body count does rise in this collection; however, the deaths are not overly gory. In fact, the stories brought me back to my love of Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and Vincent Price. This type of horror. While none of the stories have surprises as the twists unfold prior to the endings, it was still enjoyable to read the stories. The deaths were warranted. This collection is a quick read. I am going to check out other books from this author.



Lost in Shadows + Giveaway


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Disruption + Giveaway

Book Description:

There are two types of people: those who have been hacked and know it, and those who have been hacked and don’t know it.

Former Naval Intelligence Officer turned secret operative Jake Pendleton finds himself in a pulse-pounding race to stop a cyber-terrorist from releasing a string of the most heinous cyber-crimes the world has ever seen. Crimes that could render the world’s advanced technology useless.

Jake teams with his partner, Francesca Catanzaro, to track down their only lead, a white-hat hacker in Italy known only as The Jew. A man who might hold the key to stop a group of black-hat hackers from causing worldwide chaos—tag named Disruption.

After a search of the hacker’s flat in Rome turns up empty, Jake and Francesca follow the clues—a trail of dead bodies that leads them across Europe. Along the way, Jake discovers a possible link between recent hacks and a Malaysian airliner that mysteriously disappeared.

In the final adrenaline-charged moments before Disruption, Jake and Francesca find themselves in a high-voltage race to stop these cyber terrorists from unleashing destruction against their sworn mortal enemy.

My Review

This is my first introduction to this series. If you are like me then you will be happy to know that you can read this book as a stand alone novel. The working relationship between Jake and Francesca was a good one. They did work well together like puzzle pieces.

The start of this book got me hyped to continue reading. Which I did continue reading and liking what I read. Yet, about almost half way I got stalled some with this book and found myself reading it at a slower pace. There was plenty of action. Yet, I agree with another reader that it some of the events seemed unbelievable that the bad guys could so easily get away with things. It was like Jake reacted 4 steps behind. The last third of the story did pick up the pace again. Overall, this is a fine read.

Meet the author:

Chuck Barrett is the bestselling author of the Award-Winning Jake Pendleton series—Breach of Power, The Toymaker, and The Savannah Project, as well as his latest award-winning blockbuster, BLOWN, the first book in his new Gregg Kaplan series.

In addition to writing thrillers, Barrett speaks and conducts workshops at book festivals, book clubs, reading groups, writers conferences, and writers groups. Some of his topics include Nuts & Bolts of Self-Publishing based on his book—Publishing Unchained: An Off-Beat Guide To Independent Publishing—as well as, Blueprint for a Successful Book Launch, Getting from ‘Idea’ to ‘Finished Manuscript,’ Mysteries & Thrillers: Fact or Fiction, and Adding the “What if” in Storytelling.

Barrett is a graduate of Auburn University and a retired air traffic controller. He also holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate, Flight Instructor Certificate, and a Dive Master rating. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, and most things outdoors. He and his wife, Debi currently reside in Colorado.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Law and Disorder

Law and Disorder: A Legal Thriller

By Mike Papantonio

Published by SelectBooks
Hardcover: 352 pages
September 20, 2016; $26.95US; 9781590793671


In the tradition of John Grisham, from radio talk show host and "America's lawyer" Mike Papantonio, comes Law and Disorder, a highly suspenseful legal thriller in which a Florida attorney finds the system working against him.
Brash, brilliant, handsome Nicholas Deketomis has built a highly successful career as a lawyer protecting the rights of the innocent while winning multibillion dollar lawsuits from the powers that be. "Deke" may have come from the wrong side of the tracks but he's built a wonderful life for his close-knit family. His wife, Terry, and two children live in a beautiful house in a seaside community along the Florida Panhandle.
But their comfortable life is endangered. In the midst of a highly contentious multimillion dollar lawsuit against a powerful pharmaceutical company, as well as publicly advocating for a liberal Florida State Senate candidate, this time Deke may have riled the wrong powerbrokers. Scheming against him are a local Bible-thumping preacher, an ambitious district attorney, and two malicious brothers running one of the country's biggest oil corporations. A vile conspiracy is hatched to bring down Deketomis: Setting him up and attempting to convict him on a bogus murder charge would solve many of their problems.
Deke's in the trial of his life, which quickly becomes a media circus. But this good man will not go down without a bruising fight—especially when he finds his family threatened. And just as it seems that his enemies may have him cornered, he finds help from the unlikeliest source.
My Review
Yes, I could get glimpses of John Grisham in this book. However, I found while reading this book, I did not get so bogged down with lots of details and conversation. Deke is not only a hard fighting attorney but a family man. I appreciated this fact. It brought him into a different light with giving him a soul as well as being relatable and likable at the same time.
I was rooting for Deke the whole time. Not that it was hard to do with him taking on the big, bad pharmaceutical company. I briefly was aware that companies conducted their own studies but to hear it mentioned in this book was eye-opening. Consumers should be aware that the promotions that products have area really from the company looking for their best interest. Deke surrounds himself with good, smart people. A nonstop fast read. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

Author Bio:

Mike Papantonio, author of four motivational books for lawyers and co-author of Air America: The Playbook, listed by The New York Times as a Political Best Seller, hosts the nationally syndicated radio show “Ring of Fire” with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Sam Seder. He has interviewed Dan Rather, Helen Thomas, Howard Zinn, Arianna Huffington, Bernie Sanders, Bill Moyers, and many others. He is a Senior partner at Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiff’s law firms in America, Papantonio is a political commentator who frequently appears on MSNBC, Free Speech TV, RT America Network, and Fox News. For more information, please visit Law and Disorder, and “Ring of Fire” on Facebook.
For more information visit his website at http://www.lawanddisorderbook.com, and connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Absolute Trust + Giveaway





Author: Piper J. Drake

Series: True Heroes, #3

On Sale: December 20, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $6.99 USD

eBook:  $5.99 USD

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Hot military heroes, the women who love them, and the dogs who always have their backs. ABSOLUTE TRUST is the third book in a high-adrenaline romantic suspense series from Piper J. Drake.




After multiple tours of duty, Brandon Forte returns to his hometown on a personal mission: to open a facility for military service dogs like Haydn, a German shepherd who's seen his share of combat and loss. It also brings him back to Sophie Kim, a beacon of light in his life . . . and the one woman he can't have. But Forte's success means he's made enemies in high places. Enemies who are now after Sophie . . .


When Forte enlisted and left without saying goodbye, Sophie did her best to move on. But with her first love back in town, looking sexier than ever, she's constantly reminded of what they could have had. Then after he risks himself for her, Sophie realizes she'll have to put her life in the hands of the man who broke her heart, knowing the danger—and the sparks between them—could consume them both.




Sophie Kim must’ve come directly from work because, under her very sleek, black trench coat, she wore a matching pencil skirt. Three-inch red heels popped in contrast to the severe black of the rest of her outfit. Which did all sorts of things to him. Naughty things. The kind of things that were so good that they were really bad. Especially when a woman was off limits.

“Hey! Is that the new guy?” Sophie slowed her approach, keeping her gaze locked on Forte’s face.

She’d been around tiny dogs all her life, but she’d spent enough time at Hope’s Crossing Kennels over the last couple of years to have learned how to meet the much bigger dogs in Forte’s care. Training working dogs was his thing. Or in Haydn’s case, retraining.

Always a work in progress.

Sophie had been here when Forte had come back from active duty, too battle weary to continue deploying. She’d helped him with the accounting when he’d established Hope’s Crossing Kennels and had generally integrated herself into the private world he’d created for himself, Rojas, and Cruz while they all rebuilt lives for themselves.

Sophie’s bright smile faded as she waited for him to answer. She always sensed when he got too caught up inside his own head.

“Yeah.” Forte came to a halt and murmured the command for Haydn to sit.

Instant obedience. Despite his injury, surgery, and current need for recovery, the dog was as sharp as he’d been on active duty. The mind was eager, ready to work. The body, not so much.

Sophie’s smile renewed, the brilliant expression stopping his heart, the way it had every time he’d seen her since they’d first met way back in high school. She came to a stop in front of them, barely within arm’s reach. “He must be doing well if you’ve got him out here for some field work.”

While they spoke, Haydn watched them both. Then he sniffed the back of Sophie’s hand, which she’d been holding conveniently within reach.

Usually, he preferred if a person asked to be introduced, but this was Sophie. If she’d approached anyone else, she’d have requested permission to say “Hi” to the dog. But between the two of them, everything was an exception.

It showed how well she’d come to know the way he worked in the last few years. He’d changed with every deployment. It happened. And she’d adjusted and accepted those changes in him without a word when he came back. She was the steadfast, forever friend.

He’d never told her why he’d left in the first place or why he’d come back. She was so good at just accepting him that she might never know. And he was a coward for not telling her.

“What’s your plan for him?” Sophie glanced down at the dog, now that he’d sniffed her hand. “Haydn, right?”

 “Yeah.” Forte cleared his throat. “He’s got a couple of weeks of physical therapy first. Then we need to coordinate with the Air Force on his adoption.”

“Ah.” Understanding in one syllable. She had the kind of caring heart to fill in the gaps when something went unsaid. “His handler didn’t make it.”

Part of why Sophie was one of the only people Forte felt easy around was because she got it. Only needed to explain once. And she listened the first time. Sometimes no explanation was required at all.

 “Where’s your car? We’ll walk you.”

“Right across the street.” Sophie jerked her head in the direction of the small parking lot.

They headed over, Sophie falling into step next to Forte. She didn’t try to take his hand or tuck her own around his arm. They weren’t like that. Besides, she knew he didn’t like to be all wound up with a person when walking out in the open.

 As they approached her car, Sophie juggled her shopping bag to pull her keys out of her purse and triggered the trunk.

“Need help?” Forte came up alongside the car, scanning the area around the parking lot out of habit.

“No worries.” Sophie lifted the trunk door and carefully placed her shopping bag inside the deep space, leaning in to move things around to where she wanted. “I need to make sure this is arranged so stuff doesn’t shift. It's delicate!”

He was not going to admit to anyone, ever, how much he was willing to stretch his neck to catch sight of her backside while she was leaning over.

Haydn sniffed the side of the car. The big dog was very engaged, his relaxed attitude changing to a sharper set of movements. Forte tore his attention from Sophie.

Haydn had detected something out of place. Something wrong. Forte’s stomach tightened into a hard knot. Nothing wrong should be anywhere near his Sophie. It didn’t matter that they were in a sleepy town on the edge of a river in the middle of a peaceful country. It didn’t matter that there shouldn’t be any real danger here.

Haydn deliberately sat and looked up at Forte. It was a clear signal. One Haydn had been specifically trained to give as a military explosives detection dog.


“Sophie. Step away from your car.” He’d explain later. Be afraid later. Rage. Worry.


She popped up from the trunk. “Huh?”

“Do it.”

They had to move now.

She complied, thank god. He gave Haydn a terse command, circled around to grab Sophie and get more distance. He steered her across the parking lot toward a big dumpster. It’d serve as good cover. Then he reached for his smart phone.

They got a couple of yards away, and Sophie craned her neck to look back at her car, even as she kept moving with him. She always did as he asked immediately, but she had a brain, and she insisted on explanations after she complied. “What—?”

Behind them, the trunk hatch came down with a solid thunk.

Forte let out a curse and grabbed her, pulling them down to the ground and rolling for the cover of other cars as an explosion lifted the entire driver’s side of her car.





Piper J. Drake (or "PJ") spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre.


PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.


PJ's romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.









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Monday, December 19, 2016


Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

My Review

If you are a fan of Alice in Wonderland or fairy tales in general and with a twist, then, you will enjoy this book. What I most loved about this book is that it was not just a twist on a classic story but it stood alone as a different story. Yes, there were some of the same characters from the original. However, there were other new characters that kept this story refreshing. So, there was nothing to compare this story to the original. Well, I guess in all honesty you could say that this book is the "original". It was entertaining to read how the Queen of Hearts came to be the woman that was the most feared in all of Wonderland.

Although, I must comment by saying that while I liked the romance sprouting between Catherine and Jest, I felt that Catherine could have been fine without any suitors. She is a strong, independent woman with a mind of her own. Therefore, this is the reason I liked her a lot. Yet, the romance between Catherine and Jest was sweet. At least, Jest offered some laughs. Unlike the King. He was spineless. The Jabberwock was a nice addition to making this story a little darker. This is a recommended read! I look forward to reading more books by this author.

No Good Deed Left Undone + Giveaway

Book Description:

“He had an itchy feeling, something he had seen that his memory had recorded but that he wasn’t paying attention to…”

When a man has everything, he can afford to be generous. Lawyer, philanderer, and horseman Grant Wodehouse is generous to a fault—until he’s stabbed to death with a pitchfork in his barn. The killer could be anyone—his lover’s husband, his troubled son, the homeless guy he lets sleep in his barn, his unscrupulous partner or even his wife.

​Methodical Detective Sam Lagarde doesn’t miss a clue as he questions an ever-growing list of suspects, only to discover the killer has been hiding in plain sight the entire time. Always one step behind the killer, finally Lagarde’s only recourse is one he never wanted to take.

My Review

I liked this book. The author did give me some twists that I did not see coming. Yet, due to the fact that I have not read any of the prior novels in this series, I experienced that lack of character development with the rest of the characters; other then Lt. Sam Lagarde. If, I had that stronger character based relationship I would have been a little more engaged in the story. However, I can't fully say that this may have changed my opinion of most of the characters. They did not really seem like people that I would be good friends with. Although, this was a nice read. If you ask me, there was no love lost when Grant was found murdered. From what I learned about him and his many relationships with women and his family, I was not a fan of his (past or former present). Again, there was enough good elements of this book that I did enjoy that I would check out another book in this series.

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Meet the Author:Ginny Fite is an award-winning journalist who has covered crime, politics, government, healthcare, art and all things human. She's been a spokesperson for a governor and a member of Congress, a few colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company. She earned degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University and studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute. No Good Deed, published by Black Opal Books in 2015, is her second Sam Lagarde mystery/thriller set in Charles Town, West Virginia.

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Books for a Deserted Island Guest Post by Ginny Fite
Imagine I’ve survived a shipwreck—thrown into churning water, the ship sinking before my eyes, huge waves, sharp rocks, dragged across coral to be washed up on the beach, gasping like a dying fish exposed to air.

And yet, I’ve managed to preserve three books to keep me company while airplanes search for survivors 500 miles in the wrong direction.

I must have put these favorite books in a waterproof envelope, taped it closed, and strapped it to my body before I flung on the life preserver. Because, of course, what else would I save in a disaster besides my three favorite books?

Let’s hope I also had the presence of mind to place a flashlight, flip flops, lighter, and a few packets of meals-ready-to-eat in that waterproof bundle.

So we’ll go with that. I’ve made it onto the beach, stopped screaming for help, and decided to do something about my crisis. I gather whatever natural material burns and light a signal fire. From the beach, I pick up any useful implements that have washed up from the boat. I find a fresh water source, invent a way to contain the water, build a shelter, eat sparingly from my MREs, settle down on the sand, and…whip out my favorite book.

You see this now, right? The light from my fire illuminates the page. There’s a gentle after-storm breeze. Palms sway above me. And I’m reading…Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe because here’s a protagonist who’s been through this before and knows all the tricks to survive. This is my encyclopedia for living on a desert island. I’ll consult it daily.

The next morning, in a slightly lighter mood, I begin to read One Hundred Years of Solitude, just as a pick me up, something to take my mind off the fact that there’s no one else around. It whisks me away to a magical realm where anything can happen. Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes my breath away, even in the middle of a disaster.

I plan to make my own island into a utopia…somehow. Even if it takes generations. Of course, for that, I’d need at least one other person to show up, but I can imagine, can’t I? After all, I saved these three books. Imagination must count for something.

A year goes by. I’m a slow reader. I’m now walking around wearing the skin of some poor indigenous animal I’ve killed, or if I can’t bear to do that, the remaining rags of the clothes on my back when the ship went down. But I’ve learned how to fish and grill seaweed, so I’m good.

I’m reading All the Light We Cannot See, an absolutely delicious tale of things going really badly for two young people during World War II. I plan to read Anthony Doerr’s novel again and again, even if I’m rescued.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Introvert

A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.

My Review

This is one of those books that you can both love and hate it at the same time. Ok, maybe hate is a strong word. More like a "what am I reading". This is a train wreck but it is so good that I can't stop reading. This book is told from the first person. I am mixed on first person books. Some I have read are good and others were not so good. This book is in the good category.

The main character is so socially awkward that again this was a situation where it was both painful and funny to watch how everything played out. However, my favorite parts were when the main character would be interacting with someone he could not stand and thoughts of killing them would play out in his head. The results were always the same “red and open”. The next time I watch a murder show or read a book with a murder scene I am going to think “red and open”. I enjoyed reading this book more then I thought I would and the end results were magical.


A broken agent. A once in a lifetime chance. A new mission that threatens to destroy her again.

Rachel Carter has it all. A brilliant career in the DEA, a man she loves at her side, a future filled with possibilities. Until the night she loses everything.

Considered damaged beyond salvation by the people who once trusted her, Rachel enlists into the secretive Division Eight and becomes part of a new breed of special operatives working in the shadows. 

When a critical mission goes wrong in North Africa, Rachel finds herself face to face with ghosts from her past. Embroiled in a deadly cat-and-mouse game against a brutal adversary determined to win at any cost, she must face her darkest fears in order to defeat the enemy who once tore her life apart.

My Review

Now, this is how you start out a series, with a big bang! I always love a good, strong heroine. Rachel was that woman. She fought through adversity to come out on top. She is a deadly force and earns the respect of her team. Speaking of team, the EAGLE's are great. I enjoyed every member of the team. They each brought something to the team. Plus, their witty banter was entertaining. Another team that I liked were the WOLF. Although, I hope to see this team again in the future and get to know the members' of this team better. Everything about this book was great...the characters, the plot, the action, and the ending. The bad guys better watch out for Rachel and the EAGLE's. This book is worth checking out.

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Disaster at Roosevelt Ranch

I slept with the wrong twin.
And all I got for it in return was a b
roken heart. Oh yeah, and a baby on the way—there’s that too.

But I’m determined to make it on my own. I don’t need a man, thank you very much. Not rich, charismatic, and decidedly flighty Rex Roosevelt, and especially not his twin brother, Justin.
No matter that the gorgeous former military doctor makes my heart beat a little faster . . . and all spots lower pay careful, careful attention.

None of that matters. The Roosevelt men are dangerous and I’m steering clear. The trouble is, Justin refuses to leave me be. And deep down, I don’t want to avoid him.  Deep down, I want to be even closer.

My Review

This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. This is a good thing as this book is the first in this series.

Justin and Kelly made a perfect match together. Although, I knew nothing about Justin's twin, Rex and the guy who knocked Kelly up; I knew enough about him that I did not like him at all. Justin showed that not all twins are alike. He was so sweet and caring towards Kelly. In addition, he brought out the confidence in Kelly as well. I could feel the chemistry building between them. When, they finally hooked up, they did not disappoint. I has such an enjoyable time reading this book and getting to know Justin and Kelly.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Joseph's Journey

Title: Joseph’s Journey: When Dad Left and Never Came Back 2nd Edition Author: Christina Nicole Smith
Publisher: Be A Blessing Enterprises
Pages: 44
Genre: Juvenile Literature/Nonfiction

As a mother, how do you explain an absentee father to your child without blame, anger or resentment? Empower them! Seven-year-old Joseph shares his story about when he first learns about the POWER of choice he possesses after his father leaves and doesn't come back. His mother teaches him the difference between his father’s choices and his own. Do Joseph and Mom become angry with Joseph’s father? Well, a belief is just a thought you keep thinking over and over...find out what happens on Joseph’s Journey!

My Review

I really liked this book and the message that the author shared. My nephews have had to deal with their father choosing not to be a part of their lives. This has been a big deal in their lives, even though they may not come out and straight voice their opinions. My oldest nephew is angry. So, I am hoping that by reading this book, he can heal faster and understand that he has a choice. Which I think is very important to show children that it is not their fault and they have great power as well to make a bad situation a good one. This book is a recommended read.

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Book Excerpt:

Hi. My name is Joseph and I want to share my story with you about when I first learned about making choices.

For instance, sometimes your mom might ask you if you want milk, water or juice to drink. 

Your choice may be water. 

Or your mom may ask you if you want to go to the store with her or if you want to stay home with your grandparents. 

You may choose to go with your mom to the store as your choice.

My mom first told me about making choices one day when I asked her where my dad was.  I used to see him at least once a week or every two weeks. 

Then, I didn't see or hear from him at all. I didn't know why he didn't come to our house anymore. All I knew was that I felt sad and sometimes angry because I didn't see him anymore.

About the Author

Christina Smith is an entrepreneur, consultant, mother, and published author. "Joseph's Journey" is her first children's picture book.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, she grew up in a house with 3 children, WITHOUT the white picket fence and no dog! However, there was lots of love and laughs to go around. When she was about 10 years old, she thought she was going to be the "next coming" of Whoopi Goldberg! Well, "life happened" and "that" did NOT happen, but in 2014 she was able to cross ONE ITEM off of her bucket list and perform stand-up comedy in front of a live audience.

When she's not homeschooling her son or driving him all around town to his various activities, some of Christina's favorite things to enjoy are: PEET'S COFFEE, the local library, a throw-your headback, "that brought tears to my eyes" kinda laugh; organic, gluten-free, dairy free, non-gmo food (did we mention she's from the BAY AREA?) and good music.

Christina is a certified graduate/alumnus of, certified professional speaker/author, George Ramirez' "Present with Purpose" (2008) & two-time student of his "The Miracle in the Mirror" programs. She has received a Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly in Honor of Graduating from the Women's Initiative for Self Employment and dedication to empowering the quality of her life and her community (2007).

Additionally, she is a student of Certified Rebirthing-Breathwork Practitioner, Iris Nelson. She holds an Associates degree in Legal Administration/Paralegal Studies from Heald Business College.


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Relentless + Giveaway

Book Description:"The little girl lay under the hay stack scarcely breathing. Sweat poured down her face and dripped into her eyes; her heart pounded through her thin chest. Tiny flecks of hay clung to her wet skin, making her itch. She squeezed her nose tightly afraid she'd sneeze. Eyes clamped shut, she lay there. Flies buzzed around her, crawling on her. She didn't move. She didn't know how long she'd been there in the loft. She didn't care how long she stayed. She couldn't move. Not yet."

Nearly a lifetime after a childhood filled with misery and abuse, Gina, now a successful doctor, finds herself thrown back into a terrifying world where her nightmares become far more than just a dream. With the help of an unconventional therapist with secrets of her own, the hunt is on and Gina fights for her life in this harrowing tale of cat and mouse.

My Review

This book should have been right up my alley. Yet, I had a very hard time getting into the story or the characters. Even, listening to the story via audio version did not help. It was not the voice characterization that was the problem as I felt the narration was fine with the different voices from female to male. What I felt was lacking was any action intensity.
The story started out good and it had me drawn in but after that I lost interest. I could walk away while the story was playing with no problems. In fact, I did find myself doing so several times. There was not enough balance due to all of the conversations that Gina had with her therapist. It seemed like Gina was always talking with her therapist and sometimes repeating herself. This book suffered from too much talking and not enough action.


Meet the author:

​Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight. To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Say Goodbye for Now

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.

My Review

This is the third book I have read from this author. By far, this is the best book I have read from the author. Although, every book that I have read by this author is a good read. Ms. Ryan Hyde brings so much life to her stories and characters. She takes the reading game up a few levels.

Instantly, I connected with everyone in this book from Lucy, Pete, Calvin, Justin and Prince. The way they were all brought together and bonded was great. I actually felt sorry that the rest of the town could not find happiness or friendship like these 5 did. Yes, I count Prince as one of the group. I like how the story progressed in time with everyone growing older and yet still staying in each other's lives. I almost read this book in one sitting. If it was not for the one small factor of sleep, I would have read it all. Yet, when I put the book down I only had a third of the way left which I promptly finished as soon as I could. I look forward to reading the next book by this author. As the title of this book says "I am only saying goodbye for now".

Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Blue Witch

The second installment of The Chronicles of Eledon finds Lady Alexin in Avalon, seat of King Arthur’s throne. The mortal world is far from what she’d imagined, and the mortals are less than hospitable. Trouble abounds when Alex is accused of being the “Blue Witch” and sentenced to die for treason. In addition, the mysterious death of one of Arthur’s courtiers by seemingly magical means complicates her situation. Back in Eledon, trouble is brewing. Civil unrest and the threat of war demands Alex’s presence to assume her responsibilities as Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders. Only too glad to escape the noose, Alex executes a series of quests to prove her abilities to handle the keys and their strange magic. But can she save the Elves from Civil War? And commute her own death sentence by finding the Holy Grail?

My Review

This is the first book I have read by this author. I was first drawn to this book by the stunning cover that I had to check this book out. Yet, I did not realize it was part of a series/trilogy. However, I had no issues jumping right into this book. I did not feel like I had missed anything by not having read the first book. Which, I do plan to check out as I enjoyed this book so much and the worlds that the author built of Avalon, Eledon, the elves, and the rest of the characters as well.

Alex is a great heroine. She is a leader. There was a bit of a romance brewing in this story but it was not distracting at all. I am a fan of romance when it works nicely into the story without being overpowering or it seems forced. This is a very, quick read. I can't wait to see if Alex defeats Sawgrass once and for all.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving

Inside the Book

Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

My Review

I found this book to be a quick but charming read. Macy is a very innovative girl, who is also a quick thinker. I really enjoyed that this story had a good message...it is ok to not have the "traditional" Thanksgiving. In addition, there are more important things then the food, like family. Again, it was great how Macy took what she learned in school about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and turned her family Thanksgiving disaster into something positive.

Book Excerpt:

Moments later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The family raced to the door to hug them.


 “Oh no!” cried Mom. “What was that?”


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Meet the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd and A Christmas Kindness. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.