Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Lake

Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…

Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.
  

My Review


I went into this book ready for a sweet read. The story started out fine, yet after a few chapters I found myself struggling to keep reading. My issue was with the characters. No matter how much I tried and tried, I could not find any connections towards any of them. Therefore, if you strip away that fact I am left with just a story that could be about anyone. Although, I did like the charming town of Sweet Lake. In addition, the fact that Daniel was slowly charming his way into Linnie's life was sweet. The fact that Daniel and Linnie did not just fall for each other instantly lent itself nicely to the story. As I have pointed out there are elements of this book that I did enjoy and had I found that strong connection to the characters in the story, I would have kept reading on. However, I would try this author again in the future.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

His Cowboy Heart

Bound by honor and by love…

That’s a Montana Man

Ford Kendrick has often dreamed of the day that Jamie Keller would come home to Montana. After high school, she needed to leave—and he, duty-bound to rescue his family’s ranch, pushed her to go. The Army made Jamie a hero, but Ford still sees the gorgeous, loving woman who lit up his whole world.

Every day since she left, Jamie has longed for Ford. One glimpse confirms it: the sexy, dangerous-looking cowboy left a hole in her heart that nothing else can fill. Yet the battle scars she bears—inside and out—won’t let her trust anyone enough to get close.

Ford wants to bring Jamie back to the life they dreamed of building. But locked somewhere in her memories is a dark truth that threatens her safety. It’s a battle Ford won’t let her fight alone, not when he’s determined to keep her by his side, now and always.


My Review

I have read many books where the male lead is the one coming back from a war and suffering from PTSD. Yet, I rarely read about the female lead being the war hero. That is what drew me to pick up this book and read it. I will tell you I read in one day. Yes, this book is a one day read! His Cowboy Heart took me on an emotional roller coaster with great characters!

I loved both Ford and Jamie. The sweet nickname that Ford has for Jamie, I could not help but melt at the love behind it. The nickname is "Firefly". In addition, I just loved how Ford did not push Jamie to heal quicker and acknowledged both her physical and emotional scars. He was not turned off by either of them.

Author, Jennifer Ryan did a wonderful job of not shying away from the topic of PTSD in this book. She brought the subject matter to the front which I appreciated. PTSD is real and people need to be aware of PTSD. As the author highlights in this book, it does not just affect the person (Jamie) but all of those around the person as well (Ford). The first time that Ford and Jamie made love, I had a smile on my face. Because, they were meant for each other and I could see Jamie starting to let her guard down.

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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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  EXCERPT: She turned back to him. “You seem to have a good deal of stamina.” “Amelie…Mistress, I don’t think you’re getting’ that I seriously find you not hard on the eyes.” She bent closer, as intended for this part of their session, some of her fair falling on his chest in another caress. She did this letting her amusement show, if not all of the emotion she felt at his compliment. “I wonder, monchou, if you think you can butter me up with compliments.” “I don’t know. Maybe. Though not sure why I’d bother since I didn’t give you one and you just made me shoot a huge-ass load the like that have never come from my cock.” “And he gives another compliment,” she said through a smile. “You earn it, I’ll say it, he replied, his lips twitching. “That is, if I’m physically capable of speech.” She was still smiling when she reached out a hand and delicately traced circles around his nipple. His eyes darkened. Her good humor increased. “You’re of course aware I should do something about you being so audaciously cheeky.” Another darkness crossed his face. “What?” “I shouldn’t allow you to be cheeky with me.” “Cheeky?” “Impudent,” she explained. The look fled. “You mean, in uppity, hot-chick speak, a wise-ass.” Amelie couldn’t help it, she laughed softly. “She’s got a pretty laugh, too, to go with that pretty accent,” he murmured and she saw his eyes on her lips. I could get lost in this one, she thought. Lost and never found.      



About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Heartbreak and transformation in the beauty of a Ukrainian village

For seven-year old Angela, happiness is exploring the lush countryside around her home in western Ukraine. Her wild imagination takes her into birds and flowers, and into the waters of the river.

All that changes when, one morning, she sees her mother crying. As she tries to find out why, she is drawn on an extraordinary journey into the secrets of her family, and her mother's fateful choices.

Can Angela lead her mother back to happiness before her innocence is destroyed by the shadows of a dark past?

Beautiful, poetic and richly sensory, this is a tale that will haunt and lift its readers.

My Review

I had mixed emotions while reading this book. It was an experience all of its own. On one hand I was memorized by the story as if it was part dream and part mystical. At the same time it was for these elements that I struggled at times to stay connected to the story. However, what kept me grounded was the characters...Angela, her mother, and grandmother. There was a strong connection between all of these women.

Angela represented joy. Her mother represented sadness. Her grandmother represented love. As I kept reading this book, the story revealed itself to me and I did not care if I may not have always got the concept of what I was reading but all I knew is that I did like this book. So, I just sat back and enjoyed myself. I loved when Angela and her mother went to town. This was a happy moment. The ending was not too much of a surprise but I can say that it was a fitting one. The Woman Behind the Waterfall is a lovely read!




About the Author:

Leonora Meriel grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and then for a multinational law firm.

In 2003 she moved from New York to Kyiv, where she founded and managed Ukraine’s largest Internet company. She received an MBA from Kyiv Mohyla Business School and served as President of the International Women’s Club of Kyiv, a major local charity. During her years in Ukraine, she learned to speak Ukrainian and Russian, witnessed two revolutions and got to know an extraordinary country at a key period of its development.

In 2008, she decided to return to her dream of being a writer, and completed The Woman Behind the Waterfall, set in a village in western Ukraine.

Her second novel The Unity Game, set in New York and London, will be released on May 1 2017.

Leonora lives in Barcelona and London and has two children.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let's Try This Again + Giveaway




Book Description:
One girl.  Two guys.  It's complicated. And hot.


First there is Isaac, the ex-boyfriend who threatens her move to a sunny new life on the west coast when he suddenly comes back into the picture.  The chemistry is intoxicating and Josie starts eating, breathing, and sleeping with him again until the move.  Things are hard enough saying goodbye to her childhood home and very best friends, but when Isaac makes it seem like he might actually want her to stay, Josie wonders if she’s giving up on him too quickly.


Josie takes the plunge and moves to California.


Then comes Carter. Sweet, doting - and, oh my god! - former boy band heartthrob, Carter. Josie’s new life falls into place, with new friends and a job working as the personal assistant for Carter as he plans the re-launch of his career. When it seems like there might be something between Josie and her new boss, she can’t help but hold back in fear of crossing a line and, worse yet, getting her heart crushed.  Once again.


What spirals into a complicated, heart wrenching, unexpected love triangle forces Josie to face a decision that she is not sure she can make.  Carter or Isaac.  Or - who knows?


It’s Sex in the City meets Bridget Jones Diary under the Hollywood sign.  A masterful debut novel of love, sex and rock & roll in the New Adult genre.

My Review


I was in the mood for a good comedy. That is what I thought I was getting with this book. Sadly, I was not laughing. Not even by the half way mark. It was a slow start to this book for me. Yet, I was determined to stick it out and give it a chance. Josie's friends were more fun than she was. She did not give me a good vibe. There was a scene where Josie was trying to show up one of Isaac's exs. Yes, I should be cheering for Josie that she got the upper hand but instead she came off as too catty for my taste. This probably had to do with the fact that I could not understand why Josie was with Isaac or what she saw in him. Despite all of this I thought things would turn around for the better once Josie got to California. It was starting to with Carter but not fast enough. I won't see Josie's happy ending.

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Author's Bio:
Jordyn Woodtke is an exceedingly gifted new author who is destined to take the New Adult genre by storm with her debut novel entitled Let's Try This Again.


A graduate of NYU, she majored in screenwriting with a minor in bottomless brunching, skills she took with her when she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming a writer. Jordyn started writing poetry and plays in high school, garnering prestigious awards and accolades from the Hartford Stage, Drexel University, the Waterbury Young Playwrights Festival and the national Scholastic Art & Writing awards, among others.


Now, on any given afternoon you are likely to find Jordyn petting random dogs on her street, noshing at any of the numerous brunch spots in LA, or bingeing Netflix on her couch. She's grateful and dedicated to the art of storytelling because it lets her say all the things she wished she'd said when she had the chance.


And if Let’s Try This Again is any indicator of future success, Jordyn will get to keep saying them for a long, long time.  


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Q. How long have you been writing?

A. I can’t honestly remember a time when I didn’t identify as someone who enjoyed writing. Throughout elementary school we’d periodically have to write short stories in a fixed amount of time, and that’s my first recollection of loving story telling. But I started taking it seriously, writing longer form content, and hoping to make it into a career in high school through the creative writing program and my amazing creative writing teacher and mentor!
 
 
Q. Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

 A. The people around me have always inspired me. The old adage “write what you know” is definitely true, but it helps when complex, challenging, interesting people who either directly or indirectly influence your work surround you. Looking at the small subtleties of every day life and interactions has always fascinated me, so I get inspired by the little moments that might go unnoticed. I usually take an image, thought, or connection that has stuck with me for whatever reason and go from there.

 
 

Q. Any hobbies? What’s a quirky thing you like to do?

 A. I love food so, so much. So a lot of my hobbies center around eating, cooking, exploring new restaurants, etc. Brunching is my favorite activity and trying adventurous dishes is a passion — the weirder the combination of foods, the better.

 
Q. What advice would you give budding writers?

 
A. Make sure it’s something you have to do. A professor in college told me once, “If you don’t have to write, you won’t.” I think it’s one of the most insightful and honest things I’ve ever heard. If you aren’t compelled to tell that story or write down that feeling or share your thoughts in a new and interesting way, you won’t do it. And if you don’t write often and write consistently, this kind of craft is going get away from you. And read! All the time!

 Q. In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop. Have you ever written parts of your book on paper?

 A. I keep a lot of pocket journals; they’re my favorite things to collect. I like to have them close by incase a line or idea pops into my head, and I’m not near my computer. Throughout the process of writing Let’s Try This Again there were plenty of moments I was struck by something that I wanted to write about, so I have lots of notes written down in different journals that ended up in the book.
 

 
 
 Q. What genre do you write and why?
 
A. I like to write dramedies, a nice mix of drama and comedy. I think it’s the genre that most closely resembles true life besides non-fiction. Life isn’t always funny and it isn’t always tragic and the two aren’t mutually exclusive. I like writing about honest things I’m sure other people have thought about and talked about and want to know that someone else has felt the way they did. Knowing that fact can make the anxiety or burden or just the weight of those feelings easier to bear and connecting with an audience on a visceral level, for me, is the ultimate goal.
  
 
 
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Squirrel Superhighway




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Title: SQUIRREL SUPERHIGHWAY: IT’S GOOD TO BE A DOG
Author: Anna C. Morrison
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 16
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Squirrel Superhighway features a dog on a self-discovery mission who is surrounded by many graceful squirrels. This is a vocabulary booster in a series of feel-good stories for children of all ages and those who read with and to them. The story includes squirrels, more squirrels, even more squirrels, and a dog who wants to be a squirrel!

 

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My Review

This is a sweet, charming book for young readers. I read this book on my computer screen. Yet, the illustrations still displayed wonderfully. They helped tell the story. I liked all of the different types and colors of squirrels. I am such a dog lover so I enjoyed Duke a lot. He was so precious trying to communicate and be part of the squirrel superhighway. The lesson that readers can learn from this book that being themselves is great is a nice lesson. Another plus about this book is that the words were not too big to pronounce that the older readers could read on their own and the younger ones for the most part with little adult supervision.


About the Author



Anna C. Morrison is an author of children’s books, including Silly Moments and Green Gooey Goop, with many more to follow.  She is also an adjunct professor for multiple colleges and universities, both face-to-face and online.  While she instructs various levels of English composition, she also teaches classes on literature, film, feature writing, and technical writing, among others.  In addition, she has worked with Adapt Courseware as a writing consultant on three video course projects, including college skills and composition.  Anna received her MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and her BA in English, Creative Writing, from California State University, San Bernardino.  Anna is an active member of SCBWI and is available for book signings.  She lives in Southern California with her family and pets.   

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I See You

The author of the smash bestseller, I Let You Go, propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world...
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her...

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her, a grainy photo along with a phone number and listing for a website called findtheone.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they've become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including rape and murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad's twisted purpose...a discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. For now Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…




My Review

The start of this book was good. It had the feel of Girl on a Train. Which is what I was hoping and looking forward towards. Ok, so this story started out slowly with nothing really chilling happening. Yet, I held hope because I thought this was going to be like a psychological thriller. In those type of books, sometimes the storyline is slow to build up but gets darker and darker as I get further into the story. Sadly, this was not the case for me. I felt the story slowly building up but it never really reached full dark mode. It was more like sweet and tangy. From everything that I did read, I enjoyed this book. I did read and finish it in two sittings. I know that this author can write a good book from I Let You Go. The next book will hopefully be as good as the prior novel.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Kiss Marry Kill

He's been chasing a memory . . .
It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.
Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.


My Review

I was drawn to this book by the title. This is the first book in the Iron Clad Security series. I did like the start of this series. For a first book, this does show promise of a good series. Sadly, what I was missing was the high suspense intensity levels. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate the suspense a 3. It was there at the beginning with Megan's stalker. I felt genuine fear for Megan. However, after this scene. I did not get a lot of the suspense again. It was not until the half way mark that anything really happened again with regards to any type of threats towards Megan. Until than it was just about Megan and Jax. Not that I am complaining too much as I felt the chemistry and sexual connection between Jax and Megan.

I liked that Jax did not fall into temptation the first free moment he had with Megan. He was about protecting her. While, I enjoyed getting to know how Megan and Jax met after a while I felt like the past did not really add anything to the story. While, this book may not have been a favorite of mine and it had some bumps along the way; I would read another book by this author. Maybe in this series as I do enjoy reading about strong men.

You can pick up a copy of this book on Netgalley until April 11th.

Combatting Fear

Title: COMBATTING FEAR
Author:
Sandy Vaile
Publisher:
Crimson Romance
Pages: 171
Genre:
Romantic Suspense/Thriller
How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?
Mild-mannered kindergarten teacher, Neve Botticelli, leads a double life. At home with her paranoid father, she is a combat trained survivalist who lives off-the-grid.
When self-made billionaire, Micah Kincaid, storms into town in search of his four-year-old son, Rowan, he’s pushy, entitled, and stands for everything Neve despises.
But something far more sinister than a cheating estranged wife, is lurking in rural Turners Gully, and it has its sights set on little Rowan’s inheritance. It turns out there is one thing Micah and Neve can agree on, and that’s keeping Rowan safe.
As they work together to free Rowan, they glimpse beneath one another’s guises. Falling in love could be even more dangerous than hunting deadly criminals.


My Review

I was drawn to this book by the book cover and the premise of this story. A kindergarten teacher by day and a trained warrior by night. Yes, please. Sign me up. Yet, I never really experienced the trained warrior. I would have been fine if this book had been about two people thrown together trying to help save a boy. However, the premise of this storyline leads the readers to believe that they are going to get a strong, kick-ass heroine. I never truly saw this in Neve. She had two over protective guys watching over her. The scene where Mitch confronts Neve's father and Jack was kind of funny. Everyone was worried about Neve's father even though he is the one that roughed Mitch up.

I do agree with another reader's point that Mitch was very rich, so he could have hired people to find his son and rescue him. Yet, it showed just how much Mitch cared for his son by doing himself. The storyline was alright. There was nothing that made the story stand out. I did kind of lose interest about half way. While, this book may not have been for me, it does not mean that you might not enough the read.

Grimm Woods + Giveaway






Book Description:


A remote summer camp becomes a lurid crime scene when the bodies of two teenagers are found in a bloody, real-life rendering of a classic Grimm's fairy tale. Trapped in the wilderness, the remaining counselors must follow a trail of dark children's fables in order to outwit a psychopath and save the dwindling survivors before falling prey to their own gruesome endings.


Drawing on the grisly, uncensored details of history’s most famous fairy tales, Grimm Woods is a heart-pounding thriller about a deranged killer who uses traditional children’s stories as tropes in elaborate murders. Set against the backdrop of modern-day Michigan, it’s a journey through the mind of a dangerous zealot and a shocking glimpse into the bedtime stories you thought you knew.


My Review


I dislike when a book I am really looking forward too, turns out to be a disappointment. That is what happened to me with this book. I had really high expectations. Yet, I could barely read this book. I got only to chapter 8 and could no longer continue. I even had to make myself read the book even to get to the point I did.

All of the camp counselors were acting like two year olds. They were very childish in the way they acted and spoke. Than there was the foul language. Now, I have read many books with the "f" word and I have said it before and I will say it again. I don't mind when the "f" word is used when it has a purpose but when it is just pointlessly used, I can't tolerate it. In this case, the it was not really used without a purpose as the counselors were using the word as their form of communication but it did not do anything to enhance the story other than to make them come off as unintelligent.

Than there is sex. Not just the talking about it but also the act of doing it as well as the drug use. I felt bad for the children that they were subject to have to deal with these counselors. I really wanted to get to see what happened in the rest of the book. All I do know is that I hope and don't care if all of the counselors got killed. This book felt like a cheesy straight to DVD horror movie.


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Author's Bio:



D. Melhoff was born in a prairie ghost town that few people have heard of and even fewer have visited. While most of his stories are for adults, he also enjoys terrifying younger audiences from time to time, as seen in his series of twisted picture books for children. He credits King, Poe, Hitchcock, Harris, Stoker, and his second grade school teacher, Mrs. Lake, for turning him to horror. For more information, visit www.dmelhoff.com.


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Sealed Up + Giveaway

 
 
 
 
 
Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.
Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.
When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?
Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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My Review

I was really interested in checking this book out. However, when I actually picked up the book and started reading it, something changed. At first, I thought that it was me and my "reading attitude". The one where you are not in the right frame of mind to read a book but when you are in the right mind the book can look and feel like a brand new one.

Sadly, this was not the case. I picked this book up again after a break only to find that no matter how much I tried, I could not find any interest in the story or the characters. It was like I was seeing the words on the pages but they were not sticking in my head. I was just going through the motions. By the half way point something of a slight interest started to get to me but without the interest of the characters, it was lost on me. If the characters had excited me and the action started sooner, I would be saying different things about this book.

 

About the Author

 

I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.

 

My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

 
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Book Excerpt:

“How much farther?” Paul’s shirt was soaked from sweat.

Itzel looked at him and laughed. “Just like Torrance, huh?” Paul rolled his eyes.

“The cenote.” Ichika pointed to a three-foot-wide path that was recently cut through the brush. They followed it as it turned to the left then sharply to the right. The sinkhole loomed in front of them. The water, a huge blue sapphire, sparkled 15 feet below. Thick emerald-green growth reached down the sinkhole’s sides, but where they were standing, the vegetation had been cleared all the way to the water’s surface.

Paul stood at the cenote’s edge and stared down into the bowl. “You slipped here, you’d go all the way in.”

Itzel shuddered and pulled back; thoughts of her father overwhelming her. Was this what it was like where he fell? She trembled and turned away from the cenote. “Let’s leave.”

Paul looked at her and understood. He almost said something about his stupidity, but decided one foot in his mouth was enough. He motioned for Ichika to take them back the way they came. He put his arm around Itzel, and she leaned her head against him.

“Where are the ruins?” Paul asked. Ichika didn’t say anything, just pointed ahead. The brush and ferns that surrounded them were head high and prevented their seeing anything except along the trail. As they turned to go to where they first entered the path, Kish’s men stood waiting. Ikan, Muluc, and Yochi had machetes, and Gukumatz held a tranquilizer gun.

Paul and Itzel stopped. Ichika, her eyes fastened on the ground, kept going until she stood on the other side of the men. She turned back toward Itzel but wouldn’t look at her. “What’s going on?” Paul demanded in Spanish as he stepped in front of Itzel. Gukumatz raised his gun and shot a dart into Paul’s stomach. Paul flinched at the pain and looked down at his stomach. “What the ....” Paul yanked the dart out and threw it on the ground. A small circle of blood soaked through his shirt. He lunged at Gukumatz and swung his forearm around catching him on the bridge of his nose. Blood spurted from Gukumatz’s nostrils as he fell to the ground; a gash flaring open on top of his nose. Ikan and Yochi dropped their machetes and jumped Paul.

“What are you doing?” Itzel yelled in Lacandón. “Where is Kish?” Muluc grabbed her and threw his arm around her neck, holding her from behind.

“Don’t you hurt her!” Ichika screamed, as she advanced on him. Gukumatz stood up and wiped his nose with his sleeve; blood soaking through his shirt to his skin. His stare at Paul was chilling, and he swore at him in Spanish. Paul tried to get up to come at him. It was all the two men could do to keep him down even though his strength was ebbing. Gukumatz turned away from Paul and pulled a cartridge and a dart from the bag on his shoulder and loaded them into his gun. He walked to Itzel and shoved Ichika aside. He lowered the gun and shot the dart into Itzel’s stomach. She flinched at the pain and stared at Gukumatz. “You pig!” she spat.

Within a few minutes Paul and Itzel were unconscious. Gukumatz pulled the GPS trackers from their belts, turned them off, and slammed them against a rock. He grunted as he picked up Itzel and slung her across his shoulder. The other three men lifted Paul. They headed to the platform ruins.

The place of sacrifice.

 
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Am I Alone

In the final installment of an exhilarating sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Red Rising, Scott Sigler’s unforgettable heroine, Em Savage, must come to grips once and for all with the perilous mysteries of her own existence.

“We thought this place was our destiny—not our doom.”
 
Pawns in a millennia-old struggle, the young people known only as the Birthday Children were genetically engineered to survive on the planet Omeyocan—but they were never meant to live there. They were made to be “overwritten,” their minds wiped and replaced by the consciousnesses of the monsters who created them.

Em changed all of that.

She unified her people and led a revolt against their creators. Em and her friends escaped an ancient ghost ship and fled to Omeyocan. They thought they would find an uninhabited paradise. Instead, they found the ruins of a massive city long since swallowed by the jungle. And they weren’t alone. The Birthday Children fought for survival against the elements, jungle wildlife, the “Grownups” who created them . . . and, as evil corrupted their numbers, even against themselves.

With these opponents finally defeated, Em and her people realized that more threats were coming, traveling from across the universe to lay claim to their planet. The Birthday Children have prepared as best they can against this alien armada. Now, as the first ships reach orbit around Omeyocan, the final battle for the planet begins.

My Review

This book is a fitting ending in this trilogy. If you have not read the first book than you need to go do so right away. Not only because these books are meant to be read in chronological order but because if you like dystopian novels with strong characters than you need to check this trilogy out.

Em and the rest of the group might be fighting their biggest battle yet. Their friendships will be tested. Additionally, death will come to some. The planet of Omeyocan is another element of what I liked about this trilogy. It is a very unique world. Just when I thought I knew it all, it seemed like I was still discovering things about the planet. Talk about action. There was plenty of it to keep the story flowing at a nice, fast pace. I was not disappointed by the ending. It was a fitting and good one. I can't wait to see what Mr. Sigler comes out with next. This trilogy does deserve a spot up there with the Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Divergent.

You can request a copy of this book on Netgalley until March 7th.

The Carrington Prophecy

Biff Roberts, the CIA's counterterrorism director, receives actionable intelligence that a rogue regime is planning a sneak attack with the goal of exploding a nuclear device above the United States, triggering an unnatural Carrington Event.

The cosmic storm of the Carrington Event’s electromagnetic pulse waves released by the explosion would cripple all electronic systems and power grids in the U.S., leaving the homeland defenseless and vulnerable to conventional warfare.

With North Korea looking to be the most likely suspect, Biff is tasked to intervene and prevent this attack without setting off a global world war. Collaborating with NIS, the South Korean Intelligence Service, Biff and his team work to thwart the impending disaster, while also leaving the CIA with plausible deniability.
  

My Review

This is the second book I have read in this series. Having gotten to briefly know Biff, I was instantly engaged in him in this book. As well as the rest of his team. There is a good dynamic with Biff and his team.

What worked the most for me this time was that there was really only one enemy to deal with than several. So, there story felt more focused. Which helped me to stay more engaged in the story. Yet, just like the prior novel, it did take me some time to get on board with this book. Despite the fact that this is one of my favorite type of genres to read. The further I got into the story the more that was happening. Sometimes when there was more talking than action I did lose focus but was able to get that back. If you like international thrillers you may want to check this series out.


About the author:
R. Lawson has always been fascinated with international intrigue and the inner workings of secret government agencies and their activities. R. Lawson is a retired vascular surgeon and served as a captain in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon. With over 120 academic works under his belt, he moved into the fiction genre and began writing thrillers with a focus on terrorism, cyber-warfare and more.
 
For more information: www.rlawsonauthor.com

Friday, February 17, 2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, missing people, errant wives, philandering business owners, and oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead. In this eleventh installment, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, maybe Charley can find a way to have her happily ever after after all.  


My Review

Charley is back. So is Reyes and the rest of the gang, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and Amber. There is even a few appearances from Charley's teen side-kick, Angel. If you are a fan of this series, than you are always happy to visit with the gang. If you are new to this series, well welcome...sit back and enjoy.

Things are really getting ever more interesting with Charley's newly "god" status. As if she needed a bigger head...what with her being the grim reaper. Reyes can make scowling very sexy. Oh and wearing a kilt. It is no wonder that every time that Charley is in Reyes's company that she gets weak in the knees. I can't forget Cookie. She is the best friend that anyone could ask for. She is up for most anything and she can be counted on to give some comedic relief. Back to Charley and her new "god" status. I can't wait to see her grow stronger and what all she can do with her new abilities as she discovers them. She is going to need them with the ending that the author let use readers with. I mean really?! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight will leave you sleepless reading until the last page! A must read.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Watch for the Deep End

✮✮✮ A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story… Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The first book in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE DEEP END is a seductive and rich love story releasing March 7, 2017! And check out the amazing trailer created by Book Candy Studios below! ✮✮✮
 

Fall into THE DEEP END and preorder your copy today!

 


About THE DEEP END (Erotic Romance Releasing March 7, 2017):

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.
 
 




 
 
About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
 





Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dex

Dex Rossi is a gawky, lovesick middle-school entrepreneur and amateur chef who runs a gourmet lunch stand from his front lawn. In love with a girl who likes jocks, he hopes to earn enough money to buy a gym system that will help him bulk up and win her heart. But while he serves up his locally famous food, his profits come to serve another purpose. He discovers that his grandmother’s restaurant is in financial ruin, and to save it, he must cook up a quick plan!

With the help of Alicia, his filmmaking older sister, and a host of great friends, Dex kicks his business into high gear. As word of his talent spreads like peanut butter, an unlikely windfall comes his way. Dex lands his own TV cooking show on the famous Eatz network! But just when he thinks he’s got his problems licked, Dex finds himself going head to head with a scheming, hard-boiled associate with a secret he has kept closely guarded. Dex learns that when your dreams are on the chopping block, finding the right ingredients is the best recipe for success.

DEX is an inspiring story for tweens 8 - 13, and a charming read for all adults that love food.

My Review

I would agree that this is a fun, charming read. While, this book may be geared more towards the tweens reading age, I felt that the author did a great job of writing to this age level. There is nothing worse than "dumbing" a book down to your audience. Additionally, there was not any overly complicated words that tweens would have a hard time pronouncing. So they would be able to read this book on their own.

Dex is a very likable main character. The food ideas that he whips up had my mouth watering. It was no wonder that he had so many repeat customers or the fact that he was chosen to star in his own food cooking show. I did feel a bit said for Dex however pining over one of the popular girls in school, who did not really seem to notice that he existed. Well not in the beginning anyways. Dex's best friends, Kyle and Liza were the best friends that any kid could ask for. They were very supportive of Dex. The best part was how all of Dex's family were also so supportive and encouraging towards Dex's dreams. A book for all ages. My nephews will enjoy reading this book as I did. Dex is a cooking hero for the masses!


Check out more about Dex and some of his recipes at Persnickety Press