Sunday, March 26, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 82 - Rescued by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft, Stolen by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft, Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Stolen by the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins Sexy Space Odyssey, #2)Stolen by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part two of the Ruby Robbins Sexy Space Odyssey finds Ruby in the palace and Killian there to save her. What I suspected turns out to be true only with a twist. Ruby's mission is not as straight forward as she though. This is a three part series which could be one novella. I got part one and two from Netgalley and have a request in for part 3. A fun read but if you do not like cliff hangers I would wait of all three to be out before reading.


Rescued by the Space Pirate (Ruby Robbins Sexy Space Odyssey, #1)Rescued by the Space Pirate by Nina Croft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ruby is in love with space so when she is asked to help with a rescue if she is willing to go to space she jumps at the chance. Ruby is a sweetheart. She is loyal to her task and continues even when Killian has rescued her from the slave pit. Killian is a fun characters who connects with Ruby right away. This is part one of the Ruby Series. If you do not like cliff hangers wait for all three parts to be published. I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Cold Welcome (Vatta's Peace, #1)Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was nice to see Klara Vatta again. I read Vatta's war when it came out years ago and really enjoyed it. It was nice to see Klara, the Vatta clan and other friends again. This was a rather slow paced story that allowed me to be reacquainted with both Klara and the previous story line. There is danger and tension. Klara is placed in a very dangerous situation and once again she has to come up with solutions where it seems there are none. A nice start with the new series. There were several loose strings as the story ends so I see a lot of action in the next book. I was glad to see Moon return to Science Fiction. I received a free copy of Cold Welcome in return for an honest review.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Annie's Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker - Excerpt Tour and Giveaway



Annie’s Recipe
by Lisa Jones Baker

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GENRE: Inspirational (Amish)

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BLURB:

Annie Mast and Levi Miller were childhood best friends until his father was shunned. Now, 10 years later, Levi returns to Arthur, Il, and he and Annie discover their bond is as strong as ever. Soon they begin imagining a future together, but that's unlikely to happen. Levi is part of the English world, and Annie is Amish. But together, with love on their side, they may just find their way to an answered prayer.


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Exclusive Excerpt 

Later that day, Levi stood before the vacant fifteen-acre plot of land he had always loved. Pebble Creek was in between Annie’s house and old Sam’s place.

To his chagrin, he couldn’t rid Annie from his mind. Ten years ago circumstances beyond his control had torn them apart. But right now he was focused on moving forward. A gentle smile tugged at the corners of his lips as he pictured an imaginary self-built, two-story house.

He could almost see shiny hardwood floorboards with glossy polish and could nearly hear dry wood crackle in the fireplace. Beautiful hand-picked stones he had selected himself hovered artistically above it.

He stepped slowly to avoid the uneven earth and made his way to the creek that divided this lot and Annie’s. When he stopped, his thoughts settled on his childhood best friend.

His heart skipped an excited beat. Her cheeks still turned red whenever she was embarrassed. He was sure she still spoke her mind. Absently, he wondered how she got along with other shy Amish girls.

That question prompted him to walk on. To his side, water cascaded over a small fall and into the main creek that wound its way through the hill. Central Illinois was completely flat. Except for this lot. The unusual landscape made it even more special and rare.

The place was magical. But the most memorable part of the day wouldn’t be the land. It would be the person he would meet. He looked off in the distance. Of course she’d always run late. His lips curved in amusement. Where was she?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover, enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.    

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Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - March 24, 2017

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"As the cruise ship rocked and rolled in open water, Roger McGeary stood in front of the mirror and tried for the fourteenth time to tie his damned bow tie." From the Prolog

"On the Tuesday morning after Labor Day, Ali Reynolds pulled into her reservedparking spot outside High Noon Enterprises in Cottonwood, Arizona, just as a dust-covered aging Dodge Ram pickup came to a stop in on of the two designated visitor slots." From Chapter One

Page 56:

"When Harold got home that night, and Irene asked him what Dr. Richards said, Harold made no mention of his real diagnosis."

Man Overboard by J.A.Jance. This is the latest Ali Reynolds novel. I got it from the library today and have not started yet. I do expect to enjoy it as this is one of the mystery series I follow.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sheik's Rule by Ryshia Kennie - Book Blast and Giveaway



Sheik’s Rule
by Ryshia Kennie

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

His sister's life is at stake, and despite his wealth and power, Sheik Emir Al-Nassar feels helpless. At least heading his family's security agency provides him with resources to track down her kidnappers. But when the ace profiler he's sent turns out to be K. J.—Kate—Gelinsky, Emir is furious. Finding the kidnappers' desert hideout is dangerous enough without the distraction of a beautiful woman.

But K.J. is unlike any woman he's ever known. Her fearlessness and incisive mind inspires Emir's admiration. And her compassion breaches his guarded heart. Still, rescuing his sister is a perilous mission. And allowing desire to cloud his focus could endanger them all.


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EXCERPT

Just looking at that hand confirmed every doubt he had.  It wasn’t just about customs, she was female and because of that and so many other things, she was the wrong person for the job.

“I’ll help you find your sister.  You just need to trust me.”

“No!”  The word came out with the pent-up fury that had built since the fateful call from Tara’s kidnappers and now the full impact of it sparked in his eyes as his temple pounded and his fists clenched.

“No,” he said with less edge but with no room for negotiation.  He was wasting time, had wasted time, first waiting and now in a senseless airport run.  “I don’t care what you specialized in.  You’re a woman and because of that you’re going home,” he said bluntly.  “I’ve wasted enough time.  I’ll speak to the pilot and we’ll get you out of here.”

“You’re not being fair.”

“I’m not being fair,” he repeated, emphasizing each word.  If she’d been a man he would have had her by the collar up against the wall, his face in hers.  But she wasn’t and that was the problem.  “You’re useless to me.  I’d have to watch out for both you and me.  That’s a distraction.  Look at you – you couldn’t swing a punch or…”

One minute he was seething, glaring at her, and the next he was flat on his back.

“You bloody flipped me,” he snarled, leaping to his feet.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born. 

In 2011 I won my city's writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live.

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard. 




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Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 82 - Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris, The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick, Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown

Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr, #12)Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It always seems like a very long wait for the next Sebastian St. Cyr book so the I was offered a ARC on Netgalley I jumped at the chance. Once I started reading I was back in the wonderful world that Harris has painted. Once again Sebastian is trying to solve a murder and runs right into a world that Jarvis controls. Not everything is solved and I was left with the feeling that things were not what the seemed in the Jarvis household. Now I have to wait another year to see if what I think I saw is what Harris is setting up. Great addition to the series.


The Girl Who Knew Too MuchThe Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worried when I realized that The Girl Who Know Too Much was set in the 1930's, a big jump form Quick's usual time frame and focus. I did not need to worry. The jump is seamless and the focus on a mystery kept my attention. I loved both Irene and Oliver. Both had interesting secrets and both were great together. Burning Cove is a great setting - a place full of secrets and interesting characters. with a scene at the end of the book Quick let us know that there will be other stories in this setting. I am looking forward to coming back for another visit and hope it will be soon. I received a free copy of The Girl Who Knew Too Much from the publisher in return for a honest review.


Talk Cowboy to Me (Lucky Cowboys, #1)Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sourcebook has been sending me teaser chapters of books and when I read the ones for Talk Cowboy to Me I was hooked. I purchased the book and it turned out to be as good as the first five chapters lead me to believe. There is a twist in how the plot laid out. I expected the two people competing for the ranch to remain enemies but that did not happen. In fact as the story evolved they learned to work together to get everything done.  Each came with two children that added to the fun in the story.  The big problem for Adele O'Donnell was the reputation that Remington Luckadeau had as a player. That was the big tension driver in the book. 

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson - Book Blast and Giveaway

  


Second Chance Marquess
by Jessica Jefferson

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GENRE: Historical Romance

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BLURB:

When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?


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EXCERPT

“Are you accusing Kitty of going after your brother for his money?”

“She wouldn’t be the first.”

Willie set her jaw firmly, just as she always had when she was angry. “A decade later and you’re still following your father’s example. You still think the worst of women, don’t you?”

“I’m simply waiting to be proven wrong.”

“You were,” she said quietly, almost too low for him to hear.

“Once, Willie, and even that’s debatable. Every woman after you has fulfilled my lowest expectations.”

She looked away, a pale blush spread across the creamy pale skin of her chest. “Mrs. Turner,” she reminded him, facing him once again. “Kitty’s not like that. She doesn’t need his money.”

“Both your parents are gone and last time I knew, you hadn’t a penny to your name. How can she not need my brother’s money?”

“Because I make sure she’s taken care of. I’d do anything for that girl, no matter how silly or na├»ve she is. She’s still mine to take care of.” She jutted her chin proudly, just as she always had. George had to remind himself that this was no longer the stubborn, hopeful young woman he once knew, but a strong, experienced widow standing before him.

“Mr. Turner left you comfortable then?”

“My finances are none of your concern. We are doing quite well considering our circumstance.”

He found that hard to believe. “Beg your pardon, Mrs. Turner, but a vicar and a viscount are two very different things. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ll need to get on the road soon. I heard mention that there might be a great deal of rain coming, possibly snow, and I doubt the weather will hold off much longer.” He turned his back to her and continued gathering the necessary items from around the study.

“I can’t allow you to go by yourself,” Wilhelmina protested, ignoring his less than subtle hint that their discussion had ended. “There’s no way I could possibly trust you to address this situation fairly after the unwarranted judgement you’ve already made regarding Kitty’s character.”

“It’s only unwarranted if it’s not true and that remains to be seen, now doesn’t it?”

“I won’t let you do it, George.”

The use of his given name stopped him cold. He took a deep breath, then turned to her, arms folded across his chest. “What exactly do you propose I do then, Mrs. Turner?”

“Take me with you.”
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Jessica will be awarding a $25 and a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to two randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Human Element by Donna Galanti - Book Blast and Giveaway



A Human Element
by Donna Galanti

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GENRE: Paranormal Suspense

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BLURB:

Evil comes in many forms…

One by one, Laura Armstrong’s friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents’ death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together. But the killer’s desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts Laura and Ben’s emotional relationship and Laura’s pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to his, and she has two choices—redeem him or kill him.


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EXCERPT

The man could hear the child's bellowing cries coming from underneath the blanket covering it. She pushed the child into his arms as if eager to be rid of it. He took the bundle and handed the nurse his packages. The nurse began to close the door when he heard another far away cry.

The man wedged his foot in the door. "What was that?"

"N-Nothing." The nurse looked up.

The man risked looking her in the eye.

"The girl is in pain and won't keep quiet." She clutched the envelope and folded her arms across her sagging bosom.

"It sounded like another baby," he said.

"It's just the whimpering slut. Now she's paid double for what she's done." The nurse took a step back as if aware she had said too much already. She glared at him. "Now go on. You have what you wanted. And so do I." She shut the door in his face.

The man in black stood there for a long moment, considering the woman's choice of words. What if another child had been delivered and the frigid woman and country doctor kept it secret?

Fascinating.

He decided to keep this information to himself. He would find the opportune time to use it. He was a patient man. But first, he had to see for himself. He peeled back the child's bunting and looked for the first time into its yellow eyes. For that moment, the baby fell silent.

"Welcome to Earth X-10."

The baby resumed its wailing.

The man turned with his noisy package and melted into the darkness satisfied, as the doctor had been, that the night's events had provided him with more than he had asked for.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Donna Galanti is the author of the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy (Imajin Books -http://www.imajinbooks.com/ )  and the children’s fantasy adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books -http://www.month9books.com/ ). Donna is a contributing editor for International Thriller Writers the Big Thrill (http://www.thebigthrill.org/) - magazine and blogs with other middle grade authors at Project Middle Grade Mayhem (http://project-middle-grade-mayhem.blogspot.com/search/label/Donna Galanti) . She’s lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer. Donna enjoys teaching at conferences on the writing craft and marketing and also presenting as a guest author at elementary and middle schools.


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Monday, March 20, 2017


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:
I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
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I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: I am going to stick with the theme I started with Sunday Salon for a moment. I hope no one minds. What do think of fairy tales in general? The book versions and their movie counter parts?

Some I like and some I don't.  I don't go to many movies so I have not kept up with fairy tale themes.  I have read some  books based on fairy tails.  Some I have liked and some not.  I have found some that seem to use that as a way to get people to read their books.  Some of those had little in common with the fairy tale they were suppose to be based on.