Saturday, March 17, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 207 - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks, Guardian by Anna Hackett

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced, #3)Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I dropped into The Embraced series with book # 3 and could tell that I was missing some of the world building and backstory. I think that I would have enjoyed the first part of the book more if I had read the first two. Even so I had no trouble keeping up with Gwennore, who is an elf and General Silas Dravenko who is a dragon. If course the fact that he was a dragon was the big secret in the first part of the book. I knew before Gwennore but it did not take her that long to catch on. I enjoyed the tension and humor in the book. Silas had great dialog and it kept the tone light in spite of the tension generated by the plot. Gwennore is a very strong character who has suffered a great many insults because she is an elf. Turns out she is just half elf and the other half makes her even more important to the story line. Much is solved and much is left unsolved as the story ends. This is a fun series and I look forward to the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Guardian (Galactic Gladiators, #9)Guardian by Anna Hackett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Guardian follows the formula set up in the first eights books of the Galactic Gladiators series. Dayna Caplan is a former cop who was captured with the others from the space station at Jupiter.
When she was rescued she had an alien symbiont. The only one who can help her is Rillian who has a symbiont of his own. He is also the owner the the largest casino on the planet. Both are very strong characters. Dayna tries to stand on her own while Rillian discovers he no longer wants to be alone. There is a lot of tension between the two. Added tension comes from the need to find Zaabha and the lost humans still held captive. Again there is a rescue but Zaabha still exists and at least one human is still held captive. Stay turned for more Galactic Gladiators as they work to destroy Zaabha and rescue the remaining human captive.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #206 - Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris, Battle Cruiser by B. V. Larson

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr, #13)Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying I was disappointed in Why Kill the Innocent. This is one of my favorite mystery series and I have never missed any. In fact I have read then all in order. So to start this is a nice mystery and we get to watch Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and his wife Hero work to solve the murder of Jane Ambrose, a murder that the crown wants swept under the table. A lot of the actual history of the period is used to solve the murder and makes for some very interesting reading. What I felt missing was the tension between the various characters and any lead toward solving the issues that have been set up as part of the backstory in the series. Where any of that comes up lacks the connection to the series characters. I want Sebastian to still be looking into his past and I want more of a conflict between Hero and her father. That would have added to this story and would have moved the story arc instead of stalling it leaving me with a feeling that the story was just a little flat.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Battle Cruiser (Lost Colonies Trilogy, #1)Battle Cruiser by B.V. Larson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story was full of recycled tropes and it had scenes that were contrived. The voice of the main character did not make him any more likable. He came across as arrogant. In fact I have a name for him but not one I would put in a review. By the end of the book I had gotten used to the voice and since it did not go in a straight line I kept listening just to see what happened next. This was not a audio book I purchased so the things that made this a three star book did not bother me as much as it would if I had been out money.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 205 - His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp, A Cowboy's Luck by Vicki Lewis Thompson

His Wicked Charm (The Mad Morelands, #6)His Wicked Charm by Candace Camp
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You have to love both Lilah Holcutt and Constantine Moreland. While Lilah tries to follow all the rules Con seem to follow none. After all he is a mad Moreland. Turns out that in spite of all that Lilah tries to do her family is just as mad. This has a big touch of the paranormal (the other books in the series had some but not as much) while following the rules of historical romances. Lilah and Con tell their story with great dialog, with others and between the two. I was surprised by who turned out to be the villain. The afterward was a nice addition. It provided a window into action where we only saw the result. Nice to get the inside scoop. This is an interesting and fun series to follow.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

A Cowboy's Luck (The McGavin Brothers Book 8)A Cowboy's Luck by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Roxanne Sawyer and Michael Murphy are side characters in previous books. Now they get their own story. Turns out they have a lot in common but are very different in their approach to things. Michael moves very fact, Roxanne looks a long time before she leaps. However, both have looked for a small town to make their home and have arrived in the same town. I loved the two characters. Michael is so secure and does not mind admitting that he is not a born cowboy; in fact he grew up in Chicago. Roxanne is not that secure. She had a relationship that ended very badly. That is the set up for their romance and boy oh boy does it really heat up fast. A fun tale that sets up the next book in the series. I am really looking forward to that on as it features two more mature people.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 204 - Asimov's Science Fiction January/Feburary 2018, Asimov's Science Fiction March/April 2018

Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2018 (Numbers 504 and 505)Asimov's Science Fiction, January/February 2018 by Sheila Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really like the double issues and while I do not subscribe I do purchase when some of my favorite authors have a story. Kristine Kathryn Rusch has the Novella The Rescue of the Renegat is this issue. This is a story in the Diving Universe. It is not part of the usual time line. It fills in some of the world building and backstory about The Fleet. I enjoyed meeting the characters and the situation outlined in the story.

Asimov's Science Fiction, March/April 2018 
by Sheila Williams
My rating:  5 of 5 stars

There is a novella by Kristine Kathryn Rusch in this issue so of course it was a must by.  This on is a main line story in the Diving Universe and helps set up the next book in the series.  Dix was an important character is the previous book.  He was not a happy man then and is still troubled.  Through this story we get a look into Coop's mindset as he continues to come to term with his path today.  A very good story and a great lead up to the next book in the series, Searching for the Fleet.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Short and Sweet Audio Book and Book Review - The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Gods of Guilt (Mickey Haller, #5; Harry Bosch Universe, #25)The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

With the Gods of Guilt the Mickey Haller series comes to an end. According to the author's web site after The Gods of Guilt Mickey appears in some of the Harry Bosch books so he does not entirely disappear. We left Mickey running for District Attorney at the end of the last book. He did not win and his loss has resulted changed his relationship with his ex-wife and daughter and not for the better. That is a side event as Mickey is again defending a client on a murder charge. This one introduces some interesting new characters and being back so from previous books. A nice ending to the series even though I would love more of Mickey.

The Tea Master and the Detective (Xuya Universe)The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A different take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson. The Shadow's Child is a midship who lost its entire crew in an attack in deep space leaving the ship damaged. The ship now makes a living brewing special mixtures to fit individual people. The ship plays the part of Watson and Long Chau a woman who is off to solve a mystery is a take on Holmes. I found the story to be interesting but as I read I kept thinking about the take on the ship. It reminded me of books by Anne McCaffrey like The Ship That Sang and Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. There were elements of both in the story and I was distracted from the story as I mentally compared the ships in the other two stories.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Nadia's Heart by Wendy Altshuler - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

Nadia’s Heart, Part Two
by Wendy Altshuler


GENRE:  YA Fantasy



In Nadia's Heart, Part One, amnesiac Nadia knew that something was wrong, so she went in search of her missing heart. What she encountered has only brought more questions: about her origins and her ties to the people of the Land of Silence. She learned that her heart was indeed removed, and that her memory was erased by an evil Voice. But why? Now Nadia and her glowing-eyed companion, Georgeonus, must help recover the stolen hearts of the children of the Land of Silence. In Part Two, they will do battle against the evil Voice and travel to frightening places. They receive help from a powerful Witch and Wizard, and Nadia gets her heart back—but it's not at all what she expected. Can they rescue the stolen children's hearts in time?



From Chapter IV: The Silver Witch:

They remembered that her visit had been preceded by a magick dust.

The dust came from above, the air tingled, and miniscule, silver particles glistened as they fell. It was musical, and as they breathed, they smelled fresh air like new spring, and they felt an excitement of imminent magick. She appeared suddenly, and at first no one knew where she had come from or how; she was just there on the road. She came as naturally as if she had approached them from the road. But as the magick dust settled, they realized—remembered—that the Silver Witch had dropped out of the sky.

As she stood there smiling at them, they remembered that they had looked up at the sky at a circling dot which descended. As it approached, it formed the shape of a square, floating quilt. The Witch was soon revealed to be sitting on top in black garb and hat, her silvery skin thick and rubbery. With both hands placed on diagonal corners of the quilt, she jumped off and shook the fabric out like clean laundry and parachuted down to them, the tennis sneakers on her feet ready for the road. Softly she landed, snapping the quilt upward and folding it once, twice, three times, and again and again until it was a small square deposited into one of her pockets.


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Wendy Altshuler is a writer-producer who explores myth in new media. She writes fantasy novels and creates works in stop motion animation.  Her credits include award-winning screenwriting and WGA-accredited representation. With a degree in psychology and a Master of Arts from Columbia University, Altshuler documented the work of international choreographers and wrote and produced regional programming. Her short plays have been performed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, at regional schools and most recently, Puppet Showplace Theatre. Altshuler's young adult book series has been hailed as "emotionally moving, uplifting and wholesome," and "spirited and haunting. . .with much symbolism and beauty." 

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Short and Sweet Audio Book Reviews #202 - The Reversal by Michael Connelly, The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly

The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #21)The Reversal by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Three and Mickey Haller gets an offer to change sides and prosecute instead of defend. This is also book 21 in the Harry Bosch series. In addition to seeing Harry Bosch I got to see more of Mickey's ex-wife, Maggie as she is second chair to Mickey. This is another view of the court system and how Mickey works it in his favor. While there is a satisfying ending it was a bit of a let down for both Mickey and Maggie. The audio book was very well read and Peter Giles does a very good job on the voices in the book.

The Fifth Witness (Mickey Haller, #4; Harry Bosch Universe, #22)The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Peter Giles is still the voice in The Fifth Witness and again he does a very good job. Mickey's business is going slow so he is doing foreclosure defense instead of criminal defense to make ends meet. Then on of his foreclosure clients is charged with murder and he is off and running. There is a big surprise at the end of the book. I was left wanting to know what happened next.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Don't Let Him Go by Kay Harris - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

Don't Let Him Go
by Kay Harris


GENRE:   Contemporary Romance


Candace Gleason passed the bar, landed a great job, and is making a killer salary--basically, all of her dreams are coming true. Until she’s assigned to keep the boss’s petulant son out of trouble.

Jack Morrison is the rebellious black sheep of a mighty real estate family. He runs a nonprofit whose mission is to save poor people from evil corporations, like the one his own family owns. He is obnoxious, ridiculously charming, and insanely hot. He is the bane of Candace’s very existence. 

Sparks fly from the moment they meet.  Candace suddenly has more to worry about than keeping Jack out of jail. She has to keep him out of her heart.



I folded my arms across my chest and glared at Jack as he moseyed into the room. “You ambushed me.”

Jack came to a stop a few feet away and nodded. “I did.”

“That’s it?” I spread my arms out and leaned forward. My voice rose despite my effort to control it. “That’s all you have to say?”

“What do you want me to say? You’re smart. You can see what I did back there. I used you for my own gain.”

“You’re a prick!”

“I’m not surprised you feel that way. But I am sorry you had to get caught in the crossfire.” He moved to the couch and took a seat in the middle of it, purposefully giving me the high ground.

He slung his arms over the back of the couch casually, making him look like an arrogant ass. And that is exactly what I thought of him at that moment. So I called him on his supposed apology. “Are you?”

“Yes, I am. But you’re not innocent, Candie. You put yourself in this position by going to work for Morrison.”

“It’s Candace!” I shouted, on the edge of insanity.

He didn’t respond. He just looked at me with that infuriatingly handsome face and waited, an amused grin dancing on his face.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kay Harris has had a diverse career with jobs ranging from college professor to park ranger. Now she adds author to her repertoire. Kay writes romance novels that contain a little bit of sweet, a dash of sexy, a touch of heartbreak, and a whole lot of fun! 

Kay grew up in the Midwest and has since lived all over the western United States including Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. She loves to hike, is obsessed with museums, and enjoys taking her extremely tall and very handsome husband on adventures.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 201 - Poison or Protect by Gail Carrier, Familiarity by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Poison or Protect (Delightfully Deadly, #1)Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Set between Carriger's two series Poison or Protect has new main characters and at least one familiar side character. I loved Lady Preshea Villentia name, the Mourning Star. She has buried four husbands and it is suspected that she killed each one. Now she is off to protect the host at a house party. Unknown to either Captain Gavin Ruthven has the same task . Can they work together and will they get together. Does Ruthven really want to be husband #5? Read and find out.

This was part of a Story Bundle of Steampunk stories. This is one of the first two I read and both made it worth the price.  The other story is the next review.

Familiarity: A Winston & Ruby CollectionFamiliarity: A Winston & Ruby Collection by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This contains five Winston and Ruby stories and each is a small gem. I loved Winston who can only do small magic but accomplishes very big things with it. Ruby is a small black cat and those of us who love and have cats will recognize the personality traits that are such a big part of Ruby. The story starts with Winston loosing his long time familiar and Ruby arriving on the scene as the replacement. From there the two bond, meet new people and share interesting events. There is a cat napping, a mystery woman, a hurricane, and a rescue. A very fun series of short stories.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 200 -Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1)Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The dialog is what you would expect from Evanovich and I am sure that you would get some good laughs from reading the book but for me what makes the audio book is the voice of Lorelei King. She makes Riley Moon the perfect foil for Emerson Knight. Moon is very practical and calls Emerson on many of his actions. This is fast paced, filled with great characters and great dialog. In addition the interaction between Riley and Emerson is full of laughs. First in a new series I listened to book two first and the series starts great and just gets better and better.

 The Brass Verdict (Mickey Haller, #2; Harry Bosch Universe, #18)The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think this is where Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch first appear in the same book. I have not read the Bosch books so that is why I think and do not know for sure. I listened to The Lincoln Lawyer and loved it. As a result I am binge listening to the Mickey Haller series. There is a change of voice and Peter Giles is new voice. I liked Adam Grupper's voice better but have gotten used Peter. This one is a little different. Mickey inherited a murdered attorney's cases and one turns out to be very dangerous. The ending is unexpected and leaves Mickey in danger for his life. Since I am already listening to book three I know he survives.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton - Book Blast and Giveaway

by Vikki Walton

GENRE:  cozy mystery



Moving to Colorado seemed like a great way to start over. In Carolan Springs, Anne plans to spend her days living the simpler life.

But when her neighbor is found dead in his compost pile, trouble comes knocking on Anne's  door. 

All the evidence points to Anne's other neighbor, Kandi Jenkins. As the young woman begs Anne for help, Anne finds herself thrust into a world of deceit and secrets.

Who had the most to gain from Ralph's death? As the suspect list grows, Anne finds her desire for the simple life may have led her to something sinister.



Anne yawned and stretched her hands over her head. She unlocked the kitchen window, taking in a deep breath of crisp Colorado air and sighed loudly. No longer would she have to deal with divorce lawyers or Duke. She could finally live her life as she saw fit.

Anne surveyed her domain. Even though boxes cluttered every available space, it didn’t matter to her. What she cared about was that it was all hers. While the work ahead might seem daunting, the prospect of transforming the old Victorian house didn’t deter Anne.

She poured herself a cup of coffee, both hands cradling the mug, before deciding to drink it out on the back porch. Rays of sunshine had risen about the copse at the back of her property, and its golden warmth welcomed the day. Raising the mug to her mouth, Anne took a much-needed sip of the hot morning brew.

“Stop! Stop!” A woman’s voice carried over from the other yard.

Anne sloshed coffee onto her chambray shirt. “Shoot!” She set her cup down on the railing. The liquid turning cold began seeping onto her skin.

“Stop!” The piercing scream came again.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Vikki is a well-liked speaker and knowledgeable instructor on myriad topics such as fundraising, work quilting, creative writing, design, homesteading, travel, and getting what you really want out of life. Her diverse background and passions enables Vikki to speak and write about many subjects. She’s the author of Work Quilting, a top ten book on vocational guidance. She’s also a global house and petsitter, founder and travel blogger at and upcoming book on women’s travel. 

 If Vikki isn’t off exploring the globe, you’ll find her at her home in Colorado digging in the garden, watching her chicken’s antics, reading a mystery or working on her newest project.

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