Monday, November 19, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 317 - A Bad Place to Die by Easy Jackson, Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine November/December 2018

A Bad Place to Die (A Tennessee Smith Western Book 1)A Bad Place to Die by Easy Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had a hard time deciding what bookshelf to put this on. It is a western and it does have some romance however it is very different from the usual in western romance. One difference is that I found this in the western section of the book display not in romance. Tennessee Smith may be the sheriff but she is not your usual breed. While she is strong she still spends part of her time crying. She does not wear her badge nor does she wear a gun. She knows she is a pawn in a game she does not understand but she keeps going and doing her best. I liked the book and the story line even as I wondered what it was leading up to. I will be looking for the next book in the series.

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine November/December 2018 (Vol. 42 Nos. 11 &12, Whole Numbers 514 & 515)Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine November/December 2018 by Sheila Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As usual this is a good mix of stories. I purchased it because Kristine Kathryn Rusch has a story set in the diving universe. It a side story that is not set anywhere near the main story line. It is an interesting look at how cadets were trained for life in the Fleet. There is also a story by Linda Nagata another author I follow. I also enjoyed Pregnancy as a Location in Space-Time. This is not something I read cover to cover immediately so I will read others later. I have found that I enjoy having a issue around. It gives me shorter stories to read when I need a break from full length books.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 316- A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee, Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

A Choice of Secrets (Dark Glass #4)A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lady Nicole Montagna is the latest to see three choices and to decide which one she will choose. I have enjoyed this series from the first book. Lady Nicole discovers her sister's secret and has to decide to keep silent or tell. If she tells she has to decide who to tell. Keep quite, tell her brother or tell her entire family. Three choice and which will she choose. All are interesting and all have very different outcomes. I loved the plot and the characters. Hope more Dark Glass stories will be around in the future.

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

Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy, #3.5)Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After seeing Catalina Baylor as a side character in the Hidden Legacy novels we learn much more about her in this novella. Catalina is working on Nevada and Connor's wedding when she is asked to solve the mystery of a missing tiara. If planning the wedding and solving the mystery was not enough both new and old enemies come out of the woodwork while she tries to control her magic. A nice intro to learning more about Catalina and priming us for a future novel with her as the main character.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 315 - City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson, Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery

City of Secrets (Counterfeit Lady, #2)City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do two wrongs make a right? Is the rule of law always the way to right a wrong? Those are the questions that Elizabeth Miles and her fiancee Gideon must face and answer. Elizabeth wants to do what ever it takes to help a friend. Gideon wants to use the force of law to help. The issue looks like it will tear them apart as Elizabeth does what she thinks is right and Gideon objects. A well plotted mystery that had plenty of twists and turns. Set just before women got the right to vote the politics add interest to the story line.

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

Not Quite Over You (Happily Inc., #4)Not Quite Over You by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Silver and Drew have a history but both were to young to make a go of their romance. Now both are older and that history is standing in the way. I really liked how both Silver and Drew have grown and changed. Silver has become her own woman. Drew knows where he wants to stay but faces pressure from his family to leave. Add the secret that is coming to light and you get an interesting story with romance, tension and more romance.

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

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Friday, November 16, 2018

House of Ashes by Loretta Marion - Book Blast and Giveaway

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Thirty-seven-year-old painter Cassandra Mitchell is fourth-generation to live in the majestic Battersea Bluffs, a brooding Queen Anne home originally built by her great-grandparents, Percy and Celeste Mitchell, and still standing despite tragedies that have swept the generations. Local lore has it that there was a curse placed on the family and the house is haunted, though opinions are divided on whether it's by malicious or benevolent spirits. Cassie believes the latter―but now she stands to lose her beloved home to mounting debt and the machinations of her dream-weaving ex-husband.

Salvation seems to arrive when a nomadic young couple wanders onto the property with the promise of companionship and much-needed help―until they vanish without a trace, leaving behind no clue to their identities. Cassie is devastated, but determined to discover what's happened to the young couple...even as digging into their disappearance starts to uncover family secrets of her own. Despite warnings from her childhood friend, now the local Chief of Police―as well as an FBI agent who pushes the boundaries of professionalism―Cassie can't help following the trail of clues (and eerie signals from the old house itself) to unravel the mystery. But can she do so before her family's dark curse destroys everything in its path?

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Eighty years ago ~ Whale Rock, Massachusetts ~ Cape Cod Bay
Friday, December 13th

The fire bell was ringing, and someone yelled in through the tavern door, “There’s a fire up on the north end! Battersea Bluffs. We need all the hands we can get!”

“No, it can’t be,” Percy whispered. The Bluffs was his home. He leapt from the barstool and ran for the street, bumping into a stranger as he passed through the tavern door. The man’s eyes were ominously familiar to him, but with more pressing concerns, there was no time to bring to memory why. He had to get home to Celeste.

It sickened him to see the flames as his Ford pickup rounded the top of Lavender Hill. How hard he and Celeste had worked to build this house, a grand Victorian with a widow’s walk and a proud front porch facing out to sea. Fire trucks were already there, and men he’d known these many years were working hard to contain the blaze.

As he ran toward the house, it came to him who the stranger in the tavern had been, and later one of the firefighters would recount that Percy had screamed: “Damn that lighterman’s curse. Damn you to hell, Robert Toomey!” Nobody was quick enough to keep Percy Mitchell from entering the inferno. Moments later he emerged, his clothing and hair afire, carrying a charred human form. Any man would have been delirious from the pain, but as the firefighters looked on in shocked disbelief, Percy walked with a purposeful bearing and a swift gait toward the bluffs. A few men chased after their friend, but before anyone could stop him, Percy reached the ledge and cried out, “I am not finished!”

And then, with his already dead wife in his arms, he hurled them both into Cape Cod Bay.

About the Author:
A true bibliophile, Loretta Marion's affection for the written word began in childhood and followed her like a shadow throughout her life as she crafted award winning marketing and advertising copy and educational brochures. She then applied her writing skills as a volunteer, establishing a Legacy Story program for hospice patients, which inspired her to create her own fictional stories. Her debut novel, The Fool's Truth, was a twisty mystery with whispers of romance. Her newest novel, HOUSE OF ASHES – A Haunted Bluffs Mystery, is the first in a series published by Crooked Lane Books.

When not whipping out words on her laptop, she is traveling, enjoying outdoor pursuits, or is curled up with a delicious new book. Loretta lives in Rhode Island with her husband, Geoffrey, and their beloved Mr. Peabody, a sweet, devoted and amusing “Corgador”.


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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Retribution by Diane Demetre = Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

by Diane Demetre


GENRE: Romantic suspense



She’s a ballerina with a dark secret. He’s a retired sniper with a tortured past. Will they find love or fall prey to a stalker’s deadly game?

Professional ballerina Jessie Hilton wraps her battle scars in satin pointe shoes, but there’s a deeper hurt that haunts her sleep. When a handsome man steps in to save her from a mugging, something about her hero makes her heavy heart leap. Though her career can’t afford distractions, he may be her sole source of safety when she gains the unwanted attention of a relentless stalker.

Ex-sniper Brad Jordan survived his tour of duty, but a tragic accident cost him the lives of those closest to him. With his faithful border collie Whiskey by his side, Brad gets a second chance when he protects the beautiful Jessie from danger. When the ballerina's stalker grows more brazen, Brad's tactical training may be their only weapon against tragedy. 

Will Jessie and Brad survive a deadly game, or will the assailant destroy their chance at love?

Retribution is a standalone romantic suspense novel. If you like tough-as-toe-shoes heroines, second-chance romance, and page-turning plots, then you’ll love Diane Demetre’s heart-stopping saga.



There she was, bolting up the hallway towards him like she did every time he returned. All amber eyes and happy face, she danced and pranced, speaking an exuberant welcome as best she could through her doggy larynx. 

“How’re you doing, Whiskey? You miss me?” Reaching down, he rubbed his black and white Border collie’s lopsided ears. “You are the most beautiful girl I know. Come on, let’s chow down.” As he strode down the narrow hall of his weatherboard cottage, he weaved from side to side so as not to step on her paws. “So, what did you get up to this evening? Been protecting the castle?” He opened the fridge door and Whiskey shoved her nose in where she knew her dinner waited. BJ grabbed a bag of beef brisket bones and tossed it on the kitchen bench. He’d left the lights on out of habit, rather than for Whiskey. If there was light around him, the darkness within was somehow easier to bear. 

He scanned the back yard, checking the perimeters that he’d planted with impenetrable, skyward-reaching bamboo. He never knew what he expected to find. Maybe he hoped it was all a bad dream and that everything would return to the way it was. But nothing would be the same again. Regret tore at his heart as he tore open the plastic bag of bones. “Here you go, girl. Take it outside. I’ll grab a beer and join you.”

I asked Diane where are five places you might visit for inspiration for your books?  Read her answer below.

 As someone who is a highly organized and intuitive writer, I love bringing authenticity to my settings. My first three erotic romances in the Dance of Loveseries, have vivid international locations. The first book, Dancing Queenis based on the Gold Coast in Australia where I live. Set at the beginning of 2000, the story is wild ride set in Australia’s party capital. Sun, surf, beaches, night clubs and hot heroes…. What more does a newly-divorced woman want 😊

he second book, Tiny Danceris set in Paris where my heroine Samantha is a dancer at the Moulin Rouge. Having been a professional dancer, and having been to Paris, I weave the highlights of the city of love and its fabulous dance world into this story.  Although I haven’t been to Spain as research for Dance to a Gypsy Beat, the third book in the Dance of Love series, I did extensive research to ensure I nailed the locations — the sights, sounds, smells and feel.

In RetributionI wanted to set my heroine, Jessie Hilton’s past in the context of a real location. Since she is a soloist in the Australian Ballet Company, I needed a small rural town within a six-to-seven-hour driving distance from Melbourne, where the company is based. This town needed to be quintessentially Australian, with an historical bed & breakfast on its outskirts and a believable lair nearby for the villain. My husband, who has travelled by road throughout most of Australia suggested a little town called Yass. A place I’d never heard of. Bingo! Not only did Yass look like the town I imagined when I began plotting Retribution, it had a nearby homestead, perfect for Jessie’s childhood—Coodravale Homestead. I weave its history and scenery into the plot, giving the story more emotional depth.

My just-released epic love story, Island of Secretsis set on a privately-owned island off the coast of Maui. I’d visited the Magic Isle in 2015 and fell in love with its energy and history. I engrossed myself in the Hawaiian culture and it became the backdrop for this magical love story. Bringing to life the brilliant colors, rugged volcanic geography and timelessness of this amazing part of the world enriched me as a writer.

I’m now writing the Diana Daniels murder mystery series and have visited the locations of the first two books. The first is set on an expedition ship in the Galapagos Islands while the second is set in one of the most ancient places in the word, the Kimberley region of northern Australia. 

I adore using exotic locations for my stories as it gives me the opportunity to develop my craft and introduce new places to my readers. And of course, the excuse to travel and see more of this fabulous planet we call home 😊 

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Being a passionate woman who’s always done things a little differently, Diane’s diverse career began as a school teacher before she moved into a full-time career as a professional choreographer, director and dancer, strutting her stuff on many stages throughout Australia. She was responsible for the original multi-million dollar extravaganzas at Conrad Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast—Starz & Galaxies. 
Following her onstage career, Diane’s thirst for knowledge led her into the field of self-development. Using her highly developed communication skills and love of people, she spent many years as a stress & life skills therapist and life coach, teaching individuals, couples and groups the methodologies of personal success and fulfilment. 
With her business acumen, Diane launched into the corporate arena, working in a variety of positions as a consultant in marketing, special events, tourism, business strategies, quality management and human resource management. Combining her entertainment and business backgrounds, she returned to the stage as a keynote speaker and corporate facilitator, educating business leaders in the ‘new mindset’ for business and relationship building in the 21st century. 
Assuming the pseudonym of the Goddess of Love, she appeared as a guest presenter on Gold FM radio, Gold Coast, a national radio program broadcast to 1.4million listeners. Her weekly program proved popular with Diane providing empowering advice on life, love, sex and relationships, sprinkled with a good dose of humour. Her passion for life and compulsive sharing nature made her a great inspiration to her listeners. As the Goddess of Love she also appeared as a regular guest on the national television program Beauty & the Beast, where her practical insights were televised to viewers across Australia. 
When she launched into a writing career, Diane’s debut erotic romance series, the Dance of Love was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Best Books and Best Covers for 2015 and 2016. 
Her romantic suspense, Retribution won the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Pro Award 2017 for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Diane loves to write genre-busting stories with a twist. Her works are packed with emotional punch and feature empowered heroines who live life to the fullest, much like the author herself.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Some Men's Dreams by Eileen Dreyer - Book Blast and Giveaway

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Dr. Gen Kendall has paid too high a price to let anything get in the way of her dream. In one month she’ll be a full-fledged doctor. She just has to impress her chief of staff, Dr. Jack O’Neill. She impresses him, all right. With one swing of a softball bat she puts him in his own hospital and changes both of their lives forever.


A widower with a 12-year-old daughter, Jack hopes this move to Chicago will signal a new life for them both. He doesn’t plan on finding himself literally at the feet of one of the most compelling women he’s ever known. He certainly doesn’t expect her to turn his life upside down when she recognizes something in his daughter that could well break his heart. Is love enough to see them through, especially when it means that not just Jack but Gen must face the ghosts of their pasts to save his little girl?

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Dr. Genevieve Kendall met the new chief of pediatric critical care at the house staff softball game. More to the point, she knocked him out.


Dr. John Parker O’Neill, the handsome new wunderkind of medicine, who until very recently had made his name in Boston by effecting near-miraculous saves of desperately ill children, had this day decided to introduce himself to Chicago’s Memorial Medical Center by pitching for the attending-physicians’ team that always challenged the residents on the field of battle the Saturday after Memorial Day.

He had so far pitched as near-perfect a game as anybody would have expected him to. By the time Gen showed up late, because of a surprise admission she’d had to finish, he’d helped the attendings trounce the hapless residents by a score of fifteen to one. The residents promptly sent Gen in to pinch hit for their own sadly overmatched pitcher.

For Dr. O’Neill’s part, he looked unwrinkled and unflustered, standing out on the pitcher’s mound in perfectly pressed khaki shorts and a peach Izod shirt, his hawk-like features tanned and smiling, his gray-fingered black hair tousled just slightly in the humid breeze of an early Chicago summer afternoon.

Gen, on the other hand, looked as if she’d just pulled a thirty-six-hour shift, which, in fact, she had. Stretching the kinks from a sleep-deprived body still encased in wrinkled, Snoopy-decorated scrubs, she tossed her thick chestnut braid over her shoulder and choked up on the softball bat.

“Come on, weenie pitcher!” she taunted, much to everyone’s surprise. “See if you can reach the plate!”

Dr. O’Neill’s smile, a thing of controlled beauty, widened a notch. He tossed the thick, scuffed ball a couple of times into his oiled and gleaming glove and eyed his prey as if she were an amusing child.

His first pitch was wide. Gen waited until the ball safely thunked into the glove behind her to give her bat a few more practice swings.

“Big-time doctor can’t even find the strike zone,” she taunted, which drew howls of outrage from the infielders and another enigmatic smile from her foe.

His next pitch was as sweet a strike as is allowed in slow-pitch softball. Gen watched it arc into the afternoon sun and smiled with delight. She was winding up even before the ball reached its apex. Feet planted, left shoulder slightly forward, her whole body tensed for contact. The ball dropped toward her, and she slammed into it as if it were the head of the last surgeon who had called her an idiot.

The crack of a solid hit could be heard into the next diamond. The ball shot straight back the way it had come. Gen never even got the chance to drop her bat or turn toward first base. She recognized imminent disaster before anyone else.

Even Dr. O’Neill.

“Oh, shit,” was all Gen got to say before the ball, with unerring accuracy, slammed into Dr. O’Neill’s forehead and dropped him like a rock.

About the Author:
New York Times bestselling, RWA Hall of Fame author Eileen Dreyer has published 31 romance novels in most genres, 8 medical­forensic suspenses, and 10 short stories.

2018 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her foray into historical romance, the Drake’s Rakes series, which Eileen labels as Regency Romantic Adventure that follows a group of Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe. She is also working on her first non­fiction book, TRAVELS WITH DAVE, about a journey she's been taking with a friend's ashes.

A retired trauma nurse, Eileen lives in her native St. Louis with her husband, children, and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mistletoe in Mayhem by L.E. Rico - Book Blast and Giveaway

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A Christmas Wedding In Mayhem

You’re cordially invited to the wedding of the century! Please join bride-trying-not-to-be-a-zilla Hennessy O’Halloran and her prince-in-shining-snow-boots as they finally say, “I do.” Unless a rogue wedding planner and a blizzard that takes out the entire Midwest can stop them, these two will get married on Christmas. The town of Mayhem will make sure of it.

A Surprise Baby In Mayhem

The town of Mayhem, Minnesota, is about to have a population explosion…and the Whiskey Sisters are getting more than they expected! While newlyweds Henny and Bryan are anxiously awaiting not one but two little bundles of joy, Jameson and Scott are focusing on planning their own perfect wedding, with only one troublesome toddler in tow. But babies have a way of arriving on their own schedules…and fate has a way of intervening in this quirky hamlet. Now, the couple finds themselves scrambling to beat the clock—and the odds—to their own happily ever after before their unexpected special delivery arrives.

Travel to the quirky town of Mayhem, Minnesota, with these two companion novellas that prove love, and sisterhood, will always save the day.

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From Novella 2: Baby Bedlam

“I was thinking…”

She’s on guard immediately.


I give her my best naughty smile.

“Nothing bad,” I assure her. “I figured maybe you and I could just get away for a couple of nights? We could sort out some of the wedding plans…maybe get a jump on the honeymoon…”

Jameson rolls her eyes and smiles at my suggestive suggestion. “Why don’t we just stay here? You, me, the calendar…the three of us can hole up here under the covers,” she counter-offers, wagging her eyebrows up and down in her own…suggestion.

But, adorable as she is, I shake my head.


“Nope to which part of it? Me? Bed? The calendar?” she asks, sounding slightly amused.

“The ‘here’ part of it,” I explain. “Because you know it won’t just be you and me. It’ll also be Walker. And Bailey. And Bailey’s friend Dana. And Dana’s boyfriend Joseph—”

“All right already! I get the idea!” She’s giggling, even as she kicks me gently with her foot. “Then where did you have in mind?”

“Just leave that up to me.”

“Hmmm…a surprise…I think I quite like that, Scott Clarke.”

“Me, too,” I say, even as I’m leaning down to put my mouth to hers.

“I can’t wait to see what you have in mind,” she whispers between kisses.

Me, too.

About the Author:
L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact, she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.


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Monday, November 12, 2018

Saving Anna by Sharon Struth - Review Tour and Giveaway

Saving Anna
by Sharon Struth

GENRE: Women's Fiction



Germany’s sparkling Rhineland is the perfect place for a fresh start . . .

Warming people’s hearts with true accounts of kindness is what columnist Anna Kelly does best. But no one knows the private misery she endures in her abusive marriage. Still, leaving is difficult—until a deeply personal bequest from a beloved elderly neighbor compels Anna to travel to Germany. There she begins an unexpected adventure of paying it forward that will take her far from her complicated life in Brooklyn. 

Arriving in the historic and picturesque city of Mainz, on the breathtaking Rhine River, Anna settles in at a cozy guesthouse filled with colorful residents. But fulfilling her task will require the help of a translator and knowledgeable guide. 

Josef Schmitt will gladly shuttle the American visitor around if it distracts him from his dark thoughts. Ever since a serious accident sidelined him at the local excursions company, he’s been unable to forget the pain he caused or forgive himself. Now, accompanying Anna on her mission takes them both to surprising places—and they just may find the courage to truly set themselves free . . .


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If Anna had known surviving would come down to this moment, she might never have married Patrick. She stood on the sidewalk outside their Brooklyn brownstone, doing her best to act natural despite the rapid thump of her heart.

He opened the taxi’s back door, poked his head in. “LaGuardia Airport.”

The driver popped the trunk and hopped out his door just as Patrick lifted his golf clubs. “Hold on, sir. Let me get those for you.” He sprinted to Patrick’s side and took the clubs while Patrick nodded his approval.

Maybe the driver hoped for a big tip after catching a glimpse of Patrick’s thick Rolex watch or his well-tailored sports jacket. Her husband had impeccable style. Or maybe the driver caught a whiff of Patrick’s unwavering confidence and wanted to stay on his good side. A simple lift of his thick, dark brows always commanded authority.

Patrick turned and approached Anna. His handsome face glowed with a smile masking the real demon inside, his scrutiny intense as he searched her the way a zoologist watches a caged animal for signs of distress.

She slipped her hands into the pockets of her lightweight tunic top, comfortable for this September day. But now goosebumps prickled up he arms as she contemplated what he might be thinking. The least suspicious response was to return his smile, so she did.

When he got close, he drew her to him, securing her arms around his waist. His voice softened. “I’ll miss you, Anna-belle.”

The nicknames, the dazzling and disarming sweetness. His charms had lured her when they’d first met and throughout their courtship. But she now knew he was a human Venus flytrap. 

She swallowed back a vile mix of hatred and fear. “I’ll miss you, too.”

He tilted his head, watched her with his unnerving stare. “What are your plans while I’m gone?”

She could practically see the gears in his mind churning. The wrong response would flip h is sunny mood upside d own. But she’d gotten better at this game and played it up with a flirtatious smile. “You mean besides missing you?”


There are so many different themes in Saving Anna and all are wrapped up in a interesting and often complex plot line.  Even thought the title makes you think that others are saving Anna the truth is that Anna saved herself.  True she had support but it was up to her to do the saving.  Anna has been in abusive marriage and as the book opens she is taking steps to leave the marriage. She leaves the country and her marriage to fulfill a quest left to her by her neighbor who died without thanking people who helped him escape Germany.  That lead to a look at the past and what happens when you target on group of people.  It also left Anna discovering events and people from her own past.  I enjoyed meeting the characters in Saving Anna and following her journey of discovery.  Turns out that as Anna saved herself she also offered support to others who needed saving.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, was a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best First Book. She is the author of the popular Blue Moon Lake Novels, which include Share the Moon.

When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For essays, please visit or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle more information, including where to find her published Ages & More at

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 314 - The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress

The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This has several interesting concepts, some old and some new. The old - aliens have been living on Earth for years and the government has know and help them assimilate. The new - the secrets and lies that have been hidden from our main characters for her entire life. I enjoyed the story but had trouble identifying with all the emotional ups and downs of the teenagers. For me it was just OK but I am long removed from teen years. If I was still that age this would have been a much better read.

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

Terran Tomorrow (Yesterday's Kin Trilogy, #3)Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had mixed feeling about this series from the start. I loved the novella Yesterday Kin. Was less than thrilled with the first book and felt more of the same about book two. Terran Tomorrow was not at all what I expected. Nancy Kress is good at throwing curve balls in her plots and she threw more than one in this final book of the trilogy. That is all I an going to say as anything else would have to include spoilers.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 313 - We Are Legion - We Are Bob by Dennis E. Taylor, Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman

We Are Legion - We Are Bob (Bobiverse, #1)We Are Legion - We Are Bob by Dennis E. Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Do you come back after having your head frozen? Well Bob does or at least a form of Bob does. This is a fun look at what could happen if you are revived as a computer. Bob is as the title says legion. He can make as many copies of himself as he wants and each is just a little bit different. Bob and his copies are off the discover the galaxy, save the Earth and destroy enemies. The book does just end but I was hooked and have already started the second book in the series. Ray Porter does a great job on the audio for all of the characters.

Kiss Me at Christmas (Playful Brides, #10)Kiss Me at Christmas by Valerie Bowman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lady Regina knows what she wants and what she wants is Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf. Of course getting everyone to agree takes an entire book. There are problems but I loved how Regina and Daffin interacted. This has it all; action, romance, fun dialog, danger, and tension. Of course in the end all ends well.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 312 - My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes, Western Christmas Brides by Lauri Robinson

My One and Only Duke (Rogues to Riches, #1)My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Two very interesting characters are at the start of this new series by Grace Burrowes. Quinn Wentworth is about to be hanged when he meets Jane Winston. This is the set up for a familiar trope. Jane is pregnant and broke. Quinn is about to die and has money. The solution - they marry. Then Quinn is pardoned. What comes next is familiar but very entertaining. Jane has to whip the Wentworth family into shape while Quinn is trying to find out who set him up. Love both Jane and Quinn and look forward to catching glimpses of them in future stories.

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

Western Christmas Brides: A Bride and Baby for Christmas\Miss Christina's Christmas Wish\A Kiss from the CowboyWestern Christmas Brides: A Bride and Baby for Christmas\Miss Christina's Christmas Wish\A Kiss from the Cowboy by Lauri Robinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been a Lauri Robinson fan for years and alway enjoy her stories. A Bride and Baby for Christmas has all the elements I love in her stories. Hannah Olsen wants a marriage that will be full of love for herself and her unborn baby. Teddy White was burned once before and does not want that to happen to him again. It takes some time to bring everything together but once it happens both get the perfect HEA. There are two other stories in the book. A nice collection that brings on the Christmas spirit.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 312 - Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander, Wait Until Dark by Kat Martin

Uneasy Lies the Crown (Lady Emily #13)Uneasy Lies the Crown by Tasha Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not my favorite story. I like Lady Emily and enjoyed the previous book where she told two stories; one current and one from the past. They did a good job of putting the two stories together. This time I did not enjoy the past and found that it really slowed the story down. Lady Emily is looking for a killer and Colin is trying to solve a puzzle. That puzzle is the reason for the story set in the past. I liked the current mystery and skimmed the past story. There was a connection but it just did not catch me and as a result this is the first time a book form this series gets only 3 stars.

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

Wait Until Dark (Maximum Security #0.5)Wait Until Dark by Kat Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A nice short start to a new series by Kat Martin. Jonah Wolfe and April Vale are both interesting characters. When April is set up to take the blame for a murder she turns to Jonah. The result is an exciting story with enough twists and turns to keep the story interesting while keeping the ending a surprise. Nice start to a new series.

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

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Books for Review November, 2018

Netgalley Books For November 2018

The Soldier by Neal Asher 11/20
City of Secrets by Victoria Thompson 11/13
The Razor by J. Barton Mitchell 11/27
Respect for Christmas by Grace Burrowes 11/20
Wait Until Dark by Kat Martin 11/1
I’ll Always Love You by Ella Quinn 11/27
My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes 11/6
Daisy’s Run by Scott Baron 11/15 The Good, the Bad and the Duke by Janna MacGregor 11/27
Terran Tomorrow by Nancy Kress 11/13
A Choice of Secrets by Barb Hendee 11/13
Wrangler’s Rescue by B.J. Daniels 11/20
Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh 11/27

Hell Divers IV:Wolver by Nicholas Sansbury Smith 11/6
Diamon Fire by Ilona Andrews 11/06
Burn by James Patrick Kelly 11/1

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 311 - The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, Worlds Collide by Tracy St. John

The Consuming Fire (The Interdependency, #2)The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once again I love the book as an audio book but probably would not have liked nearly as well if I was reading instead of listening. Wil Wheaton puts just the right amount of snark into his reading getting just the right tone to the story. That is what would be missing if I was reading. The story, characters, world building and backstory are interesting. There is much revealed and must not revealed so when will the next one be published?

Worlds Collide (Warriors of Risnar #3)Worlds Collide by Tracy St. John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Third in the Warriors of Risnar series by reads just fine as a standalone. Two interesting characters, secrets, betrayal and romance all tied up in Worlds Collide. Engineer Velia Farrah is from Earth and finds more than she bargained for when she is kidnapped by Jape Bolep an alien from another world. Velia's eyes are opened when she learns that there are aliens who are planning to take over Earth making slaves of the people. Jape is busty protecting his world from the same aliens. Great action with a interesting backstory and world building.

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

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Not a Chance by Maureen L. Bonatch - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

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The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one.

As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld.

In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn't she lucky, they've chosen Hope.

Read an excerpt:

“I swear you have a death wish. Are you looking for any excuse to use your abilities again?”

I started at the ferocity in his remark and straightened in defense. He was supposed to be my ally, but I should’ve anticipated his reaction. “I had no choice.”

“Only because you chose to take her in the woods in the first place.” The tiny haze of lights ignited around him as his frustration built.

I pushed my hands in my pockets to prevent from reaching for him for my own selfish comfort. He had to understand. Griffith was the only one who understood me. He was my rock in this ever-changing town. “I had to help look for Berta. There isn’t a choice in everything. I couldn’t let Chance go alone. Yes, I went because it was my idea in the first place, but also because he’s my brother. It’s not safe for him.”

His gaze locked with mine. “You didn’t worry about yourself? Or consider how much worry you’ve caused me? Damn it Hope, you, of all people, should realize what lurks undercover in the daylight has little fear at night and outside of town.”

Griffith always saw right through my petty motives. The trait was what I loved and hated about him.

About the Author:
Maureen lives in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons —biking, sweat pants, hockey and hibernation—keep her there. Surviving twins gave her the confidence to learn to belly dance, declare herself a tequila connoisseur, act as biker babe to her alpha hubby and to release the characters from her imagination. These adventures, and a love of sarcasm, help her craft paranormal and fantasy stories full of fun, family, magic and mayhem. She survives on caffeine, wine, music and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line.

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