Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 362 - Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer, Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell

Death in the Stocks (Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway #1)Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Death in the Stocks is the first in a mystery series by Georgette Heyer. It has the classic Heyer witty dialog and interesting characters. There are a lot of red herrings before the mystery is solved. However the characters seemed to be too in love with the sound of their own voices. All of the dialog became receptive and caused the story to drag. I think that the mystery is a little dated and it did not hold up as well as Heyer's historical romances have. Even so I was a little surprised by who did the two murders.

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


Fleet of Knives (Embers of War, #2)Fleet of Knives by Gareth L. Powell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Poor Trouble Dog (remember she is a warship that did not like what she had done and changed sides) Even a routine shape up flight after repairs turns into trouble. And not just trouble for her - trouble also for the ship they try to rescue. This changed view points throughout the book as danger from multiple fronts are revealed. There are new characters introduced and the crew of the Trouble Dog returns. Nod is still my favorite character and there is a big surprise when the ship goes off on the rescue mission. This set the stage for the next book and while the Trouble Dog is in constant danger much of that danger remains.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Short and Sweet book Reviews # 361 - The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas, The Ruin of Kings by Jennifer Lyons

The Psychology of Time TravelThe Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you think you know what time travel is like think again. Can't be in the same place at the same time - not true. You can have several of you from years apart in the same room at the same time. That allows the plot in The Psychology of Time Travel to move from a character from one time period to the same character from another time period while all are in the same place. And while that is part of the plot the action revolves around the murder of one of the main characters. We follow several people as they interact often without knowing that they are all part of the same story. This was very interesting with its different take on time travel and how different people saw the same action. The history, the backstory and the world building are all very well done and help keep the story line and characters moving. Pick this up for a very interesting and different murder mystery.

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


The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons, #1)The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This follows Kihrin both before and after he becomes a slave. There are many hints about who and what Kihrin is but no answers. What does happen as the story progresses is complex world building, hints about Kihrin's backstory, and the introduction of multiple characters. Kihrin's actions bring danger and tension to himself and the people around him. All of this sets the stage for what will follow. There are no solutions to problems instead there is just an end to the book knowing that there is more to come. An interesting part of the world building is the addition of foot notes to things or people in the story adding information to the world and back story,

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

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 360 - Believe in Me by Ella Quinn, The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Rowal

Believe in Me (The Worthingtons, #6)Believe in Me by Ella Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a perfect match and there is a solution to all of your dreams you just have to work to find a solution. For Lady Augusta Vivers and Lord Phineas Carter-Wood it just takes time and travel. Throw in a little danger and the Worthingtons and you have the basis for this story. I did love how Augusta hated the restrictions placed on women and how she opened Phineas' eyes to the things that made her resistant to marriage. Phineas was a very good student and as both were very intelligent it made for great reading and an HEA for both.

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


The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2)The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This time it is Mars and Elma York has a big decision to make. Children or space and we know what she choses. This follows her on the trip of her dreams but it is not without pitfalls. I enjoyed the characters and how they interacted. Even Parker came out as not so much as ***hole as before. I hated to leave Elma when she finally got to Mars so I looked up the short story that takes place many years later. (It was published first). I wished I had skipped it as it left me in tears. Even so a really good book and Mary Robinette Kowal does a wonderful job reading her story.

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Millionaire B&B by Robin Daniels - Book Blast and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Robin Daniels will be awarding a $50 mazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Sadie is a successful romance author. She can write a swoon-worthy man with the best of them but can’t seem to find one for herself. Miles is the cute and wealthy heir to Copeland Press, Sadie’s publishing house. It’s hard to find a woman in his social circle who appreciates a down-to-earth book nerd.

When a twist of fate has Miles and Sadie double booked in the same vacation rental, they decide to share the cabin. Even though Miles isn’t Sadie’s type, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. Sadie’s down for a flirty fling, but Miles has other plans. He’s got a huge crush, and just one week to convince Sadie they were meant for a happily ever after.

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SADIE

“What’ll it be?” I looked at Miles after grabbing Ethan’s beer and a Diet Coke for myself.

“What do you have?”

I leaned over and hung on the refrigerator door, surveying its contents. “Corona Light, some cheap boxed wine, orange juice, Diet Coke, Dr Pepper, milk, water.” Miles hadn’t answered, and when I turned back, I caught him dragging his gaze away from my butt. “French vanilla creamer…” I teased, boring my eyes into him. He knew he was busted, but he played it off smoothly.

Miles chuckled. “I was going to say Dr Pepper, but you may have just sold me on the Coffee-Mate.” I grinned at his witty comeback, and his face lit up. Then he winked, and my heart skipped a beat.

There are all kinds of winkers in this world: the squinty winker, the rapid winker, the slow-motion winker, the blinker, the can’t-get-my-eye-closed-all-the-way half-blinker, and my least favorite, the over winker. Like Goldilocks, I decided Miles’s wink was just right.

“I’d have pegged you for a beer man,” I replied, handing Miles a Dr Pepper.

“I’m actually more of a wine guy. But I’ve just learned that wine with hamburgers is gross, and I’m trying to impress you.” I pressed my lips together. Was he teasing me or flirting with me? Because it sounded like a little of both.

About the Author:
Robin is an overgrown child who fancies herself a bit of a comedienne. She loves to laugh, crack jokes, create flirty characters, write witty banter and believes in happy endings. Robin lives outside of Phoenix with her wonderful husband, five crazy kids and naughty labradoodle puppy. Millionaire B&B is her first adult rom-com, but she has six YA titles that are equally fun.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 359 - Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Stroke of LuckStroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved the plot in Stroke of Luck. I was in the dark about who did what and who was who for most of the book. The two main characters (Will and Poppy) have a history that is playing out as danger, tension and death stalk the Sterling Montana's Ranch season opening. This is a great start to a new series with Luck being a big part of the story. There is a small touch of the paranormal in the story line as there is one character who believes in curses.

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


The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Calculating Stars title is a play on words and a very clever one. The setting follows what happens when a large meteor strikes the earth setting up the need to find a way off planet as this may be an climate cataclysm. The story follows Elma York, a math genius and WASP pilot as she works to get humans into space. I loved the detail in the story and Mary Robinette Kowal does a really great job reading her creation. The background shows that the author did a lot of research as she wrote the book. I also identified with Elma and her struggle to included as an astronaut. That made it a very difficult book to quit listening to. I love that this is book one in the series and that I can connect with Elma in future books.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 358 - Constellation XXI by Edward Hoornaert, Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak

Constellation XXIConstellation XXI by Edward Hoornaert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book three in the Repelling the Invasion series and I had not read the first two. As a result I missed the backstory and world building and was dropped right into the story. What was done in Constellation XXI was the character development. I loved both Sienna and Crispin. They had a past and it was getting in the way of the present. Sienna had a secret that was covered in guilt. Crispin was just happy to finally be back around Sienna. He also had a secret and that one was what they needed to win the war they were in. Ships had quit working and Crispin has found the secret. That secret was putting them in a lot of danger. Great story line with interesting aliens as well as humans. 

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


Unforgettable You (Silver Springs, #5)Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Back in Silver Springs a new set of characters are center stage. This time the tension is very evident from the first page. While I liked the main characters I had trouble buying into the plot. Forgiveness is at the heart of the story. The event that lead to needing forgiveness made it hard to believe that the past could ever be put behind in the way the story was told. I do believe in moving on just not in the ways it came about in the story. 

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

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Can't Let Go by Chrissy Brown - Book Blast and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chrissy Brown will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, also an ebook of the second installment of the series Come a Little Closer (tentatively to be released 2/9), to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who's not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn't ready to let her go.

Beau
She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I've ever seen, but she's damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren't the same
That I'm different.

Mallory
He's everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he's relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

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I spend my days wondering what she’s doing.

Is she okay?

Is she out drinking herself to death like I am as I try to block out the pain?

Or, the worst one of all, did she get over me and move on to someone new? I think that thought tears me up the most. I know we haven’t been apart long, but the phrase “to get over someone you have to get under someone else” haunts me.

Thinking about her in some other man’s arms, his lips kissing her soft skin, his hands roaming her body, makes me sick. The only thing that helps numb the suckiness that has become my life is the whiskey.

I grab the bottle of Jack beside my bed and take a swallow, then chase it down with another and another until the pain doesn’t hurt quite as much. But no matter how much I drink, there’s always a dull ache that is Mallory.

About the Author:
Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are...and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 357 - A Duke in Need of a Wife by Annie Burrows, California Girls by Susan Mallery

A Duke in Need of a WifeA Duke in Need of a Wife by Annie Burrows
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happens when you are invited along with five others to audition for the role of Duchess. Sophie just does not go along with the plan. She keep throwing things in the way while getting the Duke's attention. This is a nice sweet story with a child in the middle of the plot. Sophia and Oliver (the Duke) are a great couple who have to find their HEA in a very short time. Great characters and a nice story line.

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


California GirlsCalifornia Girls by Susan Mallery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Three sisters who each get dumped on the same day. What follows for each is the heart of the story. This sends each on a very different path. I enjoyed meeting the three and their slightly off center Mother who just wants to be a grandmother. For each of the sisters the result is not what they expected. This follows them for a year and the result for each is a bit of a surprise. A nice contemporary romance that has both serious and light moments.

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

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The Military Wife by Laura Trentham - Blog Tour and Giveaway

The Military Wife by Laura Trentham
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A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families in award-winning author Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife.
Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husbandNoah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.
Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.
In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.
In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?
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EXCERPT:

Present Day

Winters in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, were temperamental. The sunshine and a temperate southerly breeze that started a day could turn into biting, salt-tinged snow flurries by afternoon. But one thing Harper Lee Wilcox could count on was that winter along the Outer Banks was quiet. 
The bustle and hum and weekly rotation of tourists that marked the summer months settled into a winter melancholy that Harper enjoyed. Well, perhaps not enjoyed in the traditional sense . . . more like she enjoyed surrendering to the melancholy. In fact, her mother may have accused her of wallowing in it once or twice or a hundred times.
In the winter, she didn’t have to smile and pretend her life was great. Not that it was bad. Lots of people had it worse. Much worse. In fact, parts of her life were fabulous. Almost five, her son was happy and healthy and smart. Her mother’s strength and support were unwavering and had bolstered her through the worst time of her life. Her friends were amazing. 
That was the real issue. In the craziness of the summer season, she forgot to be sad. Her husband, Noah, had been gone five years; the same amount of time they’d been married. Soon the years separating them would outnumber the years they’d been together. The thought was sobering and only intensified the need to keep a sacred place in her heart waiting and empty. Her secret memorial. 
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REVIEW:


This is a very readable story about living through painful events that change how you look at life. Each of the characters face different challenges. Harper must move on from the death of her husband. Bennett Caldwell has to accept and share the death of his best friend. Others are dealing with the results of seeing action that is burned on their brains resulting in PTSD. As grim as all of this seems the story shows as way out. I loved how Harper took charge of her life and how some of that change helped other Military Wives find jobs that they loved while also making a big change in her own life. This is the start of a series and if this one is any indication the start of a very interesting series.
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LAURA TRENTHAMis an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She is a member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.
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I am More Than My Hair by Alyscia Cuningham - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway



I Am More Than My Hair
by Alyscia Cunningham

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GENRE:   Women's Issues; Photography

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BLURB:

From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows; baldness)? This new coffee table book should bring light to the issue.

I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, is a two-part project, documentary film and coffee table book. The newly published book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one.

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EXCERPT


Amy, 39

Pull-Quote:
I look a little different, but I’m still me — I’m still Amy!

Story:
Never in a million years did I think I would have alopecia.

It started with a small bald spot on the back of my head and, four months later, I was completely bald. I had no choice but to wear wigs and try to go about my life like nothing was wrong. That is so much easier said than done!

I distanced myself from friends and family and avoided social situations at all costs. I did not want people to see me differently. I felt like a completely different person on the outside, and it started to make me feel different on the inside, too. I spent months feeling isolated and depressed, and it started to take a toll on me. 

I had an “Aha!” moment one day when I was sick of missing out on life because of my own excuses. I realized I am not my hair! There is so much more to me than my outward appearance.

Yes, I look a little different, but I’m still me—I’m still Amy! I feel like my diagnosis was God’s way of telling me to not be so concerned with what other people think of me and to just get out there and enjoy life! It has been a slow process, but now I don’t let being bald hold me back from doing anything. I go for that boat ride or swimming; I do not mind a windy day, and I get myself to the gym. I am still not comfortable going out in public without my wig, my hat collection has grown tremendously.

Losing my hair has taught me to be a stronger, more confident woman, and I know I can handle whatever curve ball life sends my way! I am more than my hair because my external appearance does not represent all I have to offer on the inside. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” —Maya Angelou

Review:

I Am More Than My Hair is a very powerful book.  Each page features someone's story but the most powerful part are the photographs of each woman.  Hair is very important in our day and time.  All you have to do is watch the number of men who try to hide their bald head.  For women it is more difficult but as you look at the photos you see that as the title says, I Am More Than My Hair.  Each on is beautiful and powerful even with their hair.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alyscia Cunningham is an entrepreneur, author, filmmaker and photographer who has contributed to the Smithsonian, National Geographic, Discovery Channel and AOL. In September 2013 Alyscia self-published Feminine Transitions, a photography book encompassed with portraits of raw feminine beauty. Her recently published photography book and upcoming documentary film, I Am More Than My Hair, features 138 portraits of 46 females and the stories of their experience with hair loss as well as females who cut their hair in solidarity of a loved one. Alyscia creates these, and future projects, with the consideration of art for social-change.

Alyscia specializes in promoting our natural beauty because she believes the media does a good job of focusing on our insecurities by bombarding us with ads proclaiming that their appearance without enhancements is inadequate or faulty. Her portraits are unaltered by Photoshop and reveal women as they are naturally, without the fa├žade they put on for others.

Her work has been featured on Fox5 News, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, APlus, and Proud2BMe. To learn more about Alyscia and her work, visit Alyscia.com.

Alyscia also invites you to view her video introductions to Feminine Transitions, and I Am More Than My Hair.


I Am More Than My Hair book is now available on Amazonand at these retailers: 
Bluestockings Bookstore (New York, NY)
BookWoman (Austin, TX)
East City Bookshop (Washington, DC)
Politics and Prose (Washington, DC)
Sandy Spring Museum (Ashton, MD)
Vroman's Bookstores (Pasadena, CA)
Women's Museum of California (San Diego, CA)

Social media pages:
Twitter - @alyscia_c
Instagram - @Alyscia Cunningham
Facebook - @Alyscia Cunningham Images
and @I Am More Than My Hair.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Alyscia Cunningham will be awarding a limited edition 2019 calendar for "I Am More Than My Hair" (US only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 356 - Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder, A Cowboy's Choice by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Navigating the StarsNavigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has an unusual concept. Remember the life-sized terracotta Warriors found in China. Well what if we find them when we go to space and what if they are on more than on planet. That is the main plot point in Navigating the Stars. Lyra Daniel has to follow her parents from planet to planet as they study the Warriors. Each time she leaves friends behind, not only in space but in time. I loved all of the different concepts in Navigating the Stars. The two young adults carried the story but they are backed up by a great cast of secondary characters. There is plenty of danger and tension in the story. Also some unexpected surprises as the plot unfolds. Great world building and back story as this sets up the Sentinels of the Galaxy series.


A Cowboy's Choice (The McGavin Brothers Book 13)A Cowboy's Choice by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What can go wrong when you decide to skip the dating and go right to spending a weekend together. Well seems like a lot. Brendan Sawyer has come home and one reason is Jo Fielding. Jo hates dating and thinks a weekend together will tell if they are compatible or not. Of course all kinds of things go wrong even as some go right. I liked the fact that this one featured older characters and that they find their HEA. This is a fun series the next book looks like even more fun as a relative comes over the pond to hide from his actions.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 355 - Abandoned by W. Michael Gear, Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport

Abandoned (Donovan Trilogy #2)Abandoned by W. Michael Gear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I reviewed Outpost I said it set everything up for the next book. Abandoned takes up where it left off and added some interesting plot elements. Donovan is just as dangerous as ever. It takes some of the main characters off on further adventures and adds other characters to the mix. One lesson that Donovan is teaching is that humans need to work together to survive. Of course some just do not get the message. I loved the action and how characters changed and grew as the story progressed. What did not change in Abandoned is the fact that plot set up everything up for the action in the next book. We got change in a story full of danger and tension. We got great characters. While we got a solution to some things we did not get a solution to the biggest problems on Donovan. That may come in the next book Pariah.


Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle, #1)Medusa Uploaded by Emily Devenport
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oichi is a very interesting character. She has many facets but the main one seem to be how easily she kills. Not that she does it for any but the best reasons. She is on a mission to change life on the generation ship. Turns out that ship is not all that it seems. The plot starts moving toward one goal with one set of characters then turns and turns again often with a new set of characters. The changes also change the world building while the back story drives the characters in different directions. This is book one in The Medusa Cycle and while it answered some question it creates others as the story progresses. It did leave a lot up in the air but there is help on the way. Book will be out soon.

Caitlin Davies does a great job giving the right emotion to all the different voices in the story.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 354 - Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong, Detonation Event by John Andrew Carr

Watcher in the Woods (Rockton, #4)Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rockton is still having trouble. Someone is not who they seem. Why does that cause trouble? Because it brings in someone trying to make an arrest and capture. That just cannot be allowed but the way it is stopped is not the best way to stop it. In fact that just brings more trouble. Casey Duncan and her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton are both such great characters and it is great fun following them as they try to unwind everything that is happening. There are some very interesting new characters that play a part in this story. I think the best is Casey's sister. It will be interesting to see how her story plays out in future books. This is part of a series but can be read as a standalone.

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


Detonation Event (Mars Wars #1)Detonation Event by John Andrew Karr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the title suggests this starts out with a bang and one that arrives ahead of time. At its heart is the battle between those who want all efforts made on Earth and those who see space as part of the salvation of humans. I found a lot of this new and interesting. There are the changes to humans that most of us would not think are good changes. While the detonation event is part of the story there is also another event that has to be faced. As the story progresses the two events are woven together until they join near the end. This keeps all the main characters alive and kicking but leaves the big problems still to be solved. Stay tuned. The next book should be as wild a ride as Detonation Event.

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

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mostly Innocent by J.M.Jinks - Book Blast and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.M. Jinks will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Meet Layla James, your typical smart and snarky chick—except for the whole succubus thing. After nearly a millennium on Earth, Layla’s settled down in a boring life in Palm Springs, until a smoking-hot hunter comes to arrest her for murder. But Layla knows the rules—she'd never kill someone and incite the wrath of The Powers That Be.

Elijah Daines is a hunter, maintaining the balance of good and evil in the mortal realm, his power stronger than any hunter she’s ever encountered. Plus, he’s a seriously sexy distraction. Too bad he’s accused her of a crime she didn't commit.

As the killer continues a murder spree that not only frames Layla but threatens to expose the existence of supernatural creatures to humans, Layla and Elijah team up to investigate. Hopefully, they can fight off their escalating attraction for each other long enough to exonerate her and stop the murder madness.

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He edged nearer the counter. I, or maybe my succubus, decided on a whim I would not be intimidated by his power. I wasn’t sure where my sudden courage came from. He had to have sensed my succubus signature. We weren’t a violent race when we controlled our urges. I’m Queen of Control over here. I’m sure he knows I won’t hurt him. Right?

But why is he here? Something must be wrong.

With every step he took closer, I had a better look at him. His dark hair was in slight disarray and his crystal blue eyes scoured my face. He towered over me in every sense of the word. My stomach dipped.

He and Jolene should go back-to-back so I can get an accurate measure of his height.

I shook away my thoughts of him. Given his disapproving glare, he came here on a mission. Greek god or not, he was still a hunter, and I—

I was a product of evil, aka something he hunts.

“Succubus,” he growled. One little word filled with eons of unabashed hatred. It vibrated through me. All hopes of him wanting a new bathroom paint color vanished. No, this visit wouldn’t be pleasant, not at all.

Perhaps I could seduce him. Hell, he could do me right on the floor of aisle nine next to the light fixtures, if it kept him from killing me. I bit my lip. Hunters weren’t typically susceptible to succubi charms. A failed attempt of Aphrodisia could earn me more problems.

I released a breath. Some buried-deep, natural instinct rolled through me again, and I decided to stand my ground. I stood straighter and barked back, “Hunter.”

About the Author:
J.M. Jinks was born and raised in Southern California. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and two cats in her hometown. J has a Bachelor’s in French and a Master’s of Education. She is a teacher by day and a writer by night. J and her husband welcomed a baby boy in May 2018.

J has always had a love of reading that progressed into writing. Mostly Innocent is her first published manuscript.

J loves to connect with her readers. You can find her at:

Website/Blog: http://www.authorJMJinks.com/
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 353 - Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines, Gate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson

Terminal Uprising  (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse, #2)Terminal Uprising by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Mops and her crew. When last seen they had left in the Pufferfish and I was left wondering what they would get up to. Seems that they have spent the last few months dodging capture and as this adventure opens they are sent off on a mission to Earth. What follows is a plot full of action, adventure, tension, danger and discovery. Once again their janitorial skills come in handy in defeating the enemy. I really liked how the crew changed and grew as they faced events that were both dangerous and uplifting. You would think they would get a rest but as this task ends they are presented with another. That one is for the next book.

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

Gate CrashersGate Crashers by Patrick S. Tomlinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Human Wildlife Preserve. Keep Out is just part of the fun in this book. The characters are great. The dialog over the top and the story full of danger, tension and adventure. I loved the world building and the backstory. The crews out in space and the ones on Earth do a great job of keeping the story and plot moving. I listened to this on CD in my car and at times I was laughing so hard any one who saw me driving and laughing wonder if something was wrong with me. Alyssa Bresnahan as the narrator had just the right tone for the dialog and the descriptive phrases that Tomlinson used. I wondered if he stayed up nights putting them together and finding the perfect place to use them. I hated to say goodby to this great group of characters but I think this is a stand alone.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Sixth Key by Sue Perkins - Book Blast and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sue Perkins will be awarding a PDF ebook of The Sixth Key to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click no the tour banner to see the other stop on the tour.

Kidnapped, taken to another planet - how much worse can Riley's life get?

The kidnapper is her boyfriend Jothur and Sacral is his home planet. The castle inhabitants are psychic, mainly telepaths, and they are at odds with the Mutes in the forest. The psychics' plan is to discover how Riley blocks her thoughts. This will help them completely eradicate the Mutes who are a mixture of free telepaths and non-telepaths.

Riley seeks help from the Mutes and meets Tynan, their leader. She hopes he will help her escape the tests the telepaths want to do. Instead she discovers the magic of Sacral is dying due to an imposter being on the throne.

Riley and Tynan work together to discover the real king and place him on the throne. Part of the plan relies on Riley returning to the castle to delve for more information. Will she survive or will her mind be torn apart by the tests?

Read an Excerpt

On the far side of the room Riley noticed a large carving on the wall. She crossed the room and examined the two panels, each depicting life on Sacral. At the top of each panel, identical carvings caught her attention. A long-tailed bird flew out of high-reaching flames. The carvings reminded her of a phoenix rising. This did not help her find clothing for her body. Riley looked at the panels again.

I wonder. Could they be doors? It’s a good way to keep them from destroying the beauty of the room.

The panels had no obvious way of opening – no handles, no indents in the appropriate places to provide finger holds. A push and a pull nearly broke her already short nails. The doors remained stubbornly closed.

Tears pricked Riley’s eyes. How could she appear at her best before the king, not to mention Jothur, without any clothes? These had to be doors to a clothes cupboard. There weren’t any other options in this room.

“Think Riley, think. What other ways are there for doors to open?”

Various ideas came to mind and she tried them all to no avail. What had Jothur told her about his planet? ‘…ruled by magic instead of science....’ In desperation she cried out “Open Sesame.” To her surprise the doors swung open to reveal a walk-in closet and dressing room.

About the Author:
Sue Perkins emigrated to New Zealand in the 1980s. A few years later she took a creative writing course, then started writing novels and short stories. Despite rejections from several publishers Sue persevered and in 2006 she won the Pacific Region of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Short Story Competition. The following year her first romance novel was published.

In the intervening years Sue has had ebook and paperback novels published for middle grade, young adult and adults, mainly in the fantasy genre. Dragons and magic are her favourite subjects in fantasy, but ghosts are also making their appearance in her young adult books.

Website: http://www.sueperkinsauthor.com
Author blog: http://superkinsauthor.blogspot.com
Publisher website: http://www.caishelbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sue-Perkins-Author-187981637917791/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuePerkinsAuthr
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sixth-Key-Love-Magical-Planet-ebook/dp/B07L7LCZQ8/ref=sr_1_1
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Smuggler by Nicholas Fillmore - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway


Smuggler
by Nicholas Fillmore

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GENRE: Memoir/True Crime

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BLURB:

When twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he’s been recruited to edit is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride he doesn’t know how to get off of.

After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge he is summoned to West Africa to take a voodoo oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, he returns to Europe to put the job right, but in Chicago O’Hare customs agents “blitz” the plane and a courier is arrested. 

Thus begins a harried yearlong effort to elude the Feds, prison and a looming existential dead end…. Smuggler relates the real events behind OITNB.

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EXCERPTS 

At the other end of the terminal was another set of steel doors—simple double doors leading right out to the street, daylight and fresh air strobing through each time someone exited; cabs lined up and waiting, freedom lingering out there.

I hoisted my bag over my shoulder, bypassing the baggage carousels where a cop was walking around with a dog, and headed towards the doors. A single Customs Agent was perched on a stool to the far right, reading a magazine. As I got about a third of the way there, he seemed to stir. I changed direction ever so slightly. 

He roused himself. A small group was moving toward him from the right, but he seemed to ignore them. 

I looked out the corner of my eyes for someone, anyone I could fall in behind, but everyone seemed blissfully out of reach—and I imagined this is what it must feel like to drown: to take one last desperate look at help swimming strongly away. 

Then the agent sauntered ever so slowly out into the middle of the room. My heart raced. Then he looked up. I saw it coming, could feel it coming. Oblivious to the rest of the herd, he’d singled me out; and for a second I felt I might just swoon right there. Then some sort of instinct kicked in. I resigned myself to being questioned and headed right at him. 

For some seconds he hung back as I did my best to play the part of the unassuming traveler.

“Where are you coming from, sir?” he asked, at an angle.

“Paris,” I said.

“Can I see your ticket?”

I handed him my ticket.

“How long were you in Paris?”

“A week.”

“What were you doing there?”

“Business.”

“What kind of business.”

“Magazine. Publishing.”

“What magazine?”

And here I faltered. Nun Civa Orcus. What the hell was that? My mind raced for all sorts of explanations. For a second I considered making something up. But that would only mean trouble. You tend to say stupid things when you veer from the script like that. Someone might ask your name, for instance, and under duress you might say Peter Rabbit or Dick Nixon, who the hell knew? Had he detected my hesitation? I had to speak.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Nicholas Fillmore attended the graduate writing program at University of New Hampshire. He was a finalist for the Juniper Prize in poetry and co-founded and published SQUiD magazine in Provincetown, MA. He is currently at work on Sins of Our Fathers, a family romance and works as a reporter and lecturer in English. He lives on windward Oahu with his wife, his daughter and three dogs.

Publisher Website http://www.iambicbooks.com

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Nicholas Fillmore will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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