Rolf’s Quest (A Medieval Encounter Book 1) by @Aubreywynne51 #bookreview #historicalromance


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Title: Rolf’s Quest (A Medieval Encounter Book 1)

Author: Aubrey Wynne

Genre: Historical Romance, Romantic Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

A wizard, a curse, a fated love…

 

When Rolf finally discovers the woman who can end the curse that has plagued his family for centuries, she is already betrothed. Time is running out for the royal wizard of King Henry II. If he cannot find true love without the use of sorcery, the magic will die for future generations.

 

Melissa is intrigued by the mystical, handsome man that haunts her by night and tempts her by day. His bizarre tale of Merlin, enchantments, and finding genuine love has her questioning his sanity and her heart.

 

From the moment Melissa stepped from his dreams and into his arms, Rolf knew she was his destiny. Now, he will battle against time, a powerful duke, and call on the gods to save her.

 

My Review:

True love, without the use of magic, will free the great Merlin from his own mystical prison but can it be done?

 

Back in the day, the great wizard Merlin fell in love with a woman who loved another. Merlin cast a love spell on her and in retaliation, she cursed him and all his future generations. The first-born son of each generation will have the opportunity to choose fated love without the use of magic.

 

Rolf was brought to Merlin when he was only ten years old and the fate of Merlin and future generations is in Rolf’s hands. Rolf thinks he’s learned from his ancestors’ mistakes but destiny is a funny mistress because when he meets his beloved, the woman who can break his family’s curse, she’s already engaged to another.

 

Melissa has been engaged to Charles Roker, a duke, from the time she was small. A partnership between two families to strengthen alliances, not for love. Melissa starts having intoxicating dreams about a mysterious man with dark hair and when he appears at King Henry II’s coronation, she’s left to wonder if his story of fated love and Merlin is true. Desire wars with allegiance to her father but she has one ally: the Queen. She must choose between love and loyalty. Can she marry a man she barely knows yet his kisses make her dizzy as if she’s drunk too much spiced wine? And what about this curse? Will true love conquer all or will magic cease to be?

 

I was captivated by the historical romance from the first page and honestly, didn’t want it to end. Wynne is historically accurate throughout the book, from the clothing to historical people/events to how society behaves and even cultural traditions (such as weddings and coronations). I was immersed in the 12th century and it was glorious.

 

I loved Roker, Melissa’s fiancé, and it was quite enjoyable seeing his evil mind process events out of his control. He fought for Melissa’s hand and when fate intervenes, his world is turned upside down. His actions, as well as his frame of mind, amped up the suspense and intrigue.

 

At the end, Rolf’s Quest is a testament to love and lovers. It reminded me of The Princess Bride as well as Ladyhawk. I highly recommend it and I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series!

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author (via Netgalley) in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Rolfs-Quest-Medieval-Encounter-Book-ebook/dp/B01N6IY5E9

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Rolfs-Quest-Medieval-Encounter-Book-ebook/dp/B01N6IY5E9

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rolfs-Quest-Medieval-Encounter-Book-ebook/dp/B01N6IY5E9

 

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rolfs-quest-aubrey-wynne/1125362109?ean=2940154235898

 

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/rolf-s-quest

 

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rolfs-quest/id1187969530?mt=11

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33650888-rolf-s-quest

 

Aubrey Wynne

 

Author Biography:

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas.

Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, the first in A Chicago Christmas series, received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence awards.

Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” launched in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest, winner of the 2016 NTRWA Great Expectations award.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://aubreywynneauthor.com/

 

Blog https://aubreywynneauthor.com/blog/

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Towers of Earth by @jcconwaywriter is a Brilliant #Technothriller! #scifi #bookreview #SFF


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Title: Towers of Earth

Author: J. C. Conway

Genre: Science Fiction, Technothriller, Cyberpunk

 

Book Blurb:

At the brink of an impending dark age, 15-year-old Allison Taylor escapes Earth on a colony ship to the stars. But a catastrophic quark drive failure forces a desperate, near-light-speed return a millennium into Earth’s future. Allison is surprised to find humanity in a “New Renaissance” and to see the Great Geostationary Towers her father engineered still stretching majestically from ground to high orbit, now housing Earth’s billions.

 

When Allison learns the “New Renaissance” is a mere façade, she struggles against crushing odds to reunite with her fellow colonists. Finally gaining the opportunity to flee again, she realizes her special knowledge of the Towers may empower her to break the Tower Administrators’ tyranny—but at the cost of her means of escape. Allison is torn. Will fulfilling her father’s dream be worth abandoning her chance to finally reach the stars?

 

My Review:

Earth is on the brink of a dark age so teenager Allison and others flee on a spaceship. She leaves everything behind and starts a new life amongst the colonists. Life is going pretty great for Allison, that is until the spaceship’s drive fails and they return to Earth 1,000 years in the future. Much has changed on Earth and Allison isn’t sure if it’s for the better. It feels more like a prison but her knowledge of her father’s geostationary towers gives her power she’s never dealt with before. Can she use this new-found power to help her fellow colonists escape oppression or should she escape to pursue her own dreams to traveling throughout space?

 

Towers of Earth is an absorbing science fiction thriller that I loved. First of all, I connected with Allison right away. She’s a strong, adventurous female lead in what is mainly a male-dominated genre. She’s fully fleshed out and at times felt so real to me, I swear I experienced everything she did. Conway is a master storyteller when it comes to describing not only the action but the science technology. The suspense kept me turning the pages and I even gasped a few times. There are a few spots in the plot that could’ve been trimmed, due to length, but overall, a compelling read. Yes, it’s technically young adult with undertones of dystopia but honestly, I didn’t notice. I was that caught up in the story.

 

Fans of Tom Clancy, B. V. Larson, L. Ron Hubbard and Star Trek will love this book.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Allison. I connected with her instantly and while she’s female, that didn’t detract from the story. It was refreshing to have such a strong female main character in Hard Science Fiction.

 

My Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Towers-Earth-J-C-Conway-ebook/dp/B06XDBN6Q7

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Towers-Earth-J-C-Conway-ebook/dp/B06XDBN6Q7

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Towers-Earth-J-C-Conway-ebook/dp/B06XDBN6Q7

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34459124-towers-of-earth

 

j c conway

 

Author Biography:

J.C. Conway is a romance, science fiction and fantasy author, writing novels and short stories for adults, young adults and teens. He is also a complex litigation attorney, teacher, active supporter of community groups and projects, and an advocate for mental health.
His recent novel, Towers of Earth, is a science-fiction adventure set one thousand years in the future, about a colony mission that suffers a catastrophic failure in interstellar space. The story features 15-year-old Allison Taylor and the colonists desperate efforts to resume their mission against mounting odds both technical and personal.
Hearts in Ruin is J. C. Conway’s debut novel, inspired by a combination of his interest in Paleolithic archaeology and his understanding of deep-seated conflict in academic and post-academic settings. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and online publications. Two of his short stories appear this summer in The Colored Lens and Comets & Criminals. Links to other stories in romance, science fiction and fantasy can be found at his website.
J.C. Conway has been an avid storyteller for as long as he remembers. His writing passion began with a grade-school assignment to write anything he liked, which, at the time, included dinosaurs, robots, army heroes and alien invaders. Since then he’s added simmering passion, tense internal conflict and emotional dilemmas. To learn more, visit his website at http://jcconway.com, his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/J.C.Conway.W…, or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jcconwaywriter. Also feel free to visit http://HeartsInRuin.com, the website dedicated to his debut novel.

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking by @pschmi02 #bookreview #motivational #quotes


Positive Thinking Quotes

 

Title: Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking: Wisdom Quotes Illustrated 3

Author: Philip G. Schmitz

Genre: Self-Help, Motivational, Quotes

 

Book Blurb:

Here’s what they want you to believe: spending money, acquiring possessions, and keeping up with your neighbors will make you happy.

Here’s what they’re hiding from you: it doesn’t work that way and it never has.

Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking offers a better perspective. The source of true happiness lies within you. It’s all about being yourself even if you’re different–and who isn’t?–seeing things in a favorable light, facing challenges with hope, and, yes, overcoming difficulties with confidence.

Maybe you have an inkling that cultivating a positive mindset will lead to greater happiness. Or maybe you’re already moving in that direction and are eager for support and insight.

You’ve come to the right place. Inspirational Quotes about Positive Thinking will educate, edify, and entertain you. These are carefully selected quotes paired with great pics. Have a “look inside.”

 

My Review:

This is a great book for a device because you could remind yourself of your go-to quote with the swipe of a finger.  There is a lot here and there is something for everyone.

 

I defy a morose and negative person to make it through this book without feeling more positive!

 

If you want something short, hard hitting and fast then this book is for you.  A brief into to, at least the sections, might have provided more depth but otherwise this little book is a triumph.

 

Recommended for anyone and everyone.

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inspirational-Quotes-about-Positive-Thinking-ebook/dp/B071LPWKXP/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35234627-inspirational-quotes-about-positive-thinking-wisdom-quotes-illustrated

 

Philip G Schmitz

 

Author Biography:

Life is like a gemstone. Let’s hold it under the light and watch it sparkle.

Born in Princeton, NJ, Philip Schmitz spent his formative decades in Salzburg, Austria. His exposure to a foreign culture exerted an enormous influence on his life.

As a professional translator, he has written well over a million words. Although much of his work was printed between the covers of books (12) and published online, it left him unsatisfied.

Wisdom Quotes Illustrated is his first attempt at publishing on the subjects that matter to him most: learning, developing, and changing; staying inspired and motivated; and cultivating a positive, optimistic frame of mind even—and especially—when difficult situations arise.

His goal is to produce a series of books that will provide awareness and insight, and encourage personal growth.

Philip lives in Connecticut. When he’s not up to his neck in a translation or busily collecting quotes for his next book, he enjoys baking cakes and can found walking in the quiet recesses of nearby nature preserves.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.fullyhereandnow.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/philip.schmitz.100

Twitter https://twitter.com/pschmi02

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/110985456309645140331/posts

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/philipinct/quotes-to-enjoy-and-thoughts-to-ponder/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

One Year Left by J. C. Robinson is a Touching #NewAdult #Romance! #bookreview


One Year Left

 

Title: One Year Left

Author: J. C. Robinson

Genre: New Adult Romance

 

Book Blurb:

In the last year of his life, Will moves to Portland in search of happiness, but the disappointment and despair of his past aren’t influenced by distance. Then he meets his new roommate, Kristen. Even with her own emotional scars, she’s everything he’s ever wanted. The trouble is, old habits are hard to break and if they can’t find a way to move forward, they risk losing their best chance at love.

 

My Review:

Readers of Nicholas Sparks and John Green (Fault in Our Stars) will love this new adult romance.

 

What would you do if you were given one year left to live? What would you focus on and what if the Universe matched you up with the perfect girl? Would you pursue it to see what happens or would you keep your distance, knowing you have little time left?

 

Such is the dilemma for Will. He’s got one year to live and decides to seize the moment in a big way. He moves to Portland, works with his best friend at a food truck, trying to figure out life. He meets his new roommate, Kristen, and is immediately smitten. She’s everything he wants in a girlfriend but she’s unavailable. He decides it’s better to be in her life than not at all. But when she finds herself sans boyfriend, Will makes his move. Will the past continue to hold them back, destroying their shot at love, or can they overcome all odds together?

 

Such a great romance, reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks, and I really enjoyed reading it. Realistically written with honest dialogue and relatable characters. I hated Kristen’s boyfriend and was happy when he was out of the picture. The relationship between Will and Kristen developed naturally and the conflicts were very real. There’s not a lot of character growth with Will and Kristen but that’s just a personal preference. Robinson doesn’t hold back Will’s dark thoughts on death and dying. I found it refreshing and somewhat inspiring.

 

If you’re looking for a sweet romance dealing with love, romance, healing from the past and terminal illness, pick up One Year Left. You’ll be glad you did!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “I like your…” He looked me in the eyes and I saw him take in the entirety of me visible above the table. “I like your everything, to be honest.”

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://amazon.com/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon CA https://amazon.ca/dp/B06XVFWWG5

Amazon UK https://amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XVFWWG5

 

JC Robinson

 

Author Biography:

J.C. Robinson is 26 years-old and lives in Clarksville, MD with his puppy, who thinks tennis balls are treats. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Criminal Justice & Criminology degree. As of March 2017, he has left his job as a professional hand holder (IT-ish) to pursue writing full-time.

 

J.C. enjoys listening to Bon Iver, playing with Max (his rogue puppy), and watching How I Met Your Mother. His favorite movie is also Adventureland — the last scene totally makes his heart flutter. He wants you to know that lettuce is a no-go in tacos and hamburgers (but salads are okay).

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jordantheauthor/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16363962.Jordan_C_Robinson

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Brilliant! @SurgeonsStory -Inside OR-1 with America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeon #bookreview


Surgeon's Story

 

Title: Surgeon’s Story – Inside OR-1 with one of America’s Top Pediatric Heart Surgeons

Author: Mark Oristano with Dr. Kristine Guleserian

Genre: Medicine, Organ Transplant, Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

Kristine Guleserian, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, is scrubbed in.

 

Dr. G, as she’s known, is one of only nine women in the U.S. sub-specialty board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons to what she’s about to do — take a scalpel sharper than a dozen razors, cut through eleven-month old Claudia’s skin, saw open her breastbone and spread her ribcage apart in order to repair congenital defects threatening a malformed heart the size of a walnut.

 

It’s just after 9:00 AM. Claudia will be in the OR until 2:00 PM, along with a team of talented surgeons, nurses, techs, anesthesiologists, perfusionists and others.

 

Dr. G is in charge.

 

What will she find when she opens the chest?

 

How will this tiny little child hold up in surgery?

 

You won’t believe the real-life medical drama in this intense, close-up visit to the cardiac OR.

 

Pick up your copy with just one click.

 

My Review:

In today’s world of medicine, there are some doctors so gifted, so talented, saving the lives of people comes second-nature. Dr. G is such a person and this is her story. Told from the point of view of journalist Mark Oristano as he shadows Dr. Kristine Guleserian, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, Surgeon’s Story is a gut-wrenching, emotional and in-depth look at an average day in Dr. G’s OR. From the x-ray room to meeting the parents of one of her infant patients, Oristano reveals it all. The reader gets to secretly scrub in and peek inside the mind of a brilliant surgeon.

 

I loved this memoir and seeing Dr. G in action. It reads quickly and you get a real feel for what an average day in the OR is like. But more than that, you meet her support staff as well as the parents whose child’s life is in Dr. G’s hands. Oristano details without gory details life each procedure, spotlighting Dr. G’s brilliance. There are even a few funny moments that made me chuckle. What’s front and center, though, is the inspiring woman who is Dr. G. She’s proof-positive that women can change the world.

 

If you’re a fan of medical television dramas or looking for an emotional memoir, pick up Surgeon’s Story today. Peek inside an OR and witness medical miracles happening every single day. A must read!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: “We eat stress like M&M’s in here.”

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Surgeons-Story-1-Americas-Pediatric-ebook/dp/B06XRDKMFS

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Surgeons-Story-1-Americas-Pediatric-ebook/dp/B06XRDKMFS

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Surgeons-Story-1-Americas-Pediatric-ebook/dp/B06XRDKMFS

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33840433-surgeon-s-story

 

mark Oristano

 

Author Biography:

Dr. Guleserian’s life, training and work are discussed in detail, framed around the incredibly dramatic story of a heart transplant for a two-year old girl whose own heart was rapidly dying.  Author Mark Oristano takes readers inside the operating room to get a first-hand look at pediatric heart surgeries most doctors in America would never attempt.

 

That’s because Dr. Guleserian is recognized as one of the top pediatric heart surgeons in America, one of a very few who have performed a transplant on a one-week old baby. Dr. Guleserian (Goo-liss-AIR-ee-yan) provided her expertise, and opened her life and her OR to Oristano to produce Surgeon’s Story.

 

As preparation to write this stirring book, Oristano spent hours inside the operating room at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas watching Dr. Guleserian perform surgeries that each day were life or death experiences. Readers will be with Dr. Guleserian on her rounds, meeting with parents, and in the Operating Room for heart transplants and more.

 

Oristano is successful sportscaster, photographer, and actor. A graduate of Texas Christian University with a communications degree, Mark worked with famed football broadcaster Verne Lundquist in Dallas, spent a year as a news co-anchor with Oprah Winfrey in Nashville, and then on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Houston Oilers Radio Network, for NFL Films, and then in the Cowboys’ public relations department. Oristano is a frequent public speaker giving talks on the game of football and his stories generated from his career. His first book, A Sportscaster’s Guide to Watching Football, grew out of his work broadcasting NFL games for the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers. He has been a volunteer at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas since 1997.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://surgeonsstory.com/

Mark Oristano Twitter https://twitter.com/SurgeonsStory

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Idiot’s Tale by Anthony Land is Brilliantly Written! #thriller #mystery #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: Idiot’s Tale: It’s always darkest just before the end

Author: Anthony Land

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Fiction Noir, Private Detective Noir

 

Book Blurb:

Your name is John Rainwater. You’re an aging and penniless private investigator. You may have killed someone. You and your client are up to your necks in something terrifying. The female spy who is supposed to be keeping you alive may be insane. And tomorrow things could get really bad.

It began when the rich and beautiful Morgana Trehane burst into your low-rent office near the New Orleans docks, claiming that she has just escaped from kidnappers who grilled her about something called White Stone, which may be the realization of the ancient dream of turning base metal into gold.

Within 24 hours you and your client are in Miami, with ex-Mossad agent Roni Miller – the most violent woman you ever met – guiding you through a tangle of lies, greed, and deadly peril. What you are pursuing isn’t just the promise of endless wealth, but a device that could set off the most terrible war in human history.

You are vastly out of your depth, the body count is rising, and all you know for certain is that if this operation you’ve stumbled into fails, you, the lovely Morgana, and everyone else involved will end up in unmarked graves so that people in power can deny that it ever existed.

Idiot’s Tale is unlike any thriller you’ve read, careening between mordant humor and nihilistic darkness, on its way to an ending that will haunt you for a long time.

If you’re a fan of fast-paced, smart thrillers with a very dark edge, you should read Idiot’s Tale. Go ahead. We dare you!

 

My Review:

This was a great read.

 

The tale of Dr. Rainwater and Morgana was a page turner that I couldn’t wait to continue.  I love the intellectual aspect to the gritty PI and many of the lines will resonate with me, going forward.  The least of which was ‘Figjam’. Do not Google a definition in front of children or people with mild constitutions.

 

Warning: I must warn the reader that there are scenes and descriptions of graphic violent torture that could offend.  I did find it hard to eat lunch and read them but I am a trooper.

 

I found the ending was not satisfying but this was a stand-alone book and it seems pretty certain that there won’t be a sequel.  I loved the book, would be happy to get a hardcover/paperback so I could keep it on my mystery shelf.

 

One last point, I have read or watched hundreds of mysteries and didn’t know what was going on here.  Brilliantly written.  Recommended to every fan of Fiction Noir.  A spectacular private eye book worth the time and money.  Buy this book.

 

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Idiots-Tale-always-darkest-before-ebook/dp/B00BE9F420

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Idiots-Tale-always-darkest-before-ebook/dp/B00BE9F420

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Idiots-Tale-always-darkest-before-ebook/dp/B00BE9F420

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27805973-idiot-s-tale

 

Anthony Land

 

Author Biography:

I’ve made my living as a writer since I was 18 years old. In the process of becoming one hell of a lot older, I’ve been a newspaperman, wire service reporter, television journalist, advertising man, medical writer, marketer, public relations adviser and ghostwriter.

 

While I’m of the school that holds that no author should be analyzed beyond what he or she chooses to publish, I will admit to being a non-believing summa cum laude graduate in philosophy from a Jesuit university who, in the course of a somewhat adventurous life, has seen more of the dark side of humankind than he might have wished and contributed more to its absurdity than he intended

 

I am very interested in the reaction of readers to what I have written, and hope you will see fit to share your impressions of IDIOT’S TALE, NIKA and my most recent novel, THE BANSHEES, either as formal reviews, on this forum or with me personally at anthonyland03@gmail.com .

 

Social Media Links:

Goodreads Author Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7104553.Anthony_Land

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Fat Girl Begone! by @dehaggerty is #RomanticComedy Gold! #bookreview #romance #RRBC


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Title: Fat Girl Begone!

Author: D. E. Haggerty

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

 

Book Blurb:

I’m a total mess. My boyfriend dumped me – get this – because I diet too much. Not because I’m fat, mind you. Of course, this spurs me into the diet-fitness-revenge-plan of the century, which leads me to the gym and a scorching hot personal trainer. I even manage to make some cool new friends, including a millionaire if you can believe it. Things are looking up! Naturally, that’s the moment my ex decides he wants me back, the personal trainer asks me out, and my millionaire male buddy decides to throw his hat in the ring. But that’s not enough drama. No, not for me. Because I’ve also lost my job and decided to start my own business. Just call me Ms. Drama.

 

Warning: Bad language, bumpy roads, and embarrassing moments ahead. But there’s also more than a bit of romance and even, if we’re lucky, love. Fingers crossed.

 

Not endorsed by or affiliated with any brand of tequila.

 

My Review:

Everly is having a bad day. First, her boyfriend dumps her because, and I quote, “I diet too much and don’t love myself.” Yeah, talk about a douchebag. So she calls up her best friend, Blaze, and there’s lots of tequila drinking. The next morning, Blaze picks her up and drags her to the gym to meet up with Evie’s brand new hotter than hot personal trainer. Yup, while drunk on tequila, Evie signed up for a gym membership and six months personal training sessions. Why? Because she, like most of us women out there when we get dumped, wants to have a great bod when she runs into her ex again and have him beg to take her back.

 

But the universe has a funny sense of humor. While Evie wants to lose weight to show up her ex, Josh, she meets two hot guys who are interested in dating her. There’s her drop-dead gorgeous personal trainer, Gabriel, who flirts with her and then asks her out for a date. Then there’s the cute but geeky Carter, a member at the gym who’s clearly interested in her. Which one will Evie choose?

 

I’m a huge Haggerty fan and pretty much anything she writes is romantic comedy gold. I’m serious. Move over Kinsella and Fielding, you’ve got competition with D. E. Haggerty. Not only does she create such life-like characters and situations (has she been stealing my diary?), but she’s one of the few writers out there who’s got the gift for comedic timing. It takes talent to blend humorous situation with laugh out loud (yes, I’m peeing my pants) dialogue and Haggerty’s got it in spades.

 

Okay, let’s talk about Fat Girl Begone! and what I loved about it. I instantly connected with Everly and her over-fascination with her “jiggly” bits. She’s just been dumped and suddenly finds herself trying to keep up with the beautiful gym people. Hey, I’ve been there and done that. Then, she’s got three men trying to win her attention. I love Carter best but that could be my inner geek coming out. Everly’s best friend (Blaze) is the best friend in the world and has got Evie’s back! She’s my favorite character next to Everly and Carter. She loves her best friend and wants the best for her. Every gal has to have a bestie like Blaze, who tells it like it is.

 

If you love romantic comedy and all the hijinx that comes along with life’s ups and downs, Fat Girl Begone! is a must-read! I loved it so much and it’s Haggerty’s best book to date!

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

“You’re not getting this. You’re it for me. I feel it in my bones. You’re not out of my league. Your league is so far above mine, I’m surprised you even noticed me let alone looked down and smiled upon me.”

 

And a bonus second quote because they’re both my favorite quote(s) –

 

And then we celebrate. Without clothes. The best kind of celebrating there is.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fat-girl-Begone-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B06XTSHJHB/

 

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/714063

 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fat-girl-begone-de-haggerty/1126081046?ean=2940154089385

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/nl/en/ebook/fat-girl-begone

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fat-girl-begone/id1221566707?mt=11

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34683994-fat-girl-begone

 

D E Haggerty

 

Author Biography:

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before deciding to follow the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

 

Fat Girl Begone! is my eleventh book.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http://dehaggerty.wordpress.com

Blog: https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/category/mymusings/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dehaggerty/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/D.E.-Haggerty/e/B00ECQBURU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1438239628&sr=8-5

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Email: dena@dehaggerty.com

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Good Enough to Dream by Roger Kahn @Dodger_Kahn #bookreview #baseball #FridayReads


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Title: Good Enough to Dream

Author: Roger Kahn

Genre: Baseball, Sports, Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

Roger Kahn’s first major league hit, THE BOYS OF SUMMER, was his runaway bestseller that immortalized the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers. Now Kahn does the same for players whose moment in the sun has not yet arrived.

GOOD ENOUGH TO DREAM is the story of Kahn’s year as owner of the Class A, very minor league, Utica Blue Sox. Most of the Blue Sox never made it to the majors, but they all shared the dream that links the small child in the sandlot with the superstar who has just smacked one out of the stadium. This is a look at baseball unadorned, a game still sweet enough to lure grown men to leagues where first-class transportation was an old school bus and the infield was likely to be the consistency of thick soup. It is a funny and poignant story of one season, and one special team, that will make us hesitate before we ever call anything “bush league” again.

Praise for Roger Kahn:

“As a kid, I loved sports first and writing second, and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote. As an adult, I love writing first and sports second, and love Roger Kahn even more.” —Pulitzer Prize winner, David Maraniss

“He can epitomize a player with a single swing of the pen.” —TIME magazine

“Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business.” —Stephen Jay Gould, New York Review of Books

“Kahn has the almost unfair gift of easy, graceful writing.” —BOSTON HERALD

 

My Review:

A book about the 1983 Blue Sox by Roger Kahn.

 

This is a wonderful book because it is not about a team you intrinsically know.  This is not the story of the ‘55 Dodgers or the ‘61 Yankees or the ‘75 Reds or the ‘77 Yankees or the ‘87 Twins or ‘91 Twins or ‘92 Blue Jays or ‘93 Blue Jays.

 

This is a story about a bunch of young guys who play baseball because they have the chance to be paid for the privilege.  It is a chronological tale that covers the season that has fun, sadness, excitement, turmoil and simply life and baseball.

 

A fantastic read for every baseball fan and for everyone who might like baseball.  A treasured part of my baseball book library that I have owned for decades.

 

Disclaimer: I bought the hardcover when it was first released in 1985.

 

My Rating: 5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Good-Enough-Dream-Roger-Kahn-ebook/dp/B009Y8S7JA

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Good-Enough-Dream-Roger-Kahn-ebook/dp/B009Y8S7JA

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Enough-Dream-Roger-Kahn-ebook/dp/B009Y8S7JA

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/137789.Good_Enough_to_Dream

 

Author Biography:

Roger Kahn, a prize-winning author, grew up in Brooklyn, where he says everybody on the boys’ varsity baseball team at his prep school wanted to play for the Dodgers. None did. He has written nineteen books. Like most natives of Brooklyn, he is distressed that the Dodgers left. “In a perfect world,” he says, “the Dodgers would have stayed in Brooklyn and Los Angeles would have gotten the Mets.”

 

Social Media Links:

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Roger-Kahn/e/B000AQ1PQC

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/Dodger_Kahn

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Viable Threat by @JulieRoweAuthor is a Sizzling #RomanticSuspense #bookreview #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: Viable Threat

Author: Julie Rowe

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

Special Forces soldier and medic Walter River would give anything to snatch more than a few seconds of down time to see if he can rattle the no-nonsense and incredibly hot Dr. Lloyd he’s protecting, but dodging explosions, snipers, and student radicals who’ve unleashed a lethal bio-engineered microorganism have made that almost impossible. Maybe he’ll get a chance—if he can figure out how to keep them both alive.

 

CDC microbiologist Ava Lloyd races to find a cure for a bio-terrorism organism sweeping El Paso. The few stolen moments with her very hunky bodyguard River have been explosive, but no matter how alluring he is, she can’t afford to get distracted. The clock is ticking, people are dying by the hundreds, and once this crisis is solved, they’ll both be off on their next assignment, thousands of miles apart.

 

My Review:

Special Forces soldier and medic River “just call me River ma’am” gets a call from the head of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to come at once to a local hospital. There’s an outbreak of some deadly disease and she commands him to watch over Dr. Ava Lloyd, a microbiologist. He’s armed and ready for anything but one minute in Dr. Floyd’s presence and he’s smitten. She’s hot and smart… a total turn-on.

 

Ava has seen her share of outbreaks but this one doesn’t respond to any antibodies and those who’re responsible are a mystery. It’s chemically altered and as the bodies pile up, every agency from the CDC to Homeland Security is on the case. Is it a terrorist attack or something deadlier? Working with River sets her body aflame but she promised herself she’d never trust her heart to a soldier again. Can he be trusted or is it just a fling?

 

I’m a huge fan of Julie Rowe and this is her best book yet! The stakes couldn’t be higher and the attraction between River and Ava set my tablet aflame. You wouldn’t think that being blown up a few times while wearing hazmat suits would be sexy but you’d be wrong. The action scenes were intense and there were times when I was afraid Ava or River might die. There’s plenty of romance, although since many lives are at stake, Ava and River take it whenever and wherever they can. I connected with both Ava and River immediately and almost cried when it ended. I wanted more!

 

Ripped from the headlines, Viable Threat is an adrenaline-rushing romantic suspense and a must read! The ending left it open for a sequel so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Ava. I loved how brilliant she is (hello microbiologist) while being tough as nails and yet, there’s a vulnerability when it comes to the opposite sex and love. She’s all business when she first meets River and bristles at his nickname for her. But the more they work together, her walls come down and we catch a glimpse of the real woman underneath.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Entangled Publishing
iBooks
Kobo
Amazon Kindle USA
Paperback at Amazon USA
Amazon Kindle Canada
Paperback at Amazon Canada

 

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Author Biography:

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic military thrillers. Her most recent titles include Viable Threat, the first book in the Disease Control and Enforcement series, and Viral Justice, book three of the Biological Response Team series. You can find her at www.julieroweauthor.com , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor

 

Social Media Links:

www.julieroweauthor.com

Twitter: @julieroweauthor

www.facebook.com/JulieRoweAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Curse of the Healer by @AshleyYork1066 #bookreview #MedievalMonday #historicalromance


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Title: Curse of the Healer

Author: Ashley York

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

After the death of Brian Boru in 1014, a legend arose of a healer so great she could raise a man from the dead, with a power so strong it could make any warrior the next high king of Éire…and to steal it away from her, he need only possess her. 

 

Fated to be a healer…

 

Aednat has spent her entire life training to be the great healer, knowing she must remain alone. When she meets Diarmuid, the intense attraction she feels toward him shakes her resolve to believe in such a legend. If she gives in to the passion he ignites in her, can she settle for being less?

 

Destined to be his…

 

Diarmuid of Clonascra is renowned for his bravery in battle. Only one thing daunts him: the prospect of taking a wife. The safest course would be to keep his distance from Aednat, the bold, headstrong healer who’s far too tempting for his peace of mind. But his overking orders him to protect her from a group of craven warriors intent on kidnapping her to steal her power.

 

What starts as duty for Diarmuid quickly transforms into something more. Aednat’s power might be at risk, but so is his closed-off heart.

 

My Review:

Get ready to be swept away to 11th century Ireland in Curse of the Healer, book one of a brand-new series from Award-Winning author Ashley York. There’s a legend which speaks of a great healer, someone’s whose power is so great, she could raise a man from the dead. To possess her power and become the next high king of Éire, all a man needs to do is steal her virginity.

 

Aednat has spent her whole life training to be a healer, possibly the great healer, but all she’s learned is put to the test when she meets Diarmuid. If the legend is correct and she’s the great healer, her powers will disappear once she marries. No matter how tempting it is to fall into Diarmuid’s arms, she won’t give up her healing abilities. But when an evil warrior comes to take her away (to steal her powers), she has no choice but to marry Diarmuid and flee the home she’s known since she was a child.

 

Diarmuid’s a fierce warrior and the last thing he expected is to be married to a healer, one with a sharp tongue and an independent spirit. But his overlord begged him to protect her and Diarmuid agreed. She sets his body on fire but could he let her into his heart? It takes a kidnapping and a near-death experience for Diarmuid to realize what his heart knew all along… love comes along in unusual packages and you must cherish it.

 

I’m a big fan of York’s Norman Conquest series and was so excited when I heard she was starting a new series. Curse of the Healer plunges the reader into 1095 Ireland and you experience everything the characters experience. You can smell the horses, wilderness, muck and mire along with passionate embraces. York intersperses language of the time period as well as a glossary. This was incredibly helpful in reading and envisioning various scenes. I got so engrossed in the language and setting that my husband said I had acquired a slight Celtic accent.

 

The characters, though, are what drive this historical romance. I loved how Aednat had a deformity that caused her to be shunned as a child but that didn’t stop her from being happy. She was rescued and adopted into Diarmuid’s overlord’s family. Sure, she had a low opinion of her beauty but that’s only natural. Diarmuid, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to notice her club foot and his care for her endeared me to him throughout the book. Both characters go through immense growth and it’s only when they work together, do they heal each other.

 

If you love historical romance, you have to pick up this book. You’ll be swept away by the landscape, the history and the romance. A must read!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Diarmuid. I loved his tenderness towards Aednat, even when she was sparring with him. His love for her moved me and how he loved her for who she was and not just because he was duty-bound to protect her. He’s a strong warrior with a sharp mind and while he thinks he knows what kind of wife he wants, what he needs is Aednat. Tough, strong, tender… a true leader.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Curse-Healer-Descendants-High-King-ebook/dp/B06XC1J99P

iTunes   https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1210186885

KOBO   https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/curse-of-the-healer

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/curse-of-the-healer-ashley-york/1126025771?ean=2940157449193

 

Ashley York

 

Author Biography:

Aside from two years spent in the wilds of the Colorado mountains, Ashley York is a proud life-long New Englander and a hardcore romantic. She has an MA in History which brings with it, through many years of research, a love for primary documents and the smell of musty old libraries. With her author’s imagination, she likes to write about people who could have lived alongside those well-known giants from the past.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.ashleyyorkauthor.com

Email: ashleyyork1066@gmail.com

Twitter: @ashleyyork1066

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Shattering Truths by @KyrianLyndon is a Dark, Disturbing #Suspense! #YA #bookreview


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Title: Shattering Truths (Deadly Veils #1)

Author: Kyrian Lyndon

Genre: Young Adult, Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

She was left fighting her demons alone . . .

 

For sixteen-year-old Danielle DeCorso, the old house in Glastonbury was an eerie place to grow up. Coping with mental health challenges exacerbated by a traumatic family dynamic, Danielle watches from the window for two men in a dusty black sedan who keep circling the house and harassing her with phone calls. The two predators drugged her and her cousin, Angie, and then lured them from Pleasure Beach in Bridgeport to a secluded cottage on Long Beach West. She remembers feeling dizzy, the room spinning. She recalls screaming, crying, fighting, and then slipping in and out of consciousness. Angie, however, has no recollection of the incident.

 

When Danielle attempts to jog Angie’s memory and convince their best friend, Farran, that the two strangers had victimized them, no one seems to believe her. Alone in her pain, Danielle remains guarded, obsessed, and withdrawn. Soon she is sinking deeper into a tumultuous world of adolescent isolation and change. Grief, guilt, and anger send her spiraling into an even darker place.

 

Tormented by terrifying nightmares, she fears she will lose her sanity, or possibly her soul. Is she having post-traumatic stress hallucinations, as one of her friends suggest, or are her recurring nightmares as real as they seem? Trapped in an unyielding emotional bondage, Danielle continues the fight to reclaim her power. Startling revelations awaken her newfound spirit, inspiring a once naïve girl to grow into a woman of defiance and courage.

 

My Review:

Danielle and her cousin, Angie, are spending the day at the beach. They meet two strangers who convince the two girls to come with them. Drugged and sexually assaulted, Danielle is the only one who remembers. When she tries to convince her cousin what happened to them both, Angie has no recollection and Danielle starts to question her own sanity. Did it really happen or did she imagine the whole nightmarish event? And who is stalking her in the dark sedan? The more she uncovers, the more isolated Danielle feels. She has a choice: sink into a pit of guilt and despair or gather inner strength to deal with what’s happening to her. Which path will she choose?

 

Shattering Truths is a dark, disturbing suspense that showcases the emotional turmoil a victim of sexual assault feels. I related instantly with Danielle and while she didn’t make the smartest decisions, she’s honestly portrayed. Her family dynamics made me cringe and at times, I wanted to wring their necks. Their lack of support angered me and I think that’s what the author intended.

 

Well-written with a strong character arc for Danielle, I found the narration a bit shocking. The transitions need to be smoother as I got lost a few times.

 

While this is a young adult, I know both teens and adults will enjoy this book. Fans of 13 Reasons Why will devour this book!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: What had those vile creatures unleashed in me? What beast had they awakened?

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Smashwords

 

Kyrian Lyndon

 

Author Biography:

Kyrian Lyndon is the author of Shattering Truths, the first book in her Deadly Veils series. She has also published two poetry collections, A Dark Rose Blooms, and Remnants of Severed Chains. Kyrian began writing short stories and fairy tales when she was just eight years old. In her adolescence, she moved on to poetry. At sixteen, while working as an editor for her high school newspaper, she wrote her first novel, and then completed two more novels at the ages of nineteen and twenty-five.

 

Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York, Kyrian was the middle of three daughters born to immigrants —her father from Campochiaro, Italy; her mother from Havana, Cuba. She has worked primarily in executive-level administrative positions with major New York publishing companies. She resides on Long Island in New York.

 

Social Media Links:

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Every Couple Deserves a… Happily Ever After by @RuthACasie #romance #bookreview #MFRWAuthor


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Title: Happily Ever After

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

From a fall from literary stardom to becoming the heroine in her own romance story, Beth Holmes has turned around her career and her love life. She owes it all to one very special person.

 

Jarred Watson has loved Beth since he read her first novel and suspected the heroine was the embodiment of the author. But the road to romance was fraught with pitfalls. He almost lost everything because of a conniving agent and a little white lie that got out of hand. At the eleventh hour, with honesty and hard work, their book sales are off the charts and a movie deal is in negotiations.

 

Interfering families and changed plans take their toll. Will they go their separate ways or will Holmes and Watson continue their literary collaboration and personal partnership in order to find their own happily ever after?

 

My Review:

Part One – Beth Holmes is a bestselling romance author but when she responds to a nasty review, her sales plummet and she’s left wondering if she’s sealed her fate. Her agent convinces her to attend a book signing in Havenport but when she discovers a rival author is also attending, she wonders if she should just throw in the towel. A chance meeting with a handsome man reignites Beth’s creativity and she writes through the night. But when she discovers who her mystery man is, will Beth leave or take a chance on being a romantic heroine in her own romance? I loved part one! As an author, myself, I could relate to Beth’s feelings on a bad review and the crossroads she appears to be facing. Her witty inner dialogue made me laugh a few times. Jarred is swoon-worthy for sure. The romance was sweet yet toe-curling. The conflict becomes clear and Beth’s reaction was honest. Love the humorous play on Holmes and Watson.

 

Part Two – Beth and Jarred are back in Havenport, only it’s far more dangerous than either of them realizes. They made the decision to collaborate last Christmas but it’s more difficult than they thought. Every time Jarred sends her notes, Beth cringes with self-doubt. She needs to confess her feelings to him before it pulls them apart. But that’s the least of their issues when Beth accidentally stumbles upon a criminal plot in the least-likely place. Can Jarred protect her or will he be too late? A beautifully written romantic suspense by Casie and it only made me love this couple more. Casie kicks up the adrenaline at just the right spots and has a talent for romantic suspense. Well done!

 

Part Three – Beth and Jarred are tying the knot and plans quickly go awry. They’re trying to finish their latest book days before the wedding. Their families are interfering with the wedding plans and all Beth and Jarred want to do is escape. Nothing is going according to their wishes, not even the bachelor party. Jarred sees Beth’s stress brimming over and decides to take matters into his own hands. All he wants is to spend the rest of his life with Beth, to give her the Happily Ever After she deserves, but is it too much to ask? Beth and Jarred are my new favorite romantic couple and their love story is honest and true. Life gets in the way, sometimes, and it’s what you do with it that matters. Beth and Jarred compliment each other and their romance makes you believe that happily ever after can happen to us all. Best Casie book to date!

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Beth Holmes. Beth is a best-selling author who’s still reeling from a horrible review and the last place she wants to be is at a book signing with her nemesis. I loved her sense of humor, her honesty and her toe-curling kisses with her sexy rescuer. I laughed, I swooned, it was irresistible.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon/Kindle: http://a.co/8DGxCzf

iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/happily-ever-after/id1231892165?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/happily-ever-after-69

 

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Author Biography:

RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong empowered women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager vice president, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: http:// www.ruthacasie.com

Email:  mailto:ruth@ruthacasie.com

Personal Blog:  http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/+RuthSeitelman

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ruth-seitelman/6/6b7/964

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4792909.Ruth_A_Casie

YouTube:  http://bit.ly/RuthACasieYouTube

Ruth’s Newsletter Signup: http://www.ruthacasie.com/contact.html#newsletter

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Horror Unearthed! Hounds of Dracula by Ken Johnson #bookreview #Netflix #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: The Hounds of Dracula

Author: Ken Johnson

Genre: Horror

 

Book Blurb:

Horror unearthed!

 

An ancient crypt in Transylvania lies freshly opened.

 

A monstrous creature and its master move through the night.

 

The fangs of the evil past are bared for a new generation of victims …

 

… as the most terrifying of all curses comes forth to claim not only man but beast for the legion of the undead.

 

My Review:

A fun quick vampire novel.  It has the lore down perfectly and the vampires and their vampire dogs are like vampires are meant to be – sunlight will kill them.  A fast read with lots of thrills and chills.  A slightly predictable but fun book.

 

Worth the effort to source a copy out of a used book shop.  Especially for fans of both traditional vampires and fans of Cujo.  If you think that dog is scary, wait ‘til you face a vampire dog!

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

It’s out of print but you can find it from sellers online and possibly in second-hand book stores.

 

The movie, Zoltan, Hounds of Dracula, is based on this book and available on Netflix.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own) by @ElleJamesAuthor #bookreview #romanticsuspense


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Title: Navy SEAL Six Pack (SEAL of My Own)

Author: Elle James

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

For a SEAL undercover on a top conspiracy, attraction could be dangerous…

 

Raised on a ranch and trained as a Navy SEAL, Benjamin “Montana” Raines has a work ethic that’s unshakable—even in the midst of a beautiful and jaded CIA operative. A dangerous conspiracy threatens the United States, and Benjamin has a new case. And a new partner.

 

Kate McKenzie has been burned before. And now she is paired with someone she’s supposed to trust against her deeper instincts. In the cutthroat world of millionaires and politicians in Washington, DC, Kate and Benjamin must go undercover to prevent an attack. But as the risks to their safety heighten, so does their undeniable attraction to one another…

 

My Review:

Navy SEAL Benjamin Raines is on a deep undercover mission and is paired with a sexy CIA operative Kate McKenzie. Together, they must put aside their heated rivalry and mutual attraction in order to stop a deadly U. S. attack. As the threats intensify and fireworks fly between Kate and Benjamin, all hands are on deck to catch the enemy. Will the SEAL six-pack (another term for a SEAL team) stop their evil plot in time or is it too late?

 

From the first page, I was hooked. Cue shower scene. Benjamin and Kate sizzle and Elle James ratchets up the suspense. I loved the accuracy of the SEAL and CIA operations. It added to the authenticity of the story. I honestly gasped aloud when the enemy was revealed. I never saw it coming. Well done, James! Gripping, suspenseful, romantic edge-of-your-seat thriller ripped from current headlines. A must read!

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

Kate. She’s a tough woman working in a male-dominant industry so her exterior is as solid as a Tiger tank. Yet, she has a soft side that I adore. An honest-to-goodness real woman, which I love reading, since I am one, too. Benjamin gets under her skin and her reactions were realistic. I want to read more about Kate.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Navy-SEAL-Six-Pack-Own-ebook/dp/B01E374RB8

 

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Navy-SEAL-Six-Pack-Own-ebook/dp/B01E374RB8

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-SEAL-Six-Pack-Own-ebook/dp/B01E374RB8

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29934678-navy-seal-six-pack

 

Author Biography:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Elle James, spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://ellejames.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ElleJamesAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Scoundrel of Dunborough by @MargMooreAuthor #bookreview #historicalromance


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Title: Scoundrel of Dunborough (The Knights’ Prizes)

Author: Margaret Moore

Genre: Historical Romance

 

Book Blurb:

She swore to resist temptation!

 

Journeying to Dunborough to learn the truth about her sister’s murder, novice Celeste D’Orleau dons a nun’s habit for safety. But seeing her childhood hero Gerrard of Dunborough makes her dream of pleasures that will be forbidden once she takes her final vows.

 

Gerrard wrestles with his desire for the innocent beauty. After striving to redeem his wicked reputation, he won’t seduce a nun. Yet as Celeste’s mission draws them closer together, it soon becomes clear their passion is stronger than any vow!

 

My Review:

Hearing of her sister’s murder, Celeste D’Orleau leaves her cloister and returns to Dunborough. She reunites with her childhood friend, handsomely wicked Gerrard and all her sinful feelings for him returns. She’s on a mission to uncover the identity of her sister’s murderer, even if it means sacrificing herself and her vows of chastity.

 

Gerrard’s trying to clean up his image and the last person he’d expect to see is beautiful Celeste. She brings out the best and worst in him yet no matter how much he wants her, he won’t seduce a nun. But when Celeste entraps the real murderer, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her.

 

A juicy, intriguing historical romance. I loved Celeste and her viper tongue. Celeste and Gerrard ignite between the pages and I swooned more than once. Both have been hurt in the past and the time has come to bury the hatchet. But is Celeste running away from love or is it her calling to be a nun? A twist on the classic Harlequin historical romance. A must read!

 

Disclaimer: I received a paperback for Christmas.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Gerrard. I really loved him because he knows what he wants and yet his weakness is Celeste. She makes him angry with her wicked tongue but she also speaks the truth, which is rare. He’s a good man and the historical version of sex-on-a-stick.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Scoundrel-Dunborough-Knights-Prizes-Margaret-ebook/dp/B0111TTV80

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Scoundrel-Dunborough-Knights-Prizes-Margaret-ebook/dp/B0111TTV80

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scoundrel-Dunborough-Knights-Prizes-Margaret-ebook/dp/B0111TTV80

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25897453-scoundrel-of-dunborough

 

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Margaret Moore actually began her career at the age of eight, when she and a friend concocted stories featuring a lovely, spirited damsel and a handsome, misunderstood thief nicknamed “The Red Sheik.”

 

Unknowingly pursuing her destiny, Margaret graduated with distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. During that time, she also became a Leading Wren with the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, where she learned to use a variety of weapons and had the weepy experience of being tear-gassed.

 

In addition to being a wife and mother of two, she’s also been an award-winning public speaker, synchronized swimmer, an archer, and studied fencing and ballroom dancing.

 

Margaret sold her first historical romance and the premiere book of her Warrior series, A WARRIOR’S HEART, to Harlequin Historicals® in 1991. Since that time, she’s written over 25 historical romance novels and novellas. She has also written for Avon Books, as well as a young adult historical romance for HarperCollins Children’s Books. She now writes for Harlequin’s new single title imprint, HQN.

 

Her books have been published in France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, etc.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.margaretmoore.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/MargMooreAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Unholy Alliance by @RowlandKathleen is a Heart-Pounding #Thriller! #bookreview


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Title: Unholy Alliance

Author: Kathleen Rowland

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

 

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.

 

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

 

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

 

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

 

My Review:

Victoria Morningstar has spent the last ten years in prison, innocent of the brutal murder she was convicted of. Now, thanks to attorney Grady Fletcher, she’s a free woman. Free from prison, yes, but not from the Irish mob or the man who framed her for murder, Seamus McGinn.

 

By day, she runs a food truck out of a less than stellar neighborhood and by night, she’s scouring every lead she can to try to find her cousin, Vivienne. Tori’s convinced Seamus has kidnapped her cousin, doing unspeakable torture to her. Tori’s drive propels her into danger but instead of being cautious, she plows ahead.

 

Grady agrees to defend a new client and the more he investigates, the more he realizes McGinn is back and on the hunt for Tori. Corruption, political intrigue and attempts on Tori’s life throws Grady into the middle of a feud he can’t stop and his heart might be the next victim. Will he throw his son in the crosshairs of the mob to save Tori or is it all too much for him?

 

I loved this heart-pounding thriller and while the publisher states it’s romantic suspense, I’d classify it more as a thriller. There’s tons of action scenes, a suspenseful plot and the romance really takes a back-seat. A tad disappointing to this romantic suspense fan, thus the four-star rating.

 

Tori is an amazingly tough and strong heroine. I don’t know if I’d throw myself into the clutches of the one man who framed me for murder. I’d disappear, trekking to Antarctica and living with a colony of penguins.

 

This is my first book by Kathleen Rowland and I must admit that Unholy Alliance scared me a few times. She’s got an incredible ability to build suspense with detailed narration and characters’ high stakes. I could visualize each scene and it played out like a movie. The secondary characters were well-developed and intriguing. Even McGinn piqued my interest. Highly recommend this thriller!

 

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”

 

My Rating: 4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Publisher http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Rowland_Kathleen/unholy-alliance.htm

 

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Alliance-Donahue-Cousins-Novel-ebook/dp/B06X9DY642

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Unholy-Alliance-Donahue-Cousins-Novel-ebook/dp/B06X9DY642

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unholy-Alliance-Donahue-Cousins-Novel-ebook/dp/B06X9DY642

 

Apple http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781370088775

 

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=9781370088775

 

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unholy-alliance-kathleen-rowland/1125854001

 

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/706264

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34411571-unholy-alliance

 

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Author Biography:

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017.  Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.

 

Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

 

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, and neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.  If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at http://www.kathleenrowland.com/

 

Social Media Links:

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/786656.Kathleen_Rowland

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Rowland/e/B007RYMF7S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1450835163&sr=1-2-ent

Twitter https://twitter.com/rowlandkathleen

Website https://kathleenrowland.wordpress.com/

Blog http://www.kathleenrowland.blogspot.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/romanticsuspense.kathleenrowland/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Conspiracy Theories Unveiled: Confessions of an Ex-Government Agent by Gabriel Bacopa #books


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Title: Conspiracy Theories Unveiled: Confessions of an Ex-Government Agent

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Short Stories, Satire, Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

The truth about your favorite conspiracy theories are unveiled in these powerful letters from whistleblower John Dover, Ex -Government worker.

Featuring:

Roswell Unveiled: Midgets are disappearing and no one knows why.
The Moon Landing Unveiled: The truth about NASA
The C.I.A. Drug Wars Unveiled
H.A.A.R.P. Unveiled: The truth about the government’s alleged Weather-control program.
The Illuminati unveiled: The sinister truth of the Illuminati is brought to light.
The Jewish Conspiracy Unveiled

 

My Review:

This is a pretty simple book – my favorite author takes a light-hearted look at the conspiracy theories that are rampant on the internet and on podcasts, tv and radio.  At times, it seems one can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a flat earther or an anti-vaxxer or some insane kook like that.  A fun book to read.  One anyone would enjoy.  There are some hard truths hidden in the laughter.  A good solid book.

 

Moon Landing – 4/5

Cute but lacks the punch and depth I have come to expect from this author.

 

Roswell – 5+

The ‘midget’ conspiracy is a fine example of how today people marginalize others and how some people in society would actually condone eugenics.  We do live in a sick world today.

 

CIA War on Drugs – 5+

Hilarious!!!!  I personally do believe that crack was used to destroy African American Musical ability and rap was the result.  Duke Ellington and Satchmo and Billie Holliday’s ability is rarely if ever heard in musicians in the 21st century.

 

Illuminati – 5+

Best line: ‘Most of the Illuminati Elite Freemasons were really stupid’ lol.  Just brilliantly sublime.  A laugher that makes you guffaw!

 

Jewish Conspiracy – 5+

Excellent definition of a politician.  Some truths here like people are good at what they do because they are predestined to be good at certain things that others aren’t as good at.  Superb.

 

HAARP – 4 stars

Was a little too surreal but funny.  I would have rated it 5 stars if somehow they could have worked Harpo Marx and the grouchy harp lady from Gilmore Girls into it.

 

 

My Rating:  4.75 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Theories-Unveiled-Confessions-Ex-Government-ebook/dp/B01MV5CUH6

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Conspiracy-Theories-Unveiled-Confessions-Ex-Government-ebook/dp/B01MV5CUH6

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conspiracy-Theories-Unveiled-Confessions-Ex-Government-ebook/dp/B01MV5CUH6

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34219158-conspiracy-theories-unveiled

 

Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It Book 1) by @MaySageAuthor #romance #FridayReads


Shy Girls

 

Title: Shy Girls Write It Better (Some Girls Do It Book 1)

Author: May Sage

Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

Cassie Franklin trips over nothing on perfectly flat surfaces every day, and she cannot seem to be able to simultaneously speak and look into her audience’s eyes.
Cassandra Frank is the ultimate tease; her words have aroused, intrigued and captured the heart of thousands…
And somehow, they are the same person.

Hiding the fact that she writes erotica isn’t much of a challenge – no one would ever think that a plain, boring little accountant like Cassie could so much as read anything so scandalous…
But one day, she makes a huge mistake.

Carter Harris employs so many people he can’t exactly recall all their names, but strangely, he knows her. She isn’t an executive, she isn’t sexy, or otherwise noticeable, but the girl is cute – in a helpless, unique sort of way.
He can’t pretend to say she ever crosses his mind, though… Until the day he finds the manuscript she worked on during her lunch hour.

Shy girls write it better is an adult romance with explicit content. Standalone novella ending on a happily for now note.

 

My Review:

Disclaimer: This book is rated 18+ due to adult language (lots of swearing) and adult situations (sex scenes).

 

Cassie Franklin is a shy, introverted accountant at Harris Toys who’s hiding a deep secret. Accountant by day and bestselling erotic romance author by night. It all started when she had extra time at work and decided to write a romance to kill time. Flash forward and she’s got three bestsellers under her belt. Her shyness kills her social life but that doesn’t stop her from having a serious crush with the CEO of Harris Toys, Carter Harris.

 

Carter Harris is a busy man and when he first met Cassie, he thinks she’s cute and helpless. Her awkwardness makes him smile yet he never asks her out because for one, she’s an employee and for two, she’s not his type. But when a chance meeting in the breakroom between him and Cassie allows him a hidden glimpse into her alter ego, he can’t resist the temptation. They become friends and he even helps her with her brand new BDSM romance. Carter’s about to discover some girls (especially shy ones) do it better.

 

I loved this romance by May Sage! I’ve read her fairy tale retellings but with Shy Girls, I couldn’t put it down. I read it in one sitting. Addictive to read and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. The chemistry between Cassie and Carter sizzles on the page. Witty, humorous banter makes the dialogue sing and I could totally envision each scene.

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Cassie. She’s a shy, slightly clumsy girl who’s been in love with the head of Harris Toys for years. She’s smart and a successful erotic romance author, too. I loved the way she blossoms into an outgoing sexy woman in this book.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/girls-write-better-Some-Girls-ebook/dp/B01KCNVO7M

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/girls-write-better-Some-Girls-ebook/dp/B01KCNVO7M

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/girls-write-better-Some-Girls-ebook/dp/B01KCNVO7M

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34978886-shy-girls-write-it-better

 

May Sage

 

Author Biography:

May is a USA Today Bestselling Author based in the middle of nowhere, Cornwall, England.

 

When she isn’t writing about sassy women and alpha males, she can generally be found playing with her cat and her puppy, eating cake, or reading about sassy women and alpha males. Yep, she’s that kinda recluse.

 

Her first love is paranormal romance but she’s not that faithful, so expect to find anything from shifters, princes and kings, to aliens and billionaires in her bibliography!

 

Please note that May writes novels and novellas. Some of her books end on cliffhanger. Read the description to know what you’re signing up for. Also: note that none of her books are suitable for those who like clean romance.

 

Social Media Links:

Join her newsletter to keep in touch, get the latest news and the occasional exclusive super secret advance copy: https://madmimi.com/signups/203529/join

 

May also hangs out on Facebook more than she ought to: https://www.facebook.com/maysage.author

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaySageAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Traveller Inceptio by @RobShackleford Delves Into #History Via the Transporter! #bookreview


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Title: Traveller Inceptio

Author: Rob Shackleford

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Action

 

Book Blurb:

If you were sent a thousand years into the past, would you survive?

 

With the accidental development of the Transporter, university researchers determine that the device sends any subject one thousand years into the past.

 

Or is it to a possible past?

 

The enigmatic Transporter soon becomes known as a Time Machine, but with limitations.

 

An audacious research project is devised to use the Transporter to investigate Medieval Saxon England, when a crack international team of Special Services soldiers undergo intensive training for their role as historical researchers.

 

The special researchers, called Travellers, are to be sent into what is a very dangerous period in England’s turbulent past.

 

From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers soon learn that they need more than combat skills and modern technology to survive the trails of early 11th Century life.

 

My Review:

Imagine you’re one of a group of university researchers who, while trying to create technology for a security business, built a time machine instead. Would you be prepared if you transported back in time to 11th century Saxon England? Meet the Travellers, a group of modern-day elite soldiers, scientists, historians, and researchers, who use the Transporter (time machine) to go back in time. What will they discover? Will they be prepared for what’s to come and what will happen to history if they use modern technology to defeat the Vikings?

 

I have to be honest, it took a long time for me to figure out what was going on in this book. In alternating chapters, we get the research team and a mysterious man named Michael lost in the forest. Was Michael in the past or the present? What was his relationship to the research team? Honestly, it didn’t make sense to me until much later.

 

The action scenes were full of adrenaline and suspense. Well written and described, they were the catalyst to keeping the plot moving. The science fiction, while intriguing in theory, came across as unbelievable at times. I really had to suspend my belief in order to stay inside the story. The characters were lush, well-developed beings, each with his/her own voice. The time travel and the historical sub-plots were well-conceived, well-researched and were the highlight of the book.

 

If you like science fiction, time travel historical fiction with plenty of action and a killer ending, you’ll love this book.

 

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Tatae. She’s the most intriguing character and I felt an instant connection with her. Strong, beautiful, complex is only a few of her characteristics and yet, I find myself unable to describe why I love her so much. I guess her aura, her sense of right and wrong are what makes her unique.

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=traveller+Inceptio

Book Baby Bookshop

https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Traveller—Inceptio

Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/traveller-inceptio

Ciando

http://www.ciando.com/ebook/bid-2275297-traveller-inceptio.html?CFID=79ddd9b3-b737-4881-bf49-ea01a6cc5540&CFTOKEN=0&jsessionid=BA4D06F95BB7D448581D807B0D38E62D

 

Author Biography:

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas.

Rob is father of two and lives on the Gold Coast.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Shackleford-631222523675665/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/robshackleford

Pinterest

https://au.pinterest.com/robshackl/

Linked In

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robshackleford/

Google +

https://plus.google.com/102561844150525059395

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

The Girl Who Cried Murder by Paula Graves @HarlequinBooks #romanticsuspense #bookreview


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Title: The Girl Who Cried Murder (Campbell Cove Academy)

Author: Paula Graves

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Book Blurb:

A cold case is reopened, placing a witness in the crosshairs—and a bodyguard by her side…

 

Charlie Winters has caught security expert Mike Strong’s attention. A member of his self-defense class, she seems to need to know more than just how to protect herself. After a little digging, Mike discovers that the cute redhead has a reason to worry—she may have witnessed a murder. Using all of his connections, Mike tries to solve the cold case. But as Charlie’s memories from the past begin to resurface, her future seems marked for death. Offering up his skills as a bodyguard, Mike promises not to leave her side. And Charlie’s obvious relief at not having to fight alone convinces him there’s much more to this mystery he has yet to uncover.

 

My Review:

Ten years ago, Charlie’s best friend is killed in a hit and run accident. Memories are haunting Charlie and she starts asking questions. Someone is following Charlie and everything points to murder. Charlie signs up for a self-defense class just in case and piques the interest of ex-Marine Mike Strong. Mike offers to be her bodyguard and help her solve her friend’s murder after a few attempts are made on Charlie’s life.

Mike has never met anyone like Charlie and the more he’s around her, the more he craves her company. But someone is out to get her and Mike’s instincts kick in. Just when things are heating up between he and Charlie, the murderer gets reckless and goes after Mike. Will they survive this killer or is Charlie just The Girl Who Cried Murder?

I really loved this romantic suspense. Filled with twists and turns, Graves does a magnificent job weaving in romance with suspense. I loved that Charlie is independent and from the wrong side of the tracks. Charlie and Mike are a fantastic couple, feeding off each other’s strengths and nurturing each other’s weaknesses. A superb read and can’t wait to read more!

Disclaimer: I received a paperback copy for Christmas.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Girl-Cried-Murder-Campbell-Academy/dp/0373699425/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Girl-Cried-Murder-Campbell-Academy/dp/0373699425/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Cried-Murder-Campbell-Academy/dp/0373699425/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29934695-the-girl-who-cried-murder

 

Author Biography:

Born in the American South, Paula Graves draws from her experiences with the culture and geography of the region, especially the Appalachian Mountains, to add authentic flavor and unique characters to her tales of romance and mystery.

 

Social Media Links:

Website www.paulagraves.com

Publisher https://www.harlequin.com/shop/index.html

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode by Gabriel Bacopa #bookreview #satire


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Title: Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Satire, Short Stories, Dystopian

 

Book Blurb:

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon III: The Manic Episode

A.K.A. Global Warming Kicks in

Due to the Unbelievable success of Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon Part II, Gabriel Bacopa continues the series where Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon II left off:

After the war, the Ice Cream shop reopens, yet Michael is not welcome there anymore. Michael divorces Pakiza in a Manic Episode; climate change kicks in;. Michael decides to become a politician to win back Halima.

(Due to Unforeseen circumstances, Pakiza, Halima, and Sue will not be Michael’s epic sidekicks in this finale.)

“Women are like a sailboat. A man might steer them in one direction, but the wind, which is the world, pulls them another way.”
– Michael Mahrouq

Also includes:

Affirmative Action: A white social justice cashier lets Black people cut in line.

A Pilgrim’s Defense of the Disabled: Unveiled for the first time, the leader of the Pilgrim community in America made a decision as to how people with different disabilities should be treated.

Comatose: There is something Eerie about America these days.

 

My Review:

Another powerful work from the most prescient novelist of the 21st century.  The stories are well woven but carry much more than just the words… they are helping to define our current world, the current state of the United States and the current thoughts that prevail in far too many minds.  A great book and one that makes you cringe at how truthful the ‘fiction’ is.

 

Eating Ice Cream Part III – 5 stars

What a concise recap – brilliantly conveys part I and II in but a couple of sentences.  Not the story I expected.  This is 5 stars.  At first, I wasn’t 100% sure what the story was really about.  Then it came to me – this is a triumphant championing of the rights of the mentally ill.  Those who are so often cast aside or murdered in the streets are defended beautifully here in this story.  The pace of the story with the quick changes also harpoons the 21st century approach to the second by second attention span.  Society today bounces from story to story at breakneck speed and forgets one crisis for the next one.  This is perfectly illustrated in the writing.

 

Affirmative Action – 5+ stars

Justin is saying and doing what many good minding people wish they could say every day.  I laughed out loud so hard I disturbed other people with me at that time!  Every single white person in North America should be forced to read this story.  So realistic, a great take on the prevalent racism that plagues us all in the 21st century.

 

Comatose – 5++ stars

A telling commentary on the political climate in 2017 America.  The allusion to all being the same is not as farfetched as you would think.  The online supporters of a certain current President are in lockstep with that man and they appear to be as much him as he is they.  Makes one long for the 80’s when every home town had people like that but they were only found if you ran into them in a bar or at a city park.  Those with rabid beliefs now have the world at their fingertips and they unite and make the rest of the majority very uneasy.

 

My Rating:  5++ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US ($1) https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-III-ebook/dp/B06WVFCYST

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-III-ebook/dp/B06WVFCYST

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-III-ebook/dp/B06WVFCYST

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34332043-eating-ice-cream-in-armageddon-iii

 

Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis Blends #Paranormal and #Mystery! #bookreview #books


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Title: The Baby on the Back Porch

Author: Lucia N Davis

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery Novella

 

Book Blurb:

An old cabin, hidden in the forests of the Northern Cascades, has been a silent witness to mysterious events long forgotten. But sometimes the past has a way of resurfacing…

 

In search of solace after a personal tragedy, Sara Eriksson exchanges vibrant San Francisco for a small mountain village. Initially, everything at the cabin is just as she imagined: Her new surroundings are breathtaking, and her landlord, David, is kind and helpful. As soon as she’s left alone, however, Sara finds her new home is not quite as peaceful as she’d thought. First, she has an unwanted visitor. Then, an unsettling dream…

 

Sara pursues the leads presented to her, but she can’t solve the mystery on her own. It takes both Sara and David to uncover the truth about the past—and discover a connection they never expected.

 

My Review:

Sara, in need of a break, leaves San Francisco for a rented cabin in the woods. She’s dealing with the loss of both of her parents in a horrible car crash and the cabin is an oasis, perfect for her writing. Her landlord, David, is helpful and only a phone call away. But mysterious events long ago resurface and Sara is left wondering why. Is she just as crazy as past residents of the cabin or is there something begging to be discovered?

 

I really enjoyed this short novella. Given its length, I read it in one afternoon. The paranormal sub-plot intrigued me and I had to keep reading to discover what happened next. Both Sara and David are fleshed out characters which is impressive given how short it is. There’s an attraction between Sara and David but I’d totally classify it as clean (not even kissing, I don’t think).

 

Davis has a talent for descriptive narrative and she describes the setting and Sara’s feeling of isolation vividly. I’d close my eyes and I was deep in the forest, hearing growls and birds. There were a few inconsistencies but nothing to detract you from the story. The mystery at the center of this story fascinated me and I was kept in suspense the whole time. Well done, as I pride myself on being a huge mystery buff. I look forward to reading more from her.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

Sara. I was drawn immediately to her and empathized with her loss. I also like her quirks, including being a little klutzy. It made me love her more. Her Nancy Drew curiosity got her in trouble a few times and I shook my tablet a few times in warning but she didn’t listen to me.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I24QO6Y

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30973910-the-baby-on-the-back-porch

 

Author Biography:

Lucia Davis is the author of The Dunnhill Series 1 and 2. The Baby on the Back Porch, a novelette, introduces the reader to Sara Eriksson and explains how she ends up in Dunnhill, leading to the mysterious things happening at her new cabin. In the novella The Charm of Lost Chances, Sara returns to Dunnhill, where again, she is faced with a new mystery from the past.

 

Lucia Davis lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. She loves traveling and has visited many countries over the years, experiencing different cultures and landscapes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and doing yoga.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.luciadavis.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lucia-N-Davis-477368475766993/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LuciaNDavis

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

But Didn’t We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball’s Pioneer Era #bookreview #baseball


But Didn't We Have Fun

 

Title: But Didn’t We Have Fun?: An Informal History of Baseball’s Pioneer Era, 1843-1870

Author: Peter Morris

Genre: Baseball, Baseball History, History

 

Book Blurb:

The story of baseball in America begins not with the fabled Abner Doubleday but with a generation of mid-nineteenth-century Americans who moved from the countryside to the cities and brought a cherished but delightfully informal game with them.

 

My Review:

The author points out in the preface that using the historical record of the early days of baseball to just present a recitation of stats would be boring.  Unfortunately, the approach taken here was boring.

 

I am a life long baseball fan and love the Ken Burns classic Baseball series.  There is a reason Burns ably covers the first inning the way he does.  The detailed look into the varied history of baseball is dry reading.

 

An academic point needs to be made too.  The author is guilty of interpreting evidence so that it supports his thesis.  The interpretation is not balanced and pales when reviewed with a moderate eye.

 

There were a couple of entertaining sections but in the end, I cannot recommend this book to anyone and I am giving the copy I bought away.

 

Disclaimer: I bought a hardcover copy from AmazonCA.

 

My Rating:  2 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/But-Didnt-Have-Fun-Baseballs/dp/1566637481

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/But-Didnt-Have-Fun-Baseballs/dp/1566637481

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/But-Didnt-Have-Fun-Baseballs/dp/1566637481

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2209149.But_Didn_t_We_Have_Fun_

 

Author Biography:

Peter Morris is a baseball researcher and author most famous for a two-volume book on the history of innovations in baseball entitled A Game of Inches, as well as for Baseball Fever, a history of baseball in Michigan and But Didn’t We Have Fun?, a compendium of quotes from players and fans about old-time baseball. He has twice won the Seymour Medal. He is also known as a tremendous researcher, who has taken over the late Lee Allen’s mantle as a sleuth who can unearth biographical details about obscure ballplayers from the past through his work for SABR’s Biographical Research Committee. Ironically, one of the players he has helped to identify is his namesake, Peter Morris.

 

Morris was honored as one of the first nine winners of the Henry Chadwick Award in 2010. It was not his first time as a pioneer: in 1991, he won the first World Scrabble Championship. Born in the United Kingdom, he grew up in Toronto, ON where he went to university, obtaining a master’s degree in English.

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Fire in the Wind by Judy Bruce is Ripped From the Headlines! #bookreview #FridayReads #suspense


Fire in the Wind

Title: Fire in the Wind (Wind Series #4)

Author: Judy Bruce

Genre: Mystery, Suspense, Fiction

Book Blurb:

The fourth story in the “Wind” series finds Megan outraged by a cross burning on her land, and she forms the Night Posse and then strikes back. Meanwhile, she is saddened by the tragic illness of her dear friend, James. After her new boyfriend is killed, she is jailed for his murder. Later she fights to the death in the darkness against an avenger. An undercover cop pursues her. When a dying James attempts to end his life, Megan is forced to act.

My Review:

Life is never easy and fraught with pain. For Megan Docket, truer words haven’t been spoken. She’s still reeling from the murder of her unborn baby girl, the pain rendering her inconsolable.

Megan knows something is wrong and as she looks out onto her land, surrounded by friends and family, fire lights the sky. A fiery cross of hate on her property and anger burns in Megan’s belly. Who would do such a thing? The KKK haven’t been seen in her community so who’s behind it? It’s an omen, only Megan hasn’t any idea where to turn.

James, her dear friend and father-figure, is struck down with a stroke. If it hadn’t been for Megan sensing it, he’d probably be dead. As James recovers in the hospital, Megan must come to terms with James’ ill health.

Days before her divorce from Brian is finalized, men are swarming around her like bees to honey. There’s her current boyfriend, Zane, who is dealing with PTSD. Brian, her soon-to-be ex-husband, wants to come back, making empty promises. There’s newcomer Raz, an Arab Christian man, who makes Megan’s life more complicated (is that even possible). Then there’s Jay, a salesman who melts her insides with his sultry gaze. It’s raining men for Megan and she must weed through the platitudes to discover who’s honest and true. But when Raz is murdered after they have an argument and Megan is arrested, has her tormented past caught up with her? Only the Wind knows for sure…

I know I said this before, but this is Judy Bruce’s best book yet. From emotionally-charged life events to being arrested for murder, Megan finds herself at a crossroads between love and pain. Which path does she choose? Or is the choice out of her hands? An intriguing sub-plot and one that made me contemplate things.

The main plot is two-fold: quality of life after a stroke and racial hatred. Events such as cross burnings and discrimination based on religion/skin color are at the forefront of Fire in the Wind. Bruce doesn’t shy away from these societal issues and I, for one, am glad. She lays bare how hatred festers and is illogical. Beautifully written and I wish I could force hate groups to read this book.

The second part of the plot deals with quality of life after a stroke. James wrote in his will a Do Not Resuscitate order and made it very clear he didn’t want to live off of machines. Derek and Vonny are James’ children who are trying to deal with the situation as best as they can but don’t want to say good-bye to their father. Bruce creates an interesting scenario and while I don’t offer my personal opinion here, Bruce exposes Megan to all the conflicting emotions that comes with assisted death/suicide. It touched me so much that I cried. Yes, I was so immersed in the story, I couldn’t help myself.

Fire in the Wind is an unconventional mystery/suspense that I couldn’t put down. Plot twists kept me trying to figure out what was going on before it was revealed. I enjoyed Megan’s men troubles and found myself laughing out loud at a few lines. I can’t recommend this book enough! A must read!

Favorite Character/Quote:

“The hands still held me. Why was I bound to so much pain? They all hurt me – Dad, Mom, Bill, Brian, Zane, Beverly, James, Derek, Vonny, even Scottie. The people I cared about the most hurt me the most. If I gave Jay the chance, he would probably hurt me, too.”

My Rating:  5+ stars

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Wind-Judy-Bruce/dp/1576386228

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Fire-Wind-Judy-Bruce/dp/1576386228

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fire-Wind-Judy-Bruce/dp/1576386228

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fire-in-the-wind-judy-bruce/1126241786?ean=9781576386224&offerid=239662

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34910493-fire-in-the-wind

Judy Bruce

Author Biography:

Judy Bruce is a novelist and screenwriter. In addition of her acclaimed novel, Death Steppe: A World War II Novel, three stories have been published from her Wind Series: Voices in the Wind, Alone in the Wind, and Cries in the Wind. Her next novel, Fire in the Wind, will be published in the spring of 2017 by Merriam Press, with Lies in the Wind to follow in the fall of 2017. Judy maintains a website at https://judybruce.com  and a blog at https://heyjoood.com . She is a wife, mother, and sister residing in Omaha, Nebraska, and a Creighton University law school graduate. Her autistic son keeps her in touch with her quirky side.

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.judybruce.com/

Blog http://www.heyjoood.com/

Facebook: You can find her on her public Facebook site (try Judy Bruce 1481)

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Arresting Developments (Marshland Justice) by @LenaDiaz #romanticsuspense #bookreview


Arresting Developments

 

Title: Arresting Developments (Marshland Justice)

Author: Lena Diaz

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance

 

Book Blurb:

A mysterious beauty had nursed him back to health—and attracted the attention of some very bad men… 

 

Somewhere over the Everglades, the airplane’s engine failed and Dex Lassiter plummeted into the swamp’s murky depths. Amber Callahan didn’t expect to find any survivors in the wreckage, but Dex was about as tough as they came. And too smart not to dig into why a woman like her had run away to settle in remote Mystic Glades. Or why a killer circled their every move. As floodwaters rose, deputizing Dex was just what this lawless small town needed. Because escape wasn’t possible. And the only thing Dex did better than starting things was defending them.

 

My Review:

Veteran pilot Dex Lassiter’s plane plunges mysteriously into the Everglades and he miraculously survives. Amber Callahan pulls him out of the swampy water and nurses him back to health.

 

Both are harboring secrets yet unwilling to divulge, wary of each other. When a bad storm floods the roads, Amber and Dex are trapped in Amber’s home with a killer. Surrounded by so-called friends and trusted associates, they try to narrow down suspects. As the body count rises, Amber and Dex need to catch the killer before they become the next victims.

 

A sweltering romantic suspense filled with a myriad of suspects and secrets. Amber and Dex are electric and I loved reading their romance. Both have a jaded past yet want to let down their walls. Mystic Glades and its inhabitants are addictive to reads and I wouldn’t mind living there. I highly recommend and I can’t wait to read more by Lena Diaz.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Arresting-Developments-Marshland-Justice-Lena-ebook/dp/B011I5T9YS/

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Arresting-Developments-Marshland-Justice-Lena-ebook/dp/B011I5T9YS/

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arresting-Developments-Marshland-Justice-Lena-ebook/dp/B011I5T9YS/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25897383-arresting-developments

 

Author Biography:

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery and suspense and has been a finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains. You can contact Lena through her website, www.LenaDiaz.com.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.lenadiaz.com/

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/LenaDiaz

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N