The End is Coming… Raven’s Rise by @LincolnjCole #UrbanFantasy #Horror #TuesdayBookBlog

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Title: Raven’s Rise

Author: Lincoln Cole

Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy


Book Blurb:

Everything has come crashing down after the events of Raven’s Fall: barely anyone is left standing and the Church is blaming Abigail for the fallout.


Haatim and Dominick are struggling to understand how their worlds were flipped upside down so completely, but they are running out of time. The threat that began in the mountains is far from over. They need to find a way to survive what comes next and put a stop to the cult that is threatening their existence before it is too late.




As soon as Matt Eicholt stepped inside his quiet little church in the center of Phnom Penh, something felt terribly wrong. The lights remained off, just as he expected, but he could feel the presence of someone else hiding in the room.


The mere fact that they hid from him filled him with concern. He couldn’t see anyone but could tell they hid there.


“Hello?” he called out in Khmer. “Who’s there?”


No response. He tried English as well, but still, no answer came. Probably kids hiding away from their mothers. He’d experienced situations like this many times in the past, finding children avoiding their schoolwork or chores, though not usually this late in the day.


No doubt, they hid from him as well, hoping he wouldn’t return them to their angry parents.


However, something about the situation made him worry, and even though wayward children seemed the likeliest scenario, something told him that this case differed.


Matt walked across the hardwood floor toward the front of the church and to the light switch. Wary and uncomfortable, he felt unsure what might be afoot but also afraid he would miss his dinner appointment.


He used the light spilling in through the open doorway to navigate between the wooden pews toward the front, keeping his eyes open for any trespassers.


He made it to the far side of the room and felt around for the switch. It took a few seconds for his fingers to find it in the darkness, and then he flicked it on.


Nothing happened. The room remained dark.


Suddenly, the door behind him swung closed with a crash, casting him into complete darkness.


A shiver danced across his spine, and he backed up against the wall, willing his eyes to adjust to the darkness. Someone stood inside the room with him, and a tinge of panic rushed through his body.


“Who’s there?” he asked in Khmer. “Come out where I can see you.”


“Why would I do that?” a woman asked in English from across the room. She sounded young, with a sultry voice.


“Who are you? Why are you in my church?”


“Maybe I came here looking for God.”


She sounded closer this time as if she’d moved across the room toward him. He listened but couldn’t hear any footsteps tapping across the wooden floor.


“He does hide in the most unexpected places,” the woman said.


“What do you want?”


“I want you, Matthew. You have no idea how much you mean to me.”




“Yes, you. You make the last piece of my puzzle. The light at the end of my tunnel. Matthew. I like your name. So Biblical.”


He backed away slowly, one hand on the wall. He aimed to move away from the approaching voice and head for a door at the back of the cathedral. One he kept locked normally, and that exited into a back alleyway.


His eyes still hadn’t adjusted to the darkness, and he bumped into a pew while he scrambled through the church, knocking it sideways to scrape across the floor.


“Where do you think you’re going?” she asked, a few steps to his left. “Our fun has only just begun.”


“Stay away from me.”


“I couldn’t stay apart from you any more than a moth can from a flame.”


Suddenly, the door to the church blasted open, pouring bright sunlight in once more. A wretched-looking woman stood in front of him, maybe two meters away. She appeared of Indian descent, though pale. Pockmarks and rashes covering her skin and face gave her a sickly appearance.


The woman turned toward the door and let out a laugh when the light came in.


“I wondered when you would show up.”


Matt glanced over. Another person stood the doorway. This one silhouetted by the sunlight, which made it impossible to make out the features or see the face.


“Matt, run!” the person in the doorway—a woman—yelled.


The newcomer’s arm flew up, and a thunderous roar of gunshots filled his tiny church. On reflex, he covered his ears and stumbled backward, trying to get away from the sound.


He glanced back at the first woman, the scarred and sickly one. She dodged back and shifted behind one of the pillars that held up the roof. Gunshots thudded into the area around her.


The woman moved with unnatural speed, gliding as much as moving. Matt watched her in awe, not even sure if she qualified as human. More rounds blasted into the church. They buried into the pillar behind which she hid, shattering off huge wooden fragments that went flying through the air.


She turned, looked at him, and let out a hissing sound.


“Run, Matt!” the newcomer screamed from the open doorway before firing off more rounds at the Indian woman. “Get out of here!”


Matt ran.


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Author Biography:

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

He has won multiple literary awards for his novels. He has also been a bestseller in multiple different categories.


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If Wishes Were Earls by @Luanna_Stewart #historicalromance #romance #giveaway

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Title: If Wishes Were Earls


Author: Luanna Stewart


Genre: Historical Romance – Victorian





When a mysterious note directs Miss Miranda Large to a tiny village in Cornwall to find her heart’s desire, she has no choice but to go. An enchanted keepsake heightens her curiosity. A snowstorm forces her to accept the hospitality of a sullen, albeit sexy and handsome, earl and Miranda’s wish doesn’t seem so out of reach.



Edward Penhallion, the 12th Earl of Claverlock, is not in the mood to start his search for a new wife. He wants to be left alone with his books and his dreams of revenge. But the arrival of a headstrong, sharp-tongued spinster forces him to play the charming host. Not a difficult task, given her intelligence and beauty. Suddenly, he’s not terribly eager for her to leave.



But as the snow falls and the winds blow, Edward discovers there’s more to Miranda than a lively wit and a lovely face. And Miranda wonders if the trappings of wealth are enough for true happiness.





He chuckled. The low, enticing sound warmed her from the tips of her ears to the soles of her feet, and made her quite forget her urgent need. “I won’t detain you any longer. It is quite safe for you to turn around. I’m respectably clothed.”


She lowered her hand and looked over her shoulder. She’d not noticed much about his face the first time she’d seen him, being distracted by other parts of his anatomy. Her cheeks heated. Oh, heavens, the other parts were all she’d looked at. Not at all similar to those parts on statues, or in paintings. This man’s parts were—impressive. More than her cheeks heated. Why had no one told her a man’s chest, when unclothed, was so thrillingly fascinating?


Now, with the distracting portions of his person covered, she could see he was incredibly attractive. Several inches taller than her, which was unusual given her height, with auburn hair a bit longer than current fashion, and brown eyes holding a hint of humor. She might escape unscathed. The bristles on his cheeks and chin matched the hair visible on his chest, for he had not buttoned the neck of his shirt.  He had tucked in the tails, however, and was possessed of muscular thighs.


When her gaze travelled up to meet his, a smile lingered in his eyes. “Have you seen enough?”


She opened her mouth to refute his implication, but in good conscience could not. She’d been ogling the poor man. Of course she had. What living, breathing woman wouldn’t ogle such a fine specimen?





Do you believe in wishes? Have you made a wish that has come true? One commenter will receive a hand-knitted (by me) washcloth and a bar of handcrafted soap. (USA and Canada only. International winner will receive a $5 US gift card.)




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Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother’s stash of romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after.



Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys, and two cats. When she’s not torturing her heroes and heroines, she’s in her kitchen baking something delicious.



Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press.


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What’s Love Got to Do With It? @LiviaQuinn Says Everything! #romance #FridayReads #books



Oh oh oh, what’s love got to do with it, got to do with it? In the case of romance, everything!



One of the reasons romance is the most popular genre in the world is the emotional connection we feel with the hero and heroine as they overcome obstacles to be together. And there’s something for everyone – small town, sweet, contemporary, historical, suspense, thriller, military, erotic, steampunk, paranormal…the list goes on.



When I read men’s or women’s fiction, while I enjoy the story, I’m not nearly as invested unless there’s a building relationship between the hero and his significant other. With romance, I can enjoy the ride knowing there will be a happily-ever-after, or, in these days of series, at least a happy for now. One of my favorites is a Sandra Brown romance thriller. While I’m not likely to encounter a sexy undercover FBI agent on my doorstep, imagining a happy-ever-after that comes out of the blue is thrilling and makes for a great escape.



In my book Blame it On the Moon, Sheriff Jack Lang is preparing to fight the supernatural bad guys he hadn’t even known existed a couple weeks before, while his girlfriend, Tempest Pomeroy and others lie fading from the effects of the Para-moon. Everything – their lives, their relationship and the safety of the world beyond Destiny is in the balance. He can’t lose this fight.



What is your favorite genre of romance and why?



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Blame it on the Moon Blurb:

It’s the height of the Para-moon and Sheriff Jack Lang is up to his ‘6’ in alligators. Defending those weaker than himself is in his DNA which is what drove him to become a Navy pilot. Who is he kidding? Alligators he could handle! But supernatural bad guys…


Ragtag doesn’t begin to describe his band of temporary ’heroes’. If he has to go to war with the group that showed up at dawn, he might as well start cutting up white sheets and attaching them to garden stakes.


With Tempe and the other Paramortals ill or incapacitated and the sudden appearance of beings he’s never heard of, will Jack be able to keep Destiny out of the hands of their enemies for the rest of the power down and—very important—keep the humans in the dark?


It’s only twenty-four hours. If worse comes to worse, he has a dragon on his side and a few surprises up his sleeve. “Yippe, ki, yi…” But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours and things don’t always go as planned.




(Conor and Montana visit the Faerie King)


“Oomph!” I sprang to my feet, ready to fight if it was a trick and to give Conor a talking-to but the three were already nearing the porch, leaving me to bring up the rear.


I heard the chorus of excited fairies before I made it to the front door.


“It’s a dwagon. A weel dwagon,” two seemingly young voices screamed.


“He’s beautiful.” That was a low pitched sultry sounding faerie that sent my hackles up.


“Mr. Dwagon, can I touch your scales…”


“Can you bwiev fire?” Finally, a male voice.


The excitement went on until finally, stranded outside the monstrous entrance until I could get someone’s attention I yelled, “Can I get a word in with Petre and Arabella please? We’re on time clock here.”


Every face in the Inn— all shapes, sizes, and colors of fairie turned to me and I realized I’d underestimated the race, understanding now, too late, the size of a fairy was of no consequence. Having a twenty-foot tall king was like a colossal diversion. It gave one a feeling of superiority as if there were only two fae who could be a threat when in actuality it was a house full of deadly assassins, who could kill a hundred different ways—each.


Even the tiniest pixie seated on Petre’s long narrow leg could probably kill me. This was an entirely magical world and I was out of my depth. The minuscule little fairy on Petre’s knee shivered with the desire to take me on. It was written all over his face from his angry glowing eyes to his posture which was leaning forward from his desire to attack, only Petre’s thumb on his backside keeping him from leaping the distance to my throat.


I cleared my throat and tried to scrape up a modicum of humility. I knew what the word meant but like my thoughts earlier on arrogance, I hadn’t had much call for this trait either, and quite frankly hadn’t ever seen a use for it.


Conor waited for me to dig myself out of the hole I’d dug. His brow lifted, waiting. Petre looked like he wanted to let the little fairie have his way. Only Arabella looked as if she understood my outburst. She was Tempe’s friend so she knew me by extension of that friendship.


I kept my eyes on Bella’s. Was she trying to send me a message? Try a little humble pie.


“I… apologize, King, to you and all of your…er…subjects…er, family. I am a warrior and…” The truth will do. I heard the voice in my head and looked back at Arabella who smiled. The truth, right. I started over. “I do apologize. My urgency and warrior nature leaves me little regard for diplomacy. That is something I must learn obviously. May I enter and speak with you about our current crisis? Time really is of the essence.”


Conor’s shoulders relaxed and I felt a squeeze of my heart when I saw his swords, which had been lifted a half a foot out of the sheath behind his shoulders, settle back into place at the ready should we need to fight our way out. He smiled at me. It made me feel all gooey inside. Sheesh, these emotions were new, totally new, like never in four hundred years new.


Petre’s friendly facade went dark, his face and the musculature in his body changed, the bones nearly protruding through the skin, giving him the appearance of a deadly predator with a long menacing mouthful of razor like teeth. A glance at the other formally cheerful fae revealed similar changes. And the glowing green eyes and household now all looked at me like I was the next course.


For the first time in my life I felt a strong compunction to run, not out of fear— Okay, I could admit to a bit of healthy fear—just this once I would have run, though I doubted it would have done any good without my Dinnshencha power. The vamp gave me speed and strength but I was badly outnumbered by a species that were actually superior to vamps in many ways. Good thing I had Conor. I noticed even Petre cut his eyes toward Conor. The desire to eat me must be pretty strong. Better deliver the message before they lost control.


“Um, I know you’d prefer to eat me more than listen to me, or divide me up with the clan…”


Petre growled, “I don’t share…”


I heard Conor swords slip out of their sheaths. Petre’s posture relaxed slightly. “I was asked to inform you of the Chaos and beg your assistance.” Petre’s eyes flared and the view of his teeth became more prominent as he gave what I assumed – that comment seemed to give him particular pleasure.


And if birds could be said to roll their eyes, I would swear that’s what Petre’s Queen had aimed in his direction. Then Petre said, “Kneel, vampire.”



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Reading: A Love Affair With Books! #inspiration #love #books


“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” –Vera Nazarian


If you were on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would it be?

I would bring MR N, an unlimited supply of chocolate and my full library of books.

I love books. It borderlines on an addiction. I love to read and my love affair with books began when I was still in my mother’s womb. She’s a voracious reader and would read constantly when she was pregnant with me. She passed this love for all things books to me and it was the best gift she’d give me.

Why do I love books?

I love how I can learn new things with a swipe of my finger. I love how I can travel all over the world (and other galaxies) any time of the week. I love how I can connect with someone thousands of miles away, living a life I couldn’t imagine. I love how I can escape my life for a little while. I can time travel without leaving my chair.

There’s a lot of talk about how people are reading less and frankly, that’s not true. Amazon would be out of business if that was the case. People are reading and buying books, not to mention going to libraries to read. They just don’t want to pay high prices.

The world and society are a better place when people read. It brings us closer and enlightens us. It’s a dangerous precipice when we start censoring books and reading.

So, pick up a book and read today. It doesn’t matter what genre or heat level, just read. You’ll be supporting hard-working authors and it’s a great way to take a break.

What’s your favorite book and/or genre? Answer in the box below. I’d love to hear what you’re reading.


Meet Award-Winning Author @ChristineBened5 + Her #Thriller! #IARTG #IAN1 #books

Christine Benedict

It’s out great pleasure to welcome Award-Winning Author Christine Benedict to the POTL Blog. We first met Christine when she contacted us about a book review. MRS N is a huge thriller fan so she read Anonymous. She loved it so much that MR N had to read it also. We begged and pleaded with Christine to sit down with us for an author interview and after many months, she agreed. Please give Christine Benedict a warm welcome to the POTL Blog. Take it away, Christine:


Do you write naked?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood naked, dripping wet from a shower, writing as fast as my pen will go. What is it about taking a shower that gives the creative mind a nudge. It’s not a widely-known fact but our best ideas come in the shower. Google it. You’ll be amazed.

Do you have any scars? What are they from?

I have this scar on my forearm an inch and a half long in the shape of lips. I don’t remember how old I was, maybe four or five, when we lived with Grandma Wilson who watched us while my mother worked. I don’t know why it such a big deal to get the mail either, but when I saw the mailman that day pull off Route 82, I yelled, “I’ll get the mail!”  Me in my summer clothes, flip-flops and all, I opened the wooden front door.

My older sister, who would never let me ‘one-up’ her, yelled back, “No I will!” She dodged past me and flung the screen door open. My feet in motion, my arm outstretched, she slammed the storm door shut. I wonder to this day how she couldn’t have done it on purpose. My hand and arm broke all that glass, the only parts of me to make it outside.  I stood there bleeding, Grandma’s English bulldog, Beauty, licking up the blood and the glass on the floor. Grandma kept hitting that dog with a broom, yelling, “Git!” all the while, afraid it would cut its mouth.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

I think Eudora Welty could inspire any writer as she certainly has for me. It’s little wonder why universities everywhere bring attention to Eudora and her stories. ‘Death of a Traveling Salesman,’ for example, still gives me goosebumps, something I aspire to give my readers.

There are so many other authors who inspire me, Jodi  Picoult, author of The Storyteller, for her depiction of the human condition during the holocaust.  Amy Tan, author of The Valley of Amazement, for her expression of detail, taking you to China at the rise of World War II. And most importantly Sarah Willis, author of Things That Stay; I was fortunate enough to take part in her writing workshops sponsored by Community Partnership for Arts and Culture – Talk about inspiration.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

I’d like to tell aspiring authors to read read read. Spread out to other genres, not just the one you write. Delve into cultures around the world through their stories. Open your mind to the new and abstract.

There’s so much more you can learn about the crafting a story, no matter what your education level.  Seek out writing workshops in your area sponsored by universities and art counsels. Dr. Neal Chandler lead the fiction workshop at Cleveland State University where I had the privilege of learning above the grade.  I even had the chance to sit in on a few sessions with Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife, at a workshop sponsored by The Ohio Arts Counsel. A one of a kind experience.


What were you like as a child? Your favorite toy?

It’s been said that I’ve always had a bubbly personality, even as a kid in the 1950s. I don’t know how that could have happened seeing that I lived in an abusive home. Except by the grace of God. I was friendly to everyone, the kind of kid who would gladly sit in a stranger’s lap just because he was nice to me.

I don’t remember a favorite toy, but I do remember when we moved to the country we had a huge trailer that sat empty in a grove of willow trees. The trailer had two wheels in the center and was closed at both ends, the perfect seesaw for 4 little kids.  Together, I, my sister and the two neighbor boys climbed inside the trailer and ran to one end, the metal clanging under our bare feet. It came down so hard the jolt made us jump involuntarily which made up laugh hysterically. We did it over and over again, until someone bit their tongue.

This is the farmhouse that inspired my story. I lived there 36 years and the neighbors still say it’s haunted. – Christine Benedict

Title: Anonymous

Author: Christine Benedict

Genre: Thriller Suspense

Publisher: Loconeal Publishing

Book Blurb:

Debra Hamilton faces the fear of inheriting her mother’s insanity when her husband insists on moving into a fixer-upper farmhouse that’s a hundred years old, not an easy place for Debra to live, what with its creaks and bangs, and strange shadows, a house that even scares the neighbors. Debra befriends Julie, and learns that Julie has a stalker who writes her anonymous letters about the sexual fantasies he sees with her.

The story was inspired by the author’s own 100-year-old farmhouse where the neighbor still say it’s haunted. All the letters in the novel are letters from the man who stalked the author. He remains anonymous to this day.



Having to pee, Debra unzipped her jeans in the bathroom before remembering that Greg had turned off the water.

“Geez-oh-Pete.” At this point the gas station was too far. She traipsed down the corridor that led to the basement. A quick flip-of-the-switch was all she wanted, just enough water to flush. The stairwell was dark and steep; the light-bulb’s pull-chain at the bottom. She clicked on the flashlight from Greg’s toolbox, and holding her pants up, cautiously stepped down the narrow stairs. Every inch she eked past spider webs meshed in between the cracks of hand-hewn quarry-stone walls. She stopped at the bottom step where she could finally reach the light, not wanting to take the last step onto the broken cement, muddied from the last rain. It smelled like the bottom of a creek bed, like earthworms and sludge. Spider webs were draped from the ceiling to the walls, and hung like shelves in every corner. The quarry-stone walls dating back to the 1800s were pitted blocks of sandstone—every bit her idea of a dungeon. From where she stood, Debra scanned the walls, trying to see the water valve. But she didn’t know where to look. A wolf spider the size of a quarter sat very still at the bottom step, then scurried across the floor. She shuddered right down to the bone. Another spider sat like a brooch on a jacket that Greg had hung on a hook. And in that moment before the light flickered off when all she could hear was her own heart, she swore that something was crawling up her leg. She let out a piercing yell, kicking wildly. She kicked off her shoes. She kicked off her jeans and dashed up the stairs in her panties, wanting to nail the door shut right then and there. At the top of the steps she eyed a yard stick that she’d used to stir paint, and picked it up. Then she made a mad dash to the basement and flogged her jeans to death right there in the sludge. Holding them at arm’s length, she brought them upstairs and looked them over. She begrudgingly pulled them on, and ran outside to the back field.

The sun shining off the white of her derrière, she squatted behind a briar bush where no one could see.

At least that’s what she thought.

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Christine studied creative writing at Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland State University. She has had the privilege of working with authors Karen Joy Fowler, Paula McLain, and Sarah Willis.

Her debut novel Anonymous had earned:

  • 2015 Clue Award (Chanticleer Reviews) Winner (1st place)
  • 2016 Wishing Shelves Bronze Book Award Winner
  • 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award Winner
  • 2015 First Horizon Book Award Nominee
  • 2015 IAN book of The Year Nominee
  • 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Nominee

Her short story A Normal Life, a finalist for Perigee Publication for the Arts, is the fictional rendering of the visit to the mental ward where her mother had been undergoing shock treatment therapy in the 1980s, which is also a chapter in Anonymous.

Christine’s short stories, taken from her working novel The Girl in the Willows, have also been finalists for The Fish Short Story Prize.


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Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates British Detective #Mystery #Books! #FridayReads

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Reading and spotlighting Alex R. Carver’s book reminded me of how much I love detective mysteries, specifically British detectives. I think it all started with a persnickety Belgium detective talking about “the little gray cells”. My mother had the complete Dame Agatha Christie set and I remember reading them when I was in my early teens. Needless to say, I was hooked. Throughout the years, I’ve read several British Detective mysteries and am always on the look-out for new authors to sink my teeth into. So, here are my favorite new-to-me British Detective mysteries (many of them series):


The Heiress of Linn Hagh (The Detective Lavender Mysteries Book 1) by Karen Charlton

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.


The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.


The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face one of their most challenging cases: The servants and local gypsies aren’t talking; Helen’s siblings are uncooperative; and the sullen local farmers are about to take the law into their own hands.


Lavender and Woods find themselves trapped in the middle of a simmering feud as they uncover a world of family secrets, intrigue and deception in their search for the missing heiress.


Taut, wry and delightful, The Heiress of Linn Hagh is a rollicking tale featuring Lavender and Woods—a double act worthy of Holmes and Watson.



A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) by T E Kinsey

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they’ve just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life.


But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There’s a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation…


As Lady Hardcastle and Flo delve deeper into rural rivalries and resentment, they uncover a web of intrigue that extends far beyond the village. With almost no one free from suspicion, they can be certain of only one fact: there is no such thing as a quiet life in the country.



The Case Of The Tattooed Buttocks: An Inspector Cullot Mystery (Inspector Cullot Mystery Series Book 1) by Alan Hardy



Following the murder of a sexy, blonde bombshell (and, soon after, the bloody, gruesome, shocking murder of yet another sexy broad), ex-Inspector Cullot is called in to team up with his old side-kick, Detective Sergeant Watkins, to investigate the baffling crime. Together they set about solving the mysterious deaths at Bounderdales, the opulent mansion of the oil magnate, Henry Barble. A small group of the rich, decadent, sophisticated and ultra-sexy are staying at the mansion. What secrets are each of them harbouring? Who are the guilty parties? And what is the dark secret from his own past which causes Cullot’s frequent moments of dark despair? Why did he leave the Police Force? Did he jump, or was he pushed? Why does he now work in a department store, in Ladies Underwear? The police constable first on the scene of the initial murder, PC Blunt, is ready to record every detail of the case, and assist his colleagues in their work. But what is his own past..? Is he as half-witted as he seems? What about gorgeous, sexy blonde bombshells, Stephanie and Gloria? And louche, limp-wristed Anthony Newhome? And Barble’s son, Oswald? And Barble’s demure, bespectacled secretary, Abigail? And ex-movie star, Janice Butler? Are they all who they say they are, or are some of them involved in a deadly game of murder and revenge? How are these murders linked to the unsolved Night-Club Hostess Murders which took place two years earlier? And, most puzzling of all, what is the meaning of the tattoos on the gorgeous buttocks of the assembled ladies? Thrill to the suspense, the heart-ache, the twists and turns, the laugh-a-minute of this hilarious, baffling mystery. Get ready to follow the roller-coaster plot, with one surprise after surprise, and scintillating word-play and sparkling dialogue between the marvellous host of characters. Will you be able to work out who did it? A detective/murder mystery like no other…




Detective Jack Stratton Mystery Thriller Series: JACK KNIFED (Detective Jack Stratton Mystery-Thriller Series Book 2) by Christopher Greyson

This top-rated mystery-thriller series is on sale for a limited time to introduce you to the wildly popular Detective Jack Stratton Series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Christopher Greyson. We hope you enjoy!


Jack felt the familiar burn of shame in his chest.

Why do I keep doing this…thinking about her? It was so long ago, but I can’t get what happened out of my head. I shouldn’t let any of that junk define me, but I still do. I’m driving in circles, caught in some loop that I can’t break out of. I want to know why she abandoned me…but some things, I guess, I’ll never know…


Handsome police officer Jack Stratton is the “hometown hero cop with a heart of gold.” Constant nightmares have forced him to seek answers about his rough childhood and the dark secrets hidden there. With Alice (aka Replacement) by his side, Jack travels to Hope Falls to solve a murder that occurred before he was born. Everyone in the small town remembers the unsolved murder of Steven Ritter, but after 27 years, no one thought that someone would look into it–but they don’t know Jack.


Jack Knifed is part of the Detective Jack Stratton Mystery-Thriller Series which has more than 3,000+ five-star reviews and 900,000 readers and counting. If you love a page-turning thriller with mystery, humor, and a dash of romance, pick up Jack Knifed today.


A heart-rending mystery-thriller about lost love, betrayal, and murder, Jack Knifed will keep you on the edge of your seat. This stand-alone novel features leading man Jack Stratton. Look for other mystery thriller books featuring Jack Stratton, including Girl Jacked, Jack Knifed, Jacks are Wild, Jack and the Giant Killer, and now Data Jack. They can be read in any order.


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Murder In Thrall (A New Scotland Yard Mystery Book 1) by Anne Cleeland

Can London’s most elusive killer elude the keen minds of Scotland Yard’s most unlikely pair of detectives?


An Irish redhead of humble beginnings and modest means, Kathleen Doyle is the antithesis of Chief Inspector Michael Sinclair, Lord Acton, the brilliant but enigmatic lord with a knack for solving London’s most high profile homicides. When a horse trainer is found dead at a racetrack, the duo’s investigation does little to deter the killer at large. Jeopardizing the case are their colleagues at CID headquarters, whose nosing into the nature of Doyle and Acton’s after hours relationship threatens to lay bare the most classified information of all. As the murders pile up, Doyle and Acton uncover something far more sinister than they could have imagined. Now that they know too much, their partnership could be very brief indeed. . .



A Man of Some Repute (A Very English Mystery Book 1) by Elizabeth Edmondson

Truth is rarely pure and never simple…


Selchester Castle in 1953 sits quiet and near-empty, its corridors echoing with glories of the past.


Or so it seems to intelligence officer Hugo Hawksworth, wounded on a secret mission and now reluctantly assuming an altogether less perilous role at Selchester.


The Castle’s faded grandeur hides a web of secrets and scandals—the Earl has been missing for seven years, lost without a trace since the night he left his guests and walked out into a blizzard.


When a skeleton is uncovered beneath the flagstones of the Old Chapel, the police produce a suspect and declare the case closed.


Hugo is not convinced. With the help of the spirited Freya Wryton, the Earl’s niece, he is drawn back into active service, and the ancient town of Selchester is dragged into the intrigues and conspiracies of the Cold War era.


With a touch of Downton Abbey, a whisper of Agatha Christie and a nod to Le Carré, A Man of Some Repute is the first book in this delightfully classic and witty murder mystery series.




The Railway Detective: 1 (The Railway Detective Series) by Edward Marston

London 1851. With the opening of the Great Exhibition at hand, interest is mounting in the engineering triumphs of the railways, but not everyone feels like celebrating… In an audacious attack, the London to Birmingham mail train is robbed and derailed, causing many casualties. Planned with military precision, this crime proves a challenge to Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck who fights to untangle a web of murder, blackmail and destruction. As Colbeck closes in on the criminal masterminds, events take an unexpected turn when the beautiful Madeleine, daughter of the injured train driver, becomes a pawn in the criminals’ game. With time running out, good and evil, new and old, battle against each other. But will the long arm of the law have speed on its side? Full of historical detail, The Railway Detective is an action-packed dip into murky 1850s London.



Have a British Detective Mystery to recommend? Share in the comments below. Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

N. N. Light’s Collection of Book Reviews A – Z! #bookreview #books #TuesdayBookBlog



A- Angels Everywhere by Debbie Macomber. This is actually two full novels in one.  The first story is called A Season of Angels.  It is the story of three angels named Shirley, Goodness and Mercy and their inspiring assignments.  Gabriel is short-staffed and has appointed Shirley, Goodness and Mercy to help three people in time for Christmas.  A funny yet touching story about three people trying to find what they desire most, with the help of some wacky angels! A great read and perfect for Christmastime.  The second story is called Touched by Angels.  The same 3 angels are sent down to New York City to help 3 people discover what a miracle really is.  Honestly, I preferred the first story to the second but both are excellent together!

B- Bloodline by Fiona Mountain. This book is an amazing mystery filled with twists and turns that you didn’t see coming.  The main character is Natasha Blake and she is a genealogist by trade.  She uncovers people’s ancestors and her latest client is quite mysterious.  He wants a family tree done on his granddaughter’s boyfriend.  What she uncovers leads to his mysterious death and Natasha must help the police find the true killer before the killer finds her.  A true British mystery and a must-read!

C- Confessions of a French Baker: Breadmaking Secrets, Tips & Recipes by Peter Mayle and Gerard Auzet. From the author who wrote “A Year in Provence” comes a small yet impactful book detailing the secrets of French bakers.  Gerard Auzet is a friend of Peter’s who has been making bread since he was a boy.  In fact, his family has been making bread in the countryside of Provence for several generations.  This book is a must-read for all bakers and for anyone who has enjoyed the sheer pleasure of authentic French bread and baguettes.

D- D-Day June 6, 1944: The Climatic Battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose.  Beyond debate this is THE book on D-Day.  There never needs to be another one written.  Ambrose wrote this definitive history in 1994.  He painstakingly takes the reader from the who and what was involved, how it was planned, set up, the complete story of every aspect of the greatest invasion in history.  You get the real feel for what happened and what sacrifices the greatest generation made to keep our world safe and free.  At least in the 20th century.  Safe and free are relative terms these days.  A must read for those who do not fully understand what D-Day was and a must re-read.  A book that needs to be kept close on your shelf of favourite books.

E- Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and the Breast Cancer Gene by Sarah Gabriel.  A heart-wrenching memoir detailing her experience with breast cancer (first with her mother and then with her own).  A funny-at-times-yet tragic account of what it feels like to deal with breast cancer.  I think every woman in the world needs to read this book.

F- The Floating Admiral by The Detection Club (including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and G. K. Chesterton). In 1931 a group of 12 mystery writers including Agatha Christie came together and published this book.  They called themselves The Detection Club and each of them was responsible for writing a chapter and also the conclusion in a sealed envelope.  It was a hit in the 30’s and they re-released it 80 years later.  I love Agatha Christie and thought this would be a brilliant book.  Boy was I disappointed!  It was disjointed, not very well written and the characters aren’t very believable.  I would NOT recommend it!!!

G- Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl.  A fun and insightful book on the hidden life of a food critic.  Ruth Reichl shares with us in honest prose her experience moving from Los Angeles to New York and how she turned the food critic world upside down.  A must read for any foodie and a brilliant read for anyone who wants an inside glimpse into the New York Restaurant scene.

H- Heavy Losses – The Dangerous Decline of American Defense by James Coates and Michael Killian originally written 1985. This book grips a reader whether read the first time or the fourth.  It is troubling how the issues of prolific over spending by the Pentagon on weapon systems that don’t work well enough to justify their costs continues 26 years after the book’s writing.  You would think it was today that the book was talking about with planes costing thousands of times more than originally priced (think about the relatively useless F-22) or the “widow maker” the Osprey that now flies but killed so many in becoming that plane.  America spends over a quarter of its total budget on defense but so much of that money simply lines the pockets of the weapon companies and doesn’t make America any safer only worse in shape economically.  Something must change or indeed as the book prophesied in 1985…America will one day spend 300 Billion to buy one plane and there will be no money for anything else.  Something has to change.  Read this book and shiver.

I- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I first read this book in high school and it changed my life. I was a shy girl and didn’t have very much self-confidence. Maya Angelou allowed me to see myself in her prose and I embraced Phenomenal Woman as my mantra.

Maya holds nothing back and if you have never read anything by her, I suggest you start with this book. You get to know who Maya is and how she overcame such adversity. Nothing could keep her down and this book will inspire you to persevere.

J- Jamie Confidential by Stafford Hildred/Tim Ewbank. This is the biography of Britain chef Jamie Oliver. I first encountered Jamie Oliver with his television program Oliver’s Twist and it was love at first bite. His approach to cooking, like his life, is simple and down to earth. This biography starts at his childhood and works its way through the year 2003. You catch a glimpse into the life behind the icon. The writing style, while a tad envious, flows well and I even laughed a few times. It was an quick and enjoyable read. I recommend it to all foodies, especially if you love Jamie Oliver.

K- Karl Marx: Selected Writings in Sociology & Social Philosophy (Newly translated by T.B. Bottomore).  A review of Marx’s articles on sociology and philosophy that is eye opening for the reader.  His philosophies are intriguing like, “we don’t work because we are alive.  Rather we work to live” and my fave “all labour is forced whether by the whip or to earn money or to serve your god or to better yourself.  Every bit of labour is slavery to something.”  Not easy to read but worthwhile.  It is beyond me how communism formed out of his writings.

L- Let’s Roll! Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage by Lisa Beamer with Ken Abraham. This is a powerful read.  It brings to light details about the oft overlooked aspect of 9/11, the first-time Americans fought back and won against terrorism.  It took me over a decade to come to this book.  I recommend this book if you want a bit of personal insight into the impact of the terror attacks on that fateful day to a simple American family.  While not a brilliantly written book, this book doesn’t have to be.  It is a book that highlights love, faith and family all entwined in the face of a terrorist attack.  It made me cry, it gave me hope, it is a solid book and I am proud we own it.

M- Money Management for the Creative Person by Les Silber. I first met Les at a book signing back in 2003 and he was so encouraging. I was contemplating my writing career but didn’t know where to start. He gave me this book and I read it the very next day. Creative people have not been known to be smart in the area of money management. In fact, we’d like nothing better than to have someone else handle it. This can lead to people taking advantage of artists and hijinks ensue. This book takes you step-by-step through a crash course in money management with the artist in mind. My favorite part of the book is where he talks about taking the “free” out of freelance. I highly recommend this book for all artists and creative people.

N- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. True love lasts forever, no matter how much time has passed. In The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks takes us on a beautiful roller coaster ride of emotions. Circumstances tore Allie and Noah apart. Yet, there was still love beating in their hearts, love for one another. Immediately, I was transported into the hearts of both Allie and Noah. The story flowed and I read the book in one sitting. When I read the last page, I cried because I didn’t want it to end.

A heart-wrenching novel by one of my favorite authors. This was the first book I read by Nicholas Sparks and at the time I read it, I was recently single. I thought to myself that love wasn’t in the cards for me. All that changed when I read this book.

This is one of the most romantic love stories I have read and I recommend it to everyone. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll gasp in wonder at the miracle of love.

The movie didn’t do it justice. Read the book!

O- Over the Beach: The Air War in Vietnam by Zalin Grant.  A brilliant close-up look at the air war by a reporter who covered a fighter squadron (#162 USS Oriskany).  During the war and in post war interviews, he brings us an honest, open and realistic feel to a complicated, dangerous and often overlooked part of the Vietnam War.  Excellent book.

P- Perfect: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Sixteen Perfect Games by James Buckley Jr. This book is a brilliant chronological listing of every perfect game from the dawn of baseball to just before the turn of the 21st century.  Since the book was published there have been 4 more perfectos.  Every one of the first sixteen is retold in compelling fashion.  The reader really gets to appreciate that the perfect game isn’t simply about one man’s skill but about a moment in time that involves all 9 people on the field and one that rarely, RARELY ever happens.  Must read for a baseball fan.

Q- The Quintessential Encyclopedia of Drinks and Drinking by Frederick Martin. I must confess that the original title doesn’t have the word “quintessential” in it but it should. This book details every classic drink including how to make it and where it derived from. This book is invaluable, especially for those of us who love to entertain. Sure, it is probably out of print by now but if you can find it online or in a second hand bookstore, grab it without thinking twice! It’s a must own for any cocktail lover.

R- The Restless Sleep…Inside New York City’s Cold Case Squad by Stacy Horn. The compelling true story of the creation of the first cold case squad and how a small number of dedicated cops decided to work for those forgotten victims.  It has never been easy, fighting politics, budget cuts and the biggest enemy time…which fades memories, eliminates crime scenes and causes evidence to erode and disappear.  They don’t solve them all, they don’t catch everyone but they do catch a lot of them and they are doing God’s work, bringing closure and peace to the families of victims.  A powerful book that will illuminate anyone who has ever watched the CBS show based loosely on this office.

S- Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty. From the author who brought you Sloppy Firsts comes the next installment in the life of beloved Jessica Darling. It’s senior year and Jessica is distraught over everything. Her parents are hassling her to choose a college. Her best friend, Hope, is still in another state and then there is Marcus. Sigh. I’m always a little wary when it comes to a sequel to an incredible book. Can the author create another magical story or did she spend it all on the first book? Megan McCafferty did a fantastic job and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact (don’t tell anyone), I actually loved Second Helpings more than Sloppy Firsts. She took me back to my senior year and all the angst that came along. Such a delightful read!

T- True Compass – Edward M. Kennedy. A memoir truthfully it took me a very long time to finish this book.  The book is incredible. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a great read.  A real classic.  I just changed careers and no longer had 3 hours a day to read on my commute so my reading time has been curtailed.  But that’s no shame on a superb read.  If you want to be invited deep inside the majesty of the Kennedy Clan through Senator Ted…this is the book.  Pointedly important right now is that Senator Kennedy had to run against Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and this book tells you all you need to know about Mitt Romney.  Allow me to quote directly for this is important and every American who is going to vote on the 6th needs to read this:


Ted Kennedy writes at the time of the first Senate Campaign televised debate in 1994.  “Our first televised debate at Faneuil Hall was in the final week of October.  With Romney’s poll lead decreasing and the truth of his job creation record in deep question, Mitt had realigned himself a little.  He’d moved away from his ‘businessman’ strategy and begun to campaign almost as a Liberal reformer.  I had begun to joke at rallies that I had heard of Flip and I had heard of Flop.  But with Mitt, it was flip-flop-flip!  He’s changed positions so often that if we gave him a little more time he’d be voting for me on Election Day”

That was Mitt in 1994 and that is Mitt today.  Fema? He changes his views on that more than the wind changes.


U- The Umpire Strikes Back by Ron Luciano and David Fisher. A terrific read written through the eyes of one of the most popular baseball umpires to ever be in the game.  He gives a funny yet honest peek into the life of a baseball umpire.  It is not as glamorous as one might think.  In fact, it is sad and often lonely.  A must read for any baseball fan!

V- The Vampire Sextette: Edited by Marvin Kaye. I picked up this book at a second hand bookstore with no expectations other than it had to deal with vampires. I’m a sucker for a good old-fashioned vampire story. None of the Twilight fluffy love kind of stories for me. I lust after something I can sink my teeth into. This book included six novellas by some of the best authors in the vampire genre (as of 2000). Each author stayed true to the Bram Stoker genre while adding their own little twist. My favorite story was Vanilla Blood by S. P. Somtow. If you love vampire stories, grab this book and maybe a clove of garlic or two.

W- The Wells of Hell by Graham Masterton.  A classic horror book written in the early 80’s that can still scare the crap out of a reader.  All about the thing that is going wrong with the well water in New England and exactly what is in the water and what is it doing to the people who drink it?  Hell may be a lot closer than people ever thought.  A great and scary book.

X- Xtra-Favorite Religious Book of all Time: The Religions of Man by Huston Smith. A thorough and academic overview of the seven world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity).  It explains in very simplistic terms the basic beliefs of each religion and it amazes me how similar they are.  In many of these sacred texts, for instance, makes references to the Virgin Mary.  I thought it was really interesting and I wholly recommend this to every person out there.

Y- Year of the Hyenas by Brad Geagley. Imagine a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt. Perfectly delicious, right? A detective named Semerket is called to investigate the death of a no-account elderly Theban princess. He starts to investigate and the authorities thwart his every move. The more he investigates the more secrets he discovers. It’s not about the princess at all, but about the Pharaoh Ramses III. Soon his life is in danger and he must choose between saving Egypt or himself. I loved Semerket and he reminded me of classic detectives from the 1930’s. He’s a no-nonsense dark character with hidden depths and a compulsion for the truth.   Filled with twists and turns I didn’t expect, this mystery is a must own for historical and suspense fans alike.

Z- The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock. Welcome to the 1978 Yankee team, where men were men and the brawls were televised. No one thought the 1978 Yankees were much of anything and they proved everyone wrong. One of the best baseball books of all time, Superstar Yankee Pitcher Sparky Lyle hits a homerun with this tell-all book. As a die-hard fan, I loved the way he pulled no punches. You get to witness it all from the players fighting to the team shake-ups. After reading this book, you’ll understand why playing for the Yankees is like camping out at The Bronx Zoo.

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Mr. N’s Highly Coveted Books on #Vietnam and #VietnamWar! #FridayReads #Books

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. Today, we get to peek into the vast library of Mr. N.  Here are some of my favorite Vietnam War books that I have on my bookshelf and I highly recommend them all.  We are about 50 years since the peak of the Vietnam War and it wouldn’t hurt America to appreciate the sacrifice of the brave men who went and fought and some who made the ultimate sacrifice.


Black Berets and Painted Faces – Gary A. Linderer

This informative book: Black Berets and Painted Faces” The Story of a LRP in Vietnam. The author, Gary Linderer takes you into the bush with the lrp’s. There you’ll see everything he saw and experience everything he did. everything.


“I have read many great books on the Vietnam War and this is one of the best ever written.  The Lifestyle and Combat skill of the LRP is awe inspiring.  Linderer takes the reader into this shadow world of elite special forces and gives you a close look at the job they did and the amazing men who did it.  Linderer also clearly points out that young men fighting in Vietnam could only do so much when held back by REMFs, egotistical CO’s and stupid politicians in the States.  I love this book, I respect Gary A. Linderer and call him a true hero.  A must read for any fan of Vietnam War material and anyone who is a fan of elite warfare techniques. 5+ Stars” – Mr. N


Thud Ridge – Jack Broughton

This is the story of a special breed of warrior, the fighter-bomber pilot; the story of valiant men who flew the F-105 Thunderchief ‘Thud’ Fighter-Bomber over the hostile skies of North Vietnam.


From the briefing rooms to the bombing runs, Vice-Wing Commander Colonel Jack Broughton, recounts the tragedy and heartache, the high drama and flaming terror, the exhilaration and thrill of life on the edge. He relives the incredible feeling of high-speed, low-level sorties where SAM missiles, flak and MiGs were all in a day’s work. The bravery of the pilots and their commitment to each other in times of extreme fear, crisis and catastrophe are highlighted by vivid, fast moving flying sequences.


Thud Ridge is a fascinating and graphic memorial to the courage of the men, the power of their machines and their dedication to their mission.


A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan





When he came to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the one clear-sighted participant in an enterprise riddled with arrogance and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way. By the time he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he once decried. He died believing that the war had been won.


In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a renowned journalist tells the story of John Vann–“the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam”–and of the tragedy that destroyed a country and squandered so much of America’s young manhood and resources.


Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account of America’s Sixteen-Year Involvement in Vietnam by William Colby, James McCargar

Not another book about what America did wrong in Vietnam, this one is, primarily, about what we did right. For example, former CIA director Colby and diplomat McCargar maintain that the post-Tet pacification effort (in which Colby was centrally involved) was a great success, that the 1972 Easter Offensive demonstrated that the South Vietnamese could hold their own without U.S. ground support. In staunch defense of Colby’s Phoenix program, the book argues for its effectiveness in undermining the Communist infrastructure, claiming that Phoenix’s reputation for brutality is undeserved. Fighting the “wrong” kind of war, however, is cited as a mistake, as is U.S. complicity in the ’63 coup that overthrew President Ngo Dinh Diem, and Washington’s failure to provide aid at a certain juncture in ’75. Colby’s CIA service, from Saigon station chief to director, provides him with an insider’s perspective on the war, a perspective many readers will consider self-serving. Photos. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc


Over the Beach – Zalin Grant

“The Right Stuff without the hype, Yeager without the ego.”—Washington Post Book World



“While the jet-jockey competitiveness, the undercurrent of fear, the victories and foul-ups of jet sweeps have been described many times, few such chronicles have done it so grippingly and with such a ring of accuracy. Mr. Grant explores the emotions felt not only by the men in battle but by the wives and others left behind, and the questions the war raised in their minds. To put in larger context the war’s impact on individual participants, the author periodically reviews the high-level struggles over how to fight the air war. “What is most impressive is to find an analysis so clearly stated, so seemingly on track in locating the weak spots in the policies of various political and military officials….Written in a straightforward yet stylish prose, Over the Beach carries tremendous conviction.”—Richard Witkin, New York Times Book Review


Khe Sanh: Siege in the Clouds – An Oral History by Eric Hammel

Nearly 100 American veterans recall the grueling 77-day siege of Khe Sanh, an ordeal that epitomizes virtually every aspect of the Vietnam War. Surrounded by two divisions of North Vietnamese soldiers and resupplied entirely by air, hungry and thirsty U.S. Marines engaged in some of the most savage hand-to-hand combat of the entire war. The vividly detailed recollections of key participants place readers at the heart of the action, as mortars fall continuously and Marines struggle to cut down the enemy. A gripping narrative that illustrates the harrowing nature of a battle in which superior American fire and air power proved decisive, but at a terrible cost.


Vietnam: A History by Stanley Karnow

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stanley Karnow offers the defintive history of the Vietnam conflict–a monumental narrative that analyzes, clarifies, and demystifies the tragic ordeal of this unpopular, unwinnable war. Photos.


The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh by Robert Pisor

“Anybody attracted to the again fashionable delusion that the United States might have ‘won’ in Vietnam ought to read and meditate upon The End of the Line . . . All the lessons are here in concise and readable form” ―Newsweek


A war correspondent’s searching account of a crucial battle in the Vietnam War. It was the most spectacular battle of the entire war. For 6,000 trapped marines, it was a nightmare; for President Lyndon Johnson, an obsession. For General Westmoreland, it was to be the final vindication of technological weaponry; and for General Giap, the architect of the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu, it was a spectacular ruse masking troops moving south for the Tet offensive. In a compelling narrative, Robert Pisor sets forth the history, the politics, the strategies, and, above all, the desperate reality of the battle that became the turning point of the United States’s involvement in Vietnam.


M – John Sack

Documents a year in the life of a “Mighty Mike” Vietnam soldier, chronicling their gripping rollercoaster encounters with an invisible enemy between the streets of Saigon and the merciless jungles. Reissue. NYT.



Although there are many books and films dealing with the Vietnam War, Sideshow tells the truth about America’s secret and illegal war with Cambodia from 1969 to 1973. William Shawcross interviewed hundreds of people of all nationalities, including cabinet ministers, military men, and civil servants, and extensively researched U.S. Government documents. This full-scale investigation―with material new to this edition―exposes how Kissinger and Nixon treated Cambodia as a sideshow. Although the president and his assistant claimed that a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia was necessary to eliminate North Vietnamese soldiers who were attacking American troops across the border, Shawcross maintains that the bombings only spread the conflict, but led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent massacre of a third of Cambodia’s population.


Do you agree with Mr. N on his Top 10 Vietnam/Vietnam War books and/or which books would you recommend? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc by Jesse Teller #DarkFantasy #Fantasy #amreading



Title: Liefdom: A Tale from Perilisc


Author: Jesse Teller


Genre: Dark Fantasy



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A zealous guardian in a peaceful city, Gentry Mandrake is a fairy unlike any other. Cast out and hated for his differences, his violent nature makes him wonder at the purity of his soul. He hunts for belonging while fighting to protect the human child bound to him. Explore the mythical realm of The Veil, the grating torture of the Sulfur Fields, and the biting tension between power and purpose in this wondrous struggle against a demonic wizard and his denizens. Can Mandrake overcome such terrible foes to defend those he loves?



At the precise moment Thomas Nardoc drew in his first breath, a creature was born. The name for such a creature was fairy, but in recent memory, there had been no fairy like this one. He would be called many things: monster, madman, abomination, murderer, warrior, guardian. All of these were accurate to one degree or another.

He dropped out of the pale bloom of a mandrake flower, and was fully grown before he hit the ground. With a snap of his dragonfly wings, he took to the air, his nostrils deeply drinking the fertile smells of the ancient wood around him. He knew instinctively this was not his home, the same way he knew his child’s name was Thomas.

He knew his home lay five hundred miles to the west, and it would take him moments to arrive there if he traveled by flower. He flexed his arm and barbed prongs slid silently from his wrists. He looked down at his body as he moved, watching his gleaming exoskeleton fold and crease like a well-made, well-worn suit of armor. His pale hair dropped in his face. Whipping his head, he threw it back. He knew how big he was—massive for a fey of his kind.

Something within him ached. A yawning, black emptiness chilled his body and mind. He would have to fill it, or it would take him to diabolical places. His emptiness could devour everything inside him—make something horrible of him. He would have to fill it.

His name was Gentry Mandrake, and today would be the day he killed one of his own kind.

Gentry Mandrake flew. A throbbing world of white pulsated as he moved from mandrake bloom to mandrake bloom. He could feel his home, as he neared it in leaps that flickered in his mind. Within seconds, he pulled up and out of the flower. He passed the last few feet, quickly coming to a large tumble of rocks that formed the doorway to his city. He ducked under the rocks, slipping into a tunnel under the fallen stones. The light of the day shined before him. In it basked Liefdom, the great city of the fairies.

A parade had turned the clearing into a celebration. Mandrake wondered if they knew of his arrival. The city was embracing the fey born that day. They formed a line that wound from the ground floor up into a spiral that wrapped the city. It rose to the very tops of the trees to cross the balcony of the royal family. The trees swayed. The animals of the city crooned and yipped. Instruments sounded, and melodious voices flowed like warm currents of air, carrying almost indescribable joy. Mandrake entered the city and his heart swelled. Tears coursed from his eyes and his smile seemed about to cut his face in half. Looking up at his city, he knew he had found home, and he loved it instantly.


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Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.


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Strange History Will Make You Laugh + You’ll Learn Stuff! #bookreview #history

Strange History

Title: Strange History

Author: Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Genre: history, humor


Book Blurb:

This exciting title from the folks at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute contains the strangest short history articles from over 30 Bathroom Readers—along with 50 all-new pages. From the 20th century to the Old West, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, macabre legends, kooky inventions, reality-challenged rulers, boneheaded blunders, and mind-blowing facts. Read about…


*The curse of Macbeth

*Stupid history: Hollywood style

*The secret LSD experiments of the 1960s

*In search of the lost “Cloud People” of Peru

*The Swedish queen who declared war on fleas

*Unearthing the past with the Outhouse Detectives

*The Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFO

*How to brew a batch of 5,000-year-old beer

*The brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s Coliseum

*Ghostly soup from ancient China

*The bathroom of the 1970s


And much, much more!

My Review:

I was never one to like history class in school. In fact, I found it to be quite boring. I was a creative child and my mind drew a blank every time the teacher called on me. But if I had read this book, I might’ve paid more attention.


From those hysterical people who bring you Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers (my grandfather’s favorite books), comes Strange History. Filled with fascinating facts, people and events, this is a fabulous collection of history. From ancient history to the present, you’ll learn things they never taught you in school. With over 400 pages, it’s a must-read! Reading in the washroom is optional.


Thank you to Printers Row Publishing Group and Netgalley for giving me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


My Rating:  5 stars


Buy it now:




Author Biography:

The Bathroom Readers’ Institute is a tight-knit group of loyal and skilled writers, researchers, and editors who have been working as a team for years. The BRI understands the habits of a very special market—Throne Sitters—and devotes itself to providing amazing facts and conversation pieces. They are based in Ashland, Oregon, and San Diego, California.


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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Mrs. N Loves #RomanticComedy #Books so She’s Listing 5 FREE Ones! #amreading

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up! Today, I have a book spotlight on a brand new romantic comedy, Gone Wild. It got me thinking about romantic comedies and how much fun they’re to read, especially as the weather warms up. I looked on my Kindle and noticed I was in need of some fun romantic comedies. So off I went to Amazon to find some, and low and behold, there were several FREE ones. So, here are five I downloaded:


Careful What You Wish For by Michelle Escamilla

One simple wish can change everything…


Harley Simpson has one wish—to find Prince Charming and settle down. She has a dream job and wonderful friends, but something is missing. With her thirtieth birthday looming, Harley is sure being with her hot, smooth-talking boss Ethan Prince would make her life complete. Having just landed a major client and learning she’ll be working even more closely with Ethan, Harley sets out to celebrate with her friends.


On her way to the bar, Harley chats with a mysterious cab driver. When the woman asks what she would wish for, Harley answers honestly—she wants Ethan. But during her night out, she meets a handsome, blue-eyed part-time bartender and full-time teacher named Matt Garner. No, he’s not a CEO, but he’s the sweetest guy Harley’s ever met.


A wish gone bad…


Harley awakens the next morning in a strange house with Ethan—and their two young daughters. The wish she’d confided to the freaky fairy godmother has actually come true. As she tries to figure out what this means and if it’s really what she wanted after all, Harley discovers Matt is also part of this bizarre world…He’s her daughters’ teacher.


Harley suspects fate has gone completely haywire. Will she be able to find a way out of this suburban nightmare? Or is she destined to stay and live the life she thought she wanted in this messed up fairytale…


Careful What You Wish For.


Big Girl Panties: #One Like a Lady Series by S.J. Sawyer

Big Girl Panties is a Southern, romantic comedy that will leave you laughing and swooning in equal measure. It is the first novella in the Like A Lady serial and cannot be read as a standalone.


Mom always tells me that when life gives you lemons you squeeze the heck out of them and hope for some lemonade, but after catching that no-good lying, jerk of a bastard cheating on me seconds before we were supposed to be married, I do what any self-respecting Southern girl would do: throw a punch and hide under my blankie. Now, Mary Lou thinks I need a night of fun and adventure. I agree to go out, planning to get her off my back, but when I find myself in Mason Pierce’s arms, I’m thanking my lucky stars, and my best friend. ~Red


Freemont, Oklahoma, is the last place on the whole damned planet that I want to spend my summer and working on my parents’ ranch is the last thing I want to do, but damned if that’s not what I’m doing. Monroe and I need a night away from this place, a night to blow off steam. A party at the lake sounds like a mighty fine idea, and after catching a glimpse of Red Summers in the firelight, I’m quickly changing my tune. ~Mason


Sex, Lies & Sweet Tea (Sex and Lies Book 1) by Kris Calvert

Hotter than hell and half of Alabama, FBI Agent, Mac Callahan is thirsty for everything except love. Coming home to bust a white-collar crime ring, Mac intends to execute his usual practice with work and women¬ – get in, get it on and get out. Instead, he finds himself unexpectedly drawn to the legacy of his family, his plantation, and the charms of a Southern girl. Samantha Peterson possesses everything he needs in a woman, including the evidence to wrap his case. As the investigation heats up, so does their passion and a dangerous game ignites. But, then again, everything’s hotter in the South.


Chasing Charlie: A Romantic Comedy (The Texas Two-Step Series Book 1) by Kathy Carmichael

The Texas Two-Step romantic comedy series is a reader favorite. All of the stories in the series are sweet, charming and emotional contemporary romance. Each story in the series stands alone, but all Texas Two-Step novels and novellas feature love stories about members of the Nelson, Murphy or Palmer families — and sometimes, more than one!


Book Description:

Raised in a family of rodeo champions on a South Texas cattle ranch, Charlie wants only one thing: to avoid thrill-seeking cowboys.


Davis Murphy, cowboy wannabe and one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, needs a pretty and witty faux fiancée so his widowed mother will marry her longtime gentleman friend. Charlie, his local librarian, seems the prefect choice.


Charlie’s first reaction is to run, but she’s promised herself to step out of her plain-jane routine. When Charlie accepts, Davis’s plan is set. But now Charlie’s sweet ways are challenging his bachelor heart.


Chasing Charlie is the first sweet romance in the Texas Two-Step contemporary romance series from USA Today bestselling author Kathy Carmichael.


THE TEXAS TWO-STEP, in series order

Western Pleasure (A Novella) (Book 0)

Chasing Charlie (Book 1)

The Lassoed Bride (A Novella) (Book 2) Coming Soon

Country Courtship (Book 3)

Courting Trouble (Book 4)

My Southern Bride (Book 5)


“Part of her Texas Two-Step series, this book has all the things I enjoy in Kathy’s writing. Packed with humor, tenderness, and loads of romance, (the hunky cowboy hero is fabulous too) My Southern Bride is a wonderful addition to the series.” ~ USA Today bestselling author, Regan Black (My Southern Bride)


Shopping for a Billionaire 1 (Shopping for a Billionaire series) by Julia Kent

When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men’s room of one of his stores, it’s love at first flush in this hilarious new romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Julia Kent.


Read the whole series:


Shopping for a Billionaire Boxed Set now released! includes:


Shopping for a Billionaire 1

Shopping for a Billionaire 2

Shopping for a Billionaire 3

Shopping for a Billionaire 4

Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire  (5)


And don’t miss:


Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee (book 6)

Shopping for a CEO (book 7)

Shopping for a Billionaire’s Wife (book 8)



What romantic comedies would you recommend for my Kindle? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Don’t Have Time To Read? Friday Book Round-Up 90 Minute Short Reads #amreading #books

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up! I read this really long and boring article last night how no one has time to read anymore. No matter how much I disagree with that article, I know what it’s like to struggle to read in my spare time. So, I went onto Amazon and checked out their Best Sellers in 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads. Some great stories on there and most of them are only 99 cents. Here are my favorites:


The Missing Amish Girl (Amish Mystery and Romance) by Hannah Schrock

When Rebecca Lehman, a pretty young Amish girl, goes missing the whole Amish community draw together to try to find her.


When Dana, the police detective brings tragic news the next morning, Sadie Zook, the mother of Rebecca’s best friend, becomes drawn into the investigation to find the murderer.


Sadie finds that Rebecca lived in a secret world of Englisch friends and possibly Englisch boyfriends. She also knows that Eli, Rebecca’s father, is very controlling and would not understand why Rebecca would be interested in the world outside the Amish community. Then there is the matter of Mark, a young jealous Amish boy, who wanted nothing more than to court Rebecca.


As Sadie investigates further she finds herself drawn deeper into a pool of potential suspects and personal danger.


If I’m Dead: A Rachel Knight Story by Marcia Clark

It started with a haunting image: a Ford Explorer, iridescent in the moonlight and alone on a desolate stretch of beach. Its owner, Melissa Gibbons, has gone missing. Her husband says she flew the coop. But Los Angeles Deputy DA Rachel Knight is convinced otherwise: Melissa Gibbons has been murdered.


So begins the confounding case that Rachel must present before a disbelieving jury. A dissatisfied heiress and her philandering husband– what really happened? The husband has a fiendishly convincing case that Melissa faked her own death and fled. But with the support of her trusty sidekick, Detective Bailey Keller, Rachel pieces together a much more sinister truth.


In this short, standalone Rachel Knight thriller, readers follow our savvy and riotously entertaining heroine through the surprising world of LA crime.


3 Truths and a Lie: A Detective D. D. Warren Story (Kindle Single) by Lisa Gardner

In Lisa Gardner’s second short story, after the New York Times bestseller The 7th Month, Detective D.D. Warren takes on her most intimidating assignment yet: a fifty-minute class meant to educate a horde of bloodthirsty thriller writers on the ways of actual police work. Yet sometimes life really does imitate fiction, as D.D. takes the writers through the reality of one of her most twisted cases—a case that involves a seedy motel room, drugs, prostitution . . . and a severed leg.


With Gardner’s trademark suspense, sharp observations, and thrilling storytelling, Three Truths and a Lie is a fascinating chapter in D.D.’s storied career. Includes an early look at Lisa Gardner’s next novel of suspense, Find Her, coming February 9, 2016.


I Love the Shadows: Kaitlyn Strong (book 1) by Art DeForest

I love the shadows. They keep me safe and secure as I wait to ambush animals like Altheas.


Altheas was a real piece of work. He likes to play with his food before he eats and he never leaves them alive after he feeds. His predilections are starting to draw attention. At his age you’d think he’d know better. It was a simple matter to feed after all. Some eye contact and a little mesmerization, a quick lick to seal the wounds and you both went about your night, your meal ticket none the wiser.


Well, speak of the devil, here he comes now. A pretty girl is tucked under his arm. Altheas is tall and very good looking. Really, he is pretty much standard for one of our kind. The girl has gorgeous blond hair that made me envious as hell. She’s got some nice curves too and was trying to press every one of them into his side.


He only has eyes for the human juice box in his arms as he passed my hidden position. Stepping out of the shadows behind him, I thrust my stake at the center of his back. He was more aware of his surroundings than I anticipated. Whipping around like a coiled viper on speed, he tried to interpose the innocent girl between the descending stake and his body. My eyes grew wide as I tried to divert the strike.




There are psychopaths in every group. Human, Vampire, Lycan. Kaitlyn Strong was forcibly turned, but managed to escape the clutches of a twisted vampire named Darius. Now, with her forty five pound Savannah Cat, Fangs, she hunts the shadows and kills the monsters, hoping one day to cross paths with the one that changed her life forever.


I Love the Shadows is the first book in a new series by Art DeForest. The Kaitlyn Strong Series follows Kaitlyn’s life, loves and adventures as she cleanses the shadows of monsters.


Library Of Murder (A Harbor Cove Cozy Mystery Book 2) by Emily Page

It’s just another normal, peaceful Sunday in Harbor Cove for Skyler Avery, her mom Mary Beth, and Skyler’s friend Nichole. The trio are at Momma Avery’s house preparing Sunday dinner. But that peace is suddenly shattered with the delivery of shocking news via phone call. Momma Avery answers and it’s one of her book club friends Teresa Klark. Teresa’s voice is shaken on the other end because she’s in jail. Seems local librarian Arnold Watson was murdered recently and Teresa is a prime suspect! She calls upon Momma Avery and her daughter to find the real culprit before it’s too late.


The Mother/Daughter tandem jump into action and soon learn of more suspects in play. While the dark truth lies with one of these suspects, finding out who is behind this will lead to justice. Time is ticking since Teresa’s very freedom depends on the real killer’s identity being revealed!


Killchain (Year of the Zombie Book 1) by Adam Baker

Elize arrives in Mogadishu with instructions to assassinate a Russian embassy official. She has tactical command of a US kill-team, CIA operatives, rookies and veterans of a dozen war zones. It should be a straightforward hit but her luck is about to run out. She will soon find herself trapped in a city gone to hell, struggling to complete her mission in the face of betrayal, a spreading pandemic and a population hungry for flesh…


Set within the same world as Baker’s bestselling OUTPOST, JUGGERNAUT, TERMINUS and IMPACT, KILLCHAIN will appeal to fans of zombie horror and high-octane thrillers.


Praise for Adam Baker’s previous work:


‘JUGGERNAUT is hugely entertaining and as unstoppable as its namesake.’ (Financial Times)


‘There’s no denying the strength of Baker’s prose.’ (SFX Magazine)


‘An original and pacy debut.’ (Daily Mail)


‘It had me on the edge of my seat from page one.’ (Stephen Leather on OUTPOST)


‘A lock-and-load adventure of the highest calibre.’ (Adam Nevill on JUGGERNAUT)


Shot by Cupid’s Arrow: A Short and Sweet Romance by Brooke St. James

Erin Palmer was trying to make a fresh start in a new town. The last thing she wanted to do on moving day was take time out to stop at a Valentine’s Day festival. She only did it to make the move more enjoyable for her precious little girl.


Her intentions were to get in and out as quickly as possible. She wasn’t expecting it to be an all day affair, and she certainly wasn’t prepared for a run-in with Cupid.


Out of the Tank (Privateer Tales Book 7) by Jamie McFarlane

War veteran, Tabitha Masters, expected to live out the rest of her days with the debilitating scars of battle. But, after her crew made a deal with the devil (Smuggler’s Dilemma, Privateer Tales Book 6), she’s been given a second chance. A month in a medical tank and Tabby’s injuries are repaired, replaced and even upgraded.


Within hours of being discharged from the hospital, Tabby hears from Shri Ganguly – a fellow veteran and survivor of the Red Houzi war. Shri is convinced she’s being targeted and hopes that Tabby can help.


It will take everything Tabby has to recover, while facing down the danger that threatens her friend.


The Side Chick Who Turned into A Wife 3 by MARQUES LEWIS

Karma has finally chased down Brandon. With Tracy walking into the bar catching one of his sidepieces; all hell was about to break loose. Cash made it her mission to make Brandon’s life miserable for denying their child. Untold secrets, lies, and karma are ready to explode on everyone. Author Marques Lewis delivers his last book. Drama, sex, and fight scenes deliver one of winter’s books of the year.


The Caliban Program (Eric Ritter Spy Thriller Book 1) by Richard Fox

Months after 9/11, a covert arm of the CIA summons young Lieutenant Eric Ritter to Pakistan. Al Qaeda holds an American operative, and Ritter’s history with the kidnapper is key to rescuing the operative before it’s too late.


While the CIA need Ritter’s help, they consider him an expendable asset and throw him into a battle he isn’t ready for. Deep inside a hostile city, Ritter will learn what it takes to fight the cloak and dagger war against a merciless enemy, or die trying.


Contains an excerpt from INTO DARKNESS, the first full length novel of the Eric Ritter Spy Thriller series.


Eric Ritter novels in order:


  1. The Caliban Program
  2. Into Darkness
  3. The Socotra Incident
  4. The Beltway Assassin



Have you read any outstanding short reads/stories lately? Which one is your favorite? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

This Week Friday Book Round-Up Celebrates Female-Centered Literature #books #amreading

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! This week, the world celebrated women with International Women’s Day. It got me thinking about female main characters and who were my favorites. So for this week’s Friday Book Round-Up, here are my top four favorite females in Literature:


Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women–of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth–who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present–for Evelyn and for us–will never be quite the same again…

“Airplanes and television have removed the Threadgoodes from the Southern scene. Happily for us, Fannie Flagg has preserved a whole community of them in a richly comic, poignant narrative that records the exuberance of their lives, the sadness of their departure. Idgie Threadgoode is a true original: Huckleberry Finn would have tried to marry her!” –Harper Lee, Author of To Kill a Mockingbird

Idgie Threadgoode is one of those literary characters most women can relate to and every one of us wishes we had her bravery. No matter what happens, Idgie remains true to herself and protects those she loves.


Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters. Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” In the first sentence she introduces the title character as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.” Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people’s lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. This novel has been adapted for several films, many television programs, and a long list of stage plays.

I love the character Emma because she’s funny, brave and cares about the welfare of others above herself. She gets in trouble from time to time and meddles where she shouldn’t but her heart is in the right place. If I was living in the 19th century, I would want Emma to be my friend.


Don’t Miss a Moment with Anne Shirley in this Anne of Green Gables Bundle

This bundle includes:

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Anne of Avonlea
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne’s House of Dreams
  • Rainbow Valley
  • Rilla of Ingleside
  • Chronicles of Avonlea
  • Further Chronicles of Avonlea

Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne asks Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished.” Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead. As a child of imagination, Anne takes much joy in life and adapts quickly, thriving in the close-knit farming village. Her talkativeness initially drives the prim, duty-driven Marilla to distraction, although Matthew falls for her charm immediately. Anne says that they are “kindred spirits.” The book recounts Anne’s adventures in making a home: the country school where she quickly excels in her studies; her friendship with Diana Barry (her best or “bosom friend” as Anne fondly calls her); her budding literary ambitions; and her rivalry with classmate Gilbert Blythe, who teases her about her red hair. For that he earns her instant hatred, although he apologizes many times. As time passes, Anne realizes she no longer hates Gilbert but cannot bring herself to admit it. However, by the end of the book they become friends. The book also follows Anne’s adventures in quiet, old-fashioned Avonlea. Episodes include her play time with friends (Diana, Jane Andrews and Ruby Gillis), her run-ins with the unpleasant Pye sisters (Gertie and Josie), and domestic mishaps such as dyeing her hair green (while intending to dye it black) or accidentally getting Diana drunk (by giving her what she thinks is raspberry cordial but is currant wine).

Anne Shirley has been my bosom friend and kindred spirit since I was ten years old. I first devoured Anne of Green Gables one Saturday afternoon at my local library. I couldn’t get enough of her then and I love her to this day. Why? She’s a talkative, bubbly, imaginative girl who lives life to the fullest. She sees life as a great adventure and loves her friends fiercely. I’d like to think I have some of the same traits as Anne and she continues to whisper in my ear about following my dreams.


THE AWAKENING, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating a mixed reaction from contemporary readers and critics.

The novel’s blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.

Edna is a fantastic complex character full of depth and wisdom. I first read The Awakening in high school and it was my first exposure to Female Southern Literary Fiction. I love Edna for her beliefs and her ability to speak her mind, especially in a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote.


Who’s your favorite female main character and why is she your favorite? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

I’m Yearning for Spring and so is Friday Book Round-Up #books #amreading #romance

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! The weather has been frightfully cold this week and it makes me yearn for spring. I’ve started reading and re-reading spring romances on my reader. So in honor of my longing for spring, I’ve listed 10 super spring romances on my Kindle (a few even free):

American graduate student Zoe Gallagher doesn’t believe in romance.

She’s in Paris on Valentine’s Day doing research to prove that romance is an illusion and love based on it doesn’t last. When she meets New Yorker Gabe Ross, there to fulfil his mother’s dying wish by placing a lovelock on a bridge crossing the River Seine, even she finds it hard to resist the most romantic city in the world on the most romantic day of the year.

An impulsive challenge to try a psychological experiment feels like more, much more, for both of them.

Zoe tells herself their one wonderful day together proves nothing, only gives more evidence her theory is right. But on her return to London, she discovers she needs Gabe’s help to learn the biggest lesson of all, that love does last.

Especially God’s love…

Book 4 in the Love In Store series of sweet inspirational romances.

The series is set around a stately old London department store, and many of the same settings and characters appear in each book. But there is no need to read them in order. Every story is a complete romance, following a different couple through the trials and joys of a developing love, to their happy-ever-after.


Includes an anti-romance heroine, some sweet kissing, and British spelling. Complete with British English Glossary.

Love can make life complicated…


Sports teacher Fraser Maclean has worked with Sarah Browne for eight months at their Edinburgh high school. She’s not involved with anyone else, and she seems to enjoy his company, so why won’t the pretty trainee teacher see him outside school? Despite their attraction, he has to take no for an answer. Besides, he wants a simple, uncomplicated life, and he suspects Sarah is far from uncomplicated.


Sarah’s worked hard to control her feelings for Fraser and keep him at arm’s length. He’s kind, athletic, funny, and he appeals to her like no other man, but she can’t trust he’ll love her enough to share her burdens and stick around when things get tough. They’re safer staying friends. That’s enough. It has to be.


When they build a sensory garden at their church together, he discovers the real reason she won’t date. Caring for her ill mother dominates Sarah’s days and nights. Getting involved with her means things will get a whole lot of complicated. No more simple life. And Sarah still won’t trust him with her biggest secret of all.


Can the two teachers learn God’s lessons in love, or will fear and doubt keep them apart?


33,000 words, 144 paperback pages


The Macleans books #1 & 2 show Fraser’s older brother Mac and sister Catriona finding the partners God intends for them. But there’s no need to read their stories first. Each book is a complete-in-itself romance.

A week of no-strings fun is never that simple.


Tessa Sullivan figures she can handle a no-strings-attached fling with the handsome stranger she meets at her sister’s Spring wedding. After all, she doesn’t believe in love. Or so she tells herself.


Trevor Jackson’s painful past leaves him adamant he’ll never open his heart again. But a week of uncomplicated fun with the beautiful bridesmaid? Now that’s an arrangement he can work with.


All’s well that ends well—a mutually enjoyable relationship that will end as simply as it started—until someone breaks the rules and falls in love.



Gesturing toward her empty glass, Trevor asked, “Can I buy you another?”


“It’s an open bar, but no, thank you.” Red-gold curls bounced as she gave a quick shake of her head. One of the daisies came loose and tumbled past her shoulder. He caught it as she added, “I should’ve stopped at one.”


“Why didn’t you?”


“The first went down so smooth, I figured a second might carry me through to the end of the night.”


Brushing his thumb over the petals of the flower in his hand, he imagined her skin would feel equally soft. “Are you in love with the groom?”


“No.” Her shocked gaze collided with his, then she laughed again. “God no. I barely like him.”


He arched his eyebrows. “Couldn’t tell from your toast.”


Speculation filled her eyes. “What was wrong with my toast?”


“Nothing.” He placed his hand with the daisy against his chest, and her attention dropped to the flower as he added a touch of drama to his voice. “It was very touching. Inspiring. Heartwarming.”This time the roll of her eyes was accompanied by an unladylike snort.


“If you didn’t mean it, then that was an Oscar-worthy performance.”


“Oh, I meant it.” She glanced toward the reception where the festivities were still in full swing. “But it certainly did not make it sound like I was in love with Nash.”


“And yet you’re out here drinking for a reason. Is it because you don’t like him?”


She shook her head. “I misspoke a moment ago. I like Nash. Now, anyway. Six months ago, not so much.”


“Why’s that?”


Her gaze met his once more. “You don’t know the story?”


“No.” He did his best not to get lost in the rich blue of her eyes. It was hard with the way they stood out against her fair, lightly freckled skin, framed by long, frosted lashes and shimmery shadow that complimented her spring dress. Up close, the whole combination made her look somewhat like a fairy.


A sexy fairy whose daisy-laden, disheveled, reddish-gold locks suggested she’d been rolling around in May flowers, even though it was only mid-April. He knew the tumbled curls were a result of her enthusiastic dancing earlier, but he much preferred the alternative image his imagination provided.


Suspicion replaced speculation when he didn’t answer her question. “You’re not a friend of the groom?”




“And I know you’re not a friend of the bride. So, how did you hear my toast?” Blue eyes narrowed for a second before she accused, “Did you crash my sister’s wedding?”


To everything there is a season…


Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch…a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he’s just met.

Spring Love by H.T. Night


Book #6 in the Winning Sarah’s Heart Series


Cody isn’t like the other boys. For one, he has a very high emotional IQ. In fact, he’s particularly sensitive and romantic, especially for a middle-schooler. And no one knows that better than Sarah Davis. Cody and Sarah make plans to go to the Spring Fling dance together.


In Spring Love, soon to be fourteen-year-old Cody has lots of new changes to deal with. First of all, it’s baseball season. Cody is on two different baseball teams–and these two teams couldn’t be any more different. The second big change in Cody’s life is that his dad shows up with big promises.


With National Teen Chess Finals coming up, Cody has a lot on his plate. Will the stress eventually get to him? Or will Cody rise above everything and become the man his mother raised him to be?





“What a fun ride! Night displays an uncanny knack to capture the thoughts and language of youth. Cody Greer is heroic, funny, and most of all, real.”

―Summer Lee, author of Kindred Spirits and Beach Angel


“Cody Greer is pitch-perfect. More than anything, the author is a natural born storyteller. Think Nicholas Sparks meets Judy Blume. The story itself is inspiring and hilarious and will stay with you for some time to come. Night captures the thoughts and feelings of six-graders everywhere in a wonderfully touching and moving tale.”

―J.R. Rain, author of Moon Dance and The Body Departed


“This is why I love reading! Cody Greer is hilarious, thought-provoking and poignant!”

―Elaine Babich, author Relatively Normal and You Never Called Me Princess


“Sweet and heart-warming. I absolutely fell in love with Cody Greer.”

—Ella Quinn, author of The Glass Secret and Beautiful Force

Montana, 1871


Meet Julia Sullivan – she just had the worst luck. After a rocky trip by steamboat over a river that has just started to thaw, she’s arrived in Rocky Point, Montana, months delayed. Unfortunately her groom, Timothy Mitchell, recently married another woman.

What she didn’t expect was to be stuck with the option of the surly twin.


After losing to his brother, in a battle to win the heart of his intended bride Alice Johnson, Terry Mitchell doubts he has anything to offer a replacement bride. Certainly not a woman better matched to another man. But her presence in his mother’s home brings them into close proximity and he can’t get her out of his mind.


Sometimes when everything goes wrong it is exactly the way it should be. The Almighty works in mysterious ways.


In this wonderful new series by Hope Sinclair, a string of strong women venture out to the frontier to find a new life and true love with men, who will treat them right. Buy it now to find out how it ends for Terry and Julia.


A Bride For Spring is a Clean Western Historical Romance about the mail order brides that arrive at Rocky Point. Each story can be read as a standalone but if you wish to read about the other stories these are available for just $0.99 or ALWAYS FREE on Kindle Unlimited.


Hope Sinclair writes clean, inspirational, western romance stories that always have a good old fashioned happy ending.


Mail Order Brides of Rocky Point:

Book 1: A Chance For Love: An Abused Widow For The Weary Sheriff

Book 2: A Call Of Destiny: The Deputy’s Pretend Bride

Book 3: Abandoned Bride: A Jilted Bride For The Shopkeeper

Book 4: A Bride For Christmas: An Unexpected Bride For The Wrong Twin

Book 5: A Bride For Spring: A Replacement Bride For the Jilted Twin


Mail Order Brides of Cedarwood Creek:

Book 1: A Twist Of Fate: A Barren Bride for The Lumberjack (Out Now! Exclusively part of Multiauthor boxset)


Mail Order Bride Agency:

Book 1: The Lonely Pioneer and the Cripple Bride – Lilly

Book 2: The Weary Saloon Owner and the Novice Nun – Mary Margaret (due February 2016)

Book 3: The Faithful Rancher and the Scarred Bride – Mercy (due in February 2016)

Book 4: The Prideful Preacher and the Dwarf Bride – Amelia (due in February 2016)

Sam Mackenzie rode into the town of Hidden Springs looking for a place to belong. He takes a job at Ryan’s Ranch and is immediately attracted to the ranch’s pretty, female, owner.


Kate Ryan is a woman determined to make it on her own. Chafing at the thought of having to hire help, she nonetheless falls for the handsome stranger who answers her ad.


When they meet, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other. But life in 1867 Arizona Territory isn’t easy. When a secret from Kate’s past comes to light, they are each faced with the challenge of making a difficult decision.


Will they turn and run or are they here to stay?


MATURE CONTENT Sex; violence

Star-crossed lovers and second chances … meet guys and gals with good reason to guard their hearts even as they follow their dreams.


Enjoy eight sweet contemporary romances penned by award-winning and best-selling authors in the Spring Into Romance Boxed Set. From betrayal and conflict to secrets and scandals, get ready for a variety of books that will satisfy the romance junkie in you.


Cleaning Up Love by Lacey Wolfe

Penny Watson is hiding from her horrific past as the housekeeper to celebrity Brock Foxx. With a scandal of his own, he entices Penny to be his fake girlfriend. Before long, Penny is swept up in the spotlight as Brock Foxx’s latest fling. While she should be loving it, she’d also worried that the men she’s running from will find her.


The Vet’s Secret Wish by J.L. Campbell

Matthias Laing strikes an uneasy compromise with Toni Nevers, who agrees to marry him on Valentine’s Day—eleven months away. A man of action, Matthias can’t rest easy after Toni’s ex admits he wants her back. With Toni’s daughter and her small army of pets on his side, Matthias rolls out a plan to get Toni to reconsider the length of their engagement and opt for a summer wedding.


Misty Mountain by P.C. Zick

When Lacy and George begin dating, each of them keeps a shield around their hearts. Lacy’s been hurt so many times, she’s afraid to let another man come close. George, reeling from a bitter divorce, doesn’t trust women. If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.


You Belong with Me by Melissa Storm

Will Porter lives a life of order and routine, so, of course, he’s miffed when a savage Rottweiler picks a fight with his golden retriever at the dog park. His anger quickly vanishes when he looks into the tearful eyes of the dog’s owner—eyes that look strikingly similar to his ex’s. Even though he’d like nothing more than to run in the other direction, he’s unable to ignore the beautiful stranger’s request for help in taming her new dog…


Love & Light by Michele Shriver

After watching her mother succumb to illness, Kori Walsh sank into a depression that she can’t snap out of. As the star pitcher on his college baseball team, Landon Grayson has plenty of girls vying for his attention, yet finds himself drawn to the sullen girl who keeps showing up to watch practice every day. Can Landon show Kori that there is light after darkness, and if he does, will love blossom?


Mail-Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez

Lisa’s wedding is canceled when she catches her fiancé, Jeff, with another woman. In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof from Poland who is seeking an American woman to marry him and help him stay in America. After hearing his heart-tugging story, Lisa says “I do” to him. It’s strictly a business deal. He’s not planning to stay in America forever, but she starts falling for him.


Love on the Slopes by Amy Manemann

Jessa Hartley is haunted by memories of the night she threw herself at her childhood crush, Dominic DeRenzi – and he turned her away. Now all grown up, Jessa has moved on and is determined to buy the ski lodge of her dreams. Until Dominic shows up and buys it out from under her. Dominic broke her heart the first time he left. Can he make her see this time around he’s here to stay?


Ensnared by Jade Kerrion

The two Falconer boys, Raphael and Michael, were named for the archangels. At twenty-two, Lily Herald married Raphael, the first Falconer boy. By twenty-five, she was divorced, having traded in her wedding ring for two near-fatal bullet wounds. No one knows why she’s returned home, to the place of so many shared and painful memories, but Michael Falconer’s determined to find out before she destroys what’s left of his family.

Olivia Sarlin is head-over-heels and seconds from meeting the man of her fantasies. But when a sexy, dark mystery man bowls her over like china in a tea shop, her plans go awry. His unapologetic manner ignites her fiery temper. That is until the sparks between them set off an inner flame and she is irresistibly drawn to him.


There is, however, an obstacle. A wealthy but ridiculous would-be suitor places himself in their path. His malevolent heart will stop at nothing to have her, setting off a string of events that threaten to throw a wrench into her life and come between her and the man she loves.


Spring Rush is a steamy, contemporary romance with colorful characters and a splash of humor.


Don’t miss the unfolding Raven Harbor Series…


Book 1: Spring Rush, Olivia

Book 2: Summer Season, Olivia

Book 3: Autumn Dreams – NEW! and out now!

Book 4: Winter… out 2016


Don´t miss Amy’s brand new spicy series of short reads: Raven Harbor Lane. Book 1 – Prelude – is out now.


(This book contains adult situations and explicit content, 18+)

If you paint a man’s horse pink, be prepared to face the consequences!


Alissa McLeod wants Craig Murchison’s attention. She wants him to see her as a woman, and not as his best friend’s little sister. But when Craig ignores her prettiest dresses, her shy flirtation and her award-winning chocolate raspberry cake, then there’s only one thing for it—she’s going to have to turn this Texas cowboy’s world upside down until he realises the one thing he needs is right in front of him: her.


For fans of first kisses, sparkling romance, ex-soldier heroes, and shy women who find the courage to risk everything for the men they love.


“First Kiss” is a short story, a 45 minute read.

10-          Spring Vacation Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology Book 2) by several authors

Amazon #1 Bestselling series in New Release for Clean Romance


4.5 stars! “All six books are wonderfully well-written… like a buffet of mini desserts: diverse, delectable, sweet and satisfying.” –IND’TALE MAGAZINE, Stephenia McGee


5 stars! “Ah… I’ve been to my happy place. Six sweet romances compiled into one awesome book. These are some of my favorite writers.” –Aimee Brown


5 stars! “These collection of romance stories are delightful! I am so impressed with all of the authors.” –Susan Russell


Six Award-Winning Authors have contributed new stories to A Timeless Romance Anthology: Spring Vacation Collection. Readers will love this collection of six sweet contemporary romance novellas, centered on a Spring Vacation, all with one thing in common: Romance.


In Moonlight Kiss, a delightful story by Josi S. Kilpack, Sarah is looking forward to the company retreat, namely because she’ll finally meet Clint—the man she’s been Instant Messaging for a few months. As a single mom, Sarah gets out . . . well, never. So adding vacation days onto the retreat so she can spend time with Clint is daring, yet exciting. She just hopes that the suave on-line Clint will live up to the man she hopes to share her heart with.


In Annette Lyon’s charming novella, Chasing Tess, Tess had been patiently waiting through three years of law school for James to pop the question. The night has finally arrived—at his graduation party. But his big announcement turns out to be completely unexpected . . . and devastating. Tess flees the party, promising herself she’ll never let herself waste time on James again. But as she makes a desperate cross-country drive, James makes his own plans on how to win her back.


Dancing at the Flea Market is a sweet romance by Heather Justesen. Mara, fresh out of the cold North Dakota tundra, spends her spring break in Texas with close friend, Anna. When the two women run into Carter, an impatient man with a painful past, it takes hearing Mara’s stunning voice at the local Karaoke club to thaw his heart. But as Mara gets to know Carter, she has to decide if the distance between their lives and homes is worth trying to bridge.


In Sarah M. Eden’s captivating novella, The Best Laid Plans, Madison gives up a vacation to Cancún with her office friends to return home and babysit her mother, who is in another sketchy relationship. The only problem with returning home is running into Derek, her ex-boyfriend who she decided to break up with before he could break up with her—Madison believes in always being one step ahead. When Derek teams up with Madison to investigate whether her mother is dating the right guy, Madison has a hard time ignoring what her heart is telling her about giving Derek another chance.


Picture Perfect, an exciting story by Heather B. Moore, follows Gemma who has never done anything out of the ordinary, until her boyfriend Randy starts to ignore her. But even cutting and dyeing her hair doesn’t get his attention. She decides to join her old high school friends for spring vacation, only to be faced with Drew, her best friend who suddenly seems interested in her as more than a friend. Gemma must determine if her heart is on the rebound or if it’s finally met its true match.


In Aubrey Mace’s enchanting romance, The Science of Sentiment, Rosie will do anything to forget Kevin, his completely perfect kisses, and the fact that he dumped her. When she arrives at her grandfather’s mountain cabin for a spring getaway, she discovers her worst nightmare—Kevin has been invited to stay the weekend too. Since there is only room for one in such a small space, Rosie is determined to kick Kevin out. But Kevin has other plans . . . which might include a reminder of why he’s the perfect kisser.


What spring romance book(s) do you recommend? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Let’s Talk Guilty-Pleasures: Friday Book Round-Up #books #amreading

Friday Book Round Up


Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! We’re all friends here and I know what I’m about to say will come as a shock to many of you.

Are you ready?

Wait, you might want to sit down first.

Okay, here it goes… I’m a guilty-pleasure reader.

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I know, you’re shocked, right?

The truth is, there are some books and/or authors that I read in the privacy of my own home, where no one can judge me. I don’t post reviews and I certainly don’t tell anyone I’m reading these books.

But we’re all reading fanatics here and I thought it might be fun to share some of our guilty-reads. So, without further ado, here are the five guilty-reads I’m reading right now:


1- Highland Velvet (The Velvet Montgomery Annals Quadrilogy Book 2) by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux steps back to a time and place where revenge and rivalry rule men’s hearts—and love conquers all—in this wonderful Montgomery novel.

Bronwyn MacArran was a proud Scot. Stephen Montgomery was one of the hated English.

He came to Scotland as a conqueror, saw her beauty and was vanquished. But still she would abhor him.

She owned a temper hot enough to forge the armors of battle or inflame a valiant soldier’s passion. Yet still she would resist him.

She became his reason to live, his reason to love. And still she would deny him.

But while clan fought clan, while brother took up sword against brother, and the highlands ran with blood—their destiny was made…and this mighty warrior pledged himself to his woman’s pride, her honor and her name—and made of their love a torch to burn through the ages!


2- The Lonely Doll (Sandpiper Books) by Dare Wright

Once there was a little doll. Her name was Edith. She lived in a nice house and had everything she needed except someone to play with. She was lonely! Then one morning Edith looked into the garden and there stood two bears! Since it was first published in 1957, The Lonely Doll has established itself as a unique children’s classic. Through innovative photography Dare Wright brings the world of dolls to life and entertains us with much more than just a story. Edith, the star of the show, is a doll from Wright’s childhood, and Wright selected the bear family with the help of her brother. With simple poses and wonderful expressions, the cast of characters is vividly brought to life to tell a story of friendship.


3- Modern Wicked Fairy Tales: Complete Collection by Selena Kitt

~ USA TODAY BESTSELLER ~ “I really, really like you, Wendy-girl.” He kissed the tip of her nose. “And I’ve never met someone so in need of a happy ending in my life.”




Do you love fairy tales? Then don’t miss these happily ever afters!


Included: Alice, Beauty, Briar Rose, Goldilocks, Gretel, Rapunzel, Red, Alice, Wendy


Travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, back in time with Red, fall into a trap with Goldilocks and disappear into the woods with Beauty. The settings may be modern but the stories are as old and familiar as you remember them, with a few new twists, and a lot of sexy new details! All these fairy tale maidens will find their knights in shining armor and yes, of course, their happily ever afters.







In this modern version of the fairy tale classic, Alice is madly in love with a man who taps into her naturally submissive nature and introduces her to the pleasurably painful delights of the BDSM world. When her Wade Knight sends a car to take her to a strange and wonderful new place, Alice finds herself in a very sticky situation where everything is upside down and nothing is as it seems.



When a terrible accident ends her husband’s plan to kill her, Jolee wakes up alone in a cabin in the middle of the woods, rescued by a masked man they call “the beast,” with a husband who wants her dead, and miles of state forest between her and civilization.



When Rose confesses a string of faked orgasms to her fiancé on the eve of their wedding, she finds herself alone, abandoned and suicidal–until her aunt gives her a business card with the name of a special clinic. Desperate for a solution, Rose finds that Dr. Matt’s methods are very different, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of her problem–one way or another.



The three Behr brothers have stolen something too precious for words and Goldie, safecracker extraordinaire, and Campbell, their head of security, have hatched a foolproof scheme to get it back, but the long, involved plan may just complicate their relationship beyond repair.



When their stepmother insists that Gretel and her brother, Hans, go on a cruise with a rich candy-heiress grandmother neither of them has ever met, their world is turned upside down. Hans is seduced by their grandmother’s riches while Gretel resists, but by the time the real reason for their voyage is revealed, it may be too late for either of them to escape their grandmother’s greedy grasp.



Rachel runs Rapunzel’s, a high-end salon on the lower level of a downtown Chicago high rise and lives happily in self-imposed exile in an apartment at the top of the tower–that is until Jake Malden walks in with his teen daughter, Emma, and presents Rachel with a dilemma.



Aside from Griff, a drifter recently orphaned Mae has befriended, she is alone in the big city during the Great Depression. She’s grateful when she meets Lionel, a charismatic real estate agent who arranges the sale of her grandmother’s New York apartment so they can get out of the city. But is Mae’s luck too good to be true–who is the big bad wolf lurking in the shadows?



Peter finds his Wendy while looking for a rare book on “shadow” in the library. After hearing Wendy’s tale of woe, he invites her to come live at his house. But although a large cross-dressing blonde named Tink, who lives with Peter and his band, The Lost Boys, isn’t happy about Wendy’s arrival, it’s Peter’s nemesis, James Hook, who proves to be the new couple’s greatest challenge.


4- Pooh’s Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six (Pooh Original Edition) Library Binding – Box set, by A. A. Milne


Curl up with a true children’s classic by reading A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

Winnie-the-Pooh may be a bear of very little brain, but thanks to his friends Piglet, Eeyore and, of course, Christopher Robin, he’s never far from an adventure. In this story Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a Woozle and heads off on an ‘expotition’ to the North Pole with the other animals.


In this stunning edition of Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne’s world-famous story is once again brought to life by E.H. Shepard’s illustrations. Heart-warming and funny, Milne’s masterpiece reflects the power of a child’s imagination like no other story before or since. This charming edition is the ideal gift book for children of 5 to 55.


5- Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories by Mary Higgins Clark

A collection of short stories from the #1 New York Times bestselling “Queen of Suspense” Mary Higgins Clark, including the never-before-published novella Death Wears a Beauty Mask.


From Clark’s first-ever published story (1956’s “Stowaway”), to classic tales featuring Alvirah and Willy, My Gal Sunday and many more, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories gives readers the chance to revisit the short story highlights from the “Queen of Suspense.” The jewel of this collection is the novella showcasing the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in 1970s New York City: Death Wears a Beauty Mask, which Mary began in 1974 and put aside to write Where Are the Children, the book that launched her career. Mary returned to Death Wears a Beauty Mask nearly forty years later and the result is spectacular.


Featuring the same chills and heart-pounding drama we’ve come to expect from a Mary Higgins Clark title, and including an exclusive author’s introduction, Death Wears a Beauty Mask and Other Stories is a spine-tingling read and glimpse into the evolution of the remarkable career of the “Queen of Suspense.”


What author(s)/book(s) are your guilty pleasure? Share in the comments below.


Happy Reading!


MRS N, Book Addict

Three Quotes/Three Days Challenge Day Two #bloggers #quotes #books

My fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper, thought it would be fun to tag me on this challenge. I washorrified delighted at first and my brain went to sleep came up with some fantastic ideas. Today is day two.

The rules are pretty simple. Do a quote per day for three days and tag three people each day to take part.

Today’s quote deals with books (my favorite subject):

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The three lucky bloggers I’ve nominated are:

Kylie Betzner

Jacquie Biggar


Until tomorrow, happy reading!


Friday Book Round-Up: My Top 5 #RomanticSuspense Books of the Year! #books

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! I love romantic suspense novels because they blend two of my favorite genres: romance and suspense. I’ve had the fortune this year to have read many romantic suspense novels and since I’m spotlighting A Dose of Danger by Kim McMahill (go check it out) today, I thought I’d list my favorites. So without further ado, here are my top five romantic suspense books I’ve read this year:

1- Twilight’s Encore by Jacquie Biggar

One man’s betrayal will seal another’s fate. Ty Garrett fell in love with Katy Fowler from the moment they’d met. When her father’s betrayal yank the young couple apart, Ty becomes bitter. After a decade away, Katy returns to Tidal Falls with plans to get married in her family’s theatre. But she hadn’t expected to run into Ty Garrett, the boy she’d never forgotten. When unseen forces endanger their lives, can Ty save Katy and win back her love, or is it too late for these two star-crossed lovers?

This wins my best romantic suspense book of the year and my official review will be posted on Tuesday, August 25th. Why did I love it? From the first page, I was hooked. I couldn’t put it down and even put off work so I could finish it. Want more? Check back here Tuesday for the full review.

2-  Covert Danger by Jo-Ann Carson

A single woman – A double life

Fashion model by day – spy by night, Sadie Stewart chases a power-hungry man collecting ancient Egyptian amulets. She’s willing to risk everything to stop him, but art dealer Sebastian Wilde, who looks like a modern Viking, keeps getting in her way. He stirs feelings she though existed only in fairy tales. Can she win his heart and stop the heist planned for New York City’s Met Museum?

This was #1 on my list until Jacquie dethroned her. lol! I love James Bond, have ever since I saw Sean Connery say those three words, “Bond. James Bond.” So when Jo-Ann Carson approached me with her Mata Hari series, I jumped the chance. My inner self squealed, “A female James Bond”.

Sadie Stewart is a drop-dead gorgeous supermodel who’s traveled the world and been on the cover of countless magazines. But even though she’s aging gracefully, she’s almost approaching thirty and the bell is tolling. Time to think about her future and her cover. Sadie leads a double life… she’s a CIA operative.

She’s on the hunt of a crazed arms dealer on the hunt to steal rare Egyptian artifacts. He believes these amulets will bring him the power he needs. She needs to get closer to him, to earn his trust using any means necessary (feminine wiles) and to prevent the theft. It’s going along swimmingly until she runs into Sebastian Wilde.

The attraction is instant and the sparks fly hotter than either of them is prepared for. Sadie has a job to do and she doesn’t need handsome Sebastian saving her every time she turns around.

Sebastian, on the other hand, knows there is something about Sadie, something he just can’t shake. One thing leads to another and soon the both of them are in over their heads. Can he save her or will it be too late?

The plot is fast paced and filled with twists and turns I didn’t expect. I was glued to my kindle and this is a must read for anyone who loves romantic suspense. I loved the historical aspect of Egyptian art and the author did a superb job with the background information of the main characters. The ending had a slight cliff hanger but I was okay with it because it just whet my appetite for the next book.

3- Dead Spaces: The Big Uneasy 2.0 by Pauline Baird Jones

Be careful what you dig for…

A forensic surgeon in the New Orleans Coroner’s Office–and part of her dad’s Baker’s Dozen–Hannah Baker thought she knew where to dig, how and what to slice, and when to walk away.

But when her big brother gets her involved in the exhumation of a couple of old coffins, she realizes the past can’t be ignored. Not when its been simmering up a big pile of trouble for longer than Hannah’s born days.

Only New Orleans could produce a “Baked” gumbo of the mob, shadowy figures from the past, annoying figures from the present, murders, attempted murders, and a really cute detective who is technically off limits on account of he’s her big brother’s partner.

Good thing NOPD Detective Logan Ferris doesn’t know the meaning of “off limits,” cuz once more the Big Easy is getting mighty uneasy.

Back in the day, I was a fan of the Sopranos and CSI. This book is a blend of both: mobsters, forensics and more dead bodies than you can shake a stick at. Meet Hannah Baker, a wise-cracking forensic scientist (or cutter as she likes to call herself), who practically leaps off the page. She’s part of the Baker’s Dozen (13 children) of a retired cop. Her brothers are a fierce-some overprotective bunch of cops/FBI agents and when someone dies, the wise guys call it a “Baked” crime scene. Hannah holds her own, though, and I liked her immediately. Sarcastic, witty and knows how to silence someone with a deadly glare, a perfect contrast to the wise guys she deals with on a daily basis.

NOPD Detective Logan Ferris is Hannah’s older brother’s partner and he can’t his eyes off “Holy Hannah”. Yes, that’s what he calls her because he knows that if he even attempts to date her, his partner will beat the s*** out of him. Yet he’s drawn to her, especially her magnetic eyes and her big brain. Go figure, a sexy man attracted to an intelligent woman. He plays with fire in more ways than one and this adds a whole new dimension to the plot.

Hannah and Ferris (she can’t seem to call him by his first name) are thrown together in what appears to be a turf war that started over thirty years ago. Bodies start piling up and time is running out for Hannah and Ferris to figure out who the killer is.

While this is book three in a series, this is the first book I’ve read. The author did a wonderful job with the back-story so I wasn’t lost and could keep track of everyone. The characters were so real they jumped off the page. The action was intense and the plot moved at lightning speed. I loved every minute of it and I was sad when it ended. I want more Logan and Hannah!!!

4- The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman

Why Is It That I’m Not Willing to Settle for a Sheep Like the Rest of My Friends?

Sheep sex aside, what’s wrong with a man who puts family first, who maintains a steady job, has college funds set up for his kids and builds that nest egg for his retirement? Member of the herd, never straying. Solid, dependable Sheep Guy. Why can’t I love Sheep Guy?

For me, it’s all those wolves. They distract me from the sheep. Wolf Guy. Always on the prowl. Totally alpha. Not interested in being domesticated. So what is it about these men that makes my heart speed up in a way no sheep ever has or ever will?

Tanzy Harrington is the Bay Area’s most-read romance columnist and self-proclaimed love-’em-and-leave-’em artist–and she’s not quite ready to tie herself down to one man. That is, until Riley Parrish lands on the scene.

When Tanzy agrees to house-sit for her eccentric great-aunt, she finds herself sharing close quarters with Riley. At first he seems a bit too much like the “sheep” Tanzy derides in her column–too polite, the classic boring good provider. But when she catches a glimpse of the “wolf” lurking in his eyes, the ultimate alpha female is about to take a fall.

While this doesn’t appear to be romantic suspense, it is. I love because it blends chick-lit with suspense seamlessly. It’s funny, romantic and there’s someone sending Tanzy unwanted “love” emails. I read it every year.

5- Celebrity in Death by J. D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas is no party girl, but she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating The Icove Agenda, a film based on one of her famous cases. It’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks as though she could be her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing the actress who plays Peabody—drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building.

Talented but rude and widely disliked, K.T. Harris made an embarrassing scene during dinner. Now she’s at the center of a crime scene—and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

This was my first book of J. D. Robb’s and let me tell you, it won’t be my last. I loved everything about it from the character Eve Dallas to the twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down.

What romantic suspense book(s) have you read recently or would recommend? Share in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

Bamboozled by @MasteringChange #Suspense #RomSuspense #MFRWAuthor


Title: Bamboozled

Author: Jane Flagello

Genre: Mystery / Romance / Suspense

Book Blurb:

What if you had the courage to live fully

in all the remaining days of your life?

No settling. No guilt. No regrets.

Meet Rachel Resnick, a woman eager to do just that – live fully, no regrets. Widowed, she leaves her safe, comfort zone life in Brooklyn, NY and sets off to explore new possibilities in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She gets dragged back to Brooklyn upon the sudden death of her favorite aunt. Rachel inherits all her possessions and finds eight uncut walnut-size diamonds hidden in an old suitcase in the attic.

When it rains it pours – men that is. Three handsome suitors enter Rachel’s world. Each one charming in his own unique way. Each one vying to kindle a love affair. Each with private plans of his own. Are any of them really who they claim to be?

Will the diamonds hold the key to Rachel’s future life or doom her to her own untimely death? How can Rachel use her newfound wealth in ways that honor her Aunt’s memory? More importantly, can she finally experience the kind of love she’s only read about in stories – a love that makes your toes curl and your heart sing.

Book Excerpt:


Thursday, October 3

They are real!

Rachel stared at the stones sitting in her lap––eight dullish rocks, about the size of walnuts, with just a hint of sparkle. She knew what they were––diamonds––uncut diamonds. Memories of afternoons spent listening to Aunt Lil’s stories about a young girl and her two brothers’ journey to America so many years ago flooded into her mind. Her pulse quickened. She knew her life was about to change forever. These were diamonds and their value . . . priceless!

Tears slipped down her cheeks and crossed her lips. Their salty taste captured the sadness deep in her heart at the passing of her favorite aunt. Two years ago another death had rocked her world––her husband David. One moment he was alive––the next––he was gone. She had turned to Aunt Lil for comfort. The memory of Aunt Lil holding her, stroking her hair, and telling her that she was not to worry remained vivid. She closed her eyes. Aunt Lil’s voice filled her mind.

“Everything will work out fine. You’ll see, my little Rachel. Things will be different for you now that David has gone to live with God. You’ll be okay. And when I’m gone, all that I have will be yours. You’ll be fine. I lost my beloved Abraham long ago, and I’m still here. You are strong, just like me. You will survive. More than that, Rachel, you will thrive. Trust me. Sweet times will come again.” 

That was Aunt Lil. All strength and courage, packed in a five foot two body, calmly facing the crap that life threw at her. Aunt Lil embraced the very essence of life, the sweet moments as well as those times and events that challenged you to your very core. She was the glue that held everything and everyone in this family together. Who would assume that role now that she was gone?

Rachel reached into the old suitcase and picked up the pile of letters wrapped in a frayed blue ribbon. In faded black ink her aunt’s maiden name, Lillian Hershenburg, was still legible. The aged green postage stamp featured Lady Liberty. She smiled at the three cent marking on the stamp.

There must be fifty letters here. These must be from Uncle Abe. How like Aunt Lil to save them. She slid the top letter from under the ribbon and opened it. The date was June, 1940.

My dearest Lily,

           It has been so difficult being away from you for even a day. And now, a week has passed without me seeing your smiling face, talking to you, holding your hand. I do not know if I can endure our separation much longer. You are my first love and when you told me that I was yours, my heart soared. You asked about my apprenticeship. It is very interesting and demands great concentration. Mr. Golden is an incredible craftsman, the likes of which I have never seen before. I am learning more and more each day. Some day I will be just like him, a diamond cutter without equal. And for you, I will cut and polish the most spectacular diamond, though no stone could ever shine as brightly as the precious love you are to me. Let’s plan to meet at our special place in the park on Sunday afternoon. I will be there at one and wait for you. Come if you can get away.

           Always yours,


The shock at seeing a name other than Abraham hit Rachel hard. Who was Leo? Rachel pulled the bottom letter from the pile and opened it. It was dated June, 1941. The ink had smeared in several places leaving blotches on the paper. Had Aunt Lil been crying when she read this?

My dearest Lily,

           My heart is broken as I know yours is too. Our parting last night was so painful. I know I hurt you deeply and I am so very, very sorry. Mr. Golden has been so good to me during this first year of my apprenticeship. There is no way I can refuse his request to marry his oldest daughter. It is the only favor he has ever asked of me. We knew our being together was a dream. In time you will forget me. You will find someone to love you. Together you will build a wonderful life filled with the laughter of children. I will never forget you. You will be in my dreams every night and in my heart forever.

           I will always love only you,


A gasp left Rachel’s lips. Sitting on the edge of the old rocking chair, staring down at the untold riches in her lap, holding letters from her aunt’s first love in her hand was almost more than she could bare.


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Author Biography:

Jane Flagello is enthusiastic about life. She spent forty plus years in business and education focused on helping people handle change and learn how to utilize their talents to achieve their career and personal goals.

Now retired, Jane has taken her ideas about how to make change your friend on a new adventure––writing women’s fiction. Her writing goal is to create characters you want to know, want to root for, want to love. She believes that stories have the power to reach people and inspire them. Jane says, “If change is the shoe that pinches then stories can show you how to reduce the pain. Stories can help you face the challenges that change presents in your life––offering you different options for how to move through change in winning ways.”

Bamboozled, her debut novel, is about a woman in transition, accepting loss and finding the strength and courage to live life fully with no regrets.  It’s a story that will touch your heart.

When Jane is not writing you can find her at the mah jongg tables. She is an avid mah jongg teacher and player. Look for her smiling face at tournaments around the country.

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It’s a Milestone! Throws Confetti and Balloons #authorpromotion #entrepreneur

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I have a huge announcement!

N. N. Light Author Promotions hit a milestone yesterday. I’m pleased to announce that I have 114 authors as my clients. WHOO! What started as a way to bring more readers to my blog has blossomed into a thriving small business.

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Thank you followers for your unending support and for being faithful to this blog. I know your time is valuable and I hope you have discovered new authors and books to enjoy!

Thank you authors for entrusting me with your books and your words. Thank you for allowing me to do what I do best, spread the word about fabulous books and authors.

Thank you MR N for creating a business plan and for being the best business manager in the world! You take care of all of the book-keeping and the other things necessary to make our Author Promotion business run smoothly.

As a special thank-you to the clients of N. N. Light Author Promotions, I took all your names and entered it into a drawing. The winner gets a free short-story by N. N. Light. * drum roll * And the winner is…

D.E. Haggerty


Congrats, D.E., and I’ll send you an email shortly. 🙂

Being an entrepreneur is hard work but I love it because I’m sharing my love of reading with the world!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

Friday Book Round-Up: #ScienceFiction Galore #amreading #books #scifi

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! I just reviewed a fun science fiction book and so I started thinking about my favorite science fiction books. I love science fiction because it takes me to places unknown. Space travel is an everyday occurrence as is other lifeforms and robots. There is great adventure, epic battle scenes and a clear delineation between good and evil. This genre holds a special place in my heart. 🙂 So here are my top six favorite science fiction books:

1- Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It’s a brave new corporate world, but you don’t want to be caught without a platinum credit card–as lowly Merchandising Officer Hack Nike is about to find out. Trapped into building street cred for a new line of $2500 sneakers by shooting customers, Hack attracts the barcode-tattooed eye of the legendary Jennifer Government. A stressed-out single mom, corporate watchdog, and government agent who has to rustle up funding before she’s allowed to fight crime, Jennifer Government is holding a closing down sale–and everything must go.

A wickedly satirical and outrageous thriller about globalization and marketing hype, Jennifer Government is the best novel in the world ever.

2- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Back on Earth, Peter and Valentine forge an intellectual alliance and attempt to change the course of history.

This futuristic tale involves aliens, political discourse on the Internet, sophisticated computer games, and an orbiting battle station. Yet the reason it rings true for so many is that it is first and foremost a tale of humanity; a tale of a boy struggling to grow up into someone he can respect while living in an environment stripped of choices. Ender’s Game is a must-read book for science fiction lovers, and a key conversion read for their friends who “don’t read science fiction.”

3- 1984 by George Orwell

“Outside, even through the shut window pane, the world looked cold. Down in the street little eddies of wind were whirling dust and torn paper into spirals, and though the sun was shining and the sky a harsh blue, there seemed to be no color in anything except the posters that were plastered everywhere.”

The year is 1984; the scene is London, largest population center of Airstrip One.

Airstrip One is part of the vast political entity Oceania, which is eternally at war with one of two other vast entities, Eurasia and Eastasia. At any moment, depending upon current alignments, all existing records show either that Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia and allied with Eastasia, or that it has always been at war with Eastasia and allied with Eurasia. Winston Smith knows this, because his work at the Ministry of Truth involves the constant “correction” of such records. “‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'”

In a grim city and a terrifying country, where Big Brother is always Watching You and the Thought Police can practically read your mind, Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. He knows the Party’s official image of the world is a fluid fiction. He knows the Party controls the people by feeding them lies and narrowing their imaginations through a process of bewilderment and brutalization that alienates each individual from his fellows and deprives him of every liberating human pursuit from reasoned inquiry to sexual passion. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

4- Dune by Frank Herbert

“Unique…I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”–Arthur C. Clarke

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert’s death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

5- Neuromancer by William Gibson


Twenty years ago, it was as if someone turned on a light. The future blazed into existence with each deliberate word that William Gibson laid down. The winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Philip K. Dick Awards, Neuromancer didn’t just explode onto the science fiction scene—it permeated into the collective consciousness, culture, science, and technology.

Today, there is only one science fiction masterpiece to thank for the term “cyberpunk,” for easing the way into the information age and Internet society. Neuromancer’s virtual reality has become real. And yet, William Gibson’s gritty, sophisticated vision still manages to inspire the minds that lead mankind ever further into the future.

6- The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick

The final book in Philip K. Dick’s VALIS trilogy, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer brings the author’s search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But, more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicide of his mistress and son.

This introspective book is one of Dick’s most philosophical and literary, delving into the mysteries of religion and of faith itself. As one of Dick’s final works, it also provides unique insight into the mind of a genius, whose work was still in the process of maturing at the time of his death.

What Science Fiction books are your favorites? Share in the comments below.

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Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict

Friday Book Round-Up: Top Five Fabulous Children Picture Books #kidlit #books #amreading

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! We’re celebrating children’s picture books today on the blog and I thought it would be fun to name my top five favorites. I’m a huge fan of picture books. It’s probably due to being an art lover or it could be because picture books were the first books I ever read. I cherish these books and read them often. Without further ado, here are my top five:

1- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

2- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg


For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers.

In 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Since that time, more than six and a half million copies have been sold, and every December it faithfully reappears on national bestseller lists. In 2004, The Polar Express became a blockbuster holiday movie. The DVD release in 2005 assures, that like the book, the movie will become a holiday classic.

3- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle’s classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums–and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature’s commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.

4- Corduroy by Don Freeman


A picture book classic!

One of School Library Journal’s “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time (2012)

One of the National Education Association’s “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”

Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.

5- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper


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Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. Now the great Loren Long (Mr. Peabody’s Apples) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

“Long pays respectful homage to George and Doris Hauman’s compositions in his visual interpretation of the classic tale of determination and perseverance…. Yet the artist adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters…Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness.[T]his will travel proudly next to the one that first thought it could.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

What’s your favorite children picture books? Share in the comments below.

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MRS N, Book Addict

Drink Me: Celebrating 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland #books #kidlit #LewisCarroll

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! This year is the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and I wanted to dedicate this week’s column to all things Alice in Wonderland. My mother introduced me to this classic when I was five years old and it still stands as one of my all-time favorites.

Why do I love it? Let me tell you in five wonderful ways:

1- Cheshire Cat

I love the cheshire cat because he is so mysterious and I love that grin! He helps Alice when he feels like it and always seems to be appearing when she needs guidance.

2- Mad Hatter Tea Party

Who doesn’t love a tea party? I did when I was little and reading the crazy antics that goes on makes for excellent reading. Tongue-twisters and fast dialogue only adds to the reverie.

3- Alice herself

I love the character Alice because she is an intelligent child with an overactive imagination. She’s curious about things (rabbit hole and drinking potions) and has a penchant for getting herself into trouble. She reminds me of myself and that’s a very good thing.

4- Command of the English language

Lewis Carroll was one of the first authors to not talk down to children in his books. He knew from experience that children were smart and there was nothing wrong with speaking in proper English. If a child didn’t know what a word or phrase meant, Carroll figured it was a great opportunity for a child to learn. I couldn’t agree more!

5- White Rabbit

“I’m late. I’m late for a very important date.”

It all started with the white rabbit popping out of his rabbit hole and creating such a fuss. I love the character of the white rabbit because he signifies society on a much smaller (and fluffier) scale. We’re all rushing around, missing out on the little things. He’s the complete opposite of the Mad Hatter. I love this character because he serves a great learning parable. No matter how rushed you are, stop and enjoy the journey. Better yet, be on time so the Red Queen doesn’t behead you.

There are several books scheduled for release in honor of this anniversary. My recommendation for you is the following:

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The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (150th Deluxe Anniversary Edition) (The Annotated Books) by Lewis Carroll (Author), Martin Gardner (Editor), Mark Burstein (Editor), John Tenniel (Illustrator)

Book Blurb:

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland comes this richly illustrated and expanded collector’s edition of Martin Gardner’s The Annotated Alice.

One summer afternoon in 1862, the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson took a rowboat out on the Thames. With him were three young friends from the Liddell family―the sisters Lorina, Edith, and Alice. Dodgson often spun fairy tales on these boating trips to pass the time, and on this particular afternoon the story was particularly well received by Alice, who afterwards entreated him to write it down for her. Dodgson recalled the pivotal moment thusly: “In a desperate attempt to strike out some new line of fairy-lore, I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole, to begin with, without the least idea what was to happen afterwards.”

The tale, initially titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, became Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which Dodgson published in 1865 as Lewis Carroll. So began the journey, now in its 150th year, of one of the most beloved stories of all time.

The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition compiles over half a century of scholarship by leading Carrollian experts to reveal the history and full depth of the Alice books and their enigmatic creator. This volume brings together Martin Gardner’s legendary original 1960 publication, The Annotated Alice; his follow-ups, More Annotated Alice and the Definitive Edition; his continuing explication through the Knight Letter magazine; and masterly additions and updates edited by Mark Burstein, president emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. In these pages Lewis Carroll’s mathematical riddles and curious wordplay, ingeniously embedded throughout the Alice works, are delightfully decoded and presented in the margins, along with original correspondence, amusing anecdotal detours, and fanciful illustrations by Salvador Dalí, Beatrix Potter, Ralph Steadman, and a host of other famous artists.

Put simply, this anniversary edition of The Annotated Alice is the most comprehensive collection of Alice materials ever published in a single volume. May it serve as a beautiful and enduring tribute to the charming, utterly original “new line of fairy-lore” that Lewis Carroll first spun 150 years ago.

The deluxe anniversary edition of The Annotated Alice includes:

A rare, never-before-published portrait of Francis Jane Lutwidge, Lewis Carroll’s mother

Over 100 new or updated annotations, collected since the publication of Martin Gardner’s Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice in 1999

More than 100 new illustrations, in vibrant color, by Salvador Dalí, Beatrix Potter, Ralph Steadman, and 42 other artists and illustrators, in addition to the original artwork by Sir John Tenniel

A preface by Mark Burstein, president emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and all of Gardner’s introductions to other editions

A filmography of every Alice-related film by Carroll scholar David Schaefer

225 color and black-and-white illustrations

Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym of the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who was born on January 27, 1832, and died on January 14, 1898. His most famous works are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There; and The Hunting of the Snark.

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his work. The author of more than a hundred books, he wrote the “Mathematical Games” column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and has been hailed by Douglas Hofstadter as “one of the great intellects produced in this country in this century.”

The many works of Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) include many humorous and political cartoons for Punch and other periodicals of the time, but he is best known for his illustrations of the original editions of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

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MRS N, Book Addict

Road Trips: Friday Book Round-Up Style #amreading #books #summer

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! School is out (or will be shortly) and summer will be officially here on June 21st. Summer road trips are fond memories for me and I have recently discovered some amazing books dealing with road trips. Some I have read and some I haven’t (but will in the next few months). So without further ado, here are my ten selections for fabulous road trip books:

1- Paper Towns by John Green

From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery

New York Times bestseller

USA Today bestseller

Publishers Weekly bestseller

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

Printz Medalist John Green returns with the trademark brilliant wit and heart-stopping emotional honesty that have inspired a new generation of readers.

2- Kumquat by Jeff Strand (FREE on Kindle right now)

“Strand creates two endearing characters and infuses their relationship with an unexpected depth, humanity and tenderness, while managing to keep it grounded in reality with wicked humor.” —

From the “wickedly funny” Jeff Strand (says Publishers Weekly) comes a comedy about love, death, hot dogs, TV, and obscure fruit.

Thirty-five-year-old introvert Todd Bryan hasn’t really done much with his life, and he’s okay with that. Until, at a painfully bad film festival, he meets Amy Husk. She’s attractive. She’s funny. She’s quirky. And…she has an inoperable brain aneurysm and not much time to live. She may not even make it to the long-awaited final episode of EXIT RED, the Greatest. Show. Ever.

She convinces him that they should do something crazy and frivolous. And suddenly Todd, a guy who doesn’t do spontaneity, is on an insane road trip from Florida to Rhode Island with a woman he barely knows, just to visit a really cool hot dog place.

Many things will go wrong. But, hey, many things will go right, too. There’s a hook-handed hitchhiker and some property destruction. Maybe some sex. A kumquat will probably be relevant at some point, although not during the sex (if there is any).

A laugh-out-loud comedy, a touching love story, and a cross-country adventure, KUMQUAT is a story about making the most out of the time you’ve got.

If that doesn’t interest you, there’s also a gummi bear tractor.

3- Zombie Road Trip by T. Alex Miller

What’s it like to be a zombie? Timothy Lipton finds that out in this hilarious, first-person look at the life and times of one of the undead. A victim of an experiment gone wrong on the way to finding a cure for the zombie plague sweeping the globe, Timothy soon hooks up with a partner — Zombie Marilyn Monroe — who turns out to be the unlikely accomplice he needs to navigate his way across the Wasteland to regain his memory and find the mysterious ‘Meridian.’ In their zombie Odyssey, Tim and Marilyn encounter the Wild Man, the Fat Lady, the Naked People and even Tim’s wife. ‘Zombie Honeymoon’ takes the genre to places it’s never been before — not only inside the mind of a ‘Zee’ but to the inevitable conclusion that, yes, zombies want a little love, too.

4- Sideways: A Novel by Rex Pickett

Sideways is the story of two friends-Miles and Jack-going away together for the last time to steep themselves in everything that makes it good to be young and single: pinot, putting, and prowling bars. In the week before Jack plans to marry, the pair heads out from Los Angeles to the Santa Ynez wine country. For Jack, the tasting tour is Seven Days to D-Day, his final stretch of freedom. For Miles–who has divorced his wife, is facing an uncertain career and has lost his passion for living-the trip is a weeklong opportunity to evaluate his past, his future and himself.

A raucous and surprising novel filled with wonderful details about wine, Sideways is also a thought-provoking and funny book about men, women, and human relationships.

5- Waiting For Karl Rove by Jeni Decker and Kat Nove

Waiting for Karl Rove is irreverent, politically incorrect satire masquerading as road trip memoir.

Think Thelma and Louise—only Thelma’s menopausal, Louise is an erratic big-mouth with a penchant for discussing her hemorrhoids, and they’re on a road trip to wrestle an apology from Karl Rove by any means necessary.

6- Time Flies: A Novel by Claire Cook

In this heartwarming novel from the bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom, a recently separated woman faces her highway driving phobia and takes a road trip with her best friend to their high school reunion.

Years ago, Melanie followed her husband, Kurt, from the New England beach town where their two young sons were thriving to the suburbs of Atlanta. She’s carved out a life as a successful metal sculptor, but when Kurt leaves her for another woman, having the tools to cut up their marriage bed is small consolation. She’s old enough to know that high school reunions are often a big disappointment, but when her best friend makes her buy a ticket and an old flame gets in touch to see whether she’ll be going, she fantasizes that returning to her past might help her find her future…until her driving phobia resurfaces and threatens to hold her back from the adventure of a lifetime.

Time Flies is an epic road trip filled with fun, heartbreak, and friendship, and explores what it takes to conquer your worst fears…so you can start living your future.

“More than a beach read, Claire Cook’s Time Flies is an absorbing and humorous look at lives lived during a particular era. . . . The author’s facility with setting evocative scenes past and present is refreshing.” – New York Journal of Books

“Full of engaging characters and humorous situations. . . . This light-hearted story will have readers plumbing its hidden depths and enjoying the ride.” – Romance Reviews Today

7- Remy’s Dilemma by Andrew Snook

The world is coming to an end. That’s what Remy Delemme believes, anyways. While double-checking his lifelong to-do list to ensure he has led a rich life, he realizes he hasn’t come close to completing his goals. Panicked and short on time, Remy embarks on a chaotic road trip to complete the most important item on his bucket list – finding the answer to man’s greatest question. There’s just one problem. Detective Tobias Gray, the most respected criminal profiler in the Toronto Police Department, thinks Remy is a serial killer; and he’s not the only one who has come to that conclusion. Armed with a green crayon, smiley-faced stamp and a pack of cigarettes in a race against time, Remy carves a path of hilarious destruction, baffling and infuriating the police, his government and every other person he encounters.

8- Running From the Taxman: A Great American Road Trip by Chris Plante

Running From The Taxman, A Great American Road Trip, begins with an array of letters full of pleas and excuses from a fictional character, Simon Shenbetter, to the IRS. Having not paid his taxes for many years and realizing that he is doomed, Simon hits the road with the little cash he has loaded to a debit card. His road trip is chronicled in frequent emails to his new girlfriend, Maggie, with whom he shares his quest to find humanity in the tax code, along with his vision of the American Dream, and as an added bonus the ideals of characters he meets along the way.

9- NO MAD by Sam Moffre

Racing home to share news of a long awaited book deal, Aaron Abrams unexpectedly finds his wife and beloved brother TOGETHER!

Tossing a few mentionables into the car, along with his golden retriever, Churchill, his now only trustworthy lifelong companion, Aaron embarks on an odyssey like no other. With his own music as a backdrop, while guzzling his favorite ‘Newman’s Own Virgin Lemonade’, Aaron begins in Youngstown, Ohio, travels Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, and continues into Gettysburg, Pa., Boston, Ma., Roswell, NM., to name a few, ultimately ending his road trip in scenic Niagara Falls.

Along the way, he continues to embrace each moment, every situation, all relationships and brief encounters. Never losing his zest for life, Aaron stays positive, upbeat and open for adventures, not letting his ‘ex-wife-to-be’ interfere with his new found freedom, while at the same time rediscovering and recreating bonds that will never be broken. The game of Jinx has never gotten so much attention; what that means the reader is soon to discover.

Starting somewhere, going nowhere and finding an unplanned, unexpected landing. Time to put a pole on that No Parking sign and call it home.

Laugh till you cry funny, entertaining, heart-warming and insightful all rolled together. A must read for those who love ‘road’ stories.

10- The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour by Jeff Lee

Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But when she finally stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists her friends to help ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and take off for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial. Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer.

Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe. While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft. When the police arrive to investigate Vonda panics, knowing if the cops recover the RV and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.

Imagine THELMA AND LOUISE meets Lucy & Ethel — It’s about good friends, good wine, manslaughter and the lengths we’ll go for those we care about.

What road trip books have you read and are your favorite? They can be fiction or non-fiction. Share in the comments below.

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MRS N, Book Addict

#BeachReads: Friday Book Round-Up #amreading #books #summer

Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! Summer is right around the corner and these are five books I can’t wait to read this summer (or have just finished reading). So grab your favorite sunscreen plus a pen (you’ll want to write these down) and read on.

Lola Carlyle’s 12-Step Romance by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Lola’s friend, Sydney, calls to tell her what a wonderful time she’s having in rehab. Lola can’t believe her ears. Rehab fun??? The more Sydney talks about it, the more Lola is dying to escape her reality. A plan develops and soon Lola has convinced her Hollywood folks she is addicted to alcohol and needs to go into rehab. They don’t know the real reason she’s going is to be closer to her crush, Wade.

I liked the triangle the author created between Lola, Wade and Adam. It was fun and made me root for Adam. Who would she choose? Her sexy crush or a down-to-earth guy?

Twisted (Deathwind Trilogy #1) by Holly Hook

Nothing says summer like tornados and this book is filled with twists and turns. I can’t to read this!

Sixteen-year-old Allie isn’t like other girls. Instead of spending her summer break sitting around on the beach, she takes the epic vacation of a lifetime.

Tornado chasing.

And she’s not disappointed. Just a few miles from the town of Evansburg, Nebraska, Allie meets her dream of seeing a tornado. In person. She can’t wait to tell her friends back home. Never mind that her parents are going to kill her.

But her dream soon turns into a nightmare, and a strange event leaves her shocked. Confused. When she returns home to Wisconsin, something’s…different. Allie now bears a curse so awful, it could destroy everyone and everything she’s ever known.

With her best friend, Tommy, Allie must return to the plains to find a way to reverse it. She enters a world that she had never imagined, where she becomes a pawn in a fight to save the people of Evansburg from her fate…or to destroy them.

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! by Kay Marie

I can’t wait to read this and I really think it’s going to be a best-seller!

My name is Skylar Quinn, I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No—I was. No—I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.

Summer Secrets by Jane Green

I have been a huge fan of Jane Green for years and while this one is more serious, I still can’t wait to read it!

With Summer Secrets Jane Green has reached an even deeper level of emotion that will stay with you long after you turn the last page…

Living in London in her twenties, Cat had it all–a great job and wonderful friends. But with the good came the bad–a party every night, wreaking havoc, and blackouts. When she discovers the father she never knew she had, living in Nantucket, it sends her into a spiral, costing her the new family she had desperately craved. The drinking had always been a constant evil in Cat’s life. Now in her late thirties, sober, divorced from the love of her life, and trying to make up for lost time with her teenage daughter, she’s ready to make amends to those she has hurt. But facing the past and the unthinkable act she committed one summer night could change the course of her life forever.

Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs

This book has a little bit of everything I love in a good book. I can’t wait to read it!

This summer Rosa Capoletti is about to rediscover the pleasures of love and laughter, food and wine, friendship and romance…

With a little determination and a lot of charm, Rosa Capoletti took a run-down pizza joint and turned it into an award-winning restaurant that has been voted “best place to propose” three years in a row. For Rosa, though, there has been no real romance since her love affair with Alexander Montgomery ended without explanation a decade ago. But guess who’s just come back to town?

Reunited at the beach house where they first fell in love, Rosa and Alexander discover that the secrets of the past are not what they seem. Now, with all that she wants right in front of her, Rosa searches for happiness with the man who once broke her heart—and learns that in love, as in life, there are second chances.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: before Thursday afternoon. 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict