"A Single Word ... "

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Surrender to the Chase Under Realm Assassins Book 2
 
 
 
 
Written by: Amanda J.Greene
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: 5/26/15
ASIN: B00Y9JE3DS
Number of pages: 117
Word Count: 33,500
Cover Artist: Kim Killion
 
Book Description:
 
A year after the tragic death of his close friend and fellow assassin, Ethan Halstead is ready to take up his sniper rifle once more. But his first assignment is nothing he ever expected. Ethan must hunt and retrieve a beautiful, spirited, alluring werewolf.
 
Knowing no other way to escape an arranged marriage, Fraya flees from her pack. As she contemplates slipping across the border and heading to South America, she is captured by a dangerously seductive vampire who plans on escorting her back to her family. Even as Fraya vows to make Ethan's mission as difficult as possible, she can't resist the riotous desire he sparks within her.
 
But Ethan isn't the only predator that peruses Fraya. A powerful rival pack's alpha wants to make her his mate. Will Ethan be able to keep Fraya safe and return her to her pack? Or will he surrender to temptation and claim Fraya as his own?
 
 
Excerpt:
 
Lightning splintered the sky. Thunder shook the earth beneath his feet. Damp heat thickened the air. Any moment, the winds would kick up and the red hued clouds would release a torrent of rain.
 
Ethan loved summer storms and treasured Arizona for its monsoon season. It was only during the madness of the storm that he found peace. In those rare, precious moments, the world reflected the chaos that roiled inside him and he felt… as if he belonged.
 
Closing his eyes, he took in a deep breath and savored the soothing scent of the desert. To his disappointment, he would not be able to appreciate the beauty of nature’s fury. Clearing his mind, Ethan unleashed his senses. His mark was close. He could feel her. Crossing the street, he headed for the quaint coffee shop he frequently sped past. She was here, which meant he could call an end to this pointless job.
 
Ethan was an assassin, not a damn babysitter. He was an expert tracker and sniper, yet the Under Realm Syndicate had him chasing after a spoiled little she-wolf. He had been tasked with fetching the runaway and returning her to her pack – a complete waste of his time and talents. He couldn’t believe he had let Cole talk him into this. The fact was this case should’ve never made the list. Why the Syndicate decided to get involved was beyond his understanding. This wasn’t a kidnapping or a hostage situation. The female wasn’t a criminal. She wasn’t a threat to the human world or Under Realm society.
 
His annoyed growl blended with the booming thunder. Cole had insisted Ethan accept this assignment, “You should be grateful the Syndicate is willing to give you a second chance. You’ve been out of practice.”
 
Who could argue with that logic? Ethan had been off the map for a year. Most within the Syndicate believed he had been killed on his last mission.
 
I should have been. Shaking his head, he dispelled the thought. He refused to take sober trips down memory lane. He needed to focus on his task.
 
The aroma of freshly ground coffee was overwhelming. Ethan reigned in his supernatural senses as he stepped inside the shop. The door closed and the torrential rain began to fall. He did a quick, nonchalant sweep of the café, careful not to meet anyone’s gaze. Eye contact encouraged conversation, and he was here on business not pleasure. He would grab the werewolf, take her back home, and detain her until he could make arrangements with her father. Simple.
 
Ethan walked to the counter. After the blonde and brunette baristas finished arguing over who would help him, he ordered and received a black coffee. The cup had both girl’s names and numbers written on it. He thanked them with a smile. They batted their lashes and insisted he stop by a college party later that night.
 
Ethan’s shoulders shook with a light laugh. Naïve mortals.
 
Turning, he headed up the winding iron staircase that led to the second floor loft area. The walls were made almost entirely of glass, providing a glorious view of the storm. Students sat at the tables working on their laptops while groups lounged on the sofas discussing the world of social media.
 
The delicate scent of wildflowers drifted through the air, drawing his sharp gaze to the far corner. There was nothing remarkable about her presence. She appeared to fit in perfectly with the scene, as if she were just another co-ed. She wore a pair of skinny jeans and a crimson sweatshirt. She sat with her feet tucked under her crisscrossed. Leaning over the table, her long dark brown hair tumbled forward, blocking his view of her face. Ethan noted the worn, tattered condition of the book she read. Her frame was small. She seemed fragile, but he knew better. She was strong, fast, and intelligent. His mark appeared to be ‘normal’ by human standards, but she was the wolf he was looking for.
 
Hoping everything would go smoothly, he advanced. This was a delicate situation. The female could freak out on him. She could cause a scene, and he loathed drama just as much as he loathed this particular job. It was not a search and rescue mission. No, it was a track-down-a-spoiled-brat-and-take-her-home mission. A simpleton could do it. Why it had to be done was beyond him. At twenty-four, she was an adult. She had a degree in biology and was a werewolf; she was more than capable of taking care of herself.
 
Who cares? Grab the girl and go.
 
Ethan quickly reminded himself of the two basic rules: never become personally involved with your mark and strike first, ask questions later – if you cared about asking question at all.
 
As he approached the woman, he felt a slight tremor in the air. A warning? A threat? Someone was watching them. He set his senses loose once more, scanning the café for the source of the violent energy, but it had vanished just as quickly as it had arrived.
 
The girl must have felt the glimmer of danger. Her gaze snapped up and met his. Her warm, honey colored eyes were round with surprise. Her tempting red lips parted with a silent gasp. Ethan froze. She was… more than beautiful.
 
She blinked up at him. Her gaze innocently seductive, her mouth violently tempting, and her wild flower scent was overwhelming. His body reacted instantly. It had been years since he’d felt such a strong, instant attraction. He watched her lick her lips; lust shot through him like a lightning strike. Oh, yes. The wolf was alluring and, to his surprise, he was disappointed that she was his mark.
 
“Hi,” she said with a nervous lilt to her voice. Ethan mentally shook himself and crossed over to stand at the chair opposite her.
 
“Hi,” he replied.
 
Thunder rumbled; the force shook the glass walls. The girl flinched and her gaze fell from his. For a soundless moment, she sat with her hands clasped in her lap, her head tilted down. The mortals gasped and laughed as another boom shook the windows.
 
“You may sit,” she said, her voice low, barely audible.
 
Ethan could smell the fear that sparked within her. Was she frightened of the storm, or what possibly lurked outside? An overwhelming sense of protectiveness settled over him and he frowned. He didn’t like it. He wasn’t the protective type.He was a killer not a savior.
 
Focus and get this over with.
 
“Not a fan of thunderstorms?” he asked as he claimed the chair.
 
She straightened and fixed her gaze on him once more. Her expression was bland, her cute stubborn chin titled up, her shoulders back. She looked regal and refined. Every bit the aristocrat she was.
 
“I’m accustomed to snow storms.”
 
“Really? Where are you from?”
 
“Minnesota,” she answered with a hint of hesitation.
 
He smiled and was shocked he didn’t have to fake it. “You’re a long way from home.”
 
She shrugged and returned her attention to her book.
 
Ethan took a sip of the surprisingly good coffee and relaxed in his seat. He picked up a golf magazine, which rested on the table beside them, and began flipping through the pages. He wasn’t at all interested in golf. Being a vampire, he preferred keeping out of the sun. Although, contrary to popular lore, he wouldn’t burst into flame or turn to ash. He could work on his tan, he just preferred not to.
 
He casually glanced over at the werewolf and inwardly groaned. She was reading a list of the top ten hot spots in Chile. It appeared she was interested in sunbathing and he couldn’t stop the image of her in a bikini from cropping up in his mind even if he’d wanted to. And he certainly did not want to erase the image.
 
She sighed, closed the book, and tucked it away in her backpack, which hung off the back of her chair. She took up her latte and settled her gaze on him. Her lips turned up with a sweet smile.
 
“You don’t strike me as the golfing type.”
 
He raised a brow and tossed the magazine down on the table between them. “No?”
 
She shook her head, her long dark curls waving around her shoulders. “Not at all. You look like you’d rather go to a shooting range than work on your golf swing.”
 
Ethan couldn’t argue with that. He’d had his basement converted into an indoor gun range.
 
“Very observant,” he said. “What about you? What’s your hobby?”
 
She bit her bottom lip as she contemplated. Ethan wanted to bite it for her. “Traveling. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. You know, see the world, and experience different cultures.”
 
“Is that what your trip to Arizona is all about?” he asked.
 
“More or less,” she answered with a shrug.
 
“Well, South America is beautiful.” Her eyes grew wide. She leaned forward, placing her hands on the table. Excitement laced her voice, “You’ve been?”
 
Ethan shifted closer and reached for her hand. The air trembled with another flicker of danger just before the lights went out. Darkness flooded the café.
 
His mark shoved away from the table, snatched her backpack, and darted toward the stairs. Ethan was right behind her. The mortals grumbled complaints, some laughed, while others stumbled through the dark. She was about to reach the exit when the door flew open, crashing against the wall. Humans screamed and shouted in alarm. The girl froze, and Ethan cursed. Clearly, he hadn’t been the only one searching for her. He could sense the alpha’s presence and, judging by his target’s reaction, so could she.
 
Ethan grabbed her wrist. She swung around. Her fist raised, her honey colored eyes glowed, and her fangs bared. Shadows of a wolf’s fierce visage flickered over the fine features of her face. Her fierce growl vibrated her entire body. Ethan ignored the warning and tugged on her arm, pulling her toward the emergency exit at the back of the coffee shop.
 
He pushed the door open. His mark tried to twist free of his hold, but he held her firm.
 
“Let go of me,” she demanded, her voice roughened by her partial transformation.
 
“Not a chance, sweetheart.” She growled and fought harder.
 
He wasn’t surprised by her strength and knew she was still holding back.So was he. Pushing her now soaked and tangled hair from her face, she snarled, “What’s going on?”
 
“I thought it was obvious,” he said.
 
“That you’re attempting to kidnap me?”
 
Ethan shook his head. “No. That you have an alpha hunting your ass.”
 
Her stare was one of confusion, awe, and horror. She stopped, and he paused. Literally dragging her across the street would draw unwanted attention. He reluctantly released her wrist. She was soft and warm while he was hard and cold. A frown creased his brow when the sharp sense of loss pricked his long dead heart. On some level, he’d enjoyed the feel of her.
 
She blinked up at him. Her large, honey eyes sparkled with fear. “W-what did you say?”
 
His chest rose and fell with a heavy sigh. “I’ll explain. For now, come with me.”
 
She shook her head.
 
Ethan glanced over his shoulder, scanning the parking lot for any sign of the alpha. He could sense the wolf was close.
 
“We don’t have much time. We need to go.” The woman fell back a step and Ethan’s body tensed. His instincts flared. She retreated another step. Would she run? A part of him wished she would. He loved the chase. The hunt. His heart began to pound, his pupils dilated, and his fangs began to sharpen, all in anticipation.
 
“Don’t!"
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is the second book in the Under Realm Assassins series. Having said that, I thought the book did well as a stand-a-lone book. The pace was a fast track, but that was okay with it's strong characters without a lot of fluff to cloud things up. I like that it has a straight forward plot line with some intrigue and suspense.
 
Even though there is a werewolf and vampire; it didn't feel like it was a cookie cutter story that has been done over and over. There was a few risque scenes between the vampire: Ethan and the female lead & werewolf, Fraya as they try to deal with Fraya's father and an alpha werewolf that stalks Fraya.
 
It would probably have a PG-15 rating for those who might not give it to a young adult reader. There is a bit of violence in the fight scene but not too graphic.  Both the sex and fight scene don't cause a huge blimp on the map as in comparison to some other books & TV that I have across for young adults.
 
I really liked the book and I am going to give it 4 out of 5 stars. 
 
The sneak peek that I got from the provided ARC has me (in exchange for my humble but honest opinion) looking to see if my library has this series.  If not, I'm going to request that they would consider purchasing it so I can share with other paranormal readers in my area.
 
 
 
 
It is time to show you the other stops on the tour where you can find interviews, guest blogs and so much more.  So be sure to stop by and say "Hello".
 
 
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July 7 Spotlight
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July 8 Review
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July 8 Spotlight
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July 10 Interview
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July 10 Review
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July 13 Review
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July 13 Review
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July 13 Spotlight
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Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
 
Amanda is also an associate reviewer on The Book Nympho blog.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Of course there is another give-a-way along with this book tour. And such a great prize indeed!! Yes this time around we have:

 

2 e-book copies of the Under Realm Assassin series

 

 

So that wraps up another edition that starts with "A Single Word..."

 
Read On My Fellow Bibliophiles,
Tricia
Want Zombies?
 
Here we are again!! This time BBT is bring us ZOMBIES!! We have it all here with Excerpts, Reviews & Giveaways! Now on to the show.
 
 
 
One, Two, Three Kiss Box-Set An Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy Transmissions From the International Council for the Exploration of the Universe
 
Written By: E.J. Kimelman
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: 4/17/15
ASIN: B00W4DJIQ8
Number of pages: 218
 
 

 

Book Description:

 

The International Council for the Exploration of the Universe exists to consider and conduct investigations into the dimensions of the Universe; to examine how far humans are being depleted by zombies; to investigate natural methods, such as by breeding, etc., of keeping up the stock; and in cases of certain future failure of supply to suggest the necessary remedial measures. For the most part it deals with the humans common to all dimensions, but a special sub-committee considers the vampires, and a second the shifters; disembodied spirits are not investigated.

 

In the first transmission....

 

A new, dangerous street drug is spreading through Crescent City. A hallucinogen that causes violent attacks, incredible strength, and leaves its victims in a permanently altered state.

 

Darling Price's band, Higgs and the Bosons, is on the verge of their big break. If only she could get her act together and play the way she did before her best friend and musical inspiration, Megan Quick, fell fatally ill, then disappeared.

 

With only weeks to live Megan wasn't even strong enough to visit the bathroom by herself, yet, somehow she climbed out of her window and left.

 

Even though it's been months, Darling can't stop looking for Megan. Still hoping to find her alive is insane. Her obsession is pissing off her band mates and Darling is worried it might trigger her hallucinations. She hasn't been sick since Megan and she ran away from their foster home to Crescent City at the age of 13.

 

They took a blood oath, pressing bleeding palms together, promising that no matter what they'd stay with each other. So how could Megan leave her? It's a mystery Darling can't solve and refuses to let go of.

 

Since Megan's disappearance Darling has started to feel a gnawing hunger. No food or drink or drug can quench it. It's a hunger she's felt before, but has convinced herself wasn't real. Because what Darling feels, and the vivid memories from her early childhood, are all impossible. As the drug spreads through the city and the world begins to unravel, Darling's lack of musical inspiration becomes the least of her problems as she comes to recognize that all of her assumptions about the universe may be wrong.

 

In the second transmission....

 

Darling Price thought her best friend, Megan Quick, was dead. Months earlier the doctors said Megan had only weeks to live. Than she disappeared. So when Megan saves Darling from a crowd of flesh crazed zombies, exhibiting strength and speed beyond the bounds of biology, Darling is at once exhilarated to see her friend alive again but also frightened by her.

 

Darling comes to understand that Megan's new found life comes at a price, one she hopes Darling is willing to pay so that they can be together again.

 

With zombies over running the streets, immortal beings controlling her emotions, and lost memories flooding back to her, Darling must make a decision that will decide the course of her life forever. At the same time Darling begins to understand that she is not just some regular girl. She may have powers of her own that go beyond the bounds of known biology.

 

In the third transmission....

 

Darling Price can feed off the power of others. Through this transfer of energy she can heal from any wound, including a zombie bite. With the help of Dimitri, an 800 year old vampire, Darling searches for answers about her parents and her powers.

 

As she gets closer to the truth the world continues to crumble around her. Dr. Issa Tor, a powerful warlock, believes that Darling can help save the world but when she goes to his society looking for answers she just finds more questions. Time is running out for Darling and the world she has learned to think of as home.

 

Available at Amazon iTunes BN

 

EXCERPT:

 

International Dimension Investigations

 

Please state Where and When this correspondence was found and then put it in the nearest inter-dimensional pathway. You will be informed in reply where and when it was set adrift. Our object is to find out the Direction of the Deep Currents of the Universe.

 

Locality where found?

Depth Date when found?

Name of Sender

Address

 

I hope this works. I’ve never tried attaching anything to our research messages before. Only 4% are found and responded to. Perhaps you have no idea what this is, what the Deep Currents of the Universe are. More than likely, if you can understand this, then it is much like your ocean. In my world we first started putting messages into bottles in order to track the currents of our waters.

 

When another dimension responded it shocked us. It’s possible in your world the dimensional portals are still unknown to your scientists. After decades of study they are still mostly unknown to ours, hence this message. We still use the same methods we did over a century ago. Though now it is the currents of the Universe that we throw our bites of data into.

 

But I have not broken all protocol, and risked my career, in order to talk about my world or the methodology of The International Council for the Exploration of the Universe. I did it to talk about Darling Price.

 

I have interviewed many inter-dimensional creatures but none of them like Darling. Enclosed you will find the recordings from the first day’s sessions. I hope the file is not too heavy to float. I feel a great nervousness that I will be too late, or that you will not understand the impact of these interviews. I fear that my world is lost, but perhaps yours can be saved.

 

I will send out more when I can. Please respond. Tell me that you’ve received my message.

 

****

 

Darling Price’s hair is dark; it falls over her shoulders in shimmering waves. It’s glossy like a record, catching the light in white lines. Her eyes are a very intense green. Alarming, powerful.

 

She avoids eye contact. “Bad things happen when I look a person in the eyes. Everyone except Megan.”

 

“Tell me about Megan,” I said.

 

“She is the thing that saved me. I was going to kill myself, and kill people with me, and just drag the whole world down. I felt like reality was twisting around me and… she stopped the world and I got to live.”

 

“Since her leaving?” “Leaving,” she hiccuped a laugh, “is that what you’re calling it?” Darling stood up and turned to the wall. Her black leather pants were the same shiny black as her hair. On her hips hung a white belt; it tilted to one side, where her gun hung. Silver pistol, not as shiny as her hair. It looked used, scuffed, strapped to her leg for too long. She raised her hands above her head and rested them against the cinder-block wall. Her fingernails were short, painted the same matte metallic as her gun. She turned back to me, running a hand through her hair, pushing the long locks away from her high cheekbones and arched brows. “She was taken. I want you to write that down. Megan did not leave me.”

 

“Okay,” I said, dutifully picking up my pen. “Please continue.”

 

She looked at her empty chair, the long hair falling to cover her fine features. It exposed her shoulder, bare except for the strap of her tank top. Surprisingly erotic under the fluorescent light.

 

Darling sat down and leaned onto the table between us. “Do you have a cigarette?” she asked.

 

“You can’t smoke in here,” I said.

 

She smiled slowly, her eyes warming; a sensation began to tingle along my jaw. “Give me a tobacco stick, and I’ll tell you my story.”

 

I waved to the guard.

 

Darling sat back, pushing the chair away from the table, and extended her legs out straight.

 

“And a beer,” she said. “I’d love a beer.”

 

I nodded.

 

Moments later, a fresh cigarette hanging from her lip, the smoke curling around her and seeming to want to brush up against her hair before dissipating into the air, she began to tell me her story.

 


 

I was thrilled to read the ARC for this tour; even though this is not usually a genre that I like to cross often. I think about zombie's I think of those bad b movies. You know what I'm talking about - those of the groaning, shuffling, half rotten bodies that who are dumber than that box of rocks that has them so baffled.

 

Not so in these series of books! I read the first 3 books in the series of 5 in no time flat. They, the zombies; are intelligent, able to interact with others and capable of clear speech. Well that just blew my mind from the get go. We have not just zombies, but warlocks, vampires too. And that cliff hanger!!! Holy Toledo!! I'm so, sooo-oh I don't even know how to describe it, but I WANT MORE!!

 

4.5 out 5 stars people! You got to Check out this series- seriously. Like Right NOW! What you are still here...why? What are you waiting for? The zombies to bring it to you?

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author:

 

Emily Kimelman is the author of the best selling Sydney Rye Series including UNLEASHED, DEATH IN THE DARK, INSATIABLE, STRINGS OF GLASS, THE DEVIL'S BREATH and INVITING FIRE.

 

This series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don't mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery!

 

Emily splits her time between the Hudson Valley and traveling the world with her husband and dog, Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone), researching exciting locations for the Sydney Rye Series.

 

You can follow along on their adventures through Instagram, Facebook, and on Emily's blog.

 

http://emilykimelman.com/

 

https://twitter.com/ejkimelman

 

https://www.facebook.com/EmilyKimelman

 

 

June 15 Spotlight Indy Book Fairy

http://paranormalbookfairy.blogspot.com/

 

June 15 Spotlight Fang-tastic Books

www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

 

June 16 Spotlight Butterfly-o-Meter Books

http://butterfly-o-meter.com/

 

June 17 Spotlight Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

 

June 18 Interview A Writer's Mind

www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com

 

June 19 Interview Mythical Books

http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

 

June 22 Spotlight Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My http://vampireswerewolvesfairiesohmy.blogspot.com/

 

June 23 Spotlight GothicMoms

http://gothicmoms.blogspot.com

 

June 24 Spotlight I Smell Sheep

http://www.ismellsheep.com/

 

June 24 Review Evelyn Shepherd

http://www.evelynshepherd.wordpress.com

 

June 25 Review Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock www.pratr.wordpress.com

 

June 26 Spotlight Diane’s Book Blog

http://dianes-book.blogspot.com/

 

June 29 Spotlight Deal Sharing Aunt

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June 30 Spotlight 3 Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy, and Sissy too http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/

 

July 1 Review The Bibliophile Chronicles

http://www.thebibliophilechronicles.com

 

July 2 Interview and review Beauty in Ruins

http://beauty-in-ruins.blogspot.com/

 

July 3 Spotlight Roxanne’s Realm

www.roxannerhoads.com

 

July 6 Spotlight CBY Book Club

http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk

 

July 7 Interview (review- possibly after tour)

JeanzBookReadNReview

http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.co.uk/

 

July 8 Spotlight and review Ramblings of A Quilter

http://tricia-ramblingsofaquilter.blogspot.com/

 

July 9 Spotlight Booklover Sue

http://bookloversue.blogspot.com

 

July 10 Spotlight happy tails and tales

http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com

 

July 13 Review The reading head

Http://www.thereadinghead.com

 

July 13 Spotlight The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

 

 

Tour giveaway:

 

1 $20 Gift card to Barnes and Noble or Amazon (winner’s choice)

 

3 e-book copies of the Box Set

 

1 mug

 

1 tote bag

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Now that the day has gone by, I think it's time to put this copy to bed with "A Simple Word."

 
Read On My Fellow Bibliophiles,
Tricia

How About Some Viking To Start Your Day?

— feeling big smile

It's Time for LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs ... Yeah!!!

— feeling excited
So here we are all gathered around again and most likely with a least one book or two close at hand. I got a couple of questions for you to ponder.
 
 
Do you continue to look around to find new reading material or new authors? For that sweet summer read that you want to share with every other bookworm that you know?
 
Yeah... me too!!!
 
When I found Bewitching Book Tours -- I knew I found a new friend and source for some summer reading. I have been able to pack a few of them under my literal belt in a very short time span. And I can see that it was take a bomb to separate us any time soon.
 
I have tell ya if you haven't gone over to BBT yet, I got to tell ya your missing out on some great paranormal, exotic and steamy stories folks. Witches, Werewolves, and Ghosts oh my!! Tell Roxanne Hi & that I sent ya to check her out. Well let me tell about this new book from BBT that is in the Spotlight right now!
 
 
I have a review mixed in and at the end you will find the names of those also on this book tour with me. And guess what? We have prizes with this newest give-a-way. I know that I to win some great book swag. How about you?
 
Ready ... Set... GO!!!!
 
 
Lip Service by Adele Downs
 
Print Length: 116 pages
 
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
 
Release Date: April 27, 2015
 
ASIN: B00WT1EA2W
 
Genre: Hot contemporary romance Book
 
 
Description:
 
Getting Between Jack… Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death.
 
Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.
 
…And His Legs
 
Patience is not one of Jack Harris’ virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots.
 
Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is… then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.
 

Available atBoroughs Publishing     ARe    Amazon    BN   Kobo    Smashwords

 
Excerpt:
 
"Move in with me, dammit. You’re the most stubborn woman I ever knew.” Legs topped his coffee cup with fresh brew, easy as you please.
 
“No more stubborn than you, since you keep askin’ the same old question. I have my own place.”
 
Jack frowned and stabbed his egg yolks, making them run. “Then let me live with you.”
 
“In my aunt’s house?” Legs asked like he was crazy. “It’s your house now.”
 
“I’m trying to fix it up. I have to patch and paint. There’s no room for your things.”
 
“I’ll help you and then you’ll have plenty of space for me. And my stuff.” Her ponytail shook with her reply. “Ada won’t like it. She’ll think it’s immoral.”
 
Jack leaned forward. “You talk about her like she’s still with us. She’s been gone over a year, sweetheart.” His voice dropped an octave and his brow creased. “Don’t you think she’d give in after all this time?”
 
Legs wrinkled her nose. “No. She thinks you’re a wanderer.”
 
Jack tossed down his fork. “I own a sporting goods store! I go fishing!” He touched her hand when she got close enough and drew little circles around her wrist bone with a fingertip. The preschool teachers from Let’s Explore stifled sighs at the next table.
 
“It’s time to let go, darlin’.” His expression turned earnest. “She raised you, I know. But I want to be with you now. It’s time to let me in.”
 
“Not if it means letting her go. I’m sorry, Jack. I just can’t do that to her.”
 
Jack sighed and returned to his breakfast. “We’ll talk about this again tomorrow.”
 
 
Here is a list of the rest of the stops on this tour. Be sure to stop by & look them up. They love comments as much as I do!
 
 
 
June 8 Guest Blog @ Roxanne’s Realm
 
June 8 Spotlight @ Literary Musings
 
June 9 Review @ Romantic Fanatic
 
June 10 Spotlight @ Share My Destiny
 
June 11 Spotlight @ Houston Havens
 
June 12 Review @ Rockin' and Reviewing
 
June 15 Spotlight @ All I Want and More Books https://alliwantandmorebooks.wordpress.com/
 
June 15 Interview @ Bewitching Book Tours Magazine
 
June 16 Spotlight @ Fang-tastic Books
 
June 17 Guest blog @ Preternatura
 
June 18 Guest Blog @ The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com
 
June 19 Spotlight @ Ogitchida Kwe's Book Blog
 
June 22 Spotlight @ Sapphyria's Steamy Books
 
June 22 Review @ The Booksnake Etc.
 
June 23 Interview @ Dena Garson - Real... Hot... Romance
 
June 24 Spotlight @ happy tails and tales http://happytailsandtales.blogspot.com
 
June 25 Interview @ Dark Side of Romance
 
June 26 Spotlight @ Romantic Reads and Such http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress.com
 
June 29 Interview @ Eclipse Reviews
 
June 29 Review @ Ramblings of a Quilter
 
June 30 Character Interview @ Author Karen Swart
 
July 1 Guest blog @ Jeri's Book Attic
 
July 2 Spotlight and review @ Making it Happen blog
 
July 2 Review @ Books N Pearls
 
July 3 Spotlight and review @ Evelyn Shepherd
 
July 3 Review @ the reading head
 
July 6 Interview Deal Sharing Aunt
 
July 6 Spotlight @ Lisa’s World of Books
 
July 6 Review @ BoyMomLovesBooks
 
 
About the Author:
 

 

Adele Downs writes Contemporary Romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines in the USA, UK and Caribbean. Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), and she has presented workshops for writers. When Adele isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.
 
 
 
Now for my Review:
 
I was lucky to receive a ARC so that I could read, exchange & share my humble review with you for this tour. Please know that this review is only from my personal view point. And has in no reflections of those whom made this book happen.
 
Hummm ... let's see first off - I found this book has a nice steady reading pace that one would hope for in a summer read. That plot line is interesting without feeling like a hundred other books that I just read not that long ago. Which is a good thing for me.
 
The characters were personable and kinds of reminds you of a couple you might know. I love that!!! I actually was a waitress in my slightly younger days and did meet a husband that way. See what I mean? Thanks Adele for the short trip down memory lane.
 
The story is given as a first person perception. It's really fun to see the banter between Legs and Jack. You can image your self sitting in the diner with a front row seat watching the inevitable unfold.
 
The little love triangle between Legs, Jack and Aunt Ada is also entertaining as well. Oh .... just in case you missed this little footnote - Aunt Ada isn't on the same realm as Legs & Jack - but she doesn't that hold her back from voicing her opinions. Not by a long shot!! LOL.
 
This book will have you giggling at times. Like when there is Jack, Legs & water-solvable paint. Want to hear more about that, you're going to have to read this great little book.
 
And that's all I'm saying on that matter. Well that and the fact I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.
 
What is left...? Oh that's right!! That's right there a give-a-way. Scroll down and see the great goodies being offer this round.

 

 
Tour Giveaway:
 
2 e-copies of Naturally Yours
 
2 e-copies of Kissing Her Cowboy
 
1 linen tea towel with a saying meant especially for readers $10 Amazon Gift Card

 


I would like to say "Thank You" to Roxanne Rhoads @ BBT for allowing me to be apart of this books tour.
 
Now that the day has gone by, I think it's time to put this copy to bed. Until next time... with "A Simple Word."
 
Read On My Fellow Bibliophiles,
Tricia

 

So Happy to do this Cover Reveal for BBT!!!

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Into the Mist
Moonseed Trilogy
Book 3
Judith Ingram
 
Genre:  paranormal romance
 
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: July 30, 2015
 
Number of pages: 
Word Count:  91,500
 
Cover Artist:  Elaina Lee/
For the Muse Designs
 
Book Description: 
 
For the past six months, time-traveler Victoria Ashton has been living life as Katherine Kamarov on a ranch in rural California, circa 1890. A contrast to Katherine’s brash personality, shy and gentle Victoria has won the hearts of Katherine’s family and particularly her cousin Michael. Despite her deepening love for Michael, she has rejected his offer of marriage and sent him away, knowing that she must return to her own time on the night of the new spring moon.
 
In this third and final book of the series, sinister forces threaten Victoria’s new family, her property, and even her life, testing her for courage and ingenuity. A confident new self emerges, and when Michael unexpectedly walks back into her life, she questions whether she must remain a victim of fate or can find a way to determine her own future.
 
Meanwhile, Katherine has been living a parallel year of exchange in Victoria’s modern-day life, married to the handsome but remote Ryan Ashton. Hardened by her past, Katherine nevertheless falls for Ryan and, like Victoria, begins to search for a way to defy fate and keep the life she has come to cherish.
 
As the night of the new spring moon approaches, both women must search their hearts to discover how to hold onto what matters most, even if they should be forced back through the barrier of time.

 
About the Author:
 
Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and mystery as well as her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She is also the author of a Christian guide to forgiving and posts weekly devotionals on the role of forgiveness in healing relationships. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to beautiful Sonoma County, where many of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, movies that require three hankies, and all things feline.
 
Website, blog and free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

Into the Mist

Moonseed Trilogy

Book 3

Judith Ingram

 

Genre:  paranormal romance

 

Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: July 30, 2015

 

Number of pages: 

Word Count:  91,500

 

Cover Artist:  Elaina Lee/

For the Muse Designs

 

Book Description: 

 

For the past six months, time-traveler Victoria Ashton has been living life as Katherine Kamarov on a ranch in rural California, circa 1890. A contrast to Katherine’s brash personality, shy and gentle Victoria has won the hearts of Katherine’s family and particularly her cousin Michael. Despite her deepening love for Michael, she has rejected his offer of marriage and sent him away, knowing that she must return to her own time on the night of the new spring moon.

 

In this third and final book of the series, sinister forces threaten Victoria’s new family, her property, and even her life, testing her for courage and ingenuity. A confident new self emerges, and when Michael unexpectedly walks back into her life, she questions whether she must remain a victim of fate or can find a way to determine her own future.

 

Meanwhile, Katherine has been living a parallel year of exchange in Victoria’s modern-day life, married to the handsome but remote Ryan Ashton. Hardened by her past, Katherine nevertheless falls for Ryan and, like Victoria, begins to search for a way to defy fate and keep the life she has come to cherish.

 

As the night of the new spring moon approaches, both women must search their hearts to discover how to hold onto what matters most, even if they should be forced back through the barrier of time.

 

 

About the Author:

 

Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and mystery as well as her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She is also the author of a Christian guide to forgiving and posts weekly devotionals on the role of forgiveness in healing relationships. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to beautiful Sonoma County, where many of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, movies that require three hankies, and all things feline.

 

Website, blog and free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com

 

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

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@judithingram20

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/judith-ingram/a/122/62

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5356538.Judith_Ingram

 

Into the Mist Moonseed Trilogy Book 3 Judith Ingram

 

Genre: paranormal romance Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC Date of Publication: July 30, 2015

 

Number of pages: Word Count: 91,500 Cover Artist: Elaina Lee/ For the Muse Designs

 

Book Description: For the past six months, time-traveler Victoria Ashton has been living life as Katherine Kamarov on a ranch in rural California, circa 1890. A contrast to Katherine’s brash personality, shy and gentle Victoria has won the hearts of Katherine’s family and particularly her cousin Michael. Despite her deepening love for Michael, she has rejected his offer of marriage and sent him away, knowing that she must return to her own time on the night of the new spring moon.

 

In this third and final book of the series, sinister forces threaten Victoria’s new family, her property, and even her life, testing her for courage and ingenuity. A confident new self emerges, and when Michael unexpectedly walks back into her life, she questions whether she must remain a victim of fate or can find a way to determine her own future.

 

Meanwhile, Katherine has been living a parallel year of exchange in Victoria’s modern-day life, married to the handsome but remote Ryan Ashton. Hardened by her past, Katherine nevertheless falls for Ryan and, like Victoria, begins to search for a way to defy fate and keep the life she has come to cherish.

 

As the night of the new spring moon approaches, both women must search their hearts to discover how to hold onto what matters most, even if they should be forced back through the barrier of time.

 

 

Excerpt: He didn’t hear her slide the door open and step out behind him. Her arms circled his waist, and the faint scent of ginger spice shot twin arrows of joy and pain through his body. Wordlessly, he turned and brought his mouth down on hers. Enveloped in the soft twilight hush, they shared a kiss that was deep and long and achingly sweet. When they pulled reluctantly apart, Ryan let his eyes linger over her, already naming the vision being etched in his memory. This is how my love looked in twilight.

 

She was wearing her white robe, and her blond hair curled softly, just brushing her shoulders. It’s gotten longer, Ryan thought. He suddenly wanted her to cut it again, as if keeping her hair short would somehow help her to keep her claim on this body—on this life—and prevent Vicki from coming back.

 

Tori moved to the rail and stared out over the city deepening into dusk. “It’s started, Ryan,” she said quietly.

 

He moved to stand beside her. “What’s started?”

 

She turned and leaned an elbow on the rail, holding him with a steady gaze. “What we’ve dreaded. I dreamed about the bridge.” She lifted a shoulder. “It’s only a week away. I should have expected it.” She drew in a breath that trembled. “She was already there, standing on the bridge. Waiting for me.”

 

At his look, she put out her hand and covered his. “Don’t hate her, Ryan. She didn’t ask for this to happen any more than I did.” She smiled faintly. “I would have, though, if I’d known you would be here. I wouldn’t have missed this time with you for anything. No matter what happens, I’ll carry you in my heart until the day I die.”

 

Ryan couldn’t speak. He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. He could do nothing but stare at her in mute despair.

 

She turned her back on the glittering city and leaned both elbows on the rail, staring through the glass doors into their living room. The soft light of the table lamps was growing imperceptibly brighter as the dusk surrendered to night.

 

“Do you ever wonder, Ryan, what Victoria will be like when she comes back?” “She’s not coming back.” His voice cracked. “She’s had a whole year, Ryan, just like me. A lot can happen in a year. She may surprise you.”

 

“She won’t get the chance.” His jaw tightened. “I’m not letting you go, Tori. I can’t. Vicki doesn’t belong here anymore. This is your home, with Christina and me.” He covered the crack in his voice with harshness. “How can you stand there and calmly talk about Vicki coming back while you just up and vanish from our lives? Like it’s already decided, like it’s so easy for you—”

 

About the Author: Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and mystery as well as her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She is also the author of a Christian guide to forgiving and posts weekly devotionals on the role of forgiveness in healing relationships. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to beautiful Sonoma County, where many of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, movies that require three hankies, and all things feline.

 

Website, blog and free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com

 

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

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@judithingram20

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/judith-ingram/a/122/62

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5356538.               

 

 

Judith_Ingram Tour giveaway July 27- August 24

 

2 ebook (.pdf or .epub) bundles of trilogy Books 1 & 2

 

2 signed paperback copies of trilogy bundle Books 1 & 2 with bookmarks

 

2 ebook copies (.pdf or .epub) of Into the Mist 2 signed paperback copies of Into the Mist with bookmarks

 

4 $25 Amazon gift cards

 

4 purse charms featuring book cover and story theme charms

 

Well Y'all that is my Cover Reveal for the day.  Be sure to come back on the date mentioned above  for the chance to win some great swag!! Until next time ...

 

Toodles,

Tricia

Ghost Love by Nellie Rees

Ghost Love By Nelli Rees
 
Welcome Everyone to my 1st posting for Bewitching Book Tours!
 

I'm so excited that I feel like I drank a post of coffee already this morning.  First off let me say a HUGE "THANK YOU" to Roxanne over at Bewitching Book Tours!  She was subjected to a test of her patience while dealing with me during the making of this post for sure. I don't know if I would have made it without you, Roxanne.
 
Bewitching Book Tours 

I'm going to share with you some great excerpts from 'Ghost Love', an introduction to the author; Nelli Rees and my review.  Also stick around for a chance to winning some Fabulous prizes!!  I am pleased to introduce you to Nelli Rees' 'Ghost Love'. 
 

Ghost Love 
Nelli Rees
 
Genre: Romance (with a hint of the paranormal)
 
Publisher: Phaze
 
Date of Publication: 20th January 2015
 
ISBN: ISBN-13 978-1-60659-849-8
ASIN: B00SNYRXH8
 
Number of pages: 332
Word Count: 90,000
 
Cover Artist: Niki Browning
 
Book Description:
 
In the madcap, chaotic days when Communism crumbled in the USSR, Tonia meets and falls in love with Englishman, Peter Monroe. Despite the protests of her family and the more strenuous objections of the KGB Tonia agrees to marry Peter only for him to mysteriously disappear.
 
Twenty years later a life-toughened Toni must revisit these bitter-sweet memories when she finds herself and her daughters endangered by the consequences of that love affair.
In her despair Toni comes to realize that true love really does conquer all … even death.

Available at   Phaze Amazon BN ARe
 
Excerpt:
 
Prologue
 
Present Day: Dorset, England
 
Excitement being a kindred spirit to fear, Toni was undecided as to whether it was a trickle of fear she felt shivering down her spine or a trickle of excitement. 
As she sat staring at the screen of her laptop, the darkness shrouding the room seemed to draw in on her: her head swam, her palms became clammy. Tears welled up in her eyes. She blinked them away, hoping that by doing so the message on her screen would disappear. It didn’t.
 
Peter Monroe wants to be friends on Facebook
 
Hesitantly she manoeuvred the cursor over the ‘connect’ button and pressed ‘enter.’ The screen mutated to show the Facebook page for ‘Peter Monroe.’ It was Peter! She recognized the profile photograph instantly. She’d taken it. She remembered posing him in front of the bandstand in Gorki Park on that spring day back in 1990, remembered laughing at the stupid faces he pulled, remembered the way his long chestnut hair flopped over his forehead, remembered…
 
How could she forget? He had been her one true love.
Love. A word made empty by misuse…by overuse. She wondered how many had ever endured the touch of real love, that soul-eviscerating sensation that comes when you know you have found your soul-mate. Very few, she decided. Perhaps this was all for the good: true love brought anguish in equal measure to joy. As the last twenty years had taught her, finding true love was a bitter-sweet blessing. Her fingers trembled as she typed.
 
Is it really you, Peter?
 
The reply was instantaneous.
 

Yes…I’ve missed you, Tonia.
 
She couldn’t stop herself: the tears flowed down her cheeks.
But…
 
She paused, terrified that what she would type next might cause this marvellous mirage to vanish.
 
But I thought you were dead?
 
The seconds ticked by, then:
 
I am. 
 
Now with a sneak peek like that, let's meet the author, Nellie Rees.
 


About the Author
 
Nelli Rees, born in Moscow, trained as a linguist and a musician. With her future husband Englishman Rod she worked and traveled around Russia, finally coming to live in England in 1998. Nelli has had several successful careers: recording a critically acclaimed nu-jazz album “Jazz Noir”, becoming an award-winning jewellery maker, writing a book “Glass Bead Jewelry Projects”, and doing all this whilst being a mother and a wife. “Ghost Love” is Nelli’s first novel and draws heavily on her own experiences as a young woman in Soviet Russia and the obstacles she and her husband-to-be faced during those difficult times. 
 
www.ghostlovebynellirees.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/nellirees.author
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/32558285-nelli-rees
Video of Nelli performing "Falling In Love Again":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2J5Phukc8Y
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I had received an eARC from Bewitching Book Tours(BBT)in exchange for my honest review a head of time; so that I might share it with you today.  

What fascinated me about the book was the setting in the year of 1989. That was the year I graduated high school, George Bush Sr. became President, and Mikhail Gorbachev was the leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. 
 
The late 80's/early 90's - relations between the Soviet Union and the United States were fraught with tensions between the two superpowers. It is set in a time period that many of us saw and can relate to. Or know of someone like a parent, that also was when the revolution of technology had exploded as we entered a new decade. 
 
This book was a fast paced read that had me guessing to the end and left me sitting there with a surprised look and a dropped jaw. The unexpected twist was mind boggling. 
 
We start in Moscow,and we see things from Tonia's PoV. I found it appealing as Nellie builds the story around our main female character: Tonia, with the familiarity of her own personal background. I don't normally find many book with geographic location with the likes of this one. And I was able to visualize the scenes and the characters being built as if I was right there. The relationships with the other characters developing just like that in "real" life that has you understanding how the puzzle pieces come together at the end.
 
But don't go thinking that you have it figured out in the middle of the book. You will end up with a surprise or two. I was able to feel the shy blush associated a bud romance with Tonia as she meets and spends her time with Peter. But you can also cross scenes where you're feeling loss, anxious, happiness, terror, horror, sadness and empathy with not only Tonia, but the rest of the cast too.
 
This paranormal thriller keep you come back for more. It's pages had me enthralled over the duration of three nights. I have to admit that in the first sitting, I knocked out 83 of it's 332 pages before my e-reader startled me after the third or fourth time it clunked me in the forehead as I keep falling asleep.  
 
Now the question is will there be a sequel?
 
I certainly hope so!! I put in my plead for it right here and now Nellie. This book is able to cross several categories including: Young Adult, paranormal and suspense. It's a "clean read" that is more believability that we don't see much these days. But I can say that it has that feel of 'If I Stay' and 'Lovely Bones' to it and it would be in fine company with them.
 
Given that, I would confidentially give this book a strong 4.5 out of 5 stars. But of course that is my opinion, so I offer it up to you to check this book out for yourself. I don't think you will be disappointed at all!
 
 

Let me tell we have some FABULOUS prizes to give-a-way to some every lucky visitors!! There are 14 ... YES ...14! That is 14 prizes for my lucky readers from pretty jewelry items made with lampwork beads, to many things for us readers to enjoy like Signed copies of 'Ghost Love',and Nellie's bead book. For those Jazz listener there is a special little something there for you too!

Tour giveaways
:
 

Prize 1: "Pink Flowers" Necklace from Nelli’s "Jewelry for All Seasons" collection (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings, crystals and hand dyed silk ribbon);
 

Prize 2: "Malachite Mystery" Pendant and earrings (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings and chain, crystals);
 

Prize 3: "Tiger! Tiger!" Earrings (handmade lampwork beads, sterling silver findings, crystals);
 

Prizes 4-7: Bookmarks with glass bead ornamentation (handmade lampwork beads, crystals, steel dividers);
 

Prize 8: Signed paperback copy of 'Ghost Love';
 


Prize 9: Signed copy of Nelli’s book 'Glass Bead Jewelry Projects';

Prize 10 - 14: Signed promo copies of Nelli’s album 'Jazz Noir'.  


 
 

For even more chances to win this Great swag please visit BBT here:
 
So as I for now I bid you a fair "Adieu".  Please be sure to try for those wonderful prizes before you leave.  I love comments and try my best to reply to them all.  Until next time ...

Toodles,
Tricia
 
 

Mailboxes of Treasures

Lately I have had a smitten relationship with my mail boxes.  The computer version and that seemingly old-fashion one that sits at the driveway's edge gleaming in all it's brilliantly white glory.  It's a larger box that has been know to hold many things.  From the offensive bills, to junk mail, quilting goodies and finally ... books. 

 

The last several weeks I literally skipped out to it to see what the rural post person has bought me.  Tell me tell ya ... seeing a mid-40's, pear shape lady is not a pretty sight. My eyes light up and I carefully but oh-so-frantically tear open the envelopes to reveal my treasure of the day.  I'm walking back to the house calmly on the outside, but on the inside I am jumping up & down screaming like I just hit a big money lottery or something.  The image that comes to mind is that of a duck swimming.  On top of the water, all is calm and peacefully looking until you realize that the ducks feet are pedaling like hell below the surface.  And on the days there is nothing ... I'm so let down that I can be seen hunched over in a neanderthal fashion, and disheartened walking back inside.  Until I realize I still have to check the cyber mailbox. 

 

But I have digressed.  The reason I'm having such a love relationship with my mailboxes is because I have been on a winning streak here on the giveaways that have been here on Booklikes. Here is what has arrived lately.

 

 

Then I have all the ones in my e-mail mailbox too.  Here is amix bag of those wins too.

 

The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings Book 1) - Ioana Visan

The Impaler's Revenge - Ioana Visan

If I Loved You - Mary J. Williams

Jasmine Betrayal (BeauTEAful Summer Book 3) - Jamie DeBree

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History - Jon Morris

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For - Gillian Flynn,Sara Paretsky,Harlan Coben,Kate White

 

But giveaways are not my only source for books.  I do lot of reading, which means lots of reviews.  At times the number of "To Be Read" (TBR) is about half as tall as the "To Be Written" (TBW) with a 1:2 ratio. I am constantly adding more to the first and not always doing the second before moving on to another book.  I know that my Goodread's shelves are stacked to the hilt.  The books waiting to be downloaded to my e-readers is just as bad.  Sure I can't be the only one that has this problem ... right?

 

I can't  image have an addiction that is less harmful to a person than to be a bibliophile.  And having found a any to support it without it interfering with the tight household budget is a bonus in my mind.  The last time I made a real purchase for this addition was when I took some of my quilty items to a little local show & tell craft sale in the village where I sold a couple of items a couple years back.  From there is was me scouring Amazon for an e-reader that I could purchase with my little $40. I had to ask a friend to make the purchase for me as I handed over my hard earned moo-lah.  It makes me smirk as I remember that.  What I got was a Sony PRS-300 with it's neoprene cover and the necessary cords.  No instructions on how to use or load - but it was all mine!!   And I even had change, 23 cents worth; but change none the less after it was all said and done.

 

Now I'm have always been a vivacious reader that finds ways to support the habit by any means possible.  I have to resourceful. Hey!! A girl has to do what a girl has to do! That means that I have traded, burrowed, pleaded, requested and begged for books on any special and even not so special dates from my friends and family.  They just roll their eyes and reply "Of course ... like there was any doubt as to what YOU wanted."  Sometimes it works and other times ... ummm ... not so much.

 

And all the times in between means digging  and searching.  With the invention of the internet, I had more options on a limited sources open up.  That is until the last couple of years really.  Then BAM!!! Hello Book Reviews!!! Now I still like places such as used bookstores, libraries and friends to access free or cheap books.  But now I have come across some more traditionally "geeky" resources.  These sources are the likes of  Booklikes, NetGallery and Smashwords. But I decided that can't be all, so I continue my quest.

 

I recently joined a new source and that would be Bewitching Book Tours (http://www.bewitchingbooktours.com/).   Hi Roxanne!! I'm actually just finished a book from there and will be doing a blog for them right here on May 27th. So if you have a minute be sure to stop by and check it out.  There is nothing like finding a new mine field in which I can mine out some possibly new literary gems to add to my TBR list.   There are so many books coming out of this group, I can just gobble them up. There is plenty of reading fodder offered up to keep me going for a while.  I don't really see an end-game with this source any time soon. 

 

Well I really should gather up my notes, sit down and write the reviews that are piling up but I hear those little voices calling to me for their wonderful paper pages.  The weather is pretty, even if it's a little chilly; but that is what quilts are for.  And a warm beverage too ..  of course.

 

I'm always on the look like for more sources.  What is your favorite place do you find your coveted "free reads"?  Care to share with me?  It will be our little secret, I promise! Cross my heart.  Heehee.

 

Oh ... now here's a thought:  How do I get paid to read?  If anyone knows how, please please let me know.

 

Until next time ...

Tricia

 

 

Quilts & Morgana

 
Today I finished another book.  This one is non-fiction and quilt related.  I found this in my local library on the new book shelf when attending one of my Wednesday morning quilting gatherings.  The book is American Patchwork - True Stories From Quilter's edited by Sonja Hakala. It was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2007.  Here is a  picture link for the e-book from amazon.com.
 
On the back:
For those who enjoyed the honesty and insight of How to Make an American Quilt, this is a moving collection of personal stories that highlight the laughter, sadness, friendships, frustrations, and triumphs shared by the more than 21 million people across the country who call themselves quilters.

These touching tales from sixty-seven contributors nationwide form a patchwork of their own in the words of each individuals unique narrative. From the quilt that reunited a family divided by war and an ocean to the twenty-two foot banner that accompanied a dying woman on her last journey, American Patchwork is sure to capture the hearts of quilters and quilt lovers everywhere.

Wonderfully varied, instructive, nostalgic, amusing, and often poignantly written, this gem of a book will be treasured for years to come.

I thoroughly loved this book.  The stories were short, quick & easy to read. With in the book, there are close to 70 stories that are shared from the likes of Earlene Fowler, Jeanine Williams, Jacqueline Campbell, you find a variety of authors to enjoy.  It is has titles that include A Guy That Sews, A Box of Tears and Project Linus that you can find in the Table of Contents. There were a few names that I recognized from the quilt industry. Others not so much.
As I read the stories, it was like I was getting a small peek into their personal life. 

I have found the quilters are generous people and they are willing to share their fabrics, talents and so much more with others around them. They are quick to rally to a cause when the need is seen.  Not only here in our community, state or country, it is a calling that is heard around the world.  No matter the skill level a quilter might be at.  They are always sewing, donating and gifting a bit of happiness will things have been dark & dreary. 

It really does take a quilter to really understand the underlined meanings of each story as we all have probably be in the same situation ourselves.  It shows me the reach that quilts have had one person's life and how it has caused a small ripple in a pond.  As the ripple moves out, the ripple grows far bigger and impacting even more of those farthest out in the moving ripple. I believe this book would also have that effect on it's readers. It goes across so many states of emotions that will have you looking forward to each one.  

The desire to understand human kindest, emotions and forgiveness are some examples of the stories in this wonderful book.  If you need time away from the sewing machine for one reason or another, this collection of short stories is one way to unplug with a world around us that never seems to slow down.  I found that when I was having to wait on something or someone for any number of reasons, this book give me the "food for thought" reading that would have me slow down and ponder what I have read.  I have recommended this book to several of the ladies in my little quilting group where it is making the rounds quickly.  We enjoy talking about the stories and it seems that we a variety of favorites that various as much as we do.  I do believe in it's a strong contender at 4.5 out of 5 stars personally and with the group it goes from 4.5 all the way to 5 stars.

Now for those who enjoy a good Arthurian based books. I just finished I, Morgana by Felicity Pulman.  I received this ARC from NetGallery and the publisher Momentum Books.  I have excepted the ARC in exchange for my fair & honest opinion.

 
 
At a young age, my thirst for anything that took place in the Arthurian time frame in my reading development. The Mists of Avalon, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Ivanhoe just to name a few. In those we know that legend has to how Arthur became the King.  There has been countless books, movies and apparently one season on TV before it was cancelled. So this not a new plot line so to speak.

But it this we are suppose to be looking at in a first person account view point of Morgana, Arthur's half-sister; who has grown old and longs to reverse time.  But age has stolen her magical powers so she must resort to taking up her quill & parchment instead.  

We all know that she not actually portrayed as a nice person in these stories.  Shortly before her father's death, Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall; names Morgana his heir upon his death in ruling of his realm and  rule his lands wisely.  Morgana takes this oath to heart and solemnly swear that she would not let him down.  But even as the book opens and Morgana is working with Merlin, we can see that she is willful, undisciplined, quick to judge & has a venomous hatred for those she perceives of doing her wrong.

This short sightedness plagues Morgana through out the book. We find that many people end up on that list. Everyone from Uther Pendragon, Arthur, Merlin, Guenevere, heMorgana's 1st born son - Mordred and even Launcelot incurs she wrath.  All of the fore-mentioned have been on the receiving end of Morgana's sharp tongue, magical potions, deceit and her need for vengeance. We also learn of her indiscretions outside of the martial bed which produced two children out of three.  Mordred, Marie and then Owain - son of Urien: King of Rheged; whom Arthur married Morgana to as a way to gain a much needed ally.

Throughout the book I found several historically errors in the timeline. For example, Morgana and her father - Gorlios goes to London to meet with High King Uther Pendragon.  Well London wasn't called London in the 5th century much less have the Tower of London at the time.  

It would be nice to have some way distinguish the passing of time in the book.  I find that a bit disconcerting at that lacking detail. Then the mentioning of the Otherworld  was never really explained. Is this where Morgana had hope to find and go back to reverse history from all her mistakes, spitefulness and supposedly prevent the series of events in her mind?  Then she sends her daughter Marie and Guinglan through to the other side of the "Otherworld" to another time where they are suppose to be safe from danger?

To me, Morgana is betrayed as a scheming, vengeful, over-ambitious and deceitful to all that surrounds her.  She uses her magical powers to trick, poison, and attempt murder when she doesn't get what she wants.  It's hard to like her or even sympathize  with her.

The rest of the characters has other issues with me.  The book makes Arthur seem wishy-washy, weak, blind to the obvious (including the treasonous affair between Lancelot and Guenevere), and lacking the traits that should make him King.  Launcelot comes across as a man-whore who spends some length of time with Morgana at Joyous Gard and this results in  her becoming pregnant out of wed-lock. He also magically entangled with Guenevere to the play in a role in the demises of Camelot.  Then we have Guenevere who is a hot mess.  This comes across in her spoil brat attitude, she is whiny, jealous of any female who might talk to Launcelot and hatefulness towards Morgana.  Merlin is found lacking in the story and in court.  It's like it was half a thought that he was randomly tossed into the story because it was excepted.

And then ending after Arthur dies at the Battle of Camlann around 537A.D. at the hand of His & Morgana's son - Mordred. We have Morgana, Guenevere and Launcelot all end up in sort of abbey or priory to basically be forgotten.

This rendition of  the King Arthur saga just didn't have to the same feel to it's predecessors did.  I had hopes for this one, as it was taken from other view point than Arthur's or Merlin's.  I did finish the book and I liked it, but I didn't love it as I had hoped.  I wish the author had smoothed out some of the glaring wrinkles before sending it to publication.  I would give this 3.25 out of 5 stars possible.  Again please remember that is just my opinion on this book.  You may read the same book, swoon over it and give it a 5. But on the other hand you might not even finish it, as I saw on many other reviews.  I would even like to invite you to share you review right here for all to see.  Until then... this is where I will say good evening.  

Toodles,
Tricia
 

 

 

 

One goes up, one goes down.

 

 Bookworms

 

The stack of books up for review are just growing and growing.  They grew as the snow fell.  Image that .. right?  I mean what should you do when you can't get out of your driveway when the private road you live on is nothing but solid ice. 

 

In my case, I do what I normally do.  That means I sew, stitch and/or read in any given day.  Sometimes I combine that with doctor appointments.  Of course for me that means a 45 minute ride to the big city for what ever the appointment that it is.  

 

From there it's me walking in, letting the receptionist know that I'm there. Then the nurse will call me back to get vitals, place in a room to wait for the doctor to come in. Get my prescriptions, drop them off, more waiting then a 45 minute ride home.  Image how much I can get done during all that time?  Most the time I take my e-reader with me.  

 

So here we have some of those books that I have been reading.  There is 13 of them waiting for my reviews.  Now as I go to my NetGallery account and as I'm scrolling down my list I noticed something new.  There was a new symbol on 2 of my books.  It looks like this:

 

 

What does this mean I wondered.  After looking at the listings, I discovered that my reviews are being featured in the listed reviews on NetGallery for the following books. For Jane Porter's "The Kidnapped Christmas Bride" and Peter Kaufman's "Skull In the Ashes".

 

It might not mean much to others, seeing how I wouldn't receive royalties of any kind.  But to me, it was kind of nice to have someone acknowledged all the reviews I do with them.  I guess it's of a pat-on-the-back kind of thing that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside.  


With all the books I've read lately I thought I would continue to mix the different types to include some quilt themed ones as well. 


This week I offer up "Love of Quilts: A Treasury of Classic Quilting Stories" by Cuesta Ray Benberr and Carol Pinney Crabb. from Voyageur Press.

 

 Love of Quilts

Description:

There are more than 20 million quilters in the United States, and 78 percent of dedicated quilters read for pleasure. To reach this vast group, we've expanded our line of quilting books by bringing back "A Patchwork of Pieces, previously published in 1993. "Love of Quilts features twenty-eight entertaining short stories about quilts and quilters collected from the pages of classic magazines such as "Godey's Lady's Book, Harper's Bazaar, and "Good Housekeeping, introducing readers to the captivating worlds of quilters in other times and places. From courtings that nearly go astray to husbands and wives brought together by quilts to quilters obsessed with securing scraps, "Love of Quilts has something for every quilter. Fascinating fiction, these stories also provide important social history. This book also includes a bibliography of quilt fiction and a time line that lists American quilt fiction, plays, poems, and patterns published from 1845 to 1940.

 

 

This was an interesting read that was gifted to me and will be a permanent member of my collection that I will read over and over.  This is a collection of short stories that lend themselves perfectly to times of waiting, or even just before drifting off to sleep.  It is difficult to decide which one is my favorite. It would be like asking me which of my children is my favorite. 

 

Quilts can cross so many spans of life and stations of life.  They can give us a piece of history that can be pasted down from generations to come.  We can feel them, pet them and dream of the relations that we have not meet before.

 

The historical view point is interesting as you read the different types of quilts and fabrics throughout the book with the historical publishing's for women of the times. We have some that represent the Civil War, some of them have a moral or lesson with in the story, there are some that are told from the different stations with in a household.  Think "Downton Abbey" and I love the timeline of events in the back of the book as well. Now some might have trouble with some of the dialect used in some of the stories, but I found that it lent it's self more to the time line in which the story happened. 


The stories are various in their telling, and subjects as there are quilt patterns, but they always have a quilt in them to bring the collection together.  The different stories will invoke a wide range of emotions.  You can connect with the writers and the stories.  

 

I enjoyed the book very much, so yes I would recommend it others like my local library;  so that more local quilters can share in the joy of the book.  I will give this 5 out of 5 stars. 

 

Not last week I mentioned that I was reading Michaelbrent Collings' "Crime Seen".  I won this book from the author in a give-away through Booklikes.com.  It

 

Crime Seen - Michaelbrent Collings

 

Description:

How do you kill a man who's already dead?
***
Detective Evan White is on the trail of a killer. A madman who slaughters at a whim. A murderer bent on destroying everything and everyone Evan loves. An assassin who can't be killed... because he's already dead.

Evan is about to begin the longest day of his life. A day that will determine what is true, what is false. What crimes are reality...

... and what crimes are merely seen.

 

OMG!!! This was a gripping thriller that I would compare to a love child of a couple of my favorite movies ever - "The Fugitive" with "Secret Window" and a small touch of  "Sixth Sense" tossed into the mix to making interesting. There is no doubt that this book will stay with me a long time. 

 

Evan White is a cop dealing with the horrid death of his cheating wife soon after making the startling discovery in their martial bed. He is bound & determined to find the killer in the cold case.

 

His partner - Angela is tough, sassy, dealing with the demons of her past after watching her father being torn apart drug crazed fiend as a child. She is small & petite but is a box of dynamite when the occasion arises. Oh and she is in love with her partner!!

 

But she isn't the only strong female character in the book. Nope there is Tuyen. She is a young lady caught in the battle of modern and traditional Vietnamese life.  We meet her in the bar with her rainbow hair, piercings, attitude and a gift of being psychic. She works in a Vietnamese voodoo shop and has had a rough life.


We watch as scenes unfold to take us to a gun blazing bar fight, an Vietnamese Mystic/Voodoo/Religious shop, to the dark and dreary spaces in a the police department building, to church to dark alleys.  

 

It's wicked fast-paced and a page turner that had me reading my e-reader long into the night. The plot was terrifying ellecent and I read this in about 8 hours over the course of two nights before bed.  This was my introduction to Mr. Collins and I'm  fascinated to the core!! Look out Stephen King, Dean Koontz - Michaelbrent Collings has arrived!

 

The ending is well ... unexpected. Yes - unexpected is a great word for it!  But I'll give no clues before it's time.  Go - RUN!! For your own copy, you'll be glad that you did.  This scare has earned a solid 4.5 out 5 stars and has me heading for the library for more by this author. 

 

I won this book from the author on booklikes.com. I'm offering up my humble review on the book without any influence from anyone associated with the book. Please take it with a grain of salt and then read it and form your own.


I am still reading the other two books that I mentioned last week. They both sort of have the same thread to them and they are pretty good reads.  I will be turning out several more postings on my reviews and then I'm going to offer up a book give-away or maybe 2.  You can never tell with me.  {winks}


So until next time y'all...

 

Toodles,

Tricia

Russian Wolves

Russian Wolves - Jim Musgrave " "I began to worry that the line between the hunted and the hunter might often become blurred"- Inspector Boris Sukurev" "(page 46)

Now that was a very interesting statement that I found in another dark story that I just finished up the other night. This book is called "Russian Wolves" by Jim Musgrave. Published by Bookbooters Press (October 2002). I won this one from the author in a give-away on booklikes.com.

This book has all the things make you coward under the covers, jump at every thing that goes bump in the night and at that moment ... you can't remember if you locked all the doors and windows. It's beyond the realm of dark but how does someone write darker that dark? But I know that is the only way to describe it. It grabs you by the throat and that little pulse in your neck grows louder and louder as your life is slipping away. Mr. Jim writes in a style that has me think of a very demented Stephen King mashed up with the likes of Jack the Ripper on the literary world.

In my opinion the story line is dark, demented and dangerously addicting to be a eyes wide open read. The blood lust starts at a fast pace frenzy that sent shivers down my spine but I could not put it down and was reading so fast that my e-reader had problems keeping up with me. The development of the characters was so vivid that I could see in front of me. I could almost smell the sweat of desperation of famine as it opens up in Southern Ukraine in February 1932, in the village that hasn't seen food for 6 weeks in cold of the Russian air, and the despair of those who live there. Here's a word to think about - cannibalism.

Enter Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo - a loyal man to the cause who follows the Communist Party Rules to the bitter end. We walk along with him has his mental break. The man who has a job as a teacher, is a patriot, partisan, husband to Pauline, who is expecting their 3rd child; and there is one more thing that this mild mannered father is above all else ... a serial killer.

We are taken in the dark mind of this man who thoughts are so demented it's like a train wreck that has you frozen right that on the tracks as the 2 behemoths are barreling down on you. Your brain sees it but you just can't look or get away no matter how hard you try.

Now we can add it government corruption that goes all the way up to the Attorney General's Office, the Russian Mafia, and people won't be missed and things really get interesting. But let us add an element we that we all know racism. That becomes a bone of contention between Commander Kanowsky and a description provided by the Commander as "an Ingus college boy" Inspector Boris Aukurev. As you can guess "Ingus" is not a kind word.

The inspector is a man who has the ability to get inside the criminal brain. We can't help to root for him throughout the book as the hunt begins with brick walls at every turn. We can see how it takes over is the Inspector's life. This chase continues for 12 years against all odds. The suspense and the terror of the hunt and the hunt has my heart beating fast like I, too; is running against the darkest that is surrounding us. It has me thinking about that line from the poem by Robert Frost, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

“These woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.”

The twist and turns will have you dodging like you are also running with the pack. Yes ... I did say pack. The line between the hunted & hunter indeed get blurred. But without giving more a way, I admit that I spent several nights glued to the e-reader long into the wee hours of the morning. The e-reader smacks me in the forehead as I'm reluctantly fighting to keep my eyes open for I must continue the chase.

Mr. Musgrave - I salute you for writing a story so dark that literally scared me to mental death!!! And that takes quite a bit of doing for a reader who cut her middle-school literary teeth on Stephen King's "IT"!!

I'm more than happy to give this book a Horrifying 4.75 of 5 stars out. And that is my honest opinion that I freely offer up as a winner of this book. I will be looking for more of your books with out any doubts!

And this my friends is my review tonight. I will be back with another tempting tidbit of literature for you to read. But until then...

Toodles,
Tricia

The Golden Locket

The Golden Locket - Primula Bond Now if I recall correctly, I didn’t give the first book in the Unbreakable Trilogy a favorable review. Where I said that one was choppy and disjointed, this one had a smoother finish. It didn’t feel rushed and more thought out as we can see more of the relationships growing not only between Selena & Gustav but Gustav & Pierre. Ohhh and don’t let us forgot about Margot and Polly.

I can add a few more words to my descriptions this time. Sultry, exotic, scheming, steamy, intriguing, and turmoil would be some that I could use. Although I could say it shows much improvement over Silver Chain, I’m saying I liked but didn’t love it. Last time I had to really stretch to give it 2 stars…this time I can push it to a 3 out of 5 stars.

Again please know that I got this free ARC from HarperCollins UK of Mischief Books in exchange that I give my honest opinion in return. Even though I’m not screaming a high review from the roof tops, doesn’t mean that you can’t have another opinion about it. Just know that that these are my words and have no effect on anyone associated with making of the book.

Quilt of Joy: Stories of Hope from the Patchwork Life

Quilt of Joy: Stories of Hope from the Patchwork Life - Mary Tatem It took me a while to track it down but it was worth it.

This book was an easy read with each story being only a couple pages long. So it makes the prefect bedside reader. On those nights that I was really tired, I could read one or two before shutting my eyes. Yes - there is a God/religious/spiritual theme to the book, but overall it didn't have that overly heavy "bible-up-side-the-head" feeling to me. The balance was well done and made for an enjoyable rhythm.

The illustrations depicting a quilt in the front of each section was beautifully done by Kevin Ingram.

I also found out that this on one of several of her Quilts of series. Which I'm actively searching for by request through Mel-Cat program at my library.

With this book I would heartily give it a 5 out a 5 star rating and plan to enjoy more of Mary's books. Thank You Mary for providing a wonderful mix of my 2 favorite past times together and leaving me an overall pleasant feeling and "Joy" that your book provided.

Blood Magick

Blood Magick - Nora Roberts The world of enchantment crosses borders and time traveling comes to life in the series once again. It could have you believing in fairy tales again.

This was another great series from Nora Roberts. There is no doubt that she is a fabulous author and shows it to us time and time again. For this trip we move about in a lovely setting of the land of fairies, hereditary magic and the emerald green rolling hills of Ireland. The word "Enchanting" comes to mind as I read the series. The author has a way of showing you the scene as it comes off the page, that is wrapping you up and transporting you into the story like few authors can. She brings her characters to life by giving them realism. You see the trials and tribulations that each one has and all that they must go through to conquerthem.

Time and time again I have to salute her for keeping me back book after book, series after series. Nora will always find space on my book shelves. So huzzah!! Without doubt or hesitation I give this book & series 5 stars. I wait with bated breathe for her next series.

I got this one from my local library and for my own enjoyment of reading.

Blood Magick

Blood Magick - Nora Roberts The world of enchantment crosses borders and time traveling comes to life in the series once again. It could have you believing in fairy tales again.

This was another great series from Nora Roberts. There is no doubt that she is a fabulous author and shows it to us time and time again. For this trip we move about in a lovely setting of the land of fairies, hereditary magic and the emerald green rolling hills of Ireland. The word "Enchanting" comes to mind as I read the series. The author has a way of showing you the scene as it comes off the page, that is wrapping you up and transporting you into the story like few authors can. She brings her characters to life by giving them realism. You see the trials and tribulations that each one has and all that they must go through to conquerthem.

Time and time again I have to salute her for keeping me back book after book, series after series. Nora will always find space on my book shelves. So huzzah!! Without doubt or hesitation I give this book & series 5 stars. I wait with bated breathe for her next series.

I got this one from my local library and for my own enjoyment of reading.

Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family

Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family - Melinda Means, Kathleen Helgemo Here is a book that I wished I had had 20+ years ago. Maybe things would have been different with me and my 2 daughters. I also have to admit that I was a child trying to raise children at the young age of approximately age19 with the birth of my first daughter. Failure, frustrations,tears coupled with bad choices was my life back then.

This book could have helped me realize that there was no manuals handed to you at the hospital with each birth. That all the books should have been suggestions and was setting me up for the ultimate failure. This book had me in tears as I read on. The guidance of a higher Being was there. The way the book is set up has a chapter that starts a personal look from each of the authors with "Lovin' Spoonfuls" that offer up a little prayer or encouragement are peppered throughout the chapter and followed up with "Stirring Your Thoughts" and "Let's get Cookin'" at the end of each chapter also.

"Stirring Your Thoughts" are a series of thought provoking questions that make you stop, thinking and realize where your thoughts are really at. Give give you a moment of reflection & the chance to be REALLY truthfully to yourself. This would be a wonderful tool for those "Mommy & Baby" groups or State ordered parenting classes. But you could also use them as an one-on-one reference book and should be given out by ALL hospitals. Especially young mothers like me back in the day. "Let's Get Cookin" are lines of guidance or suggested plans of actions that help you along in your everyday life.

I found that the book had a calming effect. It didn't feel like it was being pounded into my head like a some overwhelming school course that force feeds you all the material that the "big Experts" believed to be the PROPER way a child should be raised. Just because they are the claimed "experts" they know what is best fr you & your child(ren).

I will recommend this book to those with children, thinking of having children or know someone who is having child(ren). It richly deserves to be a vital part of a parents book shelf. This deserves a 4.5 stars out 5. And I will passing this book onto my oldest daughter to guide her along the path of parenting.

This book comes to me through Net Gallery for the exchange of my honest opinion. The view above is that of my own and should be taken with a grain of salt. I hope that you will take the time to pick up a copy to read. Thank You for allowing me to share my thoughts on it with you.


The Story of Santa Claus (Open Book)

The Story of Santa Claus (Open Book) - Joseph McCullough, Peter Dennis Joyful! Educational for any age!! Bravo!!

I actually enjoyed reading this one myself. I found it to be informative without droning on forever on a subject that most people could relate to. It has a nice flow about it, very knowledgeable, and the pictures are beautiful to look at. I would give this book and honest 4.5 out of 5 stars and would recommended to others, including to my 12 yr son.

This one I received as an ARC from Net Gallery in exchange of my honest opinion. One must take my opinion with a grain of salt as it's only my thoughts and has no bearing influence in the making of this book.