Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Silence of the Llamas Book Review

Maggie Mesina and her Black Sheep Knitting group head to the annual fiber festival held at a nearby farm, where Maggie takes a booth to promote her shop. But the crowd’s high spirits turn to horror when the farm owners Ben and Ellie Kruger discover that their herd of gentle llamas have been doused in red paint. Who would do such a thing? This is not the first act of harassment the Krugers have experienced, and they suspect worse is to come.
The main suspect behind the disturbances is their neighbor, Justin Ridley, who bid on their property and lost. But when Ridley is found dead days later, Ben Kruger becomes the prime suspect in light of their many altercations. Drawn into the mystery by their friendship with Ellie, the Black Sheep try to help prove Ben’s innocence—but they soon learn there are many in this rural outpost with motives for starting this llama drama and may want to take over the Krugers’ farm…for surprising reasons.

My Review

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  This is book five of The Black Sheep Knitting Mystery Series.  Sometimes you just need a cozy mystery to snuggle up with on a cold or rainy day.  Well, this is certainly a great one!  The cast of characters are so great, I can actually picture myself sitting with their knitting circle hanging out.  The description of Justin Ridley was just plain creepy and the festival reminded of the many northern craft fairs I’ve attended.  This story has a few twists and turns, the book itself was light reading, but it managed to keep me captivated until the very end.  If you love cozy mysteries and also enjoy crafting as I do, you will love this book.

  About the Author

Anne Canadeo lives and knits in Northport, New York. She is the author of the Black Sheep Knitting Mystery series, and she has also authored the popular Thomas Kinkade series writing as Katherine Spencer.

Five Book Review

Rayla Tate’s life is about to turn vertical…again. As if it wasn’t bad enough her mother disappeared under questionable circumstances leaving Rayla to be raised by her aunt in a horrendously small town. Her overprotective guardian is determined to ruin Rayla’s life. She refuses to let Rayla out of her sight or out of the state. Provincial living might be what her aunt demands of her purposely sheltered niece; but, Rayla has other ideas. In a desperate attempt to follow her dreams she flees the safety of her home and runs away to college with her best friend toward a bright future in the art world.
However, excitement over her newfound freedom turns into terror when she is chased by a mysterious stranger on her way to school. When his motorcycle suddenly morphs into a fire-breathing pegasus, Rayla questions her sanity. Worse, the man riding next to her stirs a burning desire in her soul she has never known or could have ever imagined. Using all the will she owns, she manages to resist the compulsion she feels; yet, as he disappears into the night, she is certain he hasn't gone far.

Rayla quickly dismisses the encounter to her overactive imagination. She is determined to settle into her new life, yet the images and feelings of that night still haunt her. To make matters worse, her aunt seems to be in on the act, insisting that Rayla will soon be hunted by a pack of fae lords for a power over the elements she never knew she possessed—a power that could change the world. Quicker than she ever thought possible, she finds herself surrounded by stunning men that all seem determined to win her heart. Why does she feel drawn to each one of them? More importantly, what dark power do they hold over her? Rayla must quickly learn to fend off these beautiful and seductive pursuers using whatever means necessary or find herself lost to the fae world forever.

My Review

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  This is an awesome beginning to a great series!  Rayla escapes her over protective aunt to go away to college.  She finds out more about herself than she's bargained for as she has drop dead gorgeous men vying for her affections.  The story gets even deeper as she realizes she might fight her attraction to them in order to prevent being trapped forever.  I love a good fae story, and this is certainly one of them.  This story was truly unique, one you can easily get absorbed into once you get over the I'm attracted to everyone thing.  The book gets far more interesting during the second half which sets up a great stage for further additions to the series.

About the Author

I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing now. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I am enjoying family time with my husband and two children. We live in a quiet community under the Wellsville mountains in Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beauty Extravaganza Giveaway Event!

Welcome to another wonderful giveaway for the ladies given by SSFAM!
Sometimes as women, we are not able to take care of ourselves like we need to but thanks to this giveaway you are now able to take a chance at some wonderful prizes to get you started into a new beauty routine or just start pampering yourself. 
Why enter the giveaway?
Do you have a mother who works all the time and never take time for herself?
Does your wife do more for you and the children than for herself?
When was the last time you went to the spa?
How often do you polish your nails or go to the nail salon?
Does your sister need a makeover and need to pamper herself?
When was the last time you went to the hair salon?
Is your hairstyle up-to-date?
When was the last time your grandmother did something nice for herself?
I am quite sure you can think of many more reasons why you or the woman in your life need to enter this contest.
So let’s get started!
Good luck everyone

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Murder by Prophecy Book Review and Giveaway

What would you do if you had been falsely imprisoned and if while in prison your wife and your children had been brutally murdered? Samuel Maxwell, the Prophet, decides to spend his time plotting out his plan for revenge against the greedy men responsible..
The Prophet stops at nothing to avenge the deaths. Will Inspector Duke Becker and his squad from Special Investigations Homicide be able to stop the Prophet and the reasons behind the killings before more die? 

My Review

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Sam Maxwell was wrongfully imprisoned for 5 years.  Feeling the “The Seven” are to blame for the brutal murders of his wife and children because he wasn’t there to protect them, he goes on a rampage after them.  This was a great read for me, the murders we so well thought out that I was pretty amazed.  It’s a great cat and mouse game as Duke and his squad do everything they can to catch a killer.  Gary Kassay did an ingenious job creating a crafty killer and another fantastic page turner.
About the Author
Gary L. Kassay born on March 20, 1956 in the Bronx, New York.  Married to high school sweetheart, Eileen on May 6, 1978.  Two children, Jason Kassay born March 30, 1980 and Samantha Kassay born January 6, 1986.  Eileen Kassay passed away on May 14, 2003.

Worked as an x-ray tech for six years at Brooklyn Hospital and then joined the New York City Police Department, Transit Police.  Trained for the K-9 unit and worked until injured in the line of duty forcing early retirement.  Next worked in the field of commercial photography, starting in customer service, then becoming the assistant manager, manager and then with two partners buying Diversified Photo located on Long Island.   
Although retired at the time, worked Ground Zero after 9/11 for several weeks.
In 2004 left business to two partners and moved to North Carolina  where he met his second wife Raella. Married on September 10, 2005 in Maui, Hawaii.  Worked for Homeland Security as a TSA officer, and then as a Lieutenant for Guilford County in charge of the Social Services Building.
In 2008  he moved to Casper Wyoming where he currently reside.
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