Friday, August 23, 2019

Leave No Scone Unturned by @DeniseSwansonAu #edelweissreview #Book #Review

The back-to-school season can be murder

It's the beginning of the university's fall semester and Dani can't wait for the college students to return to Normalton, Illinois--after all, without them, there is no one to support her Lunch-to-Go service, which is a vital part of her Chef-to-Go business. But Normalton University's orientation week is marred by a mysterious murder, along with a series of car-jackings and sightings of a mysterious creature in a pond on campus. And with the whole town feeling unsettled, Dani finds herself dealing once again with the infuriatingly handsome Spencer Drake, the head of security at the university.

Although Dani vowed that her life would never again be boring and routine after she quit her stifling corporate job, she had no idea that she'd end up dealing with such strange happenings--not to mention murder. But as the trouble in Normalton draw worryingly close to home, Dani realizes that if the killer isn't caught soon, she may be the next one who is found scone cold dead.
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My Review:
Dani has decided to leave her job in HR to be self employed as a caterer and personal chef.  The mansion she's inherited is the perfect distance from the college and has a large dream kitchen.  Added to that, she has arrangements with the three girls she's taken in to assist her.  But Ivy's intended charitable donation of leftovers for the homeless has turned deadly.  Will Dani be accused again because she knew the deceased?

In case you're not a regular reader of my blog, this was a cozy mystery and an extremely light read.  I thought that it was so neat that Denise basically gave us the recipes to most of the things Dani created.  The book flowed nicely but if you're not a foodie, all of the recipes tend to be a bit much.  It was a great story that kept me guessing  for awhile, that was quite a treat for me!  Needless to say, I thought this was a wicked awesome read!👍👍👍👍

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mother Dear #Book #Review

There’s only one thing worse than doing the unthinkable: what you’re willing to do to hide it.

Helen lives a decent, uncomplicated life. Satisfied in her career, she’s raising three happy teenagers, and her family has the most envied house on the street. Admittedly, she’s growing just a little disenchanted with her marriage to her workaholic husband, Werner. But that’s nothing she can’t fix. Then one day Helen comes home to something completely unexpected that threatens to shatter her carefully cultivated world.

For disaffected, young petty criminals Ralf and Brian, it was a scheme to make some cash: a quick home invasion. The targets they’ve chosen are Helen and Werner. With Ralf as lookout, Brian disappears into Helen and Werner’s house. But he never comes out.

And Helen’s nightmare is just beginning. She can’t possibly imagine how much worse it can get or just how far she’ll need to go to protect her family.

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My Review:
Helen and Werner have the perfect marriage, or do they?  When a burglar breaks in while they are home, Helen defends herself but  Werner wants to keep it a secret.  There's only one other person that suspects what happened the night Brian disappeared.  Ralf is determined to find him.....Be careful what you wish for.....

Although this book was slightly suspenseful,  it wasn't as thrilling as I'd hoped.  Maybe it's the difference in cultures, I don't know.  But I couldn't fathom leaving teenagers with a babysitter/grandparent.  I was the sitter at 13, not the other way around.  Also, the disposal of the body made no sense.  If you work in a different area and your boss finds you out of your way in disposal, not once but twice, don't you think she would question why you're there.  Sorry, this book was really badly written and not well thought out.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Stillhouse Lake by @rachelcaine #Book #Review

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children. But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

With her ex now in prison, Gwen has finally found refuge in a new home on remote Stillhouse Lake. Though still the target of stalkers and Internet trolls who think she had something to do with her husband’s crimes, Gwen dares to think her kids can finally grow up in peace.

But just when she’s starting to feel at ease in her new identity, a body turns up in the lake—and threatening letters start arriving from an all-too-familiar address. Gwen Proctor must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her. One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.
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My Review:
Gina Royal was married to a complete monster.  Because of his threats from behind bars, she and her two kids have had to move and change their names numerous times.  But now they have settled in a little sleepy town that they have grown to love and have finally been comfortable enough to make friends.  Once again Melvin Royal threatens their happiness as he sets a plan in action that will change their family forever.

This novel engrossed me from the very first page.  It is one of those books you wished went on for just a little longer.  The mystery kept me guessing, at one point I was as confused as the police officers.  That is when I know I'm reading a challenging and masterfully written novel.  I think I have a new author to follow!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Killing Secret by @WritingDead #Netgalley #Book #Review

When a rising country star is found dead in the Missouri Ozarks, sheriff's detective Katrina “Hurricane” Williams must confront the possibility that the man she loves is involved…

Called to investigate the theft of valuable timber, Katrina finds the dead body of young singer Sharon Rose lying in the snow, shot execution style. When Sheriff Billy Blevins arrives at the crime scene, his strong reaction to seeing the victim is as baffling as a pretty corpse surrounded by tree stumps …
Until Katrina learns that Billy was involved with Rose.  The sheriff's refusal to confide in her, coupled with his erratic behavior, not only puts a strain on their already complicated relationship, it hobbles her homicide investigation. With Billy going rogue, Katrina can’t rely on anyone but herself. Secrets and suspects abound, even in the singer’s own family, and the key to the murder may lie in the lyrics of what is now her swan song …

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My Review:
Katrina Williams is back again, this time investigating the murder of a rising star, Rose Sharon.  Her romance with Sheriff Blevin is extremely rocky, especially when she begins to question what kind of relationship he had with the deceased.

This was an imaginative and well written novel.  Robert Dunn has woven a masterpiece that has corruption and deception at it's best.  It had me completely guessing until the very end.  If you really like suspenseful crime novels then this is the book for you!

About the Author:
I wasn't born in a log cabin but the station wagon did have wood on the side. It was broken down on the approach road into Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the kind of rain that would have made a Biblical author jealous. You never saw a tornado in the Old Testament did you? As omens of a coming life go, mine was full of portent if not exactly glad tidings.

From there things got interesting. Life on a series of Army bases encouraged my retreat into a fantasy world. Life in a series of public school environments provided ample nourishment to my developing love of violence. Often heard in my home was the singular phrase, "I blame the schools." We all blamed the schools.

Both my fantasy and my academic worlds left marks and the amalgam proved useful the three times in my life I had guns pointed in my face. Despite those loving encounters the only real scars left on my body were inflicted by a six foot, seven inch tall drag queen. She didn't like the way I was admiring the play of three a.m. Waffle House fluorescent light over the high spandex sheen of her stockings.

After a series of low paying jobs that took me places no one dreams of going. I learned one thing. Nothing vomits quite so brutally as jail food. That's not the one thing I learned; it's an important thing to know, though. The one thing I learned is a secret. My secret. A terrible and dark thing I nurture in my nightmares. You learn your own lessons.

Eventually I began writing stories. Mostly I was just spilling out the, basically, true narratives of the creatures that lounge about my brain, laughing and whispering sweet, sweet things to say to women. Women see through me but enjoy the monsters in my head. They say, sometimes, that the things I say and write are lies or, "damn, filthy lies, slander of the worst kind, and the demented, perverted, wishful stories of a wasted mind." To which I always answer, I tell only the truth. I just tell a livelier truth than most people.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Shape of Night by @tessgerritsen #Netgalley #Book #Review

A woman trying to outrun her past is drawn to a quiet coastal town in Maine–and to a string of unsolved murders–in this haunting tale of romantic suspense from New York Times bestselling author Tess Gerritsen. Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine, hoping to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house–until she starts to hear strange noises. Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks–and feels–all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up. And as Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden. Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. But even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Random House in exchange for my honest review .

Ava Collette has decided to live in a small Maine town for a few months while she finishes her New England cookbook.  She rents out a beautiful mansion with an amazing views of the ocean.  But living in a historical mansion also includes many stories of the original owner, Captain Jeremiah Brodie.  During the gathering of information for her book, she quickly gets consumed in the history until she begins seeing Captain Brodie.  Is it a figment of her imagination, a drunken hallucination, or is she really seeing an apparition?

This was a great novel, I was drawn in quickly and could not put it down.  I love the way Tess Gerritsen writes, it always just flows. Not only does she have a ghost story but she even squeezes a mystery into the mix!  A fabulous read through and through! 

About the Author:

Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. In 1987, her first novel was published. Call After Midnight, a romantic thriller, was followed by eight more romantic suspense novels. She also wrote a screenplay, "Adrift", which aired as a 1993 CBS Movie of the Week starring Kate Jackson. Tess's first medical thriller, Harvest, was released in hardcover in 1996, and it marked her debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels since then have been: Life Support (1997), Bloodstream (1998), Gravity (1999), The Surgeon (2001), The Apprentice (2002), The Sinner (2003), Body Double (2004), Vanish (2005), The Mephisto Club (2006), and The Bone Garden (2007). Her books have been translated into 31 languages, and more than 15 million copies have been sold around the world. As well as being a New York Times bestselling author, she has also been a #1 bestseller in both Germany and the UK. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon.) Critics around the world have praised her novels as "Pulse-pounding fun" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "Scary and brilliant" (Toronto Globe and Mail), and "Polished, riveting prose" (Chicago Tribune). Publisher Weekly has dubbed her the "medical suspense queen". Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. She lives in Maine. 
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Into The Water by @PaulaHWrites #Book #Review

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense. 

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.
Purchase: Amazon 

My Review:
This was a really good novel, as long as you're able to keep up with the characters.  Each chapter is someone elses point of view, which can be a little confusing at times.  But if you can follow along, it's a wonderful yet sad story about suicide, secrets and misunderstandings.  

About the Author: 

Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. Her first thriller, The Girl on the Train, has been published in over forty languages, has been a No.1 bestseller around the world and is now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Into the Water is her second thriller.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town by @ghostfinder #Netgalley

Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Review:
This book gives you a peek into Jim Hopper's life before moving to Hawkins. It shows what a dynamic police detective he was in New York and also explains why he became a cop in the first place. The only reason I gave this story four stars was that I felt there should have been more interaction between Hopper and Eleven besides the brief comments between the two. The chemistry between Hopper and Delgado was amazing. They truly had each others backs and I loved that. By the second half of the book I was finally drawn in and captivated by this new enemy.

Purchase: Amazon 

About the Author:
Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times

Adam has also written the official tie-in novels for the hit CBS television show ELEMENTARY, and the award-winning DISHONORED video game franchise, and with Chuck Wendig, wrote THE SHIELD for Dark Circle/Archie Comics. Adam is also a contributor to the STAR WARS: FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW 40th anniversary anthology.

Born in New Zealand, Adam has lived in Great Britain since 2006.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Black Ice Burning by @arkahler #Book #Review


The Summer Kingdom has fallen to the Pale Queen, and it’s Claire’s fault. The Winter Kingdom faces destruction, and it’s her fault. Her mother is dead. Everything is her fault.

Once the designated assassin for Queen Mab, Claire is now nothing more than a humiliated mortal, haunted by her own failures. Abandoned by her former allies and stripped of her magic, Claire is banished to the Immortal Circus.

In place of this once-vibrant show now stands an empty husk. Performers who should be tethered to it for eternity are leaving, negating Winter’s last hold on the Dream. Someone is targeting Winter’s power by weakening its contracts—even Claire’s own. And it’s not hard to guess who’s behind it.

Power or no power, contract or no contract, Claire has an obligation to uphold. And with the fate of the worlds hanging in the balance, she takes on the hit she knows will be her last: the Pale Queen.
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My Review:
So Claire accidentally summons the Pale Queen and she wreaks havoc all over.  Claire has to somehow undo the Pale Queen's contract.

I think during everything Eli is my favorite character.  I see him as the comic relief.  I loved how Claire had to learn how to fight without her enchanted knives, and had Kingston, Lilith, and Eli help her along the way.  This was a great, fast paced series.  The ending was awesome and left me questioning if there would be a fourth novel.

Friday, July 26, 2019

New Release! Wicked Resolution

New Release! Wicked Resolution (Wicked Origins Book 4) is only 99c and available in Kindle Unlimited!

Dorothy, now known as the witch killer, leads the charge to the South to take on the last remaining witch in Oz. Glinda is supposed to be the "good" witch, but she might only be a wolf in sheep's clothing. After all, she still has Gin in her prison. I thought we’d won the battle for Emerald City against Jinjur and Mombi, but I’ve never been more wrong. Because of the incident I had with General Falcom during the conflict, he switches sides. Now, we have to figure out a way to get out of the city, save Gin from Glinda, and possibly even free the southern territory, while we’re at it. My reputation as a legend has gotten us new allies before, but would it work again? We need all the help we can get if we’re going to unite Oz and place it under one rule. But whose rule will it be? Jinjur or Mombi? Me or Chimmy? Or is there someone else, who we haven’t thought of yet? This is the thrilling novella conclusion to the series The Wicked Origins Series - a modern YA Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.

Check out the series in Kindle Unlimited!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Before We Were Yours by @LisaWingate #Book #Review

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.
Purchase: Amazon 

My Review:
This was an extremely touching story that had me crying up a storm.  Avery Stafford was raised a child of privilege and one chance encounter  with an elderly woman, she uncovers another side to her family history she had no idea existed.

Although the characters in this novel are fictitious, the adoption organization did really exist and the horrors these poor children saw and experiencesd were extremely heartbreaking, but quite true.  It was an amazing sure to have a box of tissues nearby.

About the Author:
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her work was honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live among the tall pines in the Ouichita Mountains.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Smokescreen by Iris Johansen #Netgalley #Book #Review

In this pulse-pounding thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan journeys to Africa to help families torn apart by a violent attack deep in the jungle--but she may be putting herself in more danger than she knows.

A journalist shows up on Eve Duncan's doorstep with a plea for help. Jill Cassidy has just come from a small African village with a heart wrenching story: half the villagers--many of them children--have been killed in a horrific attack by guerilla soldiers, the bodies burned beyond recognition. Now, the families desperately need Eve's help to get closure and begin to heal.

But when Eve arrives in the remote jungle, she begins to suspect that Jill's plea may have been a cover story for a deeper, more sinister plot. Isolated and unsure who she can trust, Eve finds herself stranded in an unstable country where violence threatens to break out again at any moment and with only her own instincts to rely on if she hopes to get home to her family alive . . .

Pre-order: Amazon 

My Review:

Eve Duncan has once again put her life in danger, trying to prove a deadly guerilla soldier is still alive.  I was pretty shocked that she wasn't surprised that everyone in her family had something come up during the same month.  In my house if it's too good to be true it usually is.

Although I wasn't surprised by that, I actually found the novel to be quite the page-turner.  The intrigue of proving the soldier wasn't the skeleton they had kept me guessing until the very end.

About the Author:
Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great success.

She lives in Georgia and is married. Her son, Roy Johansen, is an Edgar Award-winning screenwriter and novelist. Her daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Keep You Close by @karencleve #Netgalley #Book #Review

An FBI official's sense of right and wrong is blurred when her own son is accused of the unimaginable in this heart-pounding thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know.

Stephanie Maddox makes tough decisions every day. She has her hands full heading the FBI's Internal Investigations division, policing wrongdoers within the Bureau. But, as a single mother, the most important thing in her life is her teenage son Zachary, who's anxiously awaiting college acceptance letters. So when she discovers a gun concealed in Zach's room, her world reels. And then an FBI agent on the domestic terrorism squad shows up at her door and utters three devastating words: "It's about Zachary. . . ."
 Has she been wrong about her near-perfect son? Is Zach embroiled in something criminal--something deadly? And, if so, what is her greater duty: To protect him? Or to protect her country?

Purchase: Amazon

My Review: Steph Maddox is a brilliant member of the FBI. She's had a quiet life since she's moved to Washington, but as she prepares for her son to go away to college. His teenaged secrecy takers new heights, apparently Zach has figured out who his father is and no longer confides in her. When she suspects that the Russians are to blame for the murders of her coworkers and disappearance of others, she must fight her way out of this nightmare and oddly Zachary is mixed up in the middle of it all.

This was an action filled thiller.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout the novel.  It had many twists and kept me guessing until the very end.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cold Dream Dawning by @arkahler #Book #Review

Though trained as a ruthless and efficient killer, Claire barely survived her last assignment. Still reeling from the summoning of the deadly Pale Queen and Roxie’s betrayal, she’s unprepared for Queen Mab’s next demand: to help uncover a new threat to the kingdom, Claire must hunt down the mortal mother she’s never known.

But Claire’s divided loyalties may be the least of her worries: her mother, the former star of the Immortal Circus, has other enemies—including the Summer King. To save the Winter Kingdom from the Pale Queen’s dark designs, Claire must attempt to awaken her mother’s hidden magic. But even if she succeeds, is there magic potent enough to protect her from the dangers lurking in the treacherous forests of the Wildness—or from the shadows in her own heart?
Purchase: Amazon  

My Review:
This is book two of The Pale Queen series.  In book one we're introduced to Claire, Winter Fairy Queen Mab's adopted daughter and trained assassin.  In this portion, Claire is no longer finding out who is stealing "Dream", she is now hunting down the Pale Queen in order to save Winter and Summer.  In order to do this, she must find her biological mother, The Oracle.

This story had me completely enraptured!  I love all of the magic involved, especially Claire's since she's a mortal.  I also enjoy Eli, he's always saving her life.  This novel has tons of nonstop action and even twists you don't see coming....time for book 3. :)

Born to Run by @AnnHunter82

Born to Run
Book 1 of the North Oak Series 
June 10-17
Get your copy today!

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Rumour by @LesleyKara #Netgalley #Book #Review

There's a killer among us.

That's all it takes.

She stabbed little Robbie Harris.

To change a life -

She's living under a new name.

For ever.

She's reformed. So they say . . .

Joanna is going to regret the day she ever said a word.
Pre-Order: Amazon

My Review:
Sometimes rumors can get out of hand.  After all, everyone has to put their own spin on it. Joanna's innocent rumor she'd started took on a life of it's own. Eventually, everyone she knows becomes suspect.

I honestly didn't expect a story about rumors to be as interesting as this novel was.  It was jaw droppingly suspenseful and left me on the edge of my seat until the very end.  I absolutely loved it and look forward to more writings from this author.

About the Author:
Lesley Kara lives on the North Essex coast in the UK. When her children started school, she studied at Greenwich University, London, and trained as a teacher. She worked for many years as a lecturer and manager in a large college of further education in London, but now writes full-time.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Perfect Wife #Netgalley #Book #Review

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives--and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to Abbie half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .

urchase on: Amazon 

My Review: 

This novel was an extremely unique psychological thriller.  It had so many twists that even the ending was completely unexpected.  An amazingly plausible yet fictitious novel!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Thief of Corinth by @TessaAfshar #Book #Review


First-century Corinth is a city teeming with commerce and charm. It’s also filled with danger and corruption—the perfect setting for Ariadne’s greatest adventure.

After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father’s apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future—and very lives—hanging in the balance.

When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they’ve fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for.


My Review:

As Ariadne escapes her grandfather's strict rules, she fails to question what caused her mother to dissolve her marriage.  As she grows up in Corinth, her older brother thrives in Athens as he spends time with great philosophers.  Ariadne begun believing in whichever God would help her achieve her goals.  Suddenly one night, she learns that her father is "the Honorable Thief".  Instead of being angry she started helping him, that is, until the apostle Paul visited her home.  Her father began believing in a God that forgave and the only thing He wanted in return was for us to love him.  As Ariadne was leaving her last heist, her father tried desperately to stop her.

This story truly shows us what a wonderful thing forgiveness really is.  God loves us so much that no matter how badly we stray, He welcomes us back, forgives us, and gives us far more than our hearts desire.

About the Author:
Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. Her first novel, Pearl in the sand, won her “New Author of the Year” by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader’s Choice Awards 2011. Tessa was born in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She serves on the staff of one of the oldest churches in America. But that has not cured her from being addicted to chocolate.

The Mystery of Alice #Book #Review

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: a nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. Plus, a mysterious organization—the Leopold Foundation—is watching her every move. But the real test has just begun. Despite the strange circumstances—in a new house, at a new school—Emily instantly bonds with fellow scholarship winner Alice Wray. And then Alice goes missing. Chronicling every surprising twist and turn of her search through her own private video diary, Emily sets out to find the truth behind Alice’s disappearance. Soon, she’s drawn deep into the inner circle of the Audyn School’s elite, the Nobility, who each have secrets of their own. As clues and lies mount, Emily must sort truth from fiction to solve The Mystery of Alice before it’s too late.

Alice Wray was an unusual girl. She knew all about everyone but hid everything about herself. Now someone is stalking her. When she vanishes only her former bestie Emily can decipher the clues she's left behind to find her.

This was my first audiobook and I honestly didn't think I would be able to follow it. But to my surprise I was completely engrossed from beginning to end. This was a fantastic mystery, well written and keeps you guessing.

About the Author:
I grew up in College Station, TX and first began writing in elementary school. I would write stories and poems with the intention of making my classmates laugh. Twenty years later, I used this same technique to write my first kid’s book.

Over the years, I’ve worked a lot of different jobs—farm laborer, art gallery assistant, bartender, assistant literary agent—before settling on the two jobs that I currently hold: Writer and freelance translator. I now live in Brooklyn with my wife and two cats.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Pale Queen Rising by @arkahler #Book #Review


As the royal assassin, Claire is used to moving between the mortal world and the Winter Kingdom. When the queen commands her to kill, Claire does the job and doesn’t ask questions. Her deadly skills and loyalty are soon tested when Claire is sent to the Immortal Circus, one of the many places where “Dream” is harvested from the imaginings of mortals. There she must find the culprit who is causing Dream to mysteriously disappear before the Winter Kingdom’s supply is depleted enough to threaten its very survival. But when she meets Roxie, a beautiful mortal singer with a strange link to the Dream thieves, Claire quickly recognizes an odd and unexplained connection that may cloud her judgment. As each new clue unveils another secret, Claire finds herself confronting the riddle of her own buried past—and a dangerous illusion that, as part of the Immortal Circus, is just another act in the show.
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My Review:

Claire was taken in by the Winter Fae Queen, Mab, at   a very young age.  Mab has found some usefulness in her human daughter by using her as an assassin.  Now she's asked Claire to solve a mystery before all of the realm of Winter is destroyed.  Someone is stealing dream and using it for their own gain.

At first I was skeptical about this novel, but it kept me completely engrossed.  Eventually I was smitten with the cast of characters, and dying to know who has been stealing the dream.  It kept me at the edge of my seat to the very end.  Then I realized that the story is far from over...