Monday, September 30, 2019

Of Fire and Lions by @MesuAndrews #Netgalley #Book #Review


Synopsis: The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life in this novel for readers of Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series or Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series.


Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone? Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.

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My Review:
Of Fire and Lions takes on a biblical journey with Daniel and Abigail.  From their childhood friendship to proving their faith with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being sent into the fiery furnace for not conforming to their ways.  Now years later Abigail's secret is about to become unraveled.

Daniel has always been my favorite book of the Bible, his faith has always been unwavering and unshakeable.  This is a brilliantly written version on Daniel, and wonderful example of faith that knows no bounds.

About the Author:
Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.

The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.

Mesu and her husband Roy have raised those two daughters and now enjoy a tribe of grandkids, who get to hear those same Bible stories. Mesu's love for God's Word has never waned. She now writes biblical novels, rich with spiritual insight learned through fascinating discoveries in deep historical research.


Friday, September 27, 2019

The Last Chapter Book Review


Emma Barton is drowning. A single mother of a son with a genius-level IQ and Autism, she’s given up on love to focus on the child who needs her. Her writing aspirations—the only dream she hasn't abandoned—withers as her latest novel bombs, and she’s dropped by her publisher.

Ethan Wise, an A-list actor, wants an Oscar, but he’d settle for being something other than a romantic comedy lead or a beefcake superhero. Discovering Emma’s novel happened by chance, but it could also be his opportunity to finally become a serious actor.

When Ethan seeks Emma out to buy the movie rights to her novel, they fall so passionately in love their lives are turned upside down.

Emma wants to be with Ethan, but there’s her son to consider and the secrets she’s kept to protect him. She’ll do anything to keep her little boy’s world safe and happy.

She’d even give up the love of her life.

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My Review:
Although all relationships have their challenges, Ethan and Emma had more than their fair share. It's had managing an autistic child, and it's even worse when you're a single mom. Ethan comes across as a godsend. When JD has a meltdown, Ethan manages to calm him easily. Even though the story has the expected happy ending all love stories have, this couple had to overcome some insurmountable obstacles.

I love how well the story flowed. There was a complete understanding of Asperger's Syndrome. Your heart broke for Emma and all that she's been through. I don't blame her for being leery when she first meets Ethan. I found this a beautiful love story that we all can connect with.
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Died in the Wool #Netgalley #Book #Review

Synopsis:
No good deed goes unpunished in the Whisky Business cozy mystery series as distillery owner Abigail Logan uncovers dark secrets—and murder—at a local charity.

Photojournalist Abi Logan is finally ready to put her hectic career on hold and set down roots in the heart of the Scottish countryside. Studying the business and art of distilling whisky at Abbey Glen and volunteering at the Shepherd’s Rest women’s shelter in her spare time seem a surefire way to find the peace and stability she craves. It’s also the logical way to take her mind off her personal life. Abi’s business partner, Grant MacEwan, is facing a career-threatening disability, and as much as Abi longs to be there for him, he seems to prefer the company of a rival.

But as Abi becomes more involved with Shepherd’s Rest, she discovers that their refuge is elusive. When the shelter is rocked by a murder/suicide, Abi is outraged by the police’s lack of attention to these already marginalized women. Increasingly confident in her own skills as an investigator, Abi steps in to find out what the police will not: who left one young woman dead and another missing. But when more deadly deeds come to light, Abi must race to unravel the connections between the shelter’s benefactors and the women they have pledged to protect—and expose the killer before he strikes again.
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My Review:
Abi, the whiskey maker that relies on Grant for guidance is more interested in a good mystery.  She seems to be a magnet for trouble.  When she gets involved with Woolies and Shepherd's Rest, she finds more than she expected wrong with their situation....all I can say without revealing too much, is that Abi is an extremely determined woman!

I loved how this cozy mystery was written.  It flowed wonderfully and the focus was primarily on figuring out what was happening other than the whiskey.  There was only a hint of romance until the mystery was solved.  I really liked that, and the fact that this novel really has something for everyone.


About the Author:

Melinda Mullet, was born in the US to two British parents. She grew up between Texas and the UK, eventually studying English Lit at an American university before deciding to embark on a career in international law.

After many years in the legal trenches she is happy to be known as a former lawyer, a travel junkie, and a life-long advocate for children’s literacy causes both domestic and international.

Melinda lives just outside of Washington, DC with her whisky-collecting husband, two extraordinary young women she is proud to call her daughters, and an obedience school drop out named Macallen.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Listening to Love by #BethWiseman #Netgalley #Book #Review

Synopsis:
He’s Amish. She’s Englisch. They are best friends, despite what the gossips say. But could the rumor mill know more than they do?

Englischer Natalie Collins looks forward to Friday night suppers at Levi and Mary Shetler’s house every week: delicious food, wonderful conversation with her Amish friends, and, best of all, the presence of Levi’s older brother Lucas. Natalie and Lucas have become best friends despite their different backgrounds. They share a love of books, and he is teaching her about God in a way that she can understand.

But the closer they become, the more opinions everyone seems to have. Levi and Mary, Lucas’s family, and even Natalie’s mother—whose own life is a mess at the moment—have concerns about their relationship. Why can’t everyone understand that it’s possible to just be friends? Besides, they couldn’t be together even if they wanted to be. Lucas would never leave the Amish faith, and Natalie is Englisch and pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine.

But when a terrifying accident happens, Natalie and Lucas are forced to confront their true feelings and decide if they can stay true to themselves and each other. 

The second novel in the Amish Journeys series by bestselling author Beth Wiseman explores the compromises and sacrifices it takes to truly listen to love.
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My Review:
Natalie Collins has spent her entire life growing up in Amish country.  She became fast friends with Levi and Mary Shetler and began having dinner with them on Friday nights.  To her surprise, Lucas, Levi's handsome brother begins joining them.  What started off as an innocent love of books, and Lucas increasing Natalie's faith in God, quickly turns into something neither on saw coming.

This was a great love story and lesson in trusting God guide your life even if it doesn't make sense.  I enjoyed this novel, I was moved by the faith they had and learned quite a bit about trusting that God has total control of one's life.
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About the Author:
"I wish I had the time to review books and chat with you here, but my writing deadlines just don't allow it. Please like my Fans of Beth Wiseman Page on Facebook where I try to post any news and interact with readers." 

Beth is the best-selling and award winning author of the Daughters of the Promise series - Plain Perfect, Plain Pursuit, Plain Promise, Plain Paradise, and Plain Proposal. She is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Her other series--the Land of Canaan Novels--begins with Seek Me With All Your Heart, then The Wonder of Your Love and now, His Love Endures Forever. Seek Me With All Your Heart is the first Amish fiction book selected as a Women of Faith novel in 2011. Beth has also written three contemporary Christian fiction novels, Need You Now published in 2012 and The House That Love Built in 2013. In The Promise, (2014) Beth jumps way outside the box. This story takes readers far away from Amish Country and small Texas towns to a dangerous place on the other side of the world. Inspired by a true story, Beth believes this is the book she’s been working toward for a long time. 2015 brings Beth back to the Pennsylvania Amish with her new series, Amish Secrets. She is currently working on book #2 following much success with book #1, Her Brother's Keeper. 
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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Night Window #Book #Review

Synopsis:
Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk's resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the "Arcadian" conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the "adjusted" people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America's future, Jane will require all her resources--and more--as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.
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My Review:
The Night Window is the fourth and final book in the series.  I originally thought it was going to be a trilogy.  After all, how long can a single mom escape the clutches of the evil Arcadians?  Apparently very, very long.  The ending was so plausible and made so much sense.

This was one of my favorite Dean Koontz series'.  There was neverending action and I enjoyed the strong female main character.  There was one point when I wasn't quite sure if the good guys were good or brainwashed to believe they were good.  All in all, it was a fantastic ending.  I absolutely loved it.

Friday, August 23, 2019

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

Synopsis:
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!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mother Dear #Book #Review

Synopsis:
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

Synopsis: 
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

Synopsis:
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

Synopsis:
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.
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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

Synopsis:
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.
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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.

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About the Author:
Adam Christopher’s debut novel EMPIRE STATE was SciFiNow’s Book of the Year and a Financial Times
Book of the Year. The author of MADE TO KILL, STANDARD HOLLYWOOD DEPRAVITY, and KILLING IS MY BUSINESS, Adam’s other novels include SEVEN WONDERS, THE AGE ATOMIC, and THE BURNING DARK.


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

Synopsis:

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

Synopsis:
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 fiancΓ©, 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.
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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 book...be 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

Synopsis:
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

Synopsis:
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


Synopsis:
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.