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.

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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 fianc√©, 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 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.