Monday, April 23, 2018

Audible Review: The Thief by J.R. Ward

I've been in love with the Black Dagger Brotherhood and J.R. Ward since the very beginning and I'm still one rabid fan who not-only looks forward to the next book in her series but pre-orders them too and have gone from reading to listening because of Jim Frangione's rendition, this man OWNS this series.
It's hard to believe that The Thief is #16 in the series and just when I think maybe the end is near JR whops me upside the head.
Enjoy my audio review of The Thief by J.R. Ward.



ASIN: B075H14YK4
ISBN-13: 9780451475213
Publisher: Random House Audio
Release Date: 4-10-2018
Length: 14 hrs - 25 mins.
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Black Dagger Brotherhood #
Source: Audible Purchase
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Overview:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • New enemies rise and desire burns in the next thrilling novel of the paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
Sola Morte, former cat burglar and safecracker, has given up her old life on the wrong side of the law. On the run from a drug lord’s family, she is lying low far from Caldwell, keeping her nose clean and her beloved grandmother safe. Her heart, though, is back up north, with the only man who has ever gotten through her defenses: Assail, son of Assail, who never meant to fall in love—and certainly not with a human woman. But they have no future, and not just because she doesn’t know he is a vampire, but because he is not about to stop dealing arms to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Fate, however, has other plans for them. When Assail falls into a coma and lingers on the verge of death, his cousins seek out Sola and beg her to give him a reason to live. The last thing she wants is a return to her past, but how can she leave him to die?
As a lethal new enemy of the vampires shows its face, and the Brotherhood needs Assail back on his feet, Sola finds herself not only a target, but a mission-critical force in a war she doesn’t understand. And when Assail’s truth comes out, will she run from the horror . . . or follow her heart into the arms of the male who loves her more than life itself?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Showcase: Fast Burn by Lori Foster

Today I'm showcasing a fave's newest release, Fast Burn by Lori Foster.
Enjoy!


ISBN-13: 9781459294912
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 3-20-2018
Length: 384pp
Body Armor #4
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Overview:
For the woman who’s his perfect match, he’s willing to break the rules…
The moment Brand Berry meets beautiful, driven Sahara Silver, the connection between them is electric. It’s also something he can’t pursue. Sahara wants him, sure—to join Body Armor, where his MMA skills, size and cocky attitude make him perfect for her elite crew of bodyguards. For Sahara, the agency always comes first, and Brand needs more. Yet when she’s kidnapped by men searching for her missing brother, he doesn’t hesitate.
Somewhere along the way, flirting with Brand for the sake of business turned very personal. Despite his refusal to join Body Armor, it’s Brand who steps up when Sahara needs him most. Now there’s no more time for games, and no point denying the hunger they both feel. They’ll escape together or not at all. But if they survive, can Sahara finally surrend


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig

Today while I enjoy a little r&r Sophia Rose is handling things fine with a good old southern mystery and #1 in Caroline Fardig's new Southern B&B mystery series.
Sophia Rose take it away!
Enjoy!


Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig
#1 Southern B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Alibi
Published:  3.6.18
ASIN: B071K4DV7W
Pages:  231
Format:  eARC
Source:  Net Galley
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GoodReads Blurb:

Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.

Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.

Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.

Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Macmillan Audio Review: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty

I had the pleasure of reviewing the print edition of this spine tingler for Library Journal (review below) so when i saw it on the March Macmillan Audio list I snapped it up. Wow I forgot just how many twists, turns and OMGs this novel gave me.
Enjoy!



ISBN: 9781427293527
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date:  3-13-2018
Length: 13hrs- 3mins
Source: Macmillan Audio
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Overview:
When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new audiobook The Echo Killing.
A city of antebellum architecture, picturesque parks, and cobblestone streets, Savannah moves at a graceful pace. But for Harper McClain, the timeless beauty and culture that distinguishes her home’s Southern heritage vanishes during the dark and dangerous nights. She wouldn’t have it any other way. Not even finding her mother brutally murdered in their home when she was twelve has made her love Savannah any less.
Her mother’s killer was never found, and that unsolved murder left Harper with an obsession that drove her to become one of the best crime reporters in the state of Georgia. She spends her nights with the police, searching for criminals. Her latest investigation takes her to the scene of a homicide where the details are hauntingly familiar: a young girl being led from the scene by a detective, a female victim naked and stabbed multiple times in the kitchen, and no traces of any evidence pointing towards a suspect.
Harper has seen all of this before in her own life. The similarities between the murder of Marie Whitney and her own mother’s death lead her to believe they’re both victims of the same killer. At last, she has the chance to find the murderer who’s eluded justice for fifteen years and make sure another little girl isn’t forever haunted by a senseless act of violence—even if it puts Harper in the killer’s cross-hairs…


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Showcase - Chaser by Kylie Scott

I fell in love with Kylie Scott's gritty and real deal rock stars in her Stage Dive romance series. Chaser is #3 in her spin off Dive Bar series staring the bad boys of a dive bar. I know once you read the teaser excerpt you'll want to be bellying up to their bar too!
Enjoy!


ISBN-13: 9781250083234
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 4-17-2018
Length: 288pp
Dive Bar #3
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Overview:
Love isn’t always NEAT…

Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.
Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.
There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?


Monday, April 16, 2018

#Giveaway - Review - Hidden Tapestry: Interview with author Debra Dean

One of my favorite historical novels is The Madonna's of Leningrad a poignant unforgettable WWII tale about Hitler's march into Leningrad in 1941 and author Debra Dean's debut. So when she reached out to me about her upcoming biography, Hidden Tapestry about the life of Tapestry Artist/Photographer Jan Yoors I couldn't wait to see what this incredible storyteller could do with non-fiction. It blew me away!
Debra and her publisher are also sponsoring a giveaway of the print book details below.
Enjoy!!


ISBN-13: 9780810136830
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Release Date: 4-15-2018
Length: 312pp
Source: Author/Publisher
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Overview:
Hidden Tapestry reveals the unforgettable story of Flemish American artist Jan Yoors—childhood vagabond, wartime Resistance fighter, and polyamorous New York bohemian. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors’s photographs and vast tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan and earned him international acclaim. Though his intimate friends guessed the rough outline of his colorful life, Hidden Tapestry is first to detail his astonishing secrets.
At twelve, Jan’s life took an extraordinary and unexpected turn when, lured by stories of Gypsies, he wandered off with a group of Roma and continued to live on-and-off with them and with his own family for several years. As an adult in German-occupied France, Yoors joined the Resistance and persuaded his adoptive Roma family to fight alongside him. Defying repeated arrests and torture by the Gestapo, he worked first as a saboteur and later escorted Allied soldiers trapped behind German lines across the Pyrenees to freedom.
After the war, he married childhood friend Annabert van Wettum and embarked on his career as an artist. When a friend of Annabert’s, Marianne Citroen, modeled for Yoors, the two began an affair, which led the three to form a polyamorous family that would last for the rest of their lives. Moving to New York, the trio became part of the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in the 1950s.
Told in arresting detail by Debra Dean, best-selling author of The Madonnas of Leningrad, Yoors’s story is a luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

April #LibraryLoveChallenge - The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The 2018 Library Love Challenge is hosted by Angel's Guilty Pleasures


For April's #LibraryLoveChallenge and my in-person book club read we selected The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth. It's about love and early-onset Alzheimer's disease. If you haven't read it and love poignant stories with a cast of characters that you'll remember for a long time after you get to "The End", this book is for you too.
And it's a great way to celebrate #NationalLibraryWeek 
HERE is my chat with Sally when the novel first published


ISBN-13: 9781250051905
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 1-19-2016
Length: 352pp
Source: Library

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Overview:
Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her. Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there’s just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.
Eve Bennett, suddenly thrust into the role of single mother to her bright and vivacious seven-year-old daughter, finds herself putting her culinary training to use at Rosalind house. When she meets Anna and Luke, she is moved by the bond the pair has forged. But when a tragic incident leads Anna’s and Luke’s families to separate them, Eve finds herself questioning what she is willing to risk to help them. Eve has her own secrets, and her own desperate circumstances that raise the stakes even higher.
With huge heart, humor, and a compassionate understanding of human nature, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the power of love to grow and endure even when faced with the most devastating of obstacles. You won’t forget The Things We Keep.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase - Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas

I'm so excited to be showcasing Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas and the publisher that makes the world go round Harlequin is sponsoring a giveaway, details below.
Enjoy!


ISBN-13: 9781335062956
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 4-10-2018
Length: 384pp
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Overview:
“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Timesbestselling author on Ransom Canyon
From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge
When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.
Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?
Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.
An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.



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Mornings on Main
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Friday, April 6, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Audible Review - The Recipe Box By Viola Shipman

I already had a post and giveaway planned for the print edition of The Recipe Box sponsored by St. Martin's Press so when I had the opportunity to review it for Macmillan Audio I thought it would be fantastic to combine the review with the print giveaway. I loved this book and if you read my review you'll learn something that it inspired me to do. I think if you read or listen to it it will inspire you too!
Enjoy!


ISBN-13: 9781250146779
Publisher: Macmillan Audio/St. Martin's Press
Release Date: 3-20-2018
Length: 10hrs 18 minutes - 336pp
Source: Macmillan Audio
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Overview:
"Filled with cherished memories and treasured recipes, The Recipe Box is a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present." —Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"An easy, delightful novel" –Good Housekeeping

In The Recipe Box, bestselling beloved author Viola Shipman spins a tale about a lost young woman and the family recipe box that changes her life.
Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.
As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sophia Rose Reviews: Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility: The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth by Marian Veevers

I'm once again taking a day off and letting Sophia Rose step in. Today she's reviewing a non fiction about two iconic English authoresses.
Sophia Rose take it away!
Enjoy!

Jane and Dorothy: A True Tale of Sense and Sensibility: The Lives of Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth by Marian Veevers
Non-Fiction
Publisher:  Pegasus Books
Published: 4.3.18
ASIN: B074D4T148
Pages: 397
Rating: 4
Format: eARC
Source:  Net Galley
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Blurb:
An intimate portrait of Jane Austen, Dorothy Wordsworth, and their world—two women torn between revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism, artistic creativity and emotional upheavals.

Jane Austen and Dorothy Wordsworth were born just four years apart, in a world torn between heady revolutionary ideas and fierce conservatism, but their lives have never been examined together before. They both lived in Georgian England, navigated strict social conventions and new ideals, and they were both influenced by Dorothy’s brother, the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and his coterie. They were both supremely talented writers yet often lacked the necessary peace of mind in their search for self-expression. Neither ever married.

Jane and Dorothy uses each life to illuminate the other. For both women, financial security was paramount and whereas Jane Austen hoped to achieve this through her writing, rather than being dependent on her family, Dorothy made the opposite choice and put her creative powers to the use of her brilliant brother, with whom she lived all her adult life.

Though neither path would bring lasting fulfillment and independence, both women’s mark on literary culture is undeniable. In this probing book, Marian Veevers discovers a crucial missing piece to the puzzle of Dorothy and William’s relationship and addresses enduring myths surrounding the one man who seems to have stolen Jane’s heart, only to break it . . .

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Review - Showcase - Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence is book two in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy about warrior nuns in a dying world. Those who know me know I love the dark prose, anti-heroes and imaginative worlds that Mark creates, he's a force to be reckoned with in this genre and I have been devouring his work since his first novel, Prince of Thorns released in 2011. If you're a fan of the genre and haven't tried him you're missing out.
My review courtesy RT Book Reviews is below.
Enjoy!



ISBN-13:  978101988886
Publisher: Penguin/Ace
Release Date: 4-3-2018
Length: 432pp
Source: Publisher for Editorial Review
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Overview:
The second novel in a brilliant fantasy series from the international bestselling author of Prince of Thorns.

Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to–and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist.

All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire’s richest lord.

As the world narrows around her, and her enemies attack her through the system she is sworn to, Nona must find her own path despite the competing pulls of friendship, revenge, ambition, and loyalty.

And in all this only one thing is certain: there will be blood.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

#GIVEAWAY Showcase Gumshoe on the Loose by Rob Leninger

I'm super excited to be showcasing Rob Leninger's Gumshoe of the Loose #3 in his Mortimer Angel series. Read a conversation with the author then enter for a chance to win a print copy.
Also Goodreads in having a 100 kindle copy giveaway to enter click HERE.

Enjoy!


ISBN-13: 9781608092741
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 4-3-2018
Length: 384pp
Mortimer Angel #3
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Overview:
“Rob Leininger captures the voice and heart of the classic PI mystery and manages to make it completely original at the same time—Mortimer Angel is my new favorite Private Eye.”—John Lescroart, New York Times best-selling author


IRS agent-turned-PI Mortimer Angel is relaxing in a hole-in-the-wall bar in a Reno casino when an attractive young girl hires him to find out who left her a cryptic message demanding a million dollars. At the girl’s house, Mort finds the body of missing rapper Jonnie Xenon—Jo-X to his legions of fans—hanging from the rafters with two bullet holes in him. Mort is shocked when he learns the identity of the girl’s father—and even more shocked when the father hires him to investigate the murder.

Mort, being Mort, accumulates a few felonies as he follows the clues to Las Vegas. And along the way, he picks up an alluring young assistant who changes his life—in every conceivable way.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

#Giveaway - Interview with Robert Downs The Fix a Partners in Crime blog tour

The Fix

by Robert Downs

on Tour March 1 - April 30, 2018

Synopsis:


Professional gambler, Johnny Chapman, plays the hand he’s dealt, but when he’s dealt a series of losers, he decides to up the ante with more money than he can afford to lose. Just when he thinks his life can’t get any worse, it does. The loan shark he owes the money to demands that he pay up and sends his goons after him. The man offers Johnny one way out—fix a race by fatally injecting the dog most likely to win. A piece of cake, Johnny thinks, until he looks into the big brown eyes of the beautiful dog, and the price suddenly seems too great to pay. Now Johnny’s on the run and the goons are closing in…

Book Details:

Genre: Noir
Published by: Black Opal Books
Publication Date: December 2nd 2017
Number of Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781626948174
Grab your copy of The Fix on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & Goodreads!