Friday, August 30, 2019

Review A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards

Emilie Richards has always been one of my favorite authors but she steps it up a bit with her latest.

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: 6-25-2019

 496 pp
 Publisher for review



Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lies low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every revelation, becomes more and more a stranger?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Review-Savage One Interview - Donna Augustine

Today I'm reviewing Savage One, book 2 and finale to The Born Wild mini-series by favorite author Donna Augustine, she's also agreed to let me pick her brain about the series and she's also sponsoring a blog #Giveaway.  Details below

Publisher: Amazon

Release Date: 7-14-2019

 Author for review
Buy It: Amazon

Death isn’t as black and white as they say, at least not for me. I can tell you when you’ll die and pull you back from the brink of death. In a world ravaged by plague, where survival might come down to the smallest misstep, I can help you cheat fate. If only I could save myself…

I’ve been abused and abandoned, bartered and paid for. The only reason I’m alive right now is a man named Callon, who I managed to trick into sticking by me. But things are looking up when my last purchaser calls for a truce, and I land a nice comfy place to live.

Except when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. There is a larger threat lurking that no one sees, and it’s about to wipe out the lodge in order to get to me. In a world torn apart by wars and sickness, a safe place to lay your head is hard to find, and I won’t go down without a fight.

Giveaway is for e-copies of
both Wild One and Savage One
Open International

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review At The Mountain's Edge by Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham writes historical novels that feature a pivotal point in Canadian history, her latest, At The Mountain's Edge, features both the Yukon Gold rush and the rockslide that almost wiped out the mining town of Frank, while highlighting the importance of the Canadian Mounted Police to keep the peace. If this is the way you enjoy learning history the novel should definitely be on your buy list.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada

Release Date: 4-2-2019

 368 pp
 Author for review


From bestselling author Genevieve Graham comes a sweeping new historical novel of love, tragedy, and redemption set during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.
In 1897, the discovery of gold in the desolate reaches of the Yukon has the world abuzz with excitement, and thousands of prospectors swarm to the north seeking riches the likes of which have never been seen before.

For Liza Peterson and her family, the gold rush is a chance for them to make a fortune by moving their general store business from Vancouver to Dawson City, the only established town in the Yukon. For Constable Ben Turner, a recent recruit of the North-West Mounted Police, upholding the law in a place overrun with guns, liquor, prostitutes, and thieves is an opportunity to escape a dark past and become the man of integrity he has always wanted to be. But the long, difficult journey over icy mountain passes and whitewater rapids is much more treacherous than Liza or Ben imagined, and neither is completely prepared for the forbidding north.

As Liza’s family nears the mountain’s peak, a catastrophe strikes with fatal consequences, and not even the NWMP can help. Alone and desperate, Liza finally reaches Dawson City, only to find herself in a different kind of peril. Meanwhile, Ben, wracked with guilt over the accident on the trail, sees the chance to make things right. But just as love begins to grow, new dangers arise, threatening to separate the couple forever.

Inspired by history as rich as the Klondike’s gold, At the Mountain’s Edge is an epic tale of romance and adventure about two people who must let go of the past not only to be together, but also to survive.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

#GIVEAWAY Showcase The Time Traveler Professor book one: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens a Partners In Crime blog tour

Welcome to my stop on The Time Traveler Professor book one: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens. Learn a bit about the book and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway. And be sure to visit the other stops on the tour too!

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The Time Traveler Professor, Book One:

Silent Meridian

by Elizabeth Crowens

on Tour August 18 - September 21, 2019


The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert pianist, but a paranormal investigator and a time traveler professor to a select few.

Like Holmes and Watson trying to solve a mystery, together they explore lost worlds and their friendship is tested to the limits when they go back in time to find it. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.

The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. First Prize winner of Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction and First Prize for Steampunk in the Independent Press Awards. Stay tuned for A POCKETFUL OF LODESTONES; Book Two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Macmillan audio review of Under Currents by Nora Roberts narrated by January LaVoy

Like many women's fiction, romance and paranormal romance lovers Nora Roberts is an auto buy and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to review this one because it was right up there with her very best.
Thanks to Macmillan audio for the audio review copy!

ISBN: 9781250219336
Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 7-9-2019

 14hrs - 36mins
 Macmillan Audio for review
Buy It: Audible



For both Zane and Darby, their small town roots hold a terrible secret. Now, decades later, they've come together to build a new life. But will the past set them free or pull them under?

Zane Bigelow grew up in a beautiful, perfectly kept house in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Strangers and even Zane’s own aunt across the lake see his parents as a successful surgeon and his stylish wife, making appearances at their children’s ballet recitals and baseball games. Only Zane and his sister know the truth, until one brutal night finally reveals cracks in the facade, and Zane escapes for college without a thought of looking back...

Years later, Zane returns to his hometown determined to reconnect with the place and people that mean so much to him, despite the painful memories. As he resumes life in the colorful town, he meets a gifted landscape artist named Darby, who is on the run from ghosts of her own.

Together they will have to teach each other what it means to face the past, and stand up for the ones they love.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sophia Rose reviews Witch Hits the Beach by Ani Gonzalez

Today Sophia Rose brings us a unique beach read for your cozy enjoyment.
Take it away Sophia Rose

Witch Hits the Beach by Ani Gonzalez
#5 Main Street Witches
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  self
Published:  8.11.19
Pages:  184
Rating: 4
Format:  ebook
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Sellers:  Amazon

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Some much deserved R&R

After the spring and summer of flooding I wasn't sure we'd make our Florida vacation that we first planned in May, but alas we're going my darling daughter and son-in-law are taking us.
A week or so after we return I'll also return to full time blogging, the break has been needed but its time to get back.

See you Soon
      Wish you were here! :)

Monday, August 5, 2019

Macmillan audio review of The Guest Book by Sarah Blake narrated by Orlagh Cassidy

Things are slowly getting back to normal and I should have the blog up and running full time later this month but until then I have a few reviews ready to go.
Fingers Crossed X

Sarah Blake is an auto buy for my but when I agreed to review the Macmillan Audio I met another side to this fabulous author.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Release Date: 5-7-2019

 Macmillan Audio for Review
Buy It: Audible



The thought-provoking new audiobook by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Blake

A lifetime of secrets. A history untold.

No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir.

In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does.

So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth.

Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake’s triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Great flood of 2019

Many of you know that I was personally impacted by the spring flooding of the Mississippi river in my rural farming community of Portage Des Sioux in St. Charles County Missouri where both the big rivers the Mississippi and the Missouri were near record flood levels.

Here's a picture taken during the worse of the flooding and if you look close up in the far left corner I've marked my house.