Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews- Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh

Today on the blog I welcome Sophia Rose back to review the Brilliance Audio version of Right Behind Her, #4 in Melinda Leigh's Bree Taggert Romantic Suspense series. Read all about why Sophia Rose gave this thriller a 5* review.

Right Behind Her by Melinda Leigh

Narrator: Christina Traister

#4 Bree Taggert

Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Brilliance Audio

Published:  9.14.21


Time:  10 hours

Rating: 5 stars

Narrator: 4.5 stars

Format:  MP3

Source:  Brilliance Audio

Sellers:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

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GoodReads Blurb:

The discovery of human remains unearths another nightmare from Sheriff Bree Taggert’s past in a bone-chilling thriller by #1 Amazon Charts and 'Wall Street Journa'l best-selling author Melinda Leigh.

Twenty-seven years ago, Sheriff Bree Taggert’s father killed her mother, then himself. Now Bree and her younger brother, Adam, find human bones on the grounds of their abandoned family farm. The remains are those of a man and a woman, both murdered in the same horrible way.

When the investigation determines the murders occurred thirty years ago, Bree’s dead father becomes a suspect, forcing Bree to revisit the brutal night she’s spent most of her life trying to forget. The only other suspect is an unlikely squatter on the Taggert farm who claims to know secrets about Bree’s past. When he mysteriously disappears and Bree’s niece is kidnapped, the cold case heats up.

Bree has stoked the rage of a murderer who’ll do anything to keep his identity - and motives - a secret. To protect everyone she loves, Bree must confront a killer.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Showcase- I Was a French Muslim, Memories of an Algerian Freedom Fighter by MOKHTAR MOKHTEFI Translated by ELAINE MOKHTEFI

Today I bring another Other Press new release this one from Algerian born Mokhtar Mokhtefi and this his memoirs was published post mortem.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-180-4
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 09-21-2021
Length: 448pp
Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



This engaging memoir provides a vivid account of a childhood under French colonization and a life dedicated to fighting for the freedom and dignity of the Algerian people.

The son of a butcher and the youngest of six siblings, Mokhtar Mokhtefi was born in 1935 and grew up in a village de colonisation roughly one hundred kilometers south of the capital of Algiers. Thanks to the efforts of a supportive teacher, he became the only child in the family to progress to high school, attending a French lycée that deepened his belief in the need for independence. In 1957, at age twenty-two, he joined the National Liberation Army (ALN), the armed wing of the National Liberation Front (FLN), which had been waging war against France since 1954. After completing rigorous training in radio transmissions at a military base in Morocco, he went on to become an officer in the infamous Ministère de l’Armement et des Liaisons Générales (MALG), the precursor of post-independence Algeria’s Military Security (SM).

Mokhtefi’s powerful memoir bears witness to the extraordinary men and women who fought for Algerian independence against a colonial regime that viewed non-Europeans as fundamentally inferior, designating them not as French citizens, but as “French Muslims.” He presents a nuanced, intelligent, and deeply personal perspective on Algeria’s transition to independent statehood, with all its inherent opportunities and pitfalls.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

#Giveaway Review - Shadow Music - Interview with author Helaine Mario

Today Shadow Music releases, I hope you've read and enjoyed the previous posts on the novel, but today is a treat you get my review, Helaine's and my interview and Helaine is sponsoring a very generous giveaway (details below). So get ready to get excited!

ISBN-13: 978-1608094509
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 09-21-2021
Length: 384 pp
Maggie O'Shea #3
Source: Publisher-Author/Netgalley for review
Buy It: Amazon/B&N/IndieBound



Overcoming loss—finding the courage to move on—trying to stay alive

Late in the Cold War, a young woman escapes from Communist Hungary, vanishing into the night with a priceless painting and a baby girl—setting events in motion from a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come.

Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O’Shea is drawn to Cornwall in search of a long-lost Van Gogh and the truth behind her husband’s death. A journal from World War II Paris holds many of the answers, but only two people know where the Van Gogh is hidden now—a courageous nun and a man presumed dead.

Set against the backdrop of the international music and art world, Maggie finds herself on a collision course with three dangerous Russians who threaten all she holds dear—including her life and the life of the man she has come to love.

Past and present converge in this haunting tale of loss, courage, love, and revenge.

Perfect for fans of Sandra Brown and Iris Johansen

While the novels in the Maggie O’Shea Mystery Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:

The Lost Concerto
Dark Rhapsody
Shadow Music


Monday, September 20, 2021

September Harlequin Special Edition Showcase


It's been a crazy year and it's been awhile since I showcased my beloved HQN Special Edition novels but I hope to keep that tradition going. 
Enjoy September's offerings!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: Misunderstandings and Ardent Love by Susan Adriani

Today my friend Sophia Rose is reviewing a historical romance, another variation of Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Misunderstandings and Ardent Love by Susan Adriani

Historical Romance

Publisher:  Quills & Quartos

Published:  8.23.21


Pages:  474

Rating: 4 stars

Format: Trade Paperback

Source:  Quills & Quartos

Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:

“I have never been able to forget you...I am yours, in body and soul, for as long as I am able to draw breath.”

AFTER MONTHS OF BROODING DESPAIR while Bingley prepares to wed Jane Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy realises he has no choice but to put his heart at risk and try to win the only woman he will ever love.

ELIZABETH BENNET WOULD MORE THAN WELCOME his return to Longbourn. Yet despite such mutually ardent feelings, her most beloved sister and Darcy’s own uncle hold quite the opposite points of view.

TORN BETWEEN PERSONAL LOYALTIES and responsibilities, the couple must balance finding a discreet solution for a family scandal in London and dealing with new outrageous actions by Mr and Mrs Wickham, all while facing a Jane Bennet who cannot forgive Darcy his interference in her love story.

Can the two overcome misunderstandings and meddling and find their way to one another at last?


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Showcase - In The Shadow of the Yali by by SUAT DERVIS Translated by MAUREEN FREELY

Today I'm showcasing yet another fabulous new release from fave indie, Other Press. In the Shadow of the Yali is a recently discovered 1940's novel by feminist and activist Turkish author Suat Dervis.

ISBN-13:  978-1-59051-041-4
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 09-13-201`
Length: 336pp
Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound




Set in a changing Istanbul, this rediscovered 1940s classic from a pioneering Turkish author tells the story of a forbidden love and its consequences.

Raised by her grandmother in one of the famed yalıs, elegant yet crumbling, that line the Bosphorus, Celile occupies a unique space between the old world of the Ottoman Empire and the new world of the Republic. She drifts through ten years of marriage, reserved even with her husband, never tempted to stray from the safe path of respectability. And then one night, intoxicated by a soulful tango, she is suddenly seized with a mad passion for another man, whose reckless pursuit of her should offend but doesn’t. Torn between two men who want to possess her, Celile attempts to live a life true to herself, always keenly aware of the limits placed on her as a woman.

In the Shadow of the Yalı marks the highly anticipated English-language debut of feminist writer and activist Suat Derviş. Her sensitive, strikingly modern portrayal of a love affair, with its frank emphasis on the influence of money, provides a fascinating contrast to classic tales of infidelity such as Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

#Giveaway Showcase: Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills a Partners in Crime virtual tour

Today is my stop on the Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills tour sit back read all about it and don't forget to enter the Giveaway at the end.

Trace of Doubt

by DiAnn Mills

September 1-30, 2021 Tour


Trace of Doubt by DiAnn Mills

Bestselling and award-winning author DiAnn Mills delivers a heart-stopping story of dark secrets, desperate enemies, and dangerous lies.

Fifteen years ago, Shelby Pearce confessed to murdering her brother-in-law and was sent to prison. Now she’s out on parole and looking for a fresh start in the small town of Valleysburg, Texas. But starting over won’t be easy for an ex-con.

FBI Special Agent Denton McClure was a rookie fresh out of Quantico when he was first assigned the Pearce case. He’s always believed Shelby embezzled five hundred thousand dollars from her brother-in-law’s account. So he’s going undercover to befriend Shelby, track down the missing money, and finally crack this case.

But as Denton gets closer to Shelby, he begins to have a trace of doubt about her guilt. Someone has Shelby in their crosshairs. It’s up to Denton to stop them before they silence Shelby—and the truth—forever.

Praise for Trace of Doubt:

"Well-researched... with some surprising twists along the way. In Trace of Doubt, Mills weaves together a tale of faith, intrigue, and suspense that her fans are sure to enjoy." – STEVEN JAMES, award-winning author of SYNAPSE and EVERY WICKED MAN

Trace of Doubt is a suspense reader’s best friend. From page one until the end, the action is intense and the storyline keeps you guessing.” – EVA MARIE EVERSON, bestselling author of FIVE BRIDES and DUST

“DiAnn Mills serves up a perfect blend of action, grit, and heart... Trace of Doubt takes romantic suspense to a whole new level.” – JAMES R. HANNIBAL, award-winning author of THE PARIS BETRAYAL

“Filled with high stakes, high emotion, and high intrigue.” – JLYNN H. BLACKBURN, award-winning author of UNKNOWN THREATand ONE FINAL BREATH

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Number of Pages: 432
ISBN: 1496451856 (ISBN13: 9781496451859)
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | | Tyndale | Books-A-Million | Murder By The Book | Goodreads

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Review- Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Today I'm reviewing, Her Perfect Life, the latest stand alone of one of my favorite female thriller authors, Hank Phillippi Ryan. It kept me up late more than one night and all of you who love a good mystery will love it too.

ISBN-13: 978-1250258885
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: 09-14-2021
Length: 336 pp
Source: Netgalley/Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



The next thrilling standalone novel by USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Everyone knows Lily Atwood—and that may be her biggest problem. The beloved television reporter has it all—fame, fortune, Emmys, an adorable seven-year-old daughter, and the hashtag her loving fans created: #PerfectLily. To keep it, all she has to do is protect one life-changing secret.
Her own.
Lily has an anonymous source who feeds her story tips—but suddenly, the source begins telling Lily inside information about her own life. How does he—or she—know the truth?
Lily understands that no one reveals a secret unless they have a reason. Now she’s terrified someone is determined to destroy her world—and with it, everyone and everything she holds dear.
How much will she risk to keep her perfect life?

Friday, September 10, 2021

Clearing out my backlist-Review of Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street by Karen White

Today I'm digging deep into my backlist going back two years to October of 2019 and back to one of my favorite series and authors and reviewing The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, #6 in Karen's Tradd Street series. Who knows why it took me so long to finally read this but I finally did. What I do know is that it will NOT take me that long to read #7.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Shadow Music by Helaine Mario Teaser

In a little over a week Helaine Mario's Shadow Music third in her books featuring Maggie O'Shea releases from Oceanview Publishing so I thought it would be fun to have a little teaser post to get you all ready for it. Be sure and check back on release day because Helaine is sponsoring a FABULOUS giveaway.
Enjoy the teaser!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

A Dark Week

 Most of you know that we lost our oldest daughter Vicky to cancer last December. I did okay on the 6th month anniversary of her death but last week she would have turned 56 and it's been a very dark week for me. So it's been hard to be on the computer on social media sites for a while but I'm coming out of it slowly the sunshine and cooler weather letting me venture outside more is helping. But I just wanted to let you know why I've been AWOL this past week.

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pics of her with you

Review Mindful Eating-Interview with author Nathalie Seaton

Today I'm reviewing a book that I am actively using in my every day eating habits and hope to be using them for the rest of my life. It's about looking at eating in a new way.

ISBN-13: 978-1952213267
Publisher: JK Publishing 
Release Date: 06-15-2021
Length: 190 pp
Source: Author for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Are you seeking out a healthy way to help yourself overcome eating issues or an eating disorder?

Are you already familiar with the concept of mindful eating, but you want to find a book that you can use as your bible on the subject?

Maybe you have tried eating mindfully before, but know that without the relevant and vital information you need, any attempts to change your diet will likely be futile.

Or perhaps you have never even heard of mindful eating, but you are desperate to make a change for the better and are willing to try anything?

Have no fear! Mindful Eating is the perfect book for you, packed with essential tips and tricks about how you can begin changing your diet for the better, and subsequently improve your life in the process.

And the best part? If you follow the guidance in this book, then you can still eat whatever you want!

Mindfulness is a practice that allows you to gain control over your eating habits and make changes for the better. Mindful eating allows you to seek methods that tackle eating problems head on, and release their power over you.

Gone will be the days of stressfully counting calories, restricting what you can eat, and creating a bad relationship with food.

Reading this book will not only change the way that you eat, but it will also change your life. Can you really afford to miss out and such life-altering information?

In this book, learn more about this and so many more benefits that come from mindful eating.

Inside Mindful Eating discover:

● How to to find the middle ground between restrictive eating and eating mindlessly

● How you can eat any food you want if you are a mindful eater (absolutely no foods are off-limits)

● How to Find Joy in Every Bite

● How to cope with your personal and emotional problems without overeating

● How to identify overeating triggers and how to deal with them

● Practical tips to help you with your weight loss efforts

● How to eat Mindfully during holidays, special events, or when going out

● How to overcome binge eating, emotional eating, and other eating disorders in a healthy way

● How to deal with your cravings

And much, much more!

Isn't it time you took back control of what you put into your body?

Grab a copy of Mindful Eating, and change your life for the better today!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Faraway a Novel by Lo Yi-Chin. Translated by Jeremy Tiang

Today I'm showcasing Faraway, a novel by Taiwanese author Lo Yi-Chin, a Columbia University Press new release.

ISBN-13: 9780231193955
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 09-07-2021
Length: 328pp
Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/B&N/ IndieBound



In Taiwanese writer Lo Yi-Chin’s Faraway, a fictionalized version of the author finds himself stranded in mainland China attempting to bring his comatose father home. Lo’s father had fled decades ago, abandoning his first family to start a new life in Taiwan. After travel between the two countries becomes politically possible, he returns to visit the son he left behind, only to suffer a stroke. The middle-aged protagonist ventures to China, where he embarks on a protracted struggle with the byzantine hospital regulations while dealing with relatives he barely knows. Meanwhile, back in Taiwan, his wife is about to give birth to their second child. Isolated in a foreign country, Lo mulls over his life, dwelling on his difficult relationship with his father and how becoming a father himself has changed him.

Faraway is a powerful meditation on the nature of family and the many ways blood can both unite and divide us. Lo’s depiction of family dynamics and fraught politics contains a keen sense of irony and sensitivity to everyday absurdity. He offers a deft portrayal of the rift between China and Taiwan through an intimate view of a father-son relationship that bridges this divide. One of the most celebrated writers in Taiwan, Lo has been greatly influential throughout the Chinese-speaking world, but his work has not previously been translated into English. Jeremy Tiang’s translation captures Lo’s distinctive voice, mordant wit, and nuanced portrayal of Taiwanese culture.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Showcase-Blog Tour: A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines a Partners in Crime Virtual Tour

Today I'm excited to bring you another fantastic tour offering by Partners In Crime, A timely Tale, A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines.

A Plague Among Us

A Chautauqua Murder Mystery

by Deb Pines

September 1-30, 2021 Tour


A Plague Among Us by Deb Pines

When Al Martin, the editor of a satiric newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y., reportedly dies of COVID-19, the local consensus is: good riddance.

A sister suspects foul play. She wonders why Al was cremated in a hurry.

The police stay out of it.

So it takes reporter and relentless snoop Mimi Goldman to try to find which of Al's haters— including an estranged wife, three bitter siblings, a secretive caregiver, old enemies and the many targets of Al's poison-pen sarcasm—might be a ruthless killer.

The novel, No. 8 in a series called “an Agatha Christie for the text-message age,” once again offers page-turning suspense. Wit. And the unforgettable setting of Chautauqua, a quirky, churchy, lakeside, Victorian cottage-filled summer arts community that launched an adult-education movement Teddy Roosevelt called “the most American thing in America.”

Kirkus Reviews calls A Plague Among Us “an intriguing and engaging crime tale” and “enjoyable novel” with “captivating characters.”

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: KDP
Publication Date: July 1, 2021
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN: 979-8525017368
Series: Mimi Goldman Chautauqua Mysteries, Book 8 | Each book can be read as a Stand-Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Review: Luna Finds Love Everywhere by Dr. Shainna Ali Illustrations by Caterina Oliveira

Today on the blog I'm reviewing Luna Finds Love Everywhere, a self-love book for young children.

ISBN-13: 978-1646041923
Publisher: Bloom Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 08-17-2021
Length: 32 pages
For ages 3-5 years
Source: Publicist for review

Buy It:  Amazon/B&N/IndieBound


Celebrate the joy of learning to love yourself with Luna and friends!

Meet Luna, a little girl who loves playing outside, helping her family, and learning new things. As Luna goes through her regular daily routine, she realizes how much love there is to appreciate around her and within herself too. She learns kindness, sharing, and even what to do when things don’t go her way. With simple prompts and activities scattered throughout the story, children will be able to explore the principles of self-love into their own lives. Kids will have a blast learning along with Luna as they discover the importance of loving each other and oneself!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: A Good Day For Chardonnay by Darynda Jones

Today Sophia Rose is reviewing A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones. 

A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones

#2 Sunshine Vicram

Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Published:  7.27.21


Pages:  416

Rating: 4.5

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers:  AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo

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GoodReads Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones comes the second novel in her laugh-out-loud Sunshine Vicram mystery series, A Good Day for Chardonnay.

Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff—and even fuller-time coffee guzzler—Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo.

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally.

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

#MacmillanAudio Review of Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy narrated by Saskia Maarleveld

Today I'm reviewing the Macmillan Audio edition of a haunting brilliant novel, an instant bestseller from the author who brought us Migrations. This will be on all literature lovers keeper shelf.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 08-03-2021
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible



From the author of the beloved national best seller Migrations, a pulse-pounding new novel set in the wild Scottish Highlands.

Inti Flynn arrives in Scotland with her twin sister, Aggie, to lead a team of biologists tasked with reintroducing 14 gray wolves into the remote Highlands. She hopes to heal not only the dying landscape, but Aggie, too, unmade by the terrible secrets that drove the sisters out of Alaska.

Inti is not the woman she once was, either, changed by the harm she’s witnessed - inflicted by humans on both the wild and each other. Yet as the wolves surprise everyone by thriving, Inti begins to let her guard down, even opening herself up to the possibility of love. But when a farmer is found dead, Inti knows where the town will lay blame. Unable to accept her wolves could be responsible, Inti makes a reckless decision to protect them. But if the wolves didn’t make the kill, then who did? And what will Inti do when the man she is falling for seems to be the prime suspect?

Propulsive and spell-binding, Charlotte McConaghy's Once There Were Wolves is the unforgettable story of a woman desperate to save the creatures she loves - if she isn’t consumed by a wild that was once her refuge.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"Another triumph for a rising fiction star, offering an intensely realized world for readers to get lost in.” (BookPage, starred review)

Monday, August 30, 2021

Cover Reveal- Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner author of The Jane Austen Society


I am super psyched to bring you this cover reveal from the author of The Jane Austen Society, Natalie Jenner. Her upcoming novel features Evie Stone, one of the star characters from her debut.
Sit back relax and let me tell you all about it!

It  all started with Natalie's debut novel, The Jane Austen Society which became an almost instant bestseller and rightfully so. The novel features a group of Jane Austen fans who want to save her last home. One of the characters in the novel, Evie Stone is one of the stars of Natalie's upcoming novel.

Here is a link to my blog post about The Jane Austen Society including my review-

Friday, August 27, 2021

Showcase: All Night Long With A Cowboy by Caitlin Crews

Today on the blog I'm showcasing the latest in Caitlin Crews's Kittredge Ranch series, All Night Long With A Cowboy.

ISBN-13: 9781250750006
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Release Date: 08-24-2021
Length: 368pp 
Kittredge Ranch #2
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



USA Today bestseller Caitlin Crews returns with All Night Long with a Cowboy," another emotional romance in her stunning cowboy series Kittredge Ranch.

If you play with fire…

One of the most notorious cowboys in Cold River, Jensen Kittredge always has willing women with sweet smiles vying for a place in his bed. So when the prissy high school librarian sidles up to him in the most disreputable bar in town with a scowl on her face, he has no idea what to make of it. Much less the attraction he feels toward the bespectacled creature who wants something from him… but not that. Yet.

Someone gets burned…

Harriett Barnett doesn’t care for dens of iniquity— or the insolent cowboy she certainly shouldn’t find attractive. But one of her students needs her help, and if she needs to corral the infamous Jensen to save him, she will. Trouble is, the town’s favorite Kittredge brother is a lot more than she bargained for. Harriett's happy little life is orderly and neat, just how she likes it—until Jensen blows it all apart with his particular brand of addictive passion. Can a modern-day schoolmarm really tame the wildest cowboy in town? Or is Harriet headed for a terrible fall?

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Showcase: Nicotine A Love Story Up In Smoke by by GREGOR HENS Translated by JEN CALLEJA

My copy of this book just arrived and I can not wait to dig into it, a former smoker's look at the embodiment of his almost life long dependence on Nicotine. I know from experience that there is no louder voice against smoking then from an ex-smoker so I'm excited to see what this ex-smoker has to say.

ISBN-13: 978-1-63542-052-4
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 8-24-2021
Length: 208pp

Buy It: Publisher/Amazon/B&N/ IndieBound


By turns philosophical and darkly comic, an ex-smoker’s meditation on the nature and consequences of his nearly lifelong addiction.

Written with the passion of an obsessive, Nicotine addresses a lifelong addiction, from the thrill of the first drag to the perennial last last cigarette. Reflecting on his experiences as a smoker from a young age, Gregor Hens investigates the irreversible effects of nicotine on thought and patterns of behavior. He extends the conversation with other smokers to meditations on Mark Twain and Italo Svevo, the nature of habit, and the validity of hypnosis. With comic insight and meticulous precision, Hens deconstructs every facet of dependency, offering a brilliant analysis of the psychopathology of addiction.

This is a book about the physical, emotional, and psychological power of nicotine as not only an addictive drug, but also a gateway to memory, a long trail of streetlights in the rearview mirror of a smoker’s life. Cigarettes are sometimes a solace, sometimes a weakness, but always a witness and companion.

This is a meditation, an ode, and a eulogy, one that will be passed hand-to-hand between close friends.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

#GIVEAWAY Gone Hunting by Cecy Robson Cover Reveal Caffeinated PR

Gone Hunting, the prequel that takes us back to Aric Conner and Celia Wird's first encounter in the mountains of Colorado, has a fresh look. Whether you are a fan of Cecy Robson's Weird Girl Urban Fantasy series or a new reader, you'll want to devour their story. Check out the cover, read an excerpt, download your copy and enter to win!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong

I think this is the first time I've had Sophia Rose back to back on the blog, today she's reviewing the Tantor Audio edition of the first in a brand new Urban Fantasy Series by Kelley Armstrong, Cursed Luck.

Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong, narrated by Carly Robins

#1 Cursed Luck

Urban Fantasy

Publisher:  Tantor Audio

Published: 5.4.21

Time:  12 hours 20 minutes


Rating: 4 stars

Narrating: 5 stars

Format: MP3

Source:  Tantor Audio

Sellers:  AmazonAudible

ADD TO: GoodReads


GoodReads Blurb:

Kennedy Bennett comes from a long line of curse weavers. For centuries, her family has plied their trade in Unstable, Massachusetts, a quirky small town that’s welcomed paranormal practitioners since the dawn of spiritualism. Kennedy has recently struck out on her own, opening an antiques shop in Boston, where her specialty is uncursing and reselling hexed objects.

Then Aiden Connolly walks into her life with an offer she really should refuse. The scion of a wealthy family of luck workers, Aiden has a scheme to get his hands on the most famous cursed object of all: the mythical Necklace of Harmonia. He’s not the only one after the necklace, though. And he’s not the only one looking for a curse weaver to fix it. Kennedy’s sisters are kidnapped, she finds herself plunged into the underbelly of the magical world where even Aidan soon finds himself in over his head.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashely

Today I welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog this time to review #5 in Jennifer Ashely's Kat Holloway Mysteries, Death At The Crystal Palace. This series has been on my wish list for a while and every time I read one of Sophia Rose's fantastic reviews it goes up a rung or two on the ladder.

Death at the Crystal Palace by Jennifer Ashley

#5 Kat Holloway Mysteries

Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Berkley

Published: 7.6.21

Pages:  336


Rating: 4.5 stars

Format: eARC

Source:  Net Galley

Sellers:  Amazon/ Barnes and Noble /Kobo



GoodReads Blurb:

While attending an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, young cook Kat Holloway is approached by a woman in distress. Lady Covington is a wealthy widow convinced that her entire family is trying to kill her. Kat feels compelled to help, and she escorts the lady home to discover whether she is delusional or in true danger.

It is quickly apparent that the threat is all too real, and Kat promises aid. Her charming confidant Daniel McAdam is busy infiltrating a plot against the Crown, and she worries he will not have time to lend his sleuthing expertise. This might be for the best, as Kat fears her growing emotional entanglement with Daniel can only lead to disaster. But soon, Kat faces a more serious threat when her involvement in both investigations plunges her into peril.


Friday, August 20, 2021

Showcase: The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne

Today I'm showcasing, The House of Special Purpose by John Boyne, a new release from favorite indie house Other Press.

ISBN-13: 978-1-59051-598-3
Publisher: Other Press
Release Date: 08-17-2021
Length: 480pp
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From the author of The Heart’s Invisible Furies and The Absolutist, a propulsive novel of the Russian Revolution and the fate of the Romanov family.

Part love story, part historical epic, part tragedy, The House of Special Purpose illuminates an empire at the end of its reign. Eighty-year-old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past—a past of death, suffering, and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days.

Living in England with his beloved wife, Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him.

As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St. Petersburg, to the Winter Palace of the czar, in the early twentieth century—a time of change, threat, and bloody revolution. As Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence Narrated by Helen Duff Book #1 The Book of the Ice

Today Sophia Rose is back and is reviewing the Penguin Random House audio edition of The Girl and the Stars by a favorite fantasy author of mine, Mark Lawrence. This is the first in his new The Book of the Ice series.

The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Helen Duff

#1 The Book of the Ice


Publisher:  Penguin Audio

Published:  5.5.20


Time:  18 hours 21 minutes

Rating: 4

Narrator Rating: 5

Format: MP3

Source:  Penguin Random House Audio

Sellers:  Amazon /Barnes & NobleKobo

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GoodReads Blurb:

A stunning new epic fantasy series following a young outcast who must fight with everything she has to survive, set in the same world as Red Sister.

In the ice, east of the Black Rock, there is a hole into which broken children are thrown. Yaz's people call it the Pit of the Missing, and now it is drawing her in as she has always known it would.

To resist the cold, to endure the months of night when even the air itself begins to freeze, requires a special breed. Variation is dangerous, difference is fatal. And Yaz is not the same.

Yaz's difference tears her from the only life she's ever known, away from her family, from the boy she thought she would spend her days with, and has to carve out a new path for herself in a world whose existence she never suspected. A world full of difference and mystery and danger.

Yaz learns that Abeth is older and stranger than she had ever imagined. She learns that her weaknesses are another kind of strength and that the cruel arithmetic of survival that has always governed her people can be challenged.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Showcase Bad Scene by Max Tomlinson Oceanview Publishing

Today I'm showcasing, Bad Scene by Max Tomlinson, a new release from one of my very favorite small mystery indie houses, Oceanview Publishing.

ISBN-13: 978-1608093458
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release Date: 08-03-2021
Length: 336pp 
Colleen Hayes #3
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben’s gritty noir suspense

When PI and ex-con, Colleen Hayes, learns that a local neo-Nazi group are talking about shooting the mayor, she thinks it’s just another rumor—until her source, a humble street newspaper vendor, winds up in SF General, beaten to a pulp.

To add to her grief, she discovers that her runaway daughter, Pamela, might have joined a shadowy religious group, building a church in South America near a volcano that is about to erupt. Death is the path to perfection according to the charismatic young preacher—and the date is fast approaching.

Colleen is desperate to find a way to stop her daughter from making the ultimate mistake before she—along with hundreds of others—lose their lives.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

#GIVEAWAY #Audiblereview: The Ninth Session by Deborah Serani Narrated by the author a Partners in Crime virtual blog tour

Today is my stop on The Ninth Session blog tour so sit back and learn a little about the novel, read my review and don't forget to enter the #Giveaway for an Audible copy of the novel at the end.

The Ninth Session by Deborah Serani Banner

The Ninth Session

by Deborah Serani

August 9-27, 2021 Audiobook Review Tour


The Ninth Session by Deborah Serani

An edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that brings a unique mix of psychotherapy and sign language and Coda culture. Just when you think you have it figured out, think again!

Dr. Alicia Reese takes on a new patient. Lucas Ferro suffers with crippling anxiety, and as sessions progress, he begins to share the reasons why he's struggling. As Ferro's narrative becomes more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth. And, finally, when Ferro reveals his secrets, Reese learns how far she's willing to go, willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.

The Ninth Session Audiobook Details:

Genre: Suspense Thriller
Published by: TouchPoint Press
Publication Date: September 26th 2019
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible | Goodreads

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Monday, August 16, 2021

Sophia Rose Reviews: Beyond the World by TJ & ML Wolf, Narrated by Kat Bohn

Today I welcome Sophia Rose back to the blog to review the finale to a Sci-Fi trilogy.

Beyond the World by TJ and ML Wolf, narrated by Kat Bohn

#3 Survival Trilogy


Publisher:  Terrance Wolf

Published:  2.12.21


Time:  8 hours 45 minutes

Rating: 4

Narrator Rating: 4

Format: Audible

Source:  Authors

Sellers:  AmazonAudible

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GoodReads Blurb:

In 2020, a year after an out-of-this-world encounter in Chinatown, Una Waters ventures into Yosemite National Park with General Ashcroft, on their honeymoon. When a coded distress call pulls him unexpectedly away on duty, Una uncovers a UFO mystery and turns to compadre Jack Howser for help. Joined by friends from Explorers Club, their quest for answers leads to a string of unworldly campsites, ancient caves, living pterosaurs, and a military manhunt--all fueled by an Alien conspiracy that threatens the survival of humanity! Una comes to realize that Fear of the Unknown may be our greatest obstacle, and the fight to overcome it requires Transformation: a willingness to let go of the Lies we hold dear.


Friday, August 13, 2021

Review- She Wouldn't Change A Thing Interview with author Sarah Adlakha

When I saw a review for this novel I knew I had to have it for two reasons, the premise really intrigued me and it was a debut so today I'm reviewing this amazing debut, She Wouldn't Change A Thing and picking the brain of it's incredible creator, Sarah Adlakha.

ISBN-13:  9781250774552
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Release Date: 08-10-2021
Length: 304pp
Source: Netgalley/Publisher for review
Buy It: Amazon/ B&N/ IndieBound



Sliding Doors meets Life After Life in Sarah Adlakha's story about a wife and mother who is given the chance to start over at the risk of losing everything she loves.

A second chance is the last thing she wants.

When thirty-nine year old Maria Forssmann wakes up in her seventeen-year-old body, she doesn’t know how she got there. All she does know is she has to get back: to her home in Bienville, Mississippi, to her job as a successful psychiatrist and, most importantly, to her husband, daughters, and unborn son.

But she also knows that, in only a few weeks, a devastating tragedy will strike her husband, a tragedy that will lead to their meeting each other.

Can she change time and still keep what it’s given her?

Exploring the responsibilities love lays on us, the complicated burdens of motherhood, and the rippling impact of our choices, She Wouldn't Change a Thing is a dazzling debut from a bright new voice.