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  • The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

    Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Naomi is still searching for her lost sister.  She managed to get away from the predator who took her and her little sister but she couldn't take her with her.  She told her she'd be back.  She can help other people find their missing children.  It's heartbreaking not to be able to find her sister...Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This story is sad.  It's about homeless girls and boys and what they have to do to eat and clothe themselves.  It's Read More
  • Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    Ella has cancer and she has lost her words.  She can make noises but no one can understand her.  She has pain.  Sometimes it makes her weak, but she's strong in her own way.  Her mother wants them to find the star.  She thinks it will cure her.The author and Spark Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.To access the star, they have gone to another world.  She's with her mother, Tessa, her grandpa Archie, and her magical boyfriend.  On this world Read More
  • Blind Search by Paula Munier

    Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A little boy likes to go for walks in the woods.  He's not supposed to go alone but he sneaks out one day.  He doesn't follow the  path, he goes where the bird noises are or where it smells good.  He hears hunters so he puts trees between him and them.  Then he meets a pretty lady he knows.  They visit a bit and then she tells him to run...Minotaur books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this bok for review (thank you).  It will be published November 5th.When Mercy and Elvis, her service dog from the war, go in Read More
  • The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

    Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cara is working for an antique dealer and learning a lot about how to identify them.  When she finds an old diary, he lets her take it home to read.  He doesn't plan on selling it so he gives her permission to return it to the family if she can locate them.Gallery Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.She's reading about a woman during WW II and she thinks she might learn more about her grandmother this way.  Grandma doesn't want to Read More
  • Alien Superstar (Book #1) by Lin Oliver, Henry Winkler

    Sat, 12 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's thirteen so the squad will be coming to remove his sensory enhancer.  That will make him no more than a robot and he wants to keep all his senses and his creativity.  When they come to get him, he runs home to escape.Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He rushes home, gets in the spaceship he and his grandmother created and heads out.  They haven't had a chance to test the machine but it's better than being caught and altered.  Read More
  • The Kooky Kinkajou (Nocturnals Early Reader ) by Tracey Hecht

    Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dawn, Bismark and Tobin are bored until Karina shows up.  She's a bit kooky and sees a "sparkle sprite" that she wants to follow.  They follow her and soon find if they are using their imaginations, they are not bored!Fabled Films Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is written for grades 2-3 when they can read independently.  In this story you see how full of himself Bismark is.  He's the best and the smartest and she's just kooky.  But when he Read More
  • The Tasty Treat (Nocturnals Early Reader) by Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)

    Thu, 10 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This series is fun.  It introduces you to different animals (some not seen stateside).  This is part of their Grow & Read series written for first graders.  It's very basic and easy to read but it's still an enjoyable read.Fabled Film Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Dawn, the fox, is on the hunt for her pals.  Bismark the sugar glider comes down out of a tree, and she finds Tobin the pangolin in a bush.  She wants to share a pomelo Read More
  • The Outlaw's Heart by Amy Sandas

    Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evelyn finally found enough guts to leave her husband.  He took joy in beating her and she'd had enough.  As she rides the train west, she never expected to run into train robbers.  They asked her name and she gave them the name of a woman she met on the train.  She was amazed to be kidnapped by the men!Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 29th.When she struggles with them, they knock her out.  When she awakens she's in their camp.  She makes eye contact with a man Read More
  • Shot Through the Hearth by Kate Carlisle

    Tue, 08 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Shannon has been remodeling homes and building new ones since she was a small child working with her dad.  He's retired now and she's taken over the business.  She's on the biggest job she's ever handled and money is no object, so the situation is ideal for her.  Except when the big conference in the new facility is going, someone begins killing people...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 29th.She hates that it happened at a site she works at.  The cops already consider her a body magnet and Read More
  • The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff

    Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cap Cooper is 12 years old and loves inventing things.  His father asks him to work with him to get money to pay the doctor for his pregnant mother's care.  He's shocked to see that means digging up dead bodies.  Institutes training doctors use the bodies to study anatomy.  They pay for them.  The man his father works with shares the proceeds.  It's an ugly, dangerous job but they need the money.Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 29th.Cap hates doing it and when he touches one of Read More
  • The Christmas Dare: A Twilight, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde

    Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's left at the altar as her fiance leaves the church with his best man.  He's in love, but not with her.  He's gay.  Her mother, the new Mayor of Dallas is mortified.  Kelsey is relieved.  He was a nice guy but they were only friends.  It was her mom that wanted her to marry him.  It was a good match for her political aspirations.  Then her girlfriend convinces her to take a two week vacation to get over it.  She doesn't know where to go so her best friend picks the destination and off they go.Avon and Edelweiss allowed Read More
  • To the Land of Long Lost Friends: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (20) by Alexander McCall Smith

    Sat, 05 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Precious is back again.  She's still being a detective with her assistant that thinks she's better educated.  She might be better educated but that doesn't give her more wisdom.  And Charlie is still there.  He works part-time for Precious and for her husband.  That makes him a part-time detective and a part-time mechanic.Pantheon and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 22nd.One day she thinks she is seeing a ghost.  When the woman sees her she hurries over to reconnect.  She explains the paper used the wrong name for the victim.  Read More
  • A Cruel Deception: A Bess Crawford Mystery by Charles Todd

    Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sister Bess Crawford enjoys helping the soldiers recuperate from war injuries.  Some you can't help, and she grieves their deaths, but making the living feel better is a blessing.  Then she gets a message from the matron asking her to come and see her.  Why?  She likes what she's doing...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 15th.The matron asks her to quietly track her son down.  He's absent from the conference he was attending and he's not answering his mail.  She's  worried about him.  Bess agrees to look Read More
  • The Dollmaker by Nina Allan

    Thu, 03 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Andrew makes dolls.  He's been fascinated with them his whole life.  He's a small man, almost a dwarf.  He has relationships but most don't last long.  His dolls and the woman he shares letters with keep him going.Other Press and Edelweiss allowed me the opportunity to read this book (thank you).  It will be published October 15th.The woman he writes to he met through an ad.  He gradually realizes she's in a home.  She seems to be in good health  so he thinks her problems must be in her mind.  That doesn't bother him.  She writes coherently and tells him Read More
  • Can't Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard

    Wed, 02 Oct 2019 10:51:00 Permalink
    Arlo is organizing a big book event in her store.  They are having a class reunion and there is an up and coming author in the group.  He's going to speak and sign books at her store.  When she is called to come to the store earlier than usual because there's a body out in front, she can't imagine who it could be.  What a shock it is to find it's her author!Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to rad this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 29th.They find he has been pushed from the Read More
  • The Mistletoe Matchmaker by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

    Wed, 02 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cassie trains as a hairdresser so she can travel and still be able to find work.  Herr father and her uncle are both Irish but they won't go home for a visit.  So Cassie decides to go to Ireland and meet her grandparents herself.Harper Perennial and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th.Cassie gets a feeling of home there.  She also runs into various marital problems between the folks she knows.  A divorced woman lives with her mom.  Then her mom invites her ex-mother-in-law to live with her.  She enjoys Read More
  • The Last Human by Lee Bacon

    Tue, 01 Oct 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The humans are gone.  They developed robots that became smarter and more developed as time went on.  Then one day, the robots rebelled.  Now it's a robot world.Amulet Books and Edelweiss let me read this this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th.When the robots see a little girl peering at them from the trees, they're taken aback.  They are a team of robots that work together and this is the first time they've seen a human.  They cautiously speak to her and she does the same to them.As she tells them how the humans have Read More
  • The Princess Beard: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

    Mon, 30 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a princess who is in a tower under a spell.  She wouldn't marry the man the King wanted her to so that's her punishment.  When she awakens, she finds her fingernails and toenails are all extremely long, as is her hair.  She first cuts her nails and then her long hair.  She decides to leave her beard alone.  It makes a good disguise...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 8th.She heads out away from the tower.  The next town has a diner in it and she goes Read More
  • The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories Martin Edwards (Edited by)

    Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    I love reading anthologies and mystery stories are the best.  These are old English mysteries and they have their own flavor.  I enjoy them.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.These are not sweet stories.  Even with a policeman at the gathering, death happens.  Christmas is not always a happy event when there are family problems.  Most of the time it does not end in death but these characters are too far gone in their hatred or quest for revenge to care.My favorite is about a bookseller who Read More
  • Straight Outta Deadwood by David Boop (Edited by)

    Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology is full of stories of horror.  There are many different characters, such as vampires, witches, people who come back from the dead and more.Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.You'll learn why Doc Holiday laughed as he was dying.  There's a man who takes pictures of dead family members so they can remember them.  He hangs some of them in his shop as examples.  Then he noticed the dead aren't there anymore.  He goes back to take more pictures and finds the dead children alive again.  Read More
  • The Bike Thief: The Adventures of Jack Cannon Kid Detective by Brett Ermilio

    Fri, 27 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack's Grandfather and Father are both inventors.  His Dad has a day job and experiments in the evening.  Jack wants to be a detective.  When he hears bicycles are being stolen, he gets his team together.  It was just going to be him and Teddy but his little sister demands to be included.  She's really smart and has a scientific mind, so he lets her in.  Then the girl across the street that he has a crush on joins too.  Now he has a good sized team. BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith

    Thu, 26 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Books that aren't finished reside in a library in hell.  The librarian there has to make sure the characters don't escape.  Claire is the current librarian and when a hero gets away, she has to follow him and bring him back.  She takes her assistant who is a muse and Leto, a demon that showed up right before she was leaving...Ace and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.They have to travel by blackbird to where's he's gone, taking the head of the Arcane division of the library with them.  Read More
  • The Passengers by John Marrs

    Wed, 25 Sep 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    The day of automatic cars has come.  Now you can choose what level of control you want to have.    The newest ones are fully automated.  You just choose where you want to go and it takes you there.  Then there's the day it gets hacked...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are a variety of passengers heading to various destinations.  Then the controls they use on the car quit functioning as well as their cellphones.  They are all told they are going Read More
  • A Merry Murder by Kate Kingsbury

    Tue, 24 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Pennyfoot Hotel is all dressed up for Christmas.  They have lots of guests and all is going well until they find an unknown dead man in the laundry room.  Cecily wants to keep it quiet so the guests won't leave.  That's harder than you would imagine.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.When the old man they are using as receptionist at the front counter remembers a message he forgot to give her, he shouts it across the room and alerts most of the guests about the murder.  Read More
  • The Circus Comes to the Village by Yutaka Kobayashi

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Yamo and Mirado are good friends.  They work in the fields harvesting yams and wheat.  Yamo's older brother is gone to war as Mirado's father has, too.  They worry about them but they keep working.  Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.The circus is great fun.  They ride the rides and then watch the performances.  When a beautiful singer comes out and music begins to play, Mirado plays his flute along with them.  They invite him up on the stage and he joins them.The next day, as they Read More
  • The Story of Pink Bunny by Valda Locke

    Mon, 23 Sep 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    The pink bunny just sits around and looks pretty all day like any soft toy would, doesn't she?Austin Macauley Publishers sent me an ebook to read and review (thank you).  The book has been published so you can get it now.There are rumors about the pink bunny, so they decide to spy on her.  Could she really be a doctor?She gets up at five, makes breakfast for everyone, and then goes on to teach ballet to young students.  Then she heads on to the hospital.   She has a little car in the shape of a carrot!  She's going in for Read More
  • White Christmas Wedding by Celeste Winters

    Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    A wedding in a barn?  You betcha!  She and her girlfriend hung out in the barn while growing up.  Now her girlfriend is being a wedding planner and she's getting married.  It's perfect!Howard Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 1st.There are last minute fights, new relationships looming and problems with the snow and the careful plans they made.The original vehicle that was to pick up those flying in died on the freeway.  Vehicle number two had hauled trees and it smelled like it but it got them to Read More
  • Murder at Whitby Abbey by Cassandra Clark

    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hildegard is still doing penance for her misconduct, so the abbot sends her on a winter journey to the Whitby Abbey to buy a relic that will increase the amount of tourists they receive at their abbbey.  More tourists means more money for the abbey expenses.Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.When she examines the hair clipping from the saint, she thinks it's horse hair so she's not disappointed when another abbey gets it.  Then she finds a group ready to leave and they tell her they've Read More
  • Molten Mud Murder by Sara E. Johnson

    Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alexa is in New Zealand and when they find a man stuck in a molten mud hole, she volunteers to help them solve the crime.  She's a Forensics expert, with a specialty in teeth identification.  Since the face has been eaten away, the teeth may be the only way to identify him.  They don't want her help but when the man they usually use is called home for a baby's birth, they give her a temporary contract.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can Read More
  • A House of Ghosts: A Gripping Murder Mystery Set in a Haunted House by W. C. Ryan

    Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Two intelligence officers are sent to a spiritual gathering to look for a spy.  The meeting is to be held on an island at Blackwater Abbey.  The owner of the abbey is also the owner of a munitions company and someone has been photographing his plans and sharing them with the Germans.  But who would do that?Arcade and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 1st.They have two seance experts there to help them make contact with the sons they lost in th war.  Donovan is pretending to be injured and is Read More
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