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  • Return To Lan Darr by Anderson Atlas

    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Allan has a dream about Lan Darr that seems way too real.  He decides he needs to return because he thinks they need his help.  All he has to do is find the flower that will take him through the portal...Synesthesia Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.He spends a lot of time on the mountain with his Uncle and his girlfriend.  The problem is that the flowers are in limited supply and not easily found.  When he does acquire them and heads Read More
  • His Royal Whiskers by Sam Gayton, Sydney Hanson

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's a tantalizing little read with made-up words, an alchemist trainee and boy who just wanted to have fun.  As always, things don't always work like you planned.  It all started when they tried to put the potion on the warlord and it fell on on the prince instead.  The prince turns into a cat.  And the two partners in crime end up in the dungeon...Margaret K McElderry and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The only way they can save their heads is to try to reverse Read More
  • Court of Twilight by Mareth Griffith

    Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's found a great place to rent.  She has a roommate who loves plants and never goes out if she can help it.  It's in a good area of town, she doesn't mind doing her shopping and the rent is cheap.  So Demi is a bit weird.  Most people are.Parvus Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.It's when Demi goes missing and she finds an odd man in the flower box that Ivy realizes Demi might be more than a little weird.  The police don't care she's missing.  Read More
  • Wallace the Brave by Will Henry

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:24:00 Permalink
    This is a whimsical touch from the past.  It's a collection of comic strips about Wallace, who is a typical boy.  He gets in trouble a lot...Andrews McMeel Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published tomorrow.Wallace has a friend named Spud, a little brother, and he's friends with a tomboy.  She's really good at throwing things and is a bit of a smart mouth, too.  My favorite part of the comics was Wallace's interaction with his dad.  His father is willing to discuss silly things and imagine things most adults Read More
  • Sleep No More by P. D. James, Peter Kemp

    Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here are six tales that look at murder from various angles.  Whether is from revenge, selfish greed, anger or even apathy, these people commit murder and expect to get away with it.  Some do, some don't.  But that doesn't help the victim...Knopf and Edelweiss gave the me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.They are all a fascinating look at morality, character, and desires.  No one in these stories is very kind or understanding.  P D James saw the world the way it was, there's no sugarcoating here.The one that got Read More
  • Bear Hug by Susanna Isern, Betania Zacarias

    Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very sweet story about a young girl who found a baby polar bear...NubeOcho and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.He's a new baby and she can't find his mother anywhere so she takes him home with her.  He's cold, so she feeds him and then they sleep in her bed together.  She plays with him during the day and all is well until someone has raided the fish for the village.  They accuse her bear.  She knows he didn't do it but she also knows if she Read More
  • Seeds of Revenge: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

    Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan is working on farming all year.  If she can sell fresh greens to the various restaurants, she'll be busy all year and have a steady income.  On her way home after leaving samples at the restaurants, she finds a car in the ditch.  The snow is deadly and started late, so she drives carefully looking for the driver.  Sure enough, she finds her.  And that's where her troubles begin...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 14th.The driver is a woman who was invited to visit her Read More
  • Canal Days Calamity: A Dog Days Mystery #2 by Jamie M. Blair

    Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing Cam wanted to was find another dead body.  Her husband won't like this at all...Midnight Ink and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 8th.Cam's sister is starting a new business, Cam is heading up the Canal Days celebration, and Cam has her stepdaughter living with her.  When they arrest Andy, her handyman, for the murder, the little mystery solving group she has forms again and they go after the real murderer.This is a light cozy mystery that was a pleasure to read.  Cam and her husband Read More
  • The Gift: The Amish of Hart County by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's making a new start in a new community but the people seem stand-offish.  She wants to find out why but when she does, she'll wish she hadn't.Avon Inspire and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Susanna hears gunshots while she's on her trip home and tries to hurry her horse along.  One of the shots comes too close, and she's thrown off the carriage.  She almost dies from the exposure, but a man shows up and saves her.  She thinks it was an accident but all of a sudden Read More
  • Down and Out in Purgatory: The Collected Stories of Tim Powers Tim Powers

    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's an interesting read in fantasy and science fiction.  This collection of stories takes you out of this world.Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 7th.This is a mix of time travel, religion, and other nebulous things in the universe.  He travels through a portal to a time where he already was once earlier but he has no knowledge of it because he hasn't done it yet.  If you can get your head around that, you'll have no trouble with the other stories in the collection.The Read More
  • The Sorcerer's Appendix by P. J. Brackston

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gretel is back and on another adventure.  She better be careful though.  They have to go into the deep dark forest they just barely escaped from in the past.  She doesn't want to find the witch is still alive!Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.I love this series.  Both Gretel and Hans are pigs.  They always get involved with another nursery rhyme character.  There's humor, silliness, danger, and Hans drinks too much.  I'm surprised they survive until the next adventure!Their case this time is a Read More
  • Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan

    Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a Christmas tradition that has gone on for years.  The host is a bachelor and he invites his friends over.  There are songs, games, and presents for everyone.  There's also an undercurrent of tension.  It gets worse when they find Santa dead in front of the tree...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.There's an extra guest this year.  He's a former tobacconist that dabbles in amateur sleuthing.  He was curious about the extra note on his invitation and came to find out what it meant.  It's Read More
  • Blackbird by Michael Fiegel

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very unusual read.  Why would an assassin pick up an eight-year old and take her with him after a kill?  He doesn't even know why he did it...Skyhorse Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.This is written with two voices.  His is a bit larger print, hers is a bit smaller.  These two voices talk about the difficulty of a man who has never even been married trying to raise a child.  He can't let her go to school.  The things he teaches her will never Read More
  • Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind by Darlene Foster

    Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Amanda lives in Canada and they are taking a school trip to New Mexico to visit the Taos area.  She and her classmates are excited to see the historical sites and buy some trinkets to take home.  Now if her roommate would just quit thinking she's seeing ghosts, all would be well.Central Avenue Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I live in New Mexico and I don't see ghosts, but I can hear them.  I've heard soldiers talking at an old deserted Read More
  • The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson

    Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Owl not only has an unusual name, she only has a Mom.  Her Mom won't tell her who her father is.  Then an odd boy starts attending school and he's in all her classes.  He looks at her all the time but she's not sure she likes him.  Then he tells her she's just like him.  She pressures her mother for her father's name.  She finally says Jack Frost.Katherine Tegan Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.She's beginning to notice that she can turn things to ice, which Read More
  • Easy Errors by Steven F Havill

    Sat, 07 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the days when Robert Torrez was a rookie.  He's out on a ride along observing night time activity.  He doesn't realize he's beginning one of the worst days of his life...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Undersheriff Gastner is at home in his adobe and he's enjoying the silence.  When he hears a crash despite the 2' depth of his walls, he knows it's bad.  He calls it in and then responds.  As he looks at the accident his heart sinks.  Read More
  • A Christmas Return by Anne Perry

    Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison helps solve a long unresolved murder that the murderer is trying to blame on her friend.  The doctor wants to marry and he wants his past behind him.  Mariah is not going to let him sweep it under the rug...Ballantine Books and Edelwiess gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.It all starts when she gets a Christmas gift.  It's a big heavy Christmas pudding.  But when she tries to cut it, there's something baked in it.  It's the cannon ball that killed a man Read More
  • Dead of Winter: A Lily Dale Mystery by Wendy Corsi Staub

    Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bella and her son moved to Lily Dale after her husband's death.  She still can't hardly believe he's gone but she's trying to move on.  Lily Dale is a community of psychics and ghosts.  She has a woman who lives in her house and offers suggestions on home improvements.  Late one night, she sees someone who look like Elvis outside near her property.  She thinks it just another ghostly visitor.  It's not, it's a murderer...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Bella has no idea she's Read More
  • Crime and Nourishment (Angie Prouty Nantucket Mysteries #1) by Miranda Sweet

    Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Angie's boyfriend cheated on her and presented her ideas as his own instead of giving her credit.  She's hurt badly, so she quits her job and moves home.  She has the opportunity to open a bookstore and sell some pastries that should be more rewarding.  Besides she's working next door to friends from childhood.  She trusts them.  But should she?Freebooksy gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy today.When the landlord makes the rounds of the businesses on his property, he tells them he's raising the Read More
  • Dark Asylum by E. S. Thomson

    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Angel Meadow Asylum is where they confine the mental patients that aren't easily cured.  The doctor there tries experimental surgery on the patients.  He believes the size of their head and how the bones are formed influence their mental problems.  The people he operates on sometimes die, sometimes never speak again, and he sees nothing wrong with this.  But the others in the asylum do...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Jem and Will are more herbalists than doctors but they do what they can to help.  The Read More
  • Black Dragon by Adam Boustead

    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's heard that the black dragon is dead, so he comes to check it out.  Dragon parts are worth money.  With his soldiers along, he hopes he'll have no trouble.  But when one of the soldiers says he found the body and the wizard goes in to check it out, it's only an old skin.  He's caught...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The dragon tells him if he can tell better tales than she can, she'll let him go.  It's his only Read More
  • Queen of the Flowers by Kerry Greenwood

    Tue, 03 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne has agreed to be the Flower Queen in a new event being held in town.  When she meets the girls who have chosen to be princesses, she notices one is acting older than her age.  As time goes on, she learns why...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 7th.Her problems this time are mixed.  It involves a girl outside her house and one inside, too.  Ruth has never known who her father was and she wants to find him.  She actually gets her mother Read More
  • Ragged Lake: A Frank Yakabuski Mystery by Ron Corbett

    Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frank is a well seasoned character.  He's been in the military, knows his way around the wilderness and has been an undercover cop in a biker's group, and now he's a cop.  He's going to encounter the strangest case ever in this story.  History comes back to bite him.ECW Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.When Frank gets a call about a cabin with a dead family in it, he gets ready to head out.  It's winter, there are no roads maintained in the area so he and Read More
  • Smoke and Mirrors by Casey Daniels

    Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evie manages her brother's museum.  She got caught in a scandal at home, her mother threw her out of the house, and her brother offered her sanctuary.  Now if her sister-in-law had been more pleasant, it might have worked out better.  But she did have a home and a job even if her sister-in-law was match-making to get her out of the house...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.When an old friend shows up at the museum asking for her help, she tells him she doesn't have Read More
  • World Enough: A Boston-based noir mystery by Clea Simon

    Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tara has lost her husband and is divorced.  She has a good job but it's boring.  So when she runs into an old friend and he offers to have her write a story about the bands and music they grew up with, she says yes.  She sees no danger there but there are secrets hidden in the past...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 1st.Tara remembers the music setting her free, letting her dance in wild abandon, drink what she wanted and to admire the men on Read More
  • The Little Red Wolf by Amelie Flechais

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a twist on The Little Red Riding Hood tale.  I like it a lot.  The little wolf loves to wear red and his mother sends him out to take his grandmother a rabbit...Lion Forge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 3rd.The illustrations are delightful.  Lots of color, big woods, and a trail he's supposed to follow.  Being young, he chases small animals and butterflies and moths and ends up off the trail.  As he tries to find his way back, he manages to snack on the Read More
  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

    Sat, 30 Sep 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's working as a chimney sweep, just like her mother used to.  Her mother is ill.  Last Christmas she wanted gifts and she got them.  This year she just asks for help for her mother.  The problem is that Santa never shows up and her mother dies.  Then she's stuck in a workhouse and that's all she gets to do.   It's hard to keep hope alive under continual work and punishment.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.Santa is having his own problems.  The Read More
  • The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Vol. 1 by Russ Kick

    Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an unusual presentation for crime and mystery stories but I like it!  Most of them are highlights of the story and quickly read.  Some I spend more time looking at the graphics then I did the text.  There's also a mix of artistry and styles in the graphics, so even as you read it, the book changes.Seven Stories Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  it will be published October 31st.What caught my attention was how well The Adventure of the Speckled Band presented itself in graphic form.  Since I Read More
  • Lead Law by John Russell Fearn

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:49:00 Permalink
    Clyde was building himself a ranch and had big plans for his land.  Then the railroad came close enough to his land for them to create a spark while laying the line and he lost his property value in one big fire.  Summerville didn't care and refused to take responsibility for it.  Bad blood between them results in a battle to the end...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Clyde does things lawfully and refuses to shoot anyone except in a fair Read More
  • The Empress by S. J. Kincaid

    Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tyrus and Nemesis are ascending to the recently vacated throne.  It's still touch and go in their life.  The danger seems to have subsided but it's just hidden under the politics.  Life is not going smooth and it isn't going to get better.  They made it this far but it's going to be tough from here on out.Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 31st.While it says it's for young readers, there's so much death and torture I'd recommend they be a mature Read More
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