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  • The Disappeared by C. J. Box

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:41:00 Permalink
    First the game warden disappeared and then a young English woman does the same.  Joe is asked to go find the young woman and see what's going on.  It's a new governor sending him and he's not anxious to do it but it's best for his future if he says yes.  The only positive thing about it is that he'll get to see his oldest daughter while he's there.  She works for the dude ranch the woman disappeared from.Penguin and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.He begins to get the Read More
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eelyn is an Aska clan member and she fights against the Riki clan with her father and friend.  They killed her brother and she intends to kill as many of them as she can.  What shocks her is that when they are fighting the current battle, she sees her brother on the Riki side.  He was dead, she saw him.  How could he be fighting for the enemy?Wednesday Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 24th.The next time she sees him, she follows him.  He won't acknowledge her Read More
  • Warrior By Tira St. James

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an epic tale of a fictional world where the Queens are the ultimate authority.  Women can make good rulers but they are subject to poor rulers here and there just like men.  There's a lot wrong in this world and it will take someone who is able to think of their feet and can make decisions quickly.  Sina can do that but she's just a princess.  That changes...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Smashwords.The story begins with family life Read More
  • Master Blacke: Tales of the Great Wood by Pete Brown

    Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents went out and didn't come back.  Rue is a pocket mouse and she's an only child.  She goes out to look for them and finds it's easy to harvest food in the forest.  She doesn't know she's in trouble until she sees a fox sizing her up.  She only escapes the fox because a friendly skunk sprays him to make him go away.  Then she takes Rue home with her...Book Publicity Services and the author shared a copy of this book with me.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Master Blacke is a raven Read More
  • Master Blacke: Tales of the Great Wood by Pete Prown

    Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents went out and didn't come back.  Rue is a pocket mouse and she's an only child.  She goes out to look for them and finds it's easy to harvest food in the forest.  She doesn't know she's in trouble until she sees a fox sizing her up.  She only escapes the fox because a friendly skunk sprays him to make him go away.  Then she takes Rue home with her...Book Publicity Services and the author shared a copy of this book with me.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Master Blacke is a raven Read More
  • So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's an amateur sleuth but he reminds me of Hercule Poirot.  He's slow and deliberate in his actions and he uses his brain to solve the crime.  The big difference between the two detectives is that Mordecai is a bit of a romantic and sometimes he has to fight his emotions.  He was taking a nap on the beach when his neighbor wakes him with the news she has shot her husband and he's dead...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.The victim is an artist Read More
  • The Secret Lab by A.B. Carolan

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The trouble all started with the cat.  I could have told them that since I've been living with cats for years but they look so sweet, love to be petted and they purr.  It doesn't take long before you feel fond of them and then watch out.  They're great manipulators.  In this case, the cat is really the innocent one...The author and Booksprout allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is a fun fantasy about kids growing up on a space station. This is unusual but Read More
  • West by Carys Davies

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a widower.  He's tired of moping about and sleeping too much in his sorrow.  When he reads about dinosaur bones being found in Kentucky, he decides to go find himself one of those big animals.  It'll be an adventure and then, rejuvenated, he can head for home again.  He asks his sister to watch over his child.  She says no but he talks her into it.  He tells his daughter the trip will probably take two years but he'll be back.  He's wrong.Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The story begins with the death of her husband.  She can't believe what the cop is trying to tell her.  He was in good health and still young, how could he die?  They believe it was a heart attack but she doesn't.  But who would have killed him?The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.It gets worse.  Despite living well and having plenty of money to spend, she finds out he was in debt and she will have to liquidate everything.  If Read More
  • Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daniel is a relatively new attorney and he's trying to save a man from hanging.  He's making an impassioned plea when someone tries to interrupt him.  His boss has sent him a message to leave the case he's on and go to another.  He refuses and finishes his plea.  Then he waits to see what the jury decides.  They find his man not guilty.  Then he runs on to the next case.  He's not so lucky there.Ballantine Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This client also says Read More
  • Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kelly is hosting a cooking class in her bed and breakfast to promote her business.  Instead of promoting business, it promoted murder...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 17th.When a obnoxious reporter is killing on sacred Indian ground, Kelly's Indian friend is taken into custody.  She knows he didn't do it.  So she and the Silver Sentinels set out to solve the crime through old fashioned fact finding.  One of the uncommon facts Kelly learns is that the sunken cedars under water are worth big bucks.  The minerals Read More
  • Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Enne's mother is missing.  She told her if she wasn't back in a month, it would be because she was dead.  It'd been two months and Enne was going to find her or find out what happened to her.  She was all she had left.Harlequin Teen and Edelweiss let me read me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.She's going to the City of Sin and everything she's read about it makes her want to stay home.  The first thing that happens is that she goes to ask the local police about her mother.  Read More
  • The Good Pilot Peter Woodhouse by Alexander McCall Smith

    Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of World War II.  War makes you doubt how long you'll be alive and many of the soldiers fell in love and wanted to marry.  Many didn't get a happy ever after but some did.  This is the tale of an American soldier and his love and a German soldier and his.  It sounds authentic and made me both happy and sad.Pantheon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.Val is working as a farm lady on a farm owned by a local neighbor.  She's asked to Read More
  • Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown

    Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Piper's son is a good boy.  He has obsessions with things.  For a while airplanes fascinated him.  Then he moved on to another subject.  He also has some trouble learning but he's passing his grades.  She's trying to train him not to say things too bluntly.  But he doesn't really have a problem.  That's not what the school thinks...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.While they are testing her son, she's not happy about her marriage anymore.  It's like he's never home and all he talks about are Read More
  • The Bermuda Connection (A Nick Randall Novel Book 2) by Robert Rapoza

    Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nick Randall doesn't know how to stay out of trouble.  He knows he has assassins after him and instead of hiding, he attacks.  He knows how bad the danger is and he's willing to sacrifice himself to save the world.  The only regret he has is that now his two children are involved, too, as well as many of his friends.  How do you overcome overwhelming odds?The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  I found the first one in the series very interesting and the action doesn't stop in this one either.  Read More
  • Verdict on Crimson Fields (World of Prime #4) by M.C. Planck

    Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Christopher accidentally fell through a portal on Earth is now on a medieval world full of goblins, witches, elves, various religious beliefs, dragons, hobgoblins and more strange creatures.  The one thing they all have in common is that they want to kill him...Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy shared an ARC with me to review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.With political plots and many of the characters working at cross purposes (the elves especially), there's plenty of intrigue and magic to hold your attention.  Even if you're killed, magic can bring you back to life.  But only if Read More
  • Why Kill the Innocent by C. S. Harris

    Thu, 15 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hero slips on the ice and falls on the way home from the poor side of town.  To her dismay, she falls on a body.  Even worse, she knows who the lady is.  Because she was a music teacher for Princess Charlotte, her body is soon confiscated by the Royalty.  But Hero has seen enough to know it wasn't a natural death.  She has a head wound that would bleed profusely and there was no blood to speak of in the snow.  However, the case is closed as accidental death.  Hero and her husband decide to investigate themselves.Berkley and Net Read More
  • The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst

    Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a rip roaring fantasy tale of the type I really like.  Create unique characters, give them a quest, and let them find friends to help them succeed.  She's a girl made of stone by a master stonemason and he's died some time ago.  Their marks are beginning to wear off and she needs to find another stonemason so they don't turn back into rocks...Clarion Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.The big turtle has already frozen in place.  The others are starting to slow down.  Their marks Read More
  • A Different Kind of Evil by Andrew Wilson

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Agatha Christie is taking a trip to a tropical island to recuperate from her last excursion and to help her get over her pending divorce.  When someone in secret service asks her to look into the death of man stationed there, she agrees.  She doesn't realize how convoluted and confused the truth will be on this island...Atria Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The first thing that happens is there is a suicide on board the ship and she witnesses it.  That's not helping her stress level.  Especially Read More
  • Murder by Mail by Bill Youngblood

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    A popular dentist is out jogging like he usually does when a black Mercedes pulls up and stops.  The driver calls him by name and then shoots him twice, leaving a newspaper article under his head...I found this one on Book Review Buzz and the author kindly sent me a copy to read.  You can buy it now on Amazon.As more deaths appear, it seems the common denominator is that they wrote letters to the editor.  They were a bit controversial but you wouldn't think someone would kill over it.As the cops weed through the facts and try to determine Read More
  • Unbury Carol by Josh Malerman

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Carol's lived her whole life with a very unusual condition.  She collapses and it's like she's dead.  She's not but there is no sign to indicate life.  Her heartbeat is slow and faint, she doesn't show her breath in a mirror, and those who don't know her secret think she's dead.  Her husband knows and he's too chicken to murder her but if she gets buried alive, who will know?Del Rey and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This story is a mix of paranormal, horror, and a touch of love.  Read More
  • Sea Creatures from the Sky by Ricardo Cortés

    Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I asked to review this book because the illustrator is the #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator.  I wanted to see his artwork.  I didn't expect the story to charm me, too.Black/Sheep/Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review(thank you).  It has been published.There is minimal text but the graphics are enchanting.  You feel like you're in the water swimming with the other fish.  Even if you didn't read the story, the images are worth the price of the book.Now imagine you're a shark and you're looking up through the water.  He talks about the Read More
  • To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started with a missing boy.  There's another war going on and the fathers who served in the last one are trying to protect their boys.  With the help of friends, they get them into government programs where they are protected from being called to serve.  What no one realized was that the government jobs were tampered with...Harper sent an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.When Joe's parents don't hear from him for a while, they ask Maisie to check on him and see what's going on.  Joe has Read More
  • Lucknow by Annie Hall

    Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Rosie has a young child, a wonderful husband and a nice home.  At least she did until he came home late one night and told her he was leaving her and the child and moving to another country with another woman.  She can't believe it.  But when she gets escorted out of his workplace by security guards he called, she knows it's true...Threekookaburras and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When she calls her parents they tell her there's no room in the house Read More
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  • The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith

    Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dystopian world plagued by dragons, bad water, and lots of poor people who want what the rich have.  Dragons drew me in but they seem to be mechanical and that wasn't as much fun.  To read this book, you need to set your rational mind aside and just read... This book has been published by Hogarth.  I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.Nothing made a lot of sense in this book.  It was like taking a trip and never leaving the farm.  There's a character who knows which building the Read More
  • Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a willful child that acts out because she doesn't think her mother loves her.  She's on a "vision quest" as part of a camp out her mother sent her on.  She doesn't follow the directions and gets lost.  What she finds scares her to death...Harper and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Bernie has been forced to go give a talk to the girls at this camp.  When she arrives, the girl is missing and those plans go by the wayside.  The girl returns but the man who went to Read More
  • The Wellspring Trilogy: The Crystal Key by Robert Gronewold

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is the beginning of an epic tale.  You have a world where the sun doesn't shine anymore.  They use fountains to provide light.  The dark hides monsters.  And some people have magic...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was impressed by this book.  The author writes a well-bodied story with lots of action, some characters have taken on animal characterisitics, and the main character is young girl just beginning her career as a Turnkey.  It's unfortunate that she is caught up Read More
  • Sophie Washington: Things You Didn't Know About Sophie by Tonya Duncan Ellis

    Thu, 08 Mar 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is a middle grader who has a big crush on Tony.  Unfortunately, he seems more interested in her friend.  She spends a lot of time trying to get him alone but has no luck.  She's also the only one in class who doesn't have a cell phone.  She hates being different!The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read and review for their tour (thank you).  The book has been published and this is part of a series.  Each book has a message for the child reading it and it's presented nicely.  Read More
  • Portrait of a Murderer by Martin Edwards, Anne Meredith

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of a dysfunctional family that was brought to its knees by greed.  When money is your first love, there's no room for loving anyone else.  They all came home for Christmas and their father dies on Christmas Eve.  Not from natural causes, either...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.Each chapter offers the story of the different siblings and their husbands and wives.  They all have their own motivation and their own need for money.  But what do you do when Read More
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