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  • Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ozzy's parents moved him from the big city to wilds of Oregon forests to hide from those who wanted what they knew.  It was great for a while and then those who were looking for them found them.  Ozzy's left alone at the age of seven.  He has food supplies, water and a roof over his head but he wants his parents...Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is an entertaining read.  Ozzy manages with what he has but he really wants to find his parents.  He Read More
  • The Muchly Fed Up Tortoise & Other NonSuch Poems by Florence Remmer

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet little poetry book that is fun to read and will make you laugh.  These nonsensical rhymes have twists and turns that will fascinate little ones...Publishing Push and the author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published shortly so watch for a copy.The drawings look like the ones my Mom did for me when I had to write a children's story for school.  I was better with words than drawing, so Mom took care of that.  When you share this book with your little one, you can point out the illustrations Read More
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover by Susan Wittig Albert

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Lucky Four Clovers barbershop group is going to a competition for the grand prize in barbershop singing.  But they aren't counting on trouble.  First one has throat problems and can't sing.  The next one ends up in an upside down car, dead.  What's going on?Presevero Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There's a new sheriff in town who is learning his trade.  He has a good deputy and he's got a good head but he has to think things through, he's not fast on his feet.  He Read More
  • Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker

    Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay doesn't like school and her aunt and uncle are always complaining about having to care for her.  She's not high maintenance but she's not one of their kids either.  She loves her cousin but isn't sure about the parents.  When she finds out that her uncle has plans for her, she runs away.  She loves the ponies they have and race so she heads to a town that is full of stables and racing.  Surely she can find a job there...Candlewick Press and Library Thing sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Deep Sahara by Leslie Croxford

    Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    His wife has died and he's looking for a new direction in his life.  He draws insects and has a new book to illustrate.  But after visiting with a priest, he decides to go deep into the Sahara and stay at a monastery there.  He should have time to get his head together and he'll have a chance to find and illustrate new bugs.Goddess Fish Blog Tours and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When he arrives at the monastery, not one welcomes him Read More
  • The Girl in the Gallery (London Murder Mystery #2) by Alice Castle

    Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Beth sneaks in to view her favorite portraits in her favorite museum.  She should run her errand, but she has time and the portraits are like old friends.  When she sees a strange color in part of the museum, she goes up front and brings the receptionist back with her.  She saw something red that shouldn't be there...Goddess Fish Blog Tour and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The reason Beth is so concerned about what happened is that she ran across a dead body Read More
  • Little Dragon and the New Baby by Deborah Cuneo

    Tue, 30 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little Dragon likes being a family of three.  He paints pictures of them and puts them on the wall in his room.  When he learns there will be a new baby in the family, he's not all that happy about it...Ingram Publishers Services and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.While he's trying to adjust to sharing his room, he's a bit resentful.  The egg just doesn't look right in his room.  When he paints a face on it, his mother makes him clean it up.  He's worried Read More
  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

    Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a great way to introduce your child to many of the world's animals.  The illustrations are great and it show similarities as well as differences.  I bet they haven't seen most of these.Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.The vibrant colors and the hellos throughout the book will get your child rocking in their seats.  The best part is at the back where all the animals are named and you see just how vulnerable or endangered they are.  We need to save our animals from extinction and Read More
  • Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her gentlemanly father was a thief.  Her mother died after his arrest, probably of a broken heart.  And her fiance broke their engagement.  So now she was just a young woman trying to get married to a suitable male who won't know her past.  And she's sure not having any luck at that!Blogging for Books and Waterbrook Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Since the men who signed up for a mail order bride have returned her so many times, the matchmaker decides to take her with Read More
  • Prague Noir (Czech Republic) Edited by: Pavel Mandys

    Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    My grandparents immigrated from Czechoslovakia.  I don't find many books published from there in the states, so this book of short stories intrigued me.  I like short stories best and here's a good sampling of the writers of that area.Akashic sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.These authors take you from the past to the present.  The war, Jews, Golems, murder, magic and more are included in the stories.  Part of it sounds familiar, I've read several stories on some of the Jewish issues before, and it was Read More
  • The Ruins (Nick Randall #1) by Robert Rapoza

    Sat, 27 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Living in New Mexico, the possibility of aliens doesn't seem so far fetched.  We have a UFO museum in Roswell.  People think they have seen flying saucers.  When I read about this book, that was part of what inspired me to read it.  It's not Roswell, it's Peru.  And it's an interesting story.The author sent me a copy of his book to read for review.  It's been published so you can buy a copy now.Archeologist Nick Randall is searching for a lost city.  When he becomes the one lost, his boss calls his daughter.  He wants her to look for Read More
  • Harvey's Hideout by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban

    Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harvey and Mildred are brother and sister.  They don't like each other.  I was the older sister with the younger brother (I wanted a little sister, no dumb boy) and I can certainly relate to how I felt at their age...Plough Publishing House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.I love the illustrations the Hoban books have.  They're old fashioned, quaint, and just right for the flavor of the story.When the two argue all the time, their mother loses patience with them and asks their father to Read More
  • The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

    Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They told her that her husband was on drugs and that's why he lost control of his car and died.  Her husband didn't use drugs.  She insists it was murder.  The police tell her they'll file charges against her for filing false reports.  She's ready to move away from the city of his death and start life anew.  She decides she'll work on refurbishing an old home.  She'll fulfill his dream even if he's not here to help her do it...Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so Read More
  • Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

    Wed, 24 Jan 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Arram is studying to be a mage.  He's moving through the grades faster than older students and that gets him harassed.  He doesn't have any friends.  But that's about to change.  He gets a new roommate.  He's the "leftover prince" who will probably never get to be the king; he's too far down the line.  But no one can see the future...Random House Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.This author's words always speak to me.  She writes about magical worlds and powers and Read More
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This has a flavor of a cross between Star Wars and Star Trek.  Ana was found floating in a space pod with a robot taking care of her.  The pirate ship salvaged her and then adopted her.  She's happy being a pirate.  Then she finds out she's royalty...Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 27th.Her best friend is her robot.  She loves him and he'd follow her anywhere.  But when they find a derelict ship and find danger on board, he dies by killing the malware in Read More
  • The Fast and the Furriest by Sofie Ryan

    Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When an attractive female shows up at Sarah's store looking for Mac, she tells her he's out on a boat and won't be back until later.  She leaves her cell number and emphasizes she must talk to him.  Before she gets a chance to talk to him, she ends up dead.  The worst part is that cops think Mac did it!Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.Sarah just knows Mac wouldn't do that.  But how can she prove it?  She and her cat, Elvis, talk Read More
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

    Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 Permalink
    Wintersong broke my heart.  Shadowsong healed it.  These stories grab your soul and make you care about the characters, even the ones of legend...Wednesday Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 6th.Liesl is hoping music will save her from her sorrow.  She's tried hard to help her brother in his musical career.  But they're not a team anymore.  He's hiding something from her.  It doesn't help that  he's in Vienna and she's home.  She's about to lose her mind trying to keep the inn going and dealing with Read More
  • Death of an Honest Man by M. C. Beaton

    Sat, 20 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hamish meets the new resident in his district and immediately is put off by his comments.  He indicates he thinks Hamish dyes his hair red and tells his deputy he must be gay.  They don't visit long.Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Paul is really a bully and blackmailer.  Hamish wished he'd moved someplace else.  But while Paul makes trouble for him, his boss is even more dangerous.  The man he reports to wants to kill him because he keeps solving all the cases he gets.  Read More
  • The Boggart Fights Back by Susan Cooper

    Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in Scotland, this is the story of a developer who only sees what money he can make from a development.  He's bought the farm that was there, is working on buying the castle, and he makes their grandfather a generous offer for his little grocery store on the water front.  But grandpa isn't selling.  So the man intends to drive him out.  The problem is that he doesn't understand that some of the legends in Scotland are real...Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 27th.Allie Read More
  • The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

    Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    CeCe is adopted and has five sisters.  She's very different from them because Pa Salt brought her home from Australia.  She and her sisters are devastated after their father's death.  They still have Ma, but Pa was their champion.  CeCe drops out of the college art classes and thinks about what she wants to do next.  She decides to look for her family.  After all, she has a picture from the past.  Maybe that will help...Atria Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.What she finds is that her Read More
  • Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle by Natasha Lowe

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucy spent her summer with her relatives and is back and ready to go to school.  She can't wait to see her best friend again.  They work on magic together.  But her friend has changed.  She's joined a new group and isn't interesting in the games they used to play.  Now Lucy is all alone again and hates it.  She gets invited to be a sparkle girl but that's not what she wants to do.  So she sits at lunch alone...Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.I Read More
  • A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

    Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Stoker's expedition partner from the past suddenly goes missing with a valuable diadem, it's beginning to look like Stoker might be charged with murder.  After all, he was back in the local area with his wife, who used to be Stoker's wife...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.Veronica Speedwell is not a shy retiring Victorian lady.  She's full of spit and vinegar and cares less about what people think of her.  But she's fond of Stoker and she doesn't like him being maligned.  Then the owner Read More
  • Claws for Concern by Miranda James

    Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Charlie loves his new grandson and between volunteering at the library and then babysitting, his life is full.  Diesel helps him with the babysitting.  He's always loved the library so it's no hardship.  When he sees a new patron, he thinks he looks familiar, but he's no one he knows.  Then he finds out that they are related...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Discretely working around what he's been told by the man, he finds that his uncle, who had been briefly married to another woman before Read More
  • The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

    Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they graduated from college, they went on a vacation to celebrate.  Celebrate they did and some of them hooked up in relationships, but it would come back to haunt them later in life.  Finding a dead body in a well will do that for you...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.This was a very interesting read.  It looks back at the personalities of the students, the things they wanted in the past, and how much they want to save what they have at the present time.  They've Read More
  • The Snake Mistake Mystery: The Great Mistake Mysteries by Sylvia McNicoll

    Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His father is running a dog walking business and Stephen and his good friend, Renee, work for him.  They love the dogs, have fun walking around town and they use liver treats to make them behave.  All is going well until someone accuses the father of stealing from the houses.  He has the keys and they weren't broken into so it had to be him, right?Dundurn and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 20th.Stephen knows his dad didn't do it.  So he and Renee start looking for clues.  Renee's brother Read More
  • Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery by T. C. LoTempio

    Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are having a big event at the bookstore to raise money for the cat rescue facility.  It's not good news when the author that was coming to sign has an accident and can't make it.  However, they find another one that is willing to come and donate part of the profits on the sales of the books.  The bad news is that the woman who is coming, while she's a big star, is hated by several people in town.  Then she dies at the book signing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review Read More
  • Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre

    Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's following a different drummer.  She had horrendous headaches when she was young and her father thought it was all an act.  She's been in out of hospitals, been in mental health care facilities and she survived.  But when her mother and her sibling moved to Mars to get away from her father, she stayed.  A dome on Mars just reminds her of a jail cell.  So she moves to the Zone.  It's an outlaw land that all the losers hang out in.  And she was surviving just fine until she stole the purse from a moneyed man's daughter...Katherine Tegen Read More
  • In Deep Water: A Cat Connolly Thriller by Sam Blake

    Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her friend doesn't show up for practice, she knows something is wrong.  Sarah is very organized, has her day and life planned out and would have called if she wasn't coming.  Where was she?Zaffre and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 8th.Cat knows something has happened to Sarah, but nobody has seen her for a bit.  Where did she disappear and why?  Her mother said she working on a story and she had a fight with her father, who said it was dangerous.  What kind of story?Despite the Read More
  • Sunday Silence by Nicci French

    Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Frieda Klein is emotionally restrained.  She's been through a lot in her life and she knows there will be more to come.  What she didn't expect was that the man she was hunting for would be able to get to her so soon and so well.  No one believed her, except for one cop.  They all thought the killer was dead.  The dead man under her floorboards proved that she was right and they were wrong...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is a creepy read.  Bodies are Read More
  • The Swedish Girl by Alex Gray

    Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her father buys her a big, roomy apartment with several bedrooms and then picks her roommates for her.  Eva likes them all.  There are three boys and one girl.  Everything is going along swimmingly when the girl comes home from school and finds Eva dead on the floor in the living room by the fireplace.  Who did it?  The answer to that is complicated.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.It seems like this should be a fairly easy case to solve because the door was Read More
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