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  • Swords Against Darkness by Paula Guran

    Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This book is chock-full of fantasy tales that feature swords, epic battles and sorcery.  Some are short stories, some are novellas but all of them are worth reading.Prime Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 30th.I particularly enjoy reading this type of book.  Short stories are my thing and fantasy is fun to read.  Some of it is wicked, some of it tantalizes you into reading more by the author, and all of it is good.My three favorites are:The Tower of the Elephant by Robert E. Howard:  Read More
  • Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

    Thu, 11 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The royal bastards were children born from mothers that weren't royalty.  They were allowed to join the family in the dining room but had their own table in the back.  Tilla aches for the time when she and her father did many things together but he married and has a new family now.  Still, she's loyal to him.  So she's totally shocked when she watches kill another royal...Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Tilla and her brother along with a couple more boys and a princess find Read More
  • There, There by Tim Beiser

    Wed, 10 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rabbit complains, moans, groans and is "woe is me" over and over again.  Poor bear keeps responding" there, there" until he's had enough!Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The illustrations in this book are awesome.  I love how crabby the rabbit is and how bear tries to ignore the complaining.  It's like living with my little brother at home.  When bear gets fed up, he drags rabbit out in the rain to a mudpuddle and shows him a worm.  He talks about a worms life and how Read More
  • I Will Love You Forever by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Tue, 09 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a female Maiasaura finds an abandoned egg in the forest while picking berries, she brings it home to hatch with hers.  When the baby is a Tyrannosaurus, she holds it close and names it Heart.  She loves him even if he is different.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 1st.One day while out hunting berries, the little Tyrannosaurus runs into the adult who lost the egg.  He tells it he's a Maiasura and the T-Rex tells him he's not.  The little one runs away home and his Read More
  • Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski

    Mon, 08 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Holly is the smartest kid in the class until the new student shows up.  He knows even more about faraway galaxies than she does.  Feeling down trodden, she decides to eat her lunch in the playground.  That was a bad idea because there are these funny looking aliens looking for a princess and they think she must be it...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.Holly, the new kid, and her teacher end up being kidnapped and taken out into space.  It would be exciting if it wasn't so Read More
  • Planet Jupiter by Jane Kurtz

    Sun, 07 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jupiter loves her family.  She's sad that her father has gone traveling but he sends her postcards all the time.  There's been a family friend that is getting too close to her Mom to suit her.  And now they are going to move to Portland, but her brother is not coming with them.  This is just too much change too fast.  The worst part?  Her mother comes home with a cousin she's never seen before.  Edom has been adopted by her mother's sister and is black.  As you can guess, Jupiter isn't excited about having a new cousin.  And now Read More
  • Blackout (Blackout Complete) by Marc Elsberg

    Sat, 06 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    In the present day and age, everything depends on electricity.  There's the internet, smart phones, smart houses, transportation and more that uses electricity as an essential element of operation.  What happens when there isn't any?Sourcebooks Landmark sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The story is set in Europe.  Piero is an Italian who used to be a hacker and activist.  He's on the road heading home when suddenly all the traffic lights go out.  So do all the other lights in the area.  Traffic crashes, injuries abound, and Read More
  • All the Best People by Sonja Yoerg

    Fri, 05 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is women's fiction with all the trauma and drama of life.  Carole knew her mother was in an insane asylum and as her mind starts taking a life of its own and confusing her, she's afraid that's where she's going to end up, too.Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy now.This story has alternating chapters with different character's voices.  There's the mother/grandmother who is still in the asylum, Carole and her sister Janine, and Allison the daughter/granddaughter.  Solange's story about how Read More
  • Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews

    Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Merry's getting ready for her wedding but she's still a police officer and has to work when called out.  It started out with a missing person and then the body is found on the roof.  The woman liked to sit up there and look out at the sea.  When they find out she was poisoned, it no longer looks like it was a natural death...Soho Crime and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.  The adopted woman was staying with her father.  He's got dementia and is confused easily.  Read More
  • Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black

    Wed, 03 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Aimee is a private investigator who uses her computer knowledge to look for fraud or other illegal activity.  When she's working on an assignment that pays her well, one of the teachers comes to her asking for help.  She doesn't want to work for him but he's willing to pay well and just wants to know who is blackmailing him.  He won't tell her why but she's going to give it a shot.  She'll be sorry she got involved.Soho Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.As Read More
  • The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

    Tue, 02 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her husband was in a horrible accident right outside the house and died.  It's been three years now, but she can't make herself go on.  She's still grieving, taking care of the kids and the house, and working.  But a new work assignment is going to change her life...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She's an illustrator and has been asked to draw illustrations for a vegetable catalog.  She accepts the assignment and agrees to go to a gardening class to see the plants and learn about them Read More
  • Annie's Recipe by Lisa Jones Baker

    Mon, 01 May 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    She and Levi had been close when she was young.  Then his father got shunned and moved the family away.  It's been ten years since she saw him but she recognized him at once when she sees him at the wedding.  They have a lot to tell each other.  But her parents don't want her fraternizing with someone not of the faith.  She just can't stay away.The author shared an ARC with me of this book to read for review for the Goddess Fish Blog Tour.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is an Amish Read More
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is set in a thrift shop in Japan but it doesn't center on the items being sold or their story.  It's about the four people who work in the shop:  The owner and his sister and the young man and woman he hired.  They all have secrets and most of them aren't really secrets...Europa Editions and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.The thrift shop owner is married but has mistresses.  His sister is fifty and living with a man and he wants her to stop it.  Like Read More
  • The Last Death Worm of the Apocalypse (Kelly Driscoll #3) by Nina Post

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kelly is still acting as an interim manager.  Her boss is gone, she should be getting promoted, but nothing is happening.  When something does, it's almost bigger than she can handle!Curiosity Quills Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published May 2nd.This series is so much fun to read.  The stories are outrageous, monsters abound, demons are bound to the building, and everyone has their own agenda.  It's like trying to hold an uncensored war zone together with toothpicks!She's being audited by a nasty woman, has an angel of destruction for her Read More
  • Independence Cake : A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown by Deborah Hopkinson

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia Simmons is the woman who wrote America's first cookbook.  No one knows anything about her but this story imagines her life...Provato Marketing sent me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.When Amelia is orphaned she's taken in by a woman who has six small boys.  She's exhausted from trying to keep up with them.  Amelia takes over many duties and keeps herself busy and the boys fed.  All is going well until she gets bored.  Then she decides to take up baking.  Oh my! The boys love "testing" her Read More
  • A Letter to my Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Did you ever have a teacher who brought out the best in you?  I've had several but the one I remember most was my first grade teacher.  She sent me a graduation card and complimented me for being an honor student.  She told me that she could tell when I was in her class I would go far.  I couldn't believe she'd even noticed me!  In this story, it's the student that notices the teacher...Provato Marketing send me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.The story is written from a child's point Read More
  • Rachel's Dream by Lisa Jones Baker

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
  • A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a big fundraiser going on to benefit the retired cowboys' home.  There are a lot of bull riders and rodeo stars living there.  Prize money doesn't last long when you're young.  There's going to be a big rodeo event with the current title holders, too.  But when one of the stars goes missing overnight, it turns into a hunt for a body...Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground let me read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Charli has come home and is working in the Book Barn with her father.  Her girlfriend, Scarlet, has a crush on Read More
  • Lies that Bind: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Alex has hired a young boy to be a bus boy for her pub.  He works hard, does what he's asked to do, and helps wherever he can.  He responsible and trustworthy.  When his younger brother busts through the kitchen door to tell Scoot he found a dead body, Alex listens carefully.  Kyle is only thirteen and she asks them where their father is.  He's a long haul driver is on the road.  Come to find out, the boys are on their own a lot.  He's trying to earn enough money to send them to college.  But right now, he's Read More
  • Uniformly Dead by Greta McKennan

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daria has a successful wedding gown business but she's going to expand to historical sewing.  Her first assignment is to create a civil war uniform jacket for the Colonel.  She has to use the right cloth and the right stitches to make it authentic.  She decides to visit the Civil War Museum in town to see the uniforms on display there.  She certainly didn't expect to be there during a robbery!Kensington/Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  The book will be published May 16th.Daria's brother has just turned up after a seven Read More
  • Though This Be Madness by Penny Richards

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily Long is back again.  She has a new assignment.  The only problem is that she has to partner with Cade and they don't like each other.  But an assignment is an assignment.  Posing as a married couple will be difficult but they will do it.Kensington Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.I enjoyed the first novel I read about Lily.  She's an interesting character.  After her husband left her and stole all her money she has no desire to have anything more to do with men.  But she's Read More
  • One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road #5) by Wendy Wax

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Each evening they go out and sit on the deck and watch the sunset go down.  They have a drink, talk about their days and, as their mother requests, they each pick out a good thing that came from that day.  When there's emotional trauma and disasters everywhere, it's hard to find that good thing...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.From financial disaster to a husband who walked off with a younger woman and took all her money with him to a young man defying his father and Read More
  • Magick & Mayhem by Sharon Pape

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was a witch in training when tragedy struck and took both her mother and her grandmother.  Now she owns the magic shop but doesn't have all the skills she needs yet to be a sorceress.  When she goes to her lawyer's office to sign the final papers on the shop, she finds him dead...Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The magic was low key until Kailyn does the spell to find her familiar.  Her other relatives have cat familiars but hers is unexpected.  She Read More
  • The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The story starts with a pig out by itself wearing a small black cap.  You don't usually see a pig in the city and you never see one wearing a hat.  While Sebastian is still trying to figure it out, a man comes out to capture it and somehow Sebastian gets involved.  It gets even worse when he goes in the door that says:  The Explorers.Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.This is a nonsensical story with footnotes, illustrations and strange situations all the way through Read More
  • What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson

    Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her father marries again, she's not really surprised.  He's still young enough to want a woman in his life.  But why did he pick the one he did?Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Prudence has her wedding coming up and is looking forward to being married.  She might not love him but he is her friend and has been since childhood.  When a blizzard shows up and he dies in the storm, she's stunned.  Her father died earlier.  The doctor says it was heart failure.  Read More
  • Solomon's Bell (Genie Chronicles #2) by Michelle Lowery Combs

    Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ginn's enemies have moved away from town but that doesn't mean they are gone.  She's been doing a lot of reading in the library in the lamp and with that the sudden instant boy girlfriend issue with her brother, she thinks she knows what she will have to do to save her family.  Having a golem in town isn't a good thing.World Weaver 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.In this story, Ginn, her boyfriend, and her new foster sister go back Read More
  • Heir to the Lamp (Genie Chronicles #1) by Michelle Lowery Combs

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    All she wants to do is win her basketball game.  She's been fouled and has the opportunity to make her free throws and win.  But her last throw doesn't go in the basket.  She goes back to the locker room full of despair but mumbles on the way in that she wished they'd won the game.  Everyone coming in the door after her tells her how marvelous her game was and how happy they are they won.  They won?  But they lost!World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been Read More
  • Make Me: Book Four of The Demon Underground Series by Parker Blue

    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Val made the mistake of falling in love with Shade.  She slept with him and lost not only her virginity but her powers.  Now all she has left is Lola, the part of her that is a Succubus.  She can control male vampires with that but not female.  She's called the Slayer and she's feared but she isn't what she was before...BelleBooks and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Since Val works with both vampires and demons, the chances of her getting killed are good.  Especially since she's trying to Read More
  • Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very nice compilation of the stories of twelve pioneer women that refused to give up.  The odds aren't good, they've lost everything dear to them, but they have the grit and determination to keep on going when it would be easier to give up and die.  Here are twelve women you can admire.Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is the type of history book I would have died for back in school.  It's like living history and I Read More
  • Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

    Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    William Johnson was a Yale student who joined a hunt for dinosaur bones because of a bet.  He and another schoolmate got in argument and the other student declared him not brave enough to make the trip.  He added that he would pay him a thousand dollars if he did it.  That was enough incentive for Johnson.  He went down asked to sign up.  And was told no...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 23rd.Johnson pesters the professor until he agrees to let him come if he's Read More
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