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  • Draw or Die by Alan David

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dane dropped into town on his way to visit Frank McSween.  He visits the bar and asks for directions.  Instead of directions, six cowboys face him and tell him to draw or die.  They are from the other ranch, Reed's, and they are feuding with the McSweens.  They think he's a hired gunman.  The only thing that keeps him alive is the fact that the hired gunman is in the saloon, too.  Between them, they down the cowboys.  And now Dane is involved in a range war...Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank Read More
  • Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery by R.J. Noonan

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's a new cop and she responds to the accident call with her older cop mentor.  It's a nasty accident.  The car has gone off the road, hit a tree and caught on fire.  By the time they get the body out, it's burnt and not much left.  When they realize the car belongs to the famous author on the hill, they go to visit them and see what they can find out.  They're hoping the burned body is not his daughter's...Crooked Lane Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being Read More
  • The Devil's Country by Harry Hunsicker

    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He just got off the bus because the town's name was interesting and he thought he'd snoop around for a bit and then catch one the next day.  Drinking a beer at the local bar shouldn't cause any trouble.  But it did...Thomas and Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 11th.This is a tale of a man who had nothing to lose.  He's traveling because his whole family was murdered by dirty cops.  It was his father-in-law's fault but it was his fault, too.  He didn't intend to Read More
  • Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay

    Sun, 12 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Right before her mother leaves for a week at a conference, Zoey makes a fantastic discovery!  When she looks at picture her mother has on her desk, she sees her mom with a strange looking frog.  Her mom's secret:  She helps injured magical animals get well...Innovation Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 14th.Her mother shows her the area in their barn she has for the animal hospital.  She tells her she gets her ideas for cures by reading books about animals in our world that are Read More
  • Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

    Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Star and Nene are orphans.  Nene has healing skills and uses her talents to keep them alive.  Star crushes the leaves and makes the pastes that Nene uses.  They are on their way to a new town to get more supplies and help more people.  However, their trip is cut short by a storm and they have to go with the caravan to an alternate location.  That's just the beginning of their troubles.Talos and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th. This story is set in a dystopian future.  Read More
  • Fight or Die by Christopher Kenworthy

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's carrying Army dispatches and trying to avoid the Indians.  The Apaches didn't like anybody and he didn't want to one of their victims.  When he stops in town for food and some rest, he meets some of the members of a wagon train.  They are planning to travel the same route he did.  He warns them about the Indians and asks them to wait for his return.  Then he will guide them on the trail and help them avoid the Indians.Pioneering Press let me read a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and Read More
  • Hinges Vol. 3: Mechanical Men by Meredith McClaren

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's lost Bauble and almost doesn't have the strength to go on.  The young man they saved won't let her mope and die, though.  He makes her get up and they back to the city...Image Comics sent me a copy of this graphic novel to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now.This is the third and last in this series and this one tied everything together for me.  Orio is not sure of her purpose in life but she's willing to give it a go.  Bauble was more than a pet to her, he was her friend Read More
  • Chasing Christmas Past: An Airship Racing Chronicles Short Story (Prequel) by Melanie Karsak

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily and her crew are hanging out at Rose Hopper's, the local bar.  It's a big race day tomorrow but tonight she's just feeling lonely.  It's been a long time since she's seen her love, she's pretty sure she'll win the race, her crew is in a good mood and still she feels all alone in the crowd.The author and instaFeebies allowed me to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is a short story to entice you to read the series.  It's written well, the idea of air Read More
  • Windy City Blues by Renee Rosen

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Chess brothers liked music and wanted to record "race music".  When they started, it took a long time before northern radio stations would play the records.  Sometimes it took some cash to be sure it would have play time.  They eventually became known as a recording studio that would audition blacks.  If they liked their sound, they invested in them and acted like their agents.  Their music was taking off!Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review.  It has just been published so you can grab a copy now.What was amazing was that the Chess Read More
  • The Orphan Fleet by Brendan Detzner

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He didn't know his parents, he was an orphan like everyone else.  What he did know was that he liked flying through the air like a trapeze artist.  He has his job to do but he enjoys showing off and watching the evening performances.  That's about to change...The author and instaFreebies let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and  you can get a copy now.This is a different read.  You get a general sense of the fantasy world he lives in and their customs but many things are left vague.  It adds to the Read More
  • Never Sleep: The Chronicle of a Lady Detective by K.B. Owen

    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's estranged from her husband but she misses working with him.  He's a Pinkerton agent and she'd like to be one, too.  So when he asks her to help infiltrate a household and get information for him she's willing to try.  She thinks it will be fun but it's also dangerous...The author and instaFreebies allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Every thing is going along well when she arrives.  She's accepted and treated as a guest.  Her only difficulty is when they invite a man she Read More
  • What You Break by Reed Farrel Coleman

    Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gus has a problem.  His friend who is a doorman at the hotel has an assassin after him.  He knew Slava had secrets but he had his own so he asked no questions.  Slava had saved his life, he owed him.  Then he gets a call from Father Bill, who's an ex-priest.  He has a man he wants him to talk to.  He finds that man's granddaughter has been murdered.  They know who killed her. He wants to know why.  He's got secrets, too.Putnum shared a copy of this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It's being Read More
  • Steam and Sensibility (Sensibility Grey #1) by Kirsten Weiss

    Mon, 06 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sensibility Grey is heading to California to meet her uncle.  She's underage and needs a guardian after her father's death.  She's never met him before but she doesn't expect any trouble.  That's what she finds, though.The author and instaFreebies  allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Sensibility is destitute.  Her father was an inventor and he spent not only the money they had but went into debt.  Upon his death, the creditors took everything.  She has only her tools and a carpet bag with a few coins Read More
  • Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton

    Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hamish is back and he's just as fuddled as before.  This time, he's investigating ghosts...Grand Central Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 21st.Hamish is tired of being controlled by his current girlfriend, so the first thing he does is figure out how to get out of the commitment.  He's not kind about and it's a bit crude, but she's definitely out of his life.  He thinks he'll write off women for a while.The local castle owner asks him to come and visit and look into the noises Read More
  • The Sparks by Kyle Prue

    Sun, 05 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Get ready for a grand adventure.  Mr. Prue takes you into a world that reminds me of the Roman era and has it's own gladiators, assassins, and emperors.  He's created a full bodied world with characters that will hold you tight in tension as they fight their battles. The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published now. The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius are three different families of power in the walled city.  They are each scheming about how to make their wealth more extensive and how to get to even Read More
  • Every Trick in the Rook: A Birds of a Feather Mystery by Marty Wingate

    Sat, 04 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia's life is going well.  She's organizing events and bringing tourists to town and she's living with Michael, a man she loves.  She should have known it was too good to be true.  When they find a dead man in the unused summer house on the castle property, she wonders why he was there but she should be wondering who he was.  It was her ex-husband...Alibi and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.When the press descend on Julia and Michael, he decides to leave for a while and take Read More
  • The Bride's Deception by Heidi Vanlandingham

    Fri, 03 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alayna is on the run.  Her mother died, her father was an alcoholic, and he was also friends with Juan Sanchez who was an outlaw.  When Juan indicates he wants Alayna in his bed, her father says OK.  Alayna left and the outlaw is still after her...The author and instaFreebies allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy on Amazon now.The reverend's wife in Santa Fe found her sitting on the church steps and took her in.  She gets cleaned up, has new clothes and is getting regular meals.  She appreciates their help Read More
  • Jorie and the Gold Key by A H Richardson

    Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lord Fodomalk has evil plans.  He's going to drive out the good wizard and take over his protected land.  Then everything will be dark and dreary and he can make servants out of them all.  Only one thing really stands in front of him and could stop him:  Jorie.  So he intends to eliminate her, too.Book Publicity Services and the author provided me with a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.To understand how Lord Fodomalk came into such a such a powerful position, you should read this first Read More
  • Strangers in Atlantis by Matt Myklusch

    Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dean was all through with pirate life.  The captain that forced him into service is dead and he's going to go straight now.  The problem is that pirates aren't through with him...Carolrhoda Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.  While you're waiting for this one, you can read the first in the series that will explain about Dean's pirate life and how dangerous it was.He and his friends are surfing and relaxing on an island that they need to leave before dusk falls.  There are gorillas on Read More
  • New Year's Resolution: ONE TO KEEP (River's Sigh B & B) by Ev Bishop

    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is looking for a good place to be alone and recover from being jilted at the alter by her fiance.  She's decided men aren't worth it.  She'll just rest, recover and enjoy the snow...The author graciously shared a copy of her book with me through instaFreebies (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy on Amazon.The Bed and Breakfast she's chosen is perfect.  She'll be the only guest.  The caretaker will show her around and take care of her breakfasts.  It should be a piece of cake.  She never expected the caretaker to be handsome Read More
  • I'll Hug You More by Laura Duksta, Melissa Iwai (Illustrations)

    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This story is double sided.  You read it one way and then can turn it over and read it the other way.  It's written from the child's and the parent's perspectives and it's all about hugs!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Whether it's morning or evening or anytime of the day, it's a good time to have hugs.  Melissa Iwai illustrated this book with sweet heartwarming pictures.  Sharing this book with your little one could be very rewarding.  Look how many hugs Read More
  • Most Dangerous Place (Jack Swyteck #13) by James Grippando

    Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Jack goes to meet an old school buddy at the airport, he thought he'd be the only one there for them.  However the police show up and arrest his friend's wife.  For murder long ago...Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 21st.Isa says she's innocent but Jack knows she's holding something back.  They returned to the states for their little girl's ear surgery.  No one knew this case was pending.  As he begins to dig in the case, he finds bribery, lies, rape and more.  There were Read More
  • A BRAND NEW ADDRESS (INTERVENUS Book 1) by Kathleen Rowland

    Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The second ice age is taking over the earth.  Mars was colonized but nuclear war killed that planet and the people there.  The next planet due to be explored is Venus.  But only a select few are going on an exploratory trip to the planet.  One of the ships gets taken out by debris, another was shot and transformed the crew became a form of gel.  Will the others make it?The author sent me a free copy of her book to review (thank you).  This book is available for purchase on Amazon now.This is good sci/fi with lots of interesting Read More
  • The Great Troll Rescue by Tom Percival

    Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine all your favorite fairy tale characters as children who play together.  This story has Jack, Red, and Rapunzel in it.  They've just welcomed Anansi to the group.  Anansi has a problem.  His family has been turned into trolls and he needs help fixing them!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.This is a cute story for young ones.  As they start out on their adventure, Red falls down a cliff and ends up in the middle of a huntsman picnic meal.  He's nice enough and shows her Read More
  • The Cheltenham Square Murder: A British Library Crime Classic by John Bude

    Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Cheltenham Square is a flat u-shaped neighborhood with lots of odd characters and lots of gossip.  They all have their little idiosyncrasies and many of them don't like certain ones on the square but one never expected murder...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 7th.It took several unrelated incidents to lead up to murder.  A hundred year old tree was cut down.  A woman leaves her husband.  The husband moves because he's going under after being swindled by a neighbor.  All this makes the crime Read More
  • The Doll's Eye by Marina Cohen

    Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hadley doesn't like the house they've moved to, doesn't like the fact that her mother has remarried and doesn't like her new little brother or father.  There's nothing wrong with them.  She just liked her friends at home and having her mother all to herself.  She wishes it could go back to that.Roaring Brook Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 28th.What Hadley doesn't know is that her house has a kobold.  The housekeeper tells her the story of such a house demon and says if you catch Read More
  • The 12.30 from Croydon: British Library Crime Classics by Freeman Wills Crofts

    Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're making an emergency trip to Paris.  The old man's daughter was injured in an accident and the family is on the way to her bedside.  When they arrive, her husband gets word that it's not a serious accident and she's well.  But the old man has died on the airplane flight.  Even worse, it's not from old age...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.The fascinating part of this read is that the story is from the killer's point-of-view.  He's losing his business due to Read More
  • Heart of Gold (The Clockwork Mysteries #2) by Lilliana Rose

    Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vickie has decided to be a private investigator.  The only way her doctor husband, George, is willing to let her do that is if she takes self-defense lessons.  He doesn't want her to get hurt doing her work.  Unfortunately, she gets hurt anyway...Book Buzz and the author shared a copy of this ebook with me for review (thank you).  It will be published February 7th.This steampunk story takes you back to Victorian times.  Vickie and her girlfriend are taking lessons from a good looking young man.  The girlfriend is looking at him as a potential mate.  Vickie feels there's something Read More
  • Captain Hawkins by L. Peter Alesso

    Wed, 25 Jan 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
    Hawkins was an ex-Marine.  He got in a bad position with his troops and got shot to pieces protecting them.  They managed to save him but he's not in active service anymore.  When the boy from next door asks him to help save the local hospital he says no.  When the boy then asks how to do it himself, he decides if he's going to keep his honor, he's going to have to do it.This story reminds of space opera.  It's sci-fi with lots of technology, space travel, new worlds and old wars.  It's a fascinating read that is similar Read More
  • A Palette For Murder: An Aurora Anderson Mystery by Sybil Johnson

    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Rory checks on one of her neighbors she sure doesn't expect to find her dead...Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 31st.This is a cozy mystery with a bit romance for Rory.  Her girlfriend is always trying to set up her up on dates and she decides to accept this one.  He's a doctor who works for Doctors Without Borders and he's cute and personable.  She also likes the local detective and he's just recently single after breaking up with his girlfriend.  She really wasn't anxious to Read More
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