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  • Harlequin Valentine's Day Blogger Giveaway!

    Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    I'm pleased to be working with Harlequin on a Valentine's Day giveaway.  You get five free books and a Harlequin Tote Bag if you win.They can only ship to the US and Canada (not Quebec) and recipients should be over 18.TO ENTER:Leave a comment and send an email to info at with your name and address and why you would like to win.  After seven days, I'll pick a winner. This is a great opportunity to get some good romance reading FREE!Give it a try; someone has to win it!  Read More
  • Cold Girl: A B.C. Blues Crime Novel by RM Greenaway

    Sat, 13 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    There's a missing girl.  She's a singer with a band, is the band's leader's girlfriend, and all they find is her empty pickup with a barrette and her phone on the ground outside the pickup.  Did the Pickup Killer get her?Dundurn and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 28th.The story is set in upper British Columbia with snow and ice out in force.  They can't find the girl or her body.  After a certain length of time, they realize she's most likely dead.  However, there is chance she Read More
  • Beehives: A Suspense Novel by Mary Coley

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Jamie is on vacation with Sam and they are going to relax, enjoy each others company, and discuss when and where to get married.  At least that was the plan...Ms. Coley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  I've read all three in this series and have enjoyed them all.  She writes a good solid plot with facts interspersed about the area she sets her mysteries in.  This book is available in both print and ebook form on Amazon.When Jamie and Sam go on a walk in the woods, they're startled when a woman Read More
  • A Dragon's Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep, Joanne Ryder, Mary GrandPre (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Trying to raise a human is hard.  You can't really treat them like a pet because they have a mind of their own and they don't like being told what to do.  But it's her job to protect the little one.  Her grandfather is trying to kidnap her and Miss Drake and her mother are not going to let that happen!Crown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 15th.This is a great read.  Not only does have her own personal dragon who can shapeshift, Read More
  • The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

    Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hanalee's father died a year ago.  He was a black man, her mother is white.  It's the 1920's in Oregon and while it's been a nice place to grow up, people are starting to look at her different.  It seems the KKK has a foot in town and thinks her type shouldn't be allowed there.  Then the boy that hit her father and killed him tells her he didn't kill him.  He died while the doctor was behind a closed door with himbut not from the accident injuries.  Hanalee is thrown for a loop because that doctor married her mother...Amulet Read More
  • Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Do you remember your high school years?  You're about to get a big dose of them here.  Enter Paloma High School and get ready for emotions...Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.The story evolves from the seven central characters Ms. Redgate uses in her story.  They have separate chapters but their lives intersect.  She's covering issues from sexual identity, sexual habits, divorced parents, dysfunctional families, to a teacher/student relationship and more.  There's enough drama in this book to wring it out.The author really gets into the psyche of these Read More
  • Known: A Bone Secrets Novel by Kendra Elliot

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Chris can smell smoke.  He shouldn't be able to, it's a snowy day in the Cascade mountains and the cabins are a long way from each other.  It also doesn't smell like a regular wood fire.  It's something worse...Montlake Romance and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now on Amazon.What Chris finds is a burnt down cabin with people taking cover in an old Suburban parked there.  It's a young teenager and her mother.  Her mother has been sick, they're both cold, and they Read More
  • Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt, Ross Collins (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    A nasty witch has stolen Mabel's baby sister and she's on a quest to retrieve her.  Since it's Mabel, you know that this story will be filled with adventure!Viking Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today.This is a wild ragtime adventure for Mabel and her friends.  She begins alone in a wardrobe she doesn't recognize and meets some strange animals that force her out of the room.  She knows she must go to the Forbidden City to find her sister, so she starts asking around Read More
  • The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

    Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding someone beat to death with a ball-peen hammer is an ugly crime scene.  But this victim isn't the only one...Grand Central Publishing let me read an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It is going to be published March 8th.  This is the newest in the Lincoln Rhyme series and I haven't been disappointed by any of the books in this series.  If you haven't read the earlier ones, give yourself a treat and do so.This author messes with my mind.  Not only does he create monsters in the men or women that Lincoln is hunting, he Read More
  • Rain Dogs: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty

    Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sean never has an easy time of it but this case is a real bear.  Why would someone have killed the young journalist?  Surely she didn't climb to the top of the castle and jump.  It would be hard to do since there was a security guard, and she didn't like heights.  Besides, the one shoe she was wearing was on the wrong foot...Seventh Street Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.Sean walks on both sides of the law.  He may be a cop but he's also Irish and Read More
  • Mutt's Promise by Julie Salamon, Jill Weber (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been on her own for a while now and is traveling past the farm when she hears an animal fight going on.  It's a hen being attacked by some weaselly looking thing and she goes to the hen's rescue.  When the attacker has run off, the owner comes out and checks over the chicken.  He needs to tend its wounds, so he gives the dog a pat and goes in the house with the chicken.  When the dog doesn't leave, he feeds her.  And he calls her Mutt.Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book Read More
  • One Wish by Michelle Harrison

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Tanya can see fairies.  Nobody believes her, not even her mother.  But she can.  And they aren't nice to her.  They are supposed to be her guardians but if she does something they disapprove of, they punish her.  Since no one believes her, she knows it would do no good to complain or ask for help.  Poor Tanya!Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 8th.Ms. Harrison always writes books filled with magic and makes them interesting and exciting.  She's got a great Read More
  • The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

    Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    She just wants to run her bakery but it's not to be.  The Timekeeper has come looking for her.  Her father has died and it's time for the magic to move on to another.  She knew this was possible but was sure one of her three stepbrothers would be the chosen one.  It was not and they are not happy about that.  She's just a female and a young one at that.  But she's the chosen one and will now be the Lady with the power.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book Read More
  • The Maypop Kidnapping by C Surrisi

    Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Quinnie enjoys living in the little town in Maine.  Her mom wears many hats here.  She's the police chief, the real estate agent, the post master and the chief of police.  Her father owns Gusty's where he serves Gusty burgers and you can get a side of lobster fries.  She gets privately tutored.  What could mess up her life?  A missing tutor, that's what.Carolrhoda Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.When Quinnie tries to make her mom take a missing persons report, she tells her it's Read More
  • Hinges Book 2: Paper Tigers by Meredith McClaren

    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Orio is back again with her buddy Bauble.  She still hasn't figured out what Bauble is but he is helping her.  She's found her calling with stitching and mending and life is going better now.  But it doesn't stay that way...Image Comics sent me a copy of this story for review (thank you).  It's being published today and you can get a copy HERE.Orio loses Bauble and tries to follow him.  What she finds is that there is wall around the town.  No one talks about it.  As she heads back home, the police take Bauble from her and tell Read More
  • A Friend for Mole by Nancy Armo

    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mole comes out of his hole to check things out and then can't find the hole again.  He decides to take a nap and doesn't wake up until it's dark outside.  Oh no, now he'll never find it!Peach Tree Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.This is a delightful story with cute creatures.  Mole is small and hairy and hid in some bushes for his nap.  When Mole comes out from behind the bushes and meets the night, he also meets Wolf.  He's a pup and Read More
  • Little One by Jo Weaver

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mama Bear and her cub come out of the cave after winter is done and explore their world together.Peach Tree Publishers and Net Galley allowed me to read this picture book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.The little one is full of wonder.  It's such a big world and there so many new things to smell and eat.  The illustrations are simple but very expressive.  Mama Bear takes good care of her cub and shows her the land and what's safe and what isn't.  This is a short book with the tale of a year in the Read More
  • Dr. Critchlore's School for Minions: Gorilla Tactics by Sheila Grau

    Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Runt always seems to get in trouble, even when he's trying to do something good.  He's working on being a good minion but seems to be lacking in the evil department.  He does have friends and he has a real concern, too.  He's been cursed and will die on his 16th birthday if the curse isn't lifted.  Of course, no one knows who laid the curse or why or how to fix it...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in April and so you have time to read Read More
  • Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a book that talks about two things I love:  Books and the beach.  This is a very cute story with lovely illustrations.  Would you put your book and go surfing or would you take the book with you?North South Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today, so you can grab a copy now.Bro and Dude are both frogs (who look very cute in their swimming trunks).  Dude is all anxious to go surfing but Bro is finishing up his book.  To keep Dude happy, he reads his Read More
  • Serpents in Eden: A British Library Crime Classic edited by Martin Edwards

    Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This anthology caught my eye because not only is about rural mysteries, it had some previously unpublished stories in it.  I'm always in the hunt for stories I haven't read yet.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.I found a nice mix of authors I knew and ones I didn't in this collection.  Some were a bit slow and dry, some were really mind twisting, and some were a good romp in the country.  I enjoyed them all but I found the one with Mr. Fortune Read More
  • Dear Clementina by Colin Burke

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    This is an especially cute story done in the form of letters from one border terrier pup to another.  Stanley is so excited to find another pup in his breed in the park, he sends her letters to stay in touch.  They sound just like they've been written by a dog, too!Publishing Push and the author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy of the ebook or print on Amazon.This man has obviously owned dogs.  Anyone who has a pet will recognize the uniqueness of Read More
  • When Bunnies Go Bad: A Pru Marlowe Pet Noir by Clea Simon

    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pru and Jim are out to dinner when they hear the couple next to them have an argument.  The sugar daddy thinks he's mister big bucks and he orders his girlfriend around and insults her.  When she talks back, they leave but they've ruined dinner for the other two.  Pru decides he's just bad tempered and she'll just avoid him in the future.  That doesn't even work out for a day.  However, the next time she sees him he's quiet.  He's also dead.Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli

    Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He needs a job.  His bike was stolen, his Mom can't pay the bills so she can't buy him a new one.  He is NOT going to ride the old pink single speed bike from the back of the garage.  So his only choice is to earn enough money to buy another bike.  When he sees an ad for help on a farm and taking care of animals, he thinks he's found the perfect spot.  He has, but not for the reason he thinks...Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • Gifted Thief by Helen Harper

    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    She's an orphan.  She has been taken in by the "bull" of the Sidhe and is almost treated like a servant.  She hates it but she has no other options.  When she's been insulted again and it's almost too much for her to stand, she notices the doorman is gone and she runs away.  She doesn't want anything to do with the Sidhe.  They have magics, lots of charm and beauty, riches and power.  She has nothing and likes it that way.HarperFire and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.As Read More
  • Unreasonable Doubt: A Constable Molly Smith Novel by Vicki Delany

    Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He always claimed he was innocent of the crime he was jailed for.  Now, after 25 years, his case has been turned over and he's set free.  Despite advice from his attorney, he goes home.  More realistically, he goes to the village he used to live in.  No one is very welcoming and most people still think he's guilty.  Even the cops aren't sure...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.  Molly doesn't know what to think but she does know if the case was thrown out, he Read More
  • Jennifer Brown and the Dagger (Fairyhand) by Hamish Adourian

    Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:55:00 Permalink
    Jennifer is having a hard time at school and with her parents.  She's not able to read or write well and it's giving her bad grades and hard times with her teachers and parents both.  She never dreams when she sees a strange lady on the street with a dog that she will get a message carried by a hamster.  Not that it does her any good since she can't read it...Publishing Push and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy as ebook or print Read More
  • Baker's Magic by Diane Zahler

    Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bee is an orphan.  She's tired of being hungry and abused, so she runs away.  She doesn't know where she's going or what she'll do but it has to be better than where she was before.  She's so hungry after not eating for a couple of days, she follows her nose to the bakery.  When she goes inside, she spots a bun close enough to grab.  Grab it she does, but she doesn't get far.  What will this big baker man do to her?Capstone Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Rustler's Moon by Jodi Thomas

    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Angela's father is found dead in the alley in back of his work place.  It appears he was mugged and his weak heart gave out on him.  But when Angela finds a hidden message from him that says to run and hide, she wonders if it was just a mugging or something else.  When her home is ransacked, she takes her father's advice...Harlequin and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Angela gets to the small town in Texas where she will be the museum curator and finds the sheriff there Read More
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton

    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Yasmin is coming to Alaska to have a showdown with her husband.  He's dared kiss another woman there and told her about it and now she's going to discuss it with him.  He can come home or he can stay away but there will be no other choice.  Since there is no one to keep their child, she brings Ruby with her.  She doesn't understand how important it is until later...Crown Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  I found it on Blogging for Books.  It will be published February 16th.Ruby is deaf.  It Read More
  • Oldenglen by Robin Mason and Michael Mason

    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Jax has no desire to move from his life in England to the US.  Even worse, they are living in the middle of nowhere.  There nearest neighbors are quite a ways down the road.  He has no friends, knows no one, and the only thing interesting is the woods.  The woods lead to the glen.  It's better than staying in the house and doing nothing, so he walks the woods and glen.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy it as an ebook or a print book Read More
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