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  • The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

    Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    What you do when you are young may come back to haunt to you.Harper sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.The story begins with two older people who have met online and decide to meet and chat.  Eventually, he moves in.  They are companions, not lovers.  And they are each playing a part...I had the feeling both of them were setting the other one up.  They each had some money.  I began to believe they were both thieves.  That wasn't exactly what was going on; there was more Read More
  • Lost Canyon by Nina Revoyr

    Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The only thing they have in common is their trainer from the gym.  They're only going to be gone for a few days, they should be able to get along for that long.  Sounds good, doesn't it?Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The trainer is going to take them up to see Lost Canyon.  They are going because work and life are not making them happy right now and they think a backpack trip might relieve the stress and give them a chance Read More
  • The Fortunes of Olaf Shorthand by Thomas Owen

    Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    Olaf is a Viking.  He's proud of his battles, his riches he's acquired and his family.  But these fortunes are about to come to an end...Mr. Owen sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy in either print or ebook on Amazon.I've read a few of Mr. Owen's books and I have to say that this one is my favorite so far.  Viking tales appeal to me and this one has the flavor of mythology and vengeance in it.  I was surprised to see it Read More
  • Dreamers by Donna Glee Williams

    Sat, 23 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's the Dreamer.  She tells the scribe about her dreams, he writes them down, and then the Chief Interpreter translates their meaning.  Of course, his translations favor him and his own plans but he doesn't mention that.  Now she's having trouble sleeping...Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be exclusive to Kindle from February 15th through May 8th.  On May 9th, you can get a copy wherever ebooks are sold.She's been removed from her family, has lost her name, and has almost lost herself.  She's been doing this for Read More
  • Mama Loved to Worry by Maryann Weidt, Rachael Balsaitis (Illustrated by)

    Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mama is so good at worrying, she takes the blue ribbon at the local fair.  That tells you something!Minnesota Historical Society Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April lst.This is a tale tall with Mama at the center of the story.  She has a young son that keeps taking off and getting in trouble.  She worries about, saves him, and does all sorts of needlework or cooking to calm down.  She knits up scarves and hats for the all barnyard animals.  Makes pounds of food and shares Read More
  • The Doll's House: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller by M. J. Arlidge

    Thu, 21 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace's career has had extraordinary cases with serial killers.  She's excelled at bringing them down.  Not everyone is happy with that.  Her supervisors don't like her stealing the lime light...Berkley Publishing Company and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.Helen has her own baggage.  She's a masochist.  She feels guilt from her childhood and that's the only thing that calms her down and makes her let the past go.  You can imagine how well that would be received at the cop shop.  That's her darkest secret.Her other personal Read More
  • Rufus and The Flying Carpet: Book One - "The Beginning" by Pauli Murphy

    Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:06:00 Permalink
    Here's a cute tale with simple easy to read text and fun illustrations.  Rufus is a very nice bunny who is learning about magic in the world of rabbits.  This book is just the start so you know there will be more to come in the future.  C'mon, grab Rufus' paw and lets go...The author and Publishing Push gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can order a copy now on Amazon.Rufus has noticed his guardian fairy and her friends but doesn't pay a lot of attention to them.  Read More
  • Red Moon Rising by K. A. Holt

    Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rae Darling is part of a space farming family.  Her mother is dead.  Her father is religious to his own gods, and she's told angels bring them water.  She works hard, loves her family and  she protects her little sister.  If she wasn't quite so protective, things might have turned out differently.Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 23rd.  There's enmity between the humans and the aliens.  There are also two sides to the story.  The humans call them cheese but they don't look like Read More
  • Cat Shout for Joy: A Joe Grey Mystery by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:33:00 Permalink
    Joe Grey is a special cat:  He can speak.  He hides that ability but he's proud of the work he can do by sneaking about listening or sniffing out evidence to help the police.  He calls them on a cell phone so it can't be traced back to his owner.  He'll need all his wits about him for this case.  He's also going to be facing some life changes in his personal relationships.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 23rd.One of the cat friends in this Read More
  • Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal by Lauren Magaziner

    Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    George isn't really a bad kid.  He just finds it easier to take his older brother's comics and another brother's money than to work for his own.  But when he's just barely being allowed out of his room for bad behavior and then goes right back to acting badly, it causes real trouble.Dial Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This is written for middle graders and is a fun book to read.  It's silly, has all sorts of oddities and characters like you've never seen before.  Read More
  • Lady Pendragon Volume 1 by Matt Hawkins Art By: Ron Adrian, Hector Gomez, John Stinsma

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 12:06:00 Permalink
    Have you ever seen the movie Camelot?  Maybe you're read about Sir Arthur and the Knight's Round Table?  If not, this graphic novel will fill you in on some of the plot of that story.  If you did, you won't recognize the women.  They're all long, lean, and full of vigor.  The warrior women in this story are all beautiful and partially clad.Image Comics let me read this graphic novel for review (thank you).  It has just been published and you can grab a copy HERE.  I like hard hitting graphic novels and strong women characters.  You've got both in this Read More
  • No Shred of Evidence: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery by Charles Todd

    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ian suspicions he won't like the task he's being sent out on when he has to report to his chief.  He was right...William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.This mother-son team writes very good mysteries.  I've been following this series since I found them and they put Ian in some very precarious situations.  This is another one.He's going down to replace an inspector who died of natural causes while on the job.  It's a village he's familiar with and close to the site where he Read More
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a woman who marries young.  Her husband is a controlling man.  They have a good life together.  For a while...Berkley Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 16th.When Jean's husband dies, her life changes.  She's glad to be free of him but also misses his companionship.  He was accused of a crime and now the police are trying to convince her to tell them what she knows about the incident.  She remains silent.  She keeps telling them he wouldn't have hurt a child.  Read More
  • The Adventures of Basil and Moebius Volume 3: Secret of the Ancients by Ryan Schifrin, Larry Hama

    Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Basil and Moebius are trying to find a way to end the curse the Collector has forced on them.  They have to do his bidding or end up as the Undead, but they want to be free to live their own lives.  It seems they might have a chance, so they giving it their all.  They'll need to...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 16th.I have read this entire series and I enjoy it.  The graphics are eye catching and colorful.  There are beautiful women, monsters, Read More
  • Bitter Poison: An English village cosy featuring The Colonel by Margaret Mayhew

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're getting ready to put on another performance by their little theater group in the village.  This year they are going to do something different:  They'll do a fairy tale.  The forceful lady scheduling the event thinks she's adding a bit of class to the performance.  She doesn't know she's adding murder...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.They have some new people in town.  The man is on TV and his wife used to be a model.  The play is the Snow Queen and they decide his Read More
  • Red Sonja / Conan by Victor Gischler

    Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Conan is like an old friend.  I read about him in my teens and seeing a graphic novel about Conan AND Red Sonja was not something I could miss.  When the man organizing the mercenary soldiers says that they will fight to the death to pick a leader, Red Sonja comes forward.  So does Conan.  They agree to mutually lead the group of soldiers.  When a group of five or six men challenge them, they do what they do best.  Then they lead the remaining solders into battle.Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for Read More
  • Soft Summer Blood by Peter Helton

    Thu, 14 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a man jogging on his own property.  Then he's a dead man...Severn House Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.When the police begin their investigation, Lusky thought it would be easy.  The dead man was rich and has only a son to leave the money to.  The old adage is follow the money.  But the son has an alibi.  It gets worse when other members of the painting set die.He warns the last man but gets blown off.  He thinks he's safe enough.  He's not.  Who Read More
  • Curtains for Miss Plym: A canine mystery by Kathleen Delaney

    Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mary is getting ready for a big rummage sale so she goes down early to open up, do a final check on how it looks and make some coffee.  She didn't expect to find a dead body...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 1st.Mary calls Dan, the local police chief, and reports the murder.  The victim is a little old lady who lives in another world in her mind.  She gets lost and can't find her home, forgets what she was talking about, and doesn't understand most Read More
  • Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver

    Tue, 12 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everyone needs a reading partner in class.  One little girl tells the teacher she already has one.  When she shows them the bear, it's a big bear.  Even the teacher is a bit scared.  So the girl explains why he's good to read with.Capstone Books for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st, so you can grab a copy then.Since I'm an avid reader, I had to read this book.  I have cats that sit with me when I read.  I also own teddy bears.  But Read More
  • Shutter Man by Richard Montanari

    Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Billy's a cold-blooded killer.  He also has a neurological condition that makes him not recognize faces.  His brother helps him find his victims and he carries pictures of them inside his jacket so he can check to see if they match.  It helps if the brother puts them in the clothes they were wearing in the picture...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Mr. Montanri writes complex tales with a lot of characters in them.  I enjoy reading them because I'm not sure what kind of story Read More
  • Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets

    Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amy is an independent female who knows how to take care of herself in the wilderness and loves hunting.  She heads out on her own with her compound bow.  The men she's with have already shot their elk.  Now she's going to get hers.Berkley Publishing Group and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Amy shoots her elk but doesn't hit him in a vital part.  She tracks him, shoots him, and dresses him.  He's too heavy for her to carry so she takes a piece of him and caches Read More
  • Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, Jennifer A. Bell (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 09 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Little Cat is feeling discontent.  She can't find a special place just for her in the house.  She's searched but nothing works.  When she watches a leaf fall off the tree outside and jumps on the screen, she finds herself outside.  Surely she can find a special place there?Simon & Schuster's Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.She spends the day looking for the "right" place, but has no luck.  She's found out that the dog has kibble and water by his dog house but he's Read More
  • Nickerbacher, The Funniest Dragon By Terry John Barto

    Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:30:00 Permalink
    His dad has him guarding the princess in her castle but he really wants to be a comedian.  After all, the princess thinks he's really funny.  She tells him he should do what makes him happy...The author graciously shared a copy of this book and his activity kit with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy HERE and the activity kit is HERE.The story is fun to read and talks about following your dreams and beliefs.  I did that, that's why I'm reviewing books and selling them, too.  Books are precious to Read More
  • The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel

    Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sune is excited.  He's finally turning fifteen and is old enough to be initiated into the inner circle of men in his town.  They'll be blood brothers and they keep their secrets forever.  When they want him to become a man by laying with a prostitute, he refuses and runs.  They'll be after him for that but it gets even worse when all the men gang rape her and she dies.  They just bury her and go on with their lives.  Sune keeps hiding...Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • A MUDDIED MURDER: A Greenhouse Mystery by Wendy Tyson

    Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Megan has come home.  She's left her lawyer's job and the stress of the work and the city and come back to the farm. After all, her grandmother is getting up in age and the farm takes a lot of work.  It's a good thing she has a plan in mind for creating a new business where she can sell farm produce since the farm needs some repair.  It's too bad not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as she is.  Especially not the Zoning man who is holding up her permits...Henery Press and Net Galley allowed me to read Read More
  • The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton, Poly Bernatene (Illustrated by)

    Thu, 07 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lettie is a little girl who misses her mother.  She has a note from her telling her she will be back and insisting she not step outside.  Lettie doesn't know why, but she obeys until the day someone comes calling and says that he knows where her mother is...Margaret K McElderry Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.This story is filled with magic and other oddities.  Lottie is a young girl who runs a boarding house.  It's the only way they get money.  Her dad is a drunk Read More
  • Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

    Wed, 06 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The world is a dangerous place in this story.  You have magic, creatures, cannibals, and danger all around.  Westie still prowls around because her family was taken from her by cannibals.  She lost her arm to them, but her new metal one is even better than the original product.  If only she could find the killers and take revenge, she could settle down...Balzer + Bray and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 2nd.  What Westie doesn't expect is that the family she's looking for would come to her.  Read More
  • You Look Yummy! by Tatsuya Miyanishi

    Tue, 05 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Imagine the fate of a little vegetarian dinosaur hatching at the feet of a huge meat-eating dinosaur.  The first words it hears is:  You look yummy!  You know what's going to happen next, right?  Not...Museyon Inc. and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.While the big dinosaur is eyeing the snack in front of him, the little dinosaur runs over, grabs his leg and shouts:  Daddy!This story reminds me of the "Are You My Mother" story by P D Eastman.  In that one, a Read More
  • Superhero Universe (Tesseracts Nineteen) edited by Claude Lalumière & Mark Shainblum

    Tue, 05 Jan 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Did you ever wish you had a super power?  Have you thought about the consequences?  This collection of stories will show you how to succeed, how to fail, and how to make the best of it.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing let read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 18th in both ebook or print form through Amazon. Anthologies have always been a favorite of mine so I was happy to have the opportunity to read this one.  I wasn't disappointed by one story in this collection and there are a lot here.  I even Read More
  • Brambleheart: A Story About Finding Treasure and the Unexpected Magic of Friendship by Henry Cole

    Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Twig is a chipmunk who really isn't good enough at the any of the school skills he's learning to become a master of one.  That means he'll be an errand runner, the lowest rung on the social scale of his community.  But things change when he runs away for a day.  He finds the river, falls in and almost drowns and he discovers an egg...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 9th.Lily is a bunny friend of his.  Basil the weasel is his enemy.  If only he Read More
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