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  • Random Acts: A Joanna Brady and Ali Reynolds Novella by J. A. Jance

    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Joanna is pregnant and worrying about her reelection as sheriff.  Her daughter and her husband are a bit worried about it, too, but they are being supportive.  She sure didn't need to get a phone call telling her that her mother and stepfather had been in accident.  George died, mom was in the hospital and it didn't look good.  She and her husband drop everything and head for the hospital her mother is in...Witness Impulse and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It's being published today.When Joanna and her husband arrive, they get Read More
  • Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hattie is a high school student looking forward to graduation.  She intends to go to New York and come into her own there.  Any place is better than home and the bigger the better.  She's always excelled at everything and generally gets her own way all time.  But things are about to change...Emily Bestler Books sent me a manuscript to read for review (thank you).  This book will be published on January 3rd.Hattie is a bit of a mixed up kid.  She has goals and dreams and thinks everyone else should adhere to her wishes.  When she pushes the issues, Read More
  • Magic Words From the Ancient Oral Tradition of the Inuit by Edward Field

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The Inuits have ancient traditions passed down from their ancestors.  Danish explorer Knud Rasmussen kept a diary and Mr. Field worked on translating it and telling the Inuit's tales he found within.Vanita Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.The illustrations in this book are vibrant and alive.  They have lots of colors, artwork of the animals in their traditional designs and the ideas that are expressed are wondrous.Long ago, men could become animals and animals could become men.  They all got along Read More
  • The Memory of Lemon by Judith Fertig

    Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    The cake therapist is back but she's not having any luck figuring out the flavors for the monied wedding she's working on.  The daughter wants a hippie wedding, the mother is all pomp and circumstance and wants a very formal one.  How will she make them both happy?Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Claire is nicknamed Neely and she's an excellent pastry chef.  Her talent is being able to meet and talk to people and while they sample her goods, she picks Read More
  • Hogs of the Hedge by AC Michael

    Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Horace's garden was infested by slugs.  He tried everything.  He even used a slingshot to send them far away but they were back every morning.  He tried salt.  They made a bridge of slugs to get across.  He only had one choice...Publishing Push and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Amazon.The text rhymes, the illustrations look like they were done by a young one, and the story is a bit silly but fun to read.Horace posts a big sign asking for help and Read More
  • All Waiting Is Long by Barbara J. Taylor

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in the 1930's, this is the story of two sisters and sacrifice.  The youngest got pregnant unexpectedly and the oldest goes with her to provide support while she finishes her pregnancy and gives the baby away for adoption.  It means Violet has to postpone her own wedding but she can't let her sister go alone; she's too young and irresponsible.  After all, she got pregnant...Akashic Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.Violet is carrying guilt from the death of her older sister.  They were playing with Read More
  • Snake, Rattle, and Mole by AC Michael

    Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Imagine a witch and a rattlesnake making music together and panhandling.  Think they would sound pretty?  No one else did either...Publishing Push and the author let me read an ebook of this story.  It has been published, so you can grab a copy on Amazon.The witch is sure it's the snake's fault so she tries to do magic on him.  All it does is make him bigger and take away his rattle.  He's not happy with that!  She just leaves him and goes away.While he's crying and wondering what to do, he feels the earth move and he meets a Read More
  • The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    We worry about anthrax poisoning, bird flu, chemical warfare, loss of electricity and more in current times.  One thing that hasn't come up as a worry is spiders.  This story centers on the release of a sac of spiders from hell.  They are carnivorous...Emily Bestler Books allowed me to read this ARC for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.I hate spiders.  I don't mind daddy long legs but the others make me real nervous.  When I was offered this book, I knew it was about a subject I didn't like.  I made sure I read it during Read More
  • Cleo by Sassafras de Bruyn

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Cleo is not fond of the duties her life contains.  School is where people make fun of her glasses, she's always having to tidy things up, and she has no friends.  But she has a way of changing that...Clavis Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.This is a sweet story with lovely illustrations that takes you into the fantasy world of a young girl.  Her only real friend is her cat so when she sails away from the world she Read More
  • As Good as Gone by Larry Watson

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's desperate.  His wife needs surgery and is going to a hospital in another state.  His teenage daughter will be OK at home alone, but his son is only 11.  When the daughter is at work, his son will be unsupervised.  He decides to bite the bullet and ask his estranged father to stay with them.  He has no idea if he will or not...Algonquin Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.Calvin is an old cowboy, living in a small trailer out on the prairie.  He's all Read More
  • Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet by Erica S. Perl

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Class is excited when the teacher comes to school with a pet for the classroom.  It's a little hamster and they all want to touch and hold it.  They're told no and they abide by the rules until the teacher oversleeps one morning and is late to class.  When he arrives at class, there's no one there!Abrams Books shared this picture with me so I could read and review it (thank you).  It was just published June 19th.Fluffity might be a cute little hamster but when the second grade class lets him out of his cage, he bites them.  He Read More
  • Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all begins with a high profile missing person.  She's assigned to the case and is told it is top priority.  The woman just disappeared, without taking anything with her.Random House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.Edith is smart, has a boyfriend she lives with and is going far in the world.  When she disappears, it's a crisis for her parents.  Her father is friends with one of the upper crusts in the police department, so it soon becomes a crisis for the cops, too.Manon is a Read More
  • Black Cat & White Cat by Claire Garralon

    Mon, 20 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a very simple story in a board book that emphasizes contrasts.  The illustrations are lovely.Sourcebooks Jabberwocky sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The story tells you that black cats live in white houses and white cats live in black houses.  Everybody is fine with that until the cats decide to visit.  Then they find the black cat is hidden in black houses and the white cat is hidden in white ones!We have two outdoor cats.  One is all black, one is Read More
  • Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold by Paula Guran (Edited by)

    Sun, 19 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here's an interesting mix of fairy tales with horror and dread sprinkled through the stories.  You won't think of your fondest fairy tales without remembering what these authors thought up!Night Shade Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This book is 536 pages so you get lots of stories.  Many of the authors are well established and well read.  I prefer fantasy to horror, but some of these stories still stuck with me.Here's the list of contents:Tanith Lee – “Red as Blood”Gene Wolfe – “In the House Read More
  • One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rossi

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ben's specialty is hand to hand combat; Mary is a sniper.  Both have a lot of additional skills.  They're in town, undercover, doing reconnaissance.  Someone is running guns from this location and they have covers that should allow them to ask questions legitimately.  The problem is that the town is guarded and the citizens are silent everywhere.  How much can they find out without getting in trouble?  Very little.Carina Press allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published July 18th.  This is the second in this series.Ben is tough but Mary intrigues him.  Mary Read More
  • The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

    Fri, 17 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is definitely a horror story.  She's seven when this man takes her in and raises her.  Her mother and father left her with her Nana and she couldn't find her Nana.  Now she lives with the trapper and learns to survive in the woods.  She can trap, shoot, clean and make jerky just like he can.  She knows how to make a fire and how to protect herself from the animals.  But she doesn't realize she's living with the biggest monster in the woods.Crown and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be Read More
  • What's a Banana? What's an Apple? by Marilyn Singer

    Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Here are a couple of small hardcovers that talk about fruit in rhymes.  They are illustrated by Greg Pizzoli in bright colors and you'll come up with unique uses for these two items.  My favorite part is the warning about what not to do!Abrams Appleseed sent me the books to read for review (thank you).  The books are available now.These are written in a simple text for the little ones to understand and help them learn to read.At home we harvested all our apples.  So it was amusing to see one used as ball or a kick toy.  I bet Read More
  • Sadie's Montana Trilogy: Three Bestselling Novels in One by Linda Byler

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sadie is twenty and works at a nearby ranch as a cook's assistant and housekeeper.  She trusts horses more than she does people...Good Books and Edelweiss gave me access to this sample to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.  The sample I got to read was Wild Horses, this first book in the series.  Keeping Secrets is book two and The Disappearances is book three.Sadie had a horse  when she was younger but had to leave it behind when they moved to Montana.  She loved living in Montana but never got over losing her horse.  Her Read More
  • Sea Change by Frank Viva

    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Eliot is going to have the worst summer vacation ever.  His mother is making him go stay with her uncle in a fishing village clear up in Nova Scotia.  He'll have to leave his buddies and his favorite activities behind.  If that's not bad enough, can you imagine getting up while it's still dark to go fishing on the cold sea?  How about dealing with maggots first thing in the morning?Myric Marketing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.He's expected to fill up Read More
  • Lost Dog: A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 3 by Alan Russell

    Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Michael is a K-9 officer and I'm smitten with his dog.  Sirius is a German Shepherd who will do anything to save his owner.  He's very well trained and listens to his master.  And he's the one who drags Michael out to find an injured dog near his house.  He has no idea this is the start of a new case at the time...Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  You might want to grab the first two in the series to read also.  This one Read More
  • The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

    Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    He needs to get his shipment in to collect his payment.  The men want to salvage the dragon they just fought.  When he says no, they mutiny.  They give him a dingy with no sail, no oars and no food and water and set him adrift.  Right before he's sent off the ship, the apothecary speaks against the mutiny.  She also finds herself in the dingy being abandoned.  Where can they go that will help them get home?  If they can't do that, they at least need somewhere that has food, shelter and fresh water.  All they can see is Read More
  • Teddycats by Mike Storey

    Sun, 12 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bill lives in the Cloud Kingdom but he visits the forest below.  He's not supposed to but he sneaks out.  Luke, an Olingo, is his friend.  He's met his family and eaten with them and Luke wants to see his home.  Teddycats are warned they must not reveal their home to anyone.  They don't want humans after them.  Bill finally agrees to bring Luke up for a sneak peek.  It doesn't go well...Razorbill and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.Bill runs into a girl he has a Read More
  • Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

    Sat, 11 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jonathan doesn't know what to do with his life.  He's a random kind of guy, says whatever passes through his mind.  He's not very focused.  A friend got him a job and he hates it, but he's not looking for anything else.  His girlfriend proposes because they can get a free wedding out of it and he agrees because he thinks it's time for him to do something like that.  And he does love her, doesn't he?  He's not sure...Viking and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.All Read More
  • Sticks & Stones: Upside-Down Magic #2 by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins

    Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Their magic doesn't work like regular magic does, so they have their own classes for upside-down magic.  Nory can shapeshift but when she decides to be a kitten, she might turn out to be koat:  part kitten, part goat.  That can cause problems.  And the others in the class have similar problems.Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.  If you haven't read the first book, it might flesh out the story but this one can stand alone.This is pure fantasy with a touch of silliness blended in.  Read More
  • Little Girl Gone: An Afton Tangler Thriller by Gerry Schmitt

    Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her husband go to a gala event in the city.  When they return, they find the babysitter hogtied and injured.  Their baby is missing...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.This is a creepy story with a mother/son team who make their money by selling babies.  He's a bit slow, does taxidermy on the side, and he has a pregnant girlfriend.  His mother concentrates on controlling and directing him and he does what he's told.  Even when he's told to kill someone.The mother only wants to Read More
  • The Wolves of Currumpaw by William Grill

    Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Wolves have always been mistrusted and hunted.  The fact that people were building towns on land the wolves roamed and ranchers moved in with free range cattle and rivers were being dammed had nothing to do with why the wolves and the people were coming in contact with each other.  Of course not...Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  This book will be published July 12th.This is an oversized hardcover with sketch-like drawings for illustrations.  The story is based on Mr. Ernest Thompson Seton's story from "Wild Animals I Have Known".  There's Read More
  • Danger Woman A Botswana Mystery by Frederick Ramsay

    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a wildlife park here that has all the big animals of Africa in it.  Botswana and its residents make money from the tourists that come in to tour the park.  There's a big smart hyena that leads a pack and will steal prey from a lion.  They have named her Kotsi Mosadi, Setswana for Danger Woman.  When the Russian mafia arrive in town, they have a Danger Woman with them also...Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 5th.In Russia, you bribe who can and kill Read More
  • The Butterfly Bride By Lacy Williams

    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    He can never forget killing his best friend.  He was screwing around in a pickup with friends when he turned at high speed and knocked his friend out of the back of the pickup.  When his friend hit the tree, it broke his neck.  He doesn't even like being on the ranch anymore and he can't forgive himself for doing such a thing.  He has no choice, though.  He needs to stay with Grandma while his twin brothers are on their honeymoons.Serenade Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's a novella and is the third book Read More
  • Liar Liar: A Detective Helen Grace Thriller by M.J. Arlidge

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Helen Grace has some personal issues but she's a good cop.  She has the brain to put pieces together and make tiny hints something bigger.  Some cases haunt her but she never gives up.  This will be another of those cases; there's nothing to like about it.NAL sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Three fires are set in one night, taking down two businesses and one residential home.  The home had residents in it and not all survived.  It doesn't take long to determine it was arson.The family had Read More
  • Goodbye, Ms. Chips: An Ellie Haskell Mystery by Dorothy Cannell

    Tue, 07 Jun 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Ellie is being called back to her old school.  She's married now and has children so it's not about her school days.  It's about the loss of a unique trophy.  They have lost it to another school and it's now missing.  She's willing to see what she can find.  She'll be sorry she got involved before it's over.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published today, so you can grab a copy now.I've been reading about Ellie for a number of years now.  She's a good person, tries to do the Read More
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