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  • Creature vs. Teacher: A Book of Rhyme By T. Fuller Illustrator Alex Eben Meyer

    Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The creature is huge, the teacher is small.  Will they get along?Abrams Appleseed 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 creature is all full of action ideas, the teacher talks about what you learn in class.  Each suggestion rhymes.This board book is colorful and fun to read.  I especially liked the ending.  Here's an easy way to teach your little one about rhyming. Read More
  • In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a dead body out on the road.  She's a young girl who has not been abused but died from asphyxiation.  While they are trying to find out where she was and what happened to her, another girl goes missing...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.The missing girl is a little handicapped and she trusts everyone.This is not a good thing when evil comes to town.  The majority of the story is about the search but you get background on some of the families Read More
  • Excess Baggage: One Family's Around-the-World Search for Balance by Tracey Carisch

    Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Why not walk away from their daily life full of duty and commitments and make that trip they were talking about in their twenties?  It sounded like a good thing to him, too.  He can still work as long as he has WIFI.  So off they go with their three children.  They learn a lot while traveling...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.What I found most interesting were the tales of the various places they visited and the people they met.  They Read More
  • In Cold Chocolate: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James

    Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are going down to the beach to guide the new baby sea turtles to the ocean.  But none hatch.  That's not their biggest problem, though.  One of the members decides to put out the lights on a beach house with her gun and suddenly they have a dead body...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.Charity doesn't think the accused woman was the killer so she starts looking for other suspects.  She also finds out that the other relatives are trying to get her chocolate shop Read More
  • Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook

    Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The last thing she needed was her father showing up after years of absence.  Not only that, but he wants her help to get his half of the gems he helped steal in his last heist.  She says no.  But it's not that easy.Cooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She loves her father but hates his thieving.  The next thing you know, the man hoarding the jewels is dead and her father is accused of murder...With her boyfriend trying to recover the gems, her father Read More
  • Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery by Lara Dearman

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all starts when a bunch of bones are found in a cave.  She's sent to get a story.  She gets one, but it's not the one she went for...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.She decides to investigate her father's death while she's there.  She doesn't think his death was a fishing accident.  It wasn't but what it was involves the whole island and makes it a very dangerous place to snoop.  Not even the police are safe there.Another death overshadows the bones and the Read More
  • My Nana was a Free-Range Kid by Nancy Peek Youngdahl

    Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Her Nana was a lot like me when I was young.  I climbed trees, hung out by the creek, rode my bicycle, played in the barn and did anything I could to keep from being bored.  No one worried about me.  Life was different then.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Nana climbed trees and hung from them mimicking the trapeze artists in the circus.  When she falls and knocks all the breath out of her, her brother helps her recover.They also pretended Read More
  • Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Who's trying to kill Theresa?  And why?  She has no enemies.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 11th.A pile of library books in the car used for hit and run is one clue.  But they were checked out by the victim's soon to be step daughter.  Why would she want to kill her?  Then someone tries to suffocate her with a pillow.  They're serious about this. There are secrets from the past and the present.  Lies are being told, and they don't have much time to stop murder.  Can they Read More
  • When Anthony Rathe Investigates by Matthew Booth

    Thu, 09 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He investigates now because he's driven by guilt.  One of his cases went badly and he can't forgive himself.  So he is going try to find justice for those cases he's asked to help on.Sparkling Books Limited and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.These are short stories of several cases, all of them sad.  Trying to prove who the real villain is can be hard and unrewarding but Rathe doesn't give up.  He's trying to balance the scale and make his life feel right again.The stories aren't easy to Read More
  • The Cycle of Harm by M H Snowy

    Wed, 08 Aug 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    Jeffery is a big mellow man but when he puts the helmet on, he becomes a killing machine...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.Montague is a magician and Jeffery's best friend.  He tells him when to wear the helmet, goes into battle with him, and collects a fee from the village elders for saving them.  He uses his magic to make Jeffery forget the battle.  That saves him from guilt and regret.  They travel with a group of berserkers Read More
  • Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day

    Tue, 07 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's still lost after the death of her husband.  She decides to go on a trip he had planned before his death.  That was a mistake...Wm Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She anticipates a guest house where she can put the past to bed and move on.  Instead, she finds out she's sharing it with another group and she has a separate suite.  She almost goes right back home.  She should have.  This is a deadly group...Everybody in this group were friends in college and this is a Read More
  • Pachyderm: A Catherine Kint mystery by Hugh McGinlay

    Mon, 06 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It begins with the death of an elephant and ends with the death of humans.  If Catherine is not careful, she could be part of the body count...Threekookaburras and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Catherine doesn't usually visit the zoo but it's a big event with free champagne, so why not?  Then she meets a cool zoo keeper and things are looking even better.  That is until he's found in the wild dog enclosure, almost dead.  They decide it was a suicide attempt.  She Read More
  • What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert? by Jochen Weeber

    Sun, 05 Aug 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Gisbert is a giraffe.  He's excited about school, but the other students pick on him.  It makes him feel small...Flyaway Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today. Each nasty comment makes him shrink so he's no longer as tall as a giraffe.  His parents keep him home from school to find out what's wrong.  When he goes back, all the students have missed him.  And, pretty soon, he's as tall as he should be again.  Just talking about your problems can make them better. Read More
  • Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She travels from place to place for her work.  With an assumed name, no permanent residence, no ties to anyone she should be safe, but her brother's enemies find her anyway...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.After being shot at and her car dumped in the river, she comes clean with her employer.  Instead of firing her, he agrees with her request for random assignments and fake names.  But she's still not safe.She solves her next two cases, falls in love, and then they find her again...I didn't like Read More
  • Be Happy to Be You by Diane Margaret Hull, Jan Dolby

    Sat, 04 Aug 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    This little bird just wishes he could do everything the other animals do, like run or swim.  His mother tells him to be happy with himself...The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations are whimsical and fun.  They add to the story.  You feel sorry for the little bird.Then the bird gets sick and has to stay in bed for a few days.  When he recovers, he's happy to do all the things birds do and he's happy Read More
  • Path of the Dead by Mark Edward Langley

    Fri, 03 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their marriage has been drifting apart but they still love each other.  When a killer kidnaps his wife, he realizes how much...Blackstone Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on August 14th.  He's a stone-cold serial killer.  He only grabbed her because she's on TV and may be useful in his quest to exit the states.  The Feds think he's going south.  He's heading north.  And her husband is coming after him.The whole story is filled with tension and terror.  He's a monster.  There's no escape available for Read More
  • Season of Wonder by RaeAnne Thayne

    Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What better way to leave the past behind than to move to the other side of the states and bury yourself in a small town?  She's working on acquiring a veterinarian business, nobody knows about her past, and she likes it that way.  Now if she could just keep her teen out of trouble and stop drooling over her neighbor, she'd have it made.HQN and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 25th. Daniella is embarrassed by her past.  She hides it, is reserved and keeps telling herself she's not Read More
  • Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer

    Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She is living in the Andes with her parents and little brother.  The Indians there think she has something wrong with her because she's very small for her age.  They don't want to be friends with her.  So she makes friends with the condors in the wild.  They understand her.The author shared a copy of her book with me in exchange for a review.  This was a very good read and it has been published.When she sees poachers trying to steal the condor's egg again, she asks her dad for help.  The male condor stops them from taking it and Read More
  • A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux

    Tue, 31 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's leaving home and moving to new town.  She needs a fresh start and wants to live her own life.  She didn't imagine her first task would be to solve an old murder case.Mira and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 18th.Her aunt has offered her a room where she has privacy and her own space.  She also has another tenant but neither her aunt or Jack are anything like her mother told her to expect.  She already has job lined up and is ready to go to Read More
  • Santa Fe Mojo: A Vincent Malone Novel by Ted Clifton

    Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vincent lost his wife, his practice, and all of his respect due to a drinking problem.  He's not drinking anymore, but he's looking for a cheaper place to live so he decides to move to New Mexico.  Before he reaches his destination, he sees an ad for van driver for a new hotel.  He applies and gets the position.Purple Sage Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab it now.The new inn's first guests are meeting on finances.  When the money man tells them all their money Read More
  • Hair of the Dog by Carlene O'Neil

    Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    First her cousin has a problem with drugs being stolen from the veterinarians clinic and then she is caught holding a knife that killed her partner, Brian.  She said she removed it by reflex trying to help him.  It's a good thing she just arrived with her cousin so there wasn't time for her to do it.  But try telling the cop that...IBPA and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Brian had no enemies.  The more evidence Penny gathers, the more confusing it gets it.  Read More
  • A Sea of Love by Wilfrid Lupano, Gregory Panaccione

    Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a graphic novel with no words.  The illustrations tell the story so have no worries...Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published July 31st.He's a fisherman who goes out each day after his catch.  He and his wife live a simple life and they are content with each other.Except one day he goes out and doesn't come back.  She prays, she waits for a sign and finally she visits a fortune teller.  As she follows the path the fortune teller set her on, her husband is trying to get disconnected Read More
  • Tempted by Love by Jennifer Ryan

    Sat, 28 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's going to her two brother's weddings, so how did she end up in bed with their best friend?Avon and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 21st.They are both very attracted to each other but she knows her brothers won't approve.  So does he.  They attempt to go their separate ways.  Good luck with that.He's a DEA agent and in danger all the time.  So are her brothers so she's familiar with that.  She's a pharmacist and should be safe, but she's not.  With people trying to kill them both, who's Read More
  • Little Tails Under the Sea by Frederic Brremaud, Federico Bertolucci

    Sat, 28 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a beautiful graphic display of the animals beneath the sea. Lion Forge and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.The puppy and squirrel take a submarine in exploration beneath the sea and see all kinds of wonders.  I learned about some new animals reading this and I bet you will, too.  The graphics are lovely.  Check it out, I bet you end up buying a copy.  This is a lovely series. Read More
  • Timmy on the Toilet by Peta Lemon, Maria Dasic Todoric

    Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Timmy is on his way to school when he hears the sound of someone in distress.  It's a fairy caught in spider web on a flower.  He frees her and she grants him one wish...The author sent me a ebook of this story to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.You know how you have the best intentions but somehow they just don't work out?  That's Timmy's problem.He's sitting on the toilet when he has this swell idea and says he wants to fly like the birds do.  He does fly, Read More
  • The Gift of Dark Hollow by Kieran Larwood, David Wyatt

    Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Podkin is an old rabbit approaching death but his little brother, the bard, remembers his tales from the past.Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.I always enjoy reading stories with animal characters.  This series is has lots of info about rabbit's instincts and character as well as an exciting adventure that goes against nature.The Gorm are an ugly enemy that even scared me, so don't let real young ones read this yet.  And don't read it at bedtime...They are on a quest to get the Read More
  • Relic by Alan Dean Foster

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you were the last of your species?  The last human alive?Del Ray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.Some friendly aliens picked him up and have been caring for him and studying him.  He doesn't mind, it's nice to have company even if they look funny.As he ages, he he knows he's the last of his kind and it grieves him.  The virus killed the other humans.  Then they find a young female!Mr. Foster has a marvelous imagination.  His stories always intrigue me.  This one is no exception.  Read More
  • Kat's Law by Samantha St. Claire

    Wed, 25 Jul 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kat went away to school to become a doctor and now is home and helping her father.  But everything is not good at home.The author and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 26th.The more she learns about the outlying ranches, the more upset she gets.  Innocent people are dying because they are in the way. When she goes out to brace the killers, she takes her ex-Ranger with her and it's a good thing.This was a good western tale with a slowly growing romance.  I really enjoyed the read. Read More
  • To Catch a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake

    Tue, 24 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody loved Abby so how did she end up dead?Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.With a mix of mortals, good witches and a few bad witches, this town has a lot of different people to talk to and about.  There are weddings coming up, rumors of a pending elopement, and more and trying to figure out who's telling the truth and who isn't is difficult.I was amazed by the identity of the killer.  With all the suspects, that person wasn't even on my list.  Read More
  • The Butterfly Conspiracy: A Merriweather and Royston Mystery by Vivian Conroy

    Mon, 23 Jul 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her uncle are doing a presentation and she's brought her latest accomplishment:  A huge butterfly that is gorgeous and she brought to maturity at home.  The only problem is that the disbelievers make her open the container she had it in, it lands on the lady in the group, and she dies.  They accuse her uncle of murder...Crooked Lane Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She knows the butterfly wasn't poisonous.  The woman hadn't eaten or drank anything before she came or while she was there.  Read More
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