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  • Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:42:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of sweet romance stories with a Christian touch to them.  There are four novellas and there's not a bad one in the batch.  I started this book and read straight through to the end.  It has variety and all are pleasantly written.Bethany House 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 Love Knot has a young woman who has moved away from home and become self-sufficient who gets a letter from her little sister.  The sister says she's made a Read More
  • The Pajama Frame: A Madison Night Mystery by Diane Vallere

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's established a business by buying retro clothing and furniture and decor and offering it to customers.  She'll even help them decorate.  When she finds a friend of hers left her an old pajama factory, she's overwhelmed.  She doesn't know what to do with it.  And she can't even get in it because it was the scene of a crime years ago and is still padlocked.  Even worse, there's lots of gossip about what happened all those years ago.  Is this a blessing or a curse?Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost

    Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Norbert has spent most of his life in the background.  He's not forceful, he was an accountant, and he's a widower.  His only joy in life is the chihuahua that his aunt left him.  He's behind in his bills and he has to get food from the local food bank to carry him through the month.  When one of the members of a woman's club sees his visit the food bank, she tells the others in the group.  It isn't long until their unofficial leader decides to take him in hand and get him better suited financially.  She has the Read More
  • Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger, David Leonard

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inky has recovered from his injury.  He likes his friends in the tank and the aquarium is clean and they get a lot of human visitors, but it's just not the same as freedom...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.They have a lid on the tank but one day, it's left a bit loose.  Inky invites his friend to go with but he says no, so Inky sneaks out on his own.  He finds a drain he can use and suddenly he shoots out of the other end Read More
  • The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nigel is a spoiled thirteen year old boy whose mother favors him.  He doesn't do chores,  just lazes around.  His family is from Wales and they are coming over to the states to convert the Indians.  It didn't turn out any better than it did for the Whitman family in Washington.  The Indians slaughter them and the only reason Nigel makes it because he hides...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Since Nigel can't even cook for himself, he's in bad shape.  When he Read More
  • Widow 1881 by Sara Dahmen

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's a widow who never had a love match and she gets involved with the brother of her sister's husband.  It's not meant to be a long term relationship but when she finds out she's pregnant, she knows she has to leave town.  She can't live with all the gossip and shame.  So she goes to be a housekeeper in the Dakotas...The author and Goddess Fish Blog gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.She's a neat trim lady wearing mourning clothes when she arrives at her new job.  He Read More
  • Goldfisch Volume 1 Manga (English) by Nana Yaa

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story reminded me of King Midas and his golden touch.  This young boy steals an artifact that talks to him.  It tells him to drink it.  He does and now everything he touches turns to gold.  It doesn't turn out any better for him than it did for the King...Diamond Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.His father is an adventurer who is often away.  When he finds a treasure map, he uses it and ends up what could be Read More
  • The Devil's Revolver by V. S. McGrath

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the old west with dark magic intertwined.  It makes for interesting if unsettling read...Brain Mill Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The old west fascinates me because it was a rugged life where death was handed out regularly.  Add in a pistol that only works for the person it has bonded with that can kill without bullets and you have a big reason for why people are dying.  Everyone wants that pistol.  The fact that you Read More
  • Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius M Gopez

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kenton is the Grand Mastrell of the Sand Masters, mostly because everyone else is dead.  He's trying to work on alliances with other leaders but it's not going well.  Not only that, there are assassins after him...Dynamite Entertainment and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The artwork is fabulous.  It's hard to tell who is safe and who is dangerous.  Everyone has bodyguards.  Even the friendly folks have their own agendas.The story is full of action, there are monsters and madness, and the skill Kenton has to use the Read More
  • Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell, Laura Ellen Anderson

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Would you like to take a ride on a magic flying umbrella?  Would you enjoy being able to play music that does magical things?  Harper does...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Harper has friends in her apartment house and they go on adventures together.  Her parents are away right now and she wants to help the Wild Conductor catch the Ice Raven.  He thinks that will help him get his job back.  But it's not that straight forward.  It seems the Ice Raven is part of a fairy Read More
  • The Master Key by Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of an apartment house in Japan for women only.  Most of the inhabitants moved in during war days and didn't think they'd be there long.  Years later most of them are still there and stay in their little apartments from habit and for safety.  The story begins and ends with death...Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.They are burying a little boy in the basement of the building.  This incident is tied to a kidnapping.  Practically everyone in this apartment house has a Read More
  • The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's an old girl's school on the outskirts of the city.  When Fiona finds out they are going to rebuild it, she's horrified.  Her sister was killed and her body was left near Idlewild.  It haunts her to think of it operating again.  She's almost obsessed with the death of her sister.  Her killer is in jail but it doesn't make Fiona feel better.  She convinces her boss to let her write an article about it and begins to do some research on it...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March Read More
  • Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an American who is working in a Scottish bookstore.  She loves her job, has friends and life is good.  Until a new friend she made is found dead behind the bookstore...Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published April 34rd.Delaney likes the medical students she's met but it leads into a murder case.  She finds an old case from the past has something to do with the current events and she tries to make sense of it.  The history of the old crime is fascinating, if a bit gruesome.  It's Read More
  • Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for her twin brother to become the "Chosen One".  He'll be the new ruler for the kingdom.  Marabel really doesn't care about that, but she would like to be recognized as a member of the family instead of always standing in her brother's shadow.  It's not his fault, he tries to include her.  It's her father who thinks she unimportant.  Then her aunt comes to the event and kidnaps him!Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab Read More
  • The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was expecting a tale of young girl growing up in Alaska and competing in the dog sled races.  Alaska can be cold and deadly and I thought it'd be a bit about survival, too.  What is, though, is really a horror story...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Tracy learned survival skills from her mother and she still follows those rules.  But she doesn't understand that she's almost more wild that the animals she traps.  She runs with her dogs and spends time in the woods alone.  Read More
  • Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Need a Valentine's Day gift suggestion?  Here's one for the little one in your life.Robin Corey Books sent me a copy of this board book for review.  It has been published and would work very nicely for a gift.  It's special because it has a pop up at the end of the book that says "I love you."Here are two birds tweeting themselves through the numbers from 10 to 1 as well as showing a lot of hearts. It's sweet and easy to read and those little fingers will be able to handle this book.Books are better than candy; they Read More
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works in her father's mortuary.  Her mother died when she was born.  She and her father love each other but neither has a warm relationship with the other.  She has a better relationship with dead people than she has with live people...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Mary is almost thirty and really hasn't even had a date yet.  She's a little too odd for the small town she lives in.  Everyone knows how she lives and what she does.  Who wants to be a mortician?When the Read More
  • Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anna still misses her parents.  First her father committed suicide, then a year later her mother did.  She's devastated and can't understand why her mother would leave her alone.  Anna is now a mother of her own and she wishes her mother was still here.  Be careful what you wish for...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Anna thinks she sees her mother around, out of the corner of her eye, standing in the shadows when she walks by.  When she tells her boyfriend about it, he tells Read More
  • Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily.  She plans to drink herself to death.  Nothing in life interests her anymore.  Then the young man who did odd jobs for her ends up dead.  Nastily dead.  She now has a new interest...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Since she found the body, the police look at her as a suspect.  At last one of the supervisors shows up and after a few questions, let's her go.  She begins by asking about the dead man and interviewing those he worked Read More
  • Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're watching a water parade of pretty boats and displays from the widows walk on a big house.  When one of the guests topples over the railing and falls, they think he has been hit by a cannon from one of the boats.  No, it's worse than that.  He's got an arrow in him...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is a cozy mystery set in a tea shop with lots of discussion of tea flavors and food.  The rear of the book has some yummy sounding Read More
  • Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting group of short stories that tantalize your mind.  They're fantasy but they are close enough to reality to scare you a bit...Vintage and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The description on Edelweiss said:  "In “All Kinds of Proof,” a down-and-out drunk makes the unlikeliest of friends when he is hired to train a mail-carrying robot; in “Blood Memory,” a mother confronts the dangerous reality that her daughter will never assimilate in this world after she was the first child born through a teleportation device; in “The Read More
  • These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier

    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has the same rhythm and rhyme as the original nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy", but this time they are going to the beach.MoonDance Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The illustrations are whimsical and the story is cute.  There are calamities at the beach but they adjust and enjoy their day anyway.  I liked how the story was put together and the piggies played just like young siblings do.  Here's a fun story to read to your little ones! Read More
  • The Wonderful Baron Doppelganger Device by Eric Bower, Agnieszka Grochalska

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parents are inventors and they create some doozie inventions!  When he tells his class about the inventions and the adventures they have, his teacher thinks he is lying.  He spends most of his time in the corner with the dunce hat on...Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is written for middle grade readers and is silly enough to give them some laughs.  It will probably make them wish they had some of these devices to play with, too!The Doppleganger Device can change anyone or anything into Read More
  • The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from the Fae world by her stepmother after her father's death.  It's not fair but it's a rule she can enforce.  The stepmother even has her old boyfriend escort  her out of faerieland.  She has a mean streak and likes to bury the knife deep.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.The first thing that happens is Ember discovers her magic is gone and she has to hide her ears.  Then she happens upon an alley fight and defends the Read More
  • As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a novel about a young family who is moving to Philadelphia to learn a new trade and try to leave behind the pain of their baby son's death.  All is going well.  Uncle Fred takes them in and he intends to leave the business to their father upon his death.  They make friends at school and at home.  There is a war going on but they aren't affected by it yet.  Then the Spanish Flu comes to town and their father gets called to war ...Berkley shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  Read More
  • UNEASY PREY: A Zoe Chambers Mystery by Annette Dashofy

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Zoe is part of the ambulance crew and when they go out on a call, she recognizes the address.  This elderly lady has fallen before and needed help.  The problem this time is that she is beyond help.  They try to keep her alive and she tells them she didn't fall, she was pushed.  When she dies at the hospital it turns into murder.  They also think they know who the killers are.  They have some burglars that steal from old people that they haven't found yet.  This might have been a burglary gone wrong.Henery Press and Net Galley let Read More
  • Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    The king has daughters.  His daughters are all very different.  One is a warrior, one has magical abilities, one is in love with a man she can't have, one has turned promiscuous and one has adopted a forbidden religion.  When he gets sick from an elf shot, they are the ones who will protect him and try and make him well...Del Rey and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.There is a lot going on in this story.  The warrior anticipates being the next "king".  Rose is hoping for another Read More
  • Beast in View by Margaret Millar

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I read this author many years ago and was fascinated to find another of her books to read.  She messes with your mind.  This is a perfect example of her style and how she can lead you in any direction she wants to.  Get ready to read a book you won't forget...Soho Syndicate and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will publish tomorrow so you can grab a copy then.Helen has isolated herself and lives in her own little world.  When a girl from the past comes back into her life and threatens her, she Read More
  • The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard

    Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jina loves working with computers.  Everybody in her department plays computer games on their lunch break.  They don't realize that they are being tracked by the people they work for.  Not until they get new assignments...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.When her boss tells her she has a new assignment, she's not sure she wants to go.  They are assigning her to a "Go-Team" that goes into dangerous situations and retrieves an informant or information or takes out whoever is causing the most damage.  It's not a Read More
  • Wizard for Hire by Obert Skye

    Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ozzy's parents moved him from the big city to wilds of Oregon forests to hide from those who wanted what they knew.  It was great for a while and then those who were looking for them found them.  Ozzy's left alone at the age of seven.  He has food supplies, water and a roof over his head but he wants his parents...Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is an entertaining read.  Ozzy manages with what he has but he really wants to find his parents.  He Read More
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