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  • Jack Ferrington and the School for Swabbies by Clint Perry

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jack is excited to be going into middle school at the Pirate School.  He'll be one of the Fighting Eels now.  He's planning on taking cannon lessons.  However, everything doesn't work as planned.FlyRockit Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  How could I miss a pirate book?  You can grab a copy for you now.This is great fun.  Jack gets in trouble as soon as he steps on board.  He has to take another math class and he hates it.  The bully from last year is still in their class, and now he Read More
  • It's Hard to be Good (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #1 by K.J. Hales

    Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ellie is the cutest little wiener dog!  She's illustrated in bright colors, her antics are perfectly dog-like, and this story is cute.  There's a lesson in the story but it's put across gently.Open Door Press and Net Galley shared an ebook of this story with me.  It has been published so can grab a copy now.Ellie loves being told she's a good dog.  Her reactions will make you laugh.  She can't help sniffing all the good smells in the house, though.  And when she gets a noseful of ham smells, and a sandwich lying on the table, can she resist?She Read More
  • Equus by Rhonda Parrish

    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When I discovered this book, I knew I had to read it.  I like horses, I like magic, and I like fantasy.  Here it is all wrapped in one anthology collection.  Oh, I also like short stories!World Weaver Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 18th.There are unicorns, kelpies, pegasus and knitting in these stories.  One woman knits her way to the stars where she can ride with the horses.  In Rue the Day, the young man aiding the woman unicorn rider rapes her so she can't ride Read More
  • The Pirate's Children by Michael Lloyd

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:51:00 Permalink
    Eleanor has been raising her younger siblings ever since her father never returned.  They are living with their aunt who sees they have all they need but is short on love.  Life goes on.  Then the aunt dies and when her will is read, their life changes.  They not only have money, they have a ship...Publishing Push and the author provided me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  I loved the story so much this one is going in my library.  You can get a copy for your own library now since it has been Read More
  • Body of the Crime by Jennifer Chase

    Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Finding a dead body is never a pleasant thing to do but when you realize it's connected to murders in the past of a serial killer, it's even more chilling.JEC Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Kate is here on a new job.  She's left her past behind and wants to move on from an abusive relationship.  However, he's not willing to let her go...  She's assigned to work with the forensic doctor (who prefers to be called Chip) on trying to Read More
  • Fox by Kelly Oliver

    Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She wakes up partially nude behind a dumpster at the bar.  She doesn't remember much after she met this nice intern who bought her two specialty drinks.  She was waiting for Jack but he didn't show up on time.  She decides the intern must have slipped her a mickey but she hasn't been raped.  Something worse happened...JKS Communications and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.Jessica has an interesting female friend who has a variety of defensive skills, rides a motorcyle, and is always Read More
  • The Map That Leads to You by J P Monninger

    Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Heather has just graduated from college and now is going on a trip across Europe for one wild ride of freedom before she settles down to her working life.  She has her two best friends with her, what could go wrong?St. Martin's Press sent me an ARC of this to review (thank you).  It has been published now, so you can buy a copy now.This story looks deeply into the women's characters.  The happy go lucky girls are forced to look a bit deeper in their souls and determine what they really want and how they really want to live Read More
  • Bring Her Home by David Bell

    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    First he lost his wife.  She fell, hit her head and died.  Now his daughter was missing...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 11th.Bill worked hard, felt he had a happy family, and misses his wife dreadfully.  He can't lose his daughter, too!The story starts with a report that she is badly beaten and in the hospital.  His sister comes and stays with him and they take turns staying in the room with the girl.  Then he and his sister begin to wonder if that is really Summer under Read More
  • Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When she goes hiking and never comes home, her husband can't understand it.  There's no body, just a broken cellphone and a hiking shoe to be found.  They have to wait a year to get a death certificate.  As he waits, he learns that as much as he loved his wife, he didn't know her...Spiegel & Grau and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 11th.His daughter starts having visions of her mother.  He can't believe it because that would mean she left him on purpose.  But it makes Read More
  • The Space Between The Stars by Anne Corlett

    Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a virus.  It's spreading to every occupied world.  There's a very minuscule chance of survival.  She never expected to.  When she has lived through it, she finds everyone else on the ranch has turned to dust.  Is she the only left on this world?Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.When everything else is gone, what do you do?  You gather food and then look for others.  While you're doing that you have plenty of time to think about the past.  How you were never good enough for Read More
  • Dying for Dinner Rolls (The Chubby Chicks Club #1) by Lois Lavrisa

    Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cat and her friends are at the meeting of The Chubby Chicks when they find they need dinner rolls.  One of them goes home to bring some that she'd bought earlier that morning.  When she doesn't return, they go looking for her.  They certainly didn't expect to find her dead.  And the investigating cops are calling suicide.  Cat doesn't think so.Instafreebies and the author allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  You can buy a copy now.Cat and Annie Mae head out to do some investigating on their own.  They have a cop club member but he's Read More
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

    Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been his editor for years and can't wait to get his new detective novel to read.  As she anxiously reads the document, she gets to the end and realizes the last chapters are missing.  He never turns in a manuscript until it's complete.  What's going on?Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Not only is part of the manuscript missing, the author is dead.  They said he committed suicide but she doesn't believe that.  He had lots of meetings and trips Read More
  • A Dark so Deadly by Stuart MacBride

    Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Long ago, as a young boy, he asked his parents to stop at the local rest stop so he could visit the bathroom.  When he's doing his business, a sexual predator finds him and tries to take him.  He escapes, but he can't find his family.  The car and the caravan where there, but they were not.  He hides in the caravan until the predator goes away.  In the end, he goes into foster care...Harper Collins and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's been published so you can buy a copy now.Callum had become Read More
  • Nemesis Rides The Trail by S J Bounds

    Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a young woman is brought to the cattle drive, the trail boss knows there will be problems.  She's young and shapely even if she's dressed like a man.  It doesn't take long to prove him right.Pioneering Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.Jo McQueen and her family were ravaged and her parents killed before the Preacher and his men moved on their way.  They were outlaws that took what they wanted anywhere they could.  McQueen intends to make them pay.  This cattle drive is heading in Read More
  • MatchUp by Lee Child

    Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This one was a real find for me.  It has some of my favorite authors in it with amazing combinations.  This was an excellent read.Simon and Schuster and Net Galley allowed me to read this one for review (thank you).  It will be published June 13th.Mr. Child asked various authors to participate in writing a short story with another author.  They could chose which of their characters to use.  Some of the women even knew who they'd like to work with.  Each story in this group is great.  Some of witty, some punny; all are full of tension and suspense.  Read More
  • Little Tails in the Savannah by Frédéric Brrémaud, Federico Bertolucci (Illustrator), Mike Kennedy (Translator)

    Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are always a fun read.  The puppy and the squirrel are done in black and what comic strips, the country being visited is in full color.Lion Forge and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 30th.The illustrations are always lush and rich with color.  This is a pleasant way to learn about the animals of the Savannah and enjoy the artwork at the same time.They fly in a cardboard airplane, are careful around the predators and visit a flying squirrel uncle.  They're a joy to read and it's easy to learn Read More
  • Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

    Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her name is Sunday Night.  She ran from an abusive past and chose the day she was found as her name.  She's built a new life but it's not like anyone else's.  She lives on island that is accessible only by boat.  She has a squirrel for a pet.  And she likes it that way.  But when a grandmother asks her to find her missing granddaughter, Sunnie agrees.  She feels a connection to the young missing girl...Random House Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 11th.This is a creepy Read More
  • Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson

    Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gork's earliest memories are being raised by his spaceship computer on earth.  When he's three, his grandfather comes down to pick him up and take him to the planet they live on.  He's going to teach him how to be a dragon...Knopf and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 11th.It's hard to be respected when your horns are only two inches tall and you've got a gentle heart.  His stats don't look good in the mean categories and they call him Weak Sauce.  His overall rating is Snacklicious.  Read More
  • The State Counsellor: A Fandorin Mystery by Boris Akunin

    Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fandorin finds himself accused of murder.  Someone had imitated him and killed the new Governor General of Siberia.  It doesn't take long before they realize it was not him.  But who was it and how did he know the Governor General would be on that train?Mysterious Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.This is a tale of the princes, politics, political favors and positions of power versus the Resistance.  Those at the top want the resisters to go away.  Those at the bottom use bombs, weapons and Read More
  • The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo by Ian Stansel

    Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the tale of two battling brothers.  They both work with horses, Frank is married but Silas isn't, and they couldn't be more different from each other if they were strangers.  They play mean tricks on each other, fight when they have too much to drink, and Frank even shot Silas once.  Now they aren't speaking to each other anymore, so why is Frank on his porch?Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.Lena loves Frank and has stuck with him through good times and Read More
  • Can You Find My Robot's Arm? by Chihiro Takeuchi

    Sat, 03 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When the robot wakes in the morning, his arm is gone.  He and his friend spend most of the day looking for it.Tundra Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.The illustrations are what makes this story work.  The robot tries different things for arms but none of them seem to work.  The black and white illustrations are striking.They search inside and outside the house, visit the park and a candy shop and more but they end up coming home and using an usual tool for an arm.  Read More
  • Dog Night at the Story Zoo by Dan Bar-el

    Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Most dogs have a tale to tell but these dogs get to do it in front of the zoo animals.  The only caveat is that the story has to be about them.  Have they got a lot to tell!Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.There's a dog that likes to fetch.  (I have a Bengal cat that likes to fetch.  She'll make your arm fall off.)  His fetching finally finds him an owner.There's a bulldog that doesn't want to be judged by his looks.  A bloodhound who Read More
  • Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas

    Thu, 01 Jun 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eighteen years ago, Sophie went missing.  All they found was a lone tennis shoe on the pier.  The pier was damaged and no one was supposed to go out on it but they all did.  It was quiet place for the underage to drink and chat.  It was also a deadly place...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.This is written in diary form.  You get Sophie's side of the story and Frankie's side, too.  Frankie is approached by Sophie's brother.  He phones her and tells her they Read More
  • The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton

    Wed, 31 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very comprehensive collection of facts about the Apaches, the military and the Mexicans.  Trying to corral the Indians on a reservation was almost impossible.  They were nomads and moved where the crops grew, the game was plentiful and the weather acceptable.  The white man just wanted to get them out of the area he wanted to develop.  The Indians wouldn't leave.  War ensued...I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.I was familiar with Geronimo because I live in southern NM and they Read More
  • Ultimatum by Anders de la Motte

    Tue, 30 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Everybody has secrets but these secrets threaten livelihoods, promotions, marriage and more.  It's all balanced like a house of cards but all that has to happen is one card falls and they all go down...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published today.This is an intense read with death thrown in here and there.  The men involved are politicians and policemen and they use the secrets they know to blackmail the others in the department.  They don't mind stepping on someone as they rise to power.  They also don't Read More
  • Treasure Hunting Mysteries: A Collection of Short Stories by Lois D. Brown

    Mon, 29 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about searching for riches.  As is usual, it's greed driving the people looking for it.  They aren't nice folks and it's always tempting to kill off some of the team so the shares get bigger.  Even when they find it, it may not be what they expected...The author and InstaFreebies gave me an ebook to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy on Amazon now.From the assayer who is taken on a hunt and finds not only gold but trouble and ends up divorcing his wife Read More
  • The Last Gig by Norman Green

    Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Al was never real close to her father.  He was gone a lot in military service and he was not a loving dad.  What he taught her were survival skills for the streets.  No man was going to take advantage of his daughter.  She learned those skills and added more to her repertoire as time progressed.  Right now, she's one mean machine.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). The book has been published and you can grab a copy now.She's working for an ex-cop that's an "ex" because he walked back and forth Read More
  • The Last Train by Michael Pronko

    Sat, 27 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    He works for the Tokyo police department following white collar crime.  He likes that.  He can work alone, even nap at his desk, and it's satisfying to prove where and how they were stealing.  Unfortunately, he can also speak English so he gets drawn into any investigation that has to do with American foreigners.  This time it's suicide.  Or is it?Raked Gravel Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.With the various characters all having names that sound similar, it takes a bit of concentration to keep up with Read More
  • Crazy About Cats by Owen Davey

    Fri, 26 May 2017 10:31:00 Permalink
    I love cats so I couldn't let a chance go by without reviewing this book.  It's full of facts about big cats as well as small and all of them are wild.Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published the first of June.With tidbits on each page and big illustrations, you can see spots, stripes, and other distinguishing marks on the different breeds.  The tiger is the biggest but the other big cats all have their own specialties.  The lion is a strong predator.  The cheetah runs the Read More
  • Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood

    Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne has her eye on a young man.  He dances well, he's handsome and he has an eye for her.  Her lover is away on business so she's free and planning to fill her bed with him.  Then it appears he's being summoned away.  To her surprise, his father wants to see her, not his son...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 6th.He asks Phryne to investigate a death.  A woman has been charged with the murder but she's his tenant and he knows she Read More
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