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  • Forged in Blood by Michael Z. Williamson

    Mon, 14 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    If you listen hard, this sword will talk to you...Baen and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.This is the story of sword who is almost alive.  It hungers for blood and war.  And those who use it as weapon always seem to be fighting a war of some kind.These people wrote the stories in this anthology are:  Contributors: Zachary Hill Larry Correia Michael Massa John F. Holmes Rob Reed Dale Flowers Tom Kratman Leo Champion Peter Grant Christopher L. Smith Jason Cordova Tony Daniel Kacey Ezell Michael Z Read More
  • The Adventures of Bella & Emily by Michelle Holland

    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily has always longed for a pony but her parents aren't real sure she's ready for the responsibility.  When she asks if she can have one for her birthday, her father arranges a job for her on the local horse ranch.  She learns how to take care of horses and even how to ride.The author and Publishing Push sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.  50% of any profit from the sale of this book will be donated to animal rescue charities and Read More
  • The Promise Bride by Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She enjoys her work but her father needs a healthier environment for his lungs and her brother is hanging out with bad boys.  She's twenty-one.  She decides to become a mail order bride.  She's real excited about making a new start in Montana.  When she takes her brother and sister with her on the train (her father will be joining her later), she never expected the Sheriff to meet her at the train depot.  Not only that, he wants her to go back!Kensington Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • StarPassage: Book Two, Heroes and Martyrs by Clark Rich Burbidge

    Sat, 12 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The stories this author creates are very different from others I've read.  He mixes historical facts and dangerous times with time travel and a bit of religion.  As odd as it sounds, it works.  It all began when they found this old relic that looks like a star Christmas ornament in an antique store.  They found out what it could do and they know they have to protect it from the Trackers.PR by the Book sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  You Read More
  • A Mother Like Mine by Kate Hewitt

    Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Abby has returned to the small village she grew up with a child.  She was hoping for marriage with her boyfriend but he was killed in an accident and his parents didn't even tell her.  She left school and tried to leave the pain behind.  Now she's living with her grandmother and helping her run a small cafe.  Life was settling down and so was she.  Then when her grandmother meets her at the door and tells her that her mother's there, her life shatters again...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Tiny Tale of Little Pea by Davide Cali

    Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a charming picture book about a very small boy.  He's tiny!Kids Can Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Sebastian Mourrain's illustrations make the story a joy to read.  You must have imagination to read this story.  If you've read about The Littles, that's about the size of Little Pea.  He doesn't have to hide like the Littles did, but he does have to have things cut down to his size to sleep eat and even go to school.  Watching him accomplish these normal activities was Read More
  • Under the Bottle Bridge by Jessica Lawson

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She and her uncle have a good life together.  She doesn't know who her father is and her mother died when she was very young.  She thought she was well adjusted and things were fine until she found a bottle with a note in it under the bridge she hangs out on...Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.The notes in the bottle are cryptic and short.  She's not totally sure what they mean.  But she knows it's tied to her Read More
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's on her way to school when she sees these bullies beating on a young man.  She throws her backpack at them but the victim tells her he's OK and to carry on.  She does.  Then he shows up in her school, in her class, and walks across desks to tell her she's his...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review, (thank you).  It has been published.Genie only wants to stick to school work, volley ball and getting ready for college.  Having this cute guy hanging around is not part of the plans.  Especially since Read More
  • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

    Tue, 08 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She finds lost children because she was lost once.  Some gypsies helped her get away.  She wants to save the children she can and to help the parents with closure if she can't.  There's something more about her own escape but she's blocked it out.  Working with the children is opening doors in her memory, though.Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Madison disappeared three years ago while her parents were looking for the best Christmas tree.  It was snowing and searchers couldn't find her.  But her Read More
  • Podkin One-Ear by Kieran Larwood

    Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Podkin is next in line to be chieftain in his hollow, but he's not too interested in learning the skills he needs to use.  When they get attacked by the Gorm, only he and his older sister and younger brother escape.  His father dies and he's afraid his mother might have died, too.  He's on the run but he's not sure where to go...Clarion Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Following a note from their mother, they make their way to another rabbit warren, where a lone Read More
  • Still Dead by J. A. Jance

    Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    J P gets a call to go back to work looking at cold cases.  This one has been declared a suicide long ago but the body was never found.  Her sister doesn't think she committed suicide.  J P is just glad to go back to work.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 8th.He's heading to the cop shop to visit the old police files.  He finds the chief and the widower were good friends at the time of disappearance and they still are.  He snoops through the files Read More
  • Jake & the Dragons of Asheville by Brian Kacica

    Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jake is an unusual kid.  If he gets upset, he can blow smoke out of his mouth.  And, if he's not careful, he can also blow fire...Magic Penny Press 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.Dragons fascinate me.  I read a lot of fantasy. This one is written for middle graders and it has a good plot.It begins with odd things happening in the woods.  The land belongs to the richest man in town and he has allowed the government to do Read More
  • Pudding Up With Murder by Julia Buckley

    Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's at an expensive home with her boyfriend's mother.  The mother took a rice pudding dessert to the family birthday party.  Lilah made the dessert but the mother is taking credit for it.  When the birthday boy who is the patriarch of the family walks in the kitchen and tells them he loved the pudding, the next thing he does is fall over dead!  Not again...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.Lilah met her boyfriend during a murder investigation and she would like to avoid getting involved Read More
  • Montana Noir edited by James Grady & Keir Graff

    Sat, 05 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories about Montana.  Montana is an old state that was once populated by Indians, cowboys and miners.  Some of the stories showcase the history of the state but more simply show how those with less money work to get more.  The stories are all individual and unique.Akashic sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.The following authors are included:  Brand-new stories by: David Abrams, Caroline Patterson, Eric Heidle, Thomas McGuane, Janet Skeslien Charles, Sidner Larson, Yvonne Seng, James Grady, Jamie Ford, Carrie La Seur, Walter Read More
  • A Dangerous Magic by Hounam, Donald

    Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Frank is only fifteen but he's a first class sorcerer.  He usually works inside his room by himself.  When he hears the monks coming, he hides his work.  They tell him he has an assignment.  So much for what he was working on...Carolrhoda Lab and Edelweiss gave me an opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.It seems the bishop has lost his head.  Frank is determine how and to find the head.  They find a head and he tells them that's not the bishop's.  People don't believe him.  He's determined to prove Read More
  • The Missing Masterpiece by Jeanne M. Dams

    Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorothy and Alan plan another vacation together.  You'd think they'd learn from the others they've attempted to take, but no...Severn House and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.  The first thing that happens is that Alan falls and breaks his ankle.  She's ready to cancel the trip but they've already bought the tickets and reserved their room.  They're non-refundable.  He tells her to go on without him and as soon as the doctor approves, he'll join her.  She hates going by herself and misses him dreadfully, but she's determined to Read More
  • A Tale of Two Kitties by Sofie Kelly

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's just met Leo Jane when his granddaughter introduced her at the library.  Mia worked for her and she took an immediate liking to Leo.  After a short visit, life went back to normal.  But she had some strange visitors in library.  One was Leo's estranged twin, Victor.  One was a casino boss that had banned Leo from playing cards in his establishment.  Then Leo turns up dead...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 5th.When the evidence (what little there was) is gathered, the son is accused of murder.  Read More
  • Holding by Graham Norton

    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's the local guard, the only policeman in the village of Duneen.  He spends a lot of time looking for speeders and sitting in his car and he's overweight.  He just managed to pass the fitness test for guard, and he's still eating as much as ever.  But when someone from the local development stops and says a body was found buried on the site, PJ Collins life is about to change...Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.A missing man from long Read More
  • Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story starts with a helicopter being blown out of the sky right next to the hospital.  The killer used a surface to air missile and succeeded in removing the helicopter, pilots and the heart they were carrying.  Someone has inside knowledge on the hospital inner workings.  For some reason they are after the man whose heart is failing...Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  The book is being published today.Afton has a goal of becoming a detective but right now she's the family liaison officer.  That still lets her accompany the detective Read More
  • I Love You Too by Ziggy Marley

    Tue, 01 Aug 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Ziggy follows in his father's footsteps and sings for a living.  This book was inspired by a song on one of his albums.  It's about family and that's what love is all about, too.Akashic Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published. Agnieszka Jatkowska is the illustrator and the pictures are charming.  Who doesn't like cute pictures depicting little children and animals?The central theme is love and every character in the book expresses that, even the animals though they don't have a voice.  I think this would make an excellent bedtime Read More
  • Parrot Talk by David B Seaburn

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of a dysfunctional family that needs to come to terms with things that have happened in their life.  At the heart of tale are two grown men doing what they can with their lives.  They grew up depending on each other and they still are.  But things are going to change...PR by the Book and the author sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When they get a phone call from a stranger telling them their mother has died, they both feel Read More
  • Lady Mechanika: La Dama de la Muerte by Joe Benitez, M. M. Chen

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lady Mechanika is back and she's getting out of town.  Her lover is dead.  She's going to Mexico.  She just wants to get away and get herself back together.  However, she hits the town when the Day of Dead celebration is going on...Diamond Book Distributors and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 26th.The illustrations in the series are always breath-taking.  Add the vivid colors of Mexico and the makeup used for the Day of Dead make this issue really stand out.She meets the family of the place she stays Read More
  • The Bluejay Shaman (Alix Thorssen Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition by Grier Lake

    Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Wade is a history professor married to her sister.  When he gets arrested for murder, Alix jumps in to prove he didn't.  Even if he didn't, he was in the area sleeping in his car with no witnesses and it was his knife that was used in the murder.  He's going to sit in jail for a while since the judge won't set bail for him.  She's got to do something.Instafreebies and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.With a touch of Indian mysticism involved, Read More
  • Lost And Found (September Day #1) by Amy Shojai

    Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    September has just moved into town.  With the loss of her husband and her dog, she's trying to get used to living alone with her cat.  When she gets a call from her sister saying her son is lost in the blizzard, she knows she has to help.  He's autistic and shouldn't be out alone.  It's a good thing he has his service dog with him.The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published.This is a twisted tale of desperate people who want to see improvements in their children or Read More
  • Raining Men and Corpses (Raina Sun Mystery #1) by Anne R. Tan

    Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Raina is a graduate student who made the bad decision to sleep with one of the professors.  Then she made it worse by loaning him money.  Money he keeps promising to pay back but doesn't...The author shared a copy of this book for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.  When he's still hedging on paying the money back, Raina lies and tells him she's pregnant and she needs the money.  He's shocked, but he's not unhappy.  Her tactics have backfired on her again.  What else could go wrong?  The next time she Read More
  • A Raucous Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures #1) by Julia Hughes

    Sat, 29 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rhyllann and his cousin Wren are in trouble.  There were men trying to find an old book that Wren had acquired while working with an old man who loves books.  Grandma ends up in the hospital and Wren's foot gets hurt.  Crombie knows the two boys are lying.  He also gets the idea that Wren is the mastermind behind the odd happenings.  But he has more problems than that...The author and Instafreebies sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.  Legend says that a fortune Read More
  • Orphan Lost by Sarah Christian

    Sat, 29 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    David's mother died and then his father became abusive.  He ran away from home and lived on his own at fourteen.  He's fifteen now and has a home with other orphans.  Since he is the oldest, he's sent with the children and a visitor to go have a picnic in woods and see the sights.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  You can read more about her and her books here:  https://sarahshomestead.com/wp/2017/04/22/orphan-lost/They had run into a strange man in town and he scared Mary.  He was missing an arm, his leg was bad, Read More
  • The Night Beat (Fiona Griffiths, #0.5) by Harry Bingham

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fiona is paired with a Sergeant on night patrol.  She's a new officer and she needs to see just how bad it is on the streets.  Sarge thinks she looks too young and wet behind the ears to be much help.  Her safety vest doesn't even fit her right.  But it's part of his job...The author shared a copy of this book with me for a review (thank you.)  You can get a copy of this short story here:  http://www.harrybingham.com/get-the-night-beat-free/So we have Sarge who is condescending and protective and then you have Fiona who is more than she appears to Read More
  • Lev In Glasgow by Harry Bingham

    Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Lev is Russian and doesn't speak the best English.  But he's Fiona's friend and he gets the job done...The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Fiona asks him to find the man from Glasgow who worked with a Russian in an attempt to kill her.  She emphasizes she just wants him to find him, she'll deal with him after that.  No need to eliminate him and spoil her fun.This is a short story but Lev travels, talks to a bookstore owner and Read More
  • Three Sisters (Emily Castles Mysteries #1) by Helen Smith

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emily goes to a party she was invited to mostly because her dog has died and she needs to get out of the house and get back to living again.  What she didn't expect to find was a performance ongoing during the event.  Nothing is quite like it seems.The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.While Emily visits with neighbors and watches the performances she ends up being drawn into one.  A woman wants her to find a suitcase and take it downstairs Read More
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