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  • 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
  • Cutie's Big Adventures: Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard by Felicia Di John

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    What caught my eye on this one was the chihuahua's big ears and the fact it's set in the desert.  I live in New Mexico which has lots of desert and they named our local baseball team the Chihuahua's!  I needed to read this book...The Cutie Series Co. and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Cutie is home and bored while his mom goes to school.  He decides to sneak out the window and climb down the tree to go snooping around outside.  The Read More
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sal is a thief.  At the moment, she's a highway man and she's hoarding bits of her stolen goods to try to leave this life and go on to something better.  Her boss isn't easy to get away from.  When she finds out they are going to have auditions for a vacant position at the castle she decides it's time.  The Queen needs to find a new assassin for her Left Hand.  They are her hired killers and Sal wants to avenge the deaths of her people, especially her own family.  She begins practicing by killing her boss and taking Read More
  • The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe, Daniel Duncan

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry Whiskers is off on another adventure.  His mother has forbidden it but he found this map, you see.  His dad drew it and there's an X marked on it.  Maybe it's something important...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.I love this series.  Henry doesn't mind taking chances, love seeing the sights, and has a partner in crime, Jeremy.  When he goes to find Jeremy, his cousin, he encounters the house cat.  While he and Jeremy are racing away from the cat, they get caught by the cook.  Read More
  • Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Edited by Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar

    Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This series always draws me in.  It is an anthology of fantasy and horror and I always find a few stories to savor even though this really isn't the genre I read regularly.  This one had some good stories, too.Hydra and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.  Here is synopsis of each story included:LIZARDMAN by Robert McCammon The lizardman thinks he knows about all the mysterious dangers of the Florida swamps, but there are things lurking in the bayou that are older and deadlier than his wildest dreams.A MONSTER COMES TO Read More
  • Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge by Susan Vaught

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Max spends most of her time sprucing up her wheelchair.  She paints on it, tinkers with the controls to make it go faster, and she pretends she's a super hero.  She knows she's not but we all have own little fantasies and creating great feats in her mind doesn't hurt anyone.  She lives with her grandfather and life is good.  But then things start to go wrong...Paula Wiseman Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 29th.Someone has created a fake Facebook page for her grandfather.  It has Read More
  • The Late Show by Michael Connelly

    Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Renée is a new character and I like her very much.  She's tough, determined and won't let anything get her down.  She's been treated badly before, so now she's being much more careful but she still pursues cases that intrigue her.  She just covers her butt better.Little Brown and Company and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.As is usual, this is a fast paced read with casualties along the way.  Renée accused her supervisor in the past of harassment.  He wanted more than Read More
  • Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman

    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Clay works as the coroner's investigator.  He's seen all kinds of dead bodies but this one just doesn't feel right to him...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 1st.Clay thinks there may be more to the story than a simple fall down the stairs.  What he doesn't realize is that by digging into the case, he opens up old troubles.  This professor was tied up in a murder in the past and the case was closed but it was never really solved...They put a big black Read More
  • Cat Shining Bright by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Joe and Dulcie have kittens.  Joe is very much the proud papa but he wants to get back to his investigative work.  He stays home like a good boy until murder happens, then he goes back on the hunt.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 15th.The cats always dominate this series and I find it fun to read.  Joe and his buddies are very protective of their humans and they also want to stop crime and help the police chief.  He's not aware they speak to Read More
  • Blacksmith's Christmas Bride (Sweet Town Clean Historical Western Romance Book 9) by Sarah Christian

    Sat, 22 Jul 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Therese would really enjoy being able to go on adventures and have fun.  Unfortunately, her mother is ill and she has to run their hotel with almost no help from her father.  He's good at telling her what to do and is contemplating her future.  All she can do is live from day to day and try not to get too tired.The author shared this ebook with me for a review (thank you).  The book has been published and you can get a copy now.She's friends with the blacksmith but he never seems to see her as a woman.  Still, Read More
  • Moon Princess by Barbara Laban

    Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sienna is unhappy.  Her mother is missing (everyone else thinks she's dead) and now her father wants to move her to Shanghai.  It's bad enough she's lost her Mom, now she's going to lose all her friends.  She has no choice and he's grieving her Mom, so she goes without too much protest.  After all, that's where her mother went missing...Chicken House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published July 25th.The first person they meet is the housekeeper, Ling.  Her father spends so much time working he doesn't realize Read More
  • The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

    Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's been looking forward to being a witch her whole life.  Now they are being tested at graduation time.  The testing machine goes nuts and the school head determines it's because she's not good enough to be a witch yet.  She tells her she's an apprentice.  She also assigns her to a little town out in the boonies that hasn't had a witch for a long time.  She thinks she can do no harm there...Chicken House and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 25th.Arianwyn starts her new career Read More
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