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  • Magick Run Amok by Sharon Pape

    Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kailyn's magic shop is doing well.  She uses herbs and other natural ingredients to make her potions with just a touch of magic to make them work better.  She's dating Travis.  And she and her aunt are trying to keep Merlin from creating too much magic and disturbing the town residents.  She's got her job cut out for her.  Then a journalist gets killed and Travis is sure it was not an accident...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I love this series.  Merlin is always getting Read More
  • Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan

    Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a woman hanging from a rafter in her home. But she's not the only victim...Dutton shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is the first book in a new series and I'm anxious to read more about Frankie.  She's been hurt on the job and she won't give up when she's told to.  She will chase down the killer even if she dies doing it.  I admire her tenacity.  They're hoping it was suicide but there's no note and nothing for her to have Read More
  • The Woman Who Married a Bear by John Straley

    Sat, 14 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a private investigator who drinks too much.  His client is an old Indian woman who wants to know why her son was killed.  They have a man in jail for doing it but he's a bit insane and doesn't know exactly what happened.  The old woman thinks there is more to the story.  She's willing to pay, it gives him more drinking money, he agrees to look into it.  It's a cold case now but you never know what you might find...Soho Crime and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • Greatest Magical Stories by Michael Morpurgo

    Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a lovely collection of fairy tales from foreign countries.  They are just a bit different from our traditional tales and fun to read.  I still enjoy fairy tales so I had to read this one.Barron's Educational Series and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.Anyone who likes fairy tales will enjoy this read.  My favorite was about the princess and the frog.  She doesn't have to kiss him, she has to do something else.The illustrations of Rumpelstiltskin make it worth buying the book for them.  He Read More
  • A Hole in One by Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    They're hoping to promote their antique shop by sponsoring a hole in one golf tournament.  It's to benefit kids.  Arabella is even going to play although she's not the best golfer.  It gets worse when she goes after a ball she's hit in the bushes and finds a dead body...The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours shared this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Arabella is in between men at the moment.  She divorced her husband and her former cop boyfriend gave up on her because she Read More
  • Murder on Union Square by Victoria Thompson

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sarah and Frank want to adopt the little girl they are raising.  When her guardian dies, they go to visit the attorney to make it official.  But there's a small problem.  The lady who had her was married to another man when she got impregnated by a lover and the child is now his responsibility.  They have to get him to sign off his parental rights.  He doesn't seem to object but, unfortunately, he doesn't live long enough to sign...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.When Frank Read More
  • The Lido by Libby Page

    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's 86 years old and she swims in the lido (swimming pool) daily.  She's still in the apartment she and her husband lived in and she can see the pool from there.  It's an important part of her life.  And now they want to close it and sell the land to a new developer...LoveReading and Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.This story brought back memories for me.  I was a finance director in the past and if you mentioned closing the pool because it Read More
  • The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

    Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    You never really know all about the person you live with.  Everyone has some secrets.  But in some instances, what you don't know might kill you...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The author has his characters each take turns writing a chapter so you get the story from two points of view.  At first, it didn't provide the continuity I would like but as the story went on, it got better.This is about fathers who abuse their children.  Some is mental abuse, some is physical abuse but it's Read More
  • See Also Proof by Larry D. Sweazy

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Marjorie is still feeling grief over her husband's death.  She's trying to recover but it's a slow process.  She needs something to distract her.  She gets it.Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.I've been reading Mr. Sweazy's work for years now and he's never disappointed me.  He's written good westerns and now he's writing good mysteries.When a young woman who is mongoloid goes missing from her bedroom, everyone is willing to help hunt for her.  She didn't take her coat or gloves and it's snowing outside.  Read More
  • Cove by Cynan Jones

    Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    He's gone to the cove to spread his father's ashes.  There are people there swimming and playing so he decides to do a little fishing and wait for them to go.  The weather picks up and he's suddenly struck by lightning...Catapult send me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow.This read is very stark and unforgiving.  It's scary because it could so easily happen.  He's in a kayak and when he wakes up, his arms won't work, he doesn't know where he is or who he is or why he's there.  Read More
  • Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru by Karen Lee Street

    Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Edgar is asked to investigate a man's death, he tries to say no.  His wife is sorry for the woman left behind and she asks him to take it on.  He agrees but he already has an old enemy in town and he sends for Dupin to help him.  This is a very interesting case.Pegasus Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 8th.It's a bit unnerving when Edgar discovers the man who has tried to kill in the past is in town.  The man's wife indicates Read More
  • Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge, Joseph Kuefler

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evangeline's grandmother is a swamp witch.  She's teaching her how to make potions for healing and how to get rid of haunts.  Evangeline thinks she's learned a lot but it's not enough for the trouble that is coming...Blazer + Bray and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is an exciting story that starts out with a grim following her (a big black dog that carries people away in death) while she attempts to deal with a banshee.  Louisiana has a lot of ghosts left behind that are not at peace Read More
  • Bowwow Powwow by Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder, Gordon Jourdain

    Sat, 07 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I grew up around the Chehalis Indians in Washington and I'm even related to the Yakima Indians.  My grandfather's brother married an Indian.  That's what made me want to read this story.Minnesota Historical Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.What makes it even more unique is that the story is accompanied by a companion retelling in Ojibwe by Gordon Jourdain.  I couldn't read it but it's there for those who can or would like to learn.  Jonathan Thunder's illustrations are gorgeous.  With the words and the illustrations you really Read More
  • Freya and the Magic Jewel by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Freya and her brother have been invited to attend King Odin's school.  It's an honor but it's one she didn't want.  She likes her school, her world, and how life is going at home.  Her brother tries to get her enthused but it's not going over well.  She knows she has to go, though.  And her jewel tells her that adventure awaits her...Aladdin Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.As they make the trip to the castle, they meet other children going there.  Some are nice, some are Read More
  • Vernon the Vegetarian Lion by John Hughson

    Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Vernon is a lion cub who is tired of eating meat.  His parents can't understand why, but Vernon takes off to find his own food...Publishing Push and 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.The little cub is not the sharpest crayon in the box.  He begins by trying to eat the seeds a mouse does, but he can't even pick up the seeds!  Then he tries to sink the water with a hippo and eat the greens at the bottom but he Read More
  • Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers, Diana Toledano

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Polly finds a special journal and begins to write in it.  She loves to make lists and learn interesting words.  Imagine how she feels when her journal writes back to her!Chronicle Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.This is a sweet little story about a young girl who has wishes and is in her ultimate when she finds out that she can make them come true with this journal.  She wishes to be invisible and it works.  And when her little sister is a pain, she turns her Read More
  • Poco and Moco Are Twins by Jun Ichihara

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Do you have twins in your family?  If so, you'll want to share this cute little book with them.  It's precious.Museyon and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Poco and Moco are sheep.  They are also both alike and both different.  Poco is messy, Moco is neat.  Poco is fat and Moco is thin.  But they find that if they work together they can accomplish more and have better achievements.  That's called team work.My favorite illustration is from the bathroom.  That sounds gross but Read More
  • A Fairy's Courage by E. J. Clarke

    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Rowan is trying to rescue her mother.  Her mother was sad and hid under a tree and its leaves to cry.  When she did so, she became a fairy.  Rowan had already tried to help and got turned into a fairy herself but she managed to become human again.  Now she's trying to explain this story to her father.  He loves her very much but this is beyond his belief.  She makes up her mind to go back again even if he's not coming...Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published Read More
  • The Murder Pit (A Moose River Mystery #1) by Jeff Shelby

    Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Daisy has started a new life with a new husband, a mix of his and hers kids, and her dream house.  It's true the house needs a lot of work but it has good bones.  Right now, it also has a frozen pipe and they are trying to thaw it.  Daisy finds a small door and forces it open.  The first thing she sees is tennis shoes.  Unfortunately, they have feet in them...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The worst part is Read More
  • Outcast: Keepers of the Stone Book One (An Historical Epic Fantasy Adventure) by Andrew Anzur Clement

    Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Malka has been taught to be a killer.  The only reason she survived the caravan attack was because she was a child with blue eyes.  The chief of the tribe takes her in and trains her.  Then he gives her an almost impossible mission...Mr. Clement shared a copy of his book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Malka has enemies.  Another tribe wants the jewel she's transporting and they are as dangerous as she is.  The only thing helping her is that she has a cat that can shapeshift into Read More
  • The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez, F. Isabel Campoy

    Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    I liked the flavor of these Latin American tales.  The characters are colorful, the women are strong, and there's a bit of magic thrown in, too.  It's bad enough one married a mouse, one is even brave enough to kill a seven-headed dragon!TOON Graphics and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.I really liked the bright graphics and how the stories turned out.  They could have been tragic but they are not.  Each story was well worth a read and are suitable for young ones.  There is a pleasant rhythm to Read More
  • Blood Orbit by K R Richardson

    Mon, 02 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eric is a rookie cop on a strange planet.  He left his family behind because they thought a police career was useless.  He's still learning about the people and the planet he's on when he comes upon a mass murder that's very disturbing.  They assign him to work with the controversial Chief Investigating Forensic Officer, Inspector J. P. Dillal, the planet's first cybernetically enhanced investigator. They couldn't be more unalike.  Then they find that their basic core values are the same.  But this murder is almost more than can be solved.  It was after hours and there were no witnesses...Pyr Read More
  • Death on Canvas by Mary Ann Cherry

    Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's an artist who loves to paint.  At the moment she's staying at her father's house while he's on his honeymoon.  It's in Montana, so she has some lovely landscapes she can paint.  The only thing out of place was a flash of turquoise next to the haystack.  When she checks it out, she finds a young woman that dies before the ambulance turns up.  Who was she and why did someone kill her?BooksGoSocial and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.When Jessie founds Read More
  • Enigma (FBI Thriller #21) by Catherine Coulter

    Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    First she's held captive in her own home by a mad man, then her water bursts and her baby coming is coming.  The mad man said he was trying to protect her.  She has no idea what he's talking about but when her baby is stolen from the hospital she thinks he was telling the truth!Gallery Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.  You can also enter the giveaway listed at the end of the blog to get a copy.A murderer has Read More
  • The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon (Goodreads Author), Maria Todoric (Illustrator)

    Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:50:00 Permalink
    This is a very charming children's picture book.  The author was inspired by a bored looking cow in a field.  The story it inspired is cute and funny and makes a great read for young ones.The author shared a copy of the book with me for review (thank you).  You can purchase a copy now.Hilda is bored.  There's nothing to do but chew her cud and wait for another day to go by.  As she watches the other farm animals, she's sure that they are having a better time.  Look at all the sheep.  They even get shorn each year Read More
  • Keturah by Lisa T Bergren

    Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their father has died in the West Indies and now Keturah is the oldest in the family.  The farm her father was managing over there hadn't made any money for a couple of years and he had used up their capital trying to improve the farming techniques.  They'll lose the home they are living in if it continues.  So she's going to the West Indies to manage the farm and find a new overseer.  But she's not going alone.  No matter how she tries to talk them out of it, her two sisters come with her...Bethany House Publishing sent me Read More
  • Crook's Hollow by Robert Parker

    Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Someone is trying to kill Thor.  With pure luck he evades death by a piece of farm equipment.  It doesn't take him long to figure out why:  His land is worth money to a developer.  But who is trying to kill him.  Is it his family or his girlfriend's family?  Black Rose Writing 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.Remember the tale of the Hatfields and McCoys?  This rivalry is even worse.  The two families in Crook's Hollow hate each other and always Read More
  • In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1) by Tracie Peterson

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Camri is coming to San Francisco to find her brother.  He's not sending his usual letters and no one knows where he is.  She doesn't know how she will find him but she knows she won't leave until she finds out what happened to him...Bethany House Publishers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She meets two ladies on the train who are a bit poor, so she offers to take them to her brother's home to stay.  His servants are still there and Read More
  • A Fistful of Elven Gold by Alex Stewart

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Drago is a bounty hunter.  He's a gnome, only two feet nine inches tall, but he's fast and efficient with his sword.  When he goes after someone, he gets them.  The only problem he has is that he sometimes gets underfoot and the bad guy will fall on him.  That ends up with the bad guy being impaled.  But it was self-defense, so he takes his reward and doesn't get nailed for the crime.  All's fine until bounty hunters start showing up dead all over the city...Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for  review (thank you).  It Read More
  • The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good

    Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ada is a new teacher and she has been hired to teach special needs students.  She's been reading about their needs and how to teach them but school days are drawing near and she's nervous.  She takes care of her seven siblings and one of them is deaf so she has skills.  She just doesn't know how each child will react...Forever and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 24th.Josiah has a son who can't hear.  He has terrible tantrums and he's difficult for most people to handle.  Will Read More
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