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  • The Last Death Worm of the Apocalypse (Kelly Driscoll #3) by Nina Post

    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kelly is still acting as an interim manager.  Her boss is gone, she should be getting promoted, but nothing is happening.  When something does, it's almost bigger than she can handle!Curiosity Quills Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published May 2nd.This series is so much fun to read.  The stories are outrageous, monsters abound, demons are bound to the building, and everyone has their own agenda.  It's like trying to hold an uncensored war zone together with toothpicks!She's being audited by a nasty woman, has an angel of destruction for her Read More
  • Independence Cake : A Revolutionary Confection Inspired by Amelia Simmons, Whose True History Is Unfortunately Unknown by Deborah Hopkinson

    Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Amelia Simmons is the woman who wrote America's first cookbook.  No one knows anything about her but this story imagines her life...Provato Marketing sent me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.When Amelia is orphaned she's taken in by a woman who has six small boys.  She's exhausted from trying to keep up with them.  Amelia takes over many duties and keeps herself busy and the boys fed.  All is going well until she gets bored.  Then she decides to take up baking.  Oh my! The boys love "testing" her Read More
  • A Letter to my Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Did you ever have a teacher who brought out the best in you?  I've had several but the one I remember most was my first grade teacher.  She sent me a graduation card and complimented me for being an honor student.  She told me that she could tell when I was in her class I would go far.  I couldn't believe she'd even noticed me!  In this story, it's the student that notices the teacher...Provato Marketing send me a galley of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published.The story is written from a child's point Read More
  • Rachel's Dream by Lisa Jones Baker

    Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:00:00 Permalink
  • A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's a big fundraiser going on to benefit the retired cowboys' home.  There are a lot of bull riders and rodeo stars living there.  Prize money doesn't last long when you're young.  There's going to be a big rodeo event with the current title holders, too.  But when one of the stars goes missing overnight, it turns into a hunt for a body...Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground let me read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Charli has come home and is working in the Book Barn with her father.  Her girlfriend, Scarlet, has a crush on Read More
  • Lies that Bind: A Cotswold murder mystery by Stella Cameron

    Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Alex has hired a young boy to be a bus boy for her pub.  He works hard, does what he's asked to do, and helps wherever he can.  He responsible and trustworthy.  When his younger brother busts through the kitchen door to tell Scoot he found a dead body, Alex listens carefully.  Kyle is only thirteen and she asks them where their father is.  He's a long haul driver is on the road.  Come to find out, the boys are on their own a lot.  He's trying to earn enough money to send them to college.  But right now, he's Read More
  • Uniformly Dead by Greta McKennan

    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daria has a successful wedding gown business but she's going to expand to historical sewing.  Her first assignment is to create a civil war uniform jacket for the Colonel.  She has to use the right cloth and the right stitches to make it authentic.  She decides to visit the Civil War Museum in town to see the uniforms on display there.  She certainly didn't expect to be there during a robbery!Kensington/Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  The book will be published May 16th.Daria's brother has just turned up after a seven Read More
  • Though This Be Madness by Penny Richards

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily Long is back again.  She has a new assignment.  The only problem is that she has to partner with Cade and they don't like each other.  But an assignment is an assignment.  Posing as a married couple will be difficult but they will do it.Kensington Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.I enjoyed the first novel I read about Lily.  She's an interesting character.  After her husband left her and stole all her money she has no desire to have anything more to do with men.  But she's Read More
  • One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road #5) by Wendy Wax

    Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Each evening they go out and sit on the deck and watch the sunset go down.  They have a drink, talk about their days and, as their mother requests, they each pick out a good thing that came from that day.  When there's emotional trauma and disasters everywhere, it's hard to find that good thing...Berkley sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.From financial disaster to a husband who walked off with a younger woman and took all her money with him to a young man defying his father and Read More
  • Magick & Mayhem by Sharon Pape

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She was a witch in training when tragedy struck and took both her mother and her grandmother.  Now she owns the magic shop but doesn't have all the skills she needs yet to be a sorceress.  When she goes to her lawyer's office to sign the final papers on the shop, she finds him dead...Kensington Books/Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.The magic was low key until Kailyn does the spell to find her familiar.  Her other relatives have cat familiars but hers is unexpected.  She Read More
  • The Door in the Alley (The Explorers #1) by Adrienne Kress

    Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    The story starts with a pig out by itself wearing a small black cap.  You don't usually see a pig in the city and you never see one wearing a hat.  While Sebastian is still trying to figure it out, a man comes out to capture it and somehow Sebastian gets involved.  It gets even worse when he goes in the door that says:  The Explorers.Delacorte Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.This is a nonsensical story with footnotes, illustrations and strange situations all the way through Read More
  • What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson

    Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    When her father marries again, she's not really surprised.  He's still young enough to want a woman in his life.  But why did he pick the one he did?Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 25th.Prudence has her wedding coming up and is looking forward to being married.  She might not love him but he is her friend and has been since childhood.  When a blizzard shows up and he dies in the storm, she's stunned.  Her father died earlier.  The doctor says it was heart failure.  Read More
  • Solomon's Bell (Genie Chronicles #2) by Michelle Lowery Combs

    Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ginn's enemies have moved away from town but that doesn't mean they are gone.  She's been doing a lot of reading in the library in the lamp and with that the sudden instant boy girlfriend issue with her brother, she thinks she knows what she will have to do to save her family.  Having a golem in town isn't a good thing.World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.In this story, Ginn, her boyfriend, and her new foster sister go back Read More
  • Heir to the Lamp (Genie Chronicles #1) by Michelle Lowery Combs

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    All she wants to do is win her basketball game.  She's been fouled and has the opportunity to make her free throws and win.  But her last throw doesn't go in the basket.  She goes back to the locker room full of despair but mumbles on the way in that she wished they'd won the game.  Everyone coming in the door after her tells her how marvelous her game was and how happy they are they won.  They won?  But they lost!World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been Read More
  • Make Me: Book Four of The Demon Underground Series by Parker Blue

    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Val made the mistake of falling in love with Shade.  She slept with him and lost not only her virginity but her powers.  Now all she has left is Lola, the part of her that is a Succubus.  She can control male vampires with that but not female.  She's called the Slayer and she's feared but she isn't what she was before...BelleBooks and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Since Val works with both vampires and demons, the chances of her getting killed are good.  Especially since she's trying to Read More
  • Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women by Marianne Monson

    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very nice compilation of the stories of twelve pioneer women that refused to give up.  The odds aren't good, they've lost everything dear to them, but they have the grit and determination to keep on going when it would be easier to give up and die.  Here are twelve women you can admire.Shadow Mountain and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.This is the type of history book I would have died for back in school.  It's like living history and I Read More
  • Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

    Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    William Johnson was a Yale student who joined a hunt for dinosaur bones because of a bet.  He and another schoolmate got in argument and the other student declared him not brave enough to make the trip.  He added that he would pay him a thousand dollars if he did it.  That was enough incentive for Johnson.  He went down asked to sign up.  And was told no...Harper and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 23rd.Johnson pesters the professor until he agrees to let him come if he's Read More
  • The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:03:00 Permalink
    This graphic novel reminded me of the Wiley Coyote series.  The fox in this story has the same kind of luck.  No matter how hard he tries to get a chicken out of the barnyard for a meal, he ends up eating turnips instead.  You actually start to feel sorry for him even if you don't want him eating the chickens...First Second Books and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 20th.The wolf gets shot at every time he tries to get in so he trains the fox Read More
  • Murder in the Dark: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries #16 by Kerry Greenwood

    Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Phryne isn't sure she wants to go to a big party at Christmas but when she gets a note warning her not to come, she makes up her mind.  She's going!Poisoned Pen Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 2nd.She knows the "golden" couple who are hosting the event.  They've rented a house, have a big blowout planned with lots of booze and drugs, and lots of people.  Once she's arrived, she starts getting notes left where she can find them with riddles on them.  She has to Read More
  • Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn

    Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Chester Raccoon is the sweetest little fella.  He loves his Mama dearly and even though he's going for a play day and a sleepover, he can't leave until she gives his hand a kiss.Tanglewood Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.This is a wonderful series for little ones.  Chester has a great day playing with all his friends but when it comes time to go to bed, he can't sleep.  The mother opossum finds him an adult to walk him home and he feels so much better when Read More
  • Moon Shadow by Erin Downing

    Sat, 15 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lucia has never learned to stand up for herself or to say what she really feels.  She gets bullied by a girl at school, loses her boyfriend to her, and is afraid to audition for the play.  But all that is about to change...Aladdin and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.When she goes to a party with her new friends, she intends to spend the night on the roof and to watch the eclipse.  What happens is she gets lost in the house and ends up on the wrong side Read More
  • Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer

    Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you went to sleep in your bed at the boarding school and woke up forty years earlier?  Same bed, same school, but everything else is different.  Could you adjust?NYRB Kids and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Charlotte isn't sure what to do or how to do it.  She finds she has a sister just like she does in the present but now she's being called Clare instead of Charlotte.  It seems she and Clare have traded places.  As she begins to adjust and tries to Read More
  • The Thirst by Jo Nesbo

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Harry is teaching a police course at college now.  He's married, has a stepson, and has quit drinking.  Then an unusual murder happens and the police chief asks him to come back and work on the case.  He won't be a cop but he wants to catch this murderer.  He reminds him of a case long ago.  He agrees.  It will cause him heartache.Knopf Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 9th.Harry caught and convicted the man who did this type of crime in the past.  He's still in Read More
  • Boo by Ben Newman

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Are you easy to scare?  This book will show you that everyone has fears but you won't guess who scares the last creature in this book!Flying Eye Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy.The limited text and vibrant graphics make this picture book come alive.  Each animal scares the next one who's telling how brave they are.  At the end, the story comes full circle when the mouse shows up again and scares a huge animal.  What fun!Little ones will enjoy making Read More
  • Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was not what I expected.  I thought it'd be a fun fantasy read with mellow characters and a bit of silliness.  Instead, this is the story of a young girl and her mother who have fallen through the cracks of social aid.  It's a bit sad and what's worse is it is true things like this happen...Antheneum Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 16th.Hillary is pretty much a loner at school.  She has casual friends, is good at her studies and doesn't attract much attention.  When a Read More
  • Jay-Jay and his Island Adventure by Sue Wickstead

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    Jay-Jay is a double decker bus that was rehabilitated into a children's play room.  There are toys, books, and lots of games and things to do.  It's like bringing a playground in a bus.  Children love it!The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get this and a copy of her first book about Jay-Jay.  This is based on a true story:  There was such a bus.Jay-Jay learns he's going to an island to meet the children there.  He's excited about that but he's not Read More
  • Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evelyn grew up in Scotland on her father's estate.  She's nineteen, has been well protected and she's not had much contact with other men.  Now she's going to the world's fair in Chicago and they will go fishing in Canada.  She hasn't fished with him in a long time so that should be interesting.  What she doesn't know is about her father's other plans...Atria sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published April 18th.Evelyn and her father have a secret.  Something happened years ago that neither have talked about.  She lost Read More
  • Porridge the Tartan Cat and the Bash-Crash-Ding by Alan Dapré and Yuliya Somina

    Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a fun, nonsensical story about a cat that has fur colored like a tartan.  He lives with his family and tries to keep them safe and well informed.  It would work a lot better if they understood his meows...Myrick Marketing & Media and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.You can tell when you begin to read this story that it's written by someone with a sense of humor.  After all, the cat lives by Loch Loch with the quirky McFun family: Gadget Grandad, Groovy Gran, Dino Dad, Read More
  • Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's a young girl living a normal life at home with her parents.  Then her mother dies.  Her father is full of anger and grief and he takes it out on her.  When he hits her hard enough to give her a black eye, she asks her grandmother if she can move in with her.  The answer is no.  Grandma thinks she must have done something to make him angry.  Being rejected by her family and not wanting to be hit anymore, she leaves home...Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey

    Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's her father's only heir but she also has a guardian.  He drinks too much, he refuses to listen to her, and he's running them in the red.  He doesn't care about the crops, he just wants money for his own use.  She wants to keep her home intact and functioning as it used to so her mother and other family members have a home.  She decides to talk to her lawyer about it.  But the man who shows up to talk to her is a young man.  He's an apprentice to the older lawyer.  He's also not bad looking...Macmillans Read More
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