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One Sentence Review – Loved This Alaskan Adventure with Kitty Hawk by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk And The Curse Of The Yukon Gold (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #1) - Iain Reading

 

I won a paperback copy of Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading.

This is the cover I have, even though there is an alternate, I love this one.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I loved this wondrous adventure story that I won some time ago, about a young girl flying the Alaskan skies, where she makes the most unlikely friends and learns that life is not black and white, and things are not always what they seem.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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What Is Your Definition of Art – Work of Art by Ken La Salle @KenLaSalle

An Intention of Flowers (Work of Art) (Volume 1) - Ken La Salle

I love the cover for Work of Art by Ken La Salle, when something so simple can say so much.

 

Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers

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MY REVIEW

 

What is your definition of art? After reading Work of Art by Ken La Salle, you may change your mind.

 

The whole time I’m reading, I’m trying to take notes, but the words won’t come. This is one of those books that took me down a road I didn’t anticipate, but I was happy to have traveled.

 

Andy Hollis is fascinated, some would say obsessed, with Joseph Avilla, a young artist who is painting flowers on the asphalt parking lot. Why? Some would ask, why not?

 

Joseph has a home, a mother and a father, but Andy only sees him painting in the parking lot at all hours of the day and night.

 

Andy is an art teacher and thinks Joseph needs to be in his class. I think the one who will learn the most is Andy.

 

We all march to a different drummer and have to find our own way, though a little help from our friends never hurts.

 

The characters and their motivations grow and change, as do the situations they find themselves in.

 

This is one of those reviews that was hard for me to write. I just can’t seem to find the words…BUT, once I started to read Work of Art, I couldn’t stop until I reached the end and I am really looking forward to the next one.

 

Ken La Salle writes with attitude, sarcasm, wit. and humor. His books always surprise me and that is a very good thing.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Work of Art by Ken La Salle.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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Review – Angel of Shadow by D H Nevins @dhnevins

Angel of Shadow: Wormwood Trilogy, Book 2 - D.H. Nevins

I am so excited to be sharing my review for D H Nevins latest fabulous novel, Angel of Shadow, Book II of the Wormwood series. I loved the first book (see my review here).

 

I love this awesome cover, done by Carlos Quevedo, which definitely foreSHADOWS the story inside.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I loved the first book, Wormwood by D H Nevins, so I was very excited to get my hands on Angel of Shadow, and OMG…if was fabulous…unputdownable. It took D H Nevins five years to write it and it was worth the wait!

 

The world and characters captured me and I am so eager to get back into the story and find out what Kali will do. In her dystopian world, she has some difficult choices to make.

Her forbidden love for Tiamat…will it sway her decision?

 

Good and evil. Angels and demons. If you think you know angels…think again. These angels are not ones you want knocking on your door.

 

Tiamat is Nephilim. They were sent to wipe out humans from Earth in The Cleansing.

 

But, when Tiamat met Kali, his world shifted. Can an angel disobey? Will he?

 

Kali is half human, half demon. Tiamat is half human, half angel.

 

When Kali is faced with death, her Shadow saves her, but at what cost? Is it a friend or foe? Can she control it, or will it control her?

 

Each character, no matter the size of their role, is a valuable addition to the story. Not all will survive and I was especially saddened by one Nephilim’s death in particular, but I do like that an author is not afraid to kill off a character if they feel it is necessary. Life is not always happy ever after, so why should a novel be?

 

Tension mounts and war approaches. Nephilim against Nephilim, demon against angel, where does Kali fit in? I am so happy that I have watched Supernatural, the TV show, because it allows me to understand and visualize the world that D H Nevins has created.

 

I am eagerly anticipating Book III,  And After The Shadow, Light by D H Nevins, which will be published in the fall of 2018.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Angel of Shadow by D H Nevins.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos      5 STARS

 

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Giveaway & Review for Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries #RichardJeffries @SDSXXTours

Arachnosaur - Richard Jeffries

 

Arachnosaur
by Richard Jeffries
Genre: Horror
I hate spiders. They totally creep me out and I love it, which is why I had to read Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries. lol
 
Soldiers facing off against terrorists. Death, blood, bullets and savagery.
 
Key struggles to make sense of what was happening to him, a concussion messed with his mind. Could he believe what he was seeing? The squad had been slaughtered. How many were left besides him? He wanted answers.
 
And….we know something worse is coming his way.
 
Key and Daniels are opposites, but work well together as a team. Key is methodical and Daniels a bit reckless. Can they save the world from the egomaniacs who think they can control their new weapon? Foolish, foolish men.
 
I love the combination of military intrigue and giant spiders. So much of it read as if it could be real. The writing was detailed and the action was non stop.
 
The world…well…I loved to visit it, but don’t want to live there.
 
I would love to be on their next adventure.
 
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Arachnosaur by Richard Jeffries.
 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Homicide Hunter Tells All in I Will Find You by Joe Kenda #JoeKenda

I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime - Joe Kenda

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I have been watching Joe Kenda on Homicide Hunter, a TV show that appears on ID. I binge watch him for hours and hours. I fell in love with the guy, so when I saw he just came out with a new novel, I HAD TO HAVE IT. I find him very hypnotic and I have only seen him laugh a few times. He is a bulldog and determined to get his man…just like the title states. I buy very few books any more, but I am very excited to read I Will Find You and had to have a copy of my very own.

 

My favorite Joe Kenda quote:

 

“I don’t understand people, but they interest me.”  Joe Kenda

 

To some, my fascination with murder, murderers, homicide and serial killers may be morbid. Mr Wonderful humors my binge watching and reruns of many of the TV shows, such as ID TV, Forensic Files, Criminal Minds, CSI, NCIS, etc. To say I am fascinated is to put it mildly. I, too, will never understand the people that commit these crimes, but cannot help but want to know more about them.

 

 

I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

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MY REVIEW

 

I don’t buy many books any more, but I Will Find You by Joe Kenda is one of those that I just had to have on my bookshelf.

 

If you think dealing with the scum of the earth can lead you down a dark road, just ask Joe Kenda. He looks all cool, calm and collected, but beware, he is a badass.

 

I love the first chapter, where he doles out a little justice to a guy trying to kill a fellow police officer. What a way to start a career. His fellow officers called him a shit magnet and kept their distance. It seemed he was always getting attacked or shot at.

 

Back in the seventies, police officers were not as sophisticated and trained as they are now. We have come a long way, but I feel it takes a special kind of person to be able to put all the puzzle pieces together and find the killer. He has solved 93% of his 387 homicides.

 

I love when he talks about the right to lifers…will you take care of all the children who need someone to love and care for them? Where are you when they need a loving home instead of raising themselves and growing up on the street, with a gang as their family? Where are you when the mother doesn’t want them or is at the end of her rope?

I also think a lot of lives could be saved if getting DNA results didn’t take so long. Law enforcement needs more money and all the latest greatest equipment and technology to aid them in doing their job.

 

Some people complained about a couple of shows ID TV ran. Give me a break. This is real life…it’s murder and it’s messy, as Joe says. If you think the TV show is bad, his glimpses of murder in the book is so much more grotesque, horrifying and heartbreaking.

 

When do you know enough is enough? How many sleepless nights and hauntings from the dead are enough? Each individual must pick their moment when it is time to pass the torch to the next generation of police officers.

 

Joe Kenda’s personality shines through in this fabulous glimpse into his life as the Angel of Death. I think it is a very appropriate title for a man that is determined to take the despicable off the street and, sometimes, help them leave this world.

 

My. My. My. I give this non fiction book a solid four stars and the show…five stars. I look forward to Wednesday’s, when I can binge watch Joe Kenda, and God forbid anyone who gets in my way. LOL

 

You did a great job Joe!!!!

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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 Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.

 

Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome? In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

 

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won’t be able to look away. The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature’s most dangerous species. Don’t mind the blood.

 

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Monday Mini – Surgical by Geoffrey Germann #GeoffreyGermann

Surgical - Geoffrey Germann

I had reviewed the first book, Prepare, in this superhero series and loved it (see it here), so when Geoffrey Germann sent me Surgical, Book II, I was eager to read more about the superhero, Darren Kiel.

 

Surgical

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MY REVIEW

 

Terror from the opening pages.

 

Darren Kiel is a vigilante, a super hero. Who doesn’t love someone who works undercover saving those unable to save themselves, never needing or wanting credit or acknowledgement?

 

Darren is an introvert and has been alone for so long, he is craving interaction with another human. He works in disguise so only has fleeting contact and can never let anyone know who he really is. After 200 days a man could lose his mind.

 

Until…

 

He becomes part of a superhero, scifi team: Darren has the suit, Faye has the cloak, Walter is the brains and the means, Brigham is the gopher, and Ives is the techie, the inventor. The characters are unique individuals, well developed, flaws and all. I would love to be a part of their team.

 

It makes me wonder what super heroes are lurking in our world, invisible to us. Could it be your next door neighbor?

 

The technology is very realistic and who knows what the government keeps secret from us. Maybe some of it is being used today?

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Surgical by Geoffrey Germann.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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The leader of a lynchpin Eastern Bloc nation has been increasingly erratic, belligerent, destabilizing the entire region. On the cusp of reversing the personal campaign that is destined to bring war, he is assassinated. His death comes with no warning, draws no blood, and leaves no trace; a puppet with its strings cut.

 

A new assassin, a new terrorist, can kill anyone, anywhere, anytime. He is undetectable, untraceable, unstoppable. He will bring governments, nations, and continents to their knees one leader at a time.

 

His next target is Walter Rocaena.

 

To fight this enemy Walter will need extraordinary help, but he hasn’t seen Darren Kiel in over a year. Can Walter find him in time and, even if he does, how can anyone stop an assassin that can kill with a thought without ever being near the target?

 

Even if it is possible, can they do it before civilization itself unravels?

 

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One Sentence Review – The Cursed Canoe by Frankie Bow @Frankie_Bow

The Cursed Canoe - Frankie Bow

Anyone up for a cozy mystery? Watch out for The Cursed Canoe by Frankie Bow.

 

I love this fun cover and couldn’t say no to it.

 

The Cursed Canoe (Professor Molly Mysteries, #2)

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MY REVIEW

 

The Cursed Canoe by Frankie Bow had some good writing and interesting characters, but I wanted more of the mystery and what saved the story for me is that I didn’t guess the ending, which is a huge plus for me, a very good thing.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Cursed Canoe by Frankie Bow.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident near Hawaii’s Mahina State University, and realizes it isn’t just business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it’s moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.

 

My Black Thumb Review

 

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Myths and Magic: An Epic Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Boxed Set @_TerriBruce

Myths and Magic: An Epic Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Boxed Set - K.N. Lee, Bec McMaster, Calinda B, Jayne  Fury, Lori  Titus, Jessica Cage, Jeffrey Bardwell, LC Ireland, Kara Jaynes, Jessica West, Alex H. Singh, Alledria Hurt, Caroline A. Gill, Mary Bernsen, CI Black, Terri Bruce

Myths and Magic has16 Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels by 16 New York Times, USA Today, and Award-winning and Break Out Authors!

 

With there being 16 stories by 16 authors, it will take me some time to work my way through them all, so I wanted to give you a taste of what is in store for you.

 

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MY REVIEW FOR IRENE BY TERRI BRUCE

 

Irene and the Witch – Afterlife Book 3.5

 

Irene is dead, stuck in Purgatory, trying to return to Earth as a guardian angel.

 

Her traveling companion, Andras, is a 12th century Spanish knight, dead since 1911. Most of the time he is invisible. It takes tremendous effort for him to appear in ghostly form. Makes me think of when Bobby was a ghost in the Supernatural TV show.

 

They have a psychic link.

 

Are there things worse than death? You betcha.

 

Ya want to know what it’s like being in a crystal ball? Ask Irene. Even dead, her impatient recklessness has her in trouble.

 

Can a ghost burn, feel pain, be tortured, die again?

 

Irene worked through her fear, knowing they would all die if she didn’t persevere, push through, overcome.

 

I have been loving this series ever since I read Hereafter. I knew it would be a different kind of ghost story and Terri Bruce’s imagination and creativity have taken me into a world both wondrous and frightening, and I am so happy I am only here as a visitor.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Irene, which is included in the Myths and Magic: An Epic Fantasy and Speculative Fiction Boxed Set. I will be reviewing more of the books, so keep in touch and we’ll talk more.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos   4 Stars

 

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Hereafter

 

 

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I Am Happily Surprised with Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery @susanmallery

Daughters of the Bride - Susan Mallery

Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery is one of those books that makes me glad I cross all genres when reading. I never know where that hidden gem will come from.

 

And this was definitely a gem.

 

Daughters of the Bride

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MY REVIEW

 

I am always amazed when I love a “romance” so much, but great writing is great writing, no matter the subject or the genre.

 

Three sisters, each with their own distinct personality, each harboring their own secret.

The writing is fabulous and their world was so easy to visualize. I loved so much of the verbal banter between Courtney and Quinn. I laughed out loud when Rachel was ‘cramping’ in the kitchen. Come on Sienna. Listen to your instincts. They are speaking loud and clear.

 

Even with a predictable story, Susan Mallery can weave a story with some heat and bite, that had me laughing, smiling, oohing  and aahing.

 

She wasn’t sure what was more eye catching – the convertible with the top down, the handsome man driving it, or the blonde poodle sitting next to him in the passenger seat.

Basically, he was catnip and she just wanted to purr and rub all over him.

 

I had seen Daughter of the Bridge by Susan Mallery on another blog and mentioned that I don’t think I had read any of her work before. Then, surprise, surprise, I get the beautiful signed hardcover with a gorgeous bookmark arriving at my door. No review asked for, but I try to review all the physical books I receive, so no request necessary.

 

At the end of the book are discussion questions, perfect for your book club, and some “sweet” recipes in honor of the Drunken Red Nosed Honeybee.

 

This is one of those books I feel could be on everyone’s reading list

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars 

 

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With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother’s

 

Courtney

~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom’s wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family’s view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

 

Sienna

~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna’s boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say “I do” even if she’s not sure she does?

 

Rachel

~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom’s wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she’s forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she’ll let pride stand in the way of her own happily-ever-after.

 

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Monday Mini – Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor @lainitaylor

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

I was so excited when I found I had won a hard copy of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

 

I love the gorgeous cover. How about you?

 

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

I was awed and amazed with the excellent world building and the romance that crosses all barriers. The characters are richly developed and complex, each one vital to the story in their own way. I loved everything about this unputdownable fantasy, so I will warn you to start Strange The Dreamer on the weekend, lock all the doors, pull the curtains, and put up the DO NOT DISTURB sign. My only complaint…There is another book and you will need to read it to get all the answers.

 

“Life won’t just happen to you, boy,” he said. “You have to happen to it.”

 

I was super excited that I won a copy of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

 

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world?

 

What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

 

laini. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

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Crimson Dahlia by Abigail Owen @AOwenBooks

Crimson Dahlia - Abigail Owen

 

Crimson Dahlia is Book III of the Svatura Series by Abigail Owen.

 

Filled with magic and supernatural beings in a world fraught with danger.

 

The covers of the series are done by Debbie Taylor. Fabulous job, Debbie.

 

Crimson Dahlia (Svatura, #3)

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MY REVIEW

 

The battle continues from Hyacinth into Crimson Dahlia, Book III of the Svatura Series by Abigail Owen. This is Lila and Ramsey’s story, and I am eager to hear it.

 

Lila is locked up, half dressed, being kept in a cold dark pit, yet her snark shines through her chattering teeth. Now that is some great writing, Abigail. Lila’s personality is big and bold and I love it.

 

How long can she survive? Why is she not able to use her magic to escape…or at least send a telepathic message for help.

 

Ramsey is a firestarter and he has a special connection to her. He will stop at nothing to find her. She just has to hang on until he can get there.

 

The characters are not immortal, but can live for thousands of years. The one hundred year old kids go to school, playing at normal. I wonder…do they ever get bored?

 

All hell breaks loose…people are going missing and cannot be found. They know who is at fault, they just don’t know why. And can they destroy him, before he destroys them?

 

If sheer stubbornness were a successful strategy, no one would ever mess with this family. Especially the women.

 

I loved the battles, filled with magics of every type you can imagine. I can hardly wait to see the conclusion.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Crimson Dahlia by Abigail Owen.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

 

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MY REVIEWS FOR ABIGAIL OWEN

 

 

The Shadowcat Nation

 

The Svatura Series

 

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Prepare To Be Amazed – The Divine Heart by Danielle R Mani @DanielleRMani

The Divine Heart - Danielle R Mani

I love the cover for The Divine Heart by R Mani and I agree with the tag line, “A beautifully perfect story.

 

I was wowed and amazed.

 

The Divine Heart

 

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

WOW…just….WOW. The Divine Heart has surprise after surprise rising from the pages, and what I thought would be a ‘simple’ heart transplant story explodes into so much more leaving me sad to see it end.

 

I won a paperback copy of The Divine Heart, and I immediately began reading it.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins has spent most her life waiting for someone else to die…

 

When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just a new heart. Clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.

 

Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor, a young girl named Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob, the guy who’s proof that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.

 

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Alien Alligators are in the Aquifer by Gary A Barnes #GaryABarnes

Aquifer - Gary Barnes

I love the cover for Aquifer by Gary A Barnes. That alone would have had me grabbing this, but add alien alligators…I love a good creature feature and we have one here.

 

Aquifer

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I was looking for a Q for my reading challenge and this popped up. An alien alligator? Oh yeah.

 

In the Ozark Mountains, in the 1950s, in the hillbilly town of Ellington, Doc was enjoying the slow pace, after life in the busy city.  Life is just what you would think, live off the land, uneducated people, no money, but they lived their life to the fullest.

 

Dr. Thomas Clayton came from there and was back as a herpetologist to do an ecological study. What are the ramifications of pollution on the frog population?

 

Amidst the croaks of the frogs and the song of the cicadas, a blinding flash, a sonic boom, and…we’re off.

 

Tina’s home life is comfy cozy, with all the characters sharing, eating, playing. I remember catching fireflies and putting them in a jar with holes punched in the top. Do you? It’s always fun to read a book that brings back pleasant memories. Makes the book seem real…sorta. If you believe in aliens and mutant creatures.

 

I love how two collegiate city slickers meet the Ozark hillbillies and learn they have more in common that they could have possibly believed.

 

I was freaking when tina and Larry were sitting n the rock at the lagoon.

 

The slow building suspense allowed me to get to know and love the characters. To get the feel of the terror that is coming, feel IT coming now…NOW? I do wonder how many of them will survive.

 

Of course, we gotta have one lizard lover. Don’t hurt ’em. Let’s coexist. Well, maybe they don’t want to. Maybe we are their breakfast, lunch and dinner. MMM…hungry.

I love these B type creature features.

 

Plenty of time was spent in world building and character development. It was great to watch them grow and change, as they spend more time together, learning from each other.

 

I knew the ending and loved it anyway. If you are looking for a great alien, creature feature, look no further. We have all the requirements here. All the gory, grisly deaths, mixed with loss, love and romance.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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It’s a Fishy Business – Secrets of a Dangerous Woman by P M Terrell @pmterrell

Secrets of a Dangerous Woman - P.M. Terrell
 
 

Secrets of a Dangerous Woman

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MY REVIEW

 

I am happy to be back with Vicki and Dylan in another exciting and dangerous adventure. I look forward to playing with the fishes and dodging bullets.

 

Due to Laurel’s death, the house and fish business…and the cover up…have become Vicki’s responsibility, but first, she needs to get through the wake.

 

The fish business is her cover. She’s really a remote viewer working for the CIA. Her job in this adventure, locate Brenda Carnegie, who is involved in an oil scam and some members of Congress are too. As she runs, they chase.

 

My question right now…where is Dylan? He broke Vicki’s heart. Will he return? Oh, come on, we all know he’s on his way back right now. LOL I am not going to tell you why he is absent, you will need to read the story to find out for yourself.

 

Since he’s been gone, she has asked her boss and pseudo father, Sam, to help her locate her lost siblings. I can see this coming together and I foresee many issues that will have to be explained.

 

It does make me wonder if we have a rogue element in the CIA and if there is more danger than I initially thought. I feel the clock is ticking and Vicki isn’t the only one running out of time. And romance…it is hot and heavy, but I have a feeling there will be a bump in the road that might turn into a crater she will fall into.

 

The plot is becoming more and more complicated, the pace is picking up as my need to know how this will end reaches an almost frantic level, gotta know, reading faster and faster, and I do so want a happy ever after ending…but how can that happen?

 

Lies, betrayal, corruption and greed. Action ratcheting up to a nail biting level as they fight for their lives. And then…

 

Assignment over…On to the next one.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Secrets of a Dangerous Woman by P M Terrell.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

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The following books are lined up in order, first to last. I will be reviewing them all.

 

 

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Monsters Are Real!!! Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff @AlexSokoloff

Bitter Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

OMG..Alexandra Sokoloff did it again in Bitter Moon, Book IV in the Huntress/FBI Thriller series.

 

Bitter Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #4)

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MY REVIEW

 

I had received several books of this series and loved them so much, I binge read all three. So apt this book comes after the others. I think I got a lot more from it, because I am totally engrossed in how Cara came to be a vigilante.

 

In Bitter Moon, Cara relives her tragic past and it is brutal, horrifying, terrifying, and haunting. The insight into her motivation makes me see evil in its purest form. It’s no wonder she takes her revenge as a vigilante on all the users and abusers. The atrocities committed on defenseless children by family, friends, strangers, they need a guardian angel and Cara will fight to her dying breath for herself and for them.

 

Roarke has walked away from the FBI because of his conflicted feelings about her. He is lost, isolated, confused…As he tries to find answers for himself, Roarke tracks her past. He walks where she walked, meeting some people she knew, gaining insight. The nun simplified if for him, he is on a mission.

 

Can evil be drawn to a particular person? Can someone attract the bad through no fault of their own?

 

It is frightening and horrifying as I read of her past and know these things really happen, that the depravity of humans are going on right now. I am at a loss for words with an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness.

 

I love Cara and don’t know how she can have a happy ever after, but I so much want it for here. If any character I have ever read about deserves something good in her life, Cara does. She is dogged by evil, she never quits, never gives up, willing to take them out one by one.

 

She runs from IT, but IT follows here everywhere she goes.

Monsters are real!

 

Research? If half of what Alexandra Sokoloff has written about rape and trafficking, the women and children, throwaway kids, the predatory people out there is true, we should all be afraid. It may be easier to turn the other way, but you never know when EVIL might come for you.

 

I had wondered if there would be more, because the rest of Cara and Roarke’s story needs to be told, and I am so happy to know…there is.

 

There are so many great quotes, that I had to share a few of them.

 

“Look too long into the abyss and the abyss looks back into you.”

 

“Fear the wolf, or be the wolf.”

 

Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” John Stuart Millshad

 

Alexandra Sokoloff had me wound so tight, I felt like I would explode. My emotions were all over the place and I did breathe a sigh of relief…and regret…when I was done. The characters have captured my heart and I miss them as soon as I close the ‘cover’. Stay safe everyone, I’ll be back.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Bitter Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff and these novels will be sitting on my reread shelf!!!!

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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I love these gorgeous covers.

 

Huntress Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #1)Blood Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #2)Cold Moon (Huntress/FBI Thrillers, #3)Bitter Moon

 

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Magical Realism – Blood and Ashes by Marilyn Peake @marilynpeake

Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel - Marilyn Peake

Marilyn Peake’s latest release, Blood and Ashes, is a fabulous paranormal/supernatural, fantasy novel with a touch of realism, except for the magical part…

 

I love the colorful color and the red makes it pop off the pages. Very pretty and spills some of the secrets inside.

 

Cover by Phatpuppy.com

 

Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel

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MY REVIEW

 

Miracles and magic are happening from the opening pages, and Kaelin’s acting like it’s an every day occurrence in these desperate times.

 

The financial situation the characters find themselves in, makes me think of current events, with businesses closing, people being deported, people losing everything, and those with hope struggling to survive.

 

When Kaelin found the baby, I really woke up, became hooked and knew I would have trouble putting the book down, even long enough for a bathroom break.

 

Her mother has a heart so big, so open and giving, I wish more for her. No one deserves a break more than she does. Some characters…and people…amaze me with their ability to give, and the depths of love that is freely given.

 

First an abandoned baby, then a kitty with itty bitty legs, Kaelin takes them home and makes them her own.

 

And Devin, the new guy across the hall. What’s up with him? Why doesn’t she question his sudden appearances? Almost as if he knows something. I know he’s going to be special.

 

Kaelin has friends, people looking out for her and her family, like Mrs Santiago, who owns the grocery store and Gwendolyn Griffin, a healer who offers to work with her to develop her healing abilities. If you everwant candy, be sure and visit Mrs Santiago’s store.

 

Kaelin is very resourceful, and even though she dumpster dives for additional food for the family, you would never know it by her attitude. She knows where to find apples and blueberries, ripe for the picking. She has a green thumb, and her touch can be like Miracle Gro.

 

She does everything she can to make it to college, wanting a better life for them all. But, even though she is accepted, due to cutbacks of the governmental kind, there is no money available to help her. She chooses an alternative, Gwendolyn Griffin’s traditional healing of the witchy kind.

 

I can see the kids with bags of Halloween costumes, as they are tossed willy nilly, while they each choose the perfect costume. Kaelin goes to the thrift store and creates a mish mash costume that makes her beauty bloom.

 

The book is divided into three parts.

 

Part I is Kaelin’s story that takes place in the human world.

 

Part II is Liliana’s Story that takes place in the fairie world. Liliana is a fairy that crosses into the human world. A romance goes wrong. But the world is not what it appears to be.

 

Part III brings them all together, exposing secrets and Kaelin’s true calling.

 

Human, Seelie, Unseelie, good fairies, bad fairies…Magic, danger, romance, love and loss.

 

Blood and Ashes is written for the young at heart, with easy reading and a quick pace. I love the imaginative world and characters Marilyn Peake has created. Such a great story. I found myself smiling at the simplest things. Her ability to spin a tale keeps her high on my reading list…no matter what genre she writes in.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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