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Giveaway – Mexican Hat Trick by T S O’Neil @tselliot3

Mexican Hat Trick (The Blackfox Chronicles Book 4) - TS ONeil, Suzanne O'Neil

Mexican Hat Trick by T S O’Neil looks like so much fun, so I had to share it with you.

 

For some reason it made me think of Magnum PI.

 

I think, from looking at the cover, Eddie is in for TROUBLE.

 

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Mexican Hat Trick by T.S. O’Neil

GENRE: Contemporary, Action/Adventure

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Mexican Hat Trick by T S O’Neil far surpassed my expectations. I thought it would be a fun, sorta cozy murder mystery, but we go deeper and darker than the cover made me think we would.

 

Chewy was looking for a get rich quick scheme so he could retire in style. His solution…the sale of information. It cost him his life.

 

Michael Blackfox is an ex Marine, a beer drinking, tequila shooting, gun totin’ badass. He walks the wild and sometimes illegal side of the law. No surprise in that when you meet his parents.

 

He earns money as a bodyguard for his PI friend, which he dumps into his boat (Break Out Another Thousand). This time it will turn into a murder investigation in the wild and turbulent land of Mexico.

 

He gets shot at, blown up…travels by car, plane, horse and whatever other conveyance they come across…the death and destruction follows in his wake.

 

Mexican Hat Trick is an action packed thriller, with plenty of murder, blood and guts. To me, the more there is, the better the story.

 

His gang is a cast of characters that stand firmly at his side, just as determined as he is to find out What The Hell Is Going On…

 

Mexican Hat Trick proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover. What I thought would be a light and comical mystery is NOT. The villains will stop at nothing and the action reads as if this is taking place in the Wild West, no laws and no authorities to enforce them.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Mexican Hat Trick by T S O’Neil.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Giveaway – I Survived Blogfest! Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey @ChrysFey

Tsunami Crimes (Disaster Crimes Book 3) - Chrys Fey

I love all the covers for this series and Kim Mendoza has done a mighty fine job with Tsunami Crimes by Chrys Fey.

 

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Title: Tsunami Crimes
Series: Disaster Crimes #3
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
 
Page Count: 272
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MY REVIEW
 

I have been following Beth and Donovan’s journey through one catastrophe after another in this fabulous thriller series. They first met in Hurricane Crimes, and had one hell of an adventure in Seismic Crimes and Lightning Crimes.

 

Now they face the rage of a Tsunami in Oahu, on their honeymoon, no less.

 

I have fallen for the characters. I watch as they grow and develop into more complex individuals. Beth is strong, independent, loving and giving. Better think twice about messing with her and her man. Donaovan and Thorn are best friends and both are in love with Beth. Their testosterone levels are so high, I think they need to pull them out and measure their ‘meat sword’. LOL Their friendly rivalry makes for some humorous situations. I love a good villain and Jackson Storm fits the bill nicely. 

 

The suspense builds, there is lots of action, and the suspense builds some more. Beth and Donovan are both targets and ya never know where the danger may come from. It lurks around every corner. Where and when will it strike?

 

Chrys Fey’s descriptive writing makes the story come alive, as if it is a movie playing out in my head. She has the ability to create doubt, even though I know the ending. She keeps the suspense at a fever pitch that goes on and on, never letting up, leaving me feeling wrung dry of my emotions. I finally reach the end and breathe a sigh of relief.

Excellent job, Chrys!

 

What disaster will be next?

 

5 Stars

 

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Tag Team Giveaway – Deadly Spirits by E Michael Helms @EMichaelHelms

Deadly Spirits - E. Michael Helms

I am a huge fan of E Michael Helm’s character, Mac McClellan and he is back in Deadly Spirits.

 

Check out this awesome cover!

 

Does it make you think of ghosts and hauntings?

 

 

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Cover:  Sabrina Sun

Publisher:  Camel Press

MY REVIEW

 

Mac and Kate are back in Deadly Spirits and this time we will be hanging out with the Palmetto Paranormal Society investigating the haunted Navarro Hotel.

 

I haven’t met Mac in person…yet, but seeing as how he hangs around the Florida Panhandle, it may happen. His investigations lead to danger and mayhem. His personality and the fact that he lives in a trailer always makes me think of the Rockford Files and Magnum PI. He’s a bit old fashioned where it really matters, loyal and trustworthy. Even a bit of a prude…He even has a Dobie, my favorite breed of dog. So much is familiar to me, marinas, woods, fire towers, lighthouses, hauntings…

 

Action and mystery abound and Mac is on the case. E Michael Helms always includes some humor and I do love chuckles with my murder.

 

The downside to his job, he has a hard time collecting payment before his clients kick the bucket.

 

Mac has a hard time taking the whole ghost thing seriously, until…the scream. I am a skeptic too. As they walk around with their ghostly equipment and asking the spirits questions, I would be hard put not to crack up laughing.

 

I loved everything about Deadly Spirits by E Michael Helms. He has included a lot of extras besides the mystery…a critter to fall in love with, a dash of the psychotic and a pinch of the paranormal…a recipe for success.

 

I love Mac and this is my favorite adventure…so far. Michael has brought him a long way, making him more complex in his simplicity. I can hardly wait for more!

 

It’s New Year’s Eve 2016 and between football and the year end fireworks, I cannot quit reading.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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Chaos in the Suburbs – Dead in the Water by Britney King @britneyking_

Dead In The Water - Britney King

I read the first book, Water Under The Bridge by Britney King, in this awesome romantic suspense series and fell in love with these characters.

 

If you want to be enthralled for hours, unable to quite reading, Jude and Kate can do that for you!

 

 

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Title: Dead in the Water
Series: Water Trilogy #2
Author: Britney King
Release Date: Jan 17, 2017
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MY REVIEW

 

Dead in the Water by Britney King is Book II of the series and seeing I was blown away by Water Under The Bridge, Book I, I was very excited to get my hands on this one. I love romantic suspense. Throw in some psychotic assassins trying to be ‘normal’ and I cannot resist. Britney did not let my down. In fact, she kept the surprises coming and I couldn’t stop reading.

 

Faking normality in suburbia.

 

Two assassins do their best to blend in with the ‘normal’ people.

“If we don’t play the game, we’re Dead in the Water. All animals have the ability to sniff out that which is not like them, and these people…they’re dying to find the rat.”

Jude keeps his secrets close to the vest, trying to fit in.

 

Kate has always been the one in control…

 

Twisted, psychotic and to know they…

 

It’s hard to share anything because I don’t want to do anything to spoil the story. I love the damaged, psychotic characters, Jude and Kate. They are two assassins but they murder in different ways and for different reasons. Which is worse? All the details makes it even creepier and disturbing, but I start to feel empathy for Jude and even Kate…at times.

 

I struggle to find words that describe my thoughts and feelings for this outrageous take on two psychopathic serial killers. Their perverted sense of normal makes me think they might just fit in. LOL

 

I keep wondering who will kill who. Will they get caught?

 

Monique was a situation I didn’t foresee and what a fabulous twist. I didn’t think about it much before hand, but what a wonderful surprise and it takes a master storyteller to keep the suspense at a high level throughout.

 

The continuous surprises from these incredibly complex characters make Dead in the Water impossible to put down.

 

I like the illustrations at the chapter breaks.

 

I have never read anything quite like this series and can hardly wait to read more!

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

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One Sentence Review – Peace by Piece by Carol Fragale Brill @carol_brill

Peace by Piece - Carol Fragale Brill

One of my goals this year is to read through all the paperbacks I won that are stacked around the house. I won this signed paperback last year and it was a wonderful surprise when I finally got around to reading it.

 

I love this beautiful cover. Are you a beachy person?

 

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

Peace by Piece deals with some series issues…insecurities, eating disorders and settling for less, but Maggie is a wonderful character that makes the hard choices and the writing creates a rollercoaster ride of emotions that read as if this could be a true story.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

GOODREADS BLURB:  Peace by Piece deals with unshakable first love, family, relationships, the difficulties of being a stepparent—all shadowed by the curse of anorexia/bulimia.

 

 

Six years after fleeing college and Thomas’s betrayal, Maggie has nearly given up on love.
Enter Izzie, a motherless eight year old, and every maternal instinct kicks-in. With Donald, Izzie’s dad, Maggie waits for the thrill—for anything magic: a spark, a quickening, a quiver racing up her spine. The magic never comes, but it is precisely the ordinariness of his kisses and subsequent proposal that make her feel safe. She imagines that loving Izzie is enough to finally lock Thomas out of her heart.

 

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Enter Her World…If You Dare – Reunion by Jaye Frances @jayefrancesnews

Reunion (World Without Love) (Volume 2) - Jaye Frances

Jaye Frances can spin a tale and she continues Jewlel’s dark story in Reunion.

 

Adult Only.

 

This series will not be for everyone and it is rare for me to step into the genre, but Jaye Frances hooked me with her writing and not all of her books are erotica, so check them out below. You may be pleasantly surprised and find one that is for you.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Such a beautiful cover for Reunion by Jaye Frances, but I can guarantee you that the story inside is VERY far from simple. Violence, torture, rape and abuse beyond my imagination keep me riveted as I eagerly anticipate Jewel getting her revenge.

 

“Even in hell, there are rules…”

 

Reunion is Book II in the World Without Love series and it does need to be read in order.

 

We pick up where we left off and I was eager to read more of Jewel’s tragic story. Reunion did not start the way I thought it would and I love it when an author can surprise me.

 

I still concentrated more on the story than the sex, but it seems at this point, she is so lost that she’ll fuck anything that walks. I love figuring out why characters do what they do, so I am trying to figure out Jewel’s motivation. Is it her horrendous experiences making her reach out for human contact that is not about force or torture? Is it about control?

 

How evil must a person be to take someone to the edge of death for their own pleasure, smiling and enjoying the experience?

 

I can’t help but blush at the sex…but I do read it all. To me, it is pivotal to the story.

 

I must give this 5 Stars for scaring the crap out of me! It shows just how easy it is to get into something over our heads because it is hard to believe how EVIL, sadistic and savage people can be. BUT, I believe. Sooooo…be careful of who you trust.

 

I didn’t see the twist at the end coming and…OH NO…I am left with a huge cliffhanger. No worries, Book III, Redemption is out, so I will not have to wait for the conclusion of Jewel’s story.

 

To sum it up, I am surprised at how much I LOVE this twisted story. I can hardly wait to find out how she gets her revenge!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Reunion by Jaye Frances.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

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Mothman is lonely in A Cold Tomorrow by Mae Clair @MaeClair1

I love creature features and A Cold Tomorrow by Mae Clair stars Mothman, plus…

 

This is the second book in the Point Pleasant series. You can see my review for Book I, A Thousand Yesteryears here.

 

Check out this gorgeous cover. What does it make you think of?

 

Doesn’t it have an eerie feel to it?

 

A Cold Tomorrow (Point Pleasant, #2)

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A COLD TOMORROW
Book 2 in the Point Pleasant Series
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Length: 82,00 Words
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Underground Imprint
Publication Date: December 20, 2016

 

MY REVIEW

 

I LOVED the first book, A Thousand Yesteryears, so I was very eager to continue my journey down the road in Point Pleasant to see what happens next in this fantastic creature feature.

 

The cover alone gives me an eerie feeling, sending shivers up and down my spine as I try to guess at what lies ‘between the covers.’

 

Katie misses her sister, her best friend, Wendy, who disappeared three days ago. No one knows what has become of her.

 

One of the things that caught me early was Katie’s aversion to smells in the salon. I too have a problem with them. These smells of reality make it easy for me to feel as if I am there with her.

 

I love how Mae Clair develops the relationship between Katie and Doreen Sue, her mom. Reads like real life as the work through a not so good past.

 

The town has not been kind to Katie’s family, treating them like white trash. Maybe they want to think twice before they cast the first stone.

 

Ryan Flynn is called to Chester Wilson’s farm to investigate star snot and outer space grass. The mystery begins. Then, the cow…

“It’s been a weird day.”

“Weird how?”

Uh…let’s see…cow mutilation, phantom deputy, missing resident. Does that fit the bill?”

Point Pleasant is a hotbed for Mothman and UFO sightings, in real life too. Adds another element of reality for me. Could it be true? Is Mothman real? For the moment, Mothman is silent.

 

As things become stranger, Katie’s past comes to the forefront, her memories causing her to fear for herself and her son, Sam.

 

All of a sudden, something sets Mothman off and he is terrorizing the people of Point Pleasant. How would you feel if you were the only one of your kind…people so afraid of you, they shoot first and take names later?

 

The Mothman, aliens, Men In black, lights in the sky, mutilated animals, people feeling the compulsion to draw…There are mysteries galore that kept me on pins and needles, fearing for the characters I have grown to love.

 

Oh Yeah! I believe we will have a Book III.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of A Cold Tomorrow by Mae Clair.

 
Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars
 
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The Extraordinary Journey of Vivenne Marshall by Shannon Kirk @ShannonCKirk

The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall - Shannon Kirk

Shannon Kirk’s award winning debut novel, Method 15/33, blew me away…so when I saw The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall was available on Netgalley, I snagged it. Thank you Shannon Kirk and Reputation Books.

 

Such a gorgeous cover and I do hope I am walking on clouds when it’s over.

 

Book Design:  Lisa Abellera

Ebook Design:  Mary C Moore

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Be careful…when you are texting. Your inattention could be the death of you.

 

Vivienne lay hovering on the brink of death, one foot in the land of the living and one foot with the dead.

 

Noah, her dead, dream husband explains it to her. The scene made me think of a Supernatural episode, where Castielle says our Heaven is of our own making.

 

Is there a Heaven? Does our life pass before our eyes?

 

What would it look like? Who would you want there with you?

 

What secrets would be brought to light after your death?

 

And if there is a Heaven…what about Hell?

 

The lovely pics sprinkled throughout are a nice touch and I love it.

 

I am sitting in one of my favorite reading places, my patio and watering the lawn, even as the black clouds roll in, the thunder rumbling, and I am lost in Vivienne’s world, unable to quit reading.

 

Shannon’s descriptive words draw me into this novel from the opening pages, her poetic words bring to life fantasy worlds full of vibrant colors, beauty and love, but the flowery prose becomes onerous for me, having me starting, stopping and rereading, but that is me. I think there are many readers who will LOVE it and get lost in the story too.

 

This Heavenly love story is tragic, yet hopeful and very thought provoking.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free ARC copy of The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall from Shannon Kirk.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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Giveaway & Review – Corporate Citizen by Gabriel Valjan @GValjan @NouveauWriter

Corporate Citizen - Gabriel Valjan

I have been reading my way through the Roma series and the mystery continues in Corporate Citizen.

 

We are back in Boston…but the danger seems to follow them wherever they go.

 

This is the best one yet and it was a punch to the gut.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

I was one of the herd, led down the predictable path, forgetting to read between the lines…Slapped me in the face, woke me up!

 

The Roma Series continues in Corporate Citizen by Gabriel Valjan and I must say, this is the best one yet. We have action and murder from the opening pages.

 

I am so glad I stuck with this series. Gabriel Valjan’s writing style was difficult for me to read in the beginning, but now that we are on familiar ground it has become easier…more than that, it has become fantastic.

 

The complex characters have captured me as they struggle to have a normal life while solving dangerous mysteries. I am very concerned for all of them. I am afraid they may not all make it out of the book alive. Especially Nate, a new member of their team. What will become of him?

 

I am wondering who Loki really is…and the Magician? What are their objectives? Why are they feeding her info? And the bigger question…Is it good or bad?

 

Murder is always a component in the Roma series, but the conspiracy is what hooks me. Now…enter a designer drug…or two. Krokodiles. Barneys.

 

Bianca is the main character, but all the others are vital to the story. I do wonder if her love life will survive through all her and Dante’s trials and tribulations.

 

WOW. I am on page 236, approaching the end and everything is becoming clearer. I can see why things were so tangled and convoluted that I didn’t see where Gabriel Valjan was taking me.

 

I am thinking…I must reread this series and if you believe in conspiracies, like I do, and want to find out how misdirection and rogue government agents can affect your life, you will want to read this too!

 

Gabriel Valjan did an awesome job of leading me around in circles, so I didn’t see the outcome. I WAS one of the herd, led down the predictable path, forgetting to read between the lines. I was smacked in the face! Could this really happen? Is it happening now?

 

OMG…DAMMIT…I came to the end, but Bianca’s story is far from over. I’m ready for it! Where is it?

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Corporate Citizen from Gabriel Valjan.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos5 Stars

 

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#Kindle Giveaway, Interview & Review – Killer in the Band by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie

Killer in the Band (A Lovers in Crime Mystery) (Volume 3) - Lauren Carr

 

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MY REVIEW

 

OMG. She did it again. Lauren Carr has created another romantic suspense mystery that had me reading, ignoring my hubby and my mother, unable to put it down until the last page was read.

 

Killer in the Band is A Lovers in Crime Mystery that is chock full of wonderful characters, both human and animal. Her ability to bring them all to life is amazing. I laughed and cried, because she made me do it.

 

I cannot pick a favorite character. They are all amazing in their own way. It took me a little while to figure out the culprit(s). Even the bad guys have their reasons for doing for what they do and I could empathize with them…for a moment or two. BUT nothing justifies taking a life.

 

There is more than one mystery that will have to be solved and more than one villain. I felt so bad for both of them and that is when I know I have read a fantastic story.

 

Lauren does have a way of springing surprises on me that have my jaw hanging open, thinking, I sure didn’t see that one coming.

 

The animals…I just don’t know what to say. Some people do seem to have a special ability making it seem as if they talk to them. I do not want to spoil anything, but…have you ever looked in your critters eyes and wondered what they are really thinking?

 

The characters have trust issues that take time to work through, making it read like real life. I want to tell them…to be a go between and explain things, but that is not my place. I am just a spectator in this complicated story.

 

My emotion were high and low, happy and sad, and I was left with a good feeling when all was said and done.

 

I WANT MORE!!!!!!!

 

I received a copy of Killer in the Band from Lauren Carr.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Ghost Whisperer Meet Celeste by Kristine Mason @KristineMason7

Celeste Files: Poisoned (Book 4 Psychic C.O.R.E.): Psychic C.O.R.E. - Kristine Mason

All right. I confess. I am a huge fan of Kristine Mason and I am delighted to share the final story of the Celeste Files: Poisoned.

 

Like a good ghost story? Like some romance and thrills with your paranormal?

Then you won’t want to miss this stand alone series.

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MY REVIEW

 

Kristine Mason writes some of the best suspense stories I have ever read, whether paranormal or mystery, and I was amazed…again…at her ability to take a ghostly story and make it read like a horror novel.

 

Celeste is psychic but she kept pretty quiet about it, helping out whenever she could.

Heavily pregnant, Celeste received a call for her sister, Eden, for help.

 

The gene had skipped Eden and had caused a rift between her and Celeste, but when events began happening at her new home, she felt Celeste was the one to call.

 

The house Eden and her husband had bought is haunted.

“You chase murderers for a living, I write about them…It’s fitting that we live in a murder house.”

Celeste thought she could handle the ghosts, stay grounded and in the land of the living.

 

It seems like she is learning more about her abilities by “living’ through new experiences. Could her over confidence in dealing with situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times? And this time, her unborn baby’s life is at stake.

 

Celeste walked in the ghostly world trying to put the pieces together. She talked to the ghosts, but they were so cryptic it was hard to decipher their meaning.The mysterious deaths and the evil presence that resided in the house did not give up their answers easily.

 

What was HE after?

 

Her mantra, “the living are more powerful than the dead,” kept her grounded making her believe she could survive the evil surrounding her and release the ghosts from their torment.

 

Could her over confidence in dealing with the situation be her undoing? Would she come out of the trance or push her luck one too many times?

 

I love Celeste’s hubby, John. It took a while for them to work out some of the kinks in their marriage, but he is attentive, loving and funny. I can see him waggling his eyebrows as he offers to shave her bikini line.

 

I love Kristine Mason’s ability to surprise me and roil my emotions. The level of suspense in her writing kept me on pins and needles, afraid that this time Celeste had bitten off more than she could chew.

 

The characters come alive on the pages, making me feel their pain and suffering, their fear and anger, their sadness and regret. They are not always series and in danger, they have lives us normal people can relate to, with all the daily issues and problems that arise. They can be funny and happy, loving and giving, even when dealing with murder and danger.

 

I’m smiling, teary eyed…

 

I love the television show Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt and I can see that she has met her match in Celeste.

 

I never pass on an opportunity to read one of Kristine Mason’s novels and if you are a suspense and thriller lover like me, I think you will feel the same. I am patiently waiting for the movie/TV world to find her.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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Review – No One Knows by J T Ellison @thrillerchick

No One Knows - J.T. Ellison

I am familiar with J T Ellison and I do love this gorgeous cover for No One Knows, so there was no doubt that I wanted to read this.

 

I love covers and saw No One Knows has two. Myself, I like this one the best. Scroll to the end of the post and let me know which you prefer?

 

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MY REVIEW

 

No One Knows by J T Ellison is worth reading for the ending alone!

 

Aubrey’s ex is declared dead, but I know I have to ask, “Is her really?”

 

Daisy, her mother in law, needs to get a life. She is a miserable bitch. Is there a sinister reason his mother insists on declaring him dead? I am curious and very suspicious.

 

First the accusations, then the waiting, waiting, waiting for him to come home.

 

Josh and Aubrey are both kinda wimpy. I just wanted to tell them to buck up and get over themselves.

 

Aubrey needs to quit her whining and move on. I find it hard to put myself in her shoes. I love her carefree friend, Meghan, a true free spirit that will drop everything when Aubrey needs her.

 

I have a feeling Josh is far from perfect. And shortly after writing that, I felt that if I never heard of him again I would be happy, but I am still curious.

 

The back and forth, past and present got a bit annoying and disrupted the flow. The chapters were short and I no sooner got involved then I’d have to change gears.

 

Okay, I like this isn’t going quite the direction I thought. I do like a twist in my stories.

 

Another twist in the tale and it is a doozy. Marvelous, simply marvelous.

 

I had been disappointed with the first part of the book. I had felt before I even began reading it would be better, because I have read some of her other work. Now, I have finally come to what I have been waiting for and I”m a little more than halfway through.

 

OMG. I so missed the ending. Totally got me. My mouth is hanging open and I have a smile on my face for the fantastic, creative and mind boggling ending. That last 10% was so suspenseful, with twist and turns that kept on coming.

 

Could there be another Jewel story? I can see her…..

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free ARC copy from Net Galley of No One Knows by J T Ellison.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  3 Stars

 

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One Sentence Review – Grave Danger by Heather Graham #HeatherGraham

Grave Danger - Heather Graham

I was so fortunate to meet Heather Graham in Las Vegas at the Romance Convention and she gave me a signed copy of her short story, Grave Danger.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Heather Graham is a must read author for me and she did not let me down in this short hair raising story of monsters and terror, that unfolded like a movie in my mind, with Prince Charming coming to the rescue and don’t we all want that?

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

GOODREADS BLURB:  For special-effects artist Ali MacGregor, it can be hard to tell fantasy from reality. Especially when her coworker Victor leaves her alone in the studio one night, surrounded by scary creations—zombies, werewolves and mangled corpses. And then she hears footsteps…. Footsteps that shouldn’t be there.

 

Nearby, Ali’s ex, cop Greg Austin, is called to the graveyard set of a horror movie after a real corpse appears. But the dead man isn’t who his ID says he is. And Victor isn’t who he seems to be, either. Greg quickly realizes that Ali, the woman he’s never stopped loving, is in grave danger….

 

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More and More Booklikes Issues

I am so frustrated with Booklikes right now! It has taken me 20 minutes to get a review to post and this post is taking just as long. The site has not been working since Friday of last week really. Since Murder by Death suggested that it may be beneficial for us to do a lot of posts tagging Booklikes in them with the hopes that someone would read them I am all for this. 

 

Frequent problems:

 

1-The dashboard will not load. If it does load, it loads so slow that it can take anywhere from 30 minutes or to 4 hours (what I had to deal with yesterday) to go back and read previous posts.

 

2-The stars will not show up when you are attempting to change a book on your currently reading shelf to finished. I had to go back several times and edit a review when I realized after the fact that the site did not recognize the stars I tried to apply and turned it into a regular text post. 

 

3-When you go to post a review, the post takes forever to load and the page is "frozen" meaning that you cannot type in the text box, you cannot add tags, and you cannot write in the title box. Things seem to be frozen a lot more lately. 

 

4-We are almost locked out of adding pictures to our posts now. I think the size limit keeps growing smaller. I don't know if that means something or not, but I wish someone on Booklikes would take a look into that. 

 

5-Just general slowness. Today it took about 30 minutes or so for the dashboard to slow. The site becomes unusable on the weekends for the most part. 

 

6-Multiple posts. I honestly don't know if we ever did find out what was doing that. I think some people said making a post to post in the future was what was doing it. But since again we never hear from anyone on Booklikes, that's just a guess. 

 

Long running problems:

 

1-The reblog issue is still not fixed. At this point, it's becoming a never ending issue and is up there with the re-read issue on Goodreads, we will never see it solved.

 

2-The discussion pages do not allow more than one person to be an "owner" of a discussion with the power to do things such as ban members. On Goodreads if I am a moderator I have full moderator rights. Here on Booklikes if Moonlight creates a group and adds me on as a co-mod I don't have the ability to do everything that she does.

 

3-We cannot send pictures/gifs to each other via our email.

 

4-Some books do not show up in the database. I have been good about going and adding them and editing the pages though when I see issues. However, I had an issue last year with a book showing up twice in my shelves and that took me about a week to fully fix after never getting a clear answer from Booklikes on how to fix it.

 

5-No response from staff. We just do not hear from Booklikes staff anymore. I think the last time we heard anything was June 2016. They have not posted a blog since January 2016. We asked for weekly posts, "candy" posts, etc. and were ignored. 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway & Review – Turning To Stone by Gabriel Valjan @GValjan @NouveauWriter

Turning to Stone (Roma Series Book 4) - Gabriel Valjan

This is my fourth book in the series, Turning To Stone by Gabriel Valjan and each book got better and better.

 

If you like complex stories and characters that grow on you, this series is a must read..

 

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The Roma Series continues in Turning To Stone by Gabriel Valjan and starts out with a BANG!

 

I am on familiar ground with Turning To Stone…The Mob. I have read a lot of organized crime novels, and Turning To Stone has everything I look for…corruption, betrayal, brutality, wholesale slaughter and assassins, female, no less. I love that twist and, for me, it doesn’t happen often enough.

 

But this is not the organized crime of Al Capone’s day. They are going legit and manipulating events through money, so be careful about investing in the stock market. LOL

 

Gabriel Valjan’s series keeps getting better and better.  The writing flows smoother for me, the pacing and suspense picking up to a level that makes it hard to put the book down.

 

Some surprising turns at the end make me realize how strong and determined Bianca and her cohorts are. They have questions and WILL NOT stop until they have the answers, no matter the cost to themselves.

 

I enjoyed Turning To Stone the most…so far…and I am so glad I stuck with the series!

Action packed with OMG moments. The brutal, tragic ending left me feeling very sad and I can hardly wait to see where we go from here.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Threading The Needle from Gabriel Valjan.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos4 Stars

 

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He’ll Get His Revenge in For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman #Andy Blackman

For the Love of Grace - Andy Blackman

I was offered a chance to read For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman and I am so happy I jumped on it. This suspense thriller quickly captured my attention and held it throughout.

 

Thanks Rachel at Authoright Marketing & Publicity and Andy Blackman for the chance to read and review this fantastic novel of love, loss and revenge.

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MY REVIEW

 

Thank goodness I had a sixth sense about For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman, because neither the cover or the blurb made me anticipate what was to come. I was quickly captured, wondering how Tom will unravel his complicated life and find a happy ending.

 

Tom grew up poor and hungry, with a thirst for knowledge that was aided by a photographic memory. He is a gentle, loving boy, devoted to his mother, until…

 

His entire life changed in the blink of an eye. Circumstances beyond our control can cause our lives to take a turn we never could have anticipated and this is just what happened to Tom.

 

I feel so much sympathy for Grace, his mother, that deserves sainthood in my book. She is a selfless, loving person, giving to others just because of their need. How much pain is such a wonderful person supposed to endure? I feel *** is not doing right by her.

I am halfway in and my heart is breaking for Tom. He is a good guy caught up in bad situations through no fault of his own, just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

Life deals him some bad breaks, but this 30 minutes was the worst of his life and nothing would stop him from exacting his revenge. And I am with him! I want to pick up a gun and hunt them down like the brutal savages they are.

 

I love when a man is bad and good at the same time. Know what I mean? Where do you draw the line? I sympathize with Tom, I feel his pain through Andy Blackman’s words. Andy does a fantastic job of taking me sky high only to drop me, splatting my feelings all over the ground.

 

I knew from the beginning that something really bad, tragic, would have to happen to take him down the road of an assassin and I kept waiting for it to happen. The suspense never let me rest. The writing created a sense of impending doom.

 

The peripheral characters are not written just for support. They all play an important part in his life, whether they are his friends or on the receiving end of his wrath, but this is Tom’s story.

 

I don’t know why I didn’t see the ending coming. I should have seen it. I guess I was so wrapped up in Tom, that I really didn’t want it to end, because I just could not find a way for it to end the way I wanted.

 

My only complaint…the book is too short. I would have loved to be with Tom through his training to become such a proficient killer. I would have loved a few other parts of the story to be fleshed out more, giving me more details. Maybe this is just because I didn’t want the story to end. BUT…it doesn’t.

 

I definitely want to check out Book II, The Second Son!!!!

 

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of For The Love of Grace from Andy Blackman.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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