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Monday Mini Review – Orchard by Jack H Bailey #JackHBailey

Orchard - Jack H. Bailey

 

I won a paperback copy of Orchard by Jack H Bailey and wanted to share it with you. Looking for fiction that reads as if true, look no further.

 

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MY REVIEW

 

Bombastic fictional story that reads as if it is true, of union busting mining companies and the dangerous, yet understandable characters who shot, blasted, and bombed their way through life. Be careful about backing your prey into a corner. Orchard by Jack H Bailey proves that violence is not the answer. The fantastic writing had me believing every word, caught up as if the story is real, and I had to keep reminding myself that this terribly sad story was fictitious.

 

I won a paperback copy of Orchard by Jack H Bailey.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

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Down The Rabbit Hole – Untamed by A G Howard @aghowardwrites

Untamed - A.G. Howard

 

Untamed (Splintered, #3.5)

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

 

I won a first edition hardcover of Untamed by A G Howard some time ago and all I can say is…WOW…why did I wait so long to read this Alice in Wonderland remake that is so creatively, wondrously written, with a fantasy world anyone would want to get lost in and meet the  fabulous characters, both human and fantasy, that will make this impossible to put down.
 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

 

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

 

This collection expands upon Ensnared‘s epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

 

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Was Bogie Here – Blood Rain in Trieste by George Henry @georgehenry47

Blood Rain in Trieste (Volume 1) - George Henry

 

Blood Rain in Trieste by George Henry made me think of Casblanca and Humphrey Bogart. I wonder…did Bogie ever visit Trieste, Italy?

 

Blood Rain in Trieste

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MY REVIEW

 

Sounds like shades of Casablanca and Bogie made a trip to Trieste, Italy and ran into Hawaii Five-O.

 

Milo Marchetta is a musician, a club owner…in walks a dame, only this one wants to hire him to commit a murder.

 

Mobsters, hookers, money laundering, murder and bullies. What more could you ask for? Small men acting big. Walking a line between life and death. The characters are not prim and proper. I love flawed characters, but these characters are past flawed. They are desperate, twisted individuals, the dregs of humanity.

 

Milo has a big mouth and a penchant for putting his foot in it, or should I say someone else’s foot. Flawed…he is twisted, broken. As he gets his ass and a bunch of other things kicked…I can’t help but laugh. Even when he tries to do something good it craps on him. He’s so friggin’ damaged I don’t know how he’s still alive.

 

Forbidden love…the ultimate price…death.

 

There is so much going on, double cross, triple cross, revenge, betrayal, murder…don’t look away. You might miss something.

 

This was heavy, slow reading for me. It felt like work, like I was studying for school. Normally, this would be right up my alley, so I wonder, was I having an off day? You’ll need to judge for yourself.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 3 Stars

 

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Ireland Bound in Dylan’s Song by P M Terrell @pmterrell

Dylan's Song - P.M. Terrell
 
 


 

If you are looking for a great series, you need look no further than the Black Swamp Mystery series by P M Terrell. Each book can stand alone, but I would recommend beginning at the beginning. There is to much goodness inside to miss anything.

 

Dylan's Song (Black Swamp Mysteries #4)

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MY REVIEW

 

The gang is back and I feel right at home with the cast of characters. I can hardly wait for my next action packed adventure as I finally learn about Dylan’s Irish past and what drove him into Vicki’s arms.

 

It starts out with a bit of remote viewing that leads Vicki to tell Sam they must rescue the missing agent…NOW.

 

I love when he pulls down the dilapidated garage…redneck style.

 

Then Dylan finds you can’t run from your past and it’s off to Ireland and it will be a family affair, Vicki and Brenda are coming too. Brenda is more than a handful…and trust…I don’t think she knows the meaning of the word.

 

The confrontation outside the cottage was deadly…and funny. Stay away from Vicki when she is armed with a gun. Her aim is so bad…

 

“You gonna mow us down like Bonnie and Clyde? And Bonnie?”

 

Vicki and Dylan’s love deepens and he does know the meaning of romance. Swoon worthy.

 

Vicki’s abilities have grown and changed, putting her in even more danger.

 

Nonstop action and mystery with some historical facts and humor that makes this an unputdownable, nail biting romantic suspense that left me with that OOOOO, he’s so cute, I want one of those feelings.

 

This may be my favorite one yet.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Dylan’s Song by P M Terrell.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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MY REVIEWS FOR P M TERRELL

 

 

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

 

 

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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

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

 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

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

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.

 

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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 

 

GOODREADS BLURB

 

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

 

 

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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

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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.

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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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