Thursday, October 8, 2015

Blog Tour: A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester Giveaway 2 print copies

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A Beeline to Murder
(A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)

New Cozy Mystery Series
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (September 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617739095
goodreads-badge-add-plus cover beeline to murder From peacekeeper to beekeeper…
After an injury forced her to leave the police department, Abigail Mackenzie started a second career as a farmer. Raising chickens, harvesting honey from her bee colony, and growing heirloom vegetables on her farmette in the beautiful Bay Area town of Las Flores, Abby has embraced all the benefits of a peaceful life.
But when she attempts to deliver her trademark honey to local pastry chef Jean-Louis Bonheur and finds him dead in his shop, her old investigative instincts kick in. After the coroner rules the death a suicide, the chef’s handsome French-Canadian brother insists on hiring Abby to find out who really killed Jean-Louis.
With the patience of a farmer and the industriousness of a bee, Abby sorts through a swarm of suspects, including the chef’s landlord, his protégé, an eccentric homeless woman, loan sharks, and a brawny biker. But as she closes in on the truth, she’ll need more than her beekeeper suit to protect her from a killer’s sting…
Includes farming tips and delicious recipes!

About The Author –
mlester-blueflower-large-web-289x300Meera Lester is the author of nearly two dozen nonfiction books and the proprietress of the real Henny Penny Farmette, located in the San Francisco Bay area in Concord, California.  Meera co-founded Writers Connection, a Bay Area organization of writers and publishing professional.  Readers can visit her blog at

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My review: A Beeline to Murder by Meera Lester (Henny Penny Farmette Mystery )


This is a new series.  It is a cozy murder mystery. Lots of drama, romance, action and suspects.  Has humor, recipes, help farming hints, lots of food and picking the wine to go with it.  Too me I would rather have the recipes and extra information in the back of the book instead of in the end of chapter it was mentioned in.

 Abigail Mackenzie  used to be a cop before a injury that ended her career.  Now she is raising chickens, harvesting honey on a small farm.  She is a hard worker trying to make her farm going.
She does some investigating on the side for the DA.

Abigail is taking her lavender honey to local chef Jean-Louis Bonheur.  When she gets there things are burning, back door was open and she she finds him dead. Lots of questions are asked by the scene.

Abigail is asked by Jean-Louis's brother Philippe Bonheur to keep investigating after police close the case fast saying it was sucide.  Philippe speaks French and is handsome.  He wants to find his brother's killer.

I like all the information about the honey and different blossoms made the honey change color and flavor. Lots of bee information made the story fleshed out.

Part of the mystery I figured out early but not all of the twists.

I would like to see more books in this series and see where the characters go to next.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Kensington.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of A Beeline to Murder.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tangled Pursuit (Delos #2) by Lindsay McKenna

Tangled Pursuit (Delos #2)  Navy SEAL Chief Wyatt Lockwood is fascinated by Marine sniper Captain Talia Culver. But she wants nothing to do with him after learning of his reputation as a heartbreaker. The cocky Texan refuses to take the hint and keeps placing himself in Tal’s path. When she agrees to help him tend to needy families in an Afghan village, she learns there’s more to this SEAL than meets the eye. But is she strong enough to risk having her heart broken again?

Wyatt can’t stay away from the beautiful, surly Marine. Tal is fascinating—and frustrating—and he is determined to crack through her tough exterior and get to know the soft woman he knows lurks beneath the surface. When he joins Tal on a sniper mission in the Afghan mountains, their bond continues to grow. But the mission takes a dangerous turn. Has he lost his chance with Tal forever?
 File Size: 3591 KB Print Length: 303 pages Publication Date: November 11, 2015

My review: Tangled Pursuit (Delos #2) by Lindsay McKenna

4 Stars

This is book 2 of the Delos series.  It is set in Kabul, Afghanistan region.  This is mostly a military romance book.  There is plenty of drama, love scenes, action.

I love  Marine sniper Captain Talia Culver and her family.  I love the scenes they have together, the love, the gifts and how they reach out and help others.  Would have loved to see more of them.

Talia Culver even though she is a Captain still goes out on missions.  She lost one boyfriend to the war and is not looking to get involved with another person in the military.  She is oldest of three children.

Her father is US Air Force General Robert Culver.  Her Uncles own the two biggest shipping business and are billionaires.  Her mother runs Delos charities  around the world.  Because of attacks on one of the charities they are building their own security agency Artemis Security to protect them.  Talia will be the CEO of it when she resigns her commission.

Navy SEAL Chief Wyatt Lockwood has been after Talia for the past three years.  He knows she is forbidden because  he is enlisted and she is a officer.  Talia has not shown any interest in him, but he does not given up.  He is friends with her brother.

They end up alone together on the Afghan border as snipers.  I am getting tired of the Afghan military settings and look forward to different settings in the future.

I was excited to read this book from Lindsay I made the mistake of starting it late last night. It was hard to put down.

I was given this ebook to read by Lindsay in return for honest review of Tangled Pursuit.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blog Tour: Lord Fenton's Folly by Josie S. Kilpack Giveaway $25 Amazon GC or Paypal cash

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                                                           Lord Fenton’s Folly by Josi Kilpack

Lord Fenton's FollyLord Fenton is a gambler, a dandy, and a flirt-and he must marry or else he will be disinherited, stripped of his wealth and his position. He chooses Alice Stanbridge for two simple reasons: he once knew her as a young girl, and she is the least objectionable option available to him. However, Alice has harbored feelings for Fenton since their first meeting ten years ago, and she believes       his proposal is real. When she discovers it is not, she is embarrassed and hurt. However, a match with the most-eligible bachelor in London would secure not only her future but that of her family as well. Determined to protect herself from making a fool of herself a second time, Alice matches Lord Fenton wit for wit and insult for insult as they move toward a marriage of convenience that is anything but a happy union. Only when faced with family secrets that have shaped Fenton’s life does he let down his guard enough to find room in his heart for Alice.

Fenton groaned and put his saucer back on the tray, making an instantaneous decision that eased his mind quite a lot. To look at every woman he met as a potential wife was irritating, and after only two weeks he was quite tired of it. Perhaps the solution was to orchestrate a match that would not lay all aspects of matrimony at his feet all at once. Perhaps treating it as a business arrangement would help it to be exactly that, thereby freeing him from all the discomfiting realities he was not yet prepared to face. “I leave for Fentonview on Tuesday and shan’t be back for a week. Courting is such a boring prospect, and you yourself said that to become infatuated with anyone might become a complication.” He paused, considered one last time what he was going to say next, and decided he felt as good about it as could be expected. “You like Alice Stanbridge and feel she would make a good wife for me?”
Lady Chariton looked confused and perhaps a bit concerned. “I do, but-”
“Then that is good enough for me,” Fenton said, rising to his feet and smiling broadly at his mother, who stared back at him in surprise. “I do find her appealing and what’s more she is not a silly little thing without a practical thought in her head.”
His mother’s eyes widened and her eyebrows rose upon her forehead. Fenton struck a pose of consternation, with his thumb and forefinger on his chin as he looked toward the window a moment, then nodded crisply and turned back to his mother who still looked shocked by his pronouncement.
“Yes, I think that Alice Stanbridge is exactly what I should like in a wife, and so I shall see to it before I leave for Hampshire-I see no reason to wait until Michaelmas and might as well get it over with.” He leaned in and kissed his mother’s hand. “Thank you for your help, Mama. I shall let you know how she responds to my proposal.”

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Author Josi Kilpack
JosiJosi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. Sheep’s Clothing won the Whitney award for Mystery/Suspense in 207 and Wedding Cake, book twelve in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery series won in 2014. Josi was also the Best of State winner in Fiction for 2012. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband, children and super-cute – but not very friendly – cat.

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My review: Lord Fenton's Folly

4 stars

This is a regency romance novel. I loved the characters. especially Alice. Lord Fenton took sometime to like him. The plot was interesting and kept me wanting to see what would be next.

It is a clean read. Lots of drama.

Alice is a young girl when we meet her. She wants a garden for herself at age 7. Lord Fenton helped her to get it.

Then years later we see Lord Fenton a dandy in ton. He drinks, gambles and his father threatens to make his cousin his heir to the Earl and properties. If he does not stop his bad habits and marries. He needs to prove himself.

Alice has still found her puppy love for him still. So she accepts his marriage proposal. Then finds out it will be in name only. She is hurt.

The first half of the book is interesting look at the ton. But I love the part when they start bickering and the rest of the book. The more you see why the characters act the way they do and understand each other better. Has some twists that I did not see coming.

I like Josie S. Kilpack stories and would read more of her books.

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A Daddy for Christmas by Linda Ford (Cowboys of Eden Valley)


Cowboy to the Rescue

A Daddy for ChristmasSummoned by two little girls to help their mother in distress, Blue Lyons rushes to rescue widow Clara Weston. When the cowboy discovers the fatherless family has nowhere to go, he offers them food and shelter. But widower Blue won't get too close to the needy trio. He's lost too many people he's cared for, and he isn't about to set himself up for loss again.

For Clara, any dangers she may face on the frontier are preferable to staying with her controlling father. Although she's determined to keep her independence, Blue's kindness and tenderness are hard to resist. Can two pint-size matchmakers help Clara and Blue open their guarded hearts in time for Christmas?

Christmas in Eden Valley: Forging a future in Canada's west country
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Historicals (October 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2015

My review: A Daddy for Christmas by Linda Ford


Cute story.  It was full of charm.  It had some sad history, but hope for a better future. Some drama. A clean read.  It was also full of scripture, prayer but not preaching just part of the story.

 I loved the characters. Blue Lyons had a sad past.  He was a loner and tried to stay away from children. He was working in the church making the pews.

Clara Weston is a widow with two cute kids. She doesn't want charity. She wants to prove she can take care of her daughters.  She is planning to leave as soon as the stage comes back.

Eleanor is eight years old and Libby is seven.  They pray for different things than their mom. They want to stay where they are.  

I loved watching them interact with Blue.  They helped him so much while he helped them.

I really like the series of Cowboys of Eden Valley.  I look forward to reading sometime the books that I have missed in the series.

I like reading books by Linda Ford.  They are uplifting, full of drama, trials and strong characters.

I was given A Daddy for Christmas to read from Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of it.

Her Holiday Protector by Lenora Worth (Men of Millbrook Lake)



While investigating a murder at Rikki Allen's house, detective Blain Kent realizes the victim looks a lot like Rikki. Could the secretive widow have been the target? He wants answers, but Rikki is unusually cagey. When the killer comes after Rikki at a safe location, Blain finally gets the truth out of her: she's the daughter of Franco Alvanetti—the notorious crime kingpin. A by-the-book former marine, Blain has made it his life mission to put the Alvanetti family out of business. Yet he has to trust Rikki to protect her from a killer who wants her dead by Christmas.

Men of Millbrook Lake: Four men find love and family
  • Series: Men of Millbrook Lake
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373446969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373446964

My review:  Her Holiday Protector by Lenora Worth (Men of Millbrook Lake)


Full of suspense, drama , action.  It is hard to know who to trust until the very end. It is a clean read. It is good but at times confusing about who is doing what and why.

Rikki Allen comes home to her townhouse in time to hear a shot and someone run out of her house.  She finds her best friend dead.

Rikki is a widow who has distanced herself from her family after her husband died.  She keeps in contact with her mother but she has been ill. Her family is Alvanetti.  Known notorious crime family.  She has no proof of it.

Blain Kent is a police detective and is out running when he hears the shot and scream.  He knows Rikki is hiding something. but he plans on finding the murder.

When Blain takes Rikki to her family's mansion he realizes what she has been keeping from him.  He now knows he can't trust her but knows her family will protect her.

Someone wants to kill Rikki but ends up killing people around her instead.  She has no idea about who wants her dead.

The setting is Millbrook Lake, FL modern day.

This is the second book in the Men of Millbrook Lake series.  The only one I have read.  These friends meet and realize that they all have served in the military.

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin.  I agreed in return to give honest review of Her Holiday Protector.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Second Chance Colton by Marie Ferrarella (The Coltons of Oklahoma #4)


Second Chance Colton (The Colton's of Oklahoma, #5)Scandal leads to death on the Colton ranch in the latest from USA TODAY bestselling author Marie Ferrarella.

When murder strikes his family's ranch, Detective Ryan Colton follows the evidence…straight to his sister. Instinct tells him she's innocent. But once her DNA is found at the scene, Ryan goes head-to-head with the forensics expert he'd hoped to avoid. Susie Howard—the beautiful woman he once loved…and left.

Seeing Ryan again has Susie doubting everything, especially her resolution to forget the sexy, rugged cowboy cop. If her intuition is wrong, then the real killer is still at large and has the Coltons in his sights. Teaming up with Ryan is the only way for him to save his family—and his second chance with her.
  • Series: The Coltons of Oklahoma
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037327937X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373279371
My review:  Second Chance Colton by Marie Ferrarella (The Coltons of Oklahoma #4)

4 stars

This is Ryan Colton's story.  He gets the DN A testing from the window broken at his family's ranch barn window and does not like the results says it is his sister Greta's DNA. He asks for the test to be run again.

Ryan is a detective in Tulsa Oklahoma.  His family owns a big ranch and has money.  His ex-girl-friend is the one who ran the DNA tests.  He broke up with her ten years ago when he was deployed again in middle east.

 Susie Howard was heartbroken when she got the dear John letter.  She has kept some secrets from him.  She decides to help figure out what is going on with Greta when she is charged.

Ryan feels bad when he has to ask Greta to come into the police station to talk to him.

This is full of mystery that is easy to figure out part of it.  Lots of drama, one love scene, makes me want to read the next book in the series.  Did not put book down till I finished it.

I was given this ebook to read for free by Net Galley and Harlequin and in return I agreed to give a honest review of Second Chance Colton.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ponderize, Save 2 goals

So I decided to take these two challenges from a talk this week. 

1. First was to save every week.  The amount is your personal goal. 
     My goal is survey amount I earn on paypal. 3 a survey

2. To pick a scripture each week,  write or post where you can see it all week and ponderize it all week long to help fight all the evil in the world.  If we are thinking about a scripture all week will help us to keep our eye to the Lord.

   Luke 21:36  is first goal  10/4/2015

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Why I chose this scripture.  I need to pray more and better.  Love the promises

What scripture would you choose to ponderize for a week?  What are your thoughts about Luke 21:36?  Want to join the challenge?  I need to save more, study scripture more and pray more.