Friday, September 4, 2015

Blog tour: Jacob Gowans A Tale of Light and Shadow Secrets of Neverak

http://images.abovethetreeline.com/ea/DESE/images/jacket_covers/original/9781609079789_d378e.jpg?width=1000TOUR DATES:  August 24th—September 4th
TITLE:  A Tale of Light and Shadow: Secrets of Neverak
AUTHOR: Jacob Gowans
PAGE COUNT:  512
FORMAT: Hardcover
 
SYNOPSIS
Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer's dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jacob Gowans is a resident of Arizona, working as a dentist for the Indian Health Services. He is husband and father to four children. When not working or writing, he enjoys watching sports, reading YA novels or the works of Stephen King, running, and chasing his kids around the house. He was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, lived for two years in Baltimore, and graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

My review: A Tale of Light and Shadow  Secrets of Neverak 

4 STARS

I want more!  I love the characters. How they all interact with each other, how they have trials, have faults and good points.  That they have hidden connections between who we think of as bad guys and good guys.

There is so much drama, questions, caring about each other, helping each other and themselves.  It is a clean read.  There is a magic that is hinted at more, sword fights and romance.

Henry and friends are traveling in the Iron Pass to go rescue Isabelle from the Emperor's palace. The Iron Pass no one comes out of it.  Henry is left with a crippled arm. He feels he cannot lead his friends anymore. Henry is a carpenter.

Isabelle has been taken to Neverak to be concubine for the Emperor.  She loves Henry. She is from a poor but noble family.

James is Isabelle's older brother.  He has been train in the guard.

Maggie is Henry's sister. She has some talents

Ruther is a storyteller.  He was taken in by Henry's family.  He has some bad habits. Henry is Ruther's best friend.

The 5 were schooled together.  Henry & Maggie's mother was there teacher.

The Emperor has some plans to start a war and gather more land.  He cares about himself and his wants.
I like that Isabelle believes Henry will try and rescue her but she is also trying to rescue herself.  

I like this story. It is a aimed at 12 & up. I want to keep reading and see what happens next.  

I was given Secret of Neverak to read by Shadow Mountain.  In return I was asked to give a honest review and be part of Secrets of Neverak book tour.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Cancans, Croissants and Caskets by Mary McHugh Giveaway Nice prize pack!

 

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Cancans, Croissants and Caskets
by Mary McHugh

cancansCancans, Croissants, and Caskets
(A Happy Hoofers Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733635
E-Book ASIN: B00QDYYJR2
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Synopsis:
You can’t tiptoe when murder’s afoot…
It’s Bastille Day in Paris. The Happy Hoofers—Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini—are all set to kick off the fete by dancing the cancan on a beautiful sightseeing cruise down the Seine. As the leggy ladies soak in the magic of the city of lights, everything is magnifique…until a very important patron goes belly-up on the top deck.
On the heels of their French debut, murder takes center stage. The five daring dancers will need to step lively to stop the crafty killer fast…or their grand finale will turn out far more explosive than the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower…
Includes Fashion Tips And Tasty Recipes



About This Author
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  • Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of the first two books in the Happy Hoofers series, Chorus Lines, Caviar, and Corpses and Flamenco, Flan, and Fatalities; 19 nonfiction books; and two other novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and Family Circle.  She loves to tap dance and to travel—two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series. She lives in the New York area.



Author Links:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22891459-cancans-croissants-and-caskets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mary.mchugh.77
Purchase Links:
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My review:  Cancans, Croissants and Caskets by Mary McHugh

4 STARS

This is the third book of the series.  The ladies are in Paris to dance on a boat that cruises down the Seine on Bastille Day.  During one of their cruises a murder takes place.
 
This book the main character is Janice Rogers. Janice is a beautiful actress she is divorced single mother.  Two different men date her while in Pairis.  Each book features a different dancer of the Happy Hoofers.

Cancans, Croissants and Caskets does a good job of standing alone.  You want feel lost if this is the only book of the series that you read.

The Happy Hoofers do a lot of site seeing around Paris.  You can feel how much they love Paris.  Makes me want to go too.  It gives you great ideas where to visit and what to do if you are planning to go.

The mystery to me was easy to figure out who the murder was.  There is a couple of other mysteries in  the book too.

The book has Fashion Tips and recipes throughout  the story.  During there last chapter there are some travel tips there.

This is a fast cozy murder and a clean read. It is entertaining .  I will read more books from Mary McHugh in the future.

I was given this book to read by Net Galley and Kenisington Books. In return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of it's blog tour.



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September 1 – Brooke Blogs – Spotlight
September 2 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
September 3 – readalot – Review
September 4 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review
September 5 – Frankie Bow – Interview
September 6 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight
September 7 – Laura’s Interests – Review
September 8 – Bubble Bath Books – Review
September 9 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews
September 10 – View from the Birdhouse – Interview
September 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
September 12- Book Babble – Review
September 13 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
September 14 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight


The Good Girls Second Chance by Christine Rimmer (The Bravos of Justice Creek)

Description

The Littlest Matchmaker Of Them All…

Quinn Bravo is a committed single dad—emphasis on single. The millionaire bachelor is focused on his four-year-old daughter and his fitness business. So while he's intrigued by his beautiful new interior decorator, Quinn resolves to keep the chemistry at a simmer. Until one night together causes their attraction to burst into flame…

After her ex-husband betrayed her, local good girl Chloe Winchester returned to Justice Creek, determined not to risk her heart again. Still, maybe she can live out some teenage fantasies with sexy Quinn while redecorating his house. But first Chloe will have to avoid falling for one adorable little girl and the man of her dreams!
  • Series: The Bravos of Justice Creek (Book 2431)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (September 15, 2015)
My review: The Good Girls Second Chance by  Christine Rimmer (The Bravos of Justice Creek)

3 STARS

Good plot, some funny serious scenes with Chloe and her self- defense lessons, drama aplenty, romance, cute little girl but too many love scenes.

Quinn Bravo has come back to his home town with his four year old daughter, & manager now taking over the house and babysitting his daughter.  Quinn is opening a fitness business.

Chloe Winchester the good girl has come back after her life fell apart. Her lawyer husband abused her and cheated on her.  She has opened her own decorating store.

Quinn was from the wrong Bravo family, know as the slow one in school , the one who was always fighting.  While Chloe was the good girl and going places.

Now they live next door.  One night late they are both outside and meet up and have one wild night, but it is not enough. Quinn gets serious fast but Chloe says one thing and does another she has issues to still work out.

I love how tough Quinn is but he treats his little girl so special. He also treats Chloe well and listens to her.

The setting is Justice Creek, Colorado.

I plan to read the next book in the Bravo series soon.

I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Good Girls Second Chance.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Newborn on Her Doorstep by Ellie Darkins


Unexpected delivery!.

Lily Baker has dreamed of a family of her own for so long…but she never expected a newborn baby and a deliciously brooding man to arrive on her doorstep the very same day!

Hotshot charity boss Nic Johnson turned his back on fatherhood years ago after the devastating loss of his three-week-old son. Yet when he stumbles into beautiful Lily's life, something in his broken heart begins to heal… And after one magical, heart-stopping kiss, Nic realizes he'll never be able to let Lily go! 
  • Series: Harlequin Romance Large Print (Book 4490)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Large Print edition (September 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373743556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373743551
My review:  Newborn on Her Doorstep by Ellie Darkins

3 STARS
This is a sweet book. Plenty of drama, cute baby and loveable characters.
Lily Baker wants a family.  She does not expect to open her door and find a newborn on her steps.  Her house is being remodeled.  She works from home.
Nic Johnson is out running and he is going to pick up his keys from his sister Kate's friend.  He works trying to make life better for children.  He never plans to get married and have a family.  He also can not turn his back on a child in need.  He finds Lily with her arms holding a newborn and is in shock and steps into help.
Nic does not want to look at the baby but he can't leave Lily alone either.
The setting is London and Italy.
I felt bad for Nic and could understand a little about how hard he felt looking at the baby.  Also admire how he is fighting to help children in different places around the world, 

I would read another book written by Ellie Darkins after reading Newborn on her Doorstep.

I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Harlequin to read and in return I agreed to give honest review.







Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James (The Coltons of Oklahoma)

Description

A cowboy's marriage of convenience may lead to a deadly honeymoon in the latest from New York Times bestselling author Elle Jame
 With his ranch in financial trouble, cowboy Daniel Colton makes the perfect proposal to Megan Talbot—a marriage of convenience to save his business and ensure she receives her inheritance. But spending night after night with the strawberry blonde beauty tests all boundaries of Daniel's self-control. And when a killer targets his new bride, vying for her estate, it sets off all of his protective instincts. Daniel refuses to trade his honeymoon for a funeral. Now it's a race against the clock to track down the culprit and protect the wife who's starting to be so much more to him than just a business partner
  • File Size: 814 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Romantic Suspense (September 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015



My review:  Protecting the Colton Bride by Elle James (The Coltons of Oklahoma)

3 STARS

The Colton's of Oklahoma is a series that is written by different authors each month.
Protecting the Colton Bride is a good suspense romantic story.  Lots of mystery, full of action, danger and romance.  Few love scenes that I skipped over.

 This story is about Daniel Colton. Daniel is half- brother to the other Colton siblings.  His father had an affair with the housekeeper.  Daniel was raised by his mother for the first 10 years before she died.
He is starting a horse breeding program on the ranch.

Megan Talbot has worked as Daniel's assistance for the last 4 months.  She loves working with horses.  Her family wants her to come back home to California or they will sell her horses to the glue factory.  They want her to be married and stay away from horses.

Daniel is drawn to Megan but he does not want to act upon it.  When Megan quits and tells him why he comes up with idea that they marry for a short time.  It would make it for Megan to receive money from her trust so she can by her horses. Stop her parents from marrying her off.  It will also help Daniel be able to get breeding stock he needs.

Someone is trying to kill Megan.  Daniel is able to save her but she keeps getting in situations where she needs to be saved.  Daniel is going to protect her from everyone.

This is a exciting story that keeps you interested in the drama, mystery.  I want to keep reading this series.

The setting for this book is horse ranching in Oklahoma, California, Nevada.

I was given this book to read by Netgalley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Protecting the Colton Bride.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Keegan's Point by HD Smith (The Good Bad Guys #1)

 Description

Charlie Parker is obsessed with KEEGAN’S POINT, the island estate of reclusive billionaire Marcus Keegan, who died the year Charlie was born. The mystery Keegan left behind—hidden rooms, twenty unexplained passports, and stories of treasures—has fascinated Charlie for years.

Twelve-year-old Charlie would give almost anything to visit the estate. He gets his chance—unwillingly—when he overhears a plot to steal something off the island.

Our "Good Bad Guy" Nick has a problem. Does he scrap the once in a lifetime chance to find the answers he seeks or take Charlie along for the ride?

Join Charlie on his adventure as he discovers just who Marcus Keegan really was, and learn the real truth behind Nick’s quest that has forced his and Charlie’s paths to collide.
  • Series: The Good Bad Guys
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Fey, LLC; 2 edition (January 27, 2015)

 My review: Keegan's Point by HD Smith  (The Good Bad Guys #1)

4 STARS

This is quite a adventure.  Lots of mystery, danger, treasure hunt, with characters you can't trust.

Charlie is twelve year old.  He is smart, nerd, scared.  He is raised by his mother.

Charlie is doing a report on Keegan's Point.  Twelve years ago he was found in his mansion dead.  With lots ID.s and lots of questions are left about him. His heirs are unknown.

He over hears three guys talking about sneaking onto the island and looking for something.  Charlie is kidnapped and taken along.

Nick is the one who forced Charlie to come with them.  He has promised that he will be returned Monday.  He seems to be in charge of some things.

Zoe does not like Charlie.  She threatens him a lot.  She stays with the boat.  Sometimes she talks with British accent.

Paulie is the explosive guy.

Monroe is quiet.  He breaks into the house.

There is a lot of mystery about the mansion and Keegan who lived there for 56 years without leaving.

I would love to have secret rooms, and live on an island in a mansion.

This is a exciting book.  It is a fast clean read.

I was given this book to read by Net Galley and Wild Fey.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Keegan's Point.




Sunday, August 30, 2015

Blog Tour: Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

Kill and Run by Lauren Carr


Book Details:

Book Title Kill and Run, A Thorny Rose Mystery by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult fiction, 350 pages
Genre:  Mystery, Suspense
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook, mobi (for Kindle), ePub, PDF & other
Will send books:  USA
Tour dates: Aug 31 to Oct 9
Content Rating: PG 


Five women with seemingly nothing in common are found brutally murdered in a townhome outside Washington, DC. Among the many questions surrounding the massacre is what had brought these apparent strangers together only to be killed.

Taking on his first official murder case, Lieutenant Murphy Thornton, USN, believes that if he can uncover the thread connecting the victims, then he can find their murderer.

Before long, the case takes an unexpected turn when Murphy discovers that one of the victims has a connection to his stepmother, Homicide Detective Cameron Gates. One wintry night, over a dozen years before, her first husband, a Pennsylvania State trooper, had been run down while working a night shift on the turnpike.

In this first installment of the Thorny Rose Mysteries, the Lovers in Crime join newlyweds Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday to shift through the a web of lies and cover-ups. Before long, they uncover a decades’ long conspiracy to protect one of Washington’s rising stars.

Together, can the detectives of the Thorny Rose uncover the truth without falling victim to a ruthlessly ambitious killer? 



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Meet the author:  
Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday Mysteries, which takes place in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Open Season for Murder is the tenth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series.

In addition to her series set on Deep Creek Lake, Lauren Carr has also written the Lovers in Crime Mysteries, which features prosecutor Joshua Thornton with homicide detective Cameron Gates, who were introduced in Shades of Murder, the third book in the Mac Faraday Mysteries. They also make an appearance in The Lady Who Cried Murder.

Three Days to Forever introduced Lauren Carr’s latest series detectives, Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday in the Thorny Rose Mysteries. Look for Kill and Run, the first installment in this series, to be released September 1, 2015.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. Visit Acorn Book Services’ website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with the author:   Website  ~  Twitter  ~   Facebook


My review:  Kill and Run by Lauren Carr

4 STARS

Kill and Run is the first book in the new series A Thorny Rose Mystery but it is a spin-off of two series Lovers in Crime Mysteries and Mac Faraday Mysteries.  If your a fan of either one of these series you will recognize a  lot of characters.

In Three days to Forever Murphy and Jessica meet for the first time.  My review of it can be found here  http://readalot-rhonda1111.blogspot.com/2014/12/three-days-to-forever-by-lauren-carr.html  4 STARS

Kill and Run can stand alone fine by its self.  In the front of the book it tells a blurb about the characters you. meet.

There is a lot of murders, but not blood and gory.  There is a bunch of animals and I could deal with them except Monique.  No to her in my house.

Homicide Detective Cameron Gates gets told that her first husband's death was no accident but a hit. She wants to figure who would want him dead enough to hire a hitman.  She goes to Washington D.C. to talk to the assassin.  She stays with her step-son  Lieutenant Murphy Thornton and Jessica Faraday his wife of four months.

Murphy is a Lieutenant in the Navy working with NCIS and he is in a Black Op group that is secret.  His boss does not like him and sends him out on the death of 5 women who were murdered and one of them is in the Navy.  He brings the whole case back.

Jessica is Murphy's wife of four months.  They met four months ago.  Her father is Mac Faraday a retired homicide cop who inherited millions.  Jessica also at that time received  10 million dollars. 

I guessed at a few of the twists in the book but not all of them. The mysteries all make sense and work.  There is a lot of humor in the book too.  There are characters that you like and some you are meant to be disgusted with. Others you want to hug and comfort them.

I would read more of this series in the future.

I was given this ebook to read by the author and agreed to give a honest review in return and be part of Kill and Run blog tour.

 Tour Schedule:


Aug 31 - Book Stop Corner - review of Three Days to Forever/author interview /giveaway
Aug 31 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Aug 31 - The Travelogue of a Book Addict - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Aug 31 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Three Days to Forever
Aug 31 - Coffee, Books & Art - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 - Manic Mommy of Two - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Aug 31 - readalot - review of Kill and Run
Sept 1 -  Book Stop Corner - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 1 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 1 - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 2 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 2 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 3 - Bound 2 Escape - books spotlighted / giveaway
Sept 3 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 3 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 4 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review of Three Days to Forever/ guest post / giveaway
Sept 4 - Manic Mommy of Two - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 7 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - guest post
Sept 7 - 3 Partners in Shopping - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 8 - My Love for Reading Keeps Growing - review of Kill and Run
Sept 8 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Three Days to Forever/interview/ giveaway
Sept 9 - T's Stuff - review of Three Days to Forever / guest post / giveaway
Sept 9 - Vic's Media Room - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 10 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 10 - fundinmental - review of Three Days to Forever / author interview / giveaway
Sept 11 -Vic's Media Room - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway
Sept 11 - Cassidy Salem Reads and Writes - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 13 - Writers and Authors - book spotlight / giveaway
Sept 14 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 14 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review of Kill and Run
Sept 15 - The Booksnake Etc. - review of Kill and Run
Sept 15 - Life as Leels - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 16 - Readers' Muse - review of Three Days to Forever
Sept 16 - T's Stuff - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 17 - fundinmental - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 17 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 18 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 21 - The Autistic Gamer - review of Kill and Run
Sept 21 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 22 - Celestial Reviews - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 22 - Griperang's Bookmarks - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 23 - fuonlyknew - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Sept 23 - Deal Sharing Aunt - review of Kill and Run
Sept 24 - fuonlyknew - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 24 - Readers' Muse - review of Kill and Run
Sept 25 - Mystery Suspense Reviews - guest post
Sept 28 - Celestial Reviews - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 28 - Christa Reads and Writes - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Sept 29 - A Blue Million Books - book spotlight / author interview
Sept 29 - Life as Leels - review of Kill and Run
Sept 30 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Oct 1 - The Travelogue of a Book Addict - review of Kill and Run / giveaway
Oct 1 - Writers and Authors - guest post
Oct 2 - Book and Ink - review of Kill and Run / guest post / giveaway
Oct 5 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Kill and Run
Oct 6 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Three Days to Forever / giveaway
Oct 7 - Room with Books - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 7 - Pause for Tales - review of Kill and Run
Oct 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 - Jessica Cassidy - review of Kill and Run / author interview / giveaway
Oct 9 - Book and Ink - book spotlight for Three Days to Forever / giveaway