Friday, April 24, 2015

Blog tour: Stranded by Nathan Huffaker

 
 
 
 
 
 

About the book:
Kazakhstan is on the brink of civil war, and Elders Schofield and Johnson need to get out ASAP. But when their train explodes, all the evidence points to the missionaries! With terrorists on their trail and the whole country against them, the elders’ only refuge is the US Embassy in Astana—800 miles away. Fans of “The Saratov Approach” will love this jaw-dropping thriller.
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bonneville Books (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462116191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462116195








  • About the author:
    Born and raised in Springville, Utah, the first time Nathan Huffaker boarded a plane was when he left home to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kiev, Ukraine. The two years he spent in Kiev later helped him to base parts of “Stranded” on his missionary experiences. Huffaker recently graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in English and now resides in Spanish Fork, Utah, with his wife and five kids.


    My review: Stranded by Nathan Huffaker

    5 STARS

    This is a good LDS action, suspense novel.  It definitely preaches LDS beliefs but it is just part of the story.  The main characters are two missionaries in Kazakhstan. Another character is the Mission President of Kazakhstan.

    President Howard Russell of the Kazakhstan Astana Mission received a call in the middle of night telling him to get his missionaries out of the country they were in danger.  He started making calls right then.

    Elder Johnson was from Texas his Russian was coming along with a strong accent.  He was really positive.
    Elder Schofield was at the end of his mission. He was good in talking Russian

    Elder Johnson and Schofield had to get off the train because of left behind passport and their train blew up.  President Russell thought they were dead.

    The Elders were suspected by the Police as the terrorists who blew the train.  The Mafia wanted them dead because they could finger the bomber.  The Elders could not get ahold of anyone with there phone and bags blown up on the train.  They needed to get to the US Embassy in Astana before it closed in a few days.

    This is exciting with the two missionaries trying to get help but every time someone is blowing things up.  Elder Johnson never stops trying to teach the gospel along the journey to those he comes in contact with. Elder Schofield keeps growing his faith along the way.

    There is a lot of people willing to help the Elders along the way.  I don't know if I would help two young men that the police wanted as bombers.  It would be scary with bombs going off all over and the army taking over the country.

    One of the policeman that works on catching terrorists Michael had met the missionaries the day before the bombing and was given the Book of Mormon.  He just wanted to learn about their beliefs to see if they were a danger or not.

    I did not put the book down until I had finished the story.  I would read more from Nathan Huffaker in the future.

    I was given Stranded by Cedar Fort so that I could give a honest book review and be part of Stranded blog tour.
      Stranded” blog tour schedule:April 22: The Stubby Pencil
    April 23:
    April 24: I Love to Read and Review Books
    April 25: Readalot
    April 26: Reidhead Random-ness
    April 27:
    April 28: My Book Addiction and More
    April 29: Mel’s Shelves
    April 30:
    May 1: Bookworm Lisa
    May 2:
    May 3:
    May 4:
    May 5: Emmy Mom
    May 6:
     

  • Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Blog tour: Hide Nor Hair by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa Giveaway




    Hide Nor Hair

    A Jersey Girl Mystery
    By Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
    ·  File Size: 2625 KB
    ·  Print Length: 187 pages
    ·  Publisher: Cup of Tea Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing (April 21, 2015)
    ·  ASIN: B00THGQ6IInd  in Series

    Synopsis

    For this Jersey girl, big hair means big trouble!

    Newspaper reporter Colleen Caruso just wants her unruly curls tamed into smooth, sleek locks. Instead, she finds her stylist dead, face down in a shampoo sink. Faster than you can say Aqua Net, Colleen starts investigating. The case gets even hairier when the owner of a local fitness studio seems to have jumped from a plane … without a parachute.
    Meanwhile, her suave editor, Ken Rhodes, steps in to help.  And he may be looking for more than just a good story from Colleen.
    Add in a missing bracelet, some suspicious husbands, and a little breaking and entering—and this Jersey girl is heading for a real blowout!
    Can Colleen tie up these split ends? Or does she have an appointment with disaster?


    About This Author
                     Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa lives in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and uses her experience as a freelance correspondent as the basis of her protagonist’s career. Several of the incidents within these pages are actual occurrences. They have been shamelessly embellished and are not a blow-by-blow account of a few really bad days on the job. Hide Nor Hair is her second novel.

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    My review: Hide Nor Hair by Jo-Ann Lamon Reccoppa
    4 STARS
    I liked Colleen.  She is recently divorced with two kids.  She works as a reporter for the local newspaper and wants on full time.  She is curious, drinks too much and cares about her family.
    This has action, mystery, humor and romance.  It is a fast paced book.
    Colleen and her sister Kate are going early to get their hair done before work, but when they get there the place is dark and the door is open.  They go in and find the owner hairstylist is dead.  Colleen tries to give CPR and Kate snaps pictures from her phone before they move the body.
    Colleen gets to write the story and follow up on it for the paper.
    Her daughter thinks it is cool that her mom keeps finding dead bodies in fact there is a pool at school on how many more bodies she finds before the end of school.
     Colleen has a crush on her boss at work, trying to make ends meet on what she makes, work on her articles and deal with being a single mom.
    The setting was New Jersey.
    I really want to read the next book in this series and see where it goes.  I hope it comes out soon.
    I was given this ebook so I could give a honest review and be part of Hide Nor Hair blog tour.




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    TOUR PARTICIPANTS
    April 21 – Musings and Ramblings – Interview
    April 22 – View from the Birdhouse – Spotlight
    April 23 – readalot – Review
    April 24- Babs Book Bistro – Review
    April 25 – Escape With Dollycas’s Into A Good Book – Spotlight
    April 26 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post
    April 27 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
    April 28 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
    April 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
    April 29 – i blog 4 books – Review
    April 30 – A Blue Million Books – Guest Post
    May 1 – Brooke Blogs – Guest Post
    May 2 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review
    May 3 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
    May 4 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Blog Tour: Double Duplicity: by Paty Jager (A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1) Giveaway Prize pack


     
     
    DOUBLE DUPLICITY
    by PATY JAGER
     
     
     
     


    Double Duplicity:
    A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1)

    Cozy Mystery
    Publisher: Windtree Press (January 5, 2015)
    Paperback: 242 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1940064925
    E-Book ASIN: B00PFWPHPQ
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    Synopsis:

     On the eve of the biggest art event at Huckleberry Mountain Resort, potter Shandra Higheagle finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. She’s ruled out as a suspect, but now it’s up to her to prove the friend she witnessed fleeing the scene was just as innocent. With help from her recently deceased Nez Perce grandmother, Shandra becomes more confused than ever but just as determined to discover the truth.
    Detective Ryan Greer prides himself on solving crimes and refuses to ignore a single clue, including Shandra Higheagle’s visions. While Shandra is hesitant to trust her dreams, Ryan believes in them and believes in her.
    Can the pair uncover enough clues for Ryan to make an arrest before one of them becomes the next victim? 
     
     
     
    My review: Double Duplicity: by Paty Jager (A Shandra Higheagle Mystery (Volume 1)
     
    4 STARS
     
    I liked Double Duplicity so much I went and bought the next book in the series.
    It has a good mystery.  Likeable characters, drama, romance and action.  It is also a clean read.
     
    Shandra Higheagle is a potter and lives on a mountain. After going to her grandmother's funeral  Shandra stops by a art gallery because the owner wants another vase she  finds a body.  The owner of the art gallery.  Shandra is the suspect.  She also saw her friend from leaving the area. Shandra is half Indian.  Her step-father and mother don't want her to say anything about her being part Indian or have anything to do with it.
     
    Shandra starts having dreams about seeing her deceased grandmother who just died and clues about the murder. 
     
    Detective Ryan Geer believes in her dreams more than Shandra did.  Ryan is single.  He does not appreciate Shandra keeps trying to figure out who the killer was.

    There is a lot of suspects,  I guessed wrong about who the killer was.

    There sure a lot going on at the crime scene.
     
    The setting is Huckleberry Mountain Resort town in Idaho.

    I was given this ebook to read by author.  In return I agreed to give a honest review and be part of Double Duplicity blog tour.
     
     
     
    About This Author
     Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon.  On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
    All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.
     
     
    Author Links:

    blog; Writing into the Sunset
    her website; http://www.patyjager.net
    Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager
    twitter;  @patyjag
    Purchase Links
    Windtree Press http://windtreepress.com/portfolio/double-duplicity/
    Amazon  http://authl.it/2ng
    Kobo  http://store.kobobooks.com/search?Query=Double+Duplicity
    Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/double-duplicity-paty-jager/1120790322
    Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id942249867



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    Tour Participants
    April 22 – readalot – Review
    April 23 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
    April 24 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
    April 25 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
    April 26 – Frankie Bow – Interview, Guest Post
    April 27 – View from the Birdhouse – Guest Post
    April 28 – Community Bookstop – Review
    April 29 – MysteriesEtc – Review
    April 30 – Lori’s Reading Corner – Guest Post
    May 1 – Laura’s Interests – Review
    May 2 –  Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight 
    May 3 – Brooke Blogs – Review
    May 4 – Ninja Librarian – Review
     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    A Family for the Bull Rider by Tina Leonard


    Description

    **Harlequin, one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the world's premier bull riding organization, are happy to share a book publishing partnership that debuts in May 2015. These four re-issued, re-titled novels containing distinctive PBR content will be published under the new Harlequin Pro Bull Riders imprint, and feature actual PBR bull riders on the covers. Harlequin Pro Bull Riders novels will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in the United States.**
     
     
     
     
    Jack Morgan came home to the Morgans’ Texas ranch on urgent family business—not to get roped into marriage. But he’s finding it impossible to steer clear of his attraction to angelic Cricket Jasper. Now the virtuous deacon is pregnant…with triplets!
    The sexy rodeo rider has always been in Cricket’s secret prayers. But she never dreamed she’d be having Jack’s babies! She knows the firstborn Morgan son came home to make things right with his estranged father. Now he’s about to become a father.
    What will it take to make a family man out of this wandering rover? Because if three babies and the love of a good woman aren’t enough to settle down this lonesome cowboy, nothing will be!
  • ISBN9780373826643
  • Price5.50
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionMass Market Paperback





  • My review: A Family for the Bull Rider by Tina Leonard

    3 STARS

    This is for a brand new line PBR that will be sold just at Walmart.  It is a reissue,  With a real rodeo cowboy on the cover.

    While this book does stand okay on it's own it makes me want to read the four stories before it about the Morgan sons. Especially was confusing was the three ghosts.

    Plenty of family drama, some romance, some rodeo and lots of babies.  It is a clean read, love scenes behind doors.

    Jack Morgan is a bull rider who has been away from his home for years after a fight with his father about his rodeo riding.  Now Jack has come back because his father needs a kidney and he is a match.
    He is willing to give his kidney to his father but still plans to ride bulls.

    Cricket Jasper is a deacon in her church.  She has a crush on Jack.  She has only met him a time or two.  She is friends with three of his sister-in-laws.  She goes to visit his father in the hospital and has been asked to get drapes for the ranch house done. Now she is pregnant with triplets after a one night stand.
    Josiah Morgan needs a new kidney.  He is afraid if he accepts Jack's kidney than what happens if he gets injured riding a bull.  He has offered each of his sons a million dollars if they move back to the ranch for a year. He has also been matchmaking for them all with a wife who had kids. Now he has more strings for Jack.
    I wish this was a longer book, had more about the rodeo in it. More about Cricket's pregnancy.  I liked how Jack was willing to jump in and be a father. I really liked how the love making was behind doors.
    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin and in return I agreed to give honest review of A Family for the Bull Rider.

     

    Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (A Liz Talbot Mystery #3)


    Description

    USA TODAY Bestselling Author - The AGATHA AWARD-WINNING Liz Talbot Mysteries
    “Has everything you could want in a traditional mystery: a credible and savvy protagonist, a meaty mystery, and setting that will make you want to spend time in South Carolina. I enjoyed every minute of it.” – Charlaine Harris, New York Times Bestselling Author of Day Shift
    Where is Kent Heyward? The twenty-three-year-old heiress from one of Charleston’s oldest families vanished a month ago. When her father hires private investigator Liz Talbot, Liz suspects the most difficult part of her job will be convincing the patriarch his daughter tired of his overbearing nature and left town. That’s what the Charleston Police Department believes.
    But behind the garden walls South of Broad, family secrets pop up like weeds in the azaleas. The neighbors recollect violent arguments between Kent and her parents. Eccentric twin uncles and a gaggle of cousins covet the family fortune. And the lingering spirit of a Civil-War-era debutante may know something if Colleen, Liz’s dead best friend, can get her to talk.
    Liz juggles her case, the partner she’s in love with, and the family she adores. But the closer she gets to what has become of Kent, the closer Liz dances to her own grave.
    Books in the Liz Talbot Mystery Series:
    LOWCOUNTRY BOIL (#1)
    LOWCOUNTRY BOMBSHELL (#2)
    LOWCOUNTRY BONEYARD (#3)
    LOWCOUNTRY BORDELLO (#4) November 2015

    My review: Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer (A Liz Talbot Mystery #3)

    4 stars

    This has good mystery, action, suspense, ghosts, murder and romance.  There is a few love scenes.
    I like the regular characters a lot.  I have read now all three books in the A Liz Talbot mystery.  I would read more about Liz and company.

    Liz is a P.I. her partner is her now boyfriend for two years.  They have a long distant relationship.  Liz can't tell him all the reasons why she can't move back with him to where they started their business. Because her best friend who died when they were 17 needs her help to keep her island safe.  Only Liz can see and hear Colleen.

    Nate was Liz's brother-in-law and has been her partner for years.  He wants Liz to love him as much as she loved the other men in her life.  I like Nate and kept routing for them to work things out.

    Liz is hired by a rich and powerful couple to help find there missing daughter.  She has been missing for a month.  The police have stopped looking because they are without anymore leads.  Liz starts investigating and right away she is threatened.

    There are a lot of twists and turns before the end.  There is a lot of danger and some humor.  Which is usually caused by Colleen or Liz's family.

    The setting for this book is North Carolina.  Liz and her family all live on a island.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Henery Press and in return I agreed to give honest review of Lowcountry Boneyard. 


          
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    Susan M. Boyer loves three things best: her family, books, and beaches. She’s grateful to have been blessed with a vivid imagination, allowing her to write her own books centered around family, beaches, and solving puzzles wherein someone is murdered. Susan lives in Greenville, SC, and runs away to the coast as often as she can.
    Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense, and was an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Susan’s short fiction has appeared in moonShine Review, Spinetingler Magazine, and Relief Journal among others. Visit Susan at www.susanmboyerbooks.com.

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    The Rancher Takes a Bride by Brenda Minton (Martin's Crossing #2)

    Martin's Crossing: In this small Texas town, every heart finds a home

    His Secret Daughter

    Duke Martin is a father! The former army medic is stunned when old love Oregon Jeffries tells him the news. Given his troubled past, the hardworking rancher and diner owner understands why Oregon kept his daughter a secret for twelve years. But now Duke desperately wants to make up for lost time. As he sets out to be a true father to Lilly, he soon realizes his feelings for Oregon are growing stronger. When Oregon's health falters, he's ready to care for her and prove that he's worthy of her love. Could this be Duke's second chance with the woman he never should have let get away?
  • Series: Martin's Crossing
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (April 21, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373879555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373879557

  • My review:  The Rancher Takes a Bride by Brenda Minton

    4 STARS

    This is the second Martin's Crossing book.  I would like to live there.  This has lots of drama, especially dealing with parents, romance and a clean read.
    Oregon Jeffries has come to Martin's Crossing a year ago with her daughter Lily.  She is a single mother with her own business.

    Lily was hit by a car crossing the street between her mother's store and Duke's restraint.  Lily was going to sweep up for Duke's to earn money for her horse.

    Oregon knows she can not keep the secret anymore that Duke Martin is Lily's father.

    Duke used to drink a lot and has lots of black outs. He does not remember Oregon from years ago.  He does not doubt that he is Lily's father.  He wants to be part of her life.  He moves Oregon and Lily into the cottage on the ranch he was living in while he was fixed up the old house. 

    There are more secrets that come out in Martin's Crossing dealing with the homeless man Joe.

    This is a nice fast read with characters that I like and would love to see more about.

    I was given this ebook by Harlequin and Net Galley.  In return I agreed to give honest review of The Rancher Takes A Bride.
     

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Left Turn at Paradise by Thomas Shawver( A Rare Book Mystery#2)


    Description

    The author of The Dirty Book Murder returns to the surprisingly lethal world of rare books with a second enthralling novel featuring a most unlikely hero—antiquarian bookseller Michael Bevan.

    Michael Bevan is barely scraping by with his used bookstore and rare book collection when he discovers a timeworn journal that may change everything. Dating back to 1768, the tattered diary appears to be a chronicle kept during the first of legendary seafarer Captain James Cook’s three epic voyages through the Pacific islands. If it’s as valuable as Mike thinks it is, its sale may just bring enough to keep his faltering used bookstore afloat for another year.

    Then he meets a pair of London dealers with startling news: Adrian Hart and Penelope Wilkes claim to possess the journal of Cook’s second voyage. Is it possible a third diary exists? One which might detail Cook’s explosive final voyage—and his death at the hands of native Hawaiians? Together, all three would be the holy grail of Pacific exploration. But before Mike can act, the two journals are stolen.

    Chasing them down will sweep Michael, Adrian, and Penelope across the globe—past a dead body or two—and into a very sinister slice of paradise. High in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, in a remote and secretive Maori compound, a secret rests in the hands in of a man daring enough to rewrite history . . . and desperate enough to kill.
     
  • File Size: 1337 KB
  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Alibi (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQROTNS

  • My review: Left Turn at Paradise by Thomas Shawver ( A Rare Book Mystery#2)

    3 stars

    I loved the settings. Makes me want to go to New Zealand The history of the Maori people. The background of Captain James Cook.  Of course love the world of books.

    I like the suspense of the story.  Never sure who to trust. Lots of drama, action. I was surprised with all the different twists the story took.

    The characters I just did not connect with any.  There were some minor ones that I liked .

    Michael Bevan was a lawyer now he owns a bookstore.  He enjoys it more but always complains about the internet lowering the price of books.  He finds a journal that he had in his attic that is from a sailor who was with Captain Cook on his first voyage to explore.

    He finds out is one of three journals of each of Captain Cooks trips.  He is offered a lot of money to sale it to the ones who owns the second journal or for the same price he can buy the second book. Both books get stolen and the journey to find them and the third begins.

    Penelope Wilkes (Pillow)  is part owner of the Book and Bell out of England.  They own the second journal.  She is beautiful.  She has scars on one side of her face.  She has had a tough life.

    Adrian Hart is the one who found the second journal in the Cotswolds. He owns half of the Book and Bell.  He is determined to get his journal back and find the third book.

    All three end up going to New Zealand following the thief.

    They have lots of surprises in store for them.  As they travel up some Mountains to get to the owner they believe has the journal. 

    I would read another book by Thomas Shawver in the future.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group - Alibi.  In return I agreed to give a honest review of Left Turn at Paradise.