Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Echo Lake by Carla Neggers (Swift River Valley #4)


In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner…

Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge.

Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.

Staying at Vic's guest house makes it impossible to avoid running into a Sloan at every turn—especially Heather. Seeing her again has affected Brody more than he wants to admit. But Heather is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her, and she suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on….

Set against the scenic backdrop of a New England winter, Echo Lake is a captivating tale of family, friends and the possibility of new love.
Series: Swift River Valley Novels

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mira (January 27, 2015)
Language: English

My review: Echo Lake by Carla Neggers (Swift River Valley #4)


It was good to back to Swift River Valley. The characters are interesting, and I want to see more of them. Cute puppy too. The mystery was okay. Part of it I guessed early. The setting was small town in winter. Good drama and romance.

Heather Sloan is in charge of renovation of 1912 stately country home. She is the youngest child with six older brothers.

Brody Hancock he works as a Diplomatic Security Service agent. He has come back to his home town of Knights Bridge to look into things for Vic Scarlatti problems. He is on leave after something about a mission went bad.

Vic Scarlatti just retired from working the past 40 years in government. He was a Ambassador. He has some unexpected things happening to him.

Lots of wine tasting, about building wine cellar. Which I don't drink and don't plan to so that part was not too interesting for me. I have no way of judging that part of the story.

Has some snappy dialog. Great descriptions of scenery.

I enjoy Swift River Valley and would come back to visit there again.

I was given this ebook from Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of Echo Lake.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Zone of Fire by Lindsay McKenna

Bay Thorn Griffin survived being kidnapped by the Taliban, but the pain of torture she suffered is never far from her mind. As Bay and her ex-Navy SEAL husband Gabe learn to juggle midnight feedings and sleepless nights with the arrival of their twins, they are hit with devastating news.

Gabe’s best friend Mike Tarik has gone missing on a mission in Afghanistan. News of Mike’s possible abduction brings memories of Bay’s own kidnapping crashing back. Can she escape the torment she suffered to focus on her family’s happiness?

  • File Size: 882 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Turtle Publishing (February 1, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00QXU8KW6

  •     My review: Zone of Fire by Lindsay McKenna
    4 STARS
    This is a novella with familiar characters from Breaking Point and Never Surrender.  We get to see a little slice of their lives since there books. Bay and Gabe Griffin now have twins.
     I love that with ebooks authors can do that when they want to.  And we don't have to wait till we get to a bookstore to order it.
    Gabe gets a phone call about his best friend Mike who is still a Navy Seal serving in Afghan that he is MIA which his story is told in Taking Fire.  Which I have already read but realized that I have not read Never Surrender.
    Bay is feeding her babies and thinking about her past serving in Afghan and being a prisoner and life right now. There is some sad times, some sweet moments and some funny scenes. Especially the sheep scenes.
    The setting is October at their cabin on Black Mountain where they live in a cabin. It is where Bay grew up.  Her mother and sister live in a separate cabin on the farm.
    If you have wondered about Bay and Gabe life now that they are home you will want to pick up Zone of Fire. 
    I was given this ebook to read by Lindsay McKenna to read and in return agreed to give honest review of Zone of Fire. 

  • Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna


    She dances on the edge of life… and death
    Not all are meant to walk in the light. Marine Corps Sergeant Khat Shinwari lives among the shadows of the rocky Afghani hills, a Shadow Warrior by name and by nature. She works alone, undercover and undetected—until a small team of US Navy SEALs are set upon by the Taliban… and Khat is forced to disobey orders to save their lives.
    To go rogue.
    Now, hidden deep in the hills with injured SEAL Michael Tarik in her care, Khat learns that he's more than just a sailor. In him, she sees something of herself and of what she could be. Now duty faces off against the raw, overwhelming attraction she has for Mike. And she must decide between the safety of the shadows… and risking everything by stepping
    ISBN-13: 9780373785056

  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/24/2015
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384

  • My review: Taking Fire by Lindsay McKenna

    4 STARS

    Taking Fire is a action packed, war romance rolled  into one book.  There is so much drama you don't want to put the book down. Strong characters who you come to care about.

     Khat is such a strong brave caring woman.  Khat saves lives and she also can take lives. She has lots of secrets. She was born in the US but her father is from Afghan.

    Michael Tarik is a Navy Seal.  While out with his unit he is separated and wounded.  Khat sees that they are walking into a trap and as a sniper starts taking out the Taliban soldiers.  Michael is unconscious.  Khat is able to get him to her camp in a cave and gives him first aid.

    Khat does so much to help the Afghan villagers in her area.  She gives them clinics.  It makes you realize how much as a American we take for granted.  Simple doctor visits, medicines, water.  I learned a lot. Never picture red heads as a Afghan.  In one scene Mike gives a villager $400 and they mention that it could feed the village for a year on that amount.

    The setting for Taking Fire is Afghan.  Mostly in the mountain area.

    I was given Taking Fire to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of Taking Fire.

    Lindsay McKenna  has a website and a newsletter that members can sign up for that has exclusive content and free giveaways for subscribers.  www.lindsaymckenna.com

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    Review: The Roche Hotel by Mysti Parker

    Title – The Roche Hotel – Season One (12,700 words) http://www.amazon.com/Roche-Hotel-Season-One-ebook/dp/B00NYCMIZQ
    Author: Mysti Parker
    Publishing date: 10/15/14 by Kindle Direct Publishing
    Synopsis : After her husband ditches her for a blonde actress wannabe, Jane Seymour needs a job that pays the rent. The struggling Roche Hotel needs a miracle. With the former owner’s wife butting her nose into the renovations and new owners who are in way over their heads, Jane may be the answer to their prayers. Sure, she can handle The Roche Hotel’s quirky staff. But, can this skittish divorcee keep it all together when handsome Henry the Donut Guy makes his first delivery? This collection of serial fiction stories is a Tudorific romantic comedy that will leave you laughing out loud and hungry for more.
    Bio: Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a wife, mom, author, and shameless chocoholic. She is the author of the Tallenmere standalone fantasy romance series. Her other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, Christmas Lites II, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and EveryDayFiction.
    Other writing pursuits include serving as a class mentor in Writers Village University's seven week online course, F2K. She finished her first historical romance this spring and has one children’s book (Quentin’s Problem) soon to be published, with one more waiting for illustrations, and many more stewing in her head.

    When she's not writing fiction, Mysti works as a freelance editor and copywriter. She also reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children
    .Author links
    Visit my webpage: www.mystiparker.com (in construction)
    My review: The Roche Hotel by Mysti Parker
    4 STARS
    This is a short book or the first part it is only 65 pages.  The character Jane Seymour is the main character. She is a divorced. Jane just got the job working at the Roche Hotel front desk at night.
    She has some interesting things happen to her while working.  I like Jane and want to see what happens next to her.
    I also like the former owner of the Roche Hotel.  She is determined little old lady.
    I would like to read the next episode of the Roche Hotel..
    I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give  honest review of The Roche Hotel.

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Jack Staples and the Ring of Time by Mark Batterson, Joel N. Clark


    Eleven-year-old Jack's ordinary life is upended when mysterious creatures attack his hometown and he is whisked into a fantastical adventure filled with danger at every turn.

    Jack learns that most live in a shadow of the world, their vision blinded by invisible scales that have covered human eyes since the beginning of time. But the Awakened experience the world as it truly is, where war rages between good and evil—and Jack is at the heart of it. The Awakened are searching for The Child of Prophesy who will both save the world and destroy it. When Jack joins in their epic battle he must learn to trust his friends and face his fears if he is to make his life count.
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781411076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781411073

  • My review: Jack Staples and the Ring of Time by Mark Batterson, Joel N. Clark

    4 STARS

    This is a fantasy, action, YA, children book and a book that keeps your attention till the end.  It is also a clean read.  I liked reading about Jack and his friends.

    There is a Prophesy that has been around since the beginning.  About a child who will be born without scales that will either destroy or save the world.  That will work with the assassin. Both the forces of good and bad want the child.  No one really knows exactly what the prophesy means.

    The characters are ones that I like or ones that are scary and creepy.  Jack is the main character. He is eleven years old.  He is a child of promise.  He can save the world or destroy it.  He has some powers he does not know about let alone can control.

    There is a great twist that only a few know about. Now it comes to light.  The evil forces come to Jack's village to get him. Creatures don't care who they kill to find Jack.

    Jack does not understand why he is special or what is going on.
    The setting is in Ireland, a small village. Travel is by horse or wagon.

    I was not ready for this story to be over and can't wait till the next book comes out.  I hope the writers write fast.

    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and David C. Cook

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Blog tour: ‘Eruption by Adrienne Quintana

    About the book:
    Jace Vega has finally landed her dream job—working for Omnibus, an up-and-coming tech firm. But a mysterious message from her future self sets Jace and her old friend Corey racing to piece together clues before Omnibus destroys their future—and their past. This fast-paced thriller will keep you guessing till the very last page.
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462115365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462115365

  • About the author:
    Adrienne Quintana is the second of nine children and has always loved to read. After a mission, marriage, and four children, Adrienne completed her Bachelors of Science and Communication at the University of Phoenix.  In the midst of housekeeping, potty-training, and carpooling, Adrienne discovered that she could still find time to accomplish her a life-long dream of becoming a writer.


    My review: Eruption by Adrienne Quintana

    4 STARS

    This is a good suspense action mystery that keeps you trying to figure out what is going on till the end.  Full of drama, mystery and characters I like but don't for sure who to trust.

    Jace Vega has got a new job working for Omnibus.  Her father wants her to work for them.  Jace loves to run.  One day while running she finds a tablet she picks it up and tries to find the owner.
    The tablet is message from the future. It seams to warn about the future.

    Jace sees her with Corey in the future so when she runs across him at a park she tells him about the tablet and he helps her to figure out what it is from.  Jace sees a picture of herself with Damien the owner of Omnibus son and a boss.

    Corey lived in the same apartment complex with Jace while they both were at college together.
    Damien and his family lived in the same town as Corey when they were around 5. There moms were friends. There dads served together in military.  Jace really does not remember much of that year.

     Jace and Corey want to stop the future they see in the tablet from coming true, but they first need to figure out what the tablet is showing them.

    I admit at times I was lost in the story.  I could feel her confusion about what was going on.

    I was given Eruption by Cedar Fort Publishing so that I could give a honest review of Eruption and be part of it's blog tour.

    Eruption” blog tour schedule:
    January 15: LDS and Lovin’ It
    January 16: Brooklyn Berry Designs • I Love to Read and Review Books
    January 17: I Love Books Girl
    January 18: Read For Your Future
    January 19: My Reading Room
    January 20: Inklings and Notions • Wishful Endings
    January 21: Mel’s Shelves
    January 22: Getting Your Read On
    January 23: Readalot
    January 24: The Perfect Beginnings • Gen Gen Book Blog
    January 25: Jorie Loves a Story • Blooming with Books
    January 26: I am a Reader
    January 27:
    January 28: Min Reads and Reviews • LDS Women’s Book Review • Katie’s Clean Book Collection
    January 29:
    January 30: Book Senses
    January 31:

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Blog Tour : Prosecco Pink by Traci Andrighetti 2 Giveaways


                                                   Prosecco Pink


                                                   Traci Andrighetti

    Prosecco Pink
    (Franki Amato Mysteries Book 2)

    File Size: 1520 KB
    Print Length: 274 pages
    Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (October 29, 2014)
    Paperback: 274 pages
    ISBN-13: 978-1502974945

    **Now in development for a TV movie!**
    For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.
    Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.
    Franki Amato Mysteries:
    Limoncello Yellow (book #1)
    Prosecco Pink (book #2)

    About This Author
    Traci Andrighetti is the author of the Franki Amato Mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.
    If she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.

    Author Links
    AMAZON: http://amzn.to/105MAXe
     Purchase Links
    Amazon B&N

    My review: Prosecco pink by Traci Andrighetti

    4 STARS

    Franki Amato is back in her second book. Franki is a P.I. working in New Orleans for her friend Veronica Maggio.  She is smart, jealous, & has a funny family. Unless you have one like hers.
    Full of interesting characters.

    Bradley Hartmann has been dating Franki.  He is a bank executive. He is always working late especially on days they have dates planned.  His new assistant is a beautiful sexy woman who is trying to steal him away.

    physic has a message from a ghost for her, Franki is asked to solve a murder, There is a missing pink diamond, Land lady is a stripper. Her Sicilian grandma is trying to plan her engagement party( She is not engaged) behind her back. Her boss is behaving different. It all combines to be a fun light hearted murder mystery.

    It is full of troubles for Franki. Lots of drama ,action and murder in this book. Also lots of laughter.

    The setting for this book is New Orleans. also a lot is set in a old plantation with ghosts.

    I was given Prosecco Pink to read so I could give a honest review of it and be part of it's blog tour.

    2 Giveaways:

    1. Prosecco Pink ebook

    contests starts 1/22 and ends 1/26. To enter leave a comment below with name and email address. So I can get a hold of winner. Winner will be contacted by email and have two days to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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    Tour Participants
    January 13 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post, Giveaway
    January 14 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review
    January 15 – A Blue Million Books – Interview, Giveaway
    January 16 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
    January 17 – Mystery Playground – Guest Post, Giveaway
    January 18 – Christa Reads and Writes – Guest Post
    January 19 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
    January 20 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway
    January 21 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Giveaway
    January 22 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
    January 22 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
    January 23 – Kelly P’s Blog – Guest Post
    January 24 – Michele Lynn Seigfried’s Blog – Review, Giveaway
    January 25 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Guest Post
    January 26 – A. Literary Mafia – Interview – Giveaway