Monday, March 30, 2015

First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan (Puffin Island, #1)

Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful, Puffin Island is a haven for day-trippers and daydreamers alike. But this charming community has a way of bringing people together in the most unexpected ways…

It's been a summer of firsts for Emily Donovan. From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece Lizzy to arriving on Puffin Island, her life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzy and her overwhelming fear of the ocean—which surrounds her everywhere she goes!—Emily has lost count of the number of "just breathe" pep talks she's given herself. And that's before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her…

Ryan knows all about secrets. And it's clear that newcomer Emily—with her haunted eyes and the little girl she won't let out of her sight—is hiding from something besides the crazy chemistry between them. So Ryan decides he's going to make it his personal mission to help her unwind and enjoy the sparks! But can Puffin Island work its magic on Emily and get her to take the biggest leap of trust of all—putting her heart in someone else's hands?
  • ISBN9780373785049
  • Price7.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionMass Market Paperback


  • My review: First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan

    4 stars

    I loved Puffin Island.  What a community!  I want to visit it again real soon.   The characters I want to see more of them and don't want to wait.  It is charming, fun and deals with some real issues. There are a couple of love scenes that I skimmed over.

    Emily Donovan is single and has a real fear of water.  She has gone through a lot of changes in the past month.  She is scared, panicking at all of a sudden to have to mother her six year old niece.  Emily had never met before.  Emily is staying at her best friend's cottage on Puffin island.

    Emily, Brittany and Skylar have been best friends for ten years.  They have promised to be there for each other.  They are closer than sisters.

    Lizzy is a cute six year old.  Her mother just died.  She is afraid of cameraman,   She is being hunted by reporters.

    Ryan Cooper is planning on being single for life.  He does not date single mothers.  He is asked to check up on Emily and help her.  He realizes that she is scared right away and wants to know why.
    Ryan has returned back home to Puffin and opened a business.

    I liked how Emily is slowly changing and working to get over her fears for Lizzy's sake.  How she sees a need in someone else life and she steps in to make a difference.

    I will be waiting for the next two books of the series.
    I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin.  In return I agreed to give First Time in Forever a honest review.
     

    Blog tour: ‘The Olive Tree’by Christine Layton Graham, Joan Layton Merrell, Carol Layton Ogden








    About the book:
    Savor a unique scriptural experience with this beautiful book that combines text adapted from Jacob 5 with stunning artwork and calligraphy. A gorgeous addition to any LDS home, it will enhance your understanding of the exquisite symbolism in this significant story.
    • Hardcover: 36 pages
    • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (March 10, 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1462116302
    • ISBN-13: 978-1462116300
     
     
    My review: The Olive Tree’ by Christine Layton Graham, Joan Layton Merrell, Carol Layton Ogden
     
    5 STARS
     
    I received a PDF file of this book to read and I love the artwork, the calligraphy of it.  It probably is more beautiful in a book.
     
    The Olive Tree is taken from the scriptures in the Book of Mormon Jacob:5.  They have made the story come alive with the pictures.  To help you understand the symbolism of the story.
     
    I would love to have the book in my home.  I would even like some of the pictures for my wall they are so beautiful.
     
    Three sisters got together to bring this book to life, One is the writer, one a artist and one did the calligraphy of the book and together they made one beautiful book and story of The Olive Tree come alive.
     
    This would make a great gift for anyone.  Mother's Day is coming up soon.
     
    I was given this ebook to read by Cedar Fort Publishing and in return agreed to give a honest review and be part of The Olive Tree blog tour.
     
     
     
     
    The Olive Tree” blog tour schedule:
    March 20: Little Red Reads
    March 21: Pearls of Great Worth
    March 22:
    March 23: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
    March 24: Mel’s Shelves
    March 25: Reidhead Randomness
    March 26: Eternal Principles Simplified
    March 27: Heidi Reads
    March 28: JoAnn Arnold
    March 29: Wishful Endings • Jorie Loves a Story
    March 30: Readalot
    March 31:
    April 1:
    April 2:

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Blog Tour : Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler Giveaway

     
     
     
     

    A Natural Remedies Mystery
    Series: A Natural Remedies Mystery (Book 3)
    Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
    Publisher: Pocket Books (March 24, 2015)
    ISBN-13: 978-1476748917
    E-Book ASIN: B00LD1OTJS
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    Synopsis:

    PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF?
    Murder is unearthed when an outspoken surgeon turns up dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal herb garden.
    When a local doctor is found dead in Willow McQuade’s medicinal garden, she must find the killer to clear her boyfriend’s name in this third clever book in the Natural Remedies Mystery series.
    Dr. Willow McQuade, owner of Nature’s Way Market & Café, has put the finishing touches on a new medicinal plant garden for Greenport’s annual Maritime Festival and is ready for the festivities to begin. But it’s not all flowers and sunshine at the grand opening, when Willow discovers the body of another contestant, Dr. Charles White, face down in her garden.
    Willow’s hunky boyfriend, Jackson Spade, immediately becomes a suspect due to a recent fight with Dr. White. Willow knows she has to remedy the situation, but it won’t be easy with the other applicants’ vendettas and vandals wrecking her garden at every turn. And when she finds buried treasure in her garden that just might belong to the legendary Captain Kidd, the stakes become even higher. Was Dr. White searching for that treasure? Did someone kill him to get to it first? With the help of Jackson and her eccentric ex-boyfriend, Willow follows the clues to uncover the truth that someone wants buried…
    But can she dig up enough evidence before she becomes the killer’s next victim?


    About This Author
    I love natural remedies and I’ve been using them for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, my mother practiced natural cures such as tea bag baths for sunburn, homeopathic remedies for colds and allergies, arnica oil for sprains and bruises and, of course, chicken soup with garlic was always a staple.
    My interest in natural remedies continued after I graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and subsequently dabbled in various vocations including advertising and television production in Hollywood. In 1998 I moved back to my hometown, Greenport, NY and set up my own writing business. I’d always wanted to be my own boss and write full-time.
    My focus was, and is, health, and in particular alternative medicine which includes natural remedies. As a freelance journalist, I’ve written about natural cures for Natural Health, Mother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Vegetarian Times, as for over five years I was the Good Nature columnist for Remedy magazine.
    You can see my writing work here: https://chrystlefiedler.contently.com
     
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    My review: Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler
     
    4 stars
     
    This is exciting mystery.  Murder, pirate treasure and romance.  Lots of suspects,  don't know who to trust. It is a clean read. Makes me want to go and visit the festival and see Nature's Way Market & Café.

    Willow McQuade has got her medicinal garden ready to open.   Nature’s Way Market & Café is owned by Willow. Her boyfriend is Jackson Spade.

    The lot that she put her garden in was next door to her business.  For some reason she won the right to own the land.  Which made her a lot of enemies that wanted that property but lost the bid.

    When checking the garden for the first tour she finds a dead body in the garden. Dr. Charles White.  He accused her the night before of cheating to get the property.  Willow's boyfriend becomes the main suspect.

    Willow has solved other cases of murder this past year.  Her ex-boyfriend Simon and others want her to solve this one.  The detectives don't like her and her friends.

    People are trying to shut her Garden down and calling it a Garden of Death.  Really bitter and angry results it causes.

    Someone is looking for things in the garden at night.  They even find some treasure in the garden but the cops don't listen to her.

    In front of each chapter is a medical herb that she likes and tells what it has been used for in the past. It is interesting and a good start to find out about the plants.

    I like Willow and her friends.  I want to read the first two books of the series now.

    I was given Garden of Death to read so that I could give a honest review and be part of Garden of Death book tour.

    Giveaway: Ebook Garden of Death by Chrystle Fiedler

    starts 3/27 and ends 4/1.  To enter leave a comment with your name and email below.  I have had winners in the past who don't leave email so I cant contact them.  Winner will have two days to respond.

    TOUR PARTICIPANTS
    March 18 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
    March 19 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
    March 20 – deal sharing aunt – Review
    March 21 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review, Giveaway
    March 22 – Griperang’s Bookmarks – Guest Post, Giveaway
    March 23 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post, Giveaway
    March 24 – Marie’s Cozy Corner – Review
    March 25 – Lilac Reviews – Interview, Giveaway
    March 26 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
    March 27 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview
    March 28 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
    March 29 – Babs Book Bistro – Review, Giveaway
    March 30 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Interview, Giveaway
    March 31 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Giveaway
     

    Friday, March 27, 2015

    The McKinleys...Where Mystery and Romance Meet (Books 1-3) (McKinley Mysteries) by Carolyn Arnold

    The McKinleys...where mystery and romance meet. From bestselling author, Carolyn Arnold, comes Sean and Sara McKinley.
    The McKinley Mystery Series combines romance, mystery, humor, and adventure. They are free of foul language and graphic violence.
    Enjoy this boxed set, which includes the first three McKinley Mysteries: The Day Job is Murder (An introductory short story, approximately 13,000 words.) Vacation is Murder (A novella, approximately 26,000 words.) Money is Murder (A novella, approximately 28,000 words.) ˃˃˃ THE DAY JOB IS MURDER
    For Sean McKinley, working in Albany PD Homicide is great except for one thing--he's in love with his partner Sara Cain. And even though she feels the same way about him, she convinced him they should just remain friends. Two years later, nothing has changed.
    Yet, during the course of a murder investigation, when Sean finds out an old friend has died, it results in something that has the potential to change his life--and Sara's--forever.
    It goes to prove one unexpected act of kindness has the power to ripple throughout the years and bring happiness...even when The Day Job is Murder.
    ˃˃˃ VACATION IS MURDER
    There's only so much relaxation two former detectives can handle--even if they're on their honeymoon. With their recent fall into money, Sean and Sara McKinley should be living it up, enjoying the sun and beaches of Cancun. But heading into their third week they've had just about enough lying around.
    When the husband of a couple they've befriended is kidnapped and held for ransom, it has the McKinleys putting their experience to use. As they set out in the unfamiliar landscape of paradise, the investigation will have them risking their lives to stop a killer.
    ˃˃˃ MONEY IS MURDER
    Old Man Quinn left Sean more than his billions--he left him a murder to solve.
    Inside the chest given to him from the executor of Quinn's Will, Sean finds a key and implicit instructions that the contents are for his eyes only. After Sean discovers where the key fits, he finds another letter--Quinn wants a closed case reopened, and Sean is shocked to learn who the victim was.
    As Sean and his wife, Sara, uncover clues, it leads them from the back rooms of Quinn's corporation to the streets of New York City, but they will stop at nothing to get to the truth.
     
    My review: The McKinleys...Where Mystery and Romance Meet (Books 1-3) (McKinley Mysteries) by Carolyn Arnold
    4 STARS
    This is the first three books in the McKinley Mysteries.  I had read the new book and liked it so much I went and bought these.  Now I am on the 4 book of the series.
    In the first book Sean McKinley and Sara are partners and cops.  They love each other  but agree to not date so they can remain partners.  Sean was left something in the will of a kindly man.  He did not know that the guy had billions  and left everything to Sean.
    Sean and Sara McKinley have quit there job and got married.  They were on a honeymoon in Mexico.  They met new friends and one of them is kidnapped.  Sean and 'Sara get involved.
    In the third book they are home from there honeymoon and find a letter asking them to solve his late daughter's murder.  Quin had left Sean billions so they went up to New York and look into Cindy's suicide.
    These are likeable characters.  It would be fun to have the whole world open to you.  Sean and Sara keep finding themselves involved in solving crimes. These are shorter novellas. Clean reads.
    The setting is from New York to Mexico. They are a good pace.

    Blog Tour Granny Snows A Sneak by Julie Seedorf GIVEAWAY ebook








    Granny Snows A Sneak
    (Fuchsia, Minnesota Book 3)

    Cozy Mystery
    Paperback: 256 pages
    Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (November 6, 2014)
    ISBN-13: 978-1939816559
    E-Book ASIN: B00PSYBB3S
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    Synopsis:

    Granny may be retired as Fuchsia, Minnesota’s one-woman undercover sleuth for the Fuchsia Police Department, but that doesn’t mean she still doesn’t need a trusty weapon. Her weapon of choice? A pink snow shovel. When Granny runs over a dead body with her snowmobile, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that involves mislabeled corpses, empty graves, and stolen money––lots of it! Who’s at the bottom of this years old crime? Granny has an idea, but she has little time to investigate, when in just days she’s scheduled to marry the love of her life, Franklin Gatsby, in a post-Christmas ceremony. So, Granny decides to enlist the help of her friends and neighbors. Add in Christmas holiday excitement and the arrival of Granny’s family, who are all there for her wedding, and mayhem ensues. Of course, Granny can always count on her many furry friends to provide her with moral support, but it’s quite possible that Granny––that is, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt––has a secret or two of her own, which may very well be revealed as GRANNY SNOWS A SNEAK.
     

    About This Author
    Author Julie Seedorf is a columnist, author and dreamer. She lived her live as a wife and mom, experiencing various careers including that of computer technician, retiring from her computer repair business in January of 2014 to follow her dream and transition to that of full-time writer.
     Beside her Fuchsia, Minnesota Series, she is the author of the Granny’s In Trouble Series bringing mystery to the life of young readers along with sharing who Granny is under the wrinkles, so her grandchildren will always know that Granny can be forever young. Her column Something About Nothing, is written with the idea that under the nothings we all talk about there is a hidden something waiting to get out.
    Julie is a longtime Minnesota resident who shares the tough Minnesota winters with her Granny character. Outside of writing she likes to read,  try new hobbies and scurries to keep up with her social media. She lives with her husband and has two shysters of her own, Borris and Natasha. Her favorite moments are those she spends with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
     
    Author  Links
    http://julieseedorf.com
    http://sprinklednotes.com
    http://www.facebook.com/julie.seedorf.author
    http://www.facebook.com/grannyfromfuchsiaminnesota
    @julieseedorf

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    My review: Granny Snows A Sneak by Julie Seedorf
     
    4 STARS
     
    This is a hoot. Granny is at it again.  This cozy mystery if full of twists, surprises, animals and weddings.  I needed a laugh today.  This is a clean read.
     
    Granny is the main character.  She is going to get married the day after Christmas to Franklin Gatsby.
    She keeps secrets from everyone.  She lies and goes her own way.  She has dogs, cats & a goat.  They roam between her house and Franklin's house.
     
    There are lots of new characters in this third book.  One is her new neighbor Silas.  He is retired and has secrets of his own.  Granny does not pull the wool over his eyes much.  She is fighting with him and he with her.
     
    A snow storm as snuck and Silas barges into Granny's basement to the secret door that is no longer secret to the underground street.  It is open now with shops having doors open to it too.  So Granny decides to go to town to. She comes back on a snowmobile with Silas on the back with her. and crashes in her yard and they find a dead body.
     
    Franklin wants Granny to mind her own business and let her son the detective figure out what is going on.
     
    I liked the story but did not like the ending. What did Granny see?  I did not guess who the bad guys were and why they were doing all that they were doing?
     
    I would like to visit Fuchsia, Minnesota in the summer time.  It is a fun town with lots of crooks and crime and feisty seniors.
     
    I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review and be part of Granny Snows A Sneak Blog Tour.

    Giveaway;  1 ebook of Granny Snows A Sneak by Julie Seedorf

    contests starts 3/27 and 3nds 4/4 2015.  To enter leave a comment with name and email so I can contact the winner.  Winner will have two days to respond to email.
     
    Tour Participants
    March 23 – Babs Book Bistro – Guest Post
    March 24 – Community Bookstop – Review
    March 25 – Tea and A Book – Review, Interview
    March 26 – deal sharing aunt – Guest Post
    March 27 – readalot – Review, Giveaway
    March 28 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Guest Post
    March 29 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
    March 30 – Back Porchervations – Review
    March 31 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
    April 1 – EditingPen – Interview, Giveaway
    April 2 – Celebrating Authors – Spotlight
    April 3 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
    April 4 – Brooke Blogs –  Review, Guest Post

    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    Blog tour: Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly






    About the book:
    Miss Onyx Hamilton is about to make what everyone agrees is a perfect marriage—until handsome Major Jack Beresford comes galloping into her life. But with his fortune and connections, Onyx knows he’d never ask for her hand, would he? New and longtime fans alike will relish this delightful romance from Carla Kelly. Charming, sweet, and full of fun, it’s simply impossible to stop reading.
  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (March 10, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U9STNT2


  • About the author:
    Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.







    My review: Summer Campaign by Carla Kelly

    4 stars

    This is a good clean regency romance.  I liked the characters, liked the banter, lots of drama.  Dealing with PTSD but they did not call it that, drug use, about judging others by their birth.  It is good at keeping my attention.

    Miss Onyx Hamilton had a good life till her adoptive father died.  She was not accepted by the rest of her family. She is sweet , smart, and kind.  She is engaged to marry a man of the cloth.

    Onyx is in a coach to go and set up her future home when she was being robbed and worst when she is rescued.
    Major Jack Beresford is on his way home after being away four years to war in Spain. He takes a hand rescuing  Onyx. He is wounded. Onyx than rescues him.

    I like Jack and Onyx together they are struggling with different issues but get along really well and enjoy there make believe life.

    The setting takes place in England during the Regency era.

    I was given this ebook to read by Cedar Fort Publishing.  In return I agree to give a honest review of Summer Campaign and be part of its blog tour.


    Summer Campaign” blog tour schedule:
    March 18: Babs Book Bistro
    March 19: Lisa is a Bookworm • Books and Benches
    March 20:
    March 21:
    March 22: Inklings and Notions
    March 23: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
    March 24: Heidi Reads
    March 25: A Book a Day
    March 26: Readalot
    March 27:
    March 28:
    March 29:
    March 30:
    March 31: Mel’s Shelves • Getting Your Read On
    April 1: Lydia May Creates
    April 2:
    April 3:
    April 4:
    April 5:
    April 6: The Perfect Beginnings
    April 7: Wishful Endings • Jorie Loves a Story

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Blog tour: ‘A Mother’s Greatest Gift’ by Heidi Poelman




    About the book:
    You don’t need to be an expert to be a good mom; you just need the Lord’s help. Learn how to seek out the best parenting Guide—the Holy Ghost—in this insightful and inspiring book. With personal stories, research, and interviews, this is every mother’s must-read handbook for finding answers and keeping the Spirit in her home.
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462116051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462116058



  • About the author:
    Heidi Poelman was born in Provo, Utah. She lived in North Carolina, San Diego, London, and Mexico before planting her roots firmly back in the Beehive State. Heidi received her degrees in communication from Brigham Young University (BA) and Wake Forest University (MA). Her experience includes working in public relations for high-tech companies, helping college students fight global poverty, teaching families about nutritious food storage options, writing stories for children, and her favorite post as full-time Mom. Heidi is the author of A is for Abinadi: An Alphabet Book of Scripture Heroes as well as several stories published in The Friend magazine. Her biggest fans are her husband and three children.






    My review: A Mother’s Greatest Gift’ by Heidi Poelman

    5 STARS

    This is a inspired book for all who are raising children.  To share important lessons from mothers when they have felt the spirit guiding them to protect there children, to teach there children important life lessons, to inspire mothers, grandmothers in the future.

    This is full of real life stories that mothers have shared.  It brought memories of examples I had bringing up my own children, some good ones and some areas I need to work on.

    I love the feeling I got from reading this book.  The love of families, the important of raising children and teaching them. To help them make good choices, to give them skills for the future.

    I am glad that I had the opportunity to read this book by Heidi Poelman. I would like to read more books from her in the future.

    I am glad that Cedar Fort Publishing gave me this ebook to read so that I could give a honest review of A Mother's Greatest Gift and be part of its blog tour.


    A Mother’s Greatest Gift” blog tour schedule:
    March 24: Team Hoopes
    March 25: Readalot
    March 26:
    March 27: I Love to Read and Review Books
    March 28:
    March 29:
    March 30: Little Red Reads
    March 31: Remembering Women
    April 1: Diony George
    April 2:
    April 3: Inklings and Notions
    April 4:
    April 5: Jorie Loves a Story
    April 6: Reidhead Randomness