Friday, October 31, 2014

Deadly Holiday Reunion by Lenora Worth

Description
A CHILD'S LIFE WAS IN JEOPARDY

Texas Ranger Jake Cavanaugh will do anything to rescue his kidnapped daughter from the clutches of a killer. And that means turning to Ella Terrell—his high school sweetheart—for help. The former FBI agent is lucky to be alive after her own encounter with the vengeful madman. And now history seems to be repeating itself this holiday season. Ella needs time to sort through the past—yet time is a luxury they don't have. For the kidnapper is taunting them with misleading clues and a ticking clock. But Ella will bring Jake's child home at all costs—even at the risk of losing her heart and her life….
File Size: 381 KB
Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (November 1, 2014)


My review: Deadly Holiday Reunion by Lenora Worth

4 STARS

Lots of suspense, lots of memories, action. Characters I liked and a clean read too. I really like love Inspired line of books by Harlequin.

Texas Ranger Jake Cavanaugh's daughter has been kidnapped. A widower. Before Jake was married he was in love with Ella Terrell now he has to go and ask her for help to save his daughter.

Ella Terrell is a former FBI agent. Now she caters on her family's ranch. 5 years ago she was taken hostage from a killer. She is the only one to escape. Twice she had Jake in her life and now he is back needing help to save his daughter.

Macey Cavanaugh has been taken right out of the car with her girl friend a witness.

Dead drop killer back active again? Ella knows she shot him but his body was never found. He would take girls for a week or so and than kill them. Only Ella escaped and Jake found her. Either he is back or a copy cat is taking girls again and wants Jake and Ella to follow the clues he has left for them.

I can understand Jake's feelings of dealing with their past. Trying to find his daughter and keeping Ella safe. He feels guilty for thinking of other things while his daughter is out their. Plus Jake wants to protect and has a hard time when Ella takes risks too.

I thought it makes for a good suspense mystery. I had no idea who the killer was till almost the reveal.

The setting for this book is East Texas

I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Deadly Holiday Reunion.

The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab

Description

A heartwarming Christmas mystery and friendship story!

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square--the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody's ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition's charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped--Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami--are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town's guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!
Age Range: 8 - 12 years

Grade Level: 3 - 7

Lexile Measure: 890L (What's this?)

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545613787
ISBN-13: 978-0545613781

My review: The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab

5 STARS

I enjoyed this story. It is a true Christmas story, a mystery, community helping each other and fun to read. I like the characters, the setting and it is a touching story.

Every Christmas a big tree is put up on the town square. No one knows who is behind the tree. They call it the Angel Tree. The children or people who have a need or a Christmas wish write it down on paper and put it on the tree. Others see the wishes that they could give or help take it down. Some are simple others seem so big as impossible to receive their wish.

One boy wrote that he wanted to find a recipe his grandma talks about from Russia. One boy who's home burnt down a few weeks ago wishes for a house. A blind little girl who's seeing eye dog has cancer and her family can't afford treatment for him wishes for her dog to get well.

Four Children decide that they want to find out who is behind the Angel tree and give them a Christmas gift. They are determined to find out and find clues.

Lives are changed for the better. Lots of people are giving and receiving. It makes you think what can I do? What would I wish for?
The miracles don't wait for Christmas Eve but are answered when they can. This is a story that is uplifting.

I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of it. Net Galley and Scholastic gave me this ebook.

My Name is Bryan by Stacy Lynn Carroll Giveaway $25 Amazon or Paypal






Title: My Name is Bryan

Author: Stacy Lynn Carroll

Published: September 14, 2014



Summary:

If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump too? Bryan chose to dive. Moments later, as he lay on the beach, unable to move his arms or legs, two questions ran through his mind: Would he walk again? And would he ever have kids? Based on the incredible true story of life, love, and never giving up.
File Size: 1816 KB
Print Length: 265 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Pink Frog Press (September 14, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00NLHVQSO

Book Trailer:



Author Stacy Lynn Carroll

Stacy Lynn Carroll has always loved telling stories. She started out at Utah State University where she pursued a degree in English. Go Aggies! She then finished her BA at the University of Utah (to be closer to her then boyfriend, now hubby) where she got an emphasis in creative writing. After college she worked as an administrative assistant, where she continued to write stories for the amusement of her co-workers. When her first daughter was born, and with the encouragement of a fortune cookie, she quit her job and became a full-time mommy and writer. It seemed like fate when Matt and Stacy married. She was a writer, and her father-in-law had a story that demanded to be written. She and her husband have three children, two Corgis, and a fish named Don.


My review: My Name is Bryan by Stacy Lynn Carroll

5 STARS

Wow this brought out so many emotions while reading last night. I went through a lot of tissues and memories too. I know a little first hand about being paralyzed. For me it was only the right side and I was able to learn how to walk, talk again. So I could really feel for Bryan and his family. I stand amazed at Bryan for the life he has lived and his example.

This story is fiction but it is based on the author's father-in-law Bryan Carrol. Bryan at age 18 on a Church youth activity of a river raft trip in 1979 he dived off a cliff and landed wrong and immediately could not move. Finally someone jumped in and brought him to surface. Help was far off. It took 18 hours before a helicopter could reach him.

I just planned to read for a couple of hours last night but I could not put the book down till 3:00 am. I cared and admired about
Bryan. I wanted to know what would happen next to him. Bryan has a good sense of humor and liked to play practical jokes.

If your having a hard time in your life you can look at Bryan's example and be inspired to keep fighting and going forward.

I am glad that I was able to read My Name is Bryan. Stacy has a way of writing that put you into the story and seeing what happened to Bryan. How he lived his life.

Oh I could so see how frustrating and hard it was to not be able to do anything when Matt turned off his wheelchair or squirted his face with a water bottle.

I was given this ebook to read so that I could honestly review My Name is Bryan and be part of it's blog tour.


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reese’s Cowboy Kiss by Kimberly Krey (Sweet Montana Bride #1)



Reese’s Cowboy Kiss by Kimberly Krey

Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Length: 316 Pages

Content: I consider this to be “steamy clean”. There is some mild language, lots of kissing and a quickly fade to black closed door sex between a married couple.

Texan pageant winner, Reese Taylor, has a former classmate who wants her dead. Now she must leave her friends and family to enter a protection program on Emerson Ranch. A group of good-looking cowboys awaits her, but Reese has her eye on Blake Emerson, the one man too busy with the ranch to give her a chance. Blake Emerson has no time to go lookin’ for love. He’s got a ranch to run, positions to fill, and an ache in his heart from love gone wrong. So when he agrees to harbor a witness to help on the ranch, Blake assumes his first two problems are solved. But he never dreamed his new guest would be a woman. One he was destined to lose his heart to. With sparks burning hot and danger around the bend, one question lingers in his mind: Has he only added to his list of troubles, or has Blake just found the woman of his dreams?

My review: Reese’s Cowboy Kiss by Kimberly Krey (Sweet Montana Bride #1)

4 STARS

I liked Reese. She was coping with a tough change really well. I liked the other characters too.
The weak part of the story for me was weird guy at the beginning of the story. Reese witnessed a murder. She was sent from Texas to Montana to work on a ranch.

Blake was in charge of the ranch hands. He was surprised that the new hand that needed to hide out was a lady. He wondered what to do with her. He could not stop looking at her.

I thought it would be better if she did some other work than cooking a few nights a week personally.

The ranch hands really liked Reese and were willing to do things to get her attention. They were surprised to see her.

The romance of the book was good. Some long kisses and attraction to each other. I really liked the scenes of Reese and Blake opening up to each other.

Had some good humor, some action scenes and was romantic.

This was the first book in the series but the last one that was written. I have not read the other books but would like to. I would think it hard to write a series backwards.

I was given this ebook to read so I could honestly review it.

Handcuffs & High Heels by J.M. Edwards Blog Tour review & Giveaway





Handcuffs & High Heels:
A Ruby Wisdom Mystery
1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Self Published
File Size: 1435 KB
Print Length: 201 pages

ASIN: B00M8N1LJ6

Synopsis:

Meet Ruby Wisdom. Smart and sensible. Humorous and heroic. Tough and tender. As the only private investigator in tiny Wormwood, New York, Ruby handles a wide range of cases—everything from jewel heists and cheating husbands to stolen wedding gowns, kidnapped artwork and fraudulent heirs.



In HANDCUFFS & HIGH HEELS, Ruby is hired by the wife of a millionaire when the woman suspects her husband is having an affair. And he is—several of them. But when Ruby begins connecting the duplicitous dots, the deceitful spouse ends up in a much more difficult dilemma than being caught with his hands in Cookie’s jar. And that’s when the real investigation begins.



HANDCUFFS & HIGH HEELS is a cozy mystery loaded with humor, romance, memorable characters and a sleuth who knows her way around baked goods and sweet treats as well as crime scenes and tricky investigations.


About This Author

J.M. Edwards loves crime. But only when it’s fictional. A lifelong fan of mystery novels, police procedurals and thrillers, J.M. has worked as a copywriter, bartender, dog walker and newspaper reporter. When it comes to reading, she has a few favorites (Robert B. Parker, Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Robert B. Parker, Lee Child), but always enjoys learning about new authors to add to the TBR pile. In addition to writing the new Ruby Wisdom cozy mystery series, J.M. spends time gardening, traveling, spoiling a small herd of cats and dogs, doing volunteer work and taking the occasional nap.

Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00M8N1LJ6

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22854772-handcuffs-high-heels?ac=1

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/handcuffs-high-heels-a-ruby-wisdom-mystery?store=allproducts&keyword=handcuffs+%26+high+heels+a+ruby+wisdom+mystery

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/handcuffs-high-heels-a-ruby-wisdom-mystery

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id904358538


My review: Handcuffs & High Heels by J.M. Edwards

4 STARS

This is a light hearted cozy mystery. It was pretty good at keeping you guessing who the murder was. No one liked the victim, lots of suspects & money. Lots of humor, drama, & characters in the small town of Wormwood, New York.

It has a charming, wity, smart and divorced woman P.I. as the main character, Ruby Wisdom. She uses a lot of big words and sayings she is always having to explain to everyone. It makes it seem like everyone is stupid around Ruby. Ruby's ex-husband is the Sheriff.

Ruby is hired to find out if the husband is cheating with his accountant at the car dealer. The whole town knows he is cheating with a couple of ladies. The town is small so everyone knows everyone elses business. Ruby is always trying to keep her clients secrets and other sources too. But she is always seen talking to someone.

So I think all the explaining Ruby does about her words and sayings is too much by the end I was really getting annoyed with everyone else coming off dumb. Also I think it was a little bit much about the gossip around the small town. But overall I did enjoy Handcuffs & High Heels. I would read another book featuring Ruby.

I was given this ebook so I could give an honest review and be part of Handcuffs & High Heels blog tour.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blog tour Be Careful What You Witch For By Dawn Eastman & Giveaway





Be Careful What You Witch For
(A Family Fortune Mystery)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 2014)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425264478
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Synopsis

Leaving a traumatic police career behind, Clyde Fortune has returned to her seemingly quiet hometown of Crystal Haven, Michigan. In spite of the psychic powers of its residents, there’s no telling what trouble is brewing in this burg…

The highlight of the fall festival in Crystal Haven is a bonfire with a witch’s cauldron resting over it. Clyde’s best friend Diana leads a ritual to divine the future, but it seems no one foresees that one of their own will drop dead—or that Diana will be a prime suspect.

Clyde already has her hands full with her eccentric family, runaway nephew, and burgeoning secret romance with a hunky homicide detective. But after another coven member is attacked, Clyde suspects there’s a witch hunt afoot and focuses her psychic and sleuthing skills to clear her friend’s name and catch a killer.


About This Author

Dawn Eastman is the national bestselling author of Pall in the Family, the first book in the Family Fortune Mystery Series. She lived in Michigan for many years in a house full of animals, unusual people, and laughter. She now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, daughter, and one extremely bossy small dog.

Author Links

www.DawnEastman.com

Twitter – @DawnAEastman

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DawnEastmanAuthor

Goodreads – under Dawn Eastman, the link is weird but here it is: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544185.Dawn_Eastman




My review: Be Careful What You Witch For By Dawn Eastman

4 STARS

This is the third book of the series but first one I have read. Now I want to go back and read the first two books. I love the wacky characters, the dogs, You never knew what would happen next. There is a lot of humor and some witches and murder.

Clyde Fortune is a female. She has too live in her hometown for a year to keep the house and money she inherited. She is keeping it a secret that she is dating Mac a homicide detective. She is a psychic but does not want to be one. She has a big dog Baxter. Clyde was a policeman in another town when she decided to move back and quit being a cop.

Diana is a witch and is in charge of the fall festival. They have a witch ceremony for part of it out in the woods. When things start going wrong and someone ends up dead. Her best friend is Clyde.

Crystal Haven, Michigan is the setting. It is known for being a town of psychics.

One scene I laughed at was a pan caught on fire and before you know it everyone is covered with foam and sliding around when the fire department comes to Clyde's house. It is a pretty funny scene.

I cared about these characters and want to know what happens next in their lives. While Clyde and her friends are trying to investigate what happened and other suspects. Life happens around them and makes them real that you celebrate with them, laugh with them.

I stayed up till 1:00 am to finish reading Be Careful What You Witch For.

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


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Maverick of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan (Copper Creek Cowboys #1)

Description

"Found love, lost treasure and ever-present danger. R.C. Ryan delivers it all with page-turning romance." ---NORA ROBERTS, New York Times bestselling author.

A COPPER CREEK COWBOYS NOVEL

First love always burns hotter . . .

Ash MacKenzie broke his share of hearts when he left Copper Creek all those years ago and struck out on his own. Tall, tough, and proud. That's how Brenna always remembered him, and from the looks of things, he hasn't changed much. Once, she thought he could save her-whisk her away from her rough childhood home and start fresh together. Now she knows better . . .

Ash isn't planning to stick around town long. As soon as he uncovers the truth about his father's death and makes sure the family ranch is safe, he'll be back out on his own. And then he runs into Brenna Crane. It broke his heart to leave her once-a herd of stampeding horses couldn't make him do it again. But Brenna has made a new life for herself, one that doesn't include him. Now he just has to convince her to give their first love a second chance.
Series: Copper Creek Cowboys

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 145557225X
ISBN-13: 978-1455572250
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My review:The Maverick of Copper Creek by R.C. Ryan (Copper Creek Cowboys #1)

4 stars

The Maverick of Copper Creek was entertaining. It had a family of characters that I loved and would enjoy seeing more of them. It was full of drama, action, mystery and romance. It had a few love scenes that I skipped over. It also has lots of food that made me hungry.

Ash MacKenzie left home ten years ago because of a fight with his father. Now he has come back for his father's funeral. He left behind his best friend Brenna Crane. He has his own ranch in WyomingB now.

Brenna Crane is engaged now to someone else. Brenna works her ranch and is a artist. She had a tough childhood.

The day that Ash comes back to Copper Creek first person he sees is Brenna and someone tries to run them over. No one knows who is trying to kill them and who is the target.

With Bear MacKenzie's murder and will comes surprises for the MacKenzie family. Bear was a tough father to his two sons. He has a big Montana ranch. He left behind Willow his widow. Ash oldest son. Whit youngest. Griff surprise. Mad his father who is in a wheelchair. Myrna his long time housekeeper and cook. Brady his forman. I hope Griff and Whitt get their own book. I would love to see these characters again.

I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing). In return I agreed to give honest review of The Maverick of Copper Creek.