Friday, October 24, 2014

Drone Games by Joel Narlock









About the book:

It’s domestic terrorism as you’ve never seen it before. An al-Qaeda cell uses cutting-edge drone technology to circumvent post-9/11 airport security measures. Within eight hours, two planes crash. The President faces an unthinkable decision: ground all planes—and the economy—or keep flying and risk more deaths. Based on real-life technology, Drone Games is a fascinating fictional account of terrorism’s future.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462114873
ISBN-13: 978-1462114870
Genres: Action & Adventure Fiction, Military Fiction



About the author:

Joel Narlock was born in La Crosse, WI and grew up hunting, fishing and raising a beautiful family. He’s experienced in corporate finance and small business management. He plays guitar and has performed in various local venues. He wrote his first novel about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in 2003. He and his wife, Terri have two wonderful adult children and two wonderful grandchildren. He lives in Key West and took first place in Key West’s 2013 Mystery Fest Short Story Contest. He and his wife are active members of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club. He enjoys an annual Canadian fishing trip with family and friends.


My review: Drone Games by Joel Narlock


4 STARS

Wow what a scary ride. It sets up a very realistic book in my mind. I hope Riley is wrong. I thought it did a good job explaining why we are such a big target for extremists. Why the airlines are so important for the economy. What Drones are and what they could do in the future.

The last half of the book I did not want to put the book down. The ending left me with a song going through my head. Sure left me with thinking a little different about that song.

The story for part of the book was told by the terrorists. Their plan was complex and showed how they think out of the box.

The plot is they come up with an idea to use drones in a way that takes down two airplanes within 8 hours of each other and it shuts down till they figure out what is causing the planes to crash.

The science they use is out their. It can be a scary thought of how easy it is to kill people if you want too and don't care if you live or die.

The setting for the most part is the United States.

I was given this ebook to read so I could give an honest review and be part of its blog tour of Drone Games by Joel Narlock.



EXCERPT:

From the author: While millions of Americans go about their daily lives, halfway around the world al-Qaeda hatches a deadly new terror plot. The target: US commercial aviation. It’s unthinkable in its devastation. It’s brilliantly easy in its execution. And it’s capable of bypassing all the security measures the United States has implemented in the decade since 9/11.

=====

“We must change the way we think, Ali,” Al-Aran said. “Our targets must be economic. Bin Laden knew this, and now Zawahiri has also reached that conclusion.” He leaned forward. “Look at the attacks in Boston and Kenya. What do we gain if a soldier with a backpack manages to break through the defenses in a US airport? A few hundred dead and perhaps one aircraft. The Americans will grieve, their president will predictably speak of healing, and then they will assess and bolster their front-end security. A completely shortsighted victory. But when multiple aircraft begin to mysteriously explode in flight, the Americans will have no choice but to close their skies and their airports. The financial impacts, even for a few days, will be fantastic. Imagine five days, or ten. What if we could clip the wings of seven thousand passenger planes indefinitely?”

The two men contemplated that for a moment—the legs of a major transportation sector broken. The economy of the United States brought to its knees once again by al-Qaeda.

“We have always known that America’s airlines are a golden target and worthy of sacrifice, but there are others. I have a soldier poised in London, a courier who has devised a completely foolproof and undetectable way to carry fifteen kilograms of dried meat—meat that is infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy—from Heathrow to Miami, on a passenger aircraft, no less. His team will mix it with common feed pellets and then harmlessly sightsee across America, visiting cattle feedlots, pastures, and even family farms. Or perhaps he could use drones? Within a month, the raw fear generated by hundreds of confirmed outbreaks of mad cow disease will devastate the US beef industry.”

Naimi turned back to his newspaper. This was precisely what Zawahiri had been advocating in recent jihadi blogs produced by their media wing, as-Sahab: to bleed America’s economy as punishment for the continuous war on Islam and Muslims.

“When would the first aircraft fall?”

“In nineteen days,” Al-Aran answered. “Monday, May 18. Akil has selected a morning departure. I need only your approval.”

There was an extended silence, as if everyone in the café had knowledge of the conversation and was waiting for the pronouncement.

“The earth, water, and fire operations must wait,” Naimi calmly ordered. “You may attack America’s airlines.”

Drone Games” blog tour schedule:

October 13: Jorie Loves a Story
October 14: My Devotional Thoughts
October 15: Deal Sharing Aunt
October 16: Read For Your Future
October 17: Mel’s Shelves
October 18:
October 19:
October 20: Coffee for the Brain • Emmy Mom
October 21: Dorine White
October 22:
October 23:
October 24: Readalot
October 25: Inklings and Notions
October 26: Forbidden Reviews
October 27: I Love to Read and Review Books
October 28: Blooming with Books • The Author’s Hideaway • Andi’s Book Reviews

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spell Check by Julie Wright review


A skeleton is rattling its way out of the closet marked “FAMILY SECRET! KEEP OUT!”
Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries.
Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all—surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations.
The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.
Paperback: 218 pages
Publisher: Heart Stone Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941849008
ISBN-13: 978-1941849002


My review: Spell Check by Julie Wright

4 STARS

Spell Check is full of drama, action, teenage drama, magic gone wild, humor and characters that you like. Also it is a clean read. it grabs your attention right off.
It is almost Halloween and Ally has agreed to help the cheerleaders film a skit. She is going to be hanged as a witch. When Ally is hanging from a tree things go wrong fast. Ally starts wishing bad things to happen to them. It comes true.

Ally has just turned 16. Her parents are divorced for two years now. They still fight when ever they get together. So when Ally realizes her wishes are coming true. She tries to wish her parents to stop fighting with each other and get back together. They then disappear.

How many times do you say you wish something to happen when your mad or frustrated? Ally says it a lot but her wishes are coming true. She tells her brother she wished he would stop talking and he goes mute. She really did not want that to happen.

Her grandmother from Sweden comes to help Ally to find her parents and undo the trouble she caused from her wishes. She also needs to be prepared to be tested by the Troll King on Halloween. Time is running out.

I did not put the book down last night till I had finished the book.

The suspense of what was happening to Ally and why was good. Ally's crush and first date was cute. The action when she ended up rescuing her parents from the Amazon was good and funny. It was fun to read.

I would say that any age could enjoy this story. Probably start in middle school.

I was given Spell Check to read by Author so I could honestly review it.

Blog tour: ‘Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds’ by Shersta Chabot




Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols

by Shersta Chabot


Do you know the symbolism behind evergreens, sheep, or the color red? This adorably illustrated picture book teaches the meanings behind 24 Christmastime objects and is the perfect gift for any children, parents, or grandparents on your list. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing & Media (October 14, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1462114628
ISBN-13: 978-1462114627


About the author:

Shersta Chabot grew up in Utah, the oldest in a family of eleven children. After working for several years in both corporate and small business accounting, she returned to her first love—English literature—and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University while working as Acquisitions Editor for a local trade publishing company. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her three children, where she has taken on the dual challenges of graduate student and teacher of writing at Arizona State University. Shersta is the author of The Symbols of Christmas.


My review: Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds’ by Shersta Chabot Illustrated by Corey Egbert

4 STARS

I need this book to remember what each thing we traditionally decorate means. This is a short 32 page children's book that tells us what stars, Christmas tree reminds us why we use these symbols to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. A lot of time we are so rushed at Christmas we forget what we are celebrating.

Some of the answers I knew and some I had no idea why we use them like reindeer fir example.

I like the bright cheery pictures in the book that Corey Egbert drew.

This is one Christmas book to add to read each year maybe even before we decorate to remind us that it is to celebrate the birth of our Savior.

I was given this book to read so I could honestly review it and be part of Stars, Stockings and Shepherds blog tour.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram Review

rIt’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.

Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.(
File Size: 993 KB
Print Length: 275 pages
Publisher: Bluefields (October 1, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00MRLYO7K

My review:Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

5 STARS

Tissues needed! Boy did I feel lots of emotions reading this book. I loved it. Cinder & Ella is a way different twist on Cinderella. Loved the ending! Though I would of have read more of their story.
Ella goes through so much. Oh you keep hoping things will get better for her. She is tough fighter. I loved her character. She was raised by her mother since she was 12 years old.
Her best friend is someone she has never met before Cinder. She has known him from her blog.

Brian or Cinder has lots going for him. He is a actor, good looking, staring in his favorite book series movies. His best friend is Ella but she does not know he is an actor. He is fake engaged to his co-star for publicity.

This book I did not put down unless it was to reach for more tissue until I had to. It is full of drama, relationships, hardships, romance , mean girls and bullies and facing life struggles. It is a clean read. It is a book you want to talk about it.

Ella has moved from Boston to Hollywood to Live with her father & his new family. She meets them for the first time when she moves in. She has two step-sisters a year younger beautiful spoiled princess. She is made to go to a private school her senior year to do over.
Ella struggles just to walk and now she faces struggles with scars all over her body and mind.

The book is told from two perspectives mostly Ella's but also Cinder's story. I was totally rooting for them to meet. How they did was perfect. The ending I wanted to shout and cheer for Ella too.

This is the first book that I believe I have read by Kelly Oram but I want to read more books from her in the future. Though I don't want to shed so many tears both good and sad ones.

The target I would say for this book is a fan of Cinderella and YA, romance readers.

I was given this ebook to read from ebooks for review so I could honestly give Cinder & Ella a review.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Weaver Christmas Gift by Allison Leigh

Description
Help Wanted: Husband

Jane Cohen is in a quandary: she needs a man for her baby plan. Love and marriage are nonnegotiable—it's the traditional route or bust. So it's time to cut Casey Clay loose—her friend with benefits doesn't do commitment. But this impossible, irresistible man sets the bar awfully high for her husband hunt!

No matter how deep Casey's feelings run for the sexy bar owner, when it comes to kids, he can't give her what she wants. And his secrets don't stop there. But as the mistletoe goes up around Weaver, 'tis the season for their moment of truth…and their shot at true love.
Series: Harlequin Special Edition\Return to the Double C (Book 2365)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373658478
ISBN-13: 978-0373658473

My review: A Weaver Christmas Gift by Allison Leigh

3 STARS

A Weaver Christmas Gift is a nice romance. It is also steamy a couple of love scenes I skipped over. I like the Weaver family but I have only read a few of them.

Jane Cohen has been sleeping with Casey for a year now. Jane decides she wants a baby while she is in bed with Casey. Shocks him. Jane decides that she can't be sleeping with him because she also wants a husband too.

Jane owns the local bar in Weaver. She even thinks of giving dates away like she does the lunch each month with business cards. Jane thinks her sleeping with Casey is a big secret.

Casey Clay is keeping a lot of secrets. He does not want to get married and have a family. Casey can not keep thinking about Jane. Some things go wrong at work for him too.

Casey and Jane can't stay away from each other but they can't be what each other wants or needs.
Lots of drama, family and mourning. Their are some lines of the story that carry over into other books and I want to know how they are solved. Also I think I might have missed something by not reading all the other Weaver books.

I was given this ebook by Net Galley and Harlequin to read for the purpose of honestly reviewing it.

An Amish Family Christmas by Marta Perry, Patricia Davids

Description

Celebrate the holidays in Amish Country

Heart of Christmas by Marta Perry

Amish teacher Susannah Miller suddenly has two new students: the children of her former love. Widowed father Toby Unger broke Susannah's heart ten years ago, but now the handsome Amish man desperately needs help with his troubled little ones. Can the joy of the season reunite two lonely hearts in time for Christmas?

A Plain Holiday by Patricia Davids

Outspoken nanny Sally Yoder left her Amish community for her rumspringa. Though her heart is back home, the Amish man she loves, Ben Lapp, will never love a bold woman like her. But when a snowstorm strands her, her young charges and Ben on a remote farm at Christmastime, they both might discover that love is the true holiday spirit.
Series: Love Inspired

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373879202
ISBN-13: 978-0373879205


My review: An Amish Family Christmas by Marta Perry, Patricia Davids

5 STARS

This book as two novellas about Christmas. An Amish Family Christmas is a good reminder what Christmas is about. Remembering our Saviors birth. Being close to our families. Thinking of others. Both Patricia and Marta both got me to feel like Christmas mood this hot August day, the way they describe the scenes with words. They both are not afraid to mention scriptures, prayers and leaving you feeling uplifted.

Heart of Christmas by Marta Perry

Susannah Miller is a Amish school teacher. Now close to Christmas Susannah has two new students. Their father is a widower Toby Unger. Ten years ago Susannah and Toby were to be married instead he ran off to another Amish community. William 8 and Anna 6.
Susannah and Toby must work together for the children's sake. William is acting out. Anna is really shy since their mothers death.

A Plain Holiday by Patricia Davids

Sally Yoder is a Amish nanny who is living with a Englisher family. She thinks she will leave the Amish.
When unexpected she is sent with the children back to Amish country with their grandma. She loved Ben but new they would not be together so she left to take a job in the city.

Ben Lapp is working on a farm with race horses. The owner had left the Amish faith. Sally chased Ben for two years telling everyone she was going to marry him. Now she is going to be on the same farm.

Kimi Higgins is spoiled. She does not want to spend a old fashion Christmas. She would rather text her friends or be in Paris with her parents.

Ryder Higgins is a active child. He loves the horse farm.

I enjoyed both stories and will read more from both Marta Perry and Patricia Davids in the future.

I was given this ebook by Net Galley and Harlequin. In exchange agreed to give honest review of An Amish Family Christmas.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #15.5)

Description
Step out of the winter chill and into the warmth of Fool's Gold, California, the charming small-town setting for a new holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery

Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hothe's also generous, funny, nice. The whole packagetantalizingly out of reach.

The ache of past loss reminds Kenny why he needs to avoid getting too close to anyone. Especially to a gorgeous redhead and her adorable little girl. Mess it up, and he'd lose them both. Yet Kenny can only resist Bailey for so long. And as festive spirit spreads throughout the town, he's all wrapped up in Bailey's sweet, sexy kisses and determined to make this the first of many Christmases together

My review: Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #15.5)

4 STARS

This is one of my favorite Fool's Gold stories. It has the parts I love and none of the parts I am tired of. I love the town of Fool's Gold. How they help each other, they care about each other and those who need a helping hand. It is a town I would love to live in. Small town in California up the near by mountain is ski lodge.

I have been waiting for Bailey and Kenny's story. You know they were going to wind up together. Kenny is so good with Chloe. Chloe has asked him for help a few times.

Bailey works for Mayor Marsha. She lost her husband two years ago while he was deployed. She has a seven year old.
Kenny works for Score. He was a Pro-football player with his two best friends. He has been hurt in the past and guards his heart.
Chloe is seven and a sweet young girl.

Mayor Marsha asks Kenny to help Bailey feel in for his friend with the Toy drive the seven year old girls want to do. Kenny never agrees but he will help. He is attracted to Bailey but he tells her straight off that he does not date single moms. Bailey likes Kenny but knows she is not skinny like the models he usually dates.

I really like how this is a clean read. That their is not the big break up scene with drinks and male bashing party like most of the books have. I like seeing all the old characters back.

One thing that I did not like was that it was a novella and not long like the other books. Though it does make for a fast short read with a good story.

I was given this ebook to read through Net Galley and Harlequin. In return I agreed to give honest review of Yours for Christmas.