Monday, June 30, 2014

Paul Markun‘s The Big Disrupter Release Day $100 Amazon gift card giveaway

Title: The Big Disrupter

Author: Paul Markun

Publisher: Portfolio

Publication Date: June 13, 2014

Pages: 454

ISBN: 978-0-9914862-0-5

Genre: Thriller

Format: Paperback / PDF / eBook

An anonymous donor creates a prize for One Billion Dollars to inspire social entrepreneurs to promote world change. Lionel Lane, an idealistic entrepreneur, partners with his brilliant ex-girlfriend Maxine Gold to turn around his struggling San Francisco-based company Double Vision Beverages to compete for the Big Disrupter Award.

With the help of a venture capitalist and an eccentric financier, Double Vision expands into energy drinks using the pure water from the mountains of Telluride, Colorado. Talented 21-year-old extreme skier, Reddi Christiansen, becomes the face of their quest for the youth market.

One by one the leading competitors in the Big Disrupter fall victim to unexplained tragedies. The police are mystified. The prize for social good becomes a death trap, but too rich to resist. Desperate for protection, Lionel, Maxine and Reddi enlist a former Navy SEAL cyber guru. The faster they race towards the approaching award deadline, the more the escalating dangers threaten to spin them off a cliff.

Paul Markun grew up an entrepreneur and dreamer, starting with his first paper route at age nine in the Canal Zone of Panama.

Living in Telluride, Colorado, he started four companies with best friends before he was 24, including Fly By Night Builders, The Illusions Company, High Country Trekkers–you get the idea; great names, cool ideas, not much income.

He moved to Silicon Valley, got more education and tech experience, and started SoftIRON Systems and Fullspeed Networks, and rode the wave of the late 1990s to success. He sold SoftIRON Systems to the Williams Company (WilTel), a Fortune 300 company. In 2001 his company Fullspeed was acquired by Callisma, which became Pac Bell and then AT&T. You know them, right?

In the first decade of the 2000s, he joined fellow entrepreneurs to lead marketing for Netcordia, which later IPO’d as Infoblox (NYSE:BLOX). He also ran marketing for Sitecore, a web software company, growing it 10 X from an $8 million fledgling niche provider to an established global corporation. Paul continues to be involved with emerging companies to this day.

Paul met his wife Rachel, an attorney, when he was 18 and she was even younger at the University of Chicago. Their fountains of inspiration are their two sons and a daughter.

A passionate story teller, he turned his energies to writing about topics and characters close to his own heart. His first novel is The Big Disrupter.

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Lone Wolf Standing by Carla Cassidy (Men of Wolf Creek #3)


New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy brings her riveting Men of Wolf Creek series to a thrilling climax

Maybe it's just her imagination, but Sheri Marcoli's convinced she's being watched. With the disappearance of her aunt still unsolved, Detective Jimmy Carmani's not taking any chances. But sticking close to the vulnerable beauty isn't just a job. For the first time in his life, Jimmy's discovering feelings he thought himself incapable of.

But the powerful attraction Sheri feels toward Jimmy is scaring her almost as much as her stalker. The swarthy, dark-eyed detective is nothing like the golden-haired prince she's waited for all her life. But as Sheri struggles to resist her overpowering desire, an evil madman is closing in…on both of them.
Series: Harlequin Romantic Suspense\Men of Wolf Creek (Book 1807)

Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373278772
ISBN-13: 978-0373278770

My Review:Lone Wolf Standing by Carla Cassidy


This is a mystery of a Aunt Liz who raised her three nieces after their mom abandoned them with her. Now she is missing. The cops have looked into the case and have no leads. In both previous books Sheri's older sisters have found love with two of the detectives working the case.

This is the third and last book of the series. I like that it is only three books to the series. So I can remember them. I guessed one of the twists but was surprised at the rest. Their is one love scene I skipped over. I like the characters.

Sheri is waiting for her prince. She knows he will be tall and blond hair. Sheri owns her own business sell Amish goods to tourists. She sells quilts, furniture, cheeses and other goods. Sheri is quiet in a group. She lives alone on five acres of woods. She has a well trained dog named Highway.

Jimmy Carmani is the third detective. He is short with dark hair. He is called to go to Sheri's house that she has a gun on someone. Sheri has no shooting signs all around her property. When local hunter is hunting she gets her shotgun out. Jimmy has no family and is from the big city.

Someone is following Sheri home from work. Her dog is barking and does not bark at animals. Sheri calls Jimmy out. While he is their checking out her place they agree to hang out sometimes as friends. Since his two co-workers have found love with Sheri's sisters.

Now someone is after Sheri.

This is a fast read. We find out who took Liz and why. We know a little about Liz from the previous two stories.

The setting is small town thirty miles from Hershey Pennsylvania. Has a Amish community.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it.

The Texan's Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn (Texas Rodeo Baron)



Savannah Baron is determined to turn The Peach Pit from a simple roadside stand on her family's Texas ranch into a bustling country store. She's too busy with her business to even enter many rodeos anymore, let alone date. But when a health scare prompts her to search for her long-estranged mother, she discovers more than a helping hand in an old friend.

Soldier-turned-private investigator Travis Shepard never thought he'd move on after his wife's tragic death, yet with Savannah, the walls he built around his heart begin to crumble away. But Savannah still faces a medical crisis and Travis can't bear the idea of losing anyone else. Can he find the strength to love again?
Series: Harlequin American Romance\Texas Rodeo B (Book 1506)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373755279
ISBN-13: 978-0373755271

My Review: The Texan's Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn (Texas Rodeo Baron)


I like Savannah Baron. She is a fighter, hard worker, talented and loves her family. But her father is driving her crazy.

Travis Shepard lost his wife. He is afraid of getting close to anyone again. He had a crush on Savannah in high school. He had to work out a lot of issues. I like him

The Texan's Cowgirl bride goes on an emotional ride. Savannah after a fall while riding in rodeo is asked about her family history. She decides to try and find her mom. She gets Travis to find her. Savannah does not want to burden her family with her health scare.

Savannah and Travis has some fun dates and grow close fast. Travis a few times was really there for Savannah when she had to go to hospital. It was good that she had him to count on most of the time.

The setting for the book is on a ranch store in Texas the Peach Pit that Savannah managed and started for family.

There were a couple of love scenes that I skipped over. It was a fast enjoyable story.

I will want to read more books of the Texas Rodeo Baron by Trish Milburn.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review by Netgalley and Harlequin.

The Texan's Little Secret by Barbara White Daille (Texan Rodeo Barons #2)

Hiding The Truth

Coming home might be the worst decision Carly Baron has ever made. Each minute on her family's busy ranch is one minute closer to seeing him—her first love—the man who broke her heart seven years ago. While coming face-to-face with Luke Nobel again brings back painful memories, Carly quickly realizes there are other strong feelings just under the surface….

Luke would be a lot better off if Carly had stayed away. Being a single dad to an adorable two-year-old girl and managing the Roughneck is tough enough, but resisting the sparks that fly whenever he and Carly are together is near impossible. But first she must tell him her secret. The truth could heal their past…or forever destroy their chances of becoming a family.
Series: Harlequin American Romance\Texas Rodeo B (Book 1510)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (August 5, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373755317
ISBN-13: 978-0373755318

My review: The Texan's Little Secret by Barbara White Daille (Texan Rodeo Barons #2)


Good story, likeable characters, a mystery that ties the stories together besides them being a family. Does have a couple of love scenes that I skipped over.

Carly Baron has come home to help take care of her father recover from his injury from a riding a bull. Carly has secrets. She is going to quit riding barrels in rodeos. Threatens to start riding bulls next. Her ex-boyfriend is now the manager of Roughneck.

Luke Nobel is a widower with a little girl named Rosie. He is also a former rodeo champion bull rider. He is still attracted to Carly. He knows it is best to make peace with the owner's daughter.

Brock Baron has been married three times. He has a lot of children. He had a accident riding a bull in senior rodeo. He is in a wheel chair with broken leg. He owns a ranch and oil company. He wants Carly back home working for him. Brock's first wife left him and his four children.

Carly and her sister are trying to find their mother. They have not heard from her since she was five. Carly has lots of questions.

The setting is a Texas ranch.

This is a series with different writer each month writing the different stories.

I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of writing a honest review of it. Net Galley and Harlequin gave it to me.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Protective Instincts by Shirlee McCoy



After losing her family, and then nearly her life when she was held hostage in Africa, grieving widow Raina Lowery only wants to put the past behind her. Instead, she's finding her son's toys in the woods and dodging a gunman's bullets. Raina is trapped in a real-life nightmare—until Jackson Miller reappears. Months ago, saving Raina was Jackson's job as a member of HEART, a private rescue team. But now it's personal. The hardened protector wants to give Raina—and himself—a second chance at love. But first he has to save her…again.

Mission: Rescue—No job is too dangerous for these fearless heroes

Series: Love Inspired Suspense\Mission: Rescue

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373446063
ISBN-13: 978-0373446063

My Review: Protective Instincts by Shirlee McCoy


This is one series I want to read all the books in the series. I really like the characters and want to see more of them. It is a good suspense. I did figure out who the bad guy was early on. I like the humor and banter between the brothers. I like that they worry about keeping people safe over money. It has some action, caring relationships and is a clean read.

Raina has suffered a lot in the past few years. She lost her family, then was kidnapped. Now she is trying to bring Samuel a little boy that helped her when she was a captive to live with her for a year and to get a artificial leg fitted.

Samuel has lost his family in Africa. Then he lost his leg during the rescue of the missionaries. You just want to hug him and comfort him. He comes here to where things are so different. He has a mind of his own about what he wants.

Jackson Miller helped bring Raina home from being kidnapped in Africa. Now he and another member of their team are escorting Samuel to Raina. When they get there they find Raina in danger. Jackson is not just going to leave her and Samuel to fight by themselves.

When Jackson is questioned by the cops, his brothers show up to help him.

Raina is wanting to help Samuel, but she can't face going back to Africa. So she arranges for Samuel to be escorted so he is not traveling alone. She has cleaned out her son's room to make room for Samuel. It was hard for her, but she is doing the right thing for her.

I just really enjoyed reading Protective Instincts.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it in return by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

More Than a Cowboy by Cathy McDavid



Liberty Beckett was so used to watching longtime crush Deacon McCrea ride at her family's Reckless, Arizona, arena, she nearly forgot the handsome cowboy was an attorney. But it won't be hard to remember now that Deacon is representing her father in the legal battle dividing the Beckett clan and threatening the Easy Money Rodeo Arena.

This case is Deacon's chance to clear his name in Reckless. He didn't anticipate the powerful effect Liberty would have on him. Their attraction is undeniable…and a huge conflict of interest. To save his career and Liberty's relationship with her family, Deacon knows he needs to avoid Liberty. But what a man needs and what he wants are two very different things….
Series: Harlequin American Romance\Reckless, Ari (Book 1508)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373755295

My review: More Than a Cowboy by Cathy McDavid

31/2 STARS

I enjoyed More than a Cowboy. I liked the characters. You want things to work out for them.
The setting is a ranch in Arizona that is called Reckless. They have their own rodeos a few times a year.

Liberty just found out who her father was. She was always told he was someone passing by. Liberty helps teach youth how to ride and helps with the rodeo stock. She has had a crush on Deacon for years. She wants to get to know her father.

Cassidy is Liberty's big sister their is eleven years between them. She remembers her father when he was drunk. She does not want him back in her life.

Ryder left home when he was thirteen. He wanted to live with his father.

Sunny has run the rodeo grounds since the divorce. She has lied to Liberty
her whole life. She has also left some important information from her children.

Mercer was a drunk. He let Sunny's lies that Liberty was not his. Now that he knows the truth he uses that to get back in his family live.

Deacon has moved back to his hometown. He ran away when he was 17 and everyone accused him at being at fault when someone was hurt on the ranch and he was fired. He is now a lawyer and plans to find out what happened that night. He is Mercer's lawyer.

It was a good rodeo story. I want to know what happens in the next book. I believe they plan on three books.

One love scene in it that I skipped over.

I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of it. Received the book through Net Galley and Harlequin.

Hard Ride to Dry Gulch by Joanna Wayne (Big "D" Dads: The Daltons)



A haunting beauty with mesmerizing brown eyes is in desperate need of Dallas homicide detective Travis Dalton's help. Faith Ashburn's troubled teenage son is missing…and may be hiding secrets that could get him—and his mother—killed.

Faith will do whatever it takes to find her boy, even if it means turning to the rugged detective, a man shadowed by his own painful past. When the search reveals a shocking connection to the dangerous criminal Travis has sworn to bring down, Faith has to trust him with her life. And when passion flares, she has to trust him with something she vowed never again to give: her heart.
Kindle Edition, 224 pages

Expected publication: July 1st 2014 by Harlequin Intrigue

My Review: Hard Ride to Dry Gulch by Joanna Wayne


Lots of drama, suspense. Faith is a strong female character. She will do anything to help find her son. Their is one love scene that I skipped over. Some violence.

Faith is a single mom. Her son went missing ten months ago. She knows he would not just run away like the police think he did.
She has gone into sleazy places dressed like a hooker to try and find information. She has a good friends, not much family support.

Travis Dalton is a cop. He met Faith when she looked like a hooker. Now she is bridesmaid in his brother's wedding. Travis is single. He has issues dealing with his father but is very close to his brother Leif. He checks out Faith and decides he will look into her missing son.

Cornell Ashburn is 18. Some say he was into drugs, was known days before he disappeared to be seen at a strip club. Had no reason to runaway from home.

Joni Dalton is Faith's good friend has been their for her since her son went missing. She is now married to Leif.

I feel like I have missed out on some from not reading earlier books in the series. Still a enjoyable story.

Their is lots of danger from powerful men in drug trade. No one will cross Georgio Trosclair he owns the Passion Pit strip club and a few other businesses. The cops have a hard time getting him up on charges because witnesses disappear.

I wish the book was longer and we got to know the characters better. I want to read the books in the series I missed and want to read the next and see how the future unfolds. I liked it.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Friday, June 27, 2014

the Cottage on Juniper ridge by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls, #4)

How to Change Your Life…

Can a book change your life? Yes, when it's Simplicity, Muriel Sterling's guide to plain living. In fact, it inspires Jen Heath to leave her stressful, overcommitted life in Seattle and move to Icicle Falls, where she rents a lovely little cottage on Juniper Ridge. And where she can enjoy simple pleasures—like joining the local book club—and complicated ones, like falling in love with her sexy landlord, Garrett Armstrong.

Her sister Toni is ready for a change, too. She has a teenage daughter who's constantly texting her friends, a husband who's more involved with his computer than he is with her, and a son who's consumed by video games. Toni wants her family to grow closer—to return to a simpler way of life.

Other women in town, like Stacy Thomas, are also inspired to unload their excess stuff and some of the extra responsibilities they've taken on.

But as they all discover, sometimes life simply happens. It doesn't always happen simply!
Series: Life in Icicle Falls (Book 4)

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (February 25, 2014)

My review: The Cottage on Juniper Ridge by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls, #4)


This book is about changing your life by making it simpler. Some jump in without much planning to change. Jen Heath hates her life. She is working two jobs to afford her condo but can't enjoy being home in it.

Jen decides to sale her condo and leave big city behind. She is renting a cottage right outside of Icicle Falls. Her land lord is good looking firefighter did help sway her mind. She wants to enjoy friends, make bread & garden and work part time.

Jen sister Toni is afraid she is loosing her family. They are so connected to their phones, computer. Toni thought her sister crazy to want to move without first finding a job. She comes to love Icicle Falls.

Some are afraid they are on the path to being a hoarder and tries to de junk her house. I am trying that right now it is harder to do.

Garrett Armstrong is renting his cottage for the first time. The more he sees of Jen the more he thinks she is like his ex-wife and a flake. He is dating a cop instead. He is a firefighter. He is raising his 5 year old son.

Lots of good friends, lots of struggles, drama and action. You care for the characters and want things to workout for them. I wanted to also go to the chocolate festival in town. It sounded yummy. It is also a clean read.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give a honest review of it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Safe Harbor by Marie Ferrarella (Ladera by the Sea)

If he stays, she's in danger. But if he leaves…

All Mike Ryan can tell her is his name. Revealing any more to this beautiful stranger would put her in danger. And he's not willing to jeopardize Stevi Roman's—or her family's—safety any more than he already has. Why this angel has taken him in, nursed him and trusted him, he can't fathom. But it has been the best few weeks he's ever known. For the first time, Mike can imagine having a real life, a real identity, a real future. Stevi has done more than save him. She's inspired him.

And that's why he has to go. The safest thing he could do for all of them is to disappear….
Product Details
File Size: 592 KB
Print Length: 165 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming (June 1, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

My review: Safe Harbor by Marie Ferrarella (Ladera by the Sea)


This is the first book of Ladera by the Sea that I have read and would love to read the first two books of the series. Their are four daughters and their father that live and work the family Inn right on the ocean. This is Stevi Roman story. Stevi just graduated from College in art. She is dreaming to go away. As she is jogging on the beach she finds a man hurt.

Mike Ryan has been shot and washed up on the beach. He is face down on the beach with a gun shot. All he says don't call police. When Mike wakes up he does not tell anyone how he was shot. He fakes loss of memory.

Stevi decides to trust him so she gets help to sneak him in his room. When she is coming up with excuses to tell her father she is funny.

This is a charming story. It is a sweet story with drama, suspense and some action but mostly it is a look at life at the inn. I have to admit I loved the humor in the book. It is a clean read too.

The setting is a family inn on the California coast. I would love to stay their. Two of the sisters are now married and live in the Inn with their husbands.

I enjoyed getting to know the different characters at the inn. They all believe in helping others when they can.

fast read at 165 pages.

I was given this ebook to read for review. All opinions are mine. Received book from Net Galley and Harlequin.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Death in Perspective (A Cherry Tucker Mystery, #4) by Larissa Reinhart 2 Give aways $25 Barnes & Noble gift card and ebook

Death in Perspective
by Larissa Reinhart

A Cherry Tucker Mystery #4
Cozy Mystery


In Cherry Tucker’s fourth mystery, the curtain rises on Cherry’s debut as a high school set designer at the posh, private Peerless Day Academy. Cherry’s been hired to design scenery for an avant garde adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, but the theater teacher’s hoping Cherry can also turn the spotlight on a malicious bully who’s sending poisonous texts to the faculty. The director’s got his own drama to hide, and the phantom texter seems eager to spill school secrets. When a school secretary’s death is ruled a suicide, Cherry suspects foul play. The phantom bully may be using blackmail to rid the school of unwanted staff, urging a Montague-Capulet styled showdown.

With Deputy Luke Harper wanting to return as Cherry’s leading man, he’s eager to assist her efforts in fingering the phantom culprit, but Cherry fears family secrets may doom them to the role of star-crossed lovers. Offstage, Cherry’s searching for her missing brother who’s fixed on a vendetta against Luke’s stepfamily, so she instead turns to the local, foreign racketeer, Max Avtaikin, for assistance. With the bully waiting for a murderous encore and her own family skeletons to hide, Cherry scrambles to find her brother and the mysterious texter before the phantom decides its curtains for Cherry and forces her to take a final bow.

About The Author

After teaching in the US and Japan, Larissa enjoys writing, particularly sassy female characters with a penchant for trouble. She lives near Atlanta with her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit. Visit her website or find her chatting on Facebook. Death in Perspective is the fourth book in the best selling Cherry Tucker Mystery series. The first, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a Daphne du Maurier finalist, Emily finalist, and Dixie Kane Memorial winner.
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My Review:Death in Perspective (A Cherry Tucker Mystery, #4) by Larissa Reinhart


I like the characters especially Cherry Tucker. I want things to go her way all the time. She gets into so much trouble trying to help. I want things to work out for her and Luke. Their families have been feuding for years. No one except them want things to work.

Cherry Tucker is an artist. She also gets involved trying to figure out mysteries. She does not make much. Her new roommate is her ex-husband.

Luke Harper is a deputy working for Cherry's Uncle Will. Luke has a nice girl stalking him. His cousin hates Cherry. Luke hates that Cherry gets involved in dangerous things she shouldn't. He wants to get back with Cherry.

Cherry is hired to help with scenery at a local private school. The drama teacher also wants her to find out who is cyber bullying him and other teachers. Also he wants Max to give to the school.

A teacher commits suicide but Cherry does not buy it. She is finding out a lot of secrets at the school.

Lots of drama at the school, also around Cherry and Luke's romance. Cherry has a lot of drama in her family lives right now to.

Cherry reminds me a little like Charlie Brown were nothing goes right for her. Her Lucy is Shawna Luke's step cousin.

There is a lot of snooping, spying and action that gets Cherry in dangerous situations.

I can't wait to see what happens next in Cherry's life and who ends up with whom.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review and be part of its blog tour.

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Reluctant Witness (A Roaring Kill Mystery Book 1) by Sara M. Barton

What happens when the man you’re supposed to marry is murdered in your home?

Poor Marigold Flowers, already in the Witness Protection Program, thinks it’s her fault Jared Spears is dead. At sixteen, life as Marigold knew it ended with the murders of her grandparents. She and her family learned to live under the radar, avoiding trouble. But ever since she met the dashing investor in Newport, Rhode Island, this party planner’s had one problem after another. She chalks it up to her status in WitSec, especially after her team of U. S. Marshals is viciously attacked.

What if she’s wrong? What if something else is going on?

Enter handsome Jefferson Cornwall, thriller author, man of mystery...son of mystery and romantic suspense writer Lisabeth Causley, AKA Serena Duvall....Always on the hunt for inspiration for his next thriller, he’s willing to take her under his wing as he digs for the truth. With his team of experienced security professionals, he’ll keep Marigold alive, but she’d better not be lying to him!

To help her fill the hours, she turns to books....But not just any books...books by Jefferson and his mother...books inspired by real villains...books with a heroine who inspires Marigold. She and the fictional Nora have several things in common...deceitful lovers...the Caribbean...and men who are willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect them.

While contract killers hunt for her, her unofficial witness protection team unravels a mystery no one saw coming!...And even as the dangerous secrets are revealed, the chase is on
File Size: 979 KB
Print Length: 466 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Sara M. Barton (May 29, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

My review: Reluctant Witness (A Roaring Kill Mystery Book 1) by Sara M. Barton

5 stars

First I have to say I love the cover, since I have not liked some of her covers in past.

I was given this ebook from Sara but was having trouble with my Nook so I went and bought a copy for my kindle because I have wanted to read it for awhile. All the opinions are all mine.

Reluctant Witness at 466 pages is a longer book than most of Sara's other books, but I was sorry when I had finished because I wanted to see more of these characters. I could see that this could go on in many directions.

I really liked Marigold Flowers. She has gone through so much and she did not give up. She cared for those around her. I so wanted to see things work out for her.

Their were a lot of heroes who was doing their best to protect Marigold and were willing to put their lives on the line. You had U.S. Marshalls, Highway patrolman, FBI Agents and a lot of retired agents.

I really liked Jeff and wanted to see him a lot more. He makes me wonder at the authors of some of the books I have read. Maybe their description of themselves is off? We get to a little about the book Jeff wrote and I am sure it was all fiction right.
We also got to read part of a book his mother wrote.

The suspense was good. Never new what was going on around Marigold. Why were people trying to kidnap her? Who was trying to take out her witness protection marshals.

I would have a real hard time remembering different names and backgrounds that people in Witness protection need to do.

I like the different relationships between the characters have. They cared about each other and want to keep the innocent safe.
I like how they teased each other.

The setting for the book was all over from New York, FL, CA and HI. They were on the move a lot to keep her safe while they figured out what was going on.

I like novels of Sara M. Barton and will continue to read her books in the future.

Until We Touch by Susan Mallery (Fool's Gold #15)


From New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery comes the story of secret desires finally fulfilled…

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm's length—a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool's Gold, California.

Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart wishes, Jack's her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa's big secret is revealed…by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa's feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he's not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?
Series: Fool's Gold Romance (Book 15)

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (June 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373778937
ISBN-13: 978-0373778935

My Review: Until We Touch by Susan Mallery


Love the town of Fool's Gold. Love the characters. Love the relationships with each other. Love to see old familiar characters again from previous books. Also wonder who will be the next couple to have a story. Love how there are always community projects that help someone or something.

Don't like the love scenes. (I admit skipping over the scenes). Don't care that their is always a scene when one of the couple breaks off because afraid of commitment or falling in love. Friends gather and bash the one person.

The setting is the town of Fool's Gold, California. The home of the most festivals.

Jack McGarry is one of four of the owners of Score. A publicity firm. He was a former quarterback professionally. He has money. He does not like to get to close to anyone.

Larissa Owens is Jack's assistant. She is also a massage therapist. Who gives massages to the four owners. She also gets involved is rescuing lots of animals or people. She uses Jack's money and property to help others.

Larissa's mom tells Jack to fire Larissa because she is in love with him. She wants Larissa to move back and get over Jack so she can find someone to marry and give her grandchildren.

Since that conversation both Jack and Larissa start looking at their relationship differently. So it started changing.

Makes for a great book to escape into.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review in return from Netgalley and Harlequin.

Wild Iris Ridge by Raeanne Thayne (Hope's Crossing #7)

Lucy Drake and Brendan Caine have only one thing in common…

And it's likely to tear them apart. Because it was Brendan's late wife, Jessie—and Lucy's best friend—who'd brought them together in the first place. And since Jesse's passing, Brendan's been distracted by his two little ones…and the memory of an explosive kiss with Lucy years before his marriage. Still, he'll steer clear of her. She's always been trouble with a capital T.

Lucy couldn't wait to shed her small-town roots for the big city. But now that she's back in Hope's Crossing to take care of the Queen Anne home her late aunt has left her, she figures seeing Brendan Caine again is no big deal. After all, she'd managed to resist the handsome fire chief once before, but clearly the embers of their attraction are still smoldering…
Series: Hqn (Book 7)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (June 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373778597
ISBN-13: 978-0373778591

My Review: Wild Iris Ridge by Raeanne Thayne (Hope's Crossing #7)


I enjoy Hope's Crossing series. The secondary characters are old friends that we can catch up on their lives. The main characters are likeable.

Lucy has come to Hope's Crossing at a time in her life is in a crisis. She has been left a big house and she is thinking of turning it into a bed and breakfast.

Lucy years ago had shared one kiss with Brendan. Then Brendan started dating her best friend. Since then she has tried to stay away from him. But she loves his children. So she is not happy to run into him with just being in town for a short time.

Brendan Caine is the fire chief. He has been a widower for two years. He has two cute children. His late wife was Lucy's cousin and best friend. He is not ready to start dating. He can not stop thinking about Lucy though he keeps trying to stay away from her.

Carter Caine is a cute five year old. Who is active.

Faith Caine is a nine year old. She loves to read.

It even has cute animals that are loveable and make you want to take them home with you.

The setting is beautiful sounding and makes me want to go for a walk in the mountains. Hope Crossing is in Colorado right close to the mountains.

I liked the drama it was not drastic but easy to read and care about the characters. I really like how the town has a day of service and every year more people get involved to help each other and the town.

I was given this ebook to read and agreed to give honest review of it in return by Net Galley and Harlequin.

The Promise by Robyn Carr (Thunder Point #5)


#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to Thunder Point with an uplifting story about overcoming loss and finding unexpected love

Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

Peyton Lacoumette considers herself entirely out of the dating scene. She's already been burned by a man with kids, and she's come to Thunder Point determined not to repeat past mistakes. When Scott offers her a job, at a much lower salary than she's used to, Peyton is surprisingly eager to accept…at least for now. She's willing to stay for a three-month trial period while she explores other options.

Scott and Peyton know the arrangement is temporary—it isn't enough time to build a real relationship, never mind anything with lasting commitment. But love can blossom faster than you think when the timing is right, and this short visit just might hold the promise of forever.
Series: Thunder Point (Book 5)

Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778316203
ISBN-13: 978-0778316206

My Review: The Promise by Robyn Carr


I like Thunder Point. It is a small beach town in Oregon. The characters are old friends. There are some newcomers too. I want to read more about the characters. The scenery sounds wonderful. I would visit it.
I like how people help others with what they can.

Peyton Lacoumette is new to Thunder Point. Peyton just came from a broken relationship both personal and professional. She is a physician's assistant. She agrees to stay for three months and work at the clinic as she decides what she wants next.

Dr. Scott Grant has opened a small clinic in Thunder Point. He wants to make a difference in peoples lives. He is also a single father with two adorable children. He will never be rich.

This book is set in Thunder Point but a lot of the story happens away from it too. Which is a little different.

I really like Peyton's family. I hope we get to see more of them in the future too. It was fascinating to hear about life on her family's farm and the different recipes her mom fixed.

We get to see what the others in previous books are up to now. All the different characters and the drama of life makes a very well rounded story that brings me back to Thunder Point again and again.

One scene in the book that I would love to do some day but doubt I can do. Is at night in the ocean a bunch of teenagers are laying on their long boards and flashlights looking down into the ocean and see all the life in the ocean.

Peyton has in her life two doctors that are single parents. They are the opposite to each other in most ways.
How they parent are vastly different. Scott is involved in his children's lives. He gives back to the community more than just money.

There was a few love scenes that I skipped over.

I really enjoy the drama in the characters lives and relationships and will want to read more books in the Thunder Point series in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.

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The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls #5)

When it comes to men, sisters don't share!

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling's dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflé. Now Bailey's face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she'll stay with her sister Cecily.

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She's going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily's started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there's more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she's not pleased.

Wait! Isn't Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He's a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd's the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?
Series: Life in Icicle Falls (Book 5)

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (June 24, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778316181

My Review: The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane by Sheila Roberts (Life in Icicle Falls #5)


This story was hard to connect with any of the characters. As a romance book to me it was not good. As a story about sisters living in a small town it works.

Bailey's character was good when she was excited about food but other times she was too bratty and whiney. It was all about her. After some bad publicity her business of catering fails and she comes back to her hometown. Bailey is the youngest of three sisters.

Cecily was undecided about what she wanted. She was attracted to two guys. At first I was rooting for her. Cecily is ready to get married and have a family. She works for the family chocolate business. She is the middle sister.

Samantha is the oldest sister and she saved the family business. She is bossy and married.

Todd I was liking than not so much. Todd is good looking not ready to settle down. He owns the local bar.

Luke was my favorite but we did not see much of him as I would like. He is a widower with a little girl. He works for the Chocolate factory.

The ending felt too rushed. Like parts of it were cut to make the book fit. I would have liked this to be two books and have more of the couple starring in it.

The setting for this book is a small tourist town of Icicle Falls. If you go to the falls and see a ghost bride than you will get married.

It was definitely full of drama, relationships, small town life. It was a clean read.

I usually enjoy reading books by Sheila Roberts but this was my least liked book that I have read of hers. I will read more from her in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Unholy Matrimony by Peg Cochran (A Lucille Mystery #2)


The hilarious Lucille Mazzarella is back and planning a wedding. But even the worst Bridezilla can’t create the wedding drama she’s about to face in this second book in the series.

Desperate to see her pregnant daughter Bernadette married before the baby comes, Lucille is engrossed in all things wedding. Nothing will distract her from planning this Mazzarella main event. Nothing, that is, except for the murder of the mother of the groom.

Just when things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Lucille is named as the prime suspect, and it’s a race against time as she and her best friend Flo struggle with shady financial dealings, a family that isn’t at all what it seems, a groom that might not be all man, and a little bundle of joy that might make an appearance before the mother can say I do.
File Size: 639 KB
Print Length: 165 pages
Publisher: Beyond the Page (March 23, 2014)

About the Author:

Peg Cochran is the author of the Gourmet De-Lite series and also, writing as Meg London, the Sweet Nothings Vintage Lingerie series. She has two daughters, a stepdaughter and stepson, a beautiful granddaughter, a cat named Frazzle, and a Westhighland white terrier named Reggie. You can read more at and

My review: Unholy Matrimony by Peg Cochran (A Lucille Mystery #2)


Unholy Matrimony is a fun cozy mystery. The characters are likable, funny and human. The drama is good. Don't see to much of the police work. is a clean read.

This is the second book of the series. I felt it was fine as a stand alone story. It is entertaining cozy.

Lucille Mazzarella is determined her daughter Bernadette, gets married before she has her baby. She does not give up easy. She is a middle age mother. She does work part time for the church.

Frankie has been turning away from Lucille. Two of his relatives are living with them after their house burned down.

Flo is Lucille good friend. She is single and her son is Bernadette's baby's father.

Taylor is the groom. His parents are wealthy and want him married.

The suspense of the story was good. Really did not know who killed them till the reveal. I still have a couple of questions not answered but not that big of deal.

Some of the scenes you just have to laugh at. Especially the car chase to the airport. It makes for a fun light read.

I have not read Peg Cochran book before, but I would pick up another of her books now.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it. Received the ebook through Net Galley.

The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper Sally Carpenter

The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper
(Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
Synopsis of the book: In the 1970s, teen idol Sandy Fairfax recorded 10 gold records and starred in the hit TV show Buddy Brave, Boy Sleuth. Now he’s a 38-year-old recovering alcoholic with dead bodies getting in the way of his comeback! An easy gig as the guest celebrity at a Midwest Beatles fan convention turns deadly when a member of the tribute band is murdered. When the police finger Sandy as the prime suspect, the boy sleuth is back in action to interpret the “Beatle-ly” clues and find the killer.

About The Author

Sally Carpenter is native Hoosier now living in Moorpark, Calif.

She has a master’s degree in theater from Indiana State University. While in school her plays “Star Collector” and “Common Ground” were finalists in the American College Theater Festival One-Act Playwrighting Competition. “Common Ground” also earned a college creative writing award and “Star Collector” was produced in New York City.

Carpenter also has a master’s degree in theology and a black belt in tae kwon do.

She’s worked as an actress, college writing instructor, theater critic, jail chaplain and tour guide/page for Paramount Pictures. She’s now employed at a community newspaper.

“The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper,” was a 2012 Eureka! Award finalist for best first mystery novel.

“The Sinister Sitcom Caper,” the second in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol series, is published by Cozy Cat Press. The third book, “The Cunning Cruise Ship Caper,” is due in 2015.

Her short story, “Dark Nights at the Deluxe Drive-in,” appears in the 2013 anthology “Last Exit to Murder.”

“Faster Than a Speeding Bullet” was published in the “Plan B: Vol. 2” e-book anthology.

Her short story “The Pie-eyed Spy” appeared in the Nov. 23, 2013, issue of Kings River Life ezine.

She’s a member of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles and “mom” to two black cats.



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My Review:The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper


This is the first book in the Sandy Fairfax Teen Idol Mysteries series. I did not realize that at first and was getting confused. I had already read
The Sinister Sitcom Caper. So I was confused that they were introducing stuff that I already knew about.

I liked The Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper. I would recommend reading them in order but they can stand alone.

I liked the characters. Sandy Fairfax seems like a real tv star. I liked all the references to Hardy boys Mysteries, Donny Osmond and Beatles. I admit to living through those days.

Sandy Fairfax was a tv character that solved mysteries. He also sang. He was on a different network and up against the Hardy boys. Like some stars he did drugs and drank to much.

Ernest has not worked for five years. He stopped drinking the day before this book started. His ex-wife will not let him see his kids till he stops drinking and is working again. He is broke or close to it. So he agrees to go to a Beatle convention. Ringo was a guest star on his detective tv show.

Bunny is a big fan of Sandy Fairfax. She is one of the sponsers for this convention. It is run on a shoe string. It is the first one in Evansville, Indiana.

Their is a Beatle tribute concert. One of the band members turns up dead. Ernest finds the body and is a suspect.

Their is a lot of trivia about the sixties, Beatles. Lots of humor, action, drama and murder mystery. It is also a clean read. It hits the right tones to be believable convention. Makes me want to go to one.

The story mostly takes place in a couple of days at the motel where the convention is staying in Evansville, Indiana.

This is a fun mystery series. I have enjoyed both books but I like Baffled Beatlemaniac Caper best. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it.

Book excerpt: I turned to face the formidable flatfoot as Bunny slipped away. Braxton pounded questions at me as I rubbed my bloodshot eyes. I couldn’t concentrate.

“Look, detective, I’m exhausted. I’ve had a long day that started before sunrise three time zones ago.” I glanced at my wristwatch: nearly 1 a.m. Pacific or Central time? I couldn’t remember if I had reset my watch after my flight landed. “Can this wait until tomorrow? I mean, later today? The body can’t get any more dead than it is now.”

Braxton glowered at me so hard that if looks could kill, he’d have a second stiff on the floor. “You claim the victim was still alive when you came in the room?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Did the victim do or say anything that might identify the murderer?”

“Yes, sir.”

Braxton waited, his pen poised over his notebook page. “Well? What was it?”

I licked my dry lips. I felt terribly thirsty. I knew Braxton would hate my answer.

“He said, ‘Rocky Raccoon.’”

Sure enough, he frowned at me. “Is that a joke?”

“No, sir. That’s exactly what he said.”

“Is that the name of the murderer? An animal? What’s a Rocky Raccoon?”

“It’s a song.” Bunny stepped up beside us as she closed the zipper on the pouch that hung from her waist. “By John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Paul sings lead. It’s on disc one, side two, track five of The Beatles’ 1968 double record, ‘White Album,’ which isn’t the name, but everyone calls it that because it was issued in a plain white cover with no artwork. I have a 1978 French import reissue with the records in white vinyl.”

Braxton stared at her, too stunned to take notes, but I took it in stride. Fans possess encyclopedia knowledge of the minutest trivia.

“Thanks Bunny,” I said. “Please go to your room now. Everything will be all right.”

Bunny nodded and plodded toward the elevator. By now the crowd of investigators had cleared out, leaving the hallway eerily silent. A cop shut the door to the tainted room and taped yellow “do not cross” tape across the doorway, which was guaranteed to attract more attention from the guests than simply locking the door.

“That’s enough for now.” Braxton tucked his little black book into his shirt pocket. I nearly leapt for joy at the thought he might finally leave me alone until he added, “But don’t leave town.”

“What do you mean, don’t leave town? In a few hours I’m booked on a flight back to Los Angeles.”

“Why are you in such a hurry to leave?”

“No reason, I . . .”

“All right then. Stay put.”

“What am I supposed to do in the meantime?”

He gestured at the walls around us. “This is a hotel. You’ve got a place to sleep.” With that he darted for the elevator before I could slip in a parting shot.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Devaney Brothers: Ryan and Sean: Ryan's Place\Sean's Reckoning (The Devaneys) by Sherryl Woods

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods brings readers two classic tales of the Devaneys…brothers torn apart in childhood, reunited by love

Ryan's Place

Abandoned by his parents and separated from his brothers, Ryan Devaney doesn't believe in love. Until Maggie O'Brien storms into his Irish pub and her bright smile and tender touch have him reconsidering. The beautiful redhead warms his frozen spirit and awakens forgotten dreams—like the desire to search for his long-lost brothers. Will he dare to believe there's a place for them in happily-ever-after?

Sean's Reckoning

Son of a shattered family, fireman Sean Devaney knows love never lasts, so he refuses to chance it. Then he meets single mom Deanna Blackwell, who has just lost everything in a devastating fire. Despite the warning in Sean's head, he's drawn to protect the stunning woman and her son. Sean may be tough enough to storm burning buildings…but is he brave enough to risk building a family of his own?
File Size: 586 KB
Print Length: 512 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (March 25, 2014)

My review: The Devaney Brothers: Ryan and Sean: Ryan's Place\Sean's Reckoning (The Devaneys) by Sherryl Woods


This is a reprint and combined two stories. This is Ryan and Sean's story. When Ryan was only 8 they came home for school to empty apartment. Their parents took their twin brothers and left them. They don't know why they were left. Then different foster families.
They all have issues of trust in family and love.

Ryan felt guilty that he could not save his brothers from being separated. Ryan is a very giving person. Ryan owns a Irish Pub in Boston.

Maggie O'Brien comes in the pub Thanksgiving Eve. She needs help getting home with a car full of food. Maggie finds herself attracted to Ryan. She decides to find out where it could go. She decides to chase Ryan.

Maggie helps Ryan to search for his family.I really liked the characters. I wonder why there parents abandoned them. Too bad the kids have scars and lack of trust and love.

Sean's story

He is a firefighter. He never plans of falling in love and having a family. While watching for hot spots of apartment building that had just burned up. He catches a little boy climbing into the fire truck. Sean goes and get him.

Deanna Blackwell little boy got away from Ruby his baby sitter. Deanna Blackwell just lost everything she had except for her son.
Her ex-husband left her before the baby was born. She is working two jobs to take care of herself and son.

Because of their past neither trust anyone. They are afraid of the future.

Their are a lot of drama, lack of trust and love. Their are plenty of humor scenes, and some sex scenes.

The story is good and draws you into their lives and wanting them to find out the answers to their past.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Invincible by Diana Palmer

He's everything she fears…

and everything she wants

Mercenary by name and by nature, Carson is a Lakota Sioux who stays to himself and never keeps women around long enough for anything emotional to develop. But working with his friend Cash Grier on a complex murder investigation provides Carson with another kind of fun—shocking Cash's sweet-but-traditional secretary, Carlie Blair, with tales of his latest conquests.

Then Carlie lands in deep trouble. She saw something she shouldn't have, and now the face of a criminal is stored permanently in her photographic memory…and Carlie is the key piece of evidence that could implicate a popular politician in the murder case.

Her only protection is Carson—the man she once despised. But when she learns that Carson is more than just a tough guy, Carlie realizes she's endangered herself further. Because now her only chance to live means losing her heart to the most dangerous kind of man….
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Harlequin HQN (July 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373778805

My Review: Invincible by Diana Palmer


This is a familiar setting Jacobs County, Texas, with a lot of old familiar characters in the background. I probably did not even recognize some familiar names, but a lot I did. It had some surprises a long the way too.

The heroine Carlie Blair is a woman of faith and a virgin. She is a secretary to Cash Grier. Her father is a preacher who has a secret past. Carlie drives a old truck, and is always forgetting her cell phone. She never dates. She loves military history and gaming.

Carson is a Lakota Sioux. A medic. He dates beautiful fast women. He is helping to watch over Carlie and her father. Carson wants Carlie but he does not do commitments. Everyone keeps telling Carson to not hurt Carlie.

Someone is either after Carlie or her father. They know a contract has been taken out but not why or for who.

There are some characters that I really liked in the end that surprised me. It pays to be nice and friendly to everyone. I don't want to ruin the plot by saying too much.

If you are one of the millions of readers who like Diana Palmer you will enjoy seeing old friends and make new ones along the way. Come and read Invincible and see what friends you recognize.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it by Net Galley and Harlequin.

Drive-Bye by Amy Saunders $25 Amazon gift card and ebook giveaway

Drive Bye
by Amy Saunders

(The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book Three)
Cozy Mystery
File Size: 1321 KB
Print Length: 174 pages

Belinda’s recent blunders have come back to bite her – and Bennett – in the monster cupcake. But they’re not the only ones with problems.

A car crash uncovers the body of an unlikely murder victim. But the more they learn about her, the more the answer to her death seems to lie in issues that reach far beyond Portside.

As the truth comes out, and Belinda’s personal life teeters on the breaking point, she takes life by the maraschino cherries, and finds help in very unexpected places.

About This Author

Amy Saunders is a mystery lover with a soft spot for humor and romance–and the ocean. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. She’s the author of one mystery series and three standalone mysteries. Learn more about Amy and her books at her website.

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My Review: Drive-Bye by Amy Saunders


Drive-Bye is book three in the series. It is the first book of the series that I have read. It can stand alone but I felt a little lost not having read the first two books. Though I have got the first book of the series now to read.

Belinda and her twin Kyle have moved into their grandmother's house together. They come from money background.
Belinda has started her own cupcake truck business. She is worried about her boyfriend Bennett's trouble with the law which is her fault.

Bennett legal trouble is not going away. He has no money coming in and is down sizing.

Bennett and Belinda are fighting and keeping secrets from each other. Instead of talking to each other they are talking to friends.

Coming home from a wedding they see a crash and find a dead body. Belinda keeps getting into trouble because she is curious. Her grandmother wants her to break off with Bennett or else. Someone else wants her to break it off with him to make her grandmother happy.

It is fast paced. Clean cozy mystery. With lots of action, drama and family issues.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it and be part of its blog tour.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Power in Prayer: 31 Teachings to Strengthen Our Connection with Heaven by David Christensen

Power in Prayer: 31 Teachings to Strengthen Our Connection with Heaven

David A. Christensen

Take a minute to gauge your relationship with God. Do you underestimate the power of prayer? This daily guide, with insights from General Authorities, scriptures, personal experiences, and commentary, will enrich and empower your prayers. As these thoughts increase your understanding of the significance of your prayers, your communication with God will be an unprecedented source of strength in your life.
ISBN/UPC 9781462112876
Author/Artist David A. Christensen
B&T Issue CFI14APR
Dimensions 5 x 7
Format Paperback
ID 20104817
Page Count 176
Vendor Cedar Fort, Inc.
Vendor Product Code CFI11287
Imprint Cedar Fort, Inc.

About the author:

David A. Christensen’s love and enthusiasm for being a missionary was sparked in a missionary preparation class at Ricks College in the late 60s. His love and testimony for the Book of Mormon was ignited in a religion class the following semester. These two classes combined as a new beginning for what would one day become not only a passion but also the centerpiece of his professional contribution in the Church Education System and at Brigham Young University-Idaho. David has taught Missionary Preparation and Book of Mormon classes for over 30 years. His testimony was shared and transferred to missionaries and members in the Chile Santiago North Mission when he served as president and again in Central America when he served as President of the Guatemala MTC. He counts his eight children as his most important converts and his favorite companion—his best friend and wife Deena Bond Christensen.

My Review:Power in Prayer: 31 Teachings to Strengthen Our Connection with Heaven by David Christensen


I needed this reminder about Prayer. It is full of scriptures, quotes and examples in answer to Prayer. I know that while I was reading this book I stopped to pray. I also wrote it in my calendar to remind me.

It reminds you what to pray for. Pray always, pray for others, pray for all your blessings, not to pray by rote but each prayer to be more meaningful. Too remember to listen for answers.

I have had many prayers answered. Some even before I was finished with the prayer. I have also said prayers in weird places, I have also fallen asleep while praying. Forgotten to say prayers.

I have tried to say a prayer just for all the things I am grateful for without asking for help of any kind. So far I need to work on that more.

I don't know of any principle that he has said is new, but it sure reminded me of things I can do to improve my communication with Heavenly Father.

I also want to go buy some length of chains for my key rings.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Rebel Princess by Janice Sperry

About the book:

Meet the upside-down fairy-tale princess! Raven Perilous is not nice because nice princesses get locked in towers. When Prince Charming shows up, Raven—who is not in distress—decides to show him who’s boss. This enchanting adventure, filled with magic forests and mystical creatures, will captivate fans of fairy tales everywhere!
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (June 10, 2014)

About the author:

Janice Sperry lives in Utah with her husband and three children and evil cat. She enjoys volunteering at the local elementary school and is exceptionally good at finding missing shoes, unless they are her own. You can follow her blog

My review: The Rebel Princess by Janice Sperry


I loved The Rebel Princess. It takes the fairy-tales we know and shakes them up. It is creative, lovable characters, fun. I laughed and gagged along the way.

Raven Perilous is a princess but her father's side is evil. She has perfect hair all the time, and cute. She wants to be mean.
She has a family curse, lives in a magical house. Raven has been preparing to be able to rescue herself. She does not want a Prince to rescue her.

Edgar is Raven's twin brother. He gets to do magic.

They go to middle school. One day Prince Charming shows up at school. He is the enemy. He recognizes her evil Perilous side. But not her princess side. Then things get out of control.

The setting is the real world where her parents escaped too. Also the Fairy-tale land. You never know who you will run into next.

I enjoyed reading The Rebel Princess. It is charming story with dragons, knights, witches and fairy god-mothers.

Any age can enjoy reading this story. It has something for everyone.

I would read other books by Janice Sperry based on The Rebel Princess.

I was given this book to read for the purpose of reviewing it and being part of its blog tour.


“Not the way we planned,” I grumbled.

“Raven would have fallen if I hadn’t grabbed her,” Charming told his knees. As if dragging me off the wall fixed anything.

“I was strapped in. There was no danger.”

Amy clapped her hands and little sparks erupted around her. “What? He saved you? You have to kiss him, and you can live happily . . .”

I put my hand over her mouth before she could finish.

“I would rather kiss a rat.”

Something rustled in a distant, dark corner, and the air filled with a swampy fog. Blue sparks swirled around us, picking up speed and blurring in the murky air. When the fog cleared, Prince Charming was gone, and in his place sat a white rat.

“I take it back,” I said. “I would rather not kiss a rat. Ew.”

The Candy Cane Queen by Janice Sperry

The Rebel Princess” blog tour schedule:

June 15: Cherry Mischievous
June 16: Why Not? Because I Said So! • I Love to Read and Review Books
June 17: J.J. Bennett • Bookworm Lisa • Getting Your Read On
June 18: LDS Women’s Book Review • Readalot • Christa Marie Wayment • Crane-ium
June 19: Debra’s Windows Into Writing • Tressa’s Wishful Endings
June 20: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
June 23: New LDS Fiction
June 24: Anna Jones Buttimore • Mel’s Shelves
June 25: Princess Delight
June 26: V-Formation • Nathan Barra
June 27: Blooming With Books • A Backwards Story
June 28: LDS and Lovin’ It
June 29: Hope to Read
June 30: Meridian Magazine • Laura D. Bastian

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wedding at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels


The highly anticipated continuation of the Cardwell Ranch Collection, read by more than 2 MILLION!

Jackson Cardwell won't stop until she is safe.

In Montana for his brother's nuptials, Jackson Cardwell isn't looking to be anybody's hero. But the Texas single father knows a beautiful lady in distress when he meets her. Someone's hell-bent on making Allie Taylor think she's losing her mind. Jackson's determined to unmask the perp…and guard the widowed wedding planner and her little girl with his life.

Allie has no idea who wants to harm her and take her daughter away. The truth is even more shocking. For Allie's past has stalked her to Cardwell Ranch. And not even the sexy cowboy who awakens irresistible passion may be able to save her from a killer with a chilling agenda.
Series: Harlequin Intrigue\Cardwell Cousins (Book 1503)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373697708
ISBN-13: 978-0373697700

My Review: Wedding at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels


I admit to liking B.J. Daniels stories. I like the Cardwells. The suspense was good, I was not sure who the guilty party was till it was revealed. I like the characters. Ford and Nat are cute together. They steal the show. There was a love scene that I skipped over.

Jackson Cardwell is a divorced father of Ford. He has come for his brother's wedding and to see where their new restraint will be. He is not looking for romance.

Allie Taylor is the wedding planner. Her husband disappeared 8 months ago. She is afraid that she might be loosing her mind or is someone playing tricks on her? Her little girl will start school this year. Allie really has no family to turn to. No one believes her when she is the only one seeing things.

Natalie is cute. She likes Ford and likes the animals at Cardwell Ranch. She is even being taught to ride horses.

Jackson believes Allie in fact he witnessed a few things and gives her faith in herself. That someone is really playing games with her. He wants to help her find out who is doing it. Is her husband really alive and faking his death?

I like how Jackson steps up and helps her before he really knows her. He sees someone scared and wants to help her.
I like seeing the characters from previous books show up and being part of the story. I also wonder who is next to fall in love.

The setting is in Montana at Cardwell ranch and surrounding area. The Cardwell's from Texas are finding romance in Montana.

The story was believable and kept me guessing with all the twists and turns the story took. Did not put the book down till I had finished it.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agreed to give honest review of it by Netgalley.

Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer


Finding true love: priceless


People say that the odds of finding your perfect partner are rather like the odds of hitting the lottery: slim to none. It's hard to believe, faithful readers, but Nate Crawford may just have accomplished both. We have the scoop on Rust Creek Falls' best-kept secret: our former mayoral candidate is now a very wealthy man! Yet he is going out of his way to make sure no one finds out. The question is, why?

Insiders whisper that Nate is also keeping another secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy—a big one—and it could be a game changer. Place your bets, dear readers! What will she do when she learns her "regular guy" boyfriend is really a maverick millionaire?
Series: Harlequin Special Edition\Montana Mavericks: Rust Creek Cowboys (Book 2341)

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin; Special edition (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373658230
ISBN-13: 978-0373658237

Review: Description: Million-Dollar Maverick by Christine Rimmer

3 Stars

Wow I really like Nate now. Changed my opinion on Nate just like he changed a lot of people in Rust Creek. I was surprised how Christine made Nate change and how believable it is. We learn more about Nate's past and the struggle he has made this past year. It was not easy for Nate to make the changes and it shows.

Callie Kennedy is a nurse who moved into Rust Creek. Nate rescued her first day almost to Rust Creek. Nate does not believe she will stay after her first winter in Rust Creek. Callie has made friends in Rust Creek and it is what she has wanted to have for a long time.

There are a lot of old friends from previous books who make a appearance in Million-Dollar Maverick. It is fun to get to see them and what they are up to now.

Nate is hiding that he won a fortune from lottery win. He is helping those in Rust creek through a trust so no one will know. Even his family doesn't know. He has told them that some investments have really done well. Nate is helping because he can. He is keeping it a secret so people can accept without thinking they owe him anything.

That has always been a fantasy of mine to have loads of money that you can help people in secret and make a big difference.

I really like the plot, characters and setting. Did not like all the love scenes. I admit that I skipped over them.

I was given this ebook to read and in return agree to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Her Montana Cowboy by Valerie Hansen

The Man of Her Dreams

Julie Shaw is up to her ears in parade preparations…and cowboys! As the mayor's daughter, she needs to make sure the centennial celebrations for her beloved hometown of Jasper Gulch, Montana, go off without a hitch. Surely that's why she's feeling so flustered. It couldn't have anything to do with the handsome Ryan Travers. Of course she'd noticed the visiting rodeo star with the sparkle in his eye. But Julie is way too sensible to fall for his obvious appeal. As the town gossips about a century-old mystery, Julie's thoughts keep drifting to the charming cowboy. Despite her father's objections, she may soon find herself roped in…by love.

Big Sky Centennial: A small town rich in history…and love.

Series: Love Inspired\Big Sky Centennial

Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Love Inspired (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373878958
ISBN-13: 978-0373878956

My Review: Her Montana Cowboy by Valerie Hansen (Big Sky Centennial #1)


Is the first book in the new series Big Sky Centennial. It is a charming, full of humor, clean romance. It is also a Christian novel. There is a mystery of a stolen item that is carried over. Each month they are having a different celebration there 100 years of history. It starts in July with special three week rodeo competition.

Julie Shaw loves rodeo. She catches the eye of one of the rodeo riders in the parade. She is the youngest daughter of the Mayor. She raises sheep and sells the yarn on her family's ranch. Julie's father wants to set her up with his choice of a husband.

Ryan Travers is a rodeo competitor who is always going on too new rodeos. This is the first time in years that he plans to stay in one city for three weekends as long as he is among the top winners each weekend. He notices Julie right off. He is not close to anyone.

I enjoyed reading Her Montana Cowboy. I like how Julie is not afraid to share her beliefs. She has a big family. I look forward to seeing more of them in future books.

the first question in the back of the book is. Are you interested in the sport of rodeo? Did you think of it in those terms before reading this book?

My answer is: I have considered that rodeo is a sport. I know how dangerous it can be. I did not know about bonus bull rides. Or how big a purse got in big rodeos. I do enjoy going to rodeo but it has been a few years since I have gone. We have small one in my small town always the week of July 24.

I would read more books from Valerie Hansen in the future.

I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review by Netgalley and Harlequin.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Maltipoos are Murder by Jacqui Lane Blog Tour review and Givaway Gift basket and $20 Amazon gift card

Maltipoos are Murder

by Jacqui Lane

Maltipoos are Murder
A Doggie Spa Mystery

Published by (Entangled Ignite)
Cozy Mystery – 320 Pages

Release Date: 5/27


Can a murder investigation keep these opposites from attracting?

Cara Rogers wants a fresh start after a slew of bad luck in Washington DC. Moving to Virginia to help her aunt run La Maison de Chien, a doggie spa, is just the peace of mind she needs. No stress. Just her aunt, the dogs, and wide-open country.

But when she finds Aunt Marian floating in the doggie swimming pool, the rest she so desperately needs flies out the window. The only witness to the death is Rex, an apricot maltipoo, and while he may not be able to talk, he’s communicating the only way he knows how—one paw at a time. And Rex’s clues lead to murder.Can Cara keep the doggie spa afloat, convince Middleburg homicide detective Cole Sampson that Aunt Marian’s death was no accident, and keep Rex from the killer’s clutches before they all end up as dead as dogs?

About This Author

Jacqueline Corcoran and Lane Stone have teamed up to write about some of their favorite topics – dogs, mysteries, and Middleburg, Virginia, which is known as the nation’s horse and hunt capital. MALTIPOOS ARE MURDER is the first in their doggie day spa romantic suspense series.

Jacqueline Corcoran lives in Arlington, Virginia with her rescue animals, husband, and two children. She holds a Ph.D. in social work and is on faculty at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She has published numerous professional academic articles and fourteen books in her field. Her mysteries include Maiming of the Shrew (Cozy Cat Press), A Month of Sundays (Whimsical Publications), Backlit (Etopia Press), and Memoir of Death (Etopia Press). See her website at

Lane Stone and her husband, Larry Korb, divide their time between Sugar Hill, Georgia and Alexandria, Virginia. She’s the author of the Tiara Investigations Mystery series. When not writing, she’s usually playing golf. Her volunteer work includes raising money for women political candidates and conducting home visits for A Forever Home, a dog foster organization. She is on the Political Science Advisory Board for Georgia State University, and she serves on Sugar Hill’s 75th Anniversary Planning Committee.

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My Review:Maltipoos are Murder by Jacqui Lane (A Doggie Spa Mystery#1)


I liked the characters and want to see more of them in the future. The plot was a good suspense was not sure who the killer was till the reveal. Fast paced cozy mystery. Easy to follow and makes you want to take your dogs to a doggie spa. Has some nice humor.
Their is even some dog recipes in the back of the book.

I really like Cara Rogers. She is a strong female character. She takes her responsibilities serious. She has had some bad luck and come to help her great Aunt run her doggie spa til she gets back on her feet.

Detective Cole Sampson is good looking and has his own troubled past. He is serious about his job. He likes Cara and can't see her as the murder.

Cara first day on her new job she finds her great aunt dead in the swimming pool. She does not believe it was an accident. She wants to find out who has a motive to kill her. She finds a few with motives for wanting her Aunt dead.

The only problem I had with plot was I think someone who ran a business for a dog spa and was involved with a dog rescue would have had a dog of their own.

Cara Rogers to save money is living with her mother. Her mother has her own boyfriend. Cara has just lost her business that she loved and broke up with her lawyer boyfriend. She is very attracted to Detective Cole Sampson.

The setting for the book is Middleburg, VA a small community about 45 minutes away from D.C. area.

I would love to read more of this series.

I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of giving a honest review and being part of its blog tour.

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June 9 – deal sharing aunt – Interview

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June 11 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

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