Saturday, November 30, 2013

Miz Scarlet and the Vanishing Visitor by Sara M. Barton

Miz Scarlet and the Vanishing Visitor

by Sara M. Barton

A pleasant night in Bay Head, NJ, unexpectedly turns dangerous as Scarlet Wilson heads for home after a delightful weekend at the Jersey Shore with boyfriend Kenny "Captain Peacock" Tolliver. A terrified teenager, chased by a homicidal maniac, clings to her car, refusing to let go of the moon roof. What do you do when a determined killer comes at the girl attached to your windshield, knife in hand? If you're Miz Scarlet, you get creative and put the pedal to the metal, even as the cars pile up in your wake.

That wild ride begins a journey of discovery for newly-orphaned Jenny Mulroney, the teenager who cared for her mother through her now-finished battle with cancer. The wicked stepfather has chased the girl out of her home and onto the road. Frightened and fending off unsavory characters with her wits, Jenny has no one to turn to and nowhere to go, until Miz Scarlet shows up and takes her home to the Four Acorns Inn, the family bed & breakfast she runs in Cheswick, CT.

While security expert Kenny delves into Jenny's secret past, searching for clues and the New Jersey State Police investigate a series of related crimes, the teenager begins to find her way again. Ready to start college with Miz Scarlet's help, busy earning her keep at the inn, Jenny's been less than honest about what happened before that crazed killer attacked. Now she's putting everyone in peril.

What does all this have to do with a bar of organic soap said to have healing powers? When uncut diamonds stolen in a heist turn up encased in lavender glycerine, it's more intrigue than Miz Scarlet can resist. With the help of the elderly "Googins girls", her brother Bur (better known as Colonel Grey Poupon), and Larry, the foxy female homicide investigator, the intrepid sleuth is hot on the trail, determined to solve the mystery. (Novella)

My Review: Miz Scarlet and the Vanishing Visitor by Sara M. Barton


I enjoyed this novella bringing back some familiar characters like Miz Scarlet and were loveable family and introducing some new characters that we learn more about them. Miz Scarlet and her brother are always throwing out insults back and forth that really seam like real relatives do. (especially noticed it reading the day after Thanksgiving with my family)Their is a lot of love with their family, friends and even guests of the bed and breakfast.

Most of the story happens in Cheswick, CT. at their Four Acorns Inn. The setting sounds nice.

The suspense is good and you are not sure who or what they were caught up in. Miz Scarlet was kept being told to leave it with the police but she could not stop trying to figure out who and why they were after Jenny.

The one thing I don't like about a lot of Sara M Barton's novels are their covers. It is surprising how covers even on a ebook matter too me.

My emotions were engaged into the characters. I found myself laughing, even some tears but most of the story I was smiling at the witty dialogue. Some of the characters nicknames are taken from the game Clue.

This has lot of drama, action, mystery and even romance. It is a clean entertaining mystery novella.

I got the ebook for free on Amazon.

Published October 4th 2013 by Sara M. Barton at Amazon 126 pages ASIN; B00FNP9O40

About this author

Sara M. Barton is the author of several fast-paced mystery and thriller series, featuring lively characters and lots of action. "Miz Scarlet" (Scarlet Wilson Mystery series) is a teacher-turned-innkeeper, who throws herself into danger with a feisty determination to make things right, relying on cohorts like "Captain Peacock" and "Colonel Grey Poupon" to help her solve the clues. Deputy Gabby Grimm (Gabby Grimm Fairy Tale Mystery series) protects the citizens of Latimer Falls, where there are more cows, goats, and chickens than people, and she has her hands full when terrorists, organized criminals, and other bad guys wreak havoc with the peaceful village of Latimer Falls, Vermont. Sydney Stansfield (Off-the-Books Mystery series), an artist


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Down Range by Lindsay McKenna (Shadow Warriors #2)

Description Down Range

Trained to kill, but built for love…

Captain Morgan Boland is at the top of her game, as is her former lover, Navy SEAL Jake Ramsey. Then a military computer selects them to partner in a special op. The mission can't be compromised by their personal history—and they have truckloads of it.

But the Afghan assignment might provide the discipline they need to finally get it together—outside the bedroom, that is. A lot has happened over the two years since they last went their separate ways. And there's way more to Morgan than Jake has ever given her credit for….

My Review: Down Range


Down Range just really hit the spot for me today. Their were strong characters, drama, romance, cute kid, trials in their past they had to work through. I cared about them. Their is a couple of love scenes that I skipped over too.
What pressure the black Ops for them and their family. Thank you military for all you do for our freedoms.
The setting for this book is Afghan village and up in the mountains for most of the book. It seemed real to me like I could see and smell it at times.
The pacing was good. I hated it when I had to put the book down. Things did not stay calm for too much of the time.
I look forward to reading more in the Shadow Warriors series. As a woman I want to think we can do anything but as a mother I don't want my girls in combat. But if I had boys I probably don't want them their either.
When they are in the Afghan village it seemed real. I take food for granted and all other luxuries we have compared to others.
Down Range is entertaining, informing and lets you catch a look at how others are living and some of their trials.
I look forward to reading more of Lindsay McKenna's books in the future.
publication: November 26th 2013 by Harlequin HQN ISBN :9780373778218 384 pages

A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise by Raeanne Thayne


USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings readers back to the ranch for an emotional holiday visit with The Cowboys of Cold Creek

Hardened rancher Ridge Bowman has long told himself he has no need for love—just work and his little girl are enough to get him through. But when his "cleaning lady," Sarah Whitmore, gets injured on his staircase, well, of course he has to invite her to spend the holidays with him. It's only the responsible thing to do.

Only, Sarah isn't really there to work on his house. She came bearing precious artwork belonging to Ridge's late mother, and possibly a secret that could devastate them both. But as Christmas draws closer, so does Ridge—and Sarah convinces herself that she will tell him what she knows as soon as the holiday is over. She might be the key to his past—if only he could be a part of her future….

My Review: A Cold Creek Christmas Surprise


We finally find out what happened the night Bowmans died. This story has some real sweet Christmas moments in it. It also has some funny moments.

I like the Bowman family. This is Ridge Bowman story. He is the oldest of the brothers and sister. Ridge is a single father.
He takes care of the ranch. It is the day after his sister's wedding. He is expecting the cleaning company to clean up after the wedding.
So when a couple of hours late he is abrupt with Sarah and really does not give her a chance to say anything just tells her where the cleaning supplies are and to take care of the mess.
Sarah is not the cleaning lady. She decides to help anyway and then trips down the stairs. With a concussion and broken arm she can't stay in the motel. So Ridge brings her back. Sarah tries to stay at motel but no one listens to her. She has lots of secrets.
Sarah is not lucky with her family. She enjoys spending the Christmas with Ridge and his family. She knows if he only knew the whole truth about her she would not be welcomed their.
This is a clean romance. Cute kids and dog. Lots of snow and Christmas traditions. Has some suspense but mostly character driven. It is a fast read that makes you want to curl up and enjoy the fire. If I had one like the Bowmans.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by NetGalley and Harlequin.
publication: November 19th 2013 by Harlequin Special Edition 224 pages ISBN: 9780373657810

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams


The Cowboy's Reluctant Sweetheart

Two years shy of his medical degree, cowboy Maxwell White is out of money. So, he's back in Bear Creek, wWyoming, working part-time for the local physician. Though he is immediately drawn to the doctor's lovely, whip-smart daughter, she seems to be irritated by Maxwell's very existence.

Hattie Powell can't quash her feelings for the town's new would-be doctor. But that's exactly why she must keep him at a distance. Hattie is closer than ever to fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming a doctor. Now, the only thing standing in her way is the man of her dreams.

Wyoming Legacy: United by family, destined for love

My Reviews: Return of the Cowboy Doctor


This is charming. This is first of the series that I have read but not the last. I love Maxwell character and his big family.

Maxwell has two years of medical study and he returned home to earn money for the rest of his schooling. He cares but does not have a lot of confidence with young ladies.

Hattie wants to be a doctor too. Hattie has been helping her father for years. She is bright, strong and has some personal trials.

Their is a lot of characters that I would like to more about.

The setting 1897 Wyoming small town

The plot was really interesting with all the medical issues. It is not boring it keeps you in the story.

This is a clean uplifting story, with plenty of drama, relationships, some hijinks and poetry.

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

publication: December 3rd 2013 by Harlequin Love Inspired 288 pages
ISBN 9780373829941

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber By Tom Brokaw illustrated by Robert T. Barrett

Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber

Read by Tom Brokaw
illustrated by Robert T. Barrett

“From little things come big things,” Gail Halvorsen remembered his father saying. As a twenty-seven-year-old American pilot, Halvorsen’s job was to airdrop much-needed food and supplies to the people of West Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. But it was his simple gift of two sticks of gum that launched an extraordinary humanitarian endeavor and earned him the nickname “The Candy Bomber.” Each day hundreds of small white parachutes delivered treats to the children of West Germany, bringing the spirit of Christmas to a world in need of peace and hope.

ISBN 978-1-60907-700-6
UPC 783027077001
SKU 5108410

Deseret Book Tom Brokaw

Robert T. Barrett

My Review: Christmas from Heaven: The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber By Tom Brokaw illustrated by Robert T. Barrett


I liked it so much that I have just bought two of the books for Christmas presents for my parents and in-laws. If I had enough money I would buy everyone on my list the book for Christmas
Make sure you put the DVD on to watch it first. I put it in my computer and watched. I was not expecting all the emotions I felt listening to Tom Brokaw and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When I saw the parachutes fly I cried for joy.

I had heard a little about the Candy Bomber but not much about it. It started with two sticks of gum that Gail Halvorsen had. He broke each into 4 pieces and passed through the fence and the kids shared to.

It was after WW11 had ended. The Russians were not letting supplies into Germany. So U.S. and British were doing air drops of food to starving Germans. Lt. Halvorsen was a pilot that was assigned to the drops among many. He first got the idea to ask his friends in his plane to donate their rations. It snowballed from there.

The book has lovely Illustrations. Even has instructions how to make your own parachute to hold two sticks of gum.
The DVD was beautiful. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang. It really moved me.

in the United States it states that I am poor with the amount of money I have each month. But to many others I am so rich. I could always afford to feed my girls and me. Not always meat. but good food. This book reminds us that it is good to share what we have with others. That if we all help those who are worse off than us is the meaning of Christmas. Lt. Halvorsen shared all the gum he had. Those starving kids on their own shared too. Others that saw that they too could share their rations of gum and hanker chiefs to brighten up the lives of children who had so little. Brought so much healing and peace through sharing and loving.
May we all remember to share what we can no matter what we have.

I was given this book for purpose of giving a honest review of it.
Shadow Mountain Publishing

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cat-Eye Witness (Klepto Cat Mystery, #2) by Patricia Fry

Savannah and Aunt Margaret open the old Forster home to the Hammond Cat Alliance for a fundraiser to help rehabilitate the abused horses rescued months earlier from the catnappers. Before the afternoon is over, the collected funds go missing and someone is murdered in an upstairs bedroom.
Suspicion surrounds Iris, a local waitress and Savannah’s new best friend. The only witness to the murder is Rags, Savannah’s cat. With the assistance of a cat psychic and Rags’s good friend, Charlotte (the young girl with Downs), the cat helps to “paw” the killer…but not before an attempt is made on Rags’s life. The case is solved only after Rags comes face-to-face with the killer for the second time.
Detective Craig Sledge is new to this book, as is Damon, Iris’s errant son. Sledge finds this to be one of the muddiest cases he has ever worked, with inconsistent clues and no apparent motive. He’s constantly surprised, perplexed and impressed by the cat’s uncanny ability to come up with clues he has missed. His fascination with the attractive Iris Clampton also mystifies the detective.
In this story, one of the rescued horses goes into labor and there’s a night of high drama at the ole corral as veterinarians Savannah and Michael work to save the foal. This experience renews Savannah’s deep interest in horses and riding, which ultimately serves to help her bond with a very important surprise character who finds his way into her life and Michael’s just as they prepare to say their wedding vows.

While Rags is the animal star, he isn’t the only animal featured in this story. Layla is back in all of her tangerine beauty. And Rags makes friends with Buffy, a perky almost Himalayan and the inseparable duo, Walter, an all black cat and his sidekick, Lexie, a charming afghan mix. Savannah’s new ride, Peaches, also debuts in this story. An incident with this mare adds another dimension to Savannah’s and Michael’s relationship. Can he hold her with open arms?

Some say this is a love story with a mystery in the background. And it’s a story of family and friendship as newlyweds Margaret and Max continue to be a meaningful part of Savannah’s and Michael’s world.

My Review: Cat-Eye Witness (Klepto Cat Mystery, #2)


Cat-Eye Witness was enjoyable read. It is a clean cozy murder mystery. The suspense was good I was not sure who the guilty party was till it revealed for sure. I liked the characters. Rags is one of the major characters and has his own unique personality.

The Plot had some twists and turns I was not expecting. Savannah and Margaret were hosting a fundraiser for the different cat groups.
While everyone was in and out of the Forester home someone stole the money. As it was closing Margaret found a dead body up in her old room. The only witness was Rags.

The setting for the series is Northern California.

Savannah is now a working vet in Michael's practice. They are going to set a wedding date soon. A lot of the same characters as Catnapped and introducing more characters both human and animals.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Lots of drama, some action, lot of animals to fall for. Characters that you want to know more about and see again.
I was given this ebook to read for purpose of giving a honest review by the author.

Published October 7th 2013 by Matilija Press ASIN B00FPTQJK6 2206 KB

Granny Hooks A Crook by Julie Seedorf blog tour

Granny Hooks A Crook
by Julie Seedorf

Granny Hooks A Crook (Fuchsia, Minnesota)
Book Details
File Size: 294 KB
Print Length: 200 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1939816122
Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (July 10, 2013)
Cozy Mystery


Granny leads a secret life in the small, unique community of Fuschia, Minnesota. It’s not just her all junk food diet, multiplying pets, or her shocking bedtime attire that makes Granny one in a million. No, Granny is an undercover cop, charged by “the Big Guy” (the town’s police chief) of preventing theft in local stores. Granny takes her job seriously and daily foils many shoplifters using her trusty spiked umbrella and amazing acting skills. When some startlingly brazen burglaries begin to occur that Granny can’t solve, along with mysteriously appearing bad guys, disappearing clerks, and misplaced Corvettes, Granny begins to wonder if she isn’t ready for the wrinkle farm. Maybe, it’s fortuitous when she accidentally-on-purpose falls in the lap of an attractive older gentleman who is soon roped into her wild adventures, as they try to figure out what’s happening in their little town.

About The Author

Julie Seedorf owns her own computer repair business, but her secret undercover job is writing. Her column “Something About Nothing” for a Minnesota newspaper is about nothing, which is what we talk about most of the time, always with something underneath the conversation. Julie has been a wife, mother, grandmother, housewife, barmaid, salesperson, activity director, full time volunteer and more. Her motto is, “If you dream it, you can do it.” Her Fuchsia Minnesota, published by Cozy Cat Press is her first journey in her undercover career. Having lived in small communities in Minnesota all her life, she knows the richness and uniqueness that only a small town can bring and with a little humor and imagination, she transforms those experiences into her imaginary Fuchsia community.


Goodreads: Julie Seedorf,

Twitter: @julieseedorf,




My Review: Granny Hooks A Crook


Fun mystery. Anyone reading this will end up smiling a lot. Granny has a lot of secrets she hides from her kids. She has a wild side. The characters are fun and I think thats a fun way to check on people living alone. (But I won't be doing any of those things.)

The suspense is well done. I figured out some of it but not all. It keeps your attention and sad to see the fun end.
Lots of Drama, action, laughter. It is also a clean fun cozy mystery.

Granny is not your average grandmother. She works for the cops. When she sees a person commit a crime she accidental stops them with her umbrella or gets in their way while she pushes a button so police chief will come and arrest them. Just a few people know what she is up too. She has three adult children that she is fooling. A cat named Fish who keeps bringing interesting gifts to her.

The animals in the story are fun characters. I like them.

The setting is Fuschia, Minnesota. A small town. That is having a crime wave. But Granny is working on stopping it.

I hope we will see more of Granny and Fuschia again.

The pacing in the story was good and kept me smiling and reading more.

I was given this ebook to read for reviewing and being part of Granny Hooks A Crook book tour.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Catnapped (Klepto Cat Mystery #1) by by Patricia Fry

When Savannah Jordan agrees to help her aunt while she recovers from a broken foot, she doesn’t expect to walk into a mystery, become part of a not-quite-legal surveillance team, be kidnapped by a deranged stranger and meet a steaming hot veterinarian. Beloved neighborhood cats are missing—the community can only guess at their fate—and Aunt Margaret’s life is being threatened. Is it because she has a clue to the missing cats or is it something more sinister?

If you like light mysteries with only a little terror, if you’re infatuated by interesting cats and if you love a love story, you must read this book.
Books by Patricia Fry

Blogs: http://

My Review: Catnapped


This is a cozy mystery dealing with lots of cats. I admit I am more of a dog person. Right now have two sleeping dogs on my bed and cat is outside. I still liked the story though.

I can't think how tough it would be to have a pet stolen. My girls would be so sad and depressed. Someone is stilling lots of cats. Taking them right from the car or even from some children. Their is not a lot the police can do to stop them.

A group of people who love and take care of cats are meeting to figure out what is going on. They are combing fundraisers together to help the problems in their area.

I like the characters. Especially some of the cats. They have different personality for sure.
One of the main characters is Savannah. She has come to stay with her Aunt Margaret who broke her foot. It also gives her a chance to have a vacation from work to make some choices. Savannah is a veterinarian.

Margaret has been married twice. She works with Max at his cat rescue. She is hosting the group of people who are concerned about the cats. She won't let her broken foot slow her down too much. Someone is threatening her.

Rags is a thief and a snoop. He is a fun character all by himself.
Lots of different facts about different types of cats and you really see the need to take care of your pets. Their are so many wild animals especially cats. I know their are a lot around my small town.

I can't imagine how hoarders of cats do it. Three pets is more than I want to smell and take care of. For those who work in rescue shelters thank you for your help.

The plot is good and keeps your attention. You do learn early who is doing the kidnapping. Their are some twist and turns that I was not expecting.

This is a clean read, lots of different relationships that you want to see workout. Some action, romance and mystery all combined to make a enjoyable read. Also wanting to come back and read the next book Cat-Eye Witness.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by the author.
Published June 8th 2013 by Matilija Press 198 pages ISBN:9780977357680

Murderous Matrimony by Joyce and Jim Lavene (Ren Faire Mysteries)

Murderous Matrimony
(Renaissance Faire Mystery)
6th Book In Series
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Available For Pre-Order Soon


In less than two short weeks, Jessie Morton will marry Chase Manhattan at Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace. But so much can go wrong in that short time. A man is murdered in Jessie’s new Arts and Crafts Museum and her assistant is being scrutinized for the deed. Chase’s brother and parents have arrived and are still against their marriage. Wanda’s ghost is busy making Jessie’s life miserable. The Ren Faire wedding of her dreams may never take place. Can Jessie talk Chase into eloping before it’s too late?

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 60 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

Visit them at


My Review: Murderous Matrimony by Joyce and Jim Lavene


This is the first book Ren Faire Mysteries that I have read. It was a fun surprise. It is not only a cozy mystery but full of surprises. Renaissance Faire Village and Marketplace sounds like a fun place to visit. Without the murders of course.

Now I have read three books in the series and the other two reviews are linked below.

It is charming, silly, fantasy, history, romantic, haunted and crazy. You are not sure what to believe is real and what parts are not. the people who act and live full time in the Renaissance Faire Village dress for the part all the time it is open and can't have use of modern tools.

The characters are a variety of fun and crazy people. They even have Robin and his merry men living in tree houses in the forest. They have wizards, fortune teller and Queen and King and court living in a castle. Plus their are lots more fun characters waiting for you in every chapter.

Jessie Morton and Chase Manhattan are two of the main characters. They are getting married in big wedding in the village in two weeks. Jessie is open a arts and craft museum soon, She is not happy about what her wedding is being turned into and for last two weeks she has been haunted by a blue naked angry ghost Wanda that wont leave her alone.

Chase is the Village Bailiff with a force of fifty security guards under him. He is kept busy. He does not believe that Wanda is really haunting their apartment at first.

A body is found shot with a crossbow and killed in front of the Renaissance Arts and Crafts museum. Her assistant Manny is a suspect. Jessie does not believe he is guilty and decides to figure out who the murder is and why.

I know I would love to read more about the characters and would love to go read the previous books in the series.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review by the authors.
My Reviews:
Treacherous Toys (A Renaissance Faire Mystery #5)

Perilous Pranks (A Renaissance Faire Mystery #5.5) by Joyce & Jim Lavene

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Perilous Pranks (A Renaissance Faire Mystery #5.5) by Joyce & Jim Lavene

Wanda Le Fey is dead, and Jessie Morton may be accused of her murder. Jessie was only getting revenge on a prank that Wanda had pulled on her. Someone else killed Wanda and left her in her shower, dyed blue by Jessie hand.

Now Jessie is looking for Wanda's killer - spurred on by Wanda's blue ghost following her around Renaissance Faire Village, demanding justice.

With her wedding to Bailiff Chase Manhattan less than a month away, and her new job at the Village Museum of Arts and Crafts, will Jessie be able to find Wanda's killer too?

It's either that, or life with dead Wanda, forever.

My Review: Perilous Pranks


Perilous Pranks is a shorter novel in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series. I liked it. This is the third story that I have read in the series this week. I am thinking of buying more of the series to read next.

In Perilous Pranks starts out about 2 weeks before Murderous Matrimony. You don't need to read the books in order but I think it would be better. Since I have read Murderous Matrimony #6 first, than Treacherous Toys #5 and now Perilous Pranks #5.5 some of the suspense of who the murders are is missing because I know that this character was around for book 6.

In Perilous Pranks starts out strong with the body being found right away. Jessie finds out why Wanda was not screaming at her for dying her blue. Wanda's door was unlocked, so Jessie went into find Wanda blue but dead in the bathroom.

Jessie is the prime suspect because she did not like Wanda, found the body & dyed her blue. So Jessie wants to find the real murder before she is arrested for it. Than Wanda's starts haunting Jessie and won't leave her alone unless she finds her killer.

Perilous Pranks sets up Murderous Matrimony really well.

I like the setting of A Renaissance Faire village. How the cast members always have to talk and look the part while the village is open. after it closes there is still a lot of the cast members who live in the village full time.

Jessie and Chase live together now full time in the village. They are planning to get married soon at the Village. Chase is the Bailiff and is head of security their. Chase is well liked and well known.

It is a fun cozy mystery series.

I got my copy free from Amazon

Published August 13th 2013 by J Lavene 166 pages ASIN: B00EJMVTDM

Treacherous Toys (A Renaissance Faire Mystery #5) by Joyce Lavene & Jim Lavene

Hail ye, hail ye, and welcome to the Renaissance Faire Village. Here, associate professor Jessie Morton spends her summers honing her skills and finding the lady, lord, or serf whodunit. But when she comes for Christmas, will murder mean a very unhappy holiday? A NAUGHTY TOY MAKER BETTER WATCH OUT… Jessie Morton is getting just what she wished for this holiday season at the Renaissance Faire Village—working as an apprentice to the new toy maker. But when Chris Christmas is discovered dead just hours after her arrival, Jessie’s holiday plans start to melt away. Jessie can’t imagine who would want to silence the toy maker, but apparently the red-cheeked Chris Christmas liked toying with the ladies. Although it may be her shortest apprenticeship ever, she wants to unwrap the truth before word gets out in the village that it’s not safe to be Santa—or one of his helpers

My Review: Treacherous Toys


I liked Treacherous Toys. It is the 5th book in the series but second one I have read. I liked this series. This is a cozy mystery. It starts the drama right away. I was surprised with who the murder was.
It is fun book.

I like the Renaissance Faire Mystery. It would be fun to visit a village like this.

Jessie Morton is supposed to be a apprentice Toy Maker. She also plans to finish her Doctorate. Her first day at the village this year she ends up taking pictures of Father Christmas and the children. Her boyfriend is Chase the Bailiff.

Chris Christmas is a toy maker and father of 8 children who help make toys and dress as elves. They are new to the village this year.
When Jessie comes back after her lunch to start working on the toys she is knocked out and when she wakes up she finds Chris dead on the floor.

Chase is the Bailiff for the village. He wants Jessie to move into the village with him full time.

Their are lots of suspects. Lots of drama and fun. Their is a Queen & King living in the Castle with a court and servants. Pirates living on Pirate ship, jousts with knights. Lots of fun characters.

I will read more books by Joyce and Jim Lavene in the future.
I was given this book by the authors for purpose of review.

Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley 304 pages

Sia by Josh Grayson Review and interview

Description Sia

When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

Author Bio Josh Grayson

Josh Grayson was born in Mexico, raised in Massachusetts, and now lives in Martinsville, Virginia. It was his move to the South that stirred his imagination and gave him the courage to start writing. When he’s not writing, Josh spends his time reading, jogging, swimming, and watching YouTube videos.

Josh currently works as a medical driver, shuttling people all over Virginia and North Carolina. He has also worked as a machinist, film sales rep, administrative assistant, and telemarketer (he apologizes if he called you).

Sia is his debut YA novel.

My Review: Sia


Sia lives up to what I was told about the book. It is uplifting and clean YA novel. It was full of drama, great characters and made me look at myself and want to help more. I don't think I would handle the situations Sia faces very well at all.

Sia wakes up in a park having no idea where she was or even who she is. She starts walking and finds out she is in LA. We get to see her face homeless and get a look at life out on the street. We see some bad and some good people she meets along the way.
After Sia is reunited with her family and friends we see how different she is now. Everyone wants Sia to go back to the way it was before her memory was lost. Sia likes the changes.

Carol's is upbeat having lived on the street for years. She is willing to help others and to comfort Sia. She becomes a true friend to her.

Amber and Stacy are Sia's best friends. They are the cheerleaders, a bunch of mean girls who look down on others. When Sia does not want to do what they want and wear what they want her to wear they shun her.

This story hits so many points. It shows a little about life on the street. About mean rich snobby high school girls. Peer pressure.
Alcoholism, service to others and forgiveness. We can change who we are if we want to one step at a time.

I had a hard time putting this book down. Yes in some ways you figure out where the story is going but it is a enjoyable ride getting there.
Yes it is getting fast differences of ratings from different people. Yes the first part of the story is better you are not sure where it will take you.
Yes it is happy cheesy ending but I love happy cheesy endings.
I was given this book to read and asked to give honest review of it by the author and Netgalley.

11/20/2013 PUB Josh Grayson

Excerpts from SIA

Option #1

While I wait for my driver, I sit on a step outside the school. I watch the kids go by. No one stops to say hello to me, and I'm starting to understand why. Then I see Kyle trudging out of the school, shaking his thick brown hair back from his brow. I decide to go talk to him. But he changes direction when he sees me approaching.

“Wait! Kyle? Is that your name? Kyle?”

He stops, but doesn't turn around.

Undaunted, I run up from behind. “Listen, I just wanted to apologize for Duke in the cafeteria today.”

“Why? Can’t he take care of that himself?”

“I guess he can, but I don’t think manners are his strong point.”

Kyle squints at me, trying to read my expression, so I keep my eyes wide open. If he's looking for dishonesty or cruelty, I'm determined he won't find any there.

“I don’t get it,” he says skeptically. “Why would you apologize to me?”

I shrug. “Because it was wrong of him to be like that.”

“If you're gonna apologize on behalf of Duke, you should apologize to Ben, not me.”

“Um…okay, I will.”

After a moment of quiet, Kyle says, “Okay. Thanks.” He sniffs and looks at the ground, obviously uncomfortable. “As long as we’re apologizing, I guess I owe you one, too.” He runs his fingers through his hair. “I’m sorry about yelling at you at the soup kitchen. That was you, right?”

I nod.

“So I guess it was my yelling that made you run into the street, wasn’t it?”

I nod again.

“Well, I’m really sorry. About all that. I had no idea.”

“Of course you didn't. Don’t worry about it.” I look down the street, past Kyle, but I can't see John and the car yet. I glance down at my nails, still torn and ratty from living homeless. “What were you doing there, anyway?” I ask.

He shrugs. “I volunteer there sometimes.”


“My parents own a bakery nearby. I work there almost every afternoon. When we have day-old bread and stuff, I take it over to them.”

“You…Oh!” I suddenly recall the slice of bread I'd enjoyed just before Kyle yelled at me that day. Soft, homemade, and unforgetable. It brings a smile to my face. “Well, I know from personal experience that they really appreciate that. It’s very generous of you and your family.”

“It’s the least we can do.” He hesitates. “So you’d been eating there?”

“Yup. All week. With my friend Carol.”

“Carol? That older lady? I know her. She’s sweet. Helps a lot of the kids out. I guess she’s kind of a teacher for lost souls, huh?”

“You could say that,” I agree, remembering my wise friend fondly.

A dark car pulls up to the curb.

I smile with apology. “Sorry, but I have to go. That’s John, here to pick me up. So are we okay?”


“Yeah. You and me.”

After a second, he returns my smile and holds out a hand. “Sure.”

I step closer so I can shake it, and while I'm there I purposefully inhale the smell Amber had so detested. She's right. He smells like bread. Banana bread, I think. And cinnamon. Not unpleasant at all.


About the Author)

If you could fly anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Italy, simply because it’s always ranked as having the best food in the world. Its beaches are nice too. I’ve Googled it.

What is your favorite genre to read/write?

Young adult (YA), because those stories carry universal themes we can all relate to, a peek into the lives of characters who are more intriguing, real, and raw.

What is one silly fact about you?

I can mimic Enrique Iglesias’s voice pretty well. I sang “Hero” at a friend’s birthday party once and received an enthusiastic response. Some applauded, others laughed. Overall, though, I felt good about my performance.

(General Writing)

What got you started on your writing journey?

My move from Massachusetts (where I’d lived most of my life) to Virginia. The first year here was difficult. I was alone, depressed, and in completely new surroundings. But it was here in the South that I began seeing all these stories in my head, and that my “writing gene” got activated. So it seems the old saying is true, everything does happens for a reason.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?

I don’t choose, per se. I just write whatever I see in my head. And so far, all the romantic parts have been sweet and clean, which is fine with me.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?

I’m working on another YA novel that Sia fans should enjoy as well. If things go according to plan, I’ll publish that in the summer of 2014.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Being able to partake in the wildest adventures imaginable, all without ever leaving your house.

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

One reviewer said, “It, without a doubt, inspired me to find ways to help others in need. I’m looking into charity work.” I think about this every day, and each time it fills me with joy, because that’s exactly what I wanted Sia to do: to inspire others to become their best self, to make positive changes in the world, wherever they are.

Where do your ideas come from?

I find muses everywhere! In books, magazines, poems, movies, YouTube videos, and so much more. I always try to be receptive. You never know what might trigger your next story.

(About the Book )

Please share about your book:

Here’s the book description: When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

What inspired you to write Sia?

Initially? Oprah. (laughs). I saw an interview she did on a man with fugue amnesia that impacted me. Fugue amnesia occurs when someone, usually in response to excessive stress, takes off on some unexpected travel. And during the travels, that person assumes either a partial or complete new identity. I found it both fascinating and frightening to think that stress alone can cause the human brain to demand a reset like that. I often wonder why I haven’t gotten fugue amnesia yet!

Is it true you wrote the screenplay adaption as well?

Yes! I wrote it as soon as the book was finished. I’m about to hire a seasoned Hollywood screenwriter to polish it. When it is up to industry standards, we’ll submit it to film companies and cross our fingers. I think Sia would translate wonderfully to film.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? The new Sia? Determined. Compassionate. Humble. Kind. Brave.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Because I believe it will leave you inspired, encouraged, and—of course—entertained.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Found A Matt Royal Mystery #8 by H. Terrell Griffin

4 stars

I have read all 8 Matt Royal books and this one follows along with the others. Someone is trying to kill Matt or at least break some bones. He has no idea why anyone would come after him again. For a retired lawyer he sure racks up people who hate him.

There is a lot of violence in a Matt Royal Mystery. Usually Matt and Jock are the ones taking out the bad guys. They are not the most law abiding two citizens. They sometimes merit out justice that is not legal.

J.D. gets a text from a friend showing todays headlines. Katie was thought to have died a year ago with her husband. Killed in her own home. Her body was never found. The picture had writing on it that was a personal between them at collage.

J.D. is the only detective in Longboat. She is busy so asks her honey Matt to help her look into Katie's murder. Matt is a retired lawyer. He retired young with a enough money to last if he is careful. He calls himself a beach bum.

J.D. is working on a murder of a retired fisherman who was in WWII. Her and Matt saw the murderer go off the bridge into the bay being chased by a cop who was down the road from the murder. They have no idea who he is.

A car is following J.D. and when Matt asks why someone is sent to break some bones for sticking his nose where it belongs. Matt has different plans.

Jock who is close to Matt is a agent who belongs to a agency that has no name. He reports to his boss and the President of the United States. Jock can find out a lot with just a phone call. He is sent into a lot of situations to take care of top secret jobs. He is in town to do a golf tournament with a another friend Logan. Jock does not like that someone is after Matt.

J.D. likes Jock but has a hard time with his ethics. Like taking out four bad guys. Breaking into places instead of getting a warrant ect.

The plot twists and turns I did not expect most of it. There is plenty of action, bad guys and a lot of death before it is over with. If you like the other Matt Royal books you will want to read Found. I look forward to reading the next book.

I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
11/19/2013 PUB Oceanview Publishing 325 pages ISBN:9781608090990

Description below taken off of Netgalley.

When the serenity of beautiful Longboat Key, Florida, is shattered by a murder, and an elderly resident goes missing, Detective Jennifer Diane (J.D.) Duncan leaps into action. Her investigation is temporarily interrupted when she receives a text message with a current photo of a college friend she thought was dead. Matt Royal— J.D.’s friend and more— jumps in to help her. Further assistance comes when Matt’s friend Jock Algren visits. Jock is a shadowy operative of the U.S. government’s most secretive intelligence agency and has ties all the way to the president.

As the mystery deepens, a group of devious and dangerous characters intrudes on the lives of the islanders, creating havoc unusual for a sun-splashed island full of retirees and beach bums. Matt, J.D., and Jock rush to find the answer to why one old man was killed and another disappeared, the meaning of the photo sent to J.D. of her almost surely-dead college friend, and why somebody is trying to kill them

Monday, November 18, 2013

Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi

Meet Dorothy Jarrow: devotedly unsexy librarian

Buttoned-up book lover DJ is all sensible shoes, drab skirts and studious glasses. After an ill-advised spring-break-fueled fling left her mortified, she's committed to her prim and proper look. When she's hired by a rural library in middle-of-nowhere Kansas, she finally has the lifestyle to match—and she can't wait to get her admin on.

But it's clear from day one that the small-town library is more interested in circulating rumors than books. DJ has to organize her unloved library, win over oddball employees and avoid her flamboyant landlady's attempts to set her up with the town pharmacist. Especially that last part—because it turns out handsome Scott Sanderson is her old vacation fling! She is not sure whether to be relieved or offended when he doesn't seem to recognize her. But with every meeting, DJ finds herself secretly wondering what it would be like to take off her glasses, unpin her bun and reveal the inner vixen she's been hiding from everyone—including herself.

My Review: Love Overdue


I used to think working in a library would be a perfect job for me. But I would rather read the books than shelve them. I like the characters especially D.J. She accepts a job and moves to a small town in Kansas.

DJ has no family but her little dog Dewey. She is excited to be in charge of her own library.
She finds out that her apartment that comes with the job is actually the upstairs of Vivian who hired her. She is on the board of the library.

Scott is divorced pharmacist. He met D.J. years ago and does not recongize her as Sparkle who he
had a one night stand on spring break. All he knows is that D.J. does not like him off the bat.

Vivian has actually hired D.J. and brought her to town to fix up her son. She wants to see him settled before she can go on her plans.

I like the town and all the different folks in it. It really makes the story to get to know so many of the characters. I would like to know more of James story.

I liked the pace of the book. Once I started I did not stop till it was finished.

There is a few love scenes in the book that I skipped over.

The subject of suicide and the different perspectives was interesting.

I was given this ebook to read and in return asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
August 27th 2013 PUB by Harlequin MIRA 432 pages ISBN:0778315371

Undercover Twin by Lena Diaz (The Morgan Brothers #2)



DEA agent Nick Morgan had no choice but to break up with the love of his life, Heather Bannon. He knew that if he was seen anywhere near the gorgeous P.I., he could kiss his career goodbye. But when Heather's twin is abducted, Nick reconsiders his priorities.

As Nick leads Heather on a dangerous undercover mission to rescue her sister and topple an elusive drug lord, he knows he was wrong to end their relationship. Working side by side, Nick realizes his love for her is as strong as ever, and he'll risk his life to prove it. Having Heather pose as her twin—down to her tattoos—could be genius…or a fatal mistake.

Undercover Twin

4 stars

The suspense of the story was good. I had no idea who or why for the longest time.
The characters were a wide range. You were not sure who to trust if any.

Heather Bannon went into a bar to rescue her sister and they both got arrested for cocaine with intent to sell. Too make it worse her boyfriend arrested her.

Nick Morgan a DEA agent did not want to have anything else to do with Heather after he arrested her. Then he went and called in favors to have her bond reduced and got her car out so it was their when she was released.

Now different people and agents want to use Heather as bait. Nick does not want her to be bait.
He steps in when she gets in over her head again,

The setting is Florida drug scene.

The pace of the story was good. Their was plenty of action, drama. a couple of sex scenes that I skipped over. Every time things looked calmed down something else happens. There was a few twists and turns I did not see coming.

I was given this ebook to read and in exchange asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Harlequin.
publication: November 19th 2013 by Harlequin Intrigue 224 pages ISBN:9780373697335

Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set Review

Product Description

Create a Christ-focused holiday tradition as you review the sacred names of the Savior. Display these antique pewter-finish ornaments on the tree, as gift tags, or adorning a wreath on the front door. A list of scripture references is included, perfect for a "Twelve Days of Christmas" countdown. 12-piece set. Ornament size: 3¼" x 3¼". *Hooks & twine NOT included.

About the Author

Zions Mercantile is a gathering of gifts and d├ęcor inspired by our unique Latter-day Saint heritage — whether it be from Palmyra, Nauvoo, Salt Lake City or anywhere in the world. Offering quality products in a variety of price points, Zions Mercantile is a place you can find meaningful items that enhance your home and reflect your values.

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My Review:Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set


I was excited when I opened the package and saw these ornaments. I wanted to go decorate my little Christmas tree right then. But first I have to go buy some hooks.

first they look good. Each star is the same size but each has on it a different name of the Savior.
On the back of the box has the name and scripture with that name.

1.LAMB OF GOD -- JOHN 1:29

I like the idea of bring more of Christ back into Christmas. I think it would be good to read the scripture that goes with each ornament as we hang them on the tree. I have a little tree that these ornaments will go on very soon. It is never too early to Remember the birth of the Savior and all he has done for us.

You could put these ornaments on a wreath, put them of Christmas gifts, use it for the twelve days of Christmas or many other uses for those who are creative. They do clang if they bang into each other. You could even make a special wind chime them.

Me I am going to put on the tree this week and keep them for me.

I was given these ornaments for purpose of reviewing them. I like them.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Name Used to Be Muhammad: A True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian by Tito Momen & Jeff Benedict

Tito Momen was raised Muhammad Momen. He was born in Nigeria and was taught to observe the strict teachings of Islam. At

age five he woke at 4:45 every morning to attend the mosque and

perform dawn prayer with the other men in his village. Training to

memorize the Qur'an began at age six. It was at this same age that

he began copying the entire Qur'an word for word. He was being

raised to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading a jihad,

or holy struggle, to convert nonbelievers to Islam. However, Tito's

path took an expected turn when he was introduced to Christianity.

His decision to believe in Jesus Christ cost him his family and his

freedom. Tito thought he would spend his remaining days enduring

a life sentence in an uncivilized Egyptian prison. For fifteen years he

suffered and waited and prayed. Tito said, "I never gave up hope.

I never stopped believing." Although he was falsely imprisoned,

beaten, and ridiculed, Tito's remarkable true story is one of faith,


My Review:My Name Used to Be Muhammad: A True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian


This book was very interesting. I can understand a little more about Muslims what they believe and why some hate everything different. This starts out telling about his life from the time he was about 5. About what they learned and what they were kept away from.
He doesn't speak of Muslim religion with bitterness or angry. He just tells what his life was like growing up. Explains why and how come he did some things or didn't do.

About his regrets and wrong things he did and why. To me it seemed like a real honest look back at his life so far.
I like the culture of the different countries he was in and the differences he encountered.

I was also surprised that the Qur'an has more of Mary's story in it than the Bible does.

The story just flowed and was so interesting. I was sad to see it end. I admit that I have taken the freedoms that I have for granted. I am glad that Tito now has more freedom.
The scene with his father for the last time brought me to tears.

I am grateful that I was able to read Tito's story. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley.

I want to see some of his drawings. Also want to help others who have gone through some of the same hardships for believing In Christ too.
This is a powerful book. Thank you for sharing your story and your life.

Published November 12th 2013 by Ensign Peak 278 pages ISBN:9781609077105

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Deathbed & Breakfast (Pookotz Sisters Bed & Breakfast Mysteries) by Bart J. Gilbertson guest post,review & Givaway

Deathbed & Breakfast (Pookotz Sisters Bed & Breakfast Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery

· File Size: 372 KB

· Print Length: 217 pages

· Publisher: Cozy Cat Press (June 30, 2013)



"Richard Forester, a retired CEO for a major software company, and his granddaughter Penny show up at the Pookotz Bed & Breakfast one evening and find themselves in some rather unpleasant company. All the guests somehow seem to be connected to Richard’s past and when he is found dead the next morning, everyone is suspect. However, there are a few wrinkles that the inn’s owners Edna and Mildred Pookotz need to iron out as the investigation unfolds. Not only was Richard deathly ill, but he was also accused of embezzling $750,000 which is still unaccounted for. The local Sheriff suspects that this victim’s death is not a natural one, so he--and the sisters--set forth to discover who the murderer is."

Bart J. Gilbertson is the author of the Pookotz Sisters Mystery Series. Although he was born in Wisconsin, he spent most of his youth and later years in the rocky mountain state of Idaho. He has been all over the northwest and it is his love for the lush green state of Oregon that inspired the setting for Pleasant Lake and its inhabitants. He attended ITT Technical Institute in Boise, ID and received an Associate in Applied Science Degree for Computer Networking Systems and graduated with honors. Bart has worn many hats over his lifetime career, but the one he is most proud of is that of being a writer. He currently resides in O’Neill, NE. He has two children.

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My Review: Deathbed & Breakfast


Deathbed & Breakfast reminds me of long ago stories that have plenty of suspects and motives and bumbling characters. You were never sure who the real killer was till the end. It kept your interest the whole way through. I like the different characters and think that most of them should be in jail for some reason or other.

I would love to see how another mystery would fair at the bed and breakfast. The setting sounds nice. We love all the trees in Oregon and to be on a pond sounds good. I would love to go stay their without all the would be killers though.

The pacing was good & fast. Things start unfolding right away and was surprising how many different people were gathered together with motives. All that missing money gets peoples greed flowing.

Edna and Mildred Pookotz run a bed & breakfast. They are sisters and older women. They are not major sleuths like Jessica Fletcher.
But do put together some clues and facts that the others missed. I had one of the clues but missed others.

This is a entertaining book. I wish though somehow to know who was arrested for what or some other information.
Their was plenty of humor especially with the cook Felix. He carried food to the table with his walker. Their were some scenes with him that had me rolling with laughter.

I hope to read more of Bart's work in the future.

I was given this ebook to read for purpose of reviewing and being part of this book tour.

Guest Post by Bart J. Gilbertson

Plotting or Spontaneity?

Famed author, Elmore Leonard once said, “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”. Every writer wants their work to flow smoothly, coherently, without any wrinkles. It should not feel forced or contrived. So does that mean being spontaneous in your writing is advantageous to something that is plotted out? Is it more important to concentrate on the characters, the natural flow of events instead of the plot?

Then again, the ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie, was a superb plotter. Her stories endure even today. Every writer wants their work to make sense at the end. Nobody wants to leave any loose ends (unless, of course, this is done purposely to lead their reader to the next book). So, that begs the question then, is plotting more important? Should the writer be more concerned about putting out a good story as opposed to allowing their writing style move to the forefront?

This has been a cause for debate among writers and readers for years. So on which side of the issue do I stand? How do I write my stories?

Being a mystery writer, I do want my books to make sense after the last sentence is read. I also want them to have a natural flow to them. I start out with a general idea and a set of characters. I will write, allowing the story to shape itself. It is very spontaneous at first. You get to meet each character and find out what drives and motivates them. I allow subplots to develop on their own to the point where I’m even wondering what is going to happen. Finally, I reach a point where the killer is revealed within my mind.

Then, the plotting begins. Once I’ve established the identity of my killer, I have to set it all up. In fact, rewriting some of what I’ve already gotten down is usually a requisite. It is important to me as a writer to make sure that everything is accounted for by story’s end. As the reader discovers who the killer is at the end, I don’t want it to be so unexpected that it comes out of left field with no viable explanation. The clues have to fit, the red herrings have to make sense, and the killer must fit the crime.

I personally feel that with a mystery, especially a ‘whodunit’, a measure of plotting is required. If I can balance the two together, a well plotted story with a spontaneous feel to it, then this is a win.

To answer my questions above, I think both can be an important part to the writing process. I don’t feel that one is necessarily better than the other. When you write, write for yourself. It is your story, your expression. Make it your own. Writing style included.

My first novel, “Deathbed & Breakfast” is a prime example of how I wrote both spontaneously while plotting it out. I hope this story brings a smile to your face as you read as it did to mine while writing it.

Giveaway: 1 ecopy of Deathbed & Breakfast
To enter leave comment with name and email address. The winner will be emailed and have two days to respond before new name drawn. Contests starts Nov.11, 2013 and ends Nov.30, 2013. Good Luck.


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November 14 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Review
November 15 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post
November 17 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
November 19 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri – Review
November 20 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review, Interview
November 21 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post, Giveaway
November 24 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner – Review
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November 27 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post, Giveaway
November 28 – Thanksgiving (U.S.)
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November 30 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK – Review

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Waco's Badge by J.T. Edson

Law beyond the limits ...

In wide-open Arizona, outlaws run rampant, since the authority of the local marshal ends at his town's borders. A different breed of peace officer is needed, and rancher Bentram Mosehan has accepted the responsibility of organizing a new Arizona State Police force. He's looking for men who are brave, honest, and lightning fast with a six-gun -- talents that a drifter named Waco and his amigo, Doc Leroy, possess in abundance. But the two young Texans remember all too well their run-ins with the Lone Star law, and thelast thing Waco and Doc want is to wear a badge.

But Mosehan knows these are men you need at your side when all Hell breaks loose. And Waco'll be facing one tough choice once the bullets start flying in earnest: serve ... or die.

My Review: Waco's Badge by J.T. Edson

3 stars

Was disappointed in this J.T. Edson. So far this is my least favorite book written by J.T. Edson.
Lots of long boring descriptions of stage coaches. Does have some familiar characters Waco, Doc and Belle Starr.

Like most of J.T. Edson' stories their are gun fights, women fighting. Likeable characters.

This is telling why the Arizona State Police force is needed. Why some don't want the force being started and others do.
The stage is held up with a bunch of inside information. A couple of the crooks let it slip the name of head outlaw was Belle. Some of the victims believed it was the famous Belle Starr gang. While one does not believe it was.
I hope more of J.T. Edson's floating outfit come out as ebooks.
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (May 19, 2009) 288 pages ASIN: B0029PBVBQ

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Spy for a Spy blog tour Review and Giveaway

We're celebrating the launch of Spy for a Spy, sequel to I, Spy! Read on to find free & discounted reads, and enter to win some great prizes! You can also find Spy for a Spy at the special $3.99 launch discount on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and!

About the Book

Canada is probably the last place you’d expect to find an American spy. And it was the last place CIA operative Talia Reynolds expected to run into fellow operative Brand Copley. AKA her new boss. AKA her ex-boyfriend.

Just the guy every woman wants to face in the middle of planning her wedding. Once again, Talia’s lying to the man she loves, but this time, to protect his heart.

After Brand takes over Talia’s latest case and steals her newest agent, he assigns her to spy on her old boss—who’s suddenly giving her every reason not to trust him. With only weeks until the big day, planning falls by the wayside as she goes into damage control mode. But when Talia discovers Brand’s real motives, fighting him is the only option, no matter what the personal and professional cost.

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About the author

An award-winning author, Jordan McCollum can’t resist a story where good defeats evil and true love conquers all. In her day job, she coerces people to do things they don’t want to, elicits information and generally manipulates the people she loves most—she’s a mom.

Jordan holds a degree in American Studies and Linguistics from Brigham Young University. When she catches a spare minute, her hobbies include reading, knitting and music. She lives with her husband and four children in Utah.

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Spy for a Spy is a sequel to the novel I, Spy, available for 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Jordan's site this week only!

To save her country and her secrets, CIA operative Talia Reynolds will have to sacrifice the man she loves. More about I, Spy.

Also, as a free gift this week, Jordan is giving out free e-copies of a prequel novella, Mr. Nice Spy, on Amazon and her site!

My Review: Spy for a Spy


I enjoyed Spy for a Spy. If you are a fan of I Spy you will like this second novel too. You don't have to have read the first book to enjoy Spy for a Spy.
Though a lot of the characters you do first meet in I Spy.

Spy for a Spy does not have as much humor in it as I Spy. The subjects it deals with are deeper darker. Like terrorists, sexual misconduct in the office.
Treason and lies.

Talia is so used to lying with her work it hard for her to be open in her personal life. She is trying to plan her wedding to Danny and work.
She works for the CIA stationed in Canada. Her office is shaken up and her partner and her boss have been stationed at embassy. Her new boss is Vince or Brand.

Brand is a ex-boyfriend she had dated when she first joined the CIA. It did not end well. Now Brand was her new boss and everything she has worked hard for might be taken away.

Talia feels alone with no one she can really trust. Her old boss is being watched. Elliot is having personal problems. He is not sure he can help her.

Danny's mother is in town. She not happy with Talia she prefers Danny's old girl friend.

I really like the latter part of the book but I won't say why here.

The setting for the book is Canada in CIA office.

I was given this ebook for purpose of reviewing it.

publication: November 12th 2013 by Durham Crest Books ISBN: 9781940096032

Friday, November 8, 2013

Hudson Lights CD Blog Tour review and giveaway $25 Amazon or Paypal cash


Hudson Lights Tour

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Composed of 4 vocal artists from the Rocky Mountains, Hudson Lights creates a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz like you've never heard before! World-class harmonies and consummate showmanship make this an unforgettable music experience. Equal parts thrilling, inspiring, and effortlessly charming, Hudson Lights brings a classy edge back to mainstream pop.

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HUDSON LIGHTS will release their self-titled debut album November 12, 2013. They released a single, “Good to Me”, on iTunes in September.

The group is composed of four male vocal artists from around the country: McKay Crockett, Keith Evans, Joseph Moore and Ross Welch. Together they create a fresh fusion of contemporary pop and jazz music.

The upbeat album features classic covers of legends like Frank Sinatra and The Beatles. They also have several original songs.

Bob Ahlander, director of music at Shadow Mountain Records, says “Hudson Lights fills a void in the music scene.”

They have already had some notable performances. They debuted at the Marriot Center during the BYU Women’s Conference Concert in May, and placed 2nd in a contest to open for Kelly Clarkson at the STADIUM OF FIRE in June.

On November 22nd they’ll perform for a crowd of 10,000 as part of Deseret Book’s “Time Out for Women” event at the Maverik Center. Tickets are available here.


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"Call Me Maybe"

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My Review: Hudson Lights CD


Hudson Lights is a very moody cd. Some songs make me smile and want to dance. While another song might make me feel reverent.Poor Wayfaring Stranger.
Different times I like different songs best. One song that I really like is Can't take that Away.

I was disappointed that their song Call Me Maybe was not part of CD. But you can watch it on link above.
Here is the song list on the CD
Hold On to Me
Beautiful Day
Eleanor Rigby
Good to Me
Autumn Leaves
You Make my Dreams Come True
The Nearness of You
Love Never Fails
Can't Take That Away
Poor Wayfaring Stranger

Hudson Lights is a group of 4 clean cut Men that sing together. McKay Crockett, Keith Evans, Joseph Moore and Ross Welch.
They sing contemporary pop, jazz music in the style of Sinatra, Groban and Buble.

Their two originals songs are Hold on to Me and Good to Me. Good to Me was released on Itunes in September. Hudson Lights CD will be available Nov. 12,2013 at ITunes, Amazon and Deseret Book.

I was given this cd for purpose of reviewing it for its blog tour.
Now I have to figure out which one of my daughters get to enjoy this cd. Maybe in their stalking it will make a great Christmas gift.