Monday, February 6, 2017

A Fine Year For Murder-Lauren Carr-Book Author Spotlight

About the book (provided by I Read Book Tours)
After months of marital bliss, Jessica Faraday and Murphy Thornton are still discovering and adjusting to their life together. Settled in their new home, everything appears to be perfect … except in the middle of the night when, in darkest shadows of her subconscious, a deep secret from Jessica’s past creeps to the surface to make her strike out at Murphy.

When investigative journalist Dallas Walker tells the couple about her latest case, known as the Pine Bridge Massacre, they realize Jessica may have witnessed the murder of a family living near a winery owned by distant relatives she was visiting and suppressed the memory.

Determined to uncover the truth and find justice for the murder victims, Jessica and Murphy return to the scene of the crime with Dallas Walker, a spunky bull-headed Texan. Can this family reunion bring closure for a community touched by tragedy or will this prickly get-together bring an end to the Thorny Rose couple?

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Author's Bio:

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook
Lauren Carr

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Westbou Gold-Hawk MacKinnery-Book Review

 Westobou Gold Book Review
About the book. . . (provided by I Read Book Tours)
The Indian Queen would risk torture and worse to keep her secrets from these barbarians in suits of metal and their search for cities of gold. They never found the gold. Empires rose; empires fell, the centuries passed. Legend became fireside myths, but no treasure was ever found. Yet, among the grey-green drapes of wisteria and wild jasmine along the misty shrouded lowlands of bayous and marshes of the Westo River, the folktales persist.
In the lazed creep of a near-tropical dawn lit the pungent Turkish coffee permeates Moccasin Hollow. Beyond the kitchen door Lucky, Craige Ingram’s German shepherd gnaws a favorite bone. Looted burial mounds seem a world away until plundered mounds on Moccasin Hollow land brings amateur archaeologist PI Craige Ingram into the cross-hairs of kidnapping. Stealthy hideaways are concealed in old colonial brick-lined river grottoes beneath the big house of Ardochy plantation. Sex-tape underage blackmail and thrill killings on federal land spur a medical examiner’s preliminary postmortem to more than a hired cleaner’s quickie cover-up passed off as drug deals gone sour. Greed tangles a witch’s pigswill of illicit affairs and murder-to-hide-murder. Shady investigators and shadier politics stir an unexpected concoction that threatens the lives of those at Moccasin Hollow in a spiteful plot against ex-SEAL Craige Ingram and the woman he loves.

I Read Tour (includes author interviews and additional reviews)
Jan 16 - Books for Books - review
Jan 17 - The Autistic Gamer - review
Jan 18 - Books, Dreams, Life - review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 19 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Jan 20 - Rainy Day Reviews - review
Jan 23 - Olio by Marilyn - review / giveaway
Jan 24 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Jan 25 - Readers Muse - review
Jan 26 - Nighttime Reading Center - review / giveaway
Jan 27 - My Reading Journey - review / giveaway
Jan 30 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Jan 31 - T's Stuff - review/ author interview / giveaway
Jan 31 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Feb 1 -   JBronder Book Reviews - review
Feb 2 -   Elsie's Audiobook Digest - review / giveaway
Feb 3 -   Jessica Cassidy - review / author interview / giveaway

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And I thought. . . 
I was looking forward to reading this book.  Last fall I was introduced to the author and had a chance to ask a few questions about the book.   
From my research about the book and the previous book I became 
interested in the main character Craige Ingram.  I enjoyed his character.  The author did a wonderful job of developing his character.  I felt Craige could actually walk off the page

The story; well I wasn't quite as enamored with the story.  I really thought I would like it but I just didn't.  It was o.k.
The story is suspenseful.  I was kept on the edge of my seat through the fast paced twists and turns in the storyline. 
I was rooting for Craige to solve the mystery and make it out alive!

Westbou Gold is about murder, blackmail, suspense and explicit sex scenes.   The story is dark.  

The story was very well written and filled with some great characters that aren't all very likeable.  I like(d) the authors writing style and I am interested in reading the 1st book in the series because I did really like the main character. 

I received a complimentary copy from I Read Book Tours.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Cut Throat Business-Julia Bennett-Book Review

A Cutthroat Business

About the book (provided by KOBO) 
Everyone has warned new-minted realtor Savannah Martin that real estate is a cutthroat business. But Savannah doesn’t think she’s supposed to take the warning literally ... until an early morning phone call sends her to an empty house on the ‘bad’ side of town, where she finds herself standing over the butchered body of a competitor, face to face with the boy her mother always warned her about.
Rafe Collier is six feet three inches of testosterone and trouble; tall, dark, and dangerous, with a murky past and no future—not the kind of guy a perfect Southern Belle should want to tangle with. In any way. But wherever Savannah turns, there he is, and making no bones about what he wants from her.
Now Savannah must figure out who killed real estate queen Brenda Puckett, make a success of her new career, and avoid getting killed—or kissed—by Rafe, all before the money in her savings account runs out and she has to go back to selling make-up at the mall.

Also in the series...
Hot Property - Savannah Martin Mystery #2 (June 2011)
Contract Pending - Savannah Martin Mystery #3 (July 2011)
Close to Home - Savannah Martin Mystery #4 (October 2011)
A Done Deal - Savannah Martin Mystery #5 (December 2011)

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And I thought...
Another new one to add to the favorites list.  I can't wait to get a chance to read book 2 and the remainder of the series.

This was a fun read and kept too interested!  I had a hard time getting anything done.  I kept wanting to know 'who dun it' and I kind a was wanting to the romance to continue. 

I loved the main characters and I can't wait to see if they ever do end up as a couple.  Sorry to spill the beans but they didn't in book 1.  There's a lot of sizzle.  But no bedroom scenes.  
Other than the fact that there are 2 murders this is a 'G' rated book.
This is a good 'clean' book.  (read additional reviews for other opinions)

I did really enjoy Savannah she was just delightful. Her character is full of southern charm and wit.  She struggles to start over after a failed marriage with determination and savvy.

And then there's the gorgeous and mysterious badboy(man) Rafe he just oozes charm. 

I really enjoyed this book.  The story kept me interested from page one and until the end.  I really didn't want it to end!  
There is mystery and some suspense and just a tad bit of romance.  

I will buy the series.  I would recommend the book to friends. 

I read this book on my phone using the Kobo app.  
I was not asked by anyone to write a review. 

This review will be posted on Amazon, Kobo, Good Reads and may appear on My Journey Back and Springtime In Magnolia 
Book Club

I would suggest reading the reviews posted on Amazon if you have any question about the content and make your own decision.  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ride Baby Ride-Vivian Arend-Book Review

Product Details

About the book 
He wants all her tomorrows
Small town mechanic Gage Jenick’s been waiting for this moment ever since his best friend’s little sister transformed from annoying tagalong to desirable woman. When sweet Katy Thompson kicks her boyfriend to the curb, Gage makes his move. In spite of an assignment that will take him completely off the grid for five long months, he steals her away for one night of steamy passion with the promise of more in the future.
She can’t remember yesterday
When a freak accident on a storm-swept road leaves Katy with a memory full of holes, she can’t remember her own email password, much less how the little pink “positive” on the pregnancy stick got there. She’s at a loss to explain what happened, or when…or with whom. Suddenly she’s got two men claiming to be her baby daddy: her redneck ex, and her long-time crush, Gage.
But what the mind forgets, the heart remembers. Still, it’s going to be a long, hard ride to a happily-ever-after for two, plus one.

About the series
For over 30 years Thompson and Sons has been the local garage for the Rocky Mountain House area. Look for small town lovin’ and fightin’ with sexy happily-ever-afters for the five siblings of the current generation.
A 5 book spin -off series loosely connected with the Six Pack Ranch world.
And I thought
I want to read more.  This isn't a PG book.  There are some bedroom scenes.  But the story w/o the  bedroom scenes is a great sweet story. 
It is filled with sweet romance.  And just a hint of suspense.drama. I was captivated by the story.  I couldn't wait to finish.  Yet I didn't want to.
I loved the characters.  Gage and Katy are trying to build a relationship. But the ex Simon is plainly a 'jerk' that can't let go. 
He causes problem after problem for the couple.   
Janey; Katy's best friend is the kind of friend we all want.  
I look forward to reading her story when she gets 'her' man.  She pines over Katy's brother Len.  
Ride Baby Ride is the best story I've read in a while. 

I had the opportunity to read Ride Baby Ride on my phone using the KOBO app. 
I was not asked to write a review. 

This review will be posted on Amazon, B&N,Good Reads and 
Good Reads.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Journey's End-Ann Christopher

A Journey's End (Journey's End #1) by [Christopher, Ann]

About The Book (provided by Amazon)
Can two wounded people find happiness together?

Meet widower and loner James Harper, who avoids romance like the plague.

And vivacious single mom Miranda Lowe, whose nasty divorce blew up her life.

What happens when you repeatedly throw them together? Come to Journey’s End and find out...

If you love sexy small-town romance that features strong families, pick up A JOURNEY'S END today!

And I Thought
I read this book on my phone using the KOBO app. 
I was glad to find this offer 'free' which is a great way to be introduced to new authors.  

I really enjoy this nice and wholesome love story.  I enjoyed the characters.  From the main characters Miranda and James; to Miranda's twin sons, to Jame's slightly meddling mother to 
the German Shepherd 'Frank' after Frank Sinatra. 

This was a fairly fast paced romance story.  Although the real romance took awhile, that was told through flash back scenes.  Miranda and James both were getting over past lost loves.   I enjoyed the use of 'flash backs' used this way.  It made for an interesting and different king of read.  

I look forward to reading more installments in the series.  
This was a PG sweet romance that anyone would enjoy. 

I was not asked to review this book.  

This review will appear on retail sites where the book is available 
and on Good Reads.

This review may appear on My Journey Back.  

Friday, December 30, 2016

From This Moment On-Debra Clapton-Book Review

From This Moment On (Windswept Bay Book 1) by [Clopton, Debra]
My review follows the book/author information
About the book (from the authors website). . .Hurt by her failed marriage and dashed dreams, Cali Sinclair returns home to Windswept Bay with her heart wary and closed to the dreams of true love she so desperately wanted. Determined to never again risk her heart, she throws herself into running the family’s small boutique resort on the Florida coast, a place so full of romance that it’s a reminder every day of what she’ll never have. But when renowned artist Grant Ellington shows up to paint a mural on the wall of the resort, she’s swept away by her response to the artist. Suddenly, every time he looks at her, Cali finds it harder than she ever thought possible to keep her heart protected.
Grant Ellington loves his ranch, his horses, and his life as a sought-after artist. But after walking away from a plane crash that killed his best friend and the young pilot, he’s still struggling with survivor’s guilt as he heads to Windswept Bay. Painting a sea life mural at the resort started out as a favor to his neighbor, but one meeting with the beautiful Cali and he feels alive again—and determined to spend time on the moonlit beaches with her in his arms…But, like him, Cali has her own emotional scars—can they learn to trust the love that sparks between them and move forward from this moment on?
 Available . . .Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Google Play 
About the series (from the authors blog)
And so I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my new Windswept Bay series. These books feature the Sinclair family nine brothers and sisters who are all about to encounter love one book at a time on the shores of their beloved family owned  Windswept Bay Resort. Book 1 FROM THIS MOMENT ON and book 2 SOMEWHERE WITH YOU is releasing tomorrow, September 13. And then the connecting short story WITH THIS KISS its a good one that will lead readers into book 4,  FOREVER AND FOREALWAYS is coming in Oct. With  HOLDING OUT FOR LOVE later in the year.
    Mingled in with each romantic story of each of the Sinclair siblings: Cali, Shar, Jillian, Olivia, Cam, Levi, Jake, Max and Trent. There will also be short stories of visitors falling in love at the resort too, adding to this multi-layered sweet but romantic series.
    I’m loving creating this series and being able to bring in elements I myself love, other than my love of spunky Texas heroines and heart-stopping cowboys in my New Horizon Ranch series (which just this month released book 8 AUSTIN) Windswept Bay is a place to highlight my love of Florida coast, sun bronzed day, moonlit nights and all the adventure and romance of this gorgeous area. Since we, as a family, vacation in the Florida Keys every summer and I look forward to it every year this new series was a natural fit for me.
   I hope you’ll pick up copy and get swept away with the romance of Windswept Bay. It’s going to be summer all year long!
  And if you’re looking for a cowboy lookin’ for love grab a copy of AUSTIN-New Horizon Ranch book 8 or one of the other books in this popular fun, heartwarming romantic series.
   To keep up with what’s coming next join my newsletter, follow me on Facebook and you’ll never miss out on my latest releases. And I’d love you to join my new Face Book Group Debra Clopton’s Book Posse
And I thought. . . Sweet romance.  I don't get the opportunity to read such sweet stories often.  I was glad I stumbled onto this one in the Kobo store.  I read free on my phone.  
I enjoyed this sweet story.  
If your looking for a good clean read check out Debra Clopton. 
This is the second book I have read.  
I think I liked Kiss A Cowboy better. But the Windswept Bay Series promises a great read!
I enjoyed the characters.  The main characters were both easy to like.  I found myself rooting for them and their romance. 
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and seeing more of the sisters and brothers.  
I give this book 5 stars.  It is what it says it is.  A good sweet story.   A great read for this genre.

I was not asked by anyone to write this review.
This review will appear on the retail sites where available. 
This review will appear on Good Reads
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Conspiracy of Silence-Ronie Kendig-Book Review

About the book...(provided by Bethany House Publishers)
This Is the Way the World Ends. Four years after a tragic mission decimated his team, Cole "Tox" Russell has been disavowed by the United States. And that's fine--he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.
Tox and his former Special Forces team regroup to work with FBI deception expert, Kasey Cortes, and fiery archaeologist, Tzivia Khalon, to search the globe for answers--and a cure. As the mission leads from one continent to another, it becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague but battling an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.
With time running out and the threat for a global pandemic rising, Tox and his team realize their sole chance might be to reach back through centuries of silence to find the only answer that can save them all.
About the Author
An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990.  Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband  have homeschooled for the last eighteen years. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family, and retired military working doge in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks and teaches across the country and mentors other writers.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.

Reviews provided by Bethany House
"This fast-moving, roller-coaster thriller, with its powerful clandestine society, ancient secret, nefarious conspiracies, search spanning the globe, and under-pressure romance is sure to please fans of romantic suspense and military ops romances."
"Kendig's first book in her Tox Files takes readers on an explosive, action-packed global journey to stop a terrorist from releasing a deadly toxin with biblical origins. Kendig has pulled out all the stops in this highly entertaining read that has plot elements of a Tom Clancy or Dan Brown novel. This is a thrill ride with a story that barely stops to catch its breath before the action revs back up again. The hero, Tox, is riveting, the heroine is strong, the secondary cast is well developed and the romance is light but sweet. Kendig has out done herself."
RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Kendig keeps the tensions high and the pace lightning fast, with military action scenes worthy of Vince Flynn. Especially noteworthy is watching the character development of elite modern warriors forced to confront and accept ancient history, faith, and supernatural power. Kendig fans will love this opening novel in her new series."
Publishers Weekly
"Bestselling author Kendig has written an explosive adventure, raising the level of military adventure to new heights."
Christian Market
And I thought
A fast paced roller coast ride.  I enjoyed reading Conspiracy Of Silence.  This book got my interest from page one.  
The story also flips back and forth to various locations from 
Nigeria to Washington, to India, to New Jersey and more and was a little confusing.
I enjoyed the characters.  All of them.  And there were a lot.  I did
have to really pay attention to keep them all straight.  This is a book that I think would have benefited from a cast of characters at the beginning. 
Conspiracy Of Silence is book 1 in the series. 
 There is a pre-quel novella...
Warrior’s Seal

I was intrigued enough with the character to want to read the
novella.  The novella is offered 'free' on the authors site and is available at Amazon for Kindle, Nook and CBC.  Click 
here the visit the authors site for the 'free' book.    

I was disappointed when I read the offer of  'free' I don't have any of the listed options available.  I wish the book was available on KOBO or Book Funnel.  
In my opinion this limits readers.

Conspiracy of Silence was fast paced but for me it was a long story.  I felt like it just went on and on.  I agree with the reviews provided by Bethany House.   It is a great book.  I was just left a little 'let down' with the ending.  I had hoped for more of a romance but I realize that this is a series and there is more to the story.  

The story is well written.  The characters are developed and engaging.  The research and the knowledge that the author used in including the archeology and military parts of the story is exceptional.   

Anyone interested in reading a fast paced suspenseful story will enjoy this book.  I think this is a book that both men and women would enjoy.   

I would like to see it as a movie!  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from 
Bethany House Publishers.
This review will be posted at the retailers where it is available. 
This review will be posted on Good Reads and will appear on My Journey Back and be linked to available link parties.