Friday, September 21, 2018

into the Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni-Lola Bookstagram Blitz

Into The Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni: #BookBlitz with Excerpt & Giveaway
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Into the Darkest Night
(Chaos Theory Duet #1)
By Cassandra Giovanni
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Age Category: Adult
Release Date: September 18, 2018

About the book 
I was born a child of the Elite; destined to live a life of privilege in Sun City.
With one decision I gave it all up.
Ana Jacobs knows the Elite and their depravity all too well. She was one of them once. Her father was a member of the Inner Circle and head of the Trinity funding the corruption of Sun City. When he learned she knew the names of those he’d hidden so well, he turned his back on her; had her kidnapped and tortured to protect his secrets.
When she escapes the island and learns of her father’s death at the hands of a knife-wielding vigilante called the Nightwatchman, she returns to Sun City, vowing to use her knowledge to protect the city. As a city cop, she blends into the background, and no one suspects her real motives.
Levi Bennett knows where Ana’s been. He’s also an Elite, but where Ana was sent to the island, he ended up there by accident. While Ana buries herself in her work and stopping the flow of illegal drugs and weapons into the poverty-stricken Blue District, Levi covers his pain by partying and spending his trust fund on buying bars and restaurants.
Thrown together by Levi’s constant pressing of the limits, the two can’t deny the connection they share through their dark pasts.
Their demons are one in the same, but some demons can’t be tamed.

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Into the Darkest Night

Read an excerpt 
“So, you and Lily?” I ask, pointing between the two of them as the familiar burn settles into my throat. Alcohol isn’t something I’ve missed, and I watch Levi from the corner of my eyes as he shakes his head when the bartender offers more. It’s in direct violation of everything in his files. My fingers tingle, and I pull them into fists at my sides as I look back to Robbie. He nods, and his nose twitches as he signals for the bartender to fill him up. Lily tucks a loose strand behind her ear and shakes her head to the bartender. She shifts from foot to foot as she stares down at her tan and teal cowboy boots.
“Want to dance?” Robbie asks Lily, and her eyes widen with relief.
“Yeah, that sounds great.”
They disappear into the crowd on the dance floor, and I sit on the stool beside Levi, letting my head roll to my shoulder, so I’m looking at him. “Just happened to get too loud tonight?”
He smirks, watching the crowd sway to the music. “Check the business’ file like you did mine, and you’ll see it happens regularly. Our neighbors just aren’t that fun.”
“Mhmm,” I reply as I lean back.
“So, you and Robbie—how did I not know you?” Levi finally asks, changing the subject.
I raise my eyebrows at him, and his hands are in fists, the smile on his lips gone.
“It was after you went missing— but I was around before that – we’re both Elite, well, were. You were just a tad bit engrossed with Lily from what I remember,” I reply.
His eyes drift to the ceiling. “Ah, yeah—that.”
“It must’ve been awkward coming back to…” I don’t know how to put softly your best friend dating your girlfriend. I don’t understand why my throat thickens as I watch his reaction. I shouldn’t care if it bothers him.
Maybe it’s because I get how lonely coming back is. My toes curl in my shoes at the thought. Loneliness is my only friend.
Levi leans forward, pressing his muscular forearms into his knees. “Just a little bit.” His shoulders lift, and his eyes come up to mine, causing an eruption of tingles up my spine. “But they’re good for each other. I’m not who I used to be, so it’s not like it would’ve worked anyway.”
Butterflies erupt out of dormant chrysalis I never thought would be awakened as his eyes flick over my face. The calculated smugness is gone, and the man before me is part the innocent boy I had a crush on all throughout high school and part damaged man that I feel, stupidly–no doubt–that only I could ever understand.
I turn in the stool, so I’m facing the bar. “Do you have anything that doesn’t taste like Windex?”
Levi laughs as he goes behind the divider. He reaches up to the top shelf lined with expensive looking bottles, and his shirt lifts, showing one of the dimples in his back and a pale scar that travels diagonally from it. My eyes follow the line to a tattoo of a kanji—Japanese character—for a skill I’ve yet to master.
Seishinteki kyōyō: spiritual refinement.
Judging by its placement on his back, he has almost as many skill marks as I do. Not only did Levi survive the same hell I did, but he’s received the same training.
Levi Bennett is a Shinobi—a ninja.
Just like me.
We’re something that isn’t supposed to exist in the modern age, yet here we are. I watch as he mixes me a drink, dropping a cherry in the glass before sliding it across the concrete counter to me.
“How’s paying for your father’s sins going?” he asks.
I raise an eyebrow, looking at the dark pink drink. “What’s this?”
His voice is level as he answers, “Unoriginal Sin.”
My eyes lift to his, and he leans down on his forearms, so our faces are inches apart.
“Real original, Shinobi,” I say, my voice so low only he can hear it.
He stands up and rubs his hand over his the scruff around his mouth down to his chin.
“I guess we’re more similar than I thought,” he says. His eyes flick to the television as he nods to it. “He’s trying to save the city, too. Looks like he’s doing a better job, though.”
I read the text scrolling across the screen since the volume isn’t on.
The Nightwatchman has struck again, this time taking out Adam Cleary, an international businessman. It appears Cleary was involved with sex trafficking.
My ears ring. Another name from my list and my prime suspect for the Nightwatchman is standing in front of me with his arms crossed and pulsing with irritatingly sexy muscles.
Graphic Into the Darkest Night - demons

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Review-The Spirit Of God Illustrated Bible-Tour/Giveaway



About 
The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible,  brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help kids understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today! Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations and meaningful text that showcase God’s Spirit. The unique cover shines with beautiful foil and makes it a storybook Bible you and your kids will want to read again and again. 

And I thought
An great story Bible for the family.  The stories are easy to read and short enough for younger children.   The stories are written for children.  

They are not written for adults and it might be thought that they are a little 'off' in some instances but you have to realize and remember that it is a children's version and meant to be written in a way that children can understand.   I did not find this negative.  

The illustrations are creatively childish and whimsical to capture young ones attention.  

I enjoyed reading these stories they are written in a way to keep the young ones interested. 

This would make a great purchase for the family and is perfect for 
bedtime family reading. 

I would also use as an add on to Home School curriculum for young readers. 

I recommend this Bible for families.  It would make a great gift. 
If you are on the fence about 

Zondervon provides some resources including examples and info about the artwork (Click here) .  There is also a trailer click here.

I received a complimentary copy. 
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fatal Flip by M.E.Bakos-Great Escapes Tour-Review-Giveaway


About the book 
Flipping houses can be fatal! When Katelyn finds a dead body in her first home renovation project, she seriously doubts her decision to “follow her bliss.” After getting fired from her steady job, her plan to flip houses takes a hit when she becomes a suspect. After all, possession is nine points of the law, isn’t it? Especially, when it’s a dead body.
To keep herself in pizza, peanut butter, good coffee, and her stray cat, Boots, in kitty chow she takes survival jobs as a wine sample hostess and market researcher. Meanwhile, Sheriff Don is kind of hunky, and her ex-husband, Eddy (it’s complicated) is back in her life sleeping on her sofa. How’s a girl supposed to solve dead body mysteries, make a living, and find love?
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I stood on a rung of the stepladder, looking into a black hole of the attic access in the closet of the house I was rehabbing.
“Dang it! Dang. Dang,” I said, sputtering, my heart racing. 
“What?” My best friend, Myra asked, puzzled, as she waited for me. Myra Alexandria Payten was nervous about heights, even six-foot stepladders. She wasn’t a fan of peering into remote areas of homes under renovation and waited while I inspected the attic.
“It’s a body,” I said, gasping. “A body that hasn’t moved for a while.” My legs quivered, and my knees buckled. Gingerly, I stepped down the ladder to face a flabbergasted Myra.
“You have got to be kidding!” she said, each word short and clipped, staring at me openmouthed. Myra always used proper English, even under stressful conditions.    
“I kid you not.” Dread settled in the pit of my stomach. “I hate it when that happens.” When faced with panic-inducing situations, I can be understated, stoic.
“We must call the police immediately!” Myra gasped, her hazel eyes wide.
“Yep,” I replied resolutely. “We must.”
I felt badly about the body we’d just found in the attic. The poor soul could have been there a while, but any smell was held at bay in the cool Minnesota spring. The heat was off in the house, and the body was well-preserved—for a dead person.
The dread in the pit of my stomach was terror about my present finances. This was my job now; I was a house renovator. Just a step up from a slumlord.
My name is Katelyn Baxter. I am thirty-five years old. I admit to twenty-eight, because twenty-nine is a cliché. I’ve been married twice. Once divorced, from my high school beau, Eddy. Now widowed, from the love of my life, Jake.         
My business card says I am a Home Renovation Specialist. I love anything related to home repair and renovation. So much so, when I was dismissed from my position at a mega medical organization, I decided to become a house flipper.
A year earlier, my boss, Michael Preston Ness, chief communications officer, had summoned me to his office. Someone in marketing was going to take a hit for the team, a demotion to ‘records coordinator.’ I was the one selected to take the hit.
“No!”
He glared at me from across his desk, his face turning an impressive blotchy red, a blue vein bulging in his forehead.
“What!”
“Hell, no!” My face felt hot, and was likely as red as his.
By the end of the day, Janice from Human Resources and Michael Preston Ness marched to my cubicle, took my key, pass card, and ID as an esteemed employee. In a final humiliation, I was told not to talk to anyone at the hospital. I presumed, that meant friends, as well.
That evening, while calling everyone I knew, I finished a fresh bottle of chardonnay. My hangover lasted a day. The rest of the week, I lay on the sofa, watched cartoons and ate Doritos.
I will refrain from naming this goliath company in the event they could sue the heck out of my penniless soul, and I am somewhat paranoid.
This is how I came to renovate the house on Bluebird Street in Crocus Heights, Minnesota. It was in a “transitional” neighborhood where streets were named for birds––Robin, Hawk, Jay, etc. The neighborhood had seen some decline, but was becoming fashionable again, with close proximity to amenities, public transportation, established parks, recreational areas, and jobs. Massive oaks, willows, maple trees, established lawns, hearty hydrangeas, and gardens invited new homeowners to the area.
The house was a sturdy model from the mid-sixties that the previous owners had started to update. The taupe-colored, wood siding was solid. In a breath of fresh air, the owners had replaced the roof with the insurance money they’d received after the last big storm.
I had bid on the house at auction and bought it for a sum firmly under market price. It was a contradiction in the economy. Cheap housing, but with no jobs, who could afford even a cheap house? Now, beside a list of rehab projects, I was in a quandary about why and how a dead body was in my attic.


And others are saying 
With non-stop action, I never knew what was going to happen next. If you enjoy a page turner this one will keep your attention.
~Maureen’s Musings
A fast-paced, intriguing yet character-endearing, cozy mystery, with a delightful frisson of clever humor and realistic ups and downs . . .
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
Fatal Flip is an amusing cozy mystery that will have you in stitches.
~The Avid Reader

There is nearly non-stop action and a few unexpected twists. There is also just enough humor to keep things from getting too intense.
~Book Babble

And I thought 
I didn't 'Flip' over the cover.  Would I have purchased it or even picked it up based on the cover?  Actually no. 
But judging a book by it's cover is true.  Don't judge. 

Now the title/theme drew me in.  Flipping houses and redoing are 'in' now.    Fatal Flip gives the reader non-stop action and some twists and turns that might have your head spinning.  A few tips are included to make it a fun read. Settle in and go along for the ride.  It's twisty and turning but worth every minute.

I enjoyed Katelyn.  She was fun and funny and confused about love.  The suitors are charming in their own way even the ex but everyone loves a cop.  Right?  

If you love Cozy's this one is worth picking up!

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Read and Gone by Alllison Brook-Great Escapes Tour-Review/Giveaway

About the book 
Twenty million dollars’ worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton’s long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life and it’s up to Carrie to clear his name.
A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn’t know since her dad Jim’s been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.
Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie’s boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr’s life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she’s searching the victim’s country cabin.
Retreating to the quiet confines of the library where she works, Carrie watches as Smokey Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library’s ghost Evelyn, or something shinier?
And others are saying

If you are looking for an entertaining cozy mystery with friendly characters and an adorable cat, then look no further than Read and Gone.
~The Avid Reader
The author does an amazing job of bringing this small town to life. It was a quick read for me. The storyline is filled with mystery, adventure, and romance mixed into one captivating read.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…
A charming small town with a copious cast of characters, a small-town library with a surprisingly robust staff list, a feisty library cat with his own plans and plots, and the former head librarian who is haunting her old digs (whom only Carrie and her young cousin can see).
~Reading Is My SuperPower
Enterprisingly plotted, the mystery certainly had me guessing throughout.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
The mystery was well plotted and was carried on well throughout the entire book. With numerous killings and twists and turns, it was not an easy mystery to solve.
~MJB Reviewers

Read and Gone the second in the Haunted Library Mystery series by Allison Brook was a quick entertaining read perfect for the busy holidays.
~Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
And I thought

I enjoy this series.  The small town library setting draws me in.  
Filled with the perfect Cozy elements Christmas, a small town library, a resident cat, some great characters including a ghost; and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages.

Read and Gone is filled with twists and turns and alot crime from jewelry heists to murder.    

All this keeps Carrie scratching and rubbing her head when she is assaulted will  trying to find clues. 

If you love a good Cozy Mystery you'll want to give this one a try. 
A perfect sit by the fire and Christmas tree read.  

I enjoyed it.  I think you will too. 

I received a complimentary copy. 
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I have not read the book yet.
My review will be coming soon!

About the book 
Twenty million dollars’ worth of missing gems bring Carrie Singleton’s long-lost and larcenous dad back into her life and it’s up to Carrie to clear his name.
A devoted dad is as precious as diamonds, but Carrie Singleton wouldn’t know since her dad Jim’s been on the lam most of her life. In an unusual family reunion, she finds Jim breaking into her cottage in the middle of the night. The fun really starts when he begs her to help him recover his half of a twenty-million-dollar gem heist he pulled off with the local jeweler, Benton Parr. When she refuses, Jim takes off again.
Carrie finds her father again behind bars for the recent murder of Benton Parr. Who made the connection? Unbeknownst to her, Carrie’s boyfriend Dylan, an insurance investigator, has been searching for the gems. Determined to find the jewels herself, she starts examining every facet of Parr’s life. She turns up a treasure trove of suspects, one of whom bashes her on the head as she’s searching the victim’s country cabin.
Retreating to the quiet confines of the library where she works, Carrie watches as Smokey Joe, the resident cat, paws at a hole in the wall. Is he after the library’s ghost Evelyn, or something shinier?
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

No End of Bad by Ginny Fite-I Read Book Tour-Review/Giveaway

Book Title: No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
Category: Adult Fiction; 280 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Release date: June 2018
Tour dates: Sept 3 to 21, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 (Contains cursing, violence, non-explicit sex but NO adultery, abortion, etc.)

About the book 
A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions...

Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull's world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.

Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy's tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance--CIA, FBI, and NSA technology--there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe--anywhere.

And I thought
I suspected that I would enjoy this book by Ginny Fite.  I was introduced to her when I read No Good Dead Left Undone my review is over here.  When I was offered No End Of Bad I jumped on it. 
This one is a little different taking place in D.C.  I was intrigued. 
The story/plot is a fast paced political thriller that is filled with  twists and turns and crime.  
As I read I couldn't help but think they need a "fixer' to straighten
out all the corruption.

From the beginning I really liked Margaret and her daughter.  And 
I really like her poor husband.  I hoped that we might be surprised in the end and find out he really wasn't murdered. 

You'll have to read for yourself to see how it all comes together in 
The End.

If your a fan of thrillers you'll enjoy this one.  Check it out. 

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No End of Bad by Ginny Fite
About the book 
A DC conspiracy novel of grand proportions...

Washington, DC, housewife Margaret Turnbull's world literally blows up after her husband, FBI agent Clay Turnbull, is falsely arrested and killed by agents working for an international drug cartel.

Unbeknownst to Margaret, her enemy's tentacles reach all the way to the White House and control senior personnel. Their powerful enterprise in jeopardy, the assassins will stop at nothing to cover their tracks. With cutting-edge surveillance--CIA, FBI, and NSA technology--there is nowhere to hide, no one to trust. No one is safe--anywhere.
And I thought 
A fast paced thriller.  This one will keep you on the edge of your 
seat as it twists and turns.  
No End of Bad is a good thriller that will keep you turning the pages all the way to the end. 
This was a good clean read rated PG-13 there is a little language 
and violence.  A few subtle bedroom/sex scenes.
I was a little sad as I read parts of it as I was taken with Margaret's
husband who is killed early on in the book.  
 I couldn't help but feel could we have had just as good a plot without killing off one of the good guys?  

Maybe you should decide!  Check this one out if you like thrillers!

I received a complimentary copy.
My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads. 

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