Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Eleventh Hour ebook by Anina Collins
About the book (Create Space)
The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series, The Eleventh Hour introduces readers to Poppy McGuire and her partner in solving crime, Alex Montero.

Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it's her life that's usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town's most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone's life is suspect.

What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton soon becomes far more for Poppy, and she turns to Alex Montero for help, but the enigmatic former Baltimore cop's quiet way hides as many secrets as each suspect they encounter.

Everyone in Sunset Ridge has something to hide, but Poppy and Alex are determined to uncover the identity of the murderer. They just have to watch they don't become the next victims.

And I thought...
A fun new series.  A whodunit that will keep you guessing all the way to the end.  
I enjoyed reading this book. 
The town of Sunset Ridge is quiet small town America until 
murder happens.  I was reminded a bit Gilmore Girls kind of town. A sleepy quiet place you would want to go to. 

And maybe hide away in . . . 
. . . .In fact that is exactly what the very handsome Alex Montero tries to do.  Until murder strikes and Poppy solicits his help to solve the mystery.  

Once established as pseudo partners they get to business uncover would be suspects. 
All the while there is an under current of romance.  Although it just never happens.  

I was a little let down in that department (hence my 4 star rating)
I wanted them to at least decide they really do like each other and maybe hold a hand. 

 I was a little confused about 2/3's when Alex becomes aloof and actually hides out for a day not returning Poppy's calls. 
The reader isn't given an explanation.  Neither is Poppy who is just flat mad.  

The story ends with the mystery solved and Poppy and Alex truly becoming partners when Alex joins the towns police department leading into a 2nd book. 

I enjoyed reading the first installment of the Poppy McGuire Series and look forward to reading the rest of the story.  

This was a great cozy mystery.  

I read The Eleventh Hour on phone using the Kobo app.
I was not asked to write a review.  

This review will appear at retail sites where the book is available and on God Reads.
This review will post on My Journey Back and be linked to blog parties. 

About the author
Anina Collins has always loved a good mystery. From Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective Sherlock Holmes to Dan Brown’s intrepid Professor Robert Langdon, she’s spent some of her favorite reading times with mystery novels. When she’s not writing her favorite mystery couple, she can be found watching entirely too much Supernatural and dreaming about the beach. Make sure to connect with her on Facebook! And to get a FREE taste of the Poppy McGuire series, download a sample of the first 7 chapters of The Eleventh Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #1) today! Just go toInstafreebie and get your copy today!

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Elise's Journey-Karla Gracey-Book Review

                                Mail Order Bride - Elise's Journey: Sweet Clean Historical Western Mail Order Bride Inspirational Romance (Eagle Creek Brides Book 1) by [Gracey, Karla]
A fun new title and new series from Karla Gracey!  

About the book...provided by the author
Welcome to the majestic mountains, and the small town of Eagle Creek where brave folk are busy making new lives and new connections. The land may be rugged, but it is beautiful and the men and women are determined to make their mark.
Elise Mitchell is no stranger to traveling huge distances to follow her heart, but this time she is making the move to take back control. Tragically widowed and with a young son to look out for, she finds herself beholden to her husband’s family and their grip is chafing. Having come from Scotland, she knows the mountains and the fresh air will be a tonic for her and her son, Bailey, but will the wilds of Montana be far enough away for her to be free of the Mitchell’s clutches?
Tom Greening loves his land, loves his cattle, and loves the single life. But, when his housekeeper decides to take matters into her own hands to find him a bride he finds himself intrigued, and even begins to think he might just be the marrying kind after all. But Tom has a secret, and it has haunted him for too long. Will it ruin everything and take from him the family he never knew he wanted?

And I thought. . .
Delightful.  What a fun story.  Every now and then I want to read a sweet story.  Elise's Journey was 'it'.  

Admittedly it's kind of hard to believe.  But isn't that what a great read is all about?  

After Elise's husband dies unexpectedly she is left completely at 
her 'in laws' mercy.  Although she tries she finally comes to the realization that she is going to 'butt heads' with them over her son Bailey's future.  

While considering her options she runs across the ads for Mail Order Brides and stumbles onto Tom's ad.  

Even though Tom isn't the one that places the ad it takes almost no time for them to decide that they want to pursue a relationship. 

I enjoyed the story.  The interaction between Tom and Elise and Tom's acceptance of Bailey's son is sweet and heart warming.

Tom not only romances Elise but he romances Bailey as well when he buys him a dog. 

Elise's Journey was truly a sweet story that kept me interested from the very beginning.  

It's nice to read a good clean book that has a happy ending.  

Another thing that I think is different in this story and the others I've read by this author is her ability to provide the reader with opportunities to learn more about the time period.  

The author uses words to describe things that I've never heard before but are relevant to the story.  Making this an excellent story for even younger and older readers to build their vocabulary's and learn a little about different time periods while reading a wholesome story. 

I enjoyed reading Book 1 of the series and look for many more installments.   

Another 5 star read for Karla Gracey and Elise's Journey

Where to buy: provided by author

About the author provided by Good Reads
Karla Gracey was born with a very creative imagination and a love for creating stories that will inspire and warm people's hearts. She has always been attracted to historical romance including mail order bride stories with strong willed women. Her characters are easy to relate to and you feel as if you know them personally. Whether you enjoy action, adventure, romance, mystery, suspense or drama- she makes sure there is something for everyone in her historical romance stories!

This review will appear on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Good Reads and  My Journey Back.
I'll be linking at my favorite blog parties.  

I received a complimentary copy from the author. 




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dreaming Sophia-Book Spotlight with Giveaway

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Book Spotlight (provided by ItalyBookTourshttp://www.italybooktours.com/)
Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.

​Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.

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About the author:
Melissa Muldoon is the Studentessa Matta-the crazy linguist! In Italian, "matta" means "crazy" or "impassioned". Melissa has a B.A. in fine arts, art history and European history from Knox College, a liberal arts college in Galesburg, Illinois, as well as a master's degree in art history from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has also studied painting and art history in Florence.

Melissa promotes the study of Italian language and culture through her dual-language blog, Studentessa Matta (studentessamatta.com). Melissa began the Matta blog to improve her command of the language and to connect with other language learners. It has since grown to include a podcast, "Tutti Matti per l'Italiano" and the Studentessa Matta YouTube channel. Melissa also created Matta Italian Language Immersion Tours, which she co-leads with Italian partners in Italy.

Dreaming Sophia is Melissa's first novel. It is a fanciful look at art history and Italian language and culture, but it is also the culmination of personal stories and insights resulting from her experiences living in Italy, as well as her involvement and familiarity with the Italian language, painting, and art history.

As a student, Melissa lived in Florence with an Italian family. She studied art history and painting and took beginner Italian classes. When she returned home, she threw away her Italian dictionary, assuming she'd never need it again but after launching a successful design career and starting a family, she realized something was missing in her life. That "thing" was the connection she had made with Italy and the friends who live there. Living in Florence was indeed a life-changing event! Wanting to reconnect with Italy, she decided to start learning the language again from scratch. As if indeed possessed by an Italian muse, she bought a new Italian dictionary and began her journey to fluency-a path that has led her back to Italy many times and enriched her life in countless ways.
Now, many dictionaries and grammar books later, she dedicates her time to promoting Italian language studies, further travels in Italy, and sharing her stories and insights about Italy with others. When Melissa is not traveling in Italy, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is married and has three boys and two beagles.

Melissa designed and illustrated the cover art for Dreaming Sophia. She also designed the Dreaming Sophia website and created the character illustrations that can be found in the book and on the Dreaming Sophia websites.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mail Order Bride-Book Series-Spotlight

                           Mail Order Bride Box Set - Silver River Brides - 4 Mail Order Bride Stories Collection: Clean and Wholesome Historical Inspirational Western Romance Box Set Bundle by [Gracey, Karla]
About the series . . . 
Silver River is a little town full of strong men who followed the trail West to Montana hoping to get rich from the Silver Rush that gave this picturesque valley it's name. Many of them are lonely, but their pioneering spirit means they make their own luck. As the town begins to expand, its inhabitants are getting restless, looking for love and adventure.

About the author. . .
Karla Gracey was born with a very creative imagination and a love for creating stories that will inspire and warm people's hearts. She has always been attracted to historical romance including mail order bride stories with strong willed women. Her characters are easy to relate to and you feel as if you know them personally. Whether you enjoy action, adventure, romance, mystery, suspense or drama- she makes sure there is something for everyone in her historical romance stories!

Visit the author here. There is currently an offer for a free  novella.

Where to buy. . . Amazon

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miss Kane's Christmas -A Novella Review

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About. . . 
With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.
Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists?
What I Thought. . . 
A delightful whimsical read.  This fun little novella will have you believing in Santa Claus,Christmas and romance. 
I enjoyed reading and look forward to reading more.  

This a great read for those quiet nights you want to cozy up and enjoy the holidays.

I read the novella on my phone using the Kobo app. I was not asked to write a review.

Available . . . 
From the author. . . 

The idea of writing 70 words about myself is far more daunting than the idea of writing 70,000 words made up out of thin air about characters I’ve never met. It’s funny how that works, isn’t it? I won’t bombard you with details about my life, suffice it to say that it’s been full of blessings with much laughter along the way. However, there is one thing I’d really like you to know about me…I sincerely appreciate each and every reader who has chosen to spend time reading one of my books. Readers, like books, make the world a wonderful place to live in!

Have a question or comment? Drop me a line at caroline@carolinemickelson.com.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

On My Book Shelf






I have a few titles just waiting to be read - reviewed- or featured.
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First up what I'm reading now . . . 
No Good Deed Left Undone by Ginny Fite
I really didn't know what to expect.  I got an offer and just said 
'Yes' without even reading the description.  Sometimes that's not too smart.  But in this case I don't think I'll be disappointed.  
Here's what its about...(provided by IRead Tours)
“He had an itchy feeling, something he had seen that his memory had recorded but that he wasn’t paying attention to…”

When a man has everything, he can afford to be generous. Lawyer, philanderer, and horseman Grant Wodehouse is generous to a fault—until he’s stabbed to death with a pitchfork in his barn. The killer could be anyone—his lover’s husband, his troubled son, the homeless guy he lets sleep in his barn, his unscrupulous partner or even his wife.

​Methodical Detective Sam Lagarde doesn’t miss a clue as he questions an ever-growing list of suspects, only to discover the killer has been hiding in plain sight the entire time. Always one step behind the killer, finally Lagarde’s only recourse is one he never wanted to take.
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And waiting . . . 

About the book (provided by the author)
With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.
Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer,Pray A-Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.
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 Dreaming Sophia by Melissa Muldoon  About the book                          Provided by IRead Book Tours                                               Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy. When tragedy strikes, Sophia finds herself alone in the world, without direction and fearful of loving again. With only her vivid imagination to guide her, she begins a journey that will take her from the vineyards in Sonoma, California to a grad school in Philadelphia and, eventually, to Italy: Florence, Lucca, Rome, Verona, Venice, and Val d’Orcia.
Through dreamlike encounters, Sophia meets Italian personalities—princes, poets, duchesses, artists, and film stars— who give her advice to help put her life back together. Following a path that takes her from grief to joy, she discovers the source of her creativity and learns to love again, turning her dreams into reality.

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Trust My Heart-Carol J. Post- Litfuse-Book Review


About the book (provided by Litfuse)
Grant McAllister arrives in Murphy, North Carolina, with one aim: to sell his inherited property and leave as quickly as possible.
The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore—much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant’s fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.

The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home…
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What I thought . . . 
I had mixed feelings about this book.  I struggled a bit to finish it. 
By the time I was over 3/4's through it I began to really be interested.  

It is filled with interesting and quirky characters that tend to 'make' the story.  

This is a typical romance.  Boy meets girl.  Boy doesn't want to 
get involved etc., etc., etc.  Finally they get involved then something causes them to split., etc., etc., etc.  
Predictable.  Yes.  
But fun and a bit humorous.
 It also has a great message.
As I finished reading I honestly realized I really did like this story.  
I wasn't too attracted to Grant the main man.  I frankly thought he just needed to 'give it up' and move on.  After a broken marriage he struggles to 'move on'.  

Until he meets Jami in the small town where his parents grew up.
Jami's character is sweet 'a bit' quirky and honestly good.   
She has some baggage and hidden dreams that come out.   

Grant encourages Jami to strive to fulfill her dreams.  She encourages him too.

Both their dreams are fulfilled by the end which is good.  But I was left wanting more.  

Although the author; I admit did a great job of tying the romance and the subplots together into a fun story I would have enjoyed the book alot more if there had been an Epilogue where the couples dreams come to fruition.  Their dreams were a huge part of their stories and their characters.

I would love to see a series.  I was captured more by the sub characters than the main characters.  

I enjoyed reading Trust My Heart and would read more if there was a series.  

I visited the authors page after writing this review.  I was thrilled to see that Trust My Heart is indeed book one of  the Murphy Series.  I wish that there had been some indication in the book that there will be a series.

I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse.
This review will be posted at My Journey Back. 
This review will be posted at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBC,
and Good reads. 

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