Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Last Of The Blacksmiths by Claire Gebben Review- Post

The Last Of The Blacksmiths      by Claire Gebben           Review-Post

   Michael Harm is a farmer's son in Bavarian Rhineland who dreams of excitement and freedom. At the age of 15, leaves his family behind for America to be an apprentice in his uncle's shop as a blacksmith.

My Thoughts:

      This epically written historical fiction novel is an insight into the immigrant experience of Michael Harm and millions of others who came to America to discover their fortune. Through many hardships and very hard work made his way in the world. I found this story to be rich in research of the German people and their love of their heritage. A very interesting story that keeps you turning the pages.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  This Dark Road To Mercy   by  Wiley Cash

pg. 15

That night I heated up a can of Spaghettio's in a saucepan on the stove. Me and Ruby ate in front of the television and watched Entertainment Tonight.





Monday, December 30, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book in my mailbox this week from the publisher: Dasvidaniya Rodina by D. S. Loren

Reading: The Last Of The Blacksmiths  by Claire Gebben

What did you receive?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Silversmith's Wife by Sophia Tobin Review-Post

The Silversmith's Wife    by Sophia Tobin       Review-Post

       Berkeley Square, London 1792 Pierre Renard, a respected silversmith, is found dead in the early hours, his throat slashed, his pocket-watch stolen.
But who would commit such a crime? and why?

My Thoughts:
         This murder of Pierre Renard spins a web of suspects as his wife, Mary, is on the top of the list . She was very unhappy in her marriage and soon finds out that her husband wasn't truly devoted to her. There were others who could be called enemies of the silversmith and they all had hidden secrets of their own. As things begin to unravel it proves to be an interesting case.
         I found this to be a well told story of murder, lies and many hidden agendas.


       

Friday, December 20, 2013

Scott A. Lerner - Ruler of Demons - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

Only eleven shopping days till Christmas. And less than a week to save the world.

Three nuns—in Chicago, Paris, and Jerusalem—have been killed in a religious ritual. The choice of victims and the macabre details of their deaths indicate that someone is following a recipe provided on an ancient text—a recipe to unleash the forces of hell on earth. The final sacrifice must occur on the Winter Solstice.

Samuel Roberts, a small-town attorney in Urbana, Illinois, knows a bit about the supernatural, having triumphed at least once over the forces of evil. Thanks to a friend who is aware of Sam’s little known previous efforts on behalf of mankind, Sam is hired by a big Chicago law firm to take on a sensitive case. His mission? Nothing less than halting the impending apocalypse.

Sam and his good buddy Bob travel first to Jerusalem then Paris in a desperate race to save mankind.


Link to read an excerpt.

My Review

This is an intriguing story about a man called upon to stop a misguided individual from summoning the devil. This mysterious evildoer is trying to fulfill a quest which involves human sacrifice in order to bring forth the impending apocalypse.

I found this story to be somewhat scary and unsettling. It journeyed through many devious twists, including murder and torture. It's a race to stop an unknown enemy from conjuring the ruler of demons and what happens on this global trek to uncover that person's true identity.

This thriller is not for the faint of heart, but it's certainly a page turner.

***

Ruler of Demons can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 202
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: December 15, 2013
Click to add to your Goodreads list.


About the Author

Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.

Links to connect with Scott:
Web Site
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today come from Unusual Words:

abacinate- to blind by putting a hot copper basin near someone's eyes.

abderian- given to incessant or idiotic laughter.

agelast- a person who never laughs.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: The Silversmith's Wife by Sophia Tobin

pg. 173

Mary knew his performance was part sentiment, part business sense. To her the two did not belong together, but he had melded them seamlessly.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox this week, but so glad to have a catch-up week.

Reading: The Silversmith's Wife   by Sophia Tobin

What did you receive this week?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A Family Affair by Jennifer Wenn Post-Review

A Family Affair   by Jennifer Wenn                Post-Review

   Fanny is a determined young lady---she wants Devlin and a true marriage. Is her love strong enough to tear down all his walls.

My Thoughts:
     As they face the many ups and downs of getting to really know each other, Fanny and Devlin strive to find a way to save their loving marriage. She is a strong and willful person, who is determined with the help of her family to get what she wants and that is Devlin.
     This is a very romantic and easy read story that fills every page with the excitement of the debutante ball season and the pairing of the richest heiress and the most eligible bachelor. Will her love be strong enough to keep him by her side.



Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. lenticular- is an adjective often relating to lenses used for 3d display.

2. shekels- is any of several ancient units of weight or of currency.

3. meerschaum- is a soft white mineral, used to make smoking pipes.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

April Bostic - The Howling Heart - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

Paige Donovan is an ambitious college graduate who aspires to reach the top of the corporate ladder. She’s climbing fast when given the promotion of a lifetime at a prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. Her bright future comes to an unexpected halt after news of her father’s death. She inherits his old cabin in the Colorado Rockies, and just when she thinks her luck couldn’t get any worse, she has a car accident in the mountains and awakens in the small, remote community of Black River.



Soon, she’s engulfed in the mystical world of Varulv---wolves descended from 13th century Scandinavia and blessed by Norse gods with the ability to appear human. Paige is desperate to return home, but never expects to fall for her rescuer, Riley Gray, a charming young werewolf from England who offers her an alternate future with his pack.

Now, she must choose between the career she’s always wanted and the love she’s always dreamed.


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My Review

This is a captivating tale of a girl named Paige, who at the age of ten, meets a boy named Riley who happens to be a wolf. Years later, she inherits her father's cabin located in the Rocky Mountains -  the same place where she first met Riley - and returns to the town of Black River.

Riley comes back to claim her as his own and she is thrown into his world unexpectedly. There begins a love story filled with danger and romance likened to Romeo and Juliet. Paige goes on a brave endeavor to steadfastly stay by Riley's side, no matter what.

***

The Howling Heart can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, Books a Million

Prices/Formats: $6.95 ebook, $17.62 paperback
Pages: 234
Publisher: Eternal Press
Release: August 8, 2013
Click to add to your Goodreads list.


About the Author

April Bostic is a New Jersey-based, Adult Romance author who enjoys unleashing her creativity and letting her imagination run wild. Her love of romance books inspired her to become not just a reader, but also a writer. In December 2008, she self-published her first novel, a contemporary romance with a supernatural twist entitled "A Rose to the Fallen".



Her first short story, "Right Here, Right Now", released in January 2012, is an erotic romance with a dash of S&M. The following year, she released two more short stories: a romantic urban fantasy inspired by the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche entitled "Eros, My Love", and a sexy romantic comedy entitled "Love Addiction".



After five years, she released her second novel, "The Howling Heart" in August 2013, a paranormal romance that delves into the mystical world of werewolves and Norse gods. To end her busiest year in publishing, April will release her fourth short story in December 2013, an 18th century paranormal romance entitled "A Dark Scandal".

Links to connect with April:
Web Site
Goodreads
Blog Tour Site


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Monday, December 9, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one new book in my mailbox this week:  The Silversmith's Wife  by Sophia Tobin
for review.
What did you receive?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas City

Christmas City

On Saturday my daughter and I spent the day in Bethlehem, Pa. also known as Christmas City to celebrate my birthday. That place really puts you into the Christmas spirit, with it's many shops decorated to the hilt and horse drawn carriages going down the street. It was a great day all the way around and we topped it all off with a delicious dinner at a great restaurant.If you ever get the chance to go there, I highly recommend it.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

1. inculpate- accuse or blame.

2. passant- (of an animal) represented as walking, with the right foot raised.

3. guilloche- an ornamental border formed of two or more bands that interlace to repeat  a circular design.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from :  A Family Affair  by Jennifer Wenn

pg 113

Fanny rolled her eyes, but she knew she couldn't ask more of her mother, since she was too caring for her own good.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received two new books this week in my mailbox courtesy of Wm Morrow

The Execution   By Dick Wolf  &  Innocent Blood   By   James Rollins & Rebecca Cantrell

What did you receive?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from:  A Family Affair  by Jennifer Wenn

pg 66

Don't you want someone you can love, and who will love you back?
"I didn't know you believed in love." Devlin smirked.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book in my mailbox this week all the way from Sweden: A Family Affair by Jennifer Wenn for review.

Finished reading: Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd

What did you receive?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd.

1. firkin- a small cask used for liquids; also a volume of beer.

2. niggling- cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety.

3. foxglove- bears tall, dramatic spikes of tubular flowers with speckled throats.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today again comes from the  book:    Hunting Shadows  by Charles Todd

pg. 159

It had taken patience and ingenuity, and the Germans were quick to see through whatever scheme they'd come up with. It was an ever
changing battle of wits.

Joyce Zeller - Maddie's Choice - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate for affection and an accounting book in the red.

The other half of the failing ranch belongs to Gideon Spartman, Jonah’s grandson, who believes all capacity for love was torn from him during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Rugged and sexy, Gideon is the enthralling physical manifestation of the hero in Maddie’s current manuscript. He is far from happy to be sharing an inheritance that is rightfully his. As she senses the need behind Gideon’s rough and unwelcoming exterior, Maddie acknowledges her own yearning for love and family.

Jonah’s will requires Maddie to stay on the ranch for three months. When that time is up, will she return to her comfortable but emotionally barren existence or embrace the challenges of her new life, which include cattle rustlers and drug dealers? Maddie’s choice proves to be far from simple.


My Review

Maddie is a city girl, who inherits half of a ranch from a man she hardly knows. The stipulation is that she has to spend a month there to see if she could adjust to that way of life. She goes and toughs it out under some difficult circumstances that don't usually accompany country living.

Especially when she comes up against Gideon, the one who owns the other half of the ranch. She finds him to be the most complex man she has ever come across. Maddie is determined to stay, but she soon finds herself falling in love with him.

To me certain pivotal scenes reminded me of "Gone With The Wind" at times. I could definitely see Gideon and Maddie embodying the roles of Brett and Scarlet. You can guess what the outcome will be, but the interesting part is how they get there.

***

Maddie's Choice can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 274
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: September 1, 2013
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About the Author

Joyce Zeller has written articles for a magazine and a cooking column for a chain of suburban newspapers north of Chicago. She has written five books and published two, The Hidden History of Eureka Springs, and Accidental Alien, a work of science fiction, both available on Amazon. Her short story, “Love is a Seed,” is featured in Embrace: A Romance Collection, (2012 Goldmine Press). Joyce has served in the United States Army. As a professional perfumer (School of Perfumery, London, England) and an aroma-therapist, she made custom fragrances in her store. Her creation, Mountain Air, was declared the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Fragrance in 1965. Her latest achievement was getting elected as Alderman to the Eureka Springs City Council. Maddie’s Choice is a romance with her favorite theme, that being human is a lonely business, but for everyone there is somebody to love. It’s a matter of finding them. There will always be kids and animals in her books, and always, humor, “because life without humor is unthinkable.”

Links to connect with Joyce:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Blog Tour Site



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Received one book this week :  The Cats Of Savone   by David Michael Harding
It's 8 short novels for busy people.

Still reading:  Hunting Shadows   by Charles Todd

What did you get in your mailbox?



Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from:
Interesting Words

Hubris- Overbearing pride.

Kvetch- Complain constantly.

Caveat- Notice; a warning.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Hunting Shadows  by Charles Todd

pg 36

Whoever it was, he must have stood outside the inn for a time, but Rutledge was nearly sure he hadn't come inside.




Monday, November 11, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Finished reading: The Alligator Man by James Sheehan

Now reading: Hunting Shadows  by Charles Todd

What appeared in your mailbox this week?

The Alligator Man by James Sheehan Post-Review

The Alligator Man    by James Sheehan       Post - Review

     This is a legal thriller worthy of the author's bestseller reputation. I found it to be a truly touching story with finding a long time missing father intertwined with solving a murder case,as they get to know and understand each other along the way.
      Kevin Wylie, the young lawyer, takes you into the courtroom and makes it a truly compelling case.




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't-wait-to read selection) is:  End Of Days  by James Swanson

Release Date:   11-12-13            Wm Morrow Publishers

Based on sweeping research never before collected so powerfully in a single volume, End Of Days distills Kennedy's assassination into a pulse-pounding thriller that is sure to become the definitive popular account of this historic crime for years to come.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from:  Uncommon Words

Agin- against, "next to".

Arrassed- covered with arras (rich figured tapestry.)


Aught- anything.





Otherworld Tales Demon Invasion by C.T. Markee Post- review

Otherworld Tales  Demon Invasion   by C.T. Markee                  Post- Review

    As Irish, Streak and Frost set out to try and find Huff their friend and to fight the Demon army, plenty of fierce confrontations occur. These were very exciting with action galore.
    It was truly an adventurous journey with lots of surprises and set-backs along the way. I found this book as a perfect challenge to the Irish Demon Slayer, since it had plenty of action-packed pages.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from The Alligator Man   by  James Sheehan

pg 181

Jeanette was in his face before the judge was out of the room. "Why'd you tell the judge you didn't have all the discovery?"
"Because I don't."

Monday, November 4, 2013

mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No physical books this week, playing catch-up with plenty to read. Started reading The Alligator Man by James Sheenan.

What did you receive?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are my words for today:

Capriole- A vertical leap with a backward kick of the hind legs at the height of the leap.

Piaffe- Trotting in place not going anywhere.

Equitation- is the art or practice of horse riding or horsemanship.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

teaser tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Otherworld Tales  Demon Invasion   by C.T. M
arkee

pg. 32.

I was speechless. Huff was the same short chunky kid with a buzz haircut, who went boarding with us this morning. He gave us a crooked smile.

Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia Yu Post- review

Aunty Lee's Delights    by Ovidia Yu           Post- Review


   A murder mystery that is set in Singapore. Two of the victims having come in contact with Aunty Lee and her restaurant that is known for her culinary expertise, plunges Aunty Lee into the investigation of their demise.
   I found this story to be very interesting once I got into it and kept on reading.I really didn't think I would like it. It has characters that kept the story going, especially the main one Aunty Lee.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received three books in my mailbox this week courtesy of Wm Morrow Publishers.

Hunting Shadows  by Charles Todd
This Dark Road To Mercy  by Wiley Cash
After I'm Gone  by Laura Lippman

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Words having different meanings.


Chippie- carpenter, ( slang); adj, agressively belligerent.

Gooseberry- supernumerary third person preventing a couple from courting; a green hairy fruit.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:    Aunty Lee's Delights   by Ovidia Yu

Pg. 117

"Then how do you know she hadn't just arrived?" "we didn't hear a taxi.And she was sweaty but breathing slowly.


  


Monday, October 21, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Just one book in my mailbox this week:  The Alligator Man    by  James Sheehan  for review.


Reading:  Aunty  Lee's Delights

Second Watch by J.A.Jance Review- Post

Second Watch    by J.A. Jance             Review-Post

My Thoughts:

     P.J. Beaumont is getting his two knees replaced, when under the influence of drugs during the operation goes back to his days in Vietnam and a promise made to his buddy who got killed and is determined to fulfill it years later.

     He is a man also determined while recuperating to solve an old cold murder case which is his first.
 I found this book to be a page-turning an exciting and masterful story filled with detective work that keeps you intrigued from beginning to the end.

   

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't-wait-to-read) selection is:   The Whole Golden World  by Kristina Riggle

Release Date:  11-5-13             Wm. Morrow Publisher

  Seventeen year old Morgan Monetti shocks her parents and her community with one simple act: She chooses to stand by the man everyone else believes has exploited her.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

WWW

My words today are taken from the book, The Last Of The Blacksmiths  by Claire Gebben

1. gilt- resembling gold, as in color or luster.

2. clop- a sharp hollow sound, as in a horse's hoof striking pavement.

3. Hof- the German or Scandinavian name
for the family farm.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book:      Carly's Gift  by Georgia Bockoven

pg. 73

    She hesitated. "Did you..." She stopped to clear her throat. "Did you love my mother?"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle Review-post

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet  by Pamela Bennet       Review-post

   Unschooled in the game of love, Mary knows her heart and her future are are at risk. Is she worthy of romance or should she take the safer path? In her journey of self-acceptance, she discovers the answer.

My thoughts:

   This is a delightful book that brought me back to the Bennet household and the lives of her married sisters whom I enjoyed so much in Pride & Prejudice. Mary, the shy one, believes she will never meet the love of her life and will have to accept the lonely life of a spinster. It is a story of ups and downs at this time in her life, plus the added problems of her family. Her older sisters try to help her along with the way she should dress and style her hair, so a certain gentleman would take notice. Mary always knew her own mind and always did the right thing even if it meant hurting herself by doing it.
     I found it to be a truly refreshing novel which I enjoyed reading.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

WWW

My words today are taken from Hard Words.

1. Hypermnesia- Unusual power or enhancement of memory, typically under abnormal conditions such as trauma, hypnosis, or narcosis.

2. Williwaw- is a sudden blast of wind descending from a mountainous coast to the sea.

3. Opsimath- A person who begins to learn or study only late in life.