Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Close My Eyes By Sophie McKenzie Review-Post

Close My Eyes    By Sophie McKenzie       Review-Post

My thoughts:

Since Gen lost her baby eight years ago, she still can't get over the pain. Then one day someone shows up at her door and says the baby is still alive. Although she can't get specific answers from her husband, Art, and best friend, she begins to suspect something is going on that she alone never knew about. Locran, a former friend of her husband's comes to the her aid to find answers and get to the truth.
I found this to be an intriguing and captivating story as they are determined to unravel a web of deceit. I couldn't wait to get to the bottom of the story, as it got to be more and more exciting. A real page turning read filled with some twists and turns.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: Three Sisters   By   Susan Mallery

Pg. 122

She dragged herself up the stairs to the front porch, then walked inside. Wade stood with a clipboard in his hands.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No physical books in my mailbox this week, but will try and catch up on my reading. How about you?

Reading :  Three Sisters   by Susan Mallery

Just finished reading:  Close My Eyes   by Sophie McKenzie  ( review up Shortly)

Michael F. Stewart - Assured Destruction - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Sixteen-year-old Jan Rose knows that nothing is ever truly deleted. At least, not from the hard drives she scours to create the online identities she calls the Shadownet.

Hobby? Art form? Sad, pathetic plea to garner friendship, even virtually? Sure, Jan is guilty on all counts. Maybe she’s even addicted to it. It’s an exploration. Everyone has something to hide. The Shadownet’s hard drives are Jan’s secrets. They're stolen from her family’s computer recycling business Assured Destruction. If the police found out, Jan’s family would lose their livelihood.

When the real people behind Shadownet’s hard drives endure vicious cyber attacks, Jan realizes she is responsible. She doesn’t know who is targeting these people or why but as her life collapses Jan must use all her tech savvy to bring the perpetrators to justice before she becomes the next victim.

My Review

Janus is a teenage girl who works at her mother's computer recycling business, called Assured Destruction. She is in charge of deleting the hard drives that come in which gets her involved in fake profiles of people on her secretive network.

This book will be interesting to younger people as it has a lot of social media language since Janus is a computer genius. She is a likeable girl who gets herself involved  in this world, and her mother doesn't know anything about it.

This wasn't my usual genre, but I enjoyed the story very much and who knows it could become a series.

The shocking surprise of the story was the culprit who was responsible for her cyber attacks. I found this story to be an interesting read.


Assured Destruction can be purchased at:
Amazon (paperback), Kindle

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9780981269948
Publisher: Non Sequitur Press
Release: March 22, 2013
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About the Author

After crewing ships in the Antarctic and the Baltic Sea and some fun in venture capital, Michael anchored himself (happily) to a marriage and a boatload of kids. Now he injects his adventurous spirit into his writing with brief respites for research into the jungles of Sumatra and Guatemala, the ruins of Egypt and Tik’al, paddling the Zambezi and diving whatever cave or ocean reef will have him. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers and SF Canada, and the author of the Assured Destruction series, 24 Bones, The Sand Dragon, Hurakan, Ruination and several award winning graphic novels for young adults.

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q:  Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or Vice Versa? what is the song and the book?

Yes, definitely Some where Over The Rainbow from the movie and novel The Wizard Of Oz.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

1. Do you read books about sports?
     A short answer, no I do not.

2. How about AT sporting events?
    No, again.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't - wait - to - read) selection is:

The English Girl (hardcover)   by Daniel Silva     Release Date: 7-16-13    Amazon

When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister's career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence is thrust into a game  of shadows where nothing is what it seems.... and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book I am currently reading called  Close My Eyes  by Sophie Mc Kenzie.

1. Knackered- exhausted, broken/malfuctional.

2. Recalcitrance- stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.

3. Trundling- move slowly and heavily.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from:  Close My Eyes   By Sophie McKenzie

Pg. 63

"It was fifty thousand pounds, Hen. I mean, that's a huge amount to go out of a personal account." Hen shrugs. "But Art says it wasn't personal," she insists.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I only received one book in my mailbox for review this week: The Diabolist   by  Layton Green

The bizarre murder of a satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger....and more dangerous.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

It would be J.K. Rowling and I would want to sit down with her and ask her
where she got her many ideas for the Harry Potter series.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:  I saw a Latin edition of "The Hobbit" last time I was at the bookstore. Do you ENJOY reading in other languages?
    No, sorry to say I don't read any foreign languages or know any.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publicaton (can't-wait-to read) selection is:    Silken Prey    By John Sandford (hardcover)

Release Date:  5-7-13    Publisher: Amazon

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he's waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "H
ey, I think he's breathing," and another voice says, yeah.? Give me the bat." And that's the last thing he knows.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from "Z" words:

1. Zamia- having a thick, usually underground trunk, palmlike terminal leaves, and seeds borne in woody cones.

2. Zebec- a small three masted Mediterranean vessel.

Zetas- a powerful and violent criminal syndicate in Mexico.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is taken from: Ashes   By Kelly Cozy

Pg.  49
    He shook his head. " No, Jennifer, only you can make yourself feel better about it, if you want to." He reached out and took Jennifer's hand in his. " The past is not where you find answers."

Release day celebration for A PRIVILEGE: THE ANGEL CHRONICLES, BOOK 3 by Amy Lignor

A Privilege:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 3

The beloved Angel/Warrior team face pure evil in their final climactic story!

The first time they were sent down, Irish lives were led. Emily, the angel, ended up embedded in murder and lost in the realm of true love. While Matthew, the warrior, took over a life that left blood on his hands and anger in his soul.

With their second coming, Emily found herself facing an oncoming war that brought her to the shores of America. While Matthew tried desperately to unveil the evil character of a young man who was intent on locking his partner in a ‘gilded’ cage.

Now...Emily and Matthew find that their lives are all their own. Yet, all the memories, hatred, longing and regret have come hand-in-hand with this newfound freedom.

In small town U.S.A., Matthew finds himself loving his new life. From his military school existence to a new, ‘odd’ friend who’s arrived in town, Matthew’s looking forward to graduation and heading off into a brilliant future with Emily by his side.

Emily wants nothing more than to hide. Although doing her best to fit in, she lives a life on the edge, wondering when her past love with reappear to either forgive or seek revenge on the angel who let him down. Battling the shadows that seem to be breaking her soul in two, Emily soon discovers that her small, quiet town has a secret that’s beyond dangerous...

As she and Matthew join forces to help a ‘haunted’ victim, they open the door on a mystery neither of them can believe. A true villain has returned from the past, and not even their heavenly family will be able to save them. This time they’re on their own, as they face a fight that could lead them straight to Hell…and end the angel/warrior team forever.


Without a word, Matthew reached out, took Emily by the hand and pulled her down beside him. He looked into her eyes and smiled. “I knew my Emily was still in there.”

Out of the blue, the room became incredibly hot, as if Gabriel had entered in order to give a lesson to his favorite students. “What?”

“That spark.” He pulled Emily’s face closer before she could push herself away. “You’ve been acting all this time like you’re just here to sit and wait it out until you’re lucky enough to go Home. But you’re still in there, Emily. You still have all that energy and belief in there and you want to do something. That’s the partner I know.”

Shaking her head, Emily listened to her own breathing intensify as she stared at his full lips and wondered why she felt so completely and utterly strange...vulnerable even. “I want to help this girl. This is a job, maybe my only job down here. She saw a ghost and she wants me to help her out, that’s all.”

“And you will.” Matthew captured Emily’s lips, and she could no longer feel the breath in her lungs. Completely different than the one kiss they’d shared up above so long ago, this one was far more demanding, as if Matthew was a young man determined to kiss his human love for the very first time.

Sitting back, Emily practically jumped off the bed.

“I’m sorry,” she heard him whisper behind her. “I guess I was just excited to see you again.”

Not trusting her voice, she remained silent.

“We have jobs, but we also have a life to live. Our own lives this time around. Maybe you should think about adding that into your angelic plans.” Matthew continued softly, “Jason isn’t here, Emily.”

The name being said out loud sent a chill down Emily’s spine. It reminded her of the vow she’d made a long time ago—a vow that an angel couldn’t break.

She cleared her throat. “It doesn’t matter if he’s here. We were sent to do a job, and maybe helping this little girl prove her story is what I need to begin.”

Standing up, Matthew looked as if he was a man who wanted nothing more than to turn back the clock and erase the name he’d spoken aloud. He walked to the open window. “Well, I hope the job goes well. Good luck with it.”

“Matthew,” Emily took a step toward him. “Don’t leave like this.”

He nodded at the book on the bed. “You have your mission, Emily...your job. Ghosts, goblins, lost souls—knock yourself out.” He took a deep breath. “I wonder when you’re going to figure out that the living souls around you would like some of your attention as well.”

Closing her eyes, Emily shed silent tears as she heard his feet hit the ground beneath her window. A friend, a partner, the one who actually listened, was now just an angry young man racing back to The Armory—a place where warriors reigned.

Emily sighed. She’d done it again. No matter how hard she tried to be good, her mouth always got her into trouble. She needed Matthew to understand. She’d made a promise to a young man a long time ago; a promise that was supposed to last for eternity. How was she to know at the time that their eternity would include death by her hand? Had the second time around broken their vow? Emily had no idea. But whatever happened she could not and would not offer Matthew her heart if payment was still due for her past sins. Above all, Matthew was the last person who deserved to be punished for her mistakes.

Author Amy Lignor

Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Waiting for a book called Diabolist by Layton Green  to be sent to me shortly.

Reading: Ashes  by Kelly Cozy

Anonymous. That was Jennifer's li
fe. But when she survived a domestic terrorist attack and her last -minute escape became the iconic image of the event, that life was over.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Orphan Train By Christina Baker Kline Review- Post

Orphan Train    By Christina Baker Kline     Review- Post

My Words:

   I truly loved this story of two very brave women, one who is ninety
and a true survivor of the orphan train and grave poverty and the other a young girl who is going from one foster home to another. They find each other and the telling of Vivian's story brings them closer together.
   The history of the Orphan Train is remarkable. These orphan children were put on this train to find families and were probably scared to death thinking if they were going to be treated right and endure their new life.
    Will some of them meet their siblings years later and find happiness at the end of their years? I found this to be a page turner worth reading,

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow

Q: We are about to see a lot of posts and tweets about reader conventions, Rt, Bea, and Ala and many more starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?
     That's easy the BEA it's the closest one to where I live, only two hours away.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:   What's the last book that made you spring to your feet eager to spread the word and tell everyone how much you enjoyed it.

       The Orphan Train.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My Pre-publication ( can't-wait-to read) selection is:   The Curiosity   By Stephen Kiernan

320 pgs.    Publication Date: 7-9-13     Publisher: Wm Morrow

     Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the artic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated.


Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from 10 Great Words:

1. Exigent- requiring immediate action.

2. Antipathy- intense dislike or hostility.

3. Capricious- given to whim.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Marking Time By April White Review- Post

Marking Time    By April White    Review - Post

My thoughts:

This book is not my usual genre but I thought I'd give it a try and it proved to be an amazing plot. It's definitely a page-turner. It has a great main character, Saira, who is a clocker and as she travels through the streets of London, she actually sees Jack The Ripper. She takes you on a journey through out the book that will keep you mesmerized.
There's a lot of substance to the book, although it is leng
thy and parts that are not easy  to understand. All in all it is a read worth looking into, if you enjoy an exciting storyline.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book: The Orphan Train   by  April White

  pg. 127

Looking closely at Molly's file, the social worker settles on a stool. "So you'll be aging out of foster care....let's see.... you turned seventeen in January so nine months. Have you thought about what you are going to do then?."

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

This week I received for review from Simon & Schuster UK    Close My Eyes   by Sophie Mc Kenzie

    Since that day, Gen has been floundering. While her husband Art builds his business reputation and their fortune, she can't let go of Beth. And then one day, everything changes. Beth is alive.

Reading:   Orphan Train  by Christina Baker Kline

Friday, April 5, 2013


Feature& Follow

Q:   Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate--? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?
       Yes, I started reading a book once on recommendation that wasn't my genre and had to stop reading it soon into it because I didn't like it at all.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Booking Through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

Q:   What's the silliest (most foolish?) book you've ever read? did you enjoy it?

I haven't read it as of yet, but the silliest book title that made me laugh was Cloudy With A  Chance Of Meatballs.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday

My pre-publication (can't-wait-to-read) selection is: Inferno  By Dan Brown

Release date: 5-14-13              Amazon                480 pgs.

In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces....Dante's Inferno .
Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book: Marking Time .

1. Matrilineal- inheriting or determining descent through the female line.

2. Mongers- someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold.

3. Animatronic- the construction of robots to look like animals.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book:  Marking Time  by  April White

Pg. 144
I studied Mr. Shaw. He seemed relaxed in his chair, posed as if he had just told a ghost story to a child.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received two books in my mailbox this week.

Orphan Train   by Christina Baker Kline    From : Wm Morrow paperbacks

Ashes  by Kelly Cozy   For Review

Reading:   Marking Time

What did you receive this week?