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.


Video Book Trailer



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?