Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline Review-Post

Desire Lines   by Christina Baker Kline     Review-Post

    After ten years, Kathryn Campell's life is changed when she returns to her home town after her divorce. She can't believe her best friend, who disappeared on graduation night is truly dead or just missing. After investigating her case of ten years, nothing has come up in all that time. She is determined to get to the bottom of things, while being hired to write an article about it for the hometown paper.
    This story is filled with intriguing circumstances and clues that were never spoken of before. I found it to be a haunting story of something that went tragically wrong.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

Today's teaser comes from the book:  Land Of Dreams   by Kate Kerrigan

pg. 196

The cop looked over at the vehicle loaded up with blankets and clothes, then back at me. He had loosened his grip of Freddie, but still had his fingers around the back of his shirt.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox this last week, time to play catch-up.

Finished Reading:  Desire Lines  By Christina Baker Kline

Now reading:   Land Of Dreams   By Kate Kerrigan

What did you receive?

Color Song by Victoria Strauss Review

Color Song       By Victoria Strauss

   Guila has a real passion for art and after being sent to a convent against her will, she plans a dangerous escape before she takes her vows. To be a woman in that day and age it was next to impossible to study her art of painting. She then plans a daring feat and disguises herself as a boy and is off to Venice to be taught by a master. I felt it is a remarkable story of a brave young woman, who is trying to safeguard the secret paint receipe that was given to her.
   This is a book that I found interesting and couldn't put down.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from Color Words.

1. Argent- the color silver or white.

2. Azuline- the color blue.

3. Aeneous- shining bronze color.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from:   Desire Lines  by Christina Baker Kline

Pg. 123

"So you think she's dead."
"Oh , probably. But your guess is as good as mine. I said all I knew in those articles."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received 5 books in my mailbox last week:

Land Of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan
A Burnable Book By Bruce Holsinger
Christmas At Tiffany's  by  Karen Swan

Deadly Odds by Allen Wyler
Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith

What goodies did you get?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mia Kerick - The Red Sheet - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape. Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.

With a foreword by Cody Kennedy

My Review

Bryan Dennison was a bully until he one day he wakes up and comes to terms with the fact that he's gay. From that point on, he decides he's going to be a different person and come to the aid of people in need. He becomes obsessed with a set of red sheets he begs his mom to buy him and likes to tie one around his shoulders, like a superhero's cape. It's a role he's more than eager to take on.

Because Bryan's in love with Scott, who is also gay and his editing partner in English class, but their romance is in peril because Scott's still being bullied by Bryan's former jock friends.

I found this to be an eye-opening book about abuse and how some high school students take pleasure in hurting their peers, who really aren't that different from them when it all comes down to it. It hurt my heart to see all that they had to experience at the hands of such bullies. We definitely need more red-sheeted heroes like Bryan in real life.


The Red Sheet can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Dreamspinner Press, All Romance Books

Prices/Formats: $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Pages: 190
Genre: Young Adult
Release: February 20, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781627987219
Click to add to your Goodreads list.

About the Author

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:
Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them

Links to connect with Mia:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Orleans Requiem by D.J. Donaldson Review- Post

New Orleans Requiem   by  D. J. Donaldson     Review- Post

I found this murder mystery right up my alley as Andy Broussard , a New Orleans medical examiner and Kit Franklin his attractive psychologist side kick team up to solve this intriguing murder.
As the killer leaves his trade marks at the scene, one eyelid removed and scrabble pieces with the letters KOJE, it becomes more and more trying to figure out. This all comes down during the annual forensics meeting in New Orleans. Could this be all a game and has Broussard met his match?
A very interesting and mind game mystery that keeps you on your toes.

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are from :  A Burnable Book   by Bruce Holsinger

1. Chanteurs- Are singers in a choir.

2. Antiphon- A verse usually from scriptures said or sung before or after a psalm.

3. Condottiero- is an infantry unit that is unique to the Italians.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today is from the book I am currently reading called:  New Orleans Requiem   By D. J. Donaldson.

Pg. 215


it's possible the man who gave you the envelope is the murderer we're after, he said.  But we can't do anything about it without  identification from you. I'd like to show you some pictures to see if he's among them.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books in my mailbox last week.

Reading: new Orleans Requiem  by D.J. Donaldson

What goodies did you receive?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Extraordinary Rendition by Paul Batista Review-Post

Extraordinary Rendition   By Paul Batista      Review-Post

When Byron Johnson volunteers to defend a suspected terrorist that is being held in Gitmo and is being sent to the U.S. for trial, his life is completely turned around. As he runs into all these complications and government rules on seeing his client, he discovers many things that must be brought forth into the open. As people are being murdered around him, who are trying to help.
This book is truly filled with intrigue and and leaving you breathless at what he uncovers. I found it to be fascinating story.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from:  Extraordinary Rendition  by Paul Batista

Byron painfully remembered the steps of the courthouse in Miami when he had been taken aback by the reporters and cameras on the scorching plaza.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received 3 new books last week in my mailbox, courtesy of Simon & Schuster.

Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie

Close To The Sun  by Donald Michael Platt

The Dark Pages by The Online Crime Fiction Community

What did you find in your mailbox?

Friday, September 5, 2014

GI Brides by Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvin Review-Post

GI Brides   by  Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvin     Review- Post

     This is the story of four British war brides named Sylvia, Rae, Margaret, and Gwendolyn.They met their future husbands in the UK during World War 11. They couldn't wait to start their new lives with these American soldiers in the US. At this very young age it was difficult leaving their families to start a new life in new surroundings not knowing what hardships they would be facing.
     These are true stories of four brave women and what they had to cope with and endure.
I truly was glued to this book and couldn't put it down.

Color Song by Victoria Strauss Review-Post

Color Song  by Victoria Strauss

Guila has a real passion for art and after being sent to a convent against her will, she plans a dangerous escape right before she takes her vows. To be a woman in that day and age it was next to impossible to study her art of painting. She then plans a daring feat and disguises herself as a boy and is off to Venice to be taught by a master. I felt like I was right there with her on that very difficult journey.
It is a remarkable story of a brave young woman who is trying to safeguard the secret paint recipe that was given to her.
This is a book I found interesting and couldn't put down.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Michael J. Bowler - There Is No Fear - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

The most famous boy in the world is a prisoner. He’s been charged with a crime he didn’t commit, a crime that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Languishing within The Compound, the most secure juvenile facility in California, while the district attorney vows to make an example of him because of his celebrity status, Lance must endure the daily indignities of the incarcerated.

New Camelot is fractured without him. Ricky and Chris are bereft, living for the weekly phone call that becomes their only lifeline to the brother they so desperately love, while Arthur and Jenny feel the loss of their son with a sadness that can’t be quelled. And what about Michael, the highly volatile teen who helped write the proposition that will change California forever? Could he really be the monster he says he is? His hatred of Ricky is palpable, and his instability may well threaten the lives of everyone at New Camelot.

As the election looms closer, Proposition 51 takes on an even greater significance in light of the pending trial of the century. The more harshly fifteen-year-old Lance is treated within the broken justice system, the more he contemplates the wisdom of his idea that children need more adult rights. If The Child Voter Act becomes law, won’t it simply allow adults to throw more kids into prison with impunity?

Whichever way the voters decide, his greatest fear remains the same: will he ever again be with the people he loves?

The Knight Cycle Continues…

My Review

"I kept asking myself why God brought me back, maybe now I know the answer to help make kids, kids again."

Little did Lance know—when he was thrown into prison for attempted murder (a crime he did not commit)—that he'd end up with doubts about Prop 51, his big push on the ballot to have voters decide whether or not to view children legally as adults. Spending time behind bars ends up changing his perspective quite a bit.

Each new book in Michael J. Bowler's CHILDREN OF THE KNIGHT series becomes more and more of a page turner as Lance continues on his crusade. I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to him next on his quest to pass the Children's Bill of Rights to amend the U.S. Constitution. He really is a young Abraham Lincoln from his speechmaking ability to his zeal for change. Go Lance!


There Is No Fear can be purchased at:

Prices/Formats: $4.99 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 284
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Release: July 17, 2014
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9780990306337
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About the Author

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of five novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, and There Is No Fear––who grew up in San Rafael, California. His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He has already written the two remaining books that complete The Children of the Knight Cycle and both will be released in 2014.

He is currently at work on a horror/suspense novel based on his screenplay, “Healer.”

Links to connect with Michael:
Web Site
Blog Tour Site

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from the book: Color Song by Victoria Strauss

1. Idolisation- The act of admiring strongly.

2. Billet- to lodge(soldier) in a particular place especially a civilian house or other non-military facility.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received one book last week for review called Color Song by Victoria Strauss, which I am currently reading.

What was in your mailbox?
Faced with the prospect of a life without art, Giulia is seized by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an apprentice?