Thursday, May 29, 2014

Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews Review-Post

Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews     Review-Post

  A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime-one that will solidify her career  as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate it. But when the bride spirals into a crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.

My Thoughts:
     This is truly a book for summer reading, it proves that love comes along when it is least expected.It also shows the determination a woman has to keep her business going under difficult circumstances. I also learned a lot about staging a wedding for different kinds of weddings and the many different flowers.



Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens - Stealing the Moon & Stars - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino, Scottsdale private eyes, are hired to find out who’s stealing from the Moon and Stars Children’s Foundation. Foundation employees are suspected, but just as the pieces start falling into place, Jordan discovers a hidden agenda that puts her in the crosshairs of a crime lord. Who can she trust?

Everyone has a dangerous secret, and the bodies are piling up. Even her partner, Eddie Marino, has a dark and mysterious past. Does she dare act on their attraction? Will it destroy their partnership?

The two have landed in a hornets’ nest. Nothing to do now but stir it up.

Book one in a new series featuring Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino.



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My Review

Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino are two private investigators who take on a whole load of trouble while trying to find out who is stealing money from the Moon and Stars Children's Foundation. They are both very attracted to one another and things between them get more serious as the case goes on. Jordan starts to question her feelings for Eddie as secrets from his past start to reveal themselves.

I found this to be an adventure filled romp, sometimes a dangerous endeavor when it comes to solving this crime. As the investigation goes on, you are taken deeper into the mystery of it all. Smith and Steffens keep you guessing at every turn. If you like a thrilling suspense novel with a steamy romantic twist, you will definitely enjoy this book.

***

Stealing the Moon and Stars can be purchased at:
Amazon

Price/Format: $13.95 paperback
Pages: 242
Genre: Romance, Suspense
Release: May 15, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819831
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About the Authors

Arizona native Sally J. Smith lives in Scottsdale with her husband. The rarest of breeds, an adult who was born in Arizona, she has been a writer since she could spell. These days she stays busy at her chosen professions of writing (novels, short stories, and articles) and freelance editing. When a free moment appears on the horizon, she’s out the door to a attend a play, a movie, a concert, or just take a long walk in the desert—if the temperature’s under a hundred. Other works include The Ghost Wore Polyester.

Jean Steffens also lives in Scottsdale with her family. She’s a mother, reader, movie fan, and the Steffens’ family chauffeur. She’s also active in church activities. Like Jordan Welsh, PI, Jean grew up in Chicago near Lake Forest. Jean’s mother, however, was nurturing—baking cookies, carpooling kids to school, kissing boo-boos—unlike Jordan’s mother, who’s allergic to the kitchen and thinks a carpool is a hot tub in a limo. Jean’s published work includes “The Night Before Christmas” in the Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime Anthology, How Not to Survive the Holidays.

Work sessions between these two ladies generally result in a lot of laughter, noshing, and Internet surfing. Both authors are members of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

Links to connect with Sally and Jean:
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My Words are from the book I am currently reading called : The Metlaxy Project by Layton Green

1. Obfuscation- darken, to make obscure or unclean, confuse.

2. Annotated- giving explanation or comment.

3. Polilight- is a portable, high intensity, filtered light source used by forensic scientists and others to detect finger prints and other evidence.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from: The Metaxy Project   by  Layton Green

pg. 108

" God, no, I'm not in love with her. Yeah, I'm attracted to her. Doesn't matter. She's not interested in me."





Thursday, May 22, 2014

Luca Pesaro - Zero Alternative - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

“Sometimes you must destroy first.”

To stay alive, Scott Walker must bring down a corrupt international bank. And possibly shatter the world’s economy. Because finance is a black hole ready to chew up countries and people before spitting them out rich, or broken. Or both.

Framed. Hunted. In love with a woman he can’t trust. As he hides from hitmen across Europe, Walker has only one card to play – DeepShare. A silicon oracle that could predict a slice of the future, and that everyone wants. Governments and insane billionaires, criminals and anarchist hackers stand in his way, some even promising help – though with dangerous strings attached.

As Walker struggles to survive and digs deeper into the dark heart of the global economy, one question torments him: how much will the world have to pay?

Zero Alternative is an action-packed conspiracy thriller that plucks at the heart of human nature. When our grip on love, hope and morality starts to slide, the only future worth living is the one we choose for ourselves.


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My Review

At first, I thought this wouldn't be my type of a book since it's about financial markets and stock trading. But the storyline picked up as I read along, and the pace became relentless in a very exciting way.

Scott and Layla, the main characters, are both equally fascinating. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen to them next as they ran for their lives from the baddies determined to silence them.

Simply put, this book was un-put-downable. I highly recommend it if you enjoy international intrigue because this is a globetrotting manhunt teeming with suspense.

***

Zero Alternative can be purchased at:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Formats: $5.99 ebook, $16.80 paperback
Pages: 269
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Release: April 25, 2014
Publisher: Three Hares Publishing
ISBN: 9781910153086
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About the Author

Luca Pesaro was born in Italy in the early seventies, but has spent most of his adult life in the US or UK. After long years gaining a degree and masters in the pseudo-science that is Economics he got bored, jumped the gun and became a derivatives trader in financial markets with several investment banks. Now reformed, he is writing full-time.

Zero Alternative is his first novel, and he is hard at work on his second thriller.

He lives in London, is married to an awesome Italian lady and has two children who always manage to annoy, surprise and delight beyond any reasonable expectation.

Links to connect with Luca:
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Goodreads
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Medical words.

1. Spondylosis- degeneration of the  disc spaces between the vertebrae.

2. Paroxetine- used to treat major depression.

3. Glucophage- is an oral antidiabetic drug.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from:  Save The Date   by  Mary Kay Andrews

pg. 121

   He was watching her, spying on the competition, and didn't care if she knew. Should she confront him, ask him to leave? But that would make him think she dad something to hide. She decided to ignore him, for now anyway.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Follies Past by Melanie Kerr Review-Post

Follies Past   by Melanie Kerr

    This is a delightful and charming story that takes place shortly before Pride & Prejudice, as fourteen year old Georgiana, the sister of Mr. Darcy comes in contact with Mr. Wickham.
It was good to get acquainted again with beloved and new characters as they were before Netherfield.
    If you liked and thoroughly enjoyed P&R you will be entertained with this book. It just so happens to be the author's first novel and a good one.

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new titles in my mailbox this week, it's time to catch-up.

Finished reading:  Follies Past   by Melanie Kerr

What goodies did you receive?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Taken from Difficult words:

1. obsequitous- performing a service for someone in an overly attentive manor/obeying.

2. nascent- beginning to exist or develop.

3. fugacious- lasting but a short time;fleeting.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from the same book I'm still reading:  Follies Past  by  Melanie Kerr

pg. 161

  Sated with victuals and drink, Mr. Wickham lay upon the grass- a bed made warm and soft by the late afternoon sun.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

I received , Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews  for review from Tandem Literary

Reading:  Follies Past by Melanie Kerr

What was in your Mailbox?




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words today are taken from :  Follies Past   by  Melanie Kerr  ( A prequel to Pride & Prejudice)

1. Marshalsea- was an infamous prison in England, located on the South bank of the River Thames.

2. Victuals-  food or provisions typically prepared for consumption.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from: Follies Past by Melanie Kerr

   pg 27
Mr. Darcy had quite a different plan for Georgiana's future. He intended to forward a match between Georgiana  and Mr. Bingley.

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Last Refuge by Craig Robertson Review- Post

The Last Refuge   by  Craig Robertson      Review- Post

  I was blown into the Faroe Islands on the June wind as I watched the wings of the the plane flutter. Picked up by a squall that dumped me on the first bit of dry land that held fast between the sea and the sky.

My Thoughts:

     This is a story of John Callum, a man haunted by an experience in his life that was truly a nightmare to him. He is hiding away on this out of the way place in the Faroe Islands, finding a job on a fish farm. He gets involved with people on this Island, who further complicate his life by accusing him of a murder.
     As I got into the story of John Callum, I found it to be a page-turning interesting book
, as I read on and on to find out who really committed the murder. The journey proved to be an insight into these somewhat desolate islands. A remarkable and intriguing read.


Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

No new books this week. How about you?

Finished Reading:
Last Refuge  by  Craig Robertson

Now Reading:  Follies Past  by  Melanie Kerr  (A prequel to Pride
& Prejudice)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Richard H. Hardy - The Infinity Program - Review & Excerpt

About the Book

Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways--Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn't know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office's Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.


My Review

Jon is a technical writer, who works with Harry, a stellar programmer at the same company. The two become fast friends, even though they are a most unlikely pair.

While on a trip together, Harry discovers a super computer in a cave he happens to go into. The computer starts to overtake his mind and unleashes a series of catastrophic events throughout the world.

I found this story to be a real eventful read that peaked my interest from beginning to end, even though science fiction isn't my favorite genre. I liked Harry's determination and how it brought him to his end result. Truly, a captivating page turner.

***

The Infinity Program can be purchased at:
Amazon

Prices/Formats: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Pages: 250
Genre: Science Fiction
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819336
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About the Author

Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.

His family later moved to England and then on to America.

After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.

He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

Links to connect with Richard:
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