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29 09, 2016

Review: Out of the Blues by Trudy Nan Boyce

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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out of the blues book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Trudy Nan Boyce, the author of Out of the Blues, served for more than thirty years in the Atlanta Police Department, and her knowledge of police procedure shows in this debut novel revolving around a female detective.

Sarah “Salt” Alt, a newly-promoted homicide detective in the Atlanta Police Department, gets assigned a ten year old cold case on her first day on the job. The death of Mike Anderson, a blues musician, was initially filed as an accidental suicide. However, when new testimony comes to light, there is reason to believe that the overdose wasn’t accidental. Unfortunately, the new testimony comes from someone way too close to home for Salt.

29 09, 2016

Review: The Girl Who Could Read Hearts by Sherry Maysonave

By | September 29th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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the girl who could read hearts book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Six-year-old Kate Kindrick is not like most little girls. Born with the magical ability to read people’s hearts, Kate is tiny, but mighty in her awareness and blessed with many gifts. When Kate was born, her dear grandmother, Grammy Mer, gave her a beautiful angel doll named Etta Ebella, that only rarely leaves Kate’s sight, but the doll has magical qualities and at times is very much alive. Etta Ebella becomes a silent staple in the story as much of what transpires in Kate’s life and her families is closely connected to the angel. Author Sherry Maysonave builds a strong main character in a child, one that remains poised and strong, while still remaining a little girl, filled with trust, wonderment and belief.

28 09, 2016

Guest Post & Giveaway: Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen

By | September 28th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |9 Comments

doctor kinney's housekeeper book coverPlease welcome Sara Dahmen, author of Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper, who’s virtually visiting Luxury Reading to talk about the research behind her books. 

Sara has a special giveaway for Luxury Reading visitors–enter below for a chance to win a copy of her book as well as some American-made, pure and organic cookware inspired by the book itself!

by Sara Dahmen

I absolutely completely dislike (hate?) talking about my books. Isn’t that the strangest thing for an author to say? We’re supposed to be proud and, perhaps, a bit egotistical about our work, right? But I’d rather sit down and hear about your books than mine.

Please, don’t read mine in my line of sight, or aloud, or ask me about the story. It’s one of the few times I’ll blush, stutter and sound completely inarticulate. All my loquaciousness flees.

Now the upside to that is that I get to meet a ton of people. I get to learn what their story is, and what makes them tick. What is their passion, what is their expertise? What drives them to write? Who are they?

27 09, 2016

Review: The Dead Boyfriend by R.L. Stine

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Horror, Young Adult|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the dead boyfriend book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In 2014, the YA thriller author R.L. Stine relaunched his popular Fear Street series with Party Games. Yesterday, the fifth book in the relaunch series, The Dead Boyfriend, was released, ready to terrorize a new generation of readers. Although I’m not the target audience anymore for R.L. Stine publications, I can’t help but read them every now and then just for the nostalgia.

The Dead Boyfriend is a first-person narrative told in diary format. Caitlyn is over the moon about her new boyfriend Blade, until he stands her up one night. A little overly emotional, Cynthia haunts places she suspects he might hang out and discovers him with another girl. When she confronts him about his betrayal, Caitlyn finds herself with a new title: murderer.

27 09, 2016

Review: Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , |2 Comments

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snakewoman of little egypt book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Snakewoman of Little Egypt was a hard read for me to get into and difficult for me to hold interest in. While Robert Hellenga is an excellent writer who is deep, lyrical and thorough, the novel was not one I could get caught up in. The whole book, I felt removed from the action and was indifferent to what was unfolding. This was disappointing to me because there was so much taking place and I kept trying to find a point that would hold my attention for the length of the story. I did enjoy that the novel was written with joint narrators and chapters that switched back and forth in point of view; this really helped to speed up the story.

27 09, 2016

Review: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

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the summer that melted everything book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Fielding Bliss is our narrator, he’s an old man when he spins us the tale of The Summer That Melted Everything. The story waffles from current day, his reflection back to his childhood and any other memory or event he deems relevant between those two moments of time. The summer he reflects back to is 1984 when he was 13 years old. The year his father, Autopsy Bliss,
invited the devil to Breathed, Ohio. The devil arrives along with heatwave like the town has never seen (both environmental and metaphorical). This heat proceeds to melt everything.

McDaniel is clever and cunning with her word choices throughout. If you are someone who loves words and twisted meanings and innuendos, the book is a puzzle of double-meaning and McDaniel is a mistress of metaphor. In some books, authors try to show their creativity by using odd character names or descriptions and it distracts from the story. McDaniel uses it to feed her story and it works.

26 09, 2016

Giveaway: I’ll Stand By You by Sharon Sala

By | September 26th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Guest Posts|Tags: , |0 Comments

saving jake book coverPlease welcome Sharon Sala who is touring the blogosphere with the latest installment in the Blessings, Georgia series, Saving Jake

Enter to win a copy of I’ll Stand By You below (open to US residents only)

Dear Reader:

I welcome you to Blessings, Georgia, the best small town in the South.

No, there aren’t any secrets kept here, and yes, everybody knows your business, but when bad things happen, good people come to your rescue.

I grew up in a place like that—-a place everyone should live in at least once in their lives, but since that’s not possible, I’m offering the next best thing: stories about that way of life—-touching stories, funny stories, stories that will break your heart on one page and heal it on the next.

25 09, 2016

Review: Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Entertainment, Essays & Correspondence, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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dear mr. you book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It is a truth universal that one cannot judge a book by its cover. Or should not, in any case. Sometimes, even if you do take the time to read samples and other reviews you really still cannot predict a wonderful book. You’re as likely to pick one that says absolutely nothing to you.

I did mostly feel that way about Dear Mr. You, except for one sentence on page 60. “Time should weep for having spent me without you.” I cannot get it out of my head–it just runs around in there like a hamster on a spinning wheel.

25 09, 2016

Mailbox Monday, September 26, 2016

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |10 Comments

Welcome to Mailbox MondayMailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:

Review Copies

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25 09, 2016

Review: The Lie and the Lady by Kate Noble

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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the lie and the lady book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

The Lie and the Lady, book two in the Winner Takes All series written by Kate Noble, is a story of second chances.

When John Turner switches places with an Earl, he’s only thinking about the money that he will win at the end of a bet. However, when he falls in love with the Countess of Churzy, things get a bit complicated.

Humiliated and heartbroken, Leticia flees her home to try to outrun the Lie that ruined her life. The man she gave her heart to was a fraud, and the only thing she can think about is how to move on.