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20 10, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Lovers and Newcomers by Rosie Thomas

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


lovers and newcomers book coverEnter to win 1 of 5 copies below! Open to US residents only

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Lovers and Newcomers is a very large book (439 pages) that seems to present life as a large game of musical chairs, or beds, or roofs, for that matter. At the beginning there are four couples, who became friends while in their 20s. At the time of this story, they’re all approaching 60 or thereabouts.

Miranda was a fairly well-known actress when she met Jake Meadowe, who was twenty years older, but it was a strong instant attraction. Jake was the last of his line, and had enjoyed being the squire of his community of Mead, in the Norfolk area. The house itself was fairly ancient, by today’s standards: rambling, mostly  remodeled, but without having obliterated all the charming older features.

20 10, 2016

Giveaway: The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land by Vicki Marquez

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |2 Comments

Trouble at Plantasy Land book coverEnter to win a copy of The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land by Vicki Marquez! Open to US residents only

About the book

In the second book of The Rootlets series, fans of the award-winning Super Rootabilities will rejoin Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley on their first superhero adventure!

It’s opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi’s magnificent amusement park, Plantasy Land…and The Rootlets couldn’t be more excited! With special surprises and newly sprouted rides, this is sure to be the greatest day ever! But when The Rootlets arrive at the park, they realize that something is terribly wrong…Plantasy Land is in trouble! Someone – or something – is destroying the park. Could it be The Great Zucchini – Mr. Fungi’s new magician? Or could there be an even greater danger lurking beyond the park? Most of all, can The Rootlets trust their new super rootabilities to help them save their favorite place on the planet?

20 10, 2016

Review: Torn by Cynthia Eden

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Series|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


torn by eden book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Torn, the fourth book in the LOST Series written by Cynthia Eden, is equal parts romance and twisted suspense. Most definitely a solid follow up to Shattered, book three in the LOST Series.

Victoria Palmer is a forensic anthropologist – one of the best – and has always been much better with the dead than the living. Because of her traumatic upbringing, she doesn’t let anyone close to her. Instead, she holds everyone at arm’s length…until she is assigned to partner up with ex-cop, Wade.

Wade Monroe, one of the oldest members of the LOST team, has had it bad for Victoria for a while. However, her standoffishness towards him, and the rest of the team, has made it clear that she isn’t looking for a relationship of any sort.

20 10, 2016

Review: Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: Children's Books, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


moon chosen book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Mari feels like an outcast among her clan, called Earth Walkers. Like her mother, she has the unique ability to use the powers of the moon to heal. But her father, a man she never knew, was of another clan. Once Mari bonds with a canine Companion, she begins to learn more about the people whom her father belonged to. Mari had always expected to take up her mother’s mantle, but destiny has chosen another path for her. Mari, with the help of her Companion, and Nik, the son of her clan’s rival, may be the one needed to bring solidarity between the two tribes.

P.C. Cast has been a longtime favorite author of mine, with the exception of her co-authored House of Night series. Moon Chosen was an obvious read for me; I was curious to see how P.C. Cast would do solo-penning a YA series, but unfortunately for me, this effort failed on a few fronts.

19 10, 2016

Review: A Most Extraordinary Pursuit by Juliana Gray

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


a most extraordinary pursuit book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

There is enough variety in A Most Extraordinary Pursuit to please any reader. It’s part romp, part bawdy, part adventure, part fantasy, part travelogue, part romance, part chase, part mystery–frequently all on the same page! It’s an entirely terrific and very enjoyable hoot. It would also help if you able to suspend your disbelief, especially regarding the dimension of time. That way you won’t be upset when visits from deceased people to the heroine seem to happen with great regularity. Or when events from 475 BC (or thereabouts) seem to have happened merely yesterday.

In 1906, the current Duke of Olympia dies suddenly, but his heir is not on the premises. In fact, no one really knows where this nephew is, but he may be in Greece, trying to solve a centuries old mystery that has transformed itself into myth.

17 10, 2016

Giveaway: The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |13 Comments

the wangs vs. the world book coverEnter to win a copy of The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang!  Open to US residents only

About the book

A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together.

Charles Wang is mad at America. A brash, lovable immigrant businessman who built a cosmetics empire and made a fortune, he’s just been ruined by the financial crisis. Now all Charles wants is to get his kids safely stowed away so that he can go to China and attempt to reclaim his family’s ancestral lands—and his pride.

17 10, 2016

Review & Giveaway: Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , |8 Comments


fractured book coverPlease join Catherine McKenzie, author of Fractured, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy  of the book below (open to US and Canada residents)

Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After reading Spin in 2012, I delightedly found a new must-read author in Catherine McKenzie. She is one of few authors whose novel topic doesn’t matter to me; if she wrote it, it’s almost a guarantee I’m going to love it. So far, she has yet to prove me wrong.

Fractured is Catherine McKenzie’s latest novel, which is somewhat fractured in its timelines as the reader must try to piece together what has happened since Julie Prentice’s arrival in a tight-knit community in Cincinnati. Julie, a famous and somewhat controversial novelist, and her family are looking for peace and quiet to escape Heather Stanhope, a former law-school acquaintance with a vendetta against Julie.

14 10, 2016

Review: Raising Human Beings by Ross Greene

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Nonfiction, Parenting & Family, Psychology|Tags: , |3 Comments


raising human beings book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

In Raising Human Beings, child psychologist Ross Greene shows how parenting has evolved and how working with your child, rather than dictating to your child, can foster a better parent-child relationship.

Gone are the days of “parent knows best”. Instead, Greene helps parents realize how each individual child may respond, as well as need, differently. Greene ventures that children need someone to help them shine as individuals and come to ascertain who they are as people, what they want from their lives, and to build a stronger family dynamic through a way of parenting that is congruent to each child.

14 10, 2016

Review: Learning to Fall by Anne Clermont

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sports, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


learning to fall book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Now in her early twenties, Brynn Seymour has always been around horses, which are, after all, her family’s main source of income. The family home is part of the Redwood Grove Stables, some forty or so miles north of San Francisco spread over grassy hills and valleys, perfect for the stabling and hunter/jumper training offered by her father. Beginning with smaller scale events, horses and riders gradually move up to the Gran Prix circuit with prizes of a million or so bucks. It’s big-time stuff!

An only child, Brynn has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She’s now just one year away from graduation when she accompanies her dad and their number one stableman Derek, to the biggest of them all — The Million Dollar Gold Cup Event in Canada. She is over-tired from studying and may have forgotten to securely latch the gate on the three horse trailer they’re towing.

13 10, 2016

Giveaway: My Pancakes Taste Different Today!

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |7 Comments

my pancakes taste different today book coverCheck out a yummy recipe from My Pancakes Taste Different Today! by Heather & Bruce and enter to win a copy of the book!

Fluffy Pancakes (without ooze!)

Organic, local and sustainable ingredients are recommended—we think they taste better, too!

1 ¼ cups flour (if gluten free we suggest King Arthur Flour Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour)
¼ cup sugar