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17 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Beyond Derrynane by Kevin O’Connell

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |0 Comments

beyond derrynane book coverPlease join Kevin O’Connell, author of Beyond Derrynane, as he tours the blogosphere with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours!

About the book (publisher’s description)

Wed in an arranged marriage to a man nearly fifty years her senior, sixteen-year-old Eileen O’Connell goes from being one of five unmarried sisters to become the mistress of Ballyhar, the great estate of John O’Connor, one of the wealthiest and most influential men in Ireland.

When O’Connor dies suddenly seven months into their marriage, Eileen must decide whether she will fulfill her brother’s strategic goals for her family by marrying her late husband’s son.

17 01, 2017

Review: It’s Not Fair by Melanie Dale

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Christian Living, Nonfiction, Religion & Spirituality|Tags: , |0 Comments

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it's not fair book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

Reading It’s Not Fair is like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee for a solid chat and lots of laughing. Serious belly laughs. I had to stop reading this in bed at night after the third or fourth time I snort laughed loud enough to wake my husband up. Melanie Dale has a sense of humor that I can identify with. She is self-deprecating and speaks in movie quotes. I have told several friends about this book and plan to lay in a stock of them to give out as gifts to loved ones.

Before I read this book I was not at all familiar with Dale or her blog, Unexpected.org. I may have to familiarize myself with her after reading some of the blog and Twitter excerpts.

16 01, 2017

Review: Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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stalking ground book coverReviewed by Jenna Arthur

When Mattie and her K9 partner Robo are called back early from routine training, Mattie fears the worst. Adrienne, deputy Ken Brody’s girlfriend, has mysteriously gone missing, leaving no note or trace behind her. Brody fears the worst and so does Mattie.

Adrienne, a very dependable woman, never left without first telling someone. She was supposed to have an appointment with a local vet, Cole, to teach his daughter about equine massage but never showed up. This was completely out of character for her and her disappearance quickly sent the entire town into a small state of panic.

16 01, 2017

Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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chasing lady amelia book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Chasing Lady Amelia, the second novel in the Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series written by Maya Rodale, is a tale of what happens when a lady decides she’s tired of acting like one, and when a gentlemen decides to let her.

Amelia Cavendish was thrown into a role that she never wanted to play when her brother, James, became a Duke. Now that they have traveled back to England from America, she not only has to wear uncomfortable dresses and shoes that pinch her toes, but she also has to act like a lady. She can no longer use crude language or explore places on her own…or really explore places at all. Instead, she’s stuck going to balls with the same boring men with the end goal of getting married–or being forced to get married.

16 01, 2017

Mailbox Monday, January 16, 2017

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |11 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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15 01, 2017

Blog Tour: SuperLife by Darin Olien

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments

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superlife book coverPlease join Darin Olien author of SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Food. One of the most controversial topics in the entire world. Why? Everyone wants to be healthy but cannot put down the bacon double cheeseburger or large french fry. Everyone loves to talk about exercising and getting fit but cannot drive to the gym because they are too busy driving to the closer McDonald’s or Taco Bell. The reality is, healthy seems to be a fad of conversation rather than a way of life. If you believe this to be true or struggle with understanding health, Superlife is perfect for you.

15 01, 2017

Review: The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Ghosts, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Occult|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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motion of puppets book coverReviewed by Maria Tews

The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue was a book that I really tried to enjoy, but ultimately found too many issues with. My main one is that it lacked motion, or action, or really anything that could’ve made the lengthy 260 pages go by at least somewhat easily. The book seemed to drag on with a protracted story line that relied heavily on descriptions, but the ending left me hanging with several frustratingly unanswered questions.

Kay and Theo Harper are a newlywed couple spending the summer in the quaint Old City of Québec when Kay, afraid that someone is following her when she is returning home late from work, runs into a seemingly abandoned toy shop for safety and turns into a puppet.

15 01, 2017

Review: Baggage Check by M.J. Pullen

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , |2 Comments

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baggage check book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Baggage Check, the third novel in the Marriage Pact series written by M.J. Pullen, is a charming novel about frenemy Rebecca’s journey to happily-ever-after.

Rebecca, 35, is surrounded by happy couples at work and in her circle of friends. Jake, her crush, has just married her friend Marci, and with no idea how to move on, she has made a comfortable life as a flight attendant. With the ability to travel to exotic locations, one would think Rebecca’s life would be full of adventure; however, she spends most of her time off in different hotel rooms around the world much to her friends’ dismay.

13 01, 2017

Review: Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger

By | January 13th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance, Mysteries, Social Issues, Suspense, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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three truths and a lie book coverReviewed by Meredith Kelly

When I started Three Truths and a Lie, one of my first thoughts was, “this is too young for me.” Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was reading a young adult book–something I hadn’t done in many years. Nevertheless, the characters were well-defined and seemed to be very trendy. The book focuses on two couples heading away to a rural mountain cabin for the weekend. One couple is made up of two gay men in the throes of their first real relationship, and the other is a heterosexual teen couple.

This psychological thriller really starts to simmer when on the first night at the cabin the two bored couples decide to play a game of “three truths and a lie.”

12 01, 2017

Review: French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Literature & Fiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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french rhapsody book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

This quaint and charming book is almost more of what it isn’t than what it is! French Rhapsody sort of meanders along, very nicely, not rushed at all, and you can’t put it down! It tells an engrossing story of what happened (or – actually — didn’t happen) to a burgeoning rock group in Paris in 1983. They made a cassette of their music and with high hopes, sent it off to a recording company. And heard nothing. Not one word, not even ‘don’t call us, we’ll call you’ (or whatever the French for that saying might be.)

And then one day, 33 years later, the response to that letter suddenly appeared. It contained an invitation to visit the company to discuss the future. It was no one’s fault really – this delay. The letter fell down behind a desk, where it stayed until that post office was being renovated. At least the Post Office did then forward the letter with apologies for the delay.