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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.

25 09, 2016

Review: Grabbing the Apple

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Poetry|Tags: |0 Comments

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grabbing the apple book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Grabbing the Apple is an anthology of poems by women poets of New York City, with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as the central theme. The anthology takes up 84 pages, with biographies of the poets at the end. I love poetry anthologies. Look closely at the titles to give a hint of where each poem will gently or turbulently twist you. Some poems were good, but I was unable to latch onto many of them. That said, poems are a personal experience so others may feel differently.

In the poem “In Morocco,” by Iris Schwartz, the author takes us back to an ancient time, when hope kept women going, and their solidarity gave them confidence in a chaotic world. I liked this poem and could relate to it on a few levels.

24 09, 2016

Giveaway: Killer Punch by Amy Korman

By | September 24th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

killer punch book coverI have 2 copies of Killer Punch by Amy Korman to give away ! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Antique dealer Kristin Clark is ready for summer: Her friends-Holly, Sophie, and Bootsie-have been busy party-planning for the annual Tomato Show at the country club, and plotting to beat long-time nemesis, Eula, in the tennis tournament. Plus, Kristin’s now serving a famously potent Peach Punch every Thursday at her store, which will definitely lure in customers!

23 09, 2016

Review: Moscow Nights by Nigel Cliff

By | September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Biographies, Historical, Nonfiction, Politics & Government|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

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moscow nights book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Let’s mash-up Once Upon a Time from the fairy tales of yore, and the iconic TV show of the mid-50s You are There hosted by the avuncular Walter Cronkite, and see what happens. One answer, and possibly the best one would be Moscow Nights by the excellent and elegant writer, Nigel Cliff. He tells the story of Van Cliburn, who was for a while, quite easily the most recognized face in the world! But not just the surface view – no, he really digs deep for a terrific and very comprehensive look at one of the wonders of the 20th Century!

Cliburn was born in July, 1934, and was inspired as a youngster by a photograph of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow – as who wouldn’t be, especially if said child had already been exposed to the music of Russian’s many famous Romantic-era composers? An only child, Van – real name: Harvey Lavan –  was always simply known as Van, thanks to his mother Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn. As a piano teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana, she had once been part of the welcoming committee for an appearance there of the Russian master – Sergei Rachmaninoff.

22 09, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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the girl who fought napoleon book coverPlease join Linda Lafferty, author of The Girl Who Fought Napoleon, 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 Vera Pereskokova

I love fiction set in Russia – especially historical fiction – and jumped at the chance to read and review The Girl Who Fought Napoleon by Linda Lafferty.

The Girl is set in late 1700s-early 1800s as the Russian throne shifted from Catherine the Great to Paul I (briefly) and on to his son, Alexander I, and during the Napoleonic wars. As indicated by the title, the book is about a girl – Nadezhda Durova – who, disguised as a man, fought against Napoleon with the Russian cavalry. Durova’s memoir, The Cavalry Maiden (translated into English for the first time in 1988), served as the basis of this novel. Lafferty uses alternating chapters to advance stories of both Durova and Tsar Alexander I; in the later chapters, their stories converged as Durova rose in the ranks and the Tsar became aware of her achievements on the battlefield.

22 09, 2016

Review: Why We Snap by R. Douglas Fields

By | September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Mental Health, Nonfiction, Psychology, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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why we snap book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in your Brain is an interesting and detailed account of what potentially causes humans to snap. R. Douglas Fields is well versed in the study of the brain as an expert in the field of neuroscience and explains the patterns and triggers of rage in a conversational and anecdote filled project that will allow for the casual reader to gain a grasp on how the brain processes the rage emotion. While the stories and examples do allow for the research and explanation to be easily followed, there are of course some scientific points and data that speak more on an expert level. Dr. Fields is a careful writer that successfully manages to turn a lot of research into a well-crafted work of non-fiction. If this book were written in a different fashion, most readers, not in the field or familiar with the study, would probably put the book down.

21 09, 2016

Review: The Dark Side by Anthony O’ Neill

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Action & Adventure, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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the dark side book coverReviewed by Marcus Hammond

Fletcher Brass has created a reserve for the dregs of Earth’s society. Located on the moon the aptly named Sin is home to criminals, murders, and deviants of all kinds. Not everyone in Sin is there for himself or herself, however. Damien Justus, an exiled cop, becomes embedded in a twisted assassination plot and finds that the high ideals he holds fast to make him an outcast.

The Dark Side is a noir crime story that calls upon classic hard boiled detectives like Mike Hammer and Sam Spade set in a gritty and dark science fiction setting. Damien’s stoic adherence to a system of rules that failed him and have been entirely forgotten in Sin make him a very intriguing character.

21 09, 2016

Review: The Regulars by Georgia Clark

By | September 21st, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fantasy, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Magical Realism|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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the regulars book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

The Regulars by Georgia Clark is a hilarious and a witty novel. A light and entertaining read, the book explores the society’s obsession with beauty and its unrealistic standards for women.

Evie, Krista, and Willow are best friends in their mid-twenties living in New York. They’re normal, everyday people with average lives and average looks. As many normal people do, the women experience crises pertaining to their love and work lives. Unlike normal people, however, they come across a magic potion called Pretty that can make them “beautiful.” The potion makes the three best friends gorgeous, tall, and curvy with beautiful hair.

20 09, 2016

Review: Death on the Sapphire by R.J. Koreto

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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death on the sapphire book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

The years between 1890 and 1910 were truly challenging years for women in England, especially for younger, intelligent women who were beginning to chafe at the bonds that had held them fast for centuries.

As education became more accessible to women, many of them began to throw off the rules of the past, in favor of more freedom and encouragement to use the brains they had. One such forward-thinking young woman is Lady Frances Ffolkes, daughter of an aristocratic family, who has had the unique advantage of an advanced education – at Vassar, no less – in the United States. This is indeed an unusual circumstance – actually being encouraged to think!

20 09, 2016

Giveaway: Infamy by Robert K. Tanenbaum

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

infamy book coverI have 2 copies of Infamy: A Butch Karp-Marlene Ciampi Thriller by Robert K. Tanenbaum to give away ! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

The “rock-solid” (Kirkus Reviews) prosecutor Butch Karp and his wife, Marlene Ciampi, return to solve the suspicious murder of a US Army colonel and battle corruption at the highest levels of the United States government in this novel by New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum.

Intrigue, murder, corruption, and dramatic courtroom battles combine to make Infamy another must-read in Robert K. Tanenbaum’s “tightly-written” (Booklist) legal thrillers.