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27 10, 2016

Review: Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Arts & Literature, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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magical jungle book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

As an artist, I have always been drawn to coloring books, especially those geared more towards adults than children. Magical Jungle is exactly that type of book. It has drawings simple enough for a child, but some more complex which would appeal more to adults. It is the perfect type of book to give as a gift to anyone who is creative or wants to just find something to do to fill their day. Adult, teenager, child… it doesn’t matter. Everyone will love this book.

The author has little extras hidden inside the book, such as specific animals that you have to find which I thought was really charming.

26 10, 2016

Review: Christmas in Destiny by Toni Blake

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , |1 Comment

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christmas in destiny book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Imagine being a grown man, well, mid-30s or so, and you’ve never decorated a Christmas tree so you have no good idea of how to go about doing such a thing. Hard to realize, isn’t it? But if you’ve been living rough, in the back of beyond since you were about nine, there were many more important things to learn.

Shane Dalton came back east to Ohio from Montana, after his Dad died–because Dad wanted his ashes flung there. The last thing Dad said before he died (peaceably, at least) was, “Go to Destiny. You’ll find something there for you.”  Well now, that was a big help, wasn’t it? But darned if there wasn’t a town named Destiny, right there in Ohio, not too far away from where he was, either. So he decided he’d go take a look on his way to Florida, where a job and warm weather were waiting for him.

25 10, 2016

Blog Tour: The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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opposite of everyone book coverPlease join Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Opposite of Everyone, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Bethany Kelly

Paula Vauss, a cutthroat divorce attorney, wasn’t always this way: skeptical and emotionless, pushing people away when they got too close. No, she used to be a free-spirited young girl on the road with her even more free-spirited mom, who told beautiful and entrancing tales born from Hindu mythology and southern oral tradition. She used to be the girl with a new past and present every time her mom decided it was time to leave the town they were in.

25 10, 2016

Author Interview: J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |1 Comment

fish wielder book coverPlease welcome J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison as he answers a few questions about his new book, Fish Wielder!

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Fish Wielder? Did it develop over time, or come all at once?
A. I wrote the first rough draft of Fish Wielder when I was 15 years old and reading a lot of Conan the Barbarian stories. It seemed like he was always feeling the heat of battle surge uncontrollably through his barbarian veins and accidentally rescuing scantily clad princesses who were then magnetically drawn into his powerful, battle-scarred embrace. While I ate that stuff up with a spoon, it also seemed ripe for a bit of parody because it was just so…big. I had also just finished reading Bored of the Rings by the Harvard Lampoon, which I thought was absolutely hilarious.

24 10, 2016

Review: Sex and Death: Stories

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Literary, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , |2 Comments

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sex and death book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

A substantial anthology of 20 stories by both American and European authors, Sex and Death is a short story collection edited by Sarah Hall and Peter Hobbs, writers of both short story and novel. They both reside in Great Britain and have published widely. Many of the authors within are well-established and award-winning such as Kevin Barry (“City of Bohane”) and Ali Smith, a Scottish author of many short story collections and novels such as “How to be Both” that was released in 2016.

The stories of the book all revolve around the centric themes of sex and death and how each of these events/emotions drive us through life.

24 10, 2016

Giveaway: Mistletoe Between Friends / Snowflake Inn

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |0 Comments

samantha chase book coverEnter to win 1 of 5 copies of Mistletoe Between Friends / Snowflake Inn by Samantha Chase!

Two gorgeous stories about the most romantic time of the year…

The holidays don’t have to be fraught with tension, as lifelong friends Lily Cavanaugh and Cameron Greene discover in Mistletoe Between Friends when they cook up a scheme to fool their family and friends.

The Snowflake Inn shows rivals Grace Brodie and Riley Walsh that Christmas is a time when dreams come true—even if you’ve given up on those dreams long ago.

24 10, 2016

Review: Mata Hari’s Last Dance by Michelle Moran

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Biographical, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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mata hari's last dance book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

Mata Hari is one of the most infamous women of the 21st century. Everyone knows the end of her story, a German agent in Paris during World War I, caught and lined up in front of a French firing squad, impetuously blowing them a kiss before they shot her to death for treason. But few know who she was before then. Her internationally renowned career as a dancer is rarely discussed. Her abusive husband, her lost daughter, her tragic upbringing–all buried beneath that single, iconic image of her death. In Mata Hari’s Last Dance, author Michelle Moran tells her story, from days after arriving in Paris for the first time to her eventual death.

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: , , , , , |8 Comments

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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: |4 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

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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.