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24 09, 2016

Giveaway: Killer Punch by Amy Korman

By | September 24th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |8 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: , , , , |5 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: , , , |1 Comment

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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.

19 09, 2016

Review: What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

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what she knew book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Rachel Jenner is a recently divorced mom doing her best to get over the fact that her ex-husband is happily remarried. However, when a walk in a Bristol park leads to the disappearance of her son, Ben, everything that plagued her before he was taken seems stupid in comparison to the fear and desperation she is now feeling…and the fear and confusion Ben must now be feeling…if he’s even still alive.

With the police doing everything they can to locate Ben and encouraging Rachel to wait at home for more information, she’s beginning to come undone. And with the media’s insistence on painting her as a bad mother, who can blame her?

19 09, 2016

Review: The Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power

By | September 19th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Series|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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the dragon round book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

I was initially drawn to The Dragon Round because of its amazing cover. It is a beautiful image of a dragon over a ship on the sea, and very fitting for this book. I will say that this is not a feel-good book. It’s an interesting book, but there is a lot of darkness in it and it often made me really depressed or disgusted. At the same time, I really enjoyed most of the book… up until the end.

At first, I had a very hard time reading it. It is written in the present tense, which I absolutely hate and had a very hard time getting used to (I did eventually get used to it). I also initially had a very hard time understanding what was really going on in the book. There were a lot of names being thrown around, and a lot of references I didn’t initially understand. I decided to continue reading it though, and am glad I did.