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17 03, 2017

Giveaway: The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |11 Comments

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last days of magic book coverHappy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate, 2 winners will receive a copy of The Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins and book-themed tarot card deck! Open to US residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

Spanning the forests and villages of 14th-century Ireland, the lavish courts of France and England, the Vatican’s inner chambers and present-day mysteries, The Last Days of Magic, which is now available in paperback, blends historical, fictional, and mythical events to create a richly imagined world and an exhilarating story of adventure and enchantment. Ireland is the last magical outpost on Earth, its Middle Kingdom—home to faeries and otherworldly beings—still strong in the face of the Vatican’s ever-expanding influence, its armies, exorcists and mercenaries. But when an ancient treaty between the Celts and faeries is broken, leaving them vulnerable to the machinations of the power-hungry Roman Church, the very existence of magic in the world is threatened.

16 03, 2017

Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Children's Books, Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Suicide, Young Adult|Tags: , , , , , , |3 Comments

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girl in pieces book coverReviewed by Alexander Morrison

Charlotte Davis was a homeless addict who dealt with her pain by cutting herself, until that no longer sufficed and she tried to commit suicide. Committed to a psychiatric facility to heal and to try and learn to deal with some of her issues, Charlie seems to be recovering slowly, but the facility is expensive and what little family she has left in the world can’t support it anymore, so she’s sent away. A friend in Arizona takes her in, but that’s only the start of her journey, as the wounds of her past are never far from the surface. She has to try and hold down a job, find a place to live, navigate romantic drama, and most importantly–not cut herself. But the stress of not having enough money and of bad relationships with damaged people push her to the edge. Can she survive, or is Charlie too wounded to allow herself to heal?

16 03, 2017

Review: The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet by Laura Fuentes

By | March 16th, 2017|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Nonfiction|Tags: , |6 Comments

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best grain free family meals book coverReviewed by Sarah Dalton

When I received The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet, the first thing I did was leaf through it and look at all the gorgeous, full color pictures of the recipes. This is a beautiful book and the pages are sturdy enough to hold up to being moved around and used in a kitchen where they might get spilled or splattered on. My kids also thought the pictures were fabulous and asked to eat some of their favorite looking dishes. The saying goes, “You eat with your eyes first”.

I did something with this book I have not done with many cookbooks before. I read it cover to cover. Part of that was so I could give it a thorough review, but part of it was because Laura Fuentes did include a small story or description about each recipe, along with possible modifications for dealing with specific food needs.

15 03, 2017

Review: Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

By | March 15th, 2017|Categories: Christian Literature & Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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never let you go book coverReviewed by Melanie Kline

Action packed and thrilling, Never Let You Go grips your attention from beginning to end. Lexi Soloman’s past has just come crashing down around her in the space of a week. The husband that abandoned her and her 2-year-old child, her ex-lover that murdered her sister and the drug dealer that stole her husband away into a blur of crystal meth have all come calling.

Lexi has spent the last seven years of her life trying to forget and get past the events that threatened to take her sanity. She’s been working two jobs and juggling bills to make ends meet and provide a good home and decent life for her daughter Molly. Lexi never goes out and strives to always make the right decisions in her life. Unfortunately, disaster has other plans for her.

14 03, 2017

Review: Sweet Lake by Christine Nolfi

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Comedy, Family Life, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Series, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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sweet lake book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Hold on to your hats! If you don’t, it’ll surely be blown away by the eccentric batch of nutty older ladies known as the Sirens. (Nothing wrong with being a nutty older lady – I am one myself, after all) but this batch is particularly concerned (read: nosy) and active (read: fantasy-oriented), although their intentions are always good. Their motto is ‘Do kindness in secret’.

The Wayfair is a resort hotel on a lake in Mid-Southern Ohio, having been in the same family since its inception in the previous century. It has been handed down to the only child throughout its history and always a son, as the family was not very prolific until the most recent generation, which has produced a son Freddie, and a daughter Linnie.

14 03, 2017

Giveaway: Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

saratoga payback book coverEnter to win a copy of Saratoga Payback by Stephen Dobyns! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

The latest installment in Stephen Dobyns’s Charlie Bradshaw mysteries, Saratoga Payback follows the latest exploits of Saratoga Springs’ most unusual and sardonic detective.

Ever since the cops revoked his private investigator’s license, Charlie Bradshaw has been adjusting to life as a regular senior citizen. But reading, sitting around the house, and making amateur home repairs is a far cry from his past life as Saratoga Springs’ most successful everyman detective.

13 03, 2017

Blog Tour: Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |2 Comments

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just the essentials book coverPlease join Adina Grigore, author of Just the Essentials, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Christen Krumm

My essential oil journey (obsession) began a few years ago and ever since that fateful day in my best friend’s living room, I have enjoyed soaking up all the information about these magical liquids in dark colored bottles. Adina Grigore, founder of S.W. Basics and author of Just the Essentials, fell into the world of essential oils based on a need. She had major skin issues and after visiting doctor after doctor and receiving multiple medicines, all with no relief, she gave up. “Who knew,” Grigore says, “that simple, natural ingredients could do more than smell pretty and taste nice—that they contained potent plant-based compounds that offered real benefits for your skin?” Thus began her essential oil journey.

13 03, 2017

Giveaway: Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |14 Comments

follow me down book coverEnter to win 1 of 3 copies of Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith! Open to US and Canada residents only

About the book (publisher’s description)

A great addition to a blockbuster genre, Follow Me Down is Sharp Objects meets Silent Sister in this gritty new suspense novel. Smith writes with acute insight and assurance, and stands well apart from recent bestsellers such as The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive.

Mia Haas has built a life for herself far from the North Dakota town where she grew up, but when she receives word that her twin brother is missing, she’s forced to return home.

13 03, 2017

Review: The Rage of Plum Blossoms by Christine M. Whitehead

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Action & Adventure, Amateur Sleuths, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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rage of plum blossoms book coverReviewed by Holly Madison

“Plum blossoms don’t just persevere: they bloom. I could almost hear Jordan saying, “Quinnie, don’t accept what is if you don’t believe in it. Get mad!”…And so we four had become a militia of plum blossoms. We bloomed when we were expected only to endure.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. It drew me in from the very first page, and continued to captivate me throughout. The pace was perfect, the writing was beautiful, and the story was a compelling mystery–a genre I don’t typically read, but very much enjoyed.

13 03, 2017

Mailbox Monday, March 13, 2017

By | March 13th, 2017|Categories: Etc.|Tags: |12 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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