#BlogTour #BookReview: The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert @JaneLambert22 @HQDigitalUK

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Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Don’t miss this heartwarming and uplifting debut, perfect for fans of Colleen Coleman and Cate Woods!

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#BookReview: Made to Break Your Heart by Richard Fellinger @rfellinger @book_glow

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Made to Break Your Heart is a family saga, set in a gossipy suburb, that explores the complexities of raising a child, holding a marriage together, and maintaining your sanity in the cutthroat world of Little League baseball.

It’s 2008, and Nick Marhoffer is a stressed-out dad who finds himself flirting with thoughts of infidelity. While his job is being threatened by a crumbling economy, he’s fraught with anxiety over his only son’s well-being. So when his son starts playing baseball, Nick becomes a rabid Little League dad who loses sight of what’s good in his life. After developing a crush on a gorgeous team mom, he can’t decide between her and his wife, then finds himself at risk of losing everything that’s most important to him.

This is a smart, sexy, and funny novel about bad breaks, bad decisions, and the long road of life.

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#BookReview: Mister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson @iamcarterwilson

“My father created Mister Tender, and Mister Tender nearly killed me.”

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How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

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#Book Review: Bloody Mary (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, Book 2) by J.A. Konrath @jakonrath

“He wonders if other people look at their partners at night, peacefully dozing, and imagine killing them…when he finally falls asleep, it’s to the image of cutting her open and bathing his face with her blood.”

A serial killer is chopping up bodies and has a vendetta against sarcastic Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, highest ranking female cop in the Violent Crimes Unit in Chicago.  Battling with her mother who is furious that Jack wants her to move from Florida to Chicago to live with her due to a near fatal fall, a partner who is on a hopeless diet and having a mid-life crisis, and a diaper-wearing, sadistic cat named Mr. Friskers, how does she find the time to find a killer?  No problem.  He’ll find her.

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Book Review: Copper Sky by Milana Marsenich @milanamarsenich @book_glow

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1917. Copper Camp of Butte, Montana.  Growing up as an orphan and losing her twin sister to a murder at the age of 10, Kaly Shane had a lot of ghosts and a lot of secrets.  Over the years she tried to live a decent life, but now as a prostitute living on her own in a destitute area of town, she finds herself pregnant by the man who murdered her sister.  But did he?  What really happened that night and what secrets will she find out about her family?

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#BookReview: Beginnings (Same Face Different Place Book 1) by Helen Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources

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Release Date:  February 2012
Pages: 311

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Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.

Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.

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Book Review: Until Tomorrow by Jill Marie Landis @JillMarieLandis

36063706“Always watch your step or you might land in something you can’t wipe off  – Nanny James”

Kansas at the end of the Civil War.  It’s her twentieth birthday and Cara Calvinia James is alone after the death of her family.  Her wish is about to come true…to go to California and start a new life, but a stranger and a baby enter her life that day and change it forever.  What is in store for Cara as she helps a man in need?

Dake Reed, former Union soldier, is going home to Alabama to face his family and friends who call him a traitor.  Little did he know that he would be responsible for taking a newborn baby home to Alabama after promising a dying mother he discovered lying on the road.  He hoped to find someone to help him care for Anna Clayton’s orphaned child on the way to Alabama, but can Cara, an independent, spirited woman from Kansas help him?

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A Shout Out to Better World Books: Making a Difference Around the World

25321When ordering books for the new year it is hard to choose which booksellers to buy from and after some discussion with fellow bookaholics I was referred to Better World Books.  Now, I’m not a stranger to Better World Books because the academic library I work in donates their books to them.  Why didn’t I think about them, you ask?  I was just so used to using the big name book sites, it didn’t even occur to me to try them out.  My bad!

Anyhow, I ordered some books yesterday and I received the coolest, nicest, funniest email from “the books”.  Yes, it’s from the books:

“Hello Sharon,

(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note – it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)

Holy canasta! It’s me… it’s me! I can’t believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I’ve got to get packed! How is the

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Book Review: Theatrics by Neil Gibson and Leonardo Gonzalez (9780995721906)

cover124434-medium“You need to act like a killer, so people will treat you like one.”

It is New York, 1920, and Archibald “Archie” Brown aka Rudy Burns aka the Barbarian Count is a former leading Broadway actor who is attacked in an alley resulting in disfigurement, ending his career and his relationship with Stephanie.

Archie’s friend Sammy has an idea.  “We need to give you a role that will entertain them. To make them want to see you…. you can play the villain.”   A boxer, The Barbarian Count, mystery man.  Is Sammy taking advantage of Archie’s fame?   Will Archie lose himself in his new persona?

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Book Review: Triple Cross Killer (State Detective Special Forces #1) by Rosemarie Aquilina (9781946143389)

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Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Series
Release Date:  December 5, 2017
Publisher:   Fiery Seas Publishing
Pages: 320

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Have you ever wondered what really happens to Santa Claus letters?  In Detroit and Sarasota some children’s letters are diverted and reviewed by Nick Archer, a religiously obsessed, narcissist. Nick responds, leaving a trail of devastation in the two cities.

In Detroit, co-ed partners and wise-cracking lovers, detectives Jaq McSween and David Maxwell, team up with Sarasota detectives Abel Mendoza and his partner, Rabbit, to find this daunting killer.

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Book Review: When the Serpent Bites (The Starks Trilogy #1) by Nesly Clerge (9780996501705)

26206867“You have to come to terms with what you can do and let go of thoughts about what you want to do but can’t.”

Frederick Starks had it all, a beautiful wife, three wonderful kids, a beautiful home and a thriving business, but his neat and tidy life came to an abrupt halt when he found out his wife betrayed him.  When Starks takes the law into his own hands, he is convicted and thrown into a maximum security prison where he has to learn quickly to survive in a very dangerous environment.

Starks is an anti-hero.  He comes across as arrogant and entitled, but also vulnerable and exposed.  He not only tries to come to terms about his wife’s betrayal, but also struggles to just stay alive.  Will his quick wits and business savvy keep him alive, or will more secrets in his life be his undoing?  The reader will have to find out in the second of Clerge’s Stark’s Trilogy, When the Dragon Roars.

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Book Review: Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate (9781946143372)

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Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher:   Fiery Seas Publishing
Pages: 271

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Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

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#BookReview Expired Listings by D.M. Barr @authordmbarr #romantic #suspense #humor

51QoPA4j9WL._SY346_I’m not some shlub condo buyer you’re sending on a one-way trip to the poorhouse, so shut up and listen….  You’ve got until tomorrow evening to recount your sins and prepare to atone for them…. The next time we speak, I expect some heartfelt confessions.  Otherwise, better drum up whatever catchy slogan you’d like written on your tombstone.  Clear?

Someone is killing Rock Canyon realtors and Dana Black is the lead suspect. Her alibi is a Dom named Dare from her BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) community.  If word got out who he really is and that she has periodic, stress-induced blackouts losing hours at a time, her life would be over.  Can she risk her burgeoning relationship with private detective, Aidan Cummings, by exposing her murky past?  Continue reading “#BookReview Expired Listings by D.M. Barr @authordmbarr #romantic #suspense #humor”

#BookReview: Magnolia Creek by Jill Marie Landis @JillMarieLandis ‏

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And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy,
What art can wash her guilt away?
—Oliver Goldsmith The Vicar of Wakefield

It had been 5 years since Sara Collier Talbot left Magnolia Creek, Kentucky, as a fallen woman who ran off with a Yankee lieutenant only a year after finding out that her husband, Dru, had been killed in the Civil War. With no alternative, Sara swallows her pride and returns to Magnolia Creek with a love child in tow, and to the disapproval of the townspeople, Dru’s sister Louzanna, “Lou”, takes in Sara and her daughter. How much more can Sara take? Is her life in danger?

After 6 long years the war is over, and Dr. Dru Talbot, finally released from a prisoner of war camp, is going home to his wife of one day. Their whirlwind courtship and marriage were fast, but having that one night as husband and wife before he went off to war is what kept him alive. His hopes of starting a family with Sara and opening a quiet practice are just what he needs to help forget the horrors of war. Can he forgive Sara for what she’s done?

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#BlogTour #BookReview The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy (9781619848016)

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I am delighted to kick off my first blog tour with YA Bound Book Tours and introduce The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy.

Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 28, 2017

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Meet Sadie MacPhearson. She’s seventeen and lives in a ritzy, artsy beach town called Mariposa Beach, California. Blond, bootylicious and beautiful—she’s a main chick of the Pop Crowd: the most flawless looking, smartest, trendiest, richest, fabulous group of party animals at Mariposa Beach High School. She wants one thing, to keep her secret but it’s always lingering above her head. When the administrators want to assess her for a learning disability, she coats inhibitions and fears with alcohol, which, in turn, causes serious damage in her life, mostly her chameleon soul.

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#BookReview: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn @ajfinnbooks

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“The definition of insanity, Fox,” Wesley used to remind me, paraphrasing Einstein, “is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result.”

Dr. Anna Fox is agoraphobic and has been holed up in her home for ten months after her tragic accident.  She spends her days drinking and medicating herself watching her neighbors through her window.  When her new neighbors, the Russell’s, move in, her life will never be the same.  She witnesses a murder and no one believes her.  Will her persistence put her life in danger?

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#BookReview: Into Hell’s Fire by Douglas Cavanaugh (9780985468415)

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It seems as though all hell has broken loose in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the administration is more than a little perplexed about how best to proceed.

Lucas Martin is a retired U.S. government agent who is asked to come out of retirement to help prove that the Serbian militia is murdering Croatians and Muslim people in Bosnia.  His Croatian family ties and contacts from earlier government assignments in the Balkans help him infiltrate the country.  However, the task is nearly impossible with dire consequences for anyone being caught by the militia.  Will he get the intel in time for the U.S. government and the United Nations to step in and help the people in Croatia?

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#BookReview: Permanent Happiness: The Only Way to Find Peace, Joy and your Life-Given Purpose by Iyabo Ojikutu @iyabomdauthor

35220706Peace is permanent happiness.

Dr. Ojikutu’s guide advises us that we have two lines: our spiritual  line and our physical line, and we have to simultaneously nourish them in order to achieve our goals of peace and permanent happiness.  She goes on to describe ways to balance our lines and to help balance our children’s lives as well.  For example, stop holding onto negative things and love others by being patient and using self-control.

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#BookReview: STUFF: The Fortunes, Foibles, and Fiascos of Those Who Sought to Understand Matter by George Graybill @dgraybill8

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Mr. Graybill gives a humorous, easy-to-follow,  history lesson in the study of matter.  He includes an extensive vocabulary of science terms from various theories, elements, and compounds to the explanation of wave-particle duality, quantum mechanics, and the Bohr model.

There are also profiles of various philosophers and scientists including Hermes Trismegistus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Dmitri Mendeleev and their noted scientific discoveries.

One will find answers to who discovered the element gallium (Ga), who created the periodic table, who had a crater on the Moon named after him, and what scientist lived with two wives?

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#BookReview: Vanishing Point, a Nikki Boyd Novel by Lisa Harris @AuthorLisaHarris

51KL15Xg44LSpecial Agent Garrett Addison is a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and his first case is tracking a serial killer named the Angel Abductor with the help of his former love of his life, Jordan.

Special Agent Jordan Lambert is a criminal profiler from the FBI and is called in to help the TBI with their investigation of a serial killer who is murdering young girls.  She is happy to be coming home, but she doesn’t need the added distraction of Garrett in her life.

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