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)



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


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)


FiresKissPromoPicGenre: Paranormal, Romance, Fiction
Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher:   Fiery Seas Publishing
Pages: 271


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 ‏

cover122108-mediumWhen lovely woman stoops to folly
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


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


“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)


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

415U+MMQi6LWhat is stuff made of?

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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Book Review: The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz (9780345546807)

5194F1tVNBL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_“You’re dead already…. They’ll all know about you in the whispering room.”

Jane Hawk is a rogue agent fighting for her and her son’s life and avenging her late husband’s murder.  Silicon Valley billionaire David James Michael and owner of the biotech company, Far Horizons, is her target.  His company is making nanomachines injected into the bloodstream to be used as a control mechanism “eliminating people who will push civilization in the wrong direction”.  Her husband was a product of the experiment and as she delves deeper into the peculiar town of Iron Furnace, Kentucky, she finds a “menace of place as felt in Dachau or Auschwitz, or in the Soviet gulags”.

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$25 Cover Reveal Giveaway – My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

Coming Spring 2018
My Sister’s Intended by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

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Book Review: The Mountain by Charles G. Thompson (Kindle edition)

51V-2IQMjhLI am a man who wants to serve others.

Charles “Chuck” Thompson had terminal brain cancer, and he had decisions to make.  He had “climbed many mountains, but this one was going to take spiritual strength to conquer”.  He was determined to keep a positive attitude and keep going by giving everyone a smile, a hug and doing everything he could to make someone’s life better including sharing this book with others.

He tells stories of his time as a Mormon bishop at the Utah State Prison by helping those in need and he talks about his battle with depression and how he developed a routine “to rise, shower, dress, eat breakfast and be grateful to be alive”.

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Book Review: Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne (Kindle eBook)

618T-Zew5uL._SX334_BO1,204,203,200_This great war of our time has indeed been terrible, and I am still struck with its horrors, waking up in the night sweating.

Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles gives us a tale told by Fintan, Bard of the Poet Goddess Kaelin.  A fleet of Bone Giants, tall, thin people with bone armor on their torsos and arms, is on its way to kill anyone in their path to find the unknown Seventh Kenning, a form of magic given to a blessed few.  People blessed with kennings are charged with defending their homes at any means against the giants who are invading their land.  Kennings include moving the earth, building and destroying walls, moving water, talking to animals, communicating by roots and stems, and taking on the voices and likenesses of others to inform the masses of what is to come.

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Book Review: Beneath the Mountain by Luca D’Andrea (eBook)

51AibAn64oLThat’s how it always is.  In the ice, first you hear the voice of the Beast, then you die.

What was beneath the mountain and what really happened in Italy to the three young people murdered on April 28, 1985?  Jeremiah Salinger was determined to find out.  He was a writer from New Jersey who partnered with his friend Mike to make documentaries for the new series, Road Crew.  After the success of their first documentary, they needed to find another masterpiece and his wife, Annelise’s native German village, Siebenhoch, in Italy, was the ticket.  Little did he know that the documentary on the Dolomite Mountain Rescue would stir up an unsolved murder that he was determined to solve.

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Book Review: Catching the Player by Diane Alberts (Kindle book)

51QHc5UMoGLKassidy Thomas’ life was about to change forever. After losing a bet with her brother, Caleb, she is destined to meet Wyatt Hamilton, star quarterback of the Atlanta Saviors. She doesn’t take risks and hasn’t dated for 4 years. He is never seen with the same girl twice and his only commitment is football.

Can she be his friend with benefits knowing that he has no interest in a relationship or love? Will he accept her offer knowing that he doesn’t date girls her type because “all his life, there’d been only one goal–to play ball”?

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Reedsy’s Best Book Review Blogs of 2017

toot-tootI’m going to toot my own horn a little and say how honored I am to be among several book review blogs listed on Reedsy,  a company that connects authors with editors and designers.   I have worked hard to give my readers an honest and thoughtful opinion about each and every book I read and apparently it has paid off.

I want to thank all of the authors who have given me the opportunity to review their books, Reedsy who has chosen my blog for their list, and especially my followers for staying with me for all of these years.

I love reading books and I am totally humbled that other people are noticing my passion!  Back to reading….