Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Review: Echoes Of The Past by TJ Hamilton

Echoes Of The Past
Title: Echoes Of The Past

Author: TJ Hamilton

Stars: 2 stars

The book started off with just the right amount of interest before everything turned sideways and the story came to a slow and painful stop.  The characters were not likable enough to keep readers interested.  As the story slows down the readers will flip pages to end the story or just toss it aside for something a bit more exciting.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Escape Publisher for the advance copy of TJ Hamiliton Echoes of the Past.

Blue lights in the red dust...Echo Springs on the edge of the outback – a town where everyone knows your name, and your business. But the wholesome country living and welcoming community aren't what they used to be. Echo Springs has a dark underbelly, and it is seeping ever outward.Born on the wrong side of the tracks to a family well–known for all the wrong reasons, Leila Mayne's childhood was marked with suspicion and derision from the people of Echo Springs. But her heart has always belonged to this town, so after graduating from the academy, she returns sporting a shiny new badge and the desire to be an agent of change. But change isn't easy, and Echo Springs isn't ready to accept a Mayne on the right side of the law. Everyone except her childhood sweetheart, the man she ran away from and has spent her time trying to forget. Hayden is as big and beautiful and supportive as ever. But he has secrets, dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the integrity and fresh start Leila has worked so hard for. When it comes to a battle between her heart and her badge, Leila knows that there can be no winners, and she will lose everything.

ebook200 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Escape Publishing

About The Author:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Book Review: Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7) by Lisa Gardner

Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren, #7)
Title: Fear Nothing (Detective D.D. Warren #7) 

Author: Lisa Gardner

Stars4.5 stars

First book I have read by this author and I am hooked. This was an excellent murder mystery grounded in a law firm in the middle of a reverse discrimination complaint against them. The story moves along nicely and comes with an unexpected, kick in the groin, twist when the murder is solved by the very pregnant heroine. I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a book about lawers and the practice of law.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Heidi I was unable to get a screenshot of the front of the book so did the next best thing that was possible.  Thank you Frank for your Review

My name is Dr. Adeline Glen. Due to a genetic condition, I can’t feel pain. I never have. I never will. 

The last thing Boston Detective D. D. Warren remembers is walking the crime scene after dark. Then, a creaking floorboard, a low voice crooning in her ear. . . . She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work.

My sister is Shana Day, a notorious murderer who first killed at fourteen. Incarcerated for thirty years, she has now murdered more people while in prison than she did as a free woman.

Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer: Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t lift her child, load her gun, or recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.

Our father was Harry Day, an infamous serial killer who buried young women beneath the floor of our home. He has been dead for forty years. Except the Rose Killer knows things about my father he shouldn’t. My sister claims she can help catch him. I think just because I can’t feel pain doesn’t mean my family can’t hurt me. 

D.D. may not be back on the job, but she is back on the hunt. Because the Rose Killer isn’t just targeting lone women, he is targeting D.D. And D.D. knows there is only one way to take him down:

Fear nothing.

Hardcover416 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2014)

About The Author:
Lisa Gardner
aka Alicia Scott

New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure, cutting edge forensics and twisted plots into a streak of eleven bestselling suspense novels.
Readers are invited to get in on the fun by entering the annual "Kill a Friend, Maim a Mate" Sweepstakes, where they can nominate the person of their choice to die in Lisa's latest novel. Every year, one lucky stiff is selected for literary immortality. It's cheaper than therapy, and you get a great book besides. For more details, simply visit Lisa's website.
Lisa lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family, as well as two highly spoiled dogs and one extremely neurotic three-legged cat. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Book Review: What I've Done (Morgan Dane #4) by Melinda Leigh

What I've Done (Morgan Dane #4)
Title: What I've Done (Morgan Dane #4)

Author: Melinda Leigh

Stars: 5 Stars

I swore Melinda Leigh couldn't get any better and than I sit down and read book 4 in the Morgan Dane series and Wow!
What I've Done is by far the best in the series and while you can read it as a stand alone because the author catches readers up fast to the previous books read the first 3 to understand what makes this book amazing!
The author creates a a cast of characters that come to life as readers focus on Morgan and her future. 
The story takes readers on a mystery of Lincoln Sharps life before meeting Morgan as well as a promise that will have him hanging on to his life.

From the quite moments to the heart pumping moments this story will have readers dying for more.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of Melinda Leigh What I've Done.

Haley Powell wakes up covered in blood, with no memory of the night before. When she sees a man lying in the backyard, stabbed to death, she has only one terrified thought: What have I done?

Agreeing to take the case as a favor to her PI friend Lincoln Sharp, Morgan must scale a mountain of damning circumstantial and forensic evidence to prove her client innocent. Haley couldn’t appear more guilty: her bloodstained fingerprints are on the murder weapon, and she has no alibi. But Morgan can’t shake the feeling that this shocked young woman has been framed.

Someone out there is hell-bent on sabotaging her defense, targeting Morgan, her partner, and especially Haley. Someone who will stop at nothing—and whose next move will be deadly.

Paperback336 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Montlake Romance

About The Author:
Melinda Leigh
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book. The process was much more fun than analyzing financial statements, and she decided to turn her hobby into a career. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. She is a RITA® Award Finalist and has earned three Daphne du Maurier Award nominations, two Silver Falchion Awards, and a Golden Leaf.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting

Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Review: Wyoming Cowboy Justice by Nicole Helm

Wyoming Cowboy Justice
Title: Wyoming Cowboy Justice

Author:  Nicole Helm

Stars: 4 stars

Nicole Helm Hatfield and McCoys type of western story has just the right amount of realism and fantasy that will keep readers wanting more as they fall in love with Laurel and her strength and Grady the miss understood Carson. The story is fast pace intrigue with the right amount of sexual tension to keep romance readers needing more and mystery reads watching out for the next bullet.
Nicole Helm can create a world readers will want to stay in long enough to get out alive.

Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Intrigue for the advance copy of Nicole Helm Wyoming Cowboy Justice. 

Welcome to Bent, Wyoming Where the Wild West Never Died Resident bad boy and saloon owner Grady Carson knows his brother is not a murderer, and he'll do anything to prove it. But partnering with Laurel Delaney? Worst idea ever. The beautiful by-the-book cop challenges him like no other. Bad family blood--and a killer at large--makes their attraction unthinkable. Dangerous. Reckless. How can they solve a crime to prevent a family war and then let forbidden love ignite it anew?

Paperback288 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Harlequin Intrigue

About The Author:
Nicole Helm
Nicole Helm is the bestselling author of down-to-earth contemporary romance and fast-paced romantic suspense. From farmers to cowboys, midwest to the west, she writes stories about people finding themselves and finding love in the process.

She lives with her husband and two young sons in Missouri enjoying Cardinals baseball and dreams about someday owning a barn.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Review: My Little Ikigai Journal: A Journey Into the Japanese Secret to Living a Long, Happy, Purpose-Filled Life by Amanda Kudo

My Little Ikigai Journal: A Journey Into the Japanese Secret to Living a Long, Happy, Purpose-Filled Life
Title: My Little Ikigai Journal: A Journey Into the Japanese Secret to Living a Long, Happy, Purpose-Filled Life

Author: Amanda Kudo

Stars: 5 Stars

I can't even begin to tell you how much I love My Little Ikigai Journal.  Everything in this very short book has help create a better structure for not only me but children.  The questions you can answer with as much depth as you want. I enjoy all the creative ways for finding "reason for being." 
Its a perfect journal to buy for those who are struggling life with changes that bring them away from the reason for being.
This is an inspired Journal that everyone should own and work on during their daily joys and struggles.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher  Castle Point Books for the advance copy of My Little Ikigai Journal 


You can eat healthy, stay active, and keep stress under control but still be overlooking a huge part of the health and happiness equation. That's the headline from experts who study the longest-living people in the world. The missing piece: knowing and honoring your ikigai, or "reason for being." My Little Ikigai Journal is just what you need to discover a sense of purpose worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy!

-Over 120 pages of thoughtful questions, creative exercises, and little inspirations to guide you to your unique ikigai 
-Grow in understanding of what you love, where you excel, how you see the world, and where you can make a difference 
-Just moments spent with this journal each day will illuminate your purpose and increase your joy!

Paperback128 pages
Expected publication: September 11th 2018 by Castle Point Books

About The Author:

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