Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday HotShot - Julie Garwood

Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review - HotShot - Julie Garwood


Author: Julie Garwood

Stars: 5 out of 5 I got this at my online library

I have never read Julie Garwood but I saw this book show up as a suggestion on my Library account so I thought sure why not it sounded interesting enough.

Peyton Lockhart graduated from a prestigious French Culinary school and got her dream job as a food critic but quickly finds out her dream job might not be what she wanted it to be. She quickly moves back home and runs into her childhood crush Finn MacBain at his brother’s wedding.  

Seeing Finn again brings back that crush she once had on him and with 8 years different in age she figures he will never really notice her. He does notice the bullet holes in her car.
Than her Uncle offers her and her two sisters a chance to run his oceanfront resort but the catch is they need to be able to show a profit in one year to be able to keep the place?
Peyton finds life isn’t always what you plan it to be and sometimes you have to roll with the punches.

This was my first Julie Garwood book and boy she is into background details making sure the readers is invested into every characters she writes. Which I have a love hate relationship with because I would find myself lost in the details she created about each character.  However I love it because you never need to guess why someone is doing something.

Payton is a fun, sarcastic character that the reader cannot help but love and root for from the beginning to end of the book. Finn MacBain is your typical alpha male character with time entertaining moments but Payton steals the book.  The dialog in the book is fun quick and will keep the readers reading along with some sexy senses as well.

I loved that Julie Garwood created secondary characters and flushed them out making them integrated into the story. I was excited that they didn’t bog down the story but kept it going and I wanted to know what happened to them.

The Villains are nasty and very dark but Julie Garwood offset the darker parts of the book with real housewives - characters that will drive the reader to laugh or crazy.

I really enjoyed the book and plan to read more from Julie Garwood in the future.

Thanks Heidi for this review.

Synopsis:  #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood returns with a novel of family drama, suspense, and—of course—romance. 

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn’t inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again. 
Julie Garwood
Author Information:  With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life, I learned that self expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick," says Ms. Garwood. 

She began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young-adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published by Pocket Books in 1985. Since then, she has branched into other genres including contemporary romantic suspense. Today, her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world. Her bestselling novel FOR THE ROSES was adapted for the HALLMARK HALL OF FAME television movie ROSE HILL.

Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, KS and is currently working on her next novel.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Book Review Harriet Beecher Stowe A Biography by Noel Gerson

Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Biography
Title: Harriet Beecher Stowe A Biography

Author:  Noel Gerson

Stars: 4 out of 5

This was an interesting book about an individual who was very prominent in the anti-slavery camp prior to the civil war. She was best known for writing the fictional novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, although, she did write many other articles and novels. I enjoyed the book but found it to be a little dry at times. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in this particular area of United States history.

I have rated book 4 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank for your review

Noel Gerson explores the life of this fascinating woman who literally changed the course of American history with her book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe reveals a towering literary figure who was also a remarkable woman, a crusading feminist, and a woman who led a life more dramatic than anything she wrote. 

In an age when women were usually confined to the kitchen, the bedroom, and the parlour, Harriet Beecher Stowe argued emancipation with President Lincoln, had an extraordinary woman-to-woman relationship with Queen Victoria, and was regarded by Emile Zola as a comrade-in-arms in their separate crusades for a better world. 

Her super-abundant energy and refreshing humour enabled her to combine the duties of a devoted wife and mother of five with a renowned literary career and to become in the process one of the greatest celebrities of the nineteenth century. 

About the Author:

Gerson's primary focus was on historical novels, mostly stand-alone, with American history receiving considerable attention. Of note, he wrote a number of historical novels about colonial America and also the United States in its formative years.
Gerson also wrote a large number of biographies and biographical novels. These included several on U.S. presidents, such as Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and Theodore Roosevelt. Many of his biographic works also focused on notable women in history such as Empress Theodora of the Byzantine Empire; William the Conqueror's formidable wife, Matilda of Flanders; and Pocahantas.
During the latter stages of his career, Gerson wrote two series of American historical novels having characters that continued through the series. Using the pen name Dana Fuller Ross, the first was the popular twenty-four book Wagons West series that began in 1978 and is currently being republished. The first four books in this series describe the initial wagon train to Oregon beginning in 1837. Beginning in 1979, Gerson initiated a second series called White Indian using the pen name of Donald Clayton Porter. Set in the late 1600s, it portrays the life of Renno, a child of settlers, who was raised by the Seneca to become a senior warrior

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Book Review The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin By Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Title:  Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin 

 Stars: 5 Stars out of 5 Stars

The original book was first published in 1790, however, this version was published in 2014. Every U.S. citizen should read this book and acquaint themselves with the full life of this great American and patriot. He was much more than just a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He lived a full life with personal ideas and morals that our public servants today would do well to emulate.

I rated this book 5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank for you many reviews this month.

Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World.
Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.

About The Author:
Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was a writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, a Founding Father, an inventor, and publisher. He helped with the founding of the United States of America and changed the world with his discoveries about electricity. His writings such as Poor Richards' Almanac have provided wisdom for 17 years to the colonies.


I pretty safe to say that while there are websites about Benjamin Franklin he didn't create his very own author Website. ;)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Book Review Silver's Odyssey by Henry C Duggan, III

Silver's Odyssey by Henry C. Duggan III
Title: Silver's Odyssey 

Author: Henry C Duggan, III

Stars: 4 1/2 Stars out of 5

An imposing story of survival against tremendous odds. A fictional novel loosely based on a real event. If you enjoy an excellent action adventure this is a book you should not miss out on.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars 

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank for your Review.

his a historical fiction novel telling the story of a 1622 Spanish shipwrecked soldier. After being thrown off the Atocha galleon in a hurricane off the Florida Keys,he must survive a 4-yr trek through wilderness Florida enroute back to Spain.

Physical and emotional challenges of the highest order confront him on a COLD MOUNTAIN-south adventure through a world few Europeans had seen. The will to live and his instinctive outdoor traits prod him into action.

Kindle Edition323 pages
Published August 28th 2013 by Henry C. Duggan,III 

About The Author:
Henry C. Duggan III
Albany,Ga,native  Albany High School  UGA grad 1963  Married 47 years to Pat  3 adult children, 5 grandchildren  retired banker  Likes: canoeing mountain trout fishing music, guitar architectural history
genealogy general history geography philosophy  Bible study  writing  exercise  vegetarian diet  
living 2 hours from Gulf of Mexico


Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review Heaven To Betsy by Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Heaven to Betsy (What Doesn't Kill You #5)
Title:  Heaven To Betsy

Author:  Pamela Fagan Hutchins 

 Stars: 4.25 out of 5  (We like to mess with the reviewing numbers why just full stars when you can give 1\4, 1\2, 3\4 Makes like an adventure.

After reading this book I have to add my name to the author's ever growing list of followers. She writes with a style that is intriguing with just the right amount of subtle humor and down to earth realism. I look forward to reading the next installments in the life of Emily and her desired family.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank for the Review

Heaven to Betsy features Emily, Katie's stateside best friend, in her own hilarious adventures.

When a dead body swan-dives from a balcony into the pool at a wedding, gossip comes to a halt about disgraced paralegal and former rodeo queen Emily—whose husband left her for a woman who’s really a man. Enter Jack, a secretive attorney and sexy mix of cowboy and Indian. She refuses to work for him until she learns about the disappearance of the six-year old daughter of his notorious client Sofia, the wedding shooter, who is also an illegal immigrant. Emily feels a strange affinity with the girl and launches a desperate search for her. Bodies pile up in her wake across Texas and New Mexico as the walls around her own secrets begin to crumble, and the authorities question whether the child is anything but a figment of her imagination.

Kindle Edition311 pages
Published March 2016 by SkipJack (first published April 2nd 2015)

About the Author:
Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, the What Doesn't Kill You romantic mysteries, and (possibly) hilarious nonfiction. She resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, TX and way up in the frozen north of Snowheresville, WY. Pamela is passionate about great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as hiking with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs and goat, riding her gigantic horses, experimenting with her Keurig, and traveling in the Bookmobile.

If you like Sandra Brown or Janet Evanovich for fiction or Erma Bombeck for nonfiction, you're going to love Pamela.

2016 WINNER USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Hell to Pay)
2015 WINNER USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Heaven to Betsy)
2014 FINALIST USA Best Books Fiction: Cross Genre (Going for Kona)
2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist (Finding Harmony)
2013 USA Best Books Business: Writing & Publishing (What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes)
2012 Houston Writers Guild Ghost Story (Leaving Annalise)
2012 USA Best Books Parenting/Divorce (How to Screw Up Your Kids)
2011 Houston Writers Guild Novel (Finding Harmony)
2010 Writers League of Texas Romance (Saving Grace)



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