Friday, April 28, 2017

Book Review: To Catch A Butterfly by T.M. Payne

To Catch a Butterfly
Title: To Catch A Butterfly

Author: T.M. Payne

Stars: 4.5 Stars out of 5

Review:
This book has an agenda that covers the spectrum of death, physical child abuse, spousal abuse, murder, lesbianism and finding the meaning of happiness. It creeps upon you until you are totally involved in the story. In the end it leaves it to the reader to decide if justice was served. I feel it was more than served, but, that is only my opinion your opinion may differ entirely.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

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

Synopsis:
Stevie Buchanan's family has a secret. 

Catherine Stone has a secret.

Stevie knows nothing. Catherine knows everything.

Set between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, this is the story of an innocent life thrown into the deep.

When their worlds collide and the real truth is laid bare, no one could have imagined how very dark the secret really is.

As Stevie grows from a curious little girl into a strong young woman, the secret is revealed. And so her journey begins. A journey that takes her to Catherine's door.
 


About The Author: 
T.M. Payne
Married mother of three and Navy veteran. I started writing as a freshman in high school and continued to do so even while in the Navy. It wasn't until after I got out of the Navy that I decided to start a Christian fiction writing career.

I write to share what I believe in a practical way. My writing is for the love of Jesus and for the love of the writing craft.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Book Review Minnie Chase Makes A Mistake by Helen MacArthur

Minnie Chase Makes A Mistake
Title: Minnie Chase

Author: Helen MacArthur

Stars: 4.25

Review:
An engaging light hearted story full of wry humour. This story speaks volumes for the old adages of think before you speak and once it is out there you can not take it back. I enjoyed this book from its proverbial cover to cover. The lasting impression is that good can overcome bad if you persevere.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Synopsis:
Think before you speak...

Minnie Chase is an ordinary girl and an extraordinary mathematician. She has a great job and a husband-to-be and loves them both. She is brilliant with numbers but finds people more of a challenge. She believes that if she can just master the art of being normal, her life might turn out right.

Ashton Greene is one of the most powerful and celebrated CEOs in business. He has the world at his feet and a glamorous fiancée at his side.

When Minnie meets Greene she has a sudden rush of words to the head and says something that she really, really shouldn’t have said. As a result, Greene’s perfect world is catastrophically turned upside down.

The subsequent fallout disastrously affects Minnie too. She sets out to correct her mistake, to put things right. She doesn’t know where to start or how to achieve this but she is determined to succeed.

She soon finds out that it is easier said than done.

Kindle Edition254 pages
Published January 14th 2014 (first published January 13th 2014)

About The Author:
Helen MacArthur
Helen MacArthur has worked as a writer and copy editor on UK national newspapers and magazines. Other jobs include web and e-commerce content, article writing and regular ghost writing. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband, young daughter and two guinea pigs, Crystal and Sunny. As well as Four Widows, she has written Minnie Chase Makes A Mistake, which was an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 quarter-finalist. Helen's next book, You Again, will be published in March 2015.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review: Desert Soliloquy by Libby Grandy

Desert Soliloquy
Title: Desert Soliloquy

Author: Libby Grandy

Stars: 4 out of 5

Review: 
A kidnapping mystery with overtones of conspiracy spread throughout with a dash of extra sensory perception for good measure. Set in the California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado so the mental images brought forth are tremendous. I enjoyed the book and would read other offerings by this author.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

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

Synopsis: 

Caroline Laughery agrees to meet her ex-husband, Charles, at Odessa, a silver mining town in the high desert of California. He never arrives. Charles Laughery, a wealthy, powerful member of an international cartel awakes to find himself trapped, in total darkness, inside an abandoned mine. He keeps himself sane by enumerating those who might be responsible for his abduction. The mystery begins to unfold when Caroline receives help to search for Charles from Josh Logan, a private detective. She soon finds herself romantically torn between the two men. A young couple, Kate Wilson and Mike Connelly, join in the search, and their traumatic pasts are woven into the plot. Tension increases with every page as the investigation takes the story to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Durango, Colorado, culminating at the Anasazi Indian cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. Libby Grandy's novel, Desert Soliloquy, offers readers romance, intrigue, self-discovery and suspense.

About The Author:
Libby Grandy
Libby Grandy retired from the Dean of Students Office at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. Before CMC, she was employed at General Dynamics in Educational Services. She also worked as a consultant, conducting workshops on Behavior Modification and Stress Management. She presently gives presentations and workshops in regard to writing and publishing.

Her published articles have appeared in magazines such as Mature Living, Writers' Journal, Woman's World and several Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Libby's novel, Desert Soliloquy, is available on Amazon, as well as her ghost story, Promises to Keep, Book One of the Haverford Trilogy, Lydia, Book Two of the trilogy, and True Abundance, Book Three.

Website: 
www.libbygrandy.com.

Twitter:
@LibbyGrandy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Book Review Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

Deadly Silence (Blood Brothers, #1)
Title: Deadly Silence (Blood Brother #1)

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Stars: 5 out of 5

Review:
I couldn't put this book down. The main story was interesting but the side story of the boys lives sucks the reader in keeping them hooked until you are begging for the next book.
I didn't read the Sin Brothers series but I wasn't lost with the characters because Rebecca Zanetti was able to create a whole new world using these three brothers and their unquie talent and gifts.
The main characters are likable and well developed never once going against their upbringing. Readers are able to understand why the characters act a certain way just by using the right words and no endless amounts of useless words.
The scenes are written where readers will be able to feel as if they have walked right into a scene in a movie as well as caring for everyone readers will come in contact with.
The Villains are Villains you will know who they are and what they want. Some might say the book has a supernatural side but really its more 6th sense idea. Lots of sex but readers can skip it quickly or indulge in the descriptive scenes. They will add to the relationship that is already in place but they do not enhance the story.

Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for the advance Copy


Synopsis
Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first



Paperback400 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Forever


About The Author:
Rebecca Zanetti
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes dark paranormals, romantic suspense, and sexy contemporary romances.

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Book Review The Hangman by Mary Burton

The Hangman (The Forgotten Files #3)
Title: The Hangman (The Forgotten Files #3)

Author: Mary Burton

Stars: 4 out of 5 

Review:
Mary Burton has the ability to draw readers into her books with a strong story, characters who are flawed, human work hard to bring those to justice who have killed even the weakest of characters.

The story starts off with a bang but slowly develops into a relationship where the female lead is trying to convince the male lead the relationship isn't going to last because she is broken like her father.
Reader are taken on a journey not a wild ride as the leads discover the truth of the The Hangman Serial killer and how he is connected to Julie and her Father.

The slows down mid way though the book even with the newest murder I found it hard to focus because so much time is spent with Julie trying to convince herself the relationship she is in is nothing more than short term or nightly visits. 

The story is well developed while the story is slowly developing readers will keep wondering who is the The Hangman.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the advance copy.


Synopsis:
Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.

The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman’s bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for. Working alongside Tobias Novak, a homicide detective with whom she shares a complicated—and steamy—history, she’s forced to confront her own past even as the Hangman looms in the shadows. But as the mysterious killer circles closer, Julia can feel her own noose begin to tighten…


Kindle Edition350 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Montlake Romance

About The Author: 
Mary Burton
Mary Burton loves writing suspense, researching forensic and law enforcement procedure, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order.

She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels of suspense and romance. She’s tracked them down in stories set in her hometown of Richmond, Alexandria, Austin and Nashville that have been praised by readers and reviewers. Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson*, Lisa Gardner** and Lisa Jackson***.

Research is a favorite part of Mary’s work day. She never tires of learning more about police work, evidence collection and analysis, and doesn’t hesitate to take a hands-on approach, whether it means interviews with those working in the field, forensic seminars or lessons at the firing range.

A Richmond native, Mary has lived there for most of her life. She is a graduate of Virginia's Hollins University and worked in marketing before she began writing full time. Her first book was published in 2000 and now she’s the author of thirty-two novels and five novellas, including her contemporary women’s fiction written as Mary Ellen Taylor.

Her new book, The Hangman is the third of her The Forgotten Files novels, which began with The Shark. and continued with The Dollmaker. The Hangman, will be released on April 25, 2017. Her recent bestsellers, the popular Morgan Family novels Vulnerable, I’ll Never Let You Go, Be Afraid and Cover Your Eyes, feature Nashville's preeminent law enforcement family.


When not traveling for research or visiting with readers at bookstores, book festivals and conferences, Mary is very much a homebody. She and her husband spend time alternately enjoying and lamenting their newly empty nest and spoiling their four legged babies Buddy, Bella and Tiki.

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