Thursday, July 27, 2017

Book Review: Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby

Russian Dolls
Title: Russian Dolls

Author:  Cristelle Comby

Stars: 4 1\2 out of 5

Review:
A modern day English murder mystery with two very unusual amateur detectives. One is a retiring shy female (Neve) university student. Her partner (Egan) is a middle aged blind professor who is disliked by both students and faculty. They are able to take on all comers while investigating the death of Neve's friend. This is a book which will peak your interest early on and it will not flag as the story progresses.

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

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

Synopsis: 
Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say. 

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.

Paperback302 pages
Published March 8th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published January 1st 2013)

About The Author:
Cristelle Comby
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, in Greater Geneva, where she still resides.

She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.

She is the author of the Neve & Egan cases crime novels series. The four books in the series are Russian DollsRuby HeartDanse Macabre and Blind Chess.

Website:  http://www.cristelle-comby.com
Twitter: Cristelle

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review Before The Dawn (Killer Instinct #2) By Cynthia Eden

Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct, #2)
Title: Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct #2)

Author: Cynthia Eden

Stars: 5 out of 5

Review:
Before the Dawn is suspense driven story from first page to last.  It pulls the truth out of each persons past bringing painful memories as well as why they chose their chosen paths.
The couple in this story has a gut wrenching past that has readers will want them to have their happiness.
The story is a more predictable than I had expected and that came from the back the serial killers seemed to change his MO never once having a direction which made it even easier to figure out the truth.
This book doesn't stand out as much as others in the series because it seem to follow a lot of her most recent books and lack the twist she is known for.  The sex is hot like always, the characters are dark but lovable and this story can be read in a day leaving readers very satisfied.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book.


Synopsis:
Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Mason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Mason's final victim—Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman." 

It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. Samantha wants agents who have personal ties with killers, who have unique insights into the minds of monsters. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate. 

The last person he expects to see is his ex-lover, Dawn. Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother…and since he last saw Dawn. But the dark need still burns just as hot between Tucker and Dawn. As they grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both Tucker and Dawn have the same question—has Mason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?

Paperback
Expected publication: July 25th 2017 by Harlequin Books

About The Author:
Cynthia Eden
Award-winning author Cynthia Eden writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a three-time finalist for the prestigious RITA® award. Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over eighty novels and novellas.


Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Its the Most Wonderful l Time of the YEAR!

That's right everyone my kids are already heading back to school tomorrow!!
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My kids are in a modified school year which means they are already headed back to school tomorrow.  I will have one at home until the end of August than the last will be gone 3 hours 3 days a week at preschool. The same preschool that taught all of my kids to read, write and love school before they all turned 5 years old.

Am I excited? HECK YES!!  This is a family friendly site swearing is only in the books we read.
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This series of books are so cute
I am not completely free of kids just yet and yes I am counting down to next school year.  My oldest is worried what will happen when they are all in school. I promised him I have enough to do keep me busy most days and when I am not busy well. The world is my mind to conquer.
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Next year I might go back to school and finally get my degree that I am a few credits shy of having. To bad I will have to start all over again but hey this time I bet my grades will be better than C's.
I want to go back to school and get my degree but this time for me. Not to prove to anyone that I am smart or that my Learning Disabilities which there are a lot of them prevent my from learning.  I am going back to school for me.  I was told my whole life I would never be able to read above the 3rd grade level. Sorry to all the authors out there but I guess your books are easy enough for a 3rd graders mind.

I asked by my college adviser  how the Heck did I get into college with my ACT score and ok grades?
I wanted to tell him because grades and test do not show anyone what I know.
Instead I left is office questioning why I was trying to prove to the world I was smart if all they saw was grades and test.
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Talking to my sons 5th grade teacher as we talked about my son she looked at me and said "You understand you are twice gifted right? I have never met a mom with so much knowledge and the amazing ability to understand her child's needs like you. You make me feel like to don't know anything as a teacher.  You are not dumb but twice gifted. Just like your son.  You were given a label that was unjust.  You and your son can't take test which means to the education world you have learning disabilities. I hope you take all those negative thoughts in your head and use them to get your degree because they world needs you or at least more moms like you."

I was overwhelmed by her comments and realized maybe I wasn't as dumb as I had accepted I was because of the standards the world had put on my tiny 6 year old shoulders and once again 14 year old shoulders and again at 20 years old.
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These might be disabilities to you but they are my super powers
Can you read, write upside down? Can you write forward, backwards and upside down? Do you know how amazing you are when you can learn in ways no one else can?

Book Review: Growing Friendship A Kids Guide to Making and Keeping Friends by Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Christine McLaughlin

Growing Friendships: A Kids’ Guide to Making and Keeping Friends
Title: Growing Friendship A Kids Guide to Making and Keeping Friends

Author: Eileen Kennedy-Moore and Christine McLaughlin

Stars: 5 out of 5 (8 year old Review)

Review:
This review is written by my 8 year old daughter. The book arrived in the mail as I opened the package my daughter grabbed it out of my hands.  It took me a week to find it.  Its was in my daughters bedroom and she was reading it. I ask what do you think?
  She said "I don't have trouble making friends or keeping them. Yet I should read this just incase."

Like: Mom this book has a great story using Cartoons. Who knew I could learn so much about friendships.  I hated it when a friend would one day say you are not my friend anymore and than the next week we are finds again.  This book is teaching me how to deal with that instead of getting hurt and crying." 
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Dislike: Well sometimes I wasn't sure what they were talking about because the words didn't make since. Than again I didn't know the word anyway but the cartoon totally helped. I mean seriously mom when do I have have trouble figuring out a word. I read 7th grade site words.
That is my daughter.
I plan to read the book as soon as I can get it out of my old child's hand.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me this wonderful books my kids could enjoy and learn from



Synopsis:
From psychologist and children’s friendships expert Eileen Kennedy-Moore and parenting and health writer Christine McLaughlin comes a social development guide that gives kids the answers they need to make and keep friends.

Friendship is complicated for kids. Almost every child struggles socially at some time, in some way. Having an argument with a friend, getting teased, or even trying to find a buddy in a new classroom…although these are typical problems, they can be very painful. 

With research-based practical solutions and plenty of true-to-life examples—presented in more than 200 lighthearted cartoons—Growing Friendships is a toolkit for both girls and boys as they make sense of the social world around them.

Children everywhere want to fit in with a group, resist peer pressure, and be good sports—but even the most socially adept children struggle at times. But after reading this highly illustrated guide on their own or with a caring adult, kids everywhere will be well equipped to face any friendship challenges that come their way.

About The Author(s)
Eileen Kennedy-Moore
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD, is an author, psychologist, and speaker, who specializes in parenting and children’s social and emotional development. Her approach is both gentle and practical. She's the author of an award-winning children’s book, What About Me? 12 Ways to Get Your Parents' Attention Without Hitting Your Sister (Parenting Press). She's also co-author of two books for parents: Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential (Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends (Little, Brown). Dr. Kennedy-Moore serves on the advisory board for Parents magazine and blogs for Psychology Today. She has a private practice in Princeton, NJ, where she works with adults, children, and families, and she often presents at schools and conferences.
https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AChristine%20McLaughlin

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Book Review: A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords #7) by Bronwen Evans

A Love to Remember (The Disgraced Lords, #7)
Title: A Love To Remember 

 Author: Bronwen Evans

Stars: 4.25 out of 5

Review: 
A historical romance of the first water. The heroine is a young widowed Duchess and the hero is a newly minted Earl. He has acquired the title as his older brother, the Earl, was killed while saving his life on the battlefield. The story is lusty and poignant. They love each other but both have an aversion to the commitment of marriage. The burning question is can they find away around the emotional baggage they are carrying in abundance.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written historical romance.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank you Frank 

Synopsis: 
For Rose Deverill, one husband was enough. As the wealthy widow of the Duke of Roxborough, she has cultivated an unsavory reputation meant to discourage wife hunters. Thanks to a string of steamy affairs, Rose is perfectly content to be known by polite society as the “Wicked Widow”—until she’s reunited with the man she fell in love with at age fifteen. Their bedroom encounters are scorching, but it breaks Rose’s heart to wonder whether her reckless behavior ruined her for Philip Flagstaff.

The second son of the Earl of Cumberland, Philip never wanted the title. But after Philip’s older brother, Robert, follows him into the Battle of Waterloo, his worst fears come to pass. Now Robert lies in a soldier’s grave, and Philip is determined never to pass on the inheritance to children of his own. Then Rose appears, soothing the pain with her delightful curves and passionate kisses. The notorious Duchess seems to want nothing from him—and yet Philip has never ached to give a woman more.
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Kindle Edition
Published June 6th 2017 by Loveswept

About The Author: 
Bronwen Evans
USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duke.

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