Sunday, August 20, 2017

Book Review: Jack of Hearts By Christopher Greyson

Jack of Hearts by Christopher Greyson
Title: Jack of Hearts 

Author: Christopher Greyson

Stars: 4 stars out of 5

An enjoyable light mystery novel that could easily be read in an afternoon. The characters were realistic and the storyline moved along without any hesitation. This is the first time I have read a Jack Stratton novel and after reading the brief descriptions of prior novels, at the end, I feel I would have had a better feel for the characters if I had read the entire series. This is not a criticism only an observation for my own benefit as the novel easily had a beginning, middle and ending.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

I obtained an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Jack Stratton is heading south for some fun in the sun. Already nervous about introducing his girlfriend, Alice, to his parents, the last thing Jack needed was for the dog-sitter to cancel, forcing him to bring Lady, their one-hundred-and-twenty-pound King Shepherd, on the plane with them. The dog holds Jack responsible and wants payback. On top of everything, Jack is still waiting for Alice’s answer to his marriage proposal. 
When his mother and the members of her neighborhood book club ask him to catch the “Orange Blossom Cove Bandit,” a small-time thief who’s stealing garden gnomes and peace of mind from their quiet retirement community, how can Jack refuse? 
The peculiar mystery proves to be more than it appears, and things take a deadly turn. Now, Jack finds it's up to him to stop a crazed killer, save his parents, and win the hand of the girl he loves—but if he survives, will it be Jack who ends up with a broken heart? 

Kindle Edition
Published August 14th 2017 by Greyson Media, LLC

About The Author:
Christopher Greyson
Christopher Greyson is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of mystery, action, and thriller novels. His acclaimed Detective Jack Stratton Series has been read by over a million readers and counting. This action-packed series has a broad appeal, finding favor with mystery, thriller, and romance readers alike. The series includes And Then She Was Gone, Girl Jacked, Jack Knifed, Jacks Are Wild, Jack and the Giant Killer, Data Jack, and Jack of Hearts. Christopher Greyson has also penned the successful epic fantasy Pure of Heart

Greyson's love of mystery and adventure began with his grandfather, a World War I decorated hero. He will never forget being introduced to his grandfather's friend, a WWI pilot who flew across the skies at the same time as the feared legendary Red Baron. Since he was a little boy, Christopher Greyson dreamt of what mystery was around the next corner, or quest lay over the hill. If he couldn't find an adventure, one usually found him! Now he weaves those tales into his stories. 

Christopher Greyson's educational background is an eclectic mix of degrees in Computer Science, Theatre and Communications. He resides in Massachusetts with his lovely wife, Katherine Greyson, author of the bestselling romance-mystery series Everyone Keeps Secrets and their two wonderful children, Laura and Christopher. 

Please visit, where you can message Christopher Greyson. He enjoys hearing from his readers. Sign up for his newsletter, join in the Detective Jack Stratton discussion on the blog, enter the giveaways and win prizes like a HD Kindle Fire Tablet! Follow Detective Jack Stratton on Twitter @chris_greyson 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: A Minor Fall by Price Ainsworth

A Minor Fall
Title: A Minor Fall

Author: Price Ainsworth

Stars: 4.25 stars out of 5

A story that encompasses love, deception, guilt, despair, and tragic loss. When you read this story your feelings with run the gamut from distain to despair. But the ending will leave you hoping for a brighter future for the two primary characters in this life changing drama. 

I enjoyed this book and have rated it 4.25 stars. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a story that will take you through a wide range of emotions.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

The Minor Fall is a modern interpretation of an Old Testament saga. Davy Jessie is a young, personal injury trial lawyer working as an associate in a top-drawer law firm in Houston, Texas in 2005. In addition to trying difficult (sometimes impossible to win) cases assigned to him by the firm, Davy also assists Tim Sullivan (one of the named partners in the firm) in prosecuting more serious cases. Sullivan is a flamboyant, fashionable, facile at formulating a memorable turn of phrase, philandering litigator with a long history of trial victories and the material rewards that a contingency fee practice can yield. Davy is enamored with Sullivan and attempts to emulate Sullivan’s professional (and personal) behavior.

After Davy wins one of the cases he was not expected to win, Sullivan designates Davy to lead the firm’s efforts in representing a group of landowners in eastern Kentucky whose properties have been contaminated by oil field production. Beth Sheehan, a contract lawyer hired by the firm to help with discovery on the case, travels to Kentucky with Davy where they have a brief affair, Davy returns to find that his wife Michelle is pregnant. The fallout from the affair and the stress of preparing the case send Davy spiraling into depression and emotional paralysis. Along the way down to his moral crisis, Davy contemplates existential questions about the nature of law, the importance of literature, the existence of God, and what (if anything other than single malt Scotch or cold chardonnay) gives meaning to life as he considers losing his wife, leaving the law firm, and abandoning the practice of law.

Hardcover320 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by SelectBooks

About The Author:

Friday, August 18, 2017

Book Review Avenging the People by J.M. Opal

Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Rule of Law, and the American Nation
Title: Avenging the People

Author:  J.M. Opal

Stars: 2 out of 5

This has been a very hard review for me to write as I find myself liking some parts of the overall material presented but filled with disgust with the end conclusion. I expected to have more information about President Jackson but was left with nothing at the end. The author did forewarn the reader early on that this was a revision work for which I was grateful. Approximately 34% of the book was a source listing for the author's references. If the author had written this book during the President's life I have no doubt he would have been challenged to a duel for insulting his honor.

I have rated this book 2 stars and would not recommend it to anyone else.

I obtained an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Andrew Jackson towered over American life during the second quarter of the nineteenth century, so much so that the period has been dubbed the Jacksonian era. With the passionate support of most voters and their families, he broke through the protocols of the Founding generation, defying constitutional and international norms in the name of the "sovereign people." And yet Jackson's career was no less about limiting that sovereignty, imposing one kind of law over Americans so that they could inflict his sort of "justice" on non-Americans. 
Jackson made his name along the Carolina and Tennessee frontiers by representing merchants and creditors and serving governors and judges. At times that meant ejecting white squatters from native lands and returning blacks slaves to native planters. Jackson performed such duties in the name of federal authority and the "law of nations." Yet he also survived an undeclared war with Cherokee and Creek fighters between 1792 and 1794, raging at the Washington administration's failure to "avenge the blood" of white colonists who sometimes leaned towards the Spanish Empire rather than the United States. Even under the friendlier presidency of Thomas Jefferson, Jackson chafed at the terms of national loyalty. During the long war in the south and west from 1811 to 1818 he repeatedly brushed aside state and federal restraints on organized violence, citing his deeper obligations to the people's safety within a terrifying world of hostile empires, lurking warriors, and rebellious slaves. By 1819 white Americans knew him as their "great avenger." 
Drawing from recent literatures on Jackson and the early republic and also from new archival sources, Avenging the Peopleportrays him as a peculiar kind of nationalist for a particular form of nation, a grim and principled man whose grim principles made Americans fearsome in some respects and helpless in others. 

Hardcover336 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA

About The Author: 
J.M. Opal is Associate Professor of History at McGill University. He is the author of Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England and the editor of Common Sense and Other Writings by Thomas Paine.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review Entanglement by Corbin Coltrane

Title:  Entanglement (An International Spy Thriller)

Author:  Corbin Coltrane

Stars: 4 out of 5

A fast paced industrial spy novel with a hint of US Government involvement. The good guys are abducted and transported to China by a ruthless Chinese business mogul who wants the new technology that one of them is developing. If you are a fan of action adventure stories you will enjoy this book.

I have rated this book 4 stars.

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

Dr. Shane Somers is a 28 year old physicist and engineer who develops a new form of telecommunications based on Albert Einstein's theory of Quantum Entanglement. His new invention makes the fastest internet connection look like the Pony Express by comparison and could be worth hundreds of billions of dollars if brought to market. Meanwhile, China's top secret agent is determined to acquire the technology for Mr. Chu, the ruthless owner of Chu Industries, a network of over-sized factories in China known for their disregard of the environment and inhumane treatment of its employees.

Magnus Gunnarsson, Shane's long time best friend and former high school rival, pays Shane a visit after not seeing him for several years. Magnus informs him that he now works for TAG, an organization that doesn't officially exist, but has the mission of countering international corporate espionage while also acquiring new forms of technology for the United States in the name of national security.

It is now up to Shane and Magnus, reunited best friends, to track down China's super spy and reclaim the technology before it's too late. But the infamous spy has a few tricks up his sleeve that neither of them see coming. Despite the odds stacked against them, they must succeed... America's economy and global dominance hangs in the balance.

Kindle Edition339 pages
Published July 6th 2013

About The Author:
Corbin Coltrane
In addition to writing, I have worked as a consultant on the production of the major motion picture, "Paranoia", starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Liam Hemsworth. The movie is based on the best-selling book by Joseph Finder. Before I took up writing, I was an avid adventurer. Some of my exploits have included: Backpacking through the Siberian wilderness, climbing the White Mountains in the dead of winter, traversing the jungles of South America, kayaking the entire length of the Maine Island Trail, and diving on shipwrecks off the atlantic coast. I served in the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, and earned the Billy Mitchell Award presented to me by senator William Gormley. I also earned the United States Marine Corps' Distinguished Athlete Award for Wrestling. My international relations include serving as a U.S. student ambassador to the then Soviet Union while living in Moscow for a short time. I currently reside on the Jersey Shore with my beautiful wife Jenny and our two sons, Sawyer and Easton. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review Beautiful Criminals by Eric Tipton, Susanna Rosenblum

Beautiful Criminals: A Novel
Title:   Beautiful Criminals

Author: Eric Tipton, Susanna Rosenblum

Stars: 3.75 out of 5

The story starts out a little heart breaking as Amanda is trying hard to connect with her daughter. The authors are able to pull very detailed story with lost of colorful characters and keep everyone growing, developing and changing into people readers will fall in love with.
No matter how hard Amanda tries to go straight everyone around her is back in the game pulling her into their dead end lifestyles. 
Beautiful Criminals has a list of endless colorful characters that readers will enjoy. The story starts off a little slow but within a chapter or two it is off and readers will have to hold on for the ride.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for the advance copy.

When Amanda Cooper steps foot out of jail, she’s determined to never go back. Two years behind bars means she’s missed her daughter, Taylor, turning into a teenager, and she doesn’t want to lose another moment with her. But as a convicted con artist, Amanda has few options for getting out of Los Angeles and securing her dream life: predictable, boring, and bordered by a white picket fence. The trouble is Amanda’s not the only one with a con. At every step of the way, someone is trying to pull her back into the game.

In her first attempt to go straight, Amanda takes a dead end retail job. But she soon discovers that her boss, Russ, is stealing from his employers by the truckload—and wants Amanda in on his crooked plan. Then Amanda gets roped in by FBI Agent Stevens, who reveals another startling truth: Amanda’s mom, Joyce, and her lover, Bruce, are involved in a scheme that smuggles military arms to a cartel. If Amanda can get the FBI agent the information he needs, Joyce will get off scot-free…but if she doesn’t, they’ll all go to the cooler.

As Amanda maneuvers and manipulates her way towards some semblance of freedom, she can only win the game by changing the rules. But along the way she takes her eyes off the prize: Taylor. Given her family history, Taylor can’t help but get into her own brand of trouble. Just as Amanda’s new life is within reach, she realizes that her final gamble might mean losing everythin

Paperback288 pages
Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books/Alloy 

About The Author(s):

Eric Tipton, Susanna Rosenblum

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review How To Marry A Marquess (A Wedded By Scandal Novel) by Stacy Reid

How to Marry a Marquess (Wedded by Scandal, #3)
Title: How To Marry A Marquess (A Wedded By Scandal Novel)

Author:  Stacy Reid 

Stars: 4.25 out of 5 

Just when you think all story lines have been exhausted it is refreshing to be proven in error. This is a well told historical romance which will leave you wondering just how dense the hero can be and what will it take to open his proverbial eyes. If you enjoy tales with strong independent minded heroines this is a story you will enjoy.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

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

Lady Evie Chesterfield is a darling of the ton who refuses to become engaged. She’s been desperately in love with her brother’s friend, Richard Maitland, Marquess of Westfall, since forever. But the dark, dangerous marquess only sees her as a friend and refuses to marry any woman. When circumstances change and Evie has no choice but to take a husband, she decides to convince London’s most notorious gentleman to marry her by seducing the scoundrel.

Richard Maitland decided long ago that he wanted nothing to do with love. So when the gorgeous, off-limits Evie asks him for lessons in seduction, Richard knows he’s playing with fire. Despite Richard’s determination to protect her from his dastardly reputation, he is tested at every turn by his need for the infuriating, but enticing, Lady Evie. Before too long he is faced with making an impossible choice.

ebook279 pages
Published August 14th 2017 by Entangled: Scandalous

About The Author:
Stacy Reid
I am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way "Never give up on my dreams." I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love, Dusean. 

Its been 14 years and Guess What he still likes me CRAZY Right?

This Amazing Guy!
That's right this Amazing, Wonder, Awesome, Author, Screenplay Writer, Father, Husband, My Best Friend as stuck by my side for the last 14 years! I still can't believe how lucky I am to have not only married this funny, charming, sweet, caring and sexy man but I am still married to him. Crazy He has stuck by my side during my crazy moments, my obsession with books moment ok ok so its not really a moment it a life style. He stayed by my side when I almost broke his hand during child birth of all 4 kids. 
He is patience when I am acting completely crazy and the crazy thought train has taken off he will listen, hold me and tell me everything is going to be OK even though I think the world is coming to an end.

I am beyond blessed to have met, dated and married this amazing man who makes me laugh every single day.

Happy 14th Anniversary Handsome sorry I couldn't get you huge Ivory item because lets face it illegal and I thought you wouldn't be to happy if I broke the law.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Book Review Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #5) By Lisa Scottoline

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline
Title: Exposed (Rosato & DiNunzio Series #5)

Author: Lisa Scottoline

Stars: 3 out of 5

3 stars out of 5
I want to give this book 4 stars but I just can't. I speed read the first half of the book because there was just too much Lawyer talk and going on and on about the legal side of taking a case that could be a conflict of interest for the Law Firm. The author could have written this conflict in the less chapters and sill give the reader the same amount of conflict and character development.
75% in to the book the story really picks up and I couldn't put it down if my house was on fire. The lawyers find themselves in over their heads and fighting for their life. Bernie came to be a character I admired and not just a "tough as nails lawyer" but human which I could have used towards the middle of the book.
Since the story revolves around a child and her medical condition life or death. Many times this wasn't needed. 
This is book 5 and the author does a great job of filling in past stories keeping readers update.
The romance of each character felt a little forced and very weak. The mystery will keep readers pushing though the slower parts of the story.
This is a stand alone novel but for this reader I won't be investing in the first four books.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book.


Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues―ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.


Hardcover352 pages
Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by St. Martin's Press

About The Author:
Lisa Scottoline
Lisa Scottoline is the New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 28 novels, including her latest, ONE PERFECT LIE, which releases in April 2017. Her previous emotional thriller, MOST WANTED, has been optioned for a TV series. Lisa also co-authors a bestselling series of humorous memoir with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, which is based on their weekly Philadelphia Inquirer column titled "Chick Wit." These witty and hysterical books examine life from a woman's perspective, and the most recent book is, I'VE GOT SAND IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. The first in the series, WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG, has been optioned for TV. Lisa reviews popular fiction and non-fiction, and her reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Lisa has served as President of Mystery Writers of America and has taught a course she developed, “Justice and Fiction” at The University of Pennsylvania Law School, her alma mater. Lisa is a regular and much sought after speaker at library and corporate events. Lisa has over 30 million copies of her books in print and is published in over 35 countries. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

What Are You Reading?

What are you reading?
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I wish I was reading the back of my eye lids but that is not happening so here is my list of Advance Copies I am reading. 

Say No More By Liliana Hart

Pretend You're Safe  By Alexandra Ivy

The Coldest Fear By Debra Webb

The Yoga-CBT Workbook for Anxiety By Juile Greiner-Ferris, Manjit Khalsa

Rapunzel and the Lost Lagoon By Leila Howland

Those are just a few I have over 30 books in advance copies from Netgalley I am working my way though and I can't wait to share them all with you.

Yes I was playing with the colors on my fonts. What can I say when you 4 year old refuses to let you sleep things can get a little crazy.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Book Review George's Secret Key to the Universe (George #1) by Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking

George's Secret Key to the Universe
Title: George's Secret Key to the Universe (George #1)

Author: Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking

Stars: 5 stars out of 5 or more if I could give it more.

Review: By 11 year old boy who lives in my house.
Pictures in the book show a portal into space. The story uses lots of theory of black holes. That with our current technology we couldn't get anyone out of the black hole without being torn to pieces but if we had a powerful machine than we could take all the partials that came out of the black hole. If a human went in the machine would be able to put the person back together. I thought it was super cool.
I really like George because he was funny. I still don't understand why he didn't know some of the times I knew. It felt like this parents didn't teach him anything. You can learn a lot on SPACE.COM.
I didn't dislike anything. This was a great book because it mixed what I love with lots and lots of funny moments. 
Dislikes: Nothing

My son doesn't like story like Harry Potty because it doesn't work in Logic and yet this story seem to work the way his brain works giving him a deeper understand and desires to learn about the Universe.
He bought this book at a used book store after he finished his summer reading program we created at home.

This is the perfect series for my son and we can't wait to buy more.
Also my son can't wait to read by 

Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George's parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbors: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time, and the universe. With Cosmos's help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie, and Eric aren't about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons' energetic illustrations add humor and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity; there are also eight 4-page full-color inserts of scientific photos.

About The Author:
Lucy Hawking
Lucy Hawking is a novelist who has also written several children's books in collaboration with her father, physicist Stephen W. Hawking.

Stephen Hawking
Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At eleven Stephen went to St Albans School, and then on to University College, Oxford, his father's old college. Stephen wanted to do Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he did Physics instead. After three years and not very much work he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science.

Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no-one working in that area in Oxford at the time. His supervisor was Denis Sciama, although he had hoped to get Fred Hoyle who was working in Cambridge. After gaining his Ph.D. he became first a Research Fellow, and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. After leaving the Institute of Astronomy in 1973 Stephen came to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and since 1979 has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. The chair was founded in 1663 with money left in the will of the Reverend Henry Lucas, who had been the Member of Parliament for the University. It was first held by Isaac Barrow, and then in 1669 by Isaac Newton.

Stephen Hawking has worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. These results indicated it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great Scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century. One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but should emit radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear. Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time. This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science.

His many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G.F.R. Ellis, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W. Israel, and 300 Years of Gravity, with W. Israel. Stephen Hawking has three popular books published; his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays and most recently in 2001, The Universe in a Nutshell. There are .pdf and .ps versions of his full publication list.

Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees, was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes and is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Stephen Hawking continues to combine family life (he has three children and one grandchild), and his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Review Beltway Betrayers (The Beltway # 2) By Taylor Marsh

Beltway Betrayers by Taylor Marsh
Title: Beltway Betrayers (The Beltway # 2)

Author:  Taylor Marsh

Stars: 3 1/2 out of 5

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. This story can be read as a stand alone novel but just like the first one many times I felt like I wasn't reading a complete story.  There is a massive amount of information dumped into the readers left right off at the beginning.
There are way to many characters to keep up with readers might need to write down the names just to keep them all straight. 
Taylor Marsh switches from different points of view though out the chapters which might also confused readers due to the large cast.
This book isn't going to be for everyone. I was told it was a mystery when in fact it is more psychological thriller. With the beating and rape of women. 
This story has strong women but not enough to overcome the cumbersome story that doesn't seem to work.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy

When Alex meets handsome and mysterious T.J. Gale, she’s drawn like a magnet to him. Unable to resist, she follows her fate. Opening the doors to a passionate LOVE TRIANGLE that renders this edgy romantic thriller a compelling read even for the most demanding readers.

To what extremes is Brian willing to go to get what he wants?

In the pages of this seductive book you can join the characters in their intertwining adventures, and share their intense moments like you were standing right there with them, witnessing the unraveling of the mystery first-hand.

Walk into an alluring world filled with fierce battles, love, power, passion and ruthless wealth as you travel all the way from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in order to unveil the truth!

With a captivating, thorough analysis of the characters and a genuinely intriguing narration, this edgy psychological thriller will take you on an unforgettable trip through the maze of human feelings, where desires, passion, lust and ambitions collide with vanity and greed.

About The Author:
Taylor Marsh
Taylor Marsh lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C. She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA WEEKLY, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Author of The Hillary Effect and The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen, Taylor turns to sexy fiction for the first time with her adventure romance, Below the Beltway. 

Says Marsh, “For over 10 years I worked in the dating, sex and relationship fields, so combining everything I learned into my first fictional adventure romance was a blast and a true labor of love. After all the years I spent advising people on how to date, marry and have great sex, it was exciting to tell a very modern story of a woman in her late 30s working to get the wrong guy out of her life, just as Mr. Right comes along.”

She adds, “It’s my first fiction, so it became an adventure for me, introducing a liberated female character who’s working out how to fit a man into her successful life. Today, that’s reality for a lot of women in their thirties.”

Taylor was profiled in The Washington Post and The New Republic for her coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary season. She has been a contributor to The Huffington Post since 2006, and has written for Washington, D.C.’s The Hill, as well as for U.S. News & World Report and for Zócalo Public Square in Los Angeles. Taylor has also been interviewed by Al Jazeera Media Network, The New York Times, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, among other outlets.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Book Review Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
Title: Any Dream Will Do

Author:  Debbie Macomber

Stars: 5 stars out of 5

I always enjoy reading a book where the author can draw the reader so far into the story that they feel they are a bystander watching it all unfold. In this instance I felt I was not only there but could feel ever emotion felt by the two main characters. Despair, forsaken, hope and budding love being a few of the many tugs one felt while reading this uplifting story. A convicted felon and a widowed pastor, with two small children, both trying to do what is best. A truly heart warming and string tugging love story that will make you feel better.

I have given this book a five star rating and would recommend it to anyone else looking for a book that will leave them feeling better.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.

Thank you Frank 

Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.

Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.

The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.

But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.

Kindle Edition352 pages
Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Ballantine Books

About The Author: 
Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House Café, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Book Review The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender (Alpha Crew #1-2) By Laura Griffin

The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender (Alpha Crew, #1-2)
Title: The Mission Begins: At the Edge and Edge of Surrender (Alpha Crew #1-2

Author: Laura Griffin

Stars: 3  out of 5

I have been trying to find the words to help me explain the only sentence I can give this book.
                                                                It is what it is.
The story has lots of action readers come to expect from military style romantic suspense stories as well as sex.  What I found lacking in this story was the character development. Over half way though the story and I still didn't understand why Ryan and Emma were together. In fact at one point she asked the same question.  I get why he was helping her it what anyone in the military does they help when help is needed.  They had sex and more sex as the bad guys were chasing Emma down.
As a reader the sex was nothing more than filler when instead Laura Griffin could have been building the characters helping readers connect with Ryans team mates.  I struggled to connect with Emma she was suppose to be a strong female character instead she made stupid decisions.  
As a reader I want to connect with the characters instead I found them flat and the story is another one of the many hot alpha male story built around sex and action. When everything dies down I am pretty sure theses two characters will end up leaving each other.  Even though the author leaves ready with a happy ending.  
This story is what is. Nothing special. Nothing memorable and a quick sexy beach read for those who do not need substance. 
Edge of Surrender lacks story and writing I have enjoyed by Laura Griffin in the past.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the advance copy.


When Emma Wright’s government plane goes down over the Philippine jungle, she’s forced to survive alone until an ultra-elite SEAL team goes in after her. As the leader of Alpha Crew, Ryan Owen is no stranger to challenges, but he’s never tackled anything quite like this sexy, smart, and resourceful woman. The mission is to get Emma home safely, but danger is everywhere, and Ryan’s unexpected desire for Emma could be a deadly distraction.

Back home in California, Ryan’s mission is over—but Emma’s has just begun. She knows her plane crash was no accident, and she’s determined to uncover the truth about what happened—even if her quest for answers puts her at risk. Torn between duty and desire, Ryan searches for a way win Emma’s heart while protecting her from an invisible enemy who wants her dead.


Ryan had one job: keep Emma safe at all costs. But after a night of passion, Emma takes off and Ryan soon realizes he’s not the only one looking for her. Can he figure out who’s after the beautiful government aide, and why, before she falls into the wrong hands…if she hasn’t already?

Emma’s fighting to get justice for her fallen comrades, but she can’t do it alone. She needs Ryan’s help, but that means trusting him—and dealing with the out-of-control desire blazing between them. Can there be any future for a marked woman and a man trained to kill? She hopes they live long enough to find out

ebook272 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2017 by Pocket Star

About The Author:
Laura Griffin
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Griffin started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of writing romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including two RITA Awards (for Scorched and Whisper of Warning) and a Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on her next book.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Book Review Sonya Sahni and The First Grade Its International Day By Soma Mandal

Sonya Sahni and the First Grade
Title: Sonya Sahni and The First Grade Its International Day

Author: Soma Mandal

Stars: 3 1\2 stars out of 5

Sonya Shani is about a little girl who wants to be cultural American while her parents keep her to the traditions of her native culture. 
With the way the political environment as become we are either proud to be American and hide our traditions or we speak out loudly of the traditions of our native country and shame being American. 
What message does this send the children we are raising? 
This book covers that children want to be proud Americans but also proud of their cultures their families are holding strong to.
I will be honest I didn't enjoy the broad general statements the author used like wearing jeans, "eating meatballs, sauce, and spaghetti." and her friends name Betty.  Someone of the writing lacked creativity from an adults perspective.

When I read this to my daughter 1st grade daughter she picked up the message quickly.  We were able to discuss different races, cultures that are different from her own.  We talked about respecting others who are different and look different. 
For kids this books message works in its basic form.  As an adult I think this story could have been better executed.

The Illustrations were basic nothing that stood out.  

Thank you to Mindstir Media for sending me a copy for my children to read and review.

Sonya is torn between her roots. She was born in the USA but her parents are Indian...she desperately wants to fi t in and be American. Her parents want her to embrace who she is, but Sonya feels like a misfit. This is a wonderful story about a little girl who discovers her identity and learns to appreciate who she is. A must read for any child or adult who feels different from the rest of the world.

Paperback44 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Mindstir Media

About The Author: 
Soma Mandal
Soma Mandal was born to Indian immigrant parents and grew up in New York. She is a practicing internist in NJ. She has an American accent and loves pizza and restaurants that serve breakfast all day. She grew up in the 1980's and felt different from everyone else. She poured her heart into studying and became a hopeless bookworm. Her favorite place is the library, which she visits almost daily. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and family.

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