Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Book Review: No Mercy (Ellery Hathaway #2) by Joanna Schaffhausen

No Mercy (Ellery Hathaway, #2)
Title: No Mercy (Ellery Hathaway #2) 

Author: Joanna Schaffhausen

Stars: 4 stars

Review:
I will say this isn't a stand alone novel but the author does an ok job of catching readers up on what happened in the first book but I feel it would be easier to under the story if readers read the first book in the series.
The story takes time to develop and for new readers to the series it might make it difficult to get though the first several chapters.  The story is full of anxiety, tension and a mystery that will have readers wonder what could happen next. The romance between Ellery and Reed takes it times it starts to develop. Readers will enjoy the change in their relationship and excited to see how things develop throughout the series.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Minotaur Books for the advance copy of Joanna Schaffhausen No Mercy

Synopsis:
Police officer Ellery Hathaway is on involuntary leave from her job because she shot a murderer in cold blood and refuses to apologize for it. Forced into group therapy for victims of violent crime, Ellery immediately finds higher priorities than “getting in touch with her feelings.”
For one, she suspects a fellow group member may have helped to convict the wrong man for a deadly arson incident years ago. For another, Ellery finds herself in the desperate clutches of a woman who survived a brutal rape. He is still out there, this man with the Spider-Man-like ability to climb through bedroom windows, and his victim beseeches Ellery for help in capturing her attacker.
Ellery seeks advice from her friend, FBI profiler Reed Markham, who liberated her from a killer’s closet when she was a child. Reed remains drawn to this unpredictable woman, the one he rescued but couldn’t quite save. The trouble is, Reed is up for a potential big promotion, and his boss has just one condition for the new job—stay away from Ellery. Ellery ignores all the warnings. Instead, she starts digging around in everyone’s past but her own—a move that, at best, could put her out of work permanently, and at worst, could put her in the city morgue.
Kindle Edition320 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books

About The Author:
Joanna Schaffhausen
Joanna Schaffhausen wields a mean scalpel, sharp skills she developed in her years studying neuroscience. She has a doctorate in psychology, which reflects her long-standing interest in the brain―how it develops and the many ways it can go wrong. Previously, she worked as a scientific editor in the field of drug development. Prior to that, she was an editorial producer for ABC News, writing for programs such as World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and 20/20. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review: No Stone Unturned (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11) by Julie Moffett

No Stone Unturned (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11)
Title: No Stone Unturned (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11)

Author: Julie Moffett

Star: 3.75stars

Review:
I will admit I have read all of the Lexi Carmichael series.  The author is able to allow characters to grow and develop while keep the stories moving from one crazy moment to the next.
This book didn't have me nearly as excited as the others. Slash and Lexi are engaged and he wants to protect her from his past.  The story is told from different points of view and while that is interesting and well done the story seemed chopped up and glued together.  We finally learn a little more able Slash past and who is father is but not his mother.  Which is the cliff hanger in the story.  
No Stone Unturned might leave readers wondering why the hush hush over Slash backstory. 
The story doesn't flow nearly as well as other.  The author spend a lot of time describing the scenery, locations in Italy that takes over the story. The story loses some of the excitement the other stories have the villain is interesting because of the connection to the church but he lack anything that had readers wanting to see his end.
While it is a nice addition to the Lexi Carmichael series it felt as if it was a patchwork story written at different times or scenes written than throw into a location in hope hopes to save the story but instead falls flat. 
Thank you to Nextgalley and the Publisher Carina Press for the Advance Copy of Julie Moffett No Stone Unturned

Synopsis:
Geek girl Lexi Carmichael thought getting engaged would mean calmer days ahead. But when Slash's past brings up more questions than answers, she's not going to let anything--or anyone--drive them apart.

Getting engaged is supposed to be a fun, exciting time in a girl's life. But things are never that easy for Slash and me. Instead, someone is threatening to expose Slash's past--a past so secret, even I know very little about it.

Before I can get used the weight of Nonna's antique ring on my finger, he's on his way to Rome...and we're farther apart than we've ever been. Still, I have no intention of sitting at home and letting him take on the Vatican by himself.

With a little expert-level hacking, I learn Slash is keeping secrets from me. Big ones. Dangerous ones. In fact, the more I dig into Slash's past, the more I discover things about him I never knew--things that eventually pit us against each other.

From Rome to the Amalfi coast to the highest levels of the Vatican, we both race to discover the truth. No matter what I find, we're officially a team now, so I won't let him face this alone. Even if I don't know if our relationship can survive it.


Kindle Edition374 pages
Published January 14th 2019 by Carina Press

About The Author:
Julie Moffett
Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, young adult, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Award of Excellence, 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author, the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller's Best Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her book A Double-Edged Blade was an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Novel.

Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues.

Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Review: A Merciful Fate (Mercy Kilpatrick #5) by Kendra Elliot

A Merciful Fate (Mercy Kilpatrick, #5)
Title:  A Merciful Fate (Mercy Kilpatrick #5)

Author: Kendra Elliot

Stars: 5 stars

Review:
Kendra Elliot is able to take a series and keep it fresh characters growing, developing and interesting without repeating the the story line.
The mysteries in each book have a way of pulling readers keeping them wondering what will happen next. A Merciful Fate is full of family, mysteries that have readers wondering who will be killed next and a twist some readers will see but most will be shocked.
The side stories are just as great as main mystery.  This readers was up until 3 am in the having to finish the book in one sitting.
Thank you to the Author, Netgalley and the publisher  Montlake Romance for the advance copy of Kendra Elliot A Merciful Fate

Synopsis:
Raised by preppers, survivalist and FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick has a deep-rooted need for a safe place. Her getaway in the Cascade Foothills is her secret. But when skeletal remains are unearthed—those of a murdered man linked to a notorious heist—Mercy realizes she isn’t the only one with something to hide.

Thirty years ago, an armored-car robbery turned deadly. The mastermind was captured. Four conspirators vanished with a fortune. One of them, it appears, never made it out of the woods alive. For Mercy and her fiancĂ©, Police Chief Truman Daly, their investigation opens old wounds in Eagle’s Nest that cut deeper than they imagined. Especially when a reckless tabloid reporter draws fresh blood. It’s clear to Mercy that somebody in this close-knit community is not who they seem to be.

Some are still shattered by the heist. Some still have reason to be afraid. But which one will kill again and again to hide three decades of secrets? To land this case, it’s up to Mercy to unmask a familiar stranger before someone else dies.


Kindle Edition1st edition359 pages
Expected publication: January 15th 2019 by Montlake Romance

About The Author:

Kendra Elliot
She grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her family and three cats. She's fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and dreams of living every day in flip flops. 
 

She also writes the Widow's Island and Rogue River novellas with author Melinda Leigh. 

A seven-time Wall Street Journal best selling author, 2014 International Thriller Writers finalist, a three time Daphne Du Maurier winner, and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice finalist. 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Anxiety and ADHD life of mom when you can't get your medication

I promise we have been reading lots of books for everyone to enjoy our review.  Life however gets in the way.  I have found myself with Insomnia off and on though out December and now into January.
Wonderful part about Insomnia I am able to get lots of reading, cleaning, baking, Xbox games and endless Netflix watched. 
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FYI I don't get the Hype about the Crown.  I watched the entire first season and I guess I need things to blow up.

With the New Year we found we have new insurance that decided to not cover my son or my ADHD medication.  From Dec. 15 until January 10th I was out of my ADHD mediation helps me function.  Image result for daydreaming adhd

I find it difficult to be able to focus priorities. Instead I follow my thoughts that lead me from washing off the kitchen table and dumping dish in the sink to remembering that  my car needs to be cleaned out. Dish do not move to the dishwasher because I am off to car. While cleaning out my car I find myself remembering that I didn't finish cleaning the kitchen. I fill the trash bag but leave it in my car as I head back into the house to the kitchen. Oh no its lunch time so time to make lunch  once again I am distracted by a thought and I am off. Before I know whats going on it time to start dinner with a half cleaned kitchen, trash bag in my car and three bags of trash needing to be thrown out.
At night the insomnia start because anxiety takes over telling everything I haven't be able to finish though out the day.

I had Anxiety attacks because I couldn't get my thoughts to slow down long enough to be able to process my thoughts feeling overwhelmed and confused.  My days flew I kept myself locked in my house because I wasn't able to deal with life, the noise surrounding.  With ADHD it isn't always hyper but being able to hear everything around me unable to focus on anything even the person standing 3 feet in front of me.  I have to ask that person to repeat themselves because I hear everything.  I set off my social anxiety because I don't want to constantly as someone to repeat themselves.
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I find I am unable to connect with my family because I am to tried to focus on anything from lack of sleep.  My amazing Doctor refused to allow insurance tell him what to do so after three rejected letters he was able to get insurance to accept the need of the medication and after a month I find that my ADHD mediation is apart of life.
I spent my life against medication because "the world is over mediated" or "everyone has ADHD" but learned to be the best mom sometimes I have to admit I can't do it all alone and medication is necessary to live a fulfilled life.

The medication help me be "normal" Normal is over rated so it helps be the Best Heidi I can be for my family and life.

This new year I have set a personal goal to accept my mental health myself. Accept that for me to be the person I want to be Medication is apart of my life.  It is hard but it is a goal.

Here is back to Book Review.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Book Review: The Burglar by Thomas Perry

The Burglar
Title: The Burglar 

Author: Thomas Perry 

Stars: 5 Stars

Review:
A fantastic mystery told in a most unusual manner. A young cat burglar happens upon a triple homicide scene while committing a home burglary. She discovers a camera which has recorded the entire crime. After taking precautions to not be on the recording she takes the camera and departs the scene just as private security arrives. From that point it becomes a matter of survival from whomever is chasing her. The story takes several twists and turns before the entire scheme is resolved. The story is told from the burglars point of view which is quite a bit different from a police view. I enjoyed the book from start to finish and recommend it if you enjoy a mystery with a different view point.

I have rated this book 5 stars.

I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased opinion.
Thank you Frank for the Review

Synopsis:
Elle Stowell is a young woman with an unconventional profession: burglary. But Elle is no petty thief--with just the right combination of smarts, looks, and skills, she can easily stroll through ritzy Bel Air neighborhoods and pick out the perfect home for plucking the most valuable items. This is how Elle has always gotten by--she is good at it, and she thrives on the thrill. But after stumbling upon a grisly triple homicide while stealing from the home of a wealthy art dealer, Elle discovers that she is no longer the only one sneaking around. Somebody is searching for her.

As Elle realizes that her knowledge of the high-profile murder has made her a target, she races to solve the case before becoming the next casualty, using her breaking-and-entering skills to uncover the truth about exactly who the victims were and why someone might have wanted them dead. With high-stakes action and shocking revelations, The Burglar will keep readers on the edge of their seats as they barrel towards the heart-racing conclusion.


Hardcover304 pages
Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Mysterious Press

About The Author
Thomas Perry
Thomas Perry is the author of 25 novels. He was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and as a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. 
He lives in Southern California.
His website is www.thomasperryauthor.com

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