Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Review In Walked Trouble By Christina Elle

In Walked Trouble by Christina Elle
Title: In Walked Trouble

Author: Christina Elle

Stars: 4 out of 5

Christina Elle did a wonderful job of bring of creating characters that reader will not only fall head over heel in love with but cheer for as the story unfolds. The story is well spaced with moments of romance mixed in with mystery. 
In Walked Trouble has a lot and I mean a lot of inner monologue which is entertaining as well what causes a communication issues between Luke and Cass.  The story starts to really pick up pace after they romantically get together and of course the conflict that will tear them apart.
Christina Elle will make reader want to pick up book one in the series no because readers will be lost but because of her ability to have the readers get to know the other characters they grow to love.
The little old ladies had me cracking up as the play match maker as well as parent.

I can't wait to read the first in the series as well as book 3.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for my advance copy of In Walked Trouble.

With a deadly target on his back, DEA agent Luke Calder’s plan is to drink away his impending demise. Except instead of getting blessedly drunk, in walks a woman with a much deeper story than she’s leading on. And he definitely wants to know more. Especially when he learns she might have intel he needs. He’s not cool with lying to her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And what starts out as simple surveillance turns into so much more.

Cassandra Stone is having a bad night. Her boyfriend’s been cheating because she’s not “adventurous enough” in bed. So, she does the next logical thing—she goes in search of a dark, dangerous one-night stand. Instead, she finds smoldering eyes, deep dimples, and the killer smile of a guy who won’t leave her alone. Damn him. He says and does all the right things, making Cass believe that good men still exist. Until she learns why he took an interest in her in the first place.

Expected publication: July 31st 2017 by Entangled Suspense

About The Author:
Christina Elle
 Christina believes that laughter really is the best medicine, which is why in her stories she blends a healthy dose of hilarious hijinks with gritty suspense.

When she’s not writing fun contemporary romance or quirky romantic suspense, Christina can be found devouring books in every genre, watching Chris Hemsworth on TV, playing board games with her family, working out, checking out Chris Hemsworth on Facebook, napping, stalking Chris Hemsworth on Instagram, and shopping…for Chris Hemsworth’s latest DVD.

Christina lives near Baltimore with her husband and two sons, who give her an endless supply of humorous material to write about.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Book Review: Closure (A Jack Randall Mystery) by Randall Wood

Closure by Randall  Wood
Title: Closure (Jack Randall Mystery)

Author: Randall Wood

Stars: 4.25 out of 5

Book one in a mystery series that should be on your to be read list. The hero is a get the job done FBI agent who, with his team, work for the deputy director of the FBI. A series of murders falls under his purview when letters addressed to him are left at the scenes of crime. The story is well constructed and easy to follow. Will him, and his team, be able to complete their case before the principal target is murdered? You could be in for a surprise ending.

I have rated this book 4.25 stars and recommend it if you like a fast paced story.

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

When a prominent lawyer is shot while waiting at a suburban stop sign it sets off a nation-wide manhunt for an elusive killer. Special Agent Jack Randall of the FBI finds himself appointed to track down and stop the shooter. Not by his superiors, but by the killer himself.

As more bodies fall the shooter takes his message to the press, earning the support of the public with his choice of targets and confounding the FBI at every turn. From the desert of Nevada to the urban jungle of New York City, Jack and his team follow the trail of bodies and haunting messages left behind by the killer. With the pressure to find him mounting on Jack, the assassin’s crimes grow bolder, and his message more sinister and closer to home.

It becomes clear to Jack that in order to find the shooter, he may have to look inside his own past, and become the man he was years ago.

Kindle EditionSecond Edition453 pages
Published December 21st 2009 by Tension Bookworks 

About The Author:
Randall  Wood
Randall Wood is the author of the popular Jack Randall series of thrillers as well as several short stories surrounding the main characters.

He currently resides on the gulf coast of Florida with his wife and family. When not writing he can usually be found in the ocean or building something cool.

He welcomes readers and fellow writers to his website at where he promises not to speak of himself in the third person.

25 things about me:

1- I have over 200 more take-offs than I do landings. One tree landing (planned) and one water landing. (unplanned) Parachutes do NOT float.

2- I still own my first car, an 86 Monte Carlo SS, slightly augmented.

3- I wrote my first stories in junior high. My first novel in 2006.

4- Reading and sleeping are pretty much the same thing for me.

5- I'd rather burn the midnight oil than get up early.

6- I've run two marathons. One on a dare, the other for fun.

7- I own a 9mm automatic that's been to seven countries.

8- My IQ is 142. Or at least it was at one point.

9- I'm right handed and left eyed.

10- Someday I hope to retire on a sailboat.

11- My favorite coffee is a triple-grande'-white- mocha. I order it with a deep voice.

12- I own 14 swords, one of which is a light saber, green.

13- I like big dogs.

14- If I'm not writing I'm building stuff.

15- I don't wear hats unless I absolutely have to.

16- I'm a PC.

17- Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

18- I still play with Lego's.

19- I'm partially deaf on my right side...from blowing things up.

20- Fastest Rubik's cube time; 1 minute 34 seconds.

21- Most common report card statement: "Not working up to his full potential."

22- Second most common: "Constantly reads in class."

23- Once intubated and saved two dogs involved in a house fire.

24- I grew up on Heavy Metal hair bands.

25- Now that I can write and publish all I want, I doubt I'll ever retire.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review Point Blank (Lawmen/Deadly Intent #4) by Cheyenne McCray

Point Blank by Cheyenne McCray
Title: Point Blank

Author: Cheyenne McCray

Star: 3 out of 5

I really couldn't get into the book. I wasn't sure if it was authors writing style where is goes into so much detail it becomes distracting to the story or the fact the author tells you everything that is going on with very little showing.
I found the characters to be flat, uninteresting and boring. The female lead drove me nuts because she didn't seem to have any smarts even though she has friends in law enforcement. The "Twist and Turns" in the story are basic almost bring the story to a halt. Nothing in this book is surprising in fact the characters getting together and the ending is very predictable. 

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advance Copy

A free spirit with a zest for life, Natasha Simpson loves her new beginning in the small town of Bisbee, Arizona. She has family, friends, and owns a popular small art gallery. She does a little traveling to tradeshows around the country, where her merchandise sells like crazy. Things couldn’t get any better. 

Special Agent Brooks Allen is pissed as hell when he learns that one of his friend’s in-laws is suspected of trafficking drugs. Big time. She’s been selling merchandise that is filled with illegal narcotics. Her prints are everywhere and suspected drug dealers are snatching up her merchandise. Brooks has been assigned to follow her to Colorado and get close to her any way he can. 

Natasha runs into Brooks when she’s in Denver for a tradeshow and spends time with him. She enjoys the company of the man who works with her cousin’s husband, and damn, but he’s hot. 

At the tradeshow, Natasha discovers by accident that the merchandise she’s been selling contain cocaine. When she makes the discover, not only is her life threatened, but every member of her family is in danger. 

Brooks is certain Natasha is innocent, then discovers the tangled web she’s caught in. He’s determined to make things right. Along the way he loses his heart to Natasha—now he just needs to make sure he doesn’t lose her permanently

Kindle Edition307 pages
Published July 16th 2015 by Cheyenne McCray LLC

About The Author: 
Cheyenne McCray
Cheyenne McCray is an award winning, New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author who is a rare native Arizonan but refuses to be put behind glass as an endangered species. 

In her spare time she loves to torture characters—whether they’re misbehaving or not—and kill off deserving individuals. She also totally gets off on blowing things up. All fictionally, of course. She’d rather chew glass than write sweet and sugary. Give her a hideous demon or particularly nasty villain to slay any day.

Cheyenne enjoys creating stories of love, suspense, and redemption—in some cases. She enjoys building worlds her readers can get lost in. Hopefully they’ll find their way out, but stranger things have been known to happen.

If you would like to find out what odd and unusual things Cheyenne is up to these days, cruise her website any time, take a look at the bizarrely normal yet strange FAQs, and even drop her a line or two. Just not too hard—those things hurt. 

You might even learn a few things about that kinky author, Jaymie Holland. (Just don’t tell Cheyenne’s mom)

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

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 

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.

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

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.

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?

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)

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." 
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

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.

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

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 

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.

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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Book Review Spectrum By Ethan Cross

Title: Spectrum 

Author: Ethan Cross

Stars:4 out of 5

Ethan Cross brings a story multiple story lines that shows how the governments will work with terrorists to bring down the bigger terrorists.  Readers might find themselves a little lost as they find each multiple story time intertwines and than moves into their own story time only to be pulled back together.
The characters are well thought out with a focus readers will be able to follow. 
Spectrum  is a very dark story filled with graphic scenes of death that will pull at heart string of readers.  I have to admit as a reader I did find myself lost several times when the stories were separate and than intertwine and separate again.  
The cast of character is very large so much you as a reader you pay attention. 
Once the story gets going no one will be able to put down the book until you discover why its called spectrum.
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy. 

A fast-paced thriller from the author of the international bestselling Shepherd series.
The gruesome killing of more than 300 white squatters in a South African village is still unsolved when the alleged assassin enters a storage facility in the US and takes several hostages.
No demands and an obvious play for time leave hostage negotiators on edge. When the FBI is called in, they bring Dr. August Burke, a young man with James Dean looks and a brilliant mind capable of seeing behavioral patterns where others can’t. Unfortunately, Burke hates being around people. Can he put his social anxieties aside and solve the mystery before it's too late?
Together with FBI Special Agent Carter, Burke finds the door to a secret laboratory beneath the storage facility. Is this what the culprits are really after? Soon Burke realizes they are dealing with an enemy who is willing to kill thousands without batting an eye.
Across the globe, Constable Isabel Price picks up her gun and starts the hunt for the killer behind the village massacre, even if that means losing everything. She has no intention on bringing him back alive. Her thirst for revenge leads her to the US, and her path intertwines with the hostage takers.
Between Isabel Price’s quest for bloody vengeance and August Burke’s uneasy gift, Spectrum weaves a web of intrigue and complex characters into an action-packed crime novel.

About The Author:
Ethan Cross
ETHAN CROSS is the International Bestselling and Award-Winning Author of THE SHEPHERD, THE CAGE, CALLSIGN:KNIGHT, and his latest, THE PROPHET--a novel described by bestselling author Jon Land as "The best book of its kind since Thomas Harris retired Hannibal Lecter" while #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner said, "The surprises are fast and furious and will leave you breathless to read more."

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