7/31/14

"After The End" read-along!


Its here, Its here! The After the End RAL is finally here!
So grab your book, your e-reader, your iPad, whatever you have it on and start reading!
The book has 60 chapters, So I will break it down into three groups of 20 chapters.

I have decided to do the discussions right here on my blog. 
So I will post some thought questions that you can comment on, also please comment on each other's comments.

*On Aug. 2  - We will talk about starting the book, how excited are you, have you ever read anything like this before etc.
*On Aug. 10th - I will start the discussion for the first 20 chapters.
*On the Aug. 20th - We will discuss chapters 20 - 40.
*Then on the Aug. 27th - We will do the wrap up discussion. - how we liked the book, favorite characters, how it affected us, etc.

Between Aug. 27 - 31 please post your review and wrap-up post, please link this back to my blog.
We should all visit each other's reviews and comment.

Now I am not saying that you have to read that slow and only read 20 chapters at a time (Jen! LOL), please feel free to read at your own pace. Just remember to only comment on the chapters specified so there will be no spoilers.

To qualify for the gift card giveaway, you must -
Be signed in to join - sign up HERE
You must also participate in the discussions.
Thats it! At the end - on Aug. 31st I will pick a random winner for the participants.

After the End read-along!

Starts Tomorrow! 


Tomorrow we will begin reading After the End by Amy Plum. I will have a # on twitter where we can comment back and forth - there will be more details tomorrow.

You can still sign up and join in the fun - HERE

Come back tomorrow for the official start and all the details!

7/30/14

Captured By Love - Jody Hedlund

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders.

Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British--and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who's grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley.

As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they'll risk for love.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jody Hedlund is the author of Rebellious Heart, Unending Devotion, The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride, winner of the 2011 Award of Excellence and a finalist for the 2011 Carol Award in First Novel. She received her BA from Taylor University and her MA from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. 
She can be found online at www.jodyhedlund.com

MY REVIEW -
A very good historical fiction story! This book was a little slow for me in the beginning and was hard for me to get into at first. But once the story got going it was much better and more interesting and I began to enjoy it. The historical aspect of this was excellent and I love historical fic. so it was right up my alley.You could definitely tell Jody did her homework.

The character development was very good. Right away I really liked Angelique, the main character. She seemed sweet, fun, and a little bold! I felt like I would have liked her in real life. However I did not like Pierre at first, he had to grow on me, which he did.

What I really loved about this book was the descriptions. I have always wanted to go to Mackinac Island. I have been close, I've been to MI and the UP, but no to the island. The descriptions in this book were great, even though it took place a long time ago, it made it very interesting.

All-in-all this was a very nice, historical fiction romance - a good read for the end of summer!

Thank you Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Download your copy from Amazon - HERE

7/29/14

Elective Procedures by Merry Jones

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Elle Harrison has taken a leave of absence to mourn the death of her husband Charlie.

Her friend Becky takes her out to dinner to cheer her up and, on impulse, drags her into a fortune teller's shop. The fortune teller predicts that Elle will travel and meet a new man. She also says that Elle is surrounded by a dark aura that draws the dead to her.

Elle dismissed the predictions as hogwash. But then her friend Jen takes her, Becky and another friend, Susan, to Mexico where she is getting lost cost cosmetic surgery. Elle is attracted to and asked out by Jen's surgeon, Alain DuBois. And Elle finds a woman hanging onto the balcony next to hers by her fingertips. Elle tries to save her and fails, almost dying in the process.

All of the fortune teller's predictions have come true. And, as the week progresses, more of Alain DuBois' patients are gruesomely killed, Jen is attacked, Elle is nearly murdered, and the spirit of her dead husband Charlie keeps appearing to her.

Who is trying to kill Dr. DuBois' patients--And why? Who is trying to murder Elle? Why does she keep seeing Charlie--Is she nuts? Or is his spirit really trying to protect her?

ELECTIVE PROCEDURES makes a week in Mexico into a chilling page turner, full of twists and unexpected developments, as well as a face lift or two.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Merry Jones has written the Elle Harrison suspense novels (THE TROUBLE WITH CHARLIE, ELECTIVE PROCEDURES), the Harper Jennings thrillers (SUMMER SESSION, BEHIND THE WALLS, WINTER BREAK, OUTSIDE EDEN, and this fall, IN THE WOODS), the Zoe Hays mysteries (THE NANNY MURDERS, THE RIVER KILLINGS, DEADLY NEIGHBORS, THE BORROWED AND BLUE MURDERS). She has also written humor (including I LOVE HIM, BUT...) and non-fiction (including BIRTHMOTHERS: Women who relinquished babies for adoption tell their stories). Jones taught college creative writing for fifteen years. Her work has been translated into seven languages, and appeared in many magazines, including GLAMOUR. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Authors Guild, International Thriller Writers, and The Philadelphia Liars Club. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives outside Philadelphia with her husband.

MY REVIEW -
Another great one by Merry Jones! I had read "The Trouble With Charlie" about a year ago and loved it. So I was really looking forward to trying another one by this author. I was not disappointed - I'm a fan! This was a book two to the first "Charlie" book, using the same quirky characters. And same mystery/chick-lit style which I love.

This book is fun, quirky, interesting and suspenseful all the way through. I loved the characters in this book. Elle the main character who spaces out and keeps seeing her dead husband, and her friends Susan - the "mother", Jen, swearing sarcastic rude but hilarious, and Becky a bit naive and desperately wanting to fall in love. A great group of friends, I loved them all for different reasons. Their personalities stayed true through the whole book. It was this great cast that really made the book for me.

There is some controversial matter in here concerning plastic surgery which made it very interesting. The mystery kept me guessing all the way! I did have one thing figured out but the rest was all surprise! There was a twist around every corner. The beginning of the book had to have been the most suspenseful, tense beginning I have ever read! Starts you right off with a bang, and is fantastic all the way to the great ending.

This was a great, fun mystery. You do not have to read the first book, this can be read as a stand alone. I can't wait to read another one by Merry Jones.

Thank you "Partners in Crime book tours" for sending me this book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

7/24/14

Fun Friday Foto!

Last weeks "book cover" went real well and got some great ideas! I thought I would try it a few more times.

Here is a book cover picture of my daughter.

My titles -
"I Left my Husband for This?"
"My Life as a Pizzaholic: a true story"
"How Pizza Saved My Life After a Break-up"

Alright, let's have it, give me some titles!

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You still have time! 
Sign up for the read-along!

Don't forget to sign up for the 
"After The End" read-along!
info and sign-up - 
HERE 
So far we have 7 people signed up, which I think is awesome! 

Perfection (Mad World Book 3) - Erin Callahan & Troy Gardner

4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Following months living on the streets of Boston, the Wakefield escapees have found a temporary shelter to recoup in after barely escaping from Arlington Station with their lives—but time is running out.

As the troubled teens grow closer and rely on each other for survival, they know the inexhaustible Dr. Lycen is on the hunt. When he shows up on their doorstep with his crimson army, they are forced into action. With limited options, some of them flee to Perfection, a turn of the century living museum that holds more than its fair share of secrets.

Those who travel to Perfection find a new home that promises safety and stability. But is a dangerous adversary pulling the strings behind the scenes?

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Erin grew up by a small glacial lake in New Hampshire and, after brief stints in Colorado and Rhode Island, she settled in the granite state with her husband. As a small child, she told her mother she'd defaced a wall with crayons because she'd been possessed by an imp. She's convinced that same imp drives her to write. When she's not at her day job or cranking out novels on her laptop, you can find her soaking in the new golden era of television, stalking her favorite musicians on Twitter, trying not to embarrass herself on the volleyball court, and reading books of all sorts. She loves the color red, hates the phrase "no offense," and thinks birds are creepy. A year after graduating from law school, she found herself unemployed and took a job at a facility similar to the one featured in Wakefield. She lasted only a year, but the kids she met there will forever serve as a well of inspiration.

Troy H. Gardner grew up in New Hampshire and graduated with a B.A. in English/Communications with a dual concentration in film and writing from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He spent ten years working in the banking industry dreaming up numerous stories to write. When not writing, which is seldom, Troy busies himself jet-setting from Sunapee, NH to Moultonborough, NH. 

MY REVIEW -
Woohoo! My new favorite writing duo!  Perfection - great name for a great series. I said it once (or twice) and I'll say it again - This series is FANTASTIC! I loved the village of Perfection, I would love to live there.The authors described it perfectly (let's see how many derivatives of Perfection I can sneak into this review!).

Again with the great character development. Each personality was perfectly played out, I loved these guys. It had been a while since I had read book two but I was soon giggling at their snarky attitudes again. The conversations in this book are so natural, it really feels like teens just hanging.

The book takes right off where the other one left you. The author's did a perfect job catching you up. They didn't just do an intro paragraph like some authors do, they made it seem like part of the story. I was being "caught up" without even realizing it.

A lot of explaining is done in this book. You finally feel like "Ah ha!" You get some answers to all those questions you had. This book was very interesting, lots of paranormal activity (not the movie), but it lost just a tad of the fun for me - hence the 4.5 stars instead of 5. But still an excellent read! The ending had a kind of  "The Stand" feel to it - good vs. evil. I am assuming there is going to be a book four? Because this one ended with a cliff hanger.

Here are a few quotes for your reading pleasure -
"You sound like my aunt," She said, squirting toothpaste out of the tube.
"I feel like one," I said before realizing that wasn't quite right. "More like a step-dad, I mean. Or like a guy who goes out with a mother of three, but they never get married, and she dies, so then he has to take care of her kids out of some sense of duty that no one expects besides himself."
"Funny, I feel like a girl who ran away from a mental institution with her magical friends."

"Can you tell us if you ever saw anything strange at Wakefield?" Gene asked.
Becky laughed, "That's like asking me if I saw oats in my oatmeal this morning. I saw a lot of strange things..."

"You're not my elder. You're, like, five years older than me."
"Five years is a long time when you are a young adult. You can do a lot of damage to yourself in those years. No one's there to tell you what to do, but you're still a complete dunce. Sometimes I think how stupid I was back then and it makes me cringe."

Thanks so much Erin for sending me this book for my honest review! Can't wait till the next! 

Great fun paranormal series - Just read it!


Get your copy from Amazon - HERE
Or if you haven't yet, get the first book - Wakefield - HERE

7/23/14

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot) - Christine Amsden

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have hated one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood's grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie's father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Christine has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

MY REVIEW -
This is definitely the best one in the series! This series went out with a bang. It is also my favorite cover.
This book was fun, suspenseful, and interesting - a real page turner for sure.

Christine did an excellent job with this one. The character development was just great! By the third and forth books you really get to know the characters and their personalities. but I think it is really that Christine's writing just keeps getting better and better! At least thats the way it felt to me.
Plus the characters are so likable. Especially in this forth book.
"Evan's face stared back at him from a large glossy poster hanging in the front window of the local post office. The words "Wanted Alive" were splattered across the top in big red letters. Someone had cast an animation spell over it to make his hooded eyes shift slightly, as if in guilt. Evan had seen all that before, but a new addition to the bottom of the poster stopped him dead in his tracks : "One Million Dollar Reward"
"Crap," he muttered under his breath. - LOL you can say that again!

"It could have been any normal Tuesday evening, except for the hostage upstairs." - yeah normal
This is a great fun paranormal series to read! I think you can squeeze it in before the end of summer!

Thanks Christine for sending me this book for my honest review!
I am really looking forward to reading more books by you in the future!

Christine has let me know that she is working on two new books! Both sip-offs using other characters from this series - Madison "Madison's Song" and Kaitlin "Kaitlin's Tale", both of whom I love! So that is very exciting news! I'll be first in line for those.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE