7/31/15

Friday Top Five!

For every top 5 list you do you get an entry to win an amazon ebook worth up to 1.99, a winner chosen every month!
For rules (seriously, there aren't any) click on the tab on the top left of the blog.

This is the last one for the month of July! Wow, that month went fast! So double check to see that you left your lists for the other ones for the month so you can get in as many entries as you can!


Top 5 mail pet peeves -
1. Always getting somebody elses mail!!! 
2. Spiders in the mailbox! Seriously, they love it in there! They could do an Arachnophobia movie just about my mailbox!
3. They leave boxes at the mailbox where they can be stolen (I speak from experience, This is not the safest city in the world) instead of bringing them to the door.
4. Getting a bill in the mail two days before its due date!!!!
5. Junk mail - need I say more?







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7/30/15

A Bride at Last - Melissa Jagers (Huge GIVEAWAY!)

3 Stars
ABOUT THE BOOK -
Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts.

Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony-until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's father.

Silas can see Anthony loves Kate, so he enlists her help in reaching out to the boy and attempting to prove his paternity to the court. When a common interest in Anthony leads to an interest in each other and Silas and Kate begin to think they can overcome their rocky start, neither is prepared for the secrets and past hurts that have yet to come to light. Can Silas, Kate, and Anthony's wounded souls bind them together or will all that stands between them leave them lonely forever?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

Find Melissa online: website, Facebook

MY THOUGHTS -
This book was a sweet and enjoyable read. I do love historical fiction! I also love books about school teachers (having worked in a school setting for years myself), so this was my favorite part of the book actually.
Unfortunately though it never really hooked me, I was never sucked in. I always felt like I was just standing there looking in.

The character development was good but again I didn't really love anyone, in fact the men in the story infuriated me. I didn't like any of them. Silas was way too wimpy at first for me and... the other guy (see I can't even remember his name!) was way too crass. I know he was suppose to be the bad guy in the story but it seemed over done for me, just didn't seem natural enough.

While this was not a bad read for sure! - but it was just OK at best for me.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me this book for my honest review!


Celebrate the release of A Bride at Last by entering to win a $100 Memory-Making giveaway and RSVPing to Melissa's August 4th author chat party!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $100 gift card to Netflix (for a family movie night), Shutterfly (to create a family memory book), or TablePlayGames (for a family game night)
  • One copy of A Bride at Last
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/4. The winner will be announced at Melissa's 8/4 A Bride at Last Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Melissa and fiction fans, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes!

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7/27/15

Method 15/33, by Shannon Kirk

5 Stars!

Book Details:
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Number of Pages: 258
ISBN: 1608091457 (ISBN13: 9781608091454)
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Kidnapped, pregnant teen turns the tables. Who is the victim and who is the aggressor?

Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped...

Alone...Terrified.

Now forget her...

Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn child and to exact merciless revenge.

She is methodical—calculating— scientific in her plotting. A clinical sociopath? Leaving nothing to chance, secure in her timing and practice, she waits—for the perfect moment to strike. Method 15/33 is what happens when the victim is just as cold as her abductors.

The agents searching for a kidnapped girl have their own frustrations and desires wrapped into this chilling drama. In the twists of intersecting stories, one is left to ponder. Who is the victim? Who is the aggressor?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Shannon Kirk is a practicing attorney and a law professor. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan and St. John’s Universities, is a graduate of Suffolk Law School, and was a trial lawyer in Chicago prior to moving to Massachusetts. She has been honored three times by the Faulkner Society in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, a physicist, and their son. Method 15/33 is her first novel.



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MY THOUGHTS -
Holy cow, I loved this book!  It was so different and original. I definitely have never read one like this before. I keep claiming that I am not a huge mystery fan and it takes a really good one to make me love it... and this one did! This book caught my attention right from the start.

Excellent character development. I loved Lisa, the main character. She was void of feelings, able to turn off her emotions like a switch. But I felt them! I connected with her. And she so loved her unborn baby! Even if she never loved anything else, she loved that baby and would do anything to keep it safe. With all of her quirkiness and strange methodical, analytical way of thinking - I loved it! I think maybe she reminded me a little of me when I was a teenager (hmm what does that say about me?).

This is a different kind of abduction story. The abductee plotting escape and revenge on her abductor, and we are privy to all that is going on in her strange little mind as she plans. As she kept listing all her "assets" (bleach asset #36, extension cord asset #22, red knit blanket asset #5, etc.) I couldn't wait to find out what she had planned! I was on the edge of my seat for sure. I was rooting for her all the way. Towards the end - she was a super hero! I was saying out loud - "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! That's Awesome!", she was one smart little cookie!

I was going to look up this author's other books and realized - this is her first Novel! Incredible. I certainly hope she continues to write, I will be one of her biggest fans.

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

A Heart's Promise - Colleen Coble - GIVEAWAY!



4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.

Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie's heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set
her bonnet for Isaac.

Then Emmie's dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: website, Facebook, Twitter


MY THOUGHTS -
I am still loving this series built of individual novellas. I think this was one of my favorite ones. I still do love Sarah and Amelia, but I have really fallen in love with Emmie. What a sweetheart. She had no control over the predicament she is in, but she does have control over her destiny. She has some hard decisions to make. She needs to move on and let go of the past as hard as that may be.

We also see a couple of characters come back from the other books.
I am looking forward to the 6th and final book of the series! Of course I will miss them, I always do when a good series ends.

Thank you Litfuse for sending me these books for my honest review.

Get your copy of book 5 "A Heart's Promise" - HERE
And see all the books in the series - HERE

GIVEAWAY!!

Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of A Heart's Promise
  • A Lands' End beach tote
  • A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen's website.

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7/25/15

Exciting cover reveal for Ann Lee Miller's new book!


Chasing Happy
by Ann Lee Miller 
Launch date - Sept 1st.

An epic fail with his girlfriend flings Ash from Florida to Arizona and into a war between the forbidden and God. Samma’s childhood bond to Ash startles awake soon after meeting. But she’s duty-bound by idealism and family to marry her long-term boyfriend.


Ash left a career as a marching band director to guide hikes and and fight his solitary battle. Samma plays country starlet and senator’s girlfriend. But their roots dig through dry dust to tangle in the desert heat.


Even if Ash returns to Florida and Samma says yes to the senator, how will they untangle this time?


Author Bio - Ann Lee Miller earned a BA in creative writing from Ashland (OH) University and writes full-time in Phoenix, but left her heart in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where she grew up. She loves speaking to young adults and guest lectures on writing at several Arizona colleges. Ann blogs memoir on Fridays at AnnLeeMiller.com. Over 100,000 copies of Ann's debut novel, Kicking Eternity, have been downloaded from Amazon.


Check out Ann's other book on Amazon - HERE

I will be reading and reviewing "Chasing Happy" on Sept. 20th. So come back and check it out! 

7/24/15

Friday Top Five!

For every top 5 list you do you get an entry to win an amazon ebook worth up to 1.99, a winner chosen every month!
For rules (seriously, there aren't any) click on the tab on the top left of the blog.




Shopping!!!!!
Top 5 stores you go to (this can be any store even groceries, not necessarily your favorites just the ones you go to most often) -

1. Walmart
2. Bed, Bath & Beyond (seriously, I live there lately)
3. Wegmans (grocery)
4. Weis (grocery)
5. Kohls



7/22/15

Morgan's Mountain - Krista Ames

3.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
On the proverbial run from another failed relationship, Morgan finds herself in the one place she always found solace. With every intention of being alone, she’s surprised when she comes across the one person she never expected.

Luke would go to the ends of the earth to figure out why Morgan ran away five years ago and make things right with her. However, a dangerous trek up the mountains to her family’s cabin might not have been the smartest choice. To say she was happy to see him would be a huge lie.  Having to rescue him, mortifying for Luke.

 
Toss a kidnapper into the mix and their feelings for each other are brought into perspective, revealing parts of themselves they never thought would come to light.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Born and raised in Northern Indiana, Krista now resides in Northern Lower Michigan.  She is married to a very supportive man who allows her to follow her true passion of writing and never complains when she is pirated away on her computer for hours.  He is excellent at bouncing ideas around with and even helps the occasional writers block.  He’s also a terrific “in house” editor.  Krista is also a mother of 4 ornery children who keep her plenty busy.  With an addition of 2 beautiful chocolate lab sisters and a playful kitty, there is never a dull or spare moment in her household. 

Krista has always loved to read and would often sit up for hours into the night not able to put down a book until she was finished.  She still reads when she can but her main focus is creating her own stories to share with the world.   

Check out her website - HERE
 
MY THOUGHTS -
This was a fun, flirty, adventurous, quick read.  Even though I felt this story needed a little more spit and polish - I did enjoy it! I liked the characters (good character development) and I loved the storyline, although not original, still one I always love to read about.
 
About the only thing that really bothered me was the sex scene seemed out of place. I feel like it should have waited till maybe towards the end. For me it took away from the story.
The rest I really liked.  Yes, it also was unrealistic, but this didn't bother me and never does with "fiction" for me it doesn't have to be real. If I wanted real I would read non-fiction.
 
Krista did a great job with painting the scene for us. I could really picture the cabin, the surrounding grounds, the horses, everything - nice job! I love it when books can put a picture in my head.  
 
All-in-all I thought this was definitely a worth while read! This was my first book from this author - I didn't even know she had other books. Sorry Krista! I would absolutely read more books from this author.
 
Thank you Roane Publishing and Krista Ames for sending me this e-book for my honest review! 
 
Get your copy from Amazon - HERE