5/27/15

A Fearful Lie - Jean Fournier Johnson

4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
By the time Gloria sees the little boy step out from between the parked cars it is too late. She hears the sickening thud as her vehicle strikes his body. She remembers that third drink at the bar, her husband's career as a police officer. Fearful that if she stays she will ruin the lives of those she loves, Gloria drives away. She leaves the child on the sidewalk for his mother to find. Having convinced herself she can live with this decision, Gloria is surprised to find her guilt beginning to take a toll on her family. Turning away from her marriage as it falls apart, she decides to atone for her crime by devoting her life to helping others. What better place to start than with Marisa, the mother of the boy she killed?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jean earned a B.A. (Honours English, Great Distinction, Celanese Canada Prize for Outstanding Achievement), an M.A. in English and taught a writing course at Concordia University in Montreal. 






MY THOUGHTS -
Wow, what a wonderful but sad and heartbreaking book. I found myself in tears more than a few times. I thought it was well written and certainly had great character development! I really felt that by the middle of the book I knew Gloria and her family very well. The author does an excellent job with this.

This is written in first person and it really reads almost like a memoir. It felt so real to me. I thought I was reading all the accounts as they were really unfolding. The story was not so far fetched. I can see this happening and I am sure it does. We hear about it and read about it in the news, but we never get to hear the thoughts or the after effects of the guilty party - now we do.

Gloria's pain and guilt felt so real to me, and I could really understand her dilemma. I knew she had to do the "right thing" by turning herself in, but somehow, once I got to know her as a person, the right thing didn't feel so right anymore. I understood her position. I am in no way saying that I would have driven away and not told! I definitely would have called 911, but I understood why she didn't, as wrong as it was.

My only reason for a 4 star rating and not 5 was that it did get a little long and slow in the middle for me. The first 1/3 and last 1/3 are definitely 5 stars.

I read this book in almost one day, finishing up the last bit the following morning. I hope this author continues to write - I would definitely read more from her.

Thank you Ravenswood Publishing for sending me this ebook for my honest review.

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

5/25/15

A Heart's Danger - Colleen Coble - with a GIVEAWAY!!!

5 Stars!


 ABOUT THE BOOK -
On the brink of war with the Sioux, Sarah risks everything to expose the betrayal threatening the man she loves.

Christmas is coming, and the air at Fort Laramie has turned cold . . . but relations with the Sioux have turned colder. As tensions between soldiers and natives approach a tipping point, a trap has been set for Rand Campbell.
Rand's new fiancée wants to keep him from returning to Sarah Montgomery . . . for whom his heart clearly still yearns.

Sarah just wants to move on with her life at Fort Laramie, but doing so under the watchful eyes of both Campbell---the man whose love she craves---and Croftner---the man whose lies have cost her everything.

Will Rand fall victim to the conspiracy and go through with his wedding? Or will he declare his love for Sarah and make good on the promises that brought her into the rugged western territories?

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 -
The best one yet! This series is turning out to be just as good as I thought it was. It got off on a slow start for me with the first book, but has definitely picked up.

By now I know all the characters pretty well and have grown attached to them. In book 4 we are introduced to a couple of new characters (I've already started reading).

This one was exciting, fun, sweet and romantic! It will have you gripping the edge of your seat and saying awwww at the same time.

There are only a couple more books to this series and I will be sad to have them end.

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

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE


Enter to win the perfect pairing giveaway: three books (books one–three in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and coffee to pair with your new book!

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  • A copy of A Heart's Danger
  • A pound of Colleen's favorite coffee, Captain Davy's Coffee Roaster Costa Rican
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 31st. Winner will be announced June 1st on Colleen's website.

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Summer in Snow Valley - Showcase!


Summer in Snow Valley is available for pre-order for only $.99. Release date is June 1st and the $.99 special will last until June 6th. If you haven't read Christmas in Snow Valley, now is your chance to buy it May 24th through the 31st for only $.99.
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 #1 Bestselling Authors of Christmas in Snow Valley, have teamed up again with six wonderful summer novellas that are sure to make your summer sweet and sassy!


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 Catching Caytie by Amazon Top Seller Cindy Roland Anderson

On the night Caytie Holbrook intends to break up with her cheating boyfriend, he blindsides her by announcing their engagement at a dinner party. When Caytie discovers her father is in on the scheme, she runs away from her home in Beverly Hills to hide out at her uncle’s ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. While Snow Valley is a beautiful place, Caytie only plans to stay until her twenty-fifth birthday when she’ll inherit a trust fund her grandmother left her, allowing her to pursue her dream to move to Italy. That is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexy—although somewhat grumpy—cowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans.


Tin Foil Tiaras by Amazon Top Seller Jeanette Lewis

Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisa’s handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. As Cameron tries to win Kyle over, Kyle insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.


A Touch of Love by Amazon Top Seller Cami Checketts

Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, she’s certain he’s too good to be true. A tragedy involving his ex-girlfriend proves she’s right. What man can resist sheltering someone they once loved? Annie knows she should walk away, but Luke isn’t ready to give her up.


First Love by Amazon Top Seller Taylor Hart 

Janet Snow doesn’t expect to get caught in a full-blown make out session at her brother’s wedding. Especially not with Michael Hamilton, the boy she’d written off ten years ago. Even though they both agree to no complications, Janet's not sure they can stick to it given their past. After a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal, even the most cautious single mother would start to wonder if true love really is just about the timing. Now Janet has to make a choice—play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last. 


Romancing Rebecca by Amazon Top Seller, Kimberley Montpetit

Rebecca Dash loved spending her teen summers swooning over Jane Austen and helping her aunt at the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast in Snow Valley. But as a recent college grad, she’d rather write sappy romance novels than go out with guys that make her a nervous wreck. When a team of fire-fighters set up camp on the lawns of the B&B and Captain Wade catches her eye, Becca soon learns that there’s more to a happily-ever-after than a flirty fireman with muscles the size of the Montana hills.


Love in Light and Shadow by Amazon Top Seller Lucy McConnell

Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.

5/23/15

It's a Non-Fiction Saturday!


Cassey Ho's
Hot Body Year-Round
by Cassey Ho
5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Cassey Ho, internationally renowned fitness instructor, is known for her irresistibly popular workout videos which have been shared millions of times online. She runs the #1 women's fitness channel on YouTube, Blogilates. Her unique format, POP Pilates© is a fusion of ab-chiseling, butt lifting, total body sculpting exercises that are performed using only your bodyweight. Cassey's personality is bubbly, inspiring, and infectious. But don't let the smile fool you - her workouts will leave you sweating and sore for days. By following Ho's super effective workout plans and clean-eating recipes, you will transform your body towards a stronger, sleeker, and happier version of you.

Cassey will show you how to stay motivated throughout the year, no matter what the challenges are. You will get:

- 120 of Cassey's BEST total body transforming exercises
- The complete POP Pilates exercise library - fully photographed and easy to follow
- 20 full length workouts
- 40 brand new, ridiculously delicious & nutritious recipes
- Foods for beautiful hair, skin, and nails
- 4 complete clean eating meal plans & grocery lists that complement each season
- Cassey's personal daily meal plan
- Motivational tips to stay inspired year-round
- 256 pages of full color, glossy inspiration

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Cassey Ho is an internationally renowned, award-winning fitness instructor and online personality. She is the creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube with over 200 million video views and 2 million subscribers. In a revolutionary partnership, Cassey's unique format, POP Pilates© which launched on YouTube in 2009, is now being turned into a live class that can be taken at 24 Hr Fitness gyms nationally beginning in 2015. She's the author of the book, Hot Body Year Round, and also the star of her own top selling POP Pilates DVDs at Target stores. Cassey is the designer of her own activewear collection, BODYPOP Active which launched in Fall 2014. Her designs has proven to be extremely popular for it's feminine silhouettes and colorful palette.

Cassey's blog, blogilates.com, was named the top healthy living blog by FITNESS Magazine in 2012 and recently, she took home the Streamy Award for Best Health and Wellness Channel for 2014. Greatist named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the world in Health and Fitness for 2015.

MY THOUGHTS -
Absolutely excellent! This book is awesome. There is so much in here - its packed with tons of helpful ideas (workouts, recipes, hints and ideas) for getting and staying healthy.

The book is divided into 4 sections - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Each of those has exercises - lots of them all with gorgeous full color pictures,  lots of recipes for that season (veggie burger, tofu stir fry, turkey quesadilla, etc.) and a meal plan. There is also lots of little notes from Cassey that are fun, interesting and helpful!

I don't think you have to actually "follow the book" exactly. You can just pick and choose what you like and I think it would still be an excellent source for getting fit. There is certainly lots to choose from in this one.

Thank you Book Look Bloggers for sending me this great book for my honest review!

Get you copy from amazon - HERE

5/22/15

Friday Top Five!

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

May is my Birthday month, so these next few lists will be all about birthdays! 

The birthday is over, sadly. But I got some great gifts and got to spend it with some great people.


Top 5 best things about my birthday -

1. The daughter and her hubby coming for the weekend!
2. They brought gifts, cake, sunflowers, and a Hello kitty balloon!
3. Going out to dinner with friends on my actual birthday! 
4. Getting a birthday card from my cat (via the husband).
5 Great presents! - a floating chair for the pool, Lady A, and Little Big Town CDs, Birds of PA book, Still Alice movie, a couple of shirts, Terrible towel beach towel, DD mug, beautiful earrings (4 pair!), Hello kitty watch, scissors!!!! (only Jen knows how important this is!) 

For this week only - you will get an entry just for commenting - no need for a list of your own (unless you had a birthday lately and want to list about that!). 

5/21/15

Picture Perfect Love - Melissa McClone

3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Meet the people who make it all happen - the planners, the photographers, the musicians who have helped orchestrate the perfect day for countless couples as they find their own happy endings in the second Year of Weddings novella collection. When image becomes everything, it's up to love to refocus the heart.

Photographer Jenna Harrison wants every bride and groom to look picture perfect on their special day, putting her heart into every wedding to give the couple memorable images of their love. But her own heart is still broken, the unworn wedding dress hanging in her closet a reminder that relationships aren't always as perfect as they look through her camera lens. But Jenna has faith that she will find true love. Until then, she must be patient and trust in God's plan and His perfect timing.

Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away. When an embarrassing Photoshopped picture of put an end to his political aspirations, he blamed Jenna. So what if the photo led to his being offered a dream job and changing his life for the better? Jenna betrayed his trust, and two years later, Ashton's heart still hasn't recovered.

It was me. His younger sister's three words turn Ashton's world upside down. He must ask Jenna's forgiveness, but can he risk his heart a second time? Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Melissa McClone has always been a fan of fairy tales and "happily ever afters." She holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University but eventually decided to follow her dream and write full-time. She lives in Washington with her real-life hero husband, two daughters, indoor cats, and a forty-eight-pound Norwegian Elkhound who thinks she's a lap dog. She also loves to ski, rock climb and read.



Visit her online at www.melissamcclone.com.
Twitter: @melissamcclone
Facebook: Melissa McClone

MY THOUGHTS -
Another one that was "just OK" for me. It was not a bad read, there was just nothing  that stood out for me.
I did like the characters and felt that they were believable.
The story kind of goes off an another mini plot and I didn't care for that really. Others said it was their favorite part - go figure! I would have rather it just stuck to the main plot, the story was too short for that, and it felt a little slow for me in the middle.
All-in-all not a bad read - I did enjoy it and would certainly try another one by this author.

Thank you "Book look bloggers" for sending me this ebook for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Nightlife: Hazardous Material - Matthew Quinn Martin

5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The story of monster hunter Jack and his partner Beth continues in Nightlife: As the Worm Turns…but first, take a short stroll down one of Nightlife's darkest streets in this horror e-novella praised as “thrilling, edgy, and scary as hell” (Jason Starr, internationally bestselling author of The Pack).

Twenty-seven-year-old Jarrod Foster has hit a dead end. He spends his days disposing of hazardous waste and his nights wondering where it all went wrong. While gutting an abandoned roller rink, Jarrod discovers a bricked up video arcade still stocked with vintage games…which, three decades ago, was the site of the largest mass shooting in New York history.

Jarrod’s boss lets him keep one of the arcade games—an oddity called Polybius that no one seems to have ever heard of. Jarrod hopes to sell it and start a new life, but one grim night, he drops a quarter into the game…and the game drops Jarrod right into a nightmare.

As his life spirals into darkness, and his actions begin to mirror those of the long-dead spree killer, only one question remains…is Jarrod playing a game, or is the game playing him?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, it wasn’t until Matthew moved to Manhattan that he realized he was a writer. These days, he lives on a small island off the North Atlantic coast of the United States where it gets quiet in the winter…perhaps too quiet. . .

Visit his website - HERE




MY THOUGHTS -
Awesome, fantastic, fun! And a little freaky and spooky too!

I got into this story right away. I was hooked on the first chapter. This author has a way of doing that.
I loved the storyline, it was creepy and a little scary especially when they first found the room with the video game machine. But it was also a fun read at the same time. It definitely put me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen.

Excellent character development. I am not a huge gamer myself, but I can totally see someone becoming obsessed with one. Even without the reasons explained in the book.
Oh!  PS&BTW - I looked up the game Polybius, and its real! It really is an Urban legend found - HERE

Which brings me to the ending - fantastic! There were a few twists in there, but I really liked the ending. I liked that there was actually an explanation! I love my books tied up neat in a bow.

This book is very new, fresh, and up-to-date and I love that! Fun quirky characters, with a great freaky storyline! An excellent, fun, quick read (only about 80 pages). This one you can devour in one sitting, and you will want to.


This is my second one by Matthew Quinn Martin - great author (and not bad on the eyes either). I am eagerly awaiting book #3
"July 27, Pocket Star/Simon & Schuster are going to release a limited edition NIGHTLIFE “box set” called NIGHTLIFE: NIGHT TERRORS…which will include NIGHTLIFE, the novella NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL and the full sequel NIGHTLIFE: AS THE WORM TURNS (which will initially only be available in this set…and then available separately at some future date)."
Read my review of the first book -"Nightlife" - HERE

Thank you Matthew for sending me this copy for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE