11/24/20

Christmas Eve Promise: Time Travel Novel (Christmas Eve Series, Book 4) by Elyse Douglas (Giveaway!)




5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Eve and baby Colleen are traveling to Ohio for the Christmas holidays to spend time with Eve’s parents. After a few days in Ohio, they all plan to fly to Florida in Eve’s father’s private airplane.  Patrick will meet them there after he completes exams for his forensic psychology degree. 

Nothing goes as planned.  The day Patrick is to leave for Florida, he receives a shocking telephone call from one of Eve’s cousins.  Sobbing, she tells him a terrible tragedy has occurred.  It stuns him and shakes him to his heart’s core. 

His life shattered, Patrick knows he has but one chance:  he must use the time travel lantern to return to the past in order to prevent the current tragedy. 

But once again, the time travel lantern has a mind of its own, and Patrick is hurled back to a time where he must confront a strange, unfamiliar world and learn why the lantern transported him there. 

When Patrick comes face-to-face with a mysterious, beautiful woman who looks and acts like Eve, and whose name is Eve, Patrick is haunted. 

He recalls the promise he and Eve had made to each other on Christmas Eve the previous year—no matter what happens; no matter if they’re separated; no matter what time or place they find themselves in; no matter what obstacles they must face, they will always find each other, help each other, and love each other for all time. 

The Christmas Eve Promise is a journey about the enduring promise of hope and the infinite, unbreakable bonds of love.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature.  She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist. Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader.  He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years. 

Website: www.elysedouglas.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

MY THOUGHTS -
Oh my goodness this was a wonderful and beautiful story! Mainly taking place in Rochester NY (about 90 mi. from where I grew up) in 1925 during the prohibition. This was romantic, sad, suspenseful, and adventurous. This story had me on the edge of my seat one minute and swooning the next. Excellent character development with a wonderful cast that I instantly wanted to become friends with. I felt like I was transported back in time with Patrick to find his beloved Eve.

I highly recommend this beautifully written story. All you time travel fans will absolutely love this one!

I have read three other books by this writing duo. I didn't even realize it, but I gave all four books 5 stars!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Virtual Author Book Tours -  Thank You!!


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Christmas Eve Promise: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

11/15/20

Saving Grace - D M Barr



5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

Grace Pierrepoint Rendell, the only child of an ailing billionaire, has been treated for paranoia since childhood. When she secretly quits her meds, she begins to suspect that once her father passes, her husband will murder her for her inheritance. Realizing that no one will believe the ravings of a supposed psychotic, she devises a creative way to save herself – she will write herself out of danger, authoring a novel with the heroine in exactly the same circumstances, thus subtly exposing her husband's scheme to the world. She hires acclaimed author Lynn Andrews to help edit her literary insurance policy, but when Lynn is murdered, Grace is discovered standing over the bloody remains. The clock is ticking: can she write and publish her manuscript before she is strapped into a straitjacket, accused of homicide, or lowered six feet under?

With a cast of secondary characters whose challenges mirror Grace's own, Saving Grace is, at it's core, an allegory for the struggle of the marginalized to be heard and live life on their own terms.

"A psychological thriller with more than enough twists, turns, and misdirection to keep even the most jaded reader turning pages all night long."

–Lori Robbins, author of the Silver Falchion Award-winning novel, Lesson Plan for Murder

Purchase Links: 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BlackRose Writing | Goodreads



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

By day, a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior shelter dogs, competitive trivia player and author groupie, happily living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex, suspense and satire.

My background includes stints in travel marketing, travel journalism, meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they're off doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they won't friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy.

The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my characters. For example, as a real estate broker, I've never played Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings or offed anyone at my local diet clinic. And I haven't run away from home in fear that my husband was planning to off me.

But that's not to say that I haven't wanted to…

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MY THOUGHTS -

Another one for my list of favorites of the year! This book was insanely fun to read! Fun at Grace's expense, I am sorry to say. I just wanted to take Grace by the shoulders and say "Yes Grace, I believe you!".

Oh I loved loved loved this book! After just a quarter of the book, Grace became my new best friend, (no disrespect to my real life best friend)! She had totally won me over and I wanted so bad to jump inside the book and be able to help her. Thank God she befriended some "book people" to help her.  :-)

This story was so refreshing, so different from anything else I had read lately. It was a very welcome change!

The characters - Grace of course - loved! Her new author friend, Lynn/Andrea, loved her as well. She’s definitely the kind of friend that you want to have. Andrea‘s brother Hack totally won my heart over also. I mean, he was a hot mess, but I loved him LOL and he soon became a real true friend to Grace. I loved how they teamed up - perfect!  Tom, her savior, what a devoted sweetheart he was. Grace's husband on the other hand, evil incarnate and their children… evil spawn! Although I do realize it wasn't really the kid's fault. They were under their father's influence. But, I still hated them all!

Loved the ending of this book! Haha, how many times have I used the word loved in this review? That should tell you something.

Very highly recommend this one! My first one by this author. She has a couple others out that I am looking into.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!


11/3/20

The Venturi Effect by Sage Webb - GIVEAWAY!

 


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

After fleeing the crush of a partnership at a large Chicago criminal-defense firm and the humiliation of a professional breakdown, Devlin Winters just wants to be left alone with a couple sundowners on the deck of her dilapidated mahogany trawler on Galveston Bay. But when an old flame shows up on the boardwalk with a mysterious little boy in tow and an indictment on his heels, fate has other plans, and Devlin finds herself thrust onto a sailboat bound for St. Kitts and staring down her demons in the courtroom, as she squares off against an obsessed prosecutor with a secret of his own.

Links: Amazon | Goodreads


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Sage Webb practiced criminal defense for over a decade before turning to fiction. She is the author of two novels and the recipient of numerous literary awards in the U.S. and U.K., including second place in the Hackney Literary Awards. Her short stories have appeared in Texas anthologies and literary reviews. In 2020, Michigan’s Mackinac State Historic Parks named her an artist in residence. She belongs to International Thriller Writers and PEN America, and lives with her husband, a ship’s cat, and a boat dog on a sailboat in Galveston Bay.

You can find Sage at:
www.sagewebb.comGoodreadsTwitter, & Facebook!


MY THOUGHTS -

A great action packed, full of suspense little gem that will keep you reading into the wee hours of the morning! At least it did that to me! What started out a tad slow for me turned into adventure very quickly. 

There are really three parts to this story - the meet and greet, the sailing trip and "man overboard",  and finally the courtroom drama. I love books with the courtroom drama, one of my favorite things to read about. But I have to admit, the sailing part had me riveted and glued to the edge of my seat.

Good character development - but I didn't feel particularly close to anyone. I didn't love or hate any of the characters. But they were still good and fun to read about.

If you love adventures, especially sailing adventure you would love this one!


I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!



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10/27/20

Healthy Habits for a Healthier You - by Diya Nath

 

4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This book is a detailed account of the research on gut health and the benefits of healthy eating. The book describes 21 smoothies along with a new superfood Flavonoid additive that will help people with health benefits. Holistic living in total.

Purchase link - Amazon: mybook.to/diyanath

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
At 14 years old, to be a health advocate, researcher, entrepreneur, innovator and a publicist is a huge feat and Diya encompasses all of these with flair. She is not just a born natural but also very thoughtful, inquisitive and enterprising. Diya's mission is to change this world from inside out and motivate self help and self healing using unique healthy recipes, introducing her own brand of super food of flavonoids (Oxi-Blast) and also by introducing meditation and breathing techniques to live a better life.

Her research on microbiome (E.coli) and how it is affected by different chronic medications that we take on a daily basis like metformin, losartan, ibuprofen , tylenol and even vape , shows the deleterious side effects it can have on gut bacteria. Hence, with the help of her research, while working at an ASU lab, she is trying to quantify the amount of flavonoids in Oxi-Blast to give a healthier option to oneself and start on a journey of self healing.

Facebook: @diyasworld1
Twitter: @diyaworld_1
Instagram: @diyasworld_1
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachna-nath-1st-1535a72b/

MY THOUGHTS -
I thought this was a great book for a beginner. If you don't know where or how to start incorporating smoothies into your life for healthier living, this is a great reference.

There are some good smoothie ideas (I wish there were more, there's 21). Many of them were not new to me because I've been a smoothie maker for years :-). And - most of these (not all) use her own brand - Oxi-Blast. But there are some good ones to try and some I had never thought of! Most of the ingredients (with the exception of the Oxi-Blast) is stuff easily obtained from the grocery store - I like that.

Another great thing about this book was the information it offers! Not only smoothie recipes but important information and facts about the health of your body. I knew most of this but still found it interesting! And this is great, like I said, for a beginner!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from RABT Book Tours & PR -  Thank You!!

10/22/20

Prospects of a Woman By Wendy Voorsanger



5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -

Elisabeth Parker comes to California from Massachusetts in 1849 with her new husband, Nate, to reunite with her father, who’s struck gold on the American River. She soon realizes her husband is not the man she thoughtand neither is her father, who abandons them shortly after they arrive. As Nate struggles with his sexuality, Elisabeth is forced to confront her preconceived notions of family, love, and opportunity.

She finds comfort in corresponding with her childhood friend back home, writer Louisa May Alcott, and spending time in the company of a mysterious Californio Don. Armed with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance, she sets out to determine her role in building the West, even as she comes to terms with the sacrifices she must make to achieve independence and happiness. 

Prospects of a Woman is a fresh, authentic retelling of the West that explores women’s contributions in California and shatters the stereotypes of the typical hard-boiled novel of the West that has captured the American imagination for over a century.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Born and raised on the American River in Sacramento, Wendy Voorsanger has long held an intense interest in the historical women of California. She started her career in the Silicon Valley, writing about technology trends and innovations for newspapers, magazines, and Fortune 100 companies.

She currently manages SheIsCalifornia.net, a blog dedicated to chronicling the accomplishments of California women through history. Her debut historical novel, Prospects of a Woman will be published in October 2020 (She Writes Press); an excerpt entitled "Shifting in California" won 1st place in the California Writers Club short story contest and is published in the Fault Zone: Shift: An Anthology of Stories.  

She earned a B.A. in Journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Castro Writers' Cooperative, the Lit Camp Advisory Board, and the San Mateo Public Library Literary Society.

In addition to being an author, Wendy has worked as a lifeguard, ski instructor, and radio disc jockey. Wendy lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.


Author website: www.wendyvoorsanger.net

Additional website: Sheiscalifornia.com

Facebook: Author Wendy Voorsanger

Instagram: @authorwendyvoorsanger

MY THOUGHTS -

This wasn’t so much a book about the gold rush as it was about the people and the land and one very strong woman who wanted nothing more than to be independent.

A woman leaving everything to move out west with her new husband in search of gold and to reunite with her father. But this was not any ordinary woman this was a very brave, independent, smart woman. She started out with nothing but a tent and a shack a useless husband and ended up with the world! She thought she wanted riches and success, what she ended up with was independence, freedom, and peace... self-reliance.

What a wonderful and beautifully written book. Don't get me wrong, this was not all flowery and warm fuzzies. This was raw, emotional, graphic at times and sad.  We are talking about the mid 1800's, it was rough, especially for a woman. I think the author painted a perfect picture of what life was really like back then. 

Excellent character development! Wow, I really loved Elisabeth so much. She was a hard woman, she had to be. You had to be hard in order to survive. or be totally dependent on your husband for everything. And Elisabeth certainly couldn't do that. She had to learn how to take care of her self, pan for gold, hunt for food, and later even start her own business. She was not only independent, she was good at it! 

A quote that I loved -
"She no longer minded her hurt foot, enjoying the blankness, feeling like a book whose words magically disappeared, leaving room for something new."

Throughout the whole book Elisabeth wrote letters to her friend Louisa, back home... Louisa May Alcott - nice touch! She also mentions Ghirardelli chocolates from San Francisco. I had  no idea they had been around that long!

I find it hard to believe that this is Wendy Voorsanger's first novel! This is one to watch! I am a fan already. I can't wait to see what she writes next.

If you love historical fiction like I do, especially one about women and the real life as it was back then you will love this one!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from PR by the Book -  Thank You!!


10/13/20

Two Reasons To Run - Colleen Coble - GIVEAWAY!

 

4 Stars


ABOUT THE BOOK -

Gripping romantic suspense from USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble.

A lie changed her world.

Police Chief Jane Hardy is still reeling from the scandal that rocked her small-town department just as she took over for her retired father—the man who wrecked her life with one little lie. Now she’s finally been reunited with her presumed-dead fifteen-year-old son, Will, and his father, documentarian Reid Bechtol.

A crisis looms.

When a murder aboard the oil platform Zeus exposes an environmental terrorist’s plot to flood Mobile Bay with crude oil, Jane and Reid must put their feelings for each other behind them and work together to prevent the rig from being sabotaged.

A killer targets her son.

Then the terrorist puts her son Will’s life on the line. Protecting him could be the common ground they need . . . but then ghosts from the past threaten to ruin Jane and Reid for good. She’s got plenty of reasons to run. But what if she stays?

Purchase Links: 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ChristianBook.com | Goodreads


ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series.

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MY THOUGHTS -

Great read! A lot of page-turning action. I thought I had read the first book... but I guess I didn't LOL. I still enjoyed this one though. As usual - this can be read alone but really it is recommended that you read the first one - One Little Lie. If you do, you will just "get it" more.

I love Jane. She was a very strong (especially emotionally after everything she has been through) take charge kind of woman. She is definitely one that you want behind you when there is trouble. She will back you up no matter what.

This book is not only action suspense, but it is also emotionally suspenseful... as well as spiritually suspenseful! There is a lot going on in this woman's life that she needs to work through. A lot of mystery, a lot of action, and a lot of drama.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!


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9/30/20

Airborne by DiAnn Mills - with a GIVEAWAY!


5 STARS!


ABOUT THE BOOK -

Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.

While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.


Purchase Links: 

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Goodreads



ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

DiAnMills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Retreats: Marketing, Speakers, Nonfiction, and Novelist with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.


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DiAnnMills.comGoodreadsBookBubInstagramTwitter, & Facebook!


MY THOUGHTS -

Here it comes, wait for it... WOW!!!! LOL What an absolutely fantastic book! OK I am going to surprise you here, but this was my first book by DiAnMills! I know, crazy right? Well, now I know how good she is so this was my first in what I hope to be a wonderful, long reading relationship :-)

Great character development. It kind of surprised me when I got to the first paragraph into the mind of the "bad guy". I thought... whoa, is this what I think it is? Yep this it THE guy! I love it when books do that. First, when they surprise me, and second, when the get into the mind of the criminal.

This book was soooo timely. Infectious virus, spreading like hotcakes, killing people in its wake... sound familiar? :-/

This was edge of your seat writing perfection! Yep, pure perfection!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours -  Thank You!!



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