2/25/20

Unborn - Rachel McLean


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
She killed her unborn child. The punishment will fit the crime.
America, 2026.
Feminism has been defeated.
Equality is a memory.
And abortion has been criminalized.
Three women find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Kate, carrying the child of a sexual predator.
Grace, whose baby will be born with a fatal deformity.
And Cindee: abused, abandoned and pregnant.
Can these three very different women come together to fight an oppressive system and win their freedom?
Find out by reading Unborn, a chilling dystopia combined with a gripping legal thriller.

Purchase Links
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08184VDBV/
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08184VDBV/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
My name's Rachel McLean and I write thrillers that make you think.
What does that mean?
In short, I want my stories to make your pulse race and your brain tick.
Do you often get through a thriller at breakneck pace but are left with little sense of what the book was really about? Do you sometimes read literary fiction but just wish something would damn well happen?
My books aim to fill that gap.

If you'd like to know more about my books and receive extra bonus content, please join my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub. I'll send you a weekly email with news about my writing research and progress, stories and bonus content for each book. And I'll let you know when my books are on offer.

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MY THOUGHTS -
One you start reading you won't want to stop.
This book was terrible! And I don't mean terrible as in a bad book, I mean, horrific, shocking, barbaric. Women and girls are arrested and thrown in prison for even attempting to abort their unborn baby. Sadly, this concept may not be all that far off - with the wrong people in office this could be our reality.

This is the story about four women. The three women in prison and the one Dr. who sticks her neck out to try to help them. This is both heartbreaking and shocking at the same time. Excellently written, great character development, and very real!

I knew this author looked familiar! I read Sea of Lies by her, another excellent book - https://wall-to-wall-books.blogspot.com/search?q=sea+of+lies

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Rachel's Random Resources -  Thank You!!


2/19/20

The Great Witches Baking Show by Nancy Warren - GIVEAWAY!!!


4 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
A baker with secrets
Witches in trouble
The cameras are rolling
Ready, set, die.
Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, winning the crown as Britain’s Best Baker would open doors she’s dreamed of. In more ways than one. Appearing on the reality show is her chance to get into Broomewode Hall and uncover the secrets of her past.
But strange things are happening on the show’s set: accusations of sabotage, a black cat that shadows Poppy, suspiciously unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall—and the judges can be real witches.
There are murmurs that Broomewode is an energy vortex. It certainly makes Poppy see and do things that aren’t exactly normal, and seems to draw interesting characters to the neighborhood.
When a fellow contestant dies in mysterious circumstances, Poppy has more to worry about than burned pies and cakes that won’t rise. There’s a murderer on the loose and it’s up to Poppy and her new friends to solve the crime before it becomes a real show-stopper.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Nancy Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than seventy novels, including the best selling Vampire Knitting Club series and the Toni Diamond mysteries. She's from Vancouver, though she tends to wander. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa university, appeared on the front page of the New York Times when her book Speed Dating launched the Harlequin/Nascar series. She was also the answer to a clue in a crossword puzzle in Canada's National Post newspaper.

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MY THOUGHTS -
This was the true definition of cozy mystery. I could curl up on my couch, Kindle in hand and get cozy while read this.

I am not what you would call a hard-core mystery fan, so a book like this is perfect for someone like me. I like my mysteries more on the fun side. And this was a fun one!  It started out more baking show, fun, quirky. Then became a little more suspenseful. Then... yes! Someone dies - murder mystery. I liked seeing it go through these phases slowly.

Great character development. There were a lot of characters (and one cat!) and the author did a great job of introducing them and allowing us to get to know them.

The only thing for me is that I wish it had more "witchy" stuff going on.

I like this author! I have read a few other books by her and have not been disappointed yet.
This is the first in a new series so be sure to grab this one and read it first!



I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Partners in Crime Tours
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1/20/20

133 Hours - Zach Abrams



5 STARS!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Arriving at work to find she’s lost more than five-and-a-half days (133 hours), Briony Chaplin, has no recollection of where she’d been or what had happened to her. She is distraught. Has she been ill, or had a breakdown, or could she have been drugged and abducted?
Doubting her own sanity, Briony is fearful of what she’ll find. Yet she’s driven to discover the truth. When she trawls her memories, she’s terrified by visions, believing she may have been abused and raped.
Assisted by her friends Alesha and Jenny, and supported by a retired detective, she’s determined to learn where she’s been and why.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - 
Having the background of a successful career in commerce and finance, Zach Abrams has spent many years writing reports, letters and presentations and it's only fairly recently he started writing novels. "It's a more honourable type of fiction," he declares.

Writer of the Alex Warren Murder Mystery series, set in Scotland, Zach has also written the psychological thriller 'Ring Fenced' and the financial thriller 'Source', as well as collaborating with Elly Grant on a book of short stories.

Zach is currently producing a non-fiction series to help small businesses -using the collective title 'Mind Your Own Business'. The first, 'So, You Think You Want to be a Landlord' is already available.

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MY THOUGHTS -
Fantastic story! This turned out nothing like what I thought! LOL I thought I had it all figured out, wrong! The first person I suspected I was way off base on. The second and third people I suspected I was way off base on!! Shows you what I know.

I started reading this when I was not feeling well, I think I had a touch of the flu. So I literally just laid on the couch and read almost the whole book in one day - it was that good!

Great character development! I really did like most of the characters, even if I suspected them in the beginning - I ended up liking them. I loved Briony. She was great! And amazing considering what she had been through.

I love memory loss or time loss stories so this was a win right from the beginning! I am so glad I loved it. I was really ready for a book like this!

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


1/12/20

Amber Hollow - Edgar Swamp - GIVEAWAY!


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4 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK - 
On July 15, 1991, an isolated village in Northern Wisconsin is ground zero for an unprecedented, fiery tragedy. Of the community's 600 residents, there are only five survivors. Detailed accounts by the victims contradict each other; the only link is a man named Anthony Guntram, but because he is presumed to be dead, this claim can't be verified. Further investigations reveal a culture enshrouded in mystery. What are the survivors hiding? Only the villagers know the secret of Amber Hollow, a place where sanity is checked at the town line and the parameters of reality become blurred. An unconventional horror story by design, Edgar Swamp delivers an action-driven page-turner that will keep readers guessing until the calamitous ending.


About the Author

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Edgar Swamp is the author of the “Gyre Mission,” “Glitch in the Machine,” and “Blackout.” His short stories have appeared in Alienskin, Macabre Cadaver, and Urban Reinventors. When he isn’t holed up in his office playing online poker, he likes to dig up the recently deceased and make furniture out of their skin. He lives and works in San Diego, California.



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MY THOUGHTS -
Whoa cree-py!!! But just the right amount of creepiness for me. 

This story takes you deeper and deeper into the strangeness of this creepy town. A few moments there is reminded me of Roanoke. Hey maybe that is what happened to that town! You never know.

How I can read and love a whole story without liking either main character is beyond me. The story had a mind of its own and didn't need for the characters to be likable. I love the mixture of suspense, paranormal/Sci-fi, and historical. They all really worked well with each other.

The ending, for me was really not the best. It seemed way over done and not like the rest of the story at all. It was almost like two different books. But I do think that some people probably do like those crazy Sci-fi endings. I would rather it been a little calmer and ... normal-ish. But that's just my own preference.


All-in-all this was a really fun, spooky, suspenseful read. Enough suspense to keep it interesting and on the edge of your seat but not too much blood and guts stuff to scare away you light weights (up until the end, then it gets a little crazy). 

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





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1/1/20

Herbalism st Home, 125 Recipes for everyday health - Kristine Brown


4.5 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Natural remedies made easy―an at-home guide to herbalism
A growing number of people have turned to herbalism as an affordable, natural alternative to conventional medicine―and with a rich landscape of resources, those new to herbalism may wonder where to start. Herbalism at Home gives you the down-to-earth guidance and simple recipes you need to introduce plant-based remedies into your daily life.
Start your path with an overview of the types of herbalism remedies, like teas, tinctures, salves, creams, and poultices. Discover in-depth profiles on 40 healing plants, including their medicinal properties, health benefits, and appropriate dosage―as well as 125 recipes for common physical ailments, mental health, personal care, childhood conditions, and even aging.
Herbalism at Home includes:
  • Herbal pantry―Take a look at the evolution of herbalism, the tools and ingredients you’ll need, and tips on growing your own herbs.
  • Plan ahead―Get to know techniques, like infusion, diffusion, and syrup―each with easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations.
  • Everyday healing―Ease everyday ailments with step-by-step recipes for Cuts and Scrapes Salve, Laryngitis Relief Honey, Memory Support Tonic, and more.
Take healing into your own hands with Herbalism at Home, the all-in-one recipe and reference guide.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Kristine Brown, RH(AHG) is a practicing traditional community herbalist and mother four children and two step children, two of which she homeschooled for 11 years. She studied with Rosemary Gladstar of Sage Mountain and has spent countless hours of research and study through her own pursuit with herbalists such as jim mcdonald, Leslie Alexander, Leslie Williams, Isla Burgess, Gail Faith Edwards, and Kat Maier. She has taught classes locally since 2004, has presented at many herbal conferences around the country, has run numerous herbal kids’ camps both locally and nationally, and assists Leslie Alexander, Ph.D., RH(AHG) with the American Herbalist Guild Symposium’s Herbal Activity Hub. Kristine is president of her local AHG chapter and is very active in her local herbal community. She is the writer and illustrator of the online children’s publication Herbal Roots zine which has been in publication since 2009. Teaching others about herbs is her focus with a passion of sharing her knowledge with children as they are our future!

MY THOUGHTS -
This is a great simple basic book for beginners. I am a very experienced user of alternative medicine and home remedies and I have written quite a few reviews for books like this.

A couple things I really like about this book -
~ The first part of the book is a kind of encyclopedia of medicinal plants. It has a picture of the plant or the part of the plant you would use (berries etc), it has a paragraph explaining the medicinal properties, then how to use the plant and the preparation, the dosage, and finally a tip.
They do all this for every single one and I love that!
~ Then the next section is how to prepare. It tells how to make decoctions, infusions, tinctures, poultices etc. I took a couple classes on how to do all this and I tell you - they were the best classes I ever took! The directions in this book are very clear and easy to follow.

~ The next section is the recipes, specific recipes for specific needs.
~ First common ailments - Sore muscle salve, nausea relief, headache relief, , and lots more
~ Emotional well-being - stress relief, depression, etc.
~ Common childhood conditions - fevers, ear aches, chicken pox, etc.
~ Women's health - hot flashes (that's what I need!), weight loss, cramps, etc.
~ Men's health - hair loss, chafing, etc.
~ Aging - age spots, hearing loss, varicose veins, etc.
~ Personal care - and this section is really neat! face cleansers, hair treatments, bath oils, its kind of like the spa section!
And finally a glossary.

All-in-all its a pretty comprehensive, well put together book. There is a lot of ailments missing, but if it had everything it would be huge (I have one of those books and it is fat). If you are thinking of getting this book keep in mind most of these "herbs" etc. are not items that you will have around the house. These are items you will have to get from a local store that carries fresh or dried herbs. I think now you can even order them online. I used to have a nice herb garden and grew most of my own.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Callisto Publisher's Club
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Don't Blame the Mud - Marty Machowski, illustrator - Craig MacIntosh


5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK-
For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud gives a vivid way of helping children see where wrong choices come from and how to turn to Jesus for change from the inside out. Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences. 

One day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable, relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin. 

By clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin and provides a gospel answer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over thirty years. He is the author of The Gospel Story BibleLong Story ShortOld Story New, the Gospel Story Curriculum, the Prepare Him Room advent devotional and curriculum, Wise Up family devotional and curriculum, Listen Up family devotional and curriculum, Dragon SeedThe OlogyDon't Blame the MudParenting First Aid, and Parenting First Aid Study Guide. He and his wife, Lois, have six children and two grandchildren, and they reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR - 
Craig MacIntosh was a newspaper political cartoonist and illustrator for over twenty years and was the artist for the widely published cartoon strip Sally Forth. He and his wife, Linda, live in Minnesota and have two grown children.  

MY THOUGHTS -
Great teaching tool! If you have been wanting to teach your child about salvation but wasn't sure how to go about it or where to start, this is the book to use. 

I run an after school program at our church and do a weekly Bible lesson. We have talked many times about Jesus dying for our sins so that we could be forgiven. But besides reading it right from the 
bible (which we do and it is confusing for a child) I try to teach them the best I can about salvation. That everyone sins, but we all can have the gift of forgiveness.  I feel like I sound like a broken record that they stop listening to LOL.

I love that everything I want to say is right here in story form. I can read a few pages and talk about it and explain what it means. There is the Bible verse - John 3:16 in the front of the book and in the back is a two page spread of how to teach and help your child understand. I will be using this book with them and honestly, I think they will love it and be able to relate to it.


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