1/22/19

The Princess of Baker Street - Mia Kerick - GIVEAWAY!


The Princess of Baker Street
by Mia Kerick
Published by: Harmony Ink Press
Publication date: January 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Young Adult



 5 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
 “Always wear your imaginary crown” is Joey Kinkaid’s motto. For years, Joey, assigned male at birth, led the Baker Street kids in daring and imaginative fantasy adventures, but now that they’re teenagers, being a princess is no longer quite so cool. Especially for a child who is seen by the world as a boy.

Eric Sinclair has always been Joey’s best friend and admirer—Prince Eric to Joey’s Princess Ariel—but middle school puts major distance between them. As Eric’s own life takes a dangerous turn for the worse, he stands by and watches as Joey—who persists in dressing and acting too much like a Disney princess for anybody’s comfort—gets bullied. Eric doesn’t like turning his back on Joey, but he’s learned that the secret to teenage survival, especially with and absent mother, is to fly under the radar.

But when Joey finally accepts who she is and comes to school wearing lip gloss, leggings, and a silky pink scarf, the bullies make her life such a misery that she decides to end it all. Eric, in turn, must decide who he really is and what side he wants to stand on… though no matter what he chooses, the consequences with be profound for both teens, and they’ll face them for years to come.

Is there a chance the two teens can be friends again, and maybe even more?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son, heading off to college. (Yes, the nest is finally empty.) She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing scholarship essays. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it’s a sensitive subject.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology. Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com or visit at www.miakerickya.com to see what is going on in Mia’s world.

MY THOUGHTS -
What a fantastic story.  Heartwarming, sad, and brave! I have never read a Mia Kerick book before, but kudos to her for being such a brave edgy writer! This left me definitely wanting to read more.

A great group of characters! They were all very real. Joey, a girl trapped inside a boys body wanting desperately to be who she truly is. I think the author captured Joey's feelings and true self perfectly. The suffering under the hands of bullies was heartbreaking but again so real! Even the bullies characters were great (and by that, I mean they felt real). I loved Eric. He was my favorite character. People are always concerned with the main person involved. Few people ever think how it affects the family and friends. While Eric ignored Joey and sometimes even went along with the taunting for years, on the inside, he was conflicted. He was struggling with his feelings for Joey as a friend... or more. There was also Eric's shockingly sad poverty stricken home life! This part of the book was even more amazing to me that the other.

I love how everything came around in the end. Great ending! And I love that you get two stories in one!

A great heart breaking/heart lifting story by a great writer! A must read!

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

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1/15/19

Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers - GIVEAWAY!

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on Tour January 1-31, 2019


Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers

Boise Montague’s life in Los Angeles has fallen apart. After his wife dies, he returns to the tiny island where he grew up. Unfortunately, coming home doesn’t bring him the peace he’s looking for. Things have changed drastically since his last visit. The island has moved on and so have the people he once knew. When Boise tries to find the one friend he thinks he can count on to be there for him, he’s confronted with another death. A murder. A murder that the police did not think important enough to investigate thoroughly. Boise wants answers. He enlists a local reporter named Dana, who has theories of her own, to help him dig deeper. With not much left to lose, a bone to pick with the justice system, and a relentless partner, Boise sets out to do what the police would not: solve the murder of Roger Black. The island of St. Thomas is a gleaming tropical paradise. Welcome to the Caribbean, where murder is as common as sunshine.

Book Details:
Genre: Mystery (Caribbean Noir)

Published by: Acorn Publishing

Publication Date: June 25, 2018

Number of Pages: 336

ISBN: 1947392166 (ISBN13: 9781947392168)

Series: Boise #1

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

Behind me, the door I’d entered through opened. A very tan redhead showing signs of aging from many days spent in the sun entered carrying a laptop bag and shouldering a camera. A red Carnegie Mellon University baseball cap that looked like it had been run over by a garbage truck covered part of her tough, but beautiful face. She looked me over like I was a mongrel who’d wandered in begging for table scraps.

“You need something?” She dropped her stuff down on the cushioned chair next to the counter.

“Uh, yes, I wondered if I could get some clippings or microfilm or copies or whatever it is newspapers give for issues two to eight years old. Are they digitized yet?” I stammered.

“Seriously, what do you want?” She pulled her Ray-Bans off and the gray-blue of her eyes stunned me for a moment. Using her sunglasses, she tapped my shoulder. “Hello?”

The faint odor of cigarette smoke assaulted me when she got close.

“Clippings, you know, news from the past,” I said.

As she slipped the glasses into a case from her purse she said, “Yes, but you implied that something here was digitized.” She pursed her thin lips. “This newspaper went online three years ago, so, the last three years are available online in the archives section if you buy a subscription. You a subscriber?”

“I don’t have a subscription,” I said defensively.

“Figures. This is why my job is constantly in danger. Everyone expects news for free.” Her fine hair moved in a blur as she shook her head derisively while she rummaged for something in her bag.

“Hey, I’m happy to buy a subscription. I support journalism,” I said. It sounded lame.

We both flinched as a thunderous banging rang through the room as something or someone hit the other side of a door to my left.

She threw her hands up, exclaiming, “Not again!”

“What? What’s that?” I said.

“Calling the cops,” she sang out. “They said they’re gonna start charging us if this happened again,” she whispered.

Another, more urgent banging erupted through the room. The reporter had her cell out.

“Wait,” I said. “Is it really that dangerous?”

“No, just annoying.” She pressed a button on her phone. “You believe this? Now I’m on hold. I could probably walk over to the police station faster. He’ll probably take a dump on the floor by the time we get back.”

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Excerpt from Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers. Copyright © 2018 by Gene Desrochers. Reproduced with permission from Gene Desrochers. All rights reserved.




Gene Desrochers
ABOUT THE AUTHOR -

Gene Desrochers hails from a dot in the Caribbean Sea called St. Thomas. He grew up with minimal supervision and free-roaming animals in a guesthouse that also served as a hospital during wartime. He has spent his life steadily migrating west, and now finds himself in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife, cats, and kids. After a lifetime of writing and telling short stories, he ventured into the deep end, publishing his first novel, Dark Paradise in 2018. If you ask, he will regale you with his Caribbean accent and tennis prowess.

Catch Up With Gene Desrochers On:
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Goodreads

Twitter

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MY THOUGHTS -
Well I just loved this book! This was exciting, different, fun, kinda quirky and with great characters! You definitely can't go wrong with this one!

I fell in love with Boise (and Dana) but especially the two of them together. I loved Boise's island laid back but git-er-done personality. I loved that the author didn't make him out to be some kind of superhero. He was a real person that had real crap happen to him. Dana had a much stronger outspoken personality so the two of them, I thought made a great team.

This was a little difficult and slow reading at times because of the authentic Caribbean, which I loved and wouldn't have wanted it any other way. It just made you have to concentrate harder.

There were two mysteries going on at the same time, so no drag in the story-line. Loved the ending. And loved that this was the first in, what I hope to be, a whole string of Boise books! Gimme more please!

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1/14/19

Adorable Baby Knits - Jody Long


4.5 STARS


ABOUT THE BOOK -
Intermediate to advanced knitters will adore these original designs, which offer a modern take on classic infant knitwear. Twenty-five patterns, arranged by skill level, include booties and matching hats, blankets, a vest, and a dress as well as a generous selection of sweaters, cardigans, and coats. The patterns incorporate cables, lace, bobbles, color work, and a variety of other techniques that lend a distinctive charm to each item. All projects feature clear directions as well as charts, schematics, and color photos.
Projects include booties in fisherman's rib and seed stitches, rainbow booties with matching hat, flower picot and frilly sun hats, and blankets with teddy bear and rosette motifs. Sweaters range from sheep, daisy, and nautical styles to swing, fringed, and loop stitch cardigans. Other patterns include an easy henley, zigzag bolero, peplum coat, moss stitch duffle coat, cabled vest and pullover, lace and seed stitch dress, and more. An ideal source of fresh ideas and personalized presents, this book is also a great gift for anyone with a knack for knitting.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jody Long was born in Portsmouth, UK, grew up in Waterlooville, Hampshire, and moved to Malaga, Spain in 2014. For over ten years he designed for all the major UK and US knitting magazines, then moved on to design for knitting mills around the globe. Jody has also designed for celebrity clients. His first book, "Knitted Toys" is only the beginning of his career as an author.


MY THOUGHTS -
My very first thought was - I love that there are more complicated patterns in this book! As an experienced knitter I get tired of looking at pattern books with nothing but simple "quick knits" that just bore the pants off me (so to speak). So when I saw all the lovely cabled sweaters in here I squealed with glee :-)

There are a lot of sweaters (and jackets) in this book, which is great! But I do wish there were a little more of the other items. There are a couple hats but not very good ones, a couple booties but nothing new, and a couple blankies but again...

But I do give this book credit for all the wonderful sweater patterns. I am going to try a couple of them right away!

Here are a couple pictures -

Doesn't this one look like so much fun????
And this one is a boring quick one but my daughter loves it... so I will probably end up making it for my granddaughter! LOL

This author actually has quite a few other books I would love to get my hands on!
Check him out - HERE

Order your copy of this book - HERE 

  I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Dover Books Thank You!!

1/7/19

Winner!

I am sorry I am so late in getting to this!
We have been dealing with some heavy personal issues concerning my hubby's parents :-(
So all of our attention has been going to that (and still is).
We are asking for some pretty heavy duty strong prayers please!

I did take the time to choose a winner of the Gift card for last month!
I had 68 entries total.
So I tallied up the entries put the total into Random.org 
And they choose #50 which was included in the tallies of...


Rita Wray


Yay congrats!

Rita, I just contacted you via email. If you don't get it please let me know in the comments just to be sure I got the email correct.
 

12/28/18

C is for Christmas - Michelle Medlock Adams


Jesus is the reason for the season! It’s as easy as A-B-C! Pairing scenes from the first Christmas with the traditions of today, this book brings together all the very best elements of the season into a delightful read-aloud that families will turn to year after year. The gang’s all here—Mary and Joseph, the three kings, the shepherds, and the big man in red—but the focus is clearly on Jesus. On every page, this beautiful book witnesses to the great love that came into the world on the night a precious baby was born.


Award-winning, bestselling author Michelle Medlock Adams embraces the true meaning of Christmas as well as the holiday traditions she and her husband, Jeff, have made for their family over the last twenty-seven years. Author of eighty-plus books, Michelle has won more than twenty-five writing awards for her children's books, including four SELAH awards and a Golden Scroll. She is the president of Platinum Literary Services, a premier full-service literary firm, and also serves as chair of the board for Serious Writer Inc. She is a sought-after speaker, respected teacher, and genuine encourager who loves bass fishing and being GiGi to grandson Bear.

You can learn more about Michelle at www.michellemedlockadams.com.


MY THOUGHTS -
What a wonderful sweet story - perfect for young children (and even the old LOL). This sends a great Christmas message that would be a nice addition for every Christmastime. I can see reading this on Christmas eve along with your Bible reading.

And especially for the children, adorable fun pictures! -




Add a new tradition to your family Christmas next year!

Order yours from Amazon - HERE

 I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Little Lamb Books publishing company Thank You!!

Coming Home for Christmas - Holiday Anthology


Tori Andrews wanted nothing more than to leave her small town. She’s hesitant to come back home for the holidays. Tori knows her meddling-mother will be up to her old tricks to find her a husband and keep her in White Cove.

Between her career and her match-making-mom, she’s thought as little as possible of finding the one. Until she meets her mystery bartender with compassionate eyes, a calming voice, and good advice. But when she discovers he’d already been propositioned by her mom to ask her out on a date; she no longer wants to know who he is.

Alice Andrews has plans for her daughter. She wants her in White Cove, and not just for Christmas. All family traditions are set to impress her daughter and she’s found the perfect gift. A new doctor in town. Alice promised to stop meddling but maybe just one more time will keep her daughter home. The hospital Christmas party will allow for an introduction. Meddling mom has given her daughter and the doctor the roles of Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Alice prays for fate to take over. Little does she know that fate began without an introduction.



Bestselling and Award Winning Author Angela Ford hit Amazon's Top 50 Authors with her #1 Bestseller in Christmas Holiday Romance.

Escape with a sweet love story, a spicy romance, a suspenseful mystery, or indulge with one of her cookbooks! Angela is never without a book - whether she's reading - writing - or sharing recipes! Her dedication to Cyber Safety gave her an Award of Distinction and sparked the idea for her first book 'Closure' that hit Bestselling Action & Adventure - Women's fiction. Angela originates from Nova Scotia...Canada's Ocean Playground! This Scotia gal is inspired by amazing sunsets, the ocean, and time with her family. You'll find her out walking with her beloved ChiJug - that's her 14-pound Chihauhau-Jack Russell-Pug - Bailey! Every possible quiet moment she finds, she treasures and just writes about the moments to come.
Visit her at Romantic Escapes http://www.angelafordauthor.com to connect with her.

MY QUICK THOUGHTS - 
A fun sweet Christmas time story that will definitely warm your heart like a cup of hot cocoa!
Great characters... love the Doc!
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After ten years, Brandy blames herself when she gets blind-sided by her husband and he brings their marriage to a screeching halt. Mentally, she’s crushed and confused as to what went wrong and the breakup traps her in a dark, cynical place that she can’t seem to pull herself out of. Losing her job at a time when her self-esteem is already at an all-time low only adds to her depression.

In Brandy’s eyes, she’s a train wreck searching for a place to derail. Two weeks before Christmas her mother suggests that she move home. Taking her mother’s advice, Brandy leaves Dallas, Texas for Wauchula, Florida.

Once Brandy gets to Florida, she’s greeted by Connie, a high school acquaintance that she hasn’t seen in over ten years. Brandy learns Connie’s brother is flying in from Chicago for the holidays and has just underwent a nasty divorce of his own. Connie’s determined, with Brandy’s help, they can cheer him up. Brandy’s not convinced.

To Brandy’s surprise, Shaun is no longer the tall, geeky kid she remembers from high school with black rimmed glasses, taped on the sides. He’s tall all right, and sexy as hell, wears contacts and sports an eight pack instead of six.

One day at the zoo changes their life forever.



Tammy Tate was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida but has lived most of her adult life in Texas. Her passion to write began in high school. It follows her everywhere she goes...creating a world where anything is possible. She's been married to the same wonderful man for over thirty years. Her secret to a long marriage? It's easy when you marry your best friend. In her world, Friday night is still date night.

Before she became a full-time author, she was an Executive Secretary, a Computer Consultant/Technician, and a Communications Officer (Police Dispatcher). She doesn't mind a challenge which has allowed her to race a late-model in a women's powder puff race, run barrels and poles in a play-day rodeo and drive an 18-wheeler. Somewhere in between, she and her husband raised three wonderful children. When she's not breathing life into her characters or jotting down ideas for a new book, she and her husband are spending quality time together.



Website - http://authortammytate.blogspot.com  


MY QUICK THOUGHTS - 
I loved this one! This was a little more adventurous and had more action than the others. I loved the characters and easily connected with them. A very fun, exciting read for Christmas!

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You can find all these short books in one anthology - 


Perfect for your holiday reading.
Buy it now for next year!


Amazon link - HERE

Thank you Sharon Kleve for sending me e-copies of all these wonderful stories to read and review! You're the best!




12/27/18

#SeasonToRead - Dec. 27 - 2018 favorites - with a GIVEAWAY!

I always do an end of the year post showcasing some of my favorite books in each genre - I usually do this in Jan.

So... I will just highlight a few of my years favorites here (and I will still do an end of the year in review in Jan.)

So here are 5 of my favorites (click on the title and it will take you to my review). -

Black Flowers, White Lies

Queen of Corona

Medium Wave

Muriel Avenue Sluts

Becker Circle

So there you have it! Five of my favorite books of the year!

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12/26/18

#SeasonToRead - Dec. 26 - Gifted book - with a GIVEAWAY!

I received two awesome books that I had requested for Christmas! YAY! Thanks daughter!



And one very special picture book 💓💖


That's my granddaughter!!! - Again... thanks daughter!! LOL




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12/24/18

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! #SeasonToRead - Dec. 25 - Christmas, of course! - GIVEAWAY


Isaiah 9:6


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Have a wonderful Christ filled Christmas everyone! 


#SeasonToRead - Dec. 24 - Red Cover - with a GIVEAWAY!

I had to search through all my Christmas books to find one with a red cover.
This is the best I could do, it does have a lot of red on it.

Known for her heartwarming observations of family life, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Thayer showcases her beloved Nantucket’s snowy off-season in this emotionally gratifying and utterly entertaining story.

Holidays on this Massachusetts island are nothing short of magical, and the season’s wonderful traditions are much loved by Nicole Somerset, new to Nantucket and recently married to a handsome former attorney. Their home is already full of enticing scents of pine, baking spices, and homemade pie.

But the warm, festive mood is soon tempered by Nicole’s chilly stepdaughter, Kennedy, who arrives without a hint of holiday spirit. Determined to keep her stepmother at arm’s length—or, better yet, out of the picture altogether—Kennedy schemes to sabotage Nicole’s holiday preparations. Nicole, however, is not about to let anyone or anything tarnish her first Christmas with her new husband.


I just love Nancy Thayer's books! The ones I have read are some of my favorites! If you haven't tried any of her books - give one a try... maybe this one! And isn't the cover gorgeous!!

Amazon link - HERE

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!