9/18/18

When Time Stands Still - Sara Furlong-Burr


4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
It’s been nearly a decade since Elle Sloan last saw Luke Hutchins. Close to ten years since she broke up with him over a single phone call, providing him with little explanation. Since the end of their relationship, Elle has done everything she could do to move on, marrying, proceeding forward with her life, almost allowing herself to completely forget about Luke.

Almost.

Out of nowhere, Elle receives a phone call from Luke’s mother. Luke has been in a horrific car accident and, a month later, has just awoken from a coma. However, instead of celebrating, his family is stunned to learn that Luke is suffering from amnesia and only remembers his life as it was before his breakup with Elle. Not wanting to tell Luke that he and Elle aren’t together anymore for fear it may compromise his recovery, Elle is asked by Luke’s family to come to the hospital to see him. Their hope is that she will slowly be able to jog his memory and cushion the blow.

Guilt-ridden over how their relationship ended, Elle readily agrees, finding herself transported back in time with Luke to the life they once shared and the future they could have had together.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Sara “Furlong” Burr was born and raised in Michigan and currently still lives there with her husband, two daughters, a high-strung Lab, and three judgmental cats. When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys reading, camping, spending time with her family, and attempting to paint while consuming more amaretto sours than she cares to admit. She's also an advocate for melanoma awareness, having been diagnosed with stage 1b melanoma in 2017.

You can learn more about Sara at http://sarafurlongburr.blogspot.com
follow her on Twitter via @Sarafurlong
and read more of her ramblings via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnigmaBlackKindle.

MY THOUGHTS -
Oh what a movie worthy book this is!
I liked this story from beginning to end but I really LOVED the ending. I love memory loss stories. Its just a thing with me. If its about memory loss I am going to want to read it. Some heartfelt moments and some angsty moments. This was all very well done. It was believable. It felt real to me.

Great character development. I really wasn't sure I liked Elle in the beginning. I think her character was one that you had to get to know and warm up to, which I did.

There were a few twists and surprises, just enough to keep you on your toes. Honestly I really wasn't sure which way it was going to go in the end. And for once I would have been OK if it were left hanging (a non-ending) but... the author does not leave you hanging.
I will just say - GREAT ending!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from RABT ~ Thank You!

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9/17/18

The Found Child by Jo Crow - Showcase post - GIVEAWAY!

One mother’s life can change in the blink of an eye—and there’s no going back.

Elaine’s worst fears become a reality when her beloved son Jakob is diagnosed with cancer. She needs to find a bone marrow donor, and time is running out. While awaiting test results from herself and her husband Nathan, she approaches his business partner, Roger—her ex-lover—to see if he could be a possible match. Instead, an even greater shock awaits: Jakob is not her biological son. For years, she has been raising someone else’s child.

The news threatens to send Elaine back to the pills that almost destroyed her life once before, pushing her already fragile mental state to the breaking point. As the family faces one crisis, a ghost from her past emerges to jeopardize everything she’s built. But is the threat real, or is it all in her mind? Elaine needs to stay strong for her son, but as her whole reality continues to unravel, she can’t trust anyone—not even herself.

Purchase Links: Amazon Goodreads

Author Bio:

Jo Crow gave ten years of her life to the corporate world of finance, rising to be one of the youngest VPs around. She carved writing time into her commute to the city, but never shared her stories, assuming they were too dark for any publishing house. But when a nosy publishing exec read the initial pages of her latest story over her shoulder, his albeit unsolicited advice made her think twice.

A month later, she took the leap, quit her job, and sat down for weeks with pen to paper. The words for her first manuscript just flew from her. Now she spends her days reading and writing, dreaming up new ideas for domestic noir fans, and drawing from her own experiences in the cut-throat commercial sector.

Not one to look back, Jo is all in, and can’t wait for her next book to begin.

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Prologue

Telling parents that the search for their missing infant had gone cold was a job that no one wanted. And honestly, Detective Aaronson had tried to pass it off to someone else—to his partner, Miller, and then to a uniform. Ultimately, though, the chief had put his boot down and pushed it back on Aaronson. He was the point man. He and Miller had worked the case together for a month before the leads dried up, but it had been Aaronson who had sat with the parents, talked to them on the phone, and kept them updated.
He’d been the one to give them hope, so it followed that he should be the one to take it away… right?
They had agreed to meet him at the station. That seemed to be the best choice. No one wanted to get this kind of news in their own home—it would put a stain on the place that would never wash out. No, it was more professional to have the talk here in one of the small conference rooms. No decorations, no distractions, nothing to make the moment seem too casual. Only gray brick, white linoleum and a wooden table and chairs that were plain and utilitarian. Unemotional.
Now he sat across from them, steeling himself and trying to work up some moisture in his mouth. There was water, but they hadn’t poured a glass so he wasn’t about to. Both of them had dark circles under their bloodshot eyes, and a waxy pallor to their skin. They hadn’t slept in a month, he figured. He’d have put money on it. Hell, he could barely sleep when his teenager stayed out late with her friends on a weekend. And their child had been gone for more than a month. As a parent, he understood part of their pain. Just part of it. That’s what made this so damn difficult.
“We’re not closing the case,” he said, his tone as flat as he could manage. “But as of now, the leads—”
“You’re not looking anymore?” the mother asked. Fury filled her eyes, and loss. One of those was for him.
“It’s only been a month,” the father said. “You can’t stop now. Please, our son is out there somewhere—we know it.”
“I can feel him,” she said. “You have to believe me, I can feel him here.” She clutched at her chest, at the threadbare, peach-colored sweater she wore.
You have to keep it short, the chief had said. Keep it direct and then refer them to the counselor. That’s your job.
Aaronson wondered if the chief had ever done this before. He imagined he’d had, but to make it seem so simple… Of course, there were regulations. He couldn’t be the counselor and the detective, and there were good reasons for that. “We will keep the case open,” he told them. “If any new leads come in, we’ll follow up on them.”
He meant it, too. But the truth that he knew, and that these two knew even if they didn’t want to believe it, was that after seventy-two hours, most of these cases were never solved. Every day after that windows closed, the likelihood of finding a child like theirs dropped exponentially until it plummeted to a fraction of a percent which itself really only represented the handful of miracle cases that had been resolved sometimes decades after a disappearance.
“Please don’t do this,” the father begged. He took his wife’s hand, and they leaned into one another. “One more month. There was that woman—”
“At the moment, Andrea Williams has been cleared as a suspect,” Aaronson said. That poor woman’s life had been all but destroyed already. “We’ve been over her life with a fine-toothed comb. If new evidence emerges, we’ll look into it again, but I’m telling you that she’s not who we want.”
“So, what do we do now?” the mother asked. “What do we do now that you’ve abandoned our boy? Abandoned us?”
Aaronson was so close to breaking. He stood from the table. “I swear to you both,” he said, the words bitter on his tongue, “that we will pursue any and every lead that comes across my desk. We’re not abandoning anyone. Alright?” And while it may have been technically true, it sure felt like a lie.
Nothing but contempt came from them, and he didn’t blame them at all. And he hated himself for what he had to say next. “There’s a counselor here. Doctor Amari. She’s a grief counselor, and it’s free to see her. I can send her in, but I have to leave you now. I’m sorry. Really, I am.”
They turned their faces from him.
As he left, he closed the door gently even though he wanted to slam it hard enough to shatter the glass. He wasn’t even sure who to be angry with. Himself, mostly, he guessed, or the whole damn department. And Andrea-fucking-Williams, who had wasted their time from the beginning by lying to protect herself instead of telling them the truth about her record so that they could have moved on.
He took only two steps before the mother wailed loudly behind him. The entire department went quiet. That sound was one they all knew. It was the sound of a woman who had lost the last shred of hope she’d had. The shred that he’d taken away from her.
That was the sound of a mother whose child had died. And, at this point, Aaronson had nothing to suggest it wasn’t true.
He’d failed them.
***
Excerpt from The Found Child by Jo Crow. Copyright © 2018 by Jo Crow. Reproduced with permission from Jo Crow. All rights reserved.


WOW! This book sounds amazing to me and is definitely going on my TBR list! 

9/15/18

Coming up...

You know when you get a box in the mail and you open it and actually squeeeeel out loud at the sight of the book inside!!!!????

This was one of those times!


Big huge smile on my face!!
I mean, come on! Anything with Vampire and knitting in the title has got to be good right??? 

I will be posting  my review of this book on Oct. 24th via - Partners in Crime Book Tours.

Let me know if you are super excited for this book review!
 

9/13/18

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible - written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez - GIVEAWAY!


4.5 Stars!


God’s Spirit is living among God’s people.
He always was, always is, and always will be.
These are the stories that tell about him and what he does.

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible, written by Doris Rikkers and illustrated by Fernando Juarez, presents over 40 Bible stories from the old and new testaments that show how God’s Spirit has been with his people from the beginning of time. Keep reading to learn more about this new release from ZonderKidz!

The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible brings to life more than 40 Bible stories that help readers understand that God’s Spirit has been with us since the beginning of time and continues to be with us today. From the glory of creation through the powerful letters of Paul, God’s Spirit is living in his people. Old and New Testament stories such as Adam and Eve, Abraham, Joseph, the Baptism of Jesus, and Pentecost come alive with dramatic illustrations by Fernando Juarez and moving text by Doris Rikkers. With a cover that sparkles and shines with foil, this is a special storybook Bible that will appeal to both children and parents alike.

You can also enter to win a copy of The Spirit of God Illustrated Bible and other awesome kids' releases in a giveaway hosted by Read with Audra. Details below!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR -
Doris Wynbeek Rikkers is a freelance writer and editor who has written many bestselling children’s books and Bibles. Although she loves the ocean, she lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, surrounded by her books, her flower gardens, and her family and friends.

Spanish artist Fernando Juarez illustrates children’s books and also works as an art supervisor at the Madrid studio Ilion Animation. The company produces 3D feature films for children. Fernando has three kids himself, and if he has any time left after work and family, you might catch him playing guitar in a rock band.

MY THOUGHTS -
This is a creative and a different type of Bible story book. This one is all based on the "Spirit of God". I do like this idea but it is kind of limiting. There are some great stories in here and I think they are told in a wonderful way. Some of them are changed a tiny bit. So those who are VERY picky about their Bible stories won't like this at all.

What I do really like about it -
~At the beginning of every story is an actual Bible verse. I think this is very important in a Bible story book and surprisingly is often missing! So a gold star for that.
~And the illustrations are beautiful!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Read with Audra ~ Thank You!




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9/11/18

The Last Weekend Of The Summer by Peter Murphy - GIVEAWAY


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
They have been coming to their grandmother Gloria's lake cottage since they were babies. Now Johnnie and Buddy have families of their own and C.C. has a life full of adult drama and adventure. And this trip – the only stated purpose of which is to bring the family together for the last weekend of the summer – seems full of portent. Gloria has been hinting that there's more on the agenda than grilling and swimming, and when the three siblings learn that their estranged father will also be in attendance, it becomes clear that this weekend will have implications that last far beyond the final days of the season.

A touching, incisive view into the dynamics of a family on the verge of change and filled with characters both distinctive and utterly relatable, THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER is a rich, lyrical reading experience that will resonate in your heart.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Peter Murphy was born in Killarney where he spent his first three years before his family had to move to Dublin. Growing up in the verdant braes of Templeogue, Peter was schooled by the De La Salle brothers in Churchtown where he played rugby for “The Wine and Gold.” He also played football (soccer) in secret! After that, he graduated and studied the Humanities in Grogan’s under the guidance of Scot’s corner and the bar staff, Paddy, Tommy and Sean. Murphy financed his education by working summers on the buildings sites of London. He also tramped the roads of Europe playing music and living without a care in the world.

But his move to Canada changed all of that. He only came over for a while and ended up living there for more than thirty years. He took a day job and played music in the bars at night until the demands of family life intervened. Having raised his children and packed them off to university, Murphy answered the long-ignored internal voice and began to write. He has published five novels so far and has begun work on a new one. Nowadays, he lives in beautiful Lisbon with his wife Eduarda and their well-read dog, Baxter.

 Connect with Peter at:
- peterdmurphy.com
- Twitter - PeterD_Murphy
- Facebook - PeterDMurphyAuthor


MY THOUGHTS -
A very touching and emotional story! This is one that will touch your heart for sure. It's loaded with angst and quirkiness but combined with that "heartfeltness" that just puts a smile on your face and actually can make you feel good about your own family LOL.

The writing is good and the character development is also good. You also really get a feel for their personalities (good and the bad). Unfortunately though, especially in the beginning, it was very slow for me. I still did enjoy the book. I just kept hoping for a bit more action.

So... while not one of my favorites, still a very good read dealing with real issues that will touch your heart. A new-to-me-author that I would love to try another one from.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Providence Book Promotions ~ Thank You!


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9/6/18

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief - Diamante Lavendar


4.5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
   This earthly plane offers much for us to learn: happiness, wisdom, loss, heartbreak, and enlightenment. It is a Pandora’s box of emotions, situations, opportunities, and failures, all wrapped into a package we call life. Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or wither like a flower in harsh light. It’s completely up to us how we choose to respond.

    Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is a gleaning of insights from artist Diamante Lavender. For her, life has been a long, difficult road, but it has taught many poignant lessons. Her poetry collection is an exploration of the human soul, a traversing of situations that life throws at us. Diamante has always been intrigued by the ability to overcome and move on to bigger and better things.

    She writes to encourage hope and possibility in those who read her stories. If she can help others heal, as she has, then Diamante’s work as an author and artist will have been well spent. She believes that everyone should try to leave a positive mark on the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Diamante Lavendar began writing in college and published poetry in anthologies.Most of her writing is personal and stems from her experiences and those of her family and friends. She also creates visual art with colored pencils, acrylic paints, and various mixed media. Diamante is also the author of Breaking the Silence and Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing through Poetry.

Visit her website - HERE.

MY THOUGHTS -
I think everyone will take something away from this book! This book will give you incite into your own feelings and offer encouragement on the healing process. No matter what the feelings are - Grief, sadness, fear, loss of control, helplessness, discouraged, there are writings in here for everything you may go through. Her writings have a nice easy way of talking you through offering you encouragement to go on.

I have a new job and it is much more stress than my old job and at times has been discouraging. There are some of these that I would love to print out and hang on my office walls!

Like this one I really like -
Everyone's got a dream. And no two dreams are exactly the same.
There's a divine reason for this. You were created for a purpose.
Instead of forcing this to happen, allow the Spirit to fill you
with the understanding of what it is.
This will change your life.
And this one (of course, being a Christian, for me it is God) -
Even during the times you feel the most alone,
there is always a presence watching you,
hearing your internal dialogue.
Don't be afraid. Don't feel alone.
Let the lead you.
Also a real nice touch is the pictures with the sayings on them that can easily be used as posters!

A beautiful oversize book with wonderful, touching poems and sayings and pictures!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from "Poetic Book Tours" and the author Thank You!

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9/4/18

The Super Ladies by Susan Petrone - GIVEAWAY!


4 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
For three middle-aged women in the suburbs of Cleveland, the issues seemed compelling but relatively conventional: sending a child off to college, dealing with a marriage gone stale, feeling "invisible." But changes were coming . . . and not the predictable ones. Because Margie, Katherine, and Abra are feeling a new kind of power inside of them – literally. Of all the things they thought they might have to contend with as they got older, not one of them considered they'd be exploding a few gender roles by becoming superheroes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Susan Petrone lives with one husband, one child, and two dogs in Cleveland, Ohio. Her superpower has yet to be uncovered.

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MY THOUGHTS -
Very enjoyable read! This book was fun, quirky, different, and realistic - even with their "super powers" it still seemed realistic! Like if this ever did happen in real life I would imagine it would be exactly like this.

Great characters. I loved the three women, Margie, Katherine, and Abra. I think Abra was my favorite, she was the quieter one of the bunch. I even liked the kids especially Eli, the comic creator!

This would really make a great movie! I would go watch it!
Well there has to be a sequel, right? It can't just end that way - no ending. If there is no sequel than that's a problem because I hate books that have no ending. Besides, I think everyone pretty much wants a sequel!

What a great way to start the Fall! Reading about everyday women who just happen to receive super powers!!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Providence Book Promotions ~ Thank You!

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9/3/18

Superhero High - T.H. Hernandez - GIVEAWAY





Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez 

Published by: Soul Mate Publishing

Publication date: July 5th 2018

Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult








  

 3 Stars

ABOUT THE BOOK -
  
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.

When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.

With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.

But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”


MY THOUGHTS -
This was a cute fun read. It wasn't really quite as exciting as I would  have thought, but still a good read. It is labeled as a YA but seems to read a little younger to me. Probably only because YA books seem pretty mature these days :-/

The characters were very likable, great personalities, and believable.  Even the "mean girls" were great characters - the kind of girls you loved to hate!

A fun, nice little mystery to this that kept you guessing. Another reviewer described it as cutesy and I would have to agree even with the missing teens it just didn't ever seem very serious or earth shaking for some reason. I think a young teen girl would love this book! An adult, maybe not so much.


I voluntarily posted this review after receiving an audio copy of this book from Expresso book tours . Thank you!


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