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Monday, August 19, 2019

The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna (Review and Giveaway!)


Today, I'm kicking off the tour for McKenna's debut cozy mystery series. This was such a fun book to read while I was on vacation, lounging by the pool. Read my review and then be sure to enter to win a $25 Amazon GC!

Book Details:

Book Title: The Great Jewel Robbery: A Front Page Mystery Book 1 by
Elizabeth McKenna
Category: Adult Fiction, 204 pages
Genre: Cozy mystery
Publisher: Elizabeth McKenna
Release date: May 28, 2019
Tour dates: August 19-30, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is no profanity. There is drinking, desire, and a kiss.)

Book Description:

Mystery with a splash of romance…Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

This was such a fun book to read while I was on vacation, lounging by the pool. Best friends Emma and Grace end up getting more from the charity event and auction than they ever anticipated: while wearing heels and evening gowns, they end up trying to discover who stole the diamond necklace by putting their emerging investigative skills to good use.

The story is told from the point of view of Emma, who is an athletic, no-nonsense gal who covers the Sports section for the Chigaco Tribune. Grace, on the other hand, comes from a very affluent family and covers the Life & Style section of the same newspaper. Together, they spend a weekend that turns exciting and downright dangerous as the thief among the guests has plans that go awry.

Emma and Grace are likable and easy to relate to. I liked that it's a story that involves best friends. McKenna does a good job developing their different personalities and their close relationship with one another. This is a great start to McKenna's new cozy mystery series. It includes a little romance and a modern Clue-like mystery setting. If you're looking for a fun read, look no further.

To read more reviews, please visit Elizabeth McKenna's page on iRead Book Tours.


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Meet the Author: 


Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write the historical romance novels Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life (she eventually married her first crush)

The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances. Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? August 19 Edition


Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


Hi All! Yes, it's been a while. And those of you that have been reading my blog regularly know that when I'm missing in action it's because stuff is happening.

So this is what's been happening: I have decided to pursue my professional career and, therefore, on July 1, 2019 I sold my business iRead Book Tours and passed it on into the very capable hands of Lauren Carr!

Some of you may know that I am a Special Care Counsellor by profession. As I mentioned in previous blog posts, in February of this year, I was offered an opportunity to join the psychogeriatrics team in the Monteregie-Ouest area (just south of Montreal) to help with the growing need of assisting families who have a loved one with dementia. I specialize in the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms (depression, aggression, agitation, psychosis, wandering, etc). It’s a field I love and I’m ready to move on permanently.


Because I no longer run a business, I now have more time on my hands to pursue reading, especially on topics of neuropsychology. AND taking care of this blog which has felt a little neglected this past year. Looking forward to visiting your blogs once again!



Mailbox Monday Edition


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.


For Review:

The Root of Murder by Lauren Carr
I'm a big fan of Lauren Carr so looking forward to this one.

Free on Kindle:

Beneath by Maureen A. Miller





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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.


What I reviewed and/or featured last week:



I love this new series by Lauren Carr.


I book that will stay with me long after I've read it.


 Currently Reading:

When I want to read historical romance I turn to Mimi Matthews



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Hope you all have a great reading week.




Friday, August 16, 2019

Matt's Swirly World by Madeleine Matthews (Book Spotlight)

I'm always drawn to children's books that help children deal with emotions. Check this one out and be sure to enter to win a copy or an Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Matt's Swirly World - Helping Parents Raise Mindful Kids,
Understand Tantrums and Relief Stress & Anxiety (Growing Up & Facts of Life Emotions Feelings) by Madeleine Matthews/Illustrated by Cristina Diana Enache
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre: Children's book - emotions and feelings
Publisher: Independently Published
Release date: August 30, 2019
Tour dates: July 29 to Aug 16, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

When children are young their emotions come in peaks and valleys. Sometimes they’re super excited, sometimes they’re sad, and sometimes they lose control and express themselves by throwing a temper tantrum.

These outbursts of emotions are common for parents and kids of all walks of life and can be leveraged by parents who want to teach impulse control, improved behavior, and better mindfulness.

That’s why Matt’s Swirly World was written to help parents understand the “why” behind a tantrum as well as what’s going on inside their child’s brain when they’re acting out, feeling scared, or reacting to stressful situations.

An adorable journey featuring a mother and her young son, this book is a great reminder about how all emotions are accepted and that proper behaviors can be learned by kids and taught by moms and dads. In fact, your love is the perfect space where emotions can be processed, expressed, and shared together.

In this book, parents will learn how mindfulness helps kids create better coping skills, and also a variety of other useful tools, including:
  • How love can be used to process emotions and support positive behaviors
  • Why feelings of anger and frustration come and go and are non-threatening
  • How a calm voice and demeanor can soothe a child and minimize meltdowns
  • Providing children relief from stress, anxiety, or big feelings and emotions
  • How children often mimic the behaviors of their mothers and fathers
  • Moving forward and adapting to behavioral changes in the future
This is an opportunity to learn and grow as a parent while teaching your child valuable mindfulness and self-control skills they can use long into adulthood. It should be the first book you read on tantrums, emotions, and how to inspire positive behaviors each and every day.

When you need help better understanding why your child feels or acts they way they do in times of crisis, or you just want to connect with them on a deeper level, learn more about temper tantrums and emotional control with Matt’s swirly world – Helping Parents Raise Mindful Kids, Understand Tantrums and Relief Stress, Anxiety (Growing Up & Facts of Life Emotions Feelings).


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Meet the author: 

Aspiring contemporary ballerina, commercial poet, grateful wife, and mother. Certified Life Coach, BA Finance, MA Statistics ( don't judge, I was young ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ), now IT Product Manager. When I was pregnant with my now 3 y/o boy, I was worried of how I can raise my child to cope in a world of bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse, screen time, etc. My husband told me that if we want our son to thrive in this world, all we need to do is build his self-confidence & firm limits. So that's how I started reading parenting books and read a lot. I read tons of books on the latest research discoveries in interpersonal biology and brain development. I love anything that Daniel J Siegel ever wrote. I am also a fan of "How to talk so kids would listen" by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

​For "Matt's swirly world," I worked with a psychologist who specialized in child development and attachment parenting. That's because, I am above all, convinced of the immense potential every child has and their absolute innocence. I know from experience that raising kids can often feel quite differently, and challenging. I am convinced that the way to turn that potential into peaceful family lives and well-balanced kids - is both intuition and science (and patience). Being emotionally available as a parent, being present for them and for yourself, to keep your own emotional highs & lows in check. Because they are good at triggering us, aren't they? When I was 8, I had no money to buy my mother gifts; I really wanted to create joy in her heart, so I started dedicating poems to her. That's what got me started writing.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Winter Frost by Lauren Carr (Review)


Winter Frost is the second book in the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery series. After reading ICE I was eager to read this second instalment.

  Book Details:

Book Title: Winter Frost (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery Book 2) by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural, Cozy
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: January 28, 2019
Tour dates: May 1 - June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG (It's a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

Book Description:

It all started with a chance encounter in the city with Blair, his late wife.

Chris Matheson and the Geezer Squad, working under the guise of a book club, dig into the events surrounding his late wife’s supposed death halfway around the globe. A state department employee shoots himself in the back three times. A CIA operative goes missing. A woman is targeted by an international assassin three years after being declared dead in a terrorist attack overseas.

Nothing is as it seems.

In his most personal cold case, Chris fights to uncover why the state department told him that Blair, the mother of his children, had been killed when she was alive. What had she uncovered that has made her a target? Who terrified her so much that she had gone into hiding and why are they now after him?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Winter Frost is the second book in the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery series. After reading ICE I was eager to read this second instalment. How Lauren Carr manages to come up with such unique characters, mystery plots and twists is beyond me.

Chris Matheson, is a retired FBI agent in his forties, a widower with three daughters who has reunited with his old flame, Helen. They are about to go on a hot date when suddenly Chris sees Blair, his late wife who was supposed to be dead, killed overseas three years ago. He starts following her and, of course, this starts the non-stop action Carr is so well known for. I love that Murphy and Jessica, characters from the Thorny Rose Mystery series are in this novel as are Tristan, Nigel and Monique.

Although Carr writes fun, lighthearted fiction, I always enjoy when she adds realism to her characters. Chris is a loving father and this comes through beautifully toward the end of the book when he takes the time to have a heart to heart with one of his daughters.

Everything I've come to expect from Lauren Carr's mysteries are in this book. Lovable animal characters that add humor and comic relief, strong women who take action (Oh Doris, you are one heck of a grandma!) and corrupt government officials. And yes, we cannot forget the Geezer Squad, Carr's newest set of characters that bring a new meaning to the word retirement.

These books are addictive and I always look forward to reading the next one in the series because I now know all the set of characters from all the series. If you're looking for a fun mystery series full of action and great characters, you've got to introduce your reader self to the world of Lauren Carr.

To read reviews, please visit Lauren Carr's page on iRead Book Tours.


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Meet the Author:

 
 
​Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Now, Lauren has added one more hit series to her list with the Chris Matheson Cold Case Mysteries. Set in the quaint West Virginia town of Harpers Ferry, Ice introduces Chris Matheson, a retired FBI agent, who joins forces with other law enforcement retirees to heat up those cold cases that keep them up at night.

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz (Review and Giveaway!)



Having already read Life Long, a previous novel by Ronald L.Ruiz, I knew this was going to be an intense novel. While Life Long dealt with mental illness, 120 Days deals with the justice system and how it's never black and white even when we think it is.

Book Details:
Book Title: 120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Legal thriller, crime fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Release date: May 22, 2019
Tour dates: Aug 5 to 23, 2019
Content Rating: R (There are two explicit scenes and a lot of bad language)

Book Description:

Barbara Blake is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Having already read Life Long, a previous novel by Ronald L.Ruiz, I knew this was going to be an intense novel. While Life Long dealt with mental illness, 120 Days deals with the justice system and how it's never black and white even when we think it is. 

Barbara Blake is a bright and very talented defense attorney who is asked to represent Alejandro Soto who is currently serving two life sentences for murder in one of the toughest jails in California. Barbara is taken with Alejandro because unlike other inmates, the prison and solitary confinement don't seem to have broken him even after eight years. But now there is another charge of murder against Alejandro that could result in the Death Penalty. As Barbara and Alejandro spend time together working on his case, they get to know each other in ways that no one ever has. The layers of their lives are slowly unpeeled with brutal honesty, and we get a picture of these two souls who are drawn to each other like a magnet. 

This novel felt like a freight train that slowly and meticulously gets moving and picks up speed quickly until it comes to a shattering crash. As I read and felt the intense emotions of these characters I felt it could not end well but hoped nonetheless that it would. That's where the writing of Ronald L. Ruiz shines. He makes his readers live through the lives of people in impossible situations, exposes the flaws in our society and justice system, and shows how the human heart can thrive on love and hope, no matter how dire a situation. Ruiz is also not afraid to build characters that are real, very human, and flawed throwing them in risky and volatile situations and circumstances.  

There is sadness to this realistic fiction but it serves as a paradigm shift in situations where we would not be as open-minded or compassionate. 120 Days is an unforgettable story with characters that will live long after you turn the last page.

NOTE: This is not a clean read. There is a lot of profanity (especially f-bombs) and crude language in this book, mainly throughout the prison scenes. I get it, but it can still be jarring if you don't like profanity. There is also an explicit sex scene.


Praise for 120 Days:

"​There is a human element here that is only found in top-tiered crime fiction, and this book is filled with it. I adore all of the major bestselling authors of this genre and have finally found a new favorite that, in my opinion, belongs in the same league. A truly brilliant novel. An exceptional writer. Highly recommended."
- Readers' Favorite Reviews

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Ronald L. Ruiz is a retired attorney whose entire career was spent in criminal law as a deputy District Attorney, a District Attorney, a Defense Attorney and a Public Defender.

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Two new mystery books released! (Spotlight and Giveaway!)


Today I'm spotlighting the latest releases by authors Lise McClendon and Katy Munger. If you like mystery series, check them out and enter to win copies of the books!

Book Details:
Book Title: A Bolt From the Blue by Lise McClendon
Category: Adult Fiction, 243 pages
Genre: Mystery, women's fiction, suspense
Publisher: Thalia Press
Release date: August 1, 2019
Tour dates: Aug 1 to 23, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (No sex scenes but some language, mostly mild)

Book Description:

More international intrigue, murder, and romance for the Bennett Sisters overseas in the newest entry to the bestselling women's fiction and suspense series. The next to youngest Bennett Sister, Francie Bennett (Blame it on Paris) is a hard-charging attorney whose boyfriend Dylan Hardy invites her to join him in Paris to help with a client. When Axelle Fourcier left Paris behind after the student riots of 1968, she vowed never to go back. She made a life for herself in America as a professor.

But now a beloved aunt, age 104, has died and left her an inheritance to be shared with a cousin she never met. A fabulous Belle Epoque apartment in Paris filled with pop art from the '50s and '60s is just the start of Axelle's discoveries in Paris. Wrangling with her slick cousin for the proceeds is distasteful but oh so French. Then the apartment is broken into, a friend is murdered, and Axelle's fears that the French state is once again conspiring against her seem very plausible.

​Francie tries to deal with her cranky client, her own new relationship, and her boyfriend's nine-year-old daughter, as the estate problems spin out of control. Intrigue, romance, Paris and the Dordogne, and a soupçon of murder, wrapped in the legal and art world of France bring more than a few 'Bolts from the Blue' to the Bennett Sisters.

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Lise McClendon writes fiction from her home in Montana. She is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and articles. In 1997 she wrote and directed the short film, The Hoodoo Artist, featured at the Telluride Indiefest. She has served on the national boards of directors for Mystery Writers of America and International Association of Crime Writers/North America. She is on the faculty of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference.
Her books, written under her own name and as Rory Tate and Grier Lake, are full of the fascinating lives of women. The choices that women sometimes make are a quagmire of directions and misdirections, sending women into careers, love affairs, children (or no children), travels, and hobbies. And, in the case of her novels, into suspense, crime, secrets, and love.
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Book Details:

Book Title: Fire and Rain (A Casey Jones Mystery) by Katy Munger
Category: Adult fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Thalia Press
Release date: August 2019
Tour dates: Aug 1 to 23, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description:

Casey Jones is back with a new adventure that takes her from four-foot strippers to forty-something bikers—and a head-on collision with too many ex-boyfriends to count. When a routine bodyguarding case turns deadly and Casey loses one of her oldest friends, tracking the killers and a missing stripper — who may or may not be in on the murder — turns out to be a wild ride that takes her from the flatlands of eastern North Carolina to its most exclusive mountain enclaves.

​Fans of Casey Jones will recognize their favorites in the cast of colorful supporting characters who answer Casey’s “all hands on deck!” call. If you’ve been missing your kick-ass Casey and craving Krispy Kremes, you’ll find all that you have missed in this seventh installment of a long and beloved female P.I. series.

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Meet the Author: ​ 


Katy Munger is a North Carolina-based mystery author who has written under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel Among Us and Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray. She has also been a book reviewer for the Washington Post and served as North Carolina’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Ivy: The Montgomery Sisters Book 3 by Kat Flannery (Review and Giveaway!)


Ivy is the third book in the Montgomery Sisters series and it was also an enjoyable read. You can read my reviews of the first two books: Fern and Poppy. Be sure to enter the giveaway too!

Book Details:

Book Title: Ivy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 3) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 164 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: November 11, 2018
Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (swearing and mild violence)

Book Description:

Ivy Montgomery is tired of her sister’s constant nagging and protectiveness. Blind, she decides to escape in the middle of the night when she is captured and brought far from home. With no understanding of the outside world, Ivy must use her keen abilities to navigate the wilderness around her. Anger and hopelessness are her only defenses against the things she cannot do.

​Until she meets a strong-minded Lakota Chief, who will not let her cower to the blindness any longer. Lakota Sioux Chief of the Paha Sapa, Hotah is on a hunt for his brother, Kangi. Cast from their tribe five years before, Kangi has grown a dark spirit and a hatred for all white people. Now on reserved land, Hotah makes a deal with the General to capture his brother in return for his people to have the provisions they need. After rescuing Ivy, he promises to take her home, but danger is near and Hotah soon realizes it is not just his brother he should fear.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Ivy is the third book in the Montgomery Sisters series and it was also an enjoyable read. It is the story of the youngest of the sisters, Ivy, who happens to be blind and feels stifled by both of her very capable sisters. So she escapes and gets kidnapped. She's rescued by a Lakota Sioux chief and learns to become resourceful and brave as they encounter danger on their way back home. It was refreshing that the author included a main character that was an American Indian.

I like that each of the Montgomery sisters is unique and different both in character and in personality. Ivy is certainly different from both her sisters and I initially thought that there had to be a better way for her to ascertain her independence than to run away. I did find her immature but she did grow as a character, although the ending tied everything up too quickly and neatly.

Once again as I mentioned for the first two books, this book also starts with action and pulls the reader in quite quickly with no dull moment until the very end. I think this one could have had a more prolonged ending, though, with a more realistic conflict resolution. However, it was nonetheless a fun western romance.

It was also fun to read all three books consecutively. They are clean reads that are entertaining and can satisfy the reader who wants a light fun read on a hot summer day.





Meet the Author: 


Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Poppy: The Montgomery Sisters Book 2 by Kat Flannery (Review and Giveaway!)


After having read Fern the first book in the Montgomery Sisters series, I was eager to read the second book that focuses on the middle Montgomery sister named Poppy. This is another fun western romance by Kat Flannery.

Book Details:
Book Title: Poppy (The Montgomery Sisters Book 2) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 140 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: May 16, 2018
Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)

Book Description:

Poppy Montgomery has always been good with a gun and could fight her way out of anything. Tough as nails and a sharpshooter, her beauty deceives the outlaws she’s after. Hot on the trail of the Clemmons gang, a group of outlaws who rob trains and killed an innocent woman and child a few months before, she is determined to make them pay for the sin’s they’ve committed by bringing them to justice. Pinkerton, Noah Shaw is investigating a ring of stage robberies and knows the Clemmons gang is behind them. Told to track down the infamous redheaded bounty hunter, Noah gets more than he bargained for when he arrests Poppy for assault. Handcuffed together the pair must work together to stop the robberies, and figure out who is behind them. But what happens when love interferes and thrusts Poppy into discovering emotions she never knew existed? Will she choose the solitude she’s always known or Noah’s sweet embrace?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

After having read Fern the first book in the Montgomery Sisters series, I was eager to read the second book that focuses on the middle Montgomery sister named Poppy, a red-headed spitfire of a girl whose character I met in the first book.

As is her trademark, Flannery begins the story with action as Poppy, now a bounty hunter is having a shootout with the Clemmons gang who now has her cornered. But that's not what riles up Poppy. She becomes upset when Noah Shaw, a Pinkerton agent, comes to the rescue. Poppy likes to work alone, but Noah has his own agenda. From then on Poppy has no choice but to work with a man who both infuriates her and ignites feelings that catch her unexpected.

This is another fun western romance by Kat Flannery. Poppy is a strong female lead who is confident, short-fused, impulsive and deadly. You sure don't want to mess with her. Because she's so good with a gun, she almost comes across like a superhero of the Old Wild West. As with the first book, I did wish this was a longer novel because I loved the characters, the setting, and the plot. This book is the shortest of all three at only 140 pages.

It's a clean read with romance, plenty of action, and some mystery. If you're looking for a fast fun book and you love Western romances, this one will keep you entertained for a few hours.

My review of Ivy the third book in the Montgomery series will be posted next week.


To read reviews, please visit Kat Flannery's page on iRead Book Tours.


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Meet the Author: 


Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker (Review)



Book Details:

Book Title: The Revolutionist by Robert Tucker
Category: Adult Fiction, 649 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing
Release date: 12/03/2017
Tour dates: May 27 to June 28, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (This book does not contain any gratuitous violence. Any depicted violence is relevant to the historical period, as are scenes of white slave prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, and one of an abortion mill. They are written with sensitivity as to time and place and with appropriate literary language.)

Book Description:

Two different families escape from the political tyranny of their respective homelands, the Josephsons from Sweden and Matias and Kurt Bauman, brothers from Germany and Austria Hungary, with the aid of a Viennese opera diva, Sophie Augusta Rose, and Jean Guenoc, a former Jesuit priest, family friend and protector and partisan of the French underground. Their journey brings them to America in the throes of the industrial revolution during the 1890s and early 1900s.

Ingrid and Olaf Josephson settle on a small wheat farm in North Central Minnesota to raise their children, Newt and Julie. Among the Jewish entrepreneurs forced to leave Germany and Austria-Hungary, Matias and Kurt Bauman re-establish their transportation company in Chicago, Illinois. In search of a secret list of insurgent social democrats, the bounty hunter assassin, Luther Baggot, tracks his victims to the American heartland. Following the murder of their mother and father, Newt, Julie, and their friends, Aaron and Beth Peet, hide from the killer in a Northern Minnesota logging camp. Believing the children have taken possession of the list, Luther tracks them down and they are forced to flee again, this time to Chicago where a different world opens up to them as they are thrust into the turmoil and violence of an urban society and economy careening into the new century.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

There are some writers that are born storytellers with the capacity to make all characters stand out and to write with ease about places, professions, and times in history as if they had lived them. Robert Tucker is such a writer. It's been awhile since I read a chunky book (this one is 649 page) and The Revolutionist reminded me of the sagas I used to read in the 80s and 90s.

The story begins in Europe with two different families whose lives converge at some point after their immigration to America. The first part of the story which begins in Germany with the Bauman family sets the background for the upcoming main character of Julie Josephson, whose tragic loss of her parents and the ripe-for-change turn-of-the-century atmosphere in Chicago among the immigrants shapes her into an intelligent open-minded woman who strives to continue the ideology her parents believed in.

I enjoyed the storytelling very much as under Tucker's hand the characters come alive and we see both the affluent way of living and that of the misfortunate immigrants who toiled under harsh conditions and who were taken advantage of. Julie's story is one of a coming-of-age, although at some point the secondary characters took over and we lost sight of Julie's growth and transformation. I would have forgone some of the minor plot lines for more of how Julie became revolutionary. I think Tucker's keen sense of characterization, multiple plot lines and extensive backstories could also have make an excellent book series out of this one book.

If you love historical fiction sagas with strong female characters, a storyline that spans two continents with a variety of unique characters, along with some good writing, then I recommend you pick up The Revolutionist.


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​Robert is published by Tell-Tale Publishing Group LLC / Wise Words Publishing under a multi-book contract. The author of four previous earlier novels, Robert infuses his books with unique dynamic stories and characters that portray social and cultural conflicts of their time. His career encompasses many years as a business consultant that have given him access to a wide range of organizations and an appreciation for people in all areas of society. His life experience is reflected in the literary quality of his work. Born and raised in the Middle-West, he has traveled throughout the United States and abroad.

Now retired, he resides with his wife in Southern California where he devotes full-time to writing. Robert is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where he received the Samuel Goldwyn and Donald Davis Literary Awards.

An affinity for family and the astute observation of generational interaction pervade his novels. His works are literary and genre upmarket fiction that address the nature and importance of personal integrity.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani (Review and Giveaway!)


Oh my...it's been a while since I read a book that made me cry. I'm counting this one as one of my favorite reads in 2019. Check it out and enter to win a copy! But hurry, the giveaway ends very soon.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani
Category: Adult Fiction, 399 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher: Lake Union
Release date: September 2018
Tour dates: June 3 to July 12, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are some non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

An Amazon Charts, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller!

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi—her grandmother’s former servant and trusted confidant—who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya’s pioneering grandmother during the British occupation.

​Through her courageous grandmother’s arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Oh my...it's been a while since I read a book that made me cry. Well, Sejal Badani succeeded in doing just that with The Storyteller's Secret. I enjoy books set in India and this one was quite atmospheric, taking me back to when India was under the British occupation. The story has a dual timeline, with Jaya who lives in present-day New York City and Amisha, her grandmother, who lived during the 1930s in a small village in India.

Jaya is experiencing grief after her third miscarriage and the painful separation from the husband she loves. She decides to travel to her grandmother's hometown after her mother receives a letter with the news that Jaya's grandfather is dying. Jaya has a strained relationship with her mother who refuses to go back to India. She doesn't understand her mother's closed personality and longs for a better connection with her. Once Jaya is in India, she meets Ravi, one of India's untouchables who had once been her grandmother's servant. Ravi is now an old man who slowly unravels the story of Jaya's grandmother and passes on her legacy.

I loved Amisha's story because she was a woman ahead of her time, struggling to explore her gift of writing at a time when women were considered inferior. This is a story about mother and daughter relationships, about the grief of miscarriage and how it affects couples, about searching for one's roots and heritage, about exploring one's culture, and about friendship and love.

If you love literary fiction or women's fiction with strong female characters, The Storyteller's Secret will take you to a small village in India where a woman tried to make a difference although stuck in tradition and her female role in a patriarchal society. I loved this book and was so overcome with emotion with that heartwrenching ending. I'll count this as one of my favorite reads of 2019. I am now a fan of Sejal Badani and have her first book Trail of Broken Wings on my TBR list.


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​A former attorney, Sejal Badani left the law to pursue writing full time.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Fern: The Montgomery Sisters Book 1 by Kat Flannery (Review and Giveaway!)


I've discovered a new Canadian author whose books are so much fun to read. I've read all three books in the series and enjoyed every single one. Here's my review of the first book in the Montgomery Sisters series. Be sure to enter the giveaway too.

Book Details:

Book Title: Fern (The Montgomery Sisters Book 1) by Kat Flannery
Category: Historical western romance, 182 pages
Genre: Adult Non-Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: April 4, 2018
Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)

Book Description:

Can one woman heal the heart of a lawman? A gardener who uses plants to heal, Fern Montgomery is an outcast who refuses to be pushed out of town. When her friend is murdered and all fingers point to Fern as the only suspect, she must find a way to prove her innocence while fighting off unwanted feelings for the sheriff. Sheriff Gabe Bennett has his mind set on arresting Sarah Fuller’s killer. But his key suspect isn’t what he expected. He soon realizes there is more to the quiet gardener than he’d first anticipated. As passion blooms, Gabe is forced to face his feelings—and the woman who has stolen his heart.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I've discovered a new Canadian author whose historical western romance books are so much fun to read. I've read all three books in the series and enjoyed every single one. The first book introduces us to Fern, the first-born of the three sisters. Fern is the serious sister who feels responsible for taking care of her sisters (as first-born myself I can totally relate!) especially since they lost their parents to tragic circumstances.

Fern is an intelligent woman who has the gift of using plants to heal. She is independent, strong and courageous. When Gabe, the new sheriff, begins to investigate a murder that points to Fern as a suspect, they are thrown together and feelings blossom despite their being at odds with each other.

Flannery starts all her novels with action, pulling the reader in quickly with never a dull moment until before you know it, you've read the whole book! Despite this being a short novel, the characters are well-developed, the pace is excellent, the dialogue realistic moving the plot forward. I did wish this was a longer novel because I loved the characters, the setting and the plot.

Best of all this was a clean romance novel. Although labeled a romance, there is plenty of action, a good plot, and a murder mystery rendering this book a fun page-turner. If you're looking for a quick read with a strong female lead character, look no further.

My review of Poppy, the next book in the Montgomery series will be posted next week.

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Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.

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