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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cathadeus: The Walking Gates Book One by Jeff J. Peters (Book Spotlight and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring Jeff J. Peters' debut novel Cathadeus, which I will be reviewing on Jan 23, so look out for my thoughts on what promises to be an exciting fantasy adventure. If you want to read the prologue, scroll down to the link below and also enter for a chance to win a copy and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 8, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)

Book Description:

It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .

What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

“Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.

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Meet the Author:

JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Heart of the Highlands: The Beast by April Holthaus (Review and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring World's Best Story 2nd place winner! If you are a fan of historical romance with plenty of action and full of swoon-worthy sword-wielding Highlander Scots, you should check this one out. There's also a giveaway to win a paperback copy and s $25 Amazon gift card!

Book Details:

Book Title: Heart of the Highlands: The Beast (Protectors of the Crown Book 1)
Author: April Holthaus
Category: Adult Fiction, 326 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Grey Eagle Publishing, LLC
Release date: July 2015
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: R (for graphic sex scenes, and mild language)

Book Description:

For hundreds of years, Scotland has battled the English for their freedom. Now, they face a new enemy. In a divided world between politics and religion, the young King James V faces the threat of his own people rebelling against him. As civil war breaks out among the Highland clans, James recruits a secret group of warriors for protection. He calls them the Protectors of the Crown.

Ian MacKay has one mission; to defend the crown no matter the cost. Along with his men, Ian's mission is to hunt down one of the most dangerous men in the Highlands. But when the daughter of an enemy enters his life, his heart becomes captured instead.

Keira Sinclair has lived a life of peace and simplicity until now. With her clan on the verge of losing everything, she is forced to wed a Laird from a neighboring clan to ensure that hers survives. During her travels to her new home, her carriage is attacked and Keira is taken hostage by a ruthless man.

Caught in the middle of a war that she does not understand, will Keira's secrets be safe, or will she succumb to the Highland warrior who now threatens to capture her heart?

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

It's been a long time since I read an historical romance novel set in medieval Scotland and I was eager to dig into this one. This was a fun book to escape with! The novel is set at a time when the Highland clans are at civil war with one another. A secret group of warriors known as Protectors of the Crown are on a mission to protect their King James. Among these is Ian MacKay, who comes upon Keira Sinclair as she is travelling on her way to meet her betrothed.

Sparks fly as these two headstrong characters find themselves at odds even as they are attracted to one another. When Ian discovers she is betrothed to a dangerous man, a person she has never met, and one that he is hunting, he keeps her in his custody both for her protection and also to discover what connection Keira's father has with this man.

I enjoyed the history, the romance, the action and the plot. The book was well-paced and kept my attention throughout. There are two sex scenes that are explicit but dignified and take place between a married couple. I enjoyed that this is the first book in the Protectors of the Crown series and I am tempted to read the second book which is already published.

If you are a fan of historical romance with plenty of action and full of swoon-worthy sword-wielding Highlander Scots, you will enjoy this one.

To read reviews, please visit April Hothaus' page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book. I was not  told how to rate or review this product. All opinions are my own.

Praise for Heart of the Highlands:

"The Beast was a highly enjoyable romance." - Readers Favorite Book Reviews
"Heart of the Highlands: The Beast reminded me why I love historical romances and need to read more of them!"- NightOwl reviews
"The romance was sigh-worthy." - Kilts and Swords
"A new and exciting series." - My Book Addiction and More
"Rich, Rich, Rich in detail. Well written and researched." - World's Best Story Judge

2017 Reader's Favorite Book Award Honorable Mention
2016 World's Best Story Award 2nd Place Winner
2015 RONE Award Nominee

Heart of the Highlands: The Beast is the first installment of the Protectors of the Crown Series. Here are the other books to follow:

Protectors of the Crown Series
Book Two- Heart of the Highlands: The Wolf; published
Book Three- Heart of the Highlands: The Dragon; 2018
Book Four- Heart of the Highlands: The Lion; TBA
Book Five- Heart of the Highlands: The Stag; TBA

This series follows a group of five warriors who live their life protecting their king and country. The historical setting is Scotland 1537-1538 during the reign of James V of Scotland.

Meet the Author:

April is an Award-Winning Author for her Scottish Historical Romances. For more than ten years, she has worked full time in the direct marketing business, but developed a passion for historical romances through her love of reading, history and genealogy.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor by Isaac Alexis, MD (Review, Author Interview and Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond, a short memoir that is the portrait of a doctor with a mission. I found it interesting and inspirational. Check out my thoughtson the bok, my interview with Dr. Alexis and be sure to scroll down to enter the giveaway an win your own copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond
Author: Isaac Alexis, MD
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 100 pages
Genre: Education and Reference
Publisher: Independent
Release date: October 17, 2017
Tour dates: Dec 4 to 15, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 for mature themes

Book Description:

A prison doctor offers insights into the system's "Correctional Medicine"

Dr. Isaac Alexis' newly-released book Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond tells of his varied experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while at the same time urges teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Dr. Isaac Alexis brings the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of correctional medicine to readers in his new book. He discusses health problems that inmates face during incarceration and offers detailed descriptions of medical complications that plague many people inside and outside of prison. He also speaks directly to young people about avoiding gangs and drug addiction, as well as respecting their bodies in order to preserve their physical and mental health and their freedom. Dr. Alexis's personal experiences growing up in a tough New York neighborhood act as examples of how young people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

The desire to help people who do not have access to quality health care drove Dr. Isaac Alexis to focus on correctional medicine. The author also shares how his faith empowers him to advocate for the best medical treatment for the population he works with.

A fascinating and important book, Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a book that should be read by anyone dealing with teenagers and young adults whether in the home, public or educational facilities.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

In Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond, Dr. Isaac Alexis begins his memoir by giving us a brief overview of his early life as an inner city NY kid and his family background. We are introduced to a man who benefited from a strict upbuilding and who worked hard to become a doctor. The writing is similar to a stream of consciousness narrative mode and there are no dates to orient the reader as to what time in his life or history the author refers to, except that he grew up as a teen in the 80s.

Dr. Alexis then moves on to describe his days as a physician in correctional medicine and his experience when taking care of patients in prison. It's clear this is a man who cares about people. Dr. Alexis is a positive person with a Christian outlook and he applies the principle of the Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated. He clearly is an advocate for providing equal medical treatment for his patients in prison, sometimes going against the superior doctor's orders (of minimal treatment) when he felt a patient's life was at stake. Dr. Alexis took his doctor's oath seriously and saved the lives of prisoners who would have otherwise died if not for his care.

Throughout the narrative, whenever Dr. Alexis mentioned a medical condition, he would explain the condition in detail. Sometimes the details were long and contained medical terms a layperson might not understand. Humor is also infused throughout and I could see Dr. Alexis has a big personality, a forceful positive bigger-than-life kind of character that I liked immediately. I can see how this kind of personality would be needed in his difficult line of work.

As a parent of teenagers, the chapter on drug addiction was the most interesting. It reinforced everything I have read and believe about how aware a parent needs to be in the lives of their teens. Dr. Alexis brings out his experience as a parent, reaching out to other parents to be involved in their children's lives.

Life and Death Behind the Brick and Razor: Code Red Diamond is a short book of 95 pages that can be read in a few hours. It's the portrait of a doctor with a mission. It's more of a memoir than a resource book, however, with some advice for parents on being vigilant and involved in their children's lives.

To read more reviews, please visit Dr. Isaac Alexis' page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not told how to rate or review this book. All opinions are my own.

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Interview with Dr. Alexis:

LCR: Welcome to Library of Clean Reads! Can you describe your book in 20 words or less?

IA: My book deals with the medical complications that can affect many people both inside and out of prison and also counsels our young people against STD,Drugs and gangs.

LCR: What do you hope your memoir/reference book will do for your readers?

IA: I would hope my book would encourage young people to make positive choices avoiding STD’s, gangs, and drugs.

LCR: I admire people who set out to write a self-help book and so intimately share their lives with the world. What was the hardest thing about writing this book? The easiest?

IA: The hardest thing about writing my book was revealing my cousin who died of a drug overdose but I did it to show that all our choices in life have a consequence. The easiest thing about writing this book is knowing that as a Physician how can I possibly be silent when people can benefit from leading healthy lives.

LCR: What is the funniest (or strangest, or scariest) incident that has ever happened to you?

IA: The funniest thing that happened to me was when my daughter was 6 months old she would crawl on the floor like up at me with those adorable little baby eyes and then when I was not looking she would proceed to bite my leg with all her might making me jump as high as Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls.

LCR: Can you share with us some of the people you admire the most?

IA: People I admire most one of whom is a deity is 1) Jesus 2) Mother-legendary work ethic 3)Wife 4) Children 5) Dr. Benjamin Carson 6) Dr. Keith Black 7) Dr. Alexa Canady 8) Dr. Leonidis Berry.

LCR: Now a fun question: If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Who would you see?

IA:  I would travel back in time to see Kings Solomon’s temple.

LCR: Any future projects you would like to share with us? 

IA: There is another book that I’m in process of writing.

Meet the Author:

Isaac Alexis, MD, completed an internship in trauma surgery at Cornell University at New York Hospital of Queens, and he cross-trained in family medicine and anesthesiology. Dr. Alexis served as medical director at the Department of Justice as well as director of infection control and chair of the quality improvement medical committee. He has several years of correctional medicine under his belt.

Dr. Alexis's book Life and Death behind the Brick and Razor-Code Red Diamond relays his experiences as a physician in correctional medical facilities while also challenging teenagers to make better decisions to avoid the perils of incarceration.

Connect with the author: Website

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness by Ingrid Kelada (Book Review & Giveaway!)

I strongly believe in positive thinking. That's why I appreciate books such as Ingrid Kelada's 21 Days to Happiness. Need to get a gift for that person in your life who is struggling? This one's perfect. Read what I thought of the book and then scroll down for a chance to win a copy!

Book Details:

Book Title: 21 Days to Happiness: Increase Your Happiness, Productivity and Happiness
Author: Ingrid Kelada
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 230 pages
Genre: Motivational, self-help
Publisher: Wellness Ink
Release date: September 19, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 27 to Dec 15, 2017
Content Rating: G (The subject is intended more for adults, but there's no explicit language or content.)

Book Description:

Struggling to find work-life balance? Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated or just want to increase your happiness, you can learn how in just 10 minutes a day!

For some of us, feeling busy or stressed has become the new normal. Others feel okay, but just want a boost to productivity, energy and motivation.

Instead of hoping for happiness, what if happiness is something you DO, something you CHOOSE every day? The good news: it is and the solutions are simple.

Psychologist and happiness expert Ingrid Kelada provides a practical, step-by-step guide to help you increase your personal happiness and feel more motivated. You can learn how with simple 10-minute strategies. Each day of the 21-day journey focuses on one key area of your life, including:

Time: how to break the cycle of chaos and manage your time effectively.
Body Language: exploring the surprising links between body language and happiness.
Relationships: how to make the most of the number one predictor of happiness.
Work: how to use your strengths and talents so that you are engaged and motivated.
Money: what you should spend your money on to feel most satisfied.

The book is interactive. Each chapter features resources like apps to try, videos to watch for deeper understanding, or tools to help you master these new habits. At the end of three weeks, along with increased happiness, you’ll find you’ve become more:

• productive
• focused
• patient
• energetic
• healthy
• motivated
• positive

Happiness is a choice. A daily decision to choose happy can be easy, fun and rewarding. With this book, in just a few minutes per day, you can practice one new happiness habit, add resources to your arsenal, and jot down your notes in the journal section.

Buy 21 Days to Happiness today to create a happier more satisfying life.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I strongly believe in positive thinking. It's what has gotten me through tough times and what helps me on a daily basis. But there are times when I just feel weak and cannot muster up the energy to do anything because I feel like the whole world is crashing down on me. That's when I appreciate books such as Ingrid Kelada's 21 Days to Happiness.

I've read several books on positive thinking and what I like best about this book is that although it provides stats and factual statements (which I liked learning), it is not bogged down by too many. Instead, it's a practical user-friendly book that allows you to put into practice the tips and helpful habits right away.  Within days of reading the book, I could see the difference in my mood because I was more in tune and aware as to what I could do to counteract those negative thoughts.

I now begin my day with thinking about 3 things for which I am grateful. I play music that I enjoy while I work. I watch a funny 20-minute show on Netflix with my hubby and make sure to laugh uninhibited. I've begun to read a book on minimalism and have decluttered certain parts of my home. But I run my own business and have two teen kids, so I tend to worry and I have a lot of work and stress on my plate. Kelada's practical tips on time, worry, work, and sleep are truly helpful and I am working on implementing them in my daily and weekly routine.

I'm a stickler for order and I appreciated the book's clean layout, making it easy to read. I read the digital version, which includes links to websites, apps and videos. Again, I found this information to be practical and useful. Each chapter ends with questions to ponder over the daily practice just discussed in the chapter. There is space to write your answers, much like a workbook. For this reason, I would prefer also getting the print copy so that I can use it this way. And I will get a copy for each of my kids too. The sooner they start implementing good habits, the better.

21 Days to Happiness is the kind of book I like to keep handy by my bedside so that I can read a portion every day. It's a book that can be re-read so that one can take the time to assimilate the chockful of beneficial information. I'm a firm believer in neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change. With such books as this one, a person who wants to be happy can do so by developing good daily habits that foster healthy living and happiness. This one's a keeper!

To read more reviews, please visit Ingrid Kelada's page on iRead Book Tours.

Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book. I was not told how to rate or review this product. All opinions are my own.

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Meet the Author:

Ms. Ingrid Kelada is an experienced psychologist and happiness expert. She is a speaker and has facilitated over 1000 workshops all over the world. People find her to be pragmatic, inspiring and funny! She has an online personality questionnaire store to help people identify their talents and interests. With over 25 years experience, she offers her expertise to a wide range of clients. She is bilingual and a member of the professional association of Psychologists of Quebec. Visit her online at

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series by Anna Elliott & Charles Veley

Today I wanted to share with you this press release about a series I am excitied about. I read Remember, Remember this past week and thought it was such a fun book.

As of today, all of the 2017 releases in the Sherlock & Lucy series will be available in a special box set edition (e-book & audiobook formats only) via Amazon. See for more info below.

Have any of you read any of these books?

The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series
by Anna Elliott & Charles Veley

Father-Daughter Author Team Pen the First-Ever Series to Center on Sherlock Holmes’ Daughter, Lucy James

Since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the fictional detective has gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic pop culture characters of all time, spawning thousands of stage and radio plays, television shows, films, and books.

Now, father-daughter author duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott have introduced the world to a fresh yet faithful reimagining of Holmes with The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series ( -- praised by Publishers Weekly as a "winning" addition to the Holmesian canon that "readers will look forward to further adventures [in].”

Introducing readers to Lucy James -- an independent, modern-minded young woman who inherited her father’s intelligence and detective skills – and a Sherlock who must contend with the mysteries and challenges of being a parent, the 2017 releases in The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series -- available in a special boxset edition as of ‘Cyber Monday’ (November 27, 2017)! -- include Remember, RememberThe Crown Jewel MysteryThe Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club.

Preceded by The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016) -- books #1 and #2 in the series, penned by Charles Veley -- the Ellliott-Veley collaboration on the Sherlock & Lucy series has been praised by critics as "a new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries" (The Santa Barbara Independent) and "a very delightful way to spend an afternoon" (History From A Woman's Perspective).

While the Victorian era looked in many ways very different from our own – corsets! Lack of indoor plumbing! No iPhones! – there are human themes like love and family, and darker themes like crime and hate, that are still universal,” Elliott says of the Sherlock & Lucy series.

My father, who has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since boyhood, read me Conan Doyle stories as bedtime stories throughout my childhood, and writing these books in collaboration with him has proven one of the most fun, joyful, effortlessly delightful writing experiences of my whole career,” she continues.

I hope readers will enjoy a slightly new twist on the Sherlock Holmes character, and that they’ll grow to love Lucy and her own journey to discovering her place in Victorian London, her career as an actress, and what she wants for her own life, too.”

About the Authors:

Charles Veley has loved Sherlock Holmes since boyhood. As a father, he read the entire canon to his then-ten-year-old daughter at evening story time. Now this very same daughter, grown up to become acclaimed historical novelist Anna Elliott (the Twilight of Avalon trilogy; The Pride & Prejudice Chronicles), has worked with him to develop critically acclaimed adventures in The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series! Following the release of The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016) – books #1 and #2 in the Sherlock & Lucy series, penned solely by Veley – in 2017, Veley and Elliott’s collaboration has brought readers Remember, Remember, The Crown Jewel Mystery, The Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club.

Praise for The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series:

"Elliott (the Twilight of Avon trilogy) and Veley, her father, collaborate on the winning third mystery pairing Sherlock Holmes and his daughter, Lucy James. Readers will look forward to Lucy's further adventures." -- Publishers Weekly  (Remember, Remember: A Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery, Book 3)

"Fans of Holmesian stories, historical fiction, and Victorian romance will all find something to enjoy in the Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series." -- Critical Blast

"[Lucy James is an] independent, strong feminist young woman who is unafraid to take care of herself even in very uncomfortable situations. This fact alone sets [The Sherlock & Lucy series] apart from most Regency historicals or other Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Women are generally damsels in distress, but not Lucy!" -- Tynga's Reviews

"It might be difficult to imagine the original Holmes even having an offspring -- much less one he accepts as an investigating partner. Still, the authors make it seem plausible, and for readers who are not purists but rather pleased to see a hint of warmth coming from Holmes, [the Sherlock & Lucy series] is a new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries." -- The Santa Barbara Independent

"I absolutely loved Remember, Remember and think it's the perfect book for Sherlock Holmes fans, as well as mystery lovers. I cannot praise this book and its authors enough for this well written and imaginative story." - The Nerdy Girl Express

"Reading this novel was a very delightful way to spend an afternoon. Remember, Remember will not only appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, but also to those who love The Secret Life Anna Blanc, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, and A Curious Beginning. - History from a Woman's Perspective

"Elliot's writing style is solid and easy to become absorbed in. She gives Lucy a strong narrative voice, which caused the plot to both flow well and pack a punch. Her world building of 1897 London is vivid and skilled, making it a very high point of the novel. She unravels the mystery at a steady pace, showing her talent for creating a storyline that hooks her readers and keeps them wanting more. [...] A very fun story, and an inventive take on some very timeless classics." - The Quirky Book Nerd

The Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott to date includes The Last Moriarty (2015) and The Wilhelm Conspiracy (2016), and the 2017 releases Remember, RememberThe Crown Jewel MysteryThe Jubilee Problem, and Death at the Diogenes Club. As of November 27th, all of the 2017 releases in the Sherlock & Lucy series will be available in a special box set edition (e-book & audiobook formats only) via Amazon. All titles are available for purchase in paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats via Amazon and Audible.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 27 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.

Woke up with a sore throat last week so I spent my weekend resting.  I did a lot of reading too. It's good to have some quiet downtime. I'm feeling better already.

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.

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Despite the Indie cover, this one holds an important message and my own past work with troubled youths makes me eager to read it.


Time Trap by Jill Cooper
An action-packed time travel novel!


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.

Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)

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Hope you all have a great reading week.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Remember, Remember by Anna Elliott with Charles Veley (Book Review)

I was curious and eager to dig into this new Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Book Details:

Book Title: Remember, Remember (Book #3 Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries)
Authors: Anna Elliott with Charles Veley
Category: Adult Fiction, 357 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Wilton Press
Release date: April 21, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

The game's afoot in this fast-paced Victorian mystery! A lovely young American actress has a major problem. It's a cold morning in 1897 when she awakens outside the British Museum, lying face down on the concrete pavement. She has no memories. She does not even know who she is, although she has a vague recollection of the name Sherlock Holmes. She thinks she may have just killed someone, and she knows someone wants to kill her. As she searches for clues to her true identity, she will learn that she is not the only target. Unless she can defeat her evil adversaries, the people most dear to her will die.

Scroll up and click to read the latest in the exciting new Sherlock and Lucy series! This novel takes place after The Wilhelm Conspiracy.

The optimal reading order of the Sherlock and Lucy books is:
The Crown Jewel Mystery
The Last Moriarty
The Wilhelm Conspiracy
Remember, Remember
The Jubilee Problem
Death at the Diogenes Club

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I've always liked Sherlock Holmes, both as a kid when I was introduced to him through Arthur Conan Doyle's books and then through the British TV drama series on Netflix. I was curious and eager to dig into this new Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery series and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. 

I wasn't aware that Remember, Remember is actually Book #3 in the series, but these books can very well be read as stand-alone novels. I did not feel that I missed anything. Actually, because the main character lost her memory, it was even more of a mystery as to who she was, seeing that I had not read any of the previous books.

In this installment, the main character has amnesia and has to figure out who she is and why she feels that she's in danger. She meets a police detective and other memorable characters and as her memory slowly returns we unravel the mystery along with her. I love historical fiction and this book takes place in 19th century London. I was intrigued and pulled in right from the start and I loved Lucy's character. She was brilliant, brave and independent.

The dialogue is witty and both Sherlock and Lucy's deductive sleuthing is smart and fun. I was thoroughly entertained as I quickly read through the pages. The inclusion of 8-year-old street-smart Becky made the story touching even as it was action-filled and adventurous. The blossoming romance in the story did not overshadow the mystery element but enhanced the storyline, in my opinion.

I am so pleased to have discovered this entertaining cozy mystery series, that I am now looking forward to reading the rest of the books. If you like historical fiction, cozy mysteries and are a Sherlock Holmes fan, then this series is a perfect addition to your reading list. 

Disclosure: Thanks to Smith Publicity for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

About the Authors:

ANNA ELLIOTT: The daughter of two English literature PhDs, Anna Elliott grew up in Connecticut in a house filled with books. She is a longtime devotee of historical fantasy and fell especially in love with Arthurian legend and Celtic history while at university. Anna now lives in the Washington, DC, Metro area with her husband and two daughters. She likes Jane Austen, British TV, Castle, Firefly, The Big Bang Theory, sewing toys for her children, and rainbows and unicorns, especially those drawn by her daughters. Mosquitos love her.

CHARLES VELEY has loved Sherlock Holmes since boyhood. As a father, he read the entire canon to his then-ten-year-old daughter at evening story time. Now this very same daughter, grown up to become historical novelist Anna Elliott, has worked with him to develop seven new adventures in the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series! The sixth volume in the series, "Death at the Diogenes Club," is now available for pre-order in Kindle, and will soon be available in paperback and audiobook formats. You can see more on the series website:

Other than the Sherlock and Lucy series, all the books on his Amazon Author Page were written when he was a full-time author during the late Seventies and early Eighties. He currently works for United Technologies Corporation, where his main focus is on creating sustainability and value for the company's large real estate development projects.

Charles is also a fan of Gilbert & Sullivan and wrote "The Pirates of Finance," a new musical in the G&S tradition that won an award at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2013.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf (Book Spotlight & Giveaway!)

Today I'm featuring Nancy Schoellkopf's third book in the Avian series. If you like women's fiction with magical realism, then you should check out this series. And you can also win a copy by scrolling down and entering the giveaway!


Book Title: Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf
Category: Adult Fiction, 181 pages
Genre: Literary / Women's Fiction with magical realism
Publisher: Butterfly Tree Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Nov 20 to Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There are a few non-explicit sex scenes)

Book Description:

Ghost Owl is a magical story of discovery, as a young woman seeks to understand her potential and confront her own shadow. Mariah Easter wakes up in the middle of the night to discover the world is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Urged by her godfather, she embarks on a mission to peer into the dark spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the hidden life of a homeless man: a journey that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

This compelling and inspirational tale, the third installment of the Avian Series, invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

To read reviews, please visit Nancy Schoellkopf's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author: 

Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of the Avian Series of novels including Yellow-Billed Magpie and Red-Tailed Hawk, as well as the short story collection Rover and Other Magical Tales. She has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’s needed a second income, so this time around she happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

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