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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Nomad Thriller Series by Georges Benay (Spotlight and Giveaway)

 

Today I'm featuring a thriller series that I read this past summer. You can read my reviews of Nomad on the Run and The Nomad Premonition and then be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a set of these books plus a $15 Amazon gift card!


Book Details for Nomad on the Run:

Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Bookstand Publishing
Release date: April 15, 2011
Content Rating: PG (No swear words, some violence and minimal/clean sex scene)

Book Description:

Hidden beneath greed, deceit and coercion hides the truth

Enticed by an investment firm in Morocco, Eric Martin is caught in a world where no one can be trusted

Beneath the golden desert and azure seas of Morocco lurks a hidden world of greed, deceit and financial terrorism. But the players are not who you might think. Lured away from his seemingly idyllic life as a managing director for a major international bank in Toronto, Eric Martin returns to his ancestral roots in Morocco.

Tempted by a mysterious offer from a boutique financial firm, Eric soon discovers he has walked into the middle of a whirlwind where everyone has their own secret agenda, and he unwittingly has become the key to unlocking them all. From the broad avenues of Toronto to the mean streets of Casablanca, Eric rushes to discover the truth before time runs out. But who can he trust?

The power and attraction of money is strong. In the midst of a dangerous cast of characters, Jeff Offenbach, bank president, knows more than he lets on. But how much does he know? Is he a key player in a scheme to terrorize the global economy, or is he just trying to save his firm from becoming another victim of the global economic collapse? Valerie is the unknown factor. Is she involved in the partners' machinations, or is she as guileless as Eric? Can he trust her? And more importantly, will he survive long enough to find out?




Book Details for The Nomad's Premonition:

Category: Adult Fiction, 240 pages
Genre: Thriller, mystery/suspense
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Release date: April 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (some violence, a couple of swear words - minimal)

Book Description:

A new mystery waiting to be unraveled

Eric Martin has a gut felling that his worst nightmare is about to make a comeback the moment the electronic record of the stock market trade flashes across his monitor.

Eric Martin is desperate to forget his past, one that almost cost him his future.

Working in Paris as deputy head of a bank's internal security department, Eric notices a high-speed trader's uncanny ability to predict extremely profitable trades. Even though there's nothing illegal about the activity, he knows the trader's success is more than just luck.

But, no one believes him. Armed only with a handful of data and a powerful instinct, Eric searches for the mysterious trader on his own. He suspects that a predictive algorithm has fallen into the wrong hands.

Eric sets off for Istanbul to find answers promised to him by an informant. He finds an unlikely ally in Interpol agent Stephanie Brule. With Interpol wanting him back in Paris and out of the way, Eric's quest is also hampered by the sudden appearance of his ex-lover, a boss he's not sure he can trust, and a terrorist who always seems one step ahead.

Will Eric put an end, once and for all, to the nightmare that began when he accepted a job that was too good to be true? Or will his need for revenge and justice lead him deeper into a treacherous world he has no way of escaping?


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Meet the Author:



Georges Benay is a former international banker who is now working as a Toronto-based writer and award-winning photographer. He is the author of two novels, including The Nomad's Premonition and a collection of short stories. His award-winning pictures have been featured in several magazines and book covers.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Photography Website ~ Twitter


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 20 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 this morning to snow falling gently on the ground, blanketing the world outside my window. That first snowfall is always exhilarating, even if I don't particularly like winter and that damp feeling the snow brings.

So, on a different topic, I've noted that whenever I'm feeling stressed, overwhelmed, got too much on my plate, I tend to want to organize and clean stuff out. Makes sense, when you think about it. Clearing out my immediate personal space gives me room to think, so to speak. So what did I do this weekend? I cleaned out my closets, re-organized different small corners of my house, and you know what, I feel better. More in control. Better able to face the crazy weeks ahead.


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.


My mailbox!
For review:

I Love a Book by Joe Rhatigan
I couldn't resist this children's book that celebrates books and reading.




The Adventures of Popcorn and Jellybean by Robert Gillespie
This children's book celebrates nature.


This one was a surprise:

I saw this one at BookExpo and have been wanting to read it ever since.



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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 read and/or featured last week:






Reading Now:


I'm loving the first book in this series.



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Friday, November 17, 2017

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards (Book Review)


I was immediately intrigued by this book's storyline. Star-crossed lovers and a long-lost violin? Yes, I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it very much.


Book Details:

Book Title: Strings: A love Story by Megan Edwards
Category: Adult Fiction, 210 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Content Rating: PG (some profanity, no f-words, non-explicit sex scenes)


Book Description:

The Merino Rose. Ted Spencer has a hard enough time believing the celebrated violin really exists. To find it sitting on his coffee table is nothing short of incredible. The stuff of legend, the exquisite Guarnerius has been missing for centuries.

But even though the renowned instrument is a violin lover's dream come true, it holds only heartache for Ted. The value of the Merino Rose may be beyond measure, but he has acquired it at too high a cost.

Ted found his soul mate when he met Olivia de la Vega his senior year in high school. In the school's production of Camelot, Ted was cast as Lancelot, Olivia as Guenevere. They should have spent their lives together, but strings got in the way: family ties, career objectives, and the tangled web of fate.

Will the Merino Rose bring the two star-crossed lovers together at last, or will their love always remain the melancholy sound of distant violins?

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was immediately intrigued by this book's storyline. Star-crossed lovers and a long-lost violin? Yes, I wanted to read it and I enjoyed it very much. The story is told in the first person POV through the main character Ted Spencer, a violinist and an expert in appraising string instruments. He begins the story with The Merino Rose, that long-lost violin sitting on his coffee table, and goes on to the tell the tale of how it came to be in his possession. He tells his story through flashbacks, starting with how he first met Olivia in high school.

I liked this storytelling style because it built suspense. It made me wonder what was going to go wrong in their relationship and keep them apart. Ted and Olivia met when they were both cast as Lancelot and Guinevere in the play Camelot. But he came from a wealthy family and privileged social status whereas Olivia was the daughter of the cleaning lady of their private school. The story follows their high school romance, breakup and their careers after they graduate up until over thirty years later when the Merino Rose brings them together.

I liked Ted because he was honest, at times self-deprecating and very likable in his recounting of the story. I found the novel flowed well and I read it quickly, engrossed in its story. It is a love story with music at its very core. I admit I was expecting more about the long-lost violin itself based on the book description, but it plays a minor role. Ted and Olivia are soul-mates, smitten by that first love sentiment that never quite goes away. That's what the story is mainly about.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable book and I would gladly read more by author Megan Edwards.


About the Author:


Megan Edwards is the author of the travel memoir "Roads from the Ashes," the humor book "Caution: Funny Signs Ahead," and her debut novel, "Getting off on Frank Sinatra." She has lived and traveled extensively in Europe and spent nearly seven years "on the road" all over North America. Now at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, she is working on her next novel.

Connect with Megan: Website

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.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Katharina: Deliverance (Katharina #1) (Book Review)


A compelling portrayal of Katharina Von Bora....the wife of Martin Luther.

Book Details:

Book Title: Katharina: Deliverance (Katharina #1) by Margaret Skea
Category: Adult Fiction, 384 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Sanderling Books
Release date: October 18, 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Germany 1505

It is very shameful that children, especially defenceless young girls, are pushed into the nunneries. Shame on the unmerciful parents who treat their own so cruelly.’ Martin Luther

Following the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage, five-year-old Katharina is placed in the convent at Brehna. She will never see her father again. Sixty-five miles away, at Erfurt in Thuringia, Martin Luder, a promising young law student, turns his back on a lucrative career in order to become a monk. The consequences of their meeting in Wittenberg, on Easter Sunday 1523, will reverberate down the centuries and throughout the Christian world. A compelling portrayal of Katharina von Bora, set against the turmoil of the Peasant’s War and the German Reformation … and the controversial priest at its heart.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski


The winds of religious thought are blowing and changing direction in the 1500's; nowhere more so than in Germany, for the Reformation, the breaking away from the teachings of the Catholic Church has begun. These events are the backdrop of this excellent historical fiction.

It's good to remember that there are very real people at the heart of it, some known, but many unknown or obscure. One of those is Katherina Von Bora, a child from a respectable family who grows up as a nun. She and others in the nunnery hear talk of Martin Luther and his "heretical" ideas. There are rumblings of religious discontent and dissent everywhere. Following a few years of reading Luther's teachings, Katharina and some of her friends escape the nunnery and become ordinary people. Of course, first and foremost, these young women must find husbands. Katharina would probably have been unknown or obscure, except for her choice of husband, the Reformer Martin Luther.

I enjoyed the author's vivid descriptions of the marketplace, the gowns of the 1400''s and life in general in medieval Germany.- "the snorting of horses and the jingle of harness and the creak of an axle followed by the slap of shoes on the ground…."

Although this is a book primarily about Katharina we learn something about Martin Luther through his quotes at the beginning of each chapter as well as the author's physical description and temperament of Luther – "listening to him is like being caught in a storm, all thunder and lightning and relentless rain."

This is not primarily a love story as such, but it becomes clear that Katherina and Martin grow to love each other and together accomplish much in their lifetime.

There are more books to come from this author on Katharina. I can hardly wait to read them as I love historical fiction that authentically weaves facts and interpretation together.

Disclosure: Thanks to Margaret Skea 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 Author:


Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles', but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders.

A passion for Scotland's turbulent history, the 16th century, and her Ulster-Scots heritage, led to the writing of Turn of the Tide. which was the Historical Fiction Winner in the 2011 Harper Collins People's Novelist Competition.

An award winning short story writer - her recent credits include, Overall Winner Neil Gunn 2011, Chrysalis Prize 2010, and Winchester Short Story Prize 2009. Shortlisted in the Mslexia Short Story Competition 2012 and long-listed for the Matthew Pritchard Award, Fish Short Story and Fish One Page Prize, she has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA. 

Connect with Margaret: Website




Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 13 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.

So it's cold. I've had to convince my kids that it's TIME to start wearing winter coats although they insist it's not winter yet. Forget hat and gloves. 

So I've not worn my contact lenses in almost a month. That eye infection I spoke about a few weeks ago just persisted and I finally got stronger meds. I was loath to wear my glasses in public because I grew up in the 70s and 80s when you were called "four-eyes" for wearing glasses, but I discovered that wearing glasses today is actually cool and that some young ones get fake glasses just to get that "look". I got so many compliments on my glasses that now I really don't mind wearing them out in public. Who would have thought....


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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For review:


It's been a while since I read a good Regency novel.


A beautiful coffee table book. 

This one came in second place in World's best Story Contest! It's on tour with iRead Book Tours. If you're interested in reviewing this book, just let me know.


Bought:

I need this book.



Yep, another time travel book...



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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.




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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Children's Books: Teaching Good Social Skills

I'm an advocate for kidlit, especially books that teach children good social skills. I came across these two books that I wanted to feature here. My dad always said, "Education begins at home." How true. And storytime is a perfect way to open up our children's world.

My review follows each book's description.



Book Details:

Sonya Sahni and the First Grade by Soma Mandal
Illustrated by: Tim Williams
Published: June 13, 2017
Published by MindStir Media
Softcover picture book: 40 pages
For children ages 4-8
Content rating: G

Book Description:

Sonya is torn between her roots. She was born in the USA but her parents are Indian...she desperately wants to fit in and be American. Her parents want her to embrace who she is, but Sonya feels like a misfit. This is a wonderful story about a little girl who discovers her identity and learns to appreciate who she is. A must read for any child or adult who feels different from the rest of the world.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

Being the child of immigrant parents, I could relate with Sonya's issue of wanting to be like her American friends. This book brings out the message that children of immigrant parents must embrace that they are part of two cultures and are to be proud of their heritage. Educating children about other countries and their culture is a good way of teaching children to respect differences.

The narrative is told in poetic rhyme, and I personally would have preferred the story format. Sometimes the rhyming was good, but in other instances it felt like some words were included only because they rhymed with the last word in the previous sentence and not because they fit with the narrative.


The illustrations are endearing and colorful. The facial expressions clear and conveying emotions. Each 2-page spread contained one page with a border of various flags, emphasising the theme of the book. Parents can also use this to teach which flag belongs to which country.

Overall, this is a good book for Indian parents and any parent really who wants to address the issue of how to deal with a child who doesn't fit in because they are different. It would also be a good teaching aid in the classroom.

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Book Details:

Freddie the Fly: Motormouth: A Story About Learning to Listen by Kimberly Delude
Illustrated by: Brian Martin
Published: Sept 15, 2017
Published by Boys Town Press
Softcover picture book: 32 pages
For children ages 4-8
Content rating: G

Book Description:

Freddie the Fly likes to talk and talk. He's so busy buzzing about the latest gossip, he can't listen to anyone else. Freddie doesn't realize how much of a chatterbox he is until he meets Mesquita. Her mile-a-minute mouth makes Freddie seem like a mute. Freddie the Fly: Motormouth is a humorous take on the problem of never opening your ears while always flapping your yap. Appropriate for readers in pre-k to third-grade, this colorful storybook teaches kids how to control their conversations and be excited about listening to, and learning from, others.

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My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

From the first sentence in this book, I was hooked. Freddie is a smart, funny, curious and endearing character. I just loved him from the get-go. He tells his story in the first-person narrative and I could easily see how children will quickly become enraptured by his story. 

Freddie has a motormouth and gets very excited when he wants to tell his friends things. He likes to share all the things he knows but doesn't know that he isn't listening which causes his friends  to fall asleep. His teacher invites him to the Motormouth Club where she teaches them the skill of listening. Freddie works hard to practice this skill and learns new things about others when he starts to listen to them.

With fun insect characters, humor and a lively narrative, Freddie the Fly is not only super fun to read but it's also educational. I thought the skill of how to stop and listen was ingenious. An easy way for children to remember how to pause before continuing to talk. Very practical for anyone, including adults! It's not surprising that the author is a speech-language pathologist. 

The illustrations are goofy, bright and fun. They fit perfectly with the topic, narrative style and age group. I think this book would be an excellent addition to any daycare, school or home library. Highly recommended!

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of both books. I was not told how to rate or review these products.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano (Book Review)


If you like historical Christian fiction with a mysterious plot and a good-hearted unconventional heroine, look no further. This one is sure to please. See what I thought of Joanna Davidson Politano's debut novel, Lady Jayne Disappears.

Book Details:

Book Title: Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
Category: Adult Fiction, 411 pages
Genre: Christian Fiction/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Revell
Release date: Oct 3, 2017
Content Rating: PG (mature themes of parental abandonment and prison life in the 19th century)

Book Description:

When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was instantly attracted to this book by its cover and the premise of the story. A woman writer in the 19th century with a male pen name, the mysterious disappearance of Lady Jayne, the Gothic setting of a gloomy estate of nearly 100 rooms...well, I just couldn't wait to dig into this book.

Aurelie Harcourt has just lost her father to death. She lived with him in one of London's debtor's prison and now moves to her aunt's wealthy home in England's countryside, where she meets his family for the first time. Apart from the aunt, they believe Aurelie to be a distant relative and do not know who she really is, nor that her father is the famous author Nathaniel Droll. Aurelie now takes over this role in secret and wants to find out what happened to Lady Jayne who was her mother.

The story is filled with secrecy both on the part of Aurelie and her father's family. There are twists and turns that kept me guessing and enough creepy dark hallways and abandoned dusty rooms that gave this book a Gothic feel. There were comic moments too, especially when Aurelie incorporated the idiosyncrasies and behaviors of the family into her characters in the story installments that got published.   

Lady Jane Disappears is a well-written impressive debut. The author succeeded in immersing me in the setting and story. I enjoyed the book's storyline and the romance too, although I found Silas's character to be underdeveloped. We know next to nothing about his family life and he did a few things that were unconventional for the time period. There were a few loose threads at the end of the story too, like what happened to Kendrick, Nelle, and Juliette when she ran away, making the ending feel a little rushed.

This was an entertaining novel and I look forward to reading Politano's next book. If you like historical Christian fiction with a mysterious plot and a good-hearted unconventional heroine, look no further. This one is sure to please.


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


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About the Author:


Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Post, Mailbox Monday and It's Monday What Are You Reading? Nov 6 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.

It's been a regular week. Working, taking the kids to ortho appointments, volunteering, and reading. Daylight savings time today, which helps me get a much-needed extra hour of sleep in the mornings, but the shorter days are hard. I miss the sunny days already. I watched The Intern with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway and had some good laughs. Hope you're all reading great books!


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.


My mailbox!
For review:


Gi=overnment conspiracy and time travel. Can't wait to get lost in this book!



An inspiring book by a teenage humanitarian and change-maker.



21 Days to Happiness by Ingrid Kelada
This one is on tour with iRead Book Tours.


Bought:


I was pulled in to pick up this dystopian book that looks like perfect escapism.




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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.


Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr (Book Spotlight, Video Interview & Giveaway!)




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Friday, November 3, 2017

The Fox of Cordovia (Rebel Series Book 3) by Linda Weaver Clarke (Review)



Read this swash-buckling romance and discover the identity of the Fox
 
Book Details:

Book Title: The Fox of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 3)
Category:  Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release date: June 30. 2017
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

In this swashbuckling romance, a sinister plot has just been uncovered and it's up to a former patriot and a young nurse to discover who is behind it. Caroline is engaged to the future mayor of Laketown, a man of influence and greatly respected. But all that changes when she overhears a conspiracy behind closed doors. After being discovered, she runs for her life. Caroline needs to report her findings, but whom can she trust? When she asks Jesse Conover for help, the adventure begins


My Review
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski

This is book 3 that continues the story of freedom-loving people in the make-believe country of Cordovia. We learn that Cordovia was settled by Spanish conquistadors and English aristocrats. The Rebel Series is inspired by the stories of men who fought for freedom.  And this book is loosely based on a man known as the Swamp Fox, a man of courage and valor. It’s a story of the good guys versus the bad guys set in an indeterminate  time, but the reference to sword-fighting, lamplighters, dueling guns,  capes, gowns, and pirates assures the reader that it is in the past.

There is a slowly-building mystery that begins when circumstances occur that force the heroine, Caroline, to flee for her life, often barely escaping by donning unusual disguises, provided by tall, dark, handsome Jesse Conover, who is a master of disguise. The inevitable romance occurs.

Issues such as women's abuse are part of the story about which the author obviously feels strongly about.

I have reviewed several books by this author and her books are consistently interesting and clean. This book is no exception.

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

Buy the Book
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
 
 
 
 
Linda Weaver Clarke is the author of historical romances, period romances, a romantic cozy mystery series, a mystery suspense series, a children’s book, and non-fiction. She has traveled throughout the United States giving lectures and teaching people to write their family history. All her books are family friendly. She is from Color Country, which is located in southern Utah. Visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
 
 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr (Book Spotlight, Video Interview & Giveaway!)


Today, I'm kicking off the tour for Lauren Carr's latest mystery novel! I've become a fan of her books after reading several of her mysteries. They are fun books with memorable characters, especially the animal characters who sometimes steal the show. Watch out for my review on Dec 7. Lauren has also prepared a video for me when I asked her what was the best thing about writing series. Also, scroll down for a chance to win a $100 Amazon GC!

Book Details:

Book Title: Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Category: Adult fiction, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Release date: November 17, 2017
Tour dates: Nov 1 to 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence--though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!". Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.)

Book Description:

Twofer murder? What’s a twofer murder?

Twofer Murder is a treat for fans of best-selling author Lauren Carr’s fast-paced mysteries! Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. The guys go away for a fishing weekend only to get caught up in the murder of a journalist investigating fraud at a timber company. Meanwhile, the ladies are spending the weekend in the presidential suite at a posh resort where Jessica Faraday is to accept a lifetime achievement award for her late grandmother at a murder mystery writers conference. But before they have time to get their facials, they get wrapped up in their own real mystery when an up and coming author ends up dead!

Lauren Carr’s Twofer Murder is a 2-for-1—making it a must-read for any mystery fan!

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Video Interview with Lauren Carr

I asked Lauren what is the best thing about writing a mystery series. Check out her response in the following video!

To watch more video interviews with Lauren Carr, visit her page on iRead Book Tours.


 

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!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, 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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram



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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Purple Turtle Graded Readers Boxed Set Level 2 (Review & Giveaway!)


I love featuring educational children's books on this blog because I can still remember the feeling of wonder I felt when I learned how to read. The Purple Turtle series is not only adorable but the stories are fun and engaging for new readers as they learn how to read. Check out my review and enter to win a trolley with a set of 5 books!

Boxed Book Set Details:

Book Title: Purple Turtle Graded Readers Level 2 (12 Titles)
Category: Children's Fiction,
Genre: Educational
Publisher: Aadarsh Pvt. Ltd.
Release date: April 1, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 30 to Nov 24, 2017
Content Rating: G (informative content intended for and available to children & their parents/educators to enhance and support learning. Suitable for: Family audiences with younger children.)

Boxed Book Set Description:

Welcome to a world of fun-filled learning with Purple Turtle. Purple Turtle Graded Readers by A1 Edutainment is an amazing new reading program that is ideal for emerging readers. The second level includes a set of 12 books with 12 interesting stories and several engaging activities that is likely to make learning an enjoyable experience. The book has a word count of 150-250 and is based on the ATOS and Lexile reading level system. This level is for readers who have just learned to read.


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

The Purple Turtle Graded Readers comes in a boxed set of 12 storybooks. These are 5X7 hardcover, colorful books featuring the character Purple Turtle, who is adorable and very likable, and his friends Roxy, Biggy, Zing and Melody. These are educational books and created for English Language Training for new readers. I noticed the text uses British spelling for the vocabulary, such as aeroplane and tyre. The Graded Readers boxed sets come in 3 levels.

As stated on the back cover of each book, the first level features simple vocabulary, very simple sentences, picture clues and word repetition. The second level features simple sentences, predictable sentence structures and familiar themes. The third level features longer stories with complex sentences and an enriched vocabulary. It is evident that much thought has gone into producing these books with the methodology to teach children how to read well while learning new things.

I received the Level 2 boxed set and was impressed with the stories and how fun they were. Each story is meant to engage as Purple Turtle begins each book by addressing the reader. There is excellent use of questions, appropriate themes for children in that age group and four pages of activities in the back of each book. I know I would have loved these books as a new reader!

Some of the themes are: playing by the rules, learning about new animals at the zoo, the fear of going to school, learning to count sea animals at the aquarium, how to deal with feelings of anger, methods of transportation, astronomy, going on a holiday, and learning about the different professions.

The Purple Turtle series and their illustrations reminds me of Franklin the Turtle series by Canadian author Paulette Bourgeois. My children loved that series and I can see that Purple Turtle has the same charm and appeal. Purple Turtle can help to instil a love of reading for children growing up in this heavy tech environment. I think the Purple Turtle Graded Readers set is an excellent tool for parents, early childhood educators and teachers to use in the home, in daycare, or at school. It is a worthy addition to any library where little hands can pick up treasured books.

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Purple Turtle is India’s 1st International brand with its educational content in several languages sold in more than 30 countries including Russia, China, US and UK. The character of Purple Turtle has delighted children across the globe through beautifully created Purple Turtle books, rhymes and videos available on YouTube.

Purple Turtle was created with the idea to spread education through a wide range of innovative books for children. To give them the experience of convenient online learning, Purple Turtle also brings both learning and entertainment on a common platform to give a wholesome learning experience to young minds.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes (Review & Giveaway!)

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I was looking for a fun book to read and The Fabergé Entanglement was very entertaining! It's been awhile since I read a romantic suspense novel and this one did not disappoint.  We also have a giveaway where you could win a copy and a $15 Amazon gift card.

Book Details:

Book Title: The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes
Category: Adult Fiction: 306 pages
Genre: Suspense/Action/Romance
Publisher: Lisa Kolber
Release date: July 2015
Content Rating: PG + M (There is some, not much, bad language, sensuality, one alluded sex scene but not described, possible triggers for sexual abuse/non-consensual sex as a plot point, action-style violence)

Book Description:

Sabinne ‘Saber’ Darrieux’s father, the billionaire CEO of Frontenac Global Security has been kidnapped. His ransom is not cash in a numbered offshore account, or a briefcase of Bearer Bonds but something utterly unique, incredibly valuable, and until recently, hidden away from the world.

The kidnapper seems to know Saber very well and knows that the next day, through her work as an elite translator she will be in the same location as the Object. She must steal the Object and deliver it to the kidnapper to ransom her father.

Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent has just come off of two harrowing missions. Upon returning to London for a well-earned rest, he learns that his friend and fellow agent has been murdered in Moscow, but not before he made use of a unique Object as a mobile ‘drop site’ for the valuable intelligence he was carrying.

The drop site is traveling from Moscow to England. Steele insists on completing the mission to honor the death of his friend, Gerry Cornell.

At an ultra-chic quasi-diplomatic gathering in a mansion in Windsor, England, Saber and Steele meet and find themselves faced with a powerful, undeniable attraction. But at the moment, this compelling attraction is very inconvenient.

In reality, they are at the mansion to check out the security arrangements — for their own reasons — to steal the Object, a Fabergé egg worth thirty million dollars. But who will get to the egg first?

Fabergé eggs are very famous for their unique surprises. Saber and Steele are about to be very surprised, indeed.

And when Saber clashes with Steele; more than sparks will explode!


My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

I was looking for a fun book to read and The Fabergé Entanglement was very entertaining! It's been awhile since I read a romantic suspense novel and this one did not disappoint.

Sabinne, otherwise known as Saber, is suddenly thrust into a ransom situation when her father is kidnapped and she must steal a very valuable Fabergé egg and deliver it to release him. But on the night she plans this heist, she runs into a problem when she encounters another intruder trying to steal the same egg! That intruder is Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent on a mission. When she manages to steal the egg and escape, Steele is hot on her trail, both so he can accomplish his mission and also because he is very attracted to Saber.

I loved the cat and mouse game between the two. Both Saber and Steele have strong personalities but were also troubled by traumatic experiences of their past, which only come to light as we get closer to the climax of the story. The book is action-packed but it's at a steady pace, which kept me engaged throughout, as both characters came up with clever ways to get out of tough situations.

The only part that marred my enjoyment was the use of bad language. I could understand some bad language between the bad guys but not when much of it was unnecessary. Apart from that, there was good sexual tension between the main characters but no jumping into bed together. The build-up was realistic, starting from distrust, to working together to getting the mission done.

If you like romantic suspense, this one is a good thrill ride, highly entertaining and engaging with two characters you will root for from beginning to end.

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LESLEY MERYN
Enjoyed an exotic, adventure-filled childhood, following her anthropologist father and travel writer mother to the farthest corners of the world. She later took inspiration from her Aunt Sophia Francesca and became the author of romantic adventure novels. She alternates her time between Los Angeles, and a family property located in Yorkshire England.

ELLE BROOKES
She is the author of the first two books of the Time Frame Series, LUST. MECHANICS. MINI COOPER. and SEX. COFFEE. TIME TRAVEL. Loves travel, discovering new foods to try, reading and writing. She currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie and her hedgehog Quiller.

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