Sunday, August 13, 2017

{Book Review} Donna (The Girls of Spindrift #2) by V.C. Andrews

Donna (The Girls of Spindrift #2)
by V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release: August 14th 2017
Genre: Fiction- YA: Contemporary
How I got it: Received a copy from the publisher

Book Two of the Girls of Spindrift. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series, now Lifetime movies, continues a haunting new series featuring highly intelligent teenage girls who struggle to survive a specialized high school and find their place in a world that doesn’t understand them.

Such is the burden of being brilliant.

Being gifted is not something Donna ever wanted. It’s difficult enough to have a Latino father and Irish mother, and her genius only separates her even more from the other girls. They don’t say it, but they blame her for everything that goes wrong, just because she’s different.

And on the precise day she tries her hardest to fit in, everything turns out a disaster. A fight breaks out, and somehow Donna ends up in the middle. It’s not her fault, but it’s her word against theirs, and this time, the other girls aren’t going to stay quiet. The only solution might be to escape to the mysterious school her counselor is telling her about: Spindrift.

The four Girls of Spindrift novellas together form a prequel for Bittersweet Dreams—available now!

Review: This is book 2 in the Spindrift novellas. Just like in the first book we have a girl who's too smart for her own good. Donna is a genius, who even intimidates her teachers. The only one who gives her the time of day is a classmate named Greg. When he asks her on a date, she agrees to go not knowing it would turn into a nightmare.
The story takes on underage drinking and youth violence. Donna blames herself for what transpires, yet the whole thing left me confused. She never really faced any consequences for what happens, or anyone who blamed her. Greg even gives her a pass, and still wants to date her. Yet she just avoids any real conflict and runs off to Spindrift.
This left me feeling the plot was sort of blah. Once we moved pass the date, it was poor me from Donna. I was interested in seeing a bit of Spindrift and to see Corliss again, but most of this installment seemed phoned in.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

{Book Tour} KILLER PARTY by Lynn Cahoon


KILLER
PARTY
by
Lynn Cahoon


Genre: Cozy Mystery 


Pub
Date: 7/11/2017



For
a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove,
California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party.
But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag
party is going to be murder . . .

After a few months
of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is still getting used to
sharing such close quarters, but she’s got no hesitation about
joining him for a weekend at South Cove’s most luxurious resort.
While Greg and his college pals celebrate their buddy’s upcoming
wedding, Jill intends to pamper herself in style. But when the groom
is found floating facedown in the pool, Jill must find the killer
fast, or she might not have a boyfriend to come home to any more . .
.



New
York Times 
and USA
Today 
best-selling
author 
Lynn
Cahoon 
is
an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town life she now loves
to write about. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two
fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi
river where her imagination tends to wander. 
Guidebook
to Murder
,
Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series, won the 2015 Reader’s Crown
award for Mystery Fiction.



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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

{Book Tour} The Lazarus Succession by Ken Fry


The
Lazarus Succession
by
Ken Fry
Genre:
Historical Mystery Thriller

AMAZON
UK TOP 10 RELIGIOUS MYSTERY
A
modern-day suspense thriller with a medieval mystery.

✚ A
LEGEND TO SLAUGHTER FOR... 
✚ A
TRUTH TO DIE FOR... 

The
Lazarus Succession
 takes readers to the ancient scene of
Christ's greatest miracle, to medieval Spain, and back to modern-day
Europe. In typical Ken Fry style, nothing is as it seems and a
surprise awaits at every turn of the page.

According
to legend, Annas Zevi, an artist who witnessed the raising of
Lazarus, was told by Christ to paint what he saw. Over the centuries,
his completed works has vanished, along with every other painting
depicting Lazarus' resurrection. They were rumoured to be sacred
icons
 with miraculous powers.

International
Art Recovery Experts,
 Broderick Ladro and Ulla Stuart, are
hired by a disgraced High Court judge, Sir Maxwell Throgmorton, to
locate a long lost medieval painting by Spanish artist Francisco
Cortez. Like Zevi, his work is said to be divinely inspired.

Throgmorton's
client, a wealthy Spanish Condesa, is terminally ill and
the icon is her last hope. She will pay and do whatever it takes to
find the missing work of Cortez. 
Unbeknown
to the Condesa, Throgmorton seeks to make a vast personal fortune
from the discovery of the paintings, and use it to reclaim his place
in society. 

Ladro
and Stuart learns of Throgmorton's deceit and attempts to thwart his
plans. As they delve deeper into the mystery of the missing Cortez
painting, they discover a secret that changes their lives
forever.

Just
as it changed the lives of everyone it touched across the centuries.

✚ Praise
for The Lazarus Succession
 

"...the
supernatural elements, and their effect on the characters, are pure
genius. Even an old cynic like me was entranced. The addition of a
little historical flavour, in the shape of frequent glances into a
beautifully depicted medieval Spain, gives the novel context, and a
timeless magic I found addictive.This is polished fiction of the
highest calibre, and I'm more than happy to award 5 stars." -
Stuart Kenyon, author

"...this
is an excellent novel with many twists and turns, the pacing is
perfection, the characters are wonderful and the ending couldn't be
better. If you want a riveting tale that will hold you in thrall from
the first page to the last, then this is your book." -
Carol Marrs Phipps, author

"The
Lazarus Succession has a great historical and religious foundation
combined with a dynamic plot, twists, and turns. Ken Fry knows how to
keep the reader's attention and trigger their emotional response." -
Lilah E. Noir, author




The
Patmos Enigma
by
Ken Fry
Genre:
Historical Mystery Thriller

With
the success of his UK Top 10 bestselling religious mystery, The
Lazarus Succession, Ken Fry once again crafts 
a cunning and
explosive historical thriller 
unlike any you've read
before.





Tel Aviv, Israel. Archaeologist
Joshua Agar makes a stunning discovery when on one of his excavation
sites, they unearth an ancient ossuary, untouched
since the day it was buried. Evidence and analysis reveals that the
contents of the find appear to be the six of the Seven Seals
mentioned in the bible's Book of Revelation.

The
Seventh is missing.

Meanwhile, a mysterious man has
been walking the Earth for millennia. He waits...
amassing knowledge and power, seeking to bring about the one event
that would release him from his endless existence. With
the discovery in Tel Aviv, his waiting might soon be over.

Joshua
Agar and his team, Professor Simon Rockwell and Dr. Rachel Carver
soon realises the significance of their find. An ancient society
known as The Keepers awakens, and they are after the Seven Seals. For
it has been told, that whosoever breaks the seven seals will
have unimaginable power and control
 over the new world
promised through the Second Coming of Christ.

The frantic hunt
for the Seventh Seal begins. Through dusty caves, ancient churches,
and even within the most secretive vault on earth, they search
for clues 
to the possible resting place of the missing
seal.

The archaeologists are not alone. Another ancient secret
brotherhood called the Guardians have long protected the Seven Seals,
since the time John of Patmos entrusted to them the Seventh. Using
their resources, they attempt to discover the identity of The Grand
Keeper and impede his plans for global upheaval.

As
scientists, the archaeologists perceive their discovery as a
historical relic and not a religious find. But with the
forces aroused by the unearthing of the artefact
, they start to
question if there is indeed truth in the story.

The Patmos
Enigma will take you on a journey of wonders and thrills as it
hurtles from dark truths to enlightening revelations as
the war between science and mysticism commences.





**Releases
August 6th, 2017***




Amazon
bestselling author, Ken Fry, holds a university Master's Degree in
Literature and has extensively traveled around the world. The places
and events are reflected in his stories and most of his tales are
based on his own experiences. 





He
was a former publisher before deciding to retire and devote his full
time to writing. He now lives in the UK and shares his home with
'Dickens' his Shetland Sheepdog. 

Fry
has published 7 suspense thrillers with more to be released in 2017.
Red Ground, The Lazarus Succession, Suicide Seeds, The Brodsky
Affair, Dying Days, and 2 short stories, Check Mate and Is That You,
Jim?

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discounts: 
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

{Book Tour} Dragonhunters by Garon Whited


Dragonhunters
by
Garon Whited
Genre:
Epic Fantasy

You
don't become a hero for the money. The money's nice, sure, but you
become a hero because something inside compels you, drives you to it.
Defending people from monsters simply doesn't pay well enough to make
it a good career move.





As
for hunting dragons... well, the money is usually good, but the job
really bites.

A
group of five professional heroes goes into the lair of the dragon.
Who will win?

Spoiler:
The dragon.

But
it turns out killing a hero sometimes does nothing more than make him
even more determined.

Sometimes,
heroes are never more dangerous than when they're dead!





Garon
Whited was supposedly born in either 1969 or 1970; the original birth
certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not
agree. 


After
spending some years in college playing with computers, he finally
joined a radical group of jellyfish herding nomads. Having fought
zombie dolphins, quasi-corporeal spirits, and brain-sucking mole
rats, he is uniquely qualified to write fantastic fiction. His
subsequent attempts at professional salsa repairman and ley line
salesman met with similar success. He claims to live in Texarkana, on
Earth, but people have been known to disagree.







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Thursday, July 27, 2017

{Book Tour} To Kill a Hummingbird ( A Bird Lover's Mystery #4) by JR Ripley


To Kill a Hummingbird (
A Bird Lover's Mystery #4)
by JR Ripley
Pub. Date: 7/11/2017
Genre: Cozy Crime

For Amy Simms, owner of Birds & Bees,
nothing is more important than impressing her old professor, but this
odd bird is about to fall to earth . . .

When her favorite ornithology professor comes
calling, Birds & Bees owner Amy Simms hangs six hummingbird
feeders around the shop to welcome Professor Livingston with a flock
of his favorite flying creatures. But Amy soon finds that the sugar
water in the feeders brings more than a swarm of hummingbirds. It
also attracts murder.

Professor Livingston is just as friendly as Amy
remembers, but something seems to be troubling him. When Amy pays him
a visit that night, she finds the professor slumped over a table with
a pair of scissors buried in his neck. And standing over his body is
Rose Smith, the local bookseller, who claims she killed him. But
while the police believe they have a bird in hand, Amy thinks the
real killer may still be in the bush . . .



In addition to writing the Bird Lover’s
mystery series, J.R. Ripley is the critically acclaimed author of the
Maggie Miller mysteries and the Kitty Karlyle mysteries (written as
Marie Celine) among other works. J.R. is a member of the American
Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, and is an Audubon
Ambassador with the National Audubon Society.



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

{Book Tour} 30 SECOND DEATH A Tobi Tobias Mystery #2 by Laura Bradford


30
SECOND DEATH
A
Tobi Tobias Mystery #2
by
Laura Bradford


Genre: Cozy Mystery


Pub
Date: 7/11/2017



To
help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in
a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting
can lead to murder . . .
When Tobi Tobias
opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her
every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just
landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical
production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he
runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let
Carter touch a hair on her head.
To get Fiona out of
Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in
her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on
set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake
of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the
hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding
the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his
innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.


Laura
Bradford 
is
also the author of the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries,
including 
Silence
of the Flans
 and Ã‰clair
and Present Danger
,
and the national bestselling Amish Mysteries, including 
A
Churn for the Worse 
and Suspendered
Sentence
.
Under the pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey, she writes the Southern
Sewing Circle Mysteries, including 
Wedding
Duress 
and Taken
In
.
She lives in Yorktown Heights, New York, with her husband and their
blended brood.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

{Book Tour} Sunset Nightlord Series Book 1 by Garon Whited


Sunset
Nightlord Series Book 1
by Garon Whited
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal  

Eric
didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact, he didn't even believe in them.
Then he meets a beautiful woman, wakes up with a hangover, and bites
his tongue with his own fangs.



Which
pretty much settles the question.






Now
he's trying to hold down his day job while learning the rules of the
Undead -- the most important being that bloodthirsty urges and
predatory instincts are a real bitch. 






Upside;
Eric has the beautiful Sasha to teach him the ropes, including the
magic he'll need to survive.






Downside;
they're being hunted by members of the Church of Light, who are
determined to rid the world of vampires.






When
Sasha is killed, and Eric is thrust into an alternate world in his
quest to avenge her death. There he becomes a Nightlord, fights a
dragon with the help of his magical steed, Bronze, and upchucks a
sword named Firebrand. 






But
things get really interesting when Eric finally finds Tobias, head of
the Church of Light. Soon Eric finds himself at the center of an epic
battle at the literal edge of the world in a fight to keep a terrible
darkness at bay.






"When
you fall off the Edge of the World into hordes of demonic Things from
the Outer Darkness, you really start to wonder about your life
choices."


--Eric,
part-time undead, expectant father, and short-term astronaut.





Shadows
Nightlord Series
Book 2

I’ve
awakened in a stone box about the size of a large coffin… I’m
filthy, everything aches, and, by the various so-called gods, I smell
awful.


I’ve
woken up in worse places.


Hmm.
What does that say about my life choices?”
Eric,
amateur magician, part-time vampire, and accidental king.





It's
not easy, being King. Especially when you've got an allergy to
sunrise and sunset, a fire-goddess for a mother-in-law, demonic
adversaries, random assassins, and a basement full of insecurities to
cope with.


Add
to that his daughter, the fire-priestess/princess, a couple of
lightly-deranged professional magicians, a whole city full of
wizards, and enough squabbling princes to resemble a kindergarten
argument.
It's
enough to make a man want to just go home.
Luckily
for Eric, he has the world's fastest pet rock, a smart-mouthed sword,
and a horse that not only understands him, but likes him anyway.





An
awful lot of young ladies seem to be up all night, wandering around
the halls on the off-chance they’ll bump into the King when he’s
in the mood for a snack. Since when did I become sexy? And why didn’t
anybody warn me it was going to be work?”


Eric,
elder geek and occasional idiot.




Orb
Nightlord Series
Book 3

We
all have inner demons. We fight them all the time. Some of us achieve
inner peace by coming to terms with them.


But
how do you come to terms with inner demons that tear free and become
outer demons?


Eric
has been a vampire for nearly a century, and his demons are more than
metaphors. While they controlled him, he was the Demon King. Now he
has to avoid the monsters in his own mind, as well as angry nobles,
fanatical religions, assassins, magi, other vampires, criminal
organizations, and the neighborhood gossip.
He
wants two things: To find Tort, and to have someplace to call
home.
It
may be too much to ask.





Knightfall
Nightlord Series
Book 4

It's
not easy, being King. You can't always rule a kingdom and still do
what needs to be done.


Eric--or
King Halar, also known as the Demon King--has more than enough
problems without the crown.


But
quitting the job of King isn't easy, either--unless you want to be
beheaded. Most people regard that as an unsatisfactory way to quit.
Even vampire lords tend to be cautious about guillotines. A King who
loses his head has a real problem... or none at all.





It's
time to sort some of these problems out, settle a few more, and kill
the rest.


But
at what cost?





"Knightfall"
is the fourth book of the "Nightlord" series. It picks up
exactly where the previous book, "Orb," ends, and carries
on with an adventure of epic proportions!






Garon
Whited was supposedly born in either 1969 or 1970; the original birth
certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not
agree. 


After
spending some years in college playing with computers, he finally
joined a radical group of jellyfish herding nomads. Having fought
zombie dolphins, quasi-corporeal spirits, and brain-sucking mole
rats, he is uniquely qualified to write fantastic fiction. His
subsequent attempts at professional salsa repairman and ley line
salesman met with similar success. He claims to live in Texarkana, on
Earth, but people have been known to disagree.






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