Saturday, March 31, 2012

Will Love For Crumbs by Jonna Ivin
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
Raised by an alcoholic mother and without a father, Jonna learned at a young age to put her needs on the back-burner. After her mother dies of cancer, she goes on a spiritual journey looking for enlightenment and a purpose for her life. Eventually, she ends up as a volunteer in the relief effort following Hurricane Ike. There she meets a man who will forever change her life.

In the swamps of Louisiana and the hills of Arkansas, Jonna follows her heart to build a life with an American hero - a 20 year veteran of the Army Special Forces. Only after uprooting her whole life, leaving everything and everyone

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Is your serial satisfying? A reader's rant.

I'm often asked to read books that are part of a serial, and even more often it is the first book in the serial.

I think serials are great - I really do. I love them. Some of my favorite books are serials. I adore John Marsden's Tomorrow series. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series - at least the first 15 of them. After that I got a bit bored, but anyway. James Patterson's Alex Cross series and Women's Murder Club. J.D. Robb's In Death series. Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. Series are great! You connect with the characters and you hunger for more. Right?

But here's what bugs me. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
When Vivian and her husband Nowell are enlisted to prepare his late grandmother's country home for sale, they decide to take a break from city life. Nowell leaves before his wife to begin work on his second mystery novel and by the time Vivian joins him, a real mystery has begun. 

A local girl has died in the woods behind the house. The tall line of trees separating the old white house from the thickets and wildlife beyond attracts Vivian, seems to beckon her within. Details begin to emerge about the victim and Vivian becomes enmeshed in the secrets of the girl's life and final moments. 

Nowell's temperamental brother arrives with his new wife and the house gets crowded. A woman who befriends Vivian relays local gossip, including the questionable legacy of the town's founder, while a

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Two Graves by D.A. Graystone
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
Forty year old Preston Peterson, pudgy, myopic and socially inept, knows the terror of being bullied. From his earliest childhood memory, he has faced ridicule, name calling, harassment and beatings. Fear ruled his life, possessed him, controlled his every encounter with others.

Now, he has killed.

Now, rage rules his life.

Digging out his despised High School year book, Preston uses computer aged photographs to find and kill look-alikes of his persecutors.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Book review and GIVEAWAY of Her Heart's Desire by Adriana Ryan
My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 Stars

 You can win an ebook copy of Her Heart's Desire! Scroll down for further details.

Book Blurb:
Millie Fields’s life could be a Greek tragedy. As if frizzy hair and a dead-end job weren’t enough, the heartthrob of her dreams, Graham Lance, doesn’t even know she exists. The only man in her life these days is her best friend Braedon Hill, who seems to have an endless supply of tissues for her equally endless tears. Ironically, Millie is so blinded by her yearning for Graham that she can’t see Braedon’s heart yearns just as

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Generation by William Knight
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 Stars

BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE GENERATION BADGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE BAR TO VOTE FOR MY BLOG!!! YOU CAN  ALSO REGISTER TO WIN AN AMAZON GIFT CARD AND AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF GENERATION! THANK YOU! :)

Book Blurb:
Journalist Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic research enclosure to an influential drug company specialising in genetic modification.

Assisted by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling forensic entomologist, he delves into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagination.

But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged bodies donated to scientific research.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Starheart by Greta van der Rol
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 Stars

Book blurb:
She's lost her husband, her best friend is missing. What else has she got to lose?

Slightly shady freighter captain, Jess Sondijk, thought she had her life under control until Admiral Hudson's Confederacy battle cruiser stops her ship to search for contraband. His questions reopen matters she had thought resolved. What if her husband's death on his way back from Tabora wasn't accidental? Jess decides to investigate, while keeping Hudson at arms' length.

While he's attracted to the lovely Jess, Hudson is also concerned about what might be happening on Tabora and how that may involve the Confederacy's enemies.

Jess and Hudson's interests collide in more ways than one. But while

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Oracle - Sunken EarthOracle - Sunken Earth by C.W. Trisef
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Fall, current day, Atlantic Ocean. Another hurricane tears through the Bahamas, headed for Florida. Among the wreckage: a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat, one survivor (Ret Cooper), and a spherical object of curious design (the Oracle).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Interview with William Knight author of Generation

On March 21st I will be posting my review of William Knight's book Generation as a partcipant in his Blog Tour through Novel Publicity. Feel free to click on the Generation book cover on the right side bar for more information about this fabulous book, for purchasing information, AND TO VOTE FOR MY BLOG! :)

But in the meantime William was kind enough to answer some questions I had for him after I read this AWESOME and thought provoking book!


Interview with William Knight


1. What has inspired your interest in Genetic Modification?
My school physics teacher, Mr Pope -- a tall, serious man with the occasional mischievous glint in his eye -- taught me how to ask the time in Irish Gaelic and instilled a love of reading science articles-- in particular the New Scientist. Some issues I don't understand a word, then in others I voraciously read each story dreaming up plots. GM or genetic modification, is a natural technology for a thriller writer... soooo many possibilities of dark creatures and evil science.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Midnight SinMidnight Sin by Michael Tabman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
When a rookie cop walks on to the midnight shift, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. Every step he takes and every decision he makes has unforeseen consequences. His life will never be the same.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Make Mine Chocolate!

Hello Faithful Readers - This is a post that is NOT about reading or book reviews. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing in your view. So please let me know what you think of this one.

A friend asked me to share this and as a believer in her cause I thought - why not? So here goes. I'm sharing an article with you that has touched my heart. And in an attempt to touch yours too I'm sharing with you some photos of rescued former Easter Bunnies.

Easter Bunnies - Make Mine Chocolate
by Elizabeth A. Bly of Hardwick, MA

If you are thinking about bringing a pet bunny into your home this Easter, won't you please make it a chocolate one or a cuddly stuffed toy instead? Let's make it a Happy Easter for bunnies too.

This month Rabbit Rescues and Shelters prepare for the overload of surrendered and dumped Easter Bunnies that were gifts given without much thought. Rabbits are not low maintenance pets, they require as much work as a cat or dog. They live at least 8-10 years and require

Friday, March 9, 2012

Interview with William G. Jones author of Driving to BelAir

Today I'm lucky to offer you an interview with William G. Jones, who is the author of the novella Driving to BelAir!

Information on purchasing Driving to BelAir is available on William's website. A link to that site is at the bottom of this article.

Book Blurb for Driving to BelAir:
When Dale turned his back on his past, who could blame him? One brother is a jealous alcoholic who wants to kill him, the other is a manchild whose entire life revolves around getting high. Even the girl he wanted to marry chose the sleepy Indiana farm town where they grew up over him.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Interview with Brian Holers - Author of Doxology

As my faithful readers will know, not too long ago I reviewed Doxology by Brian Holers. It was such a good book that I also posted a Guest Post by author Brian Holers. Now Brian has graciously granted an interview so we can learn just a little bit more about him! 

Please enjoy this interview with Brian Holers, author of the literary novel, Doxology. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $450 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

 

1. Why did you choose to write about characters who set out to rediscover their faiths?

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.

Monday, March 5, 2012

ToysToys by James Patterson & Neil McMahon
My rating: 4 and 1/2 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do--they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world can offer. The only problems in their perfect world: people, their toys, and the battle to save humanity. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Guest post by Lili Tufel author of Sand!


The bright lights of Social Media
Are you feeling overwhelmed by so many social media sites? Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Triberr, Tumblr, Pinterest, and blogging, who has time to write?  They have all become one big blur to me.

 This past weekend, my family and I attended our local Church Fair. Hubby got our kids a “bracelet” for unlimited rides.  I strolled along while they rode each and every ride about ten times. At first, it was very exciting, running back and forth between Pharaoh’s Fury and the Ring of Fire, but eventually the lights and sounds all became one big blur. By Sunday afternoon, hubby said to me, “I’m all fair’d out.” I felt the same way, but the kids who have an endless pit of energy, still wanted more. By Sunday evening, even the most hyper of my children was dragging her feet for one last time on the Banzai ride.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Blood Orchids by Toby Neal
My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:
Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei's intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.