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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Books We Didn't Finish - May Edition



Unbury Carol:  I loved  Birdbox. It was really spooky.   I hated Unbury Carol. It wasn't spooky. When I love a book, I end up having high expectations for the other books that an author puts out.  This is the second book I picked up by him and the first I have DNF'd.  This one was just bad.  It was so boring.  I didn't care about the characters, not even Carol.  I gave it about 40% and gave up.


The Girl in the Moon:  I gave this one about 10%. I am all for vigilante stories.  I can justify and get behind a character who takes matters into her own hands.  However, I couldn't get behind this character.  The way she "took out" her first killer in the beginning was too intense and bordered on sadistic.  Talk about overkill.  It was almost like she enjoyed it.  It was way too violent for me.

The Girl in Time Square: This was another unbelievably boring book. I found the beginning confusing and dull.  At this point, I couldn't even tell you what the book was about.  Given its length, I wasn't up to investing the time to finish it.

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories: I tried the first two stories and didn't care for them.  They were weird and uninteresting.  I had no desire to read any of the other ones in the book.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mini Musings - May Edition



Not That I Could Tell: I'm not really sure what made me finish this book. I think I wanted to see if I was right. Spoiler..I was! The story was long and kind of dull. I definitely zoned out a few times while listening to the audiobook. The ending was predictable and anti-climactic. None of the characters were very compelling. Not a book I would really recommend.


Cemetery Boys: I wanted to love this story, but I just didn't.  I'm not sure I really understood what was going on in the town. There wasn't enough explanation.  The characters were kind of forgettable.  I was hoping for a spooky like story, but it wasn't very spooky or gloomy.  The characters were kind of forgettable.  The ending was very unsatisfying.  The only thing that I liked was the short length.

Real Man: This is another of the quick "Dirty Bits" novellas from Carina Press.  It's a cute story with two characters that have lots of chemistry and a HFN ending.  I did enjoy it, but I wanted more.  I would have loved to see this one in a longer story that explored both characters more in depth.

Monday's Lie: This ended up being just an OK read for me. It was slightly better than Three Grave Full which I hated. I have had it sitting in my TBR pile forever.  Most of the book felt like a stream of consciousness about the main character and her mother.  It seemed to take forever to get to the point of the book.  The ending left it open for a sequel.  I'm not sure if I'll read it.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Date of publication: September 2017

If you could change your story, would you?

Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.”

What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible


I had heard a lot of mixed things about Jane, Unlimited.  It has been likened to a "choose your own adventure" type story.  So, I was intrigued enough to give it a shot.  In the book, Jane is alone after the death of her aunt MagnoliaShe had made a promise to go to Tru Tevians if she was ever invited by the family.  After running into Kiran, she receives and invitation to the house and their grand gala.  Once there strange things begin happening.

I wanted to love this book, but it really fell flat for me.  I think the author had a great concept, but it got lost in the poor execution.   About 20% into the story, Jane is given five separate choices/directions to take.  Each one will give her a different outcome to the day.  I was on board until the third choice.  I think five choices was just way too many.  I found myself getting really bored and hoping the book would end.  The first two were interesting and normal but the last three were strange and didn't fit.  I would have liked it more had all of the choices were devoid of magical elements.    Each storyline  does have some elements from the other storylines that you can see how they pay out in the alternates.  One thing I should point out is the characters don't know they are in an alternate story-line. 

The ending leaves it up to the reader to decide which ending was the best for Jane.  However, since Jane doesn't know she has lived through four other endings, you are left wondering if she would have been happy with the ending the book leaves you with.  I don't think I would really recommend this one.  It's not a bad concept, it's just poorly executed and boring.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Spotlight: Because I'm Worth It by Linda Nielsen


Author:Linda Nielson
Publisher: TouchPoint Press
Date of publication: March 2018

An impressive contract combined with lavish perks influence Skye Topple to marry the boss’ daughter, Delaney Mae Anne Covington, a self-centered and spoiled southern belle. The “perfect” wedding is threatened when an alarming secret refuses to stay hidden. With no regard for anyone other than herself and her daughter, Delaney’s alcoholic mother takes control, inserting irrational solutions that leave mother and daughter looking foolish while a baby’s life, a grandmother’s love, and a man’s career hang in the balance. This is certainly not a North meets South story—more like South moves North and meets West, where what works for one family may not work for another. Choices must be made. Lives will be changed. One thing is for sure… Skye is smack dab in the middle when Big Sur life meets country club values.


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About Linda Nielsen
Linda’s first book, Lasso the Stars, was published in 2011 under L.L. Nielsen. Her newest novel, Because I’m Worth It, is scheduled for release by TouchPoint Press in early 2018.

Find out more about Linda at her website, and find all her books at Author Central page.

Tour Stops
Monday, May 21st: Wining Wife
Tuesday, May 22nd: Bibliotica
Wednesday, May 23rd: Instagram: @writersdream
Thursday, May 24th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, May 28th: Instagram: @jessicamap
Wednesday, May 30th: A Chick Who Reads
Monday, June 4th: Instagram: @Novelmombooks
Tuesday, June 5th: Jathan & Heather
Wednesday, May 23rd: Kahakai Kitchen
Thursday, June 7th: Ms. Nose in a Book


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Blog Tour: The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd

Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of publication: April 10, 2018

Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder — including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war hoping to find a refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort out the truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

I was pleasantly surprised with The Weaver's Daughter.  It's a perfect mix of slow burning romance, mystery and history.  It involves Kate and Henry who grew up in dueling families.  Henry is back from the war having been presumed dead.  He is set to take over his grandfather's mill business.  Kate's father is a clothier and against the progression of industry to streamline cloth making.  

I did end up enjoying the story. The characters were interesting and well fleshed out.  Henry has been changed by the war and I was glad the author didn't gloss over that.  I think we tend to forget PTSD from war isn't a new thing and goes back centuries.  I loved Kate's struggle with loyalty to her family and wanting to venture into the changing industry. I really loved how Henry and Kate's affections grew over time. I was rooting for Kate and Henry and loved going on their journey to each other.  The book isn't bogged down in the romance though as there is some mystery.  As an aside,  I really don't like when people compare romances like this to Romeo and Juliet.  There was nothing romantic or healthy about that story.  I know I'm in the minority when I say that, but it's how I have always felt. 

I didn't know much about the real life history of the conflict between the mills and the weavers.  I did a little research after starting the book and I'm happy I did.  It gave me more context for the story,  I was a little confused in the beginning, but the brief history lesson cleared things up for me.  This is a nice clean historical romance and I highly recommend giving it a try.  




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About Sarah E. Ladd


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Sarah E. Ladd’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 14th: Running Through the Storms
Tuesday,  May 15th: A Bookish Way of Life
Thursday, May 17th: Read. Eat. Repeat.
Tuesday, May 22nd: Blooming with Books
Tuesday, May 22nd: Laura’s Reviews
Wednesday, May 23rd: From the TBR Pile
Thursday, May 24th: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, May 25th: All of a Kind Mom
Monday, May 28th: A Chick Who Reads
Tuesday, May 29th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Thursday, May 31st: Reviews from the Heart
Friday, June 1st: The Sketchy Reader
Wednesday, June 6th: Girls in Books
Thursday, June 7th: Broken Teepee
Monday, June 11th: What is That Book About
Tuesday, June 12th: By the Book
Wednesday, June 13th: A Holland Reads


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Blog Tour: I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart

Author: Diana Munoz Stewart
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: May 2018


She’s ready to start a war
Justice Parish takes down bad guys. Rescued from the streets by the world renowned Parish family, she joined their covert sisterhood of vigilante assassins. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East. She just needs to get close enough to take them down…

He just wants peace
Sandesh Ross left Special Forces to found a humanitarian group to aid war-torn countries. But saving the world isn’t cheap. Enter Parish Industriesand limitless funding, with one catch–their hot, prickly ‘PR specialist’, Justice Parish.

Their chemistry is instant and off-the-charts. But when Justice is injured and her cover blown, Sandesh has to figure out if he can reconcile their missions. With danger dogging their every move, their white-hot passion can change the world–if it doesn’t destroy them first.

I Am Justice is the first book in the Band of Sisters series.  It is also the debut book for this author.  The series involves a secret society of assassins who seek justice for young girls who are targets by drug and sex traffickers.  They are all adopted into the wealthy Parish family and teach and train in a school for girls.  This book focuses on Justice's story.  She is seeking revenge and redemption for the death of her sister Hope.  She is sent to Jordan (the country) undercover as a PR specialist for Sandesh's humanitarian group.  There she hopes to take out the men who killed her sister.

I was hoping for a good romantic suspense.  While there was a lot of action and some twists, the book fell a bit short for me. I liked it , I just didn't love it.  I felt like the pacing was off. The book would drag then speed up and then slow way down. There were probably parts that could have been taken out, such as the three sex scenes (one after another) in the hotel in Israel.  One would have been sufficient to get the attraction point across. While I liked Justice and Sandesh, I'm not sure I totally bought them together.  I was kind of hoping for a slow burn, but their relationship went way too fast for me.  

The story is told through the point of view of Justice and Sandesh as well as one of the bad guys.  I actually liked that last perspective as it added depth to the story.  The reality of what was happening to the girls gave the book a very dark feel.  I Am Justice isn't a bad start to the series.  I am curious to read the next book, I Am Grace.  I want to know more about the Band of Sisters.  


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About Diana Munoz Stewart


Diana Munoz Stewart is the award-winning, romantic suspense author of the Band of Sisters series, which includes I Am Justice, I Am Grace, and I Am Honor. Visit her at dianamunozstewart.com.


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Diana Munoz Stewart’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 21st: The Book Diva’s Reads – spotlight
Tuesday, May 22nd: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 23rd: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, May 25th: Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, May 28th: Books & Spoons
Tuesday, May 29th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, May 30th: The Book Disciple
Thursday, May 31st: What is That Book About – spotlight
Friday, June 1st: Moonlight Rendezvous
Friday, June 1st: @novelgrounds
Friday, June 1st: @booknerdingout
Monday, June 4th: Books a la Mode – spotlight
Wednesday, June 6th: Evermore Books
Thursday, June 7th: Read Love Blog – spotlight
Tuesday, June 5th: Stranded in Chaos
Saturday, June 9th: @jesssiereads 
Monday, June 11th: @girlandherbooks
Tuesday, June 12th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Wednesday, June 13th: @_literary_dreamer_ 
Friday, June 14th: Why Girls Are Weird

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blog Tour: A Risk Worth Taking by Brynn Kelly

Author: Brynn Kelly
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: May 29, 2018

He can’t outrun himself…
Legionnaire Jamie Armstrong lives in the shadows. A medic haunted by his mistakes, he knows better than to hope for redemption. But his latest mission brings a threat he doesn’t see coming—an attraction as irresistible as it is dangerous. Hacker Samira Desta is a woman he swore to forget, but as a key witness to a deadly conspiracy, Samira is his to protect.
But the woman he rescues might be the one who saves him
After a year in hiding, Samira’s worst fears come true when her cover is blown and the unlikeliest of allies comes to her aid—the secretive Scot with whom she shared one unforgettable night. Hunted by lethal forces and losing the battle against their desire, Jamie and Samira make a desperate play to take the fight to their enemy—but those at greatest risk of ruin may be themselves…

A Risk Worth Taking is definitely a book worth reading.  It's a fast paced adventure that will suck you right in and hours will pass before you come up for air.  The story involves Samira, a techie who is on the run because she is a witness in a conspiracy.  When she gets a mysterious note telling her there is tangible evidence to help her come out of hiding, she finds it's not safe enough.  Jamie comes to the rescue and will do anything to help her.

I did ultimately enjoy the story.  I liked the fast pace of the story.  It really took off running and didn't let up until the end.  The characters are constantly on the move.  I felt like I was watching a Jason Bourne movie.  I enjoyed the characters.  Jamie was my favorite.  I loved his humor.  Samira was a fascinating character.  She speaks many languages, is an amazingly smart hacker yet she also battles panic attacks.  Unfortunately, they often crop up at the most inconvenient times.  I would have liked to see a bit more romance between Jamie and Samira.  I felt like she was still really pining for her dead fiance and it kept both of them from being all in. Their relationship lacked the heat I like to see in a romantic suspense.

This book is the third book in the series. Unfortunately, I don't think it held up very well as a stand alone.  I did read the first book, Deception Island, but missed the second book, Edge of Truth I definitely think I would have benefited from reading the preceding book.  Honestly, I really had no clear understanding why Samira was in hiding throughout most of the story.  I just knew who she was running from.  I felt like the author was assuming I had prior knowledge of the story arc  from the previous book.  I would have liked more recap in the beginning.    Despite that, I do recommend the book.  It was an exciting read.


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About Brynn Kelly

As a journalist Brynn Kelly once spent her days chasing stranger-than-fiction news reports. Now she spends them writing larger-than-life novels, in a happy bubble of fiendish plots and delicious words. A New Zealander, Brynn is an RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards nominee and a former Golden Heart® nominee, and has won the Valerie Parv Award, the Koru and the Pacific Hearts Award.

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Brynn Kelly’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, May 21st: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, May 23rd: Stranded in Chaos
Friday, May 25th: Moonlight Rendezvous
Monday, May 28th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, May 29th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Wednesday, May 30th: OMG Reads – excerpt
Friday, June 1st: Stuck in Books
Friday, June 1st: @brokenteepee
Monday, June 4th: Tales of a Book Addict
Tuesday, June 5th: @book_hangover88 
Wednesday, June 6th: @novelgrounds
Thursday, June 7th: @sarahandherbookshelves
Friday, June 8th: Romancing the Book
Monday, June 11th: The Romance Dish
Tuesday, June 12th: @jesssiereads
Wednesday, June 13th: Bewitched Bookworms
Thursday, June 14th: @bookishaurora
Thursday, June 14th: @_literary_dreamer_ 
Friday, June 15th: @booknerdingout
Friday, June 15th: @remarkablylisa

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2 in 1: Unraveled & Jagged by Lauren Dane

Unraveled: Whiskey Sharp #1
Publisher: Harlequin 
Date of publication: January 2018

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at sixteen. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good.

But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better.

Maybe's blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature and Maybe is meant to be his even if she doesn't know it. Yet. He can't help himself from wanting to protect and care for her.



Unraveled is the first in the Whiskey Sharp series.  This is Maybe and Alexsei's story.  Maybe (it's a nickname from her sister when they were younger) has had a huge crush on Alexsei for the three years she has worked for him.  Being her boss, Alexsei has been trying to keep his distance for years. When they finally get together, it's explosive.

I enjoyed Maybe and Alexsei's romance.  They were really good together and I was rooting for them.  I loved Alexsei's family and how they embraced Maybe and her sister and made them their own.  They seemed like a fun family to be a part of.  Maybe's relationship with her own parents was so sad, yet over the top.  Her father really needed a reality check.  However, I loved Maybe's relationship with her sister Rachel.  In all, this was an enjoyable first book in a series.



Jagged: Whiskey Sharp #2
Publisher: Harlequin 
Date of publication: March 2018

Vicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away rather than draw her close. He’ll use every tool in his easygoing arsenal to convince her to take a chance on them.

Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by a series of bad choices and violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to be caged or controlled. Doesn’t want to be protected so much she has no ability to make her own choices.

And damn if the man doesn’t know it.

Jagged is the second book and takes place right after the events of the first book. Unraveled.  This is Rachel and Vicktor's story.  Rachel has come a long way from her FBI years and her harrowing captivity by a serial killer.  She is finally starting to explore the possibility of commitment and Vicktor is just the man to be the one she explores it with.

While I enjoyed this one, I didn't like it was much as the first book. It felt like it took me forever to get through.  I found it really repetitive.  I get that Victor and his cousins are hot Russian men.  I just don't need to be reminded every other page. Nor do I need to be reminded that Irene likes to feed people she loves...I could go on.  I think this book could have been shortened because a lot of that felt like filler.  The issue with Rachel and Maybe's father really got old after a while.  Honestly, it was a bit over the top and I'm still not sure why he went off the deep end.  I did enjoy the ending and I look forward to reading Cora's story next.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Spotlight: Love Torn by Stacy Eaton




Author: Stacy Eaton
Publisher: Nitewolf Novels
Date of publication: May 2018

Detective Kali Mann lives by her nickname: The Mann-Eater. She’s a true love them and leave them with no attachments—ever. She’s hard-core, to the point, intense and she doesn’t always play nice with others. When her partner, Keith Harvard, finally gets her to take notice of him, the case they are working goes awry, and suddenly Kali is having emotions she’s not sure she wants. A major part of her past will come back to haunt her and just as she beings to open herself up, her life will be torn apart.

Love Torn is the second book in the Twisted Love Series. The first book, Love Lorn, was written by Amy Manemann. If you haven't read it, nows the time to so that you have the backstory on Detective Evie Harper when they two characters are partnered together in Love Inked.




I smiled into Westing’s blue eyes. There was no doubt I cared about the handsome guy, but we were just friends—friends with benefits when we were in a lull between other relationships. Well, he did relationships. I just had sex. I wasn’t interested in happily-ever-after. I’d seen what that fairy tale did to people, and it wasn’t a Disney song and dance with fireworks bursting over their heads as their lips first touched.

Love was brutal—useless. It clawed out your heart and voided your soul. It burrowed deep into your psyche and turned you into someone you weren’t; it forced you to do things you never would have done under normal circumstances. It tore you apart, fiber by fiber, until you were nothing but a shell of yourself.

Besides, the divorce rate between cops was off the charts, right up there with suicide rates for our profession. Who needed that shit?

If I wanted to get off—and I did often—I had a list of guys I could reach out and touch. The contacts on my phone were packed with digits to dial for a good time, but I never got serious with any of them. In fact, Josh was the only guy with whom I’d ever had seconds—and thirds—and more. Maybe it was because we never discussed it. We knew what the other one liked; we jumped in, got off, and then kissed the other goodbye as we walked away with a smile and a wave.

That was the kind of relationship that I liked: love them and leave them and not feel guilty about it—no heartstrings, no hopes.

Westing winked at me. “Alright, Mann, it’s your round.”

“Got it.” I went to scoot off my stool and put my hand down to the side to steady myself. Instead of landing on the side of my seat as I’d anticipated, my palm landed on Harvard’s thick, slack-clad thigh which rested against my stool. Instantly, the muscle under my hand bunched, and I found myself taking my time climbing out of my seat. As I got to my feet, my hand leisurely slid over the slick material of his slacks.

I peered his way before I turned for the bar and his heavy, dark lashes blinked slowly over his eyes, a knowing smirk lifting the corners of his full lips. Yeah, Keith Harvard and I were partners, and for the last six months, we’d kept it on the straight and narrow. Recently, things had changed, though. I was starting to seriously wonder how much longer we’d be able to keep it strictly professional. I was torn on this, as I really enjoyed working with him and dreaded the day I’d have to put in for a partner transfer.

Two weeks ago, Keith and I had slipped around the side of a row home on a warrant execution, heading toward the small backyard. We had committed to our forward direction and were about three feet from the corner we’d just come around when we had come under fire. Keith had bum-rushed me behind a small stone wall that normally housed trash cans. The two of us had just enough space to safely hide on our knees as long as I hugged the stone up close and personal, and he did the same to me. I tried not to think about how filthy the area was as my skin made contact with it.

Maybe it was the adrenaline that had us jonesing for action, or possibly it had just been a while since Keith had gotten off. Either way, as he kneeled behind me, our bodies were crushed together, my chest flattened against the stone, my cheek pressing against the cool, foul-smelling smooth surface as his hot breath rushed along the side of my face. His muscular chest was compressed against my back hard enough that I knew no light could be seen between our bodies. I could feel his heart beating fast and strong against my left shoulder blade. One of his legs nestled between mine, his thick thigh wedged snugly against my ass, pushing my hips roughly against the stone. After a moment, I realized that the other hard thing against my ass wasn’t a bone but a boner. Well—damn.


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Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Detective Evie Harper works hard and trains even harder to be the very best. Her first homicide case will put her skills to the test as she and her partner, Detective Stephen Harris, track a ruthless serial killer terrorizing the west end of town. The Lovelorn killer may be one step ahead of them, but they’re closing in fast — until an immoral decision is made that leaves their partnership hanging in the balance.

Love Lorn, is the first book in a six-book series called The Twisted Love Series. While this book was written by me, Amy Manemann, the second book, Love Torn, will be written USA Bestselling Author, Stacy Eaton. The two of us have worked together on these two books so our stories run parallel and prepare you for the first full-length novel in the series coming this fall.

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COMING THIS FALL

The first full length co-authored novel, Love Inked, will introduce author Amy Manemann’s Detective Evie Harper with author Stacy Eaton’s Kali Mann as they become partners. Their lives are about to change, and the cases they will investigate will be intense. Between a new serial murder and dealing with their pasts, these two will be tearing up the streets and the pages as they deal with Twisted Love.

Love Inked is slated to release in later Summer/early Fall.


Stacy Eaton is a USA Today Best Selling author and began her writing career in October of 2010. Stacy took an early retirement from law enforcement after over fifteen years of service in 2016, with her last three years in investigations and crime scene investigation to write full time.

Stacy resides in southeastern Pennsylvania with her husband, who works in law enforcement, and her teen daughter who is working toward her second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and on the choral and cheerleading squads at school. She also has a son who is currently serving in the United States Navy.

Stacy is very involved in Domestic Violence Awareness and served on the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence Center for three years.

Be sure to visit her website for updates and more information on her books.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Publisher:Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
Date of publication: August 2017

One stormy summer night, Olive and her best friend, Rose, begin to lose things. It starts with simple items like hair clips and jewelry, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger; something she won’t talk about.

Then Olive meets three wild, mysterious strangers: Ivy, Hazel and Rowan. Like Rose, they’re mourning losses - and holding tight to secrets.

When they discover the ancient spellbook, full of hand-inked charms to conjure back lost things, they realise it might be their chance to set everything right. Unless it’s leading them towards secrets that were never meant to be found . . .
 


I had heard a lot of great things about his book and it's been on my TBR fops a while.  The story involves a group of kids who set a spell to get back things that they have lost.  They quickly find out that one must give up something in order to get back what they had lost.  The story is told  through the perspective of three separate girls.

This ended up being just an OK read for me.  I like the concept of the plot, but the author could have done so much more with it.  I also did like the twist even though I figured it out halfway through.  However, I didn't really connect with any of the characters.  All three of the girls had the same "voice".  At times, I felt like I got lost in who was telling their part of the story.  The ending was kind of open ended and I'm not a big fan of those.  I do like my endings tied up nicely.  As far as I can see, this is a stand alone book, so some questions I had won't be answered.  Like just how old IS Mags and how long has she owned the pub?  I would have liked a bit more world building.

As an aside, this book is labeled as YA, but there is a lot of content in this book that really isn't YA.  At least not under 16 YA.  So, I would be cautious as to who I  recommended the book to.  I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it and was interested enough to finish it.  I think fans will enjoy it, but don't expect too much "magic".  I wanted more.