Friday, January 19, 2018

Boneseeker by Brynn Chapman (Blog Tour + giveaway)

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Boneseeker
(The Boneseeker Chronicles #1)
by Brynn Chapman
Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 213 pages
January 10th 2018 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook for review.

Book Description:  Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition


My thoughts: This book contains elements that I love... suspense, Nephilim, mystery, and a little romance.  I also love that the characters are children of two beloved literary characters, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.   Arabella Holmes is a young woman before her time.  She is strong, intelligent, and working in an environment dominated by men., She does this in  a time when it was not admirable to do so.

Henry Watson is the calming force for Arabella (similar to what his father was to Sherlock).  He has been in love with her for years, and now that they are older it is harder for them to hide those feelings.  He is a great champion and protector, even when the person he is helping does not want him to do so.

If you love Sherlock Holmes, mystery, and a little of the paranormal.  You should definitely give this book a try.




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Praise for BONESEEKER:

Winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest

"Creative, meticulously researched, and terrific fun!"  ~Grace Burrowes, NY Times Best Selling Author

"The characters, the setting, the descriptions and the mysteries and relationships all work together seamlessly to create a truly wonderful story that I completely adored." ~Best Books Ever Blog

"The settings are intriguing and the way they are described make you feel as if you are immersed in the story. I could feel the gloom and damp. That is rare in so many books! Boneseeker is a book I highly recommend, and I give it 5 stars!" ~Christy's Cozy Corners Blog


About the Author


Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love--not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger's syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society's downtrodden. In fiction, she's a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. Her ancestry tree claims she's a descendant of the House of Stuart.


Other Books by the Author

The Requiem Red
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#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson ~ Blog Tour with a giveaway



#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: I received an eBook for review.
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:  “You’ve done better.”

With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultra hot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her

When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?

My thoughts:  It was a good thing that I didn't have to work today, I would have been obsessing about when I could pick up this book again. I read it in one day, it was that good. I LOVE Sariah Wilson's writing style. I'm probably not going to be sleeping tonight as I go over the different parts of the story in my head. I may be a little distracted for a few days.

This book is every girl who has had a crush on a celebrities fantasy. I think many of have daydreamed a time or two about meeting, dating, and falling in love with the actor/singer that we were obsessed with. I loved that that happened to Zoe. At the same time I appreciate that Sariah Wilson also addressed the ugly side of being a celebrity. Zoe and Chase's romance wasn't all fun and games. There is a very serious and petty side to the life of the rich and famous.

If you love books that are well written, full of humor, have a spunky MC, and sarcastic wit, you should pick up this book. Then you can gush about it later like I am doing now.

This book has some intense kissing, adult humor, and innuendo.   (This book was read and the review written on January 15 - Martin Luther King Day)



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About the Author:  (Taken from her WEBPAGE.)  Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers). 

Sariah's book ROYAL DATE was selected as one of the first winners in Amazon's Kindle Scout program and is Kindle Press's most successful author to date. She has sold five books to Montlake Romance, three to Kindle Press and helped launch Amazon Publishing's Kindle In Motion technology with her latest release, ROYAL DESIGN. She was given her own Kindle World for THE ROYALS OF MONTERRA. Sariah has repeatedly hit Amazon's overall Top 100 (both in and outside the U.S.) and been a #1 bestseller on Amazon category lists multiple times. Her books have been featured in USA TODAY and GLAMOUR UK.





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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Grand Tour (Timeless Victorian Collection)

A Grand Tour (Timeless Victorian Collection Book 2)A Grand Tour
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Victorian Romance Novella's

Book Description:  From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series, comes our new Victorian Romance collection: A GRAND TOUR. With three brand new Victorian Romance novellas by Anthea Lawson, Jennifer Moore, and Heather B. Moore. 


My thoughts; Three fun novella's in one book! This novella collection is set during Victorian times while the characters are experiencing their "Grand Tour". I was pleased that not all of the characters were wealthy. There were the working class as the main characters.

I had always considered a Grand Tour to take place in Spain, France, etc. The countries in Europe that were near England. I was surprised and pleased to have stories in the Mediterranean and Egypt.

I was impressed that characters did not go on their adventure looking for love, but it found them anyway. As always, you can never go wrong with a Timeless Romance Collection. This is a great book to pick up and read.

The book is clean with kissing. One story has an intimate proposition that accepted.





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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It's a Cover Reveal! ~ Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg

VEINS OF GOLD

Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.
Release date: July 17, 2018




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Other Books by Charlie N. Holmberg:



The Paper Magician
The Glass Magician
The Master Magician
The Plastic Magician
Followed by Frost
Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
The Fifth Doll


It's a Book Blast for #STARSTRUCK by Sariah Wilson (Enter the #Giveaway)

#Starstruck by Sariah Wilson

 “You’ve done better.”

 With one uncharacteristically sassy tweet to her longtime celebrity crush, Zoe Miller’s life turns upside down. Ultrahot A-lister Chase Covington doesn’t just respond to Zoe’s tweet, he does the unthinkable: he messages Zoe directly. Now she must decide between walking away or meeting her crush in person.

 Chase knows better than to trust anyone from the Internet, but Zoe’s saucy challenge has totally caught his interest—and her girl-next-door personality is keeping it. He’s been burned enough to know he needs to keep his heart close. But his feelings for Zoe might be a lot more than just an online flirtation. He just has to convince her…

 When the press gets wind of Zoe and Chase’s secret relationship, their romance turns into tabloid headlines. Will they be able to hold on to their Hollywood love story?

 



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 “You must be Zoe Miller. I’m Chase. Covington.”

 He added on his last name like I wouldn’t know who he was. It was kind of endearing. I stared at his hand until the girl on my right nudged me and I gave him mine. A zap of raw electricity sparked at his touch, his hand warm and strong and big. It shot up my arm and spread all throughout my body making every part of me tingle.

 “Hi Chase Covington.” I don’t know how I was able to form words. Or how I hadn’t dissolved into an incoherent, blubbering pile of Zoe goo.

 “Hi Zoe Miller.”

 We were still shaking hands, which was basically holding hands at this point as it had gone on for so long. He was just grinning at me, like I was some long-lost friend he was excited to catch up with.

 I didn’t want to imagine what my slack-jawed, overwhelmed face looked like. He would probably think I was an idiot.

 A guy with dark brown hair and wearing a Bluetooth device in one ear came over. “Chase, Marty wants a word.”

 Chase finally let go of my hand. “Thanks, One-F. Stick around Zoe Miller. There’s more to say.” He walked backwards a few steps, like he didn’t want to stop looking at me. With a wink he finally turned and headed over to the director.

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Author Sariah Wilson Bestselling author Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane or climbed Mount Everest, and she is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soul mate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romances like The Royals of Monterra series. After growing up in Southern California as the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children, she graduated from Brigham Young University with a semiuseless degree in history. She currently lives with the aforementioned soul mate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster who is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers).


 


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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie Griggs

A Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie GriggsA Tailor-Made Husband by Winnie Griggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: I requested a copy from Netgalley.
Genre: Old West Romance



Book Description From Bachelor Sheriff to Family Man  
Tired of pining for handsome sheriff Ward Gleason, seamstress Hazel Andrews plans to head East for a fresh start—until Ward finds an abandoned child. Hazel can't turn down his request that she watch the little girl while he investigates a spate of crimes. But spending time with Ward is sending local gossips—and Hazel's heart—into turmoil. 
Nothing in Ward's world is the same since he took charge of orphaned Meg…and that includes his growing feelings for Hazel. A fake engagement will allow them to care for the child together until Hazel moves away and finds someone more worthy. But with little Meg convinced she's already found her forever family, can Ward and Hazel dare to make her dreams come true, along with their own?

My thoughtsA Tailor-Made Husband is set in the Old West. Ward Gleason is the sheriff of a small town and finds himself unexpectedly the foster father of an adorable four year old girl. He needs help, and finds it with Hazel, the girl who has been pining for him for years. Sadly, Hazel determined before he came home with Meg, that it was time for her to move to New York and her time to help him is limited.

This is a cute story with great characters. I enjoyed them. I particularly loved Meg and her innocent matchmaking. The romance has many moments that made me chuckle. Ward and Hazel are both unwilling to acknowledge and act upon their feelings for each other. It leads to awkward and entertaining moments. The town is made up of the usual kind of characters: the gossips, the troublemakers, the busybodies, and a few lawbreakers.

The book contains a bit of a mystery. Someone is causing mischief and making life hard for Ward. I figured out who it was and a motive early, but it was interesting to see him put the pieces together and come to the same conclusion.

This book is clean with a little bit of kissing. There are religious references and a smidgen of violence.



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Winnie Griggs
About the Author(Taken from Goodreads)  Winnie Griggs grew up in south Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the very back of beyond. With her two younger siblings and another family of two siblings for playmates, she spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou. 


Once she ‘grew up’ she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories. And somewhere along the way, those scribblings gave way to full length stories.

Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed takes the form of a tractor and whose kingdom is situated in a small rural community that she loves to call home, and together they’ve built their own storybook happily-ever-after. Their lives together expanded to include four now grown children who share Winnie’s vivid imagination and her husband’s steadier influences and are now out in the world pursuing their own adventures.

Winnie shares her stories with readers through her writings for Love Inspired and Love Inspired Historical books. You can learn more about Winnie at www.winniegriggs.com


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir by Frank L Cole



The Eternity Elixir (Potion Masters, #1)The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Genre: Middle Grade/Tween Fantasy



Book Description:  Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making. 

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.  

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.



My thoughts: This book is perfect for a young reader. The main character is a 12 year old boy who gets to be the hero. He has amazing abilities at making potions and saving the day. Fortunately, he gets a lot of action from point "A" to point "B". He also has two sidekick friends that add a great aspect to the book. One is too curious and causes a little bit of chaos and humor.

The book is well written and flows well. I love the writing style and as I stated above, it's great for children. For most children, it will keep their interest and want them to turn the pages. I plan on having my reluctant teen read this for a book report coming up soon. He may just finish this one!



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Frank L. Cole
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads)  Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment.  You can learn more about his writing at franklewiscole.blogspot.com.




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank ~ Blog tour with a giveaway!


Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede FrankHeart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Historical Romance/Fiction

Book Description:  Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.
Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.




My thoughts: I am awed by women who faced adversity and stuck to their convictions in history. Kate moved to the Western Frontier in the 1800's wanting to follow her passion of being a Doctor. This was not a popular time for a woman to be in the profession. The men were hesitant and defiant to have women outside of the home serving as a wife and mother.

This is a fictional book, but gives a glimpse as to what life could have been life for a woman in these circumstances. I love that Kate is strong, smart, and compassionate. She wants to help. She comes to the West from a life a privileged. Her goal is to help those who need her, rather than those who want to use her for her families wealth.  Her opposition doesn't come only from the townspeople, but the one's who should encourage her goals, her family.

Craig, Colorado has quite the assortment of characters. There were some that I loved from the moment they were introduced, and others that I could have done without. They all add personality to the town. I loved that they weren't all thrown at me at once. It helped me keep better track of where each person belonged in the story.

This is a romance. I really liked the character of Lucas. He is a man of integrity. He is helpful and kind.

The book has a great voice and pacing. It is clean with kissing.



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Carolyn Twede FrankAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  About my writing: I don't like to write candy for the brain. But I do like to try to make my books not only fulfilling, but entertaining. Candy is nice, but a meal of meat, potatoes, and veges can leave you more satisfied. My books give the reader a good taste of history and/or science along with a dash of mystery folded into the story.

About me: I've always loved writing, but haven't gotten serious until the past seven years. When I'm not writing, I like to garden, sew, fix up old houses, or anything else creative. My favorite movies are ones about history.


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