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Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

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After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, Miss Permilia Griswold has finally figured out a way to pass the time at all the New York high-society events she attends. Under the pseudonym “Miss Quill”, she is the author of society gossip columns filled with tidbits only an insider in society–albeit one on the fringes–would know.

When she overhears a threat against Mr. Asher Rutherford, the owner of one of the most up-and-coming department stores in the city, she’s determined to warn him. But the irritatingly handsome man doesn’t believe her, leaving her no choice but to take matters into her own hands. What she doesn’t anticipate is that she’ll end up putting herself at risk in the process–or that she and Mr. Rutherford, a man with secrets of his own, just might end up joining forces after all.

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Pursued by Lisa Harris

When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. Then she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she’s running from trouble or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family or recover from the crash, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects. Can she get to Erika before anyone else does?

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can’t-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave you stunned.

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Shadows of the Hersweald

This is the first time I’ve read anything by Hope Ann, and it will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. It was a delightful fantasy story in which you could also see the redemption of our Prince and Savior.

Folks… whoever likes fairy tales or fantasy interwoven with tales of Christianity… definitely check this story out.

I demand it of you.

(Lol. Jk, jk. Not really.)
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Murder is No Accident

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What happens in the past stays in the past.

Sometimes.

Dementia has Miss Fonda living as a time traveller. Sometimes she’s here, sometimes she’s then. When she finds the body of Geraldine Harper at the bottom of her steps, she’s transported to the past, to her sister’s death.

It was an accident then, and it was an accident now too… or is it?

When a second body shows up, it’s obvious that something caused Geraldine’s fall. But with all the new people in Hidden Springs, who was it? And when Alex comes to town… will Michael be able to handle her leaving again?

It you like your small-town America sweet and quirky–with a dash of sinister–you’ll love this latest whodunit from deft storyteller A. H. Gabhart.

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Bethany House Publishers, Reviews

Long Time Gone

I was super excited when I requested this book. I thought it would be interesting being a cowboy story… being that I’m cowgirl and all that. And, well, the plot line was great. The action was great. Everything was great except… well… I uh…

I accidentally picked up a romance novel.

Those of you who have been reading for a while know that I don’t like romance novels. A little romance on the side is just fine and dandy, but… the entire focus being falling in love? That kind of sets me off a little bit. Mostly because romance novels are too unrealistic for me and they have the weird ability for the two main characters to be immortal because of their love.

I loved Long Time Gone with everything except for the romance. I thought the romance was… um, cheesy and unreasonable. I was disappointed when Angie was helping to tend to Cole (who was very close to dying) and was admiring his brother through it all. Excuse me, Angie… do you think you could work on saving Cole before starting to fawn over Justin?

And… Justin? Maybe perhaps it’s not the best time to be thinking about how much you love Angie in the middle of a gunfight. Please, get rid of the bad guys so that they don’t kill you and your family, and then you can do all the thinkin’ you wanna.

I was also sorely disappointed Angie’s inability to stick to her morals. Justin took her home once and she said that a man and woman shouldn’t be riding alone together. That was what she believed. That is what she didn’t follow. Again, she said that she wouldn’t let herself be alone with him. Guess what happened? Okay, occasionally it couldn’t be helped. But she also could have stuck to her guns (yep, pun intended) a little more on the times when it could be helped.

Well, ya know, other than that… it was great! Like I said above, I loved the plotline, loved what happened, loved watching Angie get “countryfied”. Everything was awesomeness. There was everything that there’s supposed to be a fiction cowboy western story!

 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. All views expressed here are my own.*

Bethany House Publishers, Reviews

King’s Blood — The Second Kinsman Chronicles is Here!

The Five Realms have been destroyed. The remnants of the population who escaped now find themselves confined only to several hundred ships adrift at sea. Guided by hope, rumor, and a promise, they sail north into the unkown, desperate to find land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, dangerous storms, and dark magic endanger his life and the survival of his people. 

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this promised Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?


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Life

The Blogger Aesthetic Award

Hey, everyone! A big shout out to Abi Leah at Happily Abi for nominating me for this awesome award! I saw the post on her site, and it looked like a ton of fun, so I was super excited when I saw that she had nominated me. 😀 Thanks, Abi!

The Rules

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Compassion

We’re Losing A Friend, A Part of Our Family

Malnutrition so ravaged his little mind that the seizures began. His mother — out of food and out of options, but full of love — wrapped him in a blanket and kissed him one last time.

She saved his life.

She placed him outside a police station and waited. She hoped. Maybe she even prayed to one or many gods — that her boy would be found and loved, fed and healed.

And he is. Today, he’s my son.

We adopted our son Sambhaji from India five years ago.

He eats Cheerios at my kitchen table instead of parathas at hers. He throws a mean fastball and does better on spelling tests than I ever did — his mind and body have healed well.

He loves to read, pretend he’s Batman, and get mail from his friend Ranjith in India.

Ranjith is growing up in the same small Indian village where Sambhaji lived. My son is Ranjith’s sponsor, pen pal, friend.

 

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Moving Target

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When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond the fact that Maddy and Quinn have vanished. And it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with absolutely no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman who exacts revenge through games–hunting games. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives and outwit their killer when their game begins. 

Because if they don’t win this game… well, they die.

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Justice Delayed

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Eighteen years ago, Stephanie Hollister, a flight attendant, was murdered in her apartment. Now, Jimmy Shelton is sitting behind bars, his execution date only three days away. Yet out of nowhere, a letter surfaces from one of Stephanie’s roommates, stating that Jimmy Shelton did not murder Stephanie Hollister. Andi is determined to get to the bottom and figure out who actually killed her sister. However, when the roommate it found dead and a hit is called on Andi, things get a teeny bit complicated. And diamonds? What do diamonds have to do with anything? Will she bring justice to the real and finally get Will to notice her? Or will her sister’s killer get to her first?


Patricia Bradley, Justice Delayed had a great plotline. I will definitely give you that. I thoroughly enjoyed the plotline, the way you thought you knew who JD was until the end when it was all shattered, seeing the different paths Stephanie’s friends had taken after her murder… That was all great. And like a topping on ice cream, I love reading about cold cases. Digging back through the files, trying to figure out what happened ages ago… pure awesomeness.

However, it was Cookies and Cream ice cream (awesome), topped with Twizzlers (perfection) and Reese Cups (ew). *spoiler* Andi and Will’s romance throughout the book is… oh how do I put it? Awkward. Distracting. It takes away from the plotline, draws away from the race to prove Jimmy’s innocence. As soon as I would get into the plotline, Andi’s random thought or Will’s random bunny trail would lead me away from the main plot. Their romance seemed childish and annoying to me.And the romance was everywhere! A little thought here, a little thought there… I couldn’t get away from it. Sorry, Patricia. *end spoiler*

Overall, I give this book a three-star rating. I loved the plotline, the characters, the… all of it except for that spoiler mentioned. If another Memphis Cold Case comes out, I’ll probably try it out since Andi and Will are already together by then. But for this book… eh… nah.

3 stars

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are my own.*