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Monday, 9 July 2018

Book Spotlight - The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith



Book Details:

Book Title: The Pumpkin Patch by Sandi Smith
Category: Adult Fiction, 316 pages
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: November 5, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

Book Description:

How can one small-minded, angry person destroy the lives of so many people in her path, connecting them all together in a game of destruction and heartbreak? It is possible, but what pushes a person to enjoy inflicting pain to such an extent, leaving a trail of hate, anger, and defeat behind her, which only seems to make her stronger and more satisfied. Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of the Authors’ Book Agency, is that person, who, unknowingly, with a single thread of hate, has connected the lives of a small group of people, bringing them together with one single common denominator. Anger. The anger from this small group of people is building, but it has nowhere to go, or does it? Ms. Terri Plotski, owner of Authors’ Book Agency, has gone missing.

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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Watching You by Shannon Greenland


Watching You
Shannon Greenland
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 2nd 2018
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Viola’s always been that girl from thatfamily, so a scholarship to a prestigious private school in Florida was supposed to be her ticket out of poverty and into a brand-new life. But Viola’s secrets have followed her. Her relationship with the intelligent and gorgeous Riel should have been the salvation she needed—he understands her troubled past better than anyone. But then weird things start to happen.
Frightening messages.
Missing personal items.
The unsettling feeling that she’s being watched.
Viola’s never been one to give her trust easily, but she’ll need to trust in Riel if she’s going to survive her stalker. Because she’s not fighting for a new life anymore—she’s fighting to stay alive.

My Musings :

I had so many reactions while reading this book. I actually didn't feel that I was reading about teens because Viola and Riel are both so mature in their actions and character. They are one of my favourite pairs right now. I really enjoyed watching them fall for each other.

The beginning was good with the normal school introduction and the parade of characters. As soon as Viola's dilemma had me feeling for her. But I knew she was going to get caught and I thought Riel would be so angry. But the way he handled the situation was a welcome surprise and so understanding! I have to thank the author for scripting such a great set of protagonists! Not much angst or drama. That's one of the reasons I really loved the book. Another is Mar! She is simply adorable and well, I don't have anything much to add about her. When you read the book, anyone would understand my point.

One point I was surprised on that I thought Levi would be more in action but he was kept at a periphery level, especially at the end. Another point was the identity of the stalker. I never even thought that person would be it! I had so many wild guesses. At the end I had to laugh at my narrow mind. The language used also was easy to read and added to the overall enjoyment.

I hope to read more of the author's books. I really enjoyed her version of a YA couple!

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my views in any way.

My one line review : Good romance + a bit of mystery = a great fast read!

My rating : 5/5

My reread factor : 4/5


Author Bio:
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of several novels including the teen spy series, THE SPECIALISTS, and the YA romances, THE SUMMER MY LIFE BEGAN and SHADOW OF A GIRL. She also writes thrillers under S. E. Green and lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog.


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Monday, 2 July 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Red Hand of Fury by RN Morris





London, June 1914. A young man is mauled to death at London Zoo after deliberately climbing into the bear pit. Shortly afterwards, another young man leaps to his death from the notorious Suicide Bridge. Two seemingly unconnected deaths – and yet there are similarities.

Following a third attempted suicide, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn knows he must uncover the link between the three men if he is to discover what caused them to take their own lives. The one tangible piece of evidence is a card found in each of the victims’ possession, depicting a crudely-drawn red hand. What does it signify? To find the answers, Quinn must revisit his own dark past. But can he keep his sanity in the process …?

Purchase Links:
UK amazon (kindle) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/

US amazon (kindle) - https://www.amazon.com/Red-Hand-Fury-pre-World-historical-ebook/dp/B07CWWQLLR/



My Musings :

This was a refreshing read inspite of being  a crime mystery. I say refreshing because it's break for me from the contemporary time frame. I really enjoyed reading and getting into the 1914 time.

I absolutely misjudged the characters! At the beginning itself I was so sure I knew the killer but as the story unfolded, it took a few twists and turns which disabused me of my certainty. Was I so wrong? But the revealing of the clever antagonist kept me at the edge all the time. And Silas's actions had me horrified and mesmerised at the same time.

Speaking of characters, all of them are crisp and well written. I especially was intrigued by the detective's depth and past. The way he reasoned it out wasn't outrageous but he was a tiny bit obsessed with it. The story line is plotted out well with sufficient angles to please the reader. The time period was also interesting with the various side lines of conflict which kept me going forward with the read easily.

Only negative thing was that I felt kind of let down at the end. I built it up to be a totally different scenario in my mind. So I deflated at the end. But this doesn't mean I didn't the book. On the contrary, I quite enjoyed it and Silas has me interested in his future dealings.

I received a copy voluntarily for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A quite well plotted crime mystery with crisp characters.

My rating : 4.5/5

My reread factor : 3/5

Author Bio – 



R. N. Morris is the author of eight historical crime novels. His first, A Gentle Axe, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger. A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. The Silas Quinn series of novels, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace and now The Red Hand of Fury, published on 31 March, 2018.

Taking Comfort is a standalone contemporary novel, written as Roger Morris. He also wrote the libretto to the opera When The Flame Dies, composed by Ed Hughes.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: @rnmorris

Facebook page for Red Hand of Fury: https://www.facebook.com/The-Red-Hand-of-Fury-217617635460794/

Website: rogernmorris.co.uk

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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Book Spotlight - The Blue Moon Narthex by N J Donner



Book Details:

Book Title: The Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner
Category: Middle-grade Fiction (Ages 8 to 12) 360 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Steele Page Press
Release date: February 7, 2017
Tour dates: June 4 to 29, 2018
Content Rating: PG (Some violence between forces of good and evil, but it's not bloody or gory)

Book Description:

It’s 1919 and thirteen-year-old Cole McCarthy just wants more time with his father, who is a busy railroad executive. But a horrific train accident leaves Cole’s stepmother as his only family. Alone and lost, Cole wanders his family’s estate and runs into an old family friend who gives him a special object that belonged to his father.

Cole just wants to be a kid, not the owner of the most powerful object in the world. The Blue Moon Narthex is made from tangible bits of Karma and gives Cole the power to transport himself and control Karma.

Now, Alsin Gideon, traitor of the Legion of Karma, is on rampage to take Cole’s narthex and add to his body count. For their safety, Cole and two of his prep school friends are pulled into the enormous secret headquarters of the Legion, which operates like an underground 1920s spy organization. While living at the secret location, Cole learns about the secret double life of his father.

With the pressure to find his role within the legion, maintain a strained relationship with his stepmother, and live up to a daunting legacy left by his father Cole, withdraws and makes secret plans to take on his father’s enemies.

Alsin Gideon cleverly taunts Cole, to meet him at a prearranged battle meant for his father. Cole’s anger and determination boil over and he is willing to risk his powerful tool and Karma’s stability for the hope of getting his parents back.

Will Cole, along with his friends, be able to work together to bring back his parents, keep Karma’s in balance, and stay alive?

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N.J. Donner is a dad who loves to tell stories and create worlds. He has created 3D models of parts of the Legion’s secret headquarters and drawn extensive maps of the underground world where the Legion operates. He loves to explore and to figure out why and how things work, including Karma.

When he's not writing, N.J. runs a successful steel fabrication business in the Midwest. He loves to travel with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.

Six books are planned for the series taking the three main characters and the Legion of Karma to new continents and new adventures across the world.

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