Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cover Reveal - The Supernatural Pet Sitter - Diane Moat




If you have a kid who loves to read, The Supernatural Pet Sitter is a book they will want to get their hands on. 

First things First: Look at that cover:




BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

The Supernatural Pet Sitter
by Diane Moat
(The Magic Thief, #1)
Publication date: March 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Synopsis:
Pepper is a 12 year old who pet sits magical animals. When someone steals their magic, Pepper must find the thief before the thief finds her!

Full Description TBA



AUTHOR BIO:
Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person...” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

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The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall - Katie Alender





Title: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall
Author: Katie Alender
Format: Hardcover

***Spoiler Alert***
There are some pretty heavy spoilers in this review.  If you don't like spoilers and haven't read the book, save the review for later.

In this asylum, your mind plays tricks on you all the time…

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. Long ago, it was the Piven Institute for the Care and Correction of Troubled Females—an insane asylum nicknamed “Hysteria Hall.” However, many of the inmates were not insane, just defiant and strong willed. Kind of like Delia herself.

But the house still wants to keep “troubled” girls locked away. So, in the most horrifying way, Delia gets trapped.

And that’s when she learns that the house is also haunted.

Ghost girls wander the halls in their old-fashioned nightgowns. A handsome ghost boy named Theo roams the grounds. Delia finds that all the spirits are unsettled and full of dark secrets. The house, as well, harbors shocking truths within its walls—truths that only Delia can uncover, and that may set her free.

But she’ll need to act quickly, before the house’s power overtakes everything she loves.


The moment I first heard about The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, I knew it was a book I HAD TO READ!  I finally had a chance to read it (did I mention I have a TBR list a mile long?!)  Anyway, Katie Alender did not disappoint with this haunting yet kind of funny book.  Me saying kind of funny could just be my twisted sense of humor creeping up.  Now, I don't mean that the book was drop dead hilarious - I just mean that it had a few funny moments throughout.

The story, in the most basic terms, is that Delia's Great-Great Aunt Cordelia, for whom Delia is named, has passed away and left her home - an old asylum - to Delia.  Delia and her family go to this house for the summer to get the home ready to sell.  But the house is haunted by the ghosts of girls who died there, and the house has a secret as well.  After dying in the house, Delia spends the rest of the novel fighting the evil, only to discover that the evil isn't where she thought it was.

Now let's get down to brass tacks:

The actual story is wonderful.  Well written and full of surprises, everything in this story really fit.  The plot worked well, and I found myself really wanting things to turn out well for Delia, her family, and the good ghosts.  There wasn't a single moment in the book when I thought "Oh that would never happen!"  It was great.

The characters were all well written and believable.  They each had their own personalities, and the author did a good job of giving us enough insight into each characters past for me to believe that they would do exactly what they were doing throughout the book. I especially loved seeing and believe Jane's transformation from bubbly little cheerleader type to sort of goth and dark girl after her sisters death.

There was an excellent feel of mystery about the house and it's grounds.  For example - you may find yourself wondering at why Delia can actually leave the house when none of the other ghosts can.  Or why time passes differently for ghosts than it does for the living - like when Delia lays down on the ground outside and suddenly 6 months have passed.  Very interesting.

This is a 5 star book all the way.  Read it - you won't be disappointed.


Dangerous Victor - Aislinn Kearns



It's time to get your reading groove on with Dangerous Victor, by author Aislinn Kearns.

This excerpt alone will want to make you get your hands on this book! 

Excerpt 
A sickly smell reached Zack; at the same time a sense of foreboding settled over him. He hadn’t noticed it at first, presuming it was from the kitchen remains. But this was something else.
He swallowed, trying not to breathe as he made his way towards the room. It had to be the bedroom—the only room yet unexplored.
“Stay here,” he growled to Radha. The rustling behind him stopped.
He tugged the sleeve of his hoodie over his hand as he reached for the knob. Careful not to leave any prints, he opened the door.
The smell assaulted him immediately, making him gag. His eyes watered, and he blinked to clear them.
“What is it?” Radha asked.
He didn’t know how to answer. Louis—at least, he assumed it was Louis—lay on the thin carpet. Dried blood, black in the wan light, pooled beneath him. Flies buzzed and writhed around him. He no longer looked human—a specialist would need to tell them how long he’d been there, but Zack’s best guess was about a week—the length of time he’d been missing.
Louis hadn’t fled to Mexico with the casino’s money. He’d bled to death on his bedroom floor.
The puzzle pieces shifted and rearranged themselves in his mind, becoming more entwined and complex, leaving gaping holes of knowledge.
“What?” Radha’s voice was thinner now, anxiety dripping from the word. She shuffled closer, and Zack wrenched the door shut. He spun, blocking her with his body, forbidding her from entering that room. She didn’t need to see her friend like that.
“I’m sorry, Radha.” He kept his arms out, stretched across the hall in case she tried to dart around him. Instead, she stared up at him as tears pooled in her eyes.
“He’s not…” she couldn’t finish.
“I’m so sorry,” Zack repeated.
The tears slipped from her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She let out a gasping sob, and Zack gathered her into his arms and half-carried her out the front door. He breathed in deep gulps of the fresh night air as he held her close.
She cried quietly against his chest, and all Zack could do is offer murmured words of comfort as he stroked her back. When was the last time he’d comforted a woman? Held her close?
Too long.
“We need to call the police,” Zack told her softly as her tears subsided.
She nodded, eyes vague. “Yes.”
“They’ll need to ask us some questions,” he warned her.
“Of course.” The nod was slower this time.
“Radha, you’ll have to tell them about the strange finances at the casino.”
At this, her eyes snapped to his. “Why? We can’t tell them.”
“I think it’s best we do,” he coaxed softly.
“But it doesn’t have anything to do with…” Her eyes widened as it dawned on her. He had to say it aloud, anyway.
“He was murdered, Radha. And there’s every chance it was to do with the casino.”

As if that wasn't enough: Check out this book cover!



Book & Author Details:

Dangerous Victor
by Aislinn Kearns
(Soldiering On, #3)
Publication date: March 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:
Radha Iyer knows there’s something terribly wrong happening at the casino she manages. Her staff are acting cagey, the finances don’t add up, and then her Head of Security is found murdered in his own home. She’s out of her depth and desperate for help.
Zack Walker has kept to himself since the day an IED left him permanently scarred. When Radha calls Soldiering On for help, his degree in math makes him the obvious choice to go undercover as the new Head of Security to help her discover what’s going on and who’s responsible.
But the conspiracy they uncover goes deeper than either of them could have imagined. When their investigation is compromised, it puts them both in mortal peril and on the run. With nowhere to turn they must rely on each other, but danger and betrayal lurk in every shadow…



AUTHOR BIO:
Aislinn is an Australian Expat living in Qatar. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, which she loved, and then went on to do a Masters in an unrelated field. She now largely pretends that last degree never happened.

She is the author of the 'Soldiering On' books, a Romantic Suspense series. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, and fantasising about her future cottage in a forest. Now that she's published, her next life dream is to own a dog.

This is where she would list her awards if she had any.                



Author links:
 
 
And as if that wasn't enough to entice you, here's a little fun Q&A with the author:
 
Q&A
Tell us about yourself
I’m an Aussie girl that likes action movies (with a romance!), vegan food, and dogs. I’ve travelled the world since I was ten years old, and have so far been to twenty countries. I intend to eventually visit every continent, maybe even every country.
I am an avid reader of romance novels, particularly those with beta heroes! Favourite writers include Suzanne Brockmann, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Linda Howard.
Currently I love writing romantic suspense, but have plans for books in a number of other subgenres.

What’s the Soldiering On series about?
The Soldiering On series is about a group of wounded Veterans that come together to form a security company to show the world they still have what it takes. They do jobs that use their expertise to help people in need, and fall in love along the way.
They are led by Sergeant Major Duncan Pierce (hero of the prequel novella, Soldiering On, and the Christmas novella, Christmas Tango). So far Paul (Station Alpha), Blake (Guarding Sierra), and now Zack (Dangerous Victor) have found their happy endings, with Sam (aka Angelica Samson) and a full-length Duncan book still to come.

Tell us more about your latest release, Dangerous Victor
Fun fact: The book that eventually became Dangerous Victor was the first book idea I conceived for this series.
In the book, Zack is hired by Radha Iyer, General Manager of a casino, to investigate some strange happenings with the casino’s finances. Seems like an easy enough job. Catch is, he can’t let anyone else in the casino know what he’s doing.
Before Zack can actually start his investigation, the casino’s Head of Security is found murdered, which raises the stakes to dangerous levels.
Turns out, there’s a lot more going on than Zack initially suspected, putting him and Radha in a deadly situation…

What inspired you to be a writer?
I’ve always loved writing. It’s been my passion since I was a little girl. I just loved creating worlds and characters and stories. So much more thrilling than real life!
Just for fun, if you were an animal, what would you be?
Probably a koala! I love to eat and sleep all day, plus I’m cute on the outside, but will attack if you
 
 
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Cover Reveal - Turn Tables - Stacey Rourke





Looking for a new romance to read?  Come March 14, you'll be able to get your hands on Turn Tables, by Stacy Rourke.

Just look at that cover:




BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Turn Tables
by Stacey Rourke
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:
Between private jets, designer labels, and lavish resorts, Tandy Owens should be having the time of her life. Her celebrity author best friend is getting married and all of Hollywood’s elite have turned out for the event. Unfortunately, Tandy’s mood is far from celebratory.
For over a year her heart has been torn between two men: Matthew Cruz, the brilliant, well-educated entrepreneur who makes her feel like a queen, and Mateo, his womanizing musician alter ego, who is known for collecting platinum records, and the panties of his sexual conquests. Matthew assures her that Mateo’s antics are all a show. Even so, with her being the only one to witness his softer side, Tandy begins to wonder which persona is truly the act.
In the sizzling heat of Miami, Tandy reaches the breaking point with their secretive romance, and finds herself asking if a hidden love is truly worth fighting for?




AUTHOR BIO:
RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

 
 
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#FinishLine - Cambria Herbert

Hey y'all!  Welcome to the #FinishLine!  (See what I did there?!)  If there's only one thing you do today, make that thing reading the information about Cambria Herbert's #FinishLine!  (Okay two things you should do - the second being go out and read the actual book.)

Here's what you need to know:




Book & Author Details:

Title: #FinishLine (GearShark #5)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Cover Design: Mae I Design
Release date: February 27, 2017
This is a full length novel. Will be in Ebook and Paperback
#FINISHLINE will be told in the POV of Hopper and Arrow with a special bonus section of Joey and Lorhaven. Also includes a BONUS interview with Trent and Drew!

Synopsis:

Every race has a finish line.
Where you go after you cross it is what matters most.
And sometimes, that’s the most intriguing.
Here at GearShark, we’ve featured lots of drivers. 
All of them are well acquainted with the finish line. 
And as race fans, we’re well acquainted with cheering as they cross it.
What we aren’t privy to is riding shotgun, seeing where they drive once the race is over.
Our interviews barely scratch the surface, 
offering just a glimpse of the men and women behind the wheel. 
The discovery of vanished Motocross sensation Jayson Hamilton, 
who has been right under our noses for years, proves secrets abound. 
It’s time to dig deep. Look beyond the racetrack at the drivers who continue to pique our interest. In addition to scoring an exclusive, all-access interview with the elusive Jayson Hamilton (his first and only since the death of his fellow racer and partner Matt Lewis), 
we’ve caught up with some of our most popular featured men and women in the racing world. 
Where are they now? 
Who are they now?
What do these hot commodities do when they escape the spotlight?
Rumors of weddings, babies, and new tattoos swirl through the media on a weekly basis. 
And though we’re headlining the hashtag #Finishline, we’re far from finished. 
In fact, we’re just getting started. 
This newest issue of GearShark is jam packed with everything you’ve been dying to know… 
and it just might be our biggest page-turner yet.




AUTHOR BIO:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.
Email: cambriahebert@rocketmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cambriahebertbooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cambriahebert
Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/cambriahebert/pins/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298677.Cambria_Hebert



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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Worth Any Cost - Brenna Aubrey



Hey y'all!  ready for some new book loving?  You know you are!




Book & Author Details:

Worth Any Cost
by Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #6)
Publication date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
You are cordially invited to the wedding of the decade.
Adam Drake and Emilia Kimberly Strong have chosen a date to solidify their love in the bonds of matrimony.
Join them on their exotic destination wedding. Visit with their friends and loved ones. But hold the champagne toast. Fate has a few last tests for our couple on their way to the altar.
Natural 20 or natural disaster?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28199927-worth-any-cost?ac=1&from_search=true

AUTHOR BIO:
Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover's heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She's also a mom, teacher, geek girl, Francophile, unabashed video-game addict & eBook hoarder.

She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband, two children, and two adorable golden retriever pups.

Sign up for Brenna's email list for release updates, and free content (deleted scenes, bonus stories, etc.) please copy & paste this link into your browser:
http://BrennaAubrey.net/newsletter-signup




Author links:
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Echo Campaign - Taylor Brooke


 Title: Echo Campaign
Author: Taylor Brooke
Format: E-Book

Echo Campaign, by author Taylor Brooke, is the second in a series that contains its fair share of tension, drama, and yes - cliffhangers.  If you are looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, this is the book for you.

Brooklyn is found at the beginning of the book worried that she has been found.  The rest of the book leads us through a whirlwind of activity and kind of leaves us wondering - what the hell?!  But not in a bad way.  Fair warning - like I said, this book has a cliffhanger.  But, you won't hate it.  You will find yourself on the edge of your seat waiting for the next book to come out however.

A couple things:

*Someone is destroying the earth (and for once, it's not me!  Kidding.)
*Brooklyn finds out some pretty heavy information about her fertility towards the end of the book - but just doesn't give a damn.  But would you if you were trying to save the earth and your friends?  Probably not.

Now, folks, let me tell you - I wasn't sure what to think when I first got this book. But within a couple pages, I was hooked.  Solid character development, and lots of growth and discovery for each character occur throughout the novel.  Also, the writing is on point.  Well thought out, well structured chapters, sentences, everything.  There was plenty of tension in the book and enough Big Events to keep me reading.  And the best part was that everything that happened in the book felt like it should happen.  I didn't find myself thinking "But hey what?"

Overall, I give this book a hearty 5 stars (and go read the first book in the series as well!) 


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cover Reveal- Rough




BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Rough
by Sybil Bartel
(Thrust, #2)
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Jared

I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just the cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.

One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.



Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33796371-rough?ac=1&from_search=true

Pre-order:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06W2H99T1
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rough-sybil-bartel/1125738260?ean=2940154230763
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rough/id1194892503?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/rough-17

Purchase book 1:
Amazon: http://a.co/8pBAsTX
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thrust-sybil-bartel/1125293389?ean=2940153473420
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1183844896
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/thrust-9


AUTHOR BIO:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.



Author links:
http://sybilbartel.com/Home.html
https://www.facebook.com/sybilbartelauthor
https://twitter.com/SybilBartel
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7893521.Sybil_Bartel

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cover Reveal - Reason to Love





 

BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

Reason to Love
by Sedona Venez
(Credence Curse #3)
Publication date: March 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis:
Can sworn enemies cross the line and fall in love?

Reason Orlov, a vampire-human, is the princess of the vampire coven. Never quite feeling like she fits in, the hybrid has spent her life trying to rise to the expectations of her father, the vampire king. 

Jack Alagona—better known as Jackal—is the second-in-command in his wolf pack. Set in his domineering alpha ways, the wolf-shifter closed off his heart long ago when vampires took what was most precious to him. 

Even though a relationship between vampires and shifters is practically forbidden, all Reason knows is that she wants Jackal with a passion she’s never felt. 

And, although Reason drives him crazy in a way that he thought he wouldn’t feel again, with memories that rule his present life, Jackal can’t risk being more than friends. 

Can Reason convince Jackal to let her into his heart, or will their pasts get in the way?

Reason to Love is the third book in the Credence Curse Saga, a series of adventure-packed shifter romance tales. If you like dark magic, powerful women, steamy love scenes, heart-pounding romance, and piles of sexy shifter secrets, then you’ll love the latest romp from author Sedona Venez.
 
 


Purchase:
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2k4Rrme


AUTHOR BIO:
Sedona Venez is a romance author with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby--hooah--and their fur baby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SedonaVenez), Twitter (@SedonaVenez), and her kick-ass romance website, (www.sedonavenez.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/2ixqj) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

 
 
Author links: 
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/SedonaVenez/
Amazon Follow: http://amzn.to/2erDhwd
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SedonaVenez
Pinterest: http://bit.ly/2dYhOHN
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Format: E-Book

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.



Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty's novel about abuse, schoolyard drama, friendship, and life in general is a book that follows in the petty tradition of Peyton Place.  The book takes place in a beachside town in Australia.  Jane, a new to town mother if a kindergarten students, meets Madeline on the day of her child's orientation at school.  Jane is searching for something - though you don't know what it is until later.  Celeste and Madeline sort of take Jane under their wings, even though they both harbor their own secrets or battling their own demons.  (Celeste, as we find out, is being abused.  Madeline hates her ex-husbands new wife- Barbara.)

Throughout the novel, these helicopter moms all get super involved in not only their kids lives, but the lives of the other mothers at their school.  They all spend the novel getting to know each other, snooping and gossiping about each other and the other moms, and engaging in playground antics that are not at all appropriate for grown ass women.  Then, one night at a school trivia event - held only for the adults of the school - a murder takes place, and it changes everyone's lives.

I don't want to spoil too much - because I think you need to read this book for yourselves and find out everything!  So, let's just say this:

The characters are all very well-developed and well-written.  Even the characters that you would think sort of blend together - like the Blonde Bob's - are all their own people.  The author did a remarkable job of revealing the secrets of the characters in slow fashion, letting the reader know only what was necessary in the moment.

The plot was well thought out, and even though the characters were all pretty petty, I found it believable when each event happened.  I think that these characters really came to care about each other in spite of their differences and their behaviors.

This is a book you want to get your hands on - I give it 5 stars all the way.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mistakenly Married - Victorine E. Leiske





Title: Mistakenly Married
Author: Victorine E. Leiske
Version: E-Book

 Penny’s gotten herself into another one of her crazy messes. She’s broke and about to be evicted. When her online boyfriend suggests they elope, she agrees. Why not? She loves him, even though she hasn’t met him, so she blows the last of her cash on a fun Las Vegas wedding. Except, William stands her up and the limo driver picks up the wrong guy. A smokin’ hot wrong guy. Too bad she doesn’t find out who he really is until after the wedding.

Harrison Williams needs a wife to gain access to his trust fund account. He goes to Las Vegas to meet someone, but there’s a mix up and he ends up at the Chapel-O-Love exchanging vows with Penny, a spirited girl in a cheap veil. When they realize the mistake, he convinces her to go back to Bel Air with him to prove that he’s married, and he agrees to pretend to be William so her family doesn’t have to know about her big mistake. Sounds like a good plan. What could go wrong?

Mistakenly Married is a sweet, clean romantic comedy.


Mistakenly Married, by author Victorine E. Leiske, is the perfect light hearted read.  It's easy, a little fluffy, and a book you could easily finish in a day or two. 

Penny has been carrying on an online relationship with William for two years.  They've never met, and she's only seen a photo of him - though she thought he was the second man in the photo.  Then, William suggests they get married, and Penny says yes.  When William doesn't show up, Penny doesn't know what to do. Then Harrison, a rich man who is looking for a wife shows up at the wrong wedding chapel.  He was supposed to marry a friend so that he could get his trust fund.  Penny thinks he is William, they get married, and later, they find out the truth.  They decide to stay married to fool Harrison's bitchy stepmother.  What they don't count on is falling in love with each other. Over two weeks, they spend pretty much every second together, then Penny flips out at Christmas and tells her family the "truth" about their relationship.  After they separate from each other, Penny stays at her parents house for a month. Then Harrison and she both realize they are in love, and he comes hunting her down.

The book sounds crazy, I know - who marries a complete stranger without verifying who he is?!  But, it was a little cute, if fluffy.  The characters are pretty stock - the dumb blonde, the cute millionaire, the wicked evil stepmother, and the stupid brother that everyone underestimates (who turns out to be smarter and more hardworking than people realize.)  There was some tension in the book, but there could have been more.  That being said, the book was fun, and I didn't mind reading it. 

The story was what I would say is middle of the road as far as the writing.  The writing wasn't great, but it held together fairly well.  Although there was some tension in the book, sometimes it felt a little forced.  I think the author sometimes threw things in just because she needed some drama (like when she made fun of Penny's clothes at a dinner party.)

I'd give the book three stars - read it if you want a light hearted read, but don't expect a War and Peace type book.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Club Picks - The Books of Love

Happy February!  Let's have some fun with romance this month - here are some MUST READ books for your book club that all revolve around love/romance.  Enjoy!



Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 
Let's be honest: When it comes to romance, nobody beats Jane Austen.  Your book club will NOT be disappointed reading Pride and Prejudice together. 


The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Comedy, romance, a six fingered man - how can your book club possibly miss this great book?! 


The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Sure, this book has the forbidden aspect of love going on, but still - love is love.  Get this book to your book club now.  You won't regret it.