Friday, September 21, 2012

Giveaway of Five E-Books

Giveaway of Five E-Books 

#2 - Margaret
#4 - Ara
#12 - Rachel
#15 - Sarah
#16 = RoryBore


I will be sending everyone an e-mail and also informing the publisher to send you the e-copy.

September 21 - October 5  

I  haven't read this book, but join in the fun of a
Generous Five E-Book Giveaway
Courtesy of
Lynn McNamee
Red Adept Publishing 

See below for giveaway guidelines

Giveaway guidelines:

1.  You must be a new or old follower of my blog.
2.  You must complete this form.


Book Description:

Claire Barnes is shattered when her husband, Greg, goes on a business trip and never returns.  Unwilling to just wait for the police to find him, Claire conducts her own investigation. Her best friend Drew helps her look for answers, but all she finds are troubling questions.  

With every clue, she discovers that Greg may not be the man she thought she married.  While battling her growing feelings for Drew and raising her two young children, Claire must learn to live with the knowledge that the truth behind Greg’s disappearance may never be revealed.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Flower Show Murders Blog Tour

by Rosemary Harris 
August 20 - September 20 

Anthony and Agatha Award-nominated Rosemary Harris is back with her fourth Dirty Business mystery featuring amateur sleuth/master gardener Paula Holliday!

This sounds like a "fun" read.

Welcome to The Big Apple Flower Show where more than just the plants are dying. 

Paula Holliday reluctantly agrees to man the exhibit booth for a reclusive garden sculptor at a legendary northeast flower show and she expects a quiet weekend sharing garden tips. She doesn't expect to be knee-deep in jealousy, rivalry, horticultural sabotage, beheaded gnomes and something the loose community of gardeners has started referring to as the Javits Curse! 

The mishaps start out small but the uneasiness intensifies when an overeager attendee is found floating in the river and Paula realizes she accidentally holds the clue to his identity and the reason for his murder. And so does the killer. That's when the garden gloves come off and this flower show turns into a real Slugfest! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hemlock Lake by Carolyn J. Rose


Was the attack on the construction site only a distraction for the real target....Dan Stone?  One bizarre attempt on Dan's life after another with no clues or any reason why puzzled everyone. Could the attacker be a local resident, a total stranger, someone who Dan arrested, or some unknown crazed person?  

Along with the attempts on his life and the mourning of his wife and brother, Dan had nothing but friction from everyone in Hemlock acceptance and no help.  After being away for many years and returning to his hometown as a success definitely wasn't a good idea, but Dan Stone had been "ordered" to return to solve problems occurring in Hemlock Lake. The town was the same as when he left many years ago, and the people were just as shallow.  

Hemlock Lake was about feelings and healing.  Almost every character had a story and almost every character needed to heal from some tragedy.  Dan's tragedy was well known to everyone, and someone was trying to sabotage his investigation and at the same time make him hurt even more emotionally and to try to kill him.

There were also characters that were not in need of healing but liked to play tricks on the other characters with the intention of hurting or frightening them off.  What was going on around this town?  That question was part of the plot until the suspenseful end.

The story will hold your interest as your feelings of hatred, pity, or indifference toward the characters evolves.  This story is about a small town that never grew up.  
The story flowed well, and you will find yourself wanting to get back to reading as quickly as you can.  The author has great detail in each scene, and the ending is definitely worth the wait.  There are flashbacks to Dan's tragedy throughout the book and how he dealt with them in the present.

The book was primarily about the town, the residents, dealing with and trying to overcome tragedies, and introspection.  

I originally had a rating of 4/5 because of some of lengthy descriptions, but as the book progressed, my rating changed to a 5/5 because it truly was very well written and portrayed problems and situations we eventually face in our lives at some point....death of a loved one, forgiving ourselves, overcoming jealousy, and realizing we shouldn't and can't face tragedy alone.  Definitely a good mystery.  ENJOY!!

This book was given to me free of charge by the author in return for an honest review.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Day 5


Today is the last day of my FIRST Book Blogger Appreciation Week.  I wasn't sure I was able to join in since I missed registration, but one of our wonderful bloggers, Trish, told me I could join in.

I am so happy she let me know.  I had a great time.  I enjoyed meeting so many new bloggers and visiting their awesome blogs.

My favorite part of this week was both Day 3 AND Day 4.  

Day 3 allowed everyone to see the creativity, the fellowship, the super blogging community, and to learn a lot about bloggers we have never met and more about bloggers we already knew. 

Day 4 added so many books to my TBR stack, but I loved it.

I am looking forward to next year's Book Blogger Appreciation Week.



Thursday, September 13, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 4



Two books that need more exposure are:

The Ropewalk by John Knauf

The Ropewalk has something for everyone....suspense, mystery, history, questioning, love, an extremely brilliant, thought-provoking ending, and most of all an outstanding read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.   A very engaging, captivating read.

My Complete Review can be found here.

The Island House 
by Posie Graeme-Evans 


Don’t miss this exceptional read that brought past and present together in an unforgettable tale of love, loss, hidden treasures, and discovery.  Ms. Graeme-Evans did a remarkable job in this compelling read that will be in my list of favorites because of the history, the mystery, and the added flare of Scotland's magic and its legends and myths.  

My Complete Review can be found here  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 3

Book Blogging to me is a way to express my thoughts and feelings about EVERY book bloggers' favorite obsession.....BOOKS.

I never used to think twice about writing a review about a book, but when I started looking at blogs and honestly wondering what in the world blogs were, I had an urge to let others know about books I loved so I started a blog of my own.  Blogging was that means of "getting the word out."

Blogging has now become a passion and is my favorite pastime besides reading.  Along with reading books and writing the reviews, my MOST favorite part of blogging is meeting other bloggers.  The creativity of bloggers is amazing....creativity in terms of blog design and the way they write their posts.

Bloggers are a wonderful community who love to share with others and to inspire others to read. I have met countless bloggers that are so helpful and so willing to contribute and share ideas and recommend books.  




Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tahoe Trap by Todd Borg

An illegal immigrant, a foster mother, an undercover agent, a "large" dog, thugs, murders, and Lake Tahoe are the essence of this thriller.

You will fall in love with the almost-silent, unemotional Paco and feel his pain for the life he has lived for the past ten years. You will also have respect for Agent McKenna who has no children of his own but who is taking on the responsibility of protecting Paco and being a father to him.

The dialogue between characters is wonderful, and the descriptions of the scenery and settings takes you right there enjoying the moment or fearing for your life along with the characters.

I have never read a novel by Todd Borg even though Tahoe Trap is his latest book out of ten.  He is an outstanding author with great attention to the reader's reactions to the book's situations. He draws you right into the action, and the end definitely has a lot of action. You will be on the edge of your seat.  Excellent author and book with a great deal of research.

Enjoy!!  5/5

This book was given to me by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Day 2 Interview

I just found out about this awesome event yesterday so I am going to interview myself instead of having another team member to interview.
 Interview with myself:

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
I normally do not snack.  I might have a cup of tea, though.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of
writing in books horrify you?
I never write in my books.  I try to keep them as pristine and new as I can.

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears?
Definitely no dog-earred pages.  I use an envelope, a picture, a bill, and sometimes I use an actual bookmark.  :)

Laying the book flat open?
Never, never, never.  Always close the book and mark my place.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
I read both, but prefer fiction.

Hard copy or audiobooks?
Definitely hard copy unless I am in the car, then I like the audio on a long trip or if I am alone driving back and forth from wherever.

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you
able to put a book down at any point?
I like to read to the end of a chapter, but if I am too tired, I stop and turn my bookmark sideways indicating where I left off.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
No...I wait until later or totally forget.

What are you currently reading?
TAHOE TRAP by Todd Borg

What is the last book you bought?
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - interesting question.  I haven't bought a book for ages.  I have so many from the BEA this past June, from authors, and publishers, that I don't think I will have to buy a book for the rest of my life.  :)

Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can
you read more than one at a time?
Oh...I can only read ONE book at a time.

Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
I love to read in the evening on my porch or at night in the spare bedroom, but if the opportunity comes up, I will read ANY TIME and ANY PLACE.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
I am not in the habit of reading series, but I may at some point.

Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
Oh yes...I always recommend SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and also THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton.

How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
I have my shelves organized by size and my shelves are also organized by READ, TO BE READ, and MUST BE READ THIS MONTH.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Giveaway Winners

Winner of

Carol #3
An e-mail requesting your mailing address will be sent to the e-mail you provided.  

Please respond within 48 hours.

Winner of 
Dangerous Past is:

Leslie #9

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trust No One by Laurel Bradley


Taylor Wilson married Phil because he was handsome and had the same interests as she did, but apparently she didn't know everything about Phil.  Something fishy was going on....her house didn't blow up on its own, Phil wouldn't have taken money from the security box without telling her, Phil definitely didn't spell his name with two L's, and Phil definitely wouldn't have left and not gotten in touch.

Taylor had to find Phil and find out why he just disappeared, and she also needed to escape the clutches of the FBI who were protecting her.  FBI?  Phil Missing?  Something certainly wasn't right and it definitely was something sinister.  The hints Taylor found and the text message that Phil sent "had" to be clues of Phil's location.  Taylor did escape from the FBI and tried to follow the clues to where she thought Phil might be, but she couldn't find him. 
As she was running from the FBI, she didn't realize someone else who was very dangerous was looking for her and was known to her husband.  The book focused on Taylor's following the clues she believed her husband had left her and on the FBI's solving of murders that all seemed to be connected, but how?  There had to be someone on the inside giving the "bad guys" information.  
The book was a thriller and was filled with secrets, evil people, people who really were not who they said they were, lies, hatred turned to revenge, many twists and turns, and of course murders.

TRUST NO ONE was fast paced and kept you guessing until the end. There were a few things that were somewhat farfetched, though, such as how Taylor escaped in her van, evaded the FBI, and rode on a snowmobile to Notre Dame. There also is some sensitive subject matter, but on the whole, it has a terrific storyline. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge by STORYTELLER PUBLISHING in exchange for an honest review.