Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#BookReview 'e-Murderer' by Joan C. Curtis

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On this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.

When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.

THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.

This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.

**Sue's review**

WOW!!! This is the first book written by Joan C Curtis that I have read and OMG - I hope to be reading more!!!

I loved the way that she started off -- from the descriptions of the main characters - to the weird things that some of them did. Jenna is an awesome main character and it amazed me how much she is like me - lol. I loved all the twist that Joan put into the story - I would think that I had it figured out and then BINGO - she would throw a change in. BUT - I had my suspicions as to who done it - and my initial guess proved to be right in the end. I don't write spoilers - so I will say that I can't tell you who I picked or why. BUT - I will warn you, that once you start reading this (and make it past the first 3 chapters - which give a lot of details about what is going on, etc etc) you will definitely find it hard to put this book down!!! And that is speaking from experience.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

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The author is giving away two prizes: One, a $15 Amazon or BN Gift card (their choice) and Two, a signed copy of the award-winning book, The Clock Strikes Midnight.

About the author:

Joan Curtis Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories. Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will stay with you.”

Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.

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Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember. She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction. Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read.

"I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman's point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading."

Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner. She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia.

Author website: http://www.joancurtis.com | Author’s blog: http://www.joancurtis.com/blog

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Monday, September 28, 2015

#BookReview 'See You Soon Broadway' by Melissa Baldwin


See You Soon Broadway ebook coverMaris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams.

When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true.

And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come.

But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?

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**Sue's Review**

OK - I can honestly say that I was totally captured into reading this book when I saw that Maris loved to sing songs from The Sound of Music and then when the name of the school where she worked was Do-Re-Mi Studios.

This book is a very enjoyable read that totally had be not wanting to stop until I reached the end. I was a little disappointed that it ended - there are just some books that you totally feel should just never end!!!

I think that I fell in love with Maris from the very first page. She appears to be a real type person and I could hear her singing in the park each time she went there. I love Maris's boyfriend, Kyle -- he appears to be such a caring person -- just the type of boyfriend a girl would want to have!!! I don't write spoilers - so I hate to write to much more, for fear that I will be telling you the whole story.

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
About the author:
Melissa Baldwin 2Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event To Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway within 14 months.

Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn't writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

#BookReview 'Rye Must Die' by Dakota Madison & Savannah Young

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Rye Must DieThere’s a fine line between sexy alpha and creepy stalker…and Rye has crossed it. Izzy Grant is supposed to be dead, suicide by hanging. But when she regains consciousness she’s still alive and still the crazy girl everyone in Old Town loves to hate. But one thing had changed. He saved her life, a shadowy figure wearing all black and riding a motorcycle. Now he’s following Izzy. She doesn’t know why, but she’s eager to find out. When charming ghost hunter, Max Elliot, barges into Izzy’s life she isn’t looking for love…except in the biker romance novels she’s obsessed with. But when Rye’s behavior takes on new and violent dimensions, Izzy and Max struggle to find a way to stop him before his violence against Izzy escalates.

Maybe the only solution is for Rye to die.

RYE MUST DIE is a NOVELLA by USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR Dakota Madison and AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR Savannah Young. It can be read as a STANDALONE or as part of the ongoing series.

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**Antoinette's Review**

I adored this book. Izzy is a a young woman who has kept to herself and been a loner since forever in a little town. She runs her family antique business that she has inherited from her last living relative, her grandmother. Of course in a small town, business isn't booming but she makes due. One day, in walks a surfer dude. They are no where near the beach which makes this even more strange...her life is never the same after that... She is thrown into ghosts, paranormal investigating, finding herself and healing from a not so perfect past. Finding a natural comfortable love when she least expects it....I will not give the story way but it's just a fun read.... I was given this book for my honest opinion, and now here it is.

Author Bio

Karen BrysonUSA TODAY Bestselling author Dakota Madison is known for writing New Adult and contemporary romance with a little spice and lots of heart. She likes to explore current social issues in her work. Dakota is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories Dakota likes to spend time with her husband and their bloodhounds at their home outside Phoenix, Arizona. Dakota also writes under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON and REN MONTERREY.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

#Review of 'Sapphire Beautiful' by Ren Monterrey

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Sapphire BeautifulWe both joined The Club and made an arrangement. I got the money to pay my mortgage and he got access to my body, whenever and however he wanted it...

SAPPHIRE BEAUTIFUL, a new full-length, stand-alone novel in Ren Monterrey's THE CLUB series.

I never imagined that I'd be starting my fifth year as a faculty member in the Medieval Studies department as a thirty-two-year-old widow. I'm sure to be the butt of every joke around campus as the collateral damage of a sex scandal that made national headlines. And my husband left me completely broke after he killed himself.

I don't want to lose my house and all the money I invested in it so I make an arrangement through The Club. I'll get what I need...money to get out of the financial ruins my dead husband left me in. And Dante McNally will get what he wants...access to my body...whenever and however he wants it...

There's only one catch. Dante is one of our new graduate students and the recipient of a prestigious research fellowship funded by his billionaire father. And this is the year I'm supposed to be applying for tenure.

Sue's Review:

OK - this week seems to be a week of reading books by new authors (for me) and OMG OMG OMG Ren Monterrey has got to really be one of my new favorites!!! As I go into this to write the review, I see that this is book 4 of the series -- guess that means that I will definitely take the time to read the first 3 books of the series next!!!

When the story starts and Mary's problems are all explained to the reader, I think that I'm not really sure where the author is heading with this story. But then, you get to see how she is introduced to THE CLUB. When Mary meets Dante, I begin to wonder if this arrangement is going to work and where it might lead. I don't write spoilers - but OMG OMG OMG - I was amazed at where the author took the story and how things unfolded!!! This is definitely one of those - once I start reading, I just can NOT stop until I finish!!!

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

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renREN MONTERREY lives in a small town outside Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their bloodhounds. She writes New Adult and Contemporary romance under a number of different pen names including Sierra Avalon, Savannah Young and Dakota Madison
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#Review of 'Sword of Deaths (Scythe Wielder's Secret Book 2)' by Christopher Mannino

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Swordof Deaths

Sword of Deaths

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death. Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?  

Sue Ann's Review:

WOW WOW WOW Christopher just doesn't cease to amaze me!!!

I will start by saying - if you have NOT read School of Deaths (which is the 1st book in The Scythe Wielder's Secret Book series) you really need to read it before you read the Sword of Deaths!!!! 

The Sword of Deaths picks up right where School of Deaths left off. We continue on with the story of Suzie, Billy and Frank as deaths and their training. It's hard to write much about this story without giving it all away. BUT - I will say this, these books are so captivating, that you will find it hard to stop reading until you read the end. 

I will warn you - that there is a cliff hanger at the end of this book and you will end up like me - patiently (yeah right) waiting for the final volume of the series to be available. (Daughter of Deaths) I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.


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Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who enslave a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn't an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


CM - authorwithscytheAbout the author:

Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance/production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.

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