Thursday, December 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories by Agatha Christie

Author: Agatha Christie
First published in 1939 by Dodd, Mead and Company

A diamond worth several fortunes is stolen as a dinner party trick, and then stolen from the thief...How lucky that Mr. Parker Pyne is also a guest at the party. The incomparable Hercule Poirot proves that a crowd is the best place for a murder. And Miss Marple solves a crime that stumped the police without ever leaving her fireside. This superb collection assembles all of Agatha Christie's top detectives to solve the most challenging cases of their careers.

This short story collection contains the following: The Regatta Mystery, The Mystery of the Baghdad Chest, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Problem at Pollensa Bay, Yellow Iris, Miss Marple Tells a Story, The Dream, In a Glass Darkly and Problem At Sea.

Anthologies are always a nice change from novels when you want something quick to read.  After not reading much that has excited me lately, I was looking for a change of pace, The Regatta Mystery and Other Stories is a great set of short mysteries by the queen of mysteries.  

I really enjoyed this set of stories.  There is a mix of novellas featuring each of her three detectives.  I had never read anything with the detective, Parker Pyne.  That was a real treat.  My favorites of the bunch were The Problem at Pollensa Bay and In a Glass Darkly.  Both of them had a nice little twist that I didn't expect. The real interesting part was that neither one of them featured my favorite detective, Hercule Poirot.  If you haven't read this set, I highly recommend it.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Blog Tour: Book Spotlight of The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Author: Gena Showalter
Publisher: Harlequin
Date of publication: June 2016

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him… 

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

“Gena Showalter is a romantic genius.” -San Francisco Book Review

“Showalter writes fun, sexy characters you fall in love with!” -Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author

“The Showalter name on a book means guaranteed entertainment.” -RT Book Reviews

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About Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at

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Gena Showalter’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Wednesday, November 30th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, November 30th: Reader Girls
Friday, December 2nd: Urban Girl Reader
Monday, December 5th: Read Love Blog
Tuesday, December 6th: Books a la Mode – excerpt
Wednesday, December 7th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, December 7th: Harlie’s Books
Friday, December 9th: Books that Hook
Monday, December 12th: Lampshade Reader – Gena’s Top 10 Favorite Quotes from The Darkest Torment
Monday, December 12th: Books Without Any Picture
Wednesday, December 14th: Mom in Love with Fiction
Friday, December 16th: The Romance Dish – excerpt

Monday, December 19th: Stuck in Books
Wednesday, December 21st: Snowdrop Dreams of Books – excerpt
Friday, December 23rd: Stranded in Chaos
Monday, December 26th: 100 Pages a Day – excerpt
Tuesday, December 27th: A Night’s Dream of Books
Wednesday, December 28th: Written Love Reviews
Wednesday, December 28th: Lovely Reads
TBD: Drey’s Library – excerpt

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway of Sweet Southern Bad Boy by Michele Summers

We are excited to share with you an excerpt from Sweet Southern Bad Boy, the latest romance from author Michele Summers.   Make sure to check out the giveaway below.  We have 1 copy of the book to give away (US & Canada only).  Good Luck!

Author: Michele Summers
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of publication: December 2016


When Katie McKnight gets lost location-scouting for her father’s TV studio, she stumbles upon the perfect setting for their angsty new teen vampire series—a remote barn house unfortunately occupied by a grouchy, disheveled, and incredibly sexy man who instantly mistakes her for the new nanny. Should Katie tell him the truth, or get her foot in the door?


Bestselling author Vance Kerner doesn’t just have writer’s block—he’s been run ragged ever since he was saddled with taking care of his brother’s three kids, an adopted kitten, and a runaway mutt. The last thing he needs is a teen drama defiling his property, but with fascinating and unconventional Katie underfoot charming the entire Kerner household, Vance is finding it harder and harder to say no.

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“My name is Katie McKnight and I have a proposition for you."
He was shoving his cell phone in his back pocket when he glanced up with a startled expression. “Proposition?” He looked interested, but not in the way Katie wanted. She had a feeling he had something more prurient in mind by the way his dark eyes roved over her, stopping at all her very, very hot points. J-Lo’s bootay. This was not going the way she’d hoped. 
Clearly this mostly sexy pirate/rock star/badass guy was in over his head. Time to take charge. Katie extended her right hand. “Katie McKnight. And you are?”
“Vance Kerner. I’m the kids’ uncle.” His big hand engulfed her small palm. And for the briefest second Katie felt connected…to what she had no idea. The feeling felt foreign and even a little frightening. He shook her hand slowly and gave her a piratical grin. Like he could chew her up and spit out her bones in no time flat.
“Is there a Mrs. Kerner?” she asked, needing all the decision-makers to be present and in agreement with her proposal.
“Only my sister-in-law. My mother died fifteen years ago,” he said in a matter-of-fact tone, but something flickered behind his dark eyes.
 “Oh, well, then I’m sorry, er, about your loss. Um, Mr. Kerner, I’d like to talk to you about using your house to film a miniseries.”
“Excuse me?” His dark eyes narrowed, sending a fissure of alarm down her back. This had to be karma or the perfect storm, because not only did he own the ideal house, but he could star in the horror series about disappearing teenagers in love.
“Yes, I’m from Santa Monica and I’m a location scout for McKnight Studios, and I’d like––”
He gave his thick black watch an irritated glance. “You’re not from the agency and you’re not a nanny.” He started buttoning his shirt in agitation. Disappointment washed over her; she hated seeing his glorious chest disappear behind clothing. She had no business dreaming about his chest or any other part of his anatomy. But she was female and at the moment everything female about her liked everything male about him. Think business, Katie. Not body.
“If you could give me five minutes of your time, I’ll be happy to explain and––”
“Look, Kat, I don’t have five minutes.” He started to dial his cell. Katie listened as he barked at some person at the nanny agency. From the gist of the conversation, she gathered no nanny was coming today and Mr. Kerner was not happy.
“Dammit. I can’t believe this bullshit,” he muttered, texting as he cursed. “Listen, I hate to cut this visit short, but I need to pack up Larry, Curly, and Moe, who are probably playing in the toilet this very minute, and rush to my meeting,” he said, shoving papers and folders into a brown leather satchel.
Katie’s timing sucked…again. He was in no mood to hear her offer and once he left, she wasn’t sure he’d let her back in again. This called for some quick thinking and a solution he couldn’t refuse.
“Uh, excuse me? Mr. Kerner, I understand that you’ve got somewhere very important to be and um…I don’t. So, I’d be happy to babysit your nephews while you attend your meeting,” she offered, hoping this would buy her some time and maybe win him over.
He looked up with startled eyes as he slipped his foot into a brown leather loafer.
“What’d you say you did again?”
“I’m a location scout, but I have experience with children. I majored in elementary education at UC Berkeley. He hesitated, warring with needing to go and being a responsible uncle. “I assure you, I’m normal as baseball, apple pie, and Chevrolet and the kids will be perfectly safe.” She reached inside her handbag and fished for her business cards. “Here. That’s all my information and my cell number. You can call the studio if you want to check.”
            He took the card and read it. “Thanks,” he said, slipping it in his back pocket.
“Now, if you’ll give me your information, you can get to your meeting and I’ll tend to the kids.” Vance got busy scribbling his information on a piece of scrap paper. “I’m actually pretty good with kids,” she said, smiling, hoping to reassure him (and herself) as he handed her the piece of paper. “You, on the other hand, have the handwriting of a psychopath,” she murmured, trying to make out his chicken scratch. “Is that a five or an eight?”
            He chuckled. “Eight. Sorry. I’m a writer, but I do it all on the computer. Penmanship was never a strong suit. Are you sure you want to do this? I won’t be long, and I’ll pay you when I get back.”
            “That won’t be necessary. All I want in return is fifteen minutes of your undivided attention.” And the use of your house for the next eight months. She’d get to that later. Katie picked up his satchel and handed it to him, escorting him to the door, acting as if she owned the place. “Now, make that meeting and don’t forget to come home,” she half-teased but actually meant it.
“Call me if you need anything. Danny sometimes eats the dog food and drops the kitten in the toilet, so you might want to watch out for that.” Katie’s face must’ve registered shock. “Not to worry. No one has gotten sick and the kitten hasn’t drowned…yet. Thanks again. You’re a life saver.” And before she could react, Pirate Man cupped the back of her neck and pulled her in for a quick, hard kiss. Katie’s knees almost buckled and her mind went blank. This must be what it felt like to be kissed senseless before walking the plank.

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About the author:

MICHELE SUMMERS writes about small-town life with a Southern flair, and has her own interior design business in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Miami, Florida. Both professions feed her creative appetite and provide a daily dose of humor.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Out of Love Blog Tour by RC Boldt

Author: RC Boldt
Publisher: RC Boldt Publishing LLC
Date of publication: December 6, 2016

Foster Kavanaugh, former Navy SEAL, knows what it’s like to be the top dog, the man in charge, the one calling the shots. Now that he’s running his own security consulting firm, not much has changed.

Except the curvy blonde he hired as his office manager.

Noelle Davis has been through the damn ringer. Swearing off men after escaping a toxic relationship, she’s grateful for a fresh start—new job included. Of course, her job isn’t tranquil and calm. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Because her boss is the most infuriating man on the planet.

And, not to mention, sexy as hell.

Foster has limits. Rules. No attachments allowed because he doesn’t do love—and Noelle Davis foiled that plan and took a red pen to his list of rules. With her smart mouth and quick witted banter, he found the woman beginning to creep past his defenses.

When circumstances put Noelle in a perilous position, the first person to come to her rescue is none other than Foster Kavanaugh. She gets to see the man in action—not as her aggravating boss, but the man who will stop at nothing to ensure her safety.

The same man who makes her want to reconsider her self-imposed embargo of men.

The man she wants to get to know now that she’s seen another side of him.

The man who makes her want…more.

But is more possible when you're OUT OF LOVE?

**Out of Love is a full-length, standalone novel that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book. **
I have been waiting for this book since I was first introduced to Foster and Noelle in the "Teach Me" series.  The back and forth between them has shown promise of a huge explosion once they finally got together.  And I wasn't disappointed.  I thoroughly enjoyed this one!  What is better then an alpha male?  An alpha male who is a former navy seal!  I loved how everyone around them knew they belonged together, but Noelle and Foster fought it so hard.  I was really rooting for them to finally figure out they were meant to be.

It was nice to catch up with some of the other characters from the Teach Me series.  Especially Momma K, as she has always been a favorite of mine.  There are two "mysteries" in the book.  One involving Noelle and he stalker ex-boyfriend. The other involves Foster and the loss of his former seal team mate,  Foster's looks like it will be a story arc, so I am eagerly waiting to see how that all plays out.  I highly recommend Out of Love.  It's a sigh worthy love story and a great transition into her spin-off series.  

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About the author:

RC Boldt is the wife of Mr. Boldt, a retired Navy Chief, mother of Little Miss Boldt, and former teacher of many students. She currently lives on the southeastern coast of North Carolina, enjoys long walks on the beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you're in the mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can't recall the lyrics to a particular 80's song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost anything for a laugh, she's your girl.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

What Light by Jay Asher

by:  Jay Asher
published by:  Razorbill
publish date:  October 18, 2016

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

So I was expecting something along the emotional lines of Thirteen Reasons Why.  This book is not that.  It's a sweet little Christmas story, but nothing as deep at TRW.  

Sierra lives 2 lives.  One in Oregon that she has 11 months of the year and one in California for a month at Christmas time.  Normally, she spends her Christmas missing home and she can't wait to get back.  Until, this year when she meets Caleb.  Rumor has it, Caleb attacked his sister with a knife.  However, Sierra wants to find out the truth and see if he's really the troublemaker everyone says that he is.  Everyone is against Sierra's relationship with Caleb, but she knows what she wants and will do what it takes to get it.

If you're looking for a nice YA Christmas story then this is it.  What Light is more of a love story than anything else.  I liked it, but I think I was hoping for a little more depth.  

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Memory Book by Lara Avery

by:  Lara Avery
published by:  Poppy
publish date:  July 5, 2016

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way--not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie's notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It's where she'll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart--a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she'll admit how much she's missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Sammie has a rare disorder.  She will gradually lose her memory over time.  For the longest time there are no symptoms of her disease.  However, they have begun to creep into her life.  To make matters worse, she gets into a love triangle with a hot writer guy and the boy next door.  

In order to keep her memories, Sammie decides to write a Memory Book.  She writes her stories.  She also gets her friends and family members to write special stories to keep her memories fresh.  This book is partly told from Sammie's viewpoint and through the stories in her memory book.

This story was interesting.  I couldn't even imagine going through something like that.  While the whole love triangle thing is really played out in YA, this one wasn't too terrible.  The Memory Book was well written and a decent read.  I don't know that I would tell anyone to rush out and read it, but it might be a good library check out if you happen to see it.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Blog Tour: Winter Holiday Recipes (+reads!) from Harlequin

We are excited to be the first stop on the Winter Holiday Recipes (+reads) Tour  from Harlequin & TLC Book Tours.  Below author Anna Del Mar has shared her mother's recipe for sangria.  Make sure to check out her latest book, To the Edge,on sale now!  For more yummy holiday recipes, check out the other stops on the tour list after the giveaway!

Publisher: Carina Press
Date of publication: November 2016

Clara's gone wild. 
Naked. Cuffed. Caged. Is this the sweet senator's daughter I left behind? 
I didn't know it was her when I rushed into that room filled with flames, but I'll never let her go again. 
She's proposed a unique way to thank me. It could bring us both to the edge of ecstasy—or to the point of no return. 
Clara wants to submit. To me. Totally. Damn any limits. The very thought of it has brought me back from the dead.  

But a stranger is watching from the shadows. He's made us his fantasy. And he plays rougher than I do. Where he's taking us now is somewhere so dark, and so dangerous, that this time it could be inescapable. 

In our home, the holidays are all about family, about coming together to celebrate our blessings and have fun. We’re a global bunch and people travel from all over to gather at our house. There’s lots of laughter and an excess of delicious foods. But the star of the evening is my mother’s sangria.

·         1 bottle of your favorite red wine
·         2 oranges
·         2 apples
·         1 lemon
·         1 tablespoon of sugar
·         1/2 a liter of Sprite or Seven Up

Begin with a bottle of wine. I prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon, but you can choose your favorite red. Hint: The wine doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, just full-bodied and delicious.
Next, slice oranges into thin wheels and cut up a couple of tart apples into small, square pieces. I use a red and a green apple to add variety to the flavors. Set the oranges aside and marinate the apples in a half a cup of wine. You can prepare the fruit early and keep it fresh and cold in the refrigerator.
When you are ready to serve, pour the reminder of the wine into your favorite festive pitcher and add two cups of cold Sprite or Seven Up. Hint: You can adjust the alcohol level by playing with the wine to fizz ratio. Testing this ratio is half the fun. J
Add a half tablespoon of sugar and mix well. Taste. Add more sugar if you like your cocktails sweet. Reduce the sugar amount by half if you’re like me and prefer less sweetness in your sangria.
Add orange slices and marinated apples. Add a few squirts of fresh lemon. Serve over ice if you like your cocktails fizzy and cold like I do. Make sure everyone gets apples and oranges in their glass. Garnish with orange wheels.

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·         Lots of love
·         Your family crowding the kitchen
·         Your honey nearby
·         Tons of laughter

Happy holidays!

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About Anna Del Mar: 

Amazon bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories are about strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who fight with all they’ve got to protect the women they love. She’s the author of The Asset, The Stranger, At the Brink and her latest December 2016 from Carina Press, To the Edge. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS for Winter Holiday Recipes (+ reads!) from Harlequin:
Friday, December 2nd: From the TBR Pile – Anna Del Mar guest post
Monday, December 5th: All Roads Lead to the Kitchen – RaeAnne Thayne guest post
Wednesday, December 7th: Bewitched Bookworms – Lynne Graham guest post
Friday, December 9th: – Just Commonly – Marta Perry & Jo Ann Brown guest post
Monday, December 12th: Read Love Blog – Belle Calhoune guest post
Wednesday, December 14th: Reading Reality – Maisey Yates guest post
Friday, December 16th: Books and Spoons – Cathy Gilen Thacker guest post
Monday, December 19th: The Romance Dish – B. J. Daniels guest post
Wednesday, December 21st: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Sarah Morgan guest post
Friday, December 23rd: Books a la Mode – Tiffany Reisz guest post
Monday, December 26th: The Sassy Bookster – Geri Krowtow guest post

Wednesday, December 28th: Romantic Reads and Such – Valerie Hansen & Lenora Worth guest post

Blog Tour: Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri

Author: Amy Impellizzeri
Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing 
Date of publication: December 2016

According to Mayan tradition, if you whisper your troubles to the Worry Dolls, they will do the worrying instead of you–therefore, it follows that Worry Dolls are the keepers of a great many secrets . . .
On the eve of the end of the world–according to the Mayan calendar–Mari Guarez Roselli’s secrets are being unraveled by her daughter, Lu.

Lu’s worry dolls are at-capacity as she tries to outrun the ghosts from her past–including loved ones stolen on 9/11–by traveling through her mother’s homeland of Guatemala, to discover the painful reasons behind her own dysfunctional childhood, and why she must trust in the magic of the legend.

I was really intrigued by the idea of a worry doll and was eager to try this book out.  Who wouldn't want to be able to have something help take our worries away. I may have to explore using them with my kids who constantly worry about things.  I will admit to having a little trouble getting into the book at first, but was gradually drawn into this heartbreaking and bittersweet story of a mother and daughter. 

Secrets of Worry Dolls  is told through the eyes of Lu and her mother Mari.  The unique part is that Mari is in a coma after a plane crashes in her neighborhood.  The reader learns about Mari's past as Lu discovers her mother's secrets for herself in a trip to Guatemala.  Through her discoveries, Lu begins to learn to let go and move past the grief  and guilt over all of the loved ones she has lost. Mari story was just heart-breaking.  While much of the book is a little grim, the ending left me with a sense of hope and peace.

This is the first book I have read from this author.  I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

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Early Praise for Secrets of Worry Dolls (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2016):
“Spanning decades and continents, Secrets of Worry Dolls is a heartbreaking story about the ripple effect of our choices and the sometimes tragic consequence of survival. Mari and Lu will capture your imagination and your heart, and with Impellizzeri’s signature magical touch, keep you flipping pages well into the night.”–Kate Moretti, New York Times best-selling author of The Vanishing Year
“A truly original book – told with grace and style. Lu and Mari are vivid characters whose intertwining stories will move and surprise you.”
–Sarah Pekkanen, Internationally best-selling author of The Opposite of Me
“In Secrets of Worry Dolls, masterful storyteller Amy Impellizzeri interweaves the tales of Mari and Lu to create an unforgettable, tender portrayal of mother – daughter relationships, love, and hope.”–Cynthia Swanson, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Bookseller: A Novel

.“With heart, humor and her signature touch of magic, Amy Impellizzeri brings to life the tale of a mother and daughter each facing all together extraordinary circumstances. Secrets of Worry Dolls will make you laugh, cry, and, in the end, leave you completely spellbound. It is easily one of my favorite books of the year!”—Kristy Woodson Harvey, best-selling author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love

About Amy Impellizzeri

Amy is a reformed corporate litigator, founder of SHORTCUTS Magazine, and award-winning author. Her first novel, Lemongrass Hope (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2014) , was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Winner and a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. A favorite with bloggers and book clubs, Lemongrass Hope was named the #1 reviewed book in 2014 by blogger, The Literary Connoisseur, and topped several bloggers’ “Best of” Lists in 2015. Amy’s second novel, Secrets of Worry Dolls is releasing December 1, 2016 by Wyatt-MacKenzie.

Amy is also the author of the non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015). She is a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers and President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Amy currently lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three kids, and one energetic weimaraner, where she keeps up on all of the latest research confirming that caffeine is, in fact, good for you.

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Amy Impellizzeri’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Wednesday, November 9th: Chick Lit Central – “Books We’re Looking Forward To”
Monday, November 28th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Thursday, December 1st: Reading Reality
Friday, December 2nd: From the TBR Pile
Monday, December 5th: The Paperback Pilgrim
Wednesday, December 7th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, December 9th: Bibliotica
Monday, December 12th: Write Read Life
Thursday, December 15th: Books and Bindings
Monday, December 19th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Tuesday, December 20th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, December 26th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Playing the Odds by Nora Roberts

Author: Nora Roberts
First published in 1985 by Silhouette

The cards were stacked, though neither of them knew it. Serena MacGregor's father left nothing to chance when he sent Justin Blade -- part Comanche and all gambler -- on a Caribbean cruise. His daughter was evading her responsibility to produce grandchildren by working as a blackjack dealer on the CELEBRATION. Odds were they'd meet.

Serena's father had his hopes riding on what would happen when they did. Win, lose or draw, they were meant for each other, proving indisputably in this case that lucky in cards did not mean unlucky in love.

I was surprised at how much I liked this early one from Ms. Roberts.  It's definitely a bit cheesy, but in the end I thought it was a cute story.  Justin did take a bit of time to grow on me.  He was a bit pushy in the beginning.  His alpha side was a bit off putting. He redeemed himself in the end.  Serena was a great character.  She wasn't wishy-washy and definitely gave as good as she got. The other characters were fun as well.  My favorite was Serena's dad.  He was hilarious.  

There is a little mystery included in this one.  I did guess the solution to whole the stalker/bomber was or at least what it was all related to.  But, I didn't really mind that much.  I'm definitely going to be hunting down the rest of the series to read about her brothers!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Books We Didn't Finish November Edition

The Wonder.  Boring.  That is about all I can say for it.  I was falling asleep listening to it.  I had no interest in finding out if the girl was a miracle or not.

Picture Me Gone:  I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a YA or middle grade novel.  The main character is 12, but she sounds like that is 20.  It's supposed to be about a father and daughter who search for his missing friend.  But the story kept going off on tangents about Mila and her ex-best friend.  I got about 25% in and abandoned it.

The Sleeper and the Spindle: I love Neil Gaiman.  This book was originally published as a YA fairy tale book with illustrations.  The audiobook is only an hour long and I didn't last 10 minutes.  I had no idea what was going on.  This might be one that you need the pictures to help create the atmosphere for the story.

Heartless:  I really makes me sad to say that this one was a DNF.  I loved the Lunar Chronicles.  I guess I was hoping for more of a story like that with Heartless.  I didn't even mind that it was likely to have a sad ending.   But, the writing was juvenile and the characters were ridiculous. And it was boring as heck.