Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quilts of Love - HIDDEN IN THE STARS by Robin Carroll

Sophia Montgomery and her mother Nina were attacked in their home by men looking for an item that Nina refuses to reveal its location resulting in one of the attackers to strangle Sophia damaging her vocal chords. Nina holds a dark secret from twenty years ago regarding the sought after item the attackers seek for their employer and she is intent on keeping it safe.

Enter Detective Julian Frazier who is lead detective on the case and Charlie Wallace a professional lip reader working with law enforcement agencies who is helping to translate for Sophia. While investigating the case Julian is slowly drawn to Sophia who has hero syndrome resulting from Julian’s kindness during her recovery from the traumatic event. As the case progresses, Sophia is not out of danger as once thought when the same intruders come for a second visit to retrieve the lost item in question.

Robin Caroll takes you on a mysterious journey through a young woman’s brutal attack and an emotional ride to recovery as this crime drama draws the reader closer to discovering the reason for such a horrid act. This novel is for mystery, crime drama, and book sleuths wishing for an enjoyable challenge that is not easy and automatic to develop a conclusion. The discussion questions at the end of the novel is a welcoming addition including a sample of Jodie Bailey’s Quilted by Christmas.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Monday, September 29, 2014


Special Agent Jesse Sullivan aids those scheduled to die according to government analysts that predict death with a twenty-four hour window with a success rate of 95 percent. Jesse is part of an elite group of individuals able to save a person from passing into the great beyond by dying in their place and themselves coming alive again in a few days or less are known as death replacements.

All is well with the work death replacements do until a problem arises as a conspiracy grows to dispose of these elite agents until they are non-existent. Believing that fake priests are behind the extinction plan until discovering a more sinister movement is in place, prompts Jesse and her friends to step up the investigation into the conspiracy before death has the opportunity to knock on their door.

Dying for a Living is a futuristic tale with action and adventure that leaves the reader with thought provoking questions of the hereafter and what if questions regarding death replacements. I recommend to science fiction, adventure, and futuristic tale book lovers ready for an unexpected story line in living and dying.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


Successful, lucky in love, taking the world by storm?.....not quite. Portia Delaney is down on her luck, disgruntled in a dead end, mind- numbing career with little prospects and is not even close to finding a stimulating romance to take her mind off her lack-luster situation. Her defeatist attitude and unmistakable idiosyncrasies don’t help much either. 

But with rock bottom comes a choice, lie down and enjoy the cold and barren ground beneath, or climb that ladder of success to the top. Portia finally sets out to do just that. With a fantastic group of friends and a bit of fateful circumstance on her side, she begins her trek up and out of the despair filled trenches. But Portia soon finds out that with success, often comes hardships and unwelcome competition.

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Jessica Ashley Dafoe resides in Toronto where she is an educator by day and a literary enthusiast and writer by night. She attained her BA in English Literature at The University of Ottawa and her B Ed at Brock and Queen’s University. 

When Jessica does not have her nose in a book or is not scribbling out her ideas for her newest tantalizing tales, she's most likely keeping busy trying out various exciting activities and delicious cuisine that the great city of Toronto has to offer or planning her next getaway to her immediate destination of choice. The travelling bug bites her often.

 A romantic comedy addict to the core, she enjoys all things silly, frivolous and emotionally endearing which is the reason she writes stories that encompass all of these qualities. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

GIADA WEEKLY, A Digital Magazine

Giada, the famous chef who also has a television show, adds to her chef hat a weekly digital magazine for the chef in you. Giada gives easy access to many delicious recipes to add to any breakfast lineup, lunch menu, fabulous dinner gathering, or just prepare on a whim. You will appreciate how the Cook Mode section divides each step of the recipe to its own ingredients and directions so as not to confuse or clutter with other steps in the recipe.

The titles for each of the recipes are Intro, Ingredients, Directions, and Cook Mode that give needed information with its easy to follow directions. Intro includes the title of the recipe, a clear photograph of the finished product, and a description that entices you to preparation of the item. The Ingredients section is a list of ingredients used in the recipe for market purchasing. Directions is a regular setup for recipe instructions and Cook Mode has a separate page for each step of the recipe with its ingredients omitting confusion or possible mishaps during preparation.

I recommend to amateur chefs and anyone who loves the joy of cooking and looking for fresh and innovative recipes to prepare for family and friends. I have included a few recipe photographs from the digital magazine and one of the free recipes I will prepare, as I love finger foods and small bite appetizers. Click on the highlighted link and Enjoy!

Chicken Marsala Meatballs                                                  Breakfast Scramble

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

THE PRESENCE by Alec Rowlands

Alec Rowlands shares experiences with the presence of God and the Holy Spirit within his life and how it assisted in making life-changing decisions. He explains that Christians often accept Jesus as their Savior but their spiritual journey is left on the side of the road never nurtured or seeking understanding of its full potential.

Mr. Rowlands gives an in depth look at personal encounters during his life with occurrences that changed how he interacted with God and let the Holy Spirit within himself guide to the destined path of leading and encouraging others to do the same through spiritual revival. Reviving oneself includes reading and studying the word of God, researching the back-story of the Lord, and allowing the Holy Spirit to operate through you to serve in God’s glory.

The Presence is a good book to add as a reference guide to bible studies in individual and group settings. The personal stories were enjoyable and interesting but condensing some of the stories with more concentration on reviving the Christian spirit would lead to a better study guide.

I received this book free from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


Friday, September 26, 2014

TRIED & TRUE, Wild at Heart, Book One by Mary Connealy

Kylie Wilde and her sisters homestead their land as boys keeping their identity as women secret to keep the special exemption earned serving in the Civil War as boys. Kylie is finishing a repair in the roof of her house when she slips and falls into the arms of Aaron Masterson, a land agent. Kylie’s secret is uncovered by Aaron who offers his assistance so that Kylie may keep her land from nemesis Gage Coulter who tries bullying her into giving up the land resulting in the unveiling of more secrets leaving the Wilde girls fighting for their very existence.

 Aaron tries to keep his personal feelings for Kylie at bay as he configures a plan to help Kylie remain and maintain the farm she worked so hard to claim. Kylie wants the charade to end longing to wear dresses as her real gender portrays and tries to convince her sisters to do the same after discovery of the cover-up.

Tried & True is an enjoyable read with a good story line plot that is very similar to stories of the women who actually disguised themselves as boys and or men to fight in the Civil War. Reading the novel, you learn the restrictive laws that were in place against women, directive pertaining to women landowners and those who profited from those rules and regulations. Having read other novels by Mary Connealy, this one had a little more descriptive narrative than the others did, that for me, deterred my attention away from the book. Nevertheless, I recommend to historical fiction, drama, and historical romance book lovers to add on their list of novels to read next.

I received this book free from the Litfuse reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE STRESS CURE by Linda Evans Shepherd

The Stress Cure, Praying Your Way to Personal Peace compiles twelve chapters with significant titles that include common everyday struggles to give in prayer. Chapters 2 through 11 reference feelings a person might have and want to overcome such as Overwhelmed, Stuck, Offended, and Distracted offering a way to triumph over your situation. Each section begins with a bible verse quote continuing on to discuss the chapter’s heading ending with a section to express written thoughts from what you have learned thus far through prayer guidance tackling short delays and obstacles placed in your path. The book focuses on praying your way out of tense circumstances that help relieve stress on the mind that can eventually affect the body.

The Stress Cure is a good prayer reference guide and a good source for a study group as well as a gifting opportunity for believers. Ms. Shepherd’s assembling bible quotes, encouraging written thoughts and impressions, what the Lord is revealing to you, and special composed prayers is quite thoughtful and uplifting in its presentation. I recommend to believers who have prayer in their daily routine and for those wanting to add a little more to their daily devotionals.

I received this book free from Revell Publishing for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

PAST PRETENSE by Sharon Short

Past Pretense is a novel set in the 1990’s and begins with a nightmare that awakens Gigi Lafferty in the early hour morning remembering an appointment with PI Patricia Delaney who is someone from her past days as an exotic dancer. Gigi is being threatened with exposure of working at Poppy’s Parrot under the assumed name of Loretta King and needs Delaney’s help to find information another person might get hold of regarding her past life without alerting her husband Neil . Gigi goes to Delaney’s office expecting to be recognized but is relieved that the PI has no idea as to her real identity and contracts her services.

Patricia is an ex-bouncer from Poppy’s Restaurant turned private investigator and wonders about Gigi’s unusual request and feels there is something familiar with Gigi’s personality and characteristics.

Jessica is Gigi’s friend from Poppy’s Parrot who lands employment with Neil Lafferty’s company only to discover embezzlement and fraud deciding to blackmail the responsible parties causing danger to Gigi, Patricia, and herself.

Past Pretense has a good story line and plot with a few surprise twists and turns that usually does not happen in crime dramas, which created suspense and mystery. The only drawback was the superfluous descriptive thoughts and narrative without dialogue causing a break in anticipation of the novel’s next actions. I recommend to amateur book sleuths in the genres of mystery, suspense, and crime drama seeking a good read for an easy afternoon on a lazy weekend.

I received this book free from the Story Cartel reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

EMBELLISHED TO DEATH by Christina Freeburn

Attending the Cropportunity National Scrapbook Day in West Virginia, Faith and Steve stop along the way to inquire about an abandoned car with personal information about Faith found inside. The vehicle is registered to Marsha Smith co-owner of Cropportunity and she is immediately nowhere to be located and has problems of her own that eventually come to the surface.

The Scrapbook faire opening begins with chaos and confusion as Faith scrambles to find the identity thief who stole her information along with that of others before another person comes up missing. Faith‘s past history with the police come to haunt her complicating the chance of a hopeful relationship with Steve and brings more complex situations into the already drama ridden book faire event when it is discovered Steve is not the person who he seems to be.

Embellished to Death is full of mystery and suspense as the main character Faith, an amateur sleuth, investigates to reveal an identity thief amongst the vendors at a scrapbooking event. This novel will appeal to amateur sleuths who love to solve a good crime drama with plenty thrills in this whodunit entertaining detective novel.

I received this book free from Henery Press through the Net Galley reviewer program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Monday, September 22, 2014

MASQUERADE BLOG TOURS presents Operation Owl by Tara Quan

Maya Jain and Zack Strongs are friends from college with unanswered questions regarding a stolen kiss that has never been addressed since Zack left immediately following the incident five years ago. Zack is now a fugitive running from the FBI in connection with stolen vital national security information and asks Maya for help in deciphering computer code in her expert field of forensic accounting. Maya accepts the challenge while wondering if she can continue concealing her feelings for Zack that were never expressed before he abruptly disappeared.

Maya delves into the computer files Zack presents to her and finds herself on the run with Zack barely escaping danger after mysterious masked men track Maya’s computer address to her home location. With Maya and Zack hiding from the FBI, will they face what happened five years ago regarding that fateful kiss?

Operation Owl is a light romance with an espionage undercurrent plot that follows a friendship through action and adventure involving national security and fraud. The main characters are Maya who is a young naïve girl turned woman and Zack who if afraid to face the truth about his feelings who also discovers a hole in a national security application. This novel will appeal to book lovers of white-collar crime, espionage, drama, and romance genres presented in a light tone.

I received this book free from Masquerade Tours in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.


Love in a Hopeless Place is a collection of three short stories and two novellas each with its own quirky uniqueness and moral plot. Following is a short synopsis from reading this distinctive collection.

Sub-Prime – Mike is recently unemployed as a truck driver going on two months during Christmas time with no way of paying the mortgage eventually accepting employment through an agency working on a farm killing live turkeys who befriends a co-worker while learning what friendship means.

Escape to Love – Maria is frantic that her daughter Lucy is not home from school at dark and worries when receiving news there are two escaped prisoners on the loose in the immediate area. Lucy returns home bringing a man who saved Lucy from drowning after she slipped and fell into the river.

The Chosen – J.A. lives by the words of a millionaire author whose book he stole from a bookstore. When J.A. is commissioned to paint an office building, he is optimistic of capturing a contract with the company for all of its facilities. An obstacle thrown in J.A.’s path sends him to the pages of his treasured book for a solution resulting in bad choices.

Angela – Joe arrives at the airport to transport a customer to their destination in his limousine and begins light conversation that turns into deep thought after years of the conversation first taking place.

Love in a Hopeless Place – Lyn is a forty-two year old married woman who has a night out with co-workers and experiences new feelings about herself prompting prominent changes in her uneventful life.

This collection has stories and plots that provoke questions and thoughts for debate and good conversation well after reading and recommended to readers of drama, crime, and family relationships genres.

I received this book free from Masquerade Tours in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

CLP BLOG TOURS presents DANGLED CARAT by Hillary Grossman

For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him..... 

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice.... 

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy.... 

meet Hilary.... 

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship--why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn't ready--and their friends' meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year's Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. 

For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home.

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Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship.  

She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes.  She loves to find humor in every day life.  And she likens life to a game of dodgeball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. 

When she isn't writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer.  

She lives on Long Island.

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CLP BLOG TOURS presents FUZZY LOGIC by Susan C. Daffron

Librarian Jan Carpenter likes things just so. Nestled in her tidy little cottage on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Alpine Grove, she enjoys her quiet life with her friendly, rotund black lab, Rosa. 

Jan's orderly life is turned upside down when she attends her mother's latest wedding in San Diego. (Number six...or maybe seven, but who's counting?) There, Jan encounters Michael Lawson, the obnoxious neighbor kid from twenty years ago. He's still irritating, but not as annoying as his dog who has a habit of eating...everything. The last thing Jan wants to do is risk heartache on a vacation fling with a smooth-talking serial dater, even if he is sinfully gorgeous and finds her unusual ability to remember obscure facts fascinating. 

Amidst wardrobe destruction, canine digestive indiscretions, and episodes of extreme mortification, Jan's desire to avoid drama may put the brakes on her fiery attraction to Michael. But maybe being cautious and responsible isn't all it's cracked up to be. 

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Susan Daffron is the author of the Alpine Grove Romantic Comedies, a series of novels that feature residents of the small town of Alpine Grove and their various quirky dogs and cats. 

She is also an award-winning author of many nonfiction books, including several about pets and animal rescue. She lives in a small town in northern Idaho and shares her life with her husband, two dogs and a cat--the last three, all "rescues." 

You can read more about her at her website SusanDaffron.com.

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