Thursday, September 28, 2017

0 Review: Whispers of Warning


Published by Berkley
Sep 19, 2017 | 336 Pages | ISBN 9780425281611

Summary


The latest in a dazzling new historical mystery series featuring Ruby Proulx, a psychic with a questionable past who suddenly finds her future most uncertain…

Partially reformed con artist Ruby Proulx is starting to feel at home in her aunt’s seaside hotel. She loves the feeling of being rooted in one place and also feels a sense of purpose as she helps her aunt keep her business afloat by acting as a psychic medium for the hotel’s metaphysically inclined guests.

When one of the guests, renowned Spiritualist and outspoken suffragist Sophronia Foster Eldridge, checks into the hotel for a month-long stay, Ruby finds her sense of purpose expand outside the confines of home and family. Sophronia takes Ruby under her wing and mentors her in the mediumistic abilities, encouraging her to work for a woman’s right to vote. But not everyone is as happy with Sophronia’s appearance in Old Orchard. When her body is found floating in the saltwater plunge pool of a local bathhouse, Ruby takes it upon herself to solve the murder, and in the process learns that Sophronia was hiding some secrets of her own.

My Thoughts

Whispers of Warning is the second book in A Change of Fortune Mystery series. I had not had the pleasure of reading the first novel, Whispers Beyond the Veil. Despite that I was able to jump right in without feeling as though I missed something. In this delightful series the heroine, Ruby Proulx, is a physic who finds herself from time to time drawn into the middle of a mystery, and what else can this modern girl do but solve it.



Whispers of Warning is set during the 1800's during the women's suffrage movement. Ruby is ecstatic when the estimable Sophronia Foster Eldridge, an outspoken suffragist, comes to stay at the Belden. Ruby is fascinated by Sophronia and does all she can to help her idol out. Meanwhile, Ruby and her Aunt Honoria have strange premonitions that may have something to do with Sophronia. And when Sophronia is found dead, Ruby finds herself investigating and uncovering more secrets than the Waterergate scandal.  

I really liked that this wasn't my average historical mystery. I loved that the Belden was a hotel whose staff had supernatural abilities. I also was fascinated by the time period. Though I was interested in both the story line and the characters, it took a while for the mystery to begin. But once it did, the story moved quickly. Jessica Estevao has tapped into the perfect mixture of mystery, magic, and mayhem. This book will appeal to readers across genres. History lovers, fantasy lovers, get ready to snuggle up with Whispers of Warning and a cup of coffee. Your weekend will be made! 





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1 Review: Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump by @caroleproman @TCBRbookreview #partnership



ABOUT THE BOOK

Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump

Illustrated by Mateya Arkova
Publisher’s Synopsis: Susannah Maya Logan is not having a good day. She doesn’t want to go to her best friend, Lola’s sleepover. Susannah thinks the house is big and spooky, not to mention the ghost that is said to live there. Lola’s big brother, Kai, loves to tease Susannah with scary stories. Throughout her day, she sees people deal with things that scare them. Her sight-impaired friend, Macy, is terrified of unicorns, of all things. She sees a boy at a party who’s frightened of clowns. Her teacher is afraid of getting a cold. Susannah realizes everybody is scared of something. She wishes she was more like Lola, who is not afraid of anything, or so it seems. Susannah discovers people have different ideas of what is scary and what is not, and only they can determine the difference. Join Susannah as she learns to confront her fears and not let her imagination prevent her from having fun.


Ages 7-10 | Publisher: Chelshire | July 11, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1947188136
Available Here:
Susannah Logan has been invited over to her best friend's house for a slumber party. What girl wouldn't be excited over that? Susannah wants desperately to go, but there's a problem. She's afraid of her best friend's house. It's old and creepy. Not to mention her bff's brother tells Susannah that the place is haunted. As the sleepover draws near, Susannah realizes she's not the only one scared of something. In fact, she's surrounded by people that have a fear of one thing or another. Seeing that she's not alone helps Susannah face her fears.

In this wonderful new book by Carole P. Roman, children will learn everyone is afraid of something. For me it's clowns and spiders. Susannah will help kids learn to face and overcome their fears. Though this book is a great read anytime, it's perfect for Halloween--when things go bump in the night. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader’s Views Children’s Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in… that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

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GIVEAWAY

Enter to win an autographed copy of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump, and Oh Susannah: Color with Me, by award-winning author Carole P. Roman—plus a set of 48 colored pencils!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
Value: $52+
Four (4) winners receive:
  • A copy of Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A copy of Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump, autographed by Carole P. Roman
  • A copy of Oh Susannah: Color with Me, autographed by Carole P. Roman
Value: $27+
Giveaway begins September 20, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 31, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by Carole P. Roman


*I worked in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman for this post.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

0 Review: Hook, Line, and Murder


Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Berkley

Summary:

The USA Today bestselling Murder, She Wrote mystery series continues as Jessica Fletcher takes a relaxing getaway that turns into a reel deadly situation...

Jessica enters a fly-fishing competition at a nearby lake. Joining her is the sheriff's wife, Maureen Metzger, who surprises Jess with her enthusiasm for the sport. Their guide, however, is a surprise to both.... 

Brian Kinney is an ex-con. Jailed as an accomplice to convicted killer Darryl Jepson, Brian was later exonerated, but not before spending seven years behind bars. He seems like a decent enough fellow. Just someone trying to rebuild his life as a family man and fishing guide. 

Yet when Jepson breaks out of prison vowing revenge, and the lawyer for both men is found murdered, Cabot Cove becomes the focus of the nation as local, state, and federal authorities descend on Jessica's hometown. And to add to the tension, Maureen has gone missing. Is she lost or is she a hostage? Jess soon finds herself caught in a net full of lies, deceit, and ulterior motives. In order to save her friend, she'll need to find some answers by hook or by crook... 

My Thoughts


I can't remember when I was introduced to Murder, She Wrote. As a kid, I used to run around while my mom watched it in syndication. It was part of the background noise of my childhood. I had no idea that this was also a book series. Hook, Line, and Sinker the is 46th book in the series. So, not only did I come late to the party, I also jumped right in with book #46. 

I started reading this book along the same time my daughter had a daycamp thing down by the lake. My husband and I took her, dropped her off, and enjoyed a few hours by the serene landscape. Being in that setting helped me to immerse myself into the world of Murder, She Wrote.

Jessica Fletcher enters into the yearly fly-fishing competition. Looking forward to some quiet time, she's a little disgruntled that first-time fisherman, Maureen, eagerly wants to join her. But Jessica agrees and the two set off for an adventure in Cabot Cove.

Meanwhile, Darryl Jepson, a convicted killer, escapes and a manhunt ensues. Tensions are high around town, but when Maureen goes missing, her husband, the sheriff, will risk anything to get her back. And Jessica puts her detective skills to work to aid in the investigation. But will they find Maureen before it's too late?

If you're a fan of the television series, you'll be a fan of the book series as well. I was pleased that I was able to jump into a series so late in the game and feel like I hadn't missed much. This book was an entertaining weekend read that I would recommend to anyone who loves a bit of mystery in their life. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

0 Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed $75 Gift Card Giveaway

 Minotaur is running a sweepstakes that you should know about. 



All you have to do is pick up a copy of BEACH, BREEZE, BLOODSHED by John Keyse-Walker (now available!), post a photo of the book on any social media platform and use the hashtag #BeachBreezeBloodshed to be entered. Winners will get a $75 gift card to the bookseller of their choice!

Deadline to post is October 12, 2017.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1 WOMEN ENTERS LEFT Blog Tour and Giveaway


Woman Enters Left by Jessica Brockmole

Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House
Paperback & eBook; 352 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction | Literary Fiction | Women’s Fiction


A woman sets out on a cross-country road trip, unknowingly tracing in reverse the path her mother traveled thirty years before.

In the 1950s, movie star Louise Wilde is caught between an unfulfilling acting career and a shaky marriage when she receives an out-of-the-blue phone call: She has inherited the estate of Florence “Florrie” Daniels, a Hollywood screenwriter she barely recalls meeting. Among Florrie’s possessions are several unproduced screenplays, personal journals, and—inexplicably—old photographs of Louise’s mother, Ethel. On an impulse, Louise leaves a film shoot in Las Vegas and sets off for her father’s house on the East Coast, hoping for answers about the curious inheritance and, perhaps, about her own troubled marriage.

Nearly thirty years earlier, Florrie takes off on an adventure of her own, driving her Model T westward from New Jersey in pursuit of broader horizons. She has the promise of a Hollywood job and, in the passenger seat, Ethel, her best friend since childhood. Florrie will do anything for Ethel, who is desperate to reach Nevada in time to reconcile with her husband and reunite with her daughter. Ethel fears the loss of her marriage; Florrie, with long-held secrets confided only in her journal, fears its survival.

In parallel tales, the three women—Louise, Florrie, Ethel—discover that not all journeys follow a map. As they rediscover their carefree selves on the road, they learn that sometimes the paths we follow are shaped more by our traveling companions than by our destinations.

“Tender, touching, original, and rich with delicious period detail of Hollywood’s heyday—buckle up, because you’ll definitely want to go on a road trip after reading this delightful book!”—Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

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About the Author

Jessica Brockmole is the author of At the Edge of Summer, the internationally bestselling Letters from Skye, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly, and Something Worth Landing For, a novella featured in Fall of Poppies: Stories of Love and the Great War. She lives in northern Indiana with her husband, two children, and far too many books.

For more information, please visit Jessica Brockmole's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

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Review at A Bookish Affair

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Wednesday, September 27
Feature at Books of All Kinds

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Review at The Lit Bitch
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Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6
Review at Broken Teepee

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 signed copies of Woman Enters Left! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 6th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

1 Book Blast: The Soldier's Return by Laura Libricz


The Soldier's Return by Laura Libricz

Publication Date: September 15, 2017
eBook & Paperback
Series: Heaven's Pond Trilogy, Book Two
Genre: Historical Fiction


The year is 1626. A senseless war rips through parts of Germany. Ongoing animosity between the Catholics and the Protestants has turned into an excuse to destroy much of the landscape situated between France, Italy and Denmark. But religion only plays a minor role in this lucrative business of war.

The young dutchman, Pieter van Diemen, returns to Amsterdam in chains after a period of imprisonment in the Spice Islands. He manages to escape but must leave Amsterdam in a hurry. Soldiers are in demand in Germany and he decides to travel with a regiment until he can desert. His hope of survival is to reach Sichardtshof, the farm in Franconia, Germany; the farm he left ten years ago. His desire to seek refuge with them lies in his fond memories of the maid Katarina and her master, the humanist patrician Herr Tucher. But ten years is a long time and the farm has changed. Franconia is not only torn by war but falling victim to a church-driven witch hunt. The Jesuit priest, Ralf, has his sights set on Sichardtshof as well. Ralf believes that ridding the area of evil will be his saving grace. Can Pieter, Katarina and Herr Tucher unite to fight against a senseless war out of control?

The Soldier’s Return is the second book in the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy and will be released on September 15, 2017.

Available on Amazon


About the Author

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven's Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.

For more information, please visit Laura Libricz's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 4

Tuesday, September 5

Wednesday, September 6

Thursday, September 7

Friday, September 8

Saturday, September 9

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Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

0 Poldark, The Collection, Outlander: What I'll be watching this fall.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Here's a few shows on my watchlist:



Poldark Season 3 begins October 1, 2017 on PBS and I can't wait!!!! The televisions series is great, but have you read the books yet? If not, you're missing out! I've been slowly reading my way through the series.

So far, I've read:


I still need to read:




The Durrells In Corfu is entering it's second season on PBS. It begins October 15, 2017. This is a show I didn't intend to watch originally, but I caught the last half hour of one episode and before I knew it, I was hooked. The series is based off of the memoirs of Gerald Durrell, it's an interesting look inside the complexities of family life. I haven't read the memoirs yet, but I bought the first book, My Family and Other Animals, on sale a while back. I'll keep you updated. Also, if you missed the first season and you're a Prime member, you can watch as part of your membership.




The Collection looks really good too. Here's a brief description:

World War II is over and Paul Sabine is restoring Paris as the fashion capital of the world. His dresses are a sensation, and only his shady past and an inconvenient
corpse block his way to success. Dressing up was never so dazzling—or dangerous.
The Collection is a story about the price of success, set during a pivotal moment in France’s history. The new series airs in 8 episodes, beginning Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 10/9c on MASTERPIECE.


Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party started on August 22, and I somehow missed it. After I watched the trailer, I knew that this is something I NEED to add to my watchlist.



I'm currently watching season 2 of Outlander in preparation of season 3 starting September 10. As far as the books go, I've only read the first book int the Outlander series. Though, I do have Dragonfly in Amber on my kindle. I'm going to catch up on the book series after the television series is over.


What are you looking forward to this fall?
 

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