Friday, March 16, 2018

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations #1)Book Description:
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go until the final heart-pounding page.

My Thoughts:
I completely loved this book.  Leigh has returned home because though she loved her job, things got a little scary with a patient.  Now home, she is back around her childhood crush, Ryan.  He is a homicide investigator and pretty hot!  I love the way he and his colleagues interact.  While all of them are capable, they do depend on each other.  I also love that Leigh isn't exactly a damsel in distress.
While she is in distress throughout, she handles it well.  The team includes her in everything going on because a big part of it is her safety.  I have to admit I had a theory from the start on who was behind everything and I was wrong!  I was so sure, but am also glad the person I suspected is a good person.  The dive team along with the others they brought in were a great cast of characters.  I want to know more and see what happens next with this team.
It was a 5/5 for me.  This is an author I will absolutely be following from now on!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Once Upon a Quest

Once Upon a Quest: Fifteen Tales of AdventureBook Description:
Fifteen brand new fairytale twists from the bestselling and award-winning authors who brought you Once Upon A Curse and Once Upon A Kiss! With inspirations ranging from The Ugly Duckling to Snow White, and everything in between (including trips to Camelot and Oz), these fabulous tales are full of adventure, magic, and a touch of romance.

WEST OF THE MOON by Annie Bellet
When her twin brother sacrifices his freedom to save their starving family, Lina embarks on a quest through a magical forest to save him and restore their fortunes.

A BELL IN THE NIGHT by Evelyn Snow
For Stevie Silver, waking the beautiful boy in the glass box is only the beginning, as her mysterious past catches up with her.

A girl sets out to seek her fortune - and luckily, she has a clever cat for a companion...

WHITE ROSE by Phaedra Weldon
Jack Frost must find his true love and save her from the Snow Queen's icy shards before he loses her - and his chance at humanity - forever.

Out-of-work soldier Kira Kobold is handpicked by the High Wizard Zelwynn to go on a quest. Her companions? A growly ogress, a surly dwarf, a dimwitted troll, and an overly optimistic goblin. This wasn't exactly the quest she was looking for...

THE RUINS OF OZ by Alexia Purdy
The Land of Oz was the last place Thea thought she'd find herself after falling through her mother's enchanted mirror. If the stories she's been told are real, why is the Emerald City in ruins?

A TOUCH OF GOLD by Rachel Morgan
When Tilly helps two strangers escape from danger, she becomes part of their quest to keep a powerful magical ability out of the wrong hands ...

Maude works with machinery, not magic. Can she find a way to escape the magician's grasp and free her beloved brother?

In a brave new world, three wizards journey through wild shifter territories to find somewhere to begin anew.

BANE AND BALM by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson
When the stream providing healing water to Claire's sick aunt dries up, she must venture into the dreaded Dorcha Forest, where she discovers a stranger willing to risk his freedom in order to help her on her quest.

CAT WHITE by Kay McSpadden
He thought he was following the music, but a white cat led him to realize life held more adventure than he'd guessed.

Camelot may be at peace, but betrayal and death lurk within the mists surrounding it.

FEAR OF FALLING by Shawntelle Madison
Cast from her griffin's nest, Ireti is forced into the cruel world of the ground-walkers below. Before she can fly, Ireti must find the strength to walk, and the key to acceptance lies in an undiscovered place-between two worlds.

Ailios was taught to never believe a promise from one of the Faie, but that doesn't stop her from doing it anyway.

In the wilds of the barbarian north, Roman slave Margusa meets a warrior enchanted and enslaved by an Elf Queen. To set him free, Margusa must first confront the monsters within herself...

My Thoughts:
I've read about half of these short stories now and have thoroughly enjoyed each of them!  I got them to review for a couple of authors that I just love to review for but fell in love with the whole collection.  There is a wonderful mix of stories, none of them very long but all of them will catch your attention and you will want more from these authors.
I really hope some of them make these prequels to new books of theirs. The book about the griffin and how the siblings stayed together and helped each other was touching.  I want to know what happened to each sibling now! Does Dorthy's granddaughter go back to Oz again? Some of these are questions I really want to know more about.  It makes me want to buy these author's books just getting a little taste of their writing.
It was a 5/5 for me.  I have loved all the stories I've read and fully intend to finish all of them!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Requiem for a Rescue Dog Queen by MK Scott

Requiem for A Rescue Dog Queen (The Talking Dog Detective Agency, #2)Book Description:
Pre-school teacher turned private eye Nala Bonne, and her opinionated dog, Max, have a nose for evil doings in Circle City. They’ve recently gone to the dogs, make that rescue dogs. Not everyone in Indianapolis has a soft spot for a homeless pup. Someone has it out for the dogs and the people who love them. A midnight call jolts Nala and Max into action as they rush to the aid of a local rescue dog queen, but it may already be too late.

My Thoughts:
Ok, this was a fun mystery.  Nala is a PI, but business is slow so she is still subbing as a pre-school teacher.  I liked how she was instantly ready to help when her friend called and said that she was needed.  Fiona, the now missing shelter owner, wasn't liked by many and the police don't see any need to investigate.  
I loved that there were so many dogs in this story.  Max was, of course, my favorite.  He talks!  Who wouldn't love it if their dog could talk!?! I also enjoyed the family interactions and that Nala had them to go to.  Max being trained by Nala's dad gives him skills for Nala's PI business.  The other characters brought in just make the book.  Overall, it was a really enjoyable book!
It was a 4/5 for me.  I want to see more from this author soon!

Thank you to the author/publisher for the copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Collision Point by Lora Leigh

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

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About the Book

Book Title: Someplace Familiar
Author: Teresa Tysinger
Release date: May, 2017
Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.
Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project – and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Can they survive the destructive pain of their pasts and discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts?

My Thoughts:
This was a sweet romance! Livy is needing a fresh start and buying her grandmother's house seems like fate.  I really disliked her ex, he was a jerk.  Jack recognizes Livy when they run into each other but I like that she didn't recognize him.  That made it even better.
Jack is completely sweet and I loved his group of friends.  Actually, I loved the whole town. The group that pitches in and helps just because and not expecting anything.  That is how I grew up and I miss people like that! I felt so bad for Livy and what she had to overcome.  Emotional abuse messes with people on so many levels and the author handled it well and realistically.
It was a 4/5.  Absolutely sweet book. Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

About the Author

TeresaTysingerTeresa Tysinger is a wife and mother transplanted from North Carolina to North Texas. When not working as the Director of Communications for a large downtown church, she writes charming southern romances inspired by grace. Her debut novel, Someplace Familiar, released this summer. She also is a contributing writer for the Fort Worth Moms Blog (part of the national City Moms Blog Network). A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications, Teresa has spent over a decade committed to telling stories of faith through written word. She loves coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings.

Guest Post from Teresa Tysinger

Someplace Familiar began way back in 2014 when I participated in National Novel Writer’s Month, a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It was an exhilarating, albeit exhausting, experience! Since then, the book was workshopped with a critique group, had large portions rewritten countless times, pitched at workshops, edited by two editors, and even renamed (original title was Good Graces). After a lot of prayer, I decided that self-publishing would give me the greatest flexibility and control while being able to maintain my responsibilities as a wife, mother, and full-time communications director. It’s been a wonderful ride!
About the Inspiration for Someplace Familiar One thing I’ve learned about myself through writing Someplace Familiar is how much I am personally drawn to setting and place. The idea for the book was born out of my desire to introduce readers to the charming small-town life found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where I went to college. Laurel Cove, the fictional town where the story is set, is directly based on my best friend’s hometown of Burnsville, NC. The other source of inspiration comes from my great-grandmother’s tiny bungalow home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Long weekends and summer vacations spent there were full of imagination, adventure, and sweet memories. The scents of her garden, feel of the damp earth beneath my feet, slow pace matching gauzy curtains dancing in the breeze—it all is mirrored in the cottage home of Livy’s Gram in the book. The rest of the story formed around my desire to capture my childhood memories of this home that was so magical and safe for me.
About My Writing Style Here are a few ways I would describe my writing style: Sensory—I aim to provide readers with an experience that enlivens all of their senses. Relatable—It’s my hope that readers see themselves in realistic, flawed characters trying to make their way to discovering grace in a less than perfect world. Charming—Like any good southern fiction, there’s a good dose of charm in these pages.
My prayer is that Someplace Familiar will touch readers with an awareness of God’s grace even during circumstances and within relationships that feel hopeless. Restoration is possible!

Blog Stops

Just Commonly, March 1
Pursuing Stacie, March 1
Among the Reads, March 2
Bigreadersite, March 2
Quiet quilter, March 3
C Jane Read, March 4
Remembrancy, March 5
Book by Book, March 7
A Greater Yes, March 10
Carpe Diem, March 13
Simple Harvest Reads, March 14 (Guest post from Mindy)


To celebrate her tour, Teresa is giving away a grand prize of a gift basket that includes a signed copy of the book, an Original Painting by Author’s Sister (artist Cyndi Browning), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Plain Jeopardy by Alison Stone

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Hooked on a Pheonix by Ashlyn Chase

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Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston's financial district. She's had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter―and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank's vault...where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

My Thoughts:
This was a pretty good book.  Misty has always had a huge crush on Gabe.  I liked how protective her big brother was because he asked Gabe to watch out for her.  Gabe's reluctance was somewhat understandable but a bit of a reach.  Their first meeting amused me, because he was expecting the little girl who used to follow him and her brother around, not the woman she had grown into.  
Their relationship was entertaining to watch develop.  Absolutely had ups and downs.  I really liked how close Gabe's whole family was. The family secret has to be kept, but Misty has always known them so I was insanely curious how she was going to react to finding out. I didn't like her boss at all.  He was a jerk and very creepy!  The story-line flowed well and I look forward to reading more about this family.
It was a 3/5 for me.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Flight of the White Wolf by Terry Spear

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith

Web of Frost (Saints of Russalka, #1)Book Description:
A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the only person who’s taught her to use her gift?

Russalka is a proud empire, frozen and vast, protected for centuries by a royal family who works miracles from the saints. But rebellion stirs in the streets, and its war-hungry neighbors threaten to invade. The young princess Katza has been tormented by visions of her bloodied hands destroying Russalka—a clear message from the saints that she must never rule. So when tragedy places her next in line to the throne, Katza fears their warnings are on the verge of coming true.

Then she meets Ravin, a mysterious young prophet with visions of his own: visions of Katza as a regal empress with unimaginable power. All she has to do seize upon the holy magic of her bloodline. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza begins to wonder whether he has her best interests at heart. With a revolution boiling over and war looming at the border, the greatest threat to Russalka may be Katza herself.

My Thoughts:
This was an intriguing book.  Katza is a princess who never expected to be in control of her kingdom.  It was always supposed to go to her older brother.  Her job was to marry whichever royal her father deemed and strengthen ties to a bordering empire.  Life has a way of changing everything.  Her family has always had power, but the priests have limited how much they can use it.
Katza wants to do what her older bother would be proud of and be a voice for their people.  Her brother used power more than he was supposed to and she is scared of hers.  Her visions show a terrible fate for her country, but are they true visions or her own fears? She meets Ravin, a prophet unlike any other she has ever met. He wants to help her but will her acceptance of his help be the best thing she's ever done or the worst mistake she has ever made? It is an interesting book from start to finish.  It did get a bit bogged down in places, but overall it was a good story.
It was a 3/5 for me.  

Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Night Stalker by Shirlee McCoy

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