Monday, July 8, 2019

Sarah Ann Lewis and the Memory Thieves by Joshua C. Carroll

The Adventures of Sarah Ann Lewis and the Memory Thieves (The Sentinels Book 1)Book Description:

What Sarah doesn't know...


...could doom us all.

It's 1988 in the middle of nowhere, Texas, and 13-year-old Sarah is about to be swept out of her boring life and into a world of danger.

Spies are coming for her. The people next door are not what they seem. And Sarah's family has been hiding something. Something BIG. Something not even Sarah knows.

The fate of the world hangs in the balance. But for Sarah, all that matters is rescuing her family. What's left of it, anyway. If she fails, the Memory Thieves will learn their secrets, and as a result, millions around the world will die. But to save the people she loves, Sarah will have to team up with strangers she isn't sure she can trust. Strangers who aren't even human.

This story is not what you think.

A captivating blend of rural sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and thriller, the first book of this genre smashing series will have you begging for more.

My Thoughts:
This was an great story. I read it myself, but have every intention of reading it with my oldest two as I think they would love it.  Sarah is a curious young girl whose curiosity may just get her in more trouble than she can get out of. I loved watching the story unfold and learning more and more about Sarah. She is a determined girl who will do anything for her family.
I think the author did a fantastic job with the story and imagery. There are some amazing characters to meet and the story never slows down. The book sucked me in and I did truly enjoy it and cannot wait to read the next book. If you love scifi/fantasy/young adult or kid books, you will enjoy this book. Perfect for older kids and young adults (maybe ages 8 and up depending on the kid).
It was a 5/5 for me. 


Thank you to the author 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.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

LuLu's Cafe by T.I. Lowe

About the Book

Book: LuLu’s Cafe
Author: T.I. Lowe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 4, 2019
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About The Book:
LuLu's Cafe
When a damaged young woman is given a chance to reclaim her life in a small South Carolina town, she must reckon with the dark secrets she left behind in order to accept the love she deserves.
On the run from a violent past, Leah Allen arrived in tiny Rivertown, South Carolina, battered and broken, but ready to reinvent herself. By a stroke of fate, Leah is drawn to the Southern hospitality of a small café, looking for a warm meal but finding so much more. Lulu, the owner, offers her a job, a place to stay and a new lease on life. Through Lulu’s tenacious warmth and generosity, Leah quickly finds herself embraced by the quaint community as she tries to put herself back together. Given she’s accustomed to cruelty, the kindness is overwhelming.
Soon Leah meets Crowley Mason, the most eligible bachelor in town. A lawyer and friend of Lulu’s, Crowley is wary of Leah’s sudden, mysterious arrival. Despite his reserve, something sparks between them that can’t be denied. But after all she’s been through, can Leah allow herself to truly love and be loved, especially when her first urge is to run?
Exploring the resiliency of both the heart and the spirit, Lulu’s Café gorgeously illustrates how old scars can finally heal no matter how deep they seem.
 My Thoughts:
Oh my this book got me! Leah's life was a living nightmare. When she escapes, it is a blessing but also a heartbreak. The author did a fabulous job of making the characters so real. I absolutely adored Lulu. The whole town really was wonderful.
Crowley, oh my gosh, a dream! He is a surfer, fisherman, lawyer. The relationship between Crowley and Leah was a treat to watch develop. She has so many issues, but her heart still aches for love. The way the book ended, melted my heart and I can't think of a part of it that I didn't like.
It was a 5/5. I cannot wait for another book from this author.
Thank you to the publisher/author for the review copy of this book via Celebrate Lit. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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About the Author

TI LoweT. I. Lowe is a native of coastal South Carolina. She attended Coastal Carolina University and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she majored in psychology but excelled in creative writing. Go figure. Writing was always a dream, and she finally took a leap of faith in 2014 and independently published her first novel, Lulu’s Café, which quickly became a bestseller. Now the author of ten published novels with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, she knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother who’s active in her church community, she resides near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with her family.

Read an excerpt of LuLu’s Cafe

The building was a two-story redbrick structure with expansive windows along the first floor’s front and sides. Each set of massive windows was shaded with sprawling royal-blue awnings, which were decorated with vibrantly painted sunflowers and whimsical white letters spelling out Lulu’s Café across the remaining space. It looked inviting from the outside. Peering into the window, Leah could see that the café was bustling with customers. Outside the café, the sidewalk was lined with wrought-iron tables and chairs. Every table was occupied with customers chatting as they sipped steaming mugs of coffee.
The sign for the store hours indicated that, Monday through Saturday, the café opened at six each morning and closed at two each afternoon, and it was closed on Sundays. Leah found the hours a bit odd. Most restaurants served dinner and were open on Sundays too, or so she thought. She reminded herself that she was in a new environment and that the customs from the West Coast probably wouldn’t apply here.
The café had its fall decorations on display as well. Large planter boxes overflowed with giant yellow and orange mums. One had a wooden sign sticking out from the middle declaring, Happy Fall, Y’all.
Leah was beginning to think the place was too happy and, more importantly, too busy for her liking, when she spotted a vacant four-person table right inside the door. She made her way in and slipped into the chair closest to the window. She deliberately faced away from the entrance, hoping not to draw much attention. Once she was situated, she noticed that the back of the café was made up of a large butcher-block counter that housed a bakery case full of treats on the right. The remainder of the counter was lined with half a dozen stools, with customers perched on each one. Leah noted approvingly that the tables and chairs were a variety of mismatched shapes and sizes stained in the same mahogany tint. She liked the relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere.
Leah watched a petite lady behind the counter serving up coffee and laughs. Her stomach began to rumble at the fragrant smells whirling around her, so she turned her attention to the menu resting on the table. Turkey sausage, turkey bacon, egg-white omelets, whole grain breads and cereal, fresh fruit . . .
Leah blinked at the odd menu. She gazed around at the customers enjoying their healthy meals. Her heart had been set on a stack of pancakes and greasy bacon. She studied the bakery case but found no donuts hiding.
“Humph.” She went back to studying the menu.
“I didn’t keep you waiting too long, did I?” A Southern drawl interrupted Leah’s thoughts.
Leah looked up to find the petite lady with a perfectly coiffed silver bob smiling at her. She was so short that she was nearly eye level with a seated Leah. Her clear gray eyes seemed to bubble with hospitality. Leah instantly liked the woman and gave her a slight smile, being careful not to stretch her bottom lip.
“Well, you gonna keep giving me that sweet smile or are you gonna order something?” the lady asked in a teasing voice.
Leah pointed at the bright-orange cursive L embroidered thickly on one of the lady’s apron pockets. “Please tell me you’re Lulu.”
“Of course I’m Lulu. Why do you ask?” Lulu smoothed her ruffled apron, which swam in a variety of rich blue swirls.
“You match the happiness of the place perfectly,” Leah said.
“Well, that’s the nicest thing someone has said to me today. What can I get you?”
“Coffee and whatever you recommend.”
Lulu gave her a wink and strolled back to the kitchen.

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Quiet Quilter, July 3
Remembrancy, July 9
Pause for Tales, July 11

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Game of Lies by Saide Moss Narrated by Heather Firth

Game of Lies: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance audiobook cover artBook Summary:

In a world built on secrets, whom can you trust?‍ 

I have my assignment: infiltrate the Gifted government and find a way to undermine their power.‍ Should be easy, right? But my magic is going haywire again, the bond to my four is straining, and I don’t know how to play the role I’ve been given.
‍On top of that, I’m starting to realize there’s even more danger here than meets the eye. 
Someone in the capital isn’t playing by the rules...‍. 
Which leaves just one question. Whose side are they on? 
I can handle myself in a fight. But can I win the game of lies?
Get ready for more romance, magic, and intrigue in the second book of the Magic Awakened series, a reverse harem urban fantasy featuring one badass ex-mercenary and the four sexy-as-sin men who will do anything to protect her.

My Thoughts:

This book picks up right where book 1 left off and I was thrilled to start it. The 4 men and Lana have a plan. She is going to infiltrate the capital and give them the information needed to change everything. This story was great. There are a lot of things I loved that I cannot tell you about because it would be spoilers for book one.
The narrator did a great job with voices and feelings. I can honestly say, I've enjoyed these two audiobooks more than most because of her. I really loved the new ladies in Lana's life. There is such a difference between the classes that it is super sad. There were several twists that I didn't expect at all. Now I cannot wait to see how this all turns out, as it was left on a cliffhanger!
It was a 5/5 for me.

*Reverse Harem with adult content 

I was given this book in a giveaway and was not required to leave a review, muchless a positive review.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Danger on the Ranch by Dana Mentink

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About the Book

Danger on the Ranch (Roughwater Ranch Cowboys, #1)Book: Danger on the Ranch
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational romantic suspense
Release date: June 1, 2019
After putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.
 My Thoughts:
This book was a good one. Mitch basically lives in isolation because he blames himself for not stopping his psycho brother. He also believes his brother's ex-wife was a part of everything. When Jane (his brother's ex) and his brother show up at the same time, invading his isolation, he isn't happy with any of it. Especially because he is confused about why Jane seems to be trying to save his life.
I liked Jane.  She may have been naive, but she was a victim too.  Mitch's brother is beyond creepy. I love that Mitch has made his own family at the ranch and has brothers he can rely on. Poor Jane was just kind of left to her own after everything happened with her ex and is confused. The author did a great job with the story line. I hope there is more about Mitch's brothers in the next couple books!
It was a 4/5 for me.

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

Dana-MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harvest House and Woman’s World Magazine. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

We’re kicking off a new cowboy series, but this one is going to take you for a wild ride! Set on a ranch that’s sandwiched between the sea and the hills required me to do some on site research of course! I spent quite a while in this gorgeous area of California, looking for cattle. (You can see the zany results in my video.) I found the cattle, and also the perfect setting for this first book. It’s a creepy one, I’ll warn you, as hero Mitch Whitehorse comes face to face with the serial killer brother he sent to prison….and his desperate ex sister in law. Saddle up and enjoy the story! God bless!

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Among the Reads, June 26
Quiet Quilter, June 26
Vicky Sluiter, June 27
Wishful Endings, June 28
Hallie Reads, June 30
Pause for Tales, June 30
Remembrancy, July 2
Moments, July 3
Genesis 5020, July 4
Emily Yager, July 5
Carpe Diem, July 5
Bigreadersite, July 6
EmpowerMoms, July 8

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize package that includes a gorgeous insulated lunch bag, a copy of Danger on the Ranch (winner’s choice of format), and a $15 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e31a/danger-on-the-ranch-celebration-tour-giveaway

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Other Princess by Christine Michelle Narrated by Sarah Puckett

The Other Princess: Aces High MC audiobook cover artBook Description:

I was eight years old when I found out I had a father. It was the same day I held my dead mother in my arms while praying her life wasn't really over.
I was dropped into the middle of a new family not long after that. My dad, his wife, and their two kids to be exact. My new brother was ten years old and my sister was five. It doesn't take a genius to figure out I wasn’t supposed to be there.
My family ended up bigger than that though. My dad was a member of the Aces High Motorcycle Club.
From the very beginning I was ostracized because of who my mother had been. The daughters of club members were generally known as MC Princesses. My little sister was one. My title was a bit different, and proved that my mom's sins would always be held against me. I was The Other Princess.
My family, both by blood and MC ties, did wrong by me so I walked away from them. That was until he came home from the Army.
He tried to fix everything.
He tried to win an unattainable heart that had shut down years earlier.
I would know since it was my heart he was after.
He didn't realize it would take a miracle.
Secretly, I hoped I could still believe in miracles. 
*Note: The Aces High Charleston Series should be read in order. The Charleston Chapter Series of the Aces High MC Franchise deals heavily with internal family themes, and is not your typical MC against MC with romance thrown in book. This is a family drama. The family just so happens to live and breathe bikes and the MC lifestyle. The only things blown up in this audiobook will be a few hearts. ;) You have been warned! This is a full length novel.

My Thoughts:
This was a great MC story. I was heartbroken for Ever so many times through this book. The guys in the story were mostly typical MC guys but there were a few exceptions. I adored Ever's step-mother, she was a true mom. Her sister was a bit off putting but I think will grow up well. Her brother and dad....well that's a huge part of the story.
Deklan was wonderful! He stood up to his family, real and MC about what they had done to Ever and never backed down. The narrator did a great job giving all the characters a voice and I loved the back and forth between Ever and Deklan's points of view. I thought it was great that she didn't run back to the guy that broke her heart and was horrid to her. Overall, I loved it.
5/5 for me.
**contains adult language and situations

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Cold Case Secrets by Maggie K. Black

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Shades of Fury by Heather Renee Narrated by Kasi Hollowell

Shades of Fury  audiobook cover artBook Description:

Taya's just been named alpha-in-training. First order of business: avenging her twin brother's death.

When Cord connected a rival pack to the disappearances of humans, he paid the ultimate price. Now it's up to Taya to pick up where he left off and find justice for those who have been harmed.

As she closes in on her brother's murderer, the threats only escalate. He wasn't the only target, and now everyone she loves is in danger, further fueling Taya's need for revenge.

With the help of an irresistible shifter named Liam, they set out in search of the only witch coven strong enough to set things right. Only Taya isn't sure who to trust and if she doesn't decide soon, she could lose not only her heart, but the people she loves most.


My Thoughts:
I pretty much loved everything about this book.  There is revenge, magic, shifters, love, hot guys and more. Taya is a hothead, but she has a good heart. Her best friend Augie keeps her grounded, even when the most terrible thing happens and she loses her twin. The author kept the twists going through the book. I love Liam and his family, even if I wasn't certain I would.
The narrator did a fabulous job of giving the characters voices. You could feel what they felt through her narration. Love the pack dynamic and how much everyone truly cares. The author also left us on a cliffhanger and feeling whiplash from the last couple chapters and I'm needing to start book 2 immediately.
Absolutely a 5/5.


I won this audiobook as part of a giveaway and was not in any way required to review it, much less leave a positive review.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Pink Bonnet

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About the Book


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Book: The Pink Bonnet  
Author: Liz Tolsma  
Genre: Christian Historical, Suspense  
Release date: June, 2019  

A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child  

Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives. How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child?

My Thoughts:
Oh my word the broken heart and tugging on the heartstrings that this book brought about. The author did a wonderful job showing the atrocities that occurred. I hadn't realized this was based on a true story when I started it and when I realized that, it was sickening.
I got pulled in at the very beginning and was completely invested in the book. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what would happen to Cecile and her daughter. I truly felt her heartbreak, anger, frustration, and more throughout. It isn't a book I would recommend for everyone, it's really dark but it is also a story that needs to be shared. The author did a really good job with it.
It was a 4/5 for me.  Heartbreaking.

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

About the Author

Liz Tolsma 

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

More from Liz

A Desperate Mother Searches for Her Child

True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series. In book two, The Pink Bonnet, Widowed in Memphis during 1932, Cecile Dowd is struggling to provide for her three-year-old daughter. Unwittingly trusting a neighbor puts little Millie Mae into the clutches of Georgia Tann, corrupt Memphis Tennessee Children’s Home Society director suspected of the disappearance of hundreds of children. With the help of a sympathetic lawyer, the search for Millie uncovers a deep level of corruption that threatens their very lives. How far will a mother go to find out what happened to her child? Find out in The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma. The True Crime Behind the Story Georgia Tann was a woman who ran an adoption agency in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1924 until 1950. It is estimated that, in that time, she kidnapped over five thousand children and sold them to the highest bidder. She even advertised the children in the newspaper, especially around the holidays. Some of the nation’s biggest celebrities adopted through Miss Tann, including Joan Crawford, Dick Powell, and June Allyson. Learn more about Georgia Tann HERE and visit www.TrueColorsCrime.com for more exclusive content.

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The Becca Files, June 20
Livin’ Lit, June 20
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Remembrancy, June 26
Emily Yager, June 26
Genesis 5020, June 27
Changed by Him, June 28
Bigreadersite, June 28
Pause for Tales, June 29
Hallie Reads, June 30
By The Book, July 2
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To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away a grand prize that includes a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Pink Bonnet!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e331/the-pink-bonnet-celebration-tour-giveaway