Friday, May 25, 2018

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie

Some Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzieSome Very Messy Medieval Magic by C. Lee McKenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Book Description:  Pete’s stuck in medieval England!


Pete and his friend Weasel thought they’d closed the Time Lock. But a young page from medieval times, Peter of Bramwell, goes missing. His absence during a critical moment will forever alter history unless he’s found.


There’s only one solution - fledgling wizard Pete must take the page’s place. Accompanied by Weasel and Fanon, Pete’s alligator familiar, they travel to 1173 England.


But what if the page remains lost - will Pete know what to do when the critical moment arrives? Toss in a grumpy Fanon, the duke’s curious niece, a talking horse, and the Circle of Stones and Pete realizes he’s in over his young wizard head yet again...



My thoughts: It was fun to enter the world of Pete and Weasel. This is a middle grade fantasy that is set in the modern world and medieval times. Pete and Weasel are two young boys who are friends and help each other get out of tough situations.

Pete is a wizard, that was one of my favorite genres as a child. (I still enjoy it today.) He made a mess of the time line in a previous book and needs to fix things. I have not read the books before this one, but I didn't feel lost at all. I was able to get right in the story and enjoy the adventures of the boys, and the alligator familiar. (Yes, his familiar is an alligator.)

This is a great series for young readers. As an adult, I enjoyed it too.



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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson (Blog Tour with Giveaway)



Perfect Set

Perfect Set by Melanie Jacobson
Source: Received to Review
Genre: LDS Contemporary Romance

Book Description:  Bree Mercer is an ambitious sports reporter who has risen through the ranks to land her dream job. Basking in the sun, sea, and seriously cute guys in her new singles ward, things couldn't be better. That is, until she's assigned to write a feature on the one person she can't stand—professional beach volleyball player Kade Townsend. A typical cocky athlete, Kade's previous attempt to woo her was foiled by Bree's hard-and-fast rule: don't date athletes. Ever.

Kade loathes the media, and for good reason: when his hard-partying ways were exposed by a reporter who claimed to be his friend, the scandal rocked his entire family. Now reformed, Kade has put his life back together, and he has no interest in talking to reporters—least of all Bree Mercer. But when the pair is thrown together despite their best efforts, their chemistry is undeniable. They can't seem to put the brakes on their feelings—until their connection threatens Bree's reputation and Kade's hard-won redemption. Now they must decide if there is a place for love in their plans for the future.


My thoughts:  When I asked for this date to review, there were a couple of things that I forgot to take into consideration.  First, today is my son's graduation from High School.  Second, this is the last week of school.  I am a lunch lady and we are cleaning and closing down the kitchen for the summer.  This makes an incredibly busy week for me, and I did not finish reading the book.

My plan was to stay up all night if needed to read the book, but I fell asleep.  So.... I am really liking the book so far.  The characters a likable and I enjoy Melanie Jacobson's writing style.

My plan is to have the book finished later to day. (Crossing my fingers)  I hope to have the review up tomorrow and reference back to this post, because it does contain a giveaway.

Anyway, hope you all have a great day and I will be posting pics on my personal social media accounts about my day today.

All the best.


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It's the cover for "The Wedding Wagers", a Timeless Regency Collection





I LOVE the Timeless Regency Collections!  Well, really anything that is a Timeless Collection.   This addition comes out in August.  



Three wagers. Three couples. Three chances at love. Let the bets begin.

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Regency Romance, comes WEDDING WAGERS. Featuring bestselling authors Donna Hatch, Heather B. Moore, and Michele Paige Holmes



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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack

Miss Wilton's WaltzMiss Wilton's Waltz by Josi S. Kilpack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Genre: Regency Romance



Book Description A follow-up to Josi S. Kilpack's bestselling Proper Romance title The Vicar's Daughter.

Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls’ boarding school. She is different in Bath—more comfortable with herself—and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there.

When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine—Lenora’s newest and most troublesome student in the school—is Mr. Asher’s niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.

When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever—until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.

Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.



My thoughts: Miss Wilton is a joy to read about. She is a strong woman who hides beneath her insecurities. She has a strong heart and mind, but is timid and doesn't express herself often enough. This is the second book that has her as a character, but you can read this without the first. This book references the other with a failed engagement and the social stigma that it caused. In "Miss Wilton's Waltz" she finds love and romance.

The relationship between Lenora and Aiden is rocky at best. It doesn't begin on the best of circumstances and there is a long and difficult road ahead before they can find a "happily ever after".

I enjoyed the addition to Aiden's niece, Catherine. She definitely stirs the pot and is a little too smart for the adults around her. She knows how to keep them guessing. She also has some real struggles that take a compassionate adult to address and help her.

This was a great book to read. It is clean with kissing.



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Josi S. KilpackAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been Historical Romance through the Proper Romance line with Shadow Mountain Publishing.

I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, and children


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Spotlighting "Dating the Prince" by Alina Snow (with a giveaway!)





Dating the Prince by Alina Snow Small-town girl, Katie O’Connor has always dreamed of seeing her name in lights. Check the box for fame, a movie deal, the perfect leading role that comes with a gorgeous leading man! Katie moved to Hollywood, elbows her way into auditions, lives on a shoestring budget—whatever is required to land a deal, she throws her heart into… until she’s involved in a royal kidnapping.

 As the future king, Prince Alexander refuses to rule from an ivory tower. Duty-bound, he intends to relate to his future subjects, regardless of their walk of life. Before his coronation, he needs a foolproof plan to outrun his security team and go temporarily AWOL. While visiting L.A., all it takes is a sound stage collision and Alex is blindsided by a headstrong woman who is simply irresistible. So much so, he calls in a favor in order to secure her help … as his pretend girlfriend.

 Their worlds are oceans apart, but their immediate attraction is impossible to put aside, especially their nonstop banter. Miffed at being wrangled into a situation that might blow up in her face, Katie comes up with her own plan. If The Prince is serious about walking the walk of the common folk, she’s only too happy to oblige as his pretend girlfriend. Through an ice storm, a road trip, kitchen duty, and a Texas pig race, Alex captures the hearts of the locals as well as Ms. O’Connor’s.

 What starts out as a deal Katie can’t refuse becomes the acting role of a lifetime… letting Prince Alexander go without a fight.

 A delightfully funny retelling of The Prince and The Pauper that romance readers of all ages will enjoy. On a two-week 1,500-mile road trip, Katie and Alex discover the end of the road might just be the beginning of their ‘Happy Ever After’ together.  

Author Alina Snow Southern gal at heart. Alina is a librarian who adores her job. She has a degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and loves writing offbeat romance comedy. To refuel, Alina sings karaoke, bakes sweet treats, and can be found at the Y, kickboxing. She lives in Knoxville with her husband and Callie, their doxie mix.




 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Unforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen (with a giveaway)


UnforgettableUnforgettable by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Suspense



Book Description:  Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley's life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage.

The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley's past who is in Germany on business. 
Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich's death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.


My thoughts: Secrets that carry through generations is a big part of this book. It begins as a young husband and father is murdered before WWII. A young boy is forced to take part. Then the book comes to the present day when the remains are uncovered.

Haley loves her great-grandmother, Isle. Her grandmother is on hospice when the word comes of her husband's death. In order to fulfill her dying grandmother's wish, she travels to Germany to take care of the remains of her great-grandfather. What should be a simple and straight forward task becomes dangerous when there are secrets buried with her great-grandfather.

This book has plots within plots. Unscrupulous men will do anything to hide their sins, even decades later. This book covered generations, the tragedy for the Krauss family from never knowing what happened to Ulrich, and the tragedy of bringing up children with a life of crime. Both actions impacted the lives of their descendants and influenced present day actions. It is a fascinating thought to me, the role that families play in each others lives.

This book alternates between Haley and the villain, Otto. Innocence vs. deception. I enjoyed reading the pieces falling together for Haley and the measures that Otto was willing to go to keep his families secrets hidden.

This book fascinated me. It does contain violence. Ulrich's death at the beginning was a little disturbing to me, mainly because it was told from his point of view.



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Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen
About the Author: (Taken from Amazon)  Award-winning author, Ronda Hinrichsen (also writing as Kathleen Marks) and her family own a small farm located between the beautiful Rocky Mountains and the Great Salt Lake where she regularly sees eagles, hawks, owls, and ducks. Lots of ducks. She is the author of independently and traditionally published non-fiction, romantic suspense and speculative books as well as numerous magazine articles and stories for children and adults. She also enjoys teaching about writing in conference and classroom settings. To learn more about Ronda, visit her website at rondahinrichsen.com.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Book Blog Tour~ "Scarlet" by Jen Geigle Johnson (with a giveaway)


Scarlet

"Scarlet" by Jen Geigle Johnson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Received to review

Book Description:  The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this fa├žade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there were a time to keep her head, it is now— because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel.

My thoughts:  I love history. It fascinates me.  I wish that I had been a better student and taken the time to learn more when I was in school.  Most of the history I read comes from historical fiction.  I do google names and places and try to learn more as I read the book.  This one had me visiting Google often.  I wanted to know more about the non-fiction characters and their role in history.

This book is a retelling of the "Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy.  I can't say that I read the original, but Google....  I was able to pick up immediately what sets this book apart from the original.  The Pimpernel is a woman in this story, the original was a man.  I am grateful for this twist, I love a strong female heroine.  Lady Scarlet Cavendish is a paradox.  To the ton, she appears a frivolous and selfish woman.  But to the French nobility, she saves them.  She is level headed when faced with danger and is selfless in so many ways.

I would love to know more about this time period. Maybe someday.... I may get the chance to learn more, I hope so.  Until then, I'll just keep reading Jen Geigle Johnson books and let her research some fascinating time and people and ignite my imagination once again.

This book contains kissing and violence.



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Jen Geigle JohnsonAbout the Author:  (Taken from Goodreads)  Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager. 

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference. 

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