Friday, March 30, 2018

TGI Friday!!!

Hey everyone!

It's been a long week. In celebration for the weekend, I am going to share with some freebies to get you excited for the weekend! Hope you can try one or two this weekend!


FANATASY/SCI-FI



I will fight for what is mine.

When the king is murdered, Katerina, his only daughter, must flee for her life. She finds herself on a strange and dangerous path. Alone for the first time, she’s forced to rely upon her wits and the kindness of strangers, while protecting her royal secret at the same time.

Because she alone knows the truth. It was her brother who killed the king. And he's coming for her next.

Alone and struggling, she finds herself an instant target until a mysterious protector comes to her aid. Together, and with a collection of the most unlikely friends, the group must navigate through an enchanted world just as fantastical as it can be deadly. But time is not on their side.

With her brother’s assassins closing in at every turn, Katerina must unlock a secret that’s hidden deep inside her. The only thing strong enough to keep the darkness at bay.

Can she find the answers she needs? Will she ever take her rightful place on the throne?

Only one thing is certain: she’s running out of time.

Be careful who you trust. Even the devil was once an angel.

The Queen's Alpha Series
ETERNAL
Fans of the Chronicles of Kerrigan series will love this new series!

ROMANCE


by Ainsley Booth 

She has a crush on the delivery guy. He has a billion-dollar secret.

As the CEO of Aston Corp, Jake usually wears Hugo Boss. But when his company acquires SwiftEx, he goes undercover as a delivery driver so he can understand the business from the ground up. The last thing he expects is to fall head over heels for a sexy and sweet illustrator on his route...
First in a sexy new rom com series of standalone stories about different couples! 

Keep reading with Personal Escort and Personal Disaster...

THRILLER/SUSPENSE/MYSTERY


Miami homicide lieutenant Nash Harrington has seen countless murders. 

Blood and bodies are nothing to lose sleep over.

Yet what seems to be a run-of-the-mill murder stemming from infidelity turns into a full-blown killing spree.

For this killer, taking the lives of his wife and her lover is merely the beginning. He’ll take the deceit no more. His decision has been made. All the women who've wronged him in the past will die.

Harrington quickly finds the case turning personal when the killer's focus inches closer and closer to home.

Unknown to the lieutenant, one of his loved ones has a history with the killer. And that history is etched in the killer’s mind.

All of the book blurbs are from Amazon. If you try any of these let me know what you think!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Book Review: Murder At Half Moon Gate





Book Blurb from Goodreads:

A wealthy lord who happens to be a brilliant scientist . . . an enigmatic young widow who secretly pens satirical cartoons . . . a violent killing disguised as a robbery . . . Nothing is as it seems in Regency London, especially when the Earl of Wrexford and Charlotte Sloane join forces to solve a shocking murder.

When Lord Wrexford discovers the body of a gifted inventor in a dark London alley, he promptly alerts the watchman and lets the authorities handle the matter. But Wrexford soon finds himself drawn into the murder investigation when the inventor’s widow begs for his assistance, claiming the crime was not a random robbery. It seems her husband’s designs for a revolutionary steam-powered engine went missing the night of his death. The plans could be worth a fortune . . . and very dangerous in the wrong hands.

Joining Wrexford in his investigation is Charlotte Sloane, who uses the pseudonym A. J. Quill to publish her scathing political cartoons. Her extensive network of informants is critical for her work, but she doesn’t mind tapping that same web of spies to track down an elusive killer. Each suspect—from ambitious assistants to rich investors, and even the inventor’s widow—is entwined in a maze of secrets and lies that leads Wrexford and Sloane down London’s most perilous stews and darkest alleyways.

With danger lurking at every turn, the potent combination of Wrexford’s analytical mind and Sloane’s exacting intuition begins to unravel the twisted motivations behind the inventor’s death. But they are up against a cunning and deadly foe—a killer ready to strike again before they can recover the inventor’s priceless designs


My Book Review:

I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I thoroughly enjoyed Andrea Penrose's book, *Murder at Half Moon Gate.*

I picked out this book because I am reading murder mysteries this month. From the book blurb, it definitely fits that description. The other reason I picked was because of the cover. Doesn't it just draw you in? It promises to be suspenseful and mysterious!

This is the second book in the Wrexford and Sloane series. I did not read the first book, and I didn't feel like I was lost.

The author writes a wonderful tale with many unexpected twists and turns. The story flowed well and was suspenseful.The prose is colorful, and I can picture myself running along with the street urchins down the dark and dingy cobblestone streets. The characters are vibrant and realistic. Mrs. Sloane is my favorite person. She is a satirical artist and has a band of street urchins to help her uncover all sorts of things. She is witty, energetic, and independent. She is not afraid to get dirty to find the answers. It reminded me of Sherlock Holmes as it definitely had similar elements throughout story. And I do love Sherlock Holmes and Watson!

The story has so many plot twists that I didn’t expect the ending. This is great! I hate it when I can figure out the ending halfway through the book. If you are looking for a great mystery with an unexpected end and lots of fun characters, this is the book for you! Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I would definitely pick up the next in the series.

Tank and I give it: 🐾🐾🐾🐾

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netagalley for this ARC.

Find it Amazon or Goodreads

Monday, March 26, 2018

Guest Post by Jordana Landsman

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Hello Everyone,

Today we are having a guest post by Jordana Landsman. She is going to be talking about The Woman in Cabin 10.



Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

Book Review by Jordana Landsman:

If you want to read The Woman in Cabin 10but don’t have a copy handy, here’s an alternative. Rent the movie Flight Plan starring Jodie Foster, and imagine you’re on a luxury passenger yacht instead of a jumbo commercial jet. Gloss over the whodunnit details, and focus on the hysterical, self-medicated woman who insists that a crime has occurred on board. Voila, you’ve pretty much completed your cruise with Ruth Ware’s bestselling novel. Watch your step as you disembark, and please come again.

A classic or a rerun?

This is, I hope, a polite way of saying The Woman in Cabin 10 is an entry, not a breakthrough, into well-worn genre territory. From Grand Hotel to Murder on the Orient Express, we are story-primed to meet a cast of traveling guests up to suspicious antics. And whether it’s Jodie in the air or Lo at sea, stories of a questionable source reporting a crime no one believes are time-honored too, particularly since Girl on a Train’s gin-and-tonic-soaked Rachel squinted her commuter-bound way to witnessing and solving a murder.
These stories work for a reason. Readers root for underdogs and unlikely heroes, and a desperate but unreliable woman facing a hostile crowd fits that bill. Add in her dangerous confinement on a moving vessel isolated from mainstream society, and you have an iconic woman-against-the-world character. Think John McClane, Rambo, Will Kane, and even Angelina Jolie’s embattled Saltfighting a hostile or indifferent system.


Thank you to Jordana Landsman for sharing with us today!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Review: The Man in the Crooked Hat


The Man in the Crooked Hat by Harry Dolan

My mom and I had visited the local public library for some quality mother/daughter time. It was a lot of fun. Our local library is pretty nice for a small community, and I like to support it. This title was in the new release area, and I thought I would give it a try.



Book Blurb from Goodreads:

"A new master mystery writer emerges."--Forbes Magazine

One cryptic clue leads a desperate man into a labyrinthine puzzle of murder in the electrifying new novel from national bestselling author Harry Dolan.

There's a killer, and he wears a crooked hat.
Private investigator Jack Pellum has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife--a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora. Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yield no leads. Then a local writer commits suicide, and he leaves a bewildering message that may be the first breadcrumb in a winding trail of unsolved murders . . .

Michael Underhill is a philosophical man preoccupied by what-ifs and could-have-beens, but his life is finally coming together. He has a sweet and beautiful girlfriend, and together they're building their future home. Nothing will go wrong, not if Underhill has anything to say about it. The problem is, Underhill has a dark and secret past, and it's coming back to haunt him.

These two men are inexorably drawn together in a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye, and nothing can be taken for granted. Filled with devious reversals and razor-sharp tension, The Man in the Crooked Hat is a masterwork from "one of America's best new crime writers" (Lansing State Journal).

Find it on Goodreads



The Man in the Crooked Hat sounded like an excellent read. It’s about a detective trying to solve his wife’s murder. He thinks it was done by a serial killer. The story follows him as he unravels the clues to confront the murderer. It is a psychological thriller, which is not my usual genre. In all reality, I was left disappointed at the ending.

The writing was hard to get into. The author tended to write in short choppy sentences, and it felt disjointed to me.  I had a hard time getting into the story. He wrote from both the detective’s perspective and the murderer, which I don’t really care for. So I knew who had killed the wife, it was just a matter of figuring it out why she was killed. I just couldn’t get into the characters. I felt like Jack Pelum was too whiny, and Micheal Underhill was very odd. I felt unsatisfied by the time the story ended.

This was not my kind of book but maybe you will enjoy it?

Tank gives it: 🐾🐾

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Bloom by Nikki Rae

We are on the blog tour for Bloom. We are pretty excited for this book, if you can't tell. We have done a cover reveal and release day fun. Now you can check out what Tank and I thought of the actual book! We received this book from the author. This is our honest review and thank you to Nikki Rae!



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Book Blurb:
Given to The Grimm Order as an infant, Fawn was raised in a world shaped by the rich and powerful. When she was sold at the age of nine to a Suitor, Fawn believed he would protect her from the “Mainworld”, where those who know nothing about the Order live. Living with the cruel man who bought her freedom, she finds just what the Order is about: money, control, and status for the Owner and humiliation and abuse for those they own.

Unwilling to accept the expectations of being Owned, Fawn goes from golden girl to maid, content to live in the shadows of the Order as long as she isn’t Owned again.
It’s been ten years since she disgraced her former Owner’s name, and now the brooding Frenchman Elliot Lyon wants her. 

Master Lyon is kind, smart, and unlike any man she’s met. She doesn’t want to admit it to herself, but Fawn is drawn to him despite constantly planning her next escape. 

Even the prettiest flowers have thorns, and Master Lyon is hiding secrets that will uproot everything she thinks she knows about him.


Book Review:

It's been about a month ago since I have read this book. This book is one that I have been thinking about for the last month. Tank didn't read it with me as he needs to protect his innocence.

I don't even know where to start with this book! It was described as a romance possibly a little bit of a dark romance. Yet, it's so much more than the guy and the girl get together and have a lot of make out sessions.

What is this book about, you may ask?
Well, there is a secret society (the Order) that runs the world. Think of free masons, but much more elite. The higher ups in this society control the lesser people by using the Grimm tales. The Order has convents that house boys or girls to be sold to the highest bidder. This is where Fawn comes in. She was once a preened little girl who was sold to a very rich man, but then she escaped him. Fawn was eventually caught and returned to the convent. Now that she had gotten a taste of freedom, that is always on her mind. She thinks she is one step ahead of her captors, until she is bought by a sexy Frenchman. Then, her world is turned upside down. I can't tell you much more without ruining the story.

The story is so sensual you may want to be in a quiet room by yourself! The way Nikki Rae describes the Frenchman makes me want one for myself. There is definitely some collars and chains, maybe a little roughing up, and a quite a bit of make up! What really sold me on this book was how it ended. It was a total surprise that made me sad I didn't have the second book to read!

We give this book: 🐾🐾🐾🐾


Author Bio:
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.



Friday, March 16, 2018

Guest Blogger from The Faerie Review!

Happy Friday! Today, I am excited to have a guest blogger. Liliyana Shadowlyn from The Faerie Review is doing a book review on At Bay (Alex Troutt Thriller, #1; Redemption Thriller #1) by John Mefford


Book Blurb from Goodreads:

Alexandra Giordano never knew she had it so good. Until it was all gone in an instant.

As she begins her daunting quest to uncover the black spots on her memory, what she finds isn't sweet or charming or even pleasant. And that's when she begins to question everything, including herself. Her work as a Special Agent for the FBI is only a distraction, serving as a mental metronome...anything to crank the gears of her feeble mind.

And then it happens--a bizarre, ritualistic murder. She loses herself in her work, fully immersed in the investigation. Unable to recall even her own kids, she's somehow able to formulate coherent theories on what type of person could pull off such a sickening act. As her mind slowly plugs a few memory gaps, her emotions are scrambled by the reality of her worlds colliding. And the resulting explosion tears her in two.

Can she pick up all the incendiary fragments to solve the twisted crime while she clings to some semblance of sanity?

One woman can only keep so much...At Bay


Book Review:

I don't remember when I was first introduced to John Mefford and his redemption series, but I loved it immediately. Although you can pick up any book in the series and fall in love, I highly recommend starting here, at the beginning. 

What would you do if everything in your life was gone in an instant - your loved ones became strangers, your colleagues no different than people you pass on the street? Alex is thrown into the fire right at the start, and although she wants to recover her memories and reconnect with her family, work draws her in. A puzzling and brutal killing and Alex is hot on the killer's trail. You can't help but try and unravel the mysteries that cloud around the fearless heroine like a thick fog rolling off the bay.

 Anyone who's a fan of thrillers or mysteries will be instantly hooked by this well-spun tale.

- Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tank's Thoughts

Hi y'all!

Tank' s here!

Hope y'all have been having a great weekend! We are sure glad the weekend came. This week has been crazy for us over here. Allie has been working a lot, and I have been napping more than normal while she's gone. But that's alright.

The weather has been crazy also we had high winds and snow 2 days this week. Then, it got sunny and warm. Plus we had daylight savings on Sunday. I was especially exhausted and slept a lot.

I am not a fan of the cold!


The blog was busy last week. We had a review, a new release, author interview, guest blogger, and a cover release. Phew! That's a lot for a baby blog. This week, we don't have a lot planned. We hope to have another guest blogger. They are so fun! Otherwise, just a couple of reviews may be posted.

Which brings me to what I really want to talk about. We love to blog, and we really love all of our fellow bloggers. You are all so awesome! Lately, we have been reading some posts about people are feeling pressure to post, or they feel like they are letting people down by not posting more. We enjoy read all of your wonderful posts. But please don't sacrifice your mental health just to write something for us to read. We will wait for it. I can't speak for everyone, but we are doing it for fun. I hope you never forget to have fun with it! If you need a break, it's ok! Just take care of yourselves.


Until next time with lots of licks and tail wags.

🐾
Tank

Friday, March 9, 2018

Cover Release! The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay


The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay


by Nicola May


Praise for Nicola May’s books

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’  WOMAN Magazine

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Book Blurb: 
Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy.  While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
     Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?
     There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.
With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

PROLOGUE
‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’
Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.
                The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’
                He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.
‘Here. The will stated that you - and only you - can open this, using your date of birth.’
                ‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’
                ‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’
‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’
                ‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’
                Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’
                ‘Er, no - but are you not going to . . .?’
                ‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’
                And she was gone.
                ‘Rude!’
The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.


Pre-order Link


About Nicola May
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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Website - www.nicolamay.com



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Guest Post from Wonderlandians Books!

Hey Everyone,

We have a new guest post! Ashten from her blog, Wonderlandians Books, is here to share with us. Please stop over and check out her blog!



1. Tell us about your blog. How long have you been blogging?

I run a Blog called Wonderlandians Books. I've officially been blogging with this specific this blog for about 3 months now. This is not my first go at blogging. I have a Blog on Blogger from 6 years ago that is still up and running I haven't used it in 6 years.  There is also one from 4 years ago I wanted to get back into blogging then a couple posts when I just stop posting all together. I honestly believe I needed to grow as a reader before I could really start blogging.
How I came up with the Wonderlandians Books What's a really hard for me.When I first started the blog it was called all the bookish things. After a while of blogging with that blog I just wasn't feeling the name anymore. One thing that holds true to me is for me reading should be all about Adventure and Escape. So I have this saying reading is my Neverland and writing is my Wonderland.  let me explain reading to me as I said should be adventurous and anytime I think of Neverland I think of all the awesome adventures that Peter Pan had throughout his life. When I think of Wonderland and Alice I think of all the chaos that can sue in Wonderland. so when I'm writing for me I think about what kind of chaos can I cause in My characters lives that day.

2. What's your favorite genre to read?

I read 2 genres. For young adult I typically tend to read in the Paranormal and Supernatural genre. Then when it comes to adult books I typically tend to read adult Romance but specifically erotica. I honestly can't get enough of both. But when you mix Supernatural and paranormal with steamy romance in new adult it's like The Best of Both Worlds for me.

3. What do you do to get in the mood to write blogs?

Honestly when it comes to my blog I'm kind of always in the mood. I love writing new content for my blog and that could be because my blog is new but I highly doubt it. I'm constantly trying to think of things that I can post. I have a daily prompt that I do. so every Tuesday I do tag Tuesday and every Friday I've got free Friday. so every day has a recurring theme. There are two days in particular that I do find it hard to right and that would be Sunday and Monday. Sunday is I really just want it to be a lazy day and if I blog great if I don't I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Mondays are kind of what I call Monday madness. It's just a day where I can write whatever I want to. I feel like you need to be disciplined when it comes to a Blog and keep a schedule. So that's what I try to do I try to keep a schedule.

4. Are you writing anything besides book reviews?

Yes I'm currently in the middle of what seems like five other projects. I have narrowed it down to two projects that I hope to finish by the end of this year. I am writing a book that has to do with mental illness but specifically obsessive compulsive disorder.  currently the working title is called the Project Odette. This specific project is so personal to me that I'm so scared every time I sit down to write. I do  have obsessive compulsive disorder so the topic at hand is so raw for me that I'm scared of what people's reactions are going to be. Then I'm writing  a young adult novel that has to do about witches and really all I can say about that right now. I've been working on this project for about 5 years.

5. What's your favorite color?

I'm going to have to say I don't have just one favorite color I've got three. I really love purple, pink, and blue. I have a tattoo that's kind of my favorite animal plus these splatter paint effect that is the three colors and it kind of reminds me of a galaxy So I love those colors.

6. Are you a coffee or tea person?

I love this question because it's like your other hardcore coffee drinker or you are a hardcore tea drinker. If I had to choose it would be coffee over tea just because I've been drinking coffee since I was 13. But lately I have been getting into tea. So I found that when it comes to tea I have very specific taste. It has to be fruity and a white tea . I found that black tea is just really overpowering and I feel like you need to really work your way up to that tea because it's super potent.

7. What are your unicorns' names?

This is probably my favorite question of them all. So I currently have 6 unicorns that have stayed with me. They didn't want to be in Wonderland so they had stayed in our world. Though I've got the two sets of twins stop. You've got Mystic and Misty.These are the older sets of twins. Then you've got their younger sisters who are Thea and Athena.Then we got the two youngest two are not twins we've got Uni and Luna. Luna's name should be Mischief because whenever I turn my head she's gone. She's also the baby out of all of them. I think Thea and Athena like don't like her so the push her.
I feel like I should let people know that I do know that these are all stuffed animal. Each one of them was given to me by somebody who I really love. And the one that had the longest is Misty Or the Mystic Beanie Baby.I also really love the tale of The Velveteen Rabbit.I always loved the idea that you could love a stuffed animal so much that it would become real. So over the years I've collected some unicorn stuffed animal because I got one when I eight and I love them.

8. Who is your favorite mystery/suspense/thriller Author?

I don't typically tend to read a lot of Mystery, suspense, or thriller books. But I will say the one author that really sticks out to me is Agatha Christie.

9. What's your favorite mystery book?

So keeping an topic with Agatha Christie I really love her book and then there were none. I read that book when I was in 8th grade and I love the fact that the story intertwines itself with a  popular nursery rhyme of the Ten Little Indians.I definitely want to read that again at some point I just haven't really ever gotten around to it.

10. If you were detective which fictional detective would you want to be your partner?

This is without a doubt probably the easiest question I've had to answer I would want Sherlock Holmes to be my partner in crime. I haven't read the books I do intend to. My dad loves those books. So I definitely have to get those from him so I can read them. But I've seen pretty much every movie that has to do with and He's incredible and I wish I could be the female version of him.



Thank you to Wonderlandians Books for taking time with us today!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Review: A Slice of Murder By Chris Cavender




In preparation of March Mystery Month, we went to the local public library to check out some books. “A Slice of Murder” was one of the books I checked out. To be perfectly honest, I chose this book based on its cover. It was right before lunch, I was hungry, and pizza is one of my favorite foods. I could eat it for every meal, but I digress.



“A Slice of Murder” by Chris Cavender is a cozy mystery that is set in a small town in North Carolina. It is the first book in the series. The protagonist, Eleanor, is a pizza shop owning widow. She is short staffed one night and has to deliver a pizza. She goes up to the house and sees her customer stabbed in the heart, dead. The local police chief is an ex-boyfriend, and she is his primary suspect. The rest of the story goes on how she figures out who the killer is and clears her name.

Goodreads:  A Slice of Murder

This book was lukewarm for me. I wasn’t expecting like OMG I have to read the rest of the series! But I was hoping for a warm fuzzy read.  The story itself dragged on forever. I was tempted to put it down and move on and maybe I should have. The police forensics were non-existent. Let’s blame the pizza delivery  person. Really? The chief did not look for evidence, fingerprints, or even a motive. Eleanor was hard to warm up to. She was portrayed as a middle aged woman independently trying to move on after her husband died a couple years ago. She had a man who wanted to go out with her that she didn’t even give herself a chance to like him. I have never lost a husband so that’s hard for me to relate. I just wanted her to date the guy! Eleanor did some dumb things that if she was Stephanie Plum it would have been funny, but it just wasn’t.

I give this book ✮✮

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Release: Mercy Brown by Tiki Kos #MercyBrownRelease




Book Review: Mercy Brown: Part 1 by Tiki Kos


Did you know that Mercy Brown was an actual person? Her family had lived in Rhode Island, and several members had died of Tuberculosis. Mercy was one of them. Friends and family believed that an undead was plaguing the family. She was exhumed, and her body did not have the level of decay that the other family members did. Read about it here!


I was excited to read this story as the book synopsis sounds fascinating. Mercy lives in a small rundown town in Nevada. She can’t wait until high school is over when her and her best friend, Amanda, can move to Seattle. Mercy’s mother is dead, and her father has classic depression symptoms and is almost always drunk. Life looks like it is going to be the same as always until Sebastien and his family move to town. He is smitten with Mercy and tells her about the vampires. Can she stop them in time to save her town and family? You will have to read it to find out.

I gave this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Tiki Kos writes in an easy to read, breezy style. For being a novella, Mercy and Amanda’s characters are fleshed out well. I feel empathy for Mercy. She is made fun of at school and has a lousy home life. Yet, she is tough enough to try to save Amanda and her town.

Kos does make some cracks at the sparkling vampires in Twilight. Don’t worry these vampires are not sparkly. It was brilliantly slipped into the dialogue.

The action is suspenseful and it really drew me in. There were fighting scenes, blood, and explosives. Kos does not disappoint when trying to save the ones you love from the blood sucking vamps.

Spoiler Alert! If you are going to read the book PLEASE STOP READING HERE!

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The one problem I had with the book is when Mercy took pictures and uploaded them online. It caused the vampires to lash out against humans and start a full scale war. Now does anyone else see a problem with this? Vampires are predators. They need human blood to survive. The ones in Twilight drank animal blood but not all vampires can or want to do that. There was only one vampire in this story drank animal blood. So if the vampires fight the humans and win, then the humans will be wiped out. If you follow logic, that means the vampires run out of food and then they die. That is why there is only a few mountain lions and lots of deer. There will be no balance if humanity is gone. But then again this is a vampire novella, and vampires aren’t real, right?

Thank you to the author for an ARC copy. This is my honest review.

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