Monday, September 18, 2017

I. Am. Elizabeth by Kathi Haacke Morehead Review and Giveaway

I. Am. Elizabeth by Kathi Haacke Morehead

I. Am. Elizabeth is a story of medieval intrigue based on the life of Elizabeth Plantagenet. Set both contemporaneously and in the 16th century, the reader will be invited to weigh for themselves the truth of Elizabeth’s life, including the disappearance of Elizabeth’s brothers, the Lost Princes in the Tower, the ascension of her uncle, Richard III, to the throne of England, and her marriage to Henry Tudor. Elizabeth Plantagenet was a daughter, niece, sister, wife, and mother to five Kings of England, and grandmother of the first and second Queens Regnant: Mary I and Elizabeth I. You may have met The White Princess, but prepare for your introduction to the real Elizabeth of York.
Elizabeth of York died in 1503. Annie Campbell lives today. Can they reach through time to heal one another’s soul, or will their secrets be impossible to overcome?
…. Why can’t I sleep? It is not as though tonight is any different from last night, or the night before, or even the night before that. It’s hot, and not a breath of air moves through the window. I feel like I will go mad from this anxiety, this fear. But of what? It’s so very dark tonight. No moon, no light from the windows. Just dark… Damn you, darkness. You’ve not been kind the past few nights. What horror do you hold for me tonight?

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Sue's Review - 
I don't know that I have read any other books by Kathi Morehead -- but, I can say that I was truly impressed by this one.

I.Am.Elizabeth -- is a very different yet interesting story!!! Annie R. Campbell first meets Elizabeth Plantagenet when she is very young and out playing. Her mother was not worried - because a lot of children have pretend friends and that is what she foresaw this as being. Elizabeth was with Annie through the rest of her childhood, then her marriage and the birth of her child. When an accident happens and Annie looses her husband and child, Annie went into shock about the situation and stopped talking to anyone. I don't like writing spoilers -- but OMG the story that comes out about Annie and Elizabeth is amazing!!! A definite MUST READ!!!

$1.00 of all sales proceeds of paperback and hardback editions of this book will go to the fundraising campaign of Mt. Blanc for MS on behalf of Neely Worldwide Publishing and Kathi Haacke Morehead.

About the author:
Kathi - White Night Author PicKathi Haacke Morehead made her fictional debut with WHITE NIGHT followed by the sequel Eternal Night. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting go and stanching the flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS.
Her fiction has tackled questions of morality, spirituality, life after death, love, and integrity.
She is not a conventional author, writes in a conversational style to better interact with her readers. If you’re looking for high style, you won’t find it in her work. Kathi believes in the value of tightly crafted story – everything else will fall into place.
To quote Kathi: “I guess that makes me a bit of a bohemian. And I’m good with that.”
Kathi lives in Brunswick, Maryland with her husband, Dave, and four finicky felines. They have a blended family of 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THE HELIOS CHRONICLES Book Review and Contest

The Helios Chronicles is a contemporary romance series that follows the lives of Andrew ‘Helios’ Harrison and Madison Ellis as they fight for their happily ever after in a world that seems determined to tear them apart. It is only through their love for one another, that we are able to see that we are more than the mistakes we’ve made, more than the labels placed upon us and more than even what we believe we are worth. Can their love survive the life he had before her or will the consequences of his past prove too much to bear. Read the Helios Chronicles to find out!
The Helios Chronicles is a five book series which includes three full length novels, one prequel novella and one epilogue novella. Please note that this is an adult romance and as such there will be some graphic language and situations that are clearly not suitable for younger audiences.
Beginnings Cover v3 VerticalIn the prequel novella, Helios Beginnings, we will explore Helios’ life before he becomes Helios, beginning with his time in Detroit, through his difficult life on the streets and subsequent incarceration and ending in Bakersfield with the arrival of Madison Ellis, the woman that would forever change the way he saw the world.
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In Book 1, Helios Awakened, Madison moves from New York City to the California Awaken Cover Print Vertical (2)desert to care for her ailing grandmother but she never expected that she would meet the man of her dreams while there, a man that would set her heart, body and soul on fire. However, this man comes with a price, a heavy price. Is she willing to pay it?
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Exposed VerticalIn Book 2, Helios Exposed, we will find out whether or not Andrew and Madison can survive a life in New York City, where they find that things aren’t as simple as they hoped they would be. They soon discover that there are just as many enemies back east as there were on the west coast. When everything begins to crumble around them will their love be enough to hold them together?
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In Book 3, Helios Renewed, we find Andrew and Madison living the life they were meant to live, with family and Renewed v2friends, in California. Unfortunately, things are set in motion that force them back to New York where they find themselves fighting for not only their lives but their freedom as well, against old enemies in a battle that will test them in more ways than one. Can their love stop the forces that are trying to tear them apart or will they be destroyed in the process?

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Author T.M. Witko lives on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation with her children. They are accompanied by their many animals, which includes an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix named Bella, a couple of ornery cats (Edward and Lil Bit) and their horses, Eagle Bear and Wild Spirit. She and her family enjoy attending wacipis, participating in tribal ceremonies, and living a quiet life without the hustle and bustle of the cities.
Ms. Witko is a licensed clinical psychologist, a full time writer/editor and one of the co-founders of Winyan Press, LLC, an independent publishing house geared at helping female writers find their voice. She is a multi-genre author who writes Young Adult Fiction, Crime/Suspense Stories, Adult Romances, and Native American Fiction.
Her writing style combines her knowledge of psychological principles with an understanding that things are never as simple as black or white, right or wrong, but that life is a beautiful combination of both. This is most evident in her series the Helios Chronicles which looks at the effects of our past on the future we wish to have.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Deadly Trespass: A Mystery In Maine Sandra Neily #excerpt


Winner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award. National finalist: Women’s Fiction Writers Association “Rising Star” contest.

Cassandra Patton Conover is about to become an outlaw. Searching for her wayward dog in Maine’s dense woods, she finds her best friend Shannon crushed under a tree. Then she finds tracks larger than any animal she knows and a mystery only wild animals can help her solve.
Before she can absorb the loss of her friend, Patton is hired to guide a surly reporter who suspects extinct wolves have returned to Maine, but the forest has too many agendas. A billionaire hopes wolves will become a save-the-forest strategy. A timber company plans to exterminate the pack. A game warden loyal to his Penobscot tribe, his attraction to Patton, and his law enforcement life, has too many tough choices, and a black ops mercenary rips open Patton’s wounded life so he can aim her at the wolves.
When gold wolf eyes issue a challenge at her tent door, Patton is drawn deeper into Shannon’s mysterious murder and the wolves’ fate. To find her friend’s killer, she must find and trust the pack. To save her dog, the wolves, and her own life, she must step outside the law, sacrifice her career, and embrace a wild world.

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About the Author

I've been chased by moose, river otters, and mad mother partridges. And that's recent. My seriously unsupervised AAEAAQAAAAAAAAheAAAAJDBjMDg5YzkzLTc1ZjItNDhkNy04MDY0LTE5MjI0NzY5NzI0NQchildhood exploring clam flats, deep forests, and secret streams grew into my mystery/thriller,"Deadly Trespass."
"Deadly Trespass" has received the national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was named a national finalist in the Women's Fiction Writers Association "Rising Star" contest, a finalist in the international Mslexia novel competition, and in Maine, received Honorable Mention in the Joy of the Pen competition.
The novel is infused with the drama and laughter of various outdoor careers, the sadness of loss, and close encounters with dogs and wildlife. I've been a whitewater river outfitter, licensed Maine Guide, co-founder of a coalition to protect the Penobscot River from a dam, and I am the author/editor of "Valuing the Nature of Maine," and 'Watching Out for Maine's Wildlife" (reports that document nature's economic value).
My ValueNature blog shares research and documentation useful to those who want to prove that the natural world has impressive economic might.
I live on Moosehead Lake with my husband and Labradors and would rather be fly fishing, skiing, paddling, or just generally "out there"--unless I'm writing new stories that guide people to a disappearing world.

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In August, camped where two rivers emptied into Seboomook Lake, we waited for rocks to heat. Three pairs of eyes turned toward me with silent questions. You wanna go first? Didn’t you have the shittiest year? I shook my head until tears splashed into my bowl. Molly squeezed my shoulder and Judith swiped a bandana across my cheek.
Shannon tugged my ponytail. “Tougher bark grows over the scar,” she said. She put her plate of peanut noodles on the ground and licked her chopsticks. Then she opened a plastic bag, removed her Great Nations’ notebook, and held up its neat calculations.
“My harvesting plans,” she said. “I make it possible for the company to cut most all the real trees on a site. I work the numbers so, on paper, the scrawny trees and brush we leave behind add up to a phantom forest. Our paper forest allows us to look like we’re practicing forestry—when we’re not.”
I didn’t need proof. A few hundred yards behind our campsite, giant tree-eating tornadoes might have touched down in the middle of nowhere. Except for a green fringe by the river, the forest looked sucked away.
Shannon stalked circles around us, thumping the ground with her hiking boots. “You know they spray, right? Poison species that have no future as toilet paper or magazines? And don’t get me started on reforestation bullshit. They don’t replant, but they’ll be back to cut young trees. Even if I bought it all, I’d need a few hundred years to fix this forest.”
She slumped on the bottom of an overturned canoe. “And our so-called asset manager sucks. I plan small roads for clean streams. Anderson Barter has them bulldozed into highways and ignores fines for gravel in the water. It’s just a business expense.” She sighed. “In Idaho he made GNF a fortune turning woods into getaway mansions. Well, why not? He was a hot local realtor they passed off as a planner.”
Shannon’s waving hands fanned the fire. “He’s a relentless citizen. EMT calls in the middle of the night, part-time deputy, scouts on weekends. Anderson believes everything he does makes Greenwood better. Says the resort will bring jobs.” She shut her mouth so hard we heard snapping teeth. “Damn.” She slammed her notebook.
“No!” we begged. “More!”
She turned her head to contemplate smoke the wind swirled at us. Her hair’s red highlights grabbed the fire’s crackling light and she looked dangerous. Coyotes started up an edgy chorus, yipping in overlapping waves of sound until, in mid-howl, the chorus quit. Under my ponytail, tiny hairs stiffened involuntarily.
Shannon’s mouth tightened into a grim line. She dumped the last driftwood on our fire. “On Anderson’s computer I found a screen with a sketch of Wild Pines Resort. Plans for a gated community, two thousand condos, and two golf courses. I’m partial to the two-mile paved golf cart path that allows fishermen to commute through wilderness.” She wiggled airy finger quotes and slipped into singsong shopping-channel narration. “This one-of-a-kind resort amenity allows adventurers to motor to pristine streams, wilderness ponds, and rushing rivers before it joins the Bogside Bar. Have that second martini overlooking our moose watering hole.”
I stared at sparks burning pinholes in my pants.
Shannon grabbed her flashlight and waved it across the river where pink bits of flagging tape whipped back and forth in the rising wind. “Maine’s forests have survived generations of greed. Not likely they’ll survive this. Ladies, I give you Wild Pines Resort!”
Forty-five miles from the nearest paved road, Great Nations Forest LLC was flagging the driveways, septic systems, and house lots of Wild Pines Resort. Shannon unzipped her pack and yanked out her raincoat.
“Maine’s woods aren’t African scrub or Malaysian rain forest,” she said. “It grows back if we leave it alone. No forest recovers from golf courses, condominiums, and parking lots. At Yale, they call it ‘hard deforestation.’ In Idaho, Great Nations mowed down aspen valleys for ranchettes. In Utah, it bulldozed pinyon pine canyons for condos.
“In Maine, Great Nations will carve up the last real forest east of the Mississippi, cut it heavy, build permanent roads all over it, and sell it to developers. The developers will sell it to people who’d rather park golf carts in three-car garages than hike grandchildren into ponds to find frogs. Wild Pines. Wild Pines! Good Christ! The bulldozer boys are blind, deaf, dumb, and stupid. How could anyone name a place after what they’ve just killed? Wild Pines will be a phony address in some slick brochure.”
Coyotes yipped again. Across the lake, irregular squalls ripped the surface into dark waves, and the rain hit us like a wall of wet, stinging bees. Blown backward, we struggled toward our tents as rocks hissed in the drowning fire.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

REVENGE FIRES BACK by JR Thompson Book Review

Revenge Fires Back Tour
Revengefiresback5He tries to control his anger,but it gets the best of him.
He makes poor decisions,and quickly discovers
Brady Clark’s family chooses horrible timing for their first camping trip – a night when a fierce storm leaves them stranded in the woods. Circumstances that leave him running around in the forest wearing, well, let’s just say less than appropriate attire cause him to unleash his anger by physically assaulting his father.
Not yet ready to face the discipline he has coming, Brady makes false allegations against both of his parents. That one foolish move throws the Clarks into a world they know very little about. A world that could possibly prevent them from ever dwelling together again as a family unit.
Can God use these trials to wake this family up to His purpose?
Review -
I don't know that I have every ready anything by JR Thompson -- but believe me, I will make sure to read more of JR's books in the future!!!

"Revenge Fires Back" is definitely a book that should make you realize just how unjust our "justice system" can be. The Clark family went on a camping trip and encountered a major rain storm the first night out. The three young boys and their parents each had their own issues about being out in the rainstorm. Roxanne (the mother) decided she had had enough and was ready to head home. BUT - the a part of a tree had fallen on their van. The next thing you know - you are hearing a blood curdling scream. OK -- I can't tell you anymore without giving away some or all of the story. Just believe me when I say, this is an awesome book and once you start reading, you will want to read to the finish!!!

I highly recommend this book to people of all ages! It is definitely a huge eye opener!
I received a copy for my honest review.

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Christian novelist JR Thompson, and his wife Hannah, are residents of Montana. He
writes fiction and maintains a blog on his website. None of thompson’s writings
contain any foul language.
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Brazen Gambit (Arnie & Zellie Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) Book Review


I raced in to the sight of her sitting placidly on my couch – completely, utterly, stark naked.

Only a small blip in the lives of lifelong best friends Arnie Fischer and Zellie Morgan, who with no license and even less practical experience form a detective agency. Their fervent desire for a nice little “find stuff” business rapidly devolves into perilous encounters with a mysterious buxom blonde client, a dead body, assorted mobsters, a sleazy detective, a sinister fashion designer, a car dealership owner only vaguely clinging to reality, and yes, a naked ex-girlfriend on the couch. And even more dangerous – navigating a burgeoning romantic relationship. No problem.
Of course, saving Zellie from the clutches of very dangerous people might be a little more difficult…
Sue's Review -  I just love when I get to read books by new authors to me. And Eric Small is another AWESOME author!!
Arnie and Zellie have know each other since before high school. Now they decide that they want to become private investigators together. They are hired to find a missing husband. But is he really missing??? Does he really exist??? I don't write spoilers -- so, you just really need to read this to find out what happens. And believe me - once you start reading, you will not want to put the book down until you finish because this book is that interesting!!!

So wondering when the next book of the series is coming out!!!
About the author
Eric Small, a long-time public servant who wrote extensively for work, began writing fiction in retirement. A lover of cozy mysteries himself, the genre perfectly fit into his desire to write something containing humor, romance, mystery and just plain fun. As a longtime reader of cozy mysteries, he found such stories a natural fit for his writing. Brazen Gambit is the first of a planned series of Arnie & Zellie Investigations, set in the environs of Middletown, New Jersey, where Eric was born and raised. He now lives in Florida with his wife of over thirty years.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Salt by Pauline Creeden Book Review

Salt-FINAL_HighHer kind treats her as less-than-human, but she’s always been so much more.
Mermaid life has never been easy for Verona. Her scars give evidence of her abuse. When her day of reckoning arrives, she is determined to endure exile. According to her father’s experience, exile is better than becoming a land-walker and risking her life among the humans.
However, when she saves the life of a drowning human boy, she inadvertently sets off a chain of events which force her to choose a path: stay with the humans she has become attached to or return home to a life of scorn. A savage hunter draws closer, threatening even the humans. Her only hope is to keep everyone safe until the next full moon, but those around her devise their own plans.



WOW WOW WOW - Pauline Creeden never ceases to amaze the reader!!!

I will start by saying that although you don't have to read the series in order -- it is good to have read SCALES before reading SALT. Besides, who doesn't want to read a really good book by a really good author!!! SALT starts off with Logan and his grandmother - MAMA WEND -- move back to the little island where they used to live when Logan was young. Upon arriving, he met some kids that he knew when he was 6. They invited him to a party on a boat and as things go - he jumped in the water to retrieve something for his neighbor friend. Then the boat left him there and he started swimming to shore. I don't write spoilers --- BUT, that is where the majority of the fun begins. This book is so good that you will want to continue reading until you reach the end. THEN - you will say how mad you are that the next book in the series doesn't come out until the summer of 2018. (At least that is what I thought!!!)
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

After Love Leaves Book Tour

AfterloveleavesbannerAFTER LOVE LEAVESWhen Brad Sorenson crossed paths with Zoe O’Loughlin at a high school graduation party, the connection was undeniable. He noticed her when no one else did; she inspired him to want more out of life. But it would be years before they’d meet again…and in the most unlikely of places. Brad was looking for a good time online, not love. But Zoe was so sweet, so kind. Everything about her was perfect—until she fell in love with him. Zoe doesn’t know why Brad left her standing in an airport; he won’t return her calls or texts. With her self-esteem and dreams shattered, she can’t imagine ever loving anyone else. A single phone call changes Brad’s life forever. Now he wants just one thing: to make amends with the only woman that’s ever mattered.

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Sue's Review - 
I just love when I find a new author to read books from. And Michelle Alstead is a new author for me to read -- and OMG, I will definitely be reading more books from her in the future!!!

This is truly an unconventional love story -- not the typical type at all. The main characters are Zoe and Brad. They first meet at a high school graduation bash. This was a brief encounter -- but the book takes you on their journey over the years in their lives. When they reunite through an online dating site, OH WAIT - I don't write spoilers, so you will just have to read this for yourself in order to find out what happens. Will it be a happier ever after ending - read it and see!!!

You will find out -- as I did -- that once you start reading this book that you will be hooked until the ending.

Michelle Alstead is a single, divorced mom of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who tries to promote autism Michelleawareness and advocate for gender equality while raising Sheldon Cooper and searching for some semblance of a love life. Michelle has experienced a wide-range of reasons for being dumped by the opposite sex (her favorite reason of all time – “she wasn’t crazy enough and crazy girls are so much fun”). She maintains that she is both Irish and Spanish and can bring the “crazy” just as good as the next woman. This author copes with the difficulties of raising her challenging child and failing at love, by eating copious amounts of chocolate, binge watching Netflix late at night, and writing novels about characters who find happy endings. Every great story has a grain of truth. Truth inspires freedom. Michelle has decided to free herself by acknowledging that life can be ugly, brutal, and wickedly unfair. Her stories aren’t the typical romances or the standard young adult fare. She seeks to be honest in her storytelling rather than playing it safe. Blending in wasn’t much fun anyway.
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