First Lines Friday – Feb. 22, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“July 1820.  There was no doubt about it.  Lord Fennimore was going to have his guts for garters.  Especially after the unfortunate shredded underwear incident of last night.”

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

And the book is… The Disgraceful Lord Gray by Virginia Heath.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

A spy on a mission…

Until he meets this heiress!

Part of The King’s Elite. Miss Theodora Cranford’s learned to keep her impetuous nature locked away. She won’t be deceived by another man who can’t see past her fortune. She wants an honourable, sensible sort – not a self-assured scoundrel like her new neighbour, Lord Gray. Although she’s sure there’s more to him than meets the eye… But after that first captivating kiss, she’s certainly left wanting more!

This is Book 3 of The King’s Elite series.  Have you read any of Virginia Heath’s books?

Dark & Fluffy Volume II by Janet Stock @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour #shortstories

Welcome to my blog stop on the book blitz for “Dark & Fluffy: Volume II: A Collection of Short Fiction” by Janet Stock.

MY REVIEW

As an eclectic reviewer, I decided to try an eclectic assortment of short stories for a change, and I think it is one of the shortest short story books I’ve read.  Volume II is a mere 70 pages filled with 9 pieces originally written for courses, magazines, novels, and stories that just popped into the author’s head. 

Ms. Stock has divided her stories into dark and disturbing and fluffy and happy and I have added my reviews below for each story:

The Man Across the Street – The first story is disturbing and ironic and was created as a writing assignment.  It is told from a neighbor’s perspective about the man and wife next door and her disappearance under suspicious circumstances. Suspenseful with a surprising ending.

Vintage – Written more like an ode to herself, the author uses classic verbiage to chronicle her life.  I’m not a big fan of poetry, but it was a unique addition to the collection. Continue reading “Dark & Fluffy Volume II by Janet Stock @rararesources #bookreview #blogtour #shortstories”

Sundays in Bed with… Glasgow Kiss

Sundays in Bed

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This snowy Sunday I’m reading Glasgow Kiss by CS Duffy.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

She demanded he stop mucking about, pull over and let her out the car.

He’d laughed.

A thin, high, mocking screech that was like nails on a blackboard. Whirling round a roundabout with one hand on the steering wheel, he’d blown her a kiss.

I don’t have to do what anyone says.

His voice was high and freakishly child-like, his eyes sparkling with inhuman glee.  She had to grit her teeth to stop herself from screaming as a wall of white hot horror slammed her.

What book are you in bed with today?

#SegueSaturday – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #bookreview

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in September 2009.  The review is short, but I will never forget Gaiman’s unique story about a young boy named Nobody Jones. 

I also recommend listening to Neil Gaiman’s stories in audiobook form which are narrated by him.  He is an excellent speaker and I don’t think I would have enjoyed American Gods half as much if I hadn’t listened to it in his voice.  Enjoy!

“One grave in every graveyard belongs to the ghouls. Wander any graveyard long enough and you will find it – waterstained and bulging, with cracked or broken stone, scraggly grass or rank weeks about it, and a feeling, when you reach it, of abandonment. It may be colder than the other gravestones, too, and the name on the stone is all too often impossible to read. If there is a statue on the grave it will be headless or so scabbed with fungus and lichens as to look like a fungus itself. If one grave in a graveyard looks like a target for petty vandals, that is the ghoul-gate. If the grave makes you want to be somewhere else, that is the ghoul-gate.

This is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. Though the first chapter was disturbing for a YA book, when you read further it is about a boy named Nobody Jones who learns about friendship, family, revenge and surviving. He just happens to learn these things from ghosts and witches while living in a graveyard. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman #bookreview”

Shadow Life by Jason Mather @ShadowlifeJM @EDGEpublishing #bookreview #scifi #ArtificialIntelligence

MY REVIEW

Will his chivalry get him and others killed?

Hans Ricker: sarcastic, stubborn, ne’er-do-well, jack of all trades, committed to causes and saves damsels in distress. Will he be able to save the people he cares about without being destroyed in the process? 

Do you have any idea how hard it is to have a sister that’s more manly than you?

Greta “Grit” Ricker: commander of the Denver Security forces, impersonal, serious, strong, precise and protector of her brother Hans.  How can she protect her brother from something she cannot control?

Whatever is in our systems is able to use our tech against us.

Onyx, AKA Illyana Petrovich, AKA Kaori Li: organized techno-crime boss, lethal weapon, ballet dancer, and will do anything to find the black sphere that cannot get into the wrong hands.  Will she find it in time? Continue reading “Shadow Life by Jason Mather @ShadowlifeJM @EDGEpublishing #bookreview #scifi #ArtificialIntelligence”

First Lines Friday – Feb. 15, 2019

First Lines Friday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“In December of 1984, when Raina and I were sophomores, my high school held its first and last annual girls’ winter basketball tournament, the Inglewood Christmas Classic.  The next year, an hour before the first-round games were set to start, a light fixture fell from the ceiling and left a six-foot hole in the floor, and the indignity of having to cancel the tournament once convinced my coach we shouldn’t host it anymore.”

Read on to find out which book this extract is from…

And the book is… The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

As a star basketball player in her senior year of high school, Nancy Takahiro’s life is about to change forever. Faced with the college recruitment process and unsure where her skill will take her, Nancy is not prepared for meeting Raina Webber, an all-state shooting guard whose passion for basketball is matched only by her talent for it.

When Nancy’s father and Raina’s mother fall in love and decide to move in together, the girls are faced with the challenge of negotiating their already intense rivalry and friendship–and of living with the scrutiny of neighbors who react with varying degrees of comfort to their Japanese American and African American household.

The Necessary Hunger follows Nancy, Raina, and several of their friends through their last year of high school. For some of them, their senior year will be full of glory, and the anticipation of college. For others, however, stranded in an inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood that promises little in the way of opportunity, it will mark not only the end of their time in school but also the end of their hope.

As Nancy and Raina both prepare to leave the urban neighborhood that has nurtured them, they find themselves looking toward a future that is no longer easily defined. The Necessary Hunger is about families, friendship, racial identity, and young people who are nearing adulthood in a dangerous and challenging world. It is about sports as a means of salvation, about the nature of competition, and ultimately about the various kinds of love.
 

Let me know if you have read The Necessary Hunger.  Yay or nay?

Sundays in Bed with… Shadow Life

Sundays in Bed

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading Shadow Life by Jason Mather.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Hans Ricker knows the value of his life. 500 dollars. He came cheap, and death came easy. But in the near future it’s not that easy to die, and now he’s back, and the trouble is only growing deeper. Two feuding underworld figures, both immensely powerful, want him dead. Something else wants him alive, something even more powerful, more mysterious, and Hans isn’t the only with the power of resurrection.

What book are you in bed with today?

Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang @IrisYang86351 ‏@OpenBooksTitles @book_glow #BookReview #historicalfiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

World War Two. Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot.

In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim.

Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American.

With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered.

Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history. Continue reading “Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang @IrisYang86351 ‏@OpenBooksTitles @book_glow #BookReview #historicalfiction”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in April 2009.  It is an inspiring memoir of the late Byron Nease, who originated the role of Raoul in the Canadian production of The Phantom of the Opera.  He died in 2013.

Byron Nease’s memoir is both tragic and uplifting at the same time.

Byron “Bud” Nease was born into a family in turmoil and was whisked away from his minister father and his two sisters by his neurotic, actress/singer mother at a very young age to a life of abuse and confusion.

He spends most of his life explaining to his father that he is Christian and he is gay. Though his father is not happy with Bud’s “choice”, he does not banish him from his life. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Behind the Mask…No More by Byron Nease (9781419655296)”

#MegaBlitzTour #BookReview Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman @hannahrgoodman @RRBookTours1

Welcome to my blog stop on the fabulous mega blitz tour by R&R Book Tours for four outstanding YA books with GIVEAWAYS.  Up first is my review on Hannah R. Goodman’s Till It Stops Beating.  There are more excerpts and giveaways for three other books below.  Good luck and I hope you enjoy my review!

Version 3Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman

Publication Date: July 5th, 2018

Genre: YA Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Maddie Hickman has always coped with anxiety by immersing herself into the latest self-help book. Then her grandmother is diagnosed with cancer, and she spirals so far downward that she almost risks losing everything she holds dear.

From applying to college to solving the mystery of why she detests jelly doughnuts to writing a novel for her senior project and reconnecting with an old flame (or two), the ever-mounting stress leads to an unexpected road trip where she is forced to listen to her wildly beating heart. It is only in the back of a convertible with pop music blasting, that she discovers what she needs in order to really live.

If your heart has ever hurt from beating widely, whether from anxiety or love, this book is the one to read. Continue reading “#MegaBlitzTour #BookReview Till It Stops Beating (The Maddie Chronicles #4) by Hannah R. Goodman @hannahrgoodman @RRBookTours1”

#BlogBlitz #BookReview Black Matter by G.D. Parker @GDParker_Author @rararesources #crime #thriller

Welcome to my blog stop on the fabulous book blitz for Black Matter by G.D. Parker.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The future is now… it’s terrifying!!! Humanity locks jaws with the ever-increasing human desires towards highly advanced technological innovations making the world a dangerous place. Unanticipated horrific consequences unfold for Tommy McGregor when he partakes in new high-tech innovation to enhance his health and wellbeing. He thought it would make him healthier, better looking and live forever…DI Valentina is out of her comfort zone when she’s tasked to track down a killer, unknown to her, hidden behind a digital mask. The future has already fallen upon humanity as she soon discovers, nothing is as it seems anymore as society embarks in technology that’s already here. A terrifying mystery, it feeds your imaginative mind’s eye – a fast-paced “whoisit” thrilling crime novel that will leave you guessing until the end, (or will it?) As it leaves the hairs on your arms stand on end as you uncontrollably turn each page in this 3 part series. Continue reading “#BlogBlitz #BookReview Black Matter by G.D. Parker @GDParker_Author @rararesources #crime #thriller”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #1) by Shirley Damsgaard @avonbooks

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in March 2009.  It is a charming, cozy mystery with plenty of humor and interesting characters.  Enjoy!

I chose this book because I was interested in reading a book by a fellow Iowan and what fun to find out that the protagonist is a librarian.

Ophelia is an uptight librarian in small-town Iowa who keeps to herself and doesn’t make any waves. And, did I mention she is a witch? Her grandmother and sidekick, Abby, is also a witch and tells Ophelia that her life is in danger.

Enter Rick Davis, mysterious stranger, asking many questions around town. The events that follow are predictable, but the characters are fun and interesting.

This 2006 “Best first” Agatha book nominee, is a fun, enjoyable read for fans of cozy mysteries and witches who try to get answers on the Internet! Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #1) by Shirley Damsgaard @avonbooks”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: A World I Never Made (The Invictus Cycle 1) by James LePore @jlepore5

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in March 2009.  It is a great foreign espionage suspense thriller that kept me at the edge of my seat.  Enjoy!

It’s January 2004 and Pat Nolan has received a call from Paris informing him that his estranged daughter Megan (well-traveled, freelance journalist) has committed suicide. When he gets to Paris it is revealed that the body is not Megan and she has left behind a strange suicide note to stage her death. The plot thickens when he finds out she had been staying in Morocco for some time with an extended diplomatic visa and she is hiding from a powerful enemy who stops at nothing to exact revenge. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: A World I Never Made (The Invictus Cycle 1) by James LePore @jlepore5”

#BlogTour #BookReview: Perfect Match by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources @HQDigitalUK

Publication Date:  18 January 2018
Publisher:  HQ Digital
ISBN: B075MW7HNC (Kindle book)
Pages:  362
Category: Women’s fiction / Humor

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can you ever find true love online?

Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…

After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man. Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: Perfect Match by Zoe May @zoe_writes @rararesources @HQDigitalUK”

#Book Review: The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin @jccronin @penguinrandom #sciencefiction #series

Publication Date:  8 June 2010
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition
ISBN: B003F3PM7A (Kindle book)
Pages:  897
Category: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian/Series

ABOUT THE BOOK

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

An epic and gripping tale of catastrophe and survival, The Passage is the story of Amy—abandoned by her mother at the age of six, pursued and then imprisoned by the shadowy figures behind a government experiment of apocalyptic proportions. But Special Agent Brad Wolgast, the lawman sent to track her down, is disarmed by the curiously quiet girl and risks everything to save her. As the experiment goes nightmarishly wrong, Wolgast secures her escape—but he can’t stop society’s collapse. And as Amy walks alone, across miles and decades, into a future dark with violence and despair, she is filled with the mysterious and terrifying knowledge that only she has the power to save the ruined world. Continue reading “#Book Review: The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin @jccronin @penguinrandom #sciencefiction #series”

#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Humpty Dumpty was Pushed by #MarcBlatte #HipHopNoir

I started my book review blog in 2009 and I have read so many outstanding books that I wanted to share them again with my followers on #SegueSaturday.  I first posted this review in February 2009.  “Humpty Dumpty was Pushed” was one of my first books posted on my blog and it is a fantastic “hip-hop noir” novel full of suspense, humor and great characters.

MY REVIEW

Humpty Dumpty was pushed.  Nothing happens by accident and lightening can strike twice in the same spot.

Who murdered the big man with the yellow socks?  This story takes us from a hip-hop recording studio to a New York City nightclub to a socialite’s home in the Hamptons.

Detective Salvatore Messina, aka Black Sallie Blue Eyes, is a smart cop with a criminal profiler mind.  He dreams of keeping the streets safe, but this case has got him working to keep his captain, the record producers and the socialites from breathing down his neck AND, as fate has it, his ex-wife is back in New York City. Continue reading “#SegueSaturday #BookReview: Humpty Dumpty was Pushed by #MarcBlatte #HipHopNoir”

#BlogTour #BookReview: The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King’s Elite Book 2) by @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources #Regency

Publication Date:  1 January 2019
Publisher:  Harlequin Historical
ISBN: 9781488047008 (Kindle book)
Pages:  288
Category: Regency romance/ historical romance

ABOUT THE BOOK

Imprisoned by her past- Set free by her enemy!

Charged with high treason, Lady Jessamine Fane is under the watchful eye of icily calm Lord Peter Flint. It’s a task this spy won’t be swayed from, no matter how alluring his prisoner! Only it’s not long before Flint realizes that tenacious Jess hides a lifetime of pain. With so much at stake, can he afford to take a chance on their powerful attraction? Continue reading “#BlogTour #BookReview: The Uncompromising Lord Flint (The King’s Elite Book 2) by @VirginiaHeath_ @rararesources #Regency”

#BookReview: There’s Something About a Cowboy by Rich Amooi @richamooi #romantic #comedy

Publication Day: 25 October 2018
Publisher:  Rich Amooi
ISBN: B07JQ5ZT4C (Kindle book)
Pages: 266
Category:  Fiction, Romantic Comedy

MY REVIEW

She’d promised herself to quit dating cowboys since she had such a poor track record with them.

Amy Weaver is in a pickle.  Her night out with her niece Jennie turned out to be a disaster.  She challenged a complete, but hunky, cowboy to a bull riding contest at the Double Deuce bar and paid with a kiss that knocked her socks off.  A kiss that her niece posted on social media for the entire world to see including Amy’s family who now thinks she is engaged.  When her grandfather, “The Great Exaggerator”, manipulates Amy in bringing her new fiance to his birthday party at the family ranch, she has to locate Luke as soon as possible to convince her judgemental father and her ex-boyfriend that she has moved on.  Will she be able to keep up this charade with a perfect stranger, or will it backfire on her? Continue reading “#BookReview: There’s Something About a Cowboy by Rich Amooi @richamooi #romantic #comedy”

#BlogTour #Review: Naked Truths (Naked, Book 1) by Karen Botha @KarenBothaNovel @rararesources

Naked Truth

ABOUT THE BOOK

He’s a grieving widower, the perfect boyfriend, and the prime suspect…

Lucy knows the importance of boundaries. As a massage therapist, she keeps her work and her personal life completely separate. But when a handsome widower shows up on her table and sparks an instant attraction, Lucy is shameless. Breaking her rule, she crosses the line, triggering a series of thrilling mysteries.

Paula isn’t so sure about her best friend’s perfect man… or the story of his wife’s death. To uncover the truth, the former detective infiltrates his social circle. When she examines a scandalous lodger, a jealous brother, and a protective mother-in-law, everyone seems to have a hidden motive for murder…

Lucy is torn between her old friend and her dark new love. Will she follow her head or her heart? And can Paula discover the true killer before her friend makes a fateful mistake?

Naked Truths is the first book in a series of pulse-pounding romantic suspense books. If you like the odd steamy sex scene, complex characters, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love the suspense of Karen Botha’s gripping romantic suspense.

The rest of the Naked Series of gripping mystery romances can be read as stand alones or as part of the series and are free on Kindle Unlimited. Continue reading “#BlogTour #Review: Naked Truths (Naked, Book 1) by Karen Botha @KarenBothaNovel @rararesources”

#BookReview: Lincoln Shaw (Heartbreakers & Heroes Book 8) by Ciana Stone @CianaStone @CandidBReview

 

Publication Day: 12 November 2018
Publisher: Ciana Stone
ISBN: B07GQLQGMS (Kindle book)
Pages: 261
Category:  Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Mystery, Series

Thor mowed through those rednecks like a god, even taking time to give her a wink when she yelled a warning about someone behind him.

Tallulah (Lula) Christmas Duval is a former Olympian gymnast, comic geek, stripper who has been cursed by her dead grandmother.  But that’s not all; she has a dangerous secret that has brought her to Cotton Creek, Texas.  However, when an over-zealous customer gets out of hand at the strip club, her rescuer is none other than the Asgardian God, Thor, or Lincoln Shaw to his family and friends.

Lincoln Shaw is a player who leaves broken hearts behind wherever he goes, but Lula is like no one else.  She’s beautiful, funny, outgoing and honest.  Or is she?  She’s told him about her past, but her current situation is not all that it seems to be, and why is she so interested in the high school football coach? Continue reading “#BookReview: Lincoln Shaw (Heartbreakers & Heroes Book 8) by Ciana Stone @CianaStone @CandidBReview”