Monday, January 16, 2017

Scattered Souls (Flames of Time #2) by Erica Lucke Dean

Paperback, 244 pages
Published December 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Ava Flynn is cursed.

After barely surviving an epic battle between her warring soul mates, Ava is stranded in the past with Laith, while Maddox frantically searches across the decades. Laith will stop at nothing to prove his love to Ava, and a desperate Maddox must race against time to find her before his brother can win her heart.

Torn between the two brothers, and with her eternal soul at stake, Ava comes to the horrifying conclusion that only she can break the curse. But the cost may be more than she is willing to pay.



My Thoughts…

Scattered Souls takes off exactly where book one, Splintered Souls, left off.    The characters of Maddox, Laith, and Ava were there like old friends that I hadn’t talked to in a while but I still knew them.     They were characters that I was excited to reconnect with and find out what the future will hold for them.     

There is still time travelling, soul mates, and a blessing/curse.      I loved that there was a lot of history given about Maddox and Laith.  It was interesting to understand why they are the way they are.     I struggle with the hatred between these two and the length’s they will go to take Ava from each other.   It bothered me that two brothers could be so mean to each other, but then I realized that was all caused by the blessing/curse, the curse that needs to be broken.  

The ending… oh the ending.    I never saw it coming, I had no clue where it was heading, but it was perfect!     I love when a book takes a direction that I never saw coming.   

Erica Lucke Dean is so talented that I never have a doubt when I pick up one of her books I will be entirely entertained.

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Check out book one, Splinter Souls, HERE

Author Bio:

After walking away from her career as a business banker to pursue writing full-time, Erica Lucke Dean moved from the hustle and bustle of the big city to a small tourist town in the North Georgia Mountains, where she lives in a 90-year-old haunted farmhouse with her workaholic husband, her 180lb lap dog, and at least one ghost. When she’s not writing or tending to her collection of crazy chickens and diabolical ducks, she’s either reading bad fan fiction or singing karaoke in the local pub. Much like the main character in her newest book, To Katie With Love, Erica is a magnet for disaster, and has been known to trip on air while walking across flat surfaces. How she’s managed to survive this long is one of life’s great mysteries.





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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sisters In Love: Snow Sisters by Melissa Foster AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

Sisters In Love: Snow Sisters

  • Written by: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins 







  • Danica Snow has always been the smart, practical, and appropriate sister. As a therapist, she prides herself on making reasonable, conservative choices, even if a bit boring, and as part of the Big Sister Program, she has little time for anything more in her life. Blake Carter is a player. He never gets bored of conquering women, and with his sexy good looks and successful lifestyle, he has no trouble finding willing participants. When his friend and business partner dies in a tragic accident, he suddenly, desperately, wants to change his ways. The problem is, he doesn't know how to stop doing what he does best. When Blake walks into Danica's office, the attraction between them is white hot, but Danica isn't the type to give into the heat and risk her career. Danica's desire sets her on a path of self-discovery, where she begins to question every decision she's ever made. Just this once, Danica wants to indulge in the pleasures of life she's been so willingly ignoring, but with her Little Sister in turmoil and her biological sister's promiscuousness weighing heavily on her heart, she isn't sure it's the right time to set her desires free.


  • Practical, Danica Snow is a therapist that has always been conservative and boring. In walks Blake Carter, a player, and her whole world is shaken up. The sparks fly as soon as Blake elbows her causing her to have a bloody nose while waiting for her coffee. When Blake’s best friend and business partner dies he realizes his life is rather lonely and is looking for help in changing this. When he goes to a therapist, yes Danica Snow, he feels the attraction and knows that this therapist will help.

    My Thoughts...

    This is the first Melissa Foster Audiobook I listened to.   Immediately I was under BJ Harrison's spell.   The voice, the tone, and the cadence of the words brought the characters to life.    I found myself getting in the car just listen to him more.     


    I loved that there were many levels to this story. There is the fun and hot romance and then there is the deeper death of a best friend and how that affects the people he left behind. There is also the story of Kaylie and her promiscuous ways and her struggle with falling in love. I cannot forget Michelle, the Little Sister of Danica that has lost her mother to alcoholism and is struggling to come to terms with herself. All the stories interwove perfectly and fit together without missing a beat. 

    I found myself connecting with each character in a different way. Hoping for Danica to loosen up and have some fun in her life. Blake to find the peace he so deserved. Kaylie to make the right choices in her life and not let her past pull her back. Michelle, oh Michelle, as a teenager I pulled for her the most. She is close to my daughter’s age and I cannot imagine her not having me here to guide her and give her occasional grief. I wanted her to succeed more than anyone else in the story. 

    I cannot wait for the next book in this Snow Sister’s series. Melissa Foster wrote a heart touching, realistic, loving story that I recommend highly.

    Audible Link  HERE


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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn SPOTLIGHT

1914. Whispers of war are rapidly spreading across Europe as a dark cloud of uncertainty settles over England. But with the promise of a glamorous new career as a lady’s maid, one young woman’s future has never been so bright in Judith Kinghorn’s new World War I period piece, THE ECHO OF TWILIGHT (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; January 3, 2017; $16.00).

Once hired by Lady Ottoline Campbell—a beautiful Northumberland aristocrat—Pearl Gibson cannot help but be swept up into Ottoline’s dazzling world of luxury and scandal. Although at first perturbed by Ottoline’s unusually brazen demeanor, Pearl soon develops a deep and complicated bond with her rather eccentric employer.

While accompanying the Campbells on an annual stay in their Scottish summer estate, Pearl unexpectedly falls for Ottoline’s gentle, artistic cousin—but it’s not long before their newly blossoming love affair is ripped apart by the escalating war. As the violence continues to heighten, Pearl and Ottoline fight to survive sorrow and despair at home while the men in their lives continue to be called to the front lines.

A must-read for fans of Kate Morton, Natasha Solomons and upstairs/downstairs dramas such as Downton Abbey, THE ECHO OF TWILIGHT offers an inspiring story of the unexpected strength and love that can be found in war’s darkest hours.

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“A gripping tale of family secrets and a comedy of manners...Historical
fiction fans will not want to miss this gem!”
Renee Rosen, author of White Collar Girl


“Those who love the blockbuster show Downton Abbey will find much to enjoy.”
Historical Novel Society


Judith Kinghorn is an author, reader, nature lover and occasional painter. She was born in Northumberland, England, and lived in London for many years before moving to Hampshire. Her début The Last Summer was first published in the UK in 2012 when it was chosen by LovereadingUK as a MEGA Début and featured in The Bookseller magazine’s round up of that year in ‘Ones To Watch’. Judith’s novels are published in the UK, USA, Canada and British Commonwealth countries, and have been translated to German, French, Italian and Spanish.



The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street #5) by Karen White

 Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Berkley
New York Times bestselling author Karen White invites you to explore the brick-walked streets of Charleston, where historic mansions house the memories of years gone by, and restless spirits refuse to fade away...

With her extended maternity leave at its end, Melanie Trenholm is less than thrilled to leave her new husband and beautiful twins to return to work, especially when she’s awoken by a phone call with no voice on the other end—and the uneasy feeling that the ghostly apparitions that have stayed silent for more than a year are about to invade her life once more.
 

But her return to the realty office goes better than she could have hoped, with a new client eager to sell the home she recently inherited on South Battery. Most would treasure living in one of the grandest old homes in the famous historic district of Charleston, but Jayne Smith would rather sell hers as soon as possible, guaranteeing Melanie a quick commission.
 

Despite her stroke of luck, Melanie can’t deny that spirits—both malevolent and benign—have started to show themselves to her again. One is shrouded from sight, but appears whenever Jayne is near. Another arrives when an old cistern is discovered in Melanie’s backyard on Tradd Street.
 

Melanie knows nothing good can come from unearthing the past. But some secrets refuse to stay buried....
 
 My Thoughts…
Ghosts, shadows, haunted dolls, mystery happening, old houses…. Sounds like a wonderful story and it is. 

While this is a series, this is the first book I have read in the Tradd Street series by Karen White.   Maybe I should have read the first 4 but I really did not feel like I was missing anything.    There were some relationships that I would have liked to know more about yet I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.    

Melanie… oh what an OCD character.   Her spreadsheets drove me crazy.   The need to micro-manage everyone and everything was insane.    But I liked her.   I liked that the reasons behind the spreadsheets was so she could keep involved in her twins lives while she was working.    I don’t think they were from lack of trust of  Jayne, the nanny.     Melanie was a character that knew what she wanted, trusted her instincts (even when she was wrong), and loved with her whole heart.   

The mystery part of the story was pretty easy to figure out.    It didn’t take me long to figure out who Jayne was and why she was left Button’s house bringing her into Melanie and Jack’s lives.     I was okay with that because it didn’t make the ending any less enjoyable. 

The story ended with all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed.     There is no cliffhanger or wonder what will happen next.    I’ll be looking for the next book in this series.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik PROMO POST


 A high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night (Scout Press, imprint of Gallery Books; Hardcover; January 10, 2017; $26.00) is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.




PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE HANNON
 Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. Find out more on her website EricaFerencik.com and follow her on Twitter @EricaFerencik.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pretty Little World by Melissa DePino, Elizabeth LaBan

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 17th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
On a cozy street in Philadelphia, three neighboring families have become the best of friends. They can’t imagine life without one another—until one family outgrows their tiny row house. In a bid to stay together, a crazy idea is born: What if they tear down the walls between their homes and live together under one roof? And so an experiment begins.
Celia and Mark now have the space they need. But is this really what Celia’s increasingly distant husband wants? Stephanie embraces the idea of one big, happy family, but has she considered how it may exacerbate the stark differences between her and her husband, Chris? While Hope always wanted a larger family with Leo, will caring for all the children really satisfy that need?
Behind closed doors, they strive to preserve the closeness they treasure. But when boundaries are blurred, they are forced to question their choices…and reimagine the true meaning of family.

My Thoughts…

Living in a commune style with my neighbors is nothing I would ever want to do but for these three families it seemed to make sense.   Yet after taking the walls down each family found their own issues.   These problems could have been there before they took the walls down but were brought to light after.    With each problem the support from the other families was wonderful.  There was never a doubt that they would support each other, pick each other up, and help each other in any way possible.

I am not sure what my thoughts were on the how the adults all seemed to bond with each other’s spouses.   What I mean is that the wives all bonded with different husbands.   I am not sure that everyone in the house didn’t overstep boundaries many times.     The style of living did not give any private/personal time to couples or individual families.     I am not sure how any of these marriages managed to stay together.  

The children in this story were not prominent characters but there was still an attachment to them.    I wonder how confusing it would be to young children to call other women mommy and other men daddy.    This is something that I thought about each time it happen but maybe it is just because I am a mommy and I wouldn’t want my daughters to call anyone else mommy.   

When I finished reading I just sat and thought about how my world would be if I lived in a world like they did.   How would my relationship with my husband change?  What would my children think?   
Pretty Little World is an interesting read.   I devoured it.

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MEET THE AUTHORS…

Elizabeth LaBan is the author of The Tragedy Paper, which has been translated into eleven languages, The Grandparents Handbook, which has been translated into seven languages, and The Restaurant Critic's Wife. She lives in Philadelphia with her restaurant-critic husband and two children.




Melissa DePino lives in Philadelphia and is a founding   partner and principal of Leapfrog Group, a marketing communications firm specializing in non-profits. In her spare time, she reads voraciously, writes fiction, practices yoga, and enjoy live music.



 “A skilled, funny, and highly engaging examination of family, love, and marriage…This book is a win.” —Meg Mitchell Moore, author of The Admissions


Monday, January 9, 2017

Scattered Souls (Flames of Time #2) by Erica Lucke Dean

Paperback, 244 pages
Published January 10, 2017 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC

I am so excited to share the news that January 10th, tomorrow, Scattered Souls by Erica Lucke Dean will be released.   This is the second book in the Flames of Time series.   My review for Scattered Souls will be shared on January 16th.   



 You can check out my thoughts on book one HERE






Ava Flynn is cursed.

After barely surviving an epic battle between her warring soul mates, Ava is stranded in the past with Laith, while Maddox frantically searches across the decades. Laith will stop at nothing to prove his love to Ava, and a desperate Maddox must race against time to find her before his brother can win her heart.

Torn between the two brothers, and with her eternal soul at stake, Ava comes to the horrifying conclusion that only she can break the curse. But the cost may be more than she is willing to pay.
 



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