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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Knight with a Violin by Judith Laik Book Release

Just Release: Knight with a Violin: A short story in the Unsuitable Bride Series

Knight with a violin high res.jpg A violinist with a mission When musician Bayard Pytchley’s childhood sweetheart is abducted, he sets aside his newly realized ambition of playing in the Florenz Theatre orchestra to rush to her rescue. A stroke of fate strands Bayard with a down-on-their-luck thespian troupe. Viviana Fairweather’s joie de vivre inspires him as only music did before. Despite his noble intentions, Bayard proves all too susceptible to the charms of the troupe’s beautiful leading actress. A free-spirited actress Viviana cannot imagine a more satisfying life than touring with her family and performing for ordinary folk in the towns and villages of rural England. But when violinist Bayard Pytchley joins their troupe temporarily, she realizes what she has been missing—a man to share her life and love. Caught between honor and love Viviana can’t help but admire the man for his loyalty. Yet, how will her shattered heart mend when he leaves the troupe to search for his first love? What’s a man of honor to do when he falls in love with the wrong woman?

Other Books in The Unsuitable Bride Series:

The Lady is Mine (Book 1)

The Lady is Mine high res copy.jpgHe needed a solution When an innocent carriage drive leads to a few stolen kisses and a hasty proposal, Lord Beldon must find a way out of a most inconvenient betrothal. Miss Harriet Vernon is not the tall, elegant lady he envisioned for his wife. His solution: invite her to his country home. He believes a fortnight with his quarrelsome family will send her running the other way. She had a plan Harriet is no happier with the situation. If only she hadn’t been so dazzled by Lord Beldon’s handsomeness and dazed by his kisses, she never would have agreed to his proposal. Marriage isn’t in her plans—she wants to travel and see the world. If she brings her ravishing younger sister to his country home, the beautiful pair is bound to fall in love, leaving Harriet free to pursue her goal. Unfortunately it wasn’t working . . . for either of them Harriet and Beldon can’t seem to keep their hands off each other, and with interfering families, hot pursuit by other candidates for their hands and a pantomime to perform, will these two misguided lovers ever discover they were meant for each other? "Sometimes what the mind thinks it wants, the heart will speak another language all it’s own, called love… " --Janalee Ruschhaupt, Love Romances website

The Lady in Question (Book 2)

the-lady-in-question.jpgA fateful toss of the dice Charlotte Treadwell is outraged when she learns her gaming-mad papa has just forfeited her in a game of hazard. Suddenly she is the “property” of Hugh Brooks, Earl of Rayfield, a rake and a gambler who couldn’t possibly understand that her passionate heart is taken up with helping those less fortunate than she. A perilous game of chance Rayfield must stop an aristocratic spy from inflicting the horrors of revolution upon England. How can he keep his mind on his duties when the tempting woman he has just won is the fiery daughter of his prime suspect? Love is the most dangerous gamble of all . . .

About the Author:

JLphoto[1].jpgJudith lives on a historic pioneer farm in the verdant Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, two cats, some horses, and a dozen or so Collies. Ms Laik writes Regency-set historicals, and has also written two (so far) stories in the “When a Hero Comes Marching Home” World War II series. As Judy Laik, she is the author of a story in a historical anthology for middle-grade children, A Horse’s Tale, and a middle-grade book, Under Whose Influence?, as well as co-author of a book of quotations, Around the Circle Gently. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Beau Monde and Greater Seattle chapters or RWA, and Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Visit her Web site at http://www.judithlaik.com.

Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar Audiobook Review

Most definitely one of the top YA books I've listened to this year.

My Review:

I'm a huge fan of ghost stories and loved this story! Jade is a normal teen except she see's ghosts. It's something she keeps to herself as she assumes everyone will think she's nuts if they knew including her best friend. The ghosts are creepy, mean and ugly -- something out of a nightmare.

Her mother engaged they move into Fairever in Nantucket with the fiance and his two sons. That brings up more problems as a creepy ghost she calls Lacy haunts the house and her. She also has a massive crush on the youngest son Charlie who will soon be her step brother.

The story unfolds at a good pace, adding to the suspense and written first person builds Jade's character making come alive. There's a little humor and a touch of romance making this a story it's hard to put down.

A big part of audiobooks for me is the narrator and Melissa Redmond gave the story more character and life.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Patchwork Man by DB Martin Audiobook Review

Clever story that's most definitely worth listening too!


This story is about Lawrence Juste, a lawyer who is brought a young man Danny who is accused of a crime. His job is to get Danny off. As he digs into the case more and more is revealed starting with his life as a child.

When Lawrence was just a child his parents had too many children and little means to take care of them all. The government stepped in and split up the children. Lawrence went to a home along with other of his siblings and while there learns life the hard way. As the story progresses more of his life and its secrets are revealed.

The story is clever and suspenseful. Not nail biting suspenseful but enough to pique the reader/listener and keep them posted. The plot unravels like a slow death to Lawrence. There are elements in the story many authors wouldn't broach but this author did and with taste.

The narrator Rob Groves does a great job. His voice is easy and steady. I wish he'd changed his pacing more to match the story but overall no complaints. This is an excellent story and written well. 

I definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery, suspense and thrillers!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Shadow Sight by EJ Stevens Audiobook Review

Worth the listen.

My Review

This was fun listen. Ivy is a psychic detective with second sight. She see's the monsters for who they are and can't touch anything without seeing its past. She lives in Harboursmouth where plenty of creatures mingle in the streets.

When a demon walks into her and best friend Jinx detective agency her life gets even crazier. He's been hired by a type of Fae when their king disappears. They want her to find an item of his. In her search she gets distracted and doesn't spend a lot of time looking for it instead she spends more time warning other supernaturals and gaining their assistance. 

It was another type of Fae who kidnapped the other's king and they are ruthless and ready to attack Harboursmouth. 

It started a little slow but picked up after the first few chapters. Where I kept getting lost was her in depth descriptions of all the various types of Fae and other monsters. I really just needed to know about the ones directly involved with the story not every one she saw and it's history etc. I adore the author's imagination but trying to keep track of them all was a brain blast that detracted from the actual story. Sometimes less is better.

I enjoyed listening to the narrator and think she was a good fit for the story.


Midnight Burning by Karissa Laurel Audiobook Review

Refreshing, creative and suspenseful!

My Review:

This story had me intrigued and hooked from the start. Solina travels to Alaska after her twin brothers death. She's driven to learn more and haunted by nightmres involving a wolf. Once there she hooks up with her brother Mani's friends and searches for clues to his death. No one is forthcoming. In fact they all seem a little shady as if they're covering something up and insist she go home and have an intense need to protect her. But she's stubborn and one track minded. Dead set on learning what happened to her brother she stays,continuing her quest and finds more than what happened to Mani.

First, I love the setting. I've never been to Alaska but the author's brief, solid descriptions make me feel as though I have. The suspense factor in this book is high too. From one chapter to the next I had to continue listening. The author uses great pacing only revealing a little at a time, slowly thickening the plot.

The narrator was a perfect match for me. Good quality and she used great pacing.

On my list for best books I listened to in 2016!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Giveaway!

December is an awesome month! It's the best month of the year and filled with treasures for me such as my birthday and enjoying Holiday time with my family. 

I'm celebrating and have a gift for a lucky somebody. Enter the Rafflecopter below and get a chance to win a $20 Amazon card to be given to the winner 12/24. Go on, enter to win!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Devil's Cross by E.M.G. Wixley Audiobook Review

Wow! It doesn't get much better.

My Review:

I always enjoy a good thriller and this is entire series is nonstop intrigue and suspense. There was many points I didn't know who was good or bad or even who I liked. And the creepy doll thing was eerie from book 1 and I loved it. 

There's a lot of players and characters some who are completely despicable. EMG Wixley does a fantastic job building the characters and plot twists. I didn't expect the end and I see the possibility of another in the future or even a spin-off series.

Nigel Peever didn't disappoint either; the voices and sound effects work very effectively to add intensity to the story!


Dead Endz: Zombie Games by Kristen Middleton Audiobook Review

Love this series!

My Review:

This series is simply fun! This book picks up where book 2 left off. Cassie and crew are finally in Atlanta but separated into various groups.

There's a few surprises and twists but you'll have to read or listen to find them out. I won't give any spoilers!

What makes this such a fun book is the many plot twists in combination with the author's ability to build the characters. The narrator, Belle Avery, adds extra comedy to it with her change of pace when reading and the many voices she uses for the characters.

This is a series you won't want to miss!