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Monday, December 31, 2018

Kari's Top 10 of 2018



Here are my top 10 books that I read in 2018.  In no particular order:

Until We Fall by Jessica Scott

The Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell


Between You and Me by Susan Wiggs

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Back to Start by Elle Keating

Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall






Respect by Jay Crownover

Wild Whiskey Love by Melissa Foster

Cooper's Charm by Lori Foster

About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Books I Didn't Finsish - December edition



Sawkill Girls:  I have seen a lot of rave reviews for this book.  So, I'm clearly in the minority.  I found it confusing and boring at the same time.  There is a big reveal in the beginning of the book that took away some of the mystery.  I didn't like any of the characters.  I gave up about 30% in.

Broken Girls:  I gave up fairly early on with this book.  I tried to read it a few times.  But I never made it past chapter 7.  I was bored.  I didn't like the dual time lines.  The characters were forgettable.  There was a distinct lack of supernatural element.  I wanted a good ghost story, but I wasn't going to get it here.

Strange Grace:  As I was reading this, I felt like I was reading a boring version of The Village.  The world building was really bad  At first, I thought the beginning was a prologue about something that happened years before.  But, no.  It was the whole story.  I quit at about 20%.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time:  I only made it to the third chapter in this one.  There was little chemistry between the two main characters.  I wasn't a fan of the age difference.  He kept calling her "kid" in the beginning and that made me cringe.  I just knew this one wouldn't be for me.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

December Mini Musings



Undercover ConnectionThis was a fairly enjoyable romantic suspense. It was a quick read and a bit predictable. There was definitely insta-love between the main couple and that made me take off a star. There weren't really any surprises and I guessed to culprit early on. Still it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

The Thrill Club:  This was a quick teen scream thriller that hit all of the fun cliche notes.  It was cheesy, creepy, cliche and dated.  But it was a lot of fun to read.  I figured it out before the end.  But I still had fun with it.

Spooksville: The Secret Path:  This was definitely a middle grade level "horror" story.  It was really short and fun to listen to.  I think middle grade readers will love this retro story.  It is a bit dated as it was written in the 90s.  But, still a lot of fun.  It kind of reminded me of the Goosebumps series. 

Stuffed Stockings:  This is another novella from the Dirty Bits collection.  It is also one that I would have liked to be longer.  I didn't feel like I got to know either character that well enough to buy their attraction.  I also wasn't a fan of their BDSM relationship, especially at work during the office holiday party.  That was kind of a bit off-putting.  Why did everything have to happen at work?  It was just a bit unrealistic for me.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Blog Tour: Spotlight of I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos


Author: Marisa de los Santos
Publisher: William Morrow Paperback
Date of publication: Reprint edition December 2018

The New York Times bestselling author revisits the characters from her beloved novels Love Walked In and Belong to Me in this captivating, beautifully written drama involving family, friendship, secrets, sacrifice, courage, and true love for fans of Jojo Moyes, Elin Hilderbrand, and Nancy Thayer.

On the weekend of her wedding, Clare Hobbes meets an elderly woman named Edith Herron. During the course of a single conversation, Edith gives Clare the courage to do what she should have done months earlier: break off her engagement to her charming—yet overly possessive—fiancé.

Three weeks later, Clare learns that Edith has died—and has given her another gift. Nestled in crepe myrtle and hydrangea and perched at the marshy edge of a bay in a small seaside town in Delaware, Blue Sky House now belongs to Clare. Though the former guest house has been empty for years, Clare feels a deep connection to Edith inside its walls, which are decorated with old photographs taken by Edith and her beloved husband, Joseph.

Exploring the house, Clare finds two mysterious ledgers hidden beneath the kitchen sink. Edith, it seems, was no ordinary woman—and Blue Sky House no ordinary place. With the help of her mother, Viviana, her surrogate mother, Cornelia Brown, and her former boyfriend and best friend, Dev Tremain, Clare begins to piece together the story of Blue Sky House—a decades-old mystery more complex and tangled than she could have imagined. As she peels back the layers of Edith’s life, Clare discovers a story of dark secrets, passionate love, heartbreaking sacrifice, and incredible courage. She also makes startling discoveries about herself: where she’s come from, where she’s going, and what—and who—she loves.

Shifting between the 1950s and the present and told in the alternating voices of Edith and Clare, I’ll Be Your Blue Sky is vintage Marisa de los Santos—an emotionally evocative novel that probes the deepest recesses of the human heart and illuminates the tender connections that bind our lives.

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Marisa de los Santos is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning poet with a PhD in literature and creative writing. She lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Review: Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Author: Mark Edwards
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of publication: June 2015

It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, a final adventure before settling down.

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura’s travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest…a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

Back in London, Daniel and Laura vow never to talk about what they saw that night. But as they try to fit back into their old lives, it becomes clear that their nightmare is just beginning…


In Follow You  Home, British couple, Danial and Laura, are on vacation in Romania when they are kicked off of a train after their passports and tickets are stolen.  The end up at a creepy house in the woods.  After fleeing and going back to England, they end up agreeing to never speak about what they saw.  Even though it is tearing their relationship apart.

I have  mixed feelings about this book.  I did end up ultimately enjoying the book.  There were a lot of twists that kept me on my toes.  I didn't really see any of them coming, especially the last reveal.  That one was shocking. However, I did think the book dragged in a few places.  What Danial and Laura actually saw in the house was kind of anti-climactic.  I mean it was horrific, however, I thought Laura's reaction to the events was a bit over the top.  I mean if she was that bothered, then she should have said something once they got to safety. 

I don't want to give away the plot too much.  It is told through multiple perspectives.  But it was easy to follow.  I would say this is one of the more enjoyable psychological thrillers that I read this year.  I do recommend it.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Blog Tour: Spotlight of Place of Crying by Judy Witt


Author: Judy Witt
Publisher: XLibrisAU
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Ebook

INKABA YAKHO IPHI? (WHERE IS YOUR NAVEL?) Three stories—those of the Xhosa and the Khoikhoi tribes, the British soldiers and the settlers, and the burghers and the Boers—are told in parallel. Her Khoikhoi mother, had named her Coti after the wife of Cagn, the supreme god of the San people. Her skin shone like gold, the skin of the San. He had been watching as she bathed in the lagoon, blinded by her sleek beauty as she stepped out. The fading sunlight on the water drops covered her golden skin like jewels. Coti gasped when she saw him. He was Tshane, great-great-grandson of a Xhosa chief and named after one of the first Rharhabe Xhosa kings or paramount (supreme) chiefs. His mother was from the Gcaleka Xhosa clan. Tshane represented the amaXhosa, the fierce people of Xhosa. He was magnificent as he stood still and tall—a warrior, black as ebony; his toned muscles rippled. He was nervous. She was not afraid of him. She prayed now to the wise and powerful Tsui-Goab, the Khoi supreme god, to protect her from Guanab, the cunning god of evil. Her grandmother had warned that this was an evil love, brought about by the trickster god, Haitsa-Aibib. Haitsa-Aibib could change his form at will. Was he the fish eagle that had thrown the cloud over her? Lt. Ian Bentley sat his horse on a hill overlooking the coastal foothills of the Amatola Mountains. From his position, he had a good view of the sea and also the Xhosa village below him. It was baking hot under the African sun, and he looked forward to the cool evening. He sweated in his thick red tunic, made for cooler climates, and his horse fidgeted from the flies. Taking his eyeglass from his tunic, he focused on the village below. Conraad du Randt, the burghers’ leader, raised his arm for silence. ‘Yes, my people. First, they free the slaves and tell us to pay them. Now they have equality before the law? These heathens are our subordinates, damned in the eyes of God! Given to us to teach them Christian ways! Our land! Our lifestyle! Is God-given and earned by conquest!’

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Judy Witt was born in Natal in South Africa on January 1944. She was raised by Zulu women and then Xhosa women when the family moved to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The family later moved to Southern Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia during the years those countries were fighting for freedom and independence. Caught up in the violence and terror that evolved and the Congo Revolution spillover, they returned to South Africa the day before Zambia’s independence. Judy now lives in Sydney Australia with her husband, four married children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to You!!




Wishing all of  you a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

May you find peace and joy all year long!.

Love,

Autumn & Kari

Monday, December 24, 2018

Review: Useless Bay by M. J. Beaufrand

Author: M. J. Beaufrand
Publisher: Abrams Books
Date of publication: October 2016

A gritty, psychological thriller about a mythic set of sixteen-year-old quintuplets searching for a young boy.

On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from the forces of wind and sea. But, when a young boy goes missing, the mysteries start to pile up. While searching for him, they find his mother’s dead body instead—and realize that something sinister is in their midst. Edgar-nominated author M. J. Beaufrand has crafted another atmospheric thriller with a touch of magical realism that fans of mystery and true crime will devour.


Useless Bay is another recent random library pick.  To be honest, I'm not sure what level of reader this is supposed to be marketed to.  On one hand, it read like a middle grade book and on the other it had elements that would really only be suitable for older YA readers.  The story involves quintuplets who are famous for being good at search and rescue on their little island  The four brothers and one sister are rumored to have been born of the land.  They are tasked with finding one of their friend's little brother who has gone missing on the island, however, they end up finding another body instead.

This ended up being an OK read for me.  It's really short, so I read it in one sitting.  My biggest issue with it was the lack of supernatural development.  There are some elements that, had they been further developed, could have lead the book to be a good supernatural thriller.  But they weren't. For instance, Pixie's visions about the troll and creatures in the sea.  I would have loved to have more.  I also thought the book could have been longer to make the mystery more exciting.  It wasn't hard to figure out the reveal about halfway through the book.  So, it was more a matter of waiting for the characters to catch up to the reader.  

Having said all of that, I did like the characters.  They are ones I would love to read about again.  The Quints were fun and interesting.  No one knows who their father was although there it a hint toward the end of book.  That would have been fun to explore further.  As I said earlier, I think this probably should be kept to the older YA crowd.  There are elements of animal and child abuse that could be disturbing to younger readers.  


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Review: Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry

Author: Jonathan Maberry
Publisher: Pinnacle
Date of publication: June 2006
Evil Doesn't Die
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country's largest Halloween celebration in what is now called "The Spookiest Town in America."
It Just Grows Stronger
But then--a month before Halloween--it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. And an ancient evil walking the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces--and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.
Ghost Road Blues was a random library pick.  I have been in the mood for a really good horror story.  Unfortunately, I'm not sure this one fits that bill.  The story involves the small town of Pine Deep that is notorious for being haunted.  Halloween is a big deal for the town.  As the town gears up for it's celebration, danger comes to town in the form of bank robbers and a serial killer.

So from what I have read about other people's experience with this book. it't not great, but is more of a set up for the rest of the trilogy.  For the most part, I liked it enough to keep reading.  It wasn't really a horror book, but more of a thriller.  It's definitely full of graphic violence.  There are hints of something supernatural, but they aren't fully fleshed out. I'm wondering if this is a case of a trilogy that could have been cut down to be a duology.  

The main characters were interesting and ones I want to root for.  I liked Crow and Mike the most.   The villains were equally un-likable.  The book did drag in the middle but was saved by the last act that had me riveted.  I should warn that there is some graphic child abuse, i.e a teen getting the crap beat out of him by an adult.in the book.  I should have a review of the second book up really soon.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

2 in 1 Review: Issued to the Bride: One Airman & One Sniper by Cora Seton

Publisher: One Acre Press
Date of publication: April 2017

Airman Connor O’Riley never believed in love until he saw proof of it in the most unlikely place--a battlefield in the middle of the Syrian civil war. Now he's in hot water with the Air Force, and if he wants to clear his name he'll have to put his new-found belief in love to the test--by convincing his superior officer's daughter to marry him. 

Sadie Reed is done with love. Her poor choices nearly got her sisters killed when she fell for a man entrenched in the drug trade. She’s ready to leave Chance Creek—just as soon as her sister returns from her honeymoon. So when a handsome airman shows up at Two Willows, with orders from her father to help Sadie build a legacy project, she gives Connor one month to get it done. 

Connor never thought he’d fall for Sadie, but when he learns she means to leave, he knows far more than his mission--and his future--is at stake. Can he convince her to stay? 

Or will love remain out of his reach for good? 


This is the second one in the series and features Sadie and Connor.  Sadie has a gift for hearing and knowing what the plants want to grow.  But since the attack on the ranch, she can't feel a thing.  When Connor shows up, she quickly realizes that he might be the key to helping her gift to come back.  

This one was cute.  I'm not sure I liked it as much as the first one.  I didn't like how everyone kept thinking Connor was betraying Sadie just by talking to the bartender in a bar.  Just because a guy smiles and maybe flirts a little doesn't mean they are going to be unfaithful.  I thought that was all a bit much.  Besides, he did have a reason for doing it.  He was also kind of a flirty guy.  I liked him more than I liked Sadie.  She was a bit too weepy for me.  But I thought her gift was kind of neat. The ending was pretty nail-biting.  It was a good addition to the series.


Publisher: One Acre Press


Date of publication: June 2017

Sniper Hunter Powell thought he lost everything when he took the rap for a crime he didn't commit in order to save a friend. Now he's got a chance to redeem himself. There's only one catch--he has to leave the military, settle down on a Montana ranch--and marry a woman he's never met before. A woman so young and sheltered he can’t believe she’ll have any interest in a hardened warrior like him—even if her fierce independence, hot-tempered humor, and unexpected beauty has got him plenty interested in her.

Jo Reed watched two of her sisters marry the men her father sent to help them on the family ranch, so when Hunter arrives, she’s ready for him. She doesn’t want a husband; she wants a house of her own where she can call the shots—and if the Navy SEAL wants to stay, he’d better build it to her specifications. More to the point, he’d better stop kissing her.

Hunter knows he’s not supposed to build Jo a house—he’s supposed to marry her. But first he’s got to earn her trust—and stop treating her like a new recruit. The longer he’s around the headstrong woman, the more he wants to be around her. 


Despite her best intentions, Jo’s falling for the Navy SEAL, but she’s already been unlucky in love twice. Will the third time around be the charm? 


This is the third book in the series and so far, it's my favorite.  This is Jo and Hunter's story.  Jo has a problem with people leaving her.  She has to come to trust that Hunter will stay, but the secret he is keeping just may make him have to leave.  

I loved this couple.  I loved watching them fall for each other and gain trust.  Hunter's big secret was honorable, if not a bit misguided.  Better communication would have kept him out of his mess, but then he never would have met Jo.  Still, they don't call it tough love for nothing.  I loved the ending.  I'm hoping the General is closer to going home.  He needs to reconnect with his girls!



Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon
Date of publication: November 2018

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan's extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn't do for her sister's happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.


Diamond Fire is a novella in the Hidden Legacy series.  It takes place a few weeks after the events of Wildfire.  This one focuses on Nevada's sister, Catalina.  She has been declared a prime and the head of her house.  Her magic makes people fall in love with her.  As she is helping plan her sister's wedding, she is hired to find a missing heirloom within the Rogan household.

I really enjoyed this short story.  Catalina is just about 18 and is slowly coming into her own.  She has lived her whole life not really trusting anyone outside her family because she could never be sure if they liked her for herself or because of her magic's influence.  Here we find out more about her magic and what she can actually do with it.  I also loved the peek into her thoughts about how she has felt most of her life.  

The mystery was good.  I loved the reveal of the missing tiara.  In her search Catalina found out a lot more than the House of Rogan bargained for. That rehearsal scene was priceless! There is a lot of the humor that I have come to love from this series as well.  It looks like the next full length book will focus on Catalina and Alessandro.  I can't wait to read it!  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blog Tour: Excerpt of The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham


Author: Scarlett Peckham
Series:Secrets of Charlotte Street Book Two
Publisher: Independent
Publication Date: December 11, 2018

She’s beautiful, rich, and reckless…
When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp’s entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in England. Or the fact that he disapproves of everything she holds dear.

He’s supposedly the most boring politician in the House of Lords…
Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is on the cusp of finally proving himself to be the man he’s always wanted to be when his future is destroyed in a single afternoon. When the woman he’s secretly in love with confesses she’s at fault, it isn’t just his life that is shattered: it’s his heart.

They have a month to clear his name and convince society they are madly in love…
But when Constance discovers her faux-intended is decidedly more than meets the eye—not to mention adept at shocking forms of wickedness—she finds herself falling for him.
There’s only one problem: he can’t forgive her for breaking his heart.


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In this scene our heroine begins to wonder if the man she has always called “Lord Bore” is, perhaps, slightly more appealing and delightful than she ever imagined possible.


Lady Constance Stonewell had always intended to fall wildly, extravagantly in love.  
Eventually.
The timing of this condition was, regrettably, outside her control, for it depended on the arrival of a man.
Assuredly this gentleman she awaited would be handsome, though the exact cast of his features was not of paramount importance. And he would be clever, though he need not be his generation’s greatest wit, as she was cunning enough for them both. He would be kind, though not so kind that his manners lacked a suitable degree of edge, and loyal, though most principally to her.
The precise dimensions of his make and character were fungible, for the important thing about him was that he would be the first person in living history to want her exactly as she was.
She would not have to disguise her love of devilry nor her too-tender heart to be found winning. She would not have to exercise beguilement to captivate his interest nor dampen the contours of her character to maintain it. He would adore her wholeheartedly and without reservation and above all without the least imposition of her will. He would be wholly, unconditionally insane for her, and that’s how she would know he had, finally, arrived.
Since she had not encountered a fellow even remotely resembling this description in all her days, she had never spent much time imagining what being in love with him might feel like.
But now, as she sat at her desk, making arrangements for her new life in Genoa after an afternoon of feigning lovestruck bliss, she wondered.
Would it feel like pride at his ability to charm her godmother while an assembly of disapproving Methodists tried not to swoon over the absurdly pretty way he held his fork?
Would it feel like pretending to fall asleep beside him at the opera so that she might rest her head against his neck, where she could smell his skin?
Would it feel like lying up awake remembering the contours of his body as he’d pressed against her in a closet, unable to resolve the tension that welled up at the memory because, regrettably, he wasn’t in bed with her?
It mustn’t. For if it were like that, would she not be joyfully embroidering marital linens, rather than making discreet arrangements to flee to the Continent alone?
“My lady?” Winston said, tapping gently at her door. “Lord Apthorp is here to see you.”
She jumped. How odd. It had been only an hour since they’d parted.
She tucked her letters in a drawer and followed Winston to the parlor, where Apthorp was waiting, staring prettily out the window. Without his wig, positioned in the sunshine, he was so luminous he seemed to emit light.
Was that what it would feel like to see the man you were in love with? Would he be so beautiful he looked as if he glowed?
“Oh, young lovers,” she said archly, lest he sense that the sight of him made disorder of her heartbeat. “They simply cannot bear to be parted for more than an hour’s time.”
He glanced up. “Ah. Thank you for seeing me. I hope I’m not intruding.”
“I shall forgive you. You must have been pining for me dreadfully to rush back to me so soon.”
“Dreadfully,” he agreed. “I confess, I never stop.”
She bit her lip. His ability to quip still came as a surprise, given he’d been so humorless for years. She wished he’d displayed more of that talent rather than his less charming abilities to chide, harass, and tutor her.
His eyes traveled down to her face. “You’ve got something on your cheek,” he observed.
She put her fingers to her skin. “Do I?”
He laughed softly. “Ah. Ink’s the culprit as ever, Lady Constance. It’s all over your hands.”
She smiled, though in truth she was annoyed she was appearing before him splattered in drops of brown sludge, given his current state of summery radiance.
“Regrettably, Lord Apthorp, I am famously indelicate with my quill.”
He met her eye, but if he caught the double meaning in her words, he didn’t show it. Instead, he walked toward her, taking off his gloves.
“Here, let me.” He reached out and gently dabbed at the skin beneath her left eye with his thumb.
He frowned. “I’ve only smudged it.”
She held her breath, very much hoping he would not notice that she had, for some reason, started shaking at the onslaught of his touch.
He licked his thumb, steadied her chin in his other hand, and rubbed more firmly at her skin. She was not sure if it was pleasure or mortification that made her close her eyes and simply let him.
“There. Good as new,” he said, stepping back.

She was glad he’d withdrawn his hand before she’d rubbed her cheek against his palm like a cat.

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About Scarlett Peckham


SCARLETT PECKHAM is a four-time Golden Heart® finalist in Historical Romance who writes steamy stories about alpha heroines. Her Secrets of Charlotte Street series follows the members of Georgian London’s most discreet – and illicit – private club with lush writing, historical detail, a feminist worldview and a light touch of kink.
Scarlett lives in Los Angeles and when not reading or writing romance she enjoys drinking immoderate quantities of white wine, watching The Real Housewives, and dressing her cat in bowtie.
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