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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Spotlight of The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles


Author: Stephen Giles
Publisher: Hanover House
Date of publication: September 2014

Nine-year-old Samuel lives alone in a once-great estate in Surrey with the family’s housekeeper, Ruth. His father is dead and his mother has been abroad for months, purportedly tending to her late husband’s faltering business. She left in a hurry one night while Samuel was sleeping and did not say goodbye. 

Beyond her sporadic postcards, Samuel hears nothing from his mother. He misses her dearly and maps her journey in an atlas he finds in her study. Samuel’s life is otherwise regulated by Ruth, who runs the house with an iron fist. Only she and Samuel know how brutally she enforces order.

As rumors in town begin to swirl, Samuel wonders whether something more sinister is afoot. Perhaps his mother did not leave but was murdered—by Ruth.

Artful, haunting and hurtling toward a psychological showdown, The Boy at the Keyhole is an incandescent debut about the precarious dance between truth and perception, and the shocking acts that occur behind closed doors.

A fiendishly efficient, gorgeously written, nasty little thrill ride of a psychological thriller. I couldn’t put it down, and it’s entirely possible that I’ll never sleep again. A true tour-de-force of a debut novel.”–Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham and Jane Steele

The Boy at the Keyhole is sinister and tight, amusing and intense, an emotional story of a sweet boy in a precarious psychological place. A fun and wicked read that is impossible to put down!”–Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

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About Stephen Giles

Stephen Giles is the Australian author behind the lauded children’s series “Anyone But Ivy Pocket”, penned under the pseudonym Caleb Krisp. The series, published in the US by HarperCollins/Greenwillow and the UK by Bloomsbury, appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, has been translated into 25 different languages and was optioned by Paramount Pictures.
Prior to selling his first book, Stephen worked in a variety of jobs to supplement his writing including market research, film classification and media monitoring. “The Boy at the Keyhole” is Giles’ first work for adults and the film rights for this book have been acquired by New Regency.

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Friday, September 21st: A Bookworm’s World
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Review: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss

Author: Theodora Goss
Publisher:  Saga Press
Date of publication: July 2018

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, the members of the Athena Club get along as well as any five young women with very different personalities. At least they can always rely on Mrs. Poole.

But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation. Where is Lucinda, and what has Professor Van Helsing been doing to his daughter? Can Mary, Diana, Beatrice, and Justine reach her in time?


Racing against the clock to save Lucinda from certain doom, the Athena Club embarks on a madcap journey across Europe. From Paris to Vienna to Budapest, Mary and her friends must make new allies, face old enemies, and finally confront the fearsome, secretive Alchemical Society. It’s time for these monstrous gentlewomen to overcome the past and create their own destinies.
 


European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman is the sequel to The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (my review).  I was really looking forward to reading this one because I thoroughly enjoyed the first book.  I wasn't disappointed.  It is a long book at over 700 pages.  However, I didn't feel like it dragged in anyway. The book can be read as a stand alone.  But, I would advise reading the first book before this one. It is a better way to understand the Athena Club members' origin stories.  

I loved this sequel.  It was so much fun spending time with these characters again.  Diana is still secretly my favorite character.   The humor in the story was so refreshing. I loved the adventure adn there was never a dull moment.  In this outing, the women are once again fighting a secret society of alchemists.  They travel to Budapest to rescue Lucinda Van Helsing from the evil clutches of her father.  This was such a unique the twist on Dracula's story.  The book ends on a big cliffhanger, so I can't wait for the next one to come out.  I highly recommend both books!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Summer of Scandal by Syrie James



Author: Syrie James
Series: Dare to Defy Series
*Each novel is a standalone story.

Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: September 11, 2018

Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate who secretly dreams of becoming a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister’s advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a charming, handsome earl she’s certain she dislikes—even though his every touch sets her blood on fire.

Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, has secrets and ambitions of his own. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Charles cannot find the words to propose. But this fascinating American visitor does not figure into his plans, either.

Thrown together unexpectedly at Trevelyan Manor, Madeleine and Charles struggle to rise above their intense attraction. But as things heat up between them over a summer that becomes increasingly scandalous, Madeleine and Charles will both be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?

I have been wanting to read a historical romance for a while.  I'm happy to say Summer of Scandal fulfilled that craving.  This is the second book in the Dare to Defy series involving the Atherton sisters.  They are American heiresses visiting England to each find a titled match.  In this one, Madeleine does not want to accept a proposal from a man she doesn't love.  She flees to visit her sister to think about her next step.  Bad weather causes her to spend time at Charles's estate.  Even though he is unofficially promised to another, their chemistry can't be denied.

This was an enjoyable read.  Their romance was a very slow burn.  At times, it was a bit too slow, but once they finally kissed, the story took off from there.  I liked these two together.  Madeleine was head strong and wasn't willing to settle for anything less than she deserved.  I admired Charles's drive to invent things to help the people on his estate.  These two were perfectly matched.  The book works well as a stand alone and is one I definitely recommend.

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To celebrate the release of SUMMER OF SCANDAL by Syrie James, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Runaway Heiress!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Runaway Heiress by Syrie James. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance.  Giveaway ends 9/24/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!



About the Author


SYRIE JAMES is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women’s National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

2 in 1 Novellas: Review of Cake & Sugar by Lauren Dane

Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Harlequin 
Date of publication: September 2013

Art student-slash-bike messenger Wren Davis pursues what she wants. And what she wants now is Gregori Ivanov, rock star of the Seattle art scene. With his tattoos, piercings and sensual sneer, Gregori is the ultimate bad boy. Wren’s gotten to know the man beneath the body art, too—and it only makes her crave him more.

But Gregori loves women like he loves cake and champagne—intensely, but only for the moment. And after Wren experiences just how scorching sex with Gregori is, she’s determined to show him that just one taste won’t be enough...


Cake came out before the Whiskey Sharp series. However, I read it after I read the first three books in that series.  Wren and Gregori are side characters that show up occasionally in the series, so it was nice to go back and see how they ended up together.  The story was cute.  I loved Wren and her determination not to give up on something that she knew was amazing between them. I really enjoyed this novella.  It's a good stand alone, so give it a shot.

Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Carina Press 
Date of publication: September, 2018

Bad-boy artist Gregori Ivanov wants nothing more than to marry Wren Davis. He’s asked her before—more than once—but she insisted on waiting until she’d established her own career. Now that the time is finally right, Gregori has one hell of a celebration in mind. Restaurants, museums and NYC luxury all the way…on top of all the newlywed sex they’ll be having.

The universe, unfortunately, did not get the message. When their plane is grounded in Idaho, they’re forced to improvise a road trip to get back to Seattle instead of the romantic getaway Gregori painstakingly planned. But that they’re together is what’s important, and with giant roadside potato museums, funky galleries in towns with little more than two stoplights and some seriously great diner food—in between all the great sex—Gregori and Wren find a honeymoon as unique and memorable as their love.


Sugar picks up with the couple six years after they finally got together.  Gregori finally gets a yes from Wren when he proposes.  On their way to eloping, weather diverts them and they decide on an impromptu road trip wedding/honeymoon.  While I enjoyed this one, it wasn't my favorite of the two.  The adventure was fun, but it didn't really add much to their story.  It was a nice check-in and still worth checking out.



Saturday, September 15, 2018

Review: Campfire by Shawn Sarles

Author:  Shawn Sarles
Publisher: jimmy patterson
Date of publication: July 2018

While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims' foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true. 

Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods--with no way out--being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night--and Maddie's about to find out just how they end...



Campfire had the potential to be a really good horror story. Yeah, it wasn't. The story takes place on a camping trip.  Maddie, along with her family and some family friends are camping for a week as one last goodbye before her brother and friends go off to college.  After two nights of campfire ghost stories, some of them start to come true.

This book was just plain bad.  I'm not even sure that I can find something I liked about it.  It was fairly short, so it had that going for it.  The campfire stories were more interesting than the overall story.  However, the rest of the book involving Maddie and the other characters was dull until about the last third of the book. 

The characters were fairly forgettable.  There were so many that is was hard to keep them and their relationship to each other straight.  Once they started dying, I found I really didn't care.  The teens' dialogue was forced and unbelievable.  The author clearly has not spent time around teenagers lately. Oh, and did you know that Chelsea is Maddie's best friend?  Because just in case you didn't, Maddie will remind you about 6 millions times throughout the story.   

I thought the reveal was going to go one way because there is some foreshadowing thrown out there a few times.  But the author decided to ignore that and go in a incompletely different direction.  While the one I was expecting is fairly cliche as well, I was almost disappointed I didn't get that ending.  I'll spare you any spoiler in case you decide you want to pick this one up.   But, I wouldn't recommend this one.  


Friday, September 14, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

Author: Mary Kubica
Publisher: Park Row (Harlequin)
Date of publication:September 2018

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.
Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

I'm probably going to be in the minority when I say I didn't enjoy When the Lights Go Out. I didn't care for the only other book I read by this author, but I am always willing to give an author another try.   It wasn't a bad story, it just ended up being OK for me.  I was really disappointed with the ending because I'm not a fan of those types of endings. I'm obviously not going to give away the twist. It was just a big let down and I was hoping for something different.

The story waffles between Jessie's story and Eden's .  Out of the two, Eden's was the most interesting and engaging. Her struggle to start a family and the impact i had on her relationship was heartbreaking. Jessie's story was dull and a struggle to get through.  She was rather a boring and a flat character.  I found myself skimming through her parts.  I'll have to just chalk this one up to being not for me.


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About Mary Kubica


Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL and PRETTY BABY.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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Tuesday, August 21st: Books and Cats and Coffee
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Friday, August 24th: A Bookworm’s World
Monday, August 27th: Novel Gossip
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Wednesday, August 29th: Read Love Blog
Friday, August 31st: From the TBR Pile

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Thursday, September 6th: Books & Bindings
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Review: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Author: Alex Grecian
Publisher: Putnam Books
Date of publication: May 2012

Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only twelve detectives—known as “The Murder Squad”—to investigate countless murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own . . . one of the twelve . . .When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley. Together they track the killer, who clearly is not finished with The Murder Squad . . . but why?

Filled with fascinating period detail, and real historical figures, this spectacular debut in a new series showcases the depravity of late Victorian London, the advent of criminology, and introduces a stunning new cast of characters sure to appeal to fans of The Sherlockian and The Alienist.

The Yard is another book that I have had on my TBR for a long time.  After finishing, I'm sorry I waited so long to read the book.  It's the first in the Scotland Yard Murder Squad series.  The story takes place in Victorian London about a year after the Jack the Ripper murder case went unsolved.  Scotland Yard is working hard to put together a squad that will become top notch in solving murders.  They need to clean up their reputation after failing to catch The Ripper.  A fellow detective is found murdered and the squad is put to work to find the killer.

What I loved the most about this book was the characters.  I loved everyone of them and it was hard to pick a favorite.  While there are numerous detectives, the story focus on three of them: Walter Day (an inspector), Neville Hammersmith (a constable) and Bernard Kingsley (a doctor).  All too often, I feel like I read historical fiction like this but don't really get to know the characters or their motivations.  The author has taken care  of that here by including some 'interludes" with a peek into  each characters' past.  For instance, Hammersmith's interlude helps the reader to understand why he cares so much about solving the death of a young boy found dead in a chimney.  It really made me care about them.

There are three mysteries included in the book.  Although the reader finds out the solution to a couple of them way before the murder squad, it was still fun to watch them work without modern CSI techniques to figure things out.  I ended up listening to the audiobook.  The narrator's ability to make that many distinguishable voices is to be commended.  

This is a series I definitely want to continue with and I already have The Black Country on hold at my library.  I highly recommend this one to lovers of good old fashioned mysteries.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cover Reveal for Can't Text This by Teagan Hunter




Today we are sharing the cover reveal for the next standalone title from Teagan Hunter. Can't Text This is a contemporary romance title that will be releasing on October 11th.

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Can't Text This by Teagan Hunter

Releasing October 11th

Book Blurb:

“Hi Monty. Wanna see my python?”
That’s how I ended up in the bathroom of some dive bar with a stranger.
Me, Monty Andrews, the quintessential virgin girl next door.
I was so out of my element, but there was no denying our explosive attraction, even via text.
Commence Operation Bang Each Other Out of Our Systems, because that was all it was—unfinished business.
I had no intention of falling back into the sheets with the tattooed, muscly, dirty-in-the-best-kind-of-way single dad over and over again…but I did.
Everything was going great—until we discovered I was his son’s teacher.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

TEAGAN HUNTER is a Missouri-raised gal, but currently lives in North Carolina with her US Marine husband, where she spends her days begging him for a cat. She survives off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. She enjoys cold weather, buys more paperbacks than she’ll ever read, and never says no to brownies. For more information, please visit www.teaganhunterwrites.com.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Blog Tour: Spotlight of Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks


Author: Carrie Stuart Parks
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date of publication: July 2018

An artist hiding from an escaped killer uncovers one of World War II’s most dangerous secrets—a secret that desperate men will do anything to keep hidden.

After the murder of her twin sister, Murphy Anderson changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity. But when local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again—and back in the killer’s crosshairs.

The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter have Murphy drawing the five bodies he discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. But what investigators find has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies were deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned Quonset hut from World War II only brings more questions.

As one by one the investigators who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much darker at stake. What happened on this island during the war? And who is willing to kill to keep its secrets buried?

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About Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks is an ECPA Christy Award and multiple ACFW Carol and Inspy Award–winning author. An internationally known forensic artist, Carrie draws on her extensive experience with actual criminal investigations to write authentic, true-to-life fictional suspense. Carrie lives in Idaho and travels with her husband, Rick, across the US and Canada, teaching courses in forensic art to law enforcement professionals. She has won numerous awards for her fine art and is the author/illustrator of numerous books on drawing and painting. CarrieStuartParks.com, Facebook: CarrieStuartParksAuthor, Twitter: @CarrieParks.

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Carrie Stuart Parks’ TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, August 20th: Book by Book
Tuesday, August 21st: What is That Book About – author guest post
Thursday, August 23rd: @thecaffeinated_bibliophile
Friday, August 24th: Blooming with Books
Monday, August 27th: Cheryl’s Book Nook

Tuesday, August 28th: Empowermoms
Thursday, August 30th: Fiction Aficionado
Tuesday, September 4th: Mystery Suspense Reviews
Wednesday, September 5th: Write Read Life
Thursday, September 6th: By the Book
Friday, September 7th: All of a Kind Mom
Monday, September 10th: Jathan & Heather
Tuesday, September 11th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, September 12th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Monday, September 17th: Peppermint Ph.D.
Thursday, September 20th: View from the Birdhouse
Friday, September 21st: The Lit Bitch

Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: The Lost Causes by Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting

Author: Alyssa Embree Schwartz & Jessica Koosed Etting
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Date of publication: September 2017

They’re the last people you’d ask to help with anything, much less a murder investigation. The rich girl, the obsessive, the hypochondriac, the addict and the hot-tempered athlete—people think they’re beyond help. Lost causes. But where the world sees losers, the FBI sees its only hope.

With the help of a dangerous serum, the FBI erases the teens’ past problems and unlocks a psychic ability within each of them. In return, all they have to do is help find the killer who’s turned their small town upside down.

But as they close in on a suspect, they expose a conspiracy that puts them directly in harm’s way and makes them wonder who—if anyone—they can really trust.

If anything happens to them, will anyone even care?


In The Lost Causes, five high school students have been pretty much given up on by everyone around them.  They all are dealing with depression, OCD, addiction and other issues. They are recruited by two FBI agents to help out with a murder investigation by using abilities they didn't know they had.

I ended up enjoying this one.  The premise was pretty cool.  The five students are given a serum that unlocks latent psychic abilities.  They are able to use their new abilities to help solve a murder case.  The mystery was good and kept me guessing.  What I enjoyed the most was watching the five characters overcome their issues.  I liked them tremendously and really cared about what happened to them.  They were able to form a solid friend group.  If asked, I'm not sure I could pick a favorite out of the bunch.  The book ends in a way that would make room for a sequel.  If there is one in the future, I'll definitely pick it up.  This is a good fairly, clean YA and I would definitely recommend it.