Friday, November 27, 2015

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - November 27, 2015

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"If she didn't have thirty children showing up in the next half hour, Celeste Nichols would have been tempted to climb into her little SUV, pull out of the Pine Gulch library parking lot and just keep on driving."

Page 56:

"Olivia gave her a shy look. "That's good. Because I want to have pizza with you on my birthday."

She blinked, taken by surprise. ""

From RaeAnne Thayne's A Cold Creek Christmas Story. This is a Harlequin Special Edition. Great characters including a cute kid. Everything for a heartwarming Christmas love story.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was cloudy here but in the 60's. Rain held off until 5:00p.m. but is suppose to continue for the next three days. Staying in for Black Friday. I did spend my Black Friday 30% off coupon from Barnes and Nobel. Used it on the web.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake


From Goodreads:

Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.

Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart.

According to Deborah Blake’s author’s notes this is the book that got her an agent.  While she got an agent the book sat on the shelf unpublished until now.

There are some really interesting takes on the paranormal in Veiled Magic.  The world building and back story are both revealed in action and dialog as the story progresses.  Characters are introduced as they are needed to keep the plot moving.

I found the story to be exciting and tension filled.  Donata Santori is a great character.  She is a witch and a police woman who can talk to the dead.  You would think that would be an exciting life.  It isn’t.  She works in the basement and is very isolated from everyone.  On her first case out of the basement everything changes when the ghost of one of the murdered men demand that she keep a painting from falling into the wrong hands.  That brings in three new and interesting characters.  Together they start out on a very dangerous journey.

I loved the interaction between Donata and the other characters.  It kept the story moving as the plot developed.  I did think there was a little flaw in the end.  See if you feel the same about the fate of the painting.

This could be the start of a new series.  I hope so as this world is big enough to support a lot more action and adventure as well as adding new and interesting characters.

InterMix published Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake in 2015.

I received an ARC of Veiled Magic from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Future Winds by Kevin Laymon Book Blast and Giveaway

Future Winds
by Kevin Laymon



Set in a science fiction setting with elements of twisted horror, Future Winds is a strange yet wondrous tale of species self preservation and the all out moral cost of survival. Forced to leave earth, humanity discovers a planet capable of supporting life and hatches an audacious plan that will warp them across the universe to settle and begin anew. There is a darkness that resides below the planet's surface, but with no option to turn back, humanity must find a way forward.


Chapter 12 excerpt:

Though humanities new planet is mostly desert, there is an abundance of lush and complex alien life that dwell below the hot surface.

The channel was lit up by neon flora of green and blue, beautiful little plants that swayed back and forth despite the lack of a breeze or draft to give them a push. Reaching out to touch one with his glove, the little blossom reacted by illuminating brighter, so much so that the exterior became transparent, and Tyler could see the thousands of cells within, that made up life for the spectacular flower.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My name is Kevin Laymon. My passions are space exploration, music, sailing,
snowboarding, wildlife, and of course writing. I have been writing for some time but the focus has been primarily on short stories and dark poems strictly for personal use. Future Winds is the first of a handful of novels I am working on for publication. I grew up in upstate New York and have lived up and down the east coast. New York is a location that holds a very special place in my heart. After working a wide range of jobs that I hated for far too long, Sara my significant other, and I decided earlier in 2015 to make some dramatic changes and travel. We scraped together some cash, I quit my job, and we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we live a libertarian life as vegetarians. We share our desertscape living quarters with an aquatic turtle named Taz and a rabbit named BunBear. On October 9th 2015 Sara & I got married in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sunshine in New Mexico has helped immensely in illuminating a greater perspective as to who I am and what I was placed on this planet to do; that is to teach and inspire. I have a hunger to awaken humanity so that we may break away from our programed way of thinking. Our minds are powerful and I encourage everyone to open them up, exercise them, and tap into the potential I know every living man woman and child has. Though my stories at times can be very dark there is a reason for everything I do. Perspective, perception, and relativity are everything in the world of literature.






Kevin will be awarding a $20 gift card to (international) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - November 24, 2015

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Teaser:

" She couldn't imagine what he must have gone through, knowing his daughter had been hurt.  She also could tell by the threads of guilt twining through his voice that he blamed himself for not being able to control the situation and keep his daughter safe.

Page 68 in Rae Anne Thayne A Cold Creek Christmas Story, a predictable but feel good Christmas love story featuring a very brave little girl.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Musing Mondays - November 23, 2015

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading… Rustler's Moon by Jodi Thomas
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…
Musing Mondays is sponsored by A Daily Rhythm.


I read for so many reasons.  First is enjoyment.  Reading relaxes me as I lose myself in a story that is different.  I also read for information and to keep informed on what is going on in the world around me.  I am a person who craves adventure.  Often there is not that much in my life but reading provides the adventure that is missing otherwise.  Last but not least I read because I love reading.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson

Historical Mystery

From Goodreads:

The author of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue returns to nineteenth-century New York City to find Christmas in the air, a police detective and a midwife with love in their hearts, and a wealthy newlywed with blood on her hands…

Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy and Sarah Brandt are not the only ones who have recently tied the knot. Family friend Mrs. O’Neill was delighted when her daughter Una wed the seemingly wealthy and charming Randolph Pollock. She didn’t wonder why such an affluent man would want to marry a poor Irish girl, no matter how pretty she was. But now Mrs. O’Neill has a problem.

Pollock’s servants have found their employer bludgeoned to death with Una cradling his body. Rendered mute by the horror of her husband’s death, Una cannot explain what happened, so the police have charged her with murder and locked her away in the Tombs to await trial.

Mrs. O’Neill would like Frank to investigate the case and save Una, yet with Frank and Sarah still on their honeymoon, it’s up to the other members of their newly formed household to do some detective work. But solving the mystery behind Pollock’s death means first discovering the truth about who he really is.

Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue is a bonus book in the Gaslight Mystery series and it is a very good bonus.  Thank you Victoria Thompson for this great Christmas gift.

Frank and Sarah are off on their honeymoon but that does not stop the mysteries that arrive on their door step.  Maeve and Gino join forces with Mr. and Mrs. Decker to solve what turns out to be more than a murder.

This book is great fun.  I loved the scenes between Mr . and Mrs. Decker.  She thinks she is keeping her involvement in this and previous cases from him but it turns out he has his suspicions.  There are some really laugh out loud moments when reading the dialog between the two.

This is a great set up for furture books.  We know more Maeve, Gino, Mrs. Decker and of course Mr. Decker.  A great side note.  Mr Decker did not realize his life was boring until he started helping solve some of the cases.

I look forward to these four have a more important role in future books.  It will add a new dimension to one of my favorite series.

Berkley Crime published Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue by Victoria Thompson in 2015.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56 - November 20, 2015

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and join the fun.

The Beginning:

"I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the Obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue."

Page 56:

"Jack backed away, but he didn't like it. He gave a whine like a child deprived of a treat as he assumed his seat."

From Touch the Dark (A Cassie Palmer Novel) by Karen Chance. This is paranormal and the first in the series. I kept seeing different books in the series and finally decided to use my 20% off coupon at Barnes and Nobel to see if I would like the series. I do like the beginning. That is as far as I have gotten as I have to finish several books I have accepted for review.