Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Haunting of Elmwood Manor


The Haunting of Elmwood Manor
Pamela McCord
(a Pekin Dewlap Mystery)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: March 1st 2019
Genres: Middle-Grade, Mystery

Pekin Dewlap hasn’t seen a ghost since she was twelve. But she’d do anything to get them back. Starting a ghostbusting business with her two best friends, Amber and Scout, seems like the perfect way to accomplish her goal. Of course, playing with ghosts isn’t high on their wish list, so Pekin has to do some arm-twisting to get them on board.
Once committed, Pekin and her friends find themselves in deep, trying to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Miranda Talbert. Miranda went missing in 1918, and her spirit has wandered the halls of Elmwood Manor for the last hundred years.
In the midst of finding Miranda, discovering her budding feelings for Scout, and consoling a terrified Amber, Pekin is met by an angry ghost set on thwarting her plans. Will the Ghosties be able to help Miranda, or will Pekin’s business die before she solves the mystery?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Random Reads - March 2019 Pick


Years ago I participated in a book meme called 'Random Reads'. I LOVED it. I had, and still have, an atrociously long list of books to read on Goodreads. What ends up happening is that a lot of the books that I have added over the years keep getting buried under the books that I keep adding that are more new and upcoming. 

I KNOW that I have some diamonds hiding in my list of books to read.

Since I haven't participated in this for so long, I don't even know if it is being run by anyone. If any of you are aware of someone running this, please let me know! 

On that note, Random.org has chosen this as my next read for March!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Book Cover of the Month - February


Cover love....

How I have missed looking at covers and choosing only one. If only in life, this was the most difficult decision I had to make on a regular basis... let me tell ya.

Ok, sucker for covers over here! Never denied it.  I love displaying some of my favorite books, and I love walking through the book store and library and looking at all the books displayed for that day/week/month. Yes, yes... shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, I know... but it would be ridiculous to deny that covers are undeniably a first impression for many. Unless a book is recommended to me, covers WILL catch my attention and draw me to it.

So, looking through the new releases for February, I have to admit... I had a tough time. I had to take a second pass through to even find one that really drew my attention.

I did however find one that really ticked off a lot of my favorite things.

a) beautiful color scheme - check!
b) interesting images - check!
c) the beginnings of a story - check!

Take a look and let me know if you agree.

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Full disclosure, I did NOT add this book to my to read list. The time period is not one of my favorites to read about, and the base story line didn't really interest me. However if it came highly recommended I may make an exception. Love the cover, no denying it. There is nothing wrong with admiring the art, and walking away from the book itself.

Any other book covers grab your attention for this month? What about them did you really like? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading!


Monday, February 25, 2019

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Kingdom of Sand & Wishes








I am a SUCKER for fairy tale retellings, and I am excited about reading this collection of stories. Love the colors and the design of this book. It definitely does conjure up (pun intended) all the right Aladdin feels! 
 


Kingdom of Sand & Wishes: A Limited Edition Collection of Aladdin Retellings 
 
Publication date: May 24th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult


Aladdin, but not as you remember it….

On the dusty streets, around the bustling bazaars, being overlooked by a Sultan’s Palace was a land. A land of magic, secrets and treasures buried deep beneath the desert.

Through Arabian nights, dark forces are at work. Dark forces that can threaten the peace of everyone in the Kingdom. Watch our authors as they answer the question, can three wishes save the day?

Join our award winning and USA Today best selling authors for nine action packed fantasy and contemporary retellings with Sultans, sorcerers, romance and more magic than a genie’s lamp can hold.

One click now for your happily ever after….



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Friday, February 22, 2019

Book Reviews - Just One Day & How to be a Good Wife

Having two kids under two, and trying to read, review and blog is certainly a greater challenge than I ever anticipated. And so, here I am in 2019, and behind on my Netgalley reviews. Below are two titles that I read and didn't get to review in real time. Did Just One Day or How to be a Good Wife last the test of time in my memory? Read on to find out.


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Title: Just One Day
Author: Sharla Lovelace
Release Date: June 5, 2013
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 4 stars
 
Review:
 
Well, this is embarrassing. I was approved for this title through Netgalley. My kindle had crapped out and this title was archived. So I didn't have access to it. But not only did I read this almost a year ago, I completely forgot that I ended up buying it and read it. So here we are, ready to review.... I gave it 4 stars, so I really enjoyed it. I finished it the same date I started reading it. Great sign! So..... details? Unfortunately, I barely remember this story. Once I read the synopsis again, the only thing that came back to me was how sad her boyfriend (the one who proposed) was, because he wanted to spend his life with someone he clearly didn't know well, or didn't care to know well. Besides that, everything else is a blur. So even though the story itself was not memorable, at the time that I read it I was clearly entertained by it enough to give it 4 stars.
 
 
 
 
 
Title: How to be a Good Wife
Author: Emma Chapman
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 3 stars
 
Review: 
 
This book was quite unusual and certainly not what one would expect. As the story unraveled along with our main character's state of mind, I wasn't sure if she was having mental issues or if something sinister was afoot. Without giving out any spoilers, it was pretty much all of the above. I found the conclusion of this book to be quite original in its delivery, and that the author did a great job in building up this story to its surprising end. I am usually quite intuitive and seem to come to the answers on my own before the book gives them, but I do recall that I was taken by surprise over the true beginnings of Marta and Hector's marriage.
 
 
 
Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.
 

Monday, February 18, 2019


For those of you that are celebrating this today, Happy Family Day! 




 But do we really need a holiday to celebrate being a family? Heck no! It's nice that we have this holiday to extend a weekend of family fun. We certainly try to make time to do something together regularly and today is no different.

We read to our children daily. A couple of books chosen by our son makes part of his bedtime routine and his favorite way to wind down. His favorite book right now is "Have you got my Purr". He loves interacting by making all the noises the animals make at the farm. 



Hope you are all, holiday or not, enjoying each other today, and read a nice book together.

Happy Reading!

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