Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #101 - White Hot by Ilona Andrews, Wildfire by Ilona Andrews, Ruining Miss Wortham by Emily Larkin

White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)White Hot by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nevada and Rogan are back again and trouble seems to follow where ever they go. I really love this series. Part of the fun is the location. It is Houston, TX where some things are the same and some are very different. Magic changes everything and both Rogan and Nevada are very powerful magic users. Rogan's magic is known but Nevada's magic has been hidden for her own protection. Now things are changing and Nevada is becoming a very valuable commodity. I love the tension between Rogan and Nevada. Rogan is such a great character and the lines between he and the other characters are priceless. Many bring on a very good laugh. Start with Burn for Me and continue on with White Hot for a fun and tension filled story.

Wildfire (Hidden Legacy, #3)Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wildfire takes readers back to the Houston where magic is a part of life. Rogan and Nevada are in great danger. Some of the danger comes from known sources but the worse comes from an unknown source. There are some added elements in Wildfire. Nevada and Rogan are still draw together. Nevada will do anything to protect her family and makes a life changing decision. Some of the issues are solved but they still have a large part of the danger hanging over them as the book ends. This is a fun series with great characters, tension filled action and a plot that keeps the story moving.

Ruining Miss Wrotham (Baleful Godmother, #5)Ruining Miss Wrotham by Emily Larkin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What would you do for family? Eleanor Wroth will do whatever she must. First she breaks away from her overbearing family. Then she faces ruin by traveling with Mordecai, the illegitimate son of an earl. Eleanor is another one who has a baleful Godmother. Her wish comes on her 23rd birthday and it cannot come too soon. While she waits she searches but things do not work out as she wants. Just as she feels she will find her sister life interfere and her wish changes. I love this series and the two main characters this time are both interesting and fun. I will pulling for Mordecai from the beginning and wanted to shake Eleanor when she misreads so much that he is doing for her. This can stand alone but for more fun read the first books in the series.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sky Raiders by Michelle Diener - Review Tour and Giveaway

Sky Raiders
by Michelle Diener


GENRE: Science Fiction Romance



When the people of Barit first saw the silver glint of sky craft, they felt awe. Then awe turned to fear. And they found a name for the mysterious newcomers. Sky raiders.

Garek's one year of duty as a guard walking the walls of Garamundo was extended to two when the sky raiders appeared. Two long years away from home and his lover, Taya. When he finally returns, the town is empty. While Garek was protecting Garamundo, the sky raiders were taking their victims from his hometown.

Taya can't bear looking into the night sky. All she can see is Barit, her home planet. Impossibly, the sky raiders have brought her and their other victims to Shadow, the planet that shadows her own, and looking up makes her aware of everything she's lost. Garek is out there somewhere. She knows he'll look, but he'll never find her.

She and the other captives have to find a way to escape. Without the food and clothes the sky raiders bring them from their raids on Barit, they'll starve on the almost barren wastes of Shadow. And when they've given the sky raiders enough of what they want, that's exactly what the sky raiders will leave them to do.

What Taya doesn't realize is she'll have some help with her plan. Because Garek isn't giving up on finding her. And he's even more resourceful than she could ever have imagined.

Nothing is going to keep him from Taya. Not even space itself.



He'd asked her to wait for him, and then he'd disappeared for two years.

As he reached the top of the pass and started down the steep path to the valley below, Garek wondered just how angry Taya would be.

That she would be angry enough to have taken someone else sat like week-old loaf in his stomach, heavy and sickening.

He'd had no choice, had come as soon as he could . . . he tried to shake off the chill that touched him, despite the bright day. He'd take her anger, her fury--he'd take it all if it meant he didn't find her with someone else.

He forced himself to pay attention as the path became steeper still, and frowned at how badly maintained the way had become, as if no one had repaired the damage a winter in the mountains could do to a narrow track. The spring thaw had come and gone, replaced by a golden summer, and the snow had retreated to the tops of the mountains.

Kas should have done something about the erosion by now, even though this path was a shortcut few besides the villagers knew of, cutting across the Crag and shaving hours off the journey through the foothills.

The familiar landscape tugged at something inside him. He hadn't thought himself sentimental, and though he'd missed Taya with an ache that hurt worse than a knife to flesh, he hadn't thought the sight of the rolling hills and high peaks would affect him. The crowds and enclosing stone walls of Garamundo had been something to bear stoically, but he was surprised how easy it was to breathe here, and it wasn't just because the air was sweet with the scent of summer grass.

When he'd left two years ago, the only thing he'd regretted was leaving Taya behind him, and he'd come back only to fetch her.

Fetch her and run, as fast as possible.


I gave Sky Raiders 5 stars on Goodreads.  Here is my review:  

This is an unusual set up for a science fiction story. It starts on one planet then moves to another. The unusual part is the fact that the first planet does not have much in the way of technology and the main character has to figure out how to steal a ship and find the people who have been taken to a another planet. It is filled with danger and very ingenious solutions to problems. Throw in a love interest who needs to be rescued and you have an even more complex plot. A interesting and fun addition to the Science Fiction Romance scene.

Michelle also has another Science Fiction Romance Series - Class 5.  Go here to see the first book in that SFR series, Dark Horse.  
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Michelle Diener is the author of the bestselling, award-winning Class 5 series. She writes historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy and loves creating new worlds for her and her readers to escape to. She lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Debra Holt Book Blast and Giveaway - Mercy's Rescue, HIs Country Bride, Love Beneath the Blue Texas Sky

Debra Holt Books
by Debra Holt


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Mercy’s Rescue  

Fighting for his life after an ambush, Sheriff Josh Wellman awakes to find himself looking into the eyes of a real-life angel of mercy. Despite his groggy condition, he knows his life has changed the instant their hands touch. Devastating heartbreak has left Mercy Smith's faith in tatters, her heart guarded against more loss. Her dedication to the air evac trauma team she leads has insulated her from the realities of the earth below, so now Josh faces the biggest challenge of his life. Can he find a way around the walls that fortify her heart and convince this angel to stay on the ground with him? Can Mercy open herself to life again and find a way to restore her faith in God ... as well as love?

Love Beneath the Blue Texas Sky  

J.D. Sterling shook the dirt of the small Texas town from his boot heels a dozen years before. Now, he’s returned… not as the poor country boy who left to follow his dream, but as country music’s sexy superstar. He has everything he always wanted except for the girl who holds his heart. Mandy.

Years come and go and people change. Amanda Lawson has grown up. From heartbreak and struggling to survive to becoming a successful businesswoman, she has taught herself to never look back. Once before, she had survived the wild, green-eyed cowboy with only a guitar to his name and a pocketful of dreams. Then he left her behind with nothing but his hollow vows and a shattered heart.

Mandy was his muse. J.D. was her dream. But tragedy and broken vows can be insurmountable obstacles. Can they find their way home to each other again… or is it too late?

His Country Bride 

"Sheriff's Department! Raise your hands above your head and don't move."

She’s a runaway bride who left her two-timing fiance at the altar. He’s a county sheriff determined to keep the peace in his country and leave city girls alone after his own fiance left him for the bright lights of the city. Neither of them planned on running straight into each other...over a burning wedding dress.

Ellie and Lucas planned on never trusting their hearts to love again. When danger follows her from the city, the sheriff must do his duty to protect her. However, it isn’t long before he discovers the real danger may be to his heart. Ellie just might teach him that even a city girl can be a country girl at heart.



His Country Bride

Lucas set the extinguisher on the ground and used a couple of fingers to push the hat back on his forehead, hands on his hips, obviously considering the options before him. “Do you have any other clothing with you, ma’am?” A furrowed brow preceded her reply. “Why are you calling me ‘ma’am? I’m not that old. And just who are you, anyway?” “Lucas McCann. I’m the sheriff of Joshua County, which is where you are at the moment. I use respectful manners and call you ‘ma’am because I don’t know your name.

The woman turned in a huff and stomped toward the porch steps behind them. Perhaps stomped wasn’t the right description Lucas amended, as he folded his arms across a broad chest and watched her negotiate the uneven stones of the walkway leading up to the porch...all in her ridiculously high heels. Of course, the sight of those long, tanned legs and spiky heels caused a definite stirring in his midsection. That realization made his jaw set harder as he sought for the calm control he always demonstrated when performing his duties-that is, until he came across her.

A slow shake of his head. “I have to hand it to you, lady. You’re one cool customer, under the circumstances. You also may be used to giving orders to people wherever you come from, except there’s one problem with that at this moment. You’re in my county now. Here, I give the orders and as a general rule, people follow them.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and all who believe in happily-ever-after’s. 
Debra invites you to visit her website at  She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at  Twitter is and Facebook at 



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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 100 - Breath of Earth by Beth Cato, Killing Gravity by Corey J. White, First Command by W.P. Brothers

Breath Of Earth (Breath of Earth, #1)Breath Of Earth by Beth Cato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Beth Cato's new series she put together a great mix. This is steampunk that features some historical events - the great San Francisco earth quake for one; some historical characters - Teddy Rosevelt is mentioned but never seen. What changes are the causes for the earthquake and Rosevelt's job in this alternate earth. Holding this all together are several interesting main characters. Ingrid Carmichael has powers that women are not suppose to have. With help she has hidden them until now. Cy, Fenris and Lee (Fenris and Lee not what they seem) all are helping Ingrid survive. The world building in very complex and the plot well developed. All in all a great start to a new series.

Killing GravityKilling Gravity by Corey J. White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mariam Xi or Mars as she likes to be called has some very dangerous powers. We meet her as her ship is loosing air and she transfers to the ship that responds to her call. From there it is a non-stop journey. While getting Mars in and out of danger Killing Gravity also tells the back story, does the world building and introduces the characters. This is book one in the The Voidwitch Saga and it does a good job of setting the stage for future stories. Mars makes a important discovery while getting rid of one of the people chasing her but there is still a lot of story left untold. I loved Mars pet and how she got her name very interesting. This was not a long book but it did everything it needed in a quick compact way.

First Command: Line of Battle No. 1First Command: Line of Battle No. 1 by W.P. Brothers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A common theme that does have a few twists. A new captain with a problem. Often it is the crew but this time it is a new first officer. Another common theme is the fact that the mission should be a milk run but turns out to be anything else. I liked the characters but there was just to much detail. I found myself skimming over a lot of the action and reading only the high points. This is a first book and the first book in the series. It has promise. People who love detail will rate this higher and people like me will give it three stars.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Social Media Just for Writers by Frances Caballo - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

Social Media Just for Writers
by Frances Caballo


GENRE: Nonfiction



You wrote your book and sold copies to everyone you know. But you have goals that extend beyond a few dozen copies sold.

How do you achieve your dream of selling books around the world? With social media, you can build your platform and reach readers in locales you never imaged possible before.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

            Create a Facebook fan page and actively engage with your readers.
            Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
            Tackle Instagram, Tumblr, and Snapchat.
            Build and optimize Pinterest pinboards for SEO to maximize exposure of your books, blog, and other landing pages.
            Improve your blogging.
            Excel on Twitter.
            Create images for your blog and social media posts.

The second edition of Social Media Just for Writers is both a primer for authors new to social media and an advanced study of platforms that weren’t widely known four years ago. Whether you write romance, historical fiction, young adult, or steam punk novels, you’ll find help in reaching your online audience of new and dedicated readers.




This handbook is for you. You’ve spent more days than you can count working on your novel, memoir, or anthology of poems. You wrote, rewrote, corrected, edited, developed new scenes, twisted the plot, and returned to make additional edits. Finally, your book was ready for the world to see.

You celebrated your achievement. You invited friends to your book launch, welcomed them with glasses of sparkling wine and cheese, and scheduled readings at local bookstores. Then you wondered, “How can I reach more readers?” Selling books to your friends, colleagues, and family members was easy, but how do you reach people you don’t even know?

By promoting your book online with social media, you can sell your books up and down your state, across the nation, and to people you have no idea how to reach. How, you ask? This book will explore and explain strategies for maximizing your online sales efforts. As a bonus, in the last chapter you will find tips for offline promotion too.

By the time you finish reading this book, you will know how to:

            Use Facebook effectively and efficiently to market your book.
            Tap into Twitter to create your tribe.
            Use virtual pinboards to expand the reach of your brand.
            Be more successful at blogging so you can reach new readers.
            Use LinkedIn with renewed confidence.
            Get started on Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat to reach younger audiences.
            Learn how to incorporate more visual marketing into your social media use.

I wrote this book because authors like you asked me to write it. Like you, they wanted to feel more grounded in social media, learn to spend their time more resourcefully, and discover some of the secrets to social media marketing. They wanted a handbook they could take home to use as a reference.

Social media is a dynamic field, and networks are constantly updating features to improve the user’s experience. While writing this book, I frequently rewrote portions and updated my screenshots so that you would have the most recent and relevant information  possible.

To keep informed of  the  newest  updates  to  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter,
and Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat and Tumblr, and to learn about new social media channels as they surface, visit my blog and website at

This edition of Social Media Just for Writers deleted the chapter on Google+ due to changes on the social media landscape including the in the number of people using that platform.

You are about to begin your social media marketing journey now. Enjoy your time meeting and engaging with your readers.

From caring comes courage.
Lao Tzu


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at, and blogger and Social Media Expert
for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences.



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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 99 - A Cowboy's Return by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Saga, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Emissary by Mike Shephers

A Cowboy's Return (The McGavin Brothers, #3)A Cowboy's Return by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved Ryker McGavin. He was a keeper from the beginning. It was hard to see why April Harris would have ever let him go. This latest addition to the McGavin Brothers was a great read. There were some really great new side characters. The Princesses were a scene stealer and the Easter Egg chickens were also cute. April had to take a very honest internal look at how she had reacted and how she had pictured Ryker before they had their HEA. I think this is the best series that Thompson has written to date. Each book can stand alone but start from the first for the most fun.

Saga, Vol. 1Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Saga was our Science Fiction Book Club pick for May. This the first time to review a graphic novel and the comments were interesting. Most people liked the story line. All felt that the illustration added a lot to the story. We loved the fact that the child was the one telling the story. There were some favorite moments. The slave child and the hunters reaction to her caught everyone's attention and we all wondered if he ever got her out. So far there are seven graphic novels in the series and I am interested in continuing to read and see what happens next.

Emissary (Kris Longknife, #15)Emissary by Mike Shepherd
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Shepherd has broken away from his long time publisher and is striking out on his own. Emissary is his first full length novel featuring Kris Longknife. Kris has been at her desk job for five years and is really getting tired of the politics. She needs a change and as luck would have it a new and interesting opportunity comes her way. Ron, her Iteeche friend, wants her to go to the Iteeche Empire as the first Ambassador from the human worlds. All is not what it seems and Kris faces more challenges and danger than expected. While there was action I did find the story line a little slow. This just sets the stage for Kris' new adventures. I did not think it was the best book in the series but it is still a must read for series fans.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti - Blog Tour and Giveaway

Lethal Lies
Rebecca Zanetti

Paranormal Romance:


A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . . 
Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

With twists and turns that will take your breath away, LETHAL LIES is sexy, action-packed suspense at its very best from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti.


She swallowed and met his gaze. “All right. Let me get this straight. We’re going undercover to flush out a killer who’s obsessed with me, and you’re offering to play at being my man for real with no strings or future?” She hoisted the bag onto her shoulder. “That’s some ego. Are you that good in bed?”
“Yes.” And that was definite interest in her eyes.
She clicked her tongue. “I’ll keep your offer in mind.”
“You do that.” He maintained a low and calm voice. “While you’re considering, let’s look at the situation. You have publicly made me your fiancé in order to draw out a killer, which means I have to act as such. Any halfway intelligent law enforcement officer or private investigator would keep his redheaded fiancée very close after the stunt you just pulled. If you’re not with me, the killer is going to be very suspicious.”
She stilled, expressions crossing her face rapidly. “That’s a good point,” she said slowly.
Yeah. Sometimes reality helped him out a little. Plus, the killer had a hard-on for her, and he must already have plans to take her at some point. She’d just upped the timeline. “In addition, you need protection around the clock now, and I’m willing to provide that. So while you’re keeping my offer in mind, we’ll be staying in the same hotel room or same apartment.” He made sure he had her full attention. “While we plan the wedding, of course.”
Her challenging smile thrilled something inside him. “That’s fair.”
He stepped back to give her some space. “Good. Are you ready?”
“Yes.” She looked around the room. “I do have to ask. What if I didn’t agree with you about your keeping secrets from me? Considering people shoot at you, and I’m going to be at your side, it seems fair that you tell me who these people are.” She cocked her head to the side and focused back on him.
“I have more immediate concerns than being fair,” he said smoothly. “You brought me into this mess.”
A frown drew down her eyebrows. “Listen. I want an answer about you.”
“I just gave you one.” At her mulish expression, he searched for better words that wouldn’t end in an argument.
Suddenly, the door blew wide open and bounced loudly off the table. “Anya!” he yelled, jumping for her.


The Copper Killer is out there and is setting up Heath Jones for a fall. This plot is very convoluted. Heath and his brother have been hired to find the Copper Killer and in the process Anya Best becomes part of the process. I was surprise by who the killer was and how he had set everything up. Anya is at the heart of the story line. Her relationship with Heath becomes very complicated making the plot even more interesting. Heath is one of the three blood brother who are on the run but are preparing to take the battle to the enemy. This helps set up the next and final book in the series. This can stand alone but is better if read from the first book. 


Rebecca Zanetti is the author of over twenty-five romantic suspense, dark paranormal, and contemporary romances, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller lists. She has received a Publisher's Weekly Starred Review for Wicked Edge, Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Nominations for Forgotten Sins and Sweet Revenge, and RT Top Picks for several of her novels.  She lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her own alpha hero, two kids, a couple of dogs, a crazy cat...and a huge extended family.  She believes strongly in luck, karma, and working her butt off...and she thinks one of the best things about being an author, unlike the lawyer she used to be, is that she can let the crazy out.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kasper Mützenmacher's Cursed Hat by Keith R. Fentonmiller - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway

Kasper Mützenmacher's Cursed Hat
by Keith R. Fentonmiller


GENRE:   Magical Realism



Berlin hatmakers threatened by a veil-wearing Nazi known as the “stealer of faces” must use the god Hermes’ “wishing hat” to teleport out of Germany during Kristallnacht. They won’t be safer in America, however, unless they break the curse that has trapped them in the hat business for sixteen centuries. Set in the Jazz Age, Nazi Germany, and World War II Detroit, Book One of the Life Indigo series is a family saga about the fluidity of tradition, faith, and identity. It will appeal to fans of Everything is Illuminated and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.



Kasper plunged his hand into the safe’s darkness and retrieved the hat. When he put it on, the warm scaly leather conformed to his skull like a blanket of heated wax. He closed his eyes and recalled his father’s instructions: First, think of the place. Then make the wish. Not the other way around. Kasper breathed deeply and then exhaled as much air as he could, a precaution to stave off the overwhelming nausea that surely would follow. Before the next inhalation, he thought, Take me there. In an instant, he was compressed to a point, drained of all material substance. The world went dark and silent. He felt only a sensation of impossible acceleration and then nothing at all.

Kasper wished himself from cabarets to booze cellars, concert halls, and boxing venues all over Europe and North America. Although hat travel made him queasy and headachy, whiskey took the edge off. Then, after a week of around-the-clock hat travel, the nausea and head pain receded, and he began to enjoy the rush of compression, expansion, and acceleration.
Well, labeling the experience “enjoyable” would’ve been a vast understatement. The nascent drug addict doesn’t merely “enjoy” a shot of heroin or a puff of opium; he relishes it, embraces it, becomes one with it. Using feels like an act of self-creation—conception, gestation, and birth wrapped into a singular, lightning-strike moment.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Keith is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His short story, Non Compos Mentis, was recently published in The Stonecoast Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His short story Exodus was just published in the Running Wild Anthology of Stories.

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