Saturday, February 17, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 194 - The Hyperspace Trap by Christopher G. Nuttall, Daughter of Dragons by Jack Campbell

The Hyperspace TrapThe Hyperspace Trap by Christopher G. Nuttall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The luxury liner Supreme is off on its maiden voyage when the unthinkable happens. They are trapped in hyperspace and are not the first ones. With a passenger list that includes the very rich and the not so wealthy some lines are drawn with who can socialize with whom. Crew is there to serve, not socialize with passengers. Everything changes when the ship is trapped in a graveyard of ships many not even human. There are a lot of firsts here. First voyage, first time to see aliens ships, and first time a child born in hyperspace returns. There are voices, people going mad and crew working around the clock to get them out and safe. An tension filled story with an interesting ending. This is a stand alone but is in the same universe as several of Nuttall's previous books.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Daughter of Dragons (The Legacy of Dragons, #1)Daughter of Dragons by Jack Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a interesting coming of age story with two teenage main characters. There is a girl whose mother is very famous (She is the main character in a previous series). A mother she thinks she cannot live up to. The other is a boy whose parents have told him he is worthless and he has not self confidence. When they have to go on the run both have life changing experiences. A very nicely put together story with danger, tension and the beginning of romance.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 191 - Battle Hymn by William C. Dietz, The Last Wolf by Maria Vale

Battle Hymn (America Rising, #3)Battle Hymn by William C. Dietz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

America is still trying to recover from the meteor strikes and the war between the North and South is ongoing. The final battles are looming and we get to see each in detail. Robin "Mac" Macintyre and Union president Samuel T. Sloan are working together and still facing their attraction to each other. This is full of battles and behind the scenes action. I read the first book but not the second and had no trouble knowing what was going on. Dietz does a really good job of working backstory into the story line and that kept me up to date on what was happening. A nice ending to a three book series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


The Last Wolf (The Legend of All Wolves, #1)The Last Wolf by Maria Vale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Silver Nilsdottir is the last wolf in her pack (that is where the title comes from). She was the runt of her litter, no one though she would live and when she shifts she has a bad leg. In spite of all of that she is one of the strongest in her pack. Tiberius Leveraux is a shifter and a lone wolf who asked to join the pack. He needs someone to agree to help him and Silver agrees. The backstory starts with the prolog and there you learn the difference between Shifters and Werewolfs. Then the story moves to modern times. I enjoyed meeting Silver. Turns out Tiberius is not what he seems but he does recognize how strong and brave Silver is. As they interact Tiberius slowly changes and the two become a mated pair. A interesting take on the different types of werewolf and a good story line with some interesting changes as the story progresses. Seems that there is danger for the pack and our two main characters are important in keeping the pack together.  This is the first book in a new series.

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 192 - An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger, Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton

An Accidental Death (D.C. Smith #1)An Accidental Death by Peter Grainger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gildart Jackson does a great job on the voices in An Accidental Death. The characters have some expected characteristics. Smith is the older detective who has always done things his way. He is just coming back on duty (this is book one so I never really knew what he had done but he was demoted). He is saddled with a new young addition to the force and he is given a case where it looks on the surface like the death was an accident. Of course it was not and the plot unfolds. I loved the progression of the case and how Smith uses the different events to further the case while giving the young detective a good foundation to use in the future. A good start to a new British detective series.


Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth #33)Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hamish is back with another mystery to solve. This time he has other things to worry about. He misses his cat, is losing police assigned to help him right and left and Blair is really out to get him. This is another fun story that is light and easy to read. I do wonder if Hamish will ever find true love. Maybe M.C. Beaton is planning that. The book ends with Hamish getting a female police office as his new help. Just have to wait and see what happens next.  Oh and it turns out you can be too honest.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway





THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS
by Janet Beard

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GENRE:  Historical Fiction

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BLURB:

In the bestselling tradition of Hidden Figures and The Wives of Los Alamos, comes this riveting novel of the everyday people who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

“What you see here, what you hear here, what you do here, let it stay here.”

In November 1944, eighteen-year-old June Walker boards an unmarked bus, destined for a city that doesn’t officially exist. Oak Ridge, Tennessee has sprung up in a matter of months—a town of trailers and segregated houses, 24-hour cafeterias, and constant security checks. There, June joins hundreds of other young girls operating massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war, but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The girls spend their evenings socializing and flirting with soldiers, scientists, and workmen at dances and movies, bowling alleys and canteens. June longs to know more about their top-secret assignment and begins an affair with Sam Cantor, the young Jewish physicist from New York who oversees the lab where she works and understands the end goal only too well, while her beautiful roommate Cici is on her own mission: to find a wealthy husband and escape her sharecropper roots. Across town, African-American construction worker Joe Brewer knows nothing of the government’s plans, only that his new job pays enough to make it worth leaving his family behind, at least for now. But a breach in security will intertwine his fate with June’s search for answers.

When the bombing of Hiroshima brings the truth about Oak Ridge into devastating focus, June must confront her ideals about loyalty, patriotism, and war itself.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and raised in East Tennessee, Janet Beard moved to New York to study screenwriting at NYU and went on to earn an MFA in creative writing from The New School. Her first novel, Beneath the Pines, was published in 2008. Janet has lived and worked in Australia, England, Boston, and currently, Columbus, Ohio, where she is teaching writing, raising a daughter, and working on a new novel.

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February 14Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Havana Blues by David Pereda - Blurb Blitz and Giveaway



Havana Blues
by David Pereda

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GENRE:   Historical Coming-of-Age novel

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BLURB:

The year is 1952 and Ramon Rodriguez’s life as a teenager in fun-loving Havana is filled with typical activities and concerns: girls, education, religion, baseball, parties, and hanging out with friends. The country is enjoying a period of prosperity and happiness--until General Batista stages a coup that topples the government and Ramon’s life is flung into chaos.

In a few short years, the carefree fifties morph into a vicious and repressive dictatorship highlighted by corruption, organized gambling, school closures, student demonstrations, police brutality, and assassinations.

As Ramon experiences the thrills of his first romantic relationship, graduates from school, and struggles to plan for an uncertain future, he is forced to make important decisions that may be dangerous to him, his family, his friends, and his girlfriend – the beautiful Sonia -- and could turn deadly.


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EXCERPT

My room was on fire. Orange tongues licked the crumbling walls
and snaked across the burning floor toward my bed. Thick gray
smoke choked me. My ears throbbed with an insistent and
reverberating sound.

I couldn’t breathe.

I gasped for air. My palms felt sweaty, and my heart thrashed
against my rib cage, as if trying to escape my chest. I opened my eyes.
For a moment, I was in a bright and silent void – then I heard my
parents arguing in the kitchen.

It was a hot and sunny morning. I had been dreaming of hell
again, and the alarm clock was ringing.

I shut it off.

Ever since Brother Santiago had given in Religion class a week
ago a vivid and realistic description of hell as punishment for
masturbation and having sex with prostitutes, I’d had the same dream
over and over. Amid much commotion and speculation, Pacheco, the
frail student with a perennially runny nose who sat behind me in
class, fainted and had to be carted off to the school infirmary, pale
and limp like a noodle in won ton soup. Everyone in class knew
Pacheco was an assiduous masturbator – he bragged about it to other
students often enough – but his blackout generated great speculation
in the school about his frequent visits to brothels. I wondered what
kind of nightmares Pacheco was having.

On second thought, I really didn’t want to know. I had enough
with my own nightmares of hell.

I stretched lazily in bed. Today was a special day. It was my
birthday. I was fifteen years old.

A door slammed somewhere, and once more I was aware of my
parents’ angry voices in the kitchen. I likened their arguments to a
sort of word symphony, the sound of their voices harmonized so
well. My mother’s shrill, piercing sting was a nearly perfect
complement to my father’s placating hum.

Though I couldn’t hear them clearly, I guessed what they were
arguing about – money. Ever since Papa’s broom-making business
started going bad, it seemed money was all they ever talked about.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

David Pereda was born in Havana, Cuba. The award-winning author of seven previous novels, he enjoys crafting political thrillers and edgy mainstream novels with unique characters placed in exotic settings. He has traveled to more than thirty countries and speaks four languages. Before devoting his time solely to writing and teaching, David had a successful international consulting career with global giant Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked with the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and Qatar, among others.

A member of MENSA, David earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He earned bachelor degrees in English literature and mathematics at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He lives in artistic Asheville, North Carolina, with his youngest daughter Sophia, where he teaches mathematics and English at the Asheville-Buncombe Community College. He loves sports and is an accomplished competitor in track and show-jumping equestrian events.




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February 23Beyond Romance
February 26Reviews by Crystal
February 26The Avid Reader
February 27Mello and June, It's a Book Thang!
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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #191- Shadow Hunt by Melissa F. Olson, Outpost by W. Michael Gear

Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic, #3)Shadow Hunt by Melissa F. Olson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I first met Scarlett Bernard in Dead Spots and have followed her every since. This is book three is the second trilogy and the story just keeps getting better. Molly and Jesse are back and important characters in this story. The big surprise is something that Scarlett never expected. That surprise drives this plot and causes no end of trouble. When Scarlett unexpectedly leaves town an old enemy arrives and starts to take revenge. This is a fast paced story that ends with a new relationship between Scarlett and Jesse. About time is all I can say. This does end the Disrupted Magic trilogy but I hope that we will see more of Scarlett and the world she lives in.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.


Outpost (Donovan Trilogy #1)Outpost by W. Michael Gear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Outpost has a very complex story line filled with interesting characters living on a very dangerous world. The viewpoint moves around from character to character often letting the reader know facts that are not shared with other characters. I loved Talina Perez. She is a embodiment of what it takes to live on Donovan. She is strong knows how to survive on this very dangerous planet. Donovan itself is a important character in the story. It is Earth like but filled with some very dangerous native life. The fact that supply ships have not been arriving as expected has changed the people and the life style on the planet. Great world building, interesting backstory and a multifaceted plot line make this a story hard to put down. Many things are left up in the air but everything is in place for the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of the book in return for an honest review.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sophie Washington: The Snitch by Tonya Duncan Ellis - Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway




Sophie Washington: The Snitch
by Tonya Duncan Ellis

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GENRE: Children's (Middle Grade)

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BLURB:

There’s nothing worse than being a tattletale…

That’s what 10-year-old Sophie Washington thinks until she runs into Lanie Mitchell, a new girl at school. Lanie pushes Sophie and her friends around at their lockers, and even takes their lunch money. If they tell, they are scared the other kids in their class will call them snitches, and won’t be their friends. And when you’re in the fifth grade, nothing seems worse than that.

Excitement at home keeps Sophie’s mind off the trouble with Lanie. She takes a fishing trip to the Gulf of Mexico with her parents and little brother, Cole, and discovers a mysterious creature in the attic above her room. For a while, Sophie is able to keep her parents from knowing what is going on at school. But Lanie’s bullying goes too far, and a classmate gets seriously hurt. Sophie needs to make a decision. Should she stand up to the bully, or become a snitch?

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EXCERPT

I’ve got a secret. Want to hear it?

Secrets are usually nice. Like when my dad surprised me with a new goldfish last year. Or the time Grandma Washington unexpectedly visited us in Houston from her house in Corpus Christi.

I used to love secrets. But this one’s not so great.

No one knows it, except my best friend Chloe. It’s her secret, too. We don’t talk about it, ‘cause if we do people won’t like us. And in the fifth grade being liked is as important as having a fun birthday party, or staying up as late as possible, or…Christmas.

For now, I’m not telling. Chloe’s not either.

“Hey Sophie, wait up!” Chloe yells as I make my way down the hall to our first period math class. “How was your weekend?”

“The same old, same old,” I reply, hoisting my math book and binder up in my arms. “Cole whined about having nothing to do, so Mom and Dad took us to the zoo and then out for ice cream. On Sunday I caught up on all my homework after church.”

Cole is my seven-year-old brother. My mom thinks he’s an angel, but I think he was sent here to drive me crazy. Just this morning at breakfast, for example, he pulled my ponytail while she wasn’t looking, and then started crying loudly after I whacked him with an empty Cheerios box. Of course, I’m the one who got in trouble. My dad is nicer to Cole than he deserves, but I think he’s figured out his game a little bit better than Mom.

“Nothing much exciting happened at our house, either,” says Chloe, “but I did get this cute new purse.” Chloe is what you’d call a Fashionista. I admire the pretty, powder blue bag and notice the red, glittery, slide-on shoes she wears on her feet. She always manages to make our boring, private school uniforms look stylish.

“That’s nice,” I say.

As we near the classroom I see someone in the shadows and my heart starts to beat fast.

“Just great,” I mutter.

Lanie Mitchell, the class bully, heads our way from the opposite direction.

She sees us, grins, and blocks our path. Most of our classmates are 10, like me, but Lanie is already 12 years old. She’s the second tallest girl in 5B, behind Chloe, and a little bit on the chubby side.

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I asked Tonya where are five places you might visit for inspiration for your books?  Read her answer below:  

Sophie Washington: The Snitch and other books in my four (soon to be five) book series deal with middle grade issues like bullying, fitting in, managing social media and video games and puppy love, with a Texas twist. The state of Texas is a minor character in the books, since the distinctiveness of the area is highlighted in each installment. Places I have visited to inspire me when writing include:
1.     Galveston, TX (The Texas Gulf Coast) – Sophie and her family head to the Gulf Coast for a fishing trip in Sophie Washington: The Snitch and she’s terrified when live shrimp her father gets for bait hop out on her in the backseat. Visits to the area gave me details to use to describe the ocean breezes, sandy shores and fishing experience.

2.     Austin, TX – “Keep Austin Weird” is a slogan used in Austin, TX and Sophie finds plenty of strange things to marvel at in the city when she takes a Texas History field trip to the state capital. Trips of my own to Austin inspired me to write about Sophie’s hilarious boat trip on Lady Bird Lake and the “almost” food-fight between characters Nathan and Toby at Chuy’s restaurant.

3.     San Antonio – Cave bats and lazy river swimming during a forced trip to San Antonio are mentioned in my upcoming book Sophie Washington: Hurricane.

4.     Houston Livestock and Rodeo -Visits through the years to the kid’s Agventure petting zoo area gave me the idea to include rodeo muttin’ bustin’, an activity where small children hold onto a running sheep as long as they can, to the first book in my series Sophie Washington: Queen of the Bee. The giant slide Sophie gets sick on in the “Spring Spectacular” festival in Sophie Washington: Things You Didn’t Know About Sophie is also modeled after a rodeo ride.


5.     Costa Rica – Sights and sounds of howler monkeys, crocodiles and boa constrictors during a family vacation to Costa Rica are calling me to write the sixth book in my series. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tonya Ellis remembers hiding in the restroom from a few bullies during her elementary school days. She encourages kids to speak out if they are being mistreated. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper. Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist, written for newspapers and magazines and won awards for her books. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys reading, biking with her husband and two sons and daughter, and travelling to interesting places. SOPHIE WASHINGTON: The Snitch is the second book in a series about Sophie and her friends.
Facebook: @tonyaellisbooks
Twitter: @TonyaDEllis


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