Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2020 Goals

Happy New Years Eve!

It is so hard to believe that today is the last day of 2019.  I have spent the past few weeks thinking about my goals for the next year.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Review - Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffen
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Date Read: December 20, 2019
Length: 432 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★★
What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Review - Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill

Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill
Series: Heirs of Chicagoland #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: December 25, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
In the second pulse-pounding novel in the USA Today bestselling Heirs of Chicagoland series, vampire Elisa Sullivan gets drawn into the shifting sands of Pack politics.

Vampires were made, not born--until Elisa Sullivan came along. As the only vampire child in existence, she grew up with a heavy legacy, and tried to flee her past. Then circumstances drew her back to Chicago, and she stayed to keep it safe. With shifter Connor Keene, the only son of Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, at her side, she faced down a supernatural evil that threatened to destroy Chicago forever.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Books from the Backlog #92


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Review - 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost

'Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
Narrated by Allyson Ryan
Series: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Date Read: December 21, 2019
Length:  8 hours 53 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla
★★★★☆
A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier.

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

Monday, December 23, 2019

Review - One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #6 / Night Huntress Universe #8
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
Date Read: December 18, 2019 (Re-read)
Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
The grave is one wrong step away.

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans' voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Review - The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
Narrated by Regina Hall, Mindy Kaling, Feodor Chin, Therese Plummer, Dina Pearlman, Neil Hellegers, Adenrele Ojo, Kyla Garcia
Publisher: Audible Original
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Date Read: December 11, 2019
Length: 5 hours 18 minutes
Source: Publisher
★★★☆☆
A captivating romantic comedy with a thrilling sci-fi twist by award-winning author Alyssa Cole!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Books from the Backlog #91


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Cover Reveal - Heartland by Sarina Bowen

I love Sarina Bowen's books and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share the cover reveal for her upcoming book, HeartlandHeartland is the seventh book in her True North series but will work great as a stand-alone.  I cannot wait to get started with this one!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Review - My One and Only Cowboy by A.J. Pine

My One and Only Cowboy by A.J. Pine
Series: Meadow Valley #1
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publication Date: December 17, 2019
Date Read: December 15, 2019
Length: 656 pages (Book also includes bonus novel - The Toughest Cowboy in Texas by Carolyn Brown!)
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
From this "fabulous storyteller" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes the first book in an all-new western romance series.

Delaney Harper thought she'd seen the last of Meadow Valley after her deadbeat husband left her brokenhearted and, well, just flat broke. But news that her ex sold their land means she's heading back to reclaim her share of the property and the dreams she was forced to put on hold. Only one thing stands in her way now: a smoking hot cowboy.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Review - Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood

Cunning Devil by Chris Underwood
Narrated by Gary Bennett
Series: Lost Falls #1
Publisher: Chris Underwood
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Date Read: December 9, 2019
Length: 9 hours and 33 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
Breaking curses. Battling witchcraft. Revenge. All in a day's work for Ozzy Turner, folk wizard.

Is a witch throwing curses your way? Something scary scratching at your window in the night? Then, I've got just the charm for you.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Books from the Backlog #90


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review - The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

The Christmas Pact by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward
Narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt
Publisher: Audible Original
Publication Date: December 5, 2019
Date Read: December 6, 2019
Length: 2 hours 54 minutes
Source: Audible Freebie
★★★★☆
Eggnog. Check. Roaring fire. Check. Hot romance audiobook. Check!

Riley Kennedy’s emails keep getting crossed with her male colleague, Kennedy Riley. The infuriating man forwards them along with his annoying commentary and unsolicited advice. At least she never has to see him in person, since they work in different locations…until they come face to face at the office holiday party.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway - Regretting You by Colleen Hoover

Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Montlake
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
Date Read: December 6, 2019
Length: 365 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Review - This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress #5 / Night Huntress Universe #7
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: February 22, 2011
Date Read: December 4, 2019 (Re-read)
Length: 9 hours and 28 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
Danger waits on both sides of the grave…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Books from the Backlog #89


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review - The Journals of Octavia Hollows by Stacey Rourke

The Journals of Octavia Hollows: Books 1-6 by Stacey Rourke
Narrated by Brenda Scott Wlazlo
Publisher: The Audio Flow, LLC
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Date Read: November 28, 2019
Length: 14 hours and 22 minutes
Source: Caffeinated Services
★★★☆☆
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Review - Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland by Stephen King
Publisher: Hard Case Crime
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Date Read: November 30, 2019
Length: 283 Pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
A STUNNING NEW NOVEL FROM ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING AUTHORS OF ALL TIME!

The #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Books from the Backlog #88


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving 2019


I want to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving a very Happy Thanksgiving a bit early!  Since I always post Books from the Backlog on Thursdays, I decided to push this post up a day.

I hope that everyone gets their fill of turkey, stuffing, and all the goodies.  I will have my eye on the dessert table all day since I have a big sweet tooth.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review - The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Date Read: November 24, 2019
Length: 380 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★★
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare meets Taming of the Shrew in the start to a new Regency series from award-winning author Amalie Howard.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies―with lips better suited to kissing than speaking―who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Review - Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer

Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: The Shadow Valley Manor Series #1
Publisher: Write at the Edge
Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Date Read: November 12, 2019
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
Sidelined by an on the job injury, veteran paranormal investigator Maureen Keslyn reluctantly accepts an assignment at Shadow Valley Manor, an upscale retirement facility where someone - or something - is picking off residents and staff at a grisly clip.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Review - Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton

Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton
Narrated by Maxwell Zener
Series: Small Town EMP #2
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: September 18, 2019
Date Read: October 30, 2019
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
The New World Order is at hand.

Civilization has crumbled since the EMP thrust humanity back into the Stone Age, and dangerous factions now scavenge for scarce resources in this terrifying new world.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Books from the Backlog #87


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review - The Line that Held Us by David Joy

The Line That Held Us by David Joy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Date Read: November 17, 2019
Length: 256 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★★
From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review - Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands #4
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Date Read: November 16, 2019
Length: 254 pages
Source: Author/Publicist
★★★★☆
A new comedy from the USA Today bestselling duo!

Mac
A good cop can always spot trouble. That’s why my senses started pinging the moment I met the hottie next door. The neighborhood may never be the same. First she confuses me for a male stripper and tries to remove my uniform. (The guys on the force will never let me live that down.) And then there’s the breaking and entering.
I don’t know what to do with her. My libido has a few ideas of its own, though. Bad, bad ideas.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Review - Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin

Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin
Narrated by Armando DurĂ¡n
 Series: Jimmy Vega #1
Publisher: Kensington / Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Date Read: November 6, 2019
Length: 352 pages / 11 hours and 11 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
A body is found in a reservoir fifty miles north of New York City. The victim is young, female and Hispanic. In her purse, the police find a photograph of a baby they believe is her daughter--a little girl they can't identify. Or find. Where is the child? Is she still alive? And what is the meaning behind the disturbing note in the woman's bag? "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

Friday, November 15, 2019

Review - First Drop of Crimson & Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress World #1 / Night Huntress Universe #5
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: July 5, 2010
Date Read: October 23, 2019 (Re-read)
Length: 10 hours and 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
From the New York Times best-selling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.

The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shape-shifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Books from the Backlog #86


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review - Wild Life by Keena Roberts

Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs by Keena Roberts
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Date Read: November 11, 2019
Length: 352 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight meets Mean Girls in this funny, insightful fish-out-of-water memoir about a young girl coming of age half in a "baboon camp" in Botswana, half in a ritzy Philadelphia suburb.

Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school. In Africa, she slept in a tent, cooked over a campfire, and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying. She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil, and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day. But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States, this brave kid from the bush was cowed by the far more treacherous landscape of the preppy, private school social hierarchy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review - Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
Series: Small Spaces #2
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Date Read: October 22, 2019
Length: 236 pages
Source: Library
★★★★☆
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Review - Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf

Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #2
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Date Read: November 10, 2019
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
★★★★☆
No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Books from the Backlog #85


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review - Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Mina Murray #2
Publisher: L.D. Goffigan
Publication Date: September 23, 2019
Date Read: October 28, 2019
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
Mina Murray returns in this suspenseful retelling of a classic tale....

Transylvania, 1890. Mina and her allies have found the Transylvanian countryside dotted with empty villages and whispers of monsters who wear human skin.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review - Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2019
Date Read: November 2, 2019
Length: 376 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
From fairy tale forest to gloomy gothic moor, from gleaming epidemiologist’s lab to the sandy shores of Neverland, Seanan McGuire’s short fiction has been surprising, delighting, confusing, and transporting her readers since 2009. Now, for the first time, that fiction has been gathered together in one place, ready to be enjoyed one twisting, tangled tale at a time. Her work crosses genres and subverts expectations.

Meet the mad scientists of “Laughter at the Academy” and “The Tolling of Pavlov’s Bells.” Glory in the potential of a Halloween that never ends. Follow two very different alphabets in “Frontier ABCs” and “From A to Z in the Book of Changes.” Get “Lost,” dress yourself “In Skeleton Leaves,” and remember how to fly. All this and more is waiting for you within the pages of this decade-spanning collection, including several pieces that have never before been reprinted. Stories about mermaids, robots, dolls, and Deep Ones are all here, ready for you to dive in.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Review - Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Series: Rise of the Empress companion
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Date Read: November 3, 2019
Length: 288 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★☆
From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician's apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman's daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao's prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Books from the Backlog #84


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Blog Tour Review - Shadows by Kristen Proby


I am excited to share my review today during my stop in the blog tour for Shadows by Kristen Proby.  This paranormal romance kicks off the Bayou Magic series and would be a perfect read this Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review - Bickering Birds by Mildred Abbott

Bickering Birds by Mildred Abbott
Narrated by Angie Hickman
Series: Cozy Corgi Mysteries #3
Publisher: Wings of Ink Publications
Publication Date: October 8, 2018
Date Read: October 24, 2019
Length: 5 hours and 36 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
Rocky Mountain National Park has it all: rugged peaks, pine-scented forests, enchanting bird-watching locations, and...murder.

The Cozy Corgi bookshop finally opens, and Winifred Page and her headstrong corgi, Watson, are ready to welcome their first patrons. With her new best friend, Katie, creating heavenly pastries in the bakery on the top floor of the store, Fred’s dreams are all coming together in delicious and unexpected ways.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Review - Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: June 5, 2019
Date Read: October 26, 2019
Length: 370 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★★
Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.
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