Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Contest to win paperback copy of Ride To Redemption

 #giveaway #contest for paperback copy Ride to Redemption: Apr 10 - Jun 10, 2014  US, CA, GR, AU
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Love this first book and the second book in the series is almost ready for the editor's.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Books read April 21

After the Storm by Maya Banks
Donovan works with his brothers who all cater to the needs of a few. The government calls on them to retrieve kidnapped people where they can't go.
Rusty Barnes Kelley has been adopted by the Kelley's and she' s grateful for being part of a large safe family.
The company would right another wrong. getting a woman out of an abused situation or relocating them to a safe place.
Rusty has hired the boy, Travis who lives with his sister, Eve and her daughter, Cammie. Van notices how thin and starving they are when he and Rusty go to visit. The house is deplorable and he tries to help them.
Love bantering with the Kelley family at gatherings.  Kind of confusing to take all 6 of the brothers in with their spouses and kids but after a while you get used to them all.
Eve has her secrets and keeps them to herself to protect her brother and sister from harm.
After the tornado the brothers move in to help them out. What I like is that excitement and action knowing the father is going to find the family and want them back. We learn why they are on the run...
Love the total family connection throughout also, steamy sex scenes. Telepathic abilities enhance this book.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Robert B. Parker's Damned if You Do (A Jesse Stone Novel)
A jesse stone novel-love these crime stories especially the movies on TV starring Tom Selleck. Paradise is a country town, beach tourist town where life is slow.
His friend, an accountant is being abused at the nursing home. Love what he discovers about this and what he does, in his own way...
Jesse Stone is also gathering clues as to why a prostitute is found dead and 2 pimps have some answers.
Glad this series is continuing on although the author has passed away but Michael  is the one who collaborated with him on the screen plays.
Story doesn't quite go as I thought it would, so many twists that really add to the plot!
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Mind Tryst
This is a story of a woman, Jackie who leaves the big city and makes her new home in a small town, Coleman in Colorado. She works at the local lawyers office as she has training in that field.
Upon returning one weekend from the city she realizes someone has been in her house and she alerts not only the police but others. She takes precautions against another invasion.
Jason Valian, the handyman she had also asked her friend in the big city to check out and she confronts him as to why he had changed his name upon relocating to CO. He had prison time...
There are others she discards as being the intruder but she doesn't know them well but they are helpful around the property.
Jason also is a self taught carpenter. Love how her best friend who's married her ex husband has sent him to help her out-he's also a cop.
Brutal and so deceiving as they all learn  new clues as to who is doing the killings...
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Attorney has been hired. Seth is dying and has left a hand written will then hangs himself from the tree.
 There were other wills over the years and the children and other family members have been written out of the will. There will be a huge trial as a judge and jury decide
what to do with the man's estate. They are finding out he was very wealthy.
Interesting to learn how things are dictated from the grave and what the court system does with it all....and all the testimony they are able to obtain...Loved hearing about the old times and what constitutes a 'row'.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Looking for Trouble by Trice Hickman
John Small is a small town boy that works at Wall Street job and wants to go back home to open a bank there. He sees his girl friend of a few months in a new light as he introduces her to the family in his hometown.
Alexandria is a spoken word artist and she wants a new life.  She gets little clues via her mind as to what her path is to be.
John receives a lot of wisdom from his grandmother-she also can see into the future.
Alex's mom also can see things ahead of time and she confides in her to help solve what is happening to the clues she's getting from her grandmother..
Hate it when I read of a woman taking advantage of a man using her body to get what she wants-the ring that will lead to her having a fortune of money that she didn't earn. Will be interesting to learn how she gets her just due..
Interesting to learn how the two stories intertwine. Hot steamy sex scenes.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire by Stan Hinden
Interesting to learn all the facts and things you should be doing before you retire. Some things such as long term health care and
the different part supplement programs to Medicare and even when to retire and start taking the SSI funds is very confusing but something we all have to go through.
Lots of resources are quoted for further reading and this book is updated about every 2 years because of all the new things that have come into play.
Also examples of what could happen with/without a plan.
Received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


A Promise In Pieces Quilts of Love by Emily T. Wierenga
This book starts out with a section called War and it's the present day and the grandparents are in the car with the grandkids as they drive around the battlefields in the DC area. Then it talks of the war and hardship and what Clara Wilson and others had done themselves to support the country.
Another section is entitled Peace and again it starts out in the present time then back to the past to help you understand. The bible plays a large part in the story. Forgiveness, faith in God and friendship. This is the section she returns home after delivering a letter to a widow of a dying soldier that was in her care. She also returns to her home.
Love how the quilt comes into play in this book and what it all signifies and the bigger project. Loved hearing of the journey and their lifes along the way. Easy to keep track of the characters.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Books read April 14

 Easy, Elegant and Adorable Easter Treats
Love all the ideas to get everybody involved in making Easter a nice family holiday tradition.
Cards, picnics, egg hunts, etc are just a few. Love the detail it goes into about the holiday itself and how other countries celebrate it.
Food comes with pictures and how long to make them. Very colorful and easy to make.
Also tips on what else to put in a  child's Easter basket.
Recipes towards the back of the book will take a few hours to make-some of them. So pretty though!

25 Awesome Bedtime Stories for 1st-4th Graders (Beginner Readers)
Drawings that are sometimes colorful, children's book about Dan who doodles. Many stories with a moral and teaching a child respect and other life lessons.
Love the one where he tells the class what he wants to be when he grows up and proceeds to not only draw the job but tells what is being done.
Everyone Do The Crab Walk is another good one where a child can feel good about themselves because of what they can do. Some stories are just a few pages and some are 6 pages long. Some are totally silly.
Great stories for any child.

30 Delicious Ice Cream Cake Recipes
What I liked about this from the beginning is that you can substitute for a healthier ice cream cake.
The examples are numerous. Step by step instructions and there are many of them for each recipe.
Lots of different combinations. No pictures and no nutritional information.
I'd like to try the oreo cookie one as it's probably the fastest one to make and less steps to prepare it all. Definitely a treat for a special occasion.

Be Thankful for the Little Things Rhymes and Pictures to Teach Children about Gratitude By Louise Folger
Illustrated very colorful children's book that teaches them to appreciate what they have.
Starts out with things as basic as flowers and spring and to be thankful for those along with bird songs.
Other things that bring a smile to their face are also given a colorful page of things they are thankful for. The page states what they are thankful for and then why.
My favorite page is getting a hug from your grandmother, she is shown with an afghan on her lap and a cup of hot tea-this is me!
Little things also do not have to cost money. Other books by the author are highlighted.
Book encourages you the next time you wake up blue to think about little things and know that God's love is true.
I received this book from Library Thing via the author in exchange for my honest review.

All I Have In This World by Michael Parker
What first prompted me to apply to read this book was the title. It's not the material things we have that will live with us forever.
This is a story about many people and I first found it confusing because of the chapters were from a different year and different people til I realized it was the story of the car and the previous owners lives.
Loved learning about the terrain and nature around the various places the books take you to. Marcus has his dream and realizes he's a failure and tries to make his dream happen. Maria is from a mixed up family and they end up buying the car together.
Found it interesting where their path takes them especially when they are out driving, talking and learning about one another and what they want to do.
Loved the lists and charts. Love how the background of the car and its owners connect to the characters who buy it.
I received this book from Library Thing via Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in exchange for my honest review.

Carnal Innocence  by Nora Roberts
The world class violinist, Carolyn is moving back to her familys home in Innocence, MS.   
Tucker was being accused to killing Emma Lou who she had stated earlier that day she was pregnant with his child.
Investigation continues as others come to his rescue...Lots going on..
Brutal and tortuous at times and scary.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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Righting another's wrong landed D in WITSEC, the witness protection program and cost him family, friends, and everything of substance in his life.

Loneliness is his constant companion until he meets Candi, the girl of his dreams. He and Candi embark on a three-week ride to redemption where they deal with mind-numbing deceit, perilous treachery, their overpowering lust for each other and their personal demons.

Spectacular scenery and a cast of unforgettable characters they meet along the way makes the journey memorable, but nothing prepares them for the sacrifices they must eventually make midway in the ride.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," sadly, does not ring true for Candice and D throughout this first of a two part series. Lust and greed are forever game-changers, even for those who desperately seek redemption