Thursday, September 22, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Infected by Gregg Luke


ABOUT THE BOOK

Mother Nature: the world's most innovative killer.

Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, mycologist Dr. Julia Fatheringham is engrossed in her study of native fungi. But what begins as a standard research trip quickly spirals into chaos when her associate's erratic behavior results in his horrifying death. Soon, Julia makes a startling discover: her partner was contaminated by an organism found only in insects. It alters the victim's mind in alarming ways, with an invariably deadly outcome. Julia is baffled by her discovery—this organism has never appeared in humans. It shouldn't be possible. There is only one terrifying conclusion: The infection has jumped species.

Now, in this remote corner of the world, a contagion of unparalleled horror rests in Julia's hands. But even as she works to contain the organism that could spell devastation of apocalyptic proportions, there are others with a different agenda. They've learned of her discovery and will go to any lengths to acquire a sample—there is good money to be had in eco-terrorism.

Armed only with her strength of mind and what courage she can gather, Julia prepares to battle the devastating scourge—and the terrorists determined to unleash it on humanity.

REVIEW

Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to finish this book yet.  But I'm liking what I've read so far.  I do have a tendency to enjoy books set in unusual settings and the Venezuelan rain forest qualifies.  And medical thrillers also appeal to me, so once again, I'm disposed to like this book.  I do like what I've read so far.  I'm say more once I've finished the book.

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*Sept. 19th
*Sept. 20th
*Sept. 21st
*Sept. 22nd
*Sept. 23rd


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Second Season by Heather Chapman


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Caroline is not looking forward to this year’s Season in London. Her mother already has schemes for her marriage prospects—and none of them include love, it seems. But when a dashing young duke begins to pursue her, Caroline has second thoughts. Caught between ambition and desire, Caroline may gamble her heart away without even realizing it.

REVIEW

The Second Season provides the story of young Caroline Hopkins who arrives in London for her second season with concerns about whether she is ready for marriage.  But her mother is bound and determined to see her daughters paired off with appropriately titled suitors.  Unfortunately for Lady Hopkins' plans neither Lucy nor Caroline is particularly concerned with titles.  Both girls are more interested in finding someone they can care about.  While Caroline has caught the eye of the Duke of Rembridge, she finds herself doubting his motives and rather uncomfortable with his attentions.  Yet the talented shoemaker, Mr. Clark, she finds very appealing.  Lucy also finds herself falling for someone beneath her mother's ambitions.  Luckily for both girls, their father is very much on their side in the finding someone to love department.  An interesting side plot revolves around the girl's parents and the misunderstanding that stands between them from the time they wed.  This particular challenge weighs heavily on both Lord and Lady Hopkins' plans and wishes for their daughters.  I think what I enjoyed most about the book though was how both Caroline and Lucy were willing to look for men who were good and could make them happy, titles or not. 


Thursday, September 15, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Southern Charmed by Melanie Jacobson




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Lila Mae Guidry is a Southern girl through and through. As a fourth-generation Latter-day Saint in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she's proud of her heritage as both a Southerner and a Saint—and she doesn't take kindly to people who disparage either. Ten years ago, Max Archer was just that kind of jerk. As the mission president's son, Max spent his entire three years mocking the South...and teenage Lila. After Max's family moved away, Lila forgot about her sworn enemy. Almost.

When a new job brings a grown-up Max back to Baton Rouge, Lila is less than thrilled with his reappearance, especially since everyone seems intent on throwing her together with this old adversary. Yet fight as she may, Lila soon realizes resistance is futile—their connection is undeniable. Max embodies everything she wants in a man—except perhaps the most important thing—her life is rooted in the city she loves, but his dreams are bigger than Baton Rouge. With such mismatched visions of the future, Max and Lila are faced with a life-altering decision: jeopardize their aspirations or risk losing love.

REVIEW

Melanie Jacobson has written a truly charming book about a place that she clearly loves.  And so does Lila Mae Guidry, a Lousiana girl through and through, who teaches at a local high school and dreams of getting married.  But Max Archer isn't her ideal man, at least not at first.  When she knew him as a kid he hated Baton Rouge and he humiliated her at a stake dance.  But Max isn't the same person she knew and she has to fight to remind herself that he has no intentions of staying in the place she doesn't plan to ever leave.  But hearts don't always follow their owners advice and the two fall in love despite their geographical differences.  I couldn't help falling in love with both Lila and Max, two good people, each with their own plans and strengths.  Stories like this remind me that while life often doesn't go the way we plan, sometimes things turn out far better than one could have ever dreamed.

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*Sept. 12th
*Sept. 13th
*Sept. 14th
*Sept. 15th
*Sept. 16th:


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

BLOG TOUR: The Holy Ghost Discovering Your Extraordinary New Gift/Blessing the Nephite Children


ABOUT THE BOOK

Get to know the Holy Ghost, from baptism on! This engaging book provides fill-in-the-blank stories, coloring pages, and other fun activities for your kids to help get them ready to receive the Holy Ghost and rely on Him for the rest of their lives. Come to understand and feel the Spirit, one of the greatest gifts from God.

REVIEW        

For young children who have just been baptized this book makes a great gift.  The book explores the concept of who the Holy Ghost is, the difference between the influence of and the gift of the Holy Ghost and the many different roles the Holy Ghost has.  In addition to explaining basic doctrines about the Holy Ghost, there are activities and codes and scriptures as well as questions and memories for the child to record his/her thoughts.  Quotes from prophets and scripture story references and family home evening suggestions make this a great reference for family time as well as personal time.  Ideas for developing the gift, serving others, and following the commandments are also all included.  I think this makes for a great way to help children develop a better understanding of the Godhead and the Holy Ghost specifically.  I have only one rather minor quibble and that is the phrasing on one statement in the book where it states that the Holy Ghost appeared AS a dove when Jesus Christ got baptized.  I felt like this should say LIKE since that is the word that the Bible uses.  Other than that though I thought the book does a fine job of providing a multitude of ways for a young child to learn about the important roles and value of having the Holy Ghost in one's life.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Snuggle up with your kids and learn about Jesus’s visit to the Nephites. This colorful board book is perfectly designed for little fingers and small attention spans. Experience the beauty of Christ’s personal love in the Book of Mormon with your little ones and come to see the ways the Savior reaches out to them today.
REVIEW

Blessing the Nephite Children is an adorable baby board book version of a story told in 3 Nephi from the Book of Mormon.  This book focuses on the love the Savior has for children everywhere and what the children during his visit to the American continent after his death experienced.  The illustrations are sweet and attractive.  This book makes for a great introduction to the Book of Mormon for young children.


Monday, September 12, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Her Fateful Debut by G.G. Vandagriff


ABOUT THE BOOK

Classic Regency romance with a dash of suspense . . .

Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.

In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.

In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.

With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?


REVIEW

Vandagriff has done it again.  I always think that she can't possibly write another book as appealing as the one I just read, but she always manages to pull it off.  I found Her Fateful Debut to be as compelling as all Vandagriff's other works that I have read.  Beau and Penelope are both sympathetic and interesting characters.  Beau, an experienced Londoner and employee of the Foreign Office, inadvertently meets Miss Penelope in a park early in the morning when the double agent he is working with attacks Penelope's sketchbook with a vengeance.  This leads Beau into shadowing Penelope to protect her and then to a forced betrothal.  But Penelope has her own mind and several interesting twists get in the way of Penelope and Beau really getting to know each other.  But this is at its heart a romance and it was enjoyable to see Beau and Penelope's growing feelings for each other, despite their differences and the dangers involved.  A great Regency romance for those like me who just can't get enough.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: A Place for Miss Snow by Jennifer Moore




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Miss Diane Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.

Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?

REVIEW


Jennifer Moore has a gift for writing a book that isn't too long and yet contains a great deal of content.  Her characters are always likable, though flawed and the situations they find themselves in are fascinating.  I love the way she depicts the time periods and places.  It's clear that she puts a lot of time and energy into getting it write, which I love in historical fiction.  The setting and circumstances of this particular book were entirely unfamiliar to me, maybe that's why I found it so intriguing.  I mean a Greek spy who is fighting for freedom for his homeland meeting up with a structured, controlled English chaperone.  What a great story.  I loved everything about this one, the characters, the setting, and the plot.  I even learned things about a time and place I knew very little about.  What a great combination of features for a regency romance.

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*Sept. 7th
*Sept. 8th
*Sept. 9th


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Undercover Target by Frank Holdaway


ABOUT THE BOOK

When Matt Knight left his career as a spy to marry the woman of his dreams, he thought he was in for a life of domestic bliss. But after adopting a baby girl and her teenage brother from China, he finds that being a father comes with its own set of challenges—problems for which his work as an antiterrorism agent did nothing to prepare him. Or so he thought. When a Scout campout with his teenage son takes a terrifying turn, Matt realizes his past and present have just collided, with devastating consequences.

Deep in the rugged mountains of Utah, a band of mercenaries lies in wait. The target: Matt Knight. Their orders come from a dangerous enemy from the former agent's past, one who is bent on destroying everything Matt holds dear. While struggling to protect his son and the other Scouts, Matt is horrified to learn the full extent of the plan: his wife and baby have been taken too. Now the agent-turned-family-man must draw on his years of combat training in an explosive battle to save those he loves—or die trying.

REVIEW

I'm impressed with both the quality of the writing and the plotting in Undercover Target.  Frank Holdaway pulls the read into the story right away as the reader meets Matt and Hope through the eyes of Peng, a young Chinese orphan who is spying on them as they adopt his little sister, Jin.  He does not expect them to take him too, but they do.  But Peng has his own set of baggage that creates barriers between him and his new family.  On top of that but Matt is about to discover that his past as an anti-terrorism agent is about to come back to bite him.  I was pulled into the story immediately, despite not having read the first book Undercover Saint. It was clear I had missed Matt and Hope's romance, but that didn't really slow me down in enjoying this book.  It was awesome to read about Matt's friends and colleagues as well.  Holdaway has written an action-packed, but rather thoughtful look at foreign adoption as well as the dangers of undercover work. 

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*Aug. 29th:
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*Aug. 30th:
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*Sept. 1st:
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*Sept. 2nd:
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