Friday, June 1, 2018

2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge--May Update

alphabet 2018
(Titles in parentheses are still to be read)

A--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown

B--Beginnings, Helen Christmas

C-- (The)Celebration, Wanda E. Brunstetter

D--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin

E--Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, Kate Bowler

F--Fifth Night, Kathi Daley

G--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust

H--Happiness For Humans, P.Z. Reizen

I--I Like Church But, Dan Lupton

J--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton

K--((The) Kennedy Wives: Triumph and Tragedy In America's Most Public Family, Amber Hunt)

  

L--Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

M--(Miranda Warning, Heather Day Gilbert)

N--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert

O--(The) Orphan Daughter,  Cari Noga

P--(A) Passionate Hope, Jill Eileen Smith

Q--(Mrs. Queen Takes The Train, William Kuhn)

R--Rules Of Rain, Leah Scheier

S--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton

T--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp

U--Unafraid, Adam Hamilton

V--Visions, Helen J. Christmas

W-- What She Left, Rosie Fiore

X--

Y--(The) Year Of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

Z--

2018 Literary Escapes Challenge--May Update

2018 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE new
(Titles in parentheses are still to be read)


Alabama--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp
Alaska--  (Before I Let Go, Marieke Nijkamp)
Arizona-- (Wedding Cake Crumble, Jenn McKinlay)
Arkansas--(Shakespeare's Landlord, Charlaine Harris)
California--The Big Job, Libby Kirsch
Colorado--(Needled To Death, Maggie Sefton)
Connecticut--Autumn Of Fear, Glede Browne Kabongo
Delaware--(She'll Never Tell, Hunter Morgan)
District of Columbia--Unified, Trey Gowdy and Tim

Florida--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown
Georgia--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust
Hawaii--(Blood Orchids,Toby Neal)
Idaho--(Blue Heaven, C.J. Box)
Illinois--The Good Liar, Catherine McKenzie
Indiana--Biscuits And Slashed Browns, Maddie Day
Iowa--(The Weight Of Silence, Heather Gudenkauf)
Kansas--Blood And Salt, Kim Liggett
Kentucky--(Cake And Punishment, Maymee Bell)
Louisiana--(The Gilda Stories, Jewelle Gomez)
Maine--(All The Blue-Eyed Angels, Jen Blood)
Maryland--(Baltimore Blues, Laura Lippman)
Massachusetts--The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
Michigan--The Orphan Daughter, Cari Noga
Minnesota--(Paws And Effect, Sofie Kelly)
Mississippi--(Mudbound, Hillary Jordan)
Missouri--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert
Montana--Rules of Rain, Leah Scheier
Nebraska--(Thorns Of Rosewood, G.M. Barlean)
Nevada--Panty Raid, Diane Vallere
New Hampshire--(Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Picoult)
New Jersey--Hummus And Homicide, Tina Kashian
New Mexico--(Deadly Gamble, Connie Shelton)
New York--The Hamilton Affair, Elizabeth Cobbs
North Carolina--To Be Where You Are, Jan Karon
North Dakota--(Badlands, C.J. Box)
Ohio--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin
Oklahoma--(Loved, P.C. Cast)
Oregon--Homecoming By The Sea, Kathi Daley
Pennsylvania--Pawprints and Predicaments, Bethany Blake
Rhode Island--(Spellcaster, Claudia Gray)
South Carolina--The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 
South Dakota--By The Shores Of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder
Tennessee--(Funeral Dress, Susan Gregg Gilmore)
Texas--The Pajama Frame, Diane Vallere
Utah--(The 19th Wife, David Ebershoff)
Vermont--(House Rules, Jodi Picoult)
Virginia--(Crazy, VA, Shannon Hill)
Washington--Farewell To Felines, Kathi Daley
West Virginia--(Miranda Warning, Heather Day Gilbert)
Wisconsin--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton
Wyoming--(A Fresh Start, Trisha Grace)



International Settings
Israel--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton
England--Beginnings, Helen Christmas
Turkey--Searching For Gertrude, D.E. Haggerty
The Netherlands--The Dinner, Herman Koch
Scotland--The Whisperer, A. Ireland King

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea


Don't Believe It by Charlie Donlea


About the Book 

 
Mystery/Crime/Suspense 
Kensington (May 29, 2018) 
Hardcover: 304 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496713803 
Digital ASIN: B075CBLSDX 
Audio ASIN: B079VRWSRY 
From acclaimed author Charlie Donlea comes a twisting, impossible-to-put-down novel of suspense in which a filmmaker helps clear a woman convicted of murder—only to find she may be a puppet in a sinister game.
The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history—a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.
As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and timeline issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong.
Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace’s past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career . . . even her life.
Review: I loved all the twists and turns in this book. I thought I knew what was going on for about the first half of the book, and then I started to doubt myself. After a few red herrings, I realized my first impression on the killer was the right one.

The author did a fantastic job of drawing me into the story and keeping me interested. The last sentence of the book left me hungry for more...plus I would love to know the whole story of Sidney's father's case.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 stars

About the Author

 
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 USA Today bestselling author Charlie Donlea was born and raised in Chicago. He now lives in the suburbs with his wife and two young children. Readers can find him online at http://charliedonlea.com

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels) by Erin Johnson


 

Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels) by Erin Johnson


About the Book


Cozy Mystery 
5th in Series 
Self Published 
Print Length - 248 Pages 
ASIN: B07BPGFNRR
The big day has finally arrived, and Imogen, Iggy and the bakers head to the Fire Kingdom for Hank and Shaday’s wedding. Imogen is totally fine with it—or so she keeps telling herself. Even the murder of a famous wedding guest can’t stop the impending nuptials. So when Imogen’s repressed feelings magically ruin her baking and she’s banned from the kitchen, she sets herself to finding the killer. Her search leads her through the desert kingdom’s bustling marketplaces and the maze-like raid, to discover underground movements, shady characters, and more secrets about the people around her than she thought possible. Could the killer be the clever journalist or the rebellious palace maid? Perhaps it’s a member of the royal family. With the Fire Kingdom’s people churning for change, a mysterious artifact missing from the museum, and a dastardly plot brewing, Imogen begins to feel the heat. When Horace contacts her and makes her a tempting offer, she struggles to choose between him and her new friends. Imogen’s choice will have enormous consequences over a deadly plot that threatens the people she loves. Will she stop a killer and find a happy ending in the process? Or will an ancient legend come to life and destroy them all?

About the Author

 
  Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).
Website: www.erinjohnsonwrites.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/EJohnsonWrites.
Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018


PROBABLE CAUSE: RETHINKING THE JFK PLOT by Robin Haines, Politics, 71 pp., $6.99 (Paperback) $2.99 (Kindle edition)


Title: PROBABLE CAUSE: RETHINKING THE JFK PLOT
Author: Robin Haines
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 71
Genre: Politics


This book is a refreshing new look at the JFK Conspiracy theories. After years of meticulous research the author has compiled new evidence to suggest a different theory on this important moment in our nation’s history.

It is a must read for anyone interested in a different view of the JFK assassination.

Order Your Copy!

https://www.amazon.com/Mistress-Suffragette-Diana-Forbes-ebook/dp/B06XG3G2TF


Review: This book presents a very different look at why the Kennedy assassination occurred, and even if should be classified as an assassination. While I don't necessarily agree with the author's theory, I can appreciate the time and effort she put into it. She is very passionate about her views.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Was the JFK assassination the result of the random crime or a politically motivated
conspiracy?

Perhaps it was a legitimate covert intelligence operation of the US Government. Could it be that JFK wasn’t murdered and his death was staged to appear to be a homicide?

The author outlines a moral motive for the assassination, and an explanation in the way the assassination was staged. The focus of this alternative theory revolves primarily around three men, who she claims are the most important figures involved in planning and executing the death of JFK. There apparently were many other people linked to this, but she discusses these three people; the main man who ran the operation and the other two who basically planned it. Before their deaths they both confessed to their involvement and that they planned the assassination. At the time when this theory was first written during the early 1980’s, most of these people were still living, however, by now they are deceased.

The author claims the president voluntarily co-operated with his senior Intelligence Officers in a massive deception which was carried out as a means of Civil Defense.

The possibility does exist that JFK had to die in order to save America. The Deception In Dallas may have been the only alternative to nuclear war.

In this book the author challenges both the Warren Commission findings as well as some ideas which have been presented by the criminal conspiracy theorists.


Robin Haines was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on March 20th 1953. Her mother was a journalist for a newspaper called the Hudson Dispatch which later became the Jersey Journal Dispatch. She was a Religion Editor who also covered theater, and entertainment and occasionally, covered stories about politics. Her father was a wine salesman who eventually became a cab driver. Both of her parents are now deceased.

She graduated from Weehawken High School in June of 1972. She attended Manhattan School of Music and took some extension courses at Julliard in Theory and Composition but did not obtain a degree.

She resided in Weehawken, New Jersey until she was 29. Then she relocated to Winchester, Virginia, where she still lives today. She has never been married.

Her many interests include politics, religion, military, and American History. She also enjoys horseback riding, theater, and current events.

The author deeply believes that the many controversies, especially the one involving the JFK Assassination which is still hanging over us from the 1960’s and 70’s need to be resolved. Final closure should be brought to these things while there are still some people living who have firsthand knowledge of them.

She hopes that out of all this tragedy, some new laws, and treaties will be passed. One of which will require that all public figures seeking election to the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the U.S. must be subject to a top secret national security background check for the highest level of clearance. This would definitely serve as a deterrent to prevent a situation like this from arising here again.

You can visit her website at https://wolfecarolyn.wixsite.com/mysite-1.

 

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Monday, May 7, 2018

COVER REVEAL: One Feta In The Grave(Kebab Kitchen Mystery #3) by Tina Kashian


ONE FETA IN THE GRAVE

The 3rd Book in the Kebab Kitchen Mystery Series

As summer comes to an end in her Jersey Shore town, Lucy Berberian continues to manage her family’s Mediterranean restaurant. The Kebab Kitchen also has a food tent at this year’s beach festival. But now a local businessman is under the boardwalk—dead by the sea . . .
With a sand castle contest and live music, Ocean Crest bids a bittersweet farewell to tourist season. Summer will return next year . . . but Archie Kincaid won’t. The full-of-himself store owner has been fatally shot, soon after a screaming match with Lucy’s best friend. Katie’s far from the only suspect, though, since Archie had some bitter rivals—as well as some relationships no one knew about. It’s up to Lucy to look into some seedy characters and solve the case before the wrong person gets skewered . . .
Recipes included!
     

Ready . . . 

                                   

Set .  .  . 

                             

Reveal . . .

                       

Coming in March 2019 from Kensington Books!

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Book 1 - Hummus and Homicide is Available Now


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About the Author

Tina Kashian is an attorney and a former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. Tina spent her childhood summers at the Jersey shore building sandcastles, boogie boarding, and riding the boardwalk Ferris wheel. She also grew up in the restaurant business, as her Armenian parents owned a restaurant for thirty years. Tina still lives in New Jersey with her supportive husband and two young daughters. Please visit her website at www.tinakashian.com to join her newsletter, receive delicious recipes, enter contests, and more!
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018 ALPHABET SOUP READING CHALLENGE, April Update

alphabet 2018

A--Ambushed In Paradise, Deborah Brown

B--Beginnings, Helen Christmas

C-- (The)Celebration, Wanda E. Brunstetter

D--Devil In Ohio, Daria Polatin

E--Everything Happens For A Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved, Kate Bowler

F--Fifth Night, Kathi Daley

G--Ginger Snapped, Gail Oust

H--Happiness For Humans, P.Z. Reizen

I--I Like Church But, Dan Lupton

J--Jerusalem Rising, Barbara Britton

K--

L--Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

M--

N--No One Ever Asked, Katie Ganshert

O--(The) Orphan Daughter,  Cari Noga

P--(A) Passionate Hope, Jill Eileen Smith

Q

R--Rules Of Rain, Leah Scheier

S--Survival Of The Fritters, Ginger Bolton

T--This Is Where It Ends, Marieke Nijkamp

U--Unafraid, Adam Hamilton

V--Visions, Helen J. Christmas

W-- What She Left, Rosie Fiore

X

Y--(The) Year Of Living Biblically, A.J. Jacobs

Z