Tuesday, September 30, 2014

{Review & E-Books Giveaway} FOUR WISHES by Christine Nolfi

ASIN #: B00ND8T714
File Size: 1269 KB
Page Count: 255
Copyright: September 5, 2014
Publisher: Christine Nofli; 1st Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.

The books of The Liberty Series serve as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Treasure Me, Second Chance Grill and The Impossible Wish. Future releases coming soon.

Mandy's Review:

Okay ... if y'all follow my reviews very often you already know that I adore this series. I love the town of liberty and how close the residents are to each other. The small-town feel is something I long for, especially after finishing one of these novels. I think one of the main things I enjoy about this series is that everything usually turns out okay and people find a way to move on.

Mary has her hands full with teenage Blossom, her step-daughter. Recently, Blossom has gotten miffed about the fact that Mary hasn't given Blossom a younger sibling. With Mary being the only doctor in Liberty, her schedule has gotten pretty full and hectic. It doesn't help that Anthony, Blossom's dad and Mary's husband, is also ready to have another child. Can she find a middle ground that will satisfy both her workload as well as her husband's and step-daughter's desires?

Birdie was recently engaged to Hugh. With the drama over her mother vandalizing the town (see The Impossible Wish), Birdie hasn't even thought about wedding arrangements. Thankfully her older half-sister Meade is organized and domineering enough to handle getting everything taken care of in three weeks. What most people don't know is that there will be an extra unplanned, but happily anticipated, guest at the wedding.

Meade is a successful business owner who has dreams of expanding across the country. She has it all mapped out in her 10-year plan. What she didn't have included in her plan was a romance that would tear her schedule all to pieces. Add into the mix taking care of her aging, Alzheimer-acting father and Meade's stress level is through the roof. Can she get everyone and everything back under control? Will she allow the romance to stunt her business expansion?

And then we have Glade. Glade is the great-niece of Reenie, Meade's father's housekeeper. Glade just popped in out-of-the-blue after running from home. When she shows up, she is VERY pregnant. Meade takes Glade on and gives her a helping hand by getting her obstetrician, optometrist, and dental appointments. She also finds out Glade dropped out of high school and gets her info, books, and a tutor to help her pass her GED. Will Glade stick around Liberty after the baby's born? Will Glade keep the baby or give it away?

Once again, Christine Nolfi has written a novel that will make you want to keep turning the pages. There was some unexpected sadness in this novel, which I understood and appreciated. In the midst of all the good things, sometimes bad things happen. You have to choose whether or not you're going to let it keep you down or if you're going to take your time to grieve and then move on. Yes, it's hard, but life is so much more than the bad things that happen to you.

I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy reading novels that make you smile and wish you were there.

*An ecopy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway Info:

This giveaway will remain open until Sunday, 10/5, at which time one winner will be randomly chosen to receive a Kindle copy of all four Liberty Series novels!!! Good luck!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

{Review} CONDUIT by Angie Martin

Page Count: 357
File Size: 2224 KB
Copyright: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Indie World Publishing & Author Services

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

How do you hide from a killer when he's in your mind?

Emily Monroe conceals her psychic gift from the world, but her abilities are much too strong to keep hidden from an equally gifted killer. A savvy private investigator, she discreetly uses her psychic prowess to solve cases. When the police ask her to assist on a new case, she learns the killer they seek is not only psychic, but is targeting her.

The killer wants more than to invade her mind; he wants her. Believing they are destined for each other, he uses his victims as conduits to communicate with her, and she hears their screams while they are tortured. She opens her mind to help the victims, but it gives him a portal that he uses to lure her to him. With the killer taking over her mind, she must somehow stop him before she becomes his next victim.

Mandy's Review:

This book had a first for me. I've heard of psychics, psychics entering others' minds, and even psychics who help out the police. What I've not seen before are psychics who use people as conduits to amplify their own powers. I rather appreciated the ingenuity of that thought process. It's rare when I read a plot element I've never seen before.

Emily conceals her psychic gifts because her mom (in my opinion) hates her and her abilities. Emily never understood why so, growing up, she would stay with her aunt who had the same abilities as Emily. With her aunt's help, Emily began to understand her powers. With the death of her aunt, though, Emily stopped growing her powers and just maintained what she knew. When the serial killer started trying to contact her through the conduits, Emily unwittingly opened her mind up to him allowing him access to her thoughts. Is there someone that can help her get rid of the dark power inside her?

I rather enjoyed this novel. The characters are thoughtfully written and mesh well together. I think the serial killer could have been just a bit smarter to make the plot more suspenseful. He made some mistakes that I don't believe a smart, thoughtful serial killer (as he was depicted) would've made the mistakes he did ... like making sure one of his victims was actually dead before leaving the scene. Overall, though, I would recommend this novel to those who enjoy a mystery.

*An ecopy of the novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

{ARC Review} THE TURNING SEASON by Sharon Shinn

ISBN #: 978-0425261697
Page Count: 352
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Ace Hardcover

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

In national bestselling author Sharon Shinn’s latest Shifting Circle novel, a woman must choose between hiding her nature—and risking her heart...

For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn’t escape. Even though she’s built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her—and for each other—she can’t help but wish for a chance at being normal.

When she’s not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes—a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.

But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.

Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.

Lupe's Review:

So, at first, I didn't know if I was going to even like this book. The first couple of chapters weren't anything special to keep me hooked. But because I am doing a review, I really wanted to finish it-and boy, am I glad I did!

A book about friendship and loyalty, morals and ethics and moral ambiguity, and even some love, Shinn did a great job combining all of those elements with the supernatural that was just so seamlessly stitched in. I loved it. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. And just when you think you have it all figured out, BAM! Plot twist! Then you have it figured out....NOPE! But it was all done so well that at the end, you have to just put it down and go, "Wow. That was amazing!"

The characters are fleshed out, challenging and so real; I mean, let's face it, we ALL have the crazy party friends like Celeste and the homebody ones like Karadel. Shinn makes the whole group fit together like one big puzzle, with just a little piece missing, and then *poof* we get Joe. I mean, really, the chemistry between them all was just so fantastic, and once you get to the end and look back, you even put together all the little hints left behind that help you realize that you could have solved it all a while back. I love books like that!

I really enjoyed this and I think I will check out more of Sharon Shinn's work in the future.

*A paperback copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, September 26, 2014

{Review} NOT WITHOUT YOU by Harriet Evans

ISBN #: 978-1476746036
Page Count: 448
Copyright: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)


Sophie Leigh’s real name is Sophie Sykes. But she hasn’t been called that for years, not since she became an A-list movie star. Living in Los Angeles, she can forget all about the life she left behind in England. But she’s lost something of herself in the process, too.

Glamorous 1950s starlet Eve Noel had none of Sophie’s modern self-confidence. She didn’t choose her name. A Hollywood producer did. In fact, he made all her decisions—what to wear, when to smile, who to love. Right up until the day she simply vanished from the spotlight. No one knows where she went, or why.

As Sophie’s perfect-on-the-outside world begins to crumble, her present col­lides with Eve’s past. She must unravel the mystery around her idol’s disappear­ance before it’s too late for them both.

Mandy's Review:

We never know how what we do will affect others in the future. What if our career echos throughout the years and something we created inspires someone else? That's kind of what happened here. Eve Noel is a famous Hollywood actress admired by Sophie Leigh. Sophie knows all of Eve's movies, where she lived in Hollywood, and that Eve lost her sister in death when she was young. What Sophie doesn't know is that her life will collide with Eve Noel's in the near future.

Sophie is an actress stuck in the same dippy-girl rom/com roles that people seem to either love or hate. She's eager to break out of the mold and do something with more heart ... and acting ability. Her manager, Artie, thinks Sophie changing her style of acting is a bad idea and tries to convince her to do one more rom/com. Sophie is pretty adamant about doing a more serious movie and travels to England for the filming.

Around the same time, Sophie's experiencing some scary events. Someone's threatening to kill her on social medias. Someone's been breaking into her house and leaving white roses ... which gives Sophie a creepy feeling, but she's not sure why. It turns out white roses are something Eve Noel passionately dislikes, and with good reason.

The chapters are mainly concerning Sophie and her present-day life. At the end of some of the chapters, Eve's past story is told. The similarities between the two coincide more often than not. What differences there are become defined by Eve's submissive nature and Sophie's determination to change her life.

Eve's story tore at my heart. She gave in way too much and lost much of her life to others and what they wanted for her. Will she ever find the happiness she has wanted for so long?

I really liked this novel. Eve's story drew me in more than Sophie's, even though Sophie's life involved threats and stalking. I think it's because Eve's story was more of an internal struggle. If you're a fan of fiction where past and present come together in a beautiful, heart-wrenching story, then Not Without You needs to be added to your personal library.

*A physical copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

{Cover Reveal} THE TROUBLE WITH FAKING by Rachel Morgan

Release Date: November 27, 2014
Book Blurb:

After a stupid miscommunication, everyone in Andi’s new res thinks she’s secretly dating Damien, boyfriend of resident queen bee Charlotte. Since the rumor’s already out there and refuses to be squashed, Andi and Damien decide to keep up the facade in the hopes of snagging the attention of the people they/really/want to be with. What could possibly go wrong?

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