venerdì 9 dicembre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Crime And Catnip by T.C. LoTempio

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CRIME AND CATNIP
by T. C. LoTempio


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Crime and Catnip (A Nick and Nora Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Berkley (December 6, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270226
E-Book ASIN: B01CZCW4ZY
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Synopsis

Nick and Nora aren’t just pussyfooting around this time as they deal with a missing person’s case and murder.
While catering a gala for the Cruz Museum, Nora Charles agrees to look into the disappearance of director Violet Crenshaw’s niece, a case previously undertaken by her frisky feline friend Nick’s former owner, a private eye whose whereabouts are also currently unknown.
As Nora and her curious cat Nick pull at the string of clues, they begin to unravel a twisted tale of coded messages, theft, false identities, murder, and international espionage. Nora dares to hope that the labyrinth of leads will not only help them locate the missing young woman, but also solve the disappearance of the detective. That’s if Nora can stay alive long enough to find him…
INCLUDES DELICIOUS SANDWICH RECIPES

My Review

It was a fun and easy read, very addictive, once you start it's really hard to put it down.
Nora tries to solve a complicated case of a missing person with the help of her cat, Nick cat. She obviously will be in danger. She also continues her pursuit of Nick's owner, mysteriously disappeared.
I love Nick, is a chubby black and white cat very nice and I am happy that it is a protagonist of this story and not just a secondary character.
This story is really well written, with many twists, false identities, secret codes, international espionage.
Although it is the third book in the series you can be read as a standalone and I can't wait to read the next adventure of Nick and Nora.
Highly recommended for lovers of cozy mystery and cats.

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About the Author…..

While Toni Lotempio does not commit – or solve – murders in real life, she has no trouble doing it on paper. Her lifelong love of mysteries began early on when she was introduced to her first Nancy Drew mystery at age 10 – The Secret in the Old Attic. She (and ROCCO, albeit he’s uncredited) pen the Nick and Nora mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime – and in Spring 2017, the new CAT RESCUE mysteries from Crooked Lane! She, Rocco and company make their home in Clifton, New Jersey, just twenty minutes from the Big Apple – New York. Catch up with them at www.tclotempio.com and www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
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giovedì 8 dicembre 2016

lunedì 5 dicembre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Into the Void by Emma Stein


Into the Void
by Emma Stein

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GENRE:  Historical Fiction

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BLURB:

The country of Anglina is teeming with social upheaval, and its officials have found an unlikely national hero in a philosopher and social activist named Horace. The Anglinian government has appointed the effeminate, irreverent, and stubborn scholar to undertake a journey around the world to learn the secret of other countries’ success. Unfortunately for Horace, most of the societies he visits turn out to be drastically different from what he expected, and he repeatedly sends scathing but witty reports about his travels and the people he encounters. At the end of his journey, Horace encounters a series of communes whose inhabitants welcome him into their ranks and open his eyes to more a liberal and egalitarian way of life.

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My Review:

I was once again pulled into a story that was so completely captivating I could not put it down. I really loved the epistolary style, the correspondence Horace and Addie have exchanged.
It's the story of the fantastic travel of Horace, his explorations of new countries and his wonderful discoveries. It was easy to identify with him..
 It is an intriguing and interesting book, addictive and a total page turner. The author takes you deep inside the story and leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Highly recommended.

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EXCERPT:

Entry point to Brema
State of Gärnröde
Federal Union of Elberein

Dear Addie,

You will have to scratch my itinerary, or better yet burn it and send it on the winds to these fools who keep me locked in waiting as though I were a criminal. When I tried to enter the Federal Union of Elberein, the cretins at the portcullis listened to the first three words out of my mouth and decided I was fit for detention. My wishing them “Good day, gentlemen” must have been sign enough of my cultural inferiority to justify them confining me in this dank––not really a room, really more like one of those oubliettes you throw your servants into when you catch them eating your leftovers after supper. Only it smells quite a bit worse.

Whereas you, in your boundless generosity and mercy, detain a maximum of five persons at any one time in your little oubliette––and for four days at most––I have the impression over a dozen people have shared this hole in the wall for weeks on end. I would stuff my nostrils to bursting with an old handkerchief if I thought it would help, but these vapours are so potent they would disintegrate the cloth in no time and press on to invade my olfactory circuit. I swear I can see waves of stench radiating from the slime-coated walls.

I have claimed my spot in a corner of this chamber. There is no furniture to speak of, only heaps of rags, and I thought it would be best to have corporeal support from the back and the side as I write, which is essentially all I can do. Leaving the cell is out of the question, as is the physical activity I have grown accustomed to and now cherish. If I were to stand up in my corner, I would need to take a mere seven steps before smacking into a wall in either direction. Six if I made an effort. So I will write. What else can I do? I’m sure you’ve got some snide answer to that question, but I advise you to omit it from your response. But of course by the time you get around to replying, I’ll have forgotten what I even asked….
  

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Always lagging behind current technological developments, Emma wrote all of her fledgling books and essays in a crabbed script until the demands of university life convinced her that it might be worthwhile to invest in a word processing program. That same university life caused a long hiatus in her creative writing activity but provided much of the kindling for her current literary endeavors. Until March of 2014, when she started working as a translator for a large software company, most of her publications were therefore academic in nature.

Emma has lived abroad since 2008, and her experiences in France, Canada, Germany, and Russia influence her work considerably. This influence is particularly powerful in Into the Void, which parodies different facets and institutions of these countries and explores the difficulty of retaining one’s own identity while trying to assimilate into another culture. Theories from Cultural Studies and Sociology form another cornerstone of Emma’s work, and she enlivens what many people would consider dry texts with interpretations that are full of wit and unexpected spins on the order of things. Her penchant for pinpointing the foibles and follies of both herself and her fellows is a fine source for her satires, be they written or illustrated.

Emma was born near Chicago in 1986 and has lived in Germany since 2011. She recently opened a translation company in Kiel, where she continues to surprise the natives with the historically inspired clothing that she designs and wears.

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Twitter: @EmmaSteinBooks
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giovedì 1 dicembre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Conquered by Paula Quinene


Conquered
by Paula Quinene

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GENRE:   Historical Romance

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BLURB:

Army soldier Johan Landers is bent on getting himself killed on Guam during WWII, but falls in love with Jesi, a native girl, and must fight to return to her.

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My Review:

It 's a very exciting historical novel that captures you from the beginning to the end. It was interesting to learn about the history and  traditions of Chamorro and visit the island of Guam. I did not know this island and the terrible events that suffered during the war.
This story is set during World War II Japanese-occupied island of Guam. Johan is an American soldier and is dispatched to Guam. He is sad and doesn't want to live accomplishes dangerous missions where he risks his lives. But everything changes the day he meets Jesi, a local girl. He saves her from a Japanese attack and between them breaks out the passion.
I really loved Johan and Jesi, are realistic and genuine characters and the chemistry between them is magical.
It was a pleasant read, interesting, very romantic with some very hot scenes but would not call this book erotic.
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.


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EXCERPT:


“Drink,” she said.

Johan closed his eyes and took a sip. Then a gulp. Coolness spread through his body. She’s nice. It was the most delicious thing he’d put on his tongue. Refreshing. The girl held the cup for him until he finished.

“Thank you.”

The girl nodded.

She set the cup aside and stepped away to pick up the coconut and machete again. Keeping her left hand out of the way, the girl held the machete in her right hand, centered it on the coconut, and hit the coconut in the middle. It split in half. She brought the coconut to him. Using the skin that was between her teeth, she scooped the coconut flesh and fed him.

Johan savored the soft meat. It wasn’t as sweet as the stuff his granny used to sprinkle on cake. But it was really good.

The girl was about five feet and a couple inches, and it looked as if she could use something to eat, though she wasn’t as thin as the other refugees he’d seen. She wasn’t trembling anymore. When she finished, she set aside the spent coconut and cardboard.

“Thank you, Miss. My name is Johan. What’s your name?”

She narrowed her eyes at him for a moment.

“Jesi, my name is Jesi.”

Her voice was pleasant. He was exhausted. What is it about her eyes? She stood up, startling him, and walked deeper into the cave.
   

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Paula Quinene was born and raised on Guam. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1997 with a bachelor’s of science in Exercise & Movement Science, hoping to return to the island as an anatomy teacher. A resident of North Carolina since 2000, Paula’s homesickness – or “mahalangness” – has motivated Paula to write A Taste of Guam, Remember Guam, both cookbooks, and her first novel, Conquered. Paula’s home on the web is www.paulaq.com.
Instagram: pquinene

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Review & Giveaway: A Study in Temperance by Ichabod Temperance


A Study in Temperance
by Ichabod Temperance

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GENRE:  steampunk / paranormal

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BLURB:

“Gee, Miss Plumtartt, after our calamitous arrival on this unsuspecting city, do you think we are still under threat of imminent murder by gangs of assorted, yet stylish, assassins?”


“I say, I do fear this to be the case, Mr. Temperance. The machinations of intrigue are not unlike one of your ingenious spring-driven contraptions, sir. Yes, plots boil and swarms of suspicious characters are at our every turn, eh hem?”


“Yes, Ma’am, Miss Plumtartt, Ma’am. It’s a good thing we have enlisted the assistance of this notorious, Victorian-era London detective to assist us in this baffling murder mystery adventure, for I fear there is more to this tale than meets the eye!”

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My Review:


I could not wait to read how the author had included Sherlock in his story and was really a smart choice. He has taken the classic character but managed to give him a new image and characterization.
In this steampunk set in the Victorian era take places the adventures of Ichabod and Persephone who must seek help from the most famous detective
It's the fourth book in a series of 10, can be read as a standalone, I had no particular problems but I can't wait to read the first three books.
This book is full of fun and full of humor, the plot is well woven and full of twists, difficult to guess what will happen. It 's so addictive that once started it is impossible to put it down.
 I highly recommend this book!





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EXCERPT:

“Ooh, yuck. I found our track, sir, but it looks like it drove through some pony poop.”

“Oh, my word. That is distasteful, I must say.”

“Ha ha! Fortune has smiled upon us, Madame and Temperance. This is not ordinary London horse manure. This is of the canine variety. It is considerably more pungent and distinctive in character than the equine variety. Luck has further seen to wedge it into a deep and distinctive crevasse of one of our cart’s wheels’ steel rim. Its meat-based odor will help produce a positive scent that we may track.”

“Yes, quite; perhaps you would consider writing a monograph, detailing your findings on the matter, eh hem?”

“I got a scent of our stink cart over here, y’all”

“Well done, Temperance, stay at it, man!”

“Yessir!”

“I say, you have always reminded me of the more noble aspects of our canine friends, Mr. Temperance, but never more so than now, as you scramble about, sniffing for your foe with your olfactory sensibilities leading our efforts as a one man pack of hunting hounds.”

“Thanks, Miss Plumtartt.”

“I say, let us continue our hunt with renewed vigor!”

“Yes, Ma’am!”

“I see what you mean about the dog like attributes of Temperance, Madame. Though a rather uncouth American, he does possess an astounding amount of enthusiasm for his endeavors. One can almost imagine a frantically animated tail, behind the scampering fellow, to mark his joyful task.”

“Quite so, sir. I would have thought that even he would have tired of running about on all fours, all over London, but once again, he has proved me wrong.”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Ichabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale, Alabama, USA, along with his lovely, gracious and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.





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lunedì 28 novembre 2016

Review: A Killer Location By Sarah T. Hobart

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A KILLER LOCATION
By Sarah T. Hobart


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A Killer Location:
A Home Sweet Home Mystery 

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Alibi (November 22, 2016)
ASIN: B01AQNZQB8
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Synopsis

As this captivating cozy mystery series featuring real estate agent Sam Turner continues, a dream home turns into a crime scene when murder intrudes on an open house.
Thanks to a few sales and a self-help book on becoming a super-agent, Sam Turner is well on her way to becoming real estate royalty in Arlinda, her eccentric hometown on the Northern California coast. And after settling into her new house with her teenage son, she’s finally a homeowner, too. Sure, things aren’t perfect—for example, her sister still doesn’t know that Sam is dating her ex, police chief Bernie Aguilar—but perfect is boring. And Sam’s life is never boring.
When Sam’s boss, Everett Sweet, assigns her an open house in Arlinda’s most exclusive neighborhood, she brushes up on her super-agent tips, hoping to wow potential buyers. But there’s nothing in the manual about stumbling upon the owner’s dead body halfway through the tour. When suspicion falls on her boss, Sam and her co-workers are suddenly out of work, their real estate licenses suspended. Now, with her job on the line and a mortgage to pay, Sam will need every trick in the book to clear Everett’s name.

My Review

It 's a cozy mystery very well developed and intriguing, difficult to guess the solution of the case.
Sam has her first open house but while preparing the biscuits she finds a finger in the refrigerator. After she finds the body of a dead woman in the garden with a missing finger. Unfortunately, her boss is arrested for the murder and she loses her job. She has no choice but to investigate
All the characters are well defined, adorable and funny, even the secondary.
It 's very well written, with several twists and red herrings and with a touch of humor that makes the reading very pleasant.
Although it is the second book in the series can be read as a stand alone
Highly recommended for lovers of cozy mystery



SARAH HOBART
About The Author –
Sarah Hobart is a real estate agent and former newspaper reporter in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and two children in a majestic fixer-upper overlooking State Highway 101.
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venerdì 25 novembre 2016

Review & Giveaway: Tru Blue by Melissa Foster

New Release........
TRU BLUE is a sexy, dark stand-alone novel written in the same loving, raw, and emotional voice romance readers have come to love, and the deeply emotional literary prose women's fiction readers have come to expect, from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Melissa Foster.

He wore the skin of a killer, and bore the heart of a lover... 

There's nothing Truman Gritt won't do to protect his family--Including spending years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. When he's finally released, the life he knew is turned upside down by his mother's overdose, and Truman steps in to raise the children she's left behind. Truman's hard, he's secretive, and he's trying to save a brother who's even more broken than he is. He's never needed help in his life, and when beautiful Gemma Wright tries to step in, he's less than accepting. But Gemma has a way of slithering into people's lives and eventually she pierces through his ironclad heart. When Truman's dark past collides with his future, his loyalties will be tested, and he'll be faced with his toughest decision yet.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

My Review

I love the style and the stories of Melissa Foster, I've never read one of her stand alone and I was very curious. Another great story by this amazing author. The cover is really sweet.
After spending six years in prison innocently, Truman is free again and his only thought is to take care of his family. He works as a mechanic and has the classic look of hard man but under the armor has a very good heart. One evening receives the call from his drog addict brother, their mother has died and has left alone her two children who were born while he was in prison, of which he knew nothing. Immediately he decides to take care of them even if he doesn't have any idea how to do. When Gemma saw him in difficulty  intervenes to help him and will remain by his side to teach him to raise these children.
Tru is a great character, he quickly becomes my older brother ideal. He's a great warrior, willing to do anything to help his family. Gemma is a generous person, always willing to help others. Together they are perfect, they manage to bring out the best in each other.
It was a really enjoyable read, at times moving. The love story is very intriguing and romantic
Highly recommended.



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"Such a powerful, gritty, emotional, heart-wrenching, soul searching read.  In my opinion, this is her BEST BOOK YET! And it really, really needs to be made into a film!!!! If you only read one book this year - make sure it's this one!"

"Tru Blue is more than a romance, it is a story of love, a story of hope and a story of courage. 10 + stars."

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About the author

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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