Jul 31, 2016

Book Review: Murder in Missoula

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Retired federal agent Joe Nicoletti is ready for a change. He dreams of a simple life, far away from Washington, D.C., where every street corner reminds him of his dead wife.

When he is offered a faculty position at the University of Montana, he sees it as a dream come true. A chance to start over.

He never dreamed he would have a second chance at love. He never dreamed he would become the prime suspect in a high profile murder case. He never dreamed he would be forced to undertake the most important investigation of his life. But dreams can turn into nightmares when there is Murder In Missoula.

A novel of love and attraction, both normal and perverse, friendship, sacrifice, ambition, innocence, dreams as harbingers of events to come, telepathy, clairvoyance, fate and destiny. All wrapped in a fast paced novel of murder and suspense.


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Joe (Nico) Nicoletti was invited to present at a seminar about criminology. He was also offered a faculty position at the University in a town where one of his oldest friends live.  Since Nico hasn't been happy with his life since his beloved wife died and he retired, he is seriously considering it.

At a univeristy dinner, Nico meets Justine-Marie and begins to think that he might be able to have a fresh start on life and love.  She reminds him so much of his wife and they really seem to hit it off immediately.  That is until she is murdered.

I found MURDER IN MISSOULA to be a fast paced murder suspense filled with tension.  Nico is an interesting character and one that I didn't have any issues relating too and I found myself cheering when him and Marie-Justine were such a perfect fit.  

Nico had to work outside the lines as he was the prime suspect in her murder and some of the methods he used were ingenious.  And the secondary characters are all well developed and help to keep the story going as well as some light notes.

My only disappointment with this book is that it doesn't look like the author is planning to write it as a series.  I really enjoyed Nico and would love to further books featuring him.

I do recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy a good murder/suspense book.  There are no graphic sexual scenes though there is some violence.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jul 30, 2016

Book Review: All These Perfect Strangers




You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you.

You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty.

Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why.

College life had seemed like a wonderland of sex, drugs and maybe even love. The perfect place to run away from your past and reinvent yourself. But Pen never can run far enough and when friendships are betrayed, her secrets are revealed. The consequences are deadly.

‘This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths, but perhaps all of them were murders. It’s a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let’s just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.’


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I have developed a taste for the suspense genre lately.  I have been listening to a lot of podcasts about cold cases and reading all kinds of books.  When this book was offered to be me by Chatterbox and Random House, I was more then up to the challenge.
I found that ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS was very well written but I just couldn't bring myself to care about Pen. I think that part of that was that it was written in first person which is my least favorite style of writing.  That makes it almost impossible for me to emphasize with the character and what she is going through.  

I also found this book to be very slow.  There is some suspense but it builds so slowly that it's easy to just give up on the book before it grows to a point that you even notice it.  Another thing that threw me off was the fact that Pen lives in Australia where the seasons are opposite of the ones here in the States.  I find it hard to imagine the trees starting to get sparse in March as winter comes on.

ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS just wasn't too my taste but I can see how some of my readers might really enjoy it.  I would say to give it a try and let me know what your opinion of the book is.  

*** I received this book at no charge from Chatterbox & Random House in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 


Jul 29, 2016

Book Review: The Devil and the Deep




Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers' way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father's yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can't get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it's time to put up or shut up… because Bran can't live without Maddy now.


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Maddy Powers and Bran Palladino had only met once when he rescued her from a kidnap attempt but that meeting had left an impression on both of them.  They became friends through email and conversations but Bran was scared to take it to the new level.  Maddy is going to be chaperoning three teenager and will be in Bran's area so she invites him along.  Becuase he isn't sure about showing up, Bran's late but just in time to prevent another kidnapping.

I really enjoyed this book.  While it is a bit full of 'Southernisms', they reminded me of family members that are no longer with us so they brought a smile and sometimes a chuckle.  The dialogue is witty, and the pacing is fast and furious.  

I did find a few instances where one of the characters would be sitting or laying and the next thing you knew, they were up and moving.  These weren't enough to pull me out of the story however.

I do recommend DEVIL AND THE DEEP to any of my readers who enjoy a hot romantic suspense complete with dialogue that will bring forth a chuckle.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


Jul 28, 2016

Book Review: The Sapphire Affair




Bounty hunter Jake Harlowe knows how to track a criminal. So when a group of swindled shareholders hires him to trail their former CEO, Jake expects a quick trip to the Cayman Islands to close another case. Until a devastatingly beautiful woman gets in the way.

Steph Anderson is visiting the Caymans for a rock climbing and dive trip—or so she tells Jake. She’s really trying to find out whether or not her stepfather embezzled money from his company. The last thing Steph needs is the distraction of a sexy, charming man whose kisses drive her wild.

Soon, the pair discover they’re after the same target—and millions in jewels. While Jake can’t be certain Steph isn’t working for her stepfather, and Steph can’t be certain Jake isn’t after the diamonds for himself, they can agree the heat between them is intense, and neither can deny the passion for long.

But the morning after, Steph discovers that she just might have slept with the enemy, and now she’ll have to outwit him to get everything she needs.…


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Jake has a job that I always thought would be interesting especially as he usually retrieves objects rather then people.  He gets to go to some rather beautiful places such as Paris and the Cayman Islands which is always a plus but more importantly, this is a job that would keep a person on their toes.   A job like that just asks for a book to be written about it.

Steph also has an interesting profession and a reason not to trust men.  But she is immediately interested when she meets Jake in a dive bar.  Instant combustion.  Should be the perfect formula for a good read.

Unfortunately I didn't find it so.  Most of that has to do with the characters.  I found that their dialogue was stilted and well...unrealistic.  Far too many times, I found myself pulled out of the storyline while pondering if someone would really say that in such a fashion.  This kept me from feeling any build up of tension or from connecting to any of the characters themselves.  

THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR is one that I would recommend my readers skip.  While there is some great scenery if that is what you are looking for then you would be better off reading a travelogue.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

 
Jul 27, 2016

Ramblings



  • It really sucks when your body chemistry changes enough that a copper bracelet that I have worn nonstop for the last couple years is now leaving green marks on my skin.  Sure hope it changes back.
  • Why is it that romance authors like to point out that the hero's penis is so thick that the heroine can't close her hand about it?  Either she has very small hands or he is so large that I wouldn't let him near with a 20' pole.  


  • I picked up some gorgeous glass pearls the other day!  I don't know what it is about glass pearls but I love to work with them over any other glass bead.  And those colors are to die for. 


  • I ended up making myself a pearl necklace with a gorgeous sterling clasp for my Red Hatter meetings.   As I said, this one is for myself but I would be happy to make up others for folks.  The price will vary between $50 to $80 depending on the clasp.  Just let me know.  It's a great deal for a hand knotted pearl necklace with top quality glass pearls.
  • My supervisor managed to give me a heart attack today.  He had an emergency meeting today and since I work from home, I had to wait for him to call me back. I had all kinds of doom and gloom scenarios running through my mind.  Come to find out that he has just been tapped to provide temporary coverage to another team.  That I can handle.  I just don't want to loose him since my stats and rankings have so improved since I started working with him.
  • I am still working on getting items uploaded into my new store at Alechemee Designs.  I so much prefer creating them uploading them to a website.  My downfall is trying to put the words together in a description.  I am so not a writer.

Jul 25, 2016

Book Review: The Secret Language of Stones



As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose’s “brilliantly crafted” (Providence Journal) novel The Witch of Painted Sorrows.

Nestled within Paris’s historic Palais Royal is a jewelry store unlike any other. La Fantasie Russie is owned by Pavel Orloff, protégé to the famous Faberge, and is known by the city’s fashion elite as the place to find the rarest of gemstones and the most unique designs. But war has transformed Paris from a city of style and romance to a place of fear and mourning. In the summer of 1918, places where lovers used to walk, widows now wander alone.

So it is from La Fantasie Russie’s workshop that young, ambitious Opaline Duplessi now spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, as well as mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline’s creations are magical. But magic is a word Opaline would rather not use. The concept is too closely associated with her mother Sandrine, who practices the dark arts passed down from their ancestor La Lune, one of sixteenth century Paris’s most famous courtesans.

But Opaline does have a rare gift even she can’t deny, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from stones. Certain gemstones, combined with a personal item, such as a lock of hair, enable her to receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is no mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message—directly to her.



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Talk about incredible!  Ms. Rose has penned a beautiful and evocative paranormal love story with set back in Paris during WWI.  Even if I didn't care for books set back in history, I would be changing my tune after reading THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES.

As a lot of my readers know, not only am I an avid reader but I also enjoy creating jewelry though I can only dream of being such a jeweler as Opaline.  Her 'gift' from her family line as a Daughter of La Lune is the ability to hear messages in the stone.  And when she creates one of her memory lockets she will hear a message from a fallen soldier to give to his family.

The problem is that Opaline hates and fears her gift.  She doesn't want to be part of this bloodline so she hasn't learned any control of her abilities which she now fears are driving her insane.  Especially since one of the fallen is now communicating with her on a regular basis.

I can't say enough good things about this book.  The characters are beautifully portrayed and have so much depth.  I just love the way that Ms. Rose weaves facts about the war and life during that time into the fictional story.  And her writing is so dang silky and sensual that it swept me away.  I highly recommend this book to any of my readers who enjoy  paranormal love stories or historical romance.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.



Jul 22, 2016

Pine Ridge Treasures Sunny Day Blog Hop

 

One of the things that I really enjoy about blog hops that start out as a kit is that there are times when my muse gets a workout. I have a tendency to avoid  certain beads or colors. Not so easy to do when someone else chooses the beads. 

 

This is one of those kits that forced me to grow. Some gorgeous beads and all the brass findings.  But all that yellow and orange!  I don't use that color.

 

Well maybe if I ease my way into with a pair of earrings that are perfect for the beach.  Light & airy, they make their own music. (Don't you just love how the camera picks up the flaws?)

 

Okay if I am going to go yellow, I am going to go all the way.  Of course, I had to have green also (one of my favorite colors). This necklace is all about the sun & all the plants who worship him.  I knotted it all up with some Chinese cord and a brass clasp. 

Now since this is a hop, be sure to check out what these other wonderful designers have done. 


Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Kim Dworak, Cianci Blue
Shaiha Williams, Shaiha’s Ramblings
Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool Jewelry
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Rosee Hanemaayer, Silver Penny Artisans
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations

Book Review: The Killer In Me





Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?


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I finished THE KILLER IN ME a couple hours ago and I am still trying to come back to reality.  This book has to be one of the most unique and terrifying books that I have ever read.  For the most part, this is due to Ms. Harrison's deft touch with the main character, Nina.  

In a lot of ways, Nina is the typical high school student.  She struggles to keep her grades up and has to deal with her mother.  She also has to attend support groups to help her overcome her addiction to stimulants.  What makes her unusual is the reason she was taking them.  Nina was afraid to sleep because her dreams would take her into the mind of a serial killer.  

She is finally fed up with the horrible crimes that she is an unwilling witness too and manages to track down the killer with the help of her best friend Warren.  What she discovers has her questioning herself, her perceptions and her life in general.

Now I don't want you to think that all of the other characters weren't as well portrayed as Nina because they were.  Heck, I was starting to doubt Nina's perceptions myself.  Readers are also treated to some of most beautiful desert scenery around. 

I highly recommend  THE KILLER IN ME to any of my readers who enjoy a mysterious tale that borders on horror.  There is violence but since the scenes aren't that graphic, this book would be great for younger readers also.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 
Jul 19, 2016

Book Review: The Strongest Steel





Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning. The scars that decorate her back are just one more reminder of things she'd rather forget, the past she wants to leave far behind her, but before she can move on, she needs him.

Trent Andrews has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And there's no way in hell he's going to turn Harper away. Not when a swirling mix of tenderness and desire slams into him every time her sees her. Being with Harper is like going ten rounds in the ring—exhilarating, powerful, and dangerous. She stirs feelings in him he thought were long gone... if he can only get past her carefully constructed defenses.

Running was the only thing that saved Harper last time, but each session at Second Circle Tattoos brings her closer and closer to Trent. His lingering touches seduce her, making her believe in a life without fear, where she can be happy, whole, in love. But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. She ran from her past once before; this time will she have the strength to fight back.


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This is such a story of rebirth for Harper.  I had never thought about how a tattoo would be able to assist with that but it all makes sense.  Wearing your tormentor's marks would stop a healing process in its tracks.  Having someway to turn those marks into her own helps Harper regain her self confidence and herself.

I really enjoyed THE STRONGEST STEEL.  All of the characters are extremely well down and they all grown and change throughout the story.   Harper regains her strength and her trust in her own choices.  Trent learns that not all women are the same. Even Cujo learns empathy as he accepts Harper like a little sister,.

The villain wasn't quite as tough as he needed to be but that is because he was still picturing Harper as broken which wasn't the case.  The way that he stalks her is rather eerie and all those anagrams will raise the hair on the back of your neck.

I do recommend THE STRONGEST STEEL to any of my readers who enjoy a well written romantic suspense.  It has danger, growth, passion, love and friendship.  I can't wait to read the next book in the series which will feature Cujo.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jul 17, 2016

Ramblings



Yes I am still alive enough though it has been awhile since I have posted a general ramblings post. So I guess I have some catching up to do. 

 

  • I took a week off over my birthday and just generally relaxed. We couldn't really take off anywhere due to Karma so I did my best to recharge. Probably best that I did since I spent most of it sick with random vertigo and nausea. 
  • I did get to play in my studio and make up some jewelry for some upcoming blog hops.  I can't wait to show you what I made!  Some of this pics are from the mixes I got to play with. 
 
  • Got to make a trip to Urgent Care and managed to freak myself out. What was wrong?  Still don't know. 
  • I picked up some findings from a shop on Etsy based in Thailand. Good prices but I didn't get my whole order. Tried to contact them through Etsy with no reply. Had to put in a PayPal dispute though I hate doing that. 
 
  • Had our potluck this last weekend. Had a BBQ and it was Sooo good. Next month the theme is Mediterranean. Looking forward to that. 
  • I have on a real True Crime kick lately. Found some new podcasts and weeding through the ones that I like. 
  • Also been watching The Vikings. Yeah I am coming to the bandwagon late. I prefer to be able to binge wath

Book Review: The Care and Feeding ofYour Captive Earl




A Lady's Rules of Etiquette When Kidnapping a Gentleman:

1. A lady must obtain a small vial of laudanum and a sturdy length of rope.
2. Once subdued, the gentleman should be bound securely.
3. At no point should the lady leave a sharp implement within the gentleman’s reach.
4. Should rule #3 be neglected, the lady must prepare for things to go dreadfully wrong.
5. In such a case, a lady must keep her countenance and under no circumstances should she submit to his charms and surrender her heart…

Miss Gwendolyn Wilbraham is far more skilled at needlework than she is at kidnapping. But when her best friend begs her to distract the new Earl of Hastings, she reluctantly agrees. Regrettably, the earl is just as clever as he is handsome and before long, he is free of his restraints and not at all pleased…

As one of London’s most notorious rogues, Matthias Hart often finds himself in curious situations. Though he has never woken up drugged, bound, and hidden away in a remote Scottish cottage. Normally, he would welcome such a diversion, but his beautiful captor is young, witty and all-too-innocent. When he finally frees himself, all he wants is revenge and her complete surrender…


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When I read the blurb that was provided for this book, I was under the assumption that it would be a romantic comedy set back in historical England.  What I actually found was a delightful combination of  flowery language of the Victorian period and erotica.  And boy was it erotic.  I wouldn't suggest not passing this book onto the younger generation.  

I enjoyed the characters of both Gwendolyn and Matthias.  They both shared the fact that their childhoods hadn't left them with any warm feelings towards marriage.  While Gwen knows that she has to marry to have children, it is something that she plans on putting off for several years.  Mattias is in the same boat.  He loves the company of women but only if there are no emotions involved.  

I did really enjoy the first half of the book but once the crisis point had arrived, the story really fell off.  Large gaps of time would pass with hardly any mention.  No mention was made of what was being done to repair Gwen and Matthias's marriage.  And then the book ended with a rather unsatisfying conclusion.  

This really isn't a historical romance that I can recommend to my readers.  It does have promise and I will keep my eye out for this author's future releases but I would pass this one by. 

*** I received this book at no charge from the author  in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 

 
Jul 14, 2016

Art Bead Scene July Challenge


 "Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku Hanabi)"
No. 98 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1858. 
By Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm)

So far,  I have been doing pretty well about coming up with a design for the wonderful inspirational pictures and paintings that Art Bead Scene puts up every month.  Some months are a definite challenge and this month's fit into that category.



I enjoy working with the darker colors but I just didn't have anything that seemed to suit,  That is until I looked at one of the large hollow beads I had picked up from one of this month's sponsors, Hollowlogy.  I also picked up the inspiration for this design from one of my other favorite beading blogs, Art Elements Jewelry.



All in all, I am pretty happy with this design and I will probably end up embellishing more chains in this fashion.

For more info on the Art Beads Monthly Challenge, click here.
Jul 12, 2016

Book Review: The Deadbringer




In the aftermath of the Purging, the Deadbringers are no more. The Ascendancy has positioned itself as the land’s dominant power by exploiting the people’s fear of the Deadbringers’ innate abilities to summon souls and reanimate the dead. Yet its hold is not complete, for in the North the Bastion stands in the way of the Ascendancy and its iron-willed elite soldiers, the Sanctifiers.

But, somehow, a single Deadbringer has managed to survive. Kira Vidal, a boy of fifteen, has remained hidden, living peacefully with his uncle in the northern city of Opulancae under the Bastion’s protection. But it seems their luck is at an end when rumors begin to spread, and a strange man shows up at their door, seeking the forbidden services of a Deadbringer.

Aware of the dangers should word of his nature reach the Ascendancy, Kira makes a promise to himself to protect his beloved uncle at all costs, even if it means pursuing the limits of his powers … and learning painful truths.


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Let me start off this review by saying how much I loved this book.  I have always had a fondness for dark fantasy especially when it brings a unique texture to the genre.  This book does that with a new world and new races.

The story is told from several points of view which adds to the richness of the tale.  My favorite character has to be young Kira Vidal who while he has some truly frightening abilities also has a heart of gold.  In fact, it's his goodness that brings him to the attention of the wrong people so that he and his uncle has to go on the run.   

I do have to say that the book did start rather slow but that just gave me time to become invested in the characters themselves.  And once the pace picked up, I was totally in love with them and the world.  My only complaint is that the author does go overboard on descriptions at times.  I really don't need to know what everyone is wearing unless it is important to the story itself.

I do recommend THE DEADBRINGER to any of my readers who share my fondness for dark fantasy.  It is well worth the read and I can't wait for the next book in the series to some out.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


Jul 8, 2016

Book Review: The Bourbon Theif





When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.


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I am not quite sure just what I was expecting when I picked up this book but it sure wasn't being told a story that absolutely entranced me.  This story is at once a tale of love, of murder, of a family's sins and just possibly redemption.

When Cooper picks up a woman in the bar, the last thing that he ever expected was that he would give her the last bottle of Red Thread bourbon in existence. Paris however knew that she wasn't leaving without that bottle and she doesn't care what she has to do to get it.

What she ended up doing is telling Cooper a story about how the fire that destroyed Red Thread distillery came about.  This story uncovers some secrets the Maddox family would have preferred to remain buried.  It's a tale full of murder, betrayal, greed and love.

Ms. Reisz is a masterful storyteller who draws her readers into story so that we have the best view in the house.  I was almost able to reach out and touch the stable walls, taste a sip of Red Thread bourbon, and feel Tamara's confusion about her family.  This is one book that demands to be read in one sitting.

I highly recommend THE BOURBON THIEF to any of my readers who enjoy a good mystery with quite a few unexpected twists.  There is some violence as well as sex so might not be the best read for the younger ones though. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Jul 7, 2016

Creative Spark!


One of my favorite suppliers of crystal and cultured sea glass is ZNet Shows and every quarter they put out a wonderful emag of ideas and projects.  I am a bit behind because of my vacation but I did want to share this emag with my readers.




Be sure to click here to view all the wonderful ideas.
Jul 1, 2016

Book Review: How Secrets Die




As Laurel Ridge embraces a stranger hungry for answers, a sinister truth is awakened.

A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.


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Lately I have really been in the mood for mysteries and romantic suspense.  HOW SECRETS DIE fit right in as Kate is trying to discover just why her kid brother committed suicide.  She was prepared for the investigation but not so much for how different a small town is from a big city.

Laurel Ridge has an interesting blend of Amish and other folks.  It is just what people would think of as a small town with everyone knowing everyone's business and everyone being willing to pitch in to help when it's needed.  Now I am a city girl but there are times when I would love to have that sense of community surrounding me.  

I was impressed by how alive Ms. Perry's characters are.  They seemed about ready to walk right off the pages.  The dialogue was flowing and at times humorous. The secondary characters were also well portrayed and helped the flow of the story.

I really enjoyed  HOW SECRETS DIE right up until the conclusion.  It felt as though the ended far too abruptly almost as the author ran up against a word limit.  This unsatisfactory conclusion left a bad taste in my mouth so this isn't a book that I would recommend to my readers. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.