Mar 29, 2017

Book Review: Daughter of the Pirate King

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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I just loved this book!  It seems as though young girls don't have a lot of role model nowadays and Alosa is a perfect one.  She can outfight and outwit any man which comes in handy considering her mission for her father.  This book has a lot of action, drinking and thievery in the typical pirate fashion and is a lot of fun to read.  

There is a strong current of romance between Alosa and Riden but there is no explicit sex or any sex at all for that matter.  It's a great book for readers of all ages who are looking for a fun and frolicking adventure.  I am really hoping that there will be another book in Alosa's tale.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 28, 2017

Book Review: For Whome the Bread Rolls

From the author of The Crêpes of Wrath comes another decadent cozy mystery. This time, pancake house owner Marley McKinney is tangling with a salty troublemaker . . . and a ravenous killer.

Tourist season’s in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn’t be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she’s made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida’s been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

The police can’t do much about the pranks, so Marley sets out to bury the hatchet once and for all. But someone’s beat her to it—in the most shocking way possible. After stumbling across Ida’s dead body, Marley’s suddenly the number-one suspect in her murder. Clearing her good name is going to be a tall order, but Marley’s not about to let Ida keep ruining her life—especially from beyond the grave.

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There are times when nothing will suit as well as a mystery and thanks for Ms Fox, I have discovered that I especially enjoy the cozy mystery genre and especially this series.

This book has a lot going for it.  First of all, the characters are all so well developed and well...real.  They remind me a lot of some of my friends especially as they are animal lovers also.And the setting itself is one that is local to me which adds just another touch to love.  And let's not forget Ivan's recipes that are in the back of the book.  Yummy! 

I do highly recommend this book and this series to any of my readers who enjoy cozy mysteries.  They are just perfect to read while sipping a mug of tea.   

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own. 
Mar 27, 2017

Art Bead Scene March Challenge

Armed Bird's Nest in Acacia Bush, Chile
Marianne North
Oil On Paper

I have been keeping up with my goal of participating in all of the Art Bead Scene's monthly challenges even though I seem to be squeaking in just under the deadline each time.  Oh well, not going to stress that as long as I am getting them done.

I just loved this painting even though it contains my dreaded yellow.  It reminds me that spring is actually coming.  In fact, it had already arrived by the time I finished my necklace.

I knew almost immediately what I was going to do for a focal as I had recently received one of HumbleBeads little birds.  I wanted to pair it with some of the wood style polymer sticks from Rosebuds Lampworks and an antiqued brass wire bead. 

The fun part was deciding where to go from there.  I finally settled on knotting some waxed linen together since birds like to pick up strings to line their nests.  I also added some blue crystals, some Czech pressed glass and some lampwork from Art By Lisi

This is a lightweight, long necklace that is perfect to wear this spring.  I will be adding to my Alchemy Designs store as soon as I get a free minute.  
Mar 24, 2017

Bead Soup Blog Party Bead Hoarders Edition

I can either thank (or blame) one person for my love of blog hops.  When I was first discovering Art beads, I also discovered Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  She is one of the warmest, strongest person that I know and just happened to be hosting this wonderful event called the Bead Soup Blog Party.  She actually hosted quite a few and through them, I have met some friends that I keep in touch with even today.

Lori has had to take some time off to deal with issues but she is back!  And better then before!  This time around, BSBP has a new twist.  We were to pick out one bead or strand of beads that you have been hoarding.  And we were to do so before we even knew who our partner was!

My partner was Renetha Stanziano of Lamplight Crafts and boy did she spoil me!  In fact, I feel kind of bad that I didn't get a chance to design one more piece but with all of Boo's health issues...

This first necklace is all about me.  I tend to dress in tunics and I adore long necklaces because I tend to fiddle with them.  And the gorgeous lampwork focal has ridges!  It reminds me of a worry stone. and I can see it becoming one of my favorite necklaces.

And tassels!  Must have tassels. 

I have tendency with clasps to hide them.  On this necklace, I wanted the clasp to be able to demand attention.  Yet it is adjustable so you could easily slide the flash of red to the front.

This necklace took a bit of work.  I find making beaded chains very relaxing yet my hands tend to get fussy with me especially during the winter.

I wanted to really highlight the lovely focal from Blueberri Beads.  And since I am on a tassel kick...

Now that you have looked through my designs be sure to warm up your cup of tea and check out what all these wonderful designers have come up with.  There is sure to be lots of eye candy!

Mar 21, 2017

Book Review: Sinful Scottish Laird

A young widow puts her sexy suitors to the test in New York Times bestselling author Julia London's scintillating return to the idyllic Scottish Highlands.

Widowed and forced to remarry in three years' time or forfeit her son's inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly though unwillingly bewitched.

Cailean has no use for any Sassenach in his glen. But Daisy's brazen, flirtatious nature and alluring beauty intrigue him. When her first love appears unexpectedly at her estate, Cailean knows that a passionate woman like Daisy cannot marry this man. And to prevent the union, Cailean must put his own life at risk to win her heart.

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When I am in the mood for a historical romance, Julia London is one of my go to authors.  She always has feisty heroines and drool-worthy heroes.   That being said, SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRDS was not one of my favorites.  Oh the heroine, Daisy, was feisty, out spoken and willing to take risks to get what she wanted.  Cailean was definitely worth drooling over.  My issue was the dialogue.  It felt that the Scottish accent was forced in ways that it didn't want to go.  That pulled me out of the story a couple times.

Regardless of that issue, I do recommend this book because I did enjoy it for the most part and I loved being able to check back on characters that we met in the first book, Wild Wicked Scot.  If you enjoy reading historical romance than be sure to check out this book and this series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 18, 2017



  • Been on a true crime kick lately. There are a lot of good podcasts out there. I would need to get a phone with more memory if I subscribe to more podcasts. 
  • Lady Luck was kind. I finally have enough to pay off some  debts & get a new carpet. 
  • Have my stepson Conal living here now. You know, I might have had kids if I didn't have to go through the rearing process. He's a good kid. 
Mar 16, 2017

Book Review: Dawn Study

Despite the odds, Yelena and Valek have forged an irrevocable bond and a family that transcends borders. Now, when their two homelands stand on the brink of war, they must fight with magic and cunning to thwart an Ixian plot to invade Sitia.

Yelena seeks to break the hold of the insidious Theobroma that destroys a person's resistance to magical persuasion. But the Cartel is determined to keep influential citizens and Sitian diplomats in thrall and Yelena at bay. With every bounty hunter after her, Yelena is forced to make a dangerous deal.

With might and magic, Valek peels back the layers of betrayal surrounding the Commander. At its rotten core lies a powerful magician and his latest discovery. The fate of all rests upon two unlikely weapons. One may turn the tide. The other could spell the end of everything.

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It's been a couple years since I had read the previous book in this series yet within the first two pages, I was comfortably back in the world created by Ms. Snyder.  A good deal of my comfort was due to the the wonderful characters that populate it.

Yelena and Valek have come far to develop a strong relationship that allows them each to shine and that takes work.  They both have had to learn to control their over-protectiveness which would get in the way of stopping the Cartel.  Ari and Janco remind me of brothers, deadly brothers.  And there is Onora has really come into her own.

DAWN STUDY is a book that will stand on its own but to truly experience the richness of the world and the characters, I do recommend reading the entire series.  If you enjoy fantasy with complex characters and a wonderfully developed world, then I highly recommend this book and series.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 14, 2017

Allegory Gallery Queen Of Hearts Challenge

I am finally starting to catch back up.  With Boo being so ill, the last thing on my mind was creating jewelry so everything was pushed to the back burner.

A couple months ago, I received this gorgeous kit from Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery.  It was based on women he had seen out in their Red Hat Society outfits and his imagination went on from there.  It has a lovely polymer focal that he made along with some vintage lucite, crystals, glass and wood beads.

What immediately sprang to mind was a necklace for the Queen of my RHS chapter. Gretchen is a wonderful woman who has welcomed me into the world of Red Hatting.  I love it as it guarantees that I do make it out of the house and send time with a bunch of wonderful women.  This month we will be going out to a movie and Thai food.

Anyways, this necklace features the lovely polymer focal along with the red crystals, small purple glass beads and some purple lucite.  I knotted it on waxed nylon cord so there's no worries about it stretching.

I am trying to remember to always make up a pair of earrings to go with a necklace if possible.  This pair isn't exact.  In fact, it is akew.  I used some of the purple stones and some more lucite that came with my kit.  I did add in some coral roses in both a dangle and a bead so these earrings can be worn with any Red Hat Society regalia.

Mar 13, 2017

Book Review: If I Run

Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

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I really enjoyed the first part of this book.  Casey is smart, very smart, and she knows how to hide.  Dylan was hired to bring her back to face murder charges but something just doesn't add up.  The boot kept me engrossed and rooting for both of them.

And then about midway through the book, this became a Christian book where Dylan has his therapist pray over him.  All of a sudden, he is leaving the outcome in the hands of God.  What the heck??  This book wasn't listed in the Christian category so this out turn was a huge disappointment.  I was further disappointed by the author's afterword where she is stating things as facts when they have already been proven false.  

I really can't recommend this book as a romantic suspense or even a thriller.  If it had been put in the proper category, I wouldn't even have picked it up for review.  

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

Mar 12, 2017


  • First off, I want to apologize for not having a post ready last Sunday.  I just flat out lost track of time.  This year has already proven to be one where I am running as quickly as I can yet am still falling behind.
  • One of my major stresses is lightening up.  Boo is on her way to health.  She's actually being a pain right now and being a picky eater.  And I have to let her get away with it since she lost so much weight from her illness.  I am going to let her get a bit round and then crack down on what she eats.
  • Birth and death are all part of life and that is becoming clearer to me as I get older.  Later this month, I will be attending a baby shower on Saturday and a wake on Sunday.  I have always thought of it being part of a circle and I think that is one reason that I always have trouble expressing my sympathy for a person's loss.  Logically I know that the person that I am talking too is the one experiencing the loss but I feel that we should be celebrating that the departed has graduated from their time on this plane of existence.  That's why I am looking forward to attending a wake which is that celebration and why when I leave, I want a wake.
  • Now the baby shower however scares me.  I have never had much to do with babies unless they have fur.  The human ones don't however and I am afraid that I will drop them.  Thank goodness the mother has a registry set up or I would have NO idea what to get for them.
Mar 10, 2017

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 8

The bomber made a fatal mistake underestimating Special Agent Lara Grant! With countless lives at stake, Lara and the CMU can't keep doubting each other. Taking out this killer before he strikes again is going to require full focus from the entire team. But this case has shaken their faith in each other like never before. As they struggle to rebuild their frayed partnerships, they finally hit paydirt. In the final countdown, their mark has messed up. And as Lara braces for another confrontation with evil, she'll do what it takes to make sure that his first mistake will be his last... 

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This final episode does a brilliant job of wrapping up all the lose ends as well as giving the readers hints of what the next 'season' will bring.  I really enjoy reading this series of books.  Each episode is short enough to read in a sitting yet I am sure that overall, the word count is more then you would get from a normal book.  What really impressed me was how the different authors were able to put their own touch on each episode yet it was recognizably the same characters and the same story arc.

I will definitely be keeping my eyes open for the next time there is one of these special releases featuring Lara Grant and her team.  I do recommend this series to any of my readers who enjoy thrillers.  This one will keep you on your toes and on the edge of your seat.

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

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 7

The Crisis Management Unit know Lara Grant is missing--but they have no idea just how much danger their agent is in! The lone wolf has gone rogue before, after all, and they have a suspect to catch. So while the investigation moves on, and Lara's private torment by her captor continues, she has to wonder--was she his ultimate target all along? No matter what, Lara knows one thing for sure: there's another bomb out there, somewhere. And time is running ...

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With Lara being AWOL, the reader really gets a chance to know the rest of the team and to watch them shine.  Her team is full of strong, confident people that I would love to call friend even though they can and do get cocky at times.

I have found that each episode is getting better and tighter as we are racing towards the conclusion.  If you like thrillers, I highly recommend this series as each episode is short enough for consumption in one sitting and they all build up on each other so nicely.

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

Mar 9, 2017

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 6

When the Crisis Management Unit finally catch a break that may lead straight to their key suspect, Special Agent Lara Grant takes the bait he's offered only to her. She's ready to match wits with a madman if it means solving the case and stopping the bomber. But when her risky strategy of playing the lone wolf goes critically wrong, she wonders whether her willingness to do whatever it takes--alone--will prove to be the fatal choice... 

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When the bomber threatens to expose the secrets of the team members, things start to fall apart.  And Lara being Lara is keeping her own secrets from her partner and from her team.

This was a very tense episode with the team starting to implode.  I found that this episode to be the best yet as I watched the team trying to work together yet being more concerned with their own pasts than their team member's well being.  I couldn't set aside my iPad until the cliff hanger conclusion.

Seriously if you enjoy thrillers, pick up this series.  It will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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


Book Review: Tough Justice Part 5

The hunter becomes the hunted
With just seconds to spare, Special Agent Lara Grant and the team manage to rescue a hostage. Victory! Thanks to this eyewitness, they now know the killer's name, and might even have a lead on his next target. But not even the FBI's best can protect everyone from the deadliest, and most dedicated, criminal. And when the entire CMU comes under attack, it'll take a desperate act to keep the team together. Lara puts her own secrets--and her own life--on the line in an attempt to lure the bomber out of hiding and into the open...once and for all. 

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And the tension ratchets up.   The team now knows just who they are chasing but he keeps at least one step ahead of them.  By this time, we really get to know Lara and most of the rest of the team so I am really rooting for them.  

This serial really reminds me of a Netflix series where all the episodes are dropped at once.  I am really enjoying it and feel that any of my readers who enjoy thrillers will also.  Great characters, a lot of action and witty dialogue.  What more could you ask for?

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 8, 2017

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 4

Everyone has secrets. Everyone is vulnerable.
As tensions mount within the Crisis Management Unit, Special Agent Lara Grant's relationships with her fellow agents fray as they race to find a hostage taken by the bomber. But as the next high-profile target rejects the bomber's demands, it seems like nothing can save the innocent victim. A chance bit of evidence leads the CMU to a warehouse Lara knows all too well from her last case. But will they arrive in time to prevent another murder.

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This has to be my favorite episode yet!  Ms. Curtis has done a wonderful job of balancing the tensions that the agents are working under while giving us readers a chance to get to know them better.  These episodes are not meant to stand alone but they do work together very nicely. 

I do think that any of my readers who enjoy thrillers with a lot of tension, action and character development would enjoy this series.

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

Mar 7, 2017

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 3

The bomber’s latest threat has thrown the Crisis Management Unit into chaos! As Lara Grant struggles to hold her fractured team together, she discovers a possible connection between this case and her own past--something she can’t reveal to anyone, especially now. Because when the bomber’s next target chooses to keep his secret, terror turns to an intimate form of torture, and anyone’s past can be used against them...

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Another great installment in the Tough Justice serial.  I think what really impressed me was how there was a change in author yet the story flowed nicely.  Ms. Snell made both Nick and Lara a touch more approachable but that was really the only change in writing style.

So far, this story has kept me on the edge of my seat and I do recommend it to any of my readers who enjoy a good, action packed thriller.

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

Mar 5, 2017

Book Review: Cast In Flight

Private Kaylin Neya already has Dragons and Barrani as roommates. Adding one injured, flightless Aerian to her household should be trivial. Sure, the Aerian is Sergeant Moran dar Carafel, but Kaylin's own sergeant is a Leontine, the definition of growly and fanged. She can handle one Aerian.

But when a walk to the Halls of Law becomes a street-shattering magical assassination attempt on the sergeant, Kaylin discovers that it's not the guest who's going to be the problem: it's all of the people who suddenly want Moran dar Carafel dead. And though Moran refuses to tell her why she's being targeted, Kaylin is determined to discover her secret and protect her at all costs--even if keeping Moran safe means dealing with Aerian politics, angry dragons and something far more sinister.

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Let me start off this review by saying that I love this series and have followed it from the very beginning.  Ms. Sagara has created a wonderful world with characters of all races that have distinct personalities.  I have this series both in audio and in paper.  I find that I do prefer in audio because the narrator is wonderful at giving each character their own unique voices and personalities portrayed through their voices.  And I loved CAST IN FLIGHT just as much as I loved the first book in this series.

Now that I have gushed about it, I do have to say there were issues in this book.  The major one was with the main character, Private Kaylin Neva.  It seems as though she is stagnating.  Oh yes, she is rushing out to deal with the latest emergency but she isn't growing as character herself.  Kaylin is an adult and wants to be treated as an adult but whenever there is an issue to be dealt with, she is turning to her partner for his opinion.  It's like she is refusing to grow up and have her own opinions unless they are directly related to being a Hawk.

And speaking of Severn, he is one of my favorite characters yet we hardly see him in this book unless he is acting as Kaylin's advisor.  Another of my favorite characters is Nightshade and he hardly shows up except in the background when him and his brother are arguing.  And what's happening with their romantic triangle?  Will it ever be resolved?  Or at least come more into play?

I do think that my readers who enjoy fantasy will enjoy taking flight in Ms. Sagara's world with CAST IN FLIGHT.   I am however disappointed in the fact that the story arc doesn't appear to be advancing.  I would love to hear your opinion on the book and the series.

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

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown Part 2

The Crisis Management Unit has a confession--and a dead suspect. Could this mean the end of the bombing spree that's terrorized New York? Special Agent Lara Grant's instincts tell her that the danger has only just begun. And sure enough, the carnage continues as the bomber eludes them at every turn. Lara is just beginning to investigate a man taking selfies at each of the bomb sites when, suddenly, another CMU agent becomes a target..

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I am really enjoying this episode!  Now mind you that I did just say episode. These novellas have been written to be read in order or they won't make a lot of sense similar to a mini-series on television. Once you take that into account, they are quite enjoyable especially as they are so character driven. 

I can't really say a lot  without giving away spoilers but I will say that it's well written with great dialogue and much tension. I think that my readers who enjoy thrillers will enjoy this series. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 3, 2017

Book Review: Tough Justice Countdown (part 1)

Tick. Tock. BOOM.
FBI Special Agent Lara Grant had thought that she'd put her past behind her--finally--with her last case. But now a serial bomber is targeting Manhattan's elite power players, offering them a choice between saving hundreds of lives or seeing their darkest secrets exposed. Lara is working with the Crisis Management Unit to stop the bomber, but how will she react when she's the one who has to choose between truth...or death? 

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This book is being released as a serial or a series of novellas.  This first episode is one that reaches right out and grabs the reader.  We get a chance to know Lara Grant rather well for the shortness of this episode and so far I can say that she is an interesting person.  Driven by her need for justice and haunted by her last case.  
I normally avoid serials because I hate to wait for the next episode to arrive.  In this case however they all came out rather close together.  I do recommend this novella to my readers who enjoy edge of your seat tension and kick ass heroines.   

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 2, 2017

Book Review: A Short Time To Die

In this electrifying thriller, two women from opposite sides of the country find their lives inextricably bound by blood, by fear, and by a merciless, murderous revenge . . . 

Walking home from a dance on a foggy autumn night in rural New York, Marly Shaw sees a flash of approaching headlights. A pickup truck stops and two men get out. One of them is her stepfather. She runs. They follow. Minutes later, gunshots ring out. Two men are dead, and one terrified girl is running for the rest of her life . . . 

Thirteen years later, human bones are discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.
DNA tests reveal they belong to a mother and son from Central New York. Both have criminal records. Assault. Involuntary manslaughter. Maybe more. Santa Clara County Sheriff Detective Vanessa Alba wants to know how these backwater felons ended up so far from home. 

Vanessa and her partner, Jack Wong, head to the icy terrain of the Finger Lakes to uncover the secrets of a powerful family whose crimes are too horrifying to comprehend. Whose grip over a frightened community is too strong to break. And whose twisted ideas of blood and honor are a neverending nightmare for the one family member who thought she got away . . ."

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Wow!  I am still trying to come up with the words to describe this book.  It has to be one of the more unusual books that I have ever read.  And one that will suck you in from the very first scene.

This book focuses on two women, Detective Vanessa Alba  and Marly Shaw.  Vanessa is investigating the discovery of two sets of bones that were discovered in California in 2013.  Marley is trying to overcome her past and provide safety for herself and her family.  Her story begins back in 2000 in a tiny town in New York.

In Charon Springs, everything depends on who you are and who you are related too.  It's a poor town known locally for its crime and brutality to the extent that even the police are afraid to get on the wrong side of the reigning Harris family.  Marly has dreams of escaping to college if she survives that long.  I will admit to being horrified at the things the Harris family was able to get away with.

In an attempt to find out just why the bones of a couple of the members of the Harris family was found in California, Vanessa and her partner travel to Charon Springs.  They uncover bits and pieces of what Marly went through to survive.

Incredible writing!  Each page is inundated with a sense of dread and horror which will have the reader shuddering while crossing their fingers for Marly.  And for Vanessa as she feels rather threatened when she is investigating in New York.  It's hard to believe that there are still places like Charon Springs in this century while at the same time, it all too easy to see these events occurring.  That both saddens and enrages me.  No one should go through what Marly and others did just to live let alone thrive.

I really recommend A SHORT TIME TO DIE to any of my readers who enjoy suspense.  There are scenes of violence against both adults and children so be forewarned.  

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Mar 1, 2017

Bead Soup Blop Party Hoarder Edition- Meet My Partner

One of the first blog hops that I had the pleasure of participating in was Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party.  And I was immediately hooked!  I was able to join on a few of those before Lori ended up having to take a break due to health issues.  The good news is that she is feeling better and has restarted the party.

This hop is slightly different in that we were to choose a bead or beads that we have been hoarding and swap them with our partner.  My partner is Renetha Stanziano and I have to say that she spoiled me rotten.

She sent along focals from Art Insomnia, Golem Beads as well as green ceramic beads from Blueberri.  Renetha also sent me a beautiful bird clasp as well as supporting beads for my soup.

The ingredients that I sent to her weren't quite as numerous but I sent her one of the first Raku ceramic pendants that I had ever ran across from Elements of Pottery as well as an earring pair from Kristan Bowman Designs and a strand of jasper to highlight either.

This blog hop is scheduled for March 25th so be sure to stop by and check out all the eye candy that the different designers will be showing off.