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The Girls of Mischief Bay (Mischief Bay – 1) by Susan Mallery

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Nicole Lord wants to be a good wife, but there’s a difference between being supportive and supporting her husband, who quit his job to write a screenplay she’s never seen. He won’t even help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time at her Mischief Bay Pilates studio. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves?

Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg rose to become vice president in her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. An exciting new relationship with a great guy convinces her that it might not be too late—until he drops a bombshell that has her questioning whether she can have it all. And if she can, does she want it?

Although Pam Eiland has a beautiful house and a husband she adores, she feels… restless. She wonders who a stay-at-home mom becomes after the kids are grown. Finding sexy new ways to surprise her husband brings the heat and the humor back to their marriage, but when unexpected change turns her life upside down, she’ll have to redefine herself. Again.

Through romance and heartbreak, laughter and tears, three very different women will discover that friends can become family, and that life is richer with sisters at your side.

This is the story of three women and how they all have different goals in life, have hard times, but are there to help each other. Nicole is in her 30’s, has a young son, and her own business. Her husband decides to quit his job, without talking it over with her, to write a screen play. The screen play is a hit and he jumps into fame leaving his family behind. Shannon is a career woman in her early 40’s that has decided it’s time to settle down and have a family. When she meets someone on an internet dating site things seem to be looking up until his two children come into the picture. And finally there is Pam, she is in her 50’s and feeling down about herself so she decides to spice up her relationship. But when things go wrong she is going to have to decide if she wants to keep fighting.

This is not a typical contemporary romance; it’s more of a bonding story between three women. They all have their highs and lows but they are there to support each other. I have to say that I felt more for Nicole and Pam. Here Nicole is working hard to support her family and her husband turns into such a jerk. And Pam, I just wanted to cry.

This book is not so much of a feel good, happily ever after story. It’s more about the hardships that we face and how we have to have friends there to help us when we are down and cheer us when things are going well. This is a good story and I think many will like it.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on The Girls of Mischief Bay or Susan Mallery be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Susan’s website.

Yesterday I was so excited to tell you about the book Vostok that I completely forgot to include an interview I had with author Steven Alten. So, here is the interview that I forgot.

What are the easiest character to write?

Dr. Vincent Cope, Boca Raton gynecologist in my comedy novel, DOG TRAINING THE AMERICAN MALE (written under the pen name L.A. Knight). A man after my own heart.

Are there many books out there about along the line of Vostok? What makes Vostok different?

I wouldn’t say different, I’d say additive.

What is your next project?

I’m co-writing a book with Dr. Steven M. Greer, the foremost authority on extraterrestrials.

Where do you write?

I have a home office.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

Summer 2011. To warn my father about the cancer spreading in his body.

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Vostok (Loch – 2) by Steve Alten

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

Zachary Wallace is on the down hill slide from his fame at killing the Loch Ness monster. Tourism has ended and many are starving. Things are not any better at home either. Brandy, Zach’s wife, is trying to get him to go along with his fathers plan to start a rumor about another monster. She also wants Zach to go along with his father’s idea of starting a rumor about another monster. This leads to things getting tense between the two. Then Dr. Liao has an offer that he can’t refuse.

Ming Liao works on Antarctica and they have just discovered a Mesozoic crocodile. Since Zach is a marine biologist they recruit them to go under the ice to Lake Vostok to figure out what is going on, if these creatures are alive or if they were just frozen. But when they get there they realize that this is just a cover. There is something causing a mysterious magnetic interference. Zach is told to help figure out what is causing it. But there are some powerful people that want this technology and will go to any length to keep it secret.

The story starts with Zach trying to keep everything from going off the deep end but it just seems he is not going to be able to change the path. When Dr. Liao offers him the job he tried to do the right thing but gets sucked in with the help of his father. Once there he forgets about everything outside of Antarctica. I loved the descriptions and I couldn’t put the book down for long. I just wanted to know what happened next.

Then the book goes into part two. I have to say that I didn’t catch on to the change of scenery right away and was very confused. I also was not that impressed by the initial jump. It does work its way around to the point and purpose of this diversion but I almost put the book up. I cheated and looked at other reviews and saw that someone said that then ending is great and to keep reading. I will agree with that.

Vostok started out great, didn’t impress me, and then finished well. I haven’t read Loch or other books by Steve Alten and now I want to after reading Vostok.

I received this book for free from Laura at iRead Book Tours for review.

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For more information on Vostok or to purchase it be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Steve Alten’s website.

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Vostok (Loch – 2) by Steve Alten

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) East Antarctica: The coldest, most desolate location on Earth. Two-and-a-half miles below the ice cap is Vostok, a six thousand square mile liquid lake, over a thousand feet deep, left untouched for more than 15 million years. Now, marine biologist Zachary Wallace and two other scientists aboard a submersible tethered to a laser will journey 13,000 feet beneath the ice into this unexplored realm to discover Mesozoic life forms long believed extinct and an object of immense power responsible for the evolution of modern man.

Zachary Wallace is on the down hill slide from his fame at killing the Loch Ness monster. Tourism has ended and many are starving. Things are not any better at home either. Brandy, Zach’s wife, is trying to get him to go along with his fathers plan to start a rumor about another monster. She also wants Zach to go along with his father’s idea of starting a rumor about another monster. This leads to things getting tense between the two. Then Dr. Liao has an offer that he can’t refuse.

Ming Liao works on Antarctica and they have just discovered a Mesozoic crocodile. Since Zach is a marine biologist they recruit them to go under the ice to Lake Vostok to figure out what is going on, if these creatures are alive or if they were just frozen. But when they get there they realize that this is just a cover. There is something causing a mysterious magnetic interference. Zach is told to help figure out what is causing it. But there are some powerful people that want this technology and will go to any length to keep it secret.

The story starts with Zach trying to keep everything from going off the deep end but it just seems he is not going to be able to change the path. When Dr. Liao offers him the job he tried to do the right thing but gets sucked in with the help of his father. Once there he forgets about everything outside of Antarctica. I loved the descriptions and I couldn’t put the book down for long. I just wanted to know what happened next.

Then the book goes into part two. I have to say that I didn’t catch on to the change of scenery right away and was very confused. I also was not that impressed by the initial jump. It does work its way around to the point and purpose of this diversion but I almost put the book up. I cheated and looked at other reviews and saw that someone said that then ending is great and to keep reading. I will agree with that.

Vostok started out great, didn’t impress me, and then finished well. I haven’t read Loch or other books by Steve Alten and now I want to after reading Vostok.

I received this book for free from Laura at iRead Book Tours for review.

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For more information on Vostok or to purchase it be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Steve Alten’s website.

Beyond Championships

Book Cover_High ResolutionBeyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning Life

(Excerpt from Goodreads) As the coach of one of high school basketball s greatest programs, Coach Dru Joyce has been mentor and motivator to some of the nation s best young players, including basketball legend LeBron James. Despite having virtually no experience in the sport, in less than ten years Dru went from a no-name fan to one of the highest profile basketball coaches in the country.

With insight and grit earned from his years on and off the court, Coach Dru shares for the first time the secrets to his teams success and his own coaching achievements. Far more than a sports book, Beyond Championships is a blueprint for anyone looking to make better choices, reach their full potential, and become winners in all areas of life.

As Dru outlines the nine principles that he promotes to his players and tries to live in his own life as well, you ll discover that the solid foundation on which he built so many successful basketball programs can be applied to almost any situation. As you assess your chosen path in life and look for ways to embark on a more inspiring and rewarding journey, Coach Dru offers an accessible and relatable roadmap for personal evolution.”

Author Headshot_Low ResDru Joyce II was born and raised in East Liverpool, Ohio. He is a graduate of East Liverpool High School and Ohio University, with a
degree in Business Administration. Dru moved his family to Akron in 1984 to begin a career at Con Agra. In 2004, he left that position to
coach basketball full-time.
Since leaving the corporate world, Dru has built a business around the sport of basketball. His King James Shooting Stars Classic
Tournament, now in its sixth year, is one of the largest and most respected travel team tournaments in America, drawing over 600
teams. He is also the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Basketball Association and in 12 seasons as Head Coach at St. Vincent
– St. Mary, has guided the Irish to a national championship, three state championships, nine district titles and five regional crowns.,
while garnering one National Coach of the Year award.

For more information or to purchase Beyond Championships be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

PR By The BookThank you to Alessandra at PR by the Book for including me in this release date.

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Aoleon: The Hollow Moon (Part 3) by Brent LeVasseur

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Aoléon and Gilbert investigate the Luminon to try and uncover the plot to invade Earth to steal it’s milk cows. In the process, they discover a disturbing revelation about the Martian leader. After overhearing the Luminon discuss his plans to use sabotage to disrupt Mars’s galact supply, the duo races to try and to warn Aoléon’s father Deimos, who is a manager at the galactworks plant before the saboteur can act.

Meanwhile, Aoleon has to take her pilots exam, which would enable her to eventually join the Martian intergalactic explorational fleet. However, during the test-run, something goes horribly wrong. The two are put in a life threatening situation that only Bizwat, a Procyon commando, and Aoléon’s friend can save them from.

Gilbert finally gets his chance to learn to skyboard. However, things go horribly wrong and they are chased by the Royal Paladin guard.

Will they survive?

It’s time for Aoleon and Gilbert to get serious about investigating the Luminon. While spying on him they learn about a plot to steal Earth’s milk cows to start a war. Aoleon and Gilbert rush to the Galactworks to try and stop the attack and to keep Aoleon’s father safe. Although they are too late, they discovery that they know the sabatour and that she is being forced to do things like the attack to keep her family safe.

Things look up when it is Aoleon’s time to take her pilots test. But things go horribly wrong when they are mistaken as spies and barely escape with their lives. Clearly there is a major plot to start a war and both Aoleon and Gilbert have stumbled into it. Neither is going to be safe until they follow through trying to help the resistance since they are at the top of the list for suspicious activity. The question is how are they going to try and stop the war.

I absolutely love this series. It would be great for kids with the action and wonderful pictures to go along with it. But as an adult I love how both Aoleon and Gilbert are kids and get to do kid stuff, like riding skyboards yet get into sticky situations to try and stop the war. There is lots of action with some tense scenes but that just keeps you reading and wanting more.

This is a great series for any age. I have loved the first three books with each of the next books getting better than the last. I can’t wait to read the next two parts.

I received this book for free from the iRead Book Tours in exchange for a review.

For more information on Aoleon: The Hollow Moon or Brent LeVasseur be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, or Brent’s website.

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The Maze – The Lost Labyrinth by Jason Brannon

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A near death experience transports Jamie Burroughs into The Maze, a Christian themed realm built by angels and demons and filled with traps and riddles for those haunted by their mistakes.

For Jamie, The Maze becomes a terrifying journey through a world of darkness where his soul and the lives of those he loves hangs in the balance. With his family in danger and his soul in peril, Jamie is forced to reevaluate the kind of man he truly is as he struggles to escape The Maze before it’s too late.

Jamie Burroughs is a normal, family man that has everything going for him. Then one day at lunch he runs into a beautiful ex-girlfriend and things go wrong. With that little temptation he finds himself in a maze. This maze is created from the darkness we find inside ourselves. From the little fibs to the large lies that we tell throughout our lives and our beliefs help mold the maze. And if that is not enough, there is a Minotaur that devours that darkness. Jamie is in a race to get through the maze without being devoured by the Minotaur. This is literally a race for life and death.

This story has a rough start. I admit that I was a little lost trying to figure out what is going on. But once Jamie got into the maze, things took off and it was easier for me to figure out what was going on. I loved how this was a blend of Christianity and mythology. The maze was created solely for Jamie and it is his battle to make it through.

Although the beginning is a bit rough, once the story gets going it will keep you turning the pages. This is a great story and I will definitely be looking for more books from Jason Brannon.

I received this book for free from The Book Rooster program in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on The Maze – The Lost Labryinth or on Jason Brannon be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Jason’s website.

NOVEMBER FRONT COVER immortality sucks

November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary by E.P. Rose

5 stars

(Excerpt from Table Thirteen Books) Ralph Conway is a messed-up master-of-wine. What with being unable to do his job and his girlfriend going on hunger  strike and everything in the world being so crap, Conway concludes that suicide’s  the only sensible option, so he kills himself, only to discover that he seems to be immortal.

Ralph Conway is a former Master of Wine that became an alcoholic and thus unemployed. He lives with his girlfriend, Joan. Joan has decided that she wants to get married and have children. Ralph is happy with the current relationship. Unable to change his opinion Joan goes on a hunger strike until he changes his mind or she will leave him and find someone else.

Ralph’s friend Orson is in a legal battle and has the possibility of going to prison. Instead, he gets his hands on a death pill to take in case he is found guilty. After being freed, Orson give the pill to Ralph to dispose of, which after the conversation with Joan Ralph decides to take the pill with some fine wine. Needless to say he is under the impression that he didn’t die because he is immortal.

Joan changes her demands and proceeds to go on a hunger strike until Ralph agrees to marry her and have kids. Even if he leaves she still won’t eat. So, Ralph is stuck trying to test if he really is immortal and what he should do with Joan.

This begins a comedy of errors as we follow Ralph around. We meet his friends, laugh at his attempts to kill himself, meet his parents, and want to throttle Orson in the end. This is a nice little read that I was surprised with. I really felt for Ralph and his situation.

This is a great little read and I think many will enjoy it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on November: Ralph Conway’s Immortal Diary be sure to check out Table Thirteen Book’s website.

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