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Dizzy Miss Lizzy

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Dizzy Miss Lizzie by RM Clark

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Thirteen-year-old Kasey Madrid finally has the freedom she’s always wanted. Instead of putting up with sitters or camps, she can spend the summer home alone in their ‘new’ house. Never mind that the house is a creepy old place built in the nineteenth century. The creep factor skyrockets when Kasey meets a nineteenth-century girl named Lizzie Bellows in the basement. It takes some time for Lizzie to convince Kasey she’s not a ghost, though neither girl understands why they can see each other when they live 120 years apart.

The differences in their worlds doesn’t stop the two from becoming fast friends. Lizzie’s life isn’t easy, though. In her time, her parents died in a fire many believe Lizzie started herself. As the summer passes and Kasey learns more about her own past, she is shocked to discover Lizzie is part of a terrible Madrid family secret. It’s up to Kasey to go back to Lizzie’s world to unlock the secret and clear Lizzie’s name.

Kasey’s family has just moved into a new house. She is not really that impressed until she learns that a young girl lived in the same house years earlier and that she killed her parents in a fire. When she meets Lizzy in her basement, Kasey thinks that there has to be more to the story and starts researching it.

But there is more than just ghosts of a girl accused of murdering her parents, there is a curse and a terrible family history that is going to make Kasey fight harder to expose the truth. Time is running out for Kasey to find some proof that Lizzy is innocent and save her father too.

This is a really great story. Kasey is pretty mature and very focused on figuring out what happened with Lizzy and her parents. I love the twist with her family which was unexpected but fit in perfectly.

This is a great young adult story that anyone will like. Make sure to add it to your list. It’s one book that you don’t want to miss.

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

For more information on Robert Clark or to purchase Dizzy Miss Lizzie be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Mr. Clark’s website.

Delicious Mornings

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About the Book

Make the most important meal of the day the BEST meal of your day! Delicious Mornings is a delectable collection of from-scratch breakfast recipes, including everyone’s classic favorites as well as scrumptious new twists like French Toast Casserole, Red Velvet Pancakes, and Easy Apple Fritter Monkey Bread. Holidays, birthdays, or even weekdays—whatever the occasion, you’ll be jumping out of bed to try these amazing recipes!

Dina Foglio Crowell

About the Author

Dina Foglio Crowell lives in Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband who is in the District of Columbia Air National Guard and their four children. She is a self taught baker, professional blogger, photographer, food stylist, award winning cake decorator and freelance writer. She is a member of numerous Ad Networks including Collective Bias, Pollinate Media Group and Tap Influence and works in the highly competitive field of Brand Ambassadorship.  She has written articles and developed recipes for ad campaigns working with major brands including Hershey’s, Nestle, Betty Crocker and Kraft Foods.  Dina is an award winning cake decorator with two second place wins from the National Capital Area Cake Show in the professional tiered cake division. Her popular blog www.buttercream-bakehouse.com has become a media platform to inspire culinary achievement for home bakers who want to learn the craft of baking and try easy to follow recipes and have comparable success doing it.  Dina has been featured on various online recipe forums including Taste of Home, Gooseberry Patch, Recipe Lion, Just a Pinch, The Best Dessert Recipes and Recipe Chart. Her photography has been been the cover shot for several ebooks and can also be found on Foodgawker.com. and Tastespotting.com.  Dina is a partner with Taste Media Ad Network and is listed as a favorite blog on Tasteofhome.com.  She also serves as a voluntary field editor for Taste of Home magazine.

Review

The best way to start any day is with a good, filling breakfast. Unfortunately it is too easy to toss some cold cereal in a bowl or go through the drive thru to pick up something. The worst part is within one hour you are hungry again, even after eating more calories than you should have in one day.

Well, Delicious Mornings is going to change that. This is a cookbook with a lot of homemade recipes that are quick and easy to make and very filling. There are so many ideas from muffins, pancakes, egg dishes, and casseroles. There are so many recipes that you can make something different every day for a long time. There will be no more boring, same thing over and over for breakfast any more or slaving over the stove for hours in the morning.

I admit one of my goals at the start of the year was to stop eating fast food as much. But I don’t have a lot of time to make breakfast. I was so excited to get this book and trying the recipes. They are so easy that I can make them up during the weekend and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. Then I just grab them on the go and I have a good breakfast without going to the drive thru.

It is true; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just making myself healthy meals I all ready feel better. I’m full longer and don’t seem to be snacking an hour after I eat. Just that fact is a great reason to get this book. I love how I can either have cinnamon rolls or tarts just depending on my tastes.

This is a great cookbook that you need to add to your collection. I am definitely happy that I have a copy.

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

For more information on Delicious Mornings make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

A Mind Abducted

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A Mind Abducted by Corinne Leigh Donovan

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Josie, responsible beyond her age, is helpful around the house, takes good care of her younger sister, and always follows the rules.

This is not enough to prevent her from being abducted by a madman. Making it her mission to fight back, she gives everything she has to outsmart her abductor.

With the help of an unexpected ally, she learns how to keep herself alive long enough to come up with a plan. But, will the plan work?

Will she die at the hands of her captor? And if she survives, will she make it back to her family?

Josie has just turned 13 and things seem to be going well. She is friends with the popular girl in school, things are going well for her at home, and then she is kidnapped. This is not one of the ransom kidnappings, this is the child abuse, sex slave kind of kidnapping. With the help of another victim she keeps focusing on how to get out of her situation.

This is a very serious topic and I do think that it was handled well but having said that, there are parts that are very violent and will shock readers. Josie is supposed to be a good girl that follows the rules but gets into a truck and ends up kidnapped. You would think that she was told never to do that, I mean I would have that drilled into my kid’s heads.

Anyway, I have to say for 13 she was mature and I am impressed how she keeps fighting instead of breaking down after the abuse. I have to say that I still think there is something funny between her father and her step father. Something still bothers me beyond the obvious.

This is a pretty twisted thriller. I can see where it wouldn’t be for everyone. I think it is a little lacking. I read it but it’s not one that really sticks in my mind.

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

For more information on this book or Corinne Leigh Donovan, be sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads or her Corinne’s website.

Skolthan

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Skolthan by Damaris West

3 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) A truly chilling tale of the paranormal, diabolic witchcraft and malevolence.

From the primitive cottage where she lives a hermit-like existence, Hilda can reach a tidal island which gives her access to a beautiful world, a fragment of the one-time Garden of Eden.

She is almost unique in possessing the sought-after gift of being able to pass through to this other world, but the very same gift puts her in danger from malevolent forces that seek to use the island’s tremendous power to secure their own evil domination.

In a desperate bid to rescue a young mother and her yet unborn child, the intended victims of a horrific ritual with cosmic implications, Hilda and her closest friends must outwit a charismatic warlock (Hilda’s former husband) and the arch-witch Alice, embodiment of evil, who treacherously masquerades as a midwife.

Their mission culminates in an heroic act which threatens to throw them all over the edge and into the same evil world which they are so anxious to destroy. Nonetheless, good prevails, but at a truly terrible price …

Hilda lives by herself and is very happy about it. She is a witch and likes to keep to herself away from the neighbors that distance themselves from her. We start by following her around her place as she cleans for her daughters stay. As she goes about her chores we learn about her daughter and her husband.

Then she discovers a young woman that needs help and steps up to help her. But there are evil plans for this young woman and her child, plans that include her warlock husband and her little island.

I admit that I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story. It seems a bit dry as you follow Hilda around cleaning, reminiscing, and talking to herself. But when things start going you quickly get wrapped up in the story. I love the description, I felt right there. I also like the witch/paranormal aspect. It has a more natural and realistic feel for Hilda’s magic. Something I would consider a true witch.

This is a really good book and one that I recommend you try. This is one book that slipped through my TBR pile and it was so good that I regret not reading it sooner.

I received this book ages ago in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Skolthan be sure to check out Amazon or Goodreads.

A Rant of Ravens

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Excerpt from Goodreads

In an attempt to escape hellish matrimony, Rachel Stanhope sojourns to her Aunt Miriam’s ranch in Colorado in search of some peace and comfort. As a favor to her aunt, a bird enthusiast, Rachel agrees to host meetings of the local birdwatching society. On her first expedition, however, instead of finding a LeConte’s sparrow, she makes a much more disturbing discovery: a dead body. Identified as a reporter for Birds of a Feather magazine, this man was trying to dig up troubling information on Miriam’s deceased husband and a bird trafficking scheme…and now sweet Aunt Miriam is the prime suspect in this fowl play.

About Christine Goff

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Christine Goff is the award-winning author of the bestselling “Birdwatcher’s Mystery” series. She began her career writing non-fiction for local, regional and national publication. Named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ 2002 Writer of the Year, two of her novels were Finalists for the prestigious Willa Literary Award for Best Original Paperback Fiction. Her latest novel, DEATH SHOOTS A BIRDIE, was a Finalist for the Colorado Authors League Best Genre Fiction Award. Her Birdwatcher’s Mystery series focuses on environmental concerns through bird-related issues. The Birdwatchers Mystery books are scheduled to be re-released from Astor+Blue Editions in November 2014.Watch for a new release, A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS, in October 2015. (From Amazon)

Review

A Rant of Ravens by Christine Goff

4 stars

Rachel’s world comes crashing down on her when she finds her husband in bed with another woman. Her Aunt Miriam suggests to Rachel to come out to the Bird Haven in Colorado to clear her head of the divorce. The Bird Haven helps rehabilitate raptors and is a place for bird watchers.

When a special sparrow is spotted at the Bird Haven, people come in search of it. Rachel then stumbles upon a dead body. Then Miriam goes missing along with three birds. It’s looking like Miriam may be the killer and it’s time or Rachel to figure out what is going on.

This is a cute little mystery. If you don’t know anything about bird watching be prepared, you soon will. I like how it is presented without dragging down the story. You will also stumble into the exotic bird trade and people that are willing to do whatever it takes to get there hands on a rare bird. I loved the mystery and how it slowly unfolded.

This is a really great cozy mystery. This is Astor + Blue launching The Birdwatcher’s Mystery series. Make sure to check it out if you like mysteries and add the other books to your list too.

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

For more information on A Rant of Ravens or Christine Goff, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Christine’s website.

Gates (The Reapers – 1)

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Gates by GS Luckett

5 stars

(Excerpt from Godreads) A death row inmate, Prisoner U877, made a daring escape from his execution during a blackout at Crenshaw Prison. Now he finds himself fighting his way through a deadly prison riot and helping his own jailers, in order to save their souls. Some of God’s instruments are tarnished. This is the first installment of a series where we find out how The Reaper is chosen and that he does more than shepherd lost souls. He maintains the balance between Heaven and Hell, that is threatened to be destroyed by an ongoing war. Can a condemned soul becomes God’s weapon?

The Brit, prisoner U877, belongs in prison. He was a murderer on the outside and just as difficult on the inside. His time has come; he is going to be executed. But when a strange storm knocks out the power and the priest help him it seems he may avoid his fate. But then a riot breaks out in the prison. Prisoners and guards alike are trying to get to him. But things take a paranormal turn and there is more going on in the prison than first look.

I loved this story. You have a dark, supernatural setting, characters that you don’t know if they are really good or bad, and a ton of action. You don’t know what is going to pop out around the next corner or even who to trust. I really liked the Brit’s story. It was so heartbreaking but interesting how it let to him sitting in an electric chair.

It’s so hard not to give away too much with this story. Trust me, you have to read it. Now I can’t wait to begin Alpha Hunter.

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

For more information on GS Luckett, Gates, or his other books be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and his website.

How to Net a Prince

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How to Net a Prince by Kay Dee Royal

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Netta’s emotionally broken, lonely, and ready to move forward, but how?

Gallent loves life, but wants someone to share it with, when?

Stars align once Netta walks into Lacey’s Lamp and makes a wish…

It’s Netta’s birthday and she just wants to go hide at home. But on the way she stumbles upon a little bar, Lacey’s Lamp. Lacey is there to make Netta’s wish come true, find prince charming. When Netta gets home she faints and is rescued by a handsome man that is willing to go way above and beyond to make a stranger’s birthday wonderful. This can’t be her prince charming, can it?

This is a short but hot little story. Make sure to add it to your list.

For more information on this story or others from Kay Dee Royal make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, Muse It Hot, and Kay Dee Royal’s website.

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