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Sleeping with the Crawfish (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mystery – 6) by Don Donaldson

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When a fresh cadaver is delivered to his lab, forensic pathologist Andy Broussard discovers that the deceased is a convict supposedly serving time in the Louisiana state prison — and prison officials claim that the man is still in his cell. Broussard enlists the help of his former colleague Kit Franklyn to discover the truth behind the bizarre turn of events. Kit travels up to the prison to photograph and fingerprint the convict. However, upon her arrival the prison officials claim that the convict in question died during the night and was cremated immediately. Meanwhile, Broussard follows another lead and finds himself drawn into a sinister murder plot. Now, in order to survive, Broussard must quickly determine how these events are connected.

Kit is having a hard time after her kidnapping (Louisiana Fever). She thinks she is a total failure and has quit police work to help out in an art gallery. Andy misses Kit dearly but can’t figure out how to tell her how he feels. When a dead body appears on his table that is supposed to be in the Louisiana state prison, Andy sends Kit to take fingerprints.

When Kit arrives in this small town, things seem amiss. She learns that the prisoner died the night before and that they all ready cremated the body. But things take a turn for the worse when, on her way home, Kit’s car mysteriously won’t start, then she is run off the road and nearly killed.

When the governor steps comes to tell Andy and Kit that they are concerned about a medical research facility but the prison, Kit volunteers to go under cover to try to find out what is really going on. But people are still suspicious and she finds herself in another brush with death.

So, you know that I am a huge fan of Don Donaldson’s books. You get sucked in and can’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what is going to happen next. My heart broke for Kit, she is still suffering from the kidnapping and so unsure of herself. But I also wanted to kick Andy in the butt for being so difficult.

This was a great mystery. I knew something was up and thought I knew, but I was completely wrong. There are some good plot twists and lots of chances for Kit to get herself in trouble. This is series that you HAVE to read. You won’t be sorry.

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

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Venture Unleashed (The Venture Books – 2) by RH Russell

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In Venture Unleashed, the second novel in the Venture series, Venture Delving leaves his home in Twin Rivers to train at the renowned Champions Center, in pursuit of his dream to escape his bonded class by becoming a champion fighter. There, Venture meets two men who hold the title he longs to claim himself one day—Champion of All Richland. But a violent encounter with one of them nearly ends his life and destroys his dreams.

Thrust into the center of growing political turmoil and confronted with choices he never imagined he’d have to make, Venture must find a way to keep his hope and his love for Jade, his master’s daughter, alive. Thanks to the privileged Crested warrior class who’d rather see him die than live his dream, the worst nightmares of Venture’s past and his future are about to follow him onto the mat as he fights the match of his life.

Venture has won the chance to train at the Champions Center, but it is going to be one of the toughest experiences he has faced yet. He is still bonded and looked down because of that. Also, this is the proverbial school of hard knocks. He will be beaten, and beaten badly as he trains. He is going to have to learn to work through the pain and doubts of if he really wants to be a champion, free, and able to be with Jade.

Jade is supposed to be learning how to fit into her social status and all the proper things that is expected from her. But she doesn’t really want anything except Venture. She also doesn’t understand why he is fighting and become spiteful. This just tears up Venture more because he starts to question all the training, fighting and abuse, is it really worth all this to reach his goals.

I have to say that this is one of my favorite series. I love the message of setting your goals and fighting to get to them, both literally and figuratively. It can be hard to read some of the fights but it’s very true. You have to fight through the pain, wanting to give up, and others doing everything they can to try to tell you to quit, give up, and not reach your dreams, very inspirational.

This is a great story. Be sure to read Venture Untamed, the first book in the series. Now I’m off to tackle Venture Unbroken, book 3.

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

For more information about Venture Unleashed, The Venture Series, or R.H. Russell make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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seduction_book_banner2Today I have the pleasure of being part of the Saylor Storm Tour for Sue’s Seduction, book 1 in the Sue Trilogy. Book s, Sue’s Rapture has just been released. It’s a great series that you need to add to your TBR list.

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Sue’s Seduction (Book 1) by Saylor Storm

Middle aged, overweight, depressed and lonely, Susan Kent, becomes part of an anti-aging clinical trial and is offered a new lease on life. She swiftly transforms into a budding beauty. Her newfound tender age brings opportunities, lovers and tragedy. Sue’s youthful path takes her on a journey that she never could have imagined and catastrophe brings sobering consequences. Compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson, enters her life and saves the day. In the end does Susan choose youth or the promise of love?

Sue is depressed, unhappy about how her life has turned out, and blames everyone around her. She is offered to try a new anti-aging trial and jumps at the offer. Instantly she is transformed into a 20 year-old woman. Of course she is going to go out and live her life to its fullest. But things are going to take a surprising turn and not always have results that are expected.

I really liked this story. I have looked back at things in my past and thing, “If I only knew then what I know now…” This is one of those stories. Is it better to have the age and experience or the youthful beauty? Is the youthful beauty going to be everything it’s cut out to be when we really look at it?

This is a great story and one that should be added to everyone’s shelves. Now I can’t wait to start reading Sue’s Rapture.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest

About Saylor Storm

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Reality becomes fantasy, or is it that imagination turns into real life experience? Saylor Storm is fascinated by how frequently the line between reality and fantasy crosses in her writing practice. She feels that writing romance novels is an astonishing way to play with something from real life and turning into something fun, playful and perhaps a bit twisted.

Her characters all experience real life joy and pain, reinvention, survival and victory. They share the process of evolution and expansion. The places in her stories take place where she has lived or visited, from the beaches of Malibu to the islands in Fiji and destinations in between, including the monastery in her novel, “Dr. Selfish.”

Saylor’s stories reflect her many personal interests including fitness, wine, healthy foods. She’s intrigued by the spiritual world and that of metaphysics. Love and passion are at the root of her tales, after all isn’t that what life is all about? She hopes the reader is as entertained reading her books as she is writing them. Viva la passion!

Saylor enjoys being an active member of the Romance Writers of America. She currently lives in Lake Tahoe and one of her many passions is hiking the nationally known Tahoe Rim Trail. Readers can enjoy fabulous photos of her treks posted on her Facebook page, Saylor Storm.

Make sure to check out the second book in the series, Sue’s Rapture.

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At long last, seasoned and savvy, Susan Kent, finds the love of her life, compassionate attorney, Roger Grayson. The two create an idyllic life until Roger receives devastating news that could change their lives forever. Unwilling to give up on her perfect love, Sue devises a plan to get their lives back on track. Sue could never have imagined how her perfect plan could have gone so completely out of control. Will Sue be able to repair the damage and will she even want to after she sees a darker side to Roger?

And the best part is Saylor has reduced the price of Sue’s Rapture to $.99 from now until November 1st. Make sure to get your copy today at Amazon.

I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

For more information on Sue’s Seduction or about Saylor Storm, make sure to check out the following links:

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Second Thoughts

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Second Thoughts (The Sententia – 2) by Cara Bertrand

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Secrets, lies, and looming deaths—all things Lainey Young deals with in a typical day of high school. In her senior year at Northbrook Academy—a New England boarding school where the majority of the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted—Lainey has even more to worry about. Things like classes, college, her boyfriend, and, of course, the vision she glimpsed of her impending death. But to her surprise, Lainey finds one worry she can cross off her list, namely Senator Daniel Astor, the leader of the Sententia. After a shocking discovery when they finally meet, Lainey realizes maybe she was wrong to distrust the Senator. She relaxes even further when he seems to accept her refusal to work for him after graduation. But with her secrets mounting and the time to solve them running out, there’s a final enigma Lainey hasn’t yet encountered: Daniel Astor doesn’t take no for an answer. Ever.

Lainey is in a high school for teenagers with all kinds of abilities called the Sentenia. But Lainey is the rarest of the rare, she has two gifts and one of them gives her power over who can live or die. The leader of the Sentenia, Daniel Astor wants her to work for him. When she refuses it seems like there is not going to be any trouble for her.

But there are secrets that are going to drag Lainey down, if her powers don’t kill her in the mean time. Also, Daniel Astor is not going to take no for an answer. If high school wasn’t hard enough, having killer powers and a power hungry leader is not going to make life easy for Lainey.

I have to admit that I have not read Lost in Thought. I was a little lost for some things but I did catch up. I really liked this story, all the characters were believable and the setting was well described. It feels like you are back in high school but with an extra twist. Lainey is a great character, tough and strong even when she still has no idea what special powers she has.

I will say that I felt the pace of the book was a little slower, but it’s not bad. There are a lot of things going on and a lot of development. It works for this book.

This is a great story that will appeal to anyone whether young adult, teen, or adult. I recommend reading Lost in Thought. I think you will get into Second Thoughts a lot easier. But this is one book that I think you should add to your library.

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

For more information on Second Thoughts or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Gladius and the Bartlett Trial (Gladius Adventures – 1) by JA Paul

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.
From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near extinct scimitar cat, an ornery dragon, a horde of death bats and a tumultuous underground river which leads to a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, he makes new acquaintances and discovers the true meaning of friendship, including Elle – a girl who captivates his heart.

Can Gladius and friends solve the riddle of the ancient secret before the evil Mulhurt does? If they can, will they be able to do anything about it?

Gladius is 15 and ready to take his Bartlett Trial, he will be spending one month in the Longwood Forest. His father and brother have huge adventure stories from their Bartlett Trial so Gladius is going to try and out do their stories. He also wants to win some money to help pay the taxes on the farm.

As Gladius starts he adventures, he runs into several different creatures, meets some great friends, and decides if he is going to help fight the people fight the tyrant Mulhurt who is intent on taking over all the lands.

I love when you can get wrapped up in stories about finding your own place in the world. Gladius is a wonderful, brave character. He goes on this adventure and it seems he just keeps finding people and different creatures. He seems to be collecting more and more people to take care of but in the end it helps him with his trial.

This is a great book for older kids to adults. Since it is the first book in a series I admit that I can’t wait to get into book two, Gladius and the Sea of Lost Souls.

I received this book ages ago from the Library Thing Early Reader Program in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Gladius and the Bartlett Trial make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Fairystruck (Songs of magic – 3) by JL Bryan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) While their first single shoots up the Billboard charts, the Zebras hit the road as the opening band for an epic stadium tour across America. The future looks bright for the band… if they can survive the rioting fans, Queen Mab of Faerie, the dullahan, and a few evil teddy bears.

Aoide the Lutist and Liadan the banshee wolf cross into man-world on the trail of the stolen fairy instruments. Aoide is shocked at the strangeness of life among the humans, but she also learns about a thrilling new kind of music never heard in Faerie… rock and roll.

The Rioting Zebras are on tour but without the help of Marlarkay Records. Things are tougher for them but it is more realistic since they have to work back up to where they were prior. And as they are going from one stop to the next with the tour, Queen Mab and Aoide are on the hunt for them. Enter the teddy bears. If that isn’t enough, Erin and Zach’s relationship is starting to take on a more serious note.

Aoide and Liadan are traveling the human world in search of the magical instruments. I love how they are so confused with this odd world and how they interact with people. Aoide learning about rock and roll was great. We also have a visit from Katie with the dullahan. She always worries me since she seems to be left behind with all of Zach’s attention.

This is another great step in the Songs of Magic series. I love all the characters and the descriptions. It’s so easy to get sucked into the stories. I am really curious about Erin’s link to fairy. Aoide is becoming one of my favorite characters in the stories. She is taking out of her element but she just keeps going on.

I can’t wait to read Fairyland and find out what is in store for them next. This is a great series that kids to adults will like. Make sure to check it out.

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

For more information on Fairystruck or other books in the series make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Tahoe Ghost Boat

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Tahoe Ghost Boat (Owen McKenna – 12) by Todd Borg

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodeads) The Girl Is Effervescent With Life

Gertie O’Leary is a 15-year-old girl with a messy bird’s nest of red hair, a serious softball pitch, and a dream to be a movie director. She also has a $2 million price on her head.

But Somebody Wants Her Dead

When a gang led by a killer the FBI calls Mikhailo the Monster takes Gertie as the centerpiece of an extortion plot, the girl’s mother calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna for help.

Her Parents Don’t Care What Happens

McKenna finds out that Gertie’s stepfather has just died in what looks like a boating accident and that Gertie’s mother cares more about not losing money to blackmail than saving her daughter.

It Looks Like Detective McKenna Can’t Save Her

As the unwanted child of divorced, self-focused parents, Gertie has no defenders. So McKenna appoints himself her savior. But McKenna is one man up against a small army of twisted murderers whose orders are to kill the rl…

The story starts with Owen McKenna receiving a call from Nadia Lassitor. She fears that someone is following her. She has received threats that if she calls the cops she will be killed. With quick thinking, Owen directs Nadia to his location and he confronts her tale. With that out of the way, Nadia explains how her husband was recently killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe. That she is supposed to inherit 2 million dollars but now she is being blackmailed for the money.

Owen decides to check things out and learns about Gertie, Nadia’s daughter that is living with her father. Gertie’s father doesn’t really take care of her and her mother has made it apparent that she doesn’t really want her around either. But then the blackmailer decides to up the anti and kidnap Gertie.

Then a known hitman, Mikhailo the Monster, has shown ties to the case with a signature death. There has to be a lot more going on than a simple blackmail/kidnapping. When Owen learns how Nadia’s husband has made his money over the years it sounds like someone is getting their own revenge on him. But with any Owen McKenna book, things are never that simple.

I couldn’t wait to read this book. I love this series and can’t praise Mr. Borg enough. The story seems like a simple revenge for ruining someone’s business. I thought it was weird how the kidnappers included a big name hitman for such a simple thing. Then when Owen rescues Gertie, I was so wrapped up that I couldn’t believe that they had the worst kind of luck. The ending was a complete surprise but well put together.

I can’t say it enough. If you want a great mystery series you HAVE to read Todd Borg’s books. Owen McKenna is a great character and the stories will suck you in.

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

For more information on Tahoe Ghost Boat, the other books in the series, or Todd Borg make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads and the website.

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