AudioBook Review: White is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl

White Is the Coldest Colour (Dr David Galbraith, #1)White Is the Coldest Colour by John Nicholl
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my word. What a terribly gripping and harrowing book. The subject of this psychological thriller is of course abhorrent, but the telling and the wording is perfection. The depravity of the criminal mind comes through and makes you appreciate the hard work of the police. I had total appreciation of the accusers and witnesses that came forward even with the danger, threats, and horror that they had to acknowledge. The little victims with the strength to speak out about what had been perpetrated against them was so touching.

John Nicholl has worked in the past as a police officer and as a Child Protective Social Service officer. Dealing with real life victims of the same horrible type of criminals. John Nicholl writes this work of fiction that pulls the truths from the emotions and the horror that children faced in their real lives. The writing of this story was riveting. I could not even sleep, I was so invested in the story.

The horror of the mind of the abuser was so dirty and ugly. I did not even want him to be called crazy, that seemed like too pat an excuse. I wanted him to suffer as much as he caused suffering. Dr David Galbraith, the calculating, evil predator. Oh he is exceedingly evil. When he was planning, I was physically shaking in shocked and with sickened emotion. He was cold and horrible and so calculating. He manipulated both the future victims and the parents as well. He worked the parents to make it seem safe to be alone with their child all the while he was intending to do great harm. It makes you distrust those that we should trust.

The Police and astute social workers are the saviors of these children. They were equally sickened by the deviousness of this man and people like him. They took hold of this investigation like a bulldog and refused to let go until they solved the case. They were disgusted by the events that were taking place in their small town. They were also disgusted by the people that were in on this with the Doctor. This is one book that should be read, it is hard and grim, but it is a strong story that needs to be told.

In order to appreciate the narration of Jake Urry, you only have to listen for about five minutes. Once you have listened for that first few minutes you appreciate that his voice is just perfect for the story. The cadence and the sound of his voice just bring the finishing touches on the story. He has such a variety of voices in his arsonal. Perfect voices for the police, the families, and the wounded children. The narration was emotionally charged and perfectly executed. I felt I was a part of the entire story as it unfolded before me.

The Story was 5 Stars and the narration was 5 stars. Everything about this book was 5 stars. There is a sequel to this book that I want to read, When Evil Calls Your Name (Dr David Galbraith #2). It is out now and available on Amazon and I will be reading it soon or I might listen to that second book on audiobook. It is currently available on Audible too. If it is as well written as this book is, then it will be another thrilling, spine chilling book.

White is the Coldest Colour is available in paperback, through KindleUnlimited and through Audible as an Audiobook. The book is available at most bookstores and on Amazon

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A-Z PE Challenge Day 20 (T)

This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with a letter a day from A to Z.

Today we are celebrating the timeless letter T!

The Blog dejour is:

This is a fun blog to visit because Choppy is an active, fashionista that happens to  be a dog.  There is something very fun about dogs wearing clothes, sunglasses and random accessories. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of the travel blog and Choppy have traveled through 43 of the 50 states, plus numerous trips into Canada. So Travels with Choppy is the perfect title for their blog.

On occasion Schooner ( the newest member of the family that happens to be  a pretty little cat) allows himself to join in the dressing up and photo opportunities.  Most of the pictures are of our girl Choppy though. There is one especially enjoyable regular post which asks us to find choppy in the photo. Choppy suure can hide herself well.  I have yet to locate her in one.

Choppy and Sarah have their own Facebook pages and invite you to join them on there. I hope you will hop over and meet Sarah and the family.  They are fun to follow.

Hidden inside this blog are jewels about Choppy and family. In fact Choppy isn’t her given name.  Sarah explains in her post that:

“Choppy is not her full name. Her full name is Tchoupitoulas, after the street in New Orleans. My sister and I have been going to Mardi Gras for years, and I got Choppy just a few days after returning from a Mardi Gras trip that happened to coincide with my 30th birthday. Naming her after a street in New Orleans seemed like a good idea, and Tchoupitoulas Street has been the site of numerous amusing stories during those New Orleans trips. And thus, Choppy got her name.”

I do hope you enjoy your special day Choppy, Sarah and Schooner. Today is all about you guys!

About the A-Z PE challenge.

This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better. Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

This challenge was created by gapawa.

He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join in.There is no set date or month. Just 26 days of your choosing. Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

” This is the people edition! So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog. The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback. Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts. What you came away with. I think it could be fun:)”

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As I finished reading this second book in the series, I was bitterly reminded that it would be a year before I knew what would happen next. This second book was amazing with love, hate, conflict, and deviousness. Sometimes you think you know one thing and actually you know only one small bit of what is going on.

Feyre is so complex. She has faced Amarantha and won while she became less enamoured with the prison she found herself living in. When she finds the opportunity to blossom she totally blooms. She finds that she did not like her prison of the perfect fairyland castle and the doldrum of painting and waiting to be included in anything that might stimulate her mind.

When Rhys comes to her and takes her with him for the agreed upon time, it all turns amazing. Rhys shines as a wonderful, kind, considerate, harsh, noble, High Fae. He captured my heart and then with the banter, the joy, and the sexiness he captured Feyre’s.

Rhys is not the fae that we expected under the mountain. He is so much more. I can not tell you how engaged I was throughout the entire book as Feyre and Rhys became closer and closer. Always learning, teaching, and sharing these deadly adventures with only the best intentions as a reason. The coming wars were looming and making things tense and strained and Feyre took it upon herself to learn to be the best part of their group as she could. She shined in her willingness to be a strong member of his court. Not a plaything and a pretty bauble in his court as she had been treated while in Tamlin’s Court of the Spring.

I admit I liked Tamlin in the first book as he sheltered her and took care of her family in such an over the top manner. I started feeling that he was not quite the best person as he sat beside Amarantha and did nothing to sooth Feyre as she was tortured and tormented under the mountain. It hurt when he became obsessive and controlling. I liked the way Rhys treated Feyre while under the mountain. Rhys protected Feyre while Tamlin did nothing. He soothed her hurts and attended her wounds while Tamlin did nothing. I left book 1 not exactly liking Tamlin.

This book repaired all that hurt. It repaired my somewhat bruised heart and brought in the big gun, Rhysand. Rhysand, the high Fae of the Nightmare court. The high Fae that showed Feyre what true kindness looked like. It looked like freedom, not a prison. He also showed her that she had it within her to be fierce, kind and heroic. Fayre thrived learning to fight, to become strong, to become a protector.

This is a must read for anyone that loves a powerful story that features war, peace, love and hate. I can not wait until the next book comes out. I mean the stage has been set for the next book and I am ready for it now. Yes, only a week ago, I was an unbeliever in all things magic and Fae, now I am a convert.

This is one of those books that hold on to you for a while after you finish it. I am still going over bits and pieces now that they all fall into place.

Well written, with vivid images and wonderful conversations. There is humor interspersed with teasing banter. There is a group of friends that work together for good. Secretly working together for good and Feyre thrives in this environment. I have found myself crying at several scenes in this book with my heart wounded and broken for the people I was falling in love with. The characters all are amazingly well written so complex and so complete. Their personalities clear and unwavering. Now I wait for book 3.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas is available in hardback, paperback, on Kindle and through Audible on Amazon
A Court of Thorns and Roses book 1 is also available in those formats on Amazon

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New Release Book Review: Sunset Sail by Shannyn Leah

Sunset Sail (The Caliendo Resort, #3)Sunset Sail by Shannyn Leah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sunset Sail is the third book in the Caliendo Resort series. The Caliendo resort has been working on a merger with the Cohen Cruise line and there is a three week cruise to finalize things.

Many of the sisters are on board and so are the Cohen family. Grayson the son the his father the, “Silver Fox” Brock Cohen. The Caliendo’s are a great family with siblings that protect each other and challenge each other and mostly love one another. If you haven’t started the series, you can pick it up here and then get caught up later. But you should get to know them.

Emma Caliendo is known to be set in her ways, serious and very clear about who she wants to stay clear of. Especially when he is a womanizer, has been from way back and she knew it. She remembered him and his behavior from school. She also knew that he was a tease. He keeps teasing her about them making magic together but she is very leery of the reputation that Grayson has. He finds himself more than just wanting a one night stand with her and that confuses him. When Emma finds out more about the real Grayson Cohen, she finds herself more tempted than she ever imagined. That she had already felt a pull to his handsome face and those green eyes make her even more unsteady. You will love the heat, passion and the combustion of these two people.

I love the humor that Shannyn Leah meshes into her really sizzling stories. She makes the characters more alive and she makes me want to really get to know them and hang out with them. I liked Grayson. He was broken inside, he had reason to be broken inside. He had a reason to not trust and not offer or expect forever. Emma was a girl that did not want to be hurt. She had seen what happened when people loved casually and she did not want that for herself. I love that Shannyn lets you see inside these people and love them hurts, fears and all.

I have enjoyed all the books and wonderful stories in both series. They have been showing up since the beginning and teasing us to know more about them. I was glad to see Emma get her story told. What a great book it is. This is another winning book. Deserving the 5 stars that I am capped at giving, I could have happily gone much higher.

Sunset Sail by Shannyn leah releases on June 28, 2016 and is available in paperback and in Kindle Edition at Amazon

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Book Review: New Release Sweet Southern Sleuths Cozy Mysteries Series by Hope Callaghan

Sweet Southern Sleuths Cozy Mysteries Series: 12 Book Box SetSweet Southern Sleuths Cozy Mysteries Series: 12 Book Box Set by Hope Callaghan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sweet Southern Sleuths cozy Mystery Series is just a great collection of short stories that feature Loretta and Lacy Sweet. They are brought to the town of Misery Mississippi. After the death of a distance Aunt, they have inherited a home and a little side business. In book one they find a body in one of the trailers they now own and that begins their sleuthing adventures. Did I mention that they have the knack for solving mysteries?

In the best most fun and laughable way they solve these mysteries. There is also Uncle Ichabod and he always adds to the mix nicely. I absolutely love the southern names of the characters. No matter how odd, they are genuinely southern. I even know someone named Vernice.

These 12 stories are really a fun read and a really great collection.
Book 1 is Teepees & Trailer Parks,
Book 2 is Bag of Bones,
Book 3 is Southern Stalker,
Book 4 is Two Settle the Score,
Book 5 Killer Road Trip,
Book 6 is Pups in Peril,
Book 7 is Dying to Get Married,
Book 8 is Deadly Drive-In,
Book 9 is Secrets of a Stranger,
Book 10 is Library Lockdown,
Book 11 is Vandals & Vigilantes,
Book 12 is Fatal Frolic.

The police even have noticed the sisters pinchon for finding bodies. There are small town mobsters and the police (especially Phil) are active and interesting to Loretta and Lacy. These mysteries are well written and fun to read. I loved being able to read twelve stories one after another.

I enjoy the way Hope Callaghan writes. She writes so that you keep up with the mystery and still are surprised at the end result. These 12 stories are perfect for a quick read following the lives of the Sweet sisters.

The box set of the Sweet Southern Sleuths Cozy Mysteries is available through Kindle Unlimited and as a Kindle Edition on Amazon

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Book Review: The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin

The Haunting of a Duke (Dark Regency, #1)The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great Gothic mystery and romance

Rhys Brammel, the Duke of Briarleigh, doesn’t trust Emme as she is rumored to be a psychic. She has been brought to his home by his mother to solve the mystery of his wife’s death was actually murder. Murder rumored to be by the Duke. Rhys believed that she must be a charlatan or a fake. He planned on

He finds her in the night she is wandering the house and seems to be unaware of her environment. He watches her and finds that he is drawn to her. He begins to worry about her safety after a medium that was also invited to the home is murdered.

Emme is being approached by the ghost of a young girl. She wakes up in strange places in the house and knows she is being led to solve a mystery. As Rhys watches her and hears what she is seeing begins to believe in her gift of communicating with ghosts when he recognizes the little girl ghost. Rhys finds himself wanting to protect Emma. Emma finds herself falling for the Duke. Working together Rhys and Emma try to solve the mysteries that are showing themselves to Emma. Their story is sweet and adds to the complete package.

This book has a great cast of characters. I really liked Rhys and Michael. I also loved Emme. She is a nicely crafted character. The telling of an old romance is beautifully written. The childhood relationship leading to true love. The mystery, ghosts and romance are equally engaging. This is a very interesting and haunting book. This book is available for free on Amazon and is a great treasure. I enjoyed it immensely.

The Haunting of a Duke (The Dark Regency Series Book 1) is available as a paperback, as a Kindle Edition and through Audible on Amazon

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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I was floored by the depth of the story. The little hunter girl that did whatever it took to take care of her family. When she killed a lone wolf, she had no idea what she had done. Feyre the nineteen year old human was then whisked away by a large beast into a different world from her own. To pay the price for her murder.

Feyre is held in this fairy manor with the shapeshifting Tamlin. She finds that even though she wants to escape and return to her family she finds herself accepting her fate and adjusting to her new life. With painting and lunches with Tamlin and Lucian to keep her occupied, she found herself drawn to the High Elf, Tamlin.

Lucian is a great character, he is loyal to Tamlin and he is suspicious of Feyre. But he too has depths that only come to light slowly over time. I enjoyed their dinners together. I enjoyed their discourse over dinner.

Tamlin protects her and keeps her in his lovely home even when things are confusing and scary for the brave strong girl. There are secrets and mysterious events that she doesn’t understand. Feyre is curious and keeps finding herself in situations and places where she does not understand.

The writing was beautiful. I can visualize the fairies, their gardens, and their dark ceremonies. The beauty of Tamlin in his gold mask that can never be removed. The kingdom cursed by an unknown evil a blight on the entire world. A threat to the human world also. I pictured her life before in a hovel with sisters and a father that depended on her too much.

When she is not privy to the truth of the blight and she sets out to find the missing population, her search turns her into a warrior again. Fayre the warrior, a person that will face magic, horror and fear with a brave face. I could not put this down. It is a huge book with so much action and detail. I have to admit this is my first book about High Elf, faeries, and shapeshifters. I loved it. It was more than I expected. There are challenges, riddles and terrible choices and consequences that are faced and wow, they are captivating. I was captivated by the entire book. The world Sarah J. Maas created drew me in with its beauty and intensity.

There is a second book in this series and I am going to start it now. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to this world next. There are still some things I want to know. I am glad I tried this Fantasy genre. I found a lot to love about it.

The first book in this series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is available in many formats. Available in hardback, paperback,Kindle Edition, and as an Audible Audioboook through Amazon

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Book Review: Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsend – Lyon

Addicted to Dimes (Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat)Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsend-Lyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Addicted to Dimes was a very real and painful history of what it is like to lose yourself to an addiction. The hard road through recovery and finding out what caused her to be broken in the first place. I felt sad for the criticized daughter that had lost her self worth. The story is not a chance to blame other people for the addiction but a chance to explain that all of the internal and outer conflicts worked together to cause what she called the perfect storm.

Catherine is quick to offer helpful advice to those suffering from this type of addiction or any addiction at all.

I felt for Catherine and Tom, for their marriage that struggled during this time and for the strength they had to work through it.
The writing was obviously painful to rehash the history that led to the bad decisions, financial ruin and the hurtful deterioration of her family life. It is a brave thing to put this out there for strangers to read and hopefully not judge too harshly her honesty.

I give the writing a 5 star rating because the story does draw you in and allows you into the most private moments and feelings of a dysfunctional family and the lasting effects of that past. I am glad that when Catherine wrote this she was in a stable part of her recovery and is an outgoing champion for others that are on the road to recovery.

Addicted to Dimes by Catherine Townsned-Lyon is available in paperback, through KindleUnlimited and in Kindle Edition at Amazon

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New Release Book Review: A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton

A Promise in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies #3)A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Promise in Defiance is the third of the Romance in the Rockies Series. Based in the town of Defiance, Colorado. I loved it. It is so sad in places that I just wanted to cry. Other places in the book made me evaluate my own relationship with God. I wasn’t preached to, I was touched.

The sisters, Naomi, Rebecca, and Hannah, from the first two books are once again featured. What a pleasure to know their stories have evolved and see what their lives are like after finishing their books.

The stories of the people in Defiance are gritty, harsh, and uplifting. Heather Blanton makes the people of Defiance real. They are flawed, cheats, liars, and some are forgiven.

I was so glad to see where Charles and Naomi McIntyre are after reading about them in A Lady in Defiance.

I loved seeing Emilio again. He was such a wonderful character and that remains in this book. A kind loving man that just wants to have a family to love. A family of his own.

Seeing Rebecca and her newspaper still up and going was so nice. It was like coming home to old friends. There are new characters as well. Rich well formed characters with hardships and joys of their own.

Logan Tillane was a preacher that was called to Defiance and he had his work cut out for him. He had not wanted to go, he liked the quiet easy going congregation that he was currently leading. But he knew that God was calling him to go West. He is a reformed bad guy. Logan has a past that he has tried to put behind him but also a past he chooses to learn from. A past he doesn’t want to come face to face with, but he does. It is so hard to read the pain and hardships that have occurred in so many of the characters lives. They are each so well developed, with their histories making them who they are.

Just a lovely lovely book. I can’t recommend it enough. I was so happy to receive this book as an ARC by Heather Blanton in exchange for my honest review. Heather Blanton has brought this town of Defiance to life with her series and the love of the western history is obvious in her writing. This book was riveting and it earned all 5 stars.

On June 22,2016 A Promise in Defiance will be released and will be available in paperback, Kindle Edition, and through KindleUnlimited on the Amazon website.

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New Release Book Review: Despised & Desired by Bree Wolf

Despised & Desired: The Marquess' Passionate Wife (Love's Second Chance, #3)Despised & Desired: The Marquess’ Passionate Wife by Bree Wolf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Despised and Desired: The Marquess’ Passionate Wife is another wonderful heartfelt book by Bree Wolf. This is the third of the Love’s Second Chance Series and I have loved each of them.

They have had beautifully written characters that pulled at my heart in a special way. This writer brings the characters alive in the most beautiful way. Her characters are not flawless beauties of the first water. The characters in this story are beautiful in their deepest reaches inside.

Elsbeth Munford may very well have been a beauty except there was a terrible accident that scarred her and took away the man she was set to marry. She was aware that the accident had taken away the veil of beauty that most men were looking for in a bride. She accepted her fate without anger and remorse. She looked for joy in her life and she often found it even when others expected her to have only pain and regrets.

When Frederick a guilt ridden, wounded soldier returns home from the war. His life is turned upside down by the recent death of his father and then the unexpected title being dropped onto his head. He accepts his fate and tries to face it with courage. He as a second son was not expected to inherit, so he was not quite prepared and schooled for the title as his brother was. His mother complicates the matter by stating his new goal is to marry and produce an heir. He has no emotion about this at all, it is just another duty he must see to.

Frederick is so cut off from his own emotions that he will not allow anyone into his heart. He can not because he questions his own self worth. He is a man broken inside. When Elsbeth ( Ellie) and Frederick meet again, they have much work to do if they are going to have a life together.

Once again, I loved this book. I love the little light of hope that Ellie offers Rick. I love the women that have supporting roles in this story. They all have a wonderful gift to share with each other. It was a lovely read. Each time she releases a book it ends up as a favorite. Her characters are so free spirited and unusual.

The book releases June 22, 2016 and it is a historical romance that if you love regency romances, you will want to have on your bookshelf.

Bree Wolf brings two people together like no one else. She has released many historical romances and they are always a fun and unique read. Bree has been a published author for several years and the books keep getting better and better. Get to know more about her at her Amazon Author’s Page

Despised and Desired is available in both paperback and as a Kindle Edition through Amazon

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