Book Review: The Lover’s Portrait, by Jennifer S. Alderson

The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #2)The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery by Jennifer S. Alderson

  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Traveling Life Press (June 22, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 22, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EVVS0RI
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Mystery of the Hidden Jewels, by Carrie Cross

    The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels (Skylar Robbins #2)The Mystery of the Hidden Jewels by Carrie Cross

  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Teen Mystery Press (April 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WGTR4I4
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Northwoods Wolfman, by Scott Burtness

    Northwoods Wolfman (Monsters in the Midwest, Book 2)Northwoods Wolfman by Scott Burtness

  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Burtness; 1 edition (June 24, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 24, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00X2VB5E4
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    AudioBook Review: Tainted Reality by Ashley Fontainne

  • Written by: Ashley Fontainne
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Series: The Rememdium Series, Book 2
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:04-18-16
  • Publisher: RMSW Press
  • My Rating:

    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

    The Rememdium series started off with Tainted Cure, the story of Dr. Everett Berning’s secret project that seemed to be the cure for addiction. A secret project that went terribly wrong when it fell into the wrong hands. Not adding any spoilers but wanting to introduce the first book before reviewing Book 2. Tainted Reality,book 2 picks up exactly where Tainted Cure drops off. You are back into the tension and the ugliness of the laboratory​ that has caused such damage and worse yet, zombies. Soldiers are seeking out the contaminated people and ridding society of the infected people that they find.

    We also are following The police Chief, Regina Parker. Regina has a small group of survivors hiding, making friends with each other, and watching the carnage that is happening right outside the local WalMart. The infiltrating zombies are certainly keeping them all on their toes.

    Ashley Fontainne has brought me into a genre that I had never suspected I could love. But these books are amazing. The characters are very well crafted and have such great personalities​. When special fiercely strong people are wounded and facing death, I cried. These strong, wonderful people are so close to me after two books.

    I am listening to the audiobook and it is wonderful to hear Rebecca Roberts as the narrator. As she has a wide variety of voices that she shares throughout the book. You learn to recognize each character by their voice.

    My Recommendation:

    I would recommend that you read book one before touching this book. I also recommend that you take the time to read Tainted Cure and Tainted Reality. Excellent reads that make you think about what you would do in a similar​ situation and how much damage​ can medicine can do when in the wrong hands. I didn’t want to include anything that would spoil book one if you haven’t read it. This is a series that both is entertaining and emotional.

    Where to find Tainted Reality:


    This book is available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook by clicking the links below.

    First Reveal: Three Projects Out in the Open!

    As you know I love to read and I love to write. I don’t know which I love more I also love to combine the two loves with writing reviews. That is not going to change in the least.

    Nine days ago I mentioned a secret project. The truth of the matter is there are two super secret projects and one addendum on a project.

    For the last nine days I have been burning the candles on both ends to see if my secret projects held any possibility. After nine days, I can absolutely say, Yes, yes they can.

    I am here to reveal my projects. Assuring that they have my full backing and support. If I announce it, it will come true. This isn’t a wish, it is am ongoing project. See what I did there?

     


     

    Behind Curtain Number 1 we have Project one, behold!



    Project one:

    The modification and reissue of the Path of the Child. My first book and I admit it was quite a leap for me.  Now I see the mistakes I made with that first publication and I have been working on the re-writing and editing. I have always been proud of my first book and I still am.  I just believed it needed a little do-over. The goal is to get those pesky errors out and a new cover on.

    I am extremely thrilled to get rid of my newb cover and get a real cover on there.

    The name is going to be the same and the story line is the same. The main difference, more fleshing out the characters and more actual action,  less narration.  I have known there were errors and shortcomings, that’s why I give it out instead of linking to the purchase site.  Now, I have made that decision and it felt the time was perfect. that being said, my heart and head were in the right place to correct my first baby.

    Six thousand new words, deleted about three thousand words. The result?  It appears to flow smoother and draw a more vivid picture. The cover is almost ready to reveal. I can not wait to see (and share) the final version. It is so close to ready, I can’t stand it!

    If you have picked up the Path of the Child, wait until the reissue in about two weeks to read it. you will be much happier with the new product.


     

    Next we step over to the large cardboard box spectacularly decked out in last year’s Christmas paper:  Tada!

     


     

    Project Two:

    I am currently working on the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am currently writing this and it is going well. It will be part of the Path Series. While I was doing the re-write on The Path of the child, two new characters came to me, auditioned for a part in the new book and voila we have a new direction that I was not exactly expecting.  That is the part of writing I love the most, The moment  an unknown  character (or two)  taps at my mind’s window and begs for a spot in the story.

    These two people have not only begged for an audition, they brought their own story along with them. All I have to do is type it for them. These are two active characters that will bring a new life to the story.  I have flipflopping on whether or not to share the title. I think I want to. I love the title.Did I not mention I can not keep things quiet?

    The Title is: The Path to the Past.

    It will pick up at the end of the first book and follow Melanie as she adjusts to her new life.  The places my outline is taking me is amazing. I am so enthused about this new story line.  I already have some chapters completed and I am committed to this sequel. Most of the reviews I have on Amazon say they wish there was a sequel. Now they get what they wanted. Oh the places Melanie will go!


     

    I hope no one is expecting a brand new car. Behind the sliding door, bedazzled to a fair the well ,  we have:  Hold your applause please!

     


     

    Project Three:

    The Shepherds of Donaldson Park has been completed. As far as the first draft goes.  I am knee deep into the re-writing editing portion. I got a little discouraged when my little pup died. She and her brother were the muse of the book. They were who two of the shepherds in the book were based on. Sometimes they were not just based on them, there were anecdotal stories that actually happened, mixed in with a little fiction. They each put a paw print on a little contract I drew up that said I could use their antics in the book.

    Needless to say, when my little girl, Arrow got sick and passed over, I was missing one of my muses. Now that some time has passed I can look at the manuscript and not get sick to my stomach. A vast improvement by the way. I couldn’t say that two weeks ago.

    I am back to the re-writing and editing portion of book three. Everyone on this blogosphere has been so kind and so sweet and that helped so much. I am now in a place where I can create and enhance all three books.

    This officially outs my secret and I hope you will join me in the writing, editing and publishing process over the next few months. This is an exciting journey, one I am ready to take.


     

    I sincerely hope you will travel this path with me.

     



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    New Release: #ComedyBookWeek Book Review: Indiot by Ana spoke

    Indiot

    • Publisher: Ana Spoke (July 16, 2016)
    • Publication Date: July 16, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01EXZU8R2

     

    The official book blurb:

    They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. True, but bad decisions will get you there much faster. Isa Maxwell has both aplenty in this second installment of Isa Maxwell’s Escapades. Having found her dreams of wealth and notoriety, she departs for India to play Good Samaritan to the orphans, the poor, and a wronged Indian prince. She makes two new friends before her plane even leaves the ground: the mysterious bejeweled Vivien and a bottle of Valium. Too bad she loses her new friend and the high at the airport, and her passport and wallet on her way to her hotel.

    Things go from bad to perilous as she launches on a madcap romp through Delhi. Will Isa survive, or will this be the last chapter in this Indiot’s story?

     

    Ana Spoke

    About the Author:

    Ana Spoke is the author of Shizzle, Inc and Indiot and is working on the third installment of the Isa Maxwell series. She also manages #ComedyBookWeek  the annual online celebration of humor in writing. For more details, visit www.comedybookweek.com. She lives in Australia with her fiance and a rare fat Italian Greyhound, but you can always find her on anaspoke.com

    Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    The Book Review: 

    I was so glad that this book was going to be released this month. I have been waiting ever sense I first read Shizzle, Inc. I knew I wanted to read more about Isa Maxwell.  She had one of those lives that are kind of  like a herd of cattle on roller skates.

    Indiot by Ana Spoke is a deliciously funny story that features Isa Maxwell from Shizzle, Inc. Isa is such a funny character that she really doesn’t even have to try, everything she does makes you laugh and shake your head. She is totally likable and even when she is being scammed, robbed and conned, she makes you laugh. She has a habit of being in the wrong place at the right time for drama and danger. This little habit of hers is even more pronounced here in India.

    Ana, is such a fun and creative writer. Her stories keep you interested and wanting to know what the heck is going to happen next. This is book two of her adventures and if you have not read Shizzle, inc. Then you should pick it up and get to know Isa.

    In this second book featuring Isa Maxwell, she is winging her way to India. She has been contacted by the Prince to help the poor with her million dollars that she made off her tell almost all book.

    It is as she is flying to India that she happens to sit next to a movie star that makes her question the integrity of Prince that has invited her to come to India to help. The beauty that is so willing to help her on the plane is full of warnings and dire predictions. When she places doubt in Isa’s mind she also realizes that Isa might have a little fear of flying. Everything only gets more questionable from there. There might be some slight of hand with a nerve pill that makes the trip and the landing a bit wonky.

    When she arrives in India, she is totally unprepared for what happens next. There are twists, turns, and melodrama all over the place. Then one of the recurring characters from the states flies in to join her it only makes things even more convoluted.

    I was provided an ARC from the author to provide an honest review. This book is so funny. I enjoyed it so much and can recommend it highly.

    Recommendations:

    It is a great story that really does keep you involved on every level. You will not be satisfied with just these two stories, you will want to know the rest of her tales. I know I do. I think I like this story so much because I can see myself being conned, cheated, and chased if I were to leave the country to do good. But then again, no one can have so much drama and humor occur like Isa Maxwell.

    Where to Find:

    Indiot by Ana Spoke is available in paperback. Kindle, and through KindleUnlimited by clicking the links below.

     Amazon  | Barnes and Noble

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    Book Review: The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley

    The Earl's Defiant Wallflower (The Dukes of War, #1)The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower by Erica Ridley

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    This is a historical romance that is well written. It has the loveliness of the eighteen hundreds, with the dress, the mannerisms and those lovely balls. When Oliver York, Earl of Carlisle comes back from the war he comes back with his wounded and broken friends and to find his father has unexpectedly died. He died in a manner that caused many rumors among the Ton. He also died with some unexpected surprises for his son the heir.

    When Oliver goes to his first ball after his return, he is attracted to the wallflower that seems to not quite fit in with the others. When he learns that she is pretty much shunned due to her American accent and her merchant grandparents, Oliver still makes his presence know to her. He is immediately put in his place with her words. He is a little startled at her open and honest response to his questions.

    Grace Halton has come from America with a plan in mind and that plan is the only thing she can think of. She can’t be bothered with good looking Earl’s that she can’t stop thinking about. She can’t be bothered with an Earl that might have financial problems and she certainly can’t be interested in an Earl that she just might be developing feelings for. Nope, she has a plan and she intends on carrying the plan through.

    She also has horrible relatives that make life in England terrible for her. The Grandmother is constantly making accusations and snide remarks to her that are meant to hurt. She needs to get back to her mother who is sick and needing medical care in America.

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the clever words and actions of the gentleman Earl, Oliver. He was so lovable. I really liked how he dealt with people and how he was always willing to help out, even when it is not appreciated or wanted. He is such a giving person.

    Grace is also a sweet and loving woman. She has her head and heart set on helping her mother and so her actions are forgivable because she is making these decisions out of love. I can telly you it becomes hard knowing what she plans to do.

    Erica Ridley has written about the Dukes of War before and the first book that I read by her was equally as likable. This is the second in the series and it is another 5 star read for me. It can be read as a stand alone. The series is about men returning home from the Napoleonic war.

    I personally like how she doesn’t make the heroine snarky just to have her be snarky. I like how her characters have heart, both male and female.

    The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower is available in paperback, Nook, Kindle,and on Audiobook by clicking the links below.

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