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Friday, January 17, 2020

Review: AND THROW THE SKINS AWAY by Scott Archer Jones

4 Stars
Literary Fiction

 A literary novel of Survivorship,  the protagonist Rebecca (Bec) survives an ugly childhood,  a perverted pastor, breast cancer, her pastor husband's faith crisis, depression,  and subsequent military overseas deployment. She also after moving to Northern New Mexico from Dallas,  survives his loss and an up-and-down involvement with a nearby disabled veteran.  Even when she doesn't know her own decisions,  Bec survives.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Review of THE PUBLICIST (1-4) by Christina George

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="The Publicist Series - Book 1 - 4: Contemporary Romance Series PLUS a Bonus Book!" src="" /></a><a href="">The Publicist Series - Book 1 - 4: Contemporary Romance Series PLUS a Bonus Book!</a> by <a href="">Christina George</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I started reading this series a couple of years ago, and even though I don't often select chick lit or women's fiction or anything with romance. However, I do admire a feckless hero or heroine and Kate Mitchell, the eponymous publicist of this heartwarming series, is Feckless with a Capital, but that's why she's lovable. And for those who do like chick-lit and romance, and those who like insights into the publishing kingdom, there's plenty here to love for those readers too. The author has paid her dues in the publishing world and clearly knows well whereof she speaks (or in this case, writes).
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Friday, November 2, 2018


<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Oslo Spies" src="" /></a><a href="">Oslo Spies</a> by <a href="">S.J. Slagle</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Review of OSLO SPIES<br /><br />One of the blessings of historical fiction is that when well-written and thoroughly researched, authors enlighten and vivify a given historical period, bringing it to life and simultaneously humanizing it. Such is true of OSLO SPIES, which from the very beginning captures the era, the culture, the history, while creating vivid and vibrant characters with whom readers will resonate. In addition, due to the author's fine grasp of the historical era and what it meant, not just for a nation, but for individuals living through it and after it (World War II, Norway), we are educated in a way that makes us visualize the setting and realize “what life was like” for those living in that era. The novel is also well-written and maintains readers' attention and intrigue.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey_ Review

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Not Her Daughter" src="" /></a><a href="">Not Her Daughter</a> by <a href="">Rea Frey</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Review: NOT HER DAUGHTER by Rea Frey<br /><br />How far would any of us go to follow our conscience? I'm reminded of American conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War who emigrated to Canada, of Southeast Asian Buddhist monks during the same era who self-immolated, and of the "vigilante" who stalked the New York City subways to kill criminals. Ultimately, it's an individual choice: obey one's conscience, or follow the law. For Sarah Walker, Portland CEO of a digital company focused on the education of children, there is no choice. There is only despair and impetus. <br /><br />Witnessing a fairly obvious child abuse event in the airport, Sarah is shocked and distraught. Surely this was a one-time event, the consequence of stress and marital turmoil. But when fate puts her at Emma's Montessori School in Washington State, Sarah decides the girl is in need of immediate rescuing. Instead of calling in Child Protective Services, Sarah (who had a neglectful childhood with a bipolar mother and a father who could never focus beyond his own loss), abducts little Emma, and absconds with the child.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Review: BETRAYED ANGEL by Tom Haase

Release Date: July 15 2018

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Betrayed Angel (Coastal Adventure Series Book 1)" src="" /></a><a href="">Betrayed Angel</a> by <a href="">Tom Haase</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Review: BETRAYED ANGEL by Tom Haase<br /><br />Hard-charging Chuck McGregor, former Savannah police officer, former Army Airborne on special ops for the Defense Intelligence Agency, finds himself at a loss after finally leaving the military. Almost immediately, his father, a very wealthy hedge fund owner, dies and leaves Chuck majorly well-off. But that doesn't satisfy the void in Chuck 's spirit, and neither does heavy consumption of alcohol. <br /><br />But finding a purpose does, and in this, having friends on the Savannah Police force does. In an accidentally witnessed event on the Tybee Island beach, a purpose reveals itself. Suddenly Chuck discovers the bugaboo of contemporary society-human trafficking--and Chuck 's own moral compass unleashes a new Rambo, as he determines to take down all and sundry, while saving all the victims he can. Go, Chuck!!
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Review_OOPS-A-NAVY by Gregg Bell

Oops-A-Navy (Navy SEAL Misadventure Book 1)Oops-A-Navy by Gregg Bell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: OOPS-A-NAVY by Gregg Bell

Honestly: how did these two ever enter the Navy SEALS in the first place? (Laughing) Let alone survive "Hell Week"? Earl and Shelby are--not a pair, oh no--assigned partners, sent first to Hawaii to "calm down," then, at the Admiral' s discretion, to Guantanamo to track down a "missing" golfer Senator! (For some reason, I kept remembering the visiting Congressman killed at Jonestown.)

Now let me tell you WHY Shelby and Earl don't form the ideal covert partnership. There is nothing covert about Shelby: she is an on-fire loose cannon in the SEALs for one reason: to revenge the deaths of her parents, killed on their catamaran by a Russian torpedo! (So the Admiral sends her to CUBA?!) Earl is a Chicago poet, scion of wealth, mellow. Earl is also recovering from Shelby' s shooting him with a speargun in Hawaii. Tracking through swamp and jungle is so not helpful. (And probably not poetic).
Earl and Shelby bring whole new definitions to the term "feckless." Can anything ever go right?

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Monday, June 11, 2018


RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side TripsRoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips by Rick Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow! This book is packed with so much information, it's a traveller' s education in itself. It's got me champing at the bit to try out these junkets, and I'll definitely be keeping it close for future reference.

The scenic beauty of the American Southwest is unparalleled anywhere, and author Rick Quinn, a veteran of road trips all over North and South America spanning several decades, directs eager readers "off the beaten track," specifically off Interstates, all the better to discover the views and vistas, the untold secrets, of "the real Southwest." He weaves in historical input as well, in a delightful, exciting, and educational guidebook. Don't miss!

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Friday, May 18, 2018


Murder Most Fowl (Swansneck Village Mystery #1)Murder Most Fowl by V.S. Vale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: MURDER MOST FOWL by V. S. Vale

First in the Swansneck Village Mysteries, MURDER MOST FOWL is a heartwarming delight, a British village cosy. Although the series has s contemporary setting, I believe it will endear itself to readers of Miss Marple and other village amateur sleuths of the classic Golden Age of Mystery, as well as to readers steeped in American cozies, which often emphasize crafts, books, baking, chocolaterie, and cooking.

Our heroine returns to tiny Swansneck Village, not in shame but instead to fulfill her late uncle's legacy. Marriage in London had proved convenient but unfulfilling, and her stressful City jib ran her ragged. Now she has her uncle's home and pigeons, and has just purchased a hat shop, to convert into a Vintage emporium. She's also just discovered the obsession of solving mysteries.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017


I acquire a good number of nonfiction titles for review via NetGalley and Edelweiss, plus I LIKE reading nonfiction. So I'll be reading 25+ in the Nonfiction category, for the 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Doing Dewey Decimal.

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Monday, October 30, 2017


Lions and the Living Dead: Mystery (Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4)Lions and the Living Dead: Mystery by Ruby Loren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Madigan Amos Zoo Mysteries Book 4)

In this fourth entry in the wildly delightful cozy mystery series starring intrepid and dedicated animal welfare advocate/zookeeper Madigan (Madi) Amos, Madi is working at a zoo in Cornwall. The new owners purchased it from the former owner after his scandalous animal abuses were exposed, but the animals need care, attention, and a specialist like Madi to recover physically and mentally, and if they are ever to trust humans again. While Madi is concentrating on the zoo animals, the owner of the contracted PR firm is stalked, accidents occur, and eventually murder. Then some of the animals--and Madi--are put in danger. She is threatened with exposure, even though her actions here and previously, have been innocent of any wrongdoing; and she learns her boyfriend is definitely no one's open book.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review: BUBBY'S PUDDLE POND by Carol Hagen

Bubby’s Puddle PondBubby’s Puddle Pond by Carol Hageman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This endearingly illustrated and delightfully written book introduces children through second grade to the species Desert Tortoise. It also reinforces the concepts of friendship, kindness, generosity, and teamwork. Through Bubby the tortoise and his interactions with new friends (cactus wren, rabbit, gecko, and his humans), children will learn about the habitat, needs, and care of desert tortoises. The author offers additional essential information on Arizona's Desert Tortoise Adoption program.

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