Book Release for September 1st

Heartborn by [Maggert, Terry]

We made it to the end of summer! I spent yesterday cleaning up my reading lists and turning in reviews as this is the end of my fiscal year. This year I have read 192 books. Some good, some great and some not so hot!

I think if I had to hear about another Epic Dystopian Fantasy or the YA triangle of vampire/werewolf/angst ridden teen girl I would throw up! Seriously guys not everything is Epic. All of my other genres are fine, plenty of diversity and imagination but that YA category was sorely lacking in those categories. Until September 1st.

As soon as I started this book I knew it was a different. It is a YA/Fantasy book but not like anything I have read. It is fresh and the subject matter is new and different and I loved it.

Finally a YA book I would recommend. I hope you will give it a read and let me know what you think.http://goo.gl/UaIQ6Y

Off to start a new year of reading!  xx P

 

Sigil (A Tom Regan Thriller) by Aidan J. Reid

Sigil by Aidan J. Reid

This book had a lot of the ingredients that I like in a suspense thriller. Set in Ireland with Father Tom Regan, a parish priest with a love of mysteries and the television show starring Detective Bourbon. He fancies himself something of a sleuth. But living in the small village of Ballygorm there isn’t a lot of sleuthing to be done.

Until a local man is found hanging in Joe Boyd’s barn. Officially listed as a suicide but Fr Regan senses something isn’t right about it and begins to emulate Detective Bourbon, asking questions and checking stories as well as the barn. As things heat up he may well be in danger himself.

Somewhere in Ballygorm the citizens are harboring a killer. And it looks like everyone in the village is keeping their own secrets.

Will Fr.Regan figure out who is telling the truth and find out what evil is lurking in the village? When it comes to murder,no one is exempt. Even a priest. It all came together in the end in a way that left me saying What??

Good character in Regan. Looking forward to more from Mr. Reid.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aidan J. Reid

AIDAN J. REID is a writer and freelance blogger originally from Northern Ireland.

His debut sci-fi thriller, PATHFINDERS, was released on March 1st 2016.

The theme of lucid dreaming as well as what is hidden in the deep, dark subconscious parts of our mind are explored.

A second book – Sigil – was released on June 23rd 2016. It follows the adventure of a Catholic parish priest in a small village in Ireland who suspects that a local suicide has more sinister elements involved.

His short story, Spectrum, can be downloaded for free from his website where he blogs regularly.

A Pirate’s View of Austria and Hungary

While my eye situation is getting better every day, I’ve been bored out  of my mind! I can only read for so long before my eye ( the half good one) gets tired.

I’ve cleaned everything that would keep still and I can’t even get the Trump supporters to argue with me anymore. For some reason they are just so nice to me.

Yesterday I decided to straighten up some photo albums and found some pictures I hadn’t thought about lately. So…today we go on a little trip. No plundering or pillaging on this one.Image result for hotel intercontinental vienna

Welcome to the Intercontinental Wien. In Vienna, Austria. Lovely place and very well located to walk to everything.Image result for mozart park in vienna  Including Mozart Park.

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Headed in to the Palace. My former Mother in law getting sick of my picture taking.

Trolling the streets of Salzburg. They just don’t build castles like they used to.

We had a very formal dinner here. It was very lovely.

Headed down the Danube with the Singing Girl on the Pesh side of Budapest. They served me straight up Vodka and Salami for breakfast. Yeah!

 

The final changing of the guard in what is no longer Red Square. Giving the country back. Bye to the Russians.

The Cemetery where The Sound of Music was filmed!

St. Stephen’s on the hill. The hills from The Sound of Music and a church I just loved.

It was a great 3 weeks and I learned so much. I paid a guy $10 for a glass of ice. I asked for Ketchup and was given a can of tomato paste and a spoon. And Tori and I got drunk on Russian Vodka with some soldiers on the train from Hungary to Austria. The most important thing I learned was that the USA is just a baby country compared to these countries. The history alone was mind blowing. The food and I did not get along. I existed on bread and wine. Lots of wine. And I can’t wait to go back!

xxP

 

Heartborn by Terry Maggert

Heartborn

Book Blurb:

Her guardian angel was pushed.

Keiron was never meant to be anything other than a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a place where violence and deceit are just around every corner.

His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has pierced the light of days to save a girl he has never met, for reasons he cannot understand. Livvy Foster is seventeen, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival.

Until Keiron arrives.

In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy, because a Heartborn’s life can only end in one way: Sacrifice.

Fall with Livvy and Keiron as they seek the truth about her heart, and his power, and what it means to love someone who will give their very life to save you.

Review

The book blurb tells you quite a bit about the story to come. This YA/Fantasy book by Terry Maggert is without a doubt the best YA book I have read. Just when I had resolved never to read YA books, due to the usual triangle of odd boyfriend/girlfriend and some type of paranormal activity, Mr. Maggert gave me Heartborn.

In case any of you are wondering what a good YA book looks like, this is it. The story is fresh and full of characters that are interesting and that I wanted to know more about. There are surprises around every corner! The writing is so fluid and easy to read that before you know it you are at the end.

A book about love, sacrifice, and family in this world and the one above.

On Earth, Livvy was born with half of a heart. Above, her guardian angel, Keiron, is about to have his wings cut off and get tossed below by his own brother. He has a mission and Livvy is it.

While his family above is getting ready to defend themselves for allowing Keiron to leave, Keiron and Livvy enter a relationship that will change both of their lives forever. Will he save her? Is anyone and anything what Livvy thought? You will just have to read it and see!

This book was hard to review. Really all I wanted to say was ” You have got to read this book!”  Release Date is September 1, 2016

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

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MakeItUltra Blog Awards

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Thank you to eddaz for this one. You really should check out what is going on over on their blog. It’s all about Love, Life, and Poetry. Always good, positive things happening.

If you wish to accept the award. The rules are simple:

  1. Accept award or accept it as a compliment
  2. Credit Award Nominator
  3. Copy and paste award image in your post
  4. Explain what the award is for – Check Above
  5. Nominate whoever you want.

The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

I know some of my fellow bloggers don’t do these, but I’m nominating you anyway because I really enjoy reading what you have to say!

  1. mySestina
  2. TheDuchess
  3. Robertapimentel
  4. girlwiththepinkphone
  5. akinderway

I hope you check out their blogs!  Have a great Tuesday!  xxP

The Orphan Mother by Robert Hicks

The Orphan Mother: A Novel

Mr. Hicks has given us more of “The Widow of the South” with “The Orphan Mother”.

The year is 1867. The war is over and the South is having to adjust, including Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock–the “Widow of the South”. Mariah is a free woman now. She is dependent on no one and has her own home and a thriving Midwife business. She tells herself that she built the town of Franklin, Tennessee by delivering all of those lives into the world

Her only child, Theopolis, has made a name for himself as a cobbler and has ambitions that scare Mariah. He wants to be in politics and it scares Mariah to death for her child.

The book also introduces George Tole. He has never been a slave. From New York, he has always been a freeman. Quiet and secretive, no one knows too much about him or why he moved to Franklin.

When Mariah’s worst fear comes true and her son is killed, she moves back to Carrie’s and sets out on a journey to discover who murdered her son and why.

A very timely account of what times were like, not only during the summer of 1867, but all  of these things and more were happening all over the south.

As someone who grew up in the deep south during segregation and integration this was difficult to read. Because I know these things happened and it was a painful reminder.

However, I think we need to be reminded that some things may have changed, but not enough. These things and more are still happening you either don’t hear about them or choose to ignore what doesn’t concern you.

I would definitely recommend this book and I will read it again. Release Date: September 13, 2016.

I received this book from Netgalley ad the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Hicks has been active in the music industry in Nashville for twenty years as both a music publisher and artist manager. The driving force behind the perservation and restoration of the historic Carnton plantation in Tennessee, he stumbled upon the extraordinary role that Carrie McGavock played during and after the Battle of Franklin. He is the author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.Robert Hicks

The Ugly Side of Book Reviews

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And yes there is a very ugly side! Let me back up a second. Yesterday while I was reading all of the blogs that I follow I came across one that was offering to read your book and review it for $30. I was so appalled I un-followed him on the spot!

Later I saw a post about book reviews on FB and while a couple of things it said about reviews was helpful there were a couple of things that bothered me. One was: “You don’t even have to finish the book to leave a review!” Uh, yes, yes you do. How can you tell me about a book you haven’t even read?  The second one was ” Just say you liked it”.

I am aware of Amazon’s policies concerning reviews. If you paid or got paid, your review is coming down sooner or later. As for the guy I found, he has already been reported to Amazon.

If you are self publishing, then yes, Amazon numbers mean something. But so do your reviews. There is a right way and a wrong way to do things. An honest way and a dishonest way. Every book you read is not a 5 star book.  The star system is not one that I like, but come on, be honest.

Writers work hard to put out good books and they really do want honest feedback. And as reviewers we need to do that. And that is where the pay/get paid part comes in. If you are being paid to write a review by the author, you are probably not going to be completely honest. Have some integrity! Seriously, what kind of person has to pay someone to read their book? I read the back of cereal boxes when I’m bored. Reading someone’s new book is a privilege. And to take money or lie is an insult to both parties.

Thank you for listening to my rant for the week.  xxP

National Rum Day

As an upstanding member of the Pirate Nation, it would be horribly rude of me to not celebrate National Rum Day. I’m pretty sure there is something in the Codex about it.

It may come as a big shock to you, but I love Rum!
While other people may be stocking up on cigars when they go on a cruise, I am stocking up on the Tortuga Rum Cake in the Caymans.

In 1984, while working for Cayman Airways, Captain Robert Hamaty and his wife Carlene, an in-flight supervisor, founded the Tortuga Rum Company, Ltd. They introduced the first rums of the Cayman Islands, primarily to appeal as a souvenir to the growing tourist and cruise passenger business. In 1987, they opened the first Tortuga duty free liquor store and later that year introduced the now world famous Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake.

For years Carlene had baked rum cakes for special occasions, using a four-generation old family recipe. Friends in the food business encouraged her to make it part of the Tortuga line. First offered at a local restaurant, her moist delectable cake was an instant hit.By 1990 the demand was so great that the company expanded with a bakery, making their cake the Caribbean’s first commercially produced rum cake. A custom vacuum-seal packaging machine was added in 1991. The process prolongs the cakes’ shelf life for up to twelve months or indefinitely if refrigerated or frozen – ideal for distribution anywhere in the world.

One of these mini cakes will have you mellowed out just fine!  They do ship world wide for those who can’t make it down to the Caymans.

For 5 years I tried to duplicate the recipe and I pretty much have it down. There is a cup of Rum in the batter and a cup in the glaze. I’ve had people actually lick the platter clean! Especially that one time when I tripled the recipe for a birthday at the American Legion. Let’s just say there were some shenanigans going on that night!

Enjoy your Rum today and give these cakes a try. You won’t regret it!

xxooAaarrgghh!

 

The Guestbook(Madrona Island Series 1) by Andrea Hurst

The Guestbook (Madrona Island Series 1) by [Hurst, Andrea]

On Madrona Island, Washington, Miss Maggie has successfully run the Madrona Island Bed and Breakfast for years. Now at the end of her life, she looks back at The Guestbook and remembers all of the wonderful guests she has had and how much they enjoyed staying at Maggie’s B&B. She is also remembering her only grandchild, Lily. So close when she was a little girl but then whisked away by her mother, never to see Maggie again. But Maggie knows in her heart that Lily will come back.

From the outside, it looks as if Lily Parkins has it made. A handsome husband, a huge home in Brentwood and expensive cars. She really doesn’t even have to think for herself as her husband excels at that. Until the night she discovers he has been unfaithful.

Having been left the B&B on Madrona Island by her grandmother upon her death, Lily goes to the only place she has ever really felt was home. Back to Madrona Island.

Is this where she is supposed to be? Can she even run an Inn? Should she just suck it up and go back to Brentwood and her controlling husband?

This book was a story of second chances, on yourself,on love and on living life on your own terms. The characters were real and most of them have their own stories to tell and I am sure we will see more of them soon. I hope so! Especially Kyla and Jude.

The descriptions of the food was spot on. My nose was twitching and my mouth was drooling!

The second book in this series is Tea and Comfort

 

About the Author:

When not visiting local farmer’s markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in Creative Writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers’ Digest. She lives with her two dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm.

Her published books include The Lazy Dog’s Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody’s Natural Foods Cookbook , and she co-authored A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love with Dr. Bernie Siegel. To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit AndreaHurst.com6553580

On My List For October

New book releases are plentiful this Fall. Here are the ones I’ll be reading. Take a peek and see if one of your favorite authors is here!

The Orphan Mother: A Novel by [Hicks, Robert] An epic account of one remarkable woman’s quest for justice from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock–the “Widow of the South”–has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically-minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah–no stranger to loss–finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?

Mariah’s journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people–including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own–and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a “master storyteller” (San Francisco Chronicle). Release Date: 9/13/16
The Trespasser: A Novel by [French, Tana] A brilliant new novel from the New York Times bestselling author, whom Gillian Flynn calls “mesmerizing” and Stephen King calls “incandescent.”

Being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point.

Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.

And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette’s road. Aislinn’s friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.

Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?  Release Date 10/04/16

Today Will Be Different by [Semple, Maria]  A brilliant novel from the author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future.

Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.  Release Date: 10/04/16

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) by [Hamilton, Laurell K.] In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder…
 
Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from…a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.

Ireland.  Release Date: 10/11/16

All the Little Liars: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) by [Harris, Charlaine]

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

After more than a decade, #1 New York Times bestseller Charlaine Harris finally returns to her fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden series with All the Little Liars, a fabulously fun new mystery.  Release Date:10/04/16